Whereas he didn’t cover the very fact his retirement was approaching, Cerrone (36-17-1 MMA, 29-17-1 UFC) fibbed about simply how quickly he deliberate to hold up the gloves. So when he took off his cowboy hat and gloves within the heart of the cage after his loss to Jim Miller at T-Cellular Area, an audible rumble constructed from the group.
It was a sound of bittersweet (and considerably egocentric) disappointment from fans who grew to adore a fighter who competed almost 50 occasions beneath the UFC and WEC banners. It was additionally a sound of appreciation.
The followers weren’t the one ones coping with contradictory emotions. At a post-fight information convention, Cerrone defined the bizarre mixture of feelings regardless that he’s recognized since January his subsequent struggle can be his final.
“This sport is loopy. It’s the very best highs and the bottom lows,” Cerrone advised MMA Junkie and different reporters. “I simply really feel most likely one of the best I’ve felt in my profession at my lowest proper now, if that makes any sense. It was necessary for me to exit with Joe (Rogan) and Bruce (Buffer) within the cage. I began with them. It’s such an iconic factor right here in Vegas.”
General, Cerrone described the overarching feeling as aid. There’s a weight off his shoulders now that his skilled combating profession is lastly behind him.
“I really feel like the largest sigh of aid I’ve ever had in my life,” Cerrone mentioned. “Like, ‘Ho-ha, we’re achieved.’ Now it’s off to the following chapter. I’ll be again. I’ll come hang around and watch fights, discuss to the younger era about all of the issues I ought to’ve, would’ve, may’ve, ought to’ve achieved, and perhaps I’ll get an itch in two years. Who is aware of? Any time quickly? Hell to the no. I’m going off to make some motion pictures. I’ve bought race vehicles I’ve bought to race subsequent weekend. We’ll get in a race automotive and go play and go to the lake home with my spouse.”
At UFC 276, Cerrone lost by submission and subsequently ended his profession. However the crowd ovation, the second, and the folks made up for it. Cerrone mentioned Saturday is tied along with his UFC signing for his favourite profession second.
“I need to’ve achieved one thing proper alongside my profession someplace to get the group to like me as they do,” Cerrone mentioned. “Thanks to everybody a lot who’s been there and supported me. Even those that haven’t supported me, they preserve you hungry, too. The fellows who’re sitting at house making messages in your factor. They assist encourage me additionally. Thanks to you (media), as nicely.”