Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone

Personal Information

Full Name Donald Anthony Cerrone
Date of Birth March 29, 1983
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in
Role Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gaidojutsu
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone: A Brief Biography

Latest News Update for Donald Cerrone

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone fought his last fight against Jim Miller at UFC 276, where he lost the bout via Submission (guillotine choke).

In a post-match interview, he said he didn't love fighting anymore and wanted to work in movies.

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Early Life and Career

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is an American mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and competes for the promotion’s Lightweight Division. In 2010, Cerrone became a part of the UFC roster after World Extreme Cagefighting merged with Dana White’s promotion, and all WEC fighters were transferred over to the UFC. At UFC 126, Cerrone made his promotional debut as he defeated Paul Kelly via a rear-naked choke submission.

In November of 2018, Cerrone surpassed Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping for the most wins in UFC history with 21 and simultaneously, also surpassed Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort for most finishes in UFC history with 15.

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Donald Cerrone Initial Lightweight Run

In his first run with the UFC in 2010, Donald Cowboy Cerrone faced the likes of Dennis Siver, Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos, and Edson Barboza among notable Lightweight fighters. Cerrone compiled a total of eight wins in the Lightweight Division as he earned himself a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship. At UFC on Fox 17, Cerrone faced dos Anjos for the Lightweight Championship but was defeated within 66 seconds into the first round.

Donald Cerrone Welterweight Legacy

In his debut for the Welterweight Division, Cowboy Cerrone defeated Alex Oliveira via first-round submission. Since then, he has compiled wins over Patrick Cote, Rick Story, and Matt Brown. In his final fight in the Welterweight Division, Cerrone defeated Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139, and with his win over Perry, Cowboy Cerrone set the UFC record for most finishes in the Octagon.

Donald Cerrone Return to the UFC Lightweight Division

In January 2019, Donald Cowboy Cerrone made his return to the UFC Lightweight Division and at UFC Fight Night 143, he defeated Alexander Hernandez. Cowboy Cerrone extended his UFC record most finishes with sixteen with this win.

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Donald Cerrone Nunes Stats

Current Status:

Donald Cerrone's current record stands at 36-17.



Wins by KO:

  1. 10

Wins by Submission:

  1. 17

Wins by Decision:

  1. 9

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 177 lb / 77 kg


  1. 73 in (183 cm)

Weight Class:

  1. Lightweight (2006-2015,2019)
  2. Welterweight (2016-2018, 2020-2022)

Donald Cerrone Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Donald Cerrone :

