After being ruled out due to illness on the day of his scheduled bout with Chris Camozzi at UFC Abu Dhabi, Andrew Craig‘s return to the Octagon will now be on June 28 against TUF Brazil 1 winner Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira. The fight will take place on UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson vs. Stephens in San Antonio, TX. on the date that also sees James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt square off in Auckland, New Zealand.
Andrew Craig has gone 3-2 inside the Octagon since signing for the UFC in 2012. After defeating Kyle Noke and Rafael Natal to maintain his undefeated professional record, Craig looked like a prospect at middleweight, but setbacks against Ronny Markes and Luke Barnatt – with a win over Chris Leben in-between– have put a halt to Craig’s progress. A win over respected TUF champion Cezar Mutante would put him back on the right track, in a fight that can only be seen as must-win for the 28 year old. A loss would be his third in four, which doesn’t usually resonate well with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
In Cezar Ferreira, Craig faces a man who is coming off the first loss of his UFC career after a knockout at the hands of CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night: Natal in March. The loss came after Mutante charge forward recklessly and was caught with a devastating counter, and that one strike put an end to his three fight win streak. After competing in the inaugural TUF Brazil season, Mutante put on a string of three impressive wins including the TUF Brazil final itself as well as a win over original finalist Daniel Sarafian. A win for Mutante is vital if the Brazilian wishes to make a run at the 185lbs strap.