Donald Cerrone brought his fight-finishing instincts to the welterweight division, y'all.
Taking on Alex Oliveira in a "Cowboy" vs. "Cowboy" showdown at UFC Fight Night 83 in Pittsburgh, Cerrone scored a quick submission victory Sunday night, and this one stands out on his decorated highlight reel. After getting the short end of the stand-up exchanges early, Cerrone took Oliveira to the mat, and the finish came quickly thereafter.
Cerrone transitioned from half guard to mount and immediately locked in the triangle choke from the top. The two rolled over, and the tap followed. It wasn't quite a flawless victory – Cerrone still started a bit slowly on the feet, something that plagued his lightweight career – but there's no shame in emerging victorious after two-and-a-half minutes of action inside the Octagon.
"Yeah, man, I get to do the  and  now, so if you want to get hurt, I know a guy," Cerrone said in his post-fight interview.
In the co-main event, Derek Brunson earned his third straight TKO stoppage – all in the first round – over Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 83, showcasing some brutal ground-and-pound that forced the referee to intervene.
The win makes four in a row for Brunson, who figures to take a nice step up in competition moving forward. Fun fact: in his last three fights, Brunson has fought exactly 333 seconds. That's efficiency.
Cody Garbrandt is technically from Ohio, but you wouldn't know it by listening to the crowd's reaction Sunday evening. "No Love" previously fought in the Steel City for Pinnacle Fighting Championships and Gladiators of the Cage, and he brought a legion of adoring fans with him to witness a first-round knockout victory.
Garbrandt's hands were crisp, and his head movement was on point. His opponent – Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Augusto Mendes – caused a brief scare by briefly entangling Garbrandt's arm on the mat, but "No Love" popped out and resumed business on the feet. Shortly after standing back up, Garbrandt cracked his foe with a quick 1-2-3 that shut out the lights. With the win, Garbrandt moves to 8-0 as a professional, and he wasted no time in calling out John Lineker, his original opponent at the event, in his post-fight interview.
It's not going to win Fight of the Year, but Dennis Bermudez and Tatsuya Kawajiri showcased the gamut of skills in MMA, with Bermudez eventually securing the unanimous decision victory. Kawajiri took Round 1 on the judges' cards, but Bermudez settled in throughout Rounds 2 and 3, using his powerful grappling to grind the Japanese fighter down and secure the victory.
Chris Camozzi's job was over in 26 seconds. The 29-year-old fighter fired off a few leg kicks, then clinched Joe Riggs and kneed him until the referee stepped in. Trying to block his opponent's knee strikes, Riggs broke his forearm and collapsed to the canvas. The finish was brutal, evoking images of Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin or Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff and giving Camozzi his second straight win inside the Octagon.
James Krause and Shane Campbell kicked off the main-card action inside Consol Energy Center with a fun, back-and-forth, three-round tilt. Campbell owned the standup early on, but Krause turned to his grappling and nearly ended the fight in Round 1. A deep rear-naked choke attempt was thwarted by the bell, and Campbell made it to Round 2.
From there, fans were treated to bit of everything, with Krause again nearly finding a rear-naked choke in Round 2. Campbell survived, however, and he finished the fight strong in mount, raining down strikes. It wasn't enough, though, and Krause took home the 29-28 unanimous decision.