Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, fighting for about the 20th time this year. Rick Story, who’s had some highs and lows during a long career in the Octagon, but still manages to be one of the toughest, most dangerous men in the cage. Yeah, this one should be good.
Story comes out swinging, and Cowboy ducks down and snags a single-leg takedown – two things that show that these guys can do what the other one usually does best, and do it well, too. The duo scrambles up and Story nails a takedown himself, and he’s instantly forced to fend off triangle- and armbar attempts. Soon he passes to side-control, Cerrone turtles, eats some punches, and they’re up. The final two minutes of the round are slower and more methodical, with Cowboy picking away with kicks and punches while Story catches his breath.
Two minutes. That’s how long it takes for Cerrone to hone in on Story’s openings and put him away. It starts with a jab to the body, then a punch to the head, and when Story turns Cowboy nails him with a kick to the face. Story stumbles, and Cerrone unloads, stopping only when his foe is on the ground and the referee is saying “no mas”.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Rick Story via TKO (Punches) at 2:02, R2