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DARE 26 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Sam McCullen (ranked 3284 p4p, 414 weight class) and Gobal Batra (ranked 1258 p4p, 173 weight class). Gobal Batra acknowledges the crowd's support as he enters the cage.

195 cm
26
200 lbs
10 - 5 - 0
190 cm
25
209 lbs
11 - 6 - 0
Good wrestling
Lethal high kicks
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Sam McCullen!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Gobal Batra!
The judges for this bout are Paul Aken, Wagner Zegers and Albert Achterberg.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
McCullen throws a hook but Batra avoids it easily.
Batra shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts McCullen as he jumps to the side.
Batra throws a jab when McCullen was well out of range.
McCullen throws out a loose jab but Batra uses good head movement to avoid it.
McCullen throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
McCullen scores with a nice looking left hook and follows it up with an uppercut!
Batra has a takedown stuffed.
Batra shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. McCullen defends it nicely.
It looked like McCullen wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Sam McCullen has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Gobal Batra.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Batra checks the leg kick nicely there.
Batra fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
McCullen throws out a loose jab but Batra uses good head movement to avoid it.
Batra shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has McCullen pinned against the cage. McCullen gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Batra ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.

Batra drives through with a takedown into McCullen's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
Batra with a flurry of punches that miss.
McCullen has Batra pulled in close to control his posture.
Batra throwing strikes but missing.
McCullen lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Batra seems keen to control McCullen's posture.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Batra is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. McCullen is aware though and is defending well.
McCullen stopping the sweep attempt from Batra.
McCullen postures up.
McCullen controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
McCullen preventing the sweep.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
McCullen is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Horrible takedown attempt by Batra or perhaps it was just good defense by McCullen, which made it look bad.
McCullen appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Batra shoots in but McCullen avoids the takedown attempt easily.
McCullen tried to counter with a leg kick but Batra avoided it.

Batra throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. McCullen was covering up waiting for the punch and Batra finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Batra passes McCullen's left leg - he's now in half guard.

McCullen is defending against the submission attempts here by Batra.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Batra is pressing down on McCullen's thigh, looking to free his foot. McCullen is holding on for now.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McCullen is looking to improve his position.
McCullen is controlling Batra's position as best he can from this difficult position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Batra is trying to advance to mount but he's lost his balance and McCullen reverses the position - he's now on top in Batra's guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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



Batra scores with a takedown into McCullen's guard.

Batra drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and McCullen dives on top into guard.

McCullen postures up.
McCullen engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
McCullen wants to control from the top but Batra keeps moving.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Batra avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
McCullen trying to control but Batra is working from the bottom.
McCullen postures up.
Batra looking to hit a scissor sweep but McCullen is one step ahead there.
Batra trying to control the position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.

Batra working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. McCullen doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. McCullen manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Batra has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but McCullen can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
McCullen throws the left hand but Batra avoids the punch easily.
Batra fails with a takedown attempt.
McCullen throws a hook but Batra blocks it.
McCullen stuns Batra with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
McCullen throws a hook but Batra blocks it.
Batra looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Sam McCullen is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McCullen is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Batra.
Batra shoots for a double leg takedown but McCullen sprawls well. He's pushed Batra's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Sam McCullen has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Gobal Batra.

Batra looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
McCullen is holding on to half guard well.
McCullen slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
McCullen looking to control.
Batra advances position into side control!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McCullen takes a nasty elbow to the side of the head.

Batra goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, McCullen has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Batra but great work by McCullen.
Batra tries to get back to half guard but can't.
McCullen trying to control the position but Batra is working away.
Batra wants to control but McCullen postures up.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
McCullen moving around in side mount but really he's just happy to control for now.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Sam McCullen dominated that second round.
That's time! McCullen's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. This is the final round!


McCullen listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Batra avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Batra shoots in but no luck this time.
Batra closes the distance and clinches up with McCullen, looking for a takedown. Batra pushes McCullen against the cage but McCullen circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
McCullen defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Batra.
Sam McCullen has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Gobal Batra.
Batra shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says McCullen as he avoids it easily.
McCullen looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Batra closes the distance and clinches up with McCullen, looking for a takedown. Batra pushes McCullen against the cage but McCullen circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
McCullen thinks about countering with a head kick.
Batra avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Batra ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Batra is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
McCullen is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Batra can do to turn this around?
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
McCullen tries a head kick but it misses.
A big right from McCullen misses.
A looping hook to the body misses from McCullen. Batra does a little dance to reset his feet.
A head kick misses from McCullen.

Batra shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. McCullen is trying to defend but Batra finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.

McCullen has managed to escape just enough to sneak back to his feet but Batra is on him like a limpet, forcing McCullen back against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Batra lands with a right to the head.
Batra fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Batra misses with a body punch.
Batra throws a head punch that misses.
Batra blocks an uppercut.
Batra has a couple of punches blocked by McCullen.
McCullen tries a body shot but Batra blocks it.
Batra goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
McCullen wants to get back to striking at distance but Batra won't allow it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Batra blocks a body shot from McCullen.
McCullen blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Batra tried to land a shot to the body but connects with McCullen's elbow.
McCullen blocks an uppercut.
McCullen trying to stall but Batra improves his position.
McCullen being controlled against the cage.

McCullen escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Batra shoots in looking for a takedown. McCullen tries to sprawl out of it but Batra keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. McCullen manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Batra looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? McCullen is fending him off so far but Batra persists. Nope, McCullen circles away and we're back to standing.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Batra shoots in for a takedown but McCullen shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
McCullen looks to land a combination but Batra avoids it well.
Batra shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says McCullen as he avoids it easily.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting McCullen here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
McCullen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Batra manages to avoid it.
Batra tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
McCullen lands a lovely overhand right.
McCullen loads up on a big right hand but Batra slips the punch.
Left hook, right uppercut from McCullen.
Sam McCullen is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

It looks like Gobal Batra has been cut.
Batra shoots in but McCullen avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Gobal Batra has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
A combination from McCullen does no damage.
Batra shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has McCullen pinned against the cage. McCullen gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Batra takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
McCullen connects with a good right hand that stumbles Batra. Batra circles away out of range and recomposes himself.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Batra fails with a takedown attempt.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Batra looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? McCullen is fending him off so far but Batra persists. Nope, McCullen circles away and we're back to standing.
Batra uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from McCullen.
Batra shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Batra on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by McCullen. McCullen obviously looking to wear him down.
Batra shoots in but McCullen avoids the takedown attempt easily.
McCullen throws a counter high kick but Batra was just alert enough to avoid it.
McCullen lands a really nice looking cross but Batra seems unphased.
McCullen is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Batra sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Batra takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Batra throws a jab but it's blocked by McCullen.

And that's the end of the fight!
Sam McCullen showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for McCullen, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Paul Aken scores the fight 30:27
Judge Wagner Zegers scores the fight 30:27
Judge Albert Achterberg scores the fight 29:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Sam McCullen!

An intense looking Sam McCullen took to the microphone post fight and gave a little speech: 'I learned from my mistakes the last fight and got that win back. I am simply on another level to these people and I feel unstoppable!'.
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RATING
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