he gets his way, Donald Cerrone could be a multi-sport athlete in
2012. | Photo: Dave Mandel
With a win over Nate Diaz at
141 on Friday, Donald
Cerrone will have staked his claim to the best year of anyone
in mixed martial arts not named Jon Jones.
While it's clear that "Cowboy" wants to remain as active as
possible inside the Octagon in 2012 -- title shot or not -- he also
has some other interesting plans in mind. When all is said and
done, the Jackson’s
Mixed Martial Arts standout could be the sport's answer to Bo
"My two goals next year (are): I'm trying to work with the PBR
(Professional Bull Riders, Inc.). I actually want to ride," Cerrone
told Sherdog.com. "I want to work with the UFC and work with the
PBR and make a publicity junket out of it. Get on one of the
baddest m-----------s. Why not? I'm (also) gonna become a pro
wakeboarder next year, that's one of the goals I got."
Before his fighting career took off, Cerrone was a bull rider,
competing on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit,
which is a step below the PBR. Bull riding remains a passion for
the Colorado native, even if he hasn't done it at a competitive
level in quite some time.
"I've ridden tons of bulls. I've ridden bulls before a couple of my
fights -- about a week before (a fight). This summer, I believe it
was before the Vagner
Rocha fight. That's what I do," Cerrone said. "This summer I'm
really gonna start chasing rodeo. Just once. Just one time."
The risk-taking nature of the former World Extreme Cagefighting
star comes as no surprise to those around him, and now it appears
that some of that passion has carried over to wakeboarding, as
"He's such a character," said striking coach Mike Winkeljohn. "I
just heard the other day that he went wakeboarding the day before
weigh-ins on his last fight. What a crazy kid. You got to love him.
He's that guy."
Cerrone is aware that his extracurricular ventures might not please
UFC brass, especially after victories over Paul Kelly,
Oliveira and Dennis Siver
have rocketed him to prominence in the lightweight division. As one
of the promotion's go-to guys at 155 pounds, Cerrone could be
deemed too valuable to risk injury testing his mettle in other
"They'll probably pull the plug, I don't know," he said. "It would
be cool for them to be like, 'Go ahead.' If they say yeah, I say we
go for it."