It goes without saying that Donald Cerrone is one of the biggest bonus-snatchers in the history of the UFC, but what he has planned for his main event bout against Conor McGregor is a big goal even for his standards.
Cerrone holds the records such as most fights in the Octagon (33) alongside lightweight Jim Miller, most wins (23), most finishes (16), most number of fights in a twelve-month period (6) alongside Sam Alvey, and most knockdowns (20). Now ‘Cowboy’ tells Combate he intends to exit his UFC 246 fight with McGregor breaking several of those records.
“This will be 34th fight, but I won’t break just one record. I’ll break five or six this Saturday. That’s I wanted to talk about. I’ll surely get another bonus, a knockout or submission, another fight and another win. You can tell them we’ll run right through them,” he said.
“That’s the coolest part. Everytime I step into the Octagon, I break a record. That’s cool, right? You get to break a record by just being yourself, that makes it even cooler. When I leave this sport, I want to have had so much fun that those young fighters, like Maycee Barber, will want to surpass me, so I need to have some pretty high records in order to stop them.”
One of the UFC’s best kickboxers, Cerrone is known for his deadly high kick, which has dropped many opponents down to the mat. Despite also having sneaky submission skills, Donald believes he will be able to land another head kick knockout against a talented striker such as McGregor, and bets on a fourth-round knockout win to seal the deal.
“The best way to win? A fourth-round knockout win. I want to test him and test myself. I trained hard for that, that’s what I’m here for. There’s a lot of glory when you knock someone out early, but to me, the glory is much bigger when you go out there and answer the questions that are in your head. You go out there like a savage, take a step back when you take a shot, eat the punch and keep moving forward. That’s the disease I have and I love it. If I could have a perfect fight, it would be a back-and-forth battle, almost like a street fight.”
Currently on a two-fight losing skid, with TKO losses to both Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson, Cerrone’s (36-13-1 NC) last win happened in May 2019, when he bested Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision.