Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC on FOX 23

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Donald Cerrone May Be A Step Below The Welterweight Elite

No. 5-ranked welterweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone entered UFC on FOX 23 on a tear, as he had won four straight fights over the likes of Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown since moving up to welterweight. All four of those victories had also come by way of stoppage.

Looking stronger, faster and better than ever, Cerrone seemed to be on his way towards a big fight or a title shot in his new division, but he was dominated and stopped early in the second round against No. 12-ranked Jorge Masvidal in their co-main event bout.

Masvidal certainly wasn’t a top ranked fighter, but the loss proved that Cerrone may be a step below the welterweight elite at this time. His recent win streak was undoubtedly impressive, but he had yet to face a top five contender, and he may need to polish up his game before a he faces off with a fighter like Demian Maia or Robbie Lawler, who he was briefly scheduled to face at UFC 205.

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