Today Cowboy Cerrone and Mike Perry threw down in a heated match up that carried a backstory involving the Jackson Wink Gym. Cowboy took to Joe Rogan’s podcast in August to publicly call out the gym for his mistreatment and lack of communication. The conflict came to the forefront when Cerrone said he was basically pushed out of the gym when Winkeljohn chose to train his upcoming opponent, Mike Perry, for a bout at UFC Fight Night Denver.
“(Winkeljohn called me and) says, ‘You know what, I thought about it and if we don’t have Perry, then I don’t get paid, and I need to get paid for this,’” Cerrone said emphatically. “Basically tells me I’m no longer welcome in the gym.” Winkeljohn disputed the accusation that Cerrone is no longer welcome at the gym, but he defended his decision to work with Perry. He claimed Cerrone’s behavior since starting his own gym, the BMF Ranch, has caused a deep rift at Jackson Wink gym at Albuquerque.
Winkeljohn said Cerrone has for several years drawn training partners and coaches away from the gym to train at BMF, but hasn’t contributed to Jackson Wink as a consistent team presence. “Loyalty is two sides,” the coach told MMAjunkie. “‘Cowboy’ is not loyal to anybody in the gym. He’s on his own. He does his own thing. He has not, from what I can remember in the last 10 years, ever helped anybody out with their own camp. He’s as narcissistic as they come.”
However tonight at UFC Denver the two men settled things inside the Octagon. The two man battled closely on the feet before Cowboy took control on the ground and landed a super slick arm bar, forcing Perry to tap out. Cowboy took the opportunity to take his young son into the octagon to help him celebrate.