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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone easily won a unanimous decision over a completely overmatched Vagner Rocha in a lightweight fight on the PPV card of UFC 131.
What was the high spot of this fight?
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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UFC 131 Results: FightMetric Reports for Dos Santos vs. Carwin, Florian vs. Nunes, and Maia vs. Munoz - Mike Fagan
UFC 131 Results: The Reality of Kenny Florian's Run in the UFC's Featherweight Division - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes Fight Video Highlights
UFC 131 Results: Was This Shane Carwin's Last Chance? - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 131 Results: What's Next For Show's Winners? - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin Fight Video Highlights
UFC 131 Results: Brainless Judging Prominent Despite Cageside Monitors - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Shane Carwin's Battered Face Says It All - Kid Nate
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Coming for Champ Cain Velasquez - Kid Nate
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 45: UFC 131 Results Review
UFC 131 Post-Fight Press Conference Video
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos Outclasses Shane Carwin to Earn Title Shot - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Carwin vs. dos Santos - Play by Play and Live Commentary
UFC 131 Results: Kenny Florian Survives Scare, Bests Diego Nunes - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Mark Munoz Edges Demian Maia - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Dave Herman Stops Jon Olav Einemo - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Donald Cerrone's Kicks Too Much for Vagner Rocha - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Sam Stout Lays Out Yves Edwards - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Chris Weidman Submits Jesse Bongfeldt - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Krzysztof Soszynski Decisions Mike Massenzio - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Nick Ring Demolishes James Head After Early Scare - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Dustin Poirier Edges Jason Young in Exciting Battle - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Joey Beltran TKO's Aaron Rosa in Wild Affair - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Darren Elkins Defeats Michihiro Omigawa by Unanimous Decision - Leland Roling