UFC 276: Jim Miller becomes winningest fighter in UFC history as Donald Cerrone announces his retirement

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LAS VEGAS — One of the most remarkable careers in UFC history ended on Saturday when Donald Cerrone announced his retirement after he was submitted by Jim Miller in their bout on the preliminary card of UFC 276.

The men entered the bout at T-Mobile Arena tied with heavyweight Andrei Arlovski for the most wins in UFC history with 23. Miller got the record to himself when, after both fighters landed kicks, Miller got Cerrone’s neck.

Miller quickly slapped on a guillotine and forced Cerrone to tap at 1:32 of the second. As UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan was about to interview Miller, Miller pointed out that Cerrone was taking off his gloves, a sign of retirement.

“I just don’t love it any more,” Cerrone said as the crowd roared in appreciation for his remarkable career. “I want to be a movie star, baby.”

Cerrone leaves tied for second most UFC wins with 23 and most UFC finishes with 16. He’s tied for third with 38 fights and tied for sixth with KOs with 10.

Cerrone might have had a vicious KO to get the record. As his kick landed on the side of Miller’s head, Miller hit him in the body with a kick of his own. After a scramble, Miller got up, slapped on the guillotine and got the record-breaking win.

Miller is also tied for the UFC record with 40 fights and his 16 submissions are tied for second with Cerrone.

“It feels great, but it’s a hard act to follow,” Miller said of Cerrone announcing his retirement. “Donald’s a legend. He’s a guy I’ve looked up to and followed. We’re going to miss him. … But I’m excited to get this win.”

Miller applauded as Cerrone left the cage with his son, Dacson, in his arms.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 02: (L-R) Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller talk after the conclusion of the round in a welterweight fight during the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 02: (L-R) Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller talk after the conclusion of the round in a welterweight fight during the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
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