The Cowboy doesn’t give a crap that he’s listed as an underdog for his UFC Battle Night time principal occasion match towards Al Iaquinta on Could four in Ottawa.
Matter of factly, the UFC’s ninth-ranked light-weight, Cowboy Cerrone, when requested about his opponent, who’s ranked fourth, mentioned, “I’ll beat the man. He has doubt in his thoughts. When he acquired the decision to struggle me, he was scared.”
Positive, on the earth of Final Combating, there’s a sprint of WWE showmanship, however The Cowboy is a man who’s normally in a position to again up the speak.
“He’s a really sturdy man, a gritty, old-school fighter that’s arduous to place away,” mentioned Cerrone, on the town Tuesday to advertise the struggle. “He’s sort of a gradual, sluggish brawler, clearly he’s harder than hell. He needs to be in your face and making an attempt to struggle. However he doesn’t have an actual skillset. I really feel like I’m a means higher striker and higher kicker than he’s, so I’ll positively use that. I imagine my floor recreation is means superior to his. Whether or not the struggle stays standing or goes to the bottom, I’m searching for a end both means.”
It could say Donald on his delivery certificates, however for so long as he can bear in mind, Cowboy Cerrone has been Cowboy.
“My mother and grandma referred to as me Cowboy,” mentioned Cerrone, who turns 36 Friday. “After I got here into the UFC and I began listening to the title Donald, it was so bizarre. Now, I’m again to Cowboy.”
Cerrone is a man who’s not missing on confidence — some might name it swagger.
“It’s who I’ve been, at all times,” he mentioned. “(However in a match) being overconfident will get you into simply as a lot bother as being underconfident so strolling that line is essential.”
With a file of 35-11 and a no-contest, Cerrone, who began kickboxing when he was 20, has been there, executed that. Within the ring, he leaves nothing within the tank. He’s a show-stopper, giving followers their cash’s price. He stormed again into the light-weight division with a show-stealing victory over Alexander Hernandez on Jan. 19. He additionally holds highlight-reel victories towards Edson Barboza, Mike Perry, Matt Brown and Rick Story.
“After I began kickboxing, I wasn’t 21 but and I had to make use of a pretend ID to drink on the bars,” he mentioned. ” I bear in mind exhibiting up for my first struggle in New York Metropolis, the weigh-ins had been the following day, we went out and acquired hammered drunk. I needed to struggle hung over in my first struggle. I knocked the man out within the first spherical — thank God as a result of I had the ragingest headache I’ve ever had. I used to not care about successful and shedding. We’d at all times go and social gathering our asses off.”
He signed up with World Excessive Cagefighting and realized jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
“I didn’t know something about it. My dad employed me a black belt, I moved to Vail, Colorado, up within the mountains and educated thrice a day,” mentioned Cerrone. “I had a month earlier than my MMA struggle, I knew nothing about something. I triangled the man within the first spherical.”
UFC purchased WEC in 2010 in order that gave Cerrone a shot on the “massive leagues.” The Cowboy lives in the midst of nowhere in New Mexico on a 40-acre ranch. On website, there’s a facility for him to work out and a spot for his coaching companions to remain.
“We don’t increase cattle, we increase dangerous motherf—–s on the market,” he mentioned.
Proper now, he’s centered on his subsequent match. From there, who is aware of?
“It’s been a hell of a journey; I like it, I wouldn’t change it for the world,” mentioned Cerrone. “I’m on the way in which up, however I can see the tip of the tunnel, for positive. I’m getting previous, man … I’m getting previous. If I ever acquired minimize from the UFC, I wouldn’t try to work my means again up once more. I’ll be like, ‘Properly, that’s that. It’s been an excellent run, I’m outta right here.’ If I retire, that’s a unique story, I’d come again sooner or later.
“I’m going to try to be a film star, I’ve been doing a little appearing. I did Equalizer 2 and I simply did a brand new Mark Wahlberg motion film that’s popping out. I’ve to search out one thing the place I can help the identical monetary habits I’ve now. I’m doing effectively. However I nonetheless reside paycheque to paycheque.”
UFC Battle Night time would be the 29th UFC card in Canada, the second in Ottawa. Tickets for the occasion, which will likely be held at Canadian Tire Centre, are on sale at Ticketmaster. It’s going to additionally air reside on TSN and RDS.
CANADIANS IN SPOTLIGHT: When placing collectively occasions in Canada, UFC tries to mix world starpower with an excellent mixture of fighters from this nation. So UFC Battle Night time in Ottawa Could four may have among the finest this nation has to supply.
“What I’m actually excited is to see among the most enjoyable expertise we’ve acquired in Canada,” mentioned David Shaw, UFC’s senior VP of worldwide and content material. “We now have guys like Brad Katona, this child from Winnipeg who gained Final Fighter. We’ve acquired guys like Marc-André Barriault, the TKO champion out of Montreal, he’ll struggle in UFC for the primary time. We’ve acquired a man like Alemann Zahabi who’s from a high pedigree of blended martial arts in Montreal or Mitch Gagnon who hasn’t fought in a couple of years, however was within the high 5. These guys have a shot in entrance of what is going to be a neighborhood crowd and little doubt they’ll be capable of reap the benefits of it. The long run’s actually vivid for blended martial arts in Canada, and the Ottawa card is absolutely going to highlight that.”
It’s a pleasant benefit for the homegrown expertise to struggle on house soil in a sport by which the viewers will be so vocal and supportive.
Mentioned Shaw: “It’s fully totally different in case you are a visiting crew, let’s simply say heading right down to the depth of a Brazil UFC occasion, and you haven’t any help behind you — actually, you’ve acquired 10,000 to 20,000 individuals screaming towards you. This can be a good alternative for Canadian athletes.”
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