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(34-11, 1 NC) is a veteran mixed martial artist that
has been fighting for the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
since 2011. Following 10 bouts
at welterweight, 35-year-old Cerrone will move back down to
lightweight when he locks horns with Alexander
Fight Night 143
, which takes place at the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 19.
As fight day approaches, here are five things that you might not
know about the popular pugilist they call “Cowboy”:
He has the most wins in UFC history.
Cerrone has had his hand raised on 21 occasions in the UFC’s famed
Octagon. He broke the promotion’s record for the most wins in Nov.
2018, when he submitted Mike Perry
in the first round at UFC Fight Night 139. “Cowboy” also has most
finishes in UFC history with 15.
He started out in kickboxing.
While in high school in Colorado, the young Cerrone’s athletic
pursuit of choice was bull riding. He did not commence combat
training until the relatively late age of 20. Initially, he trained
in kickboxing but soon transitioned to muay Thai. His accolades
include winning the 2006 S-1 Muay Thai U.S. Lightweight Tournament
Championship and the Dominion Warrior Muay Thai World Lightweight
Championship that same year. Across 29 muay Thai and kickboxing
bouts, Cerrone never tasted defeat, and ended 18 of those contests
He loves extreme sports.
For a man who named his son Danger, it’s not surprising that
Cerrone is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has dabbled in bull
riding, base jumping, diving, climbing and wakeboarding. However,
the New Mexico ranch owner has not escaped unscathed. His injuries
include breaking his back twice and losing a portion of his stomach
and intestines following a near catastrophic 60-foot jump. His
thrill seeking has not always gone down well with UFC top brass. In
2012, “Cowboy” was considering riding a bull on the PBR tour, but
he claimed that his Dana White vetoed the idea.
Half of his wins have been by submission.
Cerrone’s muay Thai-based striking game is held in high regard, and
he’s often perceived as a fighter whose preference is to engage his
opponents on the feet. However, 17 (50 percent) of his victories
have come via submission while only nine (26 percent) have been via
knockout. Cerrone won his first seven professional mixed martial
arts matches by submission, five of them by triangle choke.
He is a very active fighter.
The fact that Cerrone has the most wins and finishes in UFC history
is a side-effect of his incredibly active schedule, which is
something of a rarity in today’s MMA world. He made his UFC debut
back in Feb. 2011, at UFC 126. To date, he has fought 30 times for
the Las Vegas-based promotion. This frenetic fighting itinerary has
meant that “Cowboy” often has little in the way of downtime. There
was just over two months between beating Evan Dunham
at UFC 167 in Nov. 2013, and his first round KO of Adriano
at UFC on Fox 10 in Jan. 2014. Cerrone’s shortest
layoff was a mere 15-day turnaround he had between toppling
at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, and his decision win over
, at UFC Fight Night 59 on Jan. 18.