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UFC Fight Night 40: Ed Herman Vs. Rafael Natal

ufc fight night 40

Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal

We’ll conclude the FOX Sports 2 prelims with middleweights Ed Herman and Rafael Natal.

Herman (21-10) has just one official win in his last four, losing to Thales Leites and Ronaldo Souza. He also lost to Jake Shields, but that was overturned to a no-contest after Shields failed his post-fight drug test.

Natal (17-5-1) had his three-fight win streak stopped by Tim Kennedy in November, losing via knockout. He is 5-3-1 in his Octagon career.

Round 1: Good exchange early, as Herman goes to the head and Natal to the body. Kick from the Brazilian hurts Herman moments in and he follows with a takedown. Herman uses the cage to get to his feet with just over a minute left. Trip takedown from Herman on Natal and he works to better his position. Good shots from the top by Herman, landing a huge elbow that busts open a cut on the eye of Natal.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Herman

Round 2: Herman with a left, but Natal answers with two leg kicks. Herman is not checking those and that could be bad. He catches him this time and lands a counter. Herman executing good combos, firing off power lefts and rights. Perfectly timed takedown from Natal as we head under three minutes. Herman, though, is doing a nice job of working off his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Natal

Round 3: Herman walking down Natal, who snaps off a left. Herman defends off a takedown attempt with ease, tossing Natal to the side. Cut opened up over the nose area of Natal, as Herman caught him with a glancing knee on the way in after a takedown. Two big left hooks followed by a right from Herman, and he appears to have Natal hurt. More big shots from Herman, who is continuing to stalk his opponent. He has turned Natal’s face into a bloody mess, but he fires off a kick to the face. Spinning back fist connects from Natal.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Herman

Ed Herman def. Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)