Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight competitors Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal collided last night (Jan. 28, 2017) at UFC on FOX 23 inside Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Cerrone current performances have been amongst the very best of his entire career. Nevertheless, Cerrone has historically had problem with more prominent events, and the co-main event on FOX was in his home town. Cerrone was seeking to put that report– in addition to Masvidal– to bed. For Masvidal, this match was a bit more personal. Cerrone had actually taken a few opponents from “Gamebred,” and the Florida-native did his finest to prompt and get into Cerrone’s head prior to their compare.
The preliminary was pretty outrageous. Cerrone wanted to maintain his variety with jabs and low kicks, while Masvidal advanced on his opponent with his own jab and right hand over the top.
Up until the last 30 seconds, the exchanges were incredibly close. Cerrone did some excellent damage to his challenger’s legs and landed some counter punches, while Masvidal tagged Cerrone with combinations. Nevertheless, in that last 30 seconds, Masvidal began to land more frequently, consisting of a huge body kick. Pursuing Cerrone, Masvidal slipped a jab and put Cerrone down hard with an overhand. Masvidal really almost ended the fight, but the bell conserved “Cowboy.”.
Just not for long.
Masvidal continued pushing his foe to begin the 2nd round, and it was clear that Cerrone was not at his full abilities. Masvidal began to tee off, and his overhand dropped “Cowboy” again, this time as a counter to Cerrone’s preferred left high kick. Cerrone, as usual, was game as hell and worked back to his feet, however he could do little however conceal under the onslaught.
Herb Dean ended the bout after a few seconds of Masvidal ripping to the body as his opponent covered up.
For several years, Masvidal fans like me have been awaiting the day that “Gamebred” would up the aggressiveness and batter individuals. He’s had the ability to win battles like this for a very long time, however Masvidal has constantly been content to coast and is comfortable winning on points.
In his last 2 bouts, that has actually not been the case. Masvidal has actually pushed his challengers with brilliant combinations of hard punches and kicks, and the results promote themselves.
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Masvidal was able to knock out Cerrone due to the fact that he’s the sharper boxer, but he won this bout because he was able to dictate range. He had to eat some hard shots to do it, however Masvidal walked his man down while prepared to slip punches and check kicks. Cerrone was more efficient early, however Masvidal’s pressure enabled him to land the better shots when he actually found his range. Then, he never allowed Cerrone back into the bout. Following this win, Masvidal ought to be in the title mix. Ideally, a compare with Robbie Lawler– who just recently left American Top Team, Masvidal’s house camp– could press either male more detailed to the title.
When it comes to Cerrone, this is a massive setback. Masvidal has been a difficult difficulty for practically anyone for a very long time, but the majority of expected Cerrone to out-work him on the feet and wear him down with leg kicks. Instead, Cerrone’s habit of standing so high was countered consistently. Masvidal’s counter right-hand man discovered its mark consistently, and “Cowboy” was not in position to soak up the strike. In all honesty, the bout must’ve been stopped at the end of the first.
At any rate, Cerrone needs to take a great deal of time to recuperate, as he’s never ever been finished rather like this. Once he returns, Cerrone can focus on creating wins and going on another streak.
Last night at UFC on FOX 23, Jorge Masvidal battered Donald Cerrone to a second round stoppage. Can Masvidal lastly put all of it together and catch a title?