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Donald Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an Americanmarker professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker. 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 career

Donald started his career in Commerce Citymarker, Coloradomarker 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, Texasmarker, losing by unanimous decision. 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.

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.

Cerrone is expected to face Ed Ratcliff on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45.

Titles and Awards

  • 2006 S-1 United States Muay Thai champion
  • 2006 Dominion Warrior Light Heavyweight World champion
  • Fight of the Night (WEC 43 against Ben Henderson)

See also

Mixed martial arts record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Ed Ratcliff WEC 45 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USAmarker
Loss Ben Henderson Decision WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson 5 5:00 San Antonio, Texasmarker, USA

Win James Krause Submission WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2 1 4:38 Sacramento, Californiamarker, USA
Loss Jamie Varner Technical Decision WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone 5 1:58 San Diego, Californiamarker, USA
Win Rob McCullough Decision WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown 3 5:00 Hollywood, Floridamarker, USA
Win Danny Castillo Submission WEC 34: Sacramento 1 1:30 Sacramento, Californiamarker, USA
NC Kenneth Alexander No Contest WEC 30: Las Vegas 1 0:56 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USA
Win Yasunori Kanehara Submission GCM: Cage Force 3 2 2:46 Tokyomarker, Japan
Win Anthony Njokuani Submission ROF 29: Aftershock 1 4:30 Broomfield, Coloradomarker, USA
Win Ryan Roberts Submission ROF 28: Evolution 1 1:49 Broomfield, Coloradomarker, USA
Win Jesse Brock Submission ROF 26: Relentless 1 1:35 Castle Rock, Coloradomarker, USA
Win Craig Tennant Submission ROF 24: Integrity 1 1:26 Castle Rock, Coloradomarker, USA
Win Cruz Chacon Submission ACF: Genesis 2 2:25 Denver, Coloradomarker, USA
Win Nate Mohr Submission ROF 21: Full Blast 1 1:42 Castle Rock, Coloradomarker, USA


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