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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Ravi Shankoli and Alexander Potter. Shankoli comes to the cage accompanied by Ravi Shankar - Om Shiva. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

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190 lbs
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 35 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Ravi Shankoli!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 5 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Alexander Potter!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Frank Antenori and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Potter misses with a body shot
and Shankoli counters with a straight right hand.
Potter misses with a takedown attempt
enabling Shankoli to counter with a crisp jab.
Potter tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Shankoli defends well and Potter ends up having to push Shankoli into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Shankoli lands a leg kick that knocks Potter off balance momentarily.
Shankoli ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Shankoli staying out of range there.
Potter throws a body punch but Shankoli moves out of range.
Potter fails with a takedown attempt.
Ravi Shankoli has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Alexander Potter.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Potter throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Shankoli was covering up waiting for the punch and Potter finishes the takedown easily into guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli seems keen to control Potter's posture.
Shankoli has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Potter looking to pass the guard.
Potter is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Shankoli has control of Potter's left arm, preventing Potter from doing any damage.
Potter lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Shankoli can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Potter controls the pace.
Potter trying to control but Shankoli is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Potter being controlled here momentarily.
Potter throws a big elbow that misses.
Potter looking to pass the guard.
Shankoli is pulling down on Potter's head. It's preventing any offense from Potter, at least for the moment.
Potter trying to control the position from guard on top but Shankoli is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Potter is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Shankoli has Potter pulled in close to control his posture.
Shankoli trying to control the position.
My spies in LOD Gym of the Gods inform me that Potter has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Potter pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Shankoli is keeping the position for now.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Shankoli holds on and takes a little breather.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Potter feints and then cracks Shankoli's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Shankoli down.
Potter misses the body punch
and Shankoli counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Shankoli takes one on the button.
A jab from Potter misses.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Shankoli tries to work over Potter's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Potter is working for takedown but Shankoli is calmly controlling the position for now.

Potter pulls Shankoli into guard.
Shankoli tries to stand but Potter is controlling from the bottom.
Potter looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Potter is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Potter seems keen to control Shankoli's posture.
Potter working a defensive guard here.
Potter has Shankoli pulled in close to control his posture.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Shankoli preventing the sweep.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Alexander Potter will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Shankoli lands a jab to Potter's midsection.
Potter shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Shankoli as he avoids it easily.
Potter stuns Shankoli with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Potter connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Alexander Potter seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Potter fails with a takedown attempt.
Potter is looking to clinch but Shankoli is avoiding it.
Shankoli is looking for a counter combo.
Potter cracks Shankoli with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Potter looks for a takedown but Shankoli sprawls well.
Ravi Shankoli has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Alexander Potter.
Shankoli misses with a looping right.
Potter thows a leg kick but Shankoli checks it
and Shankoli counters with a two punch combo.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli avoids the body shot from Potter.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Potter.
Nice sprawl there from Shankoli as Potter shoots in.

Potter closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Shankoli to the mat! Shankoli manages to get full guard.
Shankoli controlling Potter's posture.
Potter seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Potter is looking to work some ground and pound but Shankoli has wrist control.
Shankoli controlling Potter's posture.
Shankoli continues to stall.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Shankoli looking to control.
Shankoli has control of Potter's left arm, preventing Potter from doing any damage.
Potter is in close to Shankoli's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Potter trying to control the position from guard on top but Shankoli is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Shankoli managing to control the position.
Potter pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Shankoli is keeping the position for now.
Potter throws a big right hand that misses.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Shankoli holds on and takes a little breather.
Potter looking to pass the guard.
Shankoli is adopting a defensive guard.

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

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Potter throws a sloppy body shot
letting Shankoli counter with a right hand.
Potter scores with a jab to the jaw.
Potter tries to close the distance and clinch up but Shankoli swats him away and circles back towards the center.

