Cerrone on Conor McGregor loss: Donald showed up, Cowboy wasn’t there

Donald Cerrone has given an honest, self-critical assessment of his performance when he entered the Octagon with Conor McGregor in January.

Cowboy thinks his head wasn’t in the game.

“Donald showed up, “Cowboy” wasn’t there,” Cerrone told ESPN. “Wrong guy showed up. Couldn’t get going, couldn’t get excited, couldn’t get fired up. Didn’t want to be there. Biggest fight, all the attention, my time to shine, I didn’t want to be there. It was crazy, man. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, I don’t know how to change that but it sucks, man. Sometimes I’m ready, I’m fired up, I’m ready to go, sometimes I get there I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t want to be there,’ so don’t know, no idea.”

It all happened so fast for Cerrone.

“Two days before the fight I was just like, “Ah man,” It was just hard. But when I showed up there that morning it was like I don’t. I just wasn’t feeling it.”

“When he came at me and threw that big shot and I shot in, I hit his hip bone,” Cerrone said. “That’s what started the whole thing. Then I grabbed a hold of him, to get my bearings back, and he like did the jumping shoulder slam which compounded the fog in my brain, and then I let go and he head kicked me so it was just like, there was no time to re-group. So it was from the first second of the fight, to when he ended it that I couldn’t even get my bearings back.”

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