After going winless in his first two fights in the UFC, Rafael Natal looks to find the victor’s circle for the first time, when he faces game wrestler Paul Bradley at UFC 133 this weekend. Having endured two decisions, one loss and one draw, to Rich Attonito and Jesse Bongfeldt, Natal believes he will have the answers come fight night.
In an interview with UFC.com, the Brazilian discussed his last fight.
“I didn’t pick up the win, but I think I fought well,” said Natal. “I never had cardio problems in my fights. In fact, this is one of my strong points, you know. But 15 days prior to UFC 124 I took some medication to heal an infection, and I believe this was one of the reasons I didn’t come across as the winner.”
The Renzo Gracie disciple will be looking across the cage at Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley, who will be making his Octagon debut. With a professional record of 18 wins and 2 losses, Bradley is fighting out of Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, and similar to many of the gym’s other notables, Bradley’s greatest strength is considered to be his wrestling.
The fight will add depth to an already-compelling preliminary roster for UFC 133. Also on the prelims, Matt Hamill will face Alexander Gustafsson in a light heavyweight bout, while former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown will battle TUF-alumni Nam Phan in an anticipated fight at 135 pounds.