UFC chief Dana White warns Donald Cerrone it will 'f***ing crush him and break his heart' when he tells him to retire

DANA WHITE has told Donald Cerrone to prepare for "a conversation" about the UFC veteran retiring.

Without a win since May 2019, the 37-year-old could only break his losing streak with a draw against Niko Price on Saturday night.

The result left the career of 'Cowboy' in the balance, almost a decade after his debut in UFC.

And White, 51, said after the Las Vegas fight that Cerrone could soon be dropped by the MMA championship.

He told reporters: "For him tonight, the win for him tonight, he was on his way out in the first 30 seconds of the first round.

"He fought back, he’s tough, he’s durable. I love Cowboy.

"And I know this is going to f***ing crush him and break his heart, but it’s time to have a conversation with him."

Cerrone has previously brushed off any suggestion that he will hang up his gloves.

As the UFC record-holder for victories (23), the American is now tied for most fights under White's banner (36).

He said post-fight: "I just need to figure out something that I’m doing wrong.

"I don’t know where it is along the line, but I need to figure out what’s causing me to be—let’s just rewind it."

Before the match-up, Cerrone was far more bullish.

When asked about whether retirement was on his mind, the lightweight stated: "Hell no. No. Not even in my train of thought. Wrong question.

"I don’t even want to think about losing again because it could happen.

"I’ve trained my a*** off, I’m ready to rock and roll. I’m planning on being here for a long time.

"I’m going to leave when I’m done. I don’t ever want the walking papers."

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