4. Head Movement
In the recent history of Mixed Martial Arts, it has become very clear that amazing striking and grappling can do you no good if you can’t avoid being hit. Cerrone himself has felt this truth in his recent fights, having two of his last four fights due to a flurry of accurate punches. Edwards himself garnered six of his fifteen wins by knockout and will no doubt be looking to replicate the success of Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.
Along with those two, Cerrone’s loss to Rafael Dos Anjos also highlights a certain weakness that the cowboy has when it comes to staying out of his opponent’s range. Cerrone certainly can take a punch as well, but one has to think that after twelve plus years of fighting, his chin can’t withstand the same punishment that it used to.
Considering the cowboy can’t take his hat into the ring to throw off his opponents, a key part of his game on Saturday will have to be his ability to move. In Cerrone’s last three losses, he has been taken out in the first and second-rounds and been outmatched over three. This highlights that he isn’t any pushover in terms of movement for sure, however, he will need to stay on his toes throughout the entire fight if he is to avoid being out-struck.