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Event: SAFO KickBoxing II     
Date:   Dec 16, 2019

Coming up we have a middleweight kickboxing rules bout between Michael De Ruyter (ranked 6296 p4p, 502 weight class) and Xi Li (ranked 2994 p4p, 344 weight class). De Ruyter kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is Merck Toch Hoe Sterck. Li has chosen HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

193 cm
25
185 lbs
2 - 2 - 0
197 cm
24
190 lbs
5 - 2 - 0

Excellent boxer
Intelligent

Counter fighter
Determined

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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 2 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Michael De Ruyter!
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 Los Angeles, Xi Li!
The judges for this bout are Patrick Alders, Paulsen Ambrosius and Aafke Stam.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Jab from De Ruyter.

Li pushes De Ruyter up against the ropes in a clinch.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Li obliges.

De Ruyter breaks the clinch.
Li 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.
De Ruyter tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
De Ruyter tries to bum rush Li with a series of wild strikes but Li uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Li avoids the head kick by De Ruyter.
De Ruyter swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.

Li clinches up against the ropes.
Li working De Ruyter over with knees to the body.
De Ruyter is breathing heavily.
Li landing knees to the body.
De Ruyter takes a shot to the head.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Li lands a good knee to the midsection. De Ruyter won't want to take too many of those.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
De Ruyter is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the ropes.
De Ruyter is trying to break free.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
Li lands a hook to the side of the head.
Li using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Li using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li scores with a nice hook to the head.
Li gets through De Ruyter's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Knees to the body from Li.
Li working De Ruyter over with knees to the body.
Li lands a right hand.
Li lands a knee to the head.
Li unloads a knee to the mid-section. De Ruyter lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
Li lands a nice knee to the body.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
Li lands with a short shot to the head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Li lands a nice uppercut.
Li lands a knee to the body.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Li obliges.
De Ruyter is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the ropes.
De Ruyter is trying to break free.
Li is trying to wear down his opponent with knees to the body.
Li trying to land knees to the body.
Li lands with a short shot to the head.
Li tries a knee to the head but he's missed.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
Li gets through De Ruyter's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Li lands with a left to the head.
Li keeps control of De Ruyter as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
De Ruyter avoiding damage as Li throws knees to the body.
A frustrated look appears on De Ruyter's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.

De Ruyter's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
De Ruyter jabs Li right on the nose. Li blinks but takes it well.

Li instigates a clinch.
De Ruyter avoiding damage as Li throws knees to the body.
Li keeps the fight in the clinch, despite De Ruyter's efforts to push away.
Li unloads a knee to the mid-section. De Ruyter lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Ruyter tries to break the clinch but Li is controlling the position.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
De Ruyter looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
Li lands a left hand.
De Ruyter wants to break free but Li has control.
Li is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
De Ruyter avoiding damage as Li throws knees to the body.
Li throws a head punch that misses.
De Ruyter can't break the clinch.
Li has De Ruyter pressed against the ropes, preventing De Ruyter from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Li working De Ruyter over with knees to the body.
Li working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
De Ruyter tries to circle away but Li has him pinned against the ropes.
Li prevents De Ruyter from breaking the clinch.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.

De Ruyter pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
A slow jab from De Ruyter misses its intended target.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Li has closed the distance and engaged De Ruyter in a clinch.
De Ruyter wants to break the clinch but can't.
Li with a knee to the head.
Li missing with knees to the body.
Li lands a hook to the side of the head.
A short left from Li.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
De Ruyter is trying to force a seperation but Li has the dominant position.
De Ruyter is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the ropes.
De Ruyter wants to break free but Li has control.
Li tries a knee to the head but De Ruyter blocks it.
De Ruyter has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
De Ruyter can't break the clinch.
De Ruyter wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Li has him pressed against the ropes.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Li tries to land knees in the clinch but De Ruyter avoids the damage to the body.
A frustrated look appears on De Ruyter's face as he tries to break the clinch.
De Ruyter blocking some punches.
Li throws a blind hook that connects with the side of De Ruyters head.
Li lands with a light punch inside.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


De Ruyter misses with a hook. Li ducked under it nicely.

