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Cowboy's wild ride

Go inside Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone's BMF Ranch filled with danger, and Danger


EDGEWOOD, New Mexico -- Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is the most successful fighter in UFC history, based on number of wins. He's also the craziest fighter in UFC history, based on, well, just about everything.

Want to hear a wild story about Cowboy? How much time have you got? Over the years, Cerrone has shared tales of bull riding, motocross accidents, flipping a truck on his 10-acre property, a near-death experience when he fell 40 feet while rock climbing and getting lost during a scuba dive in a Mexican cave.

If you can't tell, mixed martial arts is just one way Cowboy gets his adrenaline fix. His home, the BMF Ranch, offers ample proof of this. Cowboy trains hard, and plays harder. He surrounds himself with danger -- in fact, that's the middle name of Dacson, his infant son. Danger.

ESPN went behind the scenes with Cerrone ahead of his lightweight main event against Al Iaquinta on May 4. And we have to say, after experiencing life at the BMF Ranch, a simple fistfight sounds almost relaxing. Watch Cerrone take on Justin Gaethje on September 14's UFC Fight Night.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone shows his team a large bull snake he unearthed while expanding the paintball field he and his training team are building for their almost daily battles between training sessions. The paintball arena replaced the dirt bike course that was set up during previous camps.
Everyone helps out at Cerrone's BMF Ranch, as sparring partner Alejandro "Pato" Martinez fills water tubs and Muay Thai fighting coach Pedro Camberos looks to keep the pigs separated from the buffalo.
When he's not training, Cowboy goes everywhere with his 9-month-old son, Dacson "Danger" Cerrone -- including a trip to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy all the paintballs in the store.
Cowboy climbs out of the water during dive and swim training. He strokes hard for a full lap, takes a break and dives back in at Betsy Patterson Pool at Sandia High School.
Cowboy and teammates take in the heat of the wood stove sauna after the last training session of the day. The monster sauna was built in one weekend with the help of friends and teammates.
Cerrone heads out to start a battle in the recently finished paintball field.
Wrestling coach Jafari Vanier plays with Dacson as Cowboy adjusts his paintball gun in a shed filled with paintball guns, air bottles and around 30,000 paintballs.
Cerrone delivers kicks to a shot sled while working with striking coach Joe "Stitch em Up" Schilling.
Cerrone puts together a tent, tunnel and ball pit play area for Dacson so he can be in the gym while his father trains.
Dacson looks a little surprised as his dad checks his diaper during a break in a lactic acid sprint conditioning routine.
Stepping away from training, Cerrone streaks to the outside during another paintball game at his BMF Ranch.
Cerrone watches as an abandoned motorcycle is added as an obstacle to the large paintball field.
For the third day in a row, Cowboy topped his personal best by doing 123 RPMs in eight seconds on a stationary bike. "I get stronger as the workouts go on," he said.
Juan "The Demon" Gonzalez reloads during a round of shotgun golf at Founders Ranch Shotgun Sports Club. He won the day with a score of 74. Gonzalez, a professional MMA fighter and training partner with Cerrone, and his wife, Martha Mora, have lived for two years as caretakers on the BMF Ranch.
Cerrone and his team take a training break and go surfing at Santa Rosa Lake State Park.
Cowboy's sparring partner, Brandon Davis, takes a spill as he learns to surf at Santa Rosa Lake State Park.
Cerrone takes down his wrestling coach, Jafari Vanier, as he comes to the rescue of his striking coach, Joe Schilling, who is still being attacked by his jiu-jitsu coach, Harry St. Leger, during situation training.
Strength and conditioning coach Shara Vigeant lets Cerrone's son, Dacson, hit the pads.
Cerrone sweats it out after a conditioning workout.
Cerrone watches Dacson climb the stairs at the rental house where they spent the night before riding snowmobiles at Wolf Creek Pass.
Cerrone and Dacson take a backcountry snowmobile ride at Wolf Creek Pass on the last day of the season.
Cerrone and his wife, Lindsay Sheffield, hang out in the hot tub with their son, Dacson.

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