Donald Cerrone and Adriano Martins were looking to make a statement tonight for the UFC on Fox 10 card. Both of these lightweights have put together some impressive wins in their career, but it was all on the line tonight. Cerrone was looking to prove he’s still an elite fighter, a fighter that has the skills to fight for the belt.
Cerrone timed a beautiful head kick, which landed flush on Martins. Martins was out as soon as the head kick landed, and Cerrone showed true class by not punching Martins after the kick. Cerrone knew the fight was over as soon as he landed the kick, and it’s one of Cerrone’s most impressive finishes in his UFC tenure. The finish came in the first round, and it couldn’t have gone any better for him tonight.
Martins was coming into this fight hungry and ready to get a win over a top 10 opponent, but none of this mattered to Cerrone. He knew he had the skills to beat Martins, and this proved to be the case tonight. Cerrone is now on a two-fight winning streak, and he’s back on track in the lightweight division, a division that is one of the most stacked in the UFC.
Cerrone will be looking to get a high-profile fight, and a bout that makes a lot of sense for him now is a rematch with Nate Diaz. Diaz was able to beat Cerrone in the first bout, landing more shots, but the Cerrone that fought Diaz seemed very lethargic in the cage. Cerrone seems to have his fire and passion back, and it’s really allowing him to open up in terms of his striking.