Fan favorite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone retires at UFC 276 after loss to Jim Miller: ‘I don’t love him anymore’


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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has retired from the UFC.

Cerrone, 39, who has been a fan-favorite fighter for much of the past decade, retired Saturday after a bout at UFC 276 with fellow veteran Jim Miller, 38.

Immediately after the match, Cerrone took off his signature cowboy hat, took off his gloves, and placed the two in the center of the Octagon.

A detailed view of Donald Cerrone’s cowboy hat and fight gloves during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
(Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I don’t like him anymore,” Cerrone told UFC commentator Joe Rogan, waving and thanking the Las Vegas crowd. “I’m gonna be a movie star, baby,” he added.

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“Time to bow out. This is the perfect event,” the Albuquerque native added, as he was joined in the Octagon by his two sons, both wearing cowboy hats. .

Donald Cerrone and his sons in the Octagon during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Donald Cerrone and his sons in the Octagon during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Cerrone remained one of the busiest fighters during his long MMA career and retired with a 36-17 pro record.

“Donald, it’s been a special, special career, my friend,” Rogan said. “You had some great times inside that Octagon.”

Donald Cerrone (R) chats with Joe Rogan as he announces his retirement following his welterweight bout against Jim Miller at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Donald Cerrone (R) chats with Joe Rogan as he announces his retirement following his welterweight bout against Jim Miller at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Following the submission loss to Miller, Cerrone said he hopes to one day be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, an honor that Rogan says is anything but a guarantee given his storied career.

“You will be 100% in the Hall of Fame,” replied Rogan.

Donald Cerrone punches Jim Miller in a welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Donald Cerrone punches Jim Miller in a welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Cerrone first started his professional MMA career fighting under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in 2007, where he fought for the championship belt three times before the organization was purchased by the UFC. in 2010.

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The beloved Ultimate Fighting Championship star has earned a reputation for being ready to fight “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” ESPN reported.

His career includes 48 fight appearances in the WEC and UFC – more than any other fighter – including 18 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, tied for the most of all time.

Donald Cerrone (L) exchanges strikes with Jim Miller during their welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Donald Cerrone (L) exchanges strikes with Jim Miller during their welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

He retired with 23 UFC wins, tied for second all-time. Miller, with Saturday’s win over Cerrone, has 24 wins.

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Cerrone was perhaps best known for his fearlessness and courage, as he would be willing to push himself and his opponent to their limits. He was a talented grappler with 17 wins through submissions.

His retirement comes as six of his last seven fights have been losses. He has previously told fans that the fights got tough and he endured “nights off” – an honesty that was well received by his fans.

Jim Miller reacts to his victory over Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jim Miller reacts to his victory over Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout at UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Fighters and fans immediately flooded social media with messages supporting Cerrone.

On the UFC 276 fight card, Alexander Volkanovski defended his featherweight title by defeating Max Holloway. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also easily won his fight against challenger Jared Cannonier.


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