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UFC 162: Chris Leben Vs. Andrew Craig

Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig

The final prelim bout features middleweights Chris Leben (22-9) and Andrew Craig (8-1). Leben is on a two-fight losing skid, while Craig suffered his first career loss earlier this year. Yves Lavigne is the referee in charge.

Round 1: Leben, competing for the 21st time in the UFC, comes right out after Craig and is working for a single-leg takedown. Leben again working the single-leg, but Craig defends well. Craig connects with a knee to the face off the clinch, but Leben comes right back and finally gets the takedown. Good exchange by the two, as Leben continues coming in and applying the pressure. Craig lands a big right, but Leben comes right back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig

Round 2: Much like the first, it’s Leben the aggressor, coming right out after Craig. Big knee off the clinch by Craig lands, as he goes back to making Leben chase and catch him. Craig successfully defends his sixth of seven takedown attempts, and fires off another knee. Elbow catches Leben coming in, as the veteran looks winded with two-plus minutes to go. Again, another counter attack by Craig.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig

Round 3: Craig withstands an attack by Leben and goes on the offensive himself, dropping “The Crippler” and pouncing. Craig is on top, hammering down lefts and rights, but Leben seems to have recovered and is back to his feet. A loud chant of “Leben” begins, and the fighter takes notice. Big right uppercut connects by Craig, as Leben clinches against the fence. Craig knocks Leben down with nothing more than a shove, as he likely caught him off balance. Leben is working for a potential triangle from his back, now moving to a kimura, but is unable to secure it. We go under a minute and Craig is in the guard of Leben on the mat. Leben gets to his feet and is still throwing rights, but easily gets taken down by the fresher fighter.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig

Andrew Craig def. Chris Leben via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)