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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is a badass, both in and out of the Octagon, and following his latest win at , he now holds the record for the most head kick knockouts in UFC history.


Cerrone has five, total headkick knockouts in his UFC career, including his most recent win over Matt Brown.

Cowboy vs. Matt Brown

When Robbie Lawler pulled out of his fight with Cowboy for hearts all over MMA world broke, but when Kelvin Gastelum stepped in, then missed weight and the fight was cancelled — hearts shattered. But Cerrone, never one to shy away from a fight, delivered a show that made our broken hearts whole once again.

When: UFC 206 // December 10, 2016 // Third round, :34

Cowboy vs. John Makdessi

I was lucky enough to watch this fight cageside, and when Cowboy landed the kick square on John Makdessi's jaw, John stopped the fight, waved his hands at Cowboy to end the bout. We later learned that the kick broke Makdessi's jaw.

When: UFC 187 // May 23, 2015 // Second round, 4:44

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Cowboy vs. Jim Miller

When Cowboy faced Jim Miller in the main event for UFC Fight Night Atlanta everyone expected a show — and a how is what we got.

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When: UFC Fight Night 45 // July 16, 2014 // Second round, 3:31

Cowboy vs. Adriano Martins

Cowboy won a knockout of the night for his head kick KO of Adriano Martins in Chicago. This was only the second head kick KO in his career, but it was apparent this was not going to be the last time we saw a kick from Cerrone end a fight.

When: UFC on Fox 10 // January 25, 2014 // First round, 4:40

Cowboy vs. Melvin Guillard

When Cowboy faced Melvin Guillard he almost lost. After a shocking start in the first round he battled back to deliver a head kick, then a right hand to finish his opponent in what would be his first head kick KO win.

Watch the full fight here.

When: UFC 150 // August 11, 2012 // First round, 1:16


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