Donald Cerrone: Frequent Fights Simply To Pay Taxes

Written by Tom Ngo
June 23rd, 2015

UFC Donald Cerrone

As Benjamin Franklin once stated, “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.” At this rate, UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone (pictured) will die just so he can pay off his taxes.

During a recent appearance on Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast, Cerrone revealed the primary reason he remains one of MMA’s most active fighters is so he can pay Uncle Sam back.

“I be taking those fights just to pay my taxes off, that’s what people don’t understand,” Cerrone stated. “They give us a big chunk of money and then idiots like me spend it all. Taxes is like, ‘Wait, you have to pay us our set.’

“Then, I have to go fight again so I can pay them.”

Cerrone has fought 11 times since 2013. At one point during this torrid run, he took center stage four times within nine months.

This past January, “Cowboy” fought twice in just two weeks.

On average, most UFC fighters compete three to four times a year. Champions step into the cage roughly every six months.

Cerrone lives an adventurous lifestyle outside the octagon, which comes with a hefty price tag. Between snowboarding, wakeboarding, bull riding and every other wild and crazy thing he enjoys, Cerrone is the epitome of a person living from paycheck to paycheck.

That mentality certainly isn’t good for his longterm financial stability, but it currently works for 32-year-old. What doesn’t work for Cerrone is the lack of $50,000 bonus checks in his last four outings.

“The last couple fights I haven’t gotten any bonuses,” Cerrone said. “I don’t know what’s going on. It’s really putting a damper on my ‘Buying cool s***’ list.'”

Hopefully for Cerrone, he has squared away his back taxes. His eight-fight win streak is good enough for a crack at the lightweight crown and the UFC is forcing him to wait for champion Rafael dos Anjos to recover from knee surgery in December.

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