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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Dao Sonnen (ranked 157 p4p, 25 weight class) and Tyler Wrexham (ranked 94 p4p, 14 weight class). Sonnen comes into the arena with The Devil's Doorbell blaring out of the sound system. Rumors backstage are that the fighters have been paid to keep it standing but we know that would never happen in MMA!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 15 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Dao Sonnen!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 28 wins, 8 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Tyler Wrexham !
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Frank Antenori and Timothy Bukovac.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sonnen throws a leg kick that misses.
Sonnen misses with an uppercut. Wrexham saw that one coming.
Wrexham takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Wrexham looks to score with a jab to the body but Sonnen is just out of range.
Sonnen has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Chakuriki LA Gym in the buildup to the fight.
Wrexham throws a sloppy body shot
and Sonnen counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Sonnen waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Wrexham .
Wrexham throws a big shot that misses.
Wrexham has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.
Wrexham ducks under a wild hook from Sonnen.
Sonnen is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Wrexham misses with a hook.
Wrexham tries to score with a low kick but Sonnen moves his leg out of the way.
Sonnen is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Wrexham .
Sonnen slips a straight right by Wrexham .
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Wrexham is looking to chop away at Sonnen's legs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Wrexham gets taken down but at least he's managed to land in guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Sonnen trying to control the position from guard on top but Wrexham is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Wrexham pulls Sonnen in close to his closed guard and prevents Sonnen from doing any damage or advancing position.
Sonnen looking to pass the guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Wrexham looking for a sweep. Not yet Wrexham , not yet.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sonnen looking to pass the guard.
Sonnen wants to control from the top but Wrexham keeps moving.
Sonnen stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Wrexham swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Sonnen is working hard here to advance position.
Wrexham seems keen to control Sonnen's posture.
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.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Wrexham is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Wrexham prevents Sonnen from improving his position.

Sonnen looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Wrexham content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Sonnen is looking for a sweep. Wrexham is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Wrexham with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Sonnen is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Wrexham frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Sonnen can't escape the position.
Sonnen tries to hold on but Wrexham pushes him away.
Wrexham controlling his opponent.
Wrexham 's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Sonnen keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Wrexham takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen is looking to get to half guard.
Wrexham trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Sonnen is looking to get to half guard.
Sonnen regains half guard.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Wrexham is keen to just control but Sonnen is a slippery customer.
Wrexham is taking a breather. Sonnen says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
Sonnen regains full guard. Nicely done.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Dao Sonnen will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Sonnen.
Sonnen connects with a right hand. Wrexham shakes it off.
Wrexham throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Sonnen fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Wrexham is out of range.
Wrexham pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Wrexham moves in looking to clinch but Sonnen pushes him off.
Sonnen misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Wrexham .
Wrexham looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Wrexham thows a left - swing and a miss!
Wrexham missing with a left hand there. Sonnen was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Wrexham gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Wrexham throws a leg kick but Sonnen sees it coming and moves out of range.
Wrexham takes one to the side of the head.
Wrexham misses with a body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sonnen lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Wrexham circles away quickly and effectively.
Wrexham misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Sonnen throws a lazy right hand but Wrexham sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
An inside leg kick from Wrexham misses.
A little feinted left hand from Sonnen on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Tyler Wrexham seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Wrexham takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Sonnen attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Good leg kick by Wrexham there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Wrexham blocks a low kick nicely.
Wrexham looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Sonnen scores with a nice right hand.
Wrexham looks to land a left hand but Sonnen moved out of range nicely.
Good work by Wrexham as he checks the leg kick.
Sonnen slips a jab from Wrexham .
Nice cross by Wrexham .
Wrexham takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
A decent looking body kick lands there for Sonnen.
Sonnen pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Wrexham steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
A looping hook to the body misses from Wrexham . Sonnen does a little dance to reset his feet.
Wrexham takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
A nice leg kick lands there from Sonnen.
Wrexham takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Wrexham thows a left - swing and a miss!
Sonnen slips a straight right by Wrexham .
Sonnen throws a low kick, looking for Wrexham 's leg but Wrexham calmly moves out of range.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Wrexham is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wrexham does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Sonnen lands with a cross.
Sonnen jabs Wrexham right on the nose. Wrexham blinks but takes it well.
Sonnen uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Wrexham .
Dao Sonnen is winning the standup battle so far.
Wrexham lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.

It looks like Dao Sonnen has been cut.
Sonnen goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Tyler Wrexham is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Sonnen connects with a good right hand that stumbles Wrexham . Wrexham circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Sonnen throws a body shot but no joy.
Sonnen paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Sonnen - that will leave a mark!
An inside leg kick lands from Sonnen.
Sonnen on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Sonnen ducks under a wild hook from Wrexham .
Wrexham on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Sonnen scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.

Wrexham has Sonnen up against the cage in a clinch.
Wrexham blocking some punches.
A short right from Wrexham on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Sonnen tries to throw a body punch but Wrexham avoids it by throwing Sonnen back against the cage.

Sonnen breaks the clinch.
Wrexham tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Sonnen manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Wrexham takes one to the chin there.
Wrexham just misses with a punch to the body.
Sonnen tried to score with a low kick but Wrexham checks it.
Sonnen fails with an attempt to clinch.
Wrexham tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Wrexham lands a nice looking kick to the body. Sonnen takes a step back to recover.

