Asked if he was still struggling financially, Cerrone laughed as though his previous comments were in jest.
“Nah, I’m not broke,” he said. “I’m good. Good to go.”
Cerrone is always on the move, in fact, which probably keeps him from dwelling on his bank statements. He showed up late to the media day and parked a trio of horses from his ranch in the gym’s lot so he could ride them after practice.
When he’s not in the gym and the sun is out, Cerrone is riding, wakeboarding, rock climbing or camping. His schedule and lifestyle often puts him out of step with his team.
“I’m kind of the outcast guy,” Cerrone said. “Like, I’ve got to make those guys hang out with me; they don’t really like to do the stuff I like to do. But that’s cool. My idea of a good time and their idea of a good time are two totally different ideas of good times.”
Cerrone said he almost didn’t attend his press duty and wound up practicing by himself. He said his coaches decide his schedule, but he could “overrule” them if he felt like it.
“If it’s 80 degrees and the sun is shining and there’s no wind on the lake, I’m going to go wakeboarding, and they think I’m crazy,” he said. “They like to train, go home and sleep, eat and then do it again.”
Cerrone said he does the same, but with some well-needed distractions that almost always involve dangerous physical activity. He was once blocked from trying his hand at bull-riding by UFC President Dana White.
Despite his appetite for risk, Cerrone said he is just as excited about fighting as ever and can’t wait to test his muay Thai skills against the Brazilian Barboza, who’s also known as a devastating striker.
Fighter pay? Promotional favoritism? Unions? Whatever, dude.
“As far as the UFC treating me well and paying me, I have no complaints at all,” Cerrone said. “I hear a lot of people complaining about that. If you want more money, just fight more. That’s my answer to that.
“You want to go out there and secure your position at No. 3 or No. 4, or you want to make $200,000 a fight, whatever. UFC treats me just fine. I’m happy to be with them. As a matter of fact, whenever we go to renegotiate, I just say, ‘Whatever. Yeah, cool. Great.’”
He then adds: “They’ve never not given me a raise. They’ve never tried to decrease my money. They’ve always taken very good care of me, ever since we transferred over from the WEC until today, I’m 100 percent satisfied with what I make and what I earn in the UFC.”