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Watch: Donald Cerrone Brings An End To Lengthy Skid With First-Round TKO Finish In Austin

Donald Cerrone brought an end to the first three-fight skid of his storied career on Sunday night in Austin, Texas, as he finished Yancy Medeiros via TKO with just two seconds remaining in the very first round of the UFC Fight Night 126 main event.

After making the move up from lightweight to welterweight, Cerrone won four straight fights in 2016, but 2017 brought a very different run of form for the popular ‘Cowboy’. In January of last year, Cerrone was stopped inside two rounds by the always dangerous Jorge Masvidal. He followed that up by dropping a close decision to former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in July before suffering his second stoppage defeat of the year at the hands of Darren Till just three months later.

However, despite his recent poor form, Cerrone was as game as ever when the UFC came calling about a fight with the surging Yancy Medeiros, who was on a three-fight winning streak.

Cerrone didn’t get off to the best start against Medeiros, as he struggled to find his rhythm and timing against the aggressive Hawaiian. The 34-year-old veteran took several hard right hands to the head in the middle stages of the first round, as well as some decent shots to the body. Cerrone, however, began to figure things out in the second half of the stanza and his own right hands started to land with increasing regularity.

As the pair broke away from a clinch against the fence with about thirty seconds remaining in the round, Cerrone landed a sneaky, stiff right hand. Moments later, another Cerrone right, this time delivered amidst a barrage of punches from Medeiros, produced the reaction ‘Cowboy’ was looking for. Medeiros’ legs completely betrayed him and he stumbled to the centre of the octagon where he collapsed on his face. ‘Cowboy’ pounced and landed several follow-up strikes that brought a timely intervention from referee Herb Dean at 4:58 of the first round.

Cerrone and Medeiros were respectful of each other throughout the build-up to this fight. Medeiros even gifted Cerrone a new cowboy hat at the weigh-in.

The trend continued on Sunday night.

During the bout, when Medeiros slipped, Cerrone allowed him to stand-up without throwing a single shot. The pair embraced right there in the heat of battle. It was a wonderful moment, but it was trumped post-fight when Medeiros received warm consolation from Cerrone’s grandmother at cageside.

The win was Cerrone’s 20th in the UFC, which means he is now tied for most victories in the promotion with Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. His record now stands at 33-10 with 1 no contest overall.

Medeiros drops to 15-5 with 1 no contest as a pro.

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