WEC lightweight star Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is set to fight in the UFC’s octagon soon thanks to the forthcoming merger between the two promotions, but last night he found himself battling backstage with a heavyweight fighter at the Evolution Combat Sports Championship 1 event in New Mexico.
Cerrone was at the event to help several of the fighter’s on the card who train at the Jackson’s MMA camp where he currently trains.
Meanwhile 6ft 2″, 220lb heavyweight fighter Marcus Sursa, who some fans may remember from his last fight against Eddie Sanchez in Season 2 of Bellator Fighting Championships, was also in the dressing room area preparing to fight in the headline event of the card.
According to the Na Koa MMA website who were present at the event Cerrone is dating an ex-girlfriend of Sursa’s and that led to words being exchanged between the two fighters. Fists then started flying, with the 155lb Cerrone reported to have opened up a laceration on Sursa’s eye and got a burst lip in return before the brawl was broken up.
As a result of the cut Sursa had to withdraw from his scheduled fight. So far neither fighter has commented on the brawl.
Cerrone settled another rivalry last month at WEC 51 when he defeated Jamie Varner by decision in a ‘Fight Of The Night’ performance. He’ll soon become a UFC fighter, but first he is set to face Chris Horodecki at the WEC 53, the promotion’s last ever event.
Luckily for him there’s still well over six weeks until that bout so any injuries he sustained last night shouldn’t prevent him from fighting.
It’s not an ideal situation for Cerrone however, having already angered Zuffa execs recently following an interview on TapouT Radio in which he aimed homophobic remarks at Varner and stated of their fight, “I hope this is the first death in MMA.”
The WEC later released a statement stating that they would not tolerate such remarks, and they are likely to take a dim view of his most recent altercation. No doubt they’ll be telling the ‘Cowboy’ to pull in the reigns if he wants to make the jump to the UFC at the turn of the year.
Here’s a picture of Sursa that gives some indication of the damage his left eye took during the altercation.