Ed Herman and Rafael Natal traded shots, if you want to see strikes, takedowns and a back and forth fight then you saw it. The two went to the judges, but Ed Herman edges out Natal to get the win at UFC Fight Night 40.
Herman is coming into this fight with five knockouts, 13 submissions and 3 decision victories; he has been knocked out once, submitted 6 times and lost by decision three times in his MMA career. The longtime fighter made his UFC debut through the TUF series and lost his first fight in the UFC against Kendall Grove at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale on Jun / 24 / 2006 via Unanimous decision. In his last four fights it’s been a bit rocky. He had his fight with Jake Shields overturned by the commission at UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar 2 on Aug/ 11 / 2012, he then lost to Ronaldo Souza via Kimura in the 1st Rd in his only Strikeforce fight: Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He returned to the UFC and beat Trevor Smith via Split decision at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013. In his last fight he lost to Thales Leites via Unanimous decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013.
Natal is coming into this fight with three knockouts, 8 submission and 6 decision victories; he has been knocked out four times, but only lost once by decision. He made his UFC debut at UFC – Fight Night 22 back in 2010 in a losing fight against Rich Attonito. In his last four fights he is 3-1, he beat Sean Spencer via triangle choke in the 3rd Rd at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson on Jan / 26 / 2013. He beat Joao Zeferino via Unanimous decision at UFC on FX 8 – Belfort vs. Rockhold on May / 18 / 2013. He then went onto beat Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night – Teixeira vs. Bader on Sep / 04 / 2013 via Unanimous decision. However in his last fight, he lost to Tim Kennedy via 1st Rd KO at UFC Fight Night – Fight for the Troops 3 on Nov / 06 / 2013.
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