Donald Cerrone made headlines this weekend by relaying he isn’t happy with what the UFC’s paying him, and now Dana White has responded. Guess what? The UFC President doesn’t see eye-to-eye with “Cowboy” on this…
Cerrone took out rugged welterweight Patrick Cote on Saturday, and in doing so, recorded his second consecutive win at 170, and his ninth victory in his last ten fights. He also earned a “Performance of the Night”.
Following the impressive win, Cerrone was asked about what he means to the UFC, considering his style, versatility etc, and the lightweight contender said “According to my pay, I don’t mean sh*t to the UFC.” Cerrone then added he plans to talk to White.
Well, the UFC boss man was the guest on the promotion’s new “Unfiltered” podcast, and he was asked to respond to Cerrone’s comments. Here is some of what White had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“…There’s a lot of personal stuff with me and Cerrone, too, on the positive side. But the kid made over $200,000 on a fight on free TV in the co-main event, and the gate was $900,000. I mean, how much money does Cerrone expect to make on a co-main event? The kid looks great. Never held a world title and made over 200 grand, co-main event, $900,000 gate on free TV.”
We’ve talked, me and Cerrone. He absolutely agreed. What he said to me was, ‘I was half joking.’ I love him. He looked phenomenal, and the thing is with Cerrone is, Cerrone is so inconsistent. Cerrone will come out and look like a world beater, then come out and get stopped in the first round by a body shot.”
It is true that Cerrone has come up short in his most pivotal bouts, like his recent, first round loss to Rafael dos Anjos, which White alluded to. But, big time “Cowboy” fans would likely argue a raise is justified. Cerrone has become one of the promotion’s biggest names, which is why they feature him on TV cards, with the hopes of driving big ratings for FOX.