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UFC veteran Donald Cerrone has admitted that he "didn't want to be there" for the biggest fight of his career against Conor McGregor.
The 37-year-old American clashed with Irish MMA superstar McGregor in January at UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
And Cerrone suffered a sensational first-round 40-second defeat to McGregor, who made his long-awaited UFC return after two years out of the octagon.
'Cowboy' has now revealed that he wasn't in the right mental state going into the fight, saying the "wrong guy showed up" for the UFC 246 clash.
Cerrone told ESPN's Brett Okamoto: "Donald showed up, 'Cowboy' wasn't there. The wrong guy showed up, couldn't get going, couldn't get excited, couldn't get fired up, didn't want to be there.
"Biggest fight, all the attention, my time to shine, I didn't want to be there. F**k, it was crazy, man. I don't know why, I don't know how, I don't know how to change that, but it sucks, man.
"Donald showed up; Cowboy wasn't there... Biggest fight, all the attention, my time to shine, I didn't want to be there. It was crazy, man."- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 28, 2020
Two days before fighting Conor McGregor, @Cowboycerrone knew that he didn't want to be there. (via @bokamotoESPN) pic.twitter.com/4hgptzC506
"Sometimes I show up there and I'm f*****g ready, I'm fired up and I'm ready to go, sometimes I get there and I'm like, 'I don't even want to be here.'
"So, don't know, no idea, wish I had the answer. Two days before the fight, I was f*****g like, it was just hard.
"When I showed up there that morning, it was like, 'Man, f**k.' I just wasn't feeling it."
Cerrone admitted after the McGregor loss that he was caught by complete surprise when the 'Notorious' connected with a brutal shoulder strike.
"He got me with an elbow straight away and then he headkicked me," he said.
"I have never seen anything like the shoulder shot he hit me with. I was disorientated. Then he stepped back, I was bleeding and he headkicked me.
"But I love this sport and I am not stopping yet."
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