Who’s the real cowboy? Donald Cerrone settled the issue quickly and forcefully Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
Cerrone, who trains at Jackson-Wink Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, defeated Brazil’s Alex Oliveira by first-round submission (triangle choke) in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card at Consol Energy Center.
The card was telecast nationally on Fox Sports 1.
Both Cerrone and Oliveira answer to the nickname “Cowboy,” but it was Oliveira who got hog-tied.
With two minutes gone in the fight, Cerrone (29-7) — fighting for the first time at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds after a long and successful career at 155 — scored a takedown. Within seconds, he had worked his way to the triangle choke.
Oliveira (13-4) tapped out almost immediately.
It was a good night for Jackson-Wink. In the semi-main event, Jackson-Wink middleweight Derek Brunson (15-3) defeated Brazil’s Roan Carneiro (20-10) by first-round TKO (strikes on the ground).
BOXING: At Camel Rock Casino north of Santa Fe, Los Angeles super bantamweight Raymond Chacon defeated Española’s Tony Valdez by eight-round split decision Saturday in the main event of an eight-bout professional card.
Chacon is now 6-17 with no knockouts. Valdez is 8-5-6 with Seven KOs.
In a six-round semi-main event, Albuquerque’s Jesús Xaver Pacheco defeated fellow Albuquerquean David Proa by majority decision. Pacheco is 5-4 (no KOs), Proa 7-4 (seven KOs).
In a six-round bout that opened the card, Ghana’s Michael Gbenga defeated Brazil’s Marcus Vinicius de Oliveira by majority decision. Gbenga is 21-24 (20 KOs), de Oliveira 24-3-1 (22 KOs).
Elsewhere on the card:
• Albuquerque junior lightweight Jason Sanchez (6-0, three KOs) dispatched Roswell’s John Herrera (4-14-2, two KOs) by first-round knockout.
• Junior middleweight José Luís Sanchez (4-1, two KOs), Jason’s brother, KO’d fellow Albuquerque resident Ambrocio Bautista (2-1, no KOs) in the first.
• Albuquerque super flyweight Matthew Griego (2-0, two KOs) stopped Nebraska’s Ricky Lacefield (0-11) via second-round TKO.
• Chicago featherweight Joshua Greer Jr. (5-1-1, two KOs) defeated Gabriel Braxton (2-14, one KOs) of Red Oak, Ga., by unanimous six-round decision.
• In a bout described by cagedminds.com as the most exciting of the night, Española’s Amberly Trujillo (1-1) and Roswell’s Denisha Lopez (pro debut) battled to a four-round majority draw.