Worrying about what others think is no way to go through life. That axiom may not be accurate but it's the way WEC fighter Donald Cerrone approaches each day. His statements about Jamie Varner's lack of will, has "The Worm" ready to rip his head off as they prepare to do battle for the WEC lightweight title on Sunday. Wondering why you haven't seen much of Cerrone on television yet? That may be another example of "The Cowboy" pissing someone off from the WEC or Versus. He simply doesn't care. The guy lives on the edge. When someone survives a near-fatal accident and a long coma, can you blame him?
Cerrone is a real life X-Gamer. The guy is a snowboarder, rock-climber, dirt bike and bull rider. He also loves four-wheeling but rarely does so with caution. He's broken his back twice, the second time almost killed him according to Greg Beachem from the AP:
While riding four-wheelers in another remote expanse of his native Colorado, he made a split-second decision to follow a friend on a 60-foot jump. The four-wheeler impaled Cerrone, breaking several ribs, turning his lungs into Swiss cheese and exposing his internal organs to the sun.
Cerrone says he thinks that he was dead for a time at the hospital:
"I was knocking over the gurney, throwing up blood on the floor, and then I had the most peaceful feeling I've ever had in my life. I woke up from the coma 2 1/2 weeks later, though.''
Nothing really rattles the guy. Varner closed out a recent interview saying Cerrone is a dead man. Cerrone's response was to simply laugh and say talk is cheap. Even when Varner called his trainer Drew Fickett, a loser and a drunk, Cerrone was matter of fact with his response:
"Fickett is a drunk, so that's not an understatement," Cerrone told Cage Writer. "Fickett is a good friend of mine. It's a disease that he has and it's something he needs to get through."
Click below to hear Cerrone talk Varner, Fickett and fighting politics:
That easy-going, survive at all cost mentality is why one of the top MMA coaches in the country was interested in bringing Cerrone on board:
"Nobody else in the dojo has been disemboweled, as far as I know,'' said Greg Jackson. "Cowboy is one of those guys that the sun always smiles on. Half of that stuff would have killed or disabled anyone else. He is a phenomenal athlete, and as he grows more, you'll see what he's really capable of becoming.''
You can listen here to Cage Writer's entire conversation with Cerrone. He tries explain why he thinks that his November battle against Rob McCullough, a 2008 Fight of the Year candidate, didn't make the WEC 36 telecast. He also talks about the insane collection of fighters -- Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, Keith Jardine -- who went to Montreal to help train Cerrone for his fight and Georges St. Pierre for his battle against B.J. Penn next week at UFC 94.
Cage Writer will be ringside/cageside with live updates at both Affliction 2 on Saturday and WEC 38 on Sunday.
- Donald Cerrone