Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone tenderized, brutalized and punished Vagner Rocha’s lead leg on his way to a one-sided unanimous decision win to kick off UFC 131’s pay-per-view broadcast.
Rocha stepped into the Vancouver show for his UFC debut after Mac Danzig was forced off the card with an injury. A student of famed jiu-jitsu instructor Pablo Popovitch, Rocha came into the fight and tried briefly to throw hands with Cerrone and it backfired immediately.
Cerrone’s kickboxing was just too much once he established his thunderous kick that just blasted Rocha’s lead leg. With precision, Cerrone pinpointed his kicks and absolutely obliterated Rocha’s leg for the better part of 15 minutes.
Once his leg was damaged, Rocha could hold hope he could somehow drag Cerrone to the ground, but it never happened. Instead, he’ll go home with a bruise on his leg that looks a lot like Donald Cerrone’s right shin.
The scores were a clean sweep for Cerrone who picks up his 2nd win in the Octagon since moving over from the WEC. Despite the lopsided win, Cerrone was critical on his performance for not going out and finishing Rocha within the distance.
“Not fighting the way I wanted to fight frustrated me. I was holding back and not doing what I wanted to do,” Cerrone said after the win.
“I wanted to (expletive) the kick and throw the (expletive) down. Everyone was talking he had good submissions, I didn’t want to get taken down and get submitted. I’m sorry I fought to not lose, not to win. I apologize.”
Regardless of his words, Cerrone dominated and showed once again he is going to be a touch match-up for anyone in the lightweight division.