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MMANIAK 17 - Griffiths-Maul PBP Commentary

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Kingen Ciuchten and Stephen Otumba. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

189 cm
27
277 lbs
8 - 8 - 0
204 cm
20
220 lbs
4 - 10 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Great low kicks
Cardio machine
BJJ Blue Belt
Counter fighter
Solid chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Kingen Ciuchten!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Stephen Otumba!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Bishop, Andrew Berry and Chris Edwards.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Ciuchten swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Otumba avoids a punch combination nicely.
Otumba with the counter takedown but Ciuchten avoids it easily.
Ciuchten throws a right and a left that both miss.
Otumba with the counter takedown but Ciuchten avoids it easily.
Sloppy strikes from Ciuchten. Those never looked like landing.
Otumba is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Ciuchten looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Kingen Ciuchten seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Ciuchten lands a front kick.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Ciuchten. Otumba shrugs it off though.
Otumba looks winded!
Ciuchten tries a head kick but it misses.
And Otumba tries to counter it with a takedown but Ciuchten pushes his down on his head and steps out.

Ciuchten throws a head kick that lands with a deafening thwack! The crowd roars as Otumba stumbles backwards and falls to the mat. Ciuchten follows into mount!

It looks like Stephen Otumba has been cut.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Otumba has left one of his arms exposed and Ciuchten doesn't need a second invitation. He's isolated it and locked on a tight armbar. Otumba screams and taps out, obviously in a lot of pain. Hopefully there isn't permanent damage to that arm.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:58 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Kingen Ciuchten!
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Tommy Lotus and Carlos Strikes. Lotus comes to the cage accompanied by Eye of the tiger. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

186 cm
49
172 lbs
33 - 43 - 2
186 cm
47
180 lbs
39 - 37 - 2
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent boxer
Granite chin
BJJ Brown Belt
Excellent MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 33 wins, 43 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of London, Tommy Lotus!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 39 wins, 37 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of London, Carlos Strikes!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, Paul Tew and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lotus dives in for a single leg takedown but Strikes sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Lotus gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily

and Strikes counters into the clinch. Nicely done.
Strikes using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Lotus is breathing heavily.

Strikes escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.

Strikes fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Lotus, pushing him back against the cage.
Lotus takes a knee to the side of the body.
Strikes lands a body shot in the clinch.
A right hook to the body lands for Strikes.
The referee calls for Strikes to work.
Strikes scores with a shoulder strike.
Lotus tries to break free but Strikes pushes him back against the cage.
Strikes displaying some good clinch control by pressing Lotus up against the cage.
Lotus is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Strikes breaks from the clinch.

Strikes gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.

Strikes manages to break the clinch.
Strikes will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Lotus fails with the takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Tommy Lotus. That's going to take a lot out of him.
A combination from Lotus does no damage.
Strikes feints the counter takedown.

Lotus forces Strikes back against the cage and clinches.
Strikes unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Lotus is trying to force a seperation but Strikes has the dominant position.
Lotus is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.

Strikes breaks the clinch.
Lotus looks to be in better condition than last time we saw him fight. Obviously he's been working hard on his cardio.

The fight moves into the clinch position.

Strikes breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Strikes lands a big head kick that sends Lotus tumbling to the mat! Strikes takes a step backwards and waves Lotus back to his feet - he wants the finish!

It looks like Tommy Lotus has been cut.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Strikes rushes Lotus and presses him up against the cage.

Strikes breaks from the clinch.
Lotus shoots in for a takedown but Strikes shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Strikes moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Strikes lands a hook that stumbles Lotus back into the cage. Strikes follows up with a straight and another hook that land right on the button, dropping Lotus to the canvas! Strikes pounces and lands several unanswered shots - Lotus has had enough and taps out! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:28 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Strikes). Carlos Strikes!
During a confident post fight interview, Carlos Strikes thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Wayde West and Irvin Ross. West kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is Sober. Man, I cannot wait for this one!

187 cm
31
218 lbs
18 - 14 - 0
225 cm
27
251 lbs
5 - 7 - 0
Good wrestling
World class MT
Insanely flexible
BJJ Blue Belt
Good kicks
Knockout power

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Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 14 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Wayde West!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Irvin Ross!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Donald Grub and Chris Edwards.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Ross tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but West was well out of range. Poor timing from Ross.

