Former top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone entered UFC 202 hoping to continue his semi-cinderalla run at welterweight. While 'Cowboy' had experienced tremendous success in moving up with two consecutive wins, Rick Story presented the biggest test of his 170-pound campaign.
As it turns out, Cerrone would prove his run at welterweight was no accident with a second-round TKO win.
In the first round, Cerrone attempted a surprising takedown, which worked. Story was able to reverse and even score his own, but Cerrone would eventually find his way to the feet again where he had a marked advantage. Story was never battered, but Cerrone demonstrated the superior skill set in that phase of the game.
By the second, however, Story was left without options. He couldn't get Cerrone to the ground and had trouble landing on the feet. Cerrone, by contrast, was stuffing every takedown attempt and after Story overreached, landing a spectacular punching combo that finished with a head kick.
The shot clearly hurt Story, which caused Cerrone to swarm, ultimately finishing him off at 2:02 of round 2, winning by TKO.
"It must be because Dana [White] let me ride my Harley-Davidson all week," Cerrone told UFC commentator Joe Rogan post fight.
"I feel good. I feel solid. 170. How about that?"
When asked what's next, however, Cerrone said he had desire to drop to lightweight again.
"I think I gotta go to 155. I think Eddie Alvarez, you got something that belongs to me. Let's go, Madison Square Garden. Me and Eddie. How about that?"
The win bumps Cerrone's record to 31-7 with 1 no contest. Story drops to 19-9.