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Heading into his fight against Yancy Medeiros, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was on the worst losing streak of his career and desperately needed a win. When the fight began, Medeiros came out extremely aggressive and did find the chin of Cerrone multiple times early. In vintage “Cowboy” fashion, however, Cerrone found his timing shortly after and landed a nasty right-hand over the top to wobble his opponent and put him away in the final seconds of the opening round.
Not only did Cerrone prove to audiences that he still has respectable power and a lethal killer-instinct, but he also solidified himself in the record books in the process.
The fight itself was short but extremely thrilling for fans as both men stood toe-to-toe and struck with one another. As mentioned above, Medeiros was the one to find his timing first, however, Cerrone quickly matched him; knocking down his opponent 3 times over the duration of the bout. The trio of knockdowns gave “Cowboy” 17 in his UFC career, a number that is only topped by the legendary Anderson Silva who currently sits at 18. Additionally, Cerrone also moved into a tie for second all-time in the category of most UFC appearances as this marked his 27th walk to the cage.
Lastly, with the win on Sunday, Cerrone did three amazing things:
- He snapped the unimaginable 26-fight losing streak of the well respected Jackson-Wink MMA academy.
- By finishing Yancy Medeiros, “Cowboy” put him into a tie with the aforementioned Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort for most finishes in UFC history.
- To cap off the memorable night, Donald Cerrone solidified himself as the all-time UFC wins leader, picking up his 20th victory at the UFC’s 126th installment of their Fight Night events.
Derrick Lewis scored a big knockout, James Vick asserted himself as legitimate contender, Curtis Millender wowed fans in his octagon debut, but what will be remembered most from UFC Fight Night: 126 will be the records set by Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
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