In the waning seconds of an otherwise uneventful opening round of their UFC on FOX 18 bout, Rafael Natal clobbered Kevin Casey with a huge right hand to the jaw.
Casey was saved by the horn, but it didn’t bode well for the rest of the fight. Natal earned his fourth consecutive victory by dominating the former RFA champ the rest of the way Saturday at Newark’s Prudential Center. The bout was waved off at the 3:37 mark of the third round for the TKO.
Casey didn’t appear to have the cobwebs cleared when Natal hit him with a low blow of a kick, which didn’t help matters. By the time they restarted, Natal resumed control, scoring takedowns and working Casey over from the top, most notably a series of nasty hammer fists.
The final round was more of the same, as Natal again controlled the round from top position, finally getting full mount and finishing the tough Casey with a ground-and-pound onslaught.
Natal, a Renzo Gracie Academy fighter, improved to 21-6-1, with all four fights in his win streak going the distance. Casey (9-4, 2 NC), of Hawthorne, Calif., lost for the first time since 2013.
“I was thinking I couldn’t lose this fight, I had to get the finish,” Natal said. “I believe in my jiu-jitsu and I finish the fight.”
Source:: mma fighting