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Quote of the Day: Cowboy Cerrone Puts Boot in Jon Jones’s Ass for Turning Down Sonnen Fight at UFC 151

(The best part about wearing a cowboy hat to a press conference? You can be dead asleep, and people will just think you’re carefully considering your answer. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

Donald Cerrone is the type of guy who will go for the kill at every moment of a fight, then blow his resulting bonus-check on a pontoon boat cooze-cruise. He’s not the kind of guy who will hold his tongue when he sees some bullshit go down, even when that bullshit is related to one of his Greg Jackson teammates.

During a recent fan Q&A session, Cowboy was asked about Jon Jones‘s refusal to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 151 — which led to the unprecedented cancellation of that event — and what he would do if he were put in the same position. Cerrone racked his verbal shotgun and said the following:

Yes, I’d have fought. They could call me tomorrow and ask me to fight. I think you need to fight. That’s our job. I don’t think you should curl up and find a way out. So yes, that’s my answer…He’s my teammate, and we have this discussion all the time. I said, ‘You should’ve done it.’ And he goes, ‘Well, you don’t make a million (dollars) to fight.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’re right, but I f—ing fight every time with all my heart.’

To beat an already-dead catchphrase, this business about Jones rubbing his paycheck in Cowboy’s face isn’t going to help him “get some fans.” Meanwhile, Cerrone comes off looking like the proverbial People’s Champion, who’s only a phone call away from being in the cage at any moment, fighting his balls off for your entertainment.

And while I believe Cerrone and respect his gamebred attitude — Donald would probably go up two weight classes and fight Chael Sonnen himself, if the UFC wanted it — I don’t think every fighter needs to view their job the same way Donald Cerrone does. There are MMA fighters like him and, say, the Diaz brothers, who seem to truly enjoy fighting, and are in the sport for the love of the scrap. Then there are guys like Jones and Georges St. Pierre, who approach MMA as a competition, and seem to be much more interested in achievement, greatness, and self-improvement. The pure joy of punching another human being in the face doesn’t rank high on their list of motivations.

And that’s fine; it helps to explain why Jones might turn down a short-notice fight against an unexpected opponent. But good luck convincing the fans of that. Plus, when your own teammates start to publicly accuse you of curling up and looking for a way out, it’s safe to say that you have an image problem.

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trinitario- January 6, 2013 at 11:46 am
you guys are trying to make cow-boyfriends w cerrone because he can read the net and pretend all after the fact he gives a shit about another man's job. If fighting was for fightings sake, fight everyday in your backyard like Kimbo. I know plenty of cool dudes that would fight at the drop of a hat, but none of them are WORLD ELITE.

Cerrone is a lot like the new york Yets, hasn't won shit. chael sonnens back pedaling ass is already best buddies w jones who already has good sponsors...why be like the fighters he embarasses?
cman- January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm
just when you think JBJ couldn't become a bigger fake Prima Dona.......
Mr_Misanthropy- January 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm
One of these days Jones is going to eat some humble pie... the glass dick and skid-row tranny prostitutes won't be far behind.
teep- January 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm
This is why Jones is doing TUF. I have said it before and I will say it again: TUF is Jones's apology tour. He is hoping "to get out there an make some fans." That is, if anybody watches this season.
noizy- January 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Am I the only one who thinks JBJ changed his Twitter backdrop when he became a muslim. He used to show his Phillipian tattoo prominently, whereas now its covered with his big gold belt. I recall checking around the time he told Ariel about his conversion. Disclaimer: I don't care what brand of superstition he chose, they're all the same to my estimation.
algiersheadkick504- January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Wow...I might do the unthinkable and root for sonnen in this fight even tho his chance of winning is smaller than the chance Diaz shows up to a press conference
Jesus Frijoles- January 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm
Then Jones turned in Cerrone for the roach in his ashtray.
The12ozCurls- January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm
How dare you put GSP in the same sentence with JBJ!
I now challenge you to a duel. Pistols at sundown sumbitch!
IronClad- January 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Haha seriously.
ReX13- January 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm
If i read that correctly, Cerrone says he tells Jones he should have taken the fight, and Jones replies, " Well, you don't make a million to fight."


Once again, i am inspired to new depths of hate for Jon Jones.