Quick and slick are the two best words to describe Donald Cerrone’s first round submission win over Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 83 on Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Looking good in his 170 pound debut, the American cowboy took a few hits from his Brazilian counterpart before taking the fight to the ground on a takedown. There, Cerrone was able to secure full mount before transitioning beautifully into a triangle choke which instantly forced Oliveira to tap:
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The end came at 2:33 in the very first round and the fight ended quicker than the fighter’s ring walks.
But while most fighters would be content with an easy day at the office, Donald Cerrone was well, as usual…Donald Cerrone. Said Cowboy Cerrone to Jon Anik after the fight:
“Thirtieth walk, how crazy is that?”
He’s fought 30 total fights from the WEC to the UFC. He’s won 16 times inside the UFC octagon and has earned 11 post fight bonuses, including Performance of the Night on Sunday.
Cowboy Cerrone is one of the busiest fighters in UFC history. Before losing to Rafael Dos Anjos last December, he won eight consecutive fights in a span of 19 months. If that’s not impressive for you, what if we say half of those wins earned him post fight bonuses? Most fighters say they will fight anyone but end up picking their foes. Cerrone never bragged about that. He just takes one fight after another no matter what. Listen to this: Three months after submitting Edson Barboza, Cerrone knocked out Jim Miller. Two months later, he greeted Eddie Alvarez to the UFC and beat him by decision. That was 2014. The following year, he fought ( and defeated ) Benson Henderson two weeks after dealing Myles Jury’s first loss. He then fought John Makdessi on May 2015, in a fight where he had nothing to gain except prize money. Now that’s crazy.
Anyone, anywhere and anytime. Those three words best describe Donald Cerrone. And that “devil may care” attitude is the reason why despite losing the biggest fights of his career, Cowboy is high on the list of fan favorites. Before fighting Oliveira, Cowboy Cerrone already left his calling card on Dana White’s table:
“I’m going to call the UFC after this and tell them the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Tony] Ferguson fight, I’ll be ready for it when Khabib pulls out,”
Of course, Cerrone was mocking Khabib because the often injured but unbeaten Numagomedov pulled out of a number one contender bout with Cowboy Cerrone last May. The Eagle also pulled out of his first scheduled bout with Tony Ferguson at the TUF 22 Finale before that bout was reset to April 2016.
Cerrone also traded barbs with Conor McGregor in the days leading to Sunday’s bout. He says he’d also welcome that match-up (who wouldn’t?):
“McGregor and dos Anjos, I really hope dos Anjos beats his ass, but then I really hope McGregor wins so then I can go back and slap his ass up and get that money fight. That’s what all this is about.”
Money and love of fighting. Those are the two that drive Donald Cerrone more than winning the title. Added Cerrone:
“I’m going to sit on the fence, just go back and forth [between 170 and 155] wherever they need me,” Cerrone said Friday at the UFC Fight Night 83 open workouts at Stout Training Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. “It’s going to be a good time. These fights, to me, are awesome. I’m not on an eight-fight winning streak. I’m not worried about a title. I just go have fun…..I have nothing to worry about, go make some money. Hell yeah.”
On Sunday, Cowboy reminded the UFC of his offer:
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It’s crazier now because he’s willing to move and up and down in weight for as long as he gets to fight. But that’s why he’s called Cowboy. Bring in the next gunfight.