Chris Wade had a tougher time than he expected against Nate Andrews at PFL 2 2019, scrapping his way to a unanimous decision.
Chris Wade is out for vengeance this season. His run as the fourth seed ended in the semifinals following a controversial decision loss to eventual champion, Natan Schulte. With that decision fueling him, he’s looking to leave no doubt as to who the best 155er in PFL is. Wade was 5-2 in the UFC, falling to Dagestani beasts Rustam Khabilov and Islam Makhachev.
Nate Andrews is 35-years-old but is on quite an impressive run heading into the second season of PFL. “The Snake” is 15-1 with all but one of his fights taking place in the New England promotion CES. Andrews has defended the promotion’s lightweight title twice and has submitted his last seven opponents, knocking out the previous two.
Chris Wade got fancy to start this fight, throwing a jumping switch kick among other head kicks. Wade got a clinch and drove Andrews to the cage. Wade worked hard for double-underhooks, but Andrews would not fall. Andrews was able to separate, then caught Wade with a combination. A head kick landed for Andrews, then Wade drove him down for the first time in the fight. The round ended with Wade in full guard.
Andrews caught a head kick to start the second round, then landed a right hand. Wade was pushed towards the fence with a knee, sparking a clinch. Following their separation, Wade drove him down with another double leg. Andrews was incredibly active on his back (his seven straight submissions are evidence of that), but Wade was having none of it. Andrews sat up against the fence and avoided a guillotine from the Long Islander, eventually standing up. Wade still had him pinned against the cage though. Andrews tried for a kimura, but it only led to a takedown for Wade. Andrews was able to get top position to close out the round.
Andrews was giving Wade trouble in this fight, pushing forward on the feet and forcing Wade to the fence. The Long Islander ate a knee to the body, but was able to score another takedown. Andrews worked his way up, then took Wade down, taking the back of his opponent. Wade slipped through the back door and took the back of Andrews, nearly sinking in the rear-naked choke. Andrews spun out into guard, then swept to take the back of Wade with under 30 seconds left. Wade survived with Andrews on his back, taking a hard-fought decision.
Chris Wade def. Nate Andrews by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
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