Former lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone made quick work of his Brazilian ‘Cowboy’ counterpart Alex Oliveira in the main event of UFC Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
Oliveira was getting more comfortable on the feet, coming forward with his attacks. Cerrone, however, found a perfect opening to shoot for a takedown and bring the fight to the ground.
Olivieira, who is listed as a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, seemed fazed when the fight went to the mat, leaving his half-guard wide open for Cerrone to pass. Once Cerrone got the mount, he sneakily swung his left leg towards Oliveira’s left shoulder to lock in the mounted triangle.
He then shifted positions, turning it into the conventional triangle from the back to finish the fight at the 2:33 mark of the fight.
What was the high point of the fight?
Both fighters were beginning to heat up on the stand-up exchange, but it was when Cerrone successfully completed the takedown that evidently changed the fight’s dynamics.
Cerrone may be packaged as a striker, but he does have 15 submission victories under his belt. This fight was another testament of how underrated and high-level the American ‘Cowboy’s’ submission game is.
Where do these two go from here?
Cerrone actually looked comfortable in his welterweight debut, but it would be great to see him against someone in the top ten of the 170-pound division. A fight against someone like Dong Hyun Kim could spark some interest, but if anything, he does have the option to fight at lightweight again.
Like Cerrone, Oliveira also has the option to move back down to lightweight, which could be the better option as of the moment. He can gather more experience fighting at a relatively smaller weight class, then move back up if he wishes to.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. This fight was short and sweet, so if you are fan of simple, slick submission finishes, this one’s a good example of it.
AMAZING!@CowboyCerrone locks in an air-tight triangle choke that gets the tap! #UFCPittsburgh https://t.co/VtIbYLRgHf— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 22, 2016