After all, not only are Cerrone and Henderson friends, but the fight was extremely competitive. So much so, not everyone agreed with the unanimous decision victory “Cowboy” was awarded.
Well, while speaking to FOX Sports after the bout, here is what Cerrone had to say about the fight:
“This is a hard victory for me to celebrate. I could tell we’re both very timid in there. It sucks. I’m friends with him. I love the dude, we grew up together. I needed to prepare for him and I didn’t. I need a better training camp for him.”
Yes. Taking on a former lightweight champ, and on two weeks notice, isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. FOX Sports commentator, and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, doesn’t think that Cerrone won the fight (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“It was a very tactical fight. Henderson was back to his old ways, scoring points. It was close fight. I gave it to Henderson. They [the judges] gave it to the Cowboy.”
Decision aside, Cerrone also relayed in the post-fight presser that he plans to take a little time off, and that he believes a bout with fellow contender Khabib Nurmagomedov could be next. The 31 year-old Cerrone has fought six times now since January, 2014. The last time the Jacksons’ MMA fighter was defeated was in August, 2013, when he was decisioned by Rafael dos Anjos.
UFC FN 59 was hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena.