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Pulse 93 - Driver vs Tszyu PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Ed Driver (ranked 220 p4p, 28 weight class) and Kostya Tszyu (ranked 156 p4p, 19 weight class). The crowd seem to be enjoying Tszyu's choice of entrance music: Till the End of Time. Kostya Tszyu has the eye of the tiger tonight.

183 cm
32
215 lbs
18 - 9 - 1
185 cm
24
186 lbs
16 - 1 - 3
BJJ Blue Belt
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

Aspire Nutrition
Project Mayhem

Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)
Aspire Clothing



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 9 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Ed Driver!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws, fighting out of New York, Kostya Tszyu!
The judges for this bout are Shirou Masuda, Yasuomi Hirokawa and Tatsuya Matsuyama.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Tszyu throws a sloppy head kick and Driver moves out of range easily.
Tszyu lands with an overhand left.
Tszyu throws a predictable looking body shot
and Driver counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Driver on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Tszyu. Tszyu obviously looking to wear him down.
Tszyu has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.
Tszyu misses with a jab to the body
enabling Driver to counter with a crisp jab.
Driver keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Driver avoids the body shot from Tszyu.
Driver takes a swing at Tszyu's ribcage but misses.
A lazy left from Driver finds it's target.
Driver uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Tszyu.
Tszyu connects with a nice looking jab.
Tszyu dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Driver. That did some damage!
Driver fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Tszyu looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Driver throws a shot from downtown. Tszyu moves away and avoids it.
Tszyu lands a head kick!
Driver seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
An inside leg kick lands from Tszyu.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Tszyu throws a big shot that misses.
Driver connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Driver throws a right and a left that both miss.
Driver scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Driver works the jab nicely.
Tszyu feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Driver's calf.
Tszyu throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Driver throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Tszyu sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Tszyu takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Tszyu looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Driver moves into range and connects with a jab.
Tszyu misses with a body punch
and Tszyu takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

Tszyu is rocked!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Tszyu moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Driver misses with a hook.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Tszyu, right into the meat.
Tszyu will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Tszyu throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Driver stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Tszyu misses with a wild combination.
Driver swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
An inside leg kick lands from Tszyu.
Tszyu ducks under a wild hook from Driver.
Tszyu throws a right and a left that both miss.
Driver scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Driver 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.
Driver misses with a body shot.
Tszyu throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Driver swings widly with a right hand
and Tszyu counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
A big right from Driver misses.
Tszyu thuds a left hand into Driver's body.
Tszyu attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Tszyu defending well as Driver loads up on a big left hand.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Driver stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Tszyu needs to keep his hands up - Driver had a free shot at his head there.
Driver throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Tszyu tries a quick counter leg kick but Driver is wise to it.
Tszyu moves out of range as Driver strikes.
Driver ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Tszyu moves away.
Tszyu blocks a jab.
Kostya Tszyu seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Tszyu cracks Driver with a right hand to the side of the head.
Driver misses with an uppercut. Tszyu saw that one coming.
Driver tries to bum rush Tszyu with a series of wild strikes but Tszyu uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Tszyu with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Tszyu connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Driver momentarily.
Driver is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.
Tszyu moves out of range as Driver strikes.
Driver with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Tszyu steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Driver.
A countering left hand to the body from Tszyu misses.
Driver avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Driver throws a looping overhand right but Tszyu ducks down to avoid it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Driver has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Tszyu.
Tszyu tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Tszyu is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Driver rather than just go for the knockout.
Driver throws a hook but Tszyu blocks it.
Tszyu feints a counter leg kick.
Tszyu throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Driver stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Driver throws a body punch but Tszyu moves out of range.
Tszyu with a jab.
Tszyu is looking to score with low kicks.
Driver misses the jab.
Tszyu misses with a body shot
enabling Driver to counter with a crisp jab.
Tszyu scores with a one two! Driver had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Driver throws out a loose jab but Tszyu uses good head movement to avoid it.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Driver lands a lovely overhand right.
A jab from Tszyu misses.
The fighters circling - Driver throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Driver just misses with a punch to the body.
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 Ed Driver 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.


Driver throws a big shot that misses.
Tszyu misses with an attempted mid kick.
Driver misses with an uppercut
and Tszyu counters with a leg kick that reverborates around the arena.
Tszyu keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Driver.
Driver closes the distance and lands a one-two.
Driver lands with a shot to the body.
Driver misses with an uppercut.
Driver throws out a loose jab but Tszyu uses good head movement to avoid it.
Tszyu throws a body shot but no joy.
Tszyu moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Tszyu 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 Driver has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Driver and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A swing and a miss from Driver.
We are yet to see a takedown attempt from Tszyu in the fight. On paper you would think he is the more dominant ground fighter so let's see if these unusual tactics pay off.
Tszyu moves away from the strike by Driver.
Tszyu throws a nice inside leg kick.
Tszyu lands a nice looking body shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Tszyu is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Driver.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Driver takes a swing at Tszyu's ribcage but misses.
Tszyu throws a head kick that misses.
Driver is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Driver throws a shot from downtown. Tszyu moves away and avoids it.
Tszyu jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Tszyu jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Driver swings for the body but Tszyu moves out of range.
Tszyu throws a nice head kick!
Tszyu fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Driver has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Driver connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Driver just misses with a punch to the body.
The fighters circling - Driver throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Driver is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Tszyu.
A telegraphed right hand from Driver misses the target.
Tszyu lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Tszyu loads up on a big right hand but Driver slips the punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Tszyu missing with a left hand there. Driver was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Driver checks a leg kick nicely.
Driver fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
The fighters circling - Tszyu throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Tszyu looks to score with a jab to the body but Driver is just out of range.
A counter left hand to the body from Driver misses its target.
Tszyu throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
As Tszyu looks to move away, Driver throws a big counter combo but Tszyu just gets out of the way.
Tszyu moves out of range as Driver strikes.
Driver throws the left hand but Tszyu avoids the punch easily.
Tszyu was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
A slow jab from Driver misses its intended target.
Decent striking displayed by Driver there.
Tszyu feints and then cracks Driver's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Driver down.
Driver fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Tszyu looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Tszyu closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Tszyu takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Tszyu dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Driver scores with a punch to the head.
Tszyu connects with a body shot.
Tszyu throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Driver stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Tszyu looks to throw the jab but Driver is out of range.
Tszyu pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Tszyu displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Driver throws out the jab.
The fighters circling - Driver throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Tszyu now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Tszyu avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Driver misses with a left hand
and Tszyu counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Driver thows a left - swing and a miss!
Tszyu swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Driver takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Driver throws out a token jab with nothing on it.

Driver drops Tszyu with a beautiful combination! Tszyu stares up at his opponent, who ushers him back to his feet - Driver is looking for the KO!
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A big left from Driver misses.
Tszyu doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tszyu ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Tszyu ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Driver misses with a straight right.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Driver misses with a straight right.
Tszyu counters with a body kick.
Driver stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Tszyu.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Tszyu.
Tszyu misses with a combination
and Tszyu takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Tszyu cracks a nice hook into Driver's ribs.
Tszyu lands with a nice body punch.
Driver with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Ed Driver is winning the standup battle so far.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Driver just misses with a punch to the body.
Driver throws a body shot but no joy.
Driver shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Tszyu eats them both and turns towards Driver to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Tszyu connects with a leg kick. Driver looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ed Driver dominated that second round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


A combination from Tszyu does no damage.
An attempted straight right counter from Driver misses the target.
A decent looking cross lands there for Driver.
Tszyu is still on wobbly legs! Can Driver finish him?
Tszyu misses with a hook.
Tszyu seems to have recovered his senses.
Tszyu lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Tszyu misses with a right hand
and Driver cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

Driver lands a big uppercut and Tszyu crumbles to the floor! The ref thinks about stopping the fight but Tszyu looks OK. Driver waves Tszyu back to his feet!
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Driver drops a shoulder and throws a monster hook that connects perfectly to the side of Tszyu's head, knocking him out cold! Driver is extatic as he celebrates with his cornermen.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:31 of round 3, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Ed Driver!
Ed Driver retains his light heavyweight title!
Ed Driver really struggled to get his t-shirt on before his hand was raised. Making sure that Project Mayhem logo gets some air time is pretty tricky when you're all sweaty.
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