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UFC Austin’s Donald Cerrone says fighting is the ‘scariest, most intense, fun feeling’ ever

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Donald Cerrone will find himself in unfamiliar territory tomorrow night (Sun., Feb. 18, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 126 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, when he aims to end a three-fight losing streak against welterweight brawler Yancy Medeiros.

“Cowboy” had never lost back-to-back fights in his career before this current skid, so it will be interesting to see how the 34-year-old veteran performs with his back against the wall. While the pressure will be on Cerrone to produce in yet another headlining spot, the former UFC lightweight title challenger is feeling the same old emotions entering UFC Fight Night 126.

“This is what I love,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “I love fighting. It’s the scariest, most intense, fun feeling. I couldn’t even explain it to you. From right now, (I) can’t sleep at night, eating’s hard, make the weight, half the battle’s over. Fight day, (expletive). All your friends are like, ‘You’re going to kill him!’ Uh, no, (expletive). I’ve got to go in there and fight. It doesn’t just go like that. Scared. Pack your (expletive). We’re in the arena. All your teammates are fighting. Your coach is there.

“It’s crazy. It’s scary. You go throw up in the bathroom – I do anyway. Then you’re standing, and you walk down the hall with (expletive) lights in your face. Now you’re live on TV. You walk down that tunnel, and you’re like, ‘Holy (expletive).’ Six weeks (of training camp), and it’s here, and it’s now.”

It’s surprising that a fighter as experienced as Cerrone is still goes through the motions before a fight. This one may be a little heightened due to Cerrone’s urgency for a win, but it still comes down to two men locked in a cage.

“I’ve been on the edge of plane about to jump out, I’ve been on top of mountains, and nothing puts that (expletive) hair on the back of my neck feeling like walking to that (expletive) octagon and they shut that door,” Cerrone said. “And you’re like, ‘Well, there’s only two ways this can go: in or out.’”

Despite his recent defeats to Jorge Masvidal, Robbie Lawler, and Darren Till, “Cowboy” can still regain some momentum in the welterweight division with a win over Medeiros. The Hawaiian veteran isn’t the biggest name at 170 pounds, but he’s a good test for a struggling star like Cerrone.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 126 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims matches online at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 Prelims bouts at 7 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 9 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.