Both of these Lightweight striking and submission artists are coming off of a win, Diaz with a win over Takanori Gomi, and Cerrone with a six fight win streak, both fighters haven’t been shy with the trash talk and look to really “scrap” tonight and prove who is the best in the division tonight. Cerrone (28) is two years the elder of Diaz (26), but Diaz has the superior reach advantage, both men known for precision striking and an effective ground game.
This is the Lightweight Co-Main Event of UFC 141. Cerrone comes out with his traditional gear, black cowboy hat and serious face in tow. Diaz also sporting a calm look with a low beanie and hip hop blaring over the loud speakers. Both fighters immediately stare each other down as they enter the cage. They decide not to touch hands while the ref gives instructions.
Round 1: Cowboy runs out and swings quickly, Nate pushes Cowboy up against the fence with double under-hooks but loses them quickly. Cerrone pushes off the clinch and responds with a nice right hand. Cerrone landing quick leg kicks. Nate is landing precise punches from the get go, pushing Cerrone up against the fence and landing accurate shots. Diaz’s reach is really working for him, as he continues to pick Cerrone apart and land shots. Cerrone landing small amounts of leg kicks, Diaz landing punch after punch, Cerrone goes for a head kick and slips. Cerrone appears to have a broken jaw, as it hangs low, blood coming from his nose. Diaz lands a sick combo with 25 seconds left to go in the first.
(Cerrone’s corner asking him to calm down and take deep breathes, telling him Nick is just trying to crowd him)
Round 2: Cerrone knocks Diaz down twice with leg kicks early in the 2nd round. Diaz looking to put the pressure back on Cerrone, Cerrone up against the fence and circles out back to the center of the Octagon. Cerrone lands a head kick and both men fall down, both quickly get up. Cowboy kicks the legs out again of Diaz. Diaz stands and brings the pressure right back to Cerrone, the round ends in a flurry of boxing combos thrown by Diaz.
Round 3: Nick Diaz flips off Cerrone before the round even begins. Cerrone Smiles back. Cerrone comes out and tries to establish the center before Diaz, Diaz closes the distance fast. Cerrone lands a knee to the body. Diaz continues to stalk Cerrone and work his boxing, Cerrone willing to throw right back, Diaz out punching Cerrone, quickly in precise combinations. Cerrone lands a head kick, but not hard enough to knockout Diaz. Diaz pushes back and goes after Cerrone, Cerrone throws back a quick combo, but not damaging enough to slow down Diaz who responds with a combo of his own. The fight stops and both men shake hands, Cerrone says Diaz is “one tough mother-******)
Winner by Unanimous Decision Nate Diaz.