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Fantasy AnalysisThe fight will be Roberson's second since signing with the UFC. He won his debut in November with a first-round submission against Darren Stewart. His last five MMA fights have all ended in first-round victories, including a knockout against Ryan Spann 15 seconds into a bout in July which earned him his UFC contract.
Fantasy AnalysisThe veteran Brazilian has won four of his last five UFC fights, most recently defeating Nate Marquardt by split decision in November. He owns a 4-2 record in UFC fights in his native country. His most recent fight in Brazil was a second-round submission victory over Jack Hermansson in November, 2016.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 31-year-old has lost his only two career UFC fights, both by unanimous decision. He was defeated by Cody Stamman (who has also defeated Duquesnoy) in July and Sean O'Malley in December. His last victory was a knockout of Jared Papazian at CXF 7 in April.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 24-year-old Frenchman was a rising star in the European scene, compiling a 14-1 record and earning BAMMA featherweight and bantamweight titles before signing with the UFC last year. The dynamic fighter has compiled a 1-1 record since joining the UFC, winning his debut in April with a second-round TKO against Patrick Williams before losing by a split decision against Cody Stamann in October.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros controlled the opening part of the fight and seemed to hurt Cerrone on several occasions. At the midpoint of the first round, "Cowbody" knocked Medeiros down. Once Medeiros recovered, the fighters exchanged punches. Cerrone landed a huge right hand that essentially finished Medeiros, but he landed some follow-up punches for good measure. Medeiros made the mistake of engaging in a brawl with Cerrone, and Cowboy's precision ultimately proved to be the downfall of the Hawaiian.
Fantasy AnalysisCerrone took a few minutes to figure out Medeiros, and Medeiros controlled the beginning of the round. "Cowboy" seemed to figure out Medeiros' attacks halfway through the round, and recorded what appeared to be a knockdown following a Medeiros slip. Cerrone amicably let him up to his feet, and the fighters exchanged strikes for the remainder of the round before Cerrone hit Medeiros with a huge right that knocked him down. Cerrone capitalized and landed punches on the ground until the referee stopped the match. The first-round finish might put Cerrone back in the top 10 of the UFC's welterweight division. At the very least it helps build his legacy, as Cerrone is now tied for the most wins (20) and finishes (14) in UFC history. "Cowboy" is still just 34 years old, so he should have plenty of opportunities to take sole possession of those records. He later called out Khabib Nurmagomedov, but fans of Cerrone know that he won't turn down a fight -- sometimes to his detriment -- if the UFC comes calling.
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