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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Darrel Petersen (ranked 478 p4p, 65 weight class) and Alexander Usikov (ranked 899 p4p, 116 weight class). Alexander Usikov has the power to score a knockout today if he connects clean with Darrel Petersen's chin.

182 cm
30
190 lbs
18 - 11 - 0
175 cm
36
195 lbs
18 - 15 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 11 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Darrel Petersen!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Alexander Usikov!
The judges for this bout are Ben Zyskovitsi, Johanna Lukiainen and Marco Blurström.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Petersen fails to land the takedown.
Usikov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Usikov is looking to score with low kicks.
Usikov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.

Petersen pushes Usikov up against the cage in a clinch.
Petersen on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Petersen tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Usikov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Petersen blocks it with crossed arms.
Usikov blocking some punches.
Usikov tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Petersen goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Usikov.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Usikov connects with a nasty looking knee right to Petersen's face.

It looks like Darrel Petersen has been cut.
Usikov lands a knee to the head there! That was nasty!
Usikov blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Petersen lands a body punch.
Usikov misses with a hook from the clinch.
Petersen misses with a body punch.
Usikov landing some nice looking knees to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Petersen on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Usikov misses with a knee strike.
Usikov tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Petersen working aggressively here.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Petersen.
Petersen tries to work over Usikov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Knees in the clinch landing for Usikov.
Petersen throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Usikovs head.
Petersen drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Usikov gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Usikov connects with a knee to the head.
Usikov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Petersen throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Usikovs head.
Petersen throws a head punch that misses.
Usikov taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Usikov with a knee to the head.
Usikov has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Petersen seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Usikov can turn it around.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Usikov creates a bit of space for himself and sneaks an elbow through Petersen's defenses.
A short right from Petersen.
Usikov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Petersen blocks it with crossed arms.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Usikov.
Usikov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Petersen blocks it with crossed arms.
Usikov stalling in the clinch but Petersen improves position.
Petersen misses with some punches.
Usikov lands a nice elbow from the clinch.
A short right from Petersen on the inside.
Petersen lands a nice uppercut.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Petersen as Usikov tries to tie him up.
Usikov blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Petersen is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Usikov pulls him back up using the underhooks.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Darrel Petersen. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Usikov tries a knee to the head but Petersen blocks it.
Petersen drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Usikov gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Petersen misses with a short punch on the inside.
Petersen tries to work over Usikov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Usikov effectively controlling the action here.
Petersen lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Usikov with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Usikov lands an elbow inside.
Petersen takes an elbow to the forehead.

Darrel Petersen's cut is getting worse.
Petersen blocks an elbow strike from Usikov.
Usikov blocks a body shot from Petersen.
Usikov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Petersen working aggressively here.
Petersen scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Usikov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Petersen lands a left hand that snaps the head of Usikov backwards.
The referee is keeping an eye on Usikov - much more stalling and he will separate the fighters.
Usikov working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Petersen working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Usikov looks to throw an elbow but misses.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Usikov lands a knee to the body.
Usikov missing with knees to the body.
Usikov missing with knees to the body.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Petersen.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Usikov scores with a knee to the head.
A short right from Usikov.
Petersen avoiding damage as Usikov throws knees to the body.
Petersen pushes Usikov back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.

Petersen turns his hips and lands a very nice judo throw into side control!

Petersen is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Usikov has escaped the position, nice work there.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Usikov can't do much from the bottom here.

Petersen is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Usikov knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Petersen wants to take a breather but Usikov manages to regain guard - a lesson learnt for Petersen.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Usikov avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Alexander Usikov dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Darrel Petersen's cut.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Petersen fails with a takedown attempt.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Usikov! But no joy.
Usikov connects with a jab.
Usikov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
A jab from Petersen misses.
Darrel Petersen seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Petersen with a hook.
Petersen swings for the body but Usikov moves out of range.
Usikov throws a counter combo.
Petersen swings for the body but Usikov moves out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A jab from Usikov misses.
Petersen moves out of range as Usikov throws a body kick.
Usikov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Petersen.
Usikov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Usikov throws a hook to the side of Petersen's head but Petersen sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Petersen rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Usikov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Petersen moves out of range of the body kick from Usikov.
Usikov stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Usikov wants it to stay on the feet.
Petersen throws a body shot but no joy.
Petersen misses with a hook to the body
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Usikov feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Petersen's calf.
Usikov throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.

