Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is never one to pass on a fight. The No. 4 lightweight contender has consistently stepped in to the Octagon two to five times a year since he began his professional career in 2006.
It's his "anyone, anywhere, anytime" attitude that has made him a fan favorite. Whenever the man sees an opportunity to fight, he takes it. Whenever a fighter withdraws from a fight due to injury, Cerrone lobbies on social media to take their spot with his trademarked "I know a guy" response.
Cerrone recently spoke on "The Fighter and threw Kid" podcast with hosts Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen to talk about his love of fighting and the time he almost got into a fight with Jon Jones. During the interview, Cerrone was asked a question about Jones and was then it was quickly added that he "didn't want to put Cerrone on the spot." Cerrone responded:
"I don't give a fuck. Jon can come and talk to me. We have plenty of disputes all the time, him and I... We almost had at it, him and I. At Jackson's. I spoke – this is before all the wild Jon came out – and I spoke about him being wild and he was like 'What the fuck, you putting me out like that?' and I was like 'What's up, motherfucker?' But that's behind the scenes."
Cerrone then went on to talk about a time that the cameras WERE on:
"What happened was all the UFC cameras were there that day and I came at Jon like, 'What's up?' And he comes at me and goes, ‘Cowboy' and puts his God hat on and got to work. He just said 'Cowboy, I just don't understand, I'm so nice to you, all I do is try to help you and this is how you treat me, this is how you want to come at me?' And I remember pointing at him like 'You, motherfucker.'"
The two faces of Jon Jones is widely known amongst his peers. On one side, you have the version of Jones that everyone sees in front of the cameras. The apologetic Jones, just trying to redeem himself in the eyes of the fans.
On the other side, you have the alleged "true persona" of Jon Jones. The one that exists when cameras aren't around. The one showcased in the infamous interview where Jones wasn't aware that the cameras were rolling. During which, he threatened to kill longtime rival Daniel Cormier. Cerrone admits this is the Jones HE knows.
"I wish he would just be Jon," Cerrone said. "Let everyone know, 'I go out, I party, I have a good time but you know what? I'm still the champ.'"
The "beef" between Jones and Cerrone was short lived. As Cerrone explains, "We're cool now. Jon and I are cool now. We hang out and we're over all that."
Let's face it, you have to admire Cerrone's tenacity to jump into a fight, but taking on MMA's best pound-for-pound fighter is probably biting off more than he can chew. At least, if anything, you have to appreciate Cerrone's consistency. When he says "anyone, anytime, anywhere," he means it.