Cowboy Cerrone Was Given “Time Out” by UFC President Dana White

Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 206
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 206, Toronto, December 2016. Credit: Cageside Press

Cowboy Cerrone is a guy who likes to fight, and likes to fight often. So it has been something of a surprise that Cerrone (32–8 (1)) hasn’t been seen in the octagon for several months. Not since a January 2017 TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal.

So what has Donald Cerrone been doing with all his free time?

Deep diving, for one. And making movies. Cerrone has been busy filming the drama “Puppy Love” up in the great white North that is Canada. Speaking to ESPN’s 5ive Rounds with Brett Okamoto podcast, Cowboy touched on his film experiment.

“The movie thing’s new to me” Cerrone said, later expanding on the topic when asked if acting was something he was actively pursuing, or an opportunity that just came along. “I started off doing the stunts, and was like “oh you guys are going to pay me for the dumb s*** I like to do anyway? Hell yeah. Acting is a lot of fun.”

Someone get this guy in the next Expendables film quick!

There’s a reason, however, that Cerrone has so much free time. A reason that boils down to that knockout loss to Masvidal at UFC on Fox 23 in Cerrone’s home town of Denver, CO. Talking about the loss, Cerrone admitted that “when the doctor tried to look at me and make sure I was okay, told me to take three steps forward or he’d stop the fight – I don’t remember any of that s***.”

Cerrone, in fact, looked close to being out on his stool between rounds, and was a lamb to the slaughter heading out for the second frame. He was stopped just a minute into the second round.

Afterwards, UFC President Dana White made sure he took some time off. “I would’ve fought sooner, but UFC and Dana put me in time out for a little while” Cerrone said. “I’d call him to fight, he’d say no. Then I’d say “come on!” and he’d say no.”

White stuck to his guns, ensuring Cerrone took some time off. Now, Cowboy Cerrone has Robbie Lawler to look forward to at UFC 213 in July. It’s the fight everyone originally wanted to see last fall, before Lawler pulled out. It’s also a fight that could launch either man right back into title contention.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas