RDA needed just over a minute to put away Cerrone with a vicious series of strikes. Since Cerrone had won eight straight fights, and had impressed in many of those outings, many believed “Cowboy” was going to be a stiff test for the champ in the rematch.
After the devastating loss, here’s some of what Cerrone had to say about his performance at the post-fight presser (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Sometimes you just don’t show up to work, so you get your ass kicked,” Cerrone said. “Hat’s off to the son of a (expletive). He did what he had to do. … The knee is what started it. Then he put a great onslaught of punches on me. He did a great job overwhelming me, and he did what he had to do to remain champ. Sometimes you just don’t show up, and in our profession, that’s a bad day.”
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Cerrone. Look for the perennial contender to remain a big presence in the division.