The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday night not only gave fans fights on facebook.com, they gave them a whopping five fights if you “like” the UFC page. The initial announcement was for two bouts on facebook, but the UFC quickly shifted gears and added three UFC Fight Night 24 bonus fights to the online stream.

John Hathaway dropping the elbow down on Kris McCray

John Hathaway dropping the elbow down on Kris McCray

The final of the three bonus bouts was a war of attrition between Brit John Hathaway and American Kris McCray, but don’t let the word attrition fool you. This was a tough, competitive fight from bell to bell.

Hathaway started out with a quick foot lock attempt that looked like it would finish the fight, but McCray fought his way out of it and stamped his takedowns all over Hathaway during round one. But as often as McCray was on top, Hathaway was fighting just as strong from his back.

Round two was similar, both men having their moments, neither gaining a distinct advantage, splitting takedowns, and taking turns with their ground and pound attack.

The third round is what secured the fight for Hathaway, however. He took McCray down numerous times in the final stanza, as McCray grew weary. Hathaway was also quicker to the punch on their feet.

The scorecards reflected how closely the efforts of McCray and Hathaway matched. One judge gave a 29-28 nod to McCray, while the other two scored it the same in Hathaway’s favor, handing the Brit a split decision victory.

Michael McDonald sinking a choke on Edwin Figueroa

Michael McDonald sinking a choke on Edwin Figueroa

One of the most highly touted young fighters in the UFC, Michael McDonald showed why by utilizing his full arsenal to get a victory over late replacement Edwin Figueroa.

McDonald was on fire early, blistering Figueroa with his striking attack throughout the first round. He continued to impress in round two, shifting gears to a submission attack. McDonald locked on several deep submissions, but couldn’t secure the finish on a very game Figueroa, who got his shot in the Octagon on a mere 10 days notice and wasn’t going to let it go to waste.

Both fighters tiring, Figueroa finally got some offense going in round three, but McDonald dug deep, finding a way to win by stifling Figueroa’s striking with takedown after takedown to earn a unanimous decision victory.

“He’s definitely the toughest guy I’ve fought,” said McDonald after the fight, clearly ready to continue his ascension up the UFC bantamweight ladder.

Christian Morecraft putting Sean McCorkle to sleep

Christian Morecraft putting Sean McCorkle to sleep

There was a whole lotta man in the first bout on facebook. Six-foot-eight Christian Morecraft and six-foot-seven Sean McCorkle, both 265 pounds, are pushing the limits of the heavyweight division.

It was Morecraft, however, that used his size to his advantage on Saturday night. Though McCorkle started the fight out by landing on top following a takedown, Morecraft quickly turned the tables and punished McCorkle with some brutal ground and pound to finish round one, and again to open round two.

Morecraft landed an accidental low knee just past the midway point of round two. McCorkle took full advantage of his five minutes to recover, but it didn’t do him any good. Shortly after the fight restarted, Morecraft applied a standing guillotine choke that put McCorkle to sleep.

Both men were coming off of losses to Stefan Struve. A loss here doesn’t bode well for McCorkle, but Morecraft was impressive, earning further life in the Octagon.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Top Ten – The Best UFC Fighters of 2016

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

In a year of incredible fights, KO's and more, these fighters are the ones who delivered most. These are the best UFC fighters of 2016. read news >>

TJ Dillashaw: UFC 207 Warrior Code Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

Before TJ Dillashaw fights to become the top contender against No. 2 ranked bantamweight John Lineker at UFC 207, hear why he fights and his future plans. read news >>

Meet Cancer Survivor Maddux, Cody Garbrandt's Biggest Fan (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 25 views

Before he fights UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 on December 30, learn about Cody Garbrandt and his special friendship with young Maddux. read news >>

UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey - Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

All the big fights at UFC 207 are hard to pick but we have you covered with this week's fantasy cheat sheet. Who will win between Amanda Nunes-Ronda Rousey, Dominick Cruz-Cody Garbrandt and more. read news >>

Cain Velasquez gives his side of the story on UFC 207 withdrawal

  • 22 days ago
  • 31 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez posted a statement on his official Facebook page to explain his side of the story on the cancelation of his rematch with fellow ex-champ Fabricio Werdum read news >>

Hendricks, Borg miss weight; fights still on for UFC 207

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and flyweight Ray Borg both missed weight for thier fights at UFC 207. read news >>

UFC 207's Antonio Carlos Junior wants to keep the rhythm of 3 fights a year going in 2017

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

LAS VEGAS – Throughout history, the number 3 has held much symbolism. Antonio Carlos Junior is hoping the number is key for him in 2017 the way it was in 2016.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Pioneer Marco Ruas looks back on contribution to MMA, wishes he'd had more UFC fights

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Long before Marco Ruas became UFC 7’s tournament winner, he was engaging on the now-famous unregulated fights between rival gyms in Rio. He might have gone 9-4 in his MMA career but on the streets, R read news >>

Cain Velasquez Removed from UFC 207, Fight Card Proceeds with 10 Fights

  • 26 days ago
  • 128 views

UFC 207 has lost its heavyweight showcase, but the show continues on with 10 fights. Cain Velasquez didn’t get the Christmas present he wanted. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) pulled Velasquez f read news >>

Dominick Cruz Has a Car Fetish (UFC 207 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 118 views

UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz takes his racing almost as seriously as his fighting. Cruz fights Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event at UFC 207. read news >>