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Cage Potato Video PSA: Don’t Spar With a Stranger in a Cowboy Hat If He Strolls Into Your Gym

(Video courtesy of YouTube/

A word of advice: even if you’re the big dog in your gym, NEVER EVER accept the offer of a dude in a TapouT cowboy hat to spar, lest you might find yourself waking up with Donald Cerrone looking over you rubbing your chest and seeing if you’re okay.

Props to Donald for checking on his opponent without Greg Jackson’s prompting, though. And I call bullshit on the dude who posted it on YouTube being a friend of the guy who “Cowboy” KTFO. Friends don’t let friends with questionable stand-up spar with a UFC fighter, and they sure as hell don’t post it on YouTube.

We’re just playin’. The falling tree KO video actually was sent to us by JPReed1918 — the dude who shot the light sparring match-up between Cerrone and Andrei Arlovski‘s brother….okay maybe it wasn’t Victor Arlovski, but he did look like him for a second there.

Here’s the actual explanation from the reader who shot the video:

Cage Potatoe <—-Dan Quail style,

So sorry I could not elaborate on the video. I figured it might get on a cagepotato link so I sent it during my class. The video was from a seminar Cerrone did for us and this was his 20-ish sparring match in a row. Dude let everyone who was there spar with him. He is a fucking class act and in fact he did the seminar for free for our gym. He had no ill intention of knocking out my teammate. He got tagged and after I ended the video all sparring stopped and we all had a good laugh. He was really concerned for my friend and felt terrible. We all went to hooters after. True story.

Good talk,



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MoonBelly- February 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm
video is private now? wtf?
lex_luther- February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am
.....and for one helluva video
lex_luther- February 29, 2012 at 11:43 am
This is my twin brother who took the head kick. Its at Z's Gym in Fort Collins Colorado just to clarify all the confusion. Donald Cerrone and another professional fighter were there that day sparring with all the guys who train at Z's. Like the author who posted this said, for those of you who cant read or would like not to take the time to and just jump into coming up with the first comment that comes to mind after seeing this. Shits no joke guys if you havent been in an MMA gym then you dont know what your talking about. These guys take this very serious and have the best determination out of anyone Ive ever seen. Much props to C-doh taking that kick to the head.
Motivated Penn- February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am
The man's name is Dan Quayle...
blaphtome- February 29, 2012 at 11:03 am
Not ironically at all, the gym here appears to be named Z's.
MMAposeur- February 29, 2012 at 9:52 am
He can try again when he hits puberty.
KidDinomite- February 29, 2012 at 9:37 am
How come no one ever empasizes head movement and footwork during a sparring match? Poor kid stood right in front of Cowboy, not to mention he deosn't have height or reach, of course he's gonna get knocked out!!!
Fried Taco- February 29, 2012 at 8:54 am
And now for a PSA about recording videos with your cell phone:
ArmFarmer- February 29, 2012 at 6:29 am
If that's actually cerrone then the other guy must weigh about 105lb...
LukeTheDuke- February 29, 2012 at 4:20 am
@Mofo - when you change your level for the left body hook, stay down and lean back and to the left, thats the key. dont reset before the kick.
SnackDaddy- February 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm
That fight lasted like... a whole 8 seconds...
Mofo- February 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Just knock his hat to the floor. It's like cutting Sampson's hair. See how it worked for Nate?
Mofo- February 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm
Ya know, I'm gonna disagree with the title there.... I think if some douche walks into your gym with a cowboy hat, chances are good you can kick his ass. And probably should, on principle.
Mofo- February 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm
It was a damn nice combo - fake the right to the head, he raises his hands - slam a body shot, he lowers his hands back down - throw the head kick and there's nothing blocking it. I'll be tryin that one out asap.
TungFo- February 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Gotta keep your hands up and your chin down youngster.
Mofo- February 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Thanks for adding the back story! Wow that's nuts. You can see Cerrone is going like 10%. Just caught that kid right on the button. I can't say "right on the button" without hearing Rogan say it. Does that make me gay?
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm
Sure does seem to have Cerrone's back tattoo.
Ogre- February 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Agree with mofo. Need some updates for sure.
TellaTruth- February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm
That 12 yr old has balls to get in there with Cowboy!
k-onda- February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Ahhhh! Now I get it, he's Arlovsky's "brother" because he got knocked out, is that it? Right? Guys?
bitteralex is a 1000% correct.
Gay Pron!
bitteralex- February 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm
that's why u should prob wear headgear when sparing with a UFC fighter.... I would personally wear a football helmet...
Mofo- February 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm
This post is so fucking confusing. So who the hell is JPReed1918? Did he explain this fight? Does Cerrone just knock out losers for fun? WTF. He knows he might as well have been fighting a girl scout. Did someone provoke him to fight?
Get Off Me- February 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm
That's the first time that kid saw the ol' liver punch head kick combo up close....we call that the Bas Rutten special.
That_guy- February 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm
Really? Donald Cerrone is a heavy weight now? C'mon, that isn't Cowboy, that guy is the size of Wes Simms.
RaginAsian- February 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm
@IronClad - It runs in the family.