Round 1: Cerrone and Rocha started out with Cerrone throwing a nice lowkick, the landed a kick to Rocha’s groin. Fight stopped for just a moment and continued. Cerrone landed a couple more legkicks, but Rocha put him on his back. After going for a submission from his back, Cerrone returned to his feet and went back to the leg kicks. Rocha fakes a knee and lands a right hand halfway through the round. Cerrone utilizing the legkicks very well and switches it up for a moment, employing a lead-leg headlock. Rocha comes forward and tries to get the takedown, but Cerrone sees it coming and prevents it. The round ends with Cerrone getting the edge on the feet.
Round 2: Rocha comes out of his corner limping and Cerrone still attacks the lead leg. Rocha shoots in for the takedown and gets Cerrone down, but just for a second. Cerrone gets right back up and the two clinch against the cage. Separated, Cerrone goes back to landing lowkicks on Rocha’s lead leg. Rocha comes forward and eats a strong jab, putting him on his back for a moment before returning to a standing fight. Rocha’s limp looking more obvious as the round goes and shoos in for a takedown, but gets it stopped. The round ends with Cerrone winning the five-minute period.
Round 3: Cerrone lands a strong frontkick and follows that up with another lowkick to the lead leg. Rocha shoots in for another takedown, but Cerrone sprawls. Rocha lands a right hand, but it didn’t do much damage. Rocha gets his leg caught be Cerrone when jumping forward. Cerrone kicks out Rocha’s back leg and he goes down, but Cerrone lets him back up. Rocha slid under Cerrone to pull guard, but it didn’t work and the fight stays standing. Cerrone picking his shots at this point and the round ends with Cerrone dominating it.
Official call: Donald Cerrone defeats Vagner Rocha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)