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Donald Cerrone
Born March 29, 1983 (1983-03-29) (age 26)
Colorado Springs, CO
Other names Cowboy
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Style Muay Thai
Fighting out of Albuquerque, NM
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
Trainer Greg Jackson
Duane Ludwig
Years active 2002–present
Kickboxing record
Total 29
Wins 28
Losses 0
Draws 1
MMA record
Total 14
Wins 11
By submission 10
Losses 2
No contests 1
Other information
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Donald Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was featured on the Versus television series TapouT, where he was sponsored before his fight with Anthony Njokuani. Cerrone won the fight in the first round with a triangle choke.


Biography and career

Donald started his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters, winning his first 25 Muay Thai bouts. Cerrone began training with Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Georges St. Pierre, Leonard Garcia and other skilled MMA fighters at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cerrone was signed to fight in the WEC. His first fight in the promotion was against Kenneth Alexander. Originally a win via submission in 0:54 seconds of the first round, the decision was changed to a no contest when Cerrone tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide.[1] He returned to the WEC nine months later, defeating hometown favorite Danny Castillo via submission at 1:30 of the first round.

At WEC 38 he fought WEC lightweight champion, Jamie Varner, for the abovementioned title, losing via technical split decision. He defeated James Krause via rear naked choke on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41. Cerrone and Varner had agreed to a rematch, tenatively at WEC 43, but Varner has yet to be cleared medically from his hand injury. Cerrone fought Ben Henderson for the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43 in San Antonio, Texas[2], losing by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year honors by Sherdog for 2009. Cerrone credited Henderson for being "a hell of a fighter" and conceded that he was slow to start the action, which may have cost him the match[3]. In his most recent fight, Cerrone defeated Ed Ratcliff via third round submission at WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff on December 19, 2009.[4] The bout also earned Cerrone Fight of the Night honors.

Cerrone is scheduled to face Ben Henderson in a rematch of their 2009 fight of the Year, this time for the WEC Lightweight Championship on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[5]

Cerrone recently bought a new 10 acre ranch and is looking to house several fighters that want to make a career in MMA. He calls it the "TapouT House" and has dedicated an entire wing for fighters wanting to live and train with world class talent.[6]

Titles and Awards

See also

Mixed martial arts record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States Ben Henderson WEC 48 02010-04-24 April 24, 2010 United States Sacramento, California, USA For WEC Lightweight Championship
Win United States Ed Ratcliff Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff 02009-12-19 December 19, 2009 3 3:47 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Fight of the Night Honors
Loss United States Ben Henderson Decision (Unanimous) WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson 02009-10-10 October 10, 2009 5 5:00 United States San Antonio, Texas, USA For the Interim WEC Lightweight Championship

Won Fight of the Night Honors

Sherdog 2009 Fight of the Year [2]

Win United States James Krause Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2 02009-06-07 June 7, 2009 1 4:38 United States Sacramento, California, USA
Loss United States Jamie Varner Technical Decision (Split) WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone 02009-01-25 January 25, 2009 5 1:58 United States San Diego, California, USA For the WEC Lightweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win United States Rob McCullough Decision (Unanimous) WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown 02008-11-05 November 5, 2008 3 5:00 United States Hollywood, Florida, USA Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win United States Danny Castillo Submission (Armbar) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver 02008-06-01 June 1, 2008 1 1:30 United States Sacramento, California, USA
NC United States Kenneth Alexander No Contest (Overturned) WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton 02007-09-05 September 5, 2007 1 0:56 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Tested positive for banned substances
Win Japan Yasunori Kanehara Submission (Triangle Choke) GCM: Cage Force 3 02007-06-09 June 9, 2007 2 2:46 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win Nigeria Anthony Njokuani Submission (Triangle Choke) ROF 29: Aftershock 02007-04-28 April 28, 2007 1 4:30 United States Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Win United States Ryan Roberts Submission (Armbar) ROF 28: Evolution 02007-02-16 February 16, 2007 1 1:49 United States Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Win United States Jesse Brock Submission (Triangle Choke) ROF 26: Relentless 02006-09-09 September 9, 2006 1 1:35 United States Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
Win United States Craig Tennant Submission (Armbar) ROF 24: Integrity 02006-06-17 June 17, 2006 1 1:26 United States Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
Win United States Cruz Chacon Submission (Triangle Choke) ACF: Genesis 02006-02-24 February 24, 2006 2 2:25 United States Denver, Colorado, USA
Win United States Nate Mohr Submission (Triangle Choke) ROF 21: Full Blast 02006-02-11 February 11, 2006 1 1:42 United States Castle Rock, Colorado, USA


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