Donald Cerrone. Source: ESPN

Donald Cerrone is a former professional kickboxer and professional MMA fighter from the United States. His net worth is estimated to be $9 million.

Early life

Cerrone was born in Denver, Colorado, and is of Irish and Italian ancestry. Cerrone was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder at a young age but never received treatment for it. He used to get into fights a lot when he was younger.

Cerrone began his professional bull riding career while attending Air Academy High School. Cerrone moved in with his grandparents after his parents divorced. Cerrone began training in kickboxing and Muay Thai at the age of 20. Cerrone pursued a career in mixed martial arts after winning a few kickboxing competitions (MMA)

Career

Source: UFC

Donald, also known as “Cowboy,” has been ranked as one of the top five UFC lightweight fighters in the world at times. He’s been dubbed the UFC’s busiest fighter. Since 2013, he has competed in at least four fights per year.

In February 2006, he made his MMA debut, defeating Nate Mohr. He was 9-0 before losing the WEC Lightweight Championship to Jamie Varner in January 2009. Cerrone made his UFC debut in February 2011 with a Fight of the Night victory over Paul Kelly.

He has three Fights of the Night, three Knockouts of the Night, four Performances of the Night, and two Submissions of the Night in the UFC. Cerrone defeated Patrick Cote in June 2016 to improve his record to 30 – 7.

Donald was guaranteed a minimum of $2 million to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 246 in January 2020. His total earnings prior to this fight were slightly more than $6 million.

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In 2021, Cerrone was released from UFC following a dispute with the promotion. Apparently, Cerrone’s coach Joshua Fabia demanded Cerrone’s medical records from the UFC which the latter refused to release. When both parties could not reach a common ground, UFC released him thinking that Cerrone was medically unfit to fight.

Personal life

Cerrone and his fiancée Lindsay welcomed their first child, Dacson Danger Cerrone, on June 29, 2018. Cerrone announced on Valentine’s Day 2020 that she and her husband are expecting a second child, with a due date in September. Riot River Cerrone, the couple’s second son, was born on September 11, 2020.

Source: USA Today

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