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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Tan Zan (ranked 3179 p4p, 344 weight class) and Litill Bjornsson (ranked 379 p4p, 45 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

172 cm
26
164 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
174 cm
26
165 lbs
8 - 0 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Big right hand
BJJ Brown Belt
Counter fighter
Powerful

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the challenger to my left.
With a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Tan Zan!
And introducing the champion to my right.
With a record of 8 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Litill Bjornsson!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Franklin, Dirk Anderson and Bart Greer.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bjornsson takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
A telegraphed right hand from Zan misses the target.
Bjornsson is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Zan with a body shot.
Bjornsson looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Zan scores with a jab.
Bjornsson takes a jab right on the kisser.
Zan misses the shot to the body.
Zan swings for the body but Bjornsson moves out of range.
Bjornsson throws a hook but Zan avoids it easily.
Bjornsson moves away from the strike by Zan.
Zan fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bjornsson manages to avoid it.
Zan throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Zan throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bjornsson ducks under a wild hook from Zan.
Zan throws the left hand but Bjornsson avoids the punch easily.
Zan throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bjornsson stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Zan throws a lazy right hand but Bjornsson sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bjornsson shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Zan misses the shot to the body.
Bjornsson uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Zan.
Bjornsson throws a hook but Zan avoids it easily.
Zan avoids the body shot from Bjornsson.
Bjornsson avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Zan misses with a looping right.
Zan changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Zan lands a two punch combo.
Bjornsson displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Zan throws out the jab.
Bjornsson looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bjornsson throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Zan swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Bjornsson throws a big shot that misses.
Zan misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bjornsson.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A cross from Zan lands.
Bjornsson misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Zan.
Zan swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
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!
Zan thows a left - swing and a miss!
Zan misses with a straight right.
Bjornsson appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.

Zan gets tackled into the cage by Bjornsson. Bjornsson maintains the clinch.
Zan doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Bjornsson blocking some punches.
Zan lands a left hand that snaps the head of Bjornsson backwards.
A head punch on the inside from Zan fails to land.
Bjornsson working aggressively here.
Bjornsson lands a right hand that snaps the head of Zan backwards.
Bjornsson throws a punch but it's blocked by Zan.
Bjornsson blocking some punches.
Zan tries to work over Bjornsson's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Zan throws a head punch that misses.
Bjornsson misses with a hook from the clinch.
Zan lands a hook to the side of the head.
Zan cracks Bjornsson with a nice body shot.
I was talking to Zan's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Zan throws a head punch that misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Zan.
Zan gets through Bjornsson's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Still in the clinch, Zan scores with a nice short uppercut.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bjornsson.
Zan lands a body shot in the clinch.
Bjornsson is trying to maintain a safe position but Zan gets an underhook and turns Bjornsson into the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Zan.
Zan misses with a hook from the clinch.
Bjornsson is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Zan to keep the fight standing.
Bjornsson has a couple of punches blocked by Zan.
Bjornsson tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Zan just stands there and leans against the cage.
Bjornsson throws a punch but it's blocked by Zan.
Zan misses with a hook from the clinch.
Zan throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Nice body punch from Bjornsson.
Zan lands a left hand.
Zan throws a punch but it's blocked by Bjornsson.
Zan tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Bjornsson tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Bjornsson swings wildly with an uppercut but Zan uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Bjornsson gets control of Zan's arms and successfully pulls guard. Bjornsson will no doubt be looking for submissions off his back.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Zan trying to control but Bjornsson is working from the bottom.
Zan showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Zan stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Bjornsson swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Zan trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Bjornsson manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!

And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Tan Zan dominated that round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Zan slips under a jab.
Bjornsson scores with a decent looking hook.
Bjornsson throws an off balance right hand
enabling Zan to counter with a crisp jab.
Bjornsson pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Zan was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Tan Zan is winning the standup battle so far.
Bjornsson walks into a left hand.
Zan misses the jab.
Zan connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Bjornsson momentarily.
Zan is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Bjornsson can do to turn this around?
Zan misses with an uppercut. Bjornsson saw that one coming.
Zan just misses with a punch to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Zan swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bjornsson wants to counter the offense by Zan and move into the clinch position.
Bjornsson moves out of range of the strikes.
Bjornsson defending well as Zan loads up on a big left hand.
Zan tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bjornsson was well out of range. Poor timing from Zan.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Zan throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Bjornsson throws an overhand right that lands on Zan's shoulder, as Zan tries to avoid the shot.
A quick step to the side and Zan tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Zan uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bjornsson.
Bjornsson with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Zan to score with a decent uppercut.
Zan misses with a wild body shot.
A little jabbing left from Bjornsson on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Zan throws an overhand right that lands on Bjornsson's shoulder, as Bjornsson tries to avoid the shot.
Zan ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Zan throws a body shot but no joy.
Bjornsson wants to counter with a clinch but Zan pushes him away.
Zan swings for the body but Bjornsson moves out of range.
Zan jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Zan just misses with a punch to the body.
Zan lands three nice shots there - that looked like it hurt!
Zan misses the shot to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Zan misses with a body shot.
Bjornsson tries to counter by closing the distance.
Tan Zan seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bjornsson bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Zan'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!
A cross from Bjornsson lands.
Bjornsson misses with a straight left.
Zan moves out of range of the strikes.
Zan misses with a wild body shot.
Zan takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
A swing and a miss from Zan.
Bjornsson looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Bjornsson swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
enabling Zan to counter with a crisp jab.
Zan misses with a looping left.
Bjornsson connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Zan's hands.
Zan ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Zan uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bjornsson.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bjornsson swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bjornsson throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Zan changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Zan ducks under a wild hook from Bjornsson.
Zan thuds a left hand into Bjornsson's body.
Zan throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bjornsson sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Zan ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bjornsson moves away.
A cross from Zan lands.
Bjornsson throws a looping overhand right but Zan ducks down to avoid it.
Zan lands with a nice body punch.
Good standup being displayed there by Zan as he connects with a hook.
Zan stuns Bjornsson with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Zan throws the left hand but Bjornsson avoids the punch easily.
Bjornsson walks into a jab.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Zan pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Zan misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bjornsson.
Bjornsson steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Zan.
Zan digs a good hook to Bjornsson's body.
A swing and a miss from Zan.

