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There hasn’t been a more active fighter in the UFC than Donald Cerrone, which probably makes his slow march towards retirement that bit harder to accept.

Cerrone hasn’t registered a win in the cage since a 2019 victory against Al Iaquinta but the four losses he experienced since have come against a very high level of competition in Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis — each of whom have either held or fought for a UFC world title.

‘Cowboy’ was set to take on fellow vet Diego Sanchez in Las Vegas this weekend before Sanchez was dropped from the UFC after they were said to be unsatisfied with answers he gave with regard to his physical and mental wellbeing, meaning that Cerrone will now take on Alex Morono instead.

Another defeat may well lead to to UFC president Dana White doubling down on previous comments that it might well be time for Cerrone to consider retirement, something which Cerrone reflected on to the media in Las Vegas this week.

“Hell yeah, it hurt,” he said. “Of course. But we took a little slower approach this year, and I don’t know. I am getting old. I am. I need to slow my fighting down a little bit, for sure. Let my head heal. But sh*t, we’re ready.”