Things between Donald Cerrone and Jackson-Winklejohn have apparently come to a boiling point, as the UFC star took some big shots at the fight team.
During an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, an angered Cerrone claims that the problems started when they chose to allow UFC Fight Night Denver opponent Mike Perry to train at the gym, despite his objections.
“I went to talk to Greg and Wink and say, ‘Hey, this guy’s (Mike Perry) brand new to the gym. He’s only been here one camp, a couple of months. I don’t think that it’s okay for him to come in and call me out. That’s not right. So if he is doing that, I don’t think we should allow him to train here for this fight,’” Cerrone said. “Then f**king Winkeljohn tells me, ‘I thought you called him out’, he’s just a s**t-ass and lies to your face, so to me he was like, ‘Sure, no problem, we’ll clear it up and we won’t have any issues.’ With Greg, his name is on that building. It’s Jackson-Wink. Jackson-f**king-Wink. When it came time to pick the decision and they said, ‘We want to go with Perry.’ Why the f**k didn’t you stand — because Greg’s still with me — he’s like, ‘I’ll just come to the ranch and we’ll sort this out.’ And I’m like, ‘What the f**k are you talking about?’ You tell me I can’t come into the Jackson-Wink gym, but you’re going to backdoor and come into my f**king house and we’re going to train to fight while Perry’s there at the gym.”
This outburst from Cerrone would lead to Mike Winklejohn speaking out against “Cowboy,” saying that Cerrone was never actually loyal to the team anyway.
“Loyalty is two sides,” Winkeljohn said to MMA Junkie. “‘Cowboy’ is not loyal to anybody in the gym. He’s on his own. He does his own thing. He has not, from what I can remember in the last 10 years, ever helped anybody out with their own camp. He’s as narcissistic as they come. I put up with it for a long time because Greg [Jackson] has the biggest heart in the world. He’s like my little brother. But at the same time, it was causing division. And by the way, of the teams that went out there, I think it’s 100 percent of people lost, because ‘Cowboy’ wants to do what he wants to do on his time frame, and it didn’t work for the fighters that train out there at the gym. So that made our percentage look bad, because we lost a lot of fights because of it.”
Perry would issue a reponse to what Cerrone said, promising to give "Cowboy" a Viking funeral:
Plus idk why @Cowboycerrone is acting like we ain’t in this shit about the money. He’s oblivious because he always had money. I’m a broke hungry fuckin lion and I’m glad you didn’t die in the scuba dive so I can kill you in the #Octagon ima give you that Spartan #BeautifulDeath— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 31, 2018
Diego Sanchez also trains with the famed fight team and he took to Instagram to issue a statement on what has been going on:
@joerogan @jacksonwink_mma is on fire we’re on the up’s bro no lie I have been here longer than anyone and seen the many stages of our evolution of this team!!! We’re stronger than ever our defeats only helped us to grow and we are coming into the prosperous stage just -- and see!!! @cowboycerrone had been so busy building his empire the past three four years and he’s done a fantastic job doing it but that’s been his focus he’s never been here!!! Maybe a grappling class here or there a sparring every 6 months??? That’s not a team mate it’s just someone who is out only for themselves. I’d try to give him a round if we crossed paths here or there the last time he got me real good with a side kick to the liver ------------.... I see it all!! I treat this like a job 9-5 I come everyday I stay when everyone leaves to rest and eat.. so I see it all!! and in the past ten years cowboy never went out of his way to help me get ready for a fight not ounce! That’s why I posted previous about why I was #teamplatinum @platinummikeperry is here to give me rounds if I need them and helped me more in one camp than cowboy did in ten years--... don’t bad mouth my gym or my coach @mmacoachwink we’re good peeps striving to better our city our state and our sport!!!! If Perry falls out come November ILL BE READY TO FILL IN WITH ZERO HESITATION! And we know where @gregjacksonmma will be #loyalty #itsnotallaboutmoney #realtalk #STILLTHEBESTGYM @jonnybones @carloscondit @karatehottiemma @hollyholm @sixgungibson @thefranklester @dr.beauhightower @dranita.jwnutrition @smokin_joe_jwmma @johndodsonmma @harrystleger @chadinspiremma @bartlujan @coach_alex_striking @platinummikeperry @clanders41 @chrisbreezymma @maurice_thehulk_jackson @bvonkl @joby1_kanobe @madrussian29 @incredablemma @brownbomber_mma @timkennedymma @cjbmma @ahamilton_mma @trav.foster @brownbearufc @groovylando @mmacoachwink @siyarized #DIVIDEDWEFALLUNITEDWESTAND one more thing @chadinspiremma is the best mma wrestling coach In the game you would not know but maybe you will find out if we ever get to what the octagon! #donecrossedthelineofrespect @platinummikeperry your up --------#WAR
UFC Fight Night Denver takes place on Saturday, November 10 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado with Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event,w hich airs live on Fox Sports 1.