When Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone left Albuquerque’s Jackson-Wink MMA, the veteran fighter had some less than complimentary things to say about his former gym.
Those remarks were vociferously challenged by his longtime J-W teammate, Diego Sanchez — but who, later, also left Jackson-Wink and never looked back.
How the former teammates feel about each other now is not clear. But whatever differences they might still have surely can be settled when they meet in the Octagon on May 8.
The Cerrone-Sanchez matchup was reported on Thursday by multiple online sources, MMA Fighting the first to do so as linked to here.
Sanchez (30-13) and Cerrone (36-15) are two of the UFC’s foundation fighters. Sanchez, 39, won the UFC’s very first The Ultimate Fighter promotion in 2005. Cerrone, 37, fought in the WEC, owned by the UFC’s parent company, beginning in 2007. He made his UFC debut in 2011.
The match is the first to be reported for the May 8 card.
Both veterans have fallen on hard times of late. Cerrone has lost his last five fights, Sanchez three of his last four — the lone victory coming by disqualification in a fight he was losing badly before the foul.