'Cowboy' Cerrone is finally getting his due.
During the UFC San Antonio: Vera vs Sandhagen broadcast, it was announced that Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone is the next fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame this summer.
Below you can check out Cerrone's induction video and his reactions to the news which came to him as a surprise.
Saddle up, Cowboy's riding into the UFC Hall of Fame --— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 25, 2023
-- The all-action never say die gunslinger @CowboyCerrone joins the stacked class of 2023's #UFCHOF! pic.twitter.com/4fA5DXRpsd
Let the emotions flow in --— UFC (@ufc) March 25, 2023
-- @CowboyCerrone reacts to being inducted into the #UFCHoF as his family surprises him at #UFCSanAntonio! pic.twitter.com/PxJl9yB2n4
This is a well deserved HOF induction for Cerrone. Cerrone may not have the accolades which other UFC Hall Of Famers have but he is most definitely one of the most game and popular fighters the promotion has ever seen.
'Cowboy' was so easily likeable due to his ever presence inside the Octagon and his willingness to fight quite literally anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Cerrone had a remarkable 11 year run in the UFC which started in 2011 and ended in 2022. He competed a remarkable 38 times in the promotion which is the third most in company history behind former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and fellow lightweight stalwart Jim Miller.
Cerrone also leads the way for the most post fight bonuses in the UFC with 18, with six of those being fight of the night bonuses.
Throughout his career, Cerrone was a valuable commodity to the UFC due to his activity and willingness to take fights on short notice. As a result of this, as well as how damn good he was as a fighter, this earned Cerrone many main events during his run in the UFC.
'Cowboy' only got the opportunity to fight for a UFC title once which was against Rafael Dos Anjos where he came up short. Following this loss, Cerrone would make the move up in weight to welterweight where he would then go on a four fight win and finish streak where he picked up wins over the likes of Matt Brown and Patrick Cote.
Following these wins, Cerrone would go on to lose four out of his next 6 bouts which prompted him to move back down to 155 pounds, where during that run he was able to secure a big pay day against the sports' biggest star, Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately, Cerrone ended his career on a very bad run where he lost six out of his last 7 fights, and the one fight where he didn't win, he drew.
Cerrone fully deserved his induction and he will join the likes of Jens Pulver, Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva in the UFC Hall Of Fame later this summer.
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