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EMP Openweight Semi Finals PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Taz Bandichoo (ranked 5566 p4p, 497 weight class) and Hiro Manowaru (ranked 1237 p4p, 157 weight class). Taz Bandichoo has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.

178 cm
25
240 lbs
9 - 15 - 0
193 cm
23
280 lbs
5 - 2 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
World class MT
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Taz Bandichoo!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Hiro Manowaru!
The judges for this bout are Vladimir Khabensky, Igor Prikhodko and Viktor Lagutenko.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Manowaru swings for the body but Bandichoo moves out of range.
Manowaru avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Manowaru! But no joy.
Bandichoo blocks the body kick.
Bandichoo pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces Manowaru back to the cage. Bandichoo follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Manowaru lands with a nice body punch.
Bandichoo misses with a straight right.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Manowaru! But no joy.
A head kick from Bandichoo lands but Manowaru takes it in his stride.
Manowaru has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Bandichoo tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Bandichoo throws a lazy right hand but Manowaru sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Manowaru ducks under a wild hook from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo is looking to land body kicks.
Bandichoo throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Manowaru avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Manowaru moves out of range of the strikes.
Bandichoo misses with an uppercut.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bandichoo thuds his shin into the meat of Manowaru's side.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Manowaru throws a jab when Bandichoo was well out of range.
Manowaru avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Sloppy strikes from Bandichoo. Those never looked like landing.
Bandichoo has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Crapollas Gym in the buildup to the fight.
A low kick from Bandichoo misses
and Manowaru counters with a lovely straight right hand!

It looks like Taz Bandichoo has been cut.
Manowaru goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Taz Bandichoo seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Manowaru swings for the body but Bandichoo moves out of range.
Bandichoo misses with a body kick.
Bandichoo lands a high kick!
Bandichoo throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Manowaru's head.
Bandichoo is looking to chop away at Manowaru's legs.
A head kick misses from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Manowaru checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
A jab from Manowaru misses.
Manowaru ducks under a wild hook from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Bandichoo throws a sloppy head kick and Manowaru moves out of range easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Manowaru throws the kick towards the body but Bandichoo avoids it.
Manowaru tries to work over Bandichoo's front leg with a kick but Bandichoo checks it.
A big left from Bandichoo misses.
Manowaru swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Manowaru on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Manowaru takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Bandichoo tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Bandichoo throws out a powerful jab.
Manowaru fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Bandichoo scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Bandichoo misses with a few strikes there.
Bandichoo throws a wild body kick that Manowaru sees coming a mile off.
Bandichoo swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Bandichoo throws a half hearted mid kick.
Manowaru throws a wild body kick that Bandichoo sees coming a mile off.
Manowaru throws the kick towards the body but Bandichoo avoids it.
Bandichoo tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Manowaru tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bandichoo was well out of range. Poor timing from Manowaru.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Bandichoo scores with a three punch combo!
Bandichoo throws a head kick but Manowaru moves out of range.
Manowaru let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Manowaru lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Bandichoo has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Bandichoo and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Bandichoo misses with a double jab.
Manowaru throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Bandichoo jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bandichoo moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Bandichoo tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Manowaru let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Bandichoo misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Manowaru bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bandichoo fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Manowaru is out of range.
The fighters circling - Bandichoo throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bandichoo has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Bandichoo there as he acknowledges the shot.
Manowaru blocks a head kick by Bandichoo.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Manowaru uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bandichoo.
Manowaru is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
Bandichoo smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Bandichoo lands a head kick. Manowaru smiles back at him and beckons him forward.
Manowaru stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Bandichoo.
Manowaru steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bandichoo.
It seemed like Manowaru was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Bandichoo scores with a one two! Manowaru had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Manowaru walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Manowaru tries to clinch up.
Bandichoo connects with a jab.
Bandichoo cracks Manowaru with a good jab.
Bandichoo thows a left - swing and a miss!
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Manowaru takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Manowaru takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bandichoo is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.
Bandichoo misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Bandichoo will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
A nice side step and Manowaru releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Taz Bandichoo dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Taz Bandichoo's cut.
That's time! Bandichoo's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses.
Bandichoo fails to land with a series of punches.
Manowaru just misses with a punch to the body.
Bandichoo is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Manowaru can do to turn this around?
Bandichoo misses with a looping left.
Bandichoo misses with an uppercut.
Manowaru is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bandichoo with a body shot.
Bandichoo bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Manowaru's head backwards.
Bandichoo connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Bandichoo connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Manowaru momentarily.
Manowaru lands a head shot.
Bandichoo swings widly with a right hand
and Manowaru counters with a right hand to the body.
Manowaru attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Bandichoo blocks a jab.
Bandichoo defending well as Manowaru loads up on a big left hand.
Nice body kick there by Bandichoo.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Manowaru moves out of range of the body kick.
Manowaru misses with an attempted mid kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A left and a right from Bandichoo both land. Nice combination.
Taz Bandichoo is winning the standup battle so far.
Bandichoo scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Bandichoo pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Manowaru uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo misses with a left hand
and Manowaru counters with a solid body kick.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Manowaru, right into the meat.
A head kick misses from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bandichoo throws a low kick but it's checked well by Manowaru.
Bandichoo moves out of range of the leg kick from Manowaru.
Manowaru uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bandichoo.
Bandichoo fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Manowaru on the side of the head.
Bandichoo connects with a body shot that sends Manowaru's belly button to the back.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Manowaru misses with an uppercut.
Both these guys seem content to just stand up and trade with eachother but Manowaru might want to think about changing up his gameplan a bit because over the course of the fight, Bandichoo has got the better of the exchanges.
Bandichoo throws a head kick but Manowaru moves out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses
and Manowaru counters with a lovely straight right hand!
We are yet to see a takedown attempt from Manowaru in the fight. On paper you would think he is the more dominant ground fighter so let's see if these unusual tactics pay off.
Bandichoo misses with a straight right.
Bandichoo on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Manowaru. Manowaru obviously looking to wear him down.
Manowaru defending well as Bandichoo loads up on a big left hand.
Bandichoo misses with an uppercut
and Manowaru counters with a nice leg kick.
Bandichoo scores with a jab to the head.
Bandichoo uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Manowaru.
Manowaru throws a nice outside leg kick.
Bandichoo steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Manowaru.
Bandichoo looks to land a right hand but Manowaru moved out of range.
Manowaru counters with a body kick.
Bandichoo darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Manowaru shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
A solid body kick from Manowaru.
Manowaru lands a jab to the head.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Bandichoo throws the kick towards the body but Manowaru avoids it.
Manowaru now looks to counter with a shot at the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bandichoo looks to throw the jab but Manowaru is out of range.
Manowaru swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bandichoo throws a sloppy head kick and Manowaru moves out of range easily.
A good leg kick by Bandichoo.
Bandichoo throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Manowaru throws a looping overhand right but Bandichoo ducks down to avoid it.
Manowaru blocks a head kick by Bandichoo.
A left lands for Bandichoo.
Manowaru has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Manowaru swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Manowaru slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Manowaru scores with a shot to the body.
A slow jab from Manowaru misses its intended target.
Bandichoo was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Bandichoo throws the left hand but Manowaru avoids the punch easily.
Manowaru ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bandichoo moves away.
Manowaru misses with a two punch combination.
Manowaru just manages to avoid a counter high kick fromBandichoo.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Manowaru throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nice body kick from Manowaru.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Bandichoo here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
A head kick misses from Bandichoo.
Manowaru stuns Bandichoo with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Manowaru fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bandichoo is out of range.
A quick step to the side and Bandichoo tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bandichoo takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Manowaru misses with an uppercut.
Manowaru buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Manowaru misses the jab.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Manowaru.
Bandichoo tries a head kick but it misses.
A slow jab from Bandichoo misses its intended target.
Manowaru let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses
and Manowaru counters with a nice body shot.
Manowaru throws the left hand but Bandichoo avoids the punch easily.
Bandichoo throwing a counter right hand but Manowaru manages to avoid it.
Bandichoo looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
It seemed like Manowaru was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Hiro Manowaru will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Taz Bandichoo'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. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


