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UFC: RDA demolishes Cerrone early in the 1st round; tells McGregor he owns 155lb division

Rafael dos Anjos beats Donald Cerrone in Indy. Photo via UFC.com.
Rafael dos Anjos beats Donald Cerrone in Indy. Photo via UFC.com.

Champion Rafael dos Anjos was just too much for #2 Donald Cerrone. Early in the first round, the Brazilian landed a jab that immediately made Cerrone’s nose bleed. He followed it with a powerful knee to the body and then a kick to the body that sent Cerrone to the fence. Rafael continued the punishment with combinations of punches that Cerrone had little defense to. After a quick clinch, Cerrone tried to take the fight to the ground, but ended on his knees being punched by the champion. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and called the TKO with only 66s. As Dana White and Conor McGregor’s coach said, the Irish man should be RDA’s next opponent. It’s safe to say Conor will have a tough time doing it. “Hey, Mr. McGregor, I’m the owner of this division. If you want to come here, I’ll fight you in Brazil, in Ireland, wherever. You better stay at 145lb. Im here to stay.”

Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos In the co-main event, Alistair Overeem beat Junior dos Santos by TKO in the 2nd round. After a slow first round when both fighters were very cautious, Overeem landed a beautiful left hook on JDS’s chin. The Brazilian fell to the ground and the referee stopped the fight after Overeem punished Junior with some hammer fists that encountered no defense.

Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson

In another great fight this evening, Nate Diaz defeated Michael Johnson in the 155lb division. With great boxing, Diaz landed several jabs with the right hand followed by powerful straight punches with the left to punish Johnson and secure the unanimous decision win. After the fight, as expected, Diaz took the mic and made his plea for a fight against Conor McGregor, the newly-crowned 145lb champion who is allegedely moving up to Diaz’ division: “I’m the real fight, man! Stop taking that easy fights you win at the press conference!”

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