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UFC On FX 2: Kyle Noke Vs. Andrew Craig

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Round 1: No glove touch to kick off this middleweight tilt. Noke closes the distance and hits the takedown. Craig scoots back to the fence; Noke working a front headlock position. Noke spins and takes his back very quickly. He briefly threatens with the rear naked, but Craig defends. Noke is all over him, staying on his back standing. He lands a nice knee before manhandling Craig back to the mat and going for the rear naked again. He drags Craig down with one hook in; he tries to turn into mount but ends up in full guard. Craig throws up a loose triangle attempt, ends up working a high guard; Noke avoids any danger there and goes to work with mean ground and pound. Craig gets to his feet, but Noke stays on him. Craig threatens the takedown and breaks free. Craig displayed some nice composure there in some tough spots. Noke gets tagged by a solid left hook. Craig putting on some pressure, but Noke keeping him honest with counters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noke

Round 2: A measured stand up exchange starts the second. Craig is pressuring and cutting off the cage, while Noke looks to counter. Noke goes for the high single and ends up on his back when Craig defends. Craig looking to pass, working ground and pound. Noke throwing up his legs and trying to threaten, but he doesn’t stay tight enough and Craig shuts him down. A minute to go here and Craig is controlling Noke completely. Noke gets tired of working in the guard and backs out, letting Noke to his feet. Noke with a solid kick to the body, but Craig catches him with something during a quick combination — could have been a slip — and Noke goes down. Craig ends the round in dominant position on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig

Round 3: They touch gloves for the final frame. Things start respectful again, with Craig pushing forward and Noke throwing counters. Noke gets knocked off balance after a front kick. Craig with a solid right. Craig is pressuring Noke, landing some solid punches. Noke shoots for the takedown, but Craig defends and lands some short punches. Craig is denied on a takedown attempt. Noke dives for another takedown that Craig defends well against the fence. Noke is relentless though and eventually puts him down. Craig has his back to the fence and uses it to stand in short order. Craig looking the fresher of the two fighters with two minutes to go. After some ineffectual striking by both, Craig hits a blast double and plants Noke on the canvas against the cage. Noke tries to work for an armbar, but Craig isn’t having it. Thirty seconds to go and Noke is getting roughed up on the ground. Craig looking to take Noke’s back as he attempts to stand; Noke rolls for a kneebar that Craig defends easily.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig

Andrew Craig defeated Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)