Potter closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Shankoli did well to prevent Potter getting side control.
Shankoli tries to kick Potter off in order to stand up. Potter Avoids the leg push though and dives into side control.
Shankoli is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
You can see the frustration on Shankoli's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Shankoli regains half guard.
Shankoli controlling the position for now.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Shankoli tries to roll over but Potter keeps him under control.

Potter 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.
Potter wants to pass the guard but Shankoli is defending well.
Potter missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Shankoli trying to control here.

Potter wants to work for an arm triangle but Shankoli is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Potter is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Shankoli is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Alexander Potter will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Back to the action!


Potter throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Potter misses with a low kick.
Shankoli displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Potter.
Potter fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.

Potter looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Shankoli!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shankoli is trying to control Potter's posture but Potter avoids it.
A lull in the action here as Potter stalls from top position.
Shankoli can't do much from the bottom here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Shankoli is trying is best to control the position here.
Shankoli wants to get back to full guard.
Shankoli makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Shankoli.
Potter tries to free his leg and advance position but Shankoli is retaining full guard.
Shankoli keeping moving, preventing Potter from controlling successfully.
Shankoli working a defensive guard here.
Potter being controlled here momentarily.
Potter throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Shankoli is trying to keep Potter in close.
Shankoli keeping moving, preventing Potter from controlling successfully.
Potter throws a big elbow that misses.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Alexander Potter has got the better of the ground game so far.
Potter trying to control but Shankoli is working from the bottom.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Shankoli lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Potter backs up against the cage.
Potter misses with a straight left.
Shankoli fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Potter has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Potter misses with a double jab
and Shankoli counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Ravi Shankoli is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Shankoli lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Potter throws out a powerful jab.

Potter shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Potter was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!

Shankoli explodes and escapes back to his feet! Nice escape there!
Potter looks for a takedown but Shankoli sprawls well.
Some wild striking there from Potter.
Shankoli lands a nice leg kick that just misses Potter's sensitive parts.
Shankoli looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Potter looks for a takedown but Shankoli sprawls well.
It looked like Shankoli was looking amped, ready to throw a big counter but didn't commit.
Ravi Shankoli has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Alexander Potter.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Potter throws a hook but Shankoli blocks it.
Shankoli connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Potter throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Shankoli.
Potter scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Shankoli doesn't seem bothered though.
Potter ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Shankoli moves away.
Potter ducks under a wild hook from Shankoli.
Shankoli throws a right and a left that both miss.
Potter with the counter takedown but Shankoli avoids it easily.
Potter throws a predictable looking body shot
and Shankoli counters with a straight right hand.
Potter tries a head kick but it misses.
Shankoli is looking for a counter combo.
Shankoli uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Potter.
Potter fails with the takedown
and Shankoli counters with a nice uppercut.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ravi Shankoli clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Potter tries for a takedown but Shankoli circles away easily
and Shankoli counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Shankoli keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Shankoli half committed to a counter leg kick.
Potter keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Potter will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Shankoli throwing a counter right hand but Potter manages to avoid it.
Ravi Shankoli has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Alexander Potter.
Shankoli dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Potter on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Good standup being displayed there by Shankoli as he connects with a hook.

Potter is rocked!
Shankoli chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Potter is still on wobbly legs! Can Shankoli finish him?
Shankoli avoids the body shot from Potter.
Potter seems to have recovered his senses.
Shankoli with a hook.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli connects with a body shot.
Potter is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
Potter misses with a body punch
and Shankoli counters with a series of strikes that really hurt Potter! The ref looks into his eyes and sees nobody home - he's called the fight! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:11 of round 4, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Ravi Shankoli!
Ravi Shankoli retains his middleweight title!
In his post fight interview, Ravi Shankoli gave a big smile as he said 'His spirit was strong, but my intention was to crush him. Psychologically, as well as physically with my boxing. I knew that he would be a willing opponent, and he showed heart, but my soul wanted this more! I feel strongly against animal violence, but in this case taking the hammer to the panda wa'.
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