“I don’t have any control [over the stoppage]. They stopped it. [It’s] whether I should have been intelligently defending myself, I guess. He had my back. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter… It sucks. I don’t have words for it. The unfortunate part about this job is if you don’t show up to work and the other guy does, you end up getting your ass whipped, don’t you? … He showed up, I didn’t. Nature of the beast in this game. Hey, what are you gonna do?”
-Donald Cerrone reacts to his loss to Rafael dos Anjos during the UFC on Fox 17 post-fight show on Fox Sports 1 (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: This was a really rough loss for Cerrone, and one that’s effectively going to end his run as any type of title contender. Of course, it opens him up to do what he likes to do, which is fight as often as the UFC will book him. He remains a marketable, entertaining competitor, and though he’s not likely to be back in title contention, there are plenty of options for future opponents to keep him as busy as he likes to be. He’ll obviously need to heal up from the damage he took on Saturday night, but I’d expect to see him right back in action within the next few months.
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