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SFL 70 Eroglu vs Mercer PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Metin Eroglu and Alex Mercer. Eroglu comes into the arena with No Worries blaring out of the sound system. Alex Mercer will no doubt be looking to use his reach advantage to good effect.

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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 13 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Metin Eroglu!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Alex Mercer!
The judges for this bout are Vladimir Khabensky, Sergei Dronov and Aleksei Zolotukhin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Eroglu turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
A slapping leg kick lands for Eroglu.
Eroglu fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Mercer keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Mercer feints and then cracks Eroglu's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Eroglu down.
Mercer throws a leg kick but Eroglu sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Mercer throws an overhand right that lands on Eroglu's shoulder, as Eroglu tries to avoid the shot.
Mercer uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Eroglu.
Mercer bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Mercer doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Metin Eroglu seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
That kick from Eroglu tenderised Mercer's leg. Mercer is trying to keep his angry face on.
Eroglu stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Mercer.
Eroglu fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Mercer checks it well.
Eroglu throws the kick towards the body but Mercer avoids it.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Eroglu tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Mercer is able to avoid easily.
Mercer misses with a hook. Eroglu ducked under it nicely.
Eroglu getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Eroglu lands with a thumping leg kick.
Mercer keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Eroglu.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Eroglu gets a takedown into half guard.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Eroglu wants to control but Mercer is keeping him busy.
Eroglu stalling.
Mercer felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Mercer is trying to stand back up but Eroglu is controlling him
Eroglu controlling the pace.

Mercer has one foot on Eroglu's thigh - he pushes off and manages to get back to his feet.
Eroglu dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Mercer. That did some damage!
Eroglu misses with a looping left.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mercer closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Mercer lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Eroglu misses with a low kick.
Eroglu lands with a thumping leg kick.
Eroglu defending well as Mercer loads up on a big left hand.
Eroglu steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Mercer. That one must have hurt.
Mercer feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Eroglus jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Eroglu throws the left hand but Mercer avoids the punch easily.
A low kick from Eroglu misses
and Mercer connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Eroglu connects with a looping right hand.
Mercer tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Eroglu was well out of range. Poor timing from Mercer.
A nice inside leg kick there by Mercer. That's going to slow Eroglu down.
Mercer takes one on the button.
Mercer slips a straight right by Eroglu.
Mercer chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Eroglu can pounce on him.
Eroglu throws a leg kick
and Eroglu takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mercer fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Eroglu has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Mercer takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Mercer connects with the punch.
Eroglu's jab looks to have found its range, popping Mercer under the eye.
Eroglu looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Mercer loads up on a big right hand but Eroglu slips the punch.
Mercer scores with a jab to the body.
Mercer is looking to chop away at Eroglu's legs.
Mercer feints and then cracks Eroglu's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Eroglu down.
Eroglu looks to land a combination but Mercer avoids it well.
Eroglu cracks the inside of Mercer's front leg.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Eroglu avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

Eroglu fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Mercer, pushing him back against the cage.
Stalling in the clinch from Eroglu.
Mercer is trying to push Eroglu away but Eroglu has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.
Mercer's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Mercer working hard to break the clinch.
Mercer can't break the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mercer blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Mercer is trying to break the clinch but Eroglu is controlling him.

Mercer's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Eroglu thows a body shot but no joy.
Eroglu scores with a kick to the body.
Some bone on bone action there as Eroglu checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Mercer fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Eroglu checks it well.
An inside leg kick from Eroglu misses.

Eroglu closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Mercer did well to prevent Eroglu getting side control.
Mercer wants to get back to full guard.
Mercer is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Mercer trying to control but Eroglu postures up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Metin Eroglu will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action!


Mercer has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Mercer there as he acknowledges the shot.
Eroglu bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
Mercer uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Eroglu.
Mercer scores with a hook.
Mercer throws a big shot that misses.
Mercer turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Mercer misses with a straight right.
Mercer takes a jab right on the kisser.
Mercer lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Eroglu darts in looking for a takedown but Mercer gets double underhooks and turns Eroglu into the cage.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Mercer wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Eroglu tries to throw a body punch but Mercer avoids it by throwing Eroglu back against the cage.
Eroglu is trying to stall.
Eroglu softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A short left from Eroglu.
Eroglu swings away with an uppercut that misses.

