Whoever said “No Man Is An Island” never considered Donald Cerrone in the wake of his Jackson-Winkeljohn feud, as “Cowboy” is finding himself short on allies after parting ways with the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based mixed martial arts (MMA) gym.
That includes former teammate Diego Sanchez, who claims Cerrone never really contributed to the career of anyone but himself. And while he credits the former lightweight for building a successful brand, “The Nightmare” also uses it as a cautionary tale.
Burnt bridges and all that jazz, according to his recent Instagram rant.
“I have been here longer than anyone and seen the many stages of our evolution of this team,” Sanchez wrote. “Cowboy Cerrone has been so busy building his empire the past three four years and he’s done a fantastic job doing it but that’s been his focus, he’s never been here!!! Maybe a grappling class here or there a sparring every six months??? That’s not a team mate it’s just someone who is out only for themselves.”
Cerrone claims he was pushed out when Mike Perry entered the mix. They were recently paired off for the UFC Fight Night 139 event this November in Denver, Colorado, and “Cowboy” didn't want “Platinum” — a relative newcomer — training at Jackson-Wink for this fight camp.
That request was denied.
“In the past ten years Cowboy never went out of his way to help me get ready for a fight not ounce,” Sanchez said. “That’s why I posted previously about why I was #teamplatinum Mike Perry is here to give me rounds if I need them and helped me more in one camp than Cowboy did in ten years. Don’t bad mouth my gym or my coach Mike Winkeljohn we’re good peeps striving to better our city our state and our sport!!!! If Perry falls out come November I’LL BE READY TO FILL IN WITH ZERO HESITATION! And we know where Greg Jackson will be #loyalty #itsnotallaboutmoney #realtalk.”
We know who Jon Jones is going to side with.
We’ll see who gets the last laugh when the cage door closes in “Mile-High City” but it should be noted that Cerrone (33-11, 1 NC, now 35, is just 1-4 over his last five bouts while the 26 year-old Perry (12-3) is 3-2 during that same span and may represent the future of the gym.
Fun how history has a way of repeating itself.