Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza
Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza try to add to their collection of fight-night bonuses.
Cerrone (22-6) has won two straight since a loss to Rafael dos Anjos last August, finishing Adriano Martins and Evan Dunham. He owns eight UFC bonuses and five more from his days in the WEC, including eight total “Fight of the Night” honors.
Barboza (13-1) is riding the momentum of three consecutive wins, including two finishes. He owns five fight-night bonuses, four of which were “Fight of the Night.”
Round 1: Barboza catches Cerrone with a right just seconds in and Cerrone goes for a takedown. He’s hurt, but appears to have recovered and they square off again. Cerrone still looks a little stunned from the opening onslaught he suffered. He’s bouncing around a little slower than normal. Good, hard leg kick from “Cowboy.” Another incredible exchange, but Barboza gets the better of it. Spinning back kick from Barboza lands and we are halfway through this round. Switch kick to the body connects, a very similar shot that Anthony Pettis landed on Cerrone. Cerrone catches him with a left and Barboza drops. He immediately jumps on the back, locks in a rear-naked choke and squeezes, forcing Barboza to tap. What a finish. It was a left jab that dropped him and he gave him no time to recover.
Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:15 of Round 1