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IFC 50 Tower vs Heavyweight PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Sal Sizzaro (ranked 3277 p4p, 121 weight class) and Blake Starks (ranked 3409 p4p, 82 weight class). Starks is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Fire Fire. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

176 cm
19
270 lbs
3 - 2 - 0
190 cm
22
228 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
Good wrestling
Basic striking
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Excellent boxer
Good gas tank

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Sully's Bar & Grill



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the super heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Sal Sizzaro!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Blake Starks!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Timothy Bukovac and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Sizzaro gets the takedown into side control.
Starks is looking to regain half guard here but Sizzaro keeps moving and retains side control.
Sizzaro throwing strikes but Starks manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Sizzaro is looking to regain half guard here but Starks keeps moving and retains side control.
Starks in side control, just content to control the action for now.
Starks working the ground and pound.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Sizzaro is looking to regain half guard here but Starks keeps moving and retains side control.
Starks taking a breather here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Starks working his ground and pound in the gym. So far it seems to be working well.
Starks throws a knee to the body but it doesn't do much damage.
Starks controls the position.
Sizzaro wants to control but Starks postures up.
Starks taking a breather here.
Sizzaro's coaches at Fight Factory have been working on his defensive grappling in preparation for this fight so let's see if he can get out of this tricky position.

That's two 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.
Starks tries to cartwheel into mount but he doesn't manage it.
Starks is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Sizzaro will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.
Sizzaro tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Starks remains in side control and seems content to stay there. It's a versatile position from which he can work both strikes and submissions, whilst maintaining that control, so maybe he'll sit here for a while.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Starks keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Sizzaro sets himself, and Starks steps forward looking for the clinch! Sizzaro avoids it this time.
A low kick from Sizzaro is predictable there

and Starks counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sizzaro can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Starks controls the pace.
Sizzaro might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Sizzaro working a defensive guard here.
Starks not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Sizzaro looking for a sweep. Not yet Sizzaro, not yet.
Starks's corner is telling him to maintain position.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.

Sizzaro isolates an arm and boxes in a triangle. Starks stacks Sizzaro on his neck as he steps over and passes to the side. He's now in a much more dominant position where he can look to do some serious damage. Nice move by Starks!

That's four 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.
Starks remains in side control and seems content to stay there. It's a versatile position from which he can work both strikes and submissions, whilst maintaining that control, so maybe he'll sit here for a while.
Sizzaro gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Starks scoring with some good ground and pound from mount here. Will he manage to finish Sizzaro?
Starks content just to control the position here.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Starks looking to ground and pound his opponent to a finish here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Blake Starks dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Sizzaro swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Starks slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Sizzaro just misses with a punch to the body.
Starks wants to counter with a clinch but Sizzaro pushes him away.
Starks digs a good body shot into Sizzaro's ribs.
Sizzaro misses with an uppercut. Starks saw that one coming.
Starks has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Sizzaro throws the left hand but Starks avoids the punch easily.
Starks is looking to clinch.
Starks thuds his right hand into Sizzaro's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.

It looks like Sal Sizzaro has been cut.
Starks tries to clinch up but Sizzaro circles away and keeps his distance.
A little feinted left hand from Sizzaro on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Sizzaro swings for the body but Starks moves out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sizzaro tries to score with a low kick but Starks moves his leg out of the way.
Sizzaro swats away the attempt to clinch by Starks.
Starks wants to clinch.
Sizzaro throwing a counter right hand but Starks manages to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sizzaro throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Starks uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Sizzaro.
Starks wants to counter the offense by Sizzaro and move into the clinch position.
Starks is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Sizzaro throws an off balance right hand

