Donald Cerrone is known for his dangerous activities outside of the Octagon.
As “Cowboy” prepared for his first UFC main event, he embraced those “side” projects to get himself prepared. It paid off, as Cerrone finished Jim Miller for his third win of 2014.
“Being able to get out there and start fast was something I was having issues with,” said Cerrone, on the FS1 post-fight show. “I did a lot of unconventional training for this fight, like sprinting, playing Ultimate Frisbee, wakeboarding, to get my mind right.”
Cerrone (24-6) has won four straight and five of his las six, including all four victories since a 2013 loss to Rafael dos Anjos ending early. He picked up another “Fight Night” bonus for his efforts Wednesday.
“As far as the finish, I kept going to his body, his body and then faked the body and went high,” Cerrone said. “He started favoring his side and I saw it and thank God it worked. I did a lot of sprints on the track and track work.”
Cerrone has always been about fighting as much as possible, and while he previously called for a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, he let it be known anybody – from 155 up to 170 – can step inside the Octagon with him next.
“Anybody, I don’t care,” Cerrone said. “All the UFC has to do is call me and say, ‘Cowboy, we need you here on this date,’ and I’ll say, ‘OK.’”
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