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TGC 82 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Sambo Trambai (ranked 793 p4p, 125 weight class) and Nikos Giannopoulos (ranked 1550 p4p, 236 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

191 cm
23
218 lbs
7 - 2 - 0
184 cm
25
207 lbs
7 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class MT
Granite chin
Good wrestler
World class MT
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 7 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Sambo Trambai!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nikos Giannopoulos!
The judges for this bout are Valeri Chadov, Vladimir Khabensky and Konstantin Menshow.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Trambai takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Trambai lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Giannopoulos circles away quickly and effectively.
Giannopoulos displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Trambai throws out the jab.
Giannopoulos misses with a looping right.
Trambai moves out of range of the strikes.
Trambai ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Giannopoulos lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Giannopoulos has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Trambai is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Trambai takes a swing at Giannopoulos's ribcage but misses.
Giannopoulos looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Trambai tries a head kick but it misses.
Giannopoulos checks the leg kick.
Giannopoulos steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Giannopoulos with a poor takedown
and Trambai counters with a right hand to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Giannopoulos's jab looks to have found its range, popping Trambai under the eye.
Trambai throws a looping overhand right but Giannopoulos ducks down to avoid it.
Giannopoulos throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
It looked like Trambai was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Giannopoulos.
Nikos Giannopoulos seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Giannopoulos throws a body punch but Trambai moves out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Giannopoulos keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Trambai lands a slapping body shot.
Trambai takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Trambai keeps Giannopoulos at a distance using the push kick.

Giannopoulos drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.
Trambai tries to bench press Giannopoulos off him but Giannopoulos keeps the position.

Giannopoulos is trying to get an arm triangle but Trambai is defending well.
You can see the frustration on Trambai's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Giannopoulos is looking to take a break and control but Trambai is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Giannopoulos thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Trambai is looking for a sweep.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Trambai struggling a bit here.
Trambai manages to work his way to half guard, despite Giannopoulos's best efforts.
Giannopoulos wants to advance to full mount but Trambai doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Giannopoulos tries to free his leg and advance position but Trambai is retaining full guard.
Giannopoulos wants to control from the top but Trambai keeps moving.
Trambai looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Trambai trying to keep a closed guard but Giannopoulos is proving a slippery customer.
Trambai wants to sweep here but Giannopoulos controlling him for the moment.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Giannopoulos is looking to chop away at Trambai's legs.
Trambai takes one to the chin there.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Giannopoulos uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Trambai.
Giannopoulos keeps Trambai at a distance using the push kick.
Giannopoulos connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Trambai defending well as Giannopoulos loads up on a big left hand.
Trambai misses with a head kick.
A chopping leg kick lands by Giannopoulos.
Giannopoulos jabs Trambai right on the nose. Trambai blinks but takes it well.
Giannopoulos tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Trambai was well out of range. Poor timing from Giannopoulos.
It looked like Trambai wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Trambai ducks under a wild hook from Giannopoulos.
Trambai swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Giannopoulos looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Giannopoulos throws out a loose jab but Trambai uses good head movement to avoid it.
Giannopoulos jabs at Trambai's body.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Giannopoulos smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Nikos Giannopoulos dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Giannopoulos wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
A jab lands there for Giannopoulos.
Trambai takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Trambai shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Giannopoulos eats them both and turns towards Trambai to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Trambai pivots, looking for a leg kick but Giannopoulos is out of range and Trambai settles back down.
Giannopoulos throws the left hand but Trambai avoids the punch easily.
Trambai half committed to a counter leg kick.
Trambai throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Giannopoulos on the side of the head.
Giannopoulos lands a nice leg kick that just misses Trambai's sensitive parts.
Giannopoulos lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Nice cross by Trambai.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Giannopoulos tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Trambai swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Giannopoulos makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Giannopoulos shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Giannopoulos swings for the body but Trambai moves out of range.
Trambai throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Trambai blocks a leg kick.
Giannopoulos rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Trambai moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Trambai misses with a combination
and Giannopoulos counters with a leg kick.
Trambai 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.
Giannopoulos throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Trambai steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Giannopoulos.
Nice body kick there by Trambai.
The fighters circling - Giannopoulos throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Trambai went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Giannopoulos has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Giannopoulos looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Some bone on bone action there as Trambai checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Trambai misses with an uppercut.
Trambai displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Giannopoulos throws out the jab.
Trambai throwing a counter right hand but Giannopoulos manages to avoid it.
Giannopoulos smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Giannopoulos throws a body shot but no joy.
Giannopoulos connects with a jab.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Giannopoulos moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Giannopoulos misses with a straight left.
Giannopoulos avoids the head kick by Trambai.
Trambai with a jab.
Giannopoulos fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Trambai is out of range.
Giannopoulos moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Nice shot lands for Trambai.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Trambai throws a shot to the body.
Trambai checks a leg kick.
Trambai checks a leg kick.
Giannopoulos swings for the body but Trambai moves out of range.
Trambai looks to land a right hand but Giannopoulos moved out of range.
Trambai fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Giannopoulos misses with a straight right.
Trambai throws a big counter combination but Giannopoulos scrambles out of danger and avoids any damage.
Trambai rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Giannopoulos moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Giannopoulos looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Giannopoulos throws a big shot that misses.
Trambai was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Some wild striking there from Trambai.
Giannopoulos flicks out a counter leg kick but Trambai steps away.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Giannopoulos.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Trambai pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Giannopoulos, right into the meat.
Trambai is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Giannopoulos with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Giannopoulos scores with a body shot.
Nikos Giannopoulos seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Trambai misses with a body kick.
Trambai jabs Giannopoulos to the body, keeping him at a distance.
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!
Giannopoulos throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Trambai counters with a nice leg kick.
Trambai takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Trambai tries a head kick but it misses.
Giannopoulos comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Giannopoulos throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Giannopoulos pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Nikos Giannopoulos showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
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!