and Starks counters by moving into the clinch.
A left hand lands to the body for Starks.
Starks works on Sizzaro's body with a couple of short punches.
A right hook to the body lands for Starks.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
A nice right hand lands inside from Starks.
Starks throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Sizzaros head.
Starks lands a body shot.
Starks lands a left hand that snaps the head of Sizzaro backwards.
Nice body punch from Starks.
A short left from Starks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sizzaro's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A left hand lands to the body for Starks.
Starks lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Starks lands with a short shot to the head.
Starks scores with a hook to the body.
Starks lands a body punch in the clinch.
Starks stalls.
Starks digs a right hand into Sizzaro's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Sizzaro's gas tank.
Starks stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
Starks lands an uppercut.
Sizzaro is looking to take this one to the mat.
Starks lands a body shot in the clinch.
Starks scores with a hook to the body.
Starks lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
A short left from Starks.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Starks.
Starks lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Sizzaro backwards.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Starks scores with a nice hook to the head.
Starks lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Sizzaro.
Starks lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Sizzaro backwards.
A hook to the body from Starks.
Starks lands a body shot in the clinch.
Starks manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Sizzaro letting Starks take a breather here.
Starks receives a warning from the referee for stalling.
Starks pushes Sizzaro back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Still in the clinch, Starks scores with a nice short uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Starks.
Starks lands a hook that snaps the head of Sizzaro backwards.
Starks lands a body punch.
A right hand to the body from Starks.
Starks lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Starks lands a nice uppercut.

That's four 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!
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Starks lands a left hand.
A right hook to the body lands for Starks.
A hook to the body from Starks.
Starks scores with a hook to the body.
A hook to the body from Starks.
Starks is clearly stalling here... Pick up the pace son.
Starks softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A left hand lands to the body for Starks.
Starks slowing the pace effectively.
Starks content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
A nice right hand lands inside from Starks.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Blake Starks showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Sal Sizzaro's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!


Starks tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Sizzaro moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
A telegraphed right hand from Sizzaro misses the target.
Sizzaro misses with a body shot.
Starks tries to clinch up.
Starks stuns Sizzaro with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Sizzaro throws a hook to the side of Starks's head but Starks sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Starks tries to clinch there but Sizzaro circles away.
A little feinted left hand from Sizzaro on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Starks tries to clinch there but Sizzaro circles away.
Sizzaro half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Starks has closed the distance and engaged Sizzaro in a clinch.
Starks lands a shot to the body.
Starks lands a shot to the body.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Starks lands a body punch in the clinch.
A hook to the body from Starks.
Starks lands a right hand that snaps the head of Sizzaro backwards.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A short left from Starks.
Starks softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A left hand lands to the body for Starks.
Starks works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Sizzaro takes a shot to the head.
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Starks lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Starks lands with a light punch inside.
Starks lands a shot to the body.
A short left from Starks.
Starks makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.

Sizzaro is rocked!
A right hook to the body lands for Starks.
Oh Sizzaro is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Starks slows down the pace here.
A short left from Starks.
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Sizzaro seems to have got his legs back now.
A right hook to the body lands for Starks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Starks lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Starks softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A short body shot lands from Starks as the two fighters clinch.
Starks lands a body punch in the clinch.
Good body shot from Starks.
A shot in the inside from Starks.
Starks lands a shot to the body.
Nice body punch from Starks.
Starks works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Good body shot from Starks.
Starks works on Sizzaro's body with a couple of short punches.
The referee is keeping an eye on Starks - much more stalling and he will separate the fighters.
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Starks throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Starks lands a body punch.
Starks lands with a left to the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Starks is leaning against Sizzaro and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Starks scores with a shot to the side of Sizzaro's head.

Starks lands a big uppercut and Sizzaro is down! He's in big trouble - Starks follows him to the mat!
Sizzaro is trying to maintain the position but Starks is very close to passing his half guard.
Starks is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Starks controlling from the full mount.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Let's hope that Starks has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Blake Starks has got the better of the ground game so far.
Starks lands an elbow that was bordering on illegal but the referee lets it go with a warning.
Sizzaro tries to hold on but Starks pushes him away.
Starks content just to control the position here.
Starks looking to ground and pound his opponent to a finish here.
Starks lands with some vicious ground and pound - can Sizzaro hang on?
Starks takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.

And that's the end of the fight!
Blake Starks comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Starks has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 Jack Bonds scores the fight 26:30
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 25:30
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 26:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Blake Starks!

Jumping up and down and very excited, Blake Starks waved his t-shirt featuring Sully's Bar & Grill's logo in front of the cameras.
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
56%
 
 
 
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