Donald Cerrone forced John Makdessi to stick close and eat lots of kicks and punches.
By the time the second round came to be, Cerrone had tagged Makdessi and even broke his jaw with a head-kick.
Cerrone, who won his eighth straight fight, was expected to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov, but an injury knocked him out. He agreed to face Makdessi despite it being a “no-win” situation.
“You’re in the UFC, you are one of the baddest dudes,” Cerrone said. “He is an awesome dude and punched hard.”
While nothing was assured of him with a win, Cerrone could be headed for fight with Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title later this year.
“That’s who I am, I never paint myself into a corner,” he said. “I think I might get this title (shot) by default sooner or later.”
Cerrone landed 76 of 160 strikes thrown in the fight, while Makdessi was just behind at 57-for-149 overall.