UFC Fighter Donald Cerrone Is “Broke,” Can’t Stop Spending
UFC lightweight fighter Donald Cerrone wants to fight six times in 2014 because he’s “broke.”
“What really happened is I spent all my money, so I’m broke, and I only have one choice but to fight,” Cerrone said in an interview with Examiner.com’s Ryan McKinnell. “…I’m just out of control. 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.”
Huh…Well, his honesty is refreshing…
“I texted Joe [Silva] after my last fight and said, ‘I want a fight ASAP,'” Cerrone recalled. “He said ‘How does Jan. 25 sound?’ I said, ‘Great!’. 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.”
Cerrone reportedly earned 146K in his last fight – a win against Evan Dunham at UFC 167.
There are two schools of thought regarding Cerrone’s comments. Firstly, it might be time for “Cowboy” to hire a financial advisor. Secondly, it might be time for the UFC to take a more active role in helping their fighters outside of the Octagon. After all, UFC fighters aren’t represented by a union, and they have minimal leverage. If you don’t believe me, listen to long-time UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre…
“This is a relatively new sport,” he continued. “There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power. They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished,” GSP said.
There is a growing contingent of MMA fans calling for the fighters to form a union, and these recent comments from Cerrone and GSP will certainly fuel the discussion.