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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has retired from the UFC.
Cerrone, 39, who has been a fan-favorite fighter for much of the last decade, retired on Saturday following a fight at UFC 276 with fellow veteran Jim Miller, 38.
Immediately after the match, Cerrone took off his iconic cowboy hat, removed his gloves, and placed both in the center of the octagon.
“I don’t love it anymore,” Cerrone told UFC commentator Joe Rogan, waving and thanking the Las Vegas crowd. “I’m going to be a movie star, baby,” he added.
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“Time to retire. This is the perfect event,” the Albuquerque native added, as his two sons joined him in the Octagon, both wearing cowboy hats.
Cerrone remained one of the busiest fighters during his long MMA career, retiring with a professional record of 36-17.
“Donald, it’s been a special, special race, my friend,” said Rogan. “You’ve had some beautiful moments inside this octagon.”
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After the submission loss to Miller, Cerrone said he hopes to one day be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, an honor that Rogan says is almost a guarantee given his storied career.
“You will be 100 percent in the Hall of Fame,” Rogan replied.
Cerrone initially began his professional MMA career fighting under World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in 2007, where he fought for the championship belt three times before the organization was purchased by the UFC in 2010.
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The beloved Ultimate Fighting Championship star has earned a reputation for being willing to fight “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” reported ESPN.
His career includes 48 fight appearances in the WEC and UFC, more than any other fighter, including 18 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, tied for the most all-time.
He retired with 23 wins in the UFC, tied for the second most of all time. Miller, with Saturday’s victory over Cerrone, has 24 wins.
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Cerrone was perhaps best known for his bravery and determination, as he would be willing to push himself and his opponent to the limit. He was a talented fighter with 17 submission wins.
His retirement comes as six of his last seven bouts were losses. He has previously expressed to fans that fighting has become difficult and that he has endured “nights off”, an honesty that was welcomed by his fans.
Wrestlers and fans immediately flooded social media with messages of support for Cerrone.
On the undercard of UFC 276, Alexander Volkanovski defended his featherweight title by defeating Max Holloway. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also easily won his fight over challenger Jared Cannonier.