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Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone lives up to hype as UFC 141 “Fight of the Night”

The bad blood between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone existed for months and paid off in fifteen minutes after the two lightweights slugged it out in a highly-entertaining co-headliner at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. The result saw Diaz walk away with a Unanimous Decision victory after dominating Cerrone with crisp boxing from the get go. Appropriately enough the bout was named “Fight of the Night” with each man winning an additional $75,000 on top of their regular salaries.

“Knockout of the Night” and the attached $75,000 were awarded to Johny Hendricks who became the first man to finish Jon Fitch in the Octagon. The bearded brawler laid Fitch out in twelve seconds with a perfectly timed punch that sent the AKA representative crashing backwards to the canvas.

No “Submission of the Night” honors were given as the card featured a complete lack of tap-outs.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Diaz vs. Cowboy was an entertaining fight, but to me it seemed like Cowboy dumped way too much adrenaline living up to his prediction of bolting across the cage at the start of the bout (and the wild scramble that ensued).

    He just looked lethargic in that first round and it set the tone for the rest of the fight. Not trying to discount what Nate was able to do (he might be hitting his stride right around the same time older bro Nick did as a fighter) but while entertaining this fight just didn’t show off both guys’ full capabilities IMO.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Unless Cerrone’s gameplan was to block punches with his face all night, I’m not sure what was going on. All credit to Nate for looking like a beast in there, but Cerrone looked lost. I really want to see these two guys scrap again some time soon.

  • MickeyC says:

    I think Fitches loss was Dana’s best Xmas gift. It was clear that the UFC was in no hurry to give him another title shot, and this will put them in a better position, to force a fight with KOZ.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Fitch has fought in the UFC 16 times, won 14 and had 1 title shot. By the time Randy had had 16 fights he had won 11 and had 6 title shots.

  • Sykotick says:

    Yes but Fitch is doing it NOW, when there is a shitload of talent in his division, when Randy did it, the sport didn’t have a shark tank at either Light Heavy or Heavy. Comparing those two is like comparing apples to oranges, yeah they’re both fruits but completely different

  • Lord Faust says:

    I don’t thin Fitch’s win / loss record was keeping him from another title shot. He didn’t get another title shot for the same reason Dan Hardy hasn’t been fired yet; exciting fights are preferred over just getting the “W”. I don’t necessarily agree, but let’s not pretend Fitch hadn’t rack up enough wins to get another shot.

  • Im pissed as hell about how that went down with Fitch.
    Nate and Cowboy deserved that award as none of the other fights were really competitive. Donald like most people just couldnt handle the pace that Diaz brings to the ring. That’s the long and short of it to me. He wanted to throw down but by the time he was ready to start hitting his stride Nate had just landed a few too many shots to his chin.

    and Im with you on that totally Faust….i feel bad for Jon Fitch, but he’ll always be one of my favorites for his sheer determination and grit.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    OK then Sykotik. Since Fitch joined in 2005 to the time Couture retired in April this year Couture went 6-5 for 2 title shots, Fitch went 15-1 for 1 title shot. Fitch had gone 17 wins in a row before his shot and Randy never went more than 3 for any of his 8 or so shots. Actually he only ever went 3 wins in a row once before a title shot (his first), the rest were 1 or no wins before. $ makes champions too often. Lesnar went for the highest MMA title with a record of 2-1 against a guy who went for it with a record of 5-5 in his 10 leading up to the title shot. I just dont think that should happen and imo it makes the title seem like a bit of a joke when they do that. Anyway, now I think Overeem vs Jr is a fair indication of who is really up there. If I was the one writing the script I would have official ranking points and a rule that to earn a title shot you must have faced and won agaonst at least 2 top 10s in the last 2 years before getting a shot. There would be no automatic rematch for any fighter in title shots either. Might be too difficult to organise though.


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