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Tuesday afternoon, Cerrone declared the "wild man" dead. The Lightweight fell 40 ft. while rock climbing with his teammates and Jackson's MMA coach. He's fortunately not injured and will be ready to fight in May.
UFC Lightweight Donald Cerrone has long been known for his exciting and dangerous extra curricular activities outside the Octagon. He's competed as a bull rider, rides horses, regularly goes wake boarding, among many other hobbies. He revealed the UFC's new policy restricting fighters from dangerous activities after signing a bout agreement. He followed that up with blatant disregard for the restrictions.
Only a week before his UFC On Fox 6 fight against Anthony Pettis, UFC president Dana White tweeted a picture of Cerrone rock climbing. White at least half-jokingly threatened to kill Cerrone if he were to get hurt. Fortunately for both, Cerrone was not injured that time. But his latest rock climbing expedition did not go as well:
Luckily for the former "wild man" he survived the fall without injury. However, accidents like this are exactly why the UFC prohibits dangerous activities. It's also likely that Cerrone went climbing again while under contract to fight. The UFC would be within their rights to penalize him for it, though they'll probably just be happy that he seems to have learned his lesson.
On the latest edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani announced that "The Cowboy" is set to face former Strikeforce contender K.J. Noons at UFC 160. The event is set for May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will feature a Heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Bigfoot Silva.
Cerrone was quickly dispatched in his last fight after Anthony Pettis dropped him with a brutal liver kick. He's now 6-2 in the UFC. Noons will be making his UFC debut at the Memorial Day weekend event. He gave up a close and controversial split decision to Ryan Couture at the final Strikeforce event in January, dropping him to 1-4 in his last 5 fights.