Darren Till cruised to a first round, stoppage win over Donald Cerrone yesterday at UFC Fight Night 118. But Mike Perry believes the one sided loss was on account of Cerrone’s poor performance, rather than Till’s abilities.
From the opening horn, Till beat Cerrone to the punch, and the latter attempted to take the fight to the floor. Till wasn’t having it, however, and after he stunned Cerrone with a hard left and a standing elbow, he finished the deal with a swarm of punches.
Perry was in attendance at the Gdansk card, and proceeded to rush the cage, when Till called him out during his post-fight interview. After cooler heads prevailed, Perry spoke with UFC commentators Dan Hardy and John Gooden, and “Platinum” had this to say about the fight (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Yeah, he looked good against Donald — against Donald Cerrone,” Perry said. “Not against ‘The Cowboy.’ That’s not the ‘Cowboy’ that wins fights. That’s the Donald that shows up. I wasn’t happy with Donald’s performance. I’ve seen him fight a lot better. Darren didn’t get a tough fighter tonight, he got someone who gave up in the first round. You know that’s not what we’re gonna see with me.”
“I’m ready to fight right now, man,” Perry added. “I wish I could have got in that cage with him, in that Octagon. But you know, it doesn’t work like that. We gotta be professionals about this, we’ve gotta sign the paperwork and we’re gonna make it happen. I’m pretty sure that it’s gonna go down. I look forward to it, but first I’ve got work to do first with Santiago Ponzinibbio in Winnipeg, Canada.”
There’s likely a lot of people who agree with Perry here, in regards to Cerrone’s performance. After all, we are talking about a guy who has defeated the likes of Rick Story, Patrick Cote and Matt Brown while competing at welterweight.
But, it did seem like the plan was for Cerrone to take the fight down. Till is much bigger than Cerrone, and is a considerable threat on his feet, so, putting the British fighter on his back and testing his ground game was probably the strategy.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Cerrone. The popular and game fighter has lost three in a row now, so you have to wonder if perhaps he’ll head back to 155.