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The most highly anticipated fight at UFC 238 this past Saturday wasn’t the bantamweight title main event.
It wasn’t the women’s flyweight title co-feature, either. Judging from the traffic response to the content the UFC put out leading up to fight night, the most anticipated bout was the lightweight scrap between former interim titleholder Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone.
So when the fight ended prematurely after two full rounds, fans naturally were disappointed. So, too, were the fighters. Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) got a TKO win over Cerrone (36-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC) in between the second and third frames when doctors shut things down with a mouse under Cerrone’s right eye swollen to the point they said he couldn’t see.
The bulk of the swelling happened when “Cowboy” blew his nose in between rounds, something that typically is not advisable because air can form in the swollen area – which is precisely what happened to Cerrone, costing him a chance to go out for Round 3.
The presumption was that he had a broken right orbital, but Cerrone today said that’s not the case, and his management team confirmed that medical diagnosis, as well.
“I’m in Good Health,” Cerrone posted on Instagram. “Thanks for all the message and concerns. Only air was in my eye. No broken bones nor cracked or broken orbital. Sitting and waiting for the Rematch or next fight ”
And Josh Jones, Cerrone’s representative at KHI Managment, told MMA Junkie that UFC president Dana White’s post-fight announcement that Cerrone had a broken orbital was premature.
“Cowboy didn’t break his orbital,” Jones told MMA Junkie. “All that swelling was from the air from blowing his nose between rounds. I was told Dana was told by a doctor that they need to send him to hospital to see if it was broken. Kid is strong as nails and wants to run it back.”
Cerrone had a three-fight winning streak snapped with the loss. But still, the bout was given “Fight of the Night” honors, which added to Cerrone’s record haul of bonuses. He’s now at 18 post-fight bonuses in the UFC and 23 in the UFC and WEC combined, both of which are records.
Cerrone actually had a six-fight stretch without a bonus between December 2016 and June 2018. But in his past four fights, he has five bonuses – including a double for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” against Alexander Hernandez in January.
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