On Saturday January 3rd, fight fans packed the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV to watch one of the most anticipated fights in history of the UFC which involved a training partner of Cowboy’s in Jon Jones. Though, most of the electricity in the building was coming from the main event, anytime you see the name “Cerrone” on a UFC card, you can almost guarantee that an exciting and heart filled fight is going to take place.
In 2014, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone proceeded to run through every opponent placed in front of him, capping off the year with a devastating beat down of former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez by utilizing devastating leg kicks which led to a decision win. Having defeated his fourth opponent of the year, Cerrone then asked for another fight as quickly as possible then entered Myles Jury. Having received minimal damage in his bout with Alvarez, Cerrone then looked to fight at the UFC’s year end pay per view on December 6th though Jury confirmed to prepare for the fight.
Jury was undefeated coming into UFC 182 and was also coming off of a recent win as he knocked out Takanori Gomi in the first round, yet Cerrone would prove to be his toughest test to date. In his previous fight before Gomi, Jury faced a training partner of Cerrone’s in Diego Sanchez. In his post fight speech, Jury would go on to belittle Sanchez as he stated, “I was surprised I beat him so easy.”, which did not sit well with Cowboy.
As the first round began, Cerrone took control of the octagon and began imposing his will and game plan. The fight began to go south for an undefeated Jury as he seemingly could not find his rhythm. As both competitors entered the final seconds of the last round, Jury laid flat on the ground after absorbing numerous kicks including a deadly head kick which had wobbled the undefeated lightweight. Cerrone then began to throw some of the nastiest and angriest kicks I have ever seen in mixed martial arts. The judges scored the fight a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) for Cerrone.
During the UFC”s post fight press conference, Cowboy expressed his disappointment in that he could not finish his opponent.
“You know.. I’m upset, completely upset with it. I’m a guy – that i don’t like hearing boo’s. That’s not me, I don’t consider that a win. I’m upset with my performance.” – Cerrone on his win over Myles Jury
Anthony Pettis, the current champion for the lightweight division was booked at UFC 182 opposite Rafael Dos Anjos leaving Cerrone to go home, rest up, hit the gym and train for his next opponent while working his way up to a No. 1 contender’s bout which at this pace and schedule will surely come soon.