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Monday Morning Hangover: What’s next for Cowboy Cerrone after knockout loss at UFC Vegas 26?

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UFC Fight Night: Cerrone v Morono Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone with UFC Vegas 26 storming UFC APEX this past weekend (Sat., May 8, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Michelle Waterson, who suffered a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Marina Rodriguez in the main event (see it here).

And Geoff Neal, who racked up his second straight loss after coming up short to long-time veteran Neil Magny. But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now a few days removed from the show?

Donald Cerrone.

Coming into his bout against Alex Morono, “Cowboy” was searching for his first victory in two years while also halting a cold streak that saw him come up short in his last five fights. Unfortunately for Cerrone, things got worse by the time the dust settled just 4:40 seconds into the fight.

Morono clipped the long-time veteran and then piled on a barrage of punches to prompt referee Marc Goddard to put an and to the fight, giving Cerrone his sixth straight defeat. It’s a mind-boggling losing streak no one ever expected to happen to one of the most accomplished lightweights the division has ever seen.

Or perhaps it’s just too hard to accept, given the fact that “Cowboy” has been a perennial favorite of ... well, just about everyone.

But, Father Time eventually catches up to everyone, including Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell and several others before it crept up on “Cowboy.” While pundits were quick to call for Cerrone to hang up his gloves and ride off into the sunset, going out on a loss simply won’t do for this aging gunslinger.

“I dunno, man. I don’t know what to answer you on, ‘Is it that time?’ I don’t feel like it,” he said after the fight. “But how I feel and how I perform are two different things. It sucks. I wanted to go back to 155 pounds. These boys at 170 hit hard, they’re big boys. But no excuses, man. That kid came in, he was ready. We did everything on our end and he got the luck.

“No, absolutely not,” Cerrone said about quitting. “No way. I’ll never go out like this — 100 percent I’ll know and I’ll come in whippin’ ass right off. There’s no way I’d end like this. Couldn’t let my legacy end like this. Buy yeah, [I’ll] call the boss and say, ‘Hey it’s been a rough couple of years, but when it’s time let me bow out right.’”

That’s to be a expected from Cerrone, or most fighters, for that matter.

That said, Dana White and Co. have to decide if they’re going to allow “Cowboy” to take part in at least one more fight inside the Octagon, which many would hope would be his swan song. Let’s hope UFC will do Cerrone that solid — for better or worse — since that’s all he’s ever done for them over the years.

For complete UFC Vegas 26 results and coverage click here.