UFC Fight Night Denver on Saturday night saw two of the most memorable moments you will find on a televised card, or just about any card for that matter.
Cerrone taps Perry, Winkeljohn fires back
In the second from the top spot, Donald Cerrone defeated Mike Perry with a first-round armbar. The fight had a good deal of bad blood heading into the fight, largely due to Cerrone’s exit from the Jackson-Winkeljohn fight camp. Cerrone got his revenge, brought his baby into the cage and it was a fantastic feel-good moment.
Perry revealed in a tweet Saturday night that his arm was broken by Cerrone during the sequence. The revelation is not too surprising as Cerrone appeared to be wrenching pretty hard on the belly down armbar. Cerrone wasn’t surprised either.
Good job @Cowboycerrone you broke my damn arm
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 11, 2018
“I felt it pop before I went belly down,” Cerrone told media after the fight (via MMA Fighting). “So the rest was just tearing the chicken wing off, yeah. I was taking it home with me.”
While the fight provided a definitive finish to the feud between Cerrone and Perry, the war of words between Cerrone and his former coach Mike Winkeljohn continues.
Winkeljohn took to Instagram today to offer his thoughts on the man who just defeated his fighter.
“Any gym owner would tell you cancer has to be removed,” he said in a video post. “It’s removed. The gym has no drama. It’s a happy place. I’m a happy guy. With that being said, I really wish Mike Perry had not taken ‘Cowboy’ down.”
Perry probably wishes that too.
Yair-Korean Zombie instant classic
The evening’s main event featuring Yair Rodriguez taking on “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung was an instant classic. Even before the finish, it was an entertaining, competitive fight. I had Jung up four rounds to none heading into the fifth. Two of the three judges cageside had Jung up 39-37 after four rounds with one judge having it even at 38-38. If Jung had survived that last second before the elbow from nowhere knocked him out, he would have won the fight.
Jung made a Facebook post offering no excuses and saying it’s “a shame” but that he’ll be back.
Rodriquez meanwhile, was taken to hospital following the fight. He gave a statement, and was complimentary towards Jung and was grateful for the short notice opportunity (translated by MMA Fighting).
“It was a short notice fight, it’s been a very rough time in my life and career in the last few months, but I’m very happy to be able to have my job and my loved ones with me. I’m very happy to have your support and I hope it remains that way. I hope you guys liked the fight, right now I’m here (at the hospital) about to take X-rays of my feet and nose. My respects to ‘Korean Zombie,’ he’s a warrior and I send him all my respect, love and appreciation and to his team as well. Greetings to all the people in Korea, God bless.”
The finish to Saturday’s main event will go down as one of the wildest and memorable in UFC history. On a night celebrating UFC’s 25th anniversary, the last two fights were a fitting one-two punch to honor the promotion’s history.