Diego Sanchez is a UFC legend of having a record of 31-13-0. The pro fighter from Albuquerque has been fighting for almost two decades now. The fighter is at the end of his career and has called out Donald Cerrone for his retirement fight. Last week it was reported that Sanchez and Cerrone will go against each other in a welterweight bout on May 8.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone had stated he was done fighting in the welterweight division and was going to return to the lightweight league. But after being called out by his ex-teammate, he has agreed to the welterweight bout.
Diego Sanchez is coming off a loss against Jake Mathews at the UFC 253 on September 27 last year. Meanwhile his ex-teammate, Cerrone hasn’t been in the best of form lately. Cowboy is coming off a draw against Niko Price at the UFC Fight Night on September 20 last year. Previous to the draw he lost two consecutive matches against Anthony Pettis and Conor McGregor.
Cerrone said, “All the fights were booked. Yeah, ‘55 is what I wanted to do. Then Diego Sanchez went and, I guess, showed up to the UFC and begged and pleaded with them to make me his retirement fight. So they called me and they asked me and I said, ‘Sure.”, when asked about the fights.
“He wants his ride to be a sunset, and I have no problem giving it to him,” says Cowboy
This fight will feature the most combined UFC fights of any two fighters ever in the same match. The bout is mostly a reel/exhibition match. This fight could put Cerrone in the possession of “most fights in UFC history”. An exhibition fight is the right choice for the form Cerrone is in right now.
Cowboy Cerrone is still sour about what happened between him and Sanchez. He says, “He says it’s two legends going at it, I don’t think so. He talked a lot shit when I left Jackson’s and now he did the same thing and left. It’s funny.”
“I was just doing what I had to do. Built my own gym, trained my own people, starting making this mold which I think was the right move to do in my career and he had a lot to say about it. He said he wanted to fight me so here’s his chance. Be careful what you wish for. So yeah, this should be a fun highlight reel fight for me.”
Cerrone also acknowledged the greatness of Sanchez, “I’m not overlooking the kid, by no means,” Cerrone said. “There are areas where he could be dangerous and if I was fighting old Diego, 10 years ago, yeah, he was tough. Hard pace. I used to train with the guy, I know. . .
“He wants this to be his ride into the sunset, and I have no problem giving it to him.”