More details about Donald Cerrone vs. Marcus Sursa backstage brawl emerge
The Na Koa MMA Podcast broke the news of a backstage scuffle between current UFC/WEC lightweight Donald Cerrone (12-3) and Marcus Sursa (9-6), who was booked in the main event of Evolution Combat Sports event in Clovis, New Mexico.
The brawl was apparently about a young lady now dating the UFC 155 lb fighter Donald Cerrone who used to date main event fighter of the evening Marcus Sursa. Comments were exchanged after Sursa returned from a trip to the rest room and Cerrone was over seeing the warm-ups of several Jackson MMA fighters on the card this night, some words were exchanged by the two and then a shove followed by Cerrone throwing a punch causing a laceration on the eye of Sursa, he responded with a punch cutting the lip of Cerrone. All told, Sursa was now out of the main event tonight against Buddy Roberts of Reno, NV due to the cut he suffered.
ULTMMA.com (www.ULTMMA.com) spoke with multiple sources on the scene of the fight between Cerrone and Sursa. A history between the two MMA fighters exists beyond the night of the alleged incident.
The crux of the argument began with an apparent love triangle between Cerrone, Sursa, and former Shark Fights ring girl Lindsey Sheffield. Sheffield dated Sursa than Cerrone. Cerrone's love life has previously made headlines with his past relationship with WEC ring girl Brittney Palmer. Sheffield no longer works for Shark Fights.
Sursa, a Texas based heavyweight, was roommates with Cerrone and featherweight contender Leonard Garcia for approximately one month in the fighter's New Mexico home. Both Cerrone and Garcia are trained by renowned MMA trainer Greg Jackson at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts gym in Albuquerque, NM.
Sursa briefly trained with Jackson's fight team before leaving the camp after an argument with one of its trainers. Reports are that Sursa is still not on good terms with many of Jackson's pro fight team, Cerrone included.
According to sources close to the situation Sursa recently made comments about the Jackson camp that has not set well with many of the gym's fighters.
"If it wasn't Donald it would have been someone else from their..... Marcus has made comments about Keith Jardine and that has gotten back to Jacksons and they hold Keith at such high standard their because he's a team captain." said a source who requested anonymity. "He (Jardine) is like a family member who is going through a tough time. They all took those comments personal."
A second altercation nearly occurred after Sursa went into to the cage and apologized to the fans for the cancelled main event. As Sursa exited the cage, Cerrone and his associates were escorted away from the cage by in-house security as the two men continued to jaw at one another.
Sursa's injuries that prevented him from fighting his scheduled opponent included a swollen eye and cut on his hand from Cerrone's tooth. Cerrone is still scheduled to take on Chris Horodecki at the WEC's final show before it merges with UFC, December 16th in Glendale, Arizona.
As far as disciplinary action from the New Mexico Athletic Commission, state regulators have yet to release an official statement about the Cerrone-Sursa incident.