Ronny Markes vs. Andrew Craig
Referee Marc Goddard is the man in charge of the action. Left hook lands flush on Markes' chin during an exchange. Markes clinches against the fence, drops down for a single, and gets it. Craig quickly pops up, but Markes ties back up and slams him to the mat. His back against the fence, Craig looks for climb to his feet. Markes controls the position, eventually muscling Craig down and seizing his back. Markes looking for a rear-naked choke, but Craig defends. Markes still looking to sink his hooks in. Craig patiently fends off the submission attempts, before spinning into top position at the horn.
Outside leg kick briefly buckles Markes. Craig easily shakes off a takedown attempt. Markes lunges forward and misses with a combination. Markes changes levels for a single and gets it, landing in full guard with Craig's back against the fence. Markes drags Craig away from the cage and advances into half guard. Markes hunting for a kimura. Markes advances, still clutching the kimura. Craig valiantly defends and eventually squirms out. Markes still refusing to give Craig an inch, tying up against the cage. The Brazilian crowd voices their displeasure at the lack of action. Craig continues the defend the takedown attempt. Goddard has finally seen enough as he separates the two fighters. Neither man able to mount any offense and the round comes to a close.
Markes immediately clinches, hunting for a takedown. Craig successfully defends the double, but Markes' gameplan has him noticeably frustrated. Craig connects with a short elbow from the break. A short strike drops Markes and Craig pounces. Markes eats a flurry of punches from the bottom. Craig likely needs a finish. Markes defends a pass to mount, but the short elbows still rain down. "Should I go for something?" Craig asks his corner. Markes squirms back into full guard. Craig punishes Markes' midsection with hard right hands. Sensing the desperation of the moment, Craig stands, but Markes quickly ties back up.
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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