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He may not be a pay-per-view behemoth, but Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has got fans, and he earned each and every one of them with blood, sweat and tears. But the years and their cruel toll have made wins harder to come by, putting the UFC in a tough spot with their fan-favorite star: Do they give him easy fights? Or do they let up-and-comers make their own names off his fading legend?
For the main event of UFC Fight Night 126, they’ve done neither. Instead, they’ve pitted him against a veteran with a good bit of upside in Yancy Medeiros, who will swing hard and play to Cowboy’s strengths, and just as easily win as lose.
If the weigh-ins told us anything, it’s that love and respect abound with these two, and it’s apparent once they step into the cage.
Oh sure, Cowboy has his game face on, and Medeiros is pulling no punches (or kicks) in the exchanges, but when the Hawaiian slips and tumbles to the canvas, Cerrone doesn’t pounce; he lets Medeiros up, and the two share a grin and a hug.
But they’re swinging hard after that, and though at first it seems like Cerrone is having trouble gauging Medeiros’ timing, eventually he starts clipping him. One such punch lands square on Medeiros’ noggin’, forcing him to do the Funky Chicken before face-planting. This time Cerrone does pounce, and the ensuing storm of punches has the referee stepping in mere moments before the end of the round.
Cowboy has finally gotten another win.
Results: Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Punches) at 4:48, R1
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In a division ruled by the likes of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, it’s tough to carve out a niche. But Derrick Lewis has done just that, mixing personality with aggression, and cementing himself as one of the elite.
Polish fighter Marcin Tybura hasn’t quite joined that distinguished group of heavyweights, but to his credit, he took former champ Fabricio Werdum to a decision in his last bout. (A decision he lost, of course.)
This is your UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event, folks.
Lewis kicks things off by hitting a takedown and making Tybura feel all of his weight – a smart tactic, but one that soon backfires when Tybura turns the tables and winds up on top and in mount. Lewis rolls, and when Tybura takes his back he shimmies until the Polish fighter falls off. Rinse and repeat, and you have a first round that’s the epitome of “back and forth”.
Apparently happy with being in top position, Tybura manages to get Lewis down and keep him there for much of the second, and this time there’s no shimmy-ing him off.
Then comes Round 3, and Lewis’ sudden “go for broke” flurry while Tybura has his back to the fence. Once, twice, three times Lewis connects, and when Tybura eats one square in the chops, he finally falls to his hands and knees. From there it’s Hammerfist Time, and the ref has no choice but to jump in.
Results: Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Punches) at 2:48, R3
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