Another fight at Welterweight, and another win for Donald Cerrone (30-7).
Cerrone defeated Patrick Cote (23-10) by technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 89 earlier tonight (Sat. June 18, 2016) inside TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada.
The official time of the stoppage came at 2:35 of the third round.
The victory was number 17 for Cerrone in his UFC career, which began at UFC 126 in February of 2011.
Cerrone, 34, landed an early takedown and set up shop inside the guard of Cote. The Canadian attacked with an omniplata, but Cerrone scrambled back to his feet. Cerrone landed a second takedown after setting it up with a few strikes beforehand. "Cowboy" used an underhook while inside Cote's half guard to maintain control. He quickly transitioned to the back of Cote and secured a body triangle and nearly ended the bout with a rear-naked choke attempt, but Cote managed to survive.
In the second, Cerrone unleashed an arsenal of low kicks, which instantly impacted the fight. Cerrone began finding his rhythm and mixed up his kicks with crisp punching combinations throughout the round. The Colorado native connected on a huge left hook, which sent Cote crashing to the canvas, but he would recover.
Cerrone dropped Cote for a second time at the start of the third round with another left hook, but he did not follow up on the ground. He was content to just continue picking Cote apart on the feet.
The end would come a few seconds later as Cerrone landed another left hook, followed by a pair of right hands that put Cote on his back for the final time. The Jackson's MMA-trained fighter landed in mount, and finished Cote off with huge right hands until referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to wave the bout off.
Impressive win for Cerrone, who simply looked outstanding. He has now won two straight at 170 pounds and is now 17-4 in UFC competition.
Cote, 36, drops to 6-3 in defeat and has his three-fight winning streak snapped.
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