Li moves into range and clinches up with De Ruyter.
Li tries to land knees in the clinch but De Ruyter avoids the damage to the body.
De Ruyter is trying to force a seperation but Li has the dominant position.
Li using the Thai plumb to throw knees but De Ruyter has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
De Ruyter wants to break the clinch but can't.
De Ruyter tries to break the clinch but Li is controlling the position.
Li missing with knees to the body.
De Ruyter has had enough of the clinch but Li keeps him there for the moment.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
De Ruyter has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Li trying to land knees to the body.
Xi Li seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.

De Ruyter breaks from the clinch.

Li moves into the clinch.
Li has De Ruyter pressed against the ropes, preventing De Ruyter from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li tries to land knees in the clinch but De Ruyter avoids the damage to the body.
De Ruyter is looking to break free of the clinch but Li has double underhooks.
De Ruyter can't break the clinch.
Li tries to land knees in the clinch but De Ruyter avoids the damage to the body.
Li lands a right hand that snaps the head of De Ruyter backwards.
Li missing with knees to the body.
Li trying to land knees to the body.
De Ruyter on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
Li throws a blind hook that connects with the side of De Ruyters head.
De Ruyter working hard to break the clinch.
De Ruyter is looking to break free of the clinch but Li has double underhooks.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
Li working De Ruyter over with knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to break free but Li has control.
Li keeps the fight in the clinch, despite De Ruyter's efforts to push away.
De Ruyter wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li softening up his opponent with strikes, against the ropes.

De Ruyter pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Li slips a jab from De Ruyter.
De Ruyter looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
De Ruyter misses with a double jab.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.

Li closes the distance and clinches.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
Li makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
De Ruyter on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Li landing knees to the head.
De Ruyter has had enough of the clinch but Li keeps him there for the moment.
Li unloads a knee to the mid-section. De Ruyter lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Ruyter wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Li has him pressed against the ropes.
Li lands with a light punch inside.
Li missing with knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Li has him pressed against the ropes.
De Ruyter is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the ropes.
A short right from Li on the inside.
Li has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Li lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Li tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Li trying to land knees to the body.
De Ruyter on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Li trying to land knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Li has him pressed against the ropes.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
De Ruyter on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
De Ruyter looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
De Ruyter can't break the clinch.
De Ruyter avoiding damage as Li throws knees to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
De Ruyter looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Li throws a knee to the head but misses.
De Ruyter is trying to break free.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
Li misses with a hook from the clinch.
Li missing with knees to the body.
Li lands a left hand that snaps the head of De Ruyter backwards.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.

De Ruyter breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Li shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
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 head kick by De Ruyter misses
and Li cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
De Ruyter with a hook.
De Ruyter lands a head kick!
De Ruyter scores with a jab. Li acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


De Ruyter bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.

Li gets a clinch.
De Ruyter on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
A nice right hand lands inside from Li.
Li utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
De Ruyter wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
De Ruyter looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Knees to the body from Li.
Li prevents De Ruyter from breaking the clinch.
Li landing knees to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Li landing knees to the body. They look like they could hurt.
Knees in the clinch landing for Li.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Li crunches a lovely knee into De Ruyter's ribcage.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
De Ruyter takes a shot to the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li gets through De Ruyter's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Li keeps control of De Ruyter as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Li lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Li lands a nice uppercut.
Li missing with knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
Li lands with a right to the head.
De Ruyter working hard to break the clinch.
A frustrated look appears on De Ruyter's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Li working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Li obliges.
A short right from Li.
De Ruyter avoiding damage as Li throws knees to the body.
Li keeps control of De Ruyter as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
De Ruyter working hard to break the clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li missing with knees to the body.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
De Ruyter is trying to force a seperation but Li has the dominant position.
De Ruyter has had enough of the clinch but Li keeps him there for the moment.
De Ruyter wants to break the clinch but can't.
De Ruyter is looking to break free of the clinch but Li has double underhooks.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. De Ruyter is defending well for now.

De Ruyter pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
This has been an exciting period of action!
De Ruyter jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Li ducks under a wild hook from De Ruyter.

