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Donald Cerrone Blasts Longtime Gym Jackson-Wink MMA

UFC 205 DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone looks on as he presents NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (not pictured) with an UFC belt at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Conor McGregor

Donald Cerrone spoke to Joe Rogan on the latest edition of his The JRE MMA Show podcast and explained his heated rift with his long-time gym Jackson-Wink.

In one of the year’s most unexpected fallouts, longtime Jackson-Wink fighter Donald Cerrone has found himself in a rather public dispute with his coaches at the famed MMA gym.

It all came about after Cerrone was signed to fight his fellow welterweight Mike Perry – a man who recently started to train in the same gym.

According to what we’ve been able to piece together, Cowboy requested that his coaches solely focus on him due to his long-standing status as a Jackson-Wink fighter.

Speaking to Joe Rogan on his podcast, Cowboy explained the response he received from his coaches.

“I went to talk to Greg and Wink and say, ‘Hey, this guy’s brand new to the gym. He’s only been here one camp, a couple of months. I don’t think that it’s okay for him to come in and call me out. That’s not right. So if he is doing that, I don’t think we should allow him to train here for this fight’.

“Then f**king Winkeljohn tells me, ‘I thought you called him out’, he’s just a s**t-ass and lies to your face, so to me he was like, ‘Sure, no problem, we’ll clear it up and we won’t have any issues.’”

“With Greg, his name is on that building. It’s Jackson-Wink. Jackson-f**king-Wink. When it came time to pick the decision and they said, ‘We want to go with Perry.’ Why the f**k didn’t you stand — because Greg’s still with me — he’s like, ‘I’ll just come to the ranch and we’ll sort this out.’

“And I’m like, ‘What the f**k are you talking about?’ You tell me I can’t come into the Jackson-Wink gym, but you’re going to backdoor and come into my f**king house and we’re going to train to fight while Perry’s there at the gym.

“You see everything he does and then you’re going to come and you’re going to train me, not to mention you’re holding classes there and — you might not be training him to beat me, but there’s a lot of people there that have trained with me for f**king years. So to me that was the point I was saying. Can we just not have him there for this camp?”

He then went on to criticise the modern-day Jackson-Wink MMA Academy, citing problems he has with the day-to-day running of the gym as one of the reasons behind his decision to open his own training centre on his ranch – something he also feels caused increased tension.

“When Winkeljohn merged over, all the big pros left, it turned into a puppy mill.

“Back when Greg had it, and it was its own school, you couldn’t turn up to a pro-class. Some guy couldn’t just come here, knock on your door, and the next thing you know he has shin pads on and he’s sparring.

“Literally at the new gym, bums come in off the street — I swear to God — and will come in and put stuff on and fight. That’s a true story. Random bums off the street. That would never happen back in the day.” (via MMAFighting)

It does appear as though irreparable damage has been done to the relationship between both parties – something that will no doubt add an extra level of intrigue to the matchup featuring Cowboy and Mike Perry, which is scheduled to go down on November 10.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]