UFC 141 Results: What We Learned from Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IDecember 31, 2011

Nate Diaz just made a big statement in the lightweight by defeating the highly-regarded Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision.

It was the biggest fight of Diaz' career and the most impressive performance he's ever given.

Cerrone was a game opponent and stayed in the fight until the very end, but Diaz' boxing proved too much to overcome, as Diaz was able to land at will for much of the fight.

The was not totally one-sided, Cerrone did land a solid amount of strikes, kicks in particular, but not often enough.


What We'll Remember About This Fight

Everything—what a great fight.

It was a three-round stand up war between two amazing fighters, approaching the primes of their careers.

From the beginning to the end, it was an exciting fight to watch.


What We Learned About Nate Diaz

He's a contender in the lightweight division.

It's been a long time coming, but Diaz is finding his stride in the lightweight division and another win will put him into title contention.

The guys at the top of the division better watch out because Diaz' long reach, efficient boxing and tight ground game makes him a threat to anyone in the division.


What We Learned About Donald Cerrone

He might have a bit too much pride.

On many occasions throughout the fight, Cerrone swept Diaz with leg kicks. If he had followed him to the ground and got on top, he could have won the fight.

Instead, he decided to let Diaz up each time and try to win the fight standing.


What's Next for Nate Diaz

From here, Nate Diaz moves on to the highest echelon of the division.

The winner of Jim Miller versus Melvin Guillard is a possibility. Fights with Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon would also make sense.


What's Next for Donald Cerrone

Despite tonight's loss, Cerrone still belongs at the top of the division.

A fight with Anthony Pettis could be next.


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