Donald Cerrone picked up his fourth straight win in the UFC with a dominant submission victory over Dennis Siver in a lightweight bout. Siver never got anything going and Cerrone owned him on the feet, hurting him twice before dropping him. Once he went down, Cerrone jumped on his back, trapped his arm, and slapped on a rear naked choke that earned the tap from Siver.
Cerrone picked up a $75,000 bonus for submission of the night and will rocket up the lightweight rankings with the impressive win. The submission came at the 2:22 mark of the first round. The lightweight bout was the second fight on the UFC 137 televised portion of the card, and was shown live on Spike TV.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The head kick from Cerrone that had Siver doing the big wiggle on the feet before hitting the deck.
Where do these guys go from here?
Cerrone moves into the upper tier of the lightweight division with the win, his fourth in nine months in the UFC. He's also earned three bonuses in that span totaling $215,000. He says he'd like to pick up a fifth fight in December too if he could, which is amazing for a UFC fighter. He has discussed dropping to 145 and fighting Nam Phan, whom he feels disrespected his best friend Leonard Garcia, but that is unlikely. A bout with Joe Lauzon or Nate Diaz sounds pretty cool to me.
Siver had won seven of his last eight fights before this, and had inched into the top 10 at lightweight, so this is a serious setback for him. Siver could face the loser of the Gleison Tibau vs. Rafael dos Anjos fight that is scheduled for UFC 139, or maybe even Evan Dunham.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. This was the most dominant performance of the night and likely the best of Cerrone's career. It should be second on your list of UFC 137 fights to watch (behind the main event).
More BE coverage of UFC 137 in the full entry.
UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone's Destruction of Dennis Siver Vaults Him Into Relevancy - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Retires, but What Is His Legacy? - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Punches His Way to Momentous Opportunity - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Results: Post-Fight Press Conference Video - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Fights To Make After The Card, Where Do We Go From Here? - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Biggest Winners, Losers, and Other Thoughts - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Dana White Announces Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Announces Retirement After Loss - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Starches BJ Penn To A Decision In A FOTY Candidate - Matthew Roth
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 93: UFC 137 Results Review - Matt Bishop
UFC 137 Results: B.J. Penn Retires After Loss to Nick Diaz - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Pay-Per-View Fights - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Cheick Kongo Decisions Matt Mitrione In A Lackluster Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Roy Nelson Stops Mirko Cro Cop In The Third Round - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Scott Jorgensen Wins Unanimous Decision Over Jeff Curran - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Hatsu Hioki Wins Split Decision Over George Roop - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone Forces Dennis Siver To Submit - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Bart Palaszewski Knocks Out Tyson Griffin In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Brandon Vera Wins Close Decision Over Eliot Marshall - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Ramsey Nijem Dominates Danny Downes - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Francis Carmont Dominates Chris Camozzi In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth