Life on the ranch could be called paradise to some. The peace and quiet of the open range has a way of soothing a person's nerve, while the tranquility of the surrounding nature makes few people ever want to leave. You would never think of a professional fighter as someone who would live of the land, but that is exactly where you will find UFC superstar Donald the Cowboy Cerrone when he isn't in the octagon.
Donald Cerrone was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA on March 29th, 1983. Donald initial started his combat training in muay thai. He would learn the art of the eight limbs at Freedom fighters, a gym located in Commerce City, Colorado. The Cowboy began a professional career in muay thai and would go undefeated in 29 bouts.Having only a strong stand up base, Donald would need to refine his ground skills when entering his next challenge in the realm of combat sports, MMA.
Having relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald began training at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting with his good friend Leonard Garcia. Greg Jackson has become one of the most sought after trainers in all of mixed martial arts. His cerebral approach to the sport has attracted a whoís who of top MMA talent including current UFC title holders Georges St-Pierre, and Jon Jones.
Donald would go on to put his new found submission skills to work, and after his first seven professional bouts he had accrued seven wins by submission. His perfect record would be put to the test as he had got the call to fight for the new Zuffa owned World Extreme Cagefighting.
The title bout would go down at WEC 38 and again controversy would find the cowboy. The fight was a back a forth affair with Varner scoring the takedowns, while Cerrone was winning the fight while it was on the feet. In the fifth and final round, Jamie Varner would receive an illegal knee from Cerrone which scratch the eye of Varner and made him unable to continue the fight. The winner would be determined by the score cards and Varner would keep his belt for the time being. Varner would was out of action indefinitely and an interim title was to be decided between the Cowboy and fast rising star Benson Henderson. Again another fight of the night would ensue between the two warriors, but the high level wrestling pedigree of Henderson would be the deciding factor with the judges. The fans wanted to see another bout between the two and with Cerrone winning another tough fight against Ed Ratcliff at WEC 45, a second show down between the Cowboy and Henderson would take place. Unfortunately for Cerrone, this fight was not his best performance and he was forced to submit in the first round to a guillotine choke.
Cerrone would find some solace in his next fight in the WEC as he was matched up against former nemesis Jamie Varner. This time there would be a winner and the Cowboy rode off with a unanimous decision. Shortly after his bout, Zuffa would merge the WEC into the UFC and take its top talent with it. No surprise Donald was among those selected to fight for the UFC. Donald's UFC debut would see him paired up with scrappy English fighter Paul Kelly at UFC 126 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout would earn fight of the night honours with Cerrone being the victor by rear naked choke. Cerrone would then go on to win his nest two UFC bouts against Vagner Roacha and hot prospect Charles Oliveria. With a three fight winning streak in the UFC, the Cowboy is riding high up the light weight rankings.
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