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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Ethan Sheehy (ranked 4036 p4p, 400 weight class) and Zach Assad (ranked 3756 p4p, 372 weight class). Sheehy comes to the cage accompanied by Tree falls - Timber!. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

168 cm
22
149 lbs
4 - 4 - 1
175 cm
23
161 lbs
7 - 7 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 4 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Ethan Sheehy!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Zach Assad!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Timothy Bukovac and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sheehy lands with a nice body punch.
Assad misses with a hook.
Assad looks to land a left hand but Sheehy moved out of range nicely.
Assad throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Assad throws a right hand that Sheehy ducks under and follows up with a left that Sheehy also avoids with ease.
Assad lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Assad.
Sheehy staying out of range there.
Assad tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sheehy was well out of range. Poor timing from Assad.
Sheehy avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Left hook, right uppercut from Sheehy.
Sheehy throws a hook but Assad blocks it.
Sheehy circles away from the clinch attempt.
Assad blocks a jab.
A low kick from Assad misses
and Sheehy counters with a head kick. That will keep Assad thinking before he tries any more sloppy attacks!
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Assad checks a low kick from Sheehy.
Assad staying out of range there.
Sheehy throws a body punch but Assad moves out of range.
Sheehy works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Sheehy scores with a decent looking hook.
Sheehy throws a low kick but it's checked well by Assad.
Sheehy shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Assad looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Sheehy has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Assad avoids a kick to the body.
Sheehy steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Assad.
Sheehy is trying to close the distance and clinch up, after that failed offence from Assad.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Assad throws a body shot but no joy.
Sheehy tried to counter with a leg kick but Assad avoided it.

Sheehy gets a clinch.
Assad misses with a short punch on the inside.

Sheehy manages to break the clinch.
Sheehy lands a nice shot that snaps Assad's head back.

Assad takes the fight into the clinch.
Sheehy misses with a punch to the body.
A hook to the body from Sheehy.
Sheehy gets through Assad's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A short uppercut from Sheehy.
Sheehy scores with a hook to the body.
Sheehy tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Assad misses with a hook from the clinch.

Sheehy escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Sheehy takes one on the button.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Sheehy looks to score with a jab to the body but Assad is just out of range.
Sheehy throws a jab but it's blocked by Assad.
Sheehy throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Assad thows a leg kick but Sheehy checks it
and Sheehy counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Assad swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sheehy cracks Assad with an open hand slap.
Assad misses the jab.
Sheehy thinks about countering with a body kick.
Assad jabs Sheehy right on the nose. Sheehy blinks but takes it well.
Sheehy buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Sheehy has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Assad finds it's way round the side to connect with Sheehy's head.
Sheehy swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Sheehy displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Assad throws out the jab.
Sheehy dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Assad. That did some damage!
Assad misses with an uppercut

and Sheehy counters by moving into the clinch.
Sheehy goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Assad throws a punch but it's blocked by Sheehy.
Assad misses with a hook from the clinch.
Sheehy pushes Assad back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
A right hook to the body lands for Sheehy.
Sheehy blocking some punches.

Sheehy's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Sheehy has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Sheehy there as he acknowledges the shot.

Sheehy takes the fight into the clinch.
Assad looks to throw an elbow but misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sheehy blocks an uppercut.
Assad throws a head punch that misses.
Sheehy is working Assad over against the cage.
Sheehy digs a right hand into Assad's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Assad's gas tank.
Assad tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

Sheehy breaks from the clinch.
Sheehy throws a head kick but Assad moves out of range.
Sheehy slips a jab from Assad.
Sheehy tries to counter by clinching up but Assad breaks away and moves out of range.
A cross from Assad lands.
Assad connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Sheehy lands with a good body shot.
Assad is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Sheehy.
Sheehy bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Assad's head.
Sheehy throws a leg kick which misses Assad's front leg but catches the back leg as Assad tries to avoid it.
Assad slips under a jab from Sheehy.
Assad lands a glancing blow to the side of Sheehy's head.
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!
Sheehy defending well as Assad loads up on a big left hand.
Sheehy takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Sheehy avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Sheehy takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Assad throws a low kick, looking for Sheehy's leg but Sheehy calmly moves out of range.
Sheehy rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Assad moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Assad displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Sheehy throws out the jab.
A looping hook to the body misses from Assad. Sheehy does a little dance to reset his feet.
As Assad backs away, Sheehy returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Assad walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Jab by Assad.
A big left from Assad misses.
Sheehy throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Assad now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Assad misses with a low kick as Sheehy jumps back.
Sheehy throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Assad thows a left - swing and a miss!
Zach Assad seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Assad walks into a straight right hand from Sheehy.
Assad's corner calls for a 1-2. Assad obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Assad looks to land a combination but Sheehy avoids it well.
Assad throws a shot from downtown. Sheehy moves away and avoids it.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Assad cracks Sheehy with a right hand to the side of the head.
Sheehy tries to score with a low kick but Assad moves his leg out of the way.
Assad looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Assad misses with a straight left.
Assad is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Sheehy had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Sheehy tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Assad was well out of range. Poor timing from Sheehy.
Sheehy looks to score with a jab to the body but Assad is just out of range.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ethan Sheehy dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Sheehy tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Assad paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Sheehy slips a straight right by Assad.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Sheehy here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
Sheehy just misses with a punch to the body.
A right-left combo lands from Sheehy.
Assad ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Sheehy moves away.
Assad will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Assad just misses with a punch to the body.
Sheehy ducks under a wild hook from Assad.
Sheehy misses with a hook.
Sheehy tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Jab, jab by Sheehy - just one landing.
Nice defenses there by Assad.
Assad blocks a low kick nicely.
Sheehy misses with a body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Assad misses with a body shot.
Sheehy tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Assad manages to circle out of the way.
Sheehy 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.
Sheehy misses with a looping left.
Assad throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Sheehy lands a jab followed by a nice looking cross.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Sheehy throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Assad keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A swing and a miss from Assad.
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
Sheehy misses the jab.
The fighters circling - Sheehy throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Assad misses with a straight left.
Assad checks a leg kick.
Assad swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Assad throws a leg kick but Sheehy sees it coming and moves out of range.
Assad with a nice cross.
Sheehy walks into a left hand.
Sheehy throws a leg kick but Assad checks it.
Sheehy attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Assad swings for the body but Sheehy moves out of range.
Assad checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Sheehy feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Assads jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Ethan Sheehy is winning the standup battle so far.
Assad checks a leg kick.
Assad throws a jab when Sheehy was well out of range.
Assad throws a hook but Sheehy avoids it easily.
Assad lands a nice shot that snaps Sheehy's head back.
Assad moves out of range of the strikes.
Sheehy is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Assad can do to turn this around?
Sheehy uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Assad.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Assad walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Sheehy checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Sheehy throws a body shot but no joy.
Assad throws a series of punches but Sheehy avoids them all with ease.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A looping hook to the body misses from Sheehy. Assad does a little dance to reset his feet.
Sheehy slips under a jab.
Sheehy uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Assad.
Assad connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Sheehy's hands.
Assad tries to work over Sheehy's front leg with a kick but Sheehy checks it.
Assad slips under a jab from Sheehy.
Sheehy fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Assad looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Assad looks to land a combination. Sheehy sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Assad is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Sheehy.
Assad stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Assad is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Sheehy misses with a body shot.
Sheehy gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Assad is looking to take this fight into the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sheehy scores with a kick to the body.
Assad scores with a one two! Sheehy had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Sheehy misses with a head kick.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Assad! But no joy.
Sheehy throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Sheehy throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Assad lands a jab to the head.
Assad with a hook.
Sheehy looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.

Sheehy moves into the clinch.
Sheehy lands a left hand that snaps the head of Assad backwards.
Ethan Sheehy has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Sheehy presses Assad against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Sheehy.
Assad tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Sheehy tries to throw a body punch but Assad avoids it by throwing Sheehy back against the cage.
Sheehy blocking some punches.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Sheehy scores with a shot to the side of Assad's head.
Assad's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!

Sheehy escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Sheehy misses with a hook.
Assad swings for the body but Sheehy moves out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
No joy there for Sheehy, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Assad looks to land a left hand but Sheehy moved out of range nicely.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Sheehy, right into the meat.
Assad missing with a left hand there. Sheehy was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Assad throws a solid leg kick but Sheehy takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Assad.
Assad swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Sheehy.

Sheehy drives through and clinches with Assad against the cage.
Sheehy lands with a light punch inside.
A short uppercut from Sheehy.
Sheehy lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Sheehy tries to throw a body punch but Assad avoids it by throwing Sheehy back against the cage.
Sheehy blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Sheehy lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Assad backwards.

