Donald Cerrone almost called off today’s UFC Singapore main event.
The veteran UFC fighter, who will likely be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the end of his storied career, said he was very close to cancelling his scheduled fight with Leon Edwards just hours prior to today’s event in Singapore.
“This is the first time in my career that I’ve ever almost called Dana White and said, ‘I’m not coming to work today,’” Cerrone told reporters in Singapore (via MMAFighting). “And then I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Man, you’re not that guy. Just go.’ But that had nothing to do with the way I fought. I’m proud of myself actually for getting in there and fighting, so I’m happy, I don’t have any remorse. I don’t think I lost any stock, so all good.”
Cerrone said he had been throwing up from the time he woke up on Saturday morning right up until the late afternoon, just hours ahead of his bout with Edwards.
“I was just sick, throwing up, just feeling… I couldn’t get out of bed, man,” Cerrone recalled. “I was just feeling like sh*t all morning, all day. I just wasn’t feeling like showing up to work is what I was feeling. It’s the closest in my career I’ve ever been to calling the boss and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to make it.’ And then I just rolled over at five o’clock and looked at the mirror and said, ‘You’re not that guy, so get up and lets go,’ and here I am.”
Donald Cerrone, who is now 35 years of age, has now gone just 1-4 over his past five fights. With that said, “Cowboy” has no plans of calling it quits. In fact, the popular former UFC lightweight title challenger hopes to fight at least two more times before the end of the year.
“I’m getting old in this sport and I love every minute of it, man,” Cerrone said. “But maybe the new kids are coming, maybe they’re not, I don’t know, but there are sure tough guys out there. There’s not enough people like me that give those guys a chance, so I’m glad I can be the guy that’s in there and I’ll fight any of you guys. Come on, let’s have fun. Tonight, the smiles on my face are more than you can even imagine. The pasion I have out there I love it to the core, this is what I enjoy doing, man. If tonight was my last fight, I’d be upset, but I’m going to go until the UFC says, ‘‘Cowboy’ enough, enough, enough.’”
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