Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Donald Cerrone and Adriano Martins squared off on the UFC on FOX 10 main card last night (Sat., Jan. 25, 2014) from United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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Looking to build upon his "Submission of the Night"-winning victory over Evan Dunham at UFC 167, No. 8-ranked Cerrone came in without much knowledge of his opponent Martins.
Martins is a former champion in his own right, but Cerrone didn't care about his backstory. He was intent on making back the money he had squandered because of his "out of control" spending habits.
And "Cowboy" got paid, earning the $50,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus along with perhaps his most impressive UFC finish to date. Let's take a look back at his Earth-shaking knockout in Chicago.
The bout began with Cerrone rushing in to toss Martins, who got back up and snapped a kick. Cerrone went to work with his striking, landing with both low and front kicks. Martins responded with some good boxing, scoring with a strong left hand. Cerrone changed levels and took Martins to the ground, but the Brazilian was quick to break free and get back on his feet. Cerrone went back to his leg kicks.
Then, it was all over in a flash.
Cerrone uncorked a picture-perfect high kick that nailed Martins flush on the neck, rendering him unconscious in mid-air. It was definitely the most impressive knockout on a card that could have used a few more.
He'll most likely receive noted step up in competition, but this is a position we've seen Cerrone in before.
He's made a career out of destroying mid-level competitors with ruthless efficiency, only to fail in the face of truly elite opposition. His losses to both Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis derailed Cerrone's upward trend at crucial points in his career, but now he's going to have another chance to prove himself against a top-ranked opponent.
Just who that is remains to be seen. A bout with T.J. Grant when he returns from his concussion would be a high profile match for Cerrone. Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov still sits without an opponent after being rumored to be facing both Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz.
That's the fight UFC should look to make. Nurmagomedov's Sambo would be an excellent contrast to Cerrone's kickboxing. If Cerrone can finally get past a big name fighter, he'll realize his sizeable potential in a very tough division.
Martins won't lose too much footing in the loss. While it may have been devastating, it was only his second UFC bout and Martins was facing a very tough challenge. He'll get matched up against a lower-level top 20 type of fighter to hopefully get a confidence-building win under his belt. The former Jungle Fight interim champion still has a chance to be a contender in UFC, but he needs to get to work.
Donald Cerrone continued to prove he has renewed fire with a highlight reel knockout of Adriano Martins at UFC on FOX 10. It was a great win, but will ‘Cowboy' repeat his past mistakes by earning a huge fight only to fail?