There was no bro hug or glove touch to start this one, as the trash talk that transpired between the two before the fight had the level of animosity cranked up pretty high. Once the two met in the center of the Octagon, it was the Anthony Pettis show. He attempted a cartwheel kick and a showtime knee off the cage before seeing his true opening, Cerrone's body.
Cerrone's hands were held high and Pettis capitalized, driving his left shin directly into the liver of Cerrone. The kick left Cerrone crumpled in a ball on the mat, bringing the referee in for the stoppage.
The powerful kick earned the praise of UFC president Dana White, who said in the post-fight press conference that Pettis had earned the right to face the winner of the upcoming Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez UFC lightweight title bout.
In addition to earning the title shot, the TKO win put some extra money in Pettis' bank account, as he took home "Knockout of the Night" honors for the first-round stoppage.
Trent Reinsmith is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.