UFC Fight Night 118: Darren Till stuns Donald Cerrone with first round TKO victory

Darren Till used exquisite striking to stun No. 6  “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone in the first round of the main event of UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland Saturday afternoon.

Till (16-0-1) remained unbeaten with the win, using fast combinations to negate the early keg kicks of Cerrone. In the post-fight press conference, Till confirmed he was not intimidated by Cerrone and was confident he would catch him in the first or second round.

Cerrone fell to 32-10-0, 1 NC.

“Cowboy” recoiled from a straight left, and follow up strikes from Till forced referee Marc Goddard to halt the bout at 4:20 of the first round.

After the bout, Till called out Mike Perry (11-1-0), who is scheduled to fight Argentinian Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3-0) at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg Dec. 16.

Cerrone took to his Instagram account to congratulate Till on his win.

Till and Jan Blachowicz earned performances of the night, while Brian Kelleher and Damian Stasiak took home Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a bonus worth $50,000 USD.

In case you missed the prelims:

JOSH EMMETT DEF. FELIPE ARANTES VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

ASPEN LADD DEF. LINA LANSBERG VIA TKO R2 2:33

WARLLEY ALVES DEF. SALIM TOUAHRI (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDRE FILI DEF. ARTEM LOBOV (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RAMAZAN EMEEV DEF. SAM ALVEY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. DAMIAN STASKIAK VIA TKO R3 3:34

MARCIN HELD DEF. NASRAT HAQPARAST (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kenai Andrews checks in on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

OSKAR PIECHOTA VS. JONATHAN WILSON 

 

WINNER: OSKAR PIECHOTA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ADREWS PREDICTION: OSKAR PIECHOTA VIA TKO

Andrews: Wilson obviously has the UFC experience advantage but is on a two-fight losing streak. I’m going with the Polish sensation to thrill the crowd with another finish.

Andrews Prediction: Oskar Piechota via TKO

JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. DEVIN CLARK 

 

WINNER: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 3:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEVIN CLARK VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Clark would overcome the shots and finish off Jan, but despite coming close, Blachowicz pulled it out. Great win for Blachowicz.

#3 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VS. JODIE ESQUIBEL 

 

WINNER: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VIA UD

Andrews: KK used Esquibel’s octagon inexperience to pile up the points with strikes and keep her on the defensive. Great win.

MAIN EVENT

#6 DONALD CERRONE VS. DARREN TILL 

UFC Fight Night 118

WINNER: DARREN TILL VIA TKO R1 4:20

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO

Andrews: I did not know Till could annihilate Cerrone like that. Excellent striking from start to finish. Till did not back down and got the job done impressively. At 34, Cerrone seems to be at a crossroads.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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