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Open Weight Grand Prix S01E01 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Antonio Kirby (ranked 6232 p4p, 136 weight class) and Zou Li (ranked 6152 p4p, 131 weight class). Antonio Kirby had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

188 cm
18
215 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
183 cm
18
252 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
Good wrestling
Brawler
Very strong
BJJ White Belt
Excellent MT
Solid chin

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Sportivité



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 2 rounds, in the super 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 London, Antonio Kirby!
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, Zou Li!
The judges for this bout are Joseph Jones, Alyssa Summers and Jonathan Paton.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kirby tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Li paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Li lands with a nice body punch.
Kirby takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
A solid leg kick lands there for Li.
Li uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Kirby has time to react.
Li loads up on a big right hand but Kirby slips the punch.
Li throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Li misses with an uppercut.
Li lands a body shot.
Nice shot lands for Li.
Li scores with a jab. Kirby acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Li throws a looping overhand right but Kirby ducks down to avoid it.
Kirby shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Li but Li pushes him off and we're back to square one.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Li uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Nice jab there from Li.
Kirby takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li connects with a single shot there.

Li gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Kirby to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Li tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Kirby is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Kirby lands a couple of elbows.
Li looking for a sweep. Not yet Li, not yet.
Li wants to stand up but Kirby is controlling him.
Li keeping full guard, as Kirby tries to pass.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Kirby pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Li is keeping the position for now.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Li wants to get back to his feet but Kirby is in a dominant position and won't allow it.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Li lands a nice leg kick that just misses Kirby's sensitive parts.
Kirby keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Li.
Kirby fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Li manages to avoid it.
Kirby takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.

Kirby shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Let's see what he's got on the mat.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kirby trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Li trying to keep a closed guard but Kirby is proving a slippery customer.
Kirby stands and throws Li's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Li is trying to escape and get back to his feet.
Kirby 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.
Kirby in side control lands a nice looking series of punches and elbows.
Kirby landing with strikes to the head and body from side control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kirby content to control the pace. The referee will try and keep them active though.
Kirby tries to move into full mount but can't pass Li's legs.
Li is trying to escape the position but Kirby is controlling the position.

Kirby is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Li is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

Kirby is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Li has escaped the position, nice work there.
Kirby working away.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Kirby decides to stand up, so the ref orders Li to his feet.
Li fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.

Kirby shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Kirby showed some decent athleticism there.

Kirby stands up and beckons Li to join him on the feet.
Zou Li is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kirby throws a leg kick
and Li counters with a straight right hand.
Kirby wants to clinch up but Li keeps it at a distance.
Kirby takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Li punishes Kirby's body with a nice straight punch.
Kirby shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Li pinned against the cage. Li gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Li throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Kirby stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Li jabs Kirby to the body, keeping him at a distance.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Li throws an overhand right that lands on Kirby's shoulder, as Kirby tries to avoid the shot.
Kirby swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Kirby has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Li.
Li misses with a hook

and Kirby counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Li pushes Kirby off but Kirby dives into side control.
Kirby lands a knee to the body and follows it up with some ground and pound to the head. That will wear Li down.
Kirby just content to control the position.

Kirby is trying to get an arm triangle but Li is defending well.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Li is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Li taking punishment in the form of punches.
Kirby moving around in side mount but really he's just happy to control for now.

Kirby decides to stand back up. Kirby steps back and let's Li get back to his feet.
Kirby takes a body punch but keeps moving.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Li throws an ugly left hook that misses

and Kirby counters with a nice double leg into side control. Li won't be happy with that.
Li is looking to get back to his feet here but Kirby is keeping cool and he's managed to take Li's back.
Li looks winded!
Kirby scores with strikes from the back.

Kirby working for a RNC but it's not happening just yet.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Kirby working for the choke.
Kirby controls the position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Li trying to control the position but Kirby manages to sink in the hooks.
Li trying to get back to his feet but Kirby is in full control for now.
Li covers up after that shot from Kirby.
Kirby trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Li doesn't escape.

Kirby has his opponent's back and is working for the choke.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Zou Li will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!


Li fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Li cracks the inside of Kirby's front leg.

Kirby shoots in with a lovely double leg takedown. Li manages to land in full guard to minimise the damage.
Kirby slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kirby prevents Li from getting back to his feet.
Li can't keep his opponent in guard - Kirby advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Kirby seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kirby has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Li looks like he's trying to stand up.
Kirby content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.

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

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.
Kirby tries to clinch up but Li circles away and keeps his distance.
Li misses with a looping right.
Li wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Li throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kirby sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Li, as that shot connected.
Kirby doesn't manage to clinch there - Li circles away.
Kirby fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Li pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Kirby doesn't succeed with the takedown
letting Li counter with a right hand.
Kirby moves out of range as Li strikes.
Kirby walks into a straight right hand from Li.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Li misses with a looping right.
Kirby doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Nice cross by Li.
Li scores with a decent looking hook.
Li connects with a leg kick. Kirby looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Kirby on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Li lands with a thumping leg kick.
Kirby with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Li to score with a decent uppercut.
Li digs a good body shot into Kirby's ribs.
A slow jab from Li misses its intended target.
Li is breathing heavily.
Kirby staying out of range there.
Li has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Li throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Kirby stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Kirby takes a body punch but keeps moving.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Li ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Li lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Li misses with a looping right.
Li has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Kirby scores with a takedown into Li's guard.
Kirby slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Li is looking to stand up but Kirby isn't so interested in that idea.
Li can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Kirby controls the pace.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Kirby with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Li not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Li is wriggling around but Kirby manages to pass to half guard.
Kirby is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.

That's six 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.
This is a sustained period of stalling by Kirby.
Kirby looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Kirby content to control rather than advance.
Ground and pound from Kirby.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Kirby is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Li tries to roll over but Kirby keeps him under control.
Kirby lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.

It looks like Zou Li has been cut.
Kirby is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Kirby's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Kirby keeps the fight on the outside.
Li with a jab.
Li thuds a left hand into Kirby's body.
Li digs a good body shot into Kirby's ribs.
A swing and a miss from Li.
Li lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
A chopping leg kick lands by Li.
A telegraphed right hand from Li misses the target.
Li with a nice cross.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Kirby takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Zou Li seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Li connects with a right hand. Kirby shakes it off.
Li cracks the inside of Kirby's front leg.
Li misses with a looping right.

Kirby manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Li on his heels. He'll look to pass Li's guard now, I'm sure.
Kirby is stalling in the full guard.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

And that's the end of the fight!
Zou Li comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Li has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.

Judge Joseph Jones scores the fight for Zou Li!
Judge Alyssa Summers scores the fight for Zou Li!
Judge Jonathan Paton scores the fight for Zou Li!

Zou Li wins by unanimous decision!

Zou Li very nearly forgot to thank Sportivité amongst all the excitement of his win but just as the interview came to a close, he screamed their name. Hopefully he'll get a few nice freebies in the mail as a thank you.
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