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Why is Donald Cerrone called Cowboy, and how many UFC fights has he won?

THE UFC just wouldn't be the same without Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.

A former professional kickboxer and 50-fight MMA veteran, the Denver native has been active in mixed-martial arts and cage fighting for almost twenty years.

 Donald Cerrone admitted he will throw up with nerves before fighting Conor McGregor
Donald Cerrone admitted he will throw up with nerves before fighting Conor McGregorCredit: AP:Associated Press

Cerrone holds the record for the most wins in UFC history, as well as the most bouts and takedowns since the organisation begin in 1993.

Why is Donald Cerrone called Cowboy?

COWBOY made his MMA debut way back in 2006, beating Nate Mohr at Ring of Fire 21.

Growing up, Cerrone was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and found his pent up energy would often get him into fights.

He attended Air Academy High School in Colorado, where he began bull riding before taking up kick-boxing in his late teens.

From there, Cerrone wanted to pursue a career in mixed-martial arts and moved to train at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cowboy has gone on to become one of the most prolific MMA fighters ever, but is yet to hold a prestigious UFC title.

 Cerrone faces off against Conor McGregor at UFC 246
Cerrone faces off against Conor McGregor at UFC 246Credit: Getty - Contributor

He has been in FIFTY bouts, with his UFC bow in 2011 when he beat Paul Kelly in a second round stoppage.

His last fight came against Justin Gaethje in September 2019, but Cerrone fell to a first round defeat after a heavy punch from the highly-rated lightweight.

Next up is Conor McGregor, with the pair set to face off in Las Vegas for the Irishman's comeback fight.

When Cerrone was a youngster he was part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Despite taking up MMA, he continues to pay homage to his bull riding past by donning a cowboy hat and taking the 'Cowboy' nickname - as well as owning a state-of-the-art ranch.

Cerrone calls his 40-acre training complex the BMF ranch - it's Twitter page says: “We don't Breed livestock we Train Bad Mother F*****s”.

The UFC star explains: “I moved here from Colorado, and started looking for a property where I could ride bikes, horses, shoot guns.

"I called my grandpa and said, 'I found a house and some acres I think I want to buy.' He said, 'I'll be right there.'

"He drove down, and he walks right up to the lady and says, 'My grandson wants it. We'll take it.'

"He handed her cash. Didn't even go inside. I was like, ‘S*** OK.' None of this was here. We've built everything.”


How many UFC fights has he won?

THERE's no denying that Donald Cerrone likes to stay active on the circuit.

He's the busiest UFC fighter in the business and since 2011 has fought four or more times in six years - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Cerrone has the most wins in UFC history - 23 from his 33 bouts.

And his overall MMA record is an impressive 36 wins from 50 fights.


Of those victories, 10 have come by way of knockout whilst 17 have arrived by submission.

One thing that has alluded Cowboy is a coveted UFC world title.

He has fought for the lightweight crown once in 2015, going down in the first round to Rafael dos Anjos.

When he is fighting Conor McGregor and how can I watch it?

  • Fight night is set for Saturday, January 18.
  • UFC 246 will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
  • The card will cost £19.95 to purchase.
  • BT Sport Box Office is on Sky channel 490, BT channel 494, and in the live events section on Virgin Media.
  • It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and their app after purchase.
  • In the US, the card will be shown on PPV on ESPN+.
  • Expect the main event around 6am on Sunday morning UK time.