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The best and worst from UFC Fight Night 126

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
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516   //    20 Feb 2018, 01:43 IST

Donald Cerrone got back on the winning track last night by beating Yancy Medeiros
Donald Cerrone got back on the winning track last night by beating Yancy Medeiros

UFC Fight Night 126 from Austin, Texas might not have been the most loaded card of 2018 on paper but in terms of action, it delivered in spades. From the top to the bottom of the show almost every fight provided some epic violence, with seemingly all of the fighters showing up to throw down.

In fact, it was a card so heavy on action that in terms of the best and worst, we’ve got four slides in the former column and only two in the latter, which is rare indeed. Let’s get it on!

#1 Best: Cowboy is back

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After three successive losses – the first big slide of his career – it looked like Donald Cerrone’s crazy schedule was beginning to catch up with him in 2017, particularly when he was stopped by the largely unheralded Darren Till in October. So coming into last night’s fight with Yancy Medeiros, his back was largely against the wall.

In typical ‘Cowboy’ fashion though, Cerrone came out swinging, and at the end of one of the craziest rounds of action in 2018, it was the New Mexico-based star who came away with his hand raised, after putting Medeiros away with a vicious combination with just seconds remaining in the stanza.

Cerrone has promised to return to 155lbs after his win and judging on the way he was totally outsized by Till a few months earlier, that appears to make sense. But really, it doesn’t matter what weight he fights at – Cowboy is simply must-see TV.

He tied the record for all-time UFC wins last night – 20, the same number as Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre – but when you consider he’s only been in the UFC since 2011 it’s an even more phenomenal achievement. It’s good to have the Cowboy back on the winning track.

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Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
UK based, big follower of football and MMA. Tottenham and England fan for life!
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