Paul Kelly – UFC 126
Outcome – Cerrone Wsub2 – Struggle of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Cerrone greater than made his bones throughout his 10-battle run within the WEC, preventing the likes of Benson Henderson (twice), Jamie Varner (twice), James Krause, and Danny Castillo, however many questioned whether or not he might repeat that success within the UFC. Nicely, England’s Paul Kelly tried to check him, taking the battle to the Coloradan from the opening bell, however by the second spherical, Cerrone took over, stepping into the mount after which ending Kelly with a rear bare choke when the Brit gave up his again.
Charles Oliveira – UFC Stay
End result – Cerrone TKO1 – Knockout of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Recognized for his again-and-forth wars, Cerrone confirmed how dominating he could possibly be towards a prime-degree foe in his third Octagon bout, as he merely tore by means of Brazilian phenom Charles Oliveira. A physique shot adopted by a knee spelled the start of the top for “Do Bronx,” with Cerrone ending issues with floor strikes at three:01 of the primary spherical.
Melvin Guillard – UFC one hundred fifty
End result – Cerrone KO1 – Knockout and Struggle of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Former coaching companions Cerrone and Melvin Guillard fought like bitter enemies in one of the explosive seventy six-second fights you’ll ever witness. Guillard struck first, wobbling the metal-chinned Cerrone early on, however the “Cowboy” fired again together with his personal bombs, and after a head kick and a few punches, it was lights out for “The Younger Murderer.”
Evan Dunham – UFC 167
End result – Cerrone Wsub2 – Submission of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
By the point Cerrone’s UFC 167 bout with Evan Dunham rolled round, the previous WEC standout was 1-2 in his earlier three bouts, dropping to Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos and scoring a transparent-minimize however lower than thrilling choice win over KJ Noons. However on this night time in November of 2013, the previous “Cowboy” was again, placing collectively one among his most full and dominant efforts en path to a second-spherical submission victory by way of triangle choke.
Edson Barboza – UFC on FOX
End result – Cerrone Wsub 1 – Efficiency of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Anticipated to be a conflict for the ages between two lanky and devastating strikers, the Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza bout in April of this yr began out within the Brazilian’s favor, as he tagged his foe with a number of flush photographs. However when Cerrone got here again and dropped Barboza with a jab, it was only a matter of seconds earlier than he locked in a rear bare choke and completed issues at three:15 of the opening stanza.
Jim Miller – UFC Battle Night time
End result – Cerrone KO2 – Efficiency of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Nobody knocks out Jersey-robust Jim Miller. In truth, nobody achieved that feat earlier than or after Cerrone did in 2014, as he broke open an in depth struggle within the second spherical with a thudding kick to the top that despatched Miller crashing to the deck. The win was Cerrone’s fourth in a row, however he nonetheless had 4 extra to go earlier than he received his crack on the light-weight crown.
Eddie Alvarez – UFC 178
End result – Cerrone WUD3 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Eddie Alvarez’ UFC debut in 2014 was some of the extremely anticipated in years, and understanding that he was going to throw arms with Cerrone made the hype meter go off the charts. And whereas the 2 didn’t decide up Struggle of the Night time honors that night time in Vegas, there have been sufficient heated exchanges that each males left the Octagon understanding that that they had been in a battle, one which Cerrone took by unanimous choice.
John Makdessi – UFC 187
End result – Cerrone TKO2 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title elimination bout, Cerrone as an alternative acquired a late alternative foe in John Makdessi after Nurmagomedov suffered a knee damage. On paper, it was excessive danger low reward for Cerrone, however in actuality, he was now getting an opponent who was going to face with him, and he relished that chance, ultimately ending the bout within the second spherical with a kick that broke Makdessi’s jaw.
Rick Story – UFC 202
Outcome – Cerrone TKO2 – Efficiency of the Night time (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Proper up there with Nate Marquardt’s online game end of Wilson Gouveia was Cerrone’s stoppage of extremely-robust Rick Story in 2016. Began by a left to the top and a proper to the physique, Cerrone then landed one other left punch to the top adopted by a proper kick to the top that spun Story round. The barrage of photographs that adopted ended the bout formally, however this one was over as quickly as Cerrone scored together with his 4-shot Tekken combo.
One in every of my favourite fights of 2016, Cerrone and Matt Brown took turns throwing bombs at one another all through a punishing welterweight conflict, however within the third spherical, “Cowboy” ended issues with a flush kick to the top that put the sturdy Brown on the deck for good.