Donald Cerrone bounced back from his December title loss to Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday night, taking out Alex Oliveira in the first round at UFC Fight Night 83.
The main event bout was booked on short notice after Tim Means was pulled from the card due to a failed drug test, and Oliveira early on seemed to be game challenge under the circumstances. Oliveira was getting the better of a number of striking exchanges during the opening minutes, but things turned quickly once Cerrone scored a well-timed takedown.
Working from an open half guard, Cerrone quickly passed to mount, swung his leg up to set up a triangle choke, then turned it over and forced an almost immediate tap. It came so quickly referee Mario Yamasaki wasn’t ready for it, forcing Oliveira to continue tapping while Cerrone asked Yamasaki if he was going to stop it.
After the fight, the UFC put up a graphic showing Cerrone joining Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with 22 wins combined in UFC/WEC/Pride/Strikeforce history, good for a tie at fourth overall under those banners. For Oliveira, the loss snaps a three fight winning streak he’d put together since his UFC debut loss.
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