Eroglu's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Eroglu scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Mercer displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Eroglu.
Eroglu uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Mercer.
Eroglu lands with a kick to the temple. Mercer shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
Metin Eroglu is winning the standup battle so far.
Eroglu throws an overhand right that lands on Mercer's shoulder, as Mercer tries to avoid the shot.
Mercer misses with an uppercut. Eroglu saw that one coming.
Eroglu throws a low kick but Mercer avoids it.
Mercer takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Eroglu takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Eroglu throws a good cross that connects.
Eroglu misses with a takedown attempt - Mercer sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Metin Eroglu. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Mercer moves out of range as Eroglu throws a body kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
A combination from Eroglu does no damage.
Nice straight punches there by Mercer. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Mercer.
Eroglu throws a head kick that misses.
Eroglu avoids the head kick by Mercer.
Mercer misses with a body shot.
Eroglu tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Mercer is able to avoid easily.
Mercer lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Eroglu wants to land a leg kick but Mercer is out of range.
Eroglu does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Mercer pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Eroglu fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Mercer on the side of the head.
Mercer throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Eroglu.
Eroglu walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Mercer checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Eroglu lands a leg kick that knocks Mercer off balance momentarily.
Mercer throws a head kick that misses

and Eroglu counters with a shoot takedown. Mercer fights it but they end up in guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Mercer swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Mercer wants to get back to his feet but Eroglu is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Eroglu not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Mercer is trying to hold Eroglu in close to prevent damage but Eroglu has managed to pass into half guard.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Eroglu connects with a nice short shot to Mercer's temple.
Eroglu prevents Mercer from standing back up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mercer is refusing to be controlled, as Eroglu sits in half guard.
Ground and pound from Eroglu.
Mercer looks like he's trying to stand up.
Eroglu not doing much here.
Eroglu seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Mercer does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Eroglu not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Metin Eroglu dominated that second round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


A nice leg kick lands there from Eroglu.
Mercer keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Mercer keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
A jab from Eroglu does it's job there.
Eroglu takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Eroglu throws out a loose jab but Mercer uses good head movement to avoid it.
Eroglu looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Eroglu avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Eroglu throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Mercer sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Eroglu lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Mercer has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Mercer and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.

Mercer gets caught napping as Eroglu dives in and scores a takedown. Mercer manages to retain guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Mercer utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Mercer is trying to control the position but Eroglu postures up.
Eroglu is in close to Mercer's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Eroglu is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Eroglu is looking to work some ground and pound but Mercer has wrist control.
Eroglu looking to sit in guard and control but Mercer gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Eroglu is on top in guard.

Mercer scrambles and gets back to his feet.
Eroglu tries to land a leg kick but Mercer saw it coming and moves away.
Mercer is looking to land body kicks.
Mercer tries to check the leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Eroglu tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mercer misses with a body shot.
Mercer tries to check the leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

Eroglu looking to score a takedown here. Mercer is defending well but Eroglu drives through and ends up in Mercer's guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Mercer bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Eroglu's guard.
Mercer tries to free his leg and advance position but Eroglu is retaining full guard.
Eroglu looking to hit a scissor sweep but Mercer is one step ahead there.
Eroglu has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Eroglu keeping moving, preventing Mercer from controlling successfully.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Mercer preventing the sweep.

Well, the referee has seen enough. Neither fighter is active enough on the ground so he's stood them back up.
Mercer steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Eroglu.
Nice defenses there by Mercer.
Mercer misses with a looping right.
A nice inside leg kick there by Mercer. That's going to slow Eroglu down.
Eroglu shoots for a double leg takedown but Mercer sprawls well. He's pushed Eroglu's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Eroglu uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Mercer.
Eroglu will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu lands a nice leg kick that just misses Mercer's sensitive parts.
Eroglu uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Mercer.
Eroglu motions for Mercer to come forward. Eroglu throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Eroglu listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Eroglu throws out a loose jab but Mercer uses good head movement to avoid it.
That kick from Eroglu tenderised Mercer's leg. Mercer is trying to keep his angry face on.
Eroglu connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Mercer throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Mercer swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Eroglu.
Mercer bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Eroglu's head backwards.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Mercer throws a head kick that misses

