Rafael Natal vs. Sean Spencer
The FX-televised prelims begin in the middleweight ranks, as Rafael Natal (14-4-1) battles Sean Spencer (9-1). Robert Madrigal will be the referee.
Round 1: Spencer waiting no time to take the action to Natal, gaining control of the Octagon. Stiff jab from Natal, and Spencer takes a poke to the eye. It was a nasty poke, and the doctor is checking it out. Spencer lands a power right, and Natal seems unsure how to attack the quicker Spencer, who is catching all his kicks. Natal finally lands a nice leg kick to Spencer’s lead leg, as he continues to switch up stances. Spinning back kick from Natal is followed up with a strike combo. Hook floors Natal, but he quickly gets back to his feet. Combo lands from Natal, as does a kick to the body. Spencer defends a takedown attempt, remaining upright as we approach a minute. Spencer has a cut now on his forehead, and Natal lands a spinning back fist. Natal gets the takedown and into full-mount with 20 seconds left. Natal firing away on Spencer, likely securing himself a round he was behind on until the end.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Natal
Round 2: Power kick lands to the body of Spencer, and Spencer comes back with his own quick feet and a right hand. Side kick by Natal, who shoots in and gets a takedown and into complete control on the ground. Spencer backs to the fence quickly, but Natal pulls him back. Spencer, though, gets to his feet and avoids any damage from Natal. Pair of knees from Natal, as Spencer works to fight off the takedown. Natal gets double under hooks and trips Spencer to the mat with two minutes left in the round. Not much advancement on either part on the ground, though Natal now breaks free and is working some ground-and-pound. Natal slips to the back of Spencer with 40 seconds left, hammering away while locking in a choke, but Spencer hangs on.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Natal
Round 3: Spencer has barely survived the end of both rounds, and his corner let him know he needs a finish to win. Natal shoots, and Spencer fends it off. A much slower Spencer gets taken down this time by Natal, who is in side control and in a strong position. Natal locks an arm up and is hammering away on the head of Spencer. Spencer trying to get free, but Natal has him locked up pretty tightly. Elbows being fired down by Natal, and Natal is unable to get an arm submission. Arm triangle attempt now by Natal, and that is it, as Natal gets the submission.
Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer via submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:13 of Round 3