‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Looks To Buck UFC Losing Streak, Retirement Talk

Written By Ian St. Clair on 05/07/2021
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Donald Cerrone is a UFC legend.

The UFC fighter from Denver known as “The Cowboy” holds multiple records over his established fighting career.

Some of the marks Cerrone holds:

  • 23 wins in the UFC are the most in the organization’s history
  • 18 fight-night bonuses in the UFC are the most in the organization’s history
  • Once he competes on Saturday at UFC Fight Night “Rodriguez vs Waterson,” he’ll tie Jim Miller for 37 UFC fights for the most in the organization’s history

Cerrone (32-15-0, 2 no contests), the No. 15-ranked Welterweight, is set to fight Alex Morono (18-7-0, 1NC) on Saturday in the Welterweight Division. Morono steps in on short notice to replace Diego Sanchez, who was released from the UFC earlier this week. Sanchez was released due to recent incidents concerning his cornerman/trainer Joshua Fabia.

That may explain why Cerrone is the current favorite at the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The current odds have Cerrone at -177 and Morono at +145.

UFC betting in Colorado has three fights on Saturday’s main card that have ties to the state, including the main event. More on that in a bit.

Cowboy looks to buck losing streak

Despite all of the historic accolades, there’s one current record that Cerrone is not proud of and he’s looking to end on Saturday. And it’s one that forced Dana White to bring up the dreaded “R” word. Cerrone hasn’t won a fight since May 2019. Think about that. One of the most accomplished fighters in MMA history hasn’t won a fight in two years and is on a five-fight losing streak.

So in advance of the fight, Cerrone was asked about the UFC president’s comments last September.

It was then that White said he intended to have a conversation with Cerrone about him hanging up his fighting gloves.

“He fought back, he’s tough, he’s durable. I love Cowboy, and I know this is gonna f—ng crush him and break his heart, but it’s time to have a conversation with him,” White said in September. “Let’s talk about stopping. I know what he’s gonna say, ‘I don’t want to stop.’ But we gotta have the conversation.”

Here’s Cerrone’s response this week when asked about White’s comments in the lead up to his fight:

“Hell yeah, it hurt. Of course. But we took a little slower approach this year, and I don’t know. I am getting old, I am. I need to slow my fighting down a little bit, for sure. Let my head heal. But (expletive), we’re ready.”

Rocky Mountain High for Saturday’s fight card

As noted earlier, Cerrone isn’t the only fighter with ties to Colorado on Saturday’s card.

Saturday’s main event is a women’s Flyweight bout between Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. Waterson’s hometown is Colorado Springs. Despite the fact she’s coming off a win in her last fight against Angela Hill, Waterson (18-8-0) is the underdog for Saturday’s fight. The current odds have Rodriguez (13-1-2) at -225 and Waterson at +180.

On top of the moneyline wagering for the main event, you can also parlay bet the fight. You can wager on the winner and total rounds, winning method-fighter round and the exact winning method-round.

The other bout with links to Colorado is Neil Magny, who is set to fight Geoff Neal in a Welterweight bout. Magny, who trains in Denver at the Elevation Fight Team, will also make history on Saturday.

Magny’s fight will be the 25th of his UFC career. That will make him just the 28th fighter in UFC history to reach that milestone.

Magny (24-9-0) is coming off a decision loss in January to Michael Chiesa. The No. 9-ranked Welterweight is thus the underdog at DraftKings. Neal, ranked No. 10, is the favorite on the moneyline at -200. Magny is at +160.

If you were looking for a fun and interesting way to bet the fight card, you could do a Colorado sports betting parlay where you wager Waterson, Cerrone and Magny to all win. The current odds at DraftKings for that to happen are +1,043. Keep in mind, all three would have to win for your bet to become victorious, so proceed with caution.

UFC Fight Night odds

Here is the rest of Saturday’s fight card and the current moneyline odds at DraftKings:

  • Maurice Greene (+150) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (-190)
  • Diego Ferreira (+1452) vs. Gregor Gillespie (-182)
  • Angela Hill (+150) vs. Amanda Ribas (-190)
  • Ben Rothwell (-118) vs. Philipe Lins (-106)
  • Phil Hawes (+110) vs. Kyle Daukaus (-137)
  • Ludovit Klein (-250) vs. Michael Trizano (+195)
  • Ryan Benoit (-137) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (+110)
  • Jun Yong Park (+115) vs. Tafon Nchukwi (-143)
  • Christian Aguilera (+135) vs. Carlston Harris (-167)

UFC Fight Night viewing info

What: UFC Fight Night, “Rodriguez vs Waterson”

When: Saturday, 6 p.m. MST prelims; 8 p.m. main card

Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas

Watch: Prelims and main card on ESPN/ESPN+

Photo by AP / John Locher
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Ian is an award-winning sports journalist and a University of Northern Colorado graduate. He’s a Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. He broke into the gambling industry right as Colorado launched legal sports betting in 2020. Ian now manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in North America and is an analyst for PlayColorado.

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