Down the rabbit hole we go. Not a champ until you defend your title. So GSP was never the 185lb champ for example and I guess Jiri, Bisbing, Rockhold, Sara were never champs and Leon can’t call himself the champ until he defends. Got it!
Quick question if you win the title and then defend it successfully 3 times are you a 4X champ or 3X champ?
Unpopular opinion, but IMO he was, in pro wrestling terms, a “jobber to the stars”.
I called him a “Fight Night Guy”, because that was his ceiling. When he was hand selected to grease the title fight wheels for McGregor’s laughable return, one of my friends tried to play me by saying “how can you call him a jobber when he’s the most winningest fighter in UFC history?”, and my response was, name me three people Cerrone has beaten in his career. Silence ensued.
He was a guy who was game to fight, liked the paydays, was a company guy, and was the perfect person to call up when they wanted to elevate someone who they thought might have star potential. Nothing really more than that.
I’m usually not into “fighter bashing” (even though I don’t think this is), but since the guy is a self-admitted asshole outside of the cage, I don’t really mind saying so.
Very tough, savvy fighter that was involved in a lot of wars. The Conor fight was a bit suspicious not only in the outcome of the fight but the lead up to it they were both praising each other after having bad blood previously and Cerrone didn’t even seem to give a shit that he lost after the fight.