Cape Town - Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone rode into Canada on
Saturday night and did what he does best, beats people up.
The former lightweight title contender fighting for the
second time at 170-pounds found himself in the co-main event on Saturday
night opposite long time divisional contender and former middleweight
title challenger Patrick Cote. Cerrone put on one of the single
greatest performances of his career on his way to his 17th UFC win and a
third-round TKO victory over the very tough and very legitimate Cote.
Cerrone dominated from the very first seconds of the fight,
taking Cote down twice in round one and then dropping him in the
second round and multiple times in the third before the referee stepped in and
called an end to the bout. Cote is known for his toughness and for being able
to take a good shot but on this night the striking of "Cowboy" was
just too much for the Canadian.
Now with two straight victories at 170-pounds, Cerrone
(30-7, 1 NC) could well become a legitimate threat in the welterweight
division. This win also marks his second $50,000 post fight bonus in as
many fights since making the jump up from lightweight division and Cerrone
now joins a very exclusive list of fighters with the most wins in
UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce combined history: Wanderlei Silva (27), Dan Henderson
(26), Cowboy Cerrone (23), Mirko Cro-Cop (23).
"155 or 170 I don't care," Cerrone said in his
post fight interview. "There are 36 fights at UFC 200 and I'm sure I
can get into one of them."
Appearing to have walked away with out any bumps and bruises
Cerrone may find himself back inside the eight fenced walls sooner rather than
later and for fight fans all around the world, this is a good thing.