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Clint Hester Defeats Antonio Braga Neto At UFC Fight Night 44

Andrew Ravens

Clint Hester

Once again this fight went to the judges and was a real close fight, you could make the case that Clint Hester or Antonio Braga Neto won the fight, however, the judges gave it to Clint Hester.

Clint Hester (10-3) Has seven knockouts, one submissions and two decisions in his MMA career. He has never been knocked, but has been submitted twice.
Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a three fight winning streak.

He made his UFC debut against Bristol Marunde, which he won via knockout at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on Apr / 13 / 2013.
He then went on to beat Dylan Andrews via doctor’s stoppage at UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs. Bigfoot on Dec / 07 / 2013 and then Andy Enz via unanimous decision at UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber 2 on Feb / 01 / 2014.
Antonio Braga Neto (9-1) Has one knockout, seven submissions and one decision victories in his MMA career.
Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a three fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Anthony Smith, which he won by kneebar at UFC on Fuel TV 10 – Nogueira vs. Werdum on Jun / 08 / 2013.

Here is the play-by-play for this fight:

Round 1: This starts out at a very energetic pace, Hester with a series of strikes. Neto clinches and puts Hester on the fence, he goes for a single leg, and eventually gets it. He is in half guard, Smith reverses and gets top position. He ground and pounds, Hester defends the best he can, not a ton of action.

Round 2: Hester is trying to find his range, he lands a big right hand, maybe he has found his range. Hester with a takedown and he lands in mount, but Neto rolls through and gets into mount. Not good, he lands a series of elbows from the top position, Hester is trying to defend as best as he can.

Round 3:  Third and hopeful better round. Hester comes out swinging, but Hester slips before he can land anything big and Neto jumps on top of him. Neto is in half guard, Hester gets his stuff together, reverses and now is in top position. He has Neto right up on the fence where he lands elbows all day. We have a blood fest on our hands, Hester continues to work Neto as the fans boo. Hester stands up, and here we go. Hester with a nice left hook, then works the body. they exchange to end the fight.

Result: Clint Hester def. Antonio Braga Neto via split-decision, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

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