Donald Cerrone moved to welterweight in 2016. That change came after he lost a lightweight title fight to Rafael dos Anjos in late 2015. Cerrone was unsure if he would stay at 170 pounds, but after he went 4-0 with four finishes, Cerrone had to be thinking the move had paid off, especially since he had won three fight-night bonus awards during that stretch.
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Things abruptly went south for Cerrone in January 2017 when Jorge Masvidal knocked him out 60-seconds into their meeting on the UFC on FOX 23 card. When Cerrone lined up against Mike Perry in November 2018, he was on a 1-4 run and not all that far removed from the first losing skid of his MMA career. Cerrone needed a win.
The odds favored Perry in this matchup. Perry, who was coming off a split decision win over Paul Felder, was a -205 favorite over Cerrone, who was coming off a decision loss to Leon Edwards, was a +165 underdog.
The fight was a bit of a grudge match. Not so much between the fighters, but between Cerrone and Jackson-Wink MMA. That gym, which Cerrone had trained with for a long time, decided it wanted to work with Perry instead of Cerrone. With that, Cerrone split with his coaches.
Cerrone seemed to wait on Perry to launch a powerful striking attack. Instead, Perry fought with a calmness we weren’t used to seeing inside the octagon. When Perry decided to shot for a takedown late in the round, it was shocking. What wasn’t a surprise was that the attempt failed.
Cerrone, who is an outstanding ground fighter, worked to secure a submission, but he slipped off Perry’s back. That didn’t deter Cerrone in the least, and he quickly switched to an armbar, which he locked in. With that, Perry was forced to tap.
The fight ended at the 4:46 mark of Round 1 and earned Cerrone another post-fight bonus award.
After that win, Cerrone returned to lightweight. The former lightweight title challenger is 2-2 during his current run at 155 pounds. He is coming off two TKO losses in his two most recent fights.
At UFC 246, Cerrone looks to play spoiler when he meets Conor McGregor in a welterweight matchup in the main event of the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Before that fight takes place, watch Cerrone submit Mike Perry in the first round of their matchup.
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