UFC Fight Night 27’s co-main event saw lightweights Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone square off in the Octagon. Dos Anjos would take a big step forward in Indianapolis, Indiana with an impressive victory tonight at the Bank Life Fieldhouse.
Dos Anjos Bests Cerrone
Rafael dos Anjos was a man on a mission tonight in Indy. The Brazilian set the tone early with a crushing knockdown of Donald Cerrone in the first round. While Dos Anjos would press to finish, Cerreone recovered quick and forced the Brazilian to mind his guard. The rest of the fight saw Dos Anjos get the better of Cerrone by a small but distinct margin. The victory is the Brazilian’s fifth victory in a row and firmly puts him in the title picture at 155-pounds.
Rd. 1- Big Dan Miraglotta is our referee tonight. Cerrone opens the fight with tough leg kicks. RDA responds by attacking the body with a kick of his own. Nice exchange by both fighters here. Teeps to the body now by both men. RDA lands a big combo but Cerrone lands a big knee. Cerrone catches a kick and lands a few of his own before releasing it. RDA with a nice combo. Cerrone is wearing the damage already below his right eye. Massive right hook by RDA floors Cerrone and RDA is all over him but Cerrone threatens with a triangle as he recovers and RDA backs out briefly before reestablishing half guard. Cerrone recovers guard and attacks with the triangle but RDA passes it before Cerrone recovers. guard again. RDA is landing short elbows now and then he lands a pair of massive ones. More elbows by RDA as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Dos Anjos.
Rd. 2- Cerrone a bit more tanative to start the round as RDA stalks him down. Nice body ti head combo by RDA. Cerrone is telegraphing his shots but he opens up a cut on RDA. RDA with a big knee and the crowd responds. Cerrone surprises RDA with a takedown of his own into half guard. RDA tries a sweep but Cerrone neutralizes it by hooking the leg. Cerrone tires a guillotine but it allows RDA back up. RDA controls the clinch but takes a knee to the body on the way out. Hook glances off Cerrone’s head. RDA drops to a double and he gets it with 50-ticks left in the round. Fighters are battling for position in Cerrone’s guard. Short shots by RDA and he stands and tries another shot as the round ends but Cerrone defends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Dos Anjos (20-18).
Rd. 3- Huge legkick lands from Cerrone but RDA responds withe a head kick. Inside leg kick by RDA. Cerrone is rebuffed on a takedown but lands a slapping hook on the exit. Body kick by RDA. Cerrone just looks too tight here. Big body kick by Cerrone. RDA’s face is starting to wear damage around his left eye. RDA uses a Cerrone kick to shoot a double but Cowboy refuses to go down easy. RDA lets it go and avoids the counter. Nice legkick by Cerrone but he eats a hard right. Step knee to the body by Cowboy. Dos Anjos is bleeding hard now and Cerrone opens up RDA. High-C attempt by RDA is stuffed with a minute left. Crowd is really getting behind Cerrone with 0:45 left now. Big combo by RDA. RDA just circles away from Cerrone as the round ends with Cowboy trying an errant flying knee. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Cerrone but the fight to Dos Anjos (29-28).
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)