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UFC on FOX 23 video recap: Masvidal scores TKO win in front of Cerrone’s home crowd

Jorge Masvidal scored a huge stoppage win in front of Donald Cerrone’s home crowd at UFC on FOX 23.

Donald Cerrone was expecting a memorable night for his first fight in his hometown of Denver, Colorado after nearly five years. Unfortunately for him, his homecoming was spoiled by Jorge Masvidal, who won via second round TKO at UFC on FOX 23.

What was the high point of the fight?

As outstanding stand-up fighters, it was expected for both men to keep the fight on the feet. Cerrone was successful with his leg and body kicks during the opening rounds, but it was only a matter of time before Masvidal was able to predict and time them coming in.

Pretty soon, “Gamebred” was landing his counters, which almost earned him a stoppage late in the first round. He continued to carry on with the same strategy in the second, which finally gave him the win.

Where do these two go from here?

The win definitely bumps up Masvidal into the 170-pound rankings, and should be matched against a top contender. While he did not specify any name during the post-fight interview, it would be fitting to see him against a top-five welterweight.

Incurring first loss at welterweight does not mean the end for Cerrone. While losing in front of his home crowd would definitely sting, he is still very much qualified to fight someone in the top ten.

Watch it now, later or never?

It was an excellent display of stand-up fighting, showing how Masvidal contained and broke Cerrone down to pick up the victory. Definitely a must-watch.