Bjornsson gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Bjornsson drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Zan gets the underhooks and prevents it.
A short right from Zan.
Zan swings wildly with an uppercut but Bjornsson uses good head movement to avoid it.
Zan throws a head punch that misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Tan Zan dominated that second round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Decent striking displayed by Zan there.
Bjornsson tries to clinch but Zan is having none of it.
Zan throws an off balance right hand
and Bjornsson counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Bjornsson shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Zan staying out of range there.
Bjornsson avoids the body shot from Zan.
Bjornsson looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bjornsson misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Zan.
Zan misses with a hook.
Bjornsson walks into a jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bjornsson throws out a loose jab but Zan uses good head movement to avoid it.
Zan bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Zan looks to land a right hand but Bjornsson moved out of range.
Zan just misses with a punch to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Zan takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Bjornsson throws a jab but it's blocked by Zan.
Bjornsson misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Zan.
Zan lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Zan.
Zan lands with a right hand.
Bjornsson misses the body punch
and Bjornsson takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
A swing and a miss from Bjornsson.
Bjornsson ducks under a wild hook from Zan.
A swing and a miss from Zan.
Bjornsson takes one to the chin there.
Bjornsson looks to land a left hand but Zan moved out of range nicely.
Bjornsson has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Bjornsson on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bjornsson keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bjornsson takes a punch to the jaw and another one to the bread basket.
Bjornsson misses with an uppercut
and Zan cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Zan lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Zan throws a lazy uppercut
and Bjornsson counters with a straight right hand.
Bjornsson misses with a lunging right hand
letting Zan counter with a right hand.
Zan lands a nice hook to Bjornsson's body. Bjornsson takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
A looping hook to the body misses from Zan. Bjornsson does a little dance to reset his feet.
Zan lands with a nice body punch.
Zan takes a swing at Bjornsson's ribcage but misses.
Zan throws a shot from downtown. Bjornsson moves away and avoids it.
Zan connects with a single shot there.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bjornsson misses with a looping right.
Zan connects with a crisp jab.
Zan moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Zan throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Zan misses the jab.
Zan throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Zan throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bjornsson wants to counter with a clinch but Zan pushes him away.
Zan defending well as Bjornsson loads up on a big left hand.
Zan swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
A slow jab from Bjornsson misses its intended target.
Bjornsson ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Zan moves away.
Zan misses with a hook.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bjornsson takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Zan lands the left hand.
Zan tests Bjornsson's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Zan misses with a hook. Bjornsson ducked under it nicely.
Bjornsson tries to counter with a clinch but Zan shakes him off and moves away.
Bjornsson throws a looping overhand right but Zan ducks down to avoid it.
Bjornsson just misses with a punch to the body.
Zan lands with a straight right. Bjornsson didn't see that one coming.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Zan comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Zan thows a left - swing and a miss!
Zan looks to land a right hand but Bjornsson moved out of range.
Zan scores with a hook to the body. Bjornsson takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Zan moves out of range of the strikes.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Tan Zan clearly takes that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Sloppy strikes from Zan. Those never looked like landing.
Bjornsson is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Zan.
Zan throws a hook but Bjornsson avoids it easily.
Bjornsson throws a shot to the body.
Zan swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Bjornsson counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Zan misses with a lunging right hand
and Bjornsson counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Zan swings widly with a right hand
and Bjornsson counters with a stiff right hand.
Zan slips a jab from Bjornsson.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Zan just misses with a punch to the body.
Zan throws a hook but Bjornsson blocks it.
Bjornsson misses with a left hand
and Zan cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Zan misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bjornsson.
Bjornsson looks like he wants to counter punch here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bjornsson defending well as Zan loads up on a big left hand.
Bjornsson throws out a counter right but Zan avoids it with no problem.
A big left from Zan misses.
Bjornsson looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Zan slips a straight right by Bjornsson.
Zan misses with a right hand
and Bjornsson counters with a nice uppercut.
Zan thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bjornsson tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Bjornsson misses with a hook.
Zan is looking to counter punch.
Bjornsson lands with a hook. Zan tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Zan swings widly with a right hand
and Bjornsson makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
A decent looking cross lands there for Zan.
Zan moves out of range of the strikes.
Bjornsson keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Zan.
Zan scores with a hook to the body. Bjornsson takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Zan moves out of range of the strikes.
Bjornsson loads up on a big right hand but Zan slips the punch.
Bjornsson moves out of range of the strikes.
Bjornsson uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Zan.
Bjornsson tries to counter with a clinch but Zan shakes him off and moves away.
A big right from Zan misses.
Zan has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Bjornsson finds it's way round the side to connect with Zan's head.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Zan fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Zan throws a body shot but no joy.
Bjornsson swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bjornsson ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Zan moves away.
Zan throws a hook to the side of Bjornsson's head but Bjornsson sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bjornsson takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Zan looks to score with a jab to the body but Bjornsson is just out of range.
Zan takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Zan lands with a hook. Bjornsson tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Bjornsson throws a body punch but Zan moves out of range.
Bjornsson uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Zan.
Zan misses with a left hand
enabling Bjornsson to counter with a crisp jab.
Zan throws a lazy uppercut
and Bjornsson counters with a nice uppercut.
Zan throws a right hand that misses
and Bjornsson cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bjornsson slips a jab from Zan.
Bjornsson wants to counter the offense by Zan and move into the clinch position.
Zan thows a left - swing and a miss!
Zan looks to land a combination but Bjornsson avoids it well.
Zan keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bjornsson avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Zan with a nice cross.
Zan moves out of range as Bjornsson strikes.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bjornsson swings for the body but Zan moves out of range.
Zan keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Zan misses the shot to the body.
Bjornsson tries to counter with a clinch but Zan shakes him off and moves away.
Litill Bjornsson has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bjornsson throws a big shot that misses.
Bjornsson throws out a loose jab but Zan uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bjornsson defending well as Zan loads up on a big left hand.
Zan misses with a wild body shot.
Zan slips under a jab from Bjornsson.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Litill Bjornsson will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


