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OFC 345: Pera vs Imbula PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Pekka Pera (ranked 38 p4p, 4 weight class) and Cheik Imbula (ranked 254 p4p, 32 weight class). Imbula has chosen ~Apache~ as his entrance music. Pekka Pera has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

150 cm
25
177 lbs
15 - 6 - 0
185 cm
27
180 lbs
14 - 8 - 1
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the welterweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Pekka Pera!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 8 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Cheik Imbula!
The judges for this bout are William Peck, Elvis Blanc and Trevor Gratis.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Pera throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Imbula counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Pera scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Imbula doesn't seem bothered though.
Pera lands a right hook to the body.
Imbula misses with a straight left.
Pera looks to score with a jab to the body but Imbula is just out of range.

Pera takes the fight into the clinch.
Still in the clinch, Imbula scores with a nice short uppercut.
Nice body punch from Imbula.
Imbula lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Imbula doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Imbula blocks an uppercut.
Pera scores with a shoulder strike.
Pera scores with a shot to the side of Imbula's head.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Imbula lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Imbula lands a nice uppercut.
Imbula blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Pera.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Imbula struggles to land a body shot inside as Pera controls his hands.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Pera.
Imbula lands a hook that snaps the head of Pera backwards.
Imbula lands a nice uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Imbula.

Imbula breaks the clinch.
Imbula scores with a nice body kick.
A bone on bone clash there as Pera blocks the leg kick.
An attempted straight right counter from Pera misses the target.
Imbula throws out a loose jab but Pera uses good head movement to avoid it.
Pera dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Imbula. That did some damage!
Pera cracks the inside of Imbula's front leg.
Imbula slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.

It looks like Pekka Pera has been cut.
Imbula 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.
Nice defenses there by Pera.
Pera looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.

Pera drives through and clinches with Imbula against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
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!
Pera throws a head punch that misses.
A short uppercut from Imbula.
A head punch on the inside from Imbula fails to land.
Pera is trying to maintain a safe position but Imbula gets an underhook and turns Pera into the cage.
Imbula lands an uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Pera fails to land.
Pera fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Pera has a couple of punches blocked by Imbula.
Imbula scores with a shot to the side of Pera's head.
Imbula misses with a punch on the inside.
A short body shot lands from Imbula as the two fighters clinch.
Imbula throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Peras head.
Pera lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Pera stalling in the clinch but Imbula improves position.
Imbula digs a right hand into Pera's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Pera's gas tank.
Pera lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Imbula fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Pera taking a breather.
Pera lands with a light punch inside.
Pera misses with a short punch on the inside.
Pera blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Imbula blocks an uppercut.
Imbula swings wildly with an uppercut but Pera uses good head movement to avoid it.
Pera misses with the head strike.
Pera lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Imbula working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Imbula struggles to land a body shot inside as Pera controls his hands.
Pera lands a hook to the side of the head.
Imbula tries a body shot but Pera blocks it.
Pera misses with some punches.
Imbula working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Imbula tries a body shot but Pera blocks it.
Imbula blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Pera blocks a body shot from Imbula.
Imbula struggles to land a body shot inside as Pera controls his hands.
Imbula goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Imbula.
Pera working aggressively here.
Imbula lands an uppercut.
Imbula blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pera presses Imbula against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Imbula misses with a hook from the clinch.
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!
Pera pushes Imbula back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Imbula is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Pera gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Imbula misses with a punch to the body.
Pera throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Imbulas head.
Imbula tries a body shot but Pera blocks it.
Imbula lands a right hand that snaps the head of Pera backwards.
A hook to the body from Pera.
Imbula working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Pera swings wildly with an uppercut but Imbula uses good head movement to avoid it.
Pera misses with a short punch on the inside.
Pera tries to throw a body punch but Imbula avoids it by throwing Pera back against the cage.
Good body shot from Pera.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
A short left from Pera.
Pera swings wildly with an uppercut but Imbula uses good head movement to avoid it.
Imbula throws a head punch that misses.
Pera scores with a hook to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Pera takes a swing at Imbula's ribcage but misses.
Imbula looks to score with a jab to the body but Pera is just out of range.
Pera looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Pera misses with a body shot
and Pera takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Pekka Pera seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Pera scores with a jab to the head.
A nice inside leg kick there by Pera. That's going to slow Imbula down.
Pera throws out a powerful jab.
Imbula misses with a straight left.

