Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cowboy Cerrone Pulls Off Late First Round Finish Over Yancy Medeiros

Cowboy Cerrone Pulls Off Late First Round Finish Over Yancy Medeiros

While it's no surprise considering the history of Cerrone and the all-action Medeiros (15-5, 1 NC) that the fight was entertaining from the opening seconds, the incredible sportsmanship shown by both almost stole the headlines. A couple of body kicks for Cerrone as Medeiros moves forward.

The main event of the evening was contested by two men who are known for never taking a step back with Donald Cerrone taking on Yancy Medeiros in a welterweight clash. With Cerrone and Medeiros obviously having a lot of respect for each other, the bout was set to be a true battle as all they wanted to do was throw down.

Cerrone remained calm through the storm of punches from Medeiros and began to pick apart Medeiros on the feet, eventually catching the Hawaiian with a well-timed counter that wobbled Medeiros. Cerrone went right in on his downed opponent and landed some punches, forcing referee Herb Dean to end the fight. With 4:58 on the clock, Cerrone just beat the buzzer for the end of the round and in turn picked up his first win since UFC 206 in December 2016.

They break free and Cerrone lands a right hand.

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"I knew Yancy was the guy to [produce a knockout], he was going to stand there and bring it", Cerrone said. For the first time in a while, the matchmaking paid off with a plethora of first-round finishes.

The sportsmanship between the two fighters escalated to even higher levels immediately following the stoppage. Incredibly, Medeiros, having just been knocked to the canvas by a Donald Cerrone right hand, even jumped the fence and embraced Cerrone's beloved grandmother. Never change Nate Diaz.

"I just believed in myself", Lewis said afterwards.

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