Petersen gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Petersen has a couple of punches blocked by Usikov.
Usikov crunches a lovely knee into Petersen's ribcage.
Usikov lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Usikov lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Usikov using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Petersen has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Petersen tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Usikov's elbow.
Usikov misses with a hook from the clinch.
Petersen misses with some punches.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Usikov swings wildly with an uppercut but Petersen uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Usikov is defending well against a takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Darrel Petersen. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Knees in the clinch landing for Usikov.
Petersen lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Usikov backwards.
Usikov using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Petersen has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Petersen has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Usikov is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Petersen throws a head punch that misses.
Petersen lands with a short shot to the head.
Usikov blocking some punches.
Usikov with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Petersen blocks an elbow strike from Usikov.
Usikov lands a nice elbow.
Stalling in the clinch from Usikov.
Nice elbow from Usikov.
Petersen swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Alexander Usikov seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Usikov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Petersen blocks it with crossed arms.
Usikov tries to land a knee to the head but Petersen blocks with his arms.
Usikov blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Petersen lands with a left to the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Usikov throws an elbow but it misses.
Petersen goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Usikov blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Petersen swings wildly with an uppercut but Usikov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Usikov utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
Petersen being controlled against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Usikov.
Usikov is defending well against a takedown attempt.
Usikov tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Petersen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Petersen tries for a takedown. No joy.
Petersen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Usikov lands a nice knee to the body.
Usikov misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Petersen.
Usikov is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Petersen is defending well for now.
A nice left hand lands by Usikov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Usikov softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Usikov throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Petersen goes for a takedown attempt but Usikov pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Usikov scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Usikov throws a hook but Petersen blocks it.
Usikov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Petersen missing with a left hand there. Usikov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Usikov tries to counter by closing the distance.
Petersen scores with the left hand. Usikov knows he should have avoided that one.
Petersen with a jab.
Usikov takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Petersen scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Nice body punch from Petersen.
Petersen shoots for a double leg takedown but Usikov sprawls well. He's pushed Petersen's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Petersen backing away here, and Usikov unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Alexander Usikov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Darrel Petersen's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Horrible takedown attempt by Petersen or perhaps it was just good defense by Usikov, which made it look bad.
Petersen misses with a looping right.
Usikov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Usikov takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Petersen throws a right hand that misses
and Usikov counters with a nice low kick that buckles Petersen's knee momentarily.
Petersen's corner calls for a 1-2. Petersen obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Usikov misses with a kick to the body.
Petersen is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Usikov slips under a jab.

Petersen drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.

Petersen tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Petersen has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
You can see the frustration on Usikov's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Petersen throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
Usikov is working hard to escape and get back to his feet. After a battle for position, Petersen asserts his dominance and retains side control.

Petersen thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Usikov manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Usikov prevents Petersen from improving his position.

Usikov postures up and decides to stand up, from the half guard. The ref calls for Petersen to stand up.
Petersen misses with a wild combination.
It seemed like Usikov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Usikov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Usikov ducks under a wild hook from Petersen.
Crunch! Usikov slams his shin into Petersen's torso.
Usikov scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Petersen works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Usikov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Usikov connects with a solid leg kick.
Petersen fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Usikov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Jab, cross, leg kick. Nice combination by Usikov!

Darrel Petersen's cut is bleeding quite badly. He's got to try and protect it.
Petersen slips a jab from Usikov.

Petersen shoots in and gets a takedown into Usikov's guard.
Petersen cracks Usikov with a solid left hand.
Petersen pushing down on Usikov's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Usikov is looking for a sweep. Petersen is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Alexander Usikov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Usikov is looking to control Petersen's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Usikov avoid being mounted?
Petersen is trying to control. Usikov wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Usikov keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Petersen thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Petersen lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
Usikov wants to get back to his feet.
We've been hearing good reports from Petersen's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Petersen lands with a punch from half guard.
Petersen missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.

Petersen is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Usikov defends it well.
Usikov is not content to let Petersen control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Petersen is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Usikov defends it well.
Petersen looks to land a strike but Usikov avoids it nicely and regains full guard.
Usikov keeping moving, preventing Petersen from controlling successfully.
Usikov is trying to control the position but Petersen postures up.
Darrel Petersen has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Petersen postures up and lands a big shot to Usikov's brow.
Usikov wants to get back to his feet but Petersen is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Petersen keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Usikov's head.

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 Darrel Petersen.
I think Usikov 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 Ben Zyskovitsi scores the fight 28:29
Judge Johanna Lukiainen scores the fight 28:29
Judge Marco Blurström scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Alexander Usikov!

Alexander Usikov was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
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RATING
63%
 
 
 
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