Donald Cerrone capped off UFC Brooklyn’s ESPN portion with a prime Cowboy performance, putting on a striking clinic against Alex Hernandez.
Donald Cerrone is one of the most entertaining fighters the UFC has to offer. With his last victory over Mike Perry, a first-round submission, “Cowboy” took sole possession of the most wins (21) and most finishes (15) in the promotion’s history. He also has 14 post-fight bonuses to his name.
Alex Hernandez is looking to continue his quick rise at UFC Brooklyn against fan-favorite Donald Cerrone. He’s wasted no time taking on big-name opponents, defeating Beneil Dariush in under 60 seconds in his UFC debut then following up with a decision victory over Canadian prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier. The two victories have propelled him to the 11th spot in the lightweight rankings.
Hernandez attacked early with a heavy hook, then caught Cerrone with a sneaky left hand. Cerrone caused Hernandez to slip with a body kick while Hernandez was throwing a kick of his own. When Hernandez stood back up, Cerrone chained together a sequence of three takedowns, but couldn’t secure true top position time.
Cerrone landed a solid right straight and both fighters started throwing down. Significant straight punches were landing for both until a knee swung the momentum in Cerrone’s direction. Cerrone began landing combination after combination, and Hernandez had no answer. Hernandez was bloodied up at the end of the round and Cerrone was looking like his old self.
Hernandez came out guns blazing again in the second round, but Cerrone used his aggression against him, beginning the combination train once more. Mixing up punches and kicks with the occasional knee. Cerrone was running through Hernandez and whenever Hernandez tried to clinch, Cerrone would answer with an elbow over the top. Shortly after the midway point of the round, Cerrone dropped Hernandez with a head kick, secured a dominant position, and landed a quick succession of punches to end the fight.
Donald Cerrone def. Alex Hernandez by TKO (Punches) in Round 2 (3:43)