De Ruyter tries to keep at a distance but Li has taken the fight into the clinch.
Li lands a good knee to the midsection. De Ruyter won't want to take too many of those.
De Ruyter is trying to break the clinch but Li has him pressed against the ropes.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Li keeps control of De Ruyter as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Li misses with a hook from the clinch.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Li.
De Ruyter wants to break the clinch but can't.
De Ruyter tries to break free but Li pushes him back against the ropes.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Li.
Li missing with knees to the body.
Li throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but De Ruyter blocks it with crossed arms.
De Ruyter is trying to push Li away but Li has him pressed against the ropes, so he's going nowhere.
De Ruyter is looking to break free of the clinch but Li has double underhooks.
De Ruyter working hard to break the clinch.
Li tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and De Ruyter avoids it.
De Ruyter is trying to push Li away but Li has him pressed against the ropes, so he's going nowhere.
De Ruyter wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Li has him pressed against the ropes.
De Ruyter blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Li keeps control of De Ruyter as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Li missing with knees to the body.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
Li misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from De Ruyter.
De Ruyter wants to get back to striking at distance but Li won't allow it.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
A frustrated look appears on De Ruyter's face as he tries to break the clinch.
De Ruyter managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
Li working aggressively here.
Li working aggressively here.

De Ruyter breaks the clinch.
De Ruyter throws a sloppy head kick and Li moves out of range easily.

Li darts in and clinches De Ruyter up against the ropes.
De Ruyter blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.

De Ruyter's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
De Ruyter tries a head kick but it misses.
Michael De Ruyter has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Michael De Ruyter seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
De Ruyter pulls out of a head kick attempt.

And that's the end of the fight!
Xi Li comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Li winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Patrick Alders scores the fight for Xi Li!
Judge Paulsen Ambrosius scores the fight for Xi Li!
Judge Aafke Stam scores the fight for Xi Li!

Xi Li wins by unanimous decision!

Xi Li took to the mic in his post fight interview and said 'I wasn't supposed to win, thankful for my fans and my team at So Cal gym. The Li era continues. '.
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RATING
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Event: S.A.F.O BMF #1     
Date:   Nov 30, 2019

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Xi Li (ranked 3868 p4p, 408 weight class) and Abey Sin (ranked 4667 p4p, 454 weight class). Li kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

Li
vs
Sin
197 cm
24
190 lbs
4 - 2 - 0
185 cm
24
185 lbs
1 - 2 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Big heart
BJJ Purple Belt
Basic striking
Tends to cut

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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 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Xi Li!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Abey Sin!
The judges for this bout are Arvi Lind, Roosa Järviläinen and Johanna Lukiainen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sin shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Li but Li pushes him off and we're back to square one.

Li gets tackled into the cage by Sin. Sin maintains the clinch.
I was talking to Li's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Li gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.
Sin fails to pull the fight into his guard.

Li breaks from the clinch.
Li fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.

Li takes the fight into the clinch.
Li comes over the top with an elbow. That landed flush.

It looks like Abey Sin has been cut.
Li really does look like a pencil wearing a pair of gloves. Let's hope he has a gameplan to suit that ridiculous body shape.
Li lands a nice elbow from the clinch.

Li breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

Li drives through and clinches with Sin against the cage.
Sin goes for a takedown in the clinch but Li prevents it.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Abey Sin.
Li lands a right hand that snaps the head of Sin backwards.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Li lands an uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Li fails to land.
Li scores with a nice hook to the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Li's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.

Sin moves into the clinch successfully.
Li tries to circle away but Sin has him pinned against the cage.
Li lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

Li breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Li connects with a body shot that sends Sin's belly button to the back.

Sin looking to score a takedown here. Li is defending well but Sin drives through and ends up in Li's guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Li wants to stand up but Sin is controlling him.
Sin is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Li wants to stand but Sin is controlling the position.
Sin stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Li swivels though and keeps the full guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sin trying to control the position from guard on top but Li is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Sin sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Sin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.
Sin wants to control from the top but Li keeps moving.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.

