Donald Cerrone is a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. Cerrone shall be inducted into the fashionable wing of the UFC Hall of Fame on this 12 months’s ceremony in July.
Cerrone’s invitation to the 2023 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony was introduced throughout Saturday’s UFC Fight Night important card. “Cowboy” is simply the second fighter to enter the fashionable wing regardless of not profitable a UFC championship, becoming a member of former WEC champion Urijah Faber. Cerrone can be the primary particular person fighter to be inducted with out profitable a UFC championship, WEC title or basic UFC event.
Despite his absent championship credentials, Cerrone carved a one-of-a-kind profession that made him a fan-favorite and multi-time headliner. Cerrone holds the promotional document for many knockdowns (20) and post-fight bonuses (18), the latter of which he shares with Charles Oliveira. Cerrone can be tied for second all-time for many wins, most finishes and most wins in UFC light-weight historical past. Cerrone additionally ranked third all-time in whole UFC fights with 38
“Cowboy Cerrone is among the finest lightweights in UFC historical past,” UFC president Dana White stated. “Cowboy persistently fought the perfect of the perfect for over a decade contained in the Octagon and set a ton of data within the course of. He was additionally a whole savage who would combat anybody at any time. He is a real legend, and will probably be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame as a part of International Fight Week.”
Cerrone introduced his retirement following a second-round submission loss to Jim Miller at UFC 276 in July 2022, which prolonged his winless streak to seven. At his finest, Cerrone scored wins over the likes of Oliveira, Miller, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez and Benson Henderson. He’s shared the cage with everybody from Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal.
Cerrone joins former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, youngest UFC light-weight champion Jens Pulver and inaugural UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo as this 12 months’s inductees. The 2023 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on Thursday, July 6 on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas throughout UFC International Fight Week.
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