Bjornsson misses with a straight left.
Zan misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bjornsson.
Zan connects with the punch.
Zan misses the jab.
Bjornsson takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Jab from Zan.
Bjornsson swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bjornsson scores with the left hand. Zan knows he should have avoided that one.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bjornsson takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Zan tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bjornsson was well out of range. Poor timing from Zan.
A looping hook to the body misses from Zan. Bjornsson does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bjornsson misses the shot to the body.
Zan swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Zan swings widly with a right hand
and Bjornsson counters with a right hand to the body.
Bjornsson pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
A little feinted left hand from Zan on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bjornsson misses with a wild body shot.
Bjornsson slips a jab from Zan.
Zan digs a good body shot into Bjornsson's ribs.
Bjornsson takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Bjornsson throws a looping overhand right but Zan ducks down to avoid it.
Zan swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Bjornsson walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bjornsson on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Zan misses with a hook. Bjornsson ducked under it nicely.
Zan misses with an uppercut

and Bjornsson counters by moving into the clinch. Good anticipation by Bjornsson.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Zan.
Zan lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Bjornsson tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Zan just stands there and leans against the cage.
Tan Zan has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Zan lands a nice uppercut.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Zan escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Bjornsson misses with a body shot.
Zan clobbers Bjornsson with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Bjornsson throws a jab when Zan was well out of range.
Zan listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Bjornsson uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Zan.
Bjornsson throws the left hand but Zan avoids the punch easily.
Zan lands a jab to Bjornsson's midsection.
Bjornsson throws a lazy uppercut
enabling Zan to counter with a crisp jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Zan cracks Bjornsson with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
A swing and a miss from Zan.
Bjornsson darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Zan throws a body punch but Bjornsson moves out of range.
Zan uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Zan throws a hook but Bjornsson blocks it.
Tan Zan is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Nice cross by Zan.
No joy there for Bjornsson, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Zan uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bjornsson.
A jab from Zan finds it's way through Bjornsson's defenses.
Zan displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bjornsson throws out the jab.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Zan lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Nice shot by Bjornsson.
Bjornsson keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bjornsson throws out a counter right but Zan avoids it with no problem.
Zan throws the left hand but Bjornsson avoids the punch easily.
Zan thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bjornsson is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Zan with a body shot.
Zan throws a body shot but no joy.
Zan with a hook.
Zan throws a jab but it's blocked by Bjornsson.
Zan throws a jab when Bjornsson was well out of range.
Zan connects with a looping right hand.
Bjornsson misses with a right hand
letting Zan counter with a right hand.
Zan bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.

And that's the end of the fight!
Tan Zan showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Zan has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Daniel Franklin scores the fight 50:46
Judge Dirk Anderson scores the fight 50:45
Judge Bart Greer scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Tan Zan!

Tan Zan is the new lightweight champion!
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