Trambai throws a hook but Giannopoulos blocks it.
Trambai lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Trambai.
Giannopoulos throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Trambai avoids the body shot from Giannopoulos.
Giannopoulos throws a quick inside leg kick.
Trambai moves out of range of the strikes.
Trambai takes a swing at Giannopoulos's ribcage but misses.
Giannopoulos stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Trambai.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Giannopoulos lands with a nice body kick.
Trambai takes one on the button.
Giannopoulos thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Trambai if he has to take too many more of those.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
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!
Giannopoulos connects with the punch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Giannopoulos scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Trambai takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Giannopoulos changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Trambai tries to avoid it but Giannopoulos manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Trambai to the ground. Trambai escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Giannopoulos goes for a double leg but Trambai avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Trambai continues to drive forward.
Trambai throws a body shot but no joy.
Giannopoulos bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Trambai's head.
Trambai stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Giannopoulos.
Trambai's legs have taken a beating and he's really slowing down as a result.
Giannopoulos tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Trambai was well out of range. Poor timing from Giannopoulos.
Giannopoulos throws an overhand right that lands on Trambai's shoulder, as Trambai tries to avoid the shot.
Trambai misses the shot to the body.
Good leg kick by Giannopoulos there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Giannopoulos lands a front kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Trambai gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Giannopoulos.
Giannopoulos jabs at Trambai's body.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Trambai keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Giannopoulos.
Trambai throws a right and a left that Giannopoulos avoids nicely.
Trambai misses with a body shot.
Trambai misses the body punch
and Trambai takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Giannopoulos throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Giannopoulos throws a body kick that misses.
Trambai gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Giannopoulos lands a nice hook to Trambai's body. Trambai takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A thudding body kick lands there by Giannopoulos!
Trambai takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
Trambai gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Giannopoulos.
A jab from Giannopoulos finds it's way through Trambai's defenses.

Trambai is rocked!
Giannopoulos tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Giannopoulos scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Trambai doesn't seem bothered though.
Giannopoulos lands with a kick to the ribs.
Sambo Trambai is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Giannopoulos connects with a solid leg kick.
A jab from Giannopoulos finds it's way through Trambai's defenses.
Trambai scores with a sloppy right hand. Giannopoulos should have avoided that one.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Giannopoulos avoids a punch combination nicely.
Sambo Trambai is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Giannopoulos works the jab nicely.

Giannopoulos shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Trambai's guard.

Trambai uses the cage to get back to his feet.
Trambai throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Good shot there by Giannopoulos.
Trambai throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Giannopoulos goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Giannopoulos lands with a good body shot.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Giannopoulos pounces like a tiger and cracks Trambai with a vicious hook! Trambai is down but not out! Giannopoulos follows up with more strikes forcing the ref to jump in and stop it!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:59 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Punches). Nikos Giannopoulos!
Nikos Giannopoulos decided to hype himself up post fight. It was going well but he went on about it a bit too long and the crowd turned on him a little.
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G S C G energy
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hype
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pop
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RATING
80%
 
 
 
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