Donald Cerrone admits he was ready to retire prior to Conor McGregor loss: “I didn’t enjoy it”

Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone, UFC 246
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Former UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone was ready to hang it up long before he actually did.

‘Cowboy’ faced off against Jim Miller in a rematch at UFC 276 last Saturday night in Las Vegas. The second encounter would go much differently despite Cerrone winning their first bout by a knockout in 2014.

After a back and forth first round, Miller submitted Cerrone in the second frame. The loss was the sixth in the last seven contests. Following the submission defeat, the 39-year-old decided to announce his retirement.

At the UFC 276 press conference, Donald Cerrone discussed his retirement. The fan favorite revealed that he wanted to hang up the gloves for a long time. Cerrone admitted that he was even ready to retire prior to his showdown with Conor McGregor.

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The Irishman faced off with Donald Cerrone in January 2020 at UFC 246. In arguably the biggest fight of his career, ‘Cowboy’ suffered a first-round knockout. Now in retirement, Cerrone has looked back on the loss.

Donald Cerrone
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“Before I fought [Conor] McGregor, I knew. Then after the McGregor fight, I took another fight and I was just going through the motions. I didn’t enjoy it, didn’t love it. I knew the time was soon I just had to pick the right time. So I took a lot of time off and then called my agent and said let’s get a fight, and I just knew this was going to be the last one.” (h/t MMAFighting)

Donald Cerrone continued, “My wife played soccer in college, and a lot of the things that kept me going in the last fights of my life was, she was like, ‘I wish I could go back and just play one more game. ‘You have the chance to do one more fight. Go experience it and love it.’ And I was trying to love it, I was trying to find it, and I was trying to experience it.”

“I just was doing it for all the wrong reasons. I was doing it for everybody else and on myself. But retiring tonight, that was for me, and I f****** feel good about it. I’m gonna go home tonight and crack me a nice cold Budweiser and f****** chug it all the way down and be like, ‘Ahh. Good career, Cowboy.’”

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