Even though Cerrone didn’t lose at the event, one thing the fighter believes is that it was the worst performance that he has ever had.
“This is the worst performance I’ve ever had, hands down,” he said after the event (via Simon Head & John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “I’m very upset with myself. I don’t know how else to say it, but I definitely count this as a loss. This is five in a row. And for someone who was out there fighting to keep his job, it wasn’t a very good job.”
Cerrone is now winless in his last five UFC appearances and the fighter hasn’t picked up a victory in over a year.
“Cowboy” may be on a skid right now, but don’t expect to hear him talk about retirement anytime soon.
“I just need to figure out something that I’m doing wrong,” he said. “There’s no way I’m looking or talking of retirement. I’m just talking taking a few months off to (expletive) regroup and figure some (expletive) out. That’s all. I’ve gotta do something. I’m gonna fight Niko again. … We’re gonna run it back again and I’m going to do everything I can in my power to come prepared. I’ll be fighting for my job, literally. So hopefully that lights the fire under my ass that I need.”
UFC President Dana White did say he wanted to have a conversation with Cerrone about the future of his career, but retirement doesn’t seem to be on Cerrone’s mind.