Pera dives in and scores a takedown into Imbula's guard.
Pera landing some decent shots from guard.
Imbula is trying to control the position but Pera postures up.
Pera postures up in Imbula's guard and throws a big left but Imbula blocks it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pera wants to control from the top but Imbula keeps moving.
Pera preventing the sweep.
Pera trying to control but Imbula is working from the bottom.

Imbula throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Imbula controls Pera momentarily but Pera frees himself.
Pera trying to control the position from guard on top but Imbula is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Imbula is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

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.

Imbula has his foot on Pera's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Pera works his way back into a safe position though.
Pera looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Imbula can't keep his opponent in guard - Pera advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Imbula is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Imbula gets full guard.
Pera might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.

Imbula looking for a guillotine here but Pera defends easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Imbula has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Pera can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Imbula trying to keep a closed guard but Pera is proving a slippery customer.
Pera is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Pera throwing strikes from guard but Imbula blocks nicely.
Imbula trying to control the position.
Pera stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Imbula swivels though and keeps the full guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Imbula wants to sweep but no luck.

Imbula had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Pera defends it easily.
Pera scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Imbula avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Pera throws an elbow that misses. Imbula uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Pera's guard. Nice move by Imbula!

Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Imbula postures up as if he's going to throw some strikes but drops back for an ankle! Pera is in big trouble! He looks ready to tap! But no, he's escaped and dives on top of Imbula, into his guard.

Imbula looking to control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Pekka Pera dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Pekka Pera's cut.
That's time! Back to the action!


Imbula checks a leg kick.
Imbula checks a low kick from Pera.
Pera is looking to wear down Imbula with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Pera shoots in but Imbula avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Imbula connects with a right hand. Pera shakes it off.
Pera closes this distance looking for a takedown but Imbula circles away.
The fight stays on the outside here - Pera looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Pera throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Imbula.
Imbula takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Pera throws a leg kick
and Imbula counters with a good low kick that Pera was not able to check.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pera misses the shot to the body.
Imbula throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Pera throws a head kick but Imbula moves out of range.
Imbula avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Imbula swings for the body but Pera moves out of range.
Pera throws a predictable looking body shot
and Imbula counters with a straight right hand.
Pera thows a leg kick but Imbula checks it
and Imbula counters with a stiff right hand.
Imbula is using his reach advantage to land shots from outside his opponent's range.
Imbula tries a head kick but it misses.
As Imbula tries to get set, Pera tries to push him back and clinch up but Imbula manages to avoid the attempt.
Cheik Imbula is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Pera uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Imbula.
Imbula moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Pera lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pera fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Imbula counters with a body kick.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Pekka Pera. That's going to take a lot out of him.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Pera checks a leg kick.
Pera seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
Pera dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Imbula. That did some damage!
Imbula lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Pera connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Imbula lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Imbula misses with a hook
and Pera counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Pera has his takedown stuffed
letting Imbula counter with a right hand.

Pekka Pera's cut is getting worse.
Pera jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Pera throws a body shot but no joy.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pera lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Imbula has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Pera feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Imbula's calf.
A thudding body kick lands there by Imbula!
Imbula lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Cheik Imbula seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Imbula lands a jab to the head.
Pera moves out of range as Imbula strikes.
Pera avoids the body shot from Imbula.
Imbula misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Pera.
Pera misses with a wild body shot.
Imbula takes a swing at Pera's ribcage but misses.
Pera looks to land a left hand but Imbula moved out of range nicely.
Imbula steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pera keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
The fighters circle momentarily. Imbula darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Imbula throws a body shot but no joy.
Imbula walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Pera throws a nice outside leg kick.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Imbula looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Imbula moves out of range of the strikes.
Pera misses with a wild body shot.
Pera takes one on the button.
Pera throws an off balance right hand
and Imbula counters with a nice uppercut.
Pera fails with an attempt to clinch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Cheik Imbula really dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Pekka Pera's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Imbula drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.

