Donald Cerrone was supposed to help kick off the UFC 274 pay-per-view with a friendly matchup against compatriot Joe Lauzon.
Instead, a last-minute illness, attributed to food poisoning, forced “Cowboy” to withdraw from the event just hours before the scheduled competition date. It was a devastating blow for Cerrone, who has generally been one of the most active fighters in the promotion and was eager to fight in front of his son. Cerrone commented on the situation via Instagram on Sunday.
“My heart is broken and torn,” Cerrone said. “I can’t believe I had to make that call. If you know me, you know that I pulled out only because I had to. Thank you to the UFC and the medical division for helping me out as much as possible, trying to make this buzzer, but we just couldn’t get it.
Cerrone, 39, is in the middle of a six-fight winless streak in UFC competition, and the finish line is in sight for the BMF Ranch founder. Currently among the all-time leaders in appearances, wins, finishes and bonuses, Cerrone would like to take another step before stopping.
“I have 48 fights under Zuffa,” Cerrone said. “I am saddened that I was unable to organize my 49th, a show for all of you. My number is 50, gentlemen. I will retire when I am 50 years old. So I still have two fights left in the UFC. So thank you, Dana White. Thank you, Joe Lauzon. Thank you for your understanding and not to fight with a sick and sick “Cowboy”. I wouldn’t want to fight this guy. You want a strong and healthy mother. So we’ll meet again.
“Like I said, ‘Cowboy’ has two more fights under Zuffa. I want 50 fights and then I bow out, and I’m off, guys. I’ll be back stronger than ever and ready to go. face the world.