Diego Sanchez Says ‘Cowboy’ Fight Is ‘Big Possibility’ For This Year

This would be an epic brawl!

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Longtime UFC veteran Diego Sanchez may have a fight this weekend at UFC 228, but that’s not the only thing dominating his mind at the moment.

Recently, some in-house beef has ensued at Sanchez’s longtime gym, Jackson-Wink MMA. Fellow Jackson-Wink veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone took to Joe Rogan’s podcast to voice his grievances with the team.

Most of the issues came after the gym welcomed in “Platinum” Mike Perry, who will be fighting “Cowboy” in November. Cerrone unloaded on gym co-owner Mike Winkeljohn for apparently being more money-driven above all else.

Sanchez was irked by Cerrone’s remarks, but the most unsettling thing to Sanchez was “Cowboy’s” accusations towards wrestling coach Chad Smith. Cerrone suggested Smith sold ******** to teenagers before joining the team.

After hearing these comments, Sanchez would love to get into the cage with “Cowboy” to defend his gym’s honor, and believes it can happen before the end of the year (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“It hurt to see ‘Cowboy’ trashing these guys that work so hard, and they put in the time in the sport,” Sanchez said.

“Gyms go through ups, gyms go through downs. It is a business. It’s about money. Winkeljohn has $40,000 a month he pays on overhead on our facility.

“So, there are decisions that have to be made. I was just more emotional because ‘Cowboy’ trash talked a really good man, my wrestling coach Chad Smith. He’s a really good dude.

“He never sold no ******** to no kids. And he’s lucky – ‘Cowboy’ is lucky that Chad is such a good dude, or else he would be suing him for defamation of character right now.”

Sanchez will take on Craig White at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas this weekend (Sat. September 8, 2018). The fight will headline the UFC Fight Pass exclusive preliminary card, which will run five fights-long.

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Mike Perry Refutes Donald Cerrone’s Claims About Jackson-Wink

On last Wednesday’s installments of the JRE MMA Show, Donald Cerrone made several eyebrow-raising claims about the state of Jackson-Wink MMA Academy after Coach Mike Winkeljohn decided to corner Mike Perry headed into the UFC Fight Night 139 bout again…

On last Wednesday’s installments of the JRE MMA Show, Donald Cerrone made several eyebrow-raising claims about the state of Jackson-Wink MMA Academy after Coach Mike Winkeljohn decided to corner Mike Perry headed into the UFC Fight Night 139 bout against Cerrone. Among those claims is that Jackson-Wink had become a “puppy mill” and that anybody […]

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Mike Perry Unveils Results Of Sparring Session With Donald Cerrone

Mike Perry detailed his recent sparring session with Donald Cerrone.

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UFC veteran Donald Cerrone has had a highly publicized spat with his longtime team at JacksonWink MMA this week. Adding fuel to that fire, it’s time Cerrone’s upcoming opponent Mike Perry unveils the results of a sparring session he had with ‘Cowboy.’

Cerrone took JacksonWink to task this week for supposedly failing to provide enough attention to their top-level fighters. JacksonWink coach Mike Winkeljohn was quick to respond and call Cerrone ‘narcissistic.’ Coach Wink obviously sided with Perry in the ordeal. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate was none too pleased with that stance.

It’s an ongoing saga. Perry recently revealed the results of his sparring session with Cerrone during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio. “Platinum” said Cerrone was quite easy to hit, but he didn’t want to go full-on with “Cowboy”:

“So I go to the BMF ranch – this would be the second time we sparred. We didn’t even spar, because he’s so easy for me to punch in the face that I didn’t punch him in the face like that. I was throwing jabs, and I was able to just touch him with the end of my glove, and I was like, man, I’m not going to open up on him here in his house on his ranch with all his people around.”

Grappling Was Another Story

Perry then revealed that he still wanted to get a high-level training session in, so he reverted to grappling. He admitted that Cerrone avoided his takedowns and controlled him on the ground for a significant amount of time:

“But I want to get this work, I want to get this aggressive energy out of me. So I started shooting takedowns, and I’m not that good at wrestling; just defensive wrestling moreso. And we went for 23 minutes straight. There wasn’t a lot of punches involved. I started shooting in takedowns to get that energy going and get that sweat and actually try hard.

“So I start shooting takedowns, and he kind of reversed me. I got up once or twice, and then the last 10 minutes of that round, he was on top of me. I was trying to pull some sweeps, or subs, but he’s a slick grappler, too, I wasn’t able to get him off of me the last 10 minutes.

“He’s laying on me at 23 minutes, and he kind of looks at me, and I just tapped him on the shoulder, like, ‘Alright, (expletive), get off of me.’”

Perry made it plain to see that Cerrone seemingly controlled him during their grappling exchanges. He does appear to insist he got the better of the striking, however.

Cerrone and Perry will square off in the co-main event of November 10’s UFC Fight Night 139 from Denver, Colorado.

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Miesha Tate Goes Off On Donald Cerrone vs. JacksonWink

Miesha Tate sounded off on the Donald Cerrone/JacksonWink drama.

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This week, the MMA world was beset by a surprising drama between UFC vet Donald Cerrone and his longtime gym JacksonWink MMA. Now it’s time Miesha Tate goes off on the bitter feud.

The drama fixated on a disagreement centered on the direction of the gym. Cerrone said he wanted the Albuquerque, NM-based MMA mecca to remain true to helping top fighters. He thinks the team’s decreased win percentage is a testament to how they’ve fallen.

But JacksonWink co-owner Mike Winkeljohn soon responded. His stance focused on his idea that ‘Cowboy’ is only about himself and could not be more narcissistic. It’s created a heated debate in MMA circles due to the personal nature of the conflict.