Pera manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Imbula on his heels. He'll look to pass Imbula's guard now, I'm sure.
Imbula pulls Pera in close to prevent any damage.
Pera is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Pera keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Imbula's head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Pera distracts Imbula with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Imbula working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Pera.
Imbula controls Pera momentarily but Pera frees himself.

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

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pera pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Imbula is keeping the position for now.
Imbula looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Pera puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Pera working Imbula over with strikes.
Pera throwing shots but Imbula is blocking nicely.
Pera throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Pera with the ground and pound but Imbula uses the opportunity to regain guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Imbula working a defensive guard here.
Pera lands a couple of decent looking shots.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Imbula bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Pera's guard.

Pera preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Pera controls Imbula momentarily but Imbula frees himself.
Imbula pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Pera is keeping the position for now.

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


Imbula looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Pera passes into half guard.
Pera prevents Imbula from improving his position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pera is trying to control the action in half guard but Imbula is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Imbula is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Pera's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Pera's back!

Pera fending off the submission attempt from Imbula.

Pera is displaying good submission defense - not really looking in danger of submitting to the rear naked choke at the moment. That could change in an instant of course if Imbula gets his way!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pera trying to control the hands but Imbula breaks the grip.

Imbula is working really hard to secure the rear naked choke. Pera defends successfully for a significant amount of time. Both fighters are looking very determined.
Well, with Imbula on his back, surely it's only a matter of time before Pera is tapping out... Can he escape the position?
Pera trying to control but not successfully.

Pera is in a bad position with Imbula working for a choke. Pera manages to spin nicely into guard and the danger is over for the moment.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Pera preventing the sweep.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Pekka Pera had his way with Cheik Imbula in that round.
The cut man is working on Pekka Pera's cut.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. This is the final round!


Pera lands with a straight right. Imbula didn't see that one coming.
Imbula takes a jab right on the kisser.
Imbula scores with a push kick.
Pera cracks the inside of Imbula's front leg.
Pera looks to score with a jab to the body but Imbula is just out of range.
Pera buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Imbula keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Imbula appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Imbula's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A solid body kick from Imbula.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Pera throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Imbula throws a body punch but Pera moves out of range.
Imbula connects with a good right hand that stumbles Pera. Pera circles away out of range and recomposes himself.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pera throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Imbula counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Imbula scores with a sloppy right hand. Pera should have avoided that one.
Pera lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Pera swings for the body but Imbula moves out of range.
Imbula is trying to counter with his kicks.
Pera fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Imbula has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Pera tries to close the distance and clinch up but Imbula swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Pera uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Imbula.
Pera moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Pera with a nice cross.
Imbula lands a nice looking kick to the body. Pera takes a step back to recover.
Pera with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pera comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Pera ducks under a wild hook from Imbula.
Good leg kick by Pera there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Imbula gets caught flat footed, as Pera shoots in with a quick takedown into guard.

Imbula is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Pera defends well.
Pera works over Imbula with some ground and pound from guard.
Pera trying to control but Imbula is working from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Imbula looking to hit a scissor sweep but Pera is one step ahead there.

Imbula looking for subs off his back but Pera has passed one foot through into half guard.
Imbula has hold of Pera's hands but Pera slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Imbula trying to hold on to Pera's head to control him but Pera postures up.
Imbula might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Pera haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Pera thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Imbula's head.
Pera drops an elbow to the side of Imbula's head.
Pera scoring with strikes to the body and head.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Pera lands a nice short elbow.
Pera lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.
Pera prevents Imbula from improving his position.
Pera looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Imbula is pressing down on Pera's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Pera looking to sit in guard and control but Imbula gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


And that's the end of the fight!
Pekka Pera showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Pera 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge William Peck scores the fight 48:47
Judge Elvis Blanc scores the fight 48:47
Judge Trevor Gratis scores the fight 48:47

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Pekka Pera!

Pekka Pera retains his welterweight title!
Pekka Pera thanked the fans post fight for their support.
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