Alex Morono recently defeated Donald Cerrone via a technical knockout in the first round at UFC on ESPN 24, extending the Cowboy’s bad streak to six fights. MMA.Metaratings wrote that Dana White is going to give Cerrone another fight, and if the fighter fails to win again, that fight could be his last in the UFC.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is now 38 years old, and a growing number of mixed martial arts fans believe it’s time for the American athlete to quit the UFC and go to other promotions or start bare-knuckle fighting. However, not everyone knows that this guy is a multiple record holder in the UFC. The American has already had 37 fights in the UFC – no one else has that many. Furthermore, 23 of them are wins.
Donald is the top finisher in the UFC. He has won his fights 16 times beforehand, and he does it in different ways. He has 10 knockouts to his credit and 6 wins by submission, and today we’re going to talk about the fighter’s top 5 finishes.
UFC 126 vs. Paul Kelly
Donald grew up with his grandparents in Colorado. His grandfather played an important role in the formation of Cerrone as a fighter and was present at all of his grandson’s battles. However, while Donald was preparing for his UFC debut against Paul Kelly, Donald Cerrone Sr. fell seriously ill and was in the hospital. On the eve of the fight at UFC 126 in February 2011, the rookie learned that his grandfather had passed away. With this in mind, Cerrone didn’t just step into the octagon, but put on a standout fight against Kelly, choking out his opponent in the second round.
UFC 150 vs. Melvin Guillard
On 11 August 2012, Cerrone faced former teammate Guillard at UFC 150 after recovering from his first loss in the league with a win over Jeremy Stephens. The stakes were high as the loser of this fight would take a big step back in the fight for the top of the competitive lightweight division. The fighters showed their charge from the opening seconds. As early as the 11th second of the fight Guillard sent Donald to the canvas with his left hook and spent the next 30 seconds hunting for the knockout, but Cerrone not only did not allow himself to be dropped again but managed to knock out his opponent with a left high kick before successfully handling the follow-up. It was a very intense 76-second fight.
UFC on FOX 11 vs. Edson Barboza
By the time of the fight with Barboza on April 19, 2014, Cerrone was on a streak of two wins, and then no one knew how long this streak would last. The fight with Edson did not matter in the balance of power in the lightweight division, but the fighters were still set for success. After the start of the fight, it became clear that ‘Cowboy’ was inferior to the opponent in speed, and by the end of the 3rd minute Barboza was superior to Cerrone in both strikes and space control.
The Brazilian was so confident in his abilities that he began to open more often, which is why he missed the jab that sent him to the ground. The American fighter followed him onto the canvas, climbed behind his back and performed a choke. This victory was the third in a series of eight for ‘Cowboy’. Unfortunately for Donald, he was undefeated in 8 straight fights, but the American lost his 9th and most important fight of his career for the UFC lightweight title against Rafael Dos Anjos.
UFC 202 vs. Rick Story