‘Cowboy’ Says Fight With Perry Not Personal Despite Beef With Mike Winkeljohn

Donald
Cerrone
and Mike Perry
square off in an intriguing fight this Saturday night in Denver at
UFC Fight Night 139, with much of the pre-fight talk focused on
Cerrone’s much-publicized exit from his longtime gym, Jackson-Wink
MMA.

The apparent crux of the falling-out was co-owner and coach Mike
Winkeljohn’s decision to corner Perry in their fight only months
after joinig the gym. Cerrone has been vocal about his dislike of
Winkeljohn ever since leaving to focus training at his own BMF
Ranch, also located in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. Cowboy’s
departure led to something of a schism at Jackson-Wink, with
several longtime team members leaving to join BMF Ranch with
Cerrone, and acrimony between them and those who chose to stay.

The 35 year-old fielded questions from reporters at Thursday’s UFC
Denver media day and quickly shut down any hypotheticals about the
matchup happening if he was still at the gym.

“This fight’s happening,” Cerrone said. “You mean, in terms of
where I could still be at the gym and where this never would have
happened? … It happened, it didn’t, and Winkeljohn drew his line
in the sand. And now I get to spit on him on the other side. It’s
alright.”

Cerrone didn’t hold back of his honest assessment of Winkeljohn
after the falling out between the pair.

“F*ck him,” Cerrone said. “There’s your clickbait, motherf*ckers.
F*ck you, Winkeljohn.”

Perry has been the proverbial meat in the sandwich in this feud
between Cerrone and Winkeljohn although “Cowboy” says he holds no
ill will towards “Platinum” and come Saturday night he will be
100-percent focused on his opponent.

“My fight’s with Perry. It has nothing to do with Wink,” Cerrone
said. “That’s outside drama; it won’t even come into play on
Saturday. Right now you’re bringing this out of me. I’ll see
[Winkeljohn] Saturday, but my opponent is Perry. Perry has nothing
to do with the drama going on or any of that.”

As a Colorado native, Cerrone is relishing the fact he gets to
fight in front of his friends and family in what will be his 40th
fight under the World Extreme Cagefighting and Ultimate Fighting Championship promotions.

“On such a historic night, this is the 25th anniversary,” Cerrone
said. “It’s cool man, it means a lot to me to be on this card. They
don’t get any easier. This is your 40th walk, you’re going to be
cruising down, you’d think it’s going to be easier. Nah, you’re
still going to be sweating bullets, faking it until you’re making
it. That’s for damn sure.”

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