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Monday Morning Hangover: What’s next for Cowboy Cerrone after bloody Singapore loss?

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC Fight Night 132 blew the roof off Singapore Indoor Stadium last Saturday (June 23, 2018) in Kallang, Singapore.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Tyson Pedro, who was submitted by Ovince Saint Preux via straight armbar in a Light Heavyweight co-main event (see it again here). And Jessica Rose-Clark, who was outscored by Jessica Eye in a women’s Strawweight battle.

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Donald Cerrone.

“Cowboy” hasn’t notched consecutive wins since 2016, which is an odd reality as he seemingly fights every other day. Going into his headlining bout against Leon Edwards, Cerrone was not only looking for back-to-back wins, but also wanted to show the world he wasn’t ready to give up his seat to the young studs coming up.

Unfortunately, Edwards had an agenda of his own, as he took it to Donald for five rounds to secure a unanimous decision victory, backing up all of the pre-fight chatter he spewed up until fight night.

While Cerrone has his moments (see them here), it simply wasn’t his night.

That is now four losses in his last five outings for the fan-favorite, but it doesn’t mean he’ll be hanging up his gloves anytime soon, as he declared during the post-fight presser, almost insinuating he would be happy with being a “gate keeper.”

”[I want to fight] at least five more years, definitely. At least! Until the UFC says, ‘No more.’ I’m getting old in this sport, and I’m loving every minute of it. But maybe the new kids are coming in. Maybe they’re not, I don’t know. There sure are tough guys out there, man. And there’s not enough people like me out there that give these young guys a chance. So I’m glad I can be the guy that says ‘Man, I’ll fight any of you guys.’ I’m going to go until the UFC says ‘Cowboy, enough, bro. Enough, enough, enough!’ I’m going to stay here and keep fighting until they tell me I can’t any more. Until the kids just wash me down. But this old dog still got a lot in me, I stood there five rounds and gave it hell, man, with a smile on my face.”

Indeed, two of Donald’s last three defeats have come against some of the brightest, up-and coming combatants in the sport in Darren Till and Edwards. That said, I do believe in “Cowboy” when he says he has plenty of fight left in him.

The 35 year-old has what it takes to give anyone a fight and make it entertaining for fans in the process, so a fight against Demian Maia fits the bill. The matchup is obviously a clash of styles, but both men are coming of losses, with Maia dropping three straight.

Both men know their time in the sport is closing, but are determined not to let it happen soon. And with both men’s backs up against the will, I’d like to think they’d put it all on the line and deliver for the fans.

Any objections?

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