‘Cowboy’ Cerrone TKO’s Yancy Medeiros to Tie Record for Most Wins in UFC History

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone picked up a TKO finish with just seconds remaining in the first round to put away Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night in Austin

In victory or defeat, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone rarely disappoints.

In the latest highlight to add to his career resume, Cerrone earned a TKO against Yancy Medeiros in the main event from UFC Fight Night in Austin with just two seconds remaining in the opening round.

In what was a back and forth war throughout that first round, Medeiros was the clear aggressor as he came after Cerrone with a barrage of punches, looking to stay on the attack against the former title contender who has been a notoriously slow starter during his career.

Unfortunately, Medeiros’ game plan just woke Cerrone up as he began landing with precise counter shots again and again whenever his opponent pressed forward.

As time was ticking down in the first round, Medeiros came forward yet again with another combination but he paid for it when Cerrone took a step back and unleashed a vicious right hand that connected flush on the jaw.

As Medeiros’ head snapped around, he stood on wobbly legs before crashing to the canvas where Cerrone followed him to the ground for a few more shots before referee Herb Dean stopped the contest.

The end came at 4:58 into the opening round.

The win not only stopped Cerrone’s recent three fight losing streak but also gave him his 20th career UFC win — tying the all time record for victories inside the Octagon alongside Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping.

That was an accolade Cerrone proudly acknowledged but of course he was more than happy to start thinking about what comes next as he hopes to get at least four fights in during 2018.

“I think I just tied for the most wins in UFC history,” Cerrone said following the win. “You know, they call me, I say where we going? That’s all I need to know. Where are we next?”

Prior to this matchup being announced, Cerrone had said he was looking to move back to 155 pounds where he’s spent the majority of his career. It’s tough to say if Cerrone will stick to that now that he’s back in the win column at welterweight.

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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.