Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone Destroys Matt Brown With Brutal Head Kick

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UFC 206’s co-main event was a grudge match between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and his former training partner, Matt Brown and it was one hell of a fight, from start to finish.

Brown guaranteed that the encounter would be a spicy in the run up to 206 when he stated in an interview that Cerrone was “Kind of a bully.”

“Most of my opponents I’m real respectful to and I think they’re respectful to me,” Brown said, “I don’t know if he means it or not. I don’t know if he’s just a douchebag of a person, but I get the feeling that when he’s talking to other people, especially other fighters, that he feels like he’s above other people, and he’s kind of a bully.”

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“You watch his fights that he’s lost, he got bullied back,” Brown said. “He don’t like that, so that’s what I’ve got to do to him.”

Brown continued his antagonistic approach to the fan favourite Cowboy at the pre-fight weigh-ins by refusing to shake his opponent’s hand but despite his best efforts, the veteran came up short against Cerrone’s blistering stand-up skills.

Cowboy got off to a good start in round one, landing a hard body kick early. They pair then exchanged looping punches and were fairly evenly matched in terms of strikes but the big difference was Cowboy’s earth shattering head kicks, which he managed to land with frequency throughout the fight.

In the second round, Brown dropped Cerrone with a hard punch and looked to finish him off but Cowboy somehow managed to survive and recover. He fought back well, landing a head kick and then dropping Brown with a straight right. Both men landed a lot of clean shots that did damage but, like the first, the second round probably went to Cerrone.

At the start of the third round, the fighters buried the hatchet, touched gloves and actually embraced before going to war once more. Brown successfully shot for a takedown but Cerrone managed to get back to his feet straight away before knocking Brown out with an absolutely brutal head kick.

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It was a fitting end to a fantastic fight and means that Cerrone has won four fights in a row since his move up to welterweight. Brown, on the other hand, will be bitterly disappointed to lose his third fight in a row and five of his last six. Still, he can hold his head up high after a good showing against one of the division’s best. He just came up against the irresistible force that is Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

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