In late August, Donald Cerrone revealed that there was some “tension” between him and the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy in Albuquerque. Specifically, “Cowboy” put Winkeljohn on blast for turning the superstar-laden stable into a “puppy mill” when the striking coach merged over with Greg Jackson in 2007.
Winkeljohn fired back at Cerrone, stating he is happier now that he was able to get rid of the division within the gym. It had since blown up into a full-scale drama for the public to witness, and for Cerrone, the animosity is still at an all-time high.
When asked if he preferred for his upcoming fight against Jackson-Wink fighter Mike Perry to not be made in the first place to avoid people taking sides, Cerrone had this to say.
“This fight’s happening,” Cerrone said at Thurday’s UFC Denver media day (via MMA Fighting). “You mean, in terms of where I could still be at the gym and where this never would have happened? … It happened, it didn’t, and Winkeljohn drew his line in the sand. And now I get to spit on him on the other side. It’s alright.”
“F—k him,” Cerrone said of his former striking coach. “There’s your clickbait, motherf—rs. F—k you, Winkeljohn.”
With all the commotion around him, Cerrone says he remains focused on the task at hand.
“My fight’s with Perry it has nothing to do with Wink. That’s outside drama it won’t even come into play on Saturday. Right now you’re bringing this out of me. I’ll see him Saturday, but my opponent is Perry. Perry has nothing to do with the drama going on or any of that.”
Cerrone and Perry will co-headline Saturday’s UFC event in Denver, Colorado. The card will be headlined by a featherweight fight between Chan Sung Jung and Yair Rodriguez.