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For Donald Cerrone, the joys of fighting continue to push him to train and compete.
Cerrone suffered a decision loss to Leon Edwards Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 132, but “Cowboy” made no mention of leaving the sport despite being just 1-4 over his last five and recently turning 35 years old.
Instead, it seems as if Cerrone is just as excited as ever after having his face busted open by Edwards early on.
“On the first exchange, he banged me with a knee,” Cerrone said (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes). “Cracked me right open. But it was good. It was hot blood down the side of my face and I was like, ‘Mother (expletive) yes.’
“In a sick way, it kind of turned me on, like ‘Let’s go, yes.’ It sucked I got blood in my eye the whole fight, but oh well.”
Cerrone is almost two full years removed from a four-fight win streak he put together – all in 2016. That included wins over Matt Brown, Rick Story and Patrick Cote.
In early 2017, though, Cerrone was finished by Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till around a decision loss to former champion Robbie Lawler. He snapped that skid with a first round TKO of his own in February vs. Yancy Medeiros.
The veteran admitted that he battled with an illness that almost kept him from competing, but said “how could you not love that? I told my coaches I didn’t feel like going in there and have never felt like that. I fought my ass off and I love this shit.”