Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone isn’t as critical of Paddy Pimblett’s eating habits as others.
The seasoned veteran will be returning to action this weekend at UFC Austin, but it won’t be against “The Baddy,” who he was rumored to be matched with in recent months. With each going in completely opposite directions in their respective careers, they’ve taken very different approaches, not just when it comes to fighting activity but physical disciplines.
Notably one to balloon up in between camps, Pimblett has caught flack from several peers, most recently former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, for example. However, Cerrone doesn’t see an issue — he just knows it probably isn’t fun once it’s time to get down to business.
“Hey, man. He’s still young, he’s got it. If that’s what he wants to do,” Cerrone said at UFC Austin media day. “The only problem with him getting big like that is it sucks because the first part of your camp goes to losing the weight and you’re just battling that but he’s still young and learning and playing. I mean s***, go do it. Get big. If you like pizza and lasagna and beer, eat it, brotha. Because you earned it. Just do your s*** then it just sucks but (shrugs).”
With Pimblett set to face Jordan Leavitt at UFC London next month, Cerrone will be inching closer to his retirement bout when battling Joe Lauzon at the aforementioned upcoming UFC Austin card. Originally, the two were set to face off in April before being rescheduled to UFC 274 last month, leading to Cerrone falling ill and being forced to pull out of only the second UFC fight in his record-breaking career.
For “Cowboy,” he seeks a five-fight skid halting victory over Lauzon, who hasn’t fought since the same year Cerrone last won, 2019. Though, once Cerrone gets that final ride off into the sunset planned down the line, don’t expect it to be opposite someone like around the status of a Pimblett.
“This is [fight 48], so two more after this one [and I can retire],” Cerrone said. “50 is an incredible number. Hopefully, no one will touch it so I can bow out.
“Another legend [for my final fight] would be fun — a cool fight. I’ll stay away from the young kids. They’re f****** tough. They’re so good. This sport has evolved unbelievably. … I remember when I first came in this sport, you could be good at a couple of [disciplines] and great at one. Now it’s like you have to be great at striking, wrestling, jiu-jitsu — everything. And these new kids that are coming in are great at everything.”
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