Donald Cerrone Says He Wasn't Ready For the UFC at First
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.25.2013
He's much better off now though...
Donald Cerrone recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his first year in the UFC, his fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 27. Check out the highlights:
On what he learned in his first year in the UFC: "My first year in the UFC was really about doing everything fast. Get my fights, make my money, get my title fight. Just go, go, go. It was too fast and I wasn't ready. Mentally, I wasn't prepared for that."
On working with sports psychologist Brian Cain: "One hundred percent, it helped. I know for a fact. We went [to MGM Grand Garden Arena] before the fight at 10 o'clock that morning, and we did the rehearsal walkout three times. That way, when those lights and those cameras hit me, I'd already been there. It was just a matter of going out and doing it."
On his advantage over dos Anjos: "I think my ground game is better than his, my wrestling is better, I know my striking is better. It's a lose-lose-lose situation for dos Anjos."
On being charged with third-degree assault in Colorado: "I really have no comment on it, but it's not a distraction for me at all. I'm 100 percent prepared and focused on this fight. Whatever goes to court and happens with that, I have no control over it."
On his family watching his fights: "That's the hardest part, is worrying about failing or disappointing those people who are watching you. That's the biggest burden. Everyone's expecting you to win."
On his propensity for brutal fights: "I wish I could block a little more, move my head a little more, but that's the only way I know how to do it. Don't back down, don't turn away, that's all I know how to do. ... If you had seen my early kickboxing fights, you'd go, 'Oh yeah, that is just how he fights.' Hands at my waist, giving 100 percent, just throwing punches until I couldn't throw anymore. Overwhelming guys was the one ability I had. That and taking unbelievable shots. I've been working on that, trying to calm down and bring it back down, but at the end of the day, when the s--t hits the fan, that's what I fall back on. Just fighting."
On getting his anxieties under wraps: "Unfortunately, the mind isn't something where you can just take a pill and fix it overnight. It's something I have to work on just as much as I work on my striking or my wrestling. People keep asking me, what am I worried about with dos Anjos? This fight isn't about dos Anjos. It's about me going out there and doing everything that I do. Really, the fight is against me."