UFC 276 marked the end of an era. After 16 years as a professional fighter, respected veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has decided to call it a career after a second-round submission loss to Jim Miller.
The 39-year-old Cerrone, who in 2020 already spoke about taking a “last run”, made it official on Saturday night.
“I don’t love it anymore, Joe. It’s hard for me to get up and… this is the longest camp I’ve had in a long time and I’m not complaining to anybody. I just don’t love it anymore,” he said during his Octagon interview with Joe Rogan.
The last ride of an iconic career. Thank you @CowboyCerrone pic.twitter.com/LEF6Lnea6i
— UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2022
In recent years, Cerrone has been juggling a career in fighting and entertainment. Now that he’s walked away from the former, he plans to continue his Hollywood venture, moving forward.
“I’m going to be a movie star, baby,” he said. “It’s time to bow out. This is the perfect event, man. Sold out crowd, Las Vegas, talking to you, got my boys. One hell of a career. Hopefully, one day, I’ll be in the Hall of Fame. Thank you so much, UFC.”
With the win, the 38-year-old Miller (35-16, 1 NC) now holds the record for most wins in the UFC with 24. And apparently, he’s planning to stick around for a while.
BREAKING: Jim Miller has agreed to a four fight extension with the UFC.
He signed it yesterday following ceremonial weigh-ins.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 3, 2022
Earlier in the night, another veteran in Jessica Eye also announced retirement after a decision loss to Maycee Barber in the early prelims.
As for Cerrone, he ended his career with a record of 36-17 (2 NC).
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