Donald Cerrone had no excuses for his performance against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 17 Saturday.
Losing in just 66 seconds after winning eight consecutive contests, “Cowboy” says this is just the way it goes every now and again.
“Sometimes you just don’t show up to work, so you get your ass kicked,” Cerrone said at the post-fight press conference. “Hat’s off to the son of a b—h. He did what he had to do.
“The knee is what started it. Then he put a great onslaught of punches on me. He did a great job overwhelming me, and he did what he had to do to remain champ. Sometimes you just don’t show up, and in our profession, that’s a bad day.”
Cerrone is widely known for being a relatively slow starter in MMA, picking up the pace after about a round of action. He’d gone 8-0 since 2013, reeling off wins against ex-UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez, Myles Jury and Edson Barboza. His last loss before Saturday’s TKO to dos Anjos? A three-round unanimous decision against dos Anjos.
A notoriously busy fighter, Cerrone fought at least four times a year since 2013. He says he’d like to get back in there soon, but he’s not so sure the UFC wants him to.
“I have no idea how that will work,” Cerrone said. “I don’t even know if [the UFC will] want to call me after that ass whipping. But that’s what I do is fight. Sometimes you just don’t show up. I don’t have an excuse – I just wasn’t there. He showed up and did what he had to do.”