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UFC News: Donald Cerrone blasts Jackson Wink MMA Academy, Mike Winkeljohn responds

Soumik Datta
171   //    31 Aug 2018, 19:55 IST

Donald Cerrone
Donald Cerrone

What's the story?

In a recent turn of unexpected events, veteran UFC fighter Donald Cerrone has decided to put Jackson Wink MMA Academy on notice by lashing and accusing owners Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn.

In case you didn't know...

Donald Cerrone initially began his UFC career at UFC’s Lightweight Division, where he had built the reputation of being one of the fiercest fighters in UFC’s 155-pound division. During his tenure in the LW Division, Cerrone had competed in some of the most high profile fights against the likes of Nate Diaz, Dennis Siver, Edson Barboza, and Jeremy Stephens and had stocked up eight wins in the 155-pound division over the course of two years.

Cerrone, who is currently competing under the Welterweight division, last competed in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 132 when he lost against Leon Edwards via unanimous decision.

The heart of the matter

In a recent extended interview with JRE MMA Show, UFC veteran Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone decided to put his longtime gym Jackson Wink MMA Academy by putting owners Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn on notice by accusing them of blatant management.

The conflict between the two parties initially took place when Cerrone stated that he was seemingly pushed out of the gym due to Winkeljohn opting to train Cowboy's upcoming UFC opponent Mike Perry.

Winkeljohn called me and) says, ‘You know what, I thought about it and if we don’t have Perry, then I don’t get paid, and I need to get paid for this'. Basically tells me I’m no longer welcome in the gym.”- Cerrone stated.

In response to Cerrone, Mike Winkeljohn also told MMA Junkie that Cerrone apparently hasn't contributed anything to Jackson Wink MMA Academy as a consistent team presence.

“Loyalty is two sides. ‘Cowboy’ is not loyal to anybody in the gym. He’s on his own. He does his own thing. He has not, from what I can remember in the last 10 years, ever helped anybody out with their own camp. He’s as narcissistic as they come.”

What's next?

Donald Cerrone is currently expected to face Mike Perry on the 10th of November, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.

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