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IFC New Blood V.2 Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Pedro Costa (ranked 6260 p4p, 558 weight class) and Armel Vidal (ranked 6616 p4p, 574 weight class). Armel Vidal is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.

189 cm
18
202 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
167 cm
18
146 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
Good wrestling
Basic striking
Granite chin
BJJ White Belt
Excellent MT
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 0 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Costa!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Armel Vidal!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Jack Bonds and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Vidal lands with a straight right. Costa didn't see that one coming.
Vidal misses the jab.
Costa throws an off balance right hand
and Vidal counters with a left to the body.
Vidal with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Vidal digs a good hook to Costa's body.
Costa throws a lazy uppercut
and Vidal counters with a stiff right hand.
Costa throws a body shot but no joy.
Costa throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Vidal sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Vidal fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Vidal punishes Costa's body with a nice straight punch.
Vidal staying out of range there.
Vidal throws a left and a right that both miss

and Costa moves into the clinch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Vidal breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Costa is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Vidal.

Costa moves into range and clinches up with Vidal.
Costa slowing the pace effectively.
Costa tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vidal's elbow.

Vidal manages to break the clinch.
Vidal has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Costa is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Vidal dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Costa moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Vidal waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Costa.
Vidal fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Vidal is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Costa rather than just go for the knockout.
A shot to the liver by Vidal. Beautiful body shot.

Costa rushes Vidal and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Costa goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Vidal misses with a punch to the body.
Vidal blocking some punches.
Costa working aggressively here.
Vidal tries to break the clinch but Costa is controlling the position.
Vidal misses with a punch to the body.
Costa misses with some punches.
Vidal looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Costa controlling the action here for a moment.
Vidal prevents a body shot from Costa.
Vidal working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Vidal is trying to push Costa away but Costa has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Costa blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Vidal throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Costas head.
Costa is struggling to control the position.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Vidal.
Costa misses with a punch on the inside.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Vidal has had enough of the clinch but Costa keeps him there for the moment.
Costa blocks a body shot from Vidal.
Costa tries to pull guard but Vidal forces him back to his feet, against the cage.
Vidal can't find room to land a body shot as Costa controls the action.
Vidal goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Vidal tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Costa lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Costa working aggressively here.
Vidal working hard to break the clinch.
Vidal wants to break the clinch but can't.
Vidal is looking to break free of the clinch but Costa has double underhooks.
Costa misses with a body punch.
Costa misses with some punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Vidal prevents a body shot from Costa.
Vidal has had enough of the clinch but Costa keeps him there for the moment.
Vidal with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Costa blocks an uppercut.
Costa tries a body shot but Vidal blocks it.
Costa lands a body shot.
Costa lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Vidal backwards.

It looks like Armel Vidal has been cut.
Vidal scores with a shot to the side of Costa's head.
Costa lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Costa softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Vidal missing with knees to the body.
A frustrated look appears on Vidal's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Costa lands a shot to the body.
Vidal wants to break free but Costa has control.
Costa working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Vidal blocking some punches.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Costa takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Costa misses with a punch to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Costa tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Costa tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vidal's elbow.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Vidal.
Costa misses with a punch to the body.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Vidal misses with a knee strike.
Costa slows down the pace here.
Vidal scores with a nice hook to the head.
Vidal scores with a hook to the body.
Costa swings wildly with an uppercut but Vidal uses good head movement to avoid it.
Costa tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vidal's elbow.
Vidal stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Costa misses with some punches.
Costa has Vidal pushed against the cage.
Costa working aggressively here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Armel Vidal will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Armel Vidal's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


A big right from Costa misses.
A looping hook to the body misses from Costa. Vidal does a little dance to reset his feet.
Vidal lands with a nice body punch.
Vidal ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Vidal jabs at Costa's body.
Vidal works Costa's body with a nice hook.
Vidal looks to score with a jab to the body but Costa is just out of range.
Vidal blocks a jab.
Vidal fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Costa manages to avoid it.
Costa appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Costa keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Vidal.
Costa just misses with a punch to the body.
Vidal let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Vidal lands with a shot to the body.
Vidal thuds his right hand into Costa's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Vidal throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Costa has not gone for a single takedown so far in this fight, which seems like a very strange tactic when you consider that he has the superior wrestling and BJJ.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Vidal takes a swing at Costa's ribcage but misses.
Vidal misses with a few strikes there.
Vidal misses with a wild body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Costa uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Vidal.
Costa throws a body punch but Vidal moves out of range.

Costa takes the fight into the clinch.
A left hand lands to the body for Vidal.
Vidal throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Costa swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Vidal misses with a punch to the body.
A short left from Vidal.
Costa has Vidal pushed against the cage.
Vidal lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Vidal throws a knee to the head but misses.
Vidal blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Costa tries a body shot but Vidal blocks it.
Costa is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
Pedro Costa has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Costa working aggressively here.
Vidal prevents a body shot from Costa.
A short body shot lands from Costa as the two fighters clinch.
Vidal takes a shot to the head.
Vidal is trying to force a seperation but Costa has the dominant position.
Costa has Vidal pushed against the cage.
Vidal lands a nice shot to the body.
Vidal working hard to break the clinch.
Vidal has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Vidal blocks an uppercut.
Vidal fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Vidal struggles to land a body shot inside as Costa controls his hands.
Vidal tries to throw a body punch but Costa avoids it by throwing Vidal back against the cage.
Pedro Costa has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Vidal throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Costas head.
Vidal misses with a punch to the body.
Nice body punch from Vidal - that landed with a thud.
Vidal wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.

Costa successfully pulls guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Vidal wanted to stand there but Costa had control of the position.
Costa 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.
Vidal has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Costa is proving hard to escape from.
Vidal really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Costa. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.

Costa looking for a guillotine here but Vidal defends easily.
Costa has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.

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.

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

Costa is looking for a triangle but Vidal pushes his legs off easily.

Costa is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Vidal is looking to stand up but Costa won't let him.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Vidal scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Vidal scores with a jab to the jaw.
A looping hook to the body misses from Costa. Vidal does a little dance to reset his feet.
A countering left hand to the body from Vidal misses.
Costa takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Armel Vidal showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Armel Vidal's cut.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


Costa tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Vidal was well out of range. Poor timing from Costa.
Vidal displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Costa throws out the jab.
Vidal with a hook.
Vidal throws a series of punches but Costa avoids them all with ease.
Vidal scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Vidal uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Costa.
Vidal misses the shot to the body.
A big left from Vidal misses.
Vidal connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Costa momentarily.
Costa misses with a hook to the body
and Vidal counters with a nice uppercut.
Vidal lands with a good body shot.
Costa keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Vidal.
Armel Vidal seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Vidal fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Vidal tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Costa was well out of range. Poor timing from Vidal.
Costa throws a hook to the side of Vidal's head but Vidal sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Costa drives through and clinches with Vidal against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Vidal scores with a hook to the body.
Vidal working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Vidal lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Costa backwards.
Vidal lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Vidal has a couple of punches blocked by Costa.
Vidal tries a body shot but Costa blocks it.
Vidal swings wildly with an uppercut but Costa uses good head movement to avoid it.
Vidal presses Costa against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Vidal letting Costa take a breather here.
Costa lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
A right hook to the body lands for Vidal.
Vidal lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Costa backwards.
Vidal presses Costa against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Vidal lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Costa backwards.
Costa misses with a body punch.
Costa struggles to land a body shot inside as Vidal controls his hands.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Costa misses with some punches.
Costa tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.

Vidal breaks the clinch.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Costa tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Vidal was well out of range. Poor timing from Costa.
Vidal moves out of range of the strikes.
Costa throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Costa looks to land a right hand but Vidal moved out of range.
Costa throws a hook to the side of Vidal's head but Vidal sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Vidal clobbers Costa with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Vidal throws out a loose jab but Costa uses good head movement to avoid it.
Vidal thuds a left hand into Costa's body.
Vidal digs a good body shot into Costa's ribs.
Nice defenses there by Vidal.
Vidal lands a jab to Costa's midsection.
Vidal jabs at Costa's body.
A slow jab from Costa misses its intended target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Vidal jabs at Costa's body.
Costa ducks right into an uppercut from Vidal.
Costa misses with a jab to the body
and Vidal counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Costa takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Vidal works Costa's body with a nice hook.
Vidal stuns Costa with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Vidal misses with a hook. Costa ducked under it nicely.
Costa seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
A big left from Costa misses.
Vidal ducks under a wild hook from Costa.
Vidal ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Costa takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Costa walks into a straight right hand from Vidal.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Costa throws a hook to the side of Vidal's head but Vidal sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Vidal lands a two punch combo.
Vidal lands with a shot to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Costa throws a looping overhand right but Vidal ducks down to avoid it.
Costa swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Vidal counters with a stiff right hand.
Vidal scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Vidal wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Costa throws an off balance right hand
and Vidal counters with a nice body shot.
Vidal scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Vidal cracks Costa with a right hand to the side of the head.
Costa takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Vidal fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Costa tries to close the distance and clinch up but Vidal swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Costa tries to close the distance and clinch but Vidal swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Costa throws a predictable looking body shot
and Vidal connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Vidal scores with a nice looking left hook and follows it up with an uppercut!
Vidal ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Vidal thuds his right hand into Costa's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.

And that's the end of the fight!
Armel Vidal comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Vidal winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Frank Antenori scores the fight 27:30
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 27:30
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Armel Vidal!
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RATING
64%
 
 
 
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