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Donald Cerrone almost pulled out of UFC Singapore main event due to illness

Things didn’t go as planned for veteran fighter Donald Cerrone earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards in the main event.

While this defeat leaves Cerrone’s record at 1-4 since the beginning of 2017, “Cowboy” was lucky enough to even make it to the cage for his scrap with “Rocky” in Singapore. Cerrone revealed after the loss that he was feeling sick all day and didn’t know if he was going to show up to fight.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve ever almost called Dana [White] and said, ‘I’m not coming to work today,’” said Cerrone during UFC Singapore’s post-fight press conference (video replay here). “Then I just looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘You’re not that guy. Just go.’”

“That has nothing to do with the way I fought,” Cerrone continued. “I’m very proud of myself actually for getting in there and fighting. So I’m happy. I don’t have any remorse or doubt, or upset in any way. I don’t think I lost any stock so I’m good.”

“(I was) just sick throwing up – couldn’t get out of bed – just feeling like (expletive) all morning, all day,” Cerrone explained when asked what went wrong. “I wasn’t feeling like showing up to work, man. That’s how I was feeling. That’s the only way I can tell it. It was the closest I’ve ever been in my whole career to calling the boss and saying, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to (expletive) make it.’ Then I rolled over about 5 o’clock, looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re not that guy.’ So I got up and said, ‘Let’s go.’ Here I am.”

Bullet dodged. That would have been disastrous for a UFC Singapore card already sporting a plethora of unknown fighters and matchups.

Despite another loss at 170 pounds, Cerrone should remain a big ticket item for the promotion moving forward. The fact that “Cowboy” wants to fight two more times before the end of the year should give UFC a few options to get him back into action as soon as possible.

Luckily for Cerrone, his past work inside of the Octagon should allow him to stay afloat in the welterweight division, or even at 155 pounds if the promotion wants him to drop back down. A quick turnaround victory should right the ship for the 35-year-old heading into 2019.

For complete UFC Singapore results and coverage click here.

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