Sin gets the takedown into side control.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Sin trying to control the action but Li is working from the bottom.
Sin in side control lands a nice looking series of punches and elbows.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sin trying to control the position but Li is working away.
Li is working to avoid the ground and pound but Sin connects with a decent elbow.
Sin working the head and body with strikes.
Sin throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
Li defending against the ground and pound.
Li is trying to get back to his feet.
Sloppy strikes there by Sin.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Sin takes a little break here. Li wants to take advantage but he is being controlled well.
Sin fails to land a wild elbow strike.
Sin controlling the position.
Li knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Sin on the ground.
Sin working away diligently from side control. Landing strikes effectively there - that will score him some points on the judges scorecards.
Sin in side control, throwing shots but Li defends.
Sin throwing strikes but Li manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Sin looks to move to half guard but instead Li has passed into mount! Damn!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Abey Sin's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!



Sin closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
Sin wants to take a breather but Li is having none of it.
Sin is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Li tries to kick Sin off but Sin keeps his base steady and stays in half guard.
Sin controlling the action here.

Li is defending against the submission attempts here by Sin.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Sin is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li is trying to stand up here but Sin is controlling him well.
Sin throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.

Sin is looking for a kimura but Li is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Sin to get the leverage.

Sin is working for a kimura here but Li manages to reverse the position and he's now in Sin's guard.

Sin is looking for a triangle here but Li uses the submission attempt to pass into side control.
Abey Sin has got the better of the ground game so far.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sin is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Sin wants to control but Li postures up.
Sin is looking to reverse the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sin keeps trying to improve his position.
Sin is trying to work for a sweep but Li has mounted him!
Li is trying to stand up but he's being controlled by his opponent.
Sin is working to get back to half guard.
Sin controls the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Sin really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Li is trying to stand up but he's being controlled by his opponent.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
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 Xi Li will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Abey Sin's cut.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Li darts in trying to clinch

and Sin decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Li's guard.
Sin distracts Li with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Sin throws a strike but Li rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Sin is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Sin is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sin missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Sin not landing any meaningful shots this time.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sin performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Sin with the ground and pound but Li uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Sin is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Sin wants to control from the top but Li keeps moving.
Sin is looking to work some ground and pound but Li has wrist control.
Sin postures up in Li's guard and throws a big left but Li blocks it.
Sin with a flurry of punches that miss.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Li working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Sin.
Li avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Sin landing with the ground and pound.

Sin is holding a leg here, probably looking for an ankle lock - he drops back and goes for it! Li is in trouble! Is it all over??? No! Li has escaped and now he's on top!

Sin lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sin keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Li's head.
Sin lands a couple of digs.
Sin throwing strikes but missing.

Sin drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Li manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Sin has Li in his guard.

Li has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Sin is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sin has a closed guard, preventing Li from standing up.

Sin working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Li doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Li manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Li decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Sin, up you get!

And that's the end of the fight!
Abey Sin comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Li 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Arvi Lind scores the fight 29:28
Judge Roosa Järviläinen scores the fight 29:28
Judge Johanna Lukiainen scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Xi Li!

Xi Li took to the mic in his post fight interview and said 'I feel I can move through this division. This isn't even my natural weight class. I'm coming out to end guys careers. Thanks to the fans and to my camp at So Cal Fight Club. We here now!!!'.
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RATING
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Event: S.A.F.O NEW ERA #4     
Date:   Nov 07, 2019

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Xi Li (ranked 3166 p4p, 341 weight class) and Julma Henri (ranked 3380 p4p, 354 weight class). Li comes to the cage accompanied by HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

197 cm
24
190 lbs
4 - 1 - 0
188 cm
24
190 lbs
5 - 0 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Big heart
Decent wrestler
Brawler
Solid chin

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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 4 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Xi Li!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Julma Henri!
The judges for this bout are Wesley Smith, Robert Twigg and Alan Glass.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Li has closed the distance and engaged Henri in a clinch.
I was talking to Li's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Li tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Li working aggressively here.
Henri on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.

Henri breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Li tries to close the distance and clinch up but Henri swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Henri wants to counter with a clinch but Li pushes him away.
Henri shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Li pinned against the cage. Li gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.

Henri looking for a takedown here - he's got it.
Henri is stalling in the full guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li is looking to stand up but Henri isn't so interested in that idea.

