The main event at UFC Fight Night 126 saw MMA veterans Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros throw down in front of a raucous crowd inside the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Fan favourite ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone came into this one at a strange point in his career, having lost his last three fights: the first time that that had ever happened to him.
“It’s a weird thing for me because I have never had two defeats on the bounce, let alone three.”
Those losses were admittedly against top-tier opposition: he succumbed to the boxing prowess of Jorge Masvidal, lost a close decision to Robbie Lawler, and was taken to pieces by the incredibly talented up-and-comer, Darren Till.
Still, the walking highlight reel wasn’t planning on letting his recent form affect the way he fought.
“I am not letting it affect me in any way,” he said in a pre-fight interview. “I just love what I am doing and I am ready to get back in there and get back to winning ways, so those three losses won’t matter to me. I will go in as though I have had three straight wins.”
Cerrone is known for putting on good performances and came into this one having claimed an incredible thirteen UFC bonuses.
In his seven-year tenure with the promotion he has picked up Fight of the Night three times, Knockout of the Night three times, Performance of the Night five times, and Submission of the Night twice.
Medeiros has earned his fair share of bonuses inside the promotion, too: since joining the UFC in 2013, the Hawaiian native has nabbed himself two Fight of the Night and three Performance of the Night paycheques.
Needless to say, fans were expecting a good contest.
The two fighters exchanged hugs before the action began, and traded vicious combinations throughout the first round.
Cerrone first wobbled Medeiros at the 2:41 mark of the round, but let Medeiros back to his feet after Yancy slipped on the canvas.
With just seconds remaining in the round, Cerrone tagged Medeiros with a straight right hand. He would finish the wobbled Medeiros with ground and pound as referee Herb Dean stopped the fight with 0:02 left.
Medeiros falls to 15-5-1 in his MMA career, snapping a three fight winning streak.
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