Cerrone controlled most of the fight, stalking down Oliveira with leg kicks and punches. He knocked Oliveira down with a knee, and then backed away for a second before finishing up with a flurry of punches. It was stopped at 3:01 in the first round.
"My game plan was to let it go man. I finally got to go out there and get it started. Looking forward, I would like a rematch with Ben Henderson. I train with the best every day, and this is what you get," Cerrone said after the win.
This win puts Cerrone on a five-fight win streak, extending back to his stint in the WEC. Oliveira is a young, rising prospect, but has hit a rough patch as his last three fights were two losses and a no contest.
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