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[Interview] Donald Cerrone's broke, reinvigorated & ready for a title run

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UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone wants to fight six times in 2014.

For the adventurous Albuquerque resident, living fast isn’t just a motto; it’s a way of life. So, when he says he wants to fight six times in 12 months, you believe him. However, unlike previous active stretches in his career, Cerrone now finds himself fighting for a paycheck.

“What really happened is I spent all my money, so I’m broke, and I only have one choice but to fight,” said Cerrone in an exclusive interview with Examiner.com as a guest on Majority Draw Radio.

“I text Joe [Silva] after my last fight and said, ‘I want a fight ASAP.’ He said, ‘How does January 25th sound?’ I said, ‘Great!’

For the hard-charging 30-year-old, life is truly an adventure. Cerrone is not only a professional fist-fighter, but he also partakes in death defying hobbies that include rock climbing (a hobby which almost cost him the KJ Noons fight, while climbing outside Las Vegas before the fight which resulted in him taking a nasty fall and obtaining some pretty gnarly injuries), wakeboarding, motocross, snowboarding, and of course, bull riding.

Let’s be honest, what kind of ‘cowboy’ would Cerrone be if he didn’t ride 700-pound horned beasts for fun?

With his high-octane hobbies, and hard living ways, he readily admits he has trouble managing the adrenaline…and money.

“I’m just out of control,” explained Cerrone. “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.”

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Cerrone assures me that despite having a less-than-stellar bottom line on his bank statement, that, in fact, all of his personal property is paid off. So, rest easy Cerrone fans, the Cowboy is far from homeless.

With his upcoming fight against Adriano Martins on Jan. 25 at UFC on FOX 10, Cerrone claims he’s reinvigorated and ready to dole out the punishment in spades. In fact, this back-against-the-wall mentality is usually the best indicator that the Team Jackson stalwart is primed and ready for battle.

“I guess the guy has good jiu-jitsu – listen, I don’t know who the guys is,” he exclaimed. “The [expletive] has gotta fight me, and I’ll be ready, that’s all I care about. Whether he’s in the rankings, or whatever, I’m coming out to [expletive] kick ass.”

With inconsistency being a problem, and an unwanted label as of late, Cerrone wants to prove to himself, and to his employer that the fire is back. After going 2-2 in 2013, Cerrone’s most recent outing was a victory over Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunahm back in November at UFC 167. At UFC on FOX, Cerrone promises a new, and highly agitated Cowboy will be stepping in the Octagon to battle his Brazilian counterpart.

“You can expect an ass whooping,” said Cowboy when asked what fans could expect from the former three-time Fight of the Night recipient. “I’m coming hard. I’m back. I’m ready to make that [expletive] title run. I don’t know where I went. What happened was that I got real comfortable financially and kind of let off everything. I lost my fire.

“I was training, but I kind of just lost my fire. I didn’t have that deep down – listen, I can’t explain it to you because you sit your ass on a computer and punch a bunch of buttons. So, it’s hard to tell you what it’s like when you get hit and you have that burning fire inside you that you just want to rip someone’s heart out. Even with the KJ Noons fight – I was fighting, but I didn’t have that inner-killer inside of me. This last fight with Dunham, I was really considering retiring had I not been able to go out there and pull the trigger. Saying I’m gonna go out there and ‘kick ass’ and do this, or do that, is easy. That’s the easy part. Talk is cheap. Going out there, when the lights are on you and it’s time to go, and not freeze up, you know, that’s the moment of truth. And I went out there and did what I said I was going to do. Now I feel like I got my hunger back. I’m loving training. I’m loving fighting again."

Broke, happy, and ready to fight: that sounds like a dangerous recipe for anyone facing Donald Cerrone in 2014.

To listen to Donald's entire interview on Majority Draw Radio Episode 6, click HERE

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