Donald Cerrone is an American mixed martial artist who fights in the welterweight class of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The popular fighter has established himself as one of the best fighters ever seen in the UFC as he continues to perform record-breakingly in the sport. Cerrone, along with fighters like Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping, has achieved the most victories in UFC history and is working hard to maintain this record. It will be interesting to learn more about how Donald has maintained his impressive performance so far.
Donald Cerrone Bio
He was born on March 29, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio. Cerrone spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado, where he had difficulty getting along with his fellow children due to an attention deficit disorder. But he showed resilience, even though he was always fighting with children. At the Air Academy High School he attended, Cerrone started bull riding and became a professional in sports.
He switched to kickboxing at the age of 20 when he started training in this sport. Donald distinguished himself in many ways through kickboxing and Muay Thai and later pursued a career in mixed martial arts. Cerrone trained with various MMA fighters at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu in New Mexico. He was signed to the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion and made his platform debut against Kenneth Alexander.
He won most of his fights in the promotion despite little controversy over his positive test result for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic initially banned. In 2010 he was transferred to the UFC along with all WEC fighters after a merger between WEC and UFC. At UFC 126 he won his fight against Paul Kelly and together with his opponent he received the “Fight of the Night” award. His next fight at UFC 131 he won against Vagner Rocha, who replaced the injured Mac Gdansk.
His next win came with a three-time TKO against Charles Oliveira, who replaced Paul Taylor at UFC Versus 5. Cerrone’s victory in this fight earned him the knockout honors. At UFC 137 in October 2011, he fought against Dennis Siver and defeated him gloriously in the first round by submission. This victory earned Cerrone the “Submission of the Night” award.
The experienced fighter received his first UFC title in lightweight in 2015 after winning eight consecutive fights in just two years. Cerrone signed a new eight-fight contract with the UFC in August 2016 and continued his glorious victories. On his way to UFC 213 in 2017, his fight with Robbie Lawler was postponed to UFC 214 after he suffered a staph infection and a groin strain. Donald Cerrone later lost the fight by unanimous decision.
He won his fight against Yancy Medeiros by a technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 126 on February 18, 2018. With this victory, Donald Cerrone set the UFC record for most finishes and most wins, with 14 and 20 wins respectively. However, at UFC Fight Night 132 he lost his fight against Leon Edwards by unanimous decision.
In a total of 45 mixed martial arts fights, Cerrone won 33 times and lost 11 times. The professional mixed martial arts pro hopes to achieve further success in the very demanding sports.
Personal Life – Girlfriend, Wife
Like most of his peers, Donald Cerrone still takes time for his love and family life. Although he keeps his private life private, Cerrone cannot hide the fact that there is a woman in his life. The UFC fighter is in a relationship with Lindsay Sheffield, who is often seen by some people as his wife. This could be due to their long-lasting relationship. The lovely couple has a son together.
His Net Worth
Donald Cerrone earns his income from his fights and his incredible victories, which distinguish him as a talented fighter in the UFC. He has net assets estimated at $7 million. Some sources like celebritynetworth.com estimate his net worth at around $5 million. But still, the fighter lives a comfortable life with his family.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Cerrone has the right body for his tremendous career. He stands at a height of 1.85 m (6 feet 1 inch), which is quite proportional to his body weight of 77 kg (170 lbs). The talented fighter has an admirable reach of 73 centimeters (4 inches) which helps him in his knockout jumps.