UFC 238 results: Donald Cerrone's eye shuts, leading to Tony Ferguson TKO win
CHICAGO – In a bout that seemed to live up to the fans’ expectations for a firefight, Tony Ferguson beat Donald Cerrone in what could have went down as an all-time classic – before it was halted for a cut.
Referee Dan Miragliotta waved off the fight in between the second and third rounds after doctors looked at a massive cut near Cerrone’s right eye. Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) got the TKO win over Cerrone (36-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC), and the fans booed what they deemed a disappointing end to a thrilling slugfest.
In between rounds, Cerrone blew his nose – and it exacerbated the hematoma that already was under his right eye. And that led the doctors to shut things down.
“I just asked if they could push the air back down. That’s all I wanted,” Cerrone told Joe Rogan after the fight. “That was the fight I think everybody wanted. I’m so sorry. I don’t quit. I don’t back down. Man, I just wanted to keep fighting. I was just asking, ‘Can you just push the air back down?’ You’re right: I shouldn’t have blown my nose. I’m a veteran, I’m old school, and I should’ve known that. But I did, and I humbly couldn’t finish the fight, and I apologize.”
The lightweight bout was part of the main card of Saturday’s UFC 238 event at United Center in Chicago. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Cerrone kicked high right out of the gate, but Ferguson answered with one of the same. Cerrone tried to work a stiff jab when Ferguson tried to come inside, but Ferguson landed a jab of his own soon after. A strong left landed for Ferguson, but Cerrone worked through it and fired back. Cerrone pushed Ferguson back with a three-punch combo, then reset.
Just 100 seconds in, they started trading big bombs, then settled down for a few seconds of leg kicks. Cerrone landed, but Ferguson answered with a body kick. Then Cerrone just missed up high with a head kick and followed it with two punches to the chin. Ferguson was unfazed and fired back.
Ferguson nearly landed a spinning back elbow with 90 seconds left, and when they went back to the middle Ferguson was bleeding near his right eye. A big left landed for Cerrone with 25 seconds left near Ferguson’s cut, and when the 10-second clapper went off the two threw with gusto to the fans’ delight.
Cerrone fired a big head kick early in the second, then seemed to be wobbled briefly by a Ferguson punch. Ferguson looked like he was finding his range with kicks, then a big jab, and Cerrone seemed like he was slowing down a minute into the second. But the two kept trading. When Ferguson popped Cerrone’s head back, Cerrone just fired at him harder. Both were bloodied. Two minutes in, Ferguson threw a spinning elbow again, but Cerrone ducked under and landed a kick. Then Ferguson did land the spinning attack, but Cerrone stayed on his feet. They both kept landing, but neither went down.
With two minutes left, Cerrone changed things up and landed a driving takedown. But Ferguson was back up quickly and they went back to swinging. Cerrone had a big mouse under his right eye. THey kept swinging and landing, but the biggest crowd response came when Ferguson landed a big right hand after the horn – though referee Dan Miragliotta hadn’t stepped in to break them yet.
With blood dripping down his chest from the massive cut under his eye, Miragliotta brought the cageside doctors in. They looked at his eye, and that wound up being all she wrote.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 238 results include:
- Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (cut) – Round 2, 5:00
- Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Aljamain Sterling def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:06
- Yan Xiaonan def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Darren Stewart def. Bevon Lewis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Eddie Wineland def. Grigorii Popov via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:47
- Katlyn Chookagian def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)