DANA WHITE has told Donald Cerrone to prepare for “a conversation” about the UFC veteran retiring.
Without a win since May 2019, the 37-year-old could only break his losing streak with a draw against Niko Price back in September.
Donald Cerrone drew with Niko Price in Las Vegas amid talk of his exit from the sportCredit: Handout – Getty
Dana White has warned that his decision to retire Cerrone will ‘crush’ the fighterCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The result left the career of ‘Cowboy’ in the balance, almost a decade after his debut in UFC.
And White, 51, said after the Las Vegas fight that Cerrone could soon be dropped by the MMA championship.
He told reporters: “For him tonight, the win for him tonight, he was on his way out in the first 30 seconds of the first round.
“He fought back, he’s tough, he’s durable. I love Cowboy.
“And I know this is going to f***ing crush him and break his heart, but it’s time to have a conversation with him.”
Cerrone has previously brushed off any suggestion that he will hang up his gloves.
As the UFC record-holder for victories (23), the American is now tied for most fights under White’s banner (36).
He said post-fight: “I just need to figure out something that I’m doing wrong.
“I don’t know where it is along the line, but I need to figure out what’s causing me to be—let’s just rewind it.”
Before the match-up, Cerrone was far more bullish.
When asked about whether retirement was on his mind, the lightweight stated: “Hell no. No. Not even in my train of thought. Wrong question.
“I don’t even want to think about losing again because it could happen.
“I’ve trained my a*** off, I’m ready to rock and roll. I’m planning on being here for a long time.
“I’m going to leave when I’m done. I don’t ever want the walking papers.”
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