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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Cerrone defeated in 'grotesque' controversial TKO


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The "people’s main event" at UFC 238 in Chicago has ended in controversy after a horrific injury saw a MMA veteran make a ‘grotesque’ mistake.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (36-12, 1 NC) and Tony Ferguson (26-3) faced off in lightweight battle for the number one contender spot.

The hyped match-up met expectations until Cerrone's right eye became so badly swollen at the end of the second-round, doctors would not let the fight continue.

Donald Cerrone reacts after losing to Tony Ferguson (uring UFC 238 at United Center. Picture: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA.

The decision came after Ferguson controversially landed a right hand on Cerrone's face after the bell.

Both fighters came out strong, but it was Cerrone who claimed the first round after bloodying Ferguson with hard jabs.

Ferguson delivered in the second round with a barrage of jabs and straight rights, leaving Cerrone bloody and beaten. He also landed a spinning back elbow.

As the bell rang for the end of the second round, Cowboy was hit with a right hand from Ferguson.

Referee Dan Miragliotta gave Ferguson an official warning for the “dirty” shot and the fight looked set to be heading to a third.

Cowboy took the lead early. Picture: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA.

However, after Cerrone blew his nose, his right eye became so badly swollen that ringside doctors were forced to say he couldn’t continue.

Miragliotta watched the replay of the shot after the bell to see if foul play had played a role in the match being called off by doctors - such a case would be ruled a disqualification or no contest.

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As the punch hit Cowboy’s nose and not his eye, Miragliotta awarded the match to Ferguson by TKO.

"The punch had nothing to do with it," Cerrone to Joe Rogan after the fight, referring to Ferguson’s shot after the bell.

"That was the fight I think everybody wanted. I don't quit, I don't back down. I just want to keep fighting."

Feguson said he would be down for a rematch. AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

After being met with crowd boos, Ferguson said he would be happy for a rematch given the controversy.

"It's not how I wanted the fight to go," he said. "We can throw it back, I don't mind doing that. I really don't. He's a hell of a f---ing fighter."

Also on the card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuisava lost by unanimous decision to Bulgarian Blagoy Ivanov.

And Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo also turned the tide in his fight against Marlon Moraes and claimed the vacant bantamweight title.

The "people’s main event" at UFC 238 in Chicago has ended in controversy after a horrific injury saw a MMA veteran make a ‘grotesque’ mistake.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (36-12, 1 NC) and Tony Ferguson (26-3) faced off in lightweight battle for the number one contender spot.

The hyped match-up met expectations until Cerrone's right eye became so badly swollen at the end of the second-round, doctors would not let the fight continue.

Donald Cerrone reacts after losing to Tony Ferguson (uring UFC 238 at United Center. Picture: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA.

The decision came after Ferguson controversially landed a right hand on Cerrone's face after the bell.

Both fighters came out strong, but it was Cerrone who claimed the first round after bloodying Ferguson with hard jabs.

Ferguson delivered in the second round with a barrage of jabs and straight rights, leaving Cerrone bloody and beaten. He also landed a spinning back elbow.

As the bell rang for the end of the second round, Cowboy was hit with a right hand from Ferguson.

Referee Dan Miragliotta gave Ferguson an official warning for the “dirty” shot and the fight looked set to be heading to a third.

Cowboy took the lead early. Picture: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA.

However, after Cerrone blew his nose, his right eye became so badly swollen that ringside doctors were forced to say he couldn’t continue.

Miragliotta watched the replay of the shot after the bell to see if foul play had played a role in the match being called off by doctors - such a case would be ruled a disqualification or no contest.

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As the punch hit Cowboy’s nose and not his eye, Miragliotta awarded the match to Ferguson by TKO.

"The punch had nothing to do with it," Cerrone to Joe Rogan after the fight, referring to Ferguson’s shot after the bell.

"That was the fight I think everybody wanted. I don't quit, I don't back down. I just want to keep fighting."

Feguson said he would be down for a rematch. AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

After being met with crowd boos, Ferguson said he would be happy for a rematch given the controversy.

"It's not how I wanted the fight to go," he said. "We can throw it back, I don't mind doing that. I really don't. He's a hell of a f---ing fighter."

Also on the card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuisava lost by unanimous decision to Bulgarian Blagoy Ivanov.

And Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo also turned the tide in his fight against Marlon Moraes and claimed the vacant bantamweight title.

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