Sheehy escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Sheehy drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Sheehy throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Assad's head.
Assad throws a lazy right hand but Sheehy sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Assad misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Sheehy.
Sheehy keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Assad.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Ethan Sheehy will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Assad pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces Sheehy back to the cage. Assad follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Assad tries to clinch but Sheehy moves out of range.
Assad throws the left hand but Sheehy avoids the punch easily.
Sheehy misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Assad swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Assad throws out a loose jab but Sheehy uses good head movement to avoid it.
Assad thows a left - swing and a miss!
Sheehy checks a low kick from Assad.
Assad throws a big shot that misses.
Assad moves out of range of the leg kick from Sheehy.
Sheehy dodges the punch combination from Assad.
Sheehy keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
It looked like Sheehy wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Sheehy scores with a spinning back kick!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sheehy just misses with a punch to the body.
Assad tries a quick counter leg kick but Sheehy is wise to it.
Sheehy doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Assad is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Sheehy.
Sloppy strikes from Sheehy. Those never looked like landing.
Assad fails in his attempt to clinch.
Sheehy blocks a leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Assad pivots, looking for a leg kick but Sheehy is out of range and Assad settles back down.
Sheehy staying out of range there.
Assad blocks a jab.
Assad has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Sheehy finds it's way round the side to connect with Assad's head.
Assad throws an overhand right that lands on Sheehy's shoulder, as Sheehy tries to avoid the shot.
Sheehy wants to land a leg kick but Assad is out of range.
Assad tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Sheehy throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Sheehy uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Assad.
Assad tries to clinch up but Sheehy circles away and keeps his distance.
Sheehy pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Assad misses with a body shot.
Sheehy throws a push kick but Assad slaps the foot to one side.
Sheehy bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
A nice leg kick lands there from Sheehy.
Sheehy walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Assad cracks Sheehy with a right hand to the side of the head.
Assad tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Sheehy paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Assad pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ethan Sheehy is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sheehy looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Assad throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Assad moves out of range of the strikes.
A solid body kick from Sheehy.
Sheehy has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Assad.
A looping hook to the body misses from Sheehy. Assad does a little dance to reset his feet.
Assad throws the left hand but Sheehy avoids the punch easily.
Sheehy slips under a jab from Assad.
As Assad tries to get set, Sheehy tries to push him back and clinch up but Assad manages to avoid the attempt.
Assad is looking to slow Sheehy down with leg kicks.
Assad tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Sheehy manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Sheehy defending well as Assad loads up on a big left hand.
Assad needs to keep his hands up - Sheehy had a free shot at his head there.
Sheehy misses with a jab, cross combination.
Sheehy pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Assad avoids the head kick by Sheehy.
A telegraphed right hand from Assad misses the target.
Sheehy tries a head kick but it misses.
Sheehy scores with a nice right hand.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Assad looks to throw the jab but Sheehy is out of range.
A big right from Assad misses.
A telegraphed right hand from Assad misses the target.
Assad throws a jab but it's blocked by Sheehy.
Sheehy fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Assad.
Sheehy scores with a push kick.
Assad swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Sheehy throws a hook but Assad blocks it.
Assad paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Assad stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Sheehy.
Sheehy moves out of range as Assad strikes.
Assad lands a glancing blow to the side of Sheehy's head.
Sheehy slips a jab from Assad.
Assad ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Sheehy moves away.
Sheehy misses with a body kick.
Assad thuds his right hand into Sheehy's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Nice jab there from Assad.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Sheehy ducks right into an uppercut from Assad.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sheehy slips a straight right by Assad.
Assad checks a low kick from Sheehy.
A telegraphed right hand from Assad misses the target.
No joy there for Sheehy, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Sheehy throws a wild body kick that Assad sees coming a mile off.
Sheehy throws a looping overhand right but Assad ducks down to avoid it.
Assad swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Decent striking displayed by Sheehy there.
Assad throws a series of punches but Sheehy moves out of range.
Nice shot lands for Assad.
Assad throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Sheehy dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Nice defenses there by Assad.
Assad throws a hook but Sheehy blocks it.
Sheehy throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
As Sheehy backs off Assad throws a huge counter combo but Sheehy manages to avoid it all.
Sheehy throws a body punch but Assad moves out of range.
Zach Assad has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Assad moves out of range as Sheehy throws a body kick.
Sheehy throws a sloppy head kick and Assad moves out of range easily.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Zach Assad.
Well Sheehy has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 29:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 29:28
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Ethan Sheehy!

A victorious Ethan Sheehy thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
The defeated Zach Assad had this to say: 'fuck you'.
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