The UFC makes its second trip to Pittsburgh for Fight Night on FOX Sports 1. The main event features a welterweight showdown between “Cowboy” Cerrone & Rick Story. Plus, Derek Brunson meets Ed Herman and Cody Garbrandt battles Augusto Mendes. Don’t miss Fight Night Pittsburgh this Sun 8 ET on FS1.
UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy (also known as UFC Fight Night 83) was a mixed martial arts event held on February 21, 2016 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The event was headlined by a welterweight bout between former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone and Tim Means.
The event drew an announced attendance of 9,232 for a live gate of $816,866.
Donald Cerrone’s strong showing at UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax, Nova Scotia put him right back in the welterweight title picture.
A resounding unanimous decision win over late replacement opponent Benson Henderson brought Cerrone’s winning streak to four fights, and with a third-round head kick knockout of Jim Miller sandwiched between two submission wins in 2014, he has been one of the most consistent performers on the UFC roster.
The victory over Henderson was his first at 170 pounds since joining the welterweight division earlier this year, and earned him the respect of many.
“I think Cowboy is a top-notch fighter,” said Henderson, who came off a loss to Rafael dos Anjos to take on Cerrone. “He’s a very tough guy.”
Cerrone has been called out for a fight against Canadian star Rory MacDonald recently by MacDonald’s coach Firas Zahabi. MacDonald is coming off a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler for the interim welterweight title at UFC 189.
Donald Cerrone had rarely looked as good as he did in the headlining bout Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 59.
Cerrone (26-6 MMA, 13-3 UFC) ran through former Strikeforce champion Benson Henderson in a lightweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and then offered this gem of a post-fight interview:
“I’ve been kicking ass for a long time now,” Cerrone said. “I’m sorry I don’t have a cooler quote for you.”
Cerrone is right, though. He showed no signs of slowing down after an impressive 2014, when he fought five times last year and defeated veterans like Edson Barboza, Adriano Martins and Jim Miller.
He was just as dominant against Henderson (21-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’s bounced around at 155 pounds and 170 pounds. Cerrone made it look easy against the former champ, who was ranked No. 5 at lightweight before the fight.
UFC President Dana White said after the fight that he’d be open to seeing Cerrone move up to welterweight for a fight with Robbie Lawler or Matt Brown. Maybe he should stay put and face Rafael dos Anjos or Khabib Nurmagomedov
PITTSBURGH — Rick Story, a longtime staple in the UFC’s welterweight division, will face Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 21.
Story (18-9) is the No. 14 ranked welterweight in the UFC rankings. The 32-year-old has lost three of his last four fights. He dropped a unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202 in August and was submitted by Tarec Saffiedine in June.
Silva (19-7) has not won two consecutive fights since 2010. The 33-year-old Brazilian is 3-5 in eight UFC fights since 2012 and 2-1 overall since moving up to welterweight.
UFC Fight Night takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux.