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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Paul McCann (ranked 1722 p4p, 185 weight class) and Gustavo Carvalho (ranked 1956 p4p, 213 weight class). Rumors backstage are that the fighters have been paid to keep it standing but we know that would never happen in MMA!

176 cm
24
165 lbs
7 - 0 - 0
172 cm
27
165 lbs
8 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Granite chin
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Paul McCann!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Gustavo Carvalho!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Colin Fotheringham and Daniel Bishop.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
McCann fails with an attempt to clinch.
We've been informed that Carvalho has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.
McCann misses with a looping right.
McCann tests Carvalho's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Carvalho swats away the attempt to clinch by McCann.
Carvalho connects with an inside leg kick.
McCann throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
McCann tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Carvalho manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
It seemed like Carvalho was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
McCann uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Carvalho.

McCann fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Carvalho, pushing him back against the cage.
Carvalho goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short right hand to the side of the head by McCann.
A body shot lands from McCann.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Carvalho lands a nice uppercut.
McCann lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Carvalho backwards.
A shot in the inside from McCann.
This has been an exciting period of action!
A shot in the inside from Carvalho.
McCann doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
McCann works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.

That's one minute gone in the round.
McCann blocks a body shot from Carvalho.
Carvalho jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as McCann walks away with a smile on his face. Carvalho gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
McCann is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Carvalho.
McCann scores with a jab. Carvalho acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Carvalho throws a front kick aimed at McCann's knee but McCann avoids it well.
McCann connects with a crisp jab.
Carvalho uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by McCann.
McCann throws a body punch but Carvalho moves out of range.

McCann clinches up with Carvalho and pushes him back against the cage.
McCann struggles to land a body shot inside as Carvalho controls his hands.
Carvalho blocks a punch to the side of the head.
A body shot lands from Carvalho.
Good body shot from Carvalho.
McCann tries to throw a body punch but Carvalho avoids it by throwing McCann back against the cage.
Carvalho scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Carvalho lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Carvalho has a couple of punches blocked by McCann.
McCann working aggressively here.
McCann misses with a punch to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Carvalho tries to work over McCann's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
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 right hand to the body from Carvalho.
McCann controlling the action here for a moment.
Carvalho has a couple of punches blocked by McCann.

McCann breaks the clinch.
Carvalho throws a nice outside leg kick.
We've been told by McCann's head coaches at Boyz II Men that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
McCann walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
McCann throws a jab but it's blocked by Carvalho.
Paul McCann seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
McCann swings for the body but Carvalho moves out of range.
Carvalho is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
McCann throws a body shot but no joy.
McCann lands with a straight right. Carvalho didn't see that one coming.
McCann swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Carvalho swats away the attempt to clinch by McCann.
Paul McCann is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
McCann looks to score with a jab to the body but Carvalho is just out of range.
Carvalho swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Carvalho takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
McCann tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Carvalho misses with a looping left.
McCann ducks under a wild hook from Carvalho.
McCann tries to clinch there but Carvalho circles away.
A nice leg kick lands there from Carvalho.
Carvalho swings away with a body shot that misses
and McCann counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Carvalho digs a good body shot into McCann's ribs.
Carvalho throws out a loose jab but McCann uses good head movement to avoid it.
McCann throws a hook but Carvalho avoids it easily.
McCann connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
McCann tries to clinch up but Carvalho circles away and keeps his distance.
McCann slips a straight right by Carvalho.
Carvalho lands a body shot.
McCann keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
McCann falls off balance throwing a combination

and Carvalho counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Carvalho wants to take a breather but McCann is having none of it.
Carvalho wants to pass the guard but McCann is defending well.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McCann is looking for a sweep. Carvalho is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Carvalho sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. McCann defending well though.
McCann trying to hold on to Carvalho's head to control him but Carvalho postures up.
McCann holds on for dear life, maintaining half guard for now.
Carvalho missing with the ground and pound from half guard.

Carvalho is sneakily working for an arm triangle but McCann sees it coming and defends easily.
Carvalho has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
McCann wants to improve his position but Carvalho is controlling well.
McCann taking some punishment here, with Carvalho in his half guard.
McCann wants to control but Carvalho is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Carvalho slips a nice elbow through McCann's hands, connecting with McCann's forehead.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Gustavo Carvalho will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


A big right from Carvalho misses.
Carvalho looks to land a right hand but McCann moved out of range.
McCann tries to clinch up but Carvalho circles away and keeps his distance.
McCann tries to close the distance and clinch up but Carvalho swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Carvalho throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
McCann wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.