Loss36–17 (2)Jim MillerSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 276July 2, 2022
Loss36–16 (2)Alex MoronoTKO (punches)UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs. WatersonMay 8, 2021
NC36–15 (2)Niko PriceNC (overturned)UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. WoodleySeptember 19, 2020
Loss36–15 (1)Anthony PettisDecision (unanimous)UFC 249May 9, 2020
Loss36–14 (1)Conor McGregorTKO (head kick and punches)UFC 246January 18, 2020
Loss36–13 (1)Justin GaethjeTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. GaethjeSeptember 14, 2019
Loss36–12 (1)Tony FergusonTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC 238June 8, 2019
Win36–11 (1)Al IaquintaDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. CowboyMay 4, 2019
Win35–11 (1)Alexander HernandezTKO (head kick and punches)UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. DillashawJanuary 19, 2019
Win34–11 (1)Mike PerrySubmission (armbar)UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. RodríguezNovember 10, 2018
Loss33–11 (1)Leon EdwardsDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. EdwardsJune 23, 2018
Win33–10 (1)Yancy MedeirosTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. MedeirosFebruary 18, 2018
Loss32–10 (1)Darren TillTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. TillOctober 21, 2017
Loss32–9 (1)Robbie LawlerDecision (unanimous)UFC 214July 29, 2017
Loss32–8 (1)Jorge MasvidalTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. PeñaJanuary 28, 2017
Win32–7 (1)Matt BrownKO (head kick)UFC 206December 10, 2016
Win31–7 (1)Rick StoryTKO (punches)UFC 202August 20, 2016
Win30–7 (1)Patrick CôtéTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. ThompsonJune 18, 2016
Win29–7 (1)Alex OliveiraSubmission (triangle choke)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. CowboyFebruary 21, 2016
Loss28–7 (1)Rafael dos AnjosTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2December 19, 2015
Win28–6 (1)John MakdessiTKO (head kick)UFC 187May 23, 2015
Win27–6 (1)Benson HendersonDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. SiverJanuary 18, 2015
Win26–6 (1)Myles JuryDecision (unanimous)UFC 182January 3, 2015
Win25–6 (1)Eddie AlvarezDecision (unanimous)UFC 178September 27, 2014
Win24–6 (1)Jim MillerKO (head kick and punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. MillerJuly 16, 2014
Win23–6 (1)Edson BarbozaSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. BrowneApril 19, 2014
Win22–6 (1)Adriano MartinsKO (head kick)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. ThomsonJanuary 25, 2014
Win21–6 (1)Evan DunhamSubmission (triangle choke)UFC 167November 16, 2013
Loss20–6 (1)Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2August 28, 2013
Win20–5 (1)K.J. NoonsDecision (unanimous)UFC 160May 25, 2013
Loss19–5 (1)Anthony PettisKO (kick to the body)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. DodsonJanuary 26, 2013
Win19–4 (1)Melvin GuillardKO (head kick and punch)UFC 150August 11, 2012
Win18–4 (1)Jeremy StephensDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fuel TV: The Korean Zombie vs. PoirierMay 15, 2012
Loss17–4 (1)Nate DiazDecision (unanimous)UFC 141December 30, 2011
Win17–3 (1)Dennis SiverSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 137October 29, 2011
Win16–3 (1)Charles OliveiraTKO (punches)UFC Live: Hardy vs. LytleAugust 14, 2011
Win15–3 (1)Vagner RochaDecision (unanimous)UFC 131June 11, 2011
Win14–3 (1)Paul KellySubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 126February 5, 2011
Win13–3 (1)Chris HorodeckiSubmission (triangle choke)WEC 53December 16, 2010
Win12–3 (1)Jamie VarnerDecision (unanimous)WEC 51September 30, 2010
Loss11–3 (1)Benson HendersonSubmission (guillotine choke)WEC 48April 24, 2010
Win11–2 (1)Ed RatcliffSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEC 45December 19, 2009
Loss10–2 (1)Benson HendersonDecision (unanimous)WEC 43October 10, 2009
Win10–1 (1)James KrauseSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEC 41June 7, 2009
Loss9–1 (1)Jamie VarnerTechnical Decision (split)WEC 38January 25, 2009
Win9–0 (1)Rob McCulloughDecision (unanimous)WEC 36November 5, 2008
Win8–0 (1)Danny CastilloSubmission (armbar)WEC 34June 1, 2008
NC7–0 (1)Kenneth AlexanderNo Contest (overturned by NSAC)WEC 30September 5, 2007
Win7–0Yasunori KaneharaSubmission (triangle choke)Greatest Common Multiple: Cage Force 3June 9, 2007
Win6–0Anthony NjokuaniSubmission (triangle choke)Ring of Fire 29: AftershockApril 28, 2007
Win5–0Ryan RobertsSubmission (armbar)Ring of Fire 28: EvolutionFebruary 16, 2007
Win4–0Jesse BrockSubmission (triangle choke)Ring of Fire 26: RelentlessSeptember 9, 2006
Win3–0Craig TennantSubmission (armbar)Ring of Fire 24: IntegrityJune 17, 2006
Win2–0Cruz ChaconSubmission (triangle choke)American Championship Fighting: GenesisFebruary 24, 2006
Win1–0Nate MohrSubmission (triangle choke)Ring of Fire 21: Full BlastFebruary 11, 2006

Donald Cerrone’s Most Popular Fights

Donald Cerrone vs Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor cracked Donald Cerrone to the chin with a left head kick in the opening seconds of their UFC 246 main event fight at T-Mobile Arena. The end came soon after. In his comeback fight, McGregor was victorious via TKO in just 40 seconds.

It marked the second-fastest win of McGregor's career, the quickest being his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in December 2015.

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Donald Cerrone vs Conor McGregor at UFC 246

Donald Cerrone vs Mike Perry

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone had the advantage in the fight, the moment both fighters went to the ground. He took Perry's back and got in a choke.

While it looked like Perry might be able to get out, as he did escape the hold, Cerrone dropped to his front with an Arm Triangle. A slight move, ad he had transitioned into the Belly Down Armbar, and with seconds to go in the 1st round, had Mike Perry tapped out.

Donald 'Cowboy' took down Mike Perry via Submission (armbar).

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Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone won seven of his previous eight bouts before stepping into the Octagon against the dangerous Melvin Guillard. This fight took place at UFC 150 where the hometown hero Donald Cerrone won the bout by taking down Melvin Guillard via KO (head kick and punch).

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Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard at UFC 150

FAQs on Donald Cerrone

Q1. How many times has Donald Cerrone lost in the UFC?

Donald Cerrone has lost 14 times in the UFC so far.

Q2. How many fights has Donald Cerrone had in the UFC?

In total 55 fights.

Q3. Why is Donald Cerrone nicknamed Cowboy?

Donald continues to pay homage to his bull riding past by donning a cowboy hat so he is nicknamed as 'cowboy'.

Q4. What is Donald Cerrone's current rank in the UFC?

He is ranked #68 in welterweight.

* Latest updated on 29th October 2022

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