In the third fight on Facebook at UFC Fight Night 24, welterweights Kris McCray and John Hathaway did battle. McCray is looking to stay in the UFC after two losses, last of which was against Carlos Eduardo Rocha. Hathaway, once a top prospect, is looking to regain that status after a loss to veteran Mike Pyle.
The referee in charge of the action is Herb Dean.
ROUND 1 - Both fighters lock up right away and separate. Outside kick lands for McCray, but he eats a right hand in the process. McCray presses Hathaway into the fence and tries for a body lock takedown, but gets nowhere. Hathaway reaches for a toe hold, but can't get it. McCray on top now in half guard. Hathaway is trying to stand as he gets close throws a knee. McCray catches the knee and turns it into a hard slam. Hathaway tries to stand again, and again, is taken down from a body lock. Hard knee from Hathaway to finish the round.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 McCray.
ROUND 2 - Right hand from the Brit to start the round. A tight scramble results in a Hathaway takedown, but McCray is able to stand. McCray catches another knee and slams Hathaway to the floor. Hathaway attempts an armbar, but McCray spins on top and is out, now working on top. Both fighters stand now. McCray presses Hathaway into the fence working for a takedown. Hathaway gets out and attempts his own takedown, but is stuffed. Now he's pressing McCray into the fence. McCray now shoots and is stuffed by Hathaway. McCray stuffs a Hathaway shot and ends up on top into full mount.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-10.
ROUND 3 - Hathaway lands a knee and runs the pipe on a single and it works. Hathaway working ground and pound on top in half guard now. McCray trying to create space, but Hathaway goes to half guard on the side. Out of nowhere, McCray lands a sweep is working on top. Hathaway stands and fails to hit the switch, but in process of standing is able to land a takedown on McCray. Hathaway working hard ground and pound, but McCray able to stand. Hathaway stuffs another takedown attempt and gets another of his own. Much better round for him.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Hathaway and the fight 29-29, a draw.
UFC Fight Night 24 results: John Hathaway defeated Kris McCray by split decision (29-28 McCray, 29-28 Hathaway, 29-28 Hathaway).