UFC Brooklyn: Chat Sh*t, Get banged! Cowboy gives Hernandez a Rude awakening

There was drama all round with Cejudo making history in the main event too....

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Jamie Vardy coined the phrase: “Chat s**t, get banged.” And that’s exactly what happened when Alex Hernandez met Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in the night’s featured preliminary bout.

Earlier this week we picked Hernandez to get the ‘W’ against Cerrone, but we also warned that if the trash-talking lightweight was in any way complacent heading into his fight, he’d get a rude awakening. And that’s exactly what happened.

Cerrone looked like a man on a mission as he exacted emphatic retribution for all of Hernandez’s fight week trash talk, as he schooled the rising contender the best way he knows, via an octagon beatdown.

Cerrone has been beaten in recent fights against rising prospects Leon Edwards and Darren Till. But while the British duo were relatively respectful to the UFC legend, Hernandez was anything but, and it’s hard not to think that there was a little bit of karma at work as Cerrone dished out a battering that forced the referee to call off the contest midway through the second round.

After the fight, Cerrone, all smiles, exclaimed: “The old man’s still got it!” before saying he’d love to face Conor McGregor next.

And his request drew a response from the Dubliner on Twitter, who said after a performance like that, he’d be happy to throw down with Cowboy inside the octagon.

“For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations.”

Cejudo Stops the Snake in first round KO

Well, nobody saw THAT coming.

The highly-anticipated UFC flyweight title scrap between reigning champ Henry Cejudo and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was always going to be a fascinating contest. But few – if any – people could have predicted how Saturday night’s main event at UFC Brooklyn would turn out.

Some believed Cejudo’s comfort at the weight class would prove the difference-maker against a man who had never fought at 125lbs before in his career.

While others felt that Dillashaw’s sheer class and skill level would prove too much for Cejudo on fight night.

In the end, it came down to one head kick and a flurry of punches as Cejudo connected with Dillashaw, whose scrambles to get the fight to the mat resulted in more punches landed – and, crucially, enough punches to convince referee Kevin MacDonald to decide enough was enough, as the official waved off the fight after just 32 seconds.

Cejudo was elated and Dillashaw was livid, as you can see here.

Both men want a rematch, but each man wants the fight in a different weight class.

Cejudo wants to move up to challenge for Dillashaw’s bantamweight world title, while Dillashaw wants to run it back at 125lbs after having his opportunity “stolen” from him by the referee.

Whatever happens next, it seems inevitable that these two will meet again later this year.

As for the future of the UFC flyweight division, we’re still none the wiser, with UFC president Dana White refusing to be drawn on the topic during the post-fight presser.

Hardy Harms his Rep even Further with Disqualification

If the UFC had hoped for a little positive PR from Greg Hardy’s UFC debut, they came away greatly disappointed.

The disgraced former NFL star, whose much-publicised domestic violence issues from the past loomed large over his octagon debut against Allen Crowder, failed to impress on his debut as he was made to look one-dimensional by his opponent in their co-main event bout.

And then, to make matters worse, Hardy went and got himself disqualified with as clear a foul as you’ll see all year.

Ironically, the heavyweight prospect had actually shown some decent takedown defence to stuff a Crowder takedown attempt. But then, as the two grappled for supremacy, Hardy returned to his feet first and, with Crowder still clearly grounded, planted a huge knee into the head of his opponent.

It was a huge strike, a massive foul and one that prompted a clearly disgusted referee Dan Miragliotta to wave off the contest and disqualify Hardy.

Hardy’s presence in the octagon has been a topic of much debate, with many feeling he didn’t warrant a place on the card, and certainly not in the co-main event. But UFC president Dana White defended his disgraced fighter, saying he deserved a second chance at a career after paying his dues.

But a career at the top level of a sport where the main aim is to dish out violence? That still doesn’t sit well. And the fans in the Barclays Center let their opinions be known with chants of “A**hole” after Hardy’s blatant foul.

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