Mike Winkeljohn has fired back at UFC Denver victor Donald Cerrone after he took a subtle but obvious dig at his former coach in Saturday’s post-fight.
Cerrone managed to upset the odds with a slick armbar finish of ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry in the very first round of their UFC Denver co-main event, becoming the fighter with the most wins in the history of the UFC.
His sheer delight with the submission was evident as soon as the tap was earned and while the interview he gave in the fight’s direct aftermath avoided the subject of his ongoing feud with his former coach Mike Winkeljohn, when he addressed the media backstage he took a subtle dig at the JacksonWink head.
“It’s crazy – moving away from [Mike] Winkeljohn’s gym at [Jackson Wink], we actually had a game plan coming into a fight. I’ve never really had a game plan.
“My grandma went and told Winkeljohn, ‘You should have bet on the dinosaur. He knows what he did. It’s all over money, too. That’s the worst part.
“Looks like he’s still not getting paid, is he?”
Now, Winkeljohn – who coached Mike Perry for this fight – has taken to his official Instagram to fire back at Cowboy after the heated and seemingly unresolved beef.
“What’s this about loyalty. Loyalty is two-sided. Especially for the media, who only sees one side. Where was Cowboy Cerrone the last ten years, helping others in the gym? Nowhere to be found.
“He didn’t come to our classes, he didn’t even use Greg Jackson his last two fight camps. When he came, he would grab sparring partners, then he would take those sparring partners back up to his ranch, where he would pay for fun free sh*t.
“So those guys would go up there, sometimes they would stay and train, and they would lose. Hmmm. Any gym owner would tell you, cancer has to be removed. It’s removed. The gym has no drama. It’s a happy place, I’m a happy guy.
“That being said, I really wish that Mike Perry had not taken Cowboy down. If you’re one of those guys who swings on Donald Cerrone’s you-know-what, that’s weak and weird.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena