UFC on Versus 5 Results: Donald Cerrone Defeats Charles Oliveira
Suffice it to say youth was NOT served when the young Brazilian, Charles Oliveira, stepped into the Octagon opposite Donald Cerrone. The Cowboy, almost seven years the elder of Do Bronx, promised to put on a Muay Thai clinic and that's precisely what the American did.
He used an assortment of leg kicks, biting knees and crisp punches to put Oliveira on the defensive early. The Brazilian tried to hang with the American striker and was doing a decent job in terms of trading volume, but the power disparity eventually caught up with the bright prospect.
Cerrone's superior strength simply overwhelmed Do Bronx, pushing him to the brink with a salvo of punches—including a soul-crusher to the torso—and then shoving him over with a bruising knee to the face. That knee pretty much sealed the deal, but a withering combination of punches to the turtled Oliveira gets official credit for drawing the stoppage from referee Mario Yamasaki.
Donald Cerrone defeats Charles Oliveira by TKO (punches) at 3:01 of the first round.
Charles Oliveira may still be a little green and unpolished at the age of 21, but he's already a respected figure on the lightweight landscape. The kid looked like an unstoppable holy terror until suffering his first loss at the hands of top 155-pound contender, Jim Miller.
So it's no small accomplishment that Donald Cerrone stopped the Brazilian so quickly, especially considering it's the Cowboy's first knockout of any variety in his 19-bout career that started back in 2006.
The lightweight division has quickly become arguably the UFC's most hotly contested weight class so Cerrone needed to make a loud statement against a tough competitor.
Consider that mission accomplished and consider Donald Cerrone—undefeated since coming over from the WEC—near the front of rugged line for a lightweight title shot.
He's not quite at the front, but he's gotta be getting close.
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