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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 83’s Donald Cerrone

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 83 headliner Donald Cerrone, who looks return to the win column this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2015) inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Muay Thai bruiser and frequent-fight-finisher, Donald Cerrone, will battle with fellow “Cowboy,” Alex Oliveira, this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 83 inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After stomping many Lightweight contenders, but falling to the division’s most elite, Cerrone had one last chance to secure the strap after putting together seven straight wins. However, his title bid ended in disaster, as Rafael dos Anjos quickly handed the kickboxer a technical knockout loss.

Since that loss, “Cowboy” has decided to return to doing what he does best: Fighting anyone, anywhere. This time around, Cerrone is stepping up to Welterweight, though it’s unclear how long he intends to spend fighting in the 170-pound division.

Let’s take a closer look at Cerrone’s skill set:


A fantastic Muay Thai striker, Cerrone is best known for his snapping kicks, which have felled opponents to the legs, body and head over the years. He’s also got decent power in his hands and a cast-iron jaw, making him a difficult man to trade with for the majority of fighters.

To be most effective, Cerrone needs distance to work. He’s simply not the best nor quickest combination boxer and is there to be hit in the boxing exchanges, making that range less than ideal for him.

To that end, Cerrone has added several tools to his game to address this issue. In fact, it was these developments that allowed Cerrone to go on such a successful win streak, even if he did fail to capture the strap.

One of the most important weapons ….View full article

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