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The 'Cowboy' moniker doesn't do justice to Donald Cerrone. 

Cheating death has become a habit for the American. He had intestines removed after a motorcross wreck, narrowly escaped drowning in a pitch black cave and somehow walked away unscathed from a 40ft rock climbing fall. 

Cerrone lives life to the very extreme and fighting is just another way to feed his craving for adrenaline. Conor McGregor should provide a healthy dose of that at UFC 246 but this is a man who pushes himself to the brink as a matter of routine.   

Donald Cerrone is an accomplished wake boarder and relishes any extreme activities

Donald Cerrone is an accomplished wake boarder and relishes any extreme activities

'Cowboy' once fell 40ft in a rock climbing accident and somehow walked away unscathed

'Cowboy' once fell 40ft in a rock climbing accident and somehow walked away unscathed

On another occasion the UFC veteran had to be revived three times after a bike accident

On another occasion the UFC veteran had to be revived three times after a bike accident

The 36-year-old owns a sprawling ranch thirty miles east of Albuquerque in New Mexico. It's a wild man's playground with a fully functional training facility and accommodation for sparring partners on site. 

He can roll out of bed, lace up some gloves and have a scrap or alternatively busy himself by shooting, hunting, riding his various motorised toys around or spending time with his young son Dacson Danger and wife Lindsay.

But it isn't just at home where 'Cowboy' can get his kicks. The UFC fan favourite seeks out adventure wherever it may be and his Instagram page is an endless roll of thrills. 

Cerrone is an accomplished wake boarder, rock climber and fully qualified diver. 

There's a clip of him being dragged along by a speedboat skimming along the surface on his back and another on the wakeboard with his heavily pregnant wife. 

Cerrone lives up the 'Cowboy' moniker perfectly and even owns his own ranch

Cerrone lives up the 'Cowboy' moniker perfectly and even owns his own ranch

The 36-year-old finds adventure no matter the season and is the UFC's biggest thrill seeker

The 36-year-old finds adventure no matter the season and is the UFC's biggest thrill seeker

The UFC have a policy for fighters under contract that prohibits them from 'dangerous activities' ahead of upcoming bouts. It's a rule that Cerrone flagrantly ignores. 

Back in 2006 he suffered a gruesome injury and essentially disemboweled himself. Cerrone landed on the handle bars of his ATV bike after attempting a jump, cutting open his stomach. 

He had to be revived three times in hospital and ended up having a large section of his intestines completely removed before being put into a coma for a fortnight.  

'I was racing some motocross and I wrecked real bad and just kind of spilled my guts out. They had to take a bunch of my intestines and part of my stomach,' he previously explained. 

Six years later the injury came back to cause him incredible pain just two weeks before a fight against Jeremy Stephens.   

'What happened this time is, my stomach basically rolled around the intestine. Man, talk about pain. It was like someone was stabbing me. Oh, it was so brutal.

Donald Cerrone had to be helped from his truck after flipping it on his property

Donald Cerrone had to be helped from his truck after flipping it on his property 

'I had to go to the ER, and basically they had to empty all of my intestines out and then rush water down my stomach and try to get it to unspin, kind of like a garden hose.' 

Cerrone not only went on to fight Stephens but he managed to win a unanimous decision. 

Three years ago it was truck rather than bike that did for 'Cowboy'. He'd owned the vehicle for two days and flipped it, somehow managing to come out without serious injury. 

Another occasion close to a fight that might have spelled the end was when Cerrone fell 40ft in a rock climbing accident. Not much of the detail of this brush with death but he tweeted: 'Fell about 40ft had 3 of my four anchors blow out!'

This was just one week before his fight with Anthony Pettis and he made it to the even somehow

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