and Eroglu counters with a takedown into side control! That could mean trouble for Mercer!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Mercer tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Eroglu wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Metin Eroglu clearly takes that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Eroglu blocks a head kick by Mercer.
Mercer defending well as Eroglu loads up on a big left hand.
Eroglu lands with a straight right. Mercer didn't see that one coming.
Eroglu throws a leg kick but Mercer moved away.
A big right from Mercer misses.
A clash of legs there as Mercer blocks the low kick.
Mercer misses with a wild body shot.
Eroglu throws the kick towards the body but Mercer avoids it.
Eroglu on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Eroglu scoring well with a low kick there.
Eroglu uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Mercer takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Mercer throws a solid leg kick but Eroglu takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Mercer.
Eroglu looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Eroglu swings away with a leg kick that misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mercer avoids a kick to the body.
Eroglu checks a leg kick nicely.
Mercer pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Eroglu connects with a good right hand that stumbles Mercer. Mercer circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Eroglu finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Mercer shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Eroglu throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Eroglu tries for a takedown but Mercer sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Eroglu takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Eroglu fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Mercer checks it well.
Mercer throws a leg kick which misses Eroglu's front leg but catches the back leg as Eroglu tries to avoid it.
Eroglu tries to score with a low kick but Mercer moves his leg out of the way.
Eroglu takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
A clash of legs there as Mercer blocks the low kick.
A jab from Mercer finds it's way through Eroglu's defenses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Eroglu chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Eroglu throws a low kick but Mercer avoids it.
Eroglu dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Eroglu delivers a nice body kick.
Eroglu tries to clinch up.
Eroglu is looking to slow Mercer down with leg kicks.
The fighters circling - Eroglu throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Eroglu throws a nice inside leg kick.
Mercer lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Eroglu.
No joy there for Mercer, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
A telegraphed right hand from Mercer misses the target.
Mercer works the jab nicely.
Mercer tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Mercer tries to work over Eroglu's front leg with a kick but Eroglu checks it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mercer checks a leg kick nicely.
Eroglu is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Eroglu throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
A slow jab from Mercer misses its intended target.
Mercer works the jab nicely.
Mercer scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Eroglu throws a hook to the side of Mercer's head but Mercer sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Eroglu looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Eroglu on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Mercer. Mercer obviously looking to wear him down.
Mercer throws a leg kick but Eroglu checks it.
Eroglu throws a leg kick that is checked
and Mercer counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Eroglu throws a lazy uppercut
and Mercer connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
A solid leg kick lands there for Eroglu.
Eroglu shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Mercer pinned against the cage. Mercer gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Eroglu misses with a looping right.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Eroglu throws a sloppy head kick and Mercer moves out of range easily.
Eroglu scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Eroglu fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Good leg kick by Eroglu there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Eroglu throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
A solid leg kick lands there for Mercer.
Eroglu tried to score with a low kick but Mercer checks it.
Mercer does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Alex Mercer is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
A head kick misses from Mercer.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Eroglu throws a low kick, looking for Mercer's leg but Mercer calmly moves out of range.
Mercer has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Eroglu uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Mercer.
Eroglu throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Mercer's head.
A jab from Mercer finds it's way through Eroglu's defenses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Metin Eroglu will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Mercer plants his feet and lands a nice head kick!
Mercer misses with a low kick.
Eroglu displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Mercer throws out the jab.
Mercer lands a nice leg kick that just misses Eroglu's sensitive parts.
Eroglu throws a leg kick that misses.
Mercer scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Donk. Mercer catches Eroglu right on the button with a cross.
Eroglu steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Mercer.
Nice defenses there by Eroglu.
Mercer avoids the head kick by Eroglu.
A bone on bone clash there as Mercer blocks the leg kick.
A low kick from Mercer misses

and Eroglu counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Eroglu.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Eroglu trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Mercer manages to land a sweep and now he's in mount on top!
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mercer looking to control and managing it successfully.
Eroglu working to try and regain half guard.
Mercer looking to control and managing it successfully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu holds on to Mercer around his waist, trying desperately to prevent any attacks.
Eroglu is working to get back to half guard.
Eroglu manages to control the position for a moment.
Mercer tries to control but Eroglu wriggling away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Mercer takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Mercer trying to control but Eroglu is having none of it.
Eroglu keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Eroglu doing his best to control the position. Can he escape?
Mercer controlling from mount.
Alex Mercer has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Mercer unloads with some shots from mount but Eroglu bucks and avoids them well.
The crowd applaud the fighters efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Mercer goes for an armbar but he's not got it… Eroglu turns into him and now he's in Mercer's guard.
Eroglu with a flurry of punches that miss.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Alex Mercer.
Well Eroglu has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Vladimir Khabensky scores the fight 49:47
Judge Sergei Dronov scores the fight 49:46
Judge Aleksei Zolotukhin scores the fight 49:47

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Metin Eroglu!

Metin Eroglu retains his welterweight title!
A very excited looking Metin Eroglu made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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