After an embrace of mutual admiration during pre-fight instructions, the welterweights drew their guns and unloaded on one another.
Ahead of the matchup, Perry met with FanSided MMA, and the discussion turned from his latest bout to what - and who - could come next if he were to secure a victory on Saturday night. So it's like, damn, there was a lot of nerves going on, man.
On Sunday, Cerrone brought an end to his rocky run, finishing Medeiros with just two seconds remaining in the first round, but in a subsequent interview with Fox Sports 1, the 34-year-old veteran said that he still believes his future is down at lightweight. "So my hat's off to all the guys who do the UFC fighting, I love it, I love my job more than anything and there's no other place I'd rather be tonight". But yeah, I don't know. You know what's cool? Perry vs. Griffin will be the opening fight on the UFC Orlando main card, both fighters will be looking for a bounce-back performance coming off of loses, with Perry looking to get back into the top 15 and Griffin looking to crack the rankings for the first time in his career. While Diaz was only shown briefly after the co-main event heavyweight fight between Marcin Tybura and Derrick Lewis, he made the most of his appearance.
Lewis almost had the finish in the opening round as he caught Tybura with a right hook, but the Pole survived the onslaught until the end of the round and got an early takedown in round two to even it up heading into the third.
"I just believed in myself", Lewis said afterwards.
Donald Cerrone has not fought in the stacked UFC lightweight division December of 2015, when he mauled by former champion Rafael dos Anjos in the first-round of a lightweight title fight.