Donald Cerrone picked up a huge win in the Ottawa main event, defeating Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision and cementing himself as one of the top contenders in the UFC lightweight division.
From the sounds of it, however, he didn’t enter the fight in a great frame of mind.
“I was telling my corners, I felt terrible starting that fight,” Cerrone said post-fight (via MMA Fighting). “I couldn’t find it, back in the locker room I didn’t want to warm up. I didn’t want to get ready, I didn’t want to hit pads, I didn’t want to wrestle. I didn’t want to fight until the second round. People always say I’m a slow starter and, ‘What Cowboy are you going to get?’ And we train hard, we train so hard and we try and find for our opponents to beat us so that we can show up and beat them on our worst day. And today was my worst day.
“Thank God it’s been 41 fights in Zuffa that I’ve been here because I was able to, like, fake it ‘til you make it, ‘cause you fake it long enough and you find it. In the second round it was like, there it is and let’s go to work. It’s just tough, because I think the younger me would have quit. It’s just crazy, there’s like memes out there of lions with little cubs saying, ‘I would have quit until I realized who was watching’ and it was like, yeah, motherf*cker, let’s go.”
“The Cowboy you get is a crapshoot,” Cerrone added. “If it was Al, he had my number, he should have just f*ckin’ turned it on in the first round because I was lost. I don’t know where I was, but I wasn’t in the fight.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/3/2019.