Donald Cerrone ended a two-fight losing skid tonight at UFC Vegas 11, but “Cowboy” almost incurred another defeat at the hands of  Niko Price.

Round one

Price came out firing heavy punches  and elbows, and he tagged Cerrone with several. “Cowboy” finally responded with a hard knee to the body that slowed Price’s attacks. The two clinched up and Cerrone scored with a more knees.

Not long after, Cerrone took an eyepoke and the action was momentarily halted. Cerrone had a small cut opened under his right eye moments later, as both men fired strikes. Cerrone threatened with a headkick later in the frame. Price accidentally poked Cerrone in the eye again, before the round ended, and he was deducted a point.

Round two

Price came with several kicks to begin round two, including several that were directed at Cerrone’s calf. Price dug a hard left to the body of Cerrone. “Cowboy” scored with a few jabs but Price continued to fire in strikes. Cerrone appeared to land with a spinning kick to the body.Later in the round, Price cracked Cerrone with a big left and he continued to provide more volume. Cerrone planted a thumping elbow to the head of Price in the final minute.

Round three

Price continued to fire in kicks to begin round three. Cerrone shot in not long into the frame but Price defended. A couple of minutes into the round, both men took accidental eyepokes. Not long after, Cerrone shot in and took Price down. In the ensuing scramble, Cerrone briefly worked from Price’s back. Cerrone scored with some shots late in the round and he threatened with another head kick. Both men flurried late in the frame, but neither were able to score with anything punishing.

The fight was declared a majority draw. So, if not for the eyepoke, point deduction, Price would have won.

UFC Vegas 11 results

Donald Cerrone versus Niiko Price declared a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Khamzat Chimaev def. Gerald Meerschaert via KO (punch) R1, 0:17
Johnny Walker def. Ryan Spann via KO (elbow and punches) R1, 2:43
Mackenzie Dern def. Randa Markos via submission (armbar) R1, 3:44
David Dvorak def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Damon Jackson def. Mirsad Bektic via submission (guillotine choke) R3, 1:21
Kevin Holland def. Darren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mayra Bueno Silva def. Mara Borella via submission (armbar) R1, 2:29
Jessica-Rose Clark def. Sarah Alpar via TKO (knee) R3, 4:21
Darrick Minner def. TJ Laramie via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:52
Randy Costa def. Journey Newson via knockout (head kick) R1, 0:41
Andre Ewell def. Irwin Rivera via split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Tyson Nam def. Jerome Rivera via TKO (punches) R2, 0:34

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