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Snowden: One day, perhaps soon, Donald Cerrone will be a cautionary tale, the stock example of a fighter spinning out of control, unable to resist the siren song of his worst impulses.
Cerrone's addiction—more common than prescription pills or even steroids, the twin scourges of MMA—is the impulse buy. Everything he's made in his fighting career has passed through his bank account without ever getting a chance to sit down and get comfortable.
Horses, ranches, boats, guns—Cerrone has lived the fast life. Now, by his own account, that money is all gone.
"I’m just out of control," Cerrone told the Examiner.com's Ryan McKinnell. "It’s hard to have money in the bank, want something and not get it. I just [expletive] buy it. I have no idea what saving money is.”
Cerrone wants to fight six times in 2014. He needs to fight just to keep his head above water. But MMA is a hard grind. No one is going to make it for long with the wrong motivations. He is thinking ahead and worried more about his bank account than the bottom line—winning.
That's not the path to success. I expect Adriano Martins to start Cerrone on the path to Bellator. He won't survive the year in the UFC.
Dundas: That’s a pretty bleak story you tell, sir.
Personally, I’m not worried about Cerrone.
For all his bluster, he’s actually a fairly serious, hyper self-critical professional who keeps himself in stellar shape and—even after an up-and-down 2013—sports an 8-3 record in the UFC. He’s also a hard-nosed, strike-first fighter who typically only has one question for matchmaker Joe Silva: What time does my plane leave?
In short, he’s exactly the type of dude the UFC will let get deep, deep into a losing streak before letting him go.
Also? The man is pretty good at what he does. Four of Cerrone’s six career losses have come to dudes who once adorned themselves in Zuffa championship gold. The other two are to a former No. 1 contender (Nate Diaz) and a guy currently riding a five-fight win streak in the Octagon (Rafael dos Anjos).
What I’m saying is that Cerrone has a well-established track record as a competitive UFC lightweight who doesn’t serve up easy wins to lesser competition.
Sorry, but I’m just not sure which part of that leads you to think he’s headed for an epic flameout sometime during the next 342 days.
If he loses to Martins, I might have to rethink my opinion, but for right now I’m sticking with the existing scouting report, which has more positives than negatives.