When UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone was a teenager he broke his back, shredded his lungs, and was partially eviscerated after suffering an ATV accident that left him in a coma. He also endured some severe internal injuries after wrecking his motocross bike earlier this year. However, “Cowboy” has never given his lifestyle a second thought and continues to participate in extreme sports to this day.
Unfortunately for Cerrone, it looks like his employers aren’t quite so adventurous when it comes to the health of their athletes and have decided to implement a new policy preventing fighters from participating in “dangerous activities” after having agreed to a bout unless interested in potential punishment stemming from an injury incurred through behavior the UFC has deemed off-limits.
“They say you can’t snowboard, wakeboard, bungee jump…all kinds of ridiculous things. Horseback ride…which I own horses and I will not NOT ride them,” said the concerned Cerrone in an interview with AlienWare who also happens to be avid wakeboarder. “I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to sit down with Dana (White) and figure this out. But that’s who I am. I’m wild and crazy, and I need to have these things to keep me…I can’t get painted into a corner is basically what I’m trying to say.”
Whatever Cerrone chooses to do in his personal life, it has certainly been working with eight wins in his last nine fights including recent victories over Jeremy Stephens and Melvin Guillard. The 29-year old is currentlylinked to a showdown with Anthony Pettis in the coming months where he’ll look to improve on an overall record of 19-4 with fifteen finishes.
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