A Top Name Supports Cerrone

Some have sided with ‘Cowboy,’ others with one of the sport’s top gyms. A prominent name who sided with the former is former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Tate opened up on the situation on Sirius XM Fight Nation’s MMA Tonight (via MMA Fighting), noting that JacksonWink has been in this precarious spot before:

“This is reminiscent,” Tate said. “I feel like we’ve heard this story about this camp before when it was Rashad Evans and him feeling like he was pushed out of the spot with Jon Jones coming in.

“What I think is not cool, if it had been someone that had been training there like Carlos Condit or someone like that who had been training there a long time and they were gonna fight each other and both had that mutual respect, and mutual foundation at that gym, that’s different. But when the new guy is coming in and he’s like, ‘I wanna fight Cowboy’ and he comes to Cowboy’s gym, I think that the right thing to do by the gym – I think there’s some loyalty that should be towards Cowboy. He’s been there a really, really long time.”

Loyalty In Question

Much of the beef between Cerrone and JacksonWink centers around ‘Cowboy’s’ upcoming UFC Denver opponent Mike Perry. “Platinum” was fixated on fighting Cerrone as he began training at JacksonWink. Cerrone wasn’t happy about that.

Tate believes the gym should have been more loyal to their longtime flagship member. She suggested they should not have accepted Perry into their fold right before he fought Cerrone:

“‘This is probably not the camp for you to come in, Mike, because you’re fighting our boy. Cowboy has been with us forever. We’d love for you to come in for the next camp but Cowboy’s our dude,’” Tate said. “That’s how I think. Even though I know Cowboy doesn’t drive there every single day, he doesn’t train at the gym – there are some other reasons I think behind that, I think – that’s just me. That’s how I hope my gym would operate if I was under those circumstances.”

The drama has boiled over into many different perspectives. Longtime JacksonWink MMA fighter Diego Sanchez supported the gym. Perry promised he would send Cerrone to a ‘beautiful death’ when they fought.

The discord is quickly becoming personal as it takes over MMA headlines for this week. Where do you stand with this heated faceoff?

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Jackson-Wink Fighter Vows To Give Donald Cerrone A ‘Beautiful Death’

Mike Perry vowes ‘Beautiful Death’ for Donald Cerrone.

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Jackson-Wink fighter Mike Perry has vowed to give Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone a ‘Spartan worthy beautiful death’ at UFC Denver.

Cerrone made headlines earlier this week on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He publicly lambasted his former team Jackson-Wink MMA. Claiming that the once fabled gym had since lost its luster. Coach Winkeljohn wasted little time firing back at Cerrone. Claiming he had never seen anyone as narcissistic as Cerrone in his life. Former longtime teammate Diego Sanchez even weighed in on the matter.

Now “Platinum” Perry has responded.

Perry, who is a known jokester, tweeted Youtube celebrity Logan Paul. The tweet was meant to be a dig at Cerrone for claiming that any old “bum” off the street can come train at Jackson-Wink.

View Mike Perry’s first Twitter post here:

Perry then turned his attention directly toward Cerrone. Saying that “Cowboy” has no idea what money problems are. And adding that he will, in fact, give Cerrone a “Spartan beautiful death.”

View Mike Perry’s second tweet here:

For good measure, Perry shot a quick video for Cerrone. Perry can be heard yelling “I’m coming for you! (growl) I’m coming for you in front of the whole world, motherf**ker! You earned it. You earned it.”

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Mike Winkeljohn Responds To Donald Cerrone’s Verbal Assault

Mike Winkeljohn fired back at Donald Cerrone’s harsh claims.

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Following an all-out assault on his gym, now is the moment Mike Winkeljohn responds to Donald Cerrone’s claims.

The longtime UFC vet took JacksonWink MMA to task on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. ‘Cowboy’ suggested that the famous gym has begun to take ‘bums off the street’ in a ‘puppy mill’-like atmosphere.

Much of the division came supposedly came from Cerrone’s upcoming opponent mike Perry training at JacksonWink. Winkeljohn fired back at Cerrone in a response to MMAjunkie, insisting the discord had been brewing forever. The storied coach insisted that the fan favorite was actually to blame due to his selfishness:

“I put up with it for a long time because Greg has the biggest heart in the world,” Winkeljohn said. “He’s like my little brother. But at the same time, it was causing division.

“And by the way, of the teams that went out there, I think it’s 100 percent of people lost, because ‘Cowboy’ wants to do what he wants to do on his timeframe, and it didn’t work for the fighters that train out there at the gym. So that made our percentage look bad, because we lost a lot of fights because of it.

“If Perry wasn’t at my gym, I’m so much happier now that I got rid of the division in my gym (and) somebody that doesn’t want to help others and wants to do his own thing. It has absolutely nothing to do with Perry, and everything to do with Perry.”

Cerrone blasted JacksonWink’s new pupils and coaches, especially wrestling specialist Chad Smith. Winkeljohn stood by the gym’s fighters and coaches, blasting ‘Cowboy’ for how selfish he became:

“What would ‘Cowboy’ do if it was his gym? Well let me think. If I wanted to go into his gym use it when I wanted to, not be respectful, not help others, pull people and coaches away from the gym, and do things for myself, and then tell the new gym not to work with this person they’ve been working with because it’s all about yourself, what would ‘Cowboy’ do? I know what ‘Cowboy’ would do: The same thing I did, and that was basically, ‘Sorry kids, (expletive) that.’”

The gloves are off between ‘Cowboy’ and his onetime home base. It appears the bad blood runs deep, and we most likely haven’t heard the end of this one.

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