West moves into the clinch successfully.
West lands a nice elbow.

It looks like Irvin Ross has been cut.
West has Ross pushed against the cage.
Ross working hard to break the clinch.
Ross can't break the clinch.
Ross is trying to break the clinch but West is controlling him.
Ross tries to break free but West pushes him back against the cage.
West goes for a takedown in the clinch but Ross prevents it.
Ross tries to circle away but West has him pinned against the cage.
West displaying some good clinch control by pressing Ross up against the cage.
Ross told us before the fight that he's been working on his elbows. An under utilised technique these days - let's see if it can sway the outcome of the fight.

West escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

West shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Let's see what he's got on the mat.

West stands up from guard. Let's bang!
West dodges the punch combination from Ross.
Ross misses with a looping left.

That's one minute gone in the round.

West rushes Ross and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.

Ross pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Ross scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
West tries for a takedown but Ross sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
West ducks under a wild hook from Ross.
West lands a front kick.
Ross misses with a hook. West ducked under it nicely.
West appears to be looking for a big counter.
West swinging wildly here.
West shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Ross pinned against the cage. Ross gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Wayde West. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Ross misses with a jab, cross combination.
West seem to be loading up, looking for a big counter.
Ross throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.

West pushes Ross up against the cage in a clinch.

West pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Ross thows a left - swing and a miss!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ross throws a right hand that West ducks under and follows up with a left that West also avoids with ease.
Ross throws a right and a left that West avoids nicely.
West uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Ross.
West fails with the takedown
and Ross counters with a one-two to the body.
West moves out of range as Ross throws a body kick.

West fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Ross to the ground. West is now in Ross's guard.

West stands and steps away. Ross gets to his feet too and we're back to the striking game.
West cracks the inside of Ross's front leg.
Ross waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract West.

West darts in and clinches Ross up against the cage.
Ross can't break the clinch.
West keeps control of Ross as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.

West pulls guard effortlessly.
West wants to sweep but no luck.
Ross loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ross in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ross is looking to work some ground and pound but West has wrist control.
West tries to strike from the bottom.
Ross is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
Ross throwing strikes but missing.
Ross postures up in West's guard and throws a big left but West blocks it.
Ross throwing strikes from guard but West blocks nicely.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
West shoots in looking for a takedown but Ross manages to keep the fight standing, pushing West's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Wayde West seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Ross throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
West avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

West fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Ross, pushing him back against the cage.
West slowing the pace effectively.
Ross wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Ross is trying to break the clinch but West has him pressed against the cage.

West pulls guard successfully.
West is looking to stand up but Ross isn't so interested in that idea.
Ross throws a big right hand that misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ross postures up in West's guard and throws a big left but West blocks it.

Ross throws a sloppy strike and West has hooked up an armbar on the loose arm! He's turned and extended fully! Ross is forced to tap! Great BJJ from West!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:29 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Wayde West!
In his post fight interview, Wayde West started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
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Co-main event


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Stephen Griffiths and Paul Maul. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

170 cm
34
175 lbs
32 - 15 - 1
180 cm
29
182 lbs
16 - 12 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Excellent boxer
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the welterweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 15 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of London, Stephen Griffiths!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 12 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Paul Maul!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, Colin Fotheringham and Andrew Berry.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Griffiths throws a leg kick but Maul sees it coming and moves out of range.
Griffiths displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Maul throws out the jab.
Maul looks to score with a jab to the body but Griffiths is just out of range.
Griffiths tries to counter with a takedown but Maul is quick to defend against it.
Maul steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Griffiths.
Maul throws a counter combo.
Maul throws the left hand but Griffiths avoids the punch easily.
Griffiths throwing a counter right hand but Maul manages to avoid it.
A big left from Maul misses.
Griffiths with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Donk. Maul catches Griffiths right on the button with a cross.
A slow jab from Maul misses its intended target.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Maul.
The fighters circling - Maul throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maul throws a good cross that connects.
Griffiths avoids the body shot from Maul.
Griffiths is looking to counter punch.
Griffiths dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Maul. That did some damage!
A good leg kick by Griffiths.
Maul throws a body punch but Griffiths moves out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Maul misses with a right hand
and Griffiths counters with a straight right hand.
Maul throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Maul fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Maul blocks a leg kick.
Maul throws a looping overhand right but Griffiths ducks down to avoid it.
Griffiths was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Griffiths keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Maul.
Griffiths misses the shot to the body.
Griffiths drops his hands momentarily and Maul takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Maul jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Maul misses with a straight left.
Maul looks to land a combination. Griffiths sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Nice cross by Griffiths.
Maul keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Maul misses with a jab to the body
and Griffiths counters with a stiff right hand.
Maul misses with a hook to the body
letting Griffiths counter with a right hand.
Maul loads up on a big right hand but Griffiths slips the punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Maul has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Griffiths.
Griffiths looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Griffiths takes a swing at Maul's ribcage but misses.
Maul swings and misses with a hook to the body.
It looked like Griffiths was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Maul.
Maul pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Maul ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Griffiths moves away.
Griffiths throws a body shot but no joy.

