Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone announced his retirement from MMA at UFC 276 after losing to Jim Miller.
After a remarkable UFC career that began in 2011, Cowboy left his hat and gloves in the octagon, telling fans he had fought his last fight.
Cowboy had a fan-friendly style during his career. He would take short-notice fights on any date at any venue and against anyone. His BMF attitude brought fame to the phrase "Anyone, anytime, anywhere" in mixed martial arts. His consistency made him a fan favorite, providing entertainment and action every time he fought.
Perhaps this attitude became his downfall, though, as he continued to fight the best of the best on any given notice, even at his older age. This strength of schedule saw him lose 6 of his last 7 fights against elite competition, such as Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, and Conor McGregor.
The former UFC title challenger revealed post-fight at UFC 276 that thoughts of retirement began to fill his mind even before the Conor McGregor fight at UFC 246 in January of 2020.
“Before I fought McGregor, I knew... Then after the McGregor fight, I took another fight and I was just going through the motions. I didn’t enjoy it, didn’t love it. I knew the time was soon. I just had to pick the right time. So I took a lot of time off and then called my agent and said let’s get a fight, and I just knew this was going to be the last one..."
Cowboy revealed he was no longer fighting for himself and realized it was time to go. Now he plans to continue his career in acting and be a movie star as well as grow a beer gut, he admitted.
The future is bright for Cowboy, with a Hall of Fame induction sure to come. We wish him a happy retirement and success in whatever he chooses next.