McCann closes the distance and clinches.
McCann doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
McCann pushes Carvalho back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Carvalho lands a right hand that snaps the head of McCann backwards.
McCann struggles to land a body shot inside as Carvalho controls his hands.
McCann misses with the head strike.
Carvalho throws a head punch that misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
McCann lands a hook to the side of the head.
McCann gets underhooks to prevent Carvalho's takedown attempt.
A hook to the body from McCann.
Carvalho has a couple of punches blocked by McCann.
Carvalho is trying to pull guard but McCann has him pressed against the cage.
Paul McCann has scored more points in the clinch so far.
McCann blocks an uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
McCann can't find room to land a body shot as Carvalho controls the action.
Carvalho lands with a left to the head.
McCann misses with a hook to the ribs.
Carvalho goes for a takedown attempt but McCann pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Paul McCann has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Gustavo Carvalho.
Carvalho pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
McCann ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
McCann throwing a counter right hand but Carvalho manages to avoid it.
Carvalho throws a low kick but McCann moves out of range easily.
McCann takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
McCann slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
McCann misses with a low kick.
McCann tries to clinch up but Carvalho circles away and keeps his distance.

McCann gets a clinch.
McCann goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Carvalho lands a hook that snaps the head of McCann backwards.
McCann works on Carvalho's body with a couple of short punches.
McCann misses with a hook to the ribs.
Carvalho jumps guard but McCann turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.

Carvalho drags the fight down to the ground.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
McCann pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Carvalho is keeping the position for now.
McCann controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Carvalho seems keen to control McCann's posture.
McCann controlling from the top position.

Carvalho is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. McCann is aware though and is defending well.
This has been an exciting period of action!
McCann stopping the sweep attempt from Carvalho.
McCann controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Carvalho looking for a guillotine here but McCann defends easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McCann trying to control but Carvalho is working from the bottom.

Carvalho escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. McCann gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Carvalho is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Carvalho trying to keep a closed guard but McCann is proving a slippery customer.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.
Carvalho is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
McCann moves to clinch but Carvalho breaks away
and Carvalho counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
McCann tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
McCann loads up on a big right hand but Carvalho slips the punch.
Carvalho stuns McCann with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.

McCann closes the distance and clinches.
Carvalho wants to take the fight to the mat but McCann manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
McCann misses with a punch to the body.
McCann digs a right hand into Carvalho's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Carvalho's gas tank.
Carvalho tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. McCann just stands there and leans against the cage.

McCann escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Carvalho just misses with a punch to the body.
McCann is looking to counter punch.
McCann ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Carvalho moves away.
Nice uppercut there from McCann.
McCann tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Carvalho paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Carvalho throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck McCann on the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Paul McCann will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action! Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!



McCann gets in close and instigates a clinch.
McCann scores with an uppercut up the middle.
McCann misses with a punch to the body.
McCann doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
McCann lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
McCann goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Carvalho lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Carvalho lands with a right to the head.
McCann misses with a hook to the ribs.
Carvalho lands a hook to the side of the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for McCann.

McCann pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Carvalho throws a hook but McCann blocks it.
McCann throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Danga de danga de dang - McCann scores with a four punch combination!
This has been an exciting period of action!
McCann throws a shot from downtown. Carvalho moves away and avoids it.
Nice defenses there by Carvalho.

McCann darts in and clinches Carvalho up against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Still in the clinch, Carvalho scores with a nice short uppercut.
Carvalho working aggressively here.
McCann misses with a punch to the body.
A short uppercut from McCann.
Carvalho prevents a body shot from McCann.
Carvalho prevents a body shot from McCann.
McCann lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.

Carvalho successfully pulls guard.
McCann showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
McCann has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
McCann wants to control from the top but Carvalho keeps moving.
Carvalho can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as McCann controls the pace.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

McCann avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Carvalho pulls McCann in close to prevent any damage.
McCann's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Carvalho is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
McCann trying to control but Carvalho 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.
A nice inside leg kick there by Carvalho. That's going to slow McCann down.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jab, jab by McCann - just one landing.

McCann instigates a clinch.

McCann breaks from the clinch.
Carvalho throws a hook to the side of McCann's head but McCann sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
McCann tries to clinch but Carvalho moves out of range.
McCann wants to clinch up but Carvalho keeps it at a distance.
Carvalho takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
McCann is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
McCann comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Carvalho is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by McCann.
A swing and a miss from Carvalho.
McCann tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Carvalho was well out of range. Poor timing from McCann.
Paul McCann is winning the standup battle so far.
McCann feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Carvalhos jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
McCann dodges the punch combination from Carvalho.
McCann tried to counter with a leg kick but Carvalho avoided it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McCann dips to his left and cracks Carvalho with an uppercut!
Carvalho connects with a solid leg kick.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A leg kick checked by McCann.
McCann was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Carvalho throws a big shot that misses.
Carvalho throws a lazy right hand but McCann sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

McCann has closed the distance and engaged Carvalho in a clinch.
Carvalho has a couple of punches blocked by McCann.
McCann blocks a body shot from Carvalho.
McCann gets underhooks to prevent Carvalho's takedown attempt.
Carvalho swings away with an uppercut that misses.
McCann lands with a right to the head.
McCann goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

McCann breaks the clinch.
Carvalho keeps the fight on the outside.
McCann wants to clinch.

And that's the end of the fight!
Paul McCann showed his dominance in that final round.
I think McCann has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 28:29
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 29:28
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Paul McCann!
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RATING
55%
 
 
 
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