Cerrone's leg kicks messed up Rocha's lead leg so bad he was forced to switch stances. He could barely stand on it by the end of the fight.
Where do these guys go from here?
Donald Cerrone is in the exact same position he was before. He was scheduled to fight Mac Danzig, a fight that would have given us some more insight into where Cerrone stood in the packed UFC lightweight division. When Danzig pulled out and Cole Miller turned down the fight due to an existing injury, it was left to Rocha. Cowboy is very likely to get either Danzig or Miller next. Cerrone did ask for Sam Stout last night too though, so that could be a possibility.
Rocha showed that he wasn't UFC-caliber yet. In such a deep division it will likely mean he's one-and-gone, unless they reward him for being a late fill-in. If they do that, a matchup with another jiu-jitsu fighter would be the best Rocha could hope for.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. It wasn't Cerrone's fault, but his opponent just wasn't up to his caliber and it showed. If you're a sucker for a guy nearly getting his leg kicked off, go ahead and watch. If not, it's probably fine to give this one a pass.
More UFC 131 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
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