In 2013, Rafael dos Anjos won a unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone. Saturday, it took him just 66 seconds to get the job done in their UFC on FOX main event rematch.
After winning the lightweight belt in March, dos Anjos put an exclamation point on his UFC title reign with a first-round TKO victory over Cerrone in Orlando. The beginning of the end for Cerrone came when the champion landed a left knee to his body.
Shortly after, dos Anjos connected to the same side of the body once more, this time with a leg kick. Cerrone bent over a bit and backed up and was immediately hit with a right hook and left cross to the head.
The “Cowboy” was backed against the cage and dos Anjos followed with a barrage of punches to the head. Cerrone wobbled his way to the center of the ring, then tried to take down dos Anjos. From there, the champ followed up with punches to a turtled-up Cerrone, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.
Afterward, the confident Brazilian warned the man UFC officials say he’ll face, next: featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
“Mr. McGregor, if you want to come to my division, this is my division. You’d better stay at featherweight,” dos Anjos exclaimed.
“I will fight you in Brazil. I will go to Ireland to face you.”
The win is dos Anjos’ fifth straight, and improves his record to 25-7. Cerrone’s defeat snapped an eight-fight win streak and dipped his mark to 28-7.
You can see full results from the event below:
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone, TKO (Round 1, 1:06)
Alistair Overeem def. Junior dos Santos, TKO (Round 2, 4:43)
Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def. Myles Jury, submission (Round 1, 3:05)
Nate Marquardt def. C.B. Dollaway, knockout (Round 2, 0:28)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Sarah Kaufman, split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman, submission (Round 3, 4:10)
Nik Lentz def. Danny Castillo, split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers, no contest, eye poke (Round 2, 1:44)
Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan, submission (Round 1, 2:13)
Francis Ngannou def. Luiz Henrique, knockout (Round 2, 2:53)