The UFC has announced during the broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. Sandhagen that fan favorite superstar, veteran, and WEC title challenger Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this July during International Fight Week following his retirement from the sport in 2022.
Donald Cerrone, known to the masses as "Cowboy," is one of the most beloved fighters in MMA history. He began his MMA career in 2006 and finished with a record of 36-17-2NC, with 38 fights inside the UFC, holding one of the most incredible resumes in the sport. He's shared the octagon with an abundance of fighters, including Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Leon Edwards, Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, Darren Till, Jim Miller, and so many more. He also holds UFC records for most knockdowns landed across all fights and most Performance of the Night bonuses. For fans, it was never a question of if Cerrone was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it was when.
Cerrone will go down as one of the most distinguished veterans of the sport and will finally see his name inside the UFC Hall of Fame this coming July, alongside the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, and Daniel Cormier. We've also seen three other names destined for the Hall of Fame that will be inducted alongside Cerrone. The former UFC Featherweight Champion, Bantamweight title challenger, and Featherweight GOAT, "The King Of Rio" Jose Aldo, will be inducted alongside the former Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver. Furthermore, the former Middleweight Champion and GOAT Anderson "The Spider" Silva will also join this legendary lineup.
What's your favorite memory of "Cowboy" Cerrone? And who else do you think will join these legends in the Hall of Fame? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your feelings and prediction in the comments below.