Cowboy: F@$% this 2020

Donald Cerrone got a Marjority Draw vs. Niko Price at UFC on ESPN+ 36, but at the post-fight press conference, he said he’s treating it like a loss.

“This is the worst performance I’ve ever had, hands down,” said Cerrone. “I’m very upset with myself. I don’t know how else to say it, but I definitely count this as a loss. This is five in a row. And for someone who was out there fighting to keep his job, it wasn’t a very good job.”

“You know, all camp, all week, I felt good. Everything felt really good. I was hoping ‘Cowboy’ was gonna show up. And then, no. First round, I go in there – I think I was just wondering how many punches I could take until got knocked out. I had to have a serious talk to myself. There was one time that I almost dropped to a knee and I was like, ‘Oh you f***ing p***y Let’s go!’ Meanwhile, he was unloading on me!”

“Niko wants to do it again. I told him, ‘Let’s run this right back,’ and he was like, ‘Oh yeah!’ So I said, ‘Let me at least let me give you the opportunity to get the win. Let me at least give you the fair run. Let me try and show up.’ I don’t know what the secret is, but I told him, ‘Let me have January or February.’ I’m gonna take the rest of the year off. F*** this 2020, man, you know? I’m gonna go snowmobiling, play with my little kid. I’m actually going to step back and take some time, have some fun.

“I don’t know what else to tell you guys. I did not have fun tonight. I did not enjoy it. It sucked, man. I got beat. That’s five in a row. Five losses in a row, on someone who has accolades that run deeper than you can believe. It’s crazy. The most wins, the most finishes, the most head-kicks, the most whatever. And then to go five losses? I’ve got a lot to work on mentally and it has nothing to do with any of my coaches or my training partners – we did everything right, everything was good. Then this morning everything felt great. Then I get here and everything was like, whooooah. I wish I had the secret.”

“I just need to figure out something that I’m doing wrong. There’s no way I’m looking or talking of retirement. I’m just talking taking a few months off to f***ing regroup and figure some s*** out. That’s all.

“I’ve gotta do something. I’m gonna fight Niko again. … We’re gonna run it back again and I’m going to do everything I can in my power to come prepared. I’ll be fighting for my job, literally. So hopefully that lights the fire under my ass that I need.”

UFC president Dana White also spoke after the event, and saw the fifth fight without a win, and the punishment Cerrone took early, as being a sign that it’s time to retire.

h/t Simon Head and John Morgan for MMA Junkie

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