The Legend of Cowboy Cerrone Grows

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Donald Cerrone amazingly sparred for several rounds with Pat Healy immediately before his victory over previously undefeated Miles Jury at UFC 182 on Saturday night. For an encore, he has agreed to fight Benson Henderson for a third time just two weeks and a day after his decision victory over Jury.

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The shot-notice fight, which sees Cerrone step in for an injured Eddie Alvarez, marks his sixth UFC fight in the previous year. That’s six more fights than Cain Velasquez, Nick Diaz, or Anderson Silva had during that period. Cerrone won each of those contests leading up to his fight with Henderson. Instead of waiting for the lightweight title shot that he has already earned, the exciting kickboxer opted to fight a guy who has already beat him twice.

In an era when star mixed-martial artists fight a couple of times a year, the 25-6 Cerrone fighting a couple of times in a month–against top-ten competition no less–stands out. Other mixed-martial artists increasingly withdraw from scheduled bouts with injuries and limit matches to two a calendar year. The former professional bull rider capitalizes by seeking out the matchups that others avoid.

The man likes to fight. And he likes to wake board and bull ride and rock climb, and he sometimes likes to partake in such dangerous activities in the weeks leading up to a fight. In 2013, for instance, Cerrone fell 40 feet off a rock when his equipment failed before his fight with K.J. Noons. Cerrone walked away unharmed but feared for his life.

I guess you need to dance with death,” he reasoned, “just so you know how Precious life is!”