Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone breaks record for UFC wins as he submits Mike Perry in Denver

Donald Cerrone now holds the record for the most wins in UFC history (21), after submitting Mike Perry by armbar in Denver.  

‘Cowboy’ reached the landmark in front of a home crowd in Denver for Fight Night.

He overtook retired former middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre who had tied with Cerrone on 20 victories. 

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Donald Cerrone (right) submitted Mike Perry with an armbar late in the first round

Donald Cerrone (right) submitted Mike Perry with an armbar late in the first round

Donald Cerrone (right) submitted Mike Perry with an armbar late in the first round

'Cowboy' came out on top in front of his home crowd with a slick, technical finish

'Cowboy' came out on top in front of his home crowd with a slick, technical finish

‘Cowboy’ came out on top in front of his home crowd with a slick, technical finish

Many expected Cerrone and the heavy-handed Perry to fight predominantly on their feet but the finish came with slick ground work after 4:46 of the opening round.

Roared on by the home fans, he reversed position twice before contorting his body and wrenching Perry’s arm on the mat. 

After his 21st win, and 15th finish (another UFC record), the 35-year-old said: ‘I got ready too early. 

After breaking the record for wins in the UFC, Cerrone shared the moment with his son

After breaking the record for wins in the UFC, Cerrone shared the moment with his son

After breaking the record for wins in the UFC, Cerrone shared the moment with his son

‘They showed me a picture of my son in his belt buckle and boots and I got so emotional. I’ve never felt like that before. You ain’t taking food out of my kid’s mouth — no way, no how.’

‘Most wins in UFC history, baby. What an honor. I’m so proud, I love you Denver.’

Cerrone’s record now reads 34-11-1 and he confirmed that he will be going back down to lightweight, telling champion Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘I’m coming for that belt.’ 

In the main event in Denver, Yair Rodriguez overcame Chan Sung Jung with a thrilling last second finish. 

After a thrilling five rounds, Rodriguez sent Jung to the canvas with an elbow that landed flush and won him bout, with potential Fight of the Year honours to come. 

Yair Rodriguez came through a thrilling contest with Chan Sung Jung to win in the last seconds

Yair Rodriguez came through a thrilling contest with Chan Sung Jung to win in the last seconds

Yair Rodriguez came through a thrilling contest with Chan Sung Jung to win in the last seconds

The Mexican fighter landed an elbow flush and sent his opponent from consciousness 

The Mexican fighter landed an elbow flush and sent his opponent from consciousness 

The Mexican fighter landed an elbow flush and sent his opponent from consciousness 

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