Leon Edwards Puts A Beating On Donald Cowboy Cerrone In Early Rounds
UFC Fight Night in Singapore did not disappoint with some epic battles taking place. One of the fights that went the distance was that between veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Jamaican born Brit, Leon Edwards. The stoush was always going to be a big one with the jam-packed crowd being treated to a really even fight with Edward’s defensive wrestling technique proving to be the difference in the end.
The opening round was one-sided with Edwards gaining early control. As Cerrone lunged for a takedown, his effort was thwarted by a brutal head kick from Edwards. As Cerrone was held up against the cage by Edwards he copped a nasty elbow that split above his eye.
The wound would trouble Cerrone for the remainder of the fight, covering him in blood as medics struggled to plug the cut.
Edwards, a former BAMMA Welterweight Champion won the second round as well getting the better of Cowboy in a more even contest. Edwards was able to re-open Cerrone’s right eye-wound creating more trouble for the American. The Third round went Edwards’ way too with a sickening elbow / left combination wobbling the 35-year-old. Again, the round was somewhat evenly matched, with Edwards coming through.
The final two round saw Cerrone finally hit his straps, He was able to keep distance from Edwards’ dominating elbows with cleverly timed sidekicks. The fourth round saw two successful takedowns by Cerrone but was unable to get much further than that. The two fights both went for the knockout in the last 30 seconds, but the bell saw the fight go to decision with fell unanimously in Edwards’ favour.
The win takes Edwards to a pro record of 16-3. He has now six fights on the trot with his last defeat coming way back in 2015 at the hands of Kamaru Usman. For Cerrone, a fourth loss from his last five starts sees his once-sparkling record slump to 33-11. He is still tied with GSP and Michael Bisping for most recorded wins in the UFC and says he is still energised to pursue his career to being the most successful:
“I love my job and I’m not going anywhere. This old dog still has a lot of fights left.”
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