Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has often been reluctant to talk about the prospect of retiring, but after a tough run of results over the past couple of years he’s finally starting to seriously think about it.
“Now, I can see the end of the tunnel,” Cerrone admitted on his YouTube channel. “It’s there. We’re at the end of the tunnel. So now, it’s (come) to the point where we’re talking legacy, and we’re talking ‘What do I want to look back on?’ So no longer am I in the middle, kinda doing it.
“Now, I’m at the end, like, ‘Alright, now, I don’t want to end like this.’ I wanna end kicking ass.
“I’m gonna do everything in my power to end like that. Now, if it doesn’t go like that, it doesn’t go like that. But at least I could tell the kids, ‘Man, that’s all I had, kids.’ But I don’t think that’s gonna be the case. I’m gonna go Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot, baby. I’mma go in there and fight my ass off.”
The 37-year-old appears to have ‘seen the light’ after suffering increasingly swift TKO losses against Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor, followed by a defeat on the scorecards against Anthony Pettis and then narrowly escaping with a majority draw verdict against Niko Price last time out.
Nevertheless, Cerrone is still envisaging turning things around and going on one last winning streak before he does, , so if things go his way it’ll be several fights in the future before he finally hang up his gloves for good.
“This is the last run. This is it. I don’t have much left in me, time-wise. So if I’m gonna really say this is my last run, really give it all. I’d rather go out when I want to. Go perform, enjoy it, then kick off the boots while I’m still flying through the air, call it a day. Not get cut, or everybody telling me I need to slow down, or stop. I want to retire when I want to retire. I don’t care about what anyone else will say.
“Realistically, I probably got a couple of years left. And that’s probably four or five fights left in me. Who knows? I’mma go back to ’55 and make a run. Let’s go.”