Donald Cerrone has only lost three times in the last five years, and after one of those defeats, “Cowboy” learned he should never fight angry again.
Yes, as the headline above relays, that loss was against Nate Diaz, who outgunned him for three rounds in 2011. Diaz was handed the unanimous decision victory, and Cerrone had a six fight winning streak come to an end.
Leading up to the fight, Diaz, not surprisingly, wasn’t exactly friendly with Cerrone. Case int point, at the pre-fight press conference, he slapped Cerrone’s cowboy hat off his head. That didn’t sit too well with the New Mexico lightweight.
“I’m not making any [excuses],” Cerrone said. “He got in my head. Absolutely. That s**t don’t happen anymore. Everyone tells me, ‘Conor’s in your head. Dos Anjos is in your head.’ No the f**k they’re not. It was a super lesson.
“I fought out of anger. I sucked that night. That’s all there is to it. No excuses. Mother f***er beat me.”
Cerrone isn’t the only fighter to have this happen, and then realize they’re not at their best when they fight all fired up. Cerrone went on to say that he’s a big fan of both Nick and Nate Diaz, since they are who they are. According to Cerrone, there’s no “front”, and that if he ran into them on the street, they’d be “throwing down.” Interesting no?
The Diaz brothers aside, Cerrone is scheduled to fight champion Rafael dos Anjos on December 19th at UFC on FOX 17. RDA decisioned Cerrone when they met for the first time in August, 2013.