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UFC Fight Night 44: Clint Hester Vs. Antonio Braga Neto

ufc fight night 44

Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto

We return to the land of middleweights with Clint Hester and Antonio Braga Neto.

Hester (10-3) has won six in a row, including three with the UFC since appearing on The Ultimate Fighter. Neto (9-1) earned a submission win over Anthony Smith in his Octagon debut earlier this year.

Round 1: Hester trying to stay just far enough away from Neto to avoid the takedown, as both throw long strikes. Hester throwing swooping left hooks and Neto clinches. He’s doing a great job denying the takedown and making Neto work hard, but he eventually succumbs. Neto mounts as they are against the cage. Neto with a minute and counting of Octagon control on the ground, but Hester gets to his feet. As soon as he does, Neto tosses him back down. Small shots getting through for Neto, but the ref told Hester he knows he’s “good” so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Neto

Round 2: Hester throwing bombs, landing a kick to the body and a huge overhand right. Hester might be trying to lull Neto in to land the knockout shot, snapping off jabs and low leg kicks. Hester blocks a front kick and lands a right jab. Neto shoots for a takedown and Hester reverses and scores, but he gets swept and winds up on his back. After a strong opening couple of minutes, Neto closes out in the mount and in a dominant position, possibly stealing the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Neto

Round 3: Here comes Hester, firing off huge rights. Neto goes for a takedown, but Hester gets right to his feet and is teeing off again. Hester moving forward and throwing everything, but he gets too close and winds up on his back. Hester reverses and lands a nice elbow from the top as we head under two minutes. Back to the feet with seconds to go and Hester peppers him with a left, and another. Good right hand gets through for Hester, but Neto scores a late takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hester

Clint Hester def. Antonio Braga Neto via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)