Don't Talk to Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone About Retirement Before UFC 274 | Jab, Cross, Hook Recap

January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Donald Cerrone is introduced before fighting Conor
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Donald Cerrone is introduced before fighting Conor / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 274 is live this Saturday evening from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona with a loaded fight card for sports bettors to dive into.

The first fight of the UFC 274 main card features two aging fighters with Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone welcoming back Joe Lauzon to the octagon after more than 2 years out of action. Both fighters may be facing retirement with a loss, and the Jab, Cross, Hook team previewed the main card bout.

Starting at the 58 minute mark, the JCH team previewed the Cerrone vs. Lauzon fight. FanSided MMA Editor Amy Kaplan is bullish on Cowboy's chances after attending media day on Wednesday.

Both fighters have more than 40 professional fights to their name and Cerrone's recent skid of 0-4-1 has fueled fire that he will be retiring sooner rather than later. Kaplan noted what happened at Media Day with retirement questions lingers for Cowboy.

"Before Media Day, and it's never happened that I've seen, PR came in and advised us that Cowboy didn't want to talk about retirement," Kaplan said of Wednesday's events.

"He didn't want any retirement questions, he asked us politely not to ask him about it. To me, that sounds like retirement is coming.

He got really emotional and cried at media talking about his son, who we first saw as a baby, lifted him up in the cage. He said this is the first he is going to watch him walk out and fight and remember it. So I feel like you have a fighter that is thinking about retirement and has their child there, that's going to give him even more [motivation] to win."

Joe Lauzon vs. Donald Cerrone Odds


  • Joe Lauzon: +150
  • Donald Cerrone: -180

Total: 2.5 (Over +145/Under -175)

Cerrone may be on a losing streak, but is still seen as the favorite at WynnBET Sportsbook. This could be his last opportunity to get his hand raised before his career is over against Lauzon.

Kaplan ended up selecting Cowboy in the Jab, Cross, Hook betting draft, citing that she is a believer that the fan favorite can go out a winner.