Former training partners turned rivals Donald Cerrone and Diego Sanchez are set to clash on May 8th in what will be ‘The Nightmare’s’ final fight before hanging up his gloves, but ‘Cowboy’ sees it more as an opportunity to settle an old score and add another big finish to his already impressive resume.
“He says it’s two legends going at it,” Cerrone says on his YouTube channel. “I don’t think so.
“He talked a lot of (expletive) when I left Jackson’s, and now he did the same thing and left. It’s funny. I was just doing what I had to do – built my own gym, trained my own people, started making this mold, which I think was the right move to do in my career, and he had a lot to say about it.
“He said he wanted to fight me, so here’s his chance. Be careful what you wish for. So yeah, this should be a fun highlight reel fight for me.
“I’m not overlooking the kid by no means. There’s areas where he could be dangerous, and if I was fighting old Diego 10 ago, yeah, he was tough – hard pace. I used to train with the guy, I know. We’re now fighting May 8. I signed the deal and it’s happening, so should be fun.
“He wants this to be his ride into the sunset, and I have no problem giving it to him.”
The showdown comes at a time when Cerrone has gone winless in his last five Octagon outings, albeit against high-level opposition like Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor.
Meanwhile, Sanchez has won three of his last five fights, but he’s not been fighting the same level of competition and many of his recent performances have left a lot to be desired since leaving the Jackson’s camp.