Since 2008, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been in the public eye as a professional MMA fighter — contending for the 155 lb. title at the now-defunct WEC, and then later becoming one of the UFC’s most successful lightweights.
Most recently, the Denver, CO native extended his recent win streak to seven, as a late replacement no less, with a victory over an old foe: former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Earlier this week, our friends at Sherdog.com released a mini-documentary which offered a look inside the mind of “Cowboy” and something close to his heart: the “BMF Ranch” which he operates.
Cerrone runs the ranch in New Mexico with old training partner Leonard Garcia — the man who brought Cerrone to New Mexico to begin with.
The ranch, as you’ll see in the five (or so) minute clip, has some livestock running about — but mostly is known for being a place that Cerrone and Garcia can host and develop MMA talent.
“Let’s get a place where guys can come down, train, and make it easy for them,” Cerrone says, recalling his own struggles early in his career to find proper training. “So they don’t have drive for hours for strength and conditioning, and drive to striking… let’s try to get it all in one place.”
Cerrone describes helping twelve young fighters living at the ranch “how to f—ing live” — including current UFC competitor Paul Felder.
Cerrone meets John Makadessi on May 23 at UFC 187.