There was a lot of heat leading up to the Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone co-main event bout at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem in Las Vegas. But all the trash talking and pushing and shoving was nothing compared to the fireworks in the Octagon on Friday night.
Cerrone burst across the cage from the opening bell, but Diaz immediately took control.
Utilizing that lazy looking, pawing boxing style that his brother, Nick, also utilizes, Nate put his mitts in Cerrone’s face early and often. It didn’t take long to see that the accumulation of punches were having an effect on Cerrone, taking “Cowboy” out of the saddle for the majority of the opening round.
Cerrone came back stronger in the second round, starting to find some range for his kicking arsenal, but as soon as he started any sort of rhythm, Diaz threw a series of punches take the pacing of the fight back to where he wanted it.
The third round was an explosion of fisticuffs, both fighters throwing everything they had at the other, although neither could find the detonation button.
Diaz’s perpetual punches dominated the better part of the fight, however, earning him the unanimous nod from the judges.
Both fighters went home with a little extra, each earning a $75,000 bonus for their UFC 141 Fight of the Night performance.