WEC lightweights Donald Cerrone and Chris Horodecki fought this evening to secure their place in the mix as the division prepares to merge with the UFC’s 155lb weight class.
The first round saw the fight being played out on both the mat and on the feet with Cerrone getting the better of the action. He managed to secure several takedowns throughout the round, though Horodecki managed to get back to his feet on most occasions. The stand-up battle was closer, with Cerrone using his reach advantage to land more consistently, but Horodecki was able to get inside at times and landed some good body shots.
Curiously in-between rounds Horodecki’s corner were advising him to take Cerrone down, and before long the two fighters were on the floor but it was Cerrone who was having more success, fishing for submission attempts, first working an omaplata before eventually settling for a triangle choke. Horodecki tried to remain calm and fight off the submission but after a long drawn out process in which Cerrone almost appeared to be toying with his opponent he finally forced the tap-out.
It was a smart decision by Cerrone to use his BJJ skills with Horodecki proving to be a tough nut to crack on the feet. On the mat it was a different story though and it only looked a matter of time before he was going to get the finish.
He now moves on the UFC where he’ll be looking to mix it up with some of the big names their 155lb division has to offer. Meanwhile it’s clear Horodecki’s got some significant holes in his ground game that he’ll have to shore up quickly if he wants to have any chance of surviving with the sharks in the UFC. He also might want to question his cornermen’s advice in this fight, and perhaps a cut down to 145lbs would be a smart move at this stage.