Incredible Sportsmanship: UFC Fighter Refuses To Win When Opponent Slips

Bryan Brandom
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To cap off a wild, occasionally sexual UFC Fight Night 126, Donald Cerrone took on fellow welterweight Yancy Medeiros in a bid for the former’s 20th victory in the promotion.

But “Cowboy” Cerrone, 34, wanted to earn it, as evidenced by his incredible display of sportsmanship in the opening moments of the main event in Austin.

Just 17 seconds in, Medeiros slipped on the mat and hit the deck. Knowing he hadn’t been responsible for his opponent’s tumble, Cerrone allowed Medeiros to get back onto his feet, a moved that surprised the 30-year-old so much, he grinned, went in for a high 10 with Cerrone, then gave him a hug.

They then immediately went back to brawling.

Cerrone wouldn’t come to regret the gesture either. Nearly three minutes later, the veteran put an end to the event with a brutal buzzer-beating TKO at the end of Round 1.

According to Cowboy, he had no idea the horn was about to sound when he went on the offensive late in the round.

“Yeah I was like, ‘Let’s go,’” Cerrone said after pushing his UFC record to 20-7. “I didn’t even know there was 10 seconds left either, just going for the finish. You know, they call me, I say, ‘Where are we going?’ and that’s all I need to know.”