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UFC 133: Rafael Natal Vs. Paul Bradley

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Kevin Mulhall is the referee for the night’s opening bout, which takes place in the middleweight division.

Round 1: After a brief feeling out period, Bradley charges in with a winging combination, he misses mostly but lands a glancing right hand when Natal backs into the cage. Natal starting to open up, sticking a nice jab and landing good leg kicks. Bradley’s nose is leaking. Natal is moving around on the outside, avoiding Bradley’s punches and scoring away with leg kicks and straight punches. Bradley slipping into reactionary mode. Bradley tries to grab hold of Natal, but the Brazilian repels him easily. Natal olés Bradley when he dives in for a takedown. Bradley does his best to drive into Natal and put him on the mat another time, but Natal isn’t having it. Natal goes back to work with leg kicks. Bradley lands a nice punch as the round closes, but he doesn’t attempt to follow up with anything. scores the round 10-9 for Natal

Round 2: Bradley lands a nice straight right and this turns into a brawl immediately. Bradley chases a reeling Natal across the cage and puts him on his back against the fence. Bradley teeing off with some ground and pound, but Natal gets control of his posture pretty quickly. Natal threatens with a leg lock and Bradley backs out, letting Natal to his feet. Natal lands a good inside leg kick once back on their feet. Bradley’s legs are looking a welted mess. Both men lunge in with punches, but neither connects flush. Natal is going back to work from the outside, landing leg kicks and the occasional punch. Bradley takes a moment after getting poked in the eye. They touch gloves and go back at it. Bradley drives for the takedown again and succeeds with fifteen seconds to go. scores the round 10-9 for Bradley

Round 3: Bradley tags Natal with a right that briefly drops the Brazilian to his knees. Natal recovers quickly and fires off a front kick. Bradley grabs hold of him but Natal avoids the takedown and makes him pay with knees to the body. Natal really lunging into his punch combinations, telegraphing them from a mile away. He whiffs on a spinning back fist and avoids a subsequent takedown attempt by Bradley. He stops another takedown. Bradley shoots in for the double, but still can’t get Natal to the mat. Natal lands a knee low, but the fight isn’t halted and Natal tags him with a punch when he reacts. Natal tags Bradley with another and then avoids another takedown. Natal batters Bradley’s leg. The crowd boos when Bradley presses Natal into the fence and holds position. Bradley gets poked again, but the ref misses. Bradley finally gets Natal down with over a minute to go, but Natal hits him with a hammer fist and pops right back to his feet. Bradley presses Natal into the fence again and the crowd boos more. scores the round 10-9 for Natal

Natal mentions that he thinks he may have broken his left hand.

Rafael Natal defeated Paul Bradley via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)