Wrexham closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Wrexham is defending well against a takedown attempt.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Wrexham .
Sonnen doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

Wrexham breaks from the clinch.
Wrexham tries a low kick but Sonnen avoids it.
Sonnen lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
Sonnen throws a body kick that misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wrexham tests Sonnen's chin there with a solid looking shot.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Wrexham throws the left hand but Sonnen avoids the punch easily.
Sonnen moves out of range as Wrexham throws a body kick.
A big left from Sonnen misses.
Wrexham connects with a body shot.
Wrexham tries to clinch up.
Sonnen tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Wrexham throws a leg kick but Sonnen sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Wrexham with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Sonnen to score with a decent uppercut.
Sonnen throws a leg kick that misses.
Sonnen misses with a lunging right hand
and Wrexham counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Sonnen throws a quick inside leg kick.
Sonnen throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Wrexham 's waist but Wrexham gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Sonnen off to one side.
Wrexham scores with a nice strike.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Sonnen on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Wrexham throws a shot from downtown. Sonnen moves away and avoids it.
Wrexham takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Sonnen bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
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 Dao Sonnen will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Dao Sonnen's cut.
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!


Wrexham lands a nice shot to the body.
Sonnen connects with a body shot.
Sonnen buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Sonnen is looking to slow Wrexham down with leg kicks.
Sonnen lands the left hand.
Wrexham throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Sonnen.
Wrexham stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Sonnen.
Wrexham throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Sonnen sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Sonnen throws a big shot that misses.
Sonnen uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Wrexham .
Sonnen throws a shot from downtown. Wrexham moves away and avoids it.
Wrexham misses with a jab, cross combination.
Wrexham loads up on a big right hand but Sonnen slips the punch.
Wrexham rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Sonnen counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Wrexham misses with a left hand
and Sonnen counters with a right hand to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Sonnen throws a quick inside leg kick.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Sonnen.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sonnen doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

Wrexham escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
A chopping leg kick lands by Sonnen.
Wrexham misses the shot to the body.
Wrexham thuds a left hand into Sonnen's body.
Wrexham just misses with a punch to the body.
Sonnen keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Wrexham .
Sonnen fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Wrexham .
Wrexham pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Sonnen showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Wrexham .
Wrexham misses with a body shot.
Jab, jab by Sonnen - just one landing.
Sonnen checks a low kick from Wrexham .
Wrexham misses with a hook. Sonnen ducked under it nicely.
Sonnen connects with a body shot.
A jab from Wrexham misses.
Sonnen lands three nice shots there - that looked like it hurt!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
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!
Wrexham throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Sonnen ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Wrexham moves away.
Sonnen digs a good body shot into Wrexham 's ribs.
Sonnen slips a straight right by Wrexham .

Sonnen feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
Sonnen trying to control but Wrexham is working from the bottom.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Wrexham holds on and takes a little breather.
Sonnen pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Wrexham is keeping the position for now.
Sonnen wants to control from the top but Wrexham keeps moving.
Sonnen showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

Wrexham is edging up against the cage. He's using the cage to get back to his feet. Nice work there - the fighters are clinched.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Sonnen scores with a shot to the side of Wrexham 's head.

Wrexham breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Wrexham wants to clinch up but Sonnen keeps it at a distance.
Wrexham avoids a kick to the body.
Tyler Wrexham has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Wrexham lands with an uppercut that bounces Sonnen off the cage and back into range.
Wrexham tries to clinch but Sonnen is having none of it.
Wrexham doesn't manage to clinch there - Sonnen circles away.
Sonnen tries to close the distance and clinch but Wrexham swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Wrexham throws a leg kick but Sonnen sees it coming and moves out of range.
Wrexham swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Wrexham 's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Sonnen scores with a kick to the midsection.
Sonnen scores with a punch to the head.
Wrexham tries to clinch but Sonnen is having none of it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wrexham fails to land with a series of punches.
Wrexham misses with an uppercut.
Sonnen tries to move into range but Wrexham moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.

Wrexham moves into the clinch.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Sonnen misses with a hook to the ribs.
Wrexham blocking some punches.

Sonnen breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Sonnen scores with a leg kick.
Sonnen throws a lazy right hand but Wrexham sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Sonnen jabs at Wrexham 's body.
Wrexham throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Sonnen throws out a powerful jab.
Wrexham scores with a nice right hand.
Wrexham swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Sonnen.
Sonnen defending well as Wrexham loads up on a big left hand.
Wrexham swings for the body but Sonnen moves out of range.
Wrexham slips under a jab.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Wrexham misses with a straight right.

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Dao Sonnen.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Sonnen, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Jack Bonds scores the fight 29:28
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 29:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Dao Sonnen!

Dao Sonnen made sure to give a little speech post fight, saying '"Who do I want next? Well, anyone from the Hatsumi Clinic. You all wanna see it right", the crowd roars "Lao Shin. Lao Shin!!".....and there you have it. Mentor, make this happen. I sorted all you boys out. Time Dao Hammer became The Nail...'.
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