Rafael Dos Anjos earns dominant decision over Donald Cerrone

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Ultimate Fight Night 27 co-main event featured a lightweight bout between perennial top five fighter Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos.

The frame opened as many expected. Both fighters used strong head movement and footwork to potshot the other, but it wasn’t until a right hook from dos Anjos that cracked Cerrone that things got interesting. The Brazilian followed Cerrone to the mat, avoided the American’s best submission attempts, controlled top position and landed a series of hard elbows while Cerrone could only defend underneath.

Cerrone changed things up in the second, but only after it appeared round two would mirror round one. Cerrone eventually scored a trip takedown, but was able to do much with it. With about 45 seconds left in the frame, dos Anjos turned the tables and put the American on his back as he tried to recapture what he earned at the end of the first frame.

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Rafael Dos Anjos Vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Rafael Dos Anjos Rafael Dos Anjos
Height 5′ 7″ (170.18 cm)
Weight 156 (70.76 kg)
Record 19-5-0


Name Donald Cerrone Donald Cerrone
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 155 (70.31 kg)
Record 19-6-0
-Rafael dos Anjos defeated Donald Cerrone by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)