Last night at UFC on Fox 23, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal defeated Donald Cerrone by TKO in Cowboy’s hometown of Denver — twice.
Veteran mixed martial arts official Herb Dean initially halted the contest at 4:59 of the very first round after Masvidal dropped “Cowboy” with a series of quick counter punches, hammer fists, and several follow up shots on the ground. The Denver crowd was too loud though and Dean had erroneously thought that the bell sounded before he waved off the fight, allowing the fight to advance to the second round.
“I looked into his soul, and he wasn’t there,” said Masvidal
Cerrone was clearly out on his stool between rounds, but he couldn’t recover from the beating he took at the end of the first round. Coach Greg Jackson probably should have thrown in the towel to protect Cerrone from further damage in between rounds, but instead he did his best keep “Cowboy” in the fight. Masvidal finished the fight via TKO just one minute into round 2.
“I’m not complaining. I’ll take the double knockout, you know, not a lot of people get those in MMA,” said Masvidal at the UFC on Fox 23 post-fight show on FS1. Even though he was only given a $50,000 performance bonus for one of those knockouts — Masvidal issued a big money challenge to UFC President Dana White during his post-fight interview with Brian Stann.
“Dana White, bring me somebody that can beat me. You can’t find nobody that could beat me, take me up on the bet Dana — all I got to say”
Masvidal has now put together a three-fight win streak in the UFC Welterweight division, and will likely find himself ranked in the top 10 after he handed “Cowboy” his first loss in the 170-pound division.
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