Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza
Round 1: They touch gloves and immediately go at it Barboza lands a right hand that hurts Cerrone. Cerrone tries to take Barboza down. Barboza shakes off the takedown attempt. Barboza steps in with a jab. Cerrone presses forward. Barboza is the faster of the two at his point in the fight. Cerrone lands a jab. He lands a right hand and Barboza counters with a left. Cerrone lands an outside leg kick. He checks one as Barboza fires back. Barboza lands a big combination. Barboza delivers a spinning back kick to the body. He lands his jab. He goes to the body with a kick. Cerrone checks a kick and lands a jab. Cerrone lands a stiff jab that knocks Barboza down. Cerrone pounces on him and sinks in a rear naked choke. Barboza taps out. What a turn of events.
The official time of the submission was 3:15 of the first round.
“I definitely wish I could’ve gotten that win without taking so much damage from him at first. The shots he hit me with finally woke me up and I kind of snapped out of it. But I was finally able to hit him with some good shots and that last one sent him down. I scrambled to get his back and lock in the rear-naked choke and he wasn’t getting out of that.”