Donald Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was featured on the Versus television series TapouT, where he was sponsored before his fight with Anthony Njokuani. Cerrone won the fight in the first round with a triangle choke.
Biography and careerEdit
Donald started his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters, winning his first 25 Muay Thai bouts. Cerrone began training with Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Georges St. Pierre, Leonard Garcia and other skilled MMA fighters at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cerrone was signed to fight in the WEC. His first fight in the promotion was against Kenneth Alexander. Originally a win via submission in 0:54 seconds of the first round, the decision was changed to a no contest when Cerrone tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide. He returned to the WEC nine months later, defeating hometown favorite Danny Castillo via submission at 1:30 of the first round.
At WEC 38 he fought WEC lightweight champion, Jamie Varner, for the abovementioned title, losing via technical split decision. He defeated James Krause via rear naked choke on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41. Cerrone and Varner had agreed to a rematch, tenatively at WEC 43, but Varner has yet to be cleared medically from his hand injury. Cerrone fought Ben Henderson for the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43 in San Antonio, Texas, losing by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year honors by Sherdog for 2009. Cerrone credited Henderson for being "a hell of a fighter" and conceded that he was slow to start the action, which may have cost him the match. In his most recent fight, Cerrone defeated Ed Ratcliff via third round submission at WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff on December 19, 2009. The bout also earned Cerrone Fight of the Night honors.
Cerrone recently bought a new 10 acre ranch and is looking to house several fighters that want to make a career in MMA. He calls it the "TapouT House" and has dedicated an entire wing for fighters wanting to live and train with world class talent.
Titles and AwardsEdit
- 2006 S-1 United States Muay Thai champion
- 2006 Dominion Warrior Light Heavyweight World champion
- Fight of the Night (WEC 36 against Rob McCullough)
- Fight of the Night (WEC 38 against Jamie Varner)
- Fight of the Night (WEC 43 against Ben Henderson)
- Fight of the Night (WEC 45 against Ed Ratcliff)
- Sherdog Fight of the Year for 2009 for his bout with Ben Henderson) 
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|14||11 wins||2 losses|
|Ben Henderson||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||Sacramento, California, USA||For WEC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Ed Ratcliff||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff||December 19, 2009||3||3:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Ben Henderson||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson||October 10, 2009||5||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, USA||For the Interim WEC Lightweight Championship
Won Fight of the Night Honors
|Win||James Krause||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2||June 7, 2009||1||4:38||Sacramento, California, USA|
|Loss||Jamie Varner||Technical Decision (Split)||WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone||January 25, 2009||5||1:58||San Diego, California, USA||For the WEC Lightweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Rob McCullough||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown||November 5, 2008||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, USA||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Danny Castillo||Submission (Armbar)||WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver||June 1, 2008||1||1:30||Sacramento, California, USA|
|NC||Kenneth Alexander||No Contest (Overturned)||WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton||September 5, 2007||1||0:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Tested positive for banned substances|
|Win||Yasunori Kanehara||Submission (Triangle Choke)||GCM: Cage Force 3||June 9, 2007||2||2:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||Anthony Njokuani||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ROF 29: Aftershock||April 28, 2007||1||4:30||Broomfield, Colorado, USA|
|Win||Ryan Roberts||Submission (Armbar)||ROF 28: Evolution||February 16, 2007||1||1:49||Broomfield, Colorado, USA|
|Win||Jesse Brock||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ROF 26: Relentless||September 9, 2006||1||1:35||Castle Rock, Colorado, USA|
|Win||Craig Tennant||Submission (Armbar)||ROF 24: Integrity||June 17, 2006||1||1:26||Castle Rock, Colorado, USA|
|Win||Cruz Chacon||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ACF: Genesis||February 24, 2006||2||2:25||Denver, Colorado, USA|
|Win||Nate Mohr||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ROF 21: Full Blast||February 11, 2006||1||1:42||Castle Rock, Colorado, USA|
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- ↑ WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas. MMAFrenzy.com (2009-01-02). Retrieved on 2009-08-29.
- ↑ Donald Cerrone on WEC 43 main event: Benson Henderson definitely won that fight. MMAJunkie.com (2009-10-10). Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved on 2009-10-10.
- ↑ Lightweight Donald Cerrone says WEC 45 plan for quick start ended at "charge". MMAJunkie.com (2009-12-20). Archived from the original on 2012-07-12.
- ↑ WEC 48: Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone II booked for PPV debut on April 24. mmamania.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-03.
- ↑ http://www.fiveknuckles.com/mma-news/Interview-with-Donald-Cerrone.html. FiveKnuckles.com. Retrieved on December 01, 2009.