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UFC 141: Nate Diaz Vs. Donald Cerrone

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Cerrone bounces out to Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” as usual, looking cold and focused. Diaz walks out calm but looking ready to go, shadow boxing. Both men dogging each other from across the cage. Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage for tonight’s co-main event, which takes place in the lightweight division.

Round 1: Cerrone runs right out and Diaz grabs a standing arm triangle, Cerrone escapes and defends a takedown, but Diaz keeps him pressed into the cage. They trade hard knees. Both men tag each other with punches. Cerrone with a leg kick. Diaz swats Cerrone with a three piece and a good hook. Cerrone taking a lot of these on the chin. Diaz is tagging Cerrone up, to the head and body. Diaz keeping Cerrone on the fence, boxing him up and landing knees. Diaz keeping Cerrone on the end of his punches, popping his head back. Cerrone with a leg kick, but Diaz just pushing forward and staying in his face. Diaz has Cerrone confused, just picking him apart here. Cerrone with a head kick, but Diaz just eats it and keeps tagging him with straight punches and a slapping right hook. Cerrone falls to the mat after throwing a head kick. Cerrone’s mouth is wide open and slack, bleeding. Diaz is hunting him down. Diaz in full rhythm and just taking the fight to Cerrone, putting his punches together and taking Cerrone’s will. Diaz feinting kicks to land punches. He presses Cowboy into the fence before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 Diaz

Round 2: Cerrone knocks Diaz to the ground with a leg kick, but Diaz pops back up and lands a multi-punch combo. Cerrone tries a knee that misses. Cerrone lands two hard leg kicks, one that knocks Diaz down again. Diaz pushes in for the clinch and takes Cerrone’s back standing briefly. Cerrone spins away. Diaz back to putting his hands on Cerrone, knocking him down after a head kick. Cerrone sweeps his legs again with a leg kick. Cerrone eats a one-two. Diaz with several straight punches that Cerrone answers with a few of his own. Diaz with a hard left-right combo. Diaz with several good jabs and an elbow. Diaz still doing more damage than Cerrone, walking through everything he’s thrown to draw blood with punches. Cerrone trips Diaz to the mat, but Diaz pops back up and comes back with punches. Cerrone sweeps Diaz again with a leg kick, this time Diaz takes awhile to get up. Diaz staggers Cerrone with a hard punch. Cerrone recovers. Diaz with a multi-punch combo before the end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Diaz

Diaz with the Stockton heybuddy between rounds.

Round 3: Diaz with a hard right hook. Diaz with a three-piece, then he gets out of the way of Cerrone’s counters. Diaz continuing his multi-punch onslaught. He tips Cowboy to the mat after catching a kick. Diaz peppering away, he mixes in a body kick. Diaz going to work with straight shots, popping Cowboy’s head back. Cerrone with a good knee. Diaz popping Cerrone repeatedly. Cerroen knocks him down with a leg kick but Diaz gets right back up and in his face. Cerrone trying, throws a few knees, but Diaz just keeps walking forward and landing solid shots. Cerrone sweeps Diaz again, but it’s the same story, Diaz walking forward ruthlessly and pouring on the punches. A minute to go. Cowboy tries a flying knee, Diaz avoids and presses him into the fence, landing a few shots on the break. Diaz relentless, keeping his punches in Cerrone’s face.

They embrace at the bell, giving each other respect and burying any ill will.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Diaz

Nate Diaz defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Diaz gives thanks to his trainers and coaches. Thanks Cerrone for an awesome fight and apologizes for “all the s*** that went down.”

Cerrone gives it up to Diaz for being tough, promises to come back and give it his all.