Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is fighting in the co-main event tomorrow for UFC Fight Night 139. If things go his way, he could walk out of the octagon with two more UFC records and I am fucking excited!
Cerrone is 20-8 in the UFC. At 20 victories he’s tied with Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre for most wins in UFC history. That’s some great company to be in. Cerrone’s 14 victories by stoppage, has him tied with Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva for the most wins by stoppage in UFC history. Also great company to be in. So, a win by knockout, TKO or submission tomorrow night…secures both records.
To say this dude has had an impressive career is an understatement. He already holds the UFC record for most knockouts stemming from a head kick, with 6. No one else has more than 4. He also has 13 UFC fight night bonuses, which puts him in a tie for 3rd for that record.
After the retirement of Chris Lytle, Donald Cerrone became my guy. I love well-rounded fighters that put on exciting fights and these guys both fit the bill. Championships aren’t important to me, it’s how you perform in the octagon that wins me over. It’s the fighters that, even when they lose, earn fight of the night bonuses because of the battle they waged. Cerrone lost a unanimous decision to Benson Henderson in a WEC Lightweight Championship fight in 2009 and the fight earned Fight of The Year honors. This is the shit I’m talking about!
Fighters like Cerrone are special animals. They raise the bar. Every time they fight an elite opponent, they force that fighter to fight the best fight of their career because that is the only way you’re going to beat them. They bring it each and every time they glove up.
The fact that he’s a real-life cowboy, drinks Diesels at post-fight and never goes on Joe Rogan’s podcast without a dip in…doesn’t hurt either. Could he be more my guy?! Nope. I hope he puts Mike Perry to sleep with a head kick in the first round, earns knockout of the night honors and then goes on to break every single UFC record in the book.
Mike Perry is a well-rounded fighter with a significant advantage in both size and power and Cerrone has also lost 4 of his last 5 fights. I personally think he got fucked in the decision loss to Robbie Lawler but, nevertheless, Perry is the odds on favorite at -185. However, Perry is 4-3 in the UFC, and has a loss to Max Griffin earlier this year. I know he’s a physical specimen, but I think at this stage in his career, he’s vulnerable to a technician of Cerrone’s caliber. I’m also a big believer that great fighters fight great fights at great moments.
So, I’m taking Donald Cerrone at +185 because I think tomorrow is his destiny. There’s no way in hell he’s letting anything, or anyone, prevent him from breaking the most coveted of all UFC records, most wins. At 35-years-old, I fully expect Cowboy to have one of his best performances of his career and that will simply be more than Mike Perry can handle.