UFC 131 Results: Donald Cerrone Chops Down Vagner Rocha Over Three Rounds

Donald Cerrone and Vagner Rocha kick off the pay-per-view in the lightweight division. Donald Cerrone made his UFC debut with a submission victory over Paul Kelly at UFC 126. Vagner Rocha is making his UFC debut. Our referee for the bout is Herb Dean

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ROUND 1 - Hard leg kick to open from Cerrone. Inside kick bounces off Rocha's cup. Deans steps in, but Rocha's ready to go quickly. Leg kick from Cerrone. Rocha eats a knee to the gut as he steps in. Another hard leg kick. Rocha outclassed in the first minute. Cerrone throws a lazy kick, and Rocha takes him down. He breaks the rubber guard, and throws a handful of punches. Cerrone back to his feet. Stuffs a takedown, but he's up against the fence. He escapes from the single and we're back center. Rocha's overhand right just misses. Rocha throws a knee to the midsection. Leg kicks all round from Cerrone. Ending every combination with a kick. He stuffs another takedown. Rocha doing nothing to set up his takedowns. Lead left uppercut and right leg kick for Cerrone. One minutes to go. Cerrones catches a body kick and sweeps the other leg. Lets him back up. Rocha is clueless as to how to stop these kicks. They trade big blows. Another combo ends with a leg kick from Cerrone.

SBNation.com scores the round 10-9 for Donald Cerrone.

ROUND 2 - Right back to the leg kicks. Rocha trying to hide a limp. Rocha steps in and Cerrone bends his leg with another leg kick. Suprise. Another leg kick. Rocha dives in, grabs a hold of both legs and momentarily has Cerrone off balance. Up against the fence now. Cerrone powers away and slips his leg out. Rocha physically reacting to these kicks now. Rocha checked two kicks, but the damage has already been done. Rocha looks to pull guard, but Rogan and Goldberg think he got punched on his way in. Back to their feet. Cerrone's probably thrown an equal amount of punches and leg kicks. Rocha has no answer for these kicks. Rocha pulling guard now. Cerrone sprawls, Rocha tries to pull guard, but Cerrone stands. Another thudding leg kick as the round ends.

SBNation.com scores the round 10-9 for Donald Cerrone.

ROUND 3 - This is academic at this point. Just waiting to see if Cerrone can finish. Herb Dean warns Rocha for throwing with an open hand. Cerrone aims his kick for the head. This is becoming a routine of shot, sprawl, combo, leg kick. Spinning back kick not even close from Rocha. Cerrone looking to box more. Rocha's switched his stance. Switches back. Leg kick. Cerrone sprawls and almost takes Rocha's head off with a punch as he pulls guard. Cerrone catches a kick and sweeps him again. Leg kick and Rocha grimaces, switches his stance. Another sprawl. Rocha tries to dive into guard. Crowd boos. I'm sure we'll hear complaints about Cerrone not finishing, but Rocha's taking these kicks well, all things considered. One-two nails Rocha on the chin. Stiff leg kick with 15 seconds left. Cerrone's punches finding a home. He knocks him down, but calls for Cerrone to stand.

SBNation.com scores the round 10-8 for Donald Cerrone, and awards him the bout 30-26.

UFC 131 Results: Donald Cerrone defeats Vagner Rocha by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

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