On the prelims of UFC 276, we saw a welterweight battle between two octagon legends. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC) was making the walk once again as he took on fellow veteran Jim “A-10” Miller (34-16).
This was a massive fight for Cowboy Cerrone who came into this fight on a horrific stretch. Over his last six fights, Cowboy was 0-5, 1 NC. The one No Contest would have been a loss if a point wasn’t taken from Niko Price.
That being said, Cerrone was facing someone he was familiar with at UFC 276. Back in 2014, Cerrone and Miller headlined a UFC Fight Night and Cowboy picked up the TKO win. He was hoping to replicate that performance tonight.
While Cowboy has been really struggling, Jim Miller has been on a roll. The roll he’s been on has actually seen him tie Cerrone for the most wins in UFC history. He was trying to take soul possession of that spot tonight.
UFC 276 Recap
The UFC 276 welterweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Cerrone pawing the jab and lands a nice left hand to start the striking. Low kick lands for Cerrone and he follows with a front kick. Stiff calf kick for Jim Miller.
Blitz from Miller but nothing lands. Cowboy holding the center here and lands a nice low kick. Both men just feeling the other out here early on. Nice left hand from Miller and he follow up with another shot. Shovel hook lands for Cerrone.
Body kick from Miller lands and Cowboy immediately counters with one of his own. Miller blitzes but doesn’t land much. Cerrone counters well and lands an uppercut. Knee to the body for Cowboy with a nice right hook behind it.
Front kick to the body from Miller. Body kick from Cerrone is caught by Miller and Miller takes Cowboy down. Short elbows finding the mark form Miller. Cerrone looks like he’s trying to set something up off his back.
Scramble forced by Cowboy and he ends up on top with 60 seconds to work. Elbow off the back lands for Miller. Cerrone postures up but he’s more just holding the position. Miller attacks and armbar then Cerrone attacks a leg lock as the bell sounds. Close round that I lean Cowboy at UFC 276.
Second at UFC 276 is underway and once again they touch gloves. Miller holding the center here and he’s the one pushing forward here. He throws a left but whiffs and Cowboy lands a nice body kick. Big left hand lands for Jim Miller as Cerrone comes in sloppy.
Calf kick for Miller. Cerrone throws one of his own but it’s checked. Headkick for Cerrone but he slips and Miller jumps on him. Miller jumps right into a guillotine and it’s tight. Cerrone keeps trying to fight the hands but he’s forced to tap. Jim Miller is the all time leader in UFC victories.
Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone by Submission (Guillotine) – Round 2