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UFC Fight Night 44: Andrew Craig Vs. Cezar Ferreira

ufc fight night 44

Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira

We head back to the middleweight ranks with Andrew Craig and Cezar Ferreira.

Craig (9-2) has won just once in his last three fights, scoring a split decision over Chris Leben. Ferreira (7-3) had his three-fight win streak snapped by CB Dollaway when he was knocked out in March.

Round 1: Huge left hand for Ferreira catches Craig, and he quickly goes for a choke. He’s working for a guillotine, powering Craig down. Big knees to the shoulder area of Craig, who still has hold of the neck. Better patience for Ferreira than he showed vs. Dollaway, and Craig is able to get to his feet. Pair of left kicks connect for the Brazilian. Big cut on the head of Craig has been opened up, and en eye poke causes a stoppage in play. The blood is trickling down the left side of Craig’s head. Vitor Belfort in the corner of Ferreira, shouting out instructions. Ferreira with a perfectly-timed takedown, as he shows off his physical abilities by flying off his feet to finish it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Round 2: Good 1-2 for Craig lands and Ferreira answers with a jumping switch-kick. More calculated approaches for both men, as they are looking to hit and not be hit at this point. Ferreira tries for a huge head kick, but it gets checked. Ferreira clinches against the fence, bullying for a takedown to no avail.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Round 3: Perfect elbow lands from Ferreira, and it opens up a huge gash on the forehead of Craig. He’s a bloody mess, and Ferreira scores with a takedown. Ferreira takes his back and locks in a body triangle with three minutes to go in the final round. The ref stands them up and Craig lands a huge shot that floors Ferreira and sends him sailing across the canvas. Craig pounces, the crowd rises with him, and Craig is trying ot finish this one. Tey are teeing off on each other, but Ferreira survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Cezar Ferreira def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)