Cowboy’s Visit is One of MMA Philippines’ Favorite Fighter Tours Thus Far!
It’s been almost a week since Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone visited the Philippines for UFC and Cignal’s fighter tour. We took our sweet time post-processing the event photos, and finally here is MMA Philippines’ breakdown of the nation’s experience with the busiest, winningest fighter in the UFC!
Cerrone didn’t have time to put up his legs after arriving on Friday as he went straight to the press conference held at Marco Polo Ortigas in the evening. Members of the press had first dibs in asking Cowboy questions, which the WEC and UFC veteran was more than game to answer. Here are some of the topics touched during the press scrum:
1) Cerrone views his UFC career as a means to finance his vicious appetite for extreme sports, so don’t expect him to give up skydiving during training camp!
2) He prefers to have consecutive fights and wishes the UFC would schedule more fights for him like his 2014-2015 streak.
3) He plans on giving Leon Edwards an “ass-whooping” for being disrespectful, unlike Yancy Medeiros who was cool and “having that Hawaiian vibe.”
4) He plans on staying in Asia for two to three weeks before his fight with Edwards to adjust his circadian rhythm, “probably in Thailand because Singapore is too expensive.”
Even if his circadian rhythm was all messed up, Cowboy was happy to engage the press with autographs and photo opportunities.
The main event of the tour was the open workout held at the Megamall Event Center last Sunday. The event kicked off with UFC Gym coaches demonstrating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with participants from the audience.
Afterwards, our very own Jenel Lausa was introduced, where he promoted his fight in Singapore as part of the undercard for Cerrone vs. Edwards.
When Cowboy appeared, the audience went nuts. After a few minutes of showcasing his vicious skills, Cowboy was eager to answer questions from the fans.
So, What did we learn about Cowboy Cerrone?
1) His favorite Filipino food is sisig.
2) His training and diet in Thailand consists of beer, candies, gummy bears, and swimming.
3) He will not back down from any fight. (I think this is obvious!)
The crowd went bananas when he mentioned that he would love to fight in Manila if given the chance. Overall, the promotional tour was such a treat for the fans! Cowboy didn’t mind staying to sign autographs and take photos for hundreds of fans. What a stud!
Special thanks to the UFC and Cignal TV for allowing MMA Philippines all access to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s fighter tour. ‘Til the next UFC event!
John Hudson Go and Denver Hilario contributed to this article. Photos care of Yin Quintin for MMA Philippines and Alvin S. Go for Cignal TV.
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