Henri decides to stand up and beckons his opponent to follow.

Li rushes Henri and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Li has a couple of punches blocked by Henri.

Henri drags the fight down to the ground.
Henri is looking to stand up but Li isn't so interested in that idea.
Henri has his hands on Li's head, controlling the position.
Li has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li wants to stand and escape but instead Henri has hit a sweep and he's now on top in guard.

Li being controlled here, momentarily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Henri wants to pass the guard but Li is keeping the position.
Li really does look like a pencil wearing a pair of gloves. Let's hope he has a gameplan to suit that ridiculous body shape.
Henri stops Li from standing up.
Henri showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Henri with a flurry of punches that miss.
Henri slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Henri tries to free his leg and advance position but Li is retaining full guard.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Henri swats away the attempt to clinch by Li.
Li tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Henri counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Li tries to clinch there but Henri circles away.
A countering left hand to the body from Henri misses.
Li tries to clinch
and Henri counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
The fight stays on the outside here - Li looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Li fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Henri, pushing him back against the cage.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Henri pulls Li into guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Henri trying to control the position here.
Henri is continuing to stall.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Julma Henri dominated that round.
That's time! Li's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Li tries to clinch but Henri moves out of range.
Henri throws a counter combo.
Li tries to close the distance and clinch but Henri swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Li tries to clinch but Henri is having none of it.
Li tries to close the distance and clinch up but Henri swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Li tries to clinch but Henri is having none of it.
Julma Henri is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Li moves in looking to clinch but Henri pushes him off.
Li tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Henri counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Li fails with an attempt to clinch.
Henri circles away from the clinch attempt

and Henri counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Henri content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Henri wants to free his trapped foot but Li is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Henri looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
Henri stops Li from getting back to his feet.
Henri tries to pass the half guard into mount. Li knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Li is trying to stand up here but Henri is controlling him well.
Ground and pound from Henri.
Henri prevents Li from standing back up.
Julma Henri has got the better of the ground game so far.
Henri passes to side control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Henri is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Li will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.

Henri decides to stand back up. Henri steps back and let's Li get back to his feet.
Henri fails with the takedown.
Henri throws a head kick that misses.
Li leaves Henri with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Li fails with an attempt to clinch.
Li tries to clinch up

and Henri counters with a single leg into guard. Li didn't expect that.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Henri gets to his feet. Li looking to butt scoot but the ref puts an end to that. On your feet son!
Li wants to clinch up but Henri keeps it at a distance.

Henri gets the takedown into side control.

Li throws his opponent off and manages to get back to his feet! Nicely done!
Li tries to clinch but Henri moves out of range.
Li tries to clinch there but Henri circles away.
Li tries to close the distance and clinch up but Henri swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Li is looking to clinch.
Li closes the distance looking to clinch
and Henri counters with a nice uppercut.
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!

Li tries to keep at a distance but Henri has taken the fight into the clinch.
A knee to the head by Li.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Henri misses with a body punch.
Li with a knee to the head.
A frustrated look appears on Li's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Li tries a knee to the head but he's missed.

Henri manages to break the clinch.
Li fails with an attempt to clinch.
Henri appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.

Henri moves into the clinch successfully.

Henri pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Xi Li is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

Henri manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Li on his heels. He'll look to pass Li's guard now, I'm sure.

Henri decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Li, up you get!
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Henri will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Julma Henri.
The fight stays on the outside here - Li looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Henri shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Li's guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Julma Henri showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Li tries to clinch up but Henri circles away and keeps his distance.
Li moves to clinch but Henri breaks away

and Henri counters with a takedown into side control.

Henri stands up and we're back to a striking position.

Li moves into range and clinches up with Henri.

Henri breaks from the clinch.
Henri swats away the attempt to clinch by Li.
Henri swats away the attempt to clinch by Li.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Li moves to clinch but Henri breaks away
and Henri counters with a right hand to the body.

Henri dives in and scores a takedown into Li's guard.

The fighters are working up against the cage. Li manages to wriggle his way back to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched against the cage.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Henri pulls guard successfully.

