Donald Cerrone has now gone six fights without a win after suffering a first round TKO loss against Alex Morono at UFC On ESPN 24 last night, but the 38-year-old still isn’t ready to hang up his gloves yet>
“I’m sure now there will be a lot of talk of, ‘Maybe he’ll retire. Maybe this is the right time.’ But that isn’t anywhere in my train of thought,” Cerrone stated on the ESPN post-fight show. “I have to figure something out. I feel like I came out, started hard. Who knows? We’ll have to watch it, assess it, see what’s going on.
“I’m in good spirits. I’ll go home and see my two boys, hang out with my family. Shitty night at the office but hopefully UFC isn’t sending me off anywhere and you guys will see me again.”
In another interview on ESPN with Brett Okamoto, Cerrone suggested that his plan now was to move back down to lightweight.
“I don’t know what to answer to you on, ‘Is it that time?’ I don’t know. I don’t feel like it. But how I feel and how I perform are two different things. It sucks. Who knows? I want to go back to ’55. No excuses. That kid came in and was ready.”
Dana White had indicated after Cerrone’s last fight that he was going to speak to him about his fighting future, and with ‘Cowboy’ now having last four of his last six fights by way of TKO, there’s a good chance that conversation will now happen.
However, Cerrone has made it clear that he won’t be bowing out of the sport on a TKO loss.
“I’ll never go out like this,” Cerrone said. “There’s no way I’ll end like this. I couldn’t let my legacy end like this.”