Blast from the past: Adventurous ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone recalls 2006 near-death experience

Donald ‘Cowboy Cerrone got into a horrendous accident when he landed on the handlebars of his ATV during a motocross adventure back in 2006. 

UFC restricts its fighters from taking part in any risky, adventurous activities. However, Cerrone believes himself to be an exception. He is seen taking part in deadly adventures even during his fight weeks.

While being a part of one such activity, Cerrone almost landed on the death bed. 

The event occurred in 2006 when the fighter indulged himself in a motocross adventure. 

As per reports from The Daily Mail, Donald was looking to jump; however, he landed in the ATV handlebars. He not only wrecked his ATV, but also went into a coma.

Cerrone was believed to be dead

As per medical records, the fighter sustained several fatal injuries and was even pronounced dead. However, several attempts by the doctors brought him back to life.

The former lightweight challenger had 24 broken ribs. The doctors had to remove 12ft of his intestine. 

The scars of the surgery are visible even today on Cerrone’s stomach.

“I was racing some motocross, and I wrecked real bad and just kind of spilled my guts out. They had to take a bunch of my intestines and part of my stomach,” said Cerrone.

The surgery in 2006 didn’t give him complete relief. Cerrone was once again rushed into the emergency ward after he reportedly felt severe pain in his abdomen.

This incident happened just two weeks before his fight with Jeremy Stephens.

Reflecting on his gruesome incident, Cerrone explained the situation as best he could.

“My stomach rolled around the intestine. Man, talk about pain. It was like someone was stabbing me. Oh, it was so brutal.

‘I had to go to the ER, and basically, they had to empty all of my intestines out and then rush water down my stomach and try to get it to unspin, kind of like a garden hose.

“If you have a kink in the hose, you run water, and the pressure will cause it to unravel. It worked, so thank God.”

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