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UFC on FOX 17: Soooo … About Last Night

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The year of 2015 has just about come to a close. No more UFC cards. No more Bellator cards. We finally have a bit of a break from mixed martial arts and I’m gonna be honest, I look forward to it. The breakneck schedule the UFC maintained this year was absolutely crazy and it’s easy to get burnt out quickly.

Last night, the year culminated with the main event between UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone. It was a helluva way to close a great night of fights. Dos Anjos successfully defended his title, ending Cerrone’s night in just over a minute. Unfortunately, the co-main event wasn’t as exciting because Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos were tentative for the first nine minutes of the fight.

With the event in the books, let’s talk about last night …

Always the bridesmaid

You’ve gotta feel for Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. In the WEC, he was unable to capture the lightweight title despite having three opportunities at the belt. In spite of his lack of success in title fights, he still became one of the most recognizable fighters coming out of the organization when it was merged with the UFC.

In the UFC, he’s been given opportunity after opportunity to earn himself a shot at the lightweight title. And yet, he continued to come up short. It was only after putting together an eight-fight winning streak over three years that he was given a chance to take home some gold. His opponent? The last man to beat him, UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Entering the fight, Cerrone seemed confident. It was finally his time. But 66 seconds later and the opportunity was squandered. Always the bridesmaid …

Gun-shy heavyweights and promises of action

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Source:: mmaweekly