Donald Cerrone Clears Up Talk About When He’ll Retire

Things didn’t go as Donald Cerrone had planned heading into his latest fight.

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Things didn’t go as Donald Cerrone had planned heading into his latest fight.

As seen in the main event of Saturday’s (June 23, 2018) UFC Singapore event in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, the former title contender lost to rising contender Leon Edwards by unanimous decision.

As a result of this loss, Cerrone is now just 1-4 in his last five fights. On the flip side, Edwards continues to rise up the welterweight rankings as he is now on a six fight winning streak following the biggest win thus far in his pro-MMA career.

Following the event, Cerrone cleared up talk about he’ll retire from the sport and what’s next for him.

‘Cowboy’ will fight until told by the UFC to stop and even has plans to fight two more times this year.

“I don’t think I lost any stock,” Cerrone told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 132 post-event news conference (transcript courtesy of MMAJunkie). “I love my job more than any of you can ever imagine. I love getting in there and fighting, so winning and losing is part of this game. Of course it sucks. I only got half my check, but hey, I had fun. I really did. I had a good time.”

“He went out there and got the unanimous decision, five rounds, good for him,” Cerrone said. “Congratulations. I’m still looking to fight two more times this year, so if there’s anybody out there looking to fight ‘Cowboy,’ the old dog, give me a call and we can set this up.”

“I’m going to go until UFC says, ”’Cowboy,’ enough, bro. Enough, enough, enough,’” Cerrone said. “(I want to fight) at least five more years, definitely. At least. Until the UFC says, ‘No more.’”

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Stipe Miocic Explains Why He Won’t Fight Brock Lesnar Shortly After UFC 226

Stipe Miocic continues to address a potential fight with Brock Lesnar.

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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic continues to address a potential fight with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

UFC heavyweight champion is slated to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event. However, that has not stopped him from talking about a potential showdown with Lesnar.

Lesnar has competed just once inside of the cage since 2011. The former UFC champion holds notable wins over fighters such as Shane Carwin Randy Couture and Frank Mir.

Hard-hitting heavyweight star Mark Hunt is the last man to have fought Lesnar in the Octagon at UFC 200 in 2016. This marked Lesnar’s return to MMA after an almost five-year retirement.

As seen in the fight, Lesnar won a unanimous decision that night which was subsequently overturned when it was revealed he failed two USADA issued drug tests before the bout. This led to Hunt filing a civil suit against Lesnar and the UFC to settle his grievances.

Now, there is speculation that Lesnar might show up to UFC 226 to call out the winner of this main event fight. The only issue with this grand idea is the fact that Miocic may not want to fight Lesnar right away and has a good reason for it.

“Honestly, I heard about that too, they’ve talked about it before at that press conference,” Miocic said about the Lesnar rumors in a recent interview with Submission Radio (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania). “Like I said, all I care about it July 7th, it’s all I’ve got my mind on, and after that, I’ll worry about it afterward. Then I’ll worry about my daughter being born.”

“No, probably not, [I wouldn’t fight Brock] right now. I’d do it, but not right away,” Miocic continued. “I plan on [taking a break after my daughter is born]. I mean, it’s the plan. I gotta enjoy my daughter.”

“Everyone’s tough, it doesn’t matter,” Miocic said. “Everyone can win on any given night. It’s the fight game. Honestly, like I said, I don’t really care what’s happening outside of it right now, my focus is on July 7th. Good for Brock, good for Curtis [Blaydes], I wish nothing but the best for them, but right now all I care about is DC, July 7th.”

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UFC Singapore Reebok Payouts: Donald Cerrone Tops List

UFC Singapore is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Singapore (UFC Fight Night 132) took place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main car…

UFC Singapore is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Singapore (UFC Fight Night 132) took place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main card aired on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 8 a.m. […]

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Lyoto Machida Releases Statement On Bellator MMA Signing

Machida releases a statement on his decision to sign with Bellator…

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has finally parted ways with the UFC after over 10 years of hard-working service.

In a surprise move, “The Dragon” announced he had signed with rival promotion Bellator on Friday to the confusion of MMA fans. Machida is coming off of a career-reviving knockout over fellow Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort at UFC 224, and seemed poised to re-sign with the UFC after fighting out his most recent contract.

Machida took to social media after the news broke to provide fight fans with some explanation for the move:

“Hello everyone, I’m here to announce a great change in my career. My contract with UFC has finished, and I’m going to a new house: Bellator, which is a great MMA event that has been growing a lot here in the United States. I’m very grateful for everything that happened with me in the UFC.

“I’m very happy with everything I lived. I believe that everything in our lives is made of periods. All that comes is great and all that goes is also great. We have to be open to new changes, new challenges. This is how I think. My best regards to all of you, and I wish you keep on supporting me, because everytime I fight and everytime I practice, I do my best for all of you.”

