Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mixed martial arts is the most intense sport imaginable. And no one in the sport seeks intensity like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Thus he is uniquely suited to describe what it’s like to enter the Octagon.

“This is what I love,” said Cerrone on MMAjunkie Radio, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “I love fighting. It’s like the scariest, most intense, fun feeling. I couldn’t even explain it to you. From right now, can’t sleep at night, eating’s hard, make the weight, half the battle’s over. Fight day, Fuck. All your friends are like, ‘You’re going to kill him!’ Uh, no, b*****. I’ve got to go in there and fight. It doesn’t just go like that. Scared. Pack your s****. We’re in the arena. All your teammates are fighting. Your coach is there.

“It’s crazy. It’s scary. You go throw up in the bathroom – I do anyways. Then you walk down the hall with f***ing lights in your face. Now you’re live on TV. You walk down that tunnel, and you’re like, ‘Holy s***.’ Six weeks, and it’s here, and it’s now.”

“I’ve been on the edge of a plane about to jump out, I’ve been on top of mountains, and nothing puts that f***ing hair on the back of my neck feeling like walking to that f***ing Octagon and they shut that door. And you’re like, ‘Well, there’s only two ways this can go right: in or out.’”

“Come Sunday, I’ve won in my mind. … The old WEC kicking ass cowboy is back. I feel it. I’m hungry. I can’t wait to stand in the Octagon and stare across and see Yancy and think, ‘Oh you poor son of a b****, you’re the one who drew bad?'”

This is what’s less intense than fighting:

Donald Cerrone fights Yancy Medeiros in the main event of UFC Fight Night 126: Cowboy vs. Medeiros on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, United States.