The Plight of the Company Man

Donald Cerrone is the last of a dying breed. Coming into his main event bout at UFC Singapore last weekend, he had little to gain and much to lose by fighting the streaking but unheralded Leon Edwards. “Rocky” was riding a five-fight win streak and stood as a considerable betting favorite over “Cowboy,” but was ranked outside the Top 10 and had never fought in a main or co-main event slot before. A win would have done little to advance Cerrone’s stated goal of clawing his way back into title contention; the loss set him back considerably in the welterweight pecking order.

Not only that, but Cerrone was fighting on one of the lowest-profile cards of the year — which says something in an era of utterly unremarkable events — and was doing so in a foreign country over 9,000 miles from his home in New Mexico and his heavily pregnant wife. At the conclusion of the post-fight press conference, when asked if he was staying to explore Asia he flashed an endearing smile and said: “I’m on the next flight… my wife’s having a baby, so it’s time to get home. She’s holding it. We’re going to have a C-section as soon as I get home.”

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