Donald Cerrone Chasing More UFC History on Saturday

Donald Cowboy Cerrone Returns To UFC

    • Donald Cerrone will be fighting Alex Morono at UFC on ESPN 24 this Saturday night.
    • Cerrone was supposed to fight Diego Sanchez at the event but Sanchez was released by the UFC last week after a controversy.
    • Cowboy is a slight -188 betting favorite to beat Morono at the BetOnline App.

Donald Cerrone’s fight with Diego Sanchez fell apart after The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner was removed and cut from the UFC because he would not sign a document assuring the UFC that he is in good health after his coach Joshua Fabia asked the promotion for his past medical records.

That would’ve been one hell of a barn burner. Sadly, with Diego gone for good, we’re never going to see it happen in this lifetime.

But despite losing his original opponent, Cowboy is fighting on Saturday night and even if he is fighting a replacement opponent in Alex Morono, he is still on pace to set more records this weekend.

Cowboy’s Book of Records

Cerrone is one of the UFC’s most prolific record-holders. The 38-year old is the winningest fighter in the history of the UFC with a total of 23. His 16 finishes are tied with Charles Oliveira for the most in the history of the promotion. Cowboy’s 20 knockdowns scored are also second to none in the UFC while his 18 Post Fight bonuses are the most by any UFC fighter.

On Saturday night, Cerrone will be making his 37th appearance inside the UFC Octagon. That will put him in a tie with Jim Miller for most fights ever in the promotion Including his stint with the WEC, Cerrone has fought in a total of 47 bouts, a number that no one can match. It will also mark his 26th Octagon appearance since 2014, the most by any fighter during that period.

Saturday’s bout will also be his 14th fight in the welterweight division. Cerrone is 6-6 with one draw in this weight class. He enters the Morono bout without a win in his last five bouts. This marks the longest time in his career where he has not won a fight. Cowboy lost four consecutive bouts to Tony Ferguson ,Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, and Anthony Pettis before being forced to a draw by Niko Price in his last bout.

Morono Steps In

Morono steps in for Sanchez on five days notice but despite that and two losses in his last three bouts, the former Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight champion is just a slight +163 betting underdog against Cowboy who is only a slight -188 odds on favorite to win the fight at the BetOnline app, and with a valid reason.

While he is taking the Cerrone fight on less than a week’s notice, Morono is in terrific shape. With two of his FORTIS teammates in Geoff Neal and Alex Ferreira fighting this weekend, Morono helped them prepare for their respective bouts.

Morono is 6-4 with one no-contest in his last 11 bouts. In his most recent Octagon appearance, Morono lost on points to Anthony Pettis last December 19, 2020. He owns notable wins over Josh Burkman, Max Griffin, and Rhys McKee.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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