It has been a rough stretch recently for Jackson-Wink MMA, the renowned fight camp based in Albuquerque, N.M.
Longtime staple Donald Cerrone hasn’t been immune to those troubles, as “Cowboy” will bring the first three-fight losing streak of his professional career into the UFC Fight Night 126 headliner against Yancy Medeiros on Feb. 18. As a whole, Jackson-Wink has struggled over the past few months, coming up short in a number of UFC bouts.
It’s worth noting, however, that many of those defeats have come against top competition. That holds true for Cerrone, who has fallen to Darren Till, Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal in his last three outings.
“It’s just wild,” Cerrone said on the UFC “Unfiltered” podcast. “I mean, s—t, it’s not a thing that’s the norm. When we step in there we’ve been a pretty successful squad, but lately we’ve had a bit of trouble. Look at me, I’m f—-ing three losses. The first I’ve had ever. It’s bulls—t, I don’t know what the f—k is going on.”
UFC 219 was another rough outing for the camp, as Holly Holm came up short in a five-round verdict against Cristiane Justino in the main event, while Carlos Condit fell to Neil Magny in a featured bout following a 16-month hiatus.
But what really attracted negative attention occurred after the event, when Jackson-Wink photographer Mark Aragon called “Cyborg” a man on social media. That ultimately led to the UFC revoking Aragon’s credentials, even though both the photographer and the gym issued apologies.
Cerrone was one of several Jackson-Wink MMA representatives who distanced themselves from Aragon’s comments.
“I know (Cyborg), but regardless of who it was – like if somebody wants to go say that, do it on your own time,” Cerrone said. “You’re not the f—-ing media person for one of the largest MMA schools in the country and then f—-ing start talking like a total f—-ing jackass, you know what I mean? That was my take off that.
“It was asinine, man. But hey, whatever.”
On a lighter note, Cerrone isn’t particularly bothered by his own struggles. In fact, it’s usually out of mind until someone else brings it up.
“Everyone asks in interviews, ‘You’re on a three-fight losing streak, how does that mentally affect you?’ I’m like, ‘F—k I didn’t even think about it until you c—-suckers brought it up.’”