Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has a reputation for fighting anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s a well-earned reputation, as Cerrone has often stepped in as a last minute replacement for the UFC, regardless of who might be standing on the other side of the cage.
According to Cerrone, however, he’s one of a kind when it comes to his “bring on all comers” attitude. While appearing on the “Opie with Jim Norton” radio show this week, Cerrone accused every other UFC fighter of faking injuries in order to avoid fights they think they might lose.
“Like if you have a broken bone, the UFC can show it to me, but I can’t say you didn’t pull your back,” said Cerrone. “So I can’t prove you don’t have pain, so they say (mimics pained noises), they pull out of the fight with an excuse, they get to keep their contracts, they don’t look like they said ‘no’ to the contract, so it’s just stupid.”
When asked how many UFC fighters do this, Cerrone responded with, “98 percent of them.”
Cerrone went on to specifically point out Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has allegedly pulled out of five different fights with Cowboy over the years.
“Khabib has pulled out of the fight five times with me,” said Cerrone. “We signed the contract five times. I don’t know what it is. …
“A lot of these guys, that’s why they don’t fight very often. They’ve taken so many fights in the UFC, they’ve worked their way up the ranks, now they’re sitting No. 5 or No. 8 in the world. Now they want to hold that spot. I don’t know. Why wouldn’t you want to fight?”
Nurmagomedov has only fought twice in the last three years due to numerous injuries. Despite the infrequent action, he is ranked the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s official lightweight rankings. Cerrone and Nurmagomedov will be fighting on the same card at UFC 205, although not against each other.