Olá pessoal, estou aqui para anunciar uma grande mudança na minha carreira profissional. Meu contrato com UFC encerrou e eu estou indo para uma nova casa: para o Bellator, que é um grande evento do MMA e que tem crescido muito aqui nos Estados Unidos. Sou muito grato por tudo o que aconteceu comigo no UFC, sou muito feliz por tudo que eu vivi ali. Eu acredito que tudo na nossa vida são ciclos. Tudo que vem é muito legal e tudo o que vai também é legal. Temos que estar abertos a novas mudanças, novos desafios. E essa é minha mentalidade! Um grande abraço a todos vocês, quero que vocês continuem me acompanhando, porque sempre que eu participo das lutas, sempre que eu estou em treinamento eu estou dando sempre o meu melhor e é para vocês Hello everyone, I'm here to announce a great change in my career. My contract with UFC has finished, and I'm going to a new house: Bellator, which is a great MMA event that has been growing a lot here in the United States. I'm very grateful for everything that happened with me in the UFC. I'm very happy with everything I lived. I believe that everything in our lives is made of periods. All that comes is great and all that goes is also great. We have to be open to new changes, new challenges. This is how I think. My best regards to all of you, and I wish you keep on supporting me, because everytime I fight and everytime I practice, I do my best for all of you. @bellatormma #bellatormma

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“The Dragon” captured UFC gold after knocking out former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans back at UFC 98 and eventually moved down to middleweight where he fell short in his pursuit of the title.

Now at 40 years old, Machida joins a promotion where he holds a knockout victory over their light heavyweight champion and a dominant decision victory over the middleweight champ.

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UFC Singapore Video Recap: Edwards beats Cowboy by decision

He didn’t get a statement finish over Donald Cerrone, but Leon Edwards did prove he deserves to fight among the elite at 170 lbs. In the headlining fight of UFC Singapore, the UK’s Leon Edwards finally proved that he is worthy of being di…

He didn’t get a statement finish over Donald Cerrone, but Leon Edwards did prove he deserves to fight among the elite at 170 lbs.

In the headlining fight of UFC Singapore, the UK’s Leon Edwards finally proved that he is worthy of being discussed among the upper echelon of fighters in the UFC’s welterweight shark tank. To do this, the 13th ranked fighter outstruck — and largely outclassed — the 11th ranked Donald Cerrone.

Edwards went into the fight saying he needed to finish Cowboy impressively, like his English rival Darren Till did in Poland, but this night (or early morning) he couldn’t find the strikes he needed to put the veteran away.

What was the high point of the fight?

The opening moments of the first round really set the tone for the entire contest. Edwards took the centre of the cage like he owned it and quickly threw a vicious kick towards Cerrone’s liver. It landed and looked like it hurt, but it didn’t crumple Cowboy like we’ve seen in the past. Off that kick Edwards bullied Cerrone to the fence. There they clinched (like they would throughout this contest) and Edwards landed a knee that sliced open a cut along Cerrone’s brow. On the break Edwards landed a lightning fast left elbow strike that stunned Cerrone, which was a sign of what would come.

Edwards repeated this tactic again and again in the fight. Sometimes he caught Cerrone with the elbow as they separated against the cage and other times he did it while they clinched in the centre of the Octagon. Cerrone had no answers for it and just didn’t seem quick or sharp enough to see it coming. The damage that caused, and the confidence it gave Edwards, likely helped a great deal when it came down to the judges’ scorecards.

Where do these two go from here?

Edwards will almost certainly improve in the rankings off of this decision. He’ll probably climb up to 11th, taking Cowboy’s spot. When speaking to former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy, Edwards was concise in calling out 9th ranked Jorge Masvidal. That fight makes a ton of sense based on the rankings and more than likely it will produce an entertaining spectacle. After Edwards’ last fight he called out Darren Till, and that didn’t go anywhere, but now with a win over a ‘big name’ there’s a better chance that he gets what he asks for.

As far Cerrone, that’s his fourth loss in five fights. He was by no means embarrassed by Edwards, nor did he get especially hurt. However, the lopsided defeat likely means that Cowboy’s days of testing himself against the best of the division are over. Expect to see him faced up against similarly tenured fighters in the future or more up-and-comers who want to build a name off of his downfall. But no matter the match-ups, there’s still a good chance the veteran will deliver fun fights for some time to come.

Watch it now, later, or never?

It wasn’t a barn-burner, but it also wasn’t immediately forgettable. Check it out later; it’s on UFC Fight Pass right now.

Here are some highlights in the meantime:

Chandler’s Bellator MMA Contract Due To Expire ‘Imminently’

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler could be a free agent very shortly.
According to a report by ESPN, Chandler’s contract with Bellator is due to expire “imminently.” The exact date is unknown, but it is expected to …

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler could be a free agent very shortly.

According to a report by ESPN, Chandler’s contract with Bellator is due to expire “imminently.” The exact date is unknown, but it is expected to happen soon. As arguably the greatest fighter in Bellator history, Chandler would be a huge loss for the promotion.

Luckily for Bellator, negotiations for a new contract have already begun. Chandler is open to sinking his teeth into free agency, but the 32-year-old would also like to stay with the organization he has called home since 2010.

If Bellator ended up losing out on Chandler, it’s highly likely that we’d see Chandler shifting over to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Fight fans have long imagined a world in which Chandler was competing inside of the Octagon. A contractual fallout between Chandler and Bellator now could eventually lead to that scenario.

Chandler has resigned with the promotion once before so it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he stayed right where he is. But without a belt wrapped around his waist — Chandler lost his 155-pound title to Brent Primus last year — it may be easier for Chandler to walk away this time around.

We shall see what Chandler does heading into the second half of 2018. Whether it’s Bellator or UFC, you better believe the veteran contender will be on the hunt for gold.