Griffiths shoots in and bounces Maul off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.
Griffiths sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Maul's guard.
Maul is looking to improve his position.

Griffiths is working for an americana but Maul has been sneaky and has managed to get back to half guard, whilst Griffiths was thinking about the submission.
Griffiths lands a couple of digs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Griffiths has gone for a leg lock! Maul slips out almost immediately though and dives into Griffiths's guard.

Maul working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Maul is stalling in the full guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Maul stopping the sweep attempt from Griffiths.
Maul looking to pass the guard.

Griffiths looking for a guillotine here but Maul defends easily.
Maul must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

Griffiths has his foot on Maul's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Maul works his way back into a safe position though.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Maul trying to control but Griffiths is working from the bottom.

Griffiths isolates an arm and boxes in a triangle. Maul stacks Griffiths on his neck as he steps over and passes to the side. He's now in a much more dominant position where he can look to do some serious damage. Nice move by Maul!
Maul trying to control the action but Griffiths is working from the bottom.
Griffiths sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Maul passes to side control.
Maul is looking to take a break and control but Griffiths is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Griffiths struggling a bit here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Paul Maul dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Maul misses the body punch
and Griffiths connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Griffiths goes for a double leg but Maul avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Maul continues to drive forward.
Maul misses with a lunging right hand

and Griffiths counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Griffiths.
Maul is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Maul can't keep his opponent in guard - Griffiths advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Griffiths is looking to pass Maul's guard but actually Maul recovers to full guard.
Griffiths stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Maul swivels though and keeps the full guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Griffiths postures up as if he's going to throw some strikes but drops back for an ankle! Maul is in big trouble! He looks ready to tap! But no, he's escaped and dives on top of Griffiths, into his guard.

Griffiths keeping moving, preventing Maul from controlling successfully.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Maul avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

Griffiths is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Griffiths working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Maul doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Maul manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Griffiths working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Maul doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Maul manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Maul stands up and waves to Griffiths to follow him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Maul misses with a straight left.
Griffiths misses the shot to the body.

Griffiths shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Maul napping and manages to drive through into side control!
Stephen Griffiths overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Maul tries to improve position but can't.

Griffiths looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

Griffiths tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Griffiths scores with a couple of nice shots to the head there. The referee takes a look at Maul to see if he's OK.
Maul is trying to get back to half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Griffiths wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Maul, who protects the arm well.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
You can see the frustration on Maul's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

Griffiths tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

Griffiths wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Maul, who protects the arm well.
You can see the frustration on Maul's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Maul is not content to let Griffiths control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.

Griffiths wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Maul, who protects the arm well.

Griffiths goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Maul has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Griffiths but great work by Maul.
An elbow from Maul crashes against the mat.
Griffiths manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!

Griffiths is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Maul is just riding it out for now. Griffiths eventually gives up the hold.
Maul really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Griffiths. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Maul is trying to control but can't.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Stephen Griffiths dominated that second round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Griffiths slips under a jab.
Griffiths swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Maul throws a lazy right hand but Griffiths sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Maul swings widly with a right hand
and Griffiths counters with a three punch combo that has Maul backing up. Maul nods at Griffiths to acknowledge the strikes.
Griffiths bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Maul's head backwards.
Griffiths throws a body shot but no joy.
Maul fails to land with a series of punches.
Griffiths throwing a counter right hand but Maul manages to avoid it.
Maul throws a right and a left that Griffiths avoids nicely.

