Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig
Round 1: Leben quickly comes across the Octagon. Craig lands a knee and Leben ties him up and presses him against the cage. Leben works for a takedown but Craig defends. Leben delivers a few foot stomps. Craig delivers a knee to the body and they separate. Leben closes the distance and tries to get the fight to the ground. Craig shakes it off and pushes Leben away. Leben moves forward. Leben lands a left hand and Craig answers with a knee to the body. Leben presses Craig against the cage. Craig lands a hard knee to the body and Leben separates. Craig lands an outside leg kick followed by a combination. Leben gets the fight to the ground but Craig immediately gets back to his feet. They exchange along the cage. Leben lands a combination to the body. They separate. Craig changes levels and looks for a takedown but Leben sprawls. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round for Craig.
Round 2: Leben pushes forward. He misses with a winging left hand. He engages the clinch and presses Craig against the fence. He delivers foot stomps. Leben briefly looks for a single leg takedown for abandoning it. They separate. Leben presses forward. He’s been unable to take Craig down. They battle inside the clinch. Craig lands a knee to the body. Leben moves in and Craig hits him with an elbow. Craig delivers an uppercut. Leben ties Craig up and lands punches to the body. Craig lands a counter left hand followed by a hard outside leg kick. Leben lands to the body inside the clinch. When Leben gets to the clinch, Craig applies the Thai clinch and Leben lands to the body. Craig lands a knee to the face. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Craig.
Round 3: Leben rushes across the cage. Craig lands a left hand. Leben gets hurt by a left hand. Craig lands a combination that knocks Leben down. Craig pounces on him and lands a series of punches. Leben gets back to his feet and Craig presses him against the cage. The crowd chants “Leben.” Craig clinches and Leben turns him. Three minutes remain in the round. They separate. Leben presses forward. Craig circles on the outside. Craig pushes Leben down and lands a right hand as he dropped into his guard. Leben is active off his back. He looks for an arm. He stands. Leben applies pressure. Craig lands a right hand. Craig changes levels and takes Leben down. Craig moves to half guard. Leben uses the cage to stand. Craig takes Leben down and lands left hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Craig.
The judges score the fight for Craig by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27.