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Donald Cerrone admits he nearly pulled out of UFC Singapore due to illness

Donald Cerrone reveals how sick he was heading into his UFC Singapore main event vs. Leon Edwards.

UFC 202: Story v Cerrone Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Longtime fans of Donald Cerrone know that he’s not one to pull out of a fight, having done so just once in his entire career. At UFC Singapore, however, “Cowboy” said he was close to pulling out of his main event bout vs. Leon Edwards.

“This is the first time in my career that I’ve ever almost called Dana White and said, ‘I’m not coming to work today,’” Cerrone told reporters in Singapore (via MMA Fighting). “And then I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Man, you’re not that guy. Just go.’ But that had nothing to do with the way I fought. I’m proud of myself actually for getting in there and fighting, so I’m happy, I don’t have any remorse. I don’t think I lost any stock, so all good.”

“I was just sick, throwing up, just feeling... I couldn’t get out of bed, man,” Cerrone added. “I was just feeling like sh*t all morning, all day. I just wasn’t feeling like showing up to work is what I was feeling. It’s the closest in my career I’ve ever been to calling the boss and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to make it.’ And then I just rolled over at five o’clock and looked at the mirror and said, ‘You’re not that guy, so get up and lets go,’ and here I am.”

Cerrone wound up losing a unanimous decision to Edwards, who started off strongly before Cerrone mounted a late comeback in the final two rounds. He’s now just 1-4 in his last five fights, and the 35-year-old is clearly on the downside of his career.

As far as what’s in store for him down the line, Cerrone says he’s still very much passionate about competing in the sport, and that he’s “going to go until the UFC says, ‘Cowboy’ enough, enough, enough.’”

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