It was a little before 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the RV park in the shadow of the Vegas Strip was mostly quiet. There was next to no activity, and the chirping of birds created a serene environment.

According to a report on Yahoo Sports, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone climbed down the steps of his 40-foot RV and placed his hand over his eyes to shield them from the sun. In three days, he would take part in one of the most important fights of his career, facing Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event at UFC 178 on Saturday at the MGM Grand.

Unlike most of the fighters on Saturday’s show who flew to Las Vegas, Cerrone drove his RV, which he bought with bonus money he’d won for the series of great fights he’s been in. He towed a large boat and had a friend drive his pickup.

He arrived in Las Vegas from Albuquerque, N.M., last week and has been a frequent visitor to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area since.

“I just love to be out on the lake, wakeboard, surfing, just playing, man,” Cerrone said. “We’ll go shoot some guns. A couple of days ago, we went out to shoot some shotguns out at the Clark County range. I just want to be active, man. That’s it.

“I want to keep my mind away from the Strip and all this craziness as much as possible.”

Cerrone has a satellite dish on top of his RV and said when the team drove to Atlantic City, N.J., in July for a fight with Jim Miller, they binge-watched all 40 episodes of Game of Thrones.

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