Henri working for a triangle but Li defends it easily.
Li wants to stand but Henri has a closed guard, so he can't escape.
Henri tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Li has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Henri is proving hard to escape from.
Xi Li has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Henri is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Henri sitting and controlling from the half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Henri not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Well, if Henri is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.
Henri is keen to just control but Li is a slippery customer.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Li tries to kick Henri off but Henri keeps his base steady and stays in half guard.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
The fight stays on the outside here - Li looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Li closes the distance but Henri moves to the side
and Henri counters with a straight right hand.
Henri throws a low kick but Li avoids it.

Henri shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Henri controlling the pace.

And that's the end of the fight!
Julma Henri comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Henri winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Wesley Smith scores the fight 27:30
Judge Robert Twigg scores the fight 27:30
Judge Alan Glass scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Julma Henri!

Julma Henri thanked the fans post fight for their support.
In defeat, Xi Li stepped up to the mic, saying 'I need to go home and think about what I want to do. I shouldn't have lost to this guy and I'm upset with myself. Props to Kramer. Keep pushing.'.
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RATING
40%

 

Event: S.A.F.O TITLE CHALLENGER #3     
Date:   Oct 19, 2019

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Xi Li (ranked 3368 p4p, 363 weight class) and Nick Cramer (ranked 3708 p4p, 392 weight class). Li's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. Cramer has chosen Enter Sandman as his entrance music. Nick Cramer has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

197 cm
24
197 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
185 cm
25
184 lbs
2 - 1 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Big heart
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Heavy handed

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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 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Xi Li!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Nick Cramer!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, Richard Clark and Colin Fotheringham.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Cramer fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Li, pushing him back against the cage.
Li wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Li tries a knee to the head but Cramer blocks it.
Li wants to break the clinch but can't.
Li is trying to break free.
Cramer lands a body punch.

Cramer has hold of one of Li's legs. Li is fighting the takedown attempt but Cramer gets the trip and lands the takedown into guard.
Cramer is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Cramer wants to pass the guard but Li is keeping the position.

Cramer has gone for a leg lock! Li slips out almost immediately though and dives into Cramer's guard.

We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cramer wants to sweep here but Li controlling him for the moment.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cramer is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Cramer has his hands on Li's head, controlling the position.
Cramer trying to control the position.
Li won't allow Cramer to sweep him here.
Li is fighting to break Cramer's control of his arms but Cramer is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Cramer bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Li's guard.


That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Cramer looking to pass the guard.
Cramer wants to control from the top but Li keeps moving.
Cramer throws an elbow that misses. Li uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Cramer's guard. Nice move by Li!

Li has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Li postures up.

Cramer looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Cramer lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cramer throws an elbow that misses. Li uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Cramer's guard. Nice move by Li!

Cramer has his hands on Li's head, controlling the position.
Cramer has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Li has passed into side control.

Li decides to take the fight back to the feet.

Li fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Cramer, pushing him back against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Li throws a punch but it's blocked by Cramer.
Li looks to be in better condition than last time we saw him fight. Obviously he's been working hard on his cardio.
Li prevents the takedown attempt.
Li lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Li is trying to break the clinch but Cramer has him pressed against the cage.
Li landing knees to the head.
Cramer lands a body punch.
Li lands a nice knee to the body.
Li prevents the takedown attempt.
Li landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Li throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Cramer blocks it with crossed arms.
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!
Cramer blocks an uppercut.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Li breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

Li pushes Cramer up against the cage in a clinch.

Li manages to break the clinch.

Li closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that round.
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.


Cramer lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.

Cramer has managed to clinch.
Li tries a body shot but Cramer blocks it.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Li.

Cramer is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Li can't fight it off and eventually Cramer manages to take the fight to the floor. Li looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Cramer trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Cramer is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Cramer postures up as if he's going to throw some strikes but drops back for an ankle! Li is in big trouble! He looks ready to tap! But no, he's escaped and dives on top of Cramer, into his guard.

Cramer controls Li momentarily but Li frees himself.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cramer is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

Li stands and steps away. Cramer gets to his feet too and we're back to the striking game.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.

Cramer fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Li, pushing him back against the cage.
Xi Li has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Li lands a nice uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Li fails to land.

Li breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

Li gets a clinch.