Griffiths closes the distance and pushes Maul back into the cage.
Griffiths lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Maul is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.
Griffiths lands with a light punch inside.
Griffiths pushes Maul back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Maul lands a body shot in the clinch.
A short right from Griffiths.
Griffiths lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Maul backwards.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Griffiths scores with a shoulder strike.
Maul wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Maul wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Griffiths throws a head punch that misses.
Griffiths lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Maul backwards.
Maul is trying to break the clinch but Griffiths has him pressed against the cage.
Griffiths tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Griffiths blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Maul misses with a hook from the clinch.
Griffiths softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.

Griffiths breaks from the clinch.
Griffiths moves out of range as Maul strikes.
Maul tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Griffiths was well out of range. Poor timing from Maul.
Griffiths slips a straight right by Maul.
Maul misses with a looping left.
Griffiths attempts a counter takedown but Maul avoids it well and moves away.
Griffiths uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Maul.
Griffiths feinted with a counter takedown.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Griffiths throws out a loose jab but Maul uses good head movement to avoid it.
Griffiths keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Griffiths moves away from the strike by Maul.
Griffiths steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Maul.
Griffiths ducks under a wild hook from Maul.
Maul misses with an uppercut
and Maul takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Paul Maul seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Maul takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Maul throws a right hand that Griffiths ducks under and follows up with a left that Griffiths also avoids with ease.
Maul takes a swing at Griffiths's ribcage but misses.
Maul throws a right and a left that Griffiths avoids nicely.
Maul misses with a lunging right hand
and Griffiths counters with a stiff right hand.
Maul throws a poor cross that misses
and Griffiths connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
The fight stays on the outside here - Griffiths looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
A little jabbing left from Maul on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Griffiths misses with a low kick.
Griffiths tries to clinch up.
Maul misses with a body shot
enabling Griffiths to counter with a crisp jab.
Griffiths slips a jab and a cross from Maul.
Griffiths is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Maul wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Maul just misses with a punch to the body.
Maul ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Griffiths moves away.
Maul missing with a left hand there. Griffiths was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
A big right from Griffiths misses.
Maul wants to counter the offense by Griffiths and move into the clinch position.
Griffiths lands with a straight right. Maul didn't see that one coming.
Griffiths throws a nice inside leg kick.
Maul throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped

and Griffiths counters with a nice double leg into guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Maul avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Griffiths connects with a couple of short punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Griffiths throwing strikes but missing.
Griffiths showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Griffiths trying to control but Maul is working from the bottom.
Griffiths passes Maul's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Maul is trying to control but can't.

Griffiths is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Maul is trying to maintain the position but Griffiths is very close to passing his half guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Stephen Griffiths clearly takes that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Maul swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Griffiths.
Maul throws a poor cross that misses
and Griffiths counters with a right hand to the body.
Maul throws an ugly left hook that misses

and Griffiths counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Griffiths missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Griffiths is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Maul can do to turn this around?
Well, if Griffiths is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.

Griffiths is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Maul defends it well.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maul trying to control here.
Griffiths sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Maul defending well though.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Griffiths seems to be working for a kimura but Maul defends the submission attempt.
Maul trying to hold on to Griffiths's head to control him but Griffiths postures up.

Griffiths is working for a submission of some sort.

Griffiths looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Griffiths wants to take a breather but Maul is having none of it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Maul has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Griffiths is working away from the top position though.

Griffiths is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Maul is trying to control but can't.

Griffiths is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

Griffiths seems to be working for a kimura but Maul defends the submission attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Griffiths is looking for a kimura but Maul is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Griffiths to get the leverage.
Maul controlling the position for now.
Griffiths is looking to take a break and control but Maul is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Griffiths is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

Maul is defending against the submission attempts here by Griffiths.

Griffiths is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Maul has managed to free his arm - good work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.

Griffiths is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Maul tries to roll over but Griffiths keeps him under control.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Griffiths is looking for a kimura but Maul is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Griffiths to get the leverage.

