Rafael Natal went back and watched his three-round fight with Ed Herman from this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 40.
When the dust cleared, it was Herman awarded the decision victory on all three scorecards in the prelim main event. Natal, though, doesn’t agree with that.
“Hey guys I just watched the fight and I know that I didn’t (have) a good performance, but I think that I won the first and the second round,” he posted on Facebook. “Thank you for all the support, I’m more sad for not giving this victory for you guys, my coaches, my family, students, training partners and etc., but I’ll not give up.
“I’ll keep my head up because I know that I can do a lot for this sport.”
Natal (17-6-1) lost for the second straight time, as he was finished by Tim Kennedy last November. He had put together a three-fight win streak through the early portion of 2013, and was 5-1 in his last six before the recent slide.
One Octagon-side judge ruled the fight 30-27 for Herman, while the other two had it 29-28 for “Short Fuse.” FightLine had it 29-28 for Herman, as well.
Natal is now 5-4-1 in 10 career UFC appearances. He holds wins over Tor Troeng, Joao Zeferino, Sean Spencer, Michael Kuiper and Paul Bradley, while he fought Jesse Bongfeldt to a majority draw in 2010. His losses have come at the hands of Herman, Kennedy, Andrew Craig via knockout and Rich Attonito by decision in his debut.
Herman (22-10) has split his last four fights overall ad is a former Ultimate Fighter runner-up from Season 3.