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Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha

Main Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA

Donald Cerrone defeats Vagner Rocha via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone
Mmaweekly large Vagner "Ceará" Rocha

Round 3

Donald Cerrone Vagner Rocha

"Cowboy" "Ceará"

14-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   6-1-0
Climbed to 15-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 6-2
-800 (Huge Favorite)   Betting Odds   +500 (Heavy Underdog)
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
Albuquerque, New Mexico   Fighting out of   Pembroke Pines, Florida
28 years, 2 months, 1 week, 6 days   Age at Fight   29 years, 5 days
155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
6'1" (185cm)   Height   5'10" (179cm)
73.0" (185cm)   Reach   73.0" (185cm)
Kid Rock - Cowboy   Walkout Music  
BMF Ranch   Gym   Team Popovitch Academy
UFC 131
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 131: Carwin vs. Dos Santos
  • Date: Saturday 06.11.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 12)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Cerrone Total Disclosed Pay: $40,000
  • Rocha Total Disclosed Pay: $6,000
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Cerrone vs. Rocha Wiki Update Wiki

In the first UFC 131 bout to air on the pay per view main card, Vagner Rocha took on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a lightweight contest. Cerrone came into the bout 7-3-1 in his prior UFC and WEC bouts, while Rocha was making his UFC debut.

Donald Cerrone immediately came out and landed a low kick and then another which caught Rocha in the groin. The fight restarted quickly with Cerrone going right back to the kicks. Vagner Rocha came in looking for a takedown but was met with a knee. On his next attempt he succeeded in putting Cerrone on his back, but Cerrone immediately attacked for a submission and was able to get back to his feet. Rocha tenaciously went for a single leg that Cerrone escaped from. Rocha connected on a couple of nice strikes but more volume came from Cerrone on the feet. A nice kick-punch combination landed from Cerrone and then a nice sprawl left Rocha falling nearly face-first to the canvas. Rocha started to look desperate to get the fight to the ground and Cerrone caught a kick and tripped him to the mat. The low kicks accumulated on Rocha and it was a clear advantage for Cerrone after round 1.

In round two Cerrone went back to his low kick attack until Rocha shot in for a takedown, momentarily had Cerrone down, but lost hold and had to contend with the standup game again. Rocha was able to land a nice right hand that halted Cerrone for a brief second. The Cowboy planted a nice punch to the head right as Rocha shot for another takedown, Cerrone almost got caught in the dangerous guard of Rocha, and then stood up and out. The desperation showed on Rocha's face as he was battered standing and unable to turn it into a grappling match.

Cerrone hit a front kick early in round three and easily sprawled away from Rocha's telegraphed shots. Rocha threw a flying knee that partially landed, yet he mostly was forced to backpedal. A big low kick from Cerrone had Rocha stumbling in pain and time ticked away with Cerrone dominantly striking away with devastating kicks and punches against an overmatched opponent.

The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, 30-26, all in favor of Donald Cerrone. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Cerrone commented, "Not fighting the way I wanted to fight was frustrating... I wanted to get down... I'm sorry I fought to not lose rather than to win."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:43 PM ET
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Cerrone vs. Rocha Fighter Tweets

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