Griffiths seems to be working for a kimura but Maul defends the submission attempt.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Stephen Griffiths had his way with Paul Maul in that round.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Griffiths tries to clinch up but Maul circles away and keeps his distance.
Maul throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Griffiths counters with a leg kick that reverborates around the arena.
Maul moves forwards but Griffiths connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Maul uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Griffiths has time to react.
Maul throws a poor cross that misses
and Griffiths counters with a thumping low kick.
Maul fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Griffiths manages to avoid it.
A jab lands there for Maul.
Maul's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Griffiths connects with a good right hand that stumbles Maul. Maul circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Maul fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maul throws a right hand that misses
and Griffiths counters with a head kick. That will keep Maul thinking before he tries any more sloppy attacks!
Maul throws the left hand but Griffiths avoids the punch easily.
Griffiths walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Maul misses with a lunging right hand
and Griffiths counters with a leg kick.
A swing and a miss from Maul.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Maul paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Griffiths attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Maul misses with an uppercut

and Griffiths counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Maul wants to sweep here but Griffiths controlling him for the moment.
Maul is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?

Griffiths drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Maul dives on top into guard.


Griffiths throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Maul escapes and throws Griffiths's legs to the side, diving into side control!
Griffiths regains half guard.

Griffiths looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

Griffiths actively working from the bottom here.
Stephen Griffiths is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Griffiths actively working from the bottom here.
Maul controlling the action here.

Griffiths actively working from the bottom here.
Griffiths has hold of Maul's hands but Maul slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Griffiths is looking for a sweep. Maul is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Griffiths moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Maul postures up in Griffiths's guard and throws a big left but Griffiths blocks it.
Maul pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Griffiths is keeping the position for now.

Griffiths looking to try and escape his hips here, looking for a submission. It looks like he's going for a triangle but Maul is defending well. Griffiths quickly switches to an armbar and extends the arm! Maul has no choice but to tap, to a very quick submission! Wow, that was lightning fast! Griffiths celebrates on the cage, with the crowd.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:32 of round 5, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Stephen Griffiths!
Stephen Griffiths retains his welterweight title!
A victorious Stephen Griffiths thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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Main event


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Ling Manchu and Carl Williamson. Manchu's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, Bodies. Carl Williamson has the power to score a knockout today if he connects clean with Ling Manchu's chin.

208 cm
26
245 lbs
9 - 27 - 0
190 cm
20
240 lbs
5 - 3 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Basic striking
Experienced
Good wrestler
Brawler
Knockout power

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 1 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 27 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Ling Manchu!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Carl Williamson!
The judges for this bout are Paul Tew, Daniel Bishop and James Glass.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Manchu shoots in looking for a takedown. Williamson tries to sprawl out of it but Manchu keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Williamson manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Williamson fails with the takedown.
Ling Manchu seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

Williamson feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
Williamson trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Manchu wants to sweep but no luck.
Williamson throws an elbow that misses. Manchu uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Williamson's guard. Nice move by Manchu!

We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Williamson pulls Manchu in close to his closed guard and prevents Manchu from doing any damage or advancing position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Manchu stopping the sweep attempt from Williamson.
Williamson keeping moving, preventing Manchu from controlling successfully.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Williamson wants to get back to his feet but Manchu is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Williamson can do anything to dispel that myth.
Manchu trying to control but Williamson is working from the bottom.
Williamson wants to stand and escape but Manchu is having none of it.
Manchu preventing the sweep.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Williamson holds on and takes a little breather.
Manchu won't allow Williamson to get back to his feet.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Williamson looks winded!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Manchu shoots in but Williamson avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Williamson has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Manchu shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Williamson but Williamson pushes him off and we're back to square one.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Ling Manchu. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Manchu lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Manchu.
Manchu closes the distance and clinches up with Williamson, looking for a takedown. Manchu pushes Williamson against the cage but Williamson circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Manchu misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Manchu shoots in but no luck this time.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Manchu tries to sprawl but Williamson drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Williamson not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Williamson slips a nice elbow through Manchu's hands, connecting with Manchu's forehead.

And that's the end of the fight!
Carl Williamson comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Williamson has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1 round of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 9:10
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 9:10
Judge James Glass scores the fight 9:10

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Carl Williamson!

Carl Williamson gave a mention to Versus in his post fight interview. That will please them (and hopefully generate some sales).
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