After dropping a tough decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos in August of 2013, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was facing the first possible two fight losing skid in his pro career when he was set to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 167: St Pierre vs Hendricks. Most people suspected that Dunham’s in your face style would prevail against the Cowboy, however the results would prove the exact opposite. Dunham’s pressure played right into the style of Cerrone, as he could unleash a wide array of strikes at what was pretty much an open target moving in a straight line the entire time. Cerrone found his groove both standing and on the ground in round one, but his opponent would survive the first frame after getting blasted with knees and punches. It was in the second round when Cerrone would capitalize on what looked to be a more versatile submission game, controlling on top while also being capable of working subs from his back. He did just that, locking up a triangle choke which forced the tap and put Cowboy right back in the winner’s circle.
Cowboy will collide with fellow top lightweight Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 45 tonight at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the main event spot of fight night Wednesday.