Donald Cerrone announces his retirement from mixed martial arts at UFC 276. The UFC veteran took on Jim Miller at UFC 276, in what marked his 51st professional mixed martial arts bout. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.
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Cerrone stepped inside the cage with fellow veteran Jim Miller as both the fighters shared the Octagon in a fight to hold the record for most UFC wins. While Cerrone had an incredible start to the fight, the Cowboy paid the price during an exchange in the first minute of the second round.
Your new all-time wins leader – @JimMiller_155 🏆
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Both the fighters connected a high kick and landed on the canvas. However, Miller was quick enough to secure his position and snatch a guillotine choke to get the victory. In the process, he etched his name as the fighter with the most UFC wins to his name.
The last ride of an iconic career. Thank you @CowboyCerrone 👏🤠 pic.twitter.com/LEF6Lnea6i
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Following the fight, much to the surprise of fight fans around the world, Donald Cerrone announced his retirement from the sport.
“I don’t love it anymore Joe. It’s hard for me to get up and this is the longest camp I’ve had in a long time and I’m not complaining or anything. I just don’t love it anymore. I’m going to go be a movie star baby! It’s time to bow out.” Cerrone said in the post-fight Octagon interview.
Donald Cerrone will go down in the UFC Hall of Fame
Donald Cerrone has certainly had a career that will go down in the UFC’s Hall of Fame. The former lightweight title challenger bows out after spending more than a decade as a professional mixed martial artist.
Donald Cerrone made his mixed martial arts debut back in February of 2006. Having fought the who’s who of MMA, there’s no denying Cerrone’s greatness. He retired with a record of 36 wins, 17 losses, and 2 no-contest on his MMA resume.
It’s been a honor Donald Cerrone you the man 🙏
— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) July 3, 2022
Congratulations @Cowboycerrone on an amazing career, thank you for all of the great fights. #Legend
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) July 3, 2022
Such a fight between 2 legends 👏 #ufc276
— Jamie Mullarkey (@jamie_mullarkey) July 3, 2022
What a moment. Thank @Cowboycerrone 🙏 Standing ovation #TMOBILEARENA Enjoy retirement Cowboy 🇺🇸
— Mark O. Madsen (@MarkTheOlympian) July 3, 2022
Thus concludes the Legend of Cowboy. Goddamn. #ufc276 #AnyoneAnywhereAnytime
— Tanner Boser (@BulldozerBoser) July 3, 2022
@Cowboycerrone Thank you.
Legend. Inspiration. Cowboy 🤠#UFC276
— CharlesAirJourdain (@JourdainAir) July 3, 2022
The MMA community paid its respect to Donald Cerrone, and the messages continue to come Cerrone’s way as fans look back at the legacy that the Cowboy has left inside the Octagon.