In the first bout of the UFC 183 Fox Sports 1 broadcast, Rafael Natal and Tom Watson went head-to-head in a fight between UFC trial-horses.
Both men, hungry but well-experienced, were ready to engage in a fight which appeared to be even on paper, and surely a tough out in the cage.
Watson, like he’s accustomed to doing, squared up at center-cage. The fearless Brit made most of the offense early, but Rafael Natal wouldn’t pull any of his punches, either. This led to a fun, rigorous, opening few minutes where both men landed heavy kicks and punches.
By the end of round one of their UFC 183 showdown, Natal had scored a pair of takedowns, and clearly outlanded Watson thanks to a few meaningful flurries.
Tom Watson, 32, once again, took the worst of it in round two. Natal’s striking was imposing and he was clearly at an advantage whenever wrestling came into play. Watson did sneak in a few right hands here and there, but it was nothing to fuss about for the Brazilian fighter, who was home-free barring a knockout or submission.
Indeed, round three occurred like it’s predecessors, and “Sapo” took home his second straight win in Las Vegas. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 — all for Natal.