VIDEO: Donald Cerrone continues to look like a damn ninja at welterweight
They didn't shake hands all week but they did so at the start of the third round on Saturday night.
But just 34 seconds later, Matt Brown was close to out cold courtesy of a perfectly placed left shin from Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 206.
'Cowboy' had wanted to show respect to Brown all week but every handshake offer was refused, right up until the stools left the Octagon after a back-and-forth two rounds of action.
Both men had flashes of success on the feet, with Cerrone finding a home for his switch kick all night, but the recent convert to 170lbs came into trouble on the mat and was caught in a deep triangle choke in the first round.
He unsurprisingly gutted it out and continued to pepper away from the outside, turning Brown's face into a bloody mess for ten minutes.
It was in the third and final round that the deciding blow found its home as Cerrone timed his opponent's decision to duck and arced a stunning roundhouse kick into Brown's neck.
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'The Immortal' was flung backwards and Cerrone knew that there was no need to hammer home any further shots as he stepped away victorious, making it 4-0 at welterweight with all wins coming inside the distance.
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