Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone dominated former EliteXC champion K.J. Noons en route to claiming an unanimous decision on the main card at UFC 160 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
A tally of 102 significant strikes to Noons’ 58 helped Cerrone claim the judges decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
Cerrone, a dominant kickboxer, showed his abilities on the feet, on the mat, and in the ever-improving wrestling department, although Noons gave it everything he had to stay in the fight.
Noons, 30, who was strong with his leg kicks and jab in the opening round, began to tire in round two as Cerrone showed off his ground game, which has been underestimated in the past. Cowboy pounded a bloody Noons on the mat, notching up his third win from his last four outings in the UFC Octagon.
“Today I tried to work my takedowns. I feel good,” Cerrone said. “My grandma called me today and said, ‘Cowboy, there’s a bunch of guys out there watching tonight wishing they could be you, do you want to be you today?’ I said, ‘Yeah grandma, I do.’”
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