‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Taps Mike Perry with First Round Armbar, Announces Return to Lightweight

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone picked up an impressive victory with a first round submission to put away Mike Perry in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Denver

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone enjoys every win he gets in the UFC but it’s safe to say his latest victory against Mike Perry was a little more satisfying.

Not only did Cerrone defeat a former teammate that precipitated the end of his relationship with a gym he called home for several years but the submission put him atop the all time wins list in UFC history.

Taking on a noted knockout striker like Perry, Cerrone was cool, calm and collected in the face of bombs being launched at his head early and often.

Cerrone ducked and dodged his way out of trouble until it was Perry, who actually initiated the first takedown of the fight. That decision almost immediately backfired with Cerrone sweeping Perry and landing on top instead.

A scramble ensued and it was Cerrone who latched onto an arm bar and then a near triangle choke as he kept throwing submissions at Perry. Finally, Cerrone locked up an arm bar from the guard and as he went to the floor, Perry had nowhere to escape and with a grimace on his face he was forced to tap out.

The end came at 4:46 into the opening round.

Afterwards, Cerrone celebrated by bringing his baby boy into the cage with him along with much of his family, who was in attendance in his hometown of Denver.

While he could have addressed a lot of different subjects after such a personal win for him, Cerrone was all business as he addressed his plans to move back to the lightweight division with designs on making another run at the title.

“Coming for that belt,” Cerrone shouted to the crowd. “Khabib [Nurmagomedov] I’m coming.”

Cerrone was a contender for much of his career at 155 pounds and it appears he’s headed back to his previous home at lightweight when he books his next fight in the UFC.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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