Varner has said things such as, “Cerrone doesn’t deserve to fight me. — He’s not on my level.” And in the past Cerrone has said things such as, “I don’t like him as a person. — He’s a punk.” This stuff has been going on a long time.
However, on Monday night’s Tapout Radio Show, The Cowboy was talking about his upcoming rematch against Varner scheduled for WEC 51 on Sept. 30 and took things a bit too far. He actually said he hopes his emotions take over, he kills Varner and Varner becomes the first death in MMA*.
Cerrone did get on his Twitter after the show and apologize, saying he got carried away, but the damage had been done. Not everyone that heard the Tapout Radio Show will necessarily read his Twiiter.
The Vice President of World Extreme Cagefighting, Peter Dropick, released a statement today condemning Cerrone’s actions:
“In a recent radio interview, WEC fighter Donald Cerrone went too far in talking about his upcoming fight with Jamie Varner and we believe he crossed a line of decency in doing so. We will not tolerate a fighter who makes comments that are not consistent with our company values, nor will we tolerate the use of slurs that may offend any segment of the public. We are aware Donald issued his own immediate apology on Twitter, but we still needed to speak with him about it, and to issue our own statement making our position known.”
Cowboy said he hopes his emotions take over in the cage, but it seems his emotions are already taking over. Obviously Varner is in his head, which is understandable when you consider Varner edged him out in a split decision win for the WEC lightweight title in Jan. 2009.
Cowboy has had two shots at the WEC lightweight title and one shot at the WEC lightweight interim title. He’s dropped all three. Who wouldn’t be pissed?
*Unfortunately, Sam Vasquez‘s 2007 death is considered MMA’s first.