twitter google

UFC On FOX 18’s Rafael Natal Declares His Plans

ufc on fox 18

After earning his fourth consecutive victory, Rafael Natal made is clear to the rest of the middleweight division that he is gunning for the Top-10.

Natal (21-6-1) earned a third round TKO vs. Kevin Casey as part of the UFC on FOX 18 prelims Saturday night.

“I think I deserve a Top-10 guy,” Natal said. “Step by step I’m going to move up to the top.”

Last May, Natal earned a split decision over Uriah Hall, adding to decisions vs. Tom Watson and Chris Camozzi.

He now owns nine UFC victories since debuting with the promotion back in 2010.

“When I hit him I knew that’s my time,” he said. “I thought I have to finish this fight. I wanted to use my jiu-jitsu and then I finished the fight. With all my fans here, I have to give this win to them. My three brothers came from Brazil, lots of my friends and even my girlfriend to support me.”

For Casey, the loss has him questioning which weight class to compete at moving forward. He is 1-1 with a no-contest over his last three.

“That punch at the end of the first took a lot out of me. I felt gassed after that. I was really, really gassed. Maybe it’s time to drop down to 170.”

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson

Event Date: October 1, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2

Event Date: October 8, 2016
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 97: Lamas vs. Penn

Event Date: October 15, 2016
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 162

Event Date: October 21, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 163: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports