On Saturday night, in the co-main event of the UFC’s 25th anniversary show in Denver, Colorado, hometown hero Donald Cerrone picked up a huge win with a first-round armbar of welterweight knockout artist “Platinum” Mike Perry.
Post-fight, Perry divulged that Cerrone had broken his arm with this fight-ending maneuver.
Speaking to the media shortly thereafter, Cerrone admitted that he knew he’d done some kind of damage to his foe’s limb.
“Once I seen the clock, there was 30 seconds left — the monitor was right above me,” Cerrone said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I was like, oh I better spin for this armbar. I did. He should have rolled the other way out of it, I don’t know why he didn’t. I was like, ‘Gotcha.’ So I went belly down on it. I was just gonna take it until the referee pulled me off.”
“I felt it pop before I went belly down,” he added. “So the rest was just tearing the chicken wing off, yeah. I was taking it home with me.”
Interestingly, it was actually the knockout puncher Mike Perry who grounded the fight in the first place. Donald Cerrone admitted he found this choice from Perry surprising, though he certainly didn’t mind it.
“[It] super surprised me [when he took me down],” Cerrone said. “When he reached in and took a body lock on me, I wasn’t reaching around and defending it. I was like, yeah, have it. There you go. I just crumbled. And when I was in side control, I was waiting for him to [throw] big elbows. He was just breathing heavy. I was just like, I’ll just lay here and let him tire out and spin and get guard. Yeah, I don’t know why he did that.”
With this victory over Mike Perry, Donald Cerrone set the record for most victories in UFC history, at 21.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/11/2018.