Round 1 – Craig immediately circles and fires off a pair of high and low kicks. Ferreira closes, but he’s too close. Ferreira intercepts a kick with a punch, dropping Craig, and then grabs a guillotine. Craig escapes immediate danger, but Ferreira still has him in a front headlock. Craig fighting the hands, and the two stand up. Craig gives him a nod of respect. Ferreira with a body kick. Then a front kick. Craig getting loose, circling in. Ferreira closes with a straight left that’s blocked, and Craig resets. Another body kick for Ferreira. Craig is bleeding from his head. Ferreira tries to set up a capoiera kick, but he pokes Craig in the eye in the process. Ferreira is warned, and we restart. Craig gets the better of a trade of punches, but Ferreira recovers. Craig now closing. He catches an uppercut coming in. Ferreira with another straight left. Ferreira with a pair of kicks, then he resets. Craig pursues and kicks low. Ferreira kicks straight. Ferreira’s combo blocked. Again, Ferreira punches when Craig kicks, but both fighters miss counter opportunities. Ferreira extends his hands, baiting Craig, who fires. Ferreira ducks under and gets a big takedown, but Craig fights back to his feet and turns to face his foe. Ferreira peels off and resets, and the round comes to an end. MMAjunkie scores the first frame for Ferreira, 10-9.
Round 2 – Craig circles in and lands a two-punch combo. Ferreira leaps with a two-part kick, but it’s blocked. Craig circling in again, trying to avoid that straight left. Ferreira goes with a front kick. He fires a straight left to stop the advance. They both miss with straights. Ferreira charges, but misses an uppercut and hook. Craig backs off and tries a knee up the middle as Ferreira goes offensive. Ferreira ducks and shoots, but it’s telegraphed. Craig misses a pair of high kicks. He’s circling again, lands a straight right. Ferreira backs him up to the catch and tries a high kick. Spinning back fist from Ferreira, who follows with a low kick. Ferreira ducks under a punch and shoots. He lifts Craig up, but Craig stays heavy. Against the cage, Ferreira knees the legs. Less than two minutes to go. Craig trying to escape, but Ferreira won’t let him. Craig works for a plumb, but Ferreira backs away before he can knee. Ferreira backs up, perhaps setting Craig up for something big. Craig presses and fires off a right that’s partially blocked. A takedown attempt is shrugged off. Ferreira tries that capoeira kick. An inside leg kick for the Brazilian ends the frame. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Ferreira, giving him the 20-18 score.
Round 3 – Touch of gloves starts the final round. Craig presses in, and Ferreira kicks to keep him at bay. Ferreira with a straight left. Suddenly, he explodes for a takedown and elevates Craig for another big slam. Craig, in guard, is still bleeding from his cut earlier in the round. Ferreira working to pass against the fence. Craig turns to stand up and gives up his back. Craig punches backward. The two hand fight as Ferreira looks for a choke. Craig neglects his neck and exposes himself to a gable grip, but he’s still punching. Ferreira adjusts again as Craig turns to get away. He’s going nowhere with a body lock. Ferreira again adjusting his arms, trying to get under the neck. Craig just won’t give him the pleasure. Less than 90 seconds to go, and the round is clearly Ferreira’s, but it’s not really must-see TV. Craig trying to bridge and turn, but the body lock is keeping him. Then, all off a sudden, he gets up and plasters Ferreira with a high kick. Ferreira stumbles to the mat and Craig pounces with punches. Ferreira tries to escape, and Craig slaps him with another high kick. Ferreira still on rubbery legs. Craig lands a right, but can’t land that finishing blow. Round ends mercifully for Ferreira, who despite losing the last 30 seconds still takes the frame, 10-9, for the 30-27 score.
Result: Cezar Ferreira def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)