A head kick misses from Bandichoo.
Manowaru appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Bandichoo looks to throw the jab but Manowaru is out of range.
Bandichoo misses with a body shot.
Manowaru looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bandichoo moves out of range of the body kick.
Manowaru lands with a nice body punch.
Manowaru swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bandichoo throws a jab but it's blocked by Manowaru.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Manowaru! But no joy.
Bandichoo lands a high kick!
Bandichoo misses with the body kick
and Manowaru counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Manowaru throws a shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Manowaru comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Bandichoo slips under a jab from Manowaru.
Bandichoo swings widly with a right hand
and Manowaru counters with a nice uppercut.
Manowaru fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Bandichoo.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Manowaru throws a low kick but Bandichoo avoids it.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bandichoo throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Manowaru counters with a right hand to the body.
Manowaru blocks a head kick by Bandichoo.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Bandichoo lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Manowaru has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Manowaru and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Manowaru was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Manowaru takes a swing at Bandichoo's ribcage but misses.
An attempted straight right counter from Bandichoo misses the target.
Manowaru ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bandichoo moves away.
Bandichoo throws a counter high kick but Manowaru was just alert enough to avoid it.
Manowaru gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bandichoo moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Manowaru fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bandichoo is out of range.
Manowaru lands with a good body shot.
Bandichoo misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Manowaru is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Bandichoo rather than just go for the knockout.
Manowaru ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bandichoo scores with a shot to the body.
An inside leg kick lands from Manowaru.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Manowaru takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Bandichoo uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Manowaru.
Bandichoo throws a hook but Manowaru blocks it.
Bandichoo throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Manowaru tries a quick counter leg kick but Bandichoo is wise to it.
Bandichoo thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Manowaru if he has to take too many more of those.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A combination from Bandichoo does no damage.
Manowaru ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bandichoo moves away.
Bandichoo thinks about countering with a body kick.
Bandichoo misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
A head kick by Bandichoo misses
and Manowaru counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bandichoo swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Manowaru takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Bandichoo throws a series of punches but Manowaru avoids them all with ease.
Manowaru throws out a loose jab but Bandichoo uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bandichoo throws a sloppy head kick and Manowaru moves out of range easily.
Bandichoo throws out a loose jab but Manowaru uses good head movement to avoid it.
Manowaru looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bandichoo throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Manowaru sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bandichoo looks to land a left hand but Manowaru moved out of range nicely.
Bandichoo misses with a hook. Manowaru ducked under it nicely.
A big right from Manowaru misses.
Manowaru swings for the body but Bandichoo moves out of range.
Manowaru staying out of range there.
Manowaru raises up his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
Manowaru with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Manowaru throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Manowaru just misses with a punch to the body.
Bandichoo lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Manowaru at a distance.
Manowaru blocks the body kick.
Manowaru misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bandichoo.
Manowaru feints and then cracks Bandichoo's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bandichoo down.
Bandichoo misses with a head kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Manowaru cracks Bandichoo with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Manowaru throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bandichoo throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Bandichoo tries a head kick but it misses.
Bandichoo throws an off balance right hand
enabling Manowaru to counter with a crisp jab.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bandichoo takes a swing at Manowaru's ribcage but misses.
Bandichoo lands a head kick. Manowaru smiles back at him and beckons him forward.
Bandichoo tries a head kick but it misses.
Manowaru lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Bandichoo at a distance.
Bandichoo misses with a hook
and Manowaru makes the exchange count by landing a cracking kick to the body. Bandichoo really felt that one!
Manowaru throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bandichoo stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Bandichoo keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Manowaru.
Bandichoo is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Manowaru moves out of range of the leg kick from Bandichoo.
Manowaru throws a body punch but Bandichoo moves out of range.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Hiro Manowaru.
I think Manowaru 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Vladimir Khabensky scores the fight 28:29
Judge Igor Prikhodko scores the fight 28:29
Judge Viktor Lagutenko scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Hiro Manowaru!

Hiro Manowaru decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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RATING
74%
 
 
 
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