The bout almost never came to fruition because Cerrone almost pulled out of the fight due to an illness.
“(I was) just sick throwing up – couldn’t get out of bed – just feeling like (expletive) all morning, all day,” Cerrone said after the event. “I wasn’t feeling like showing up to work, man. That’s how I was feeling. That’s the only way I can tell it. It was the closest I’ve ever been in my whole career to calling the boss and saying, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to (expletive) make it.’ Then I rolled over about 5 o’clock, looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re not that guy.’ So I got up and said, ‘Let’s go.’ Here I am.”
Cerrone not only competed at the event, but also fought twenty five minutes against the victorious Edwards.
If Cerrone can make one thing clear about his illness, it would be that the sickness didn’t affect the way “Cowboy” fought this past Saturday.
“That has nothing to do with the way I fought,” Cerrone said. “I’m very proud of myself, actually, for getting in there and fighting. So, I’m happy. I don’t have any remorse or doubt or upset in any way.”
There was no hint that Cerrone was ill until the post-fight press conference, as “Cowboy” didn’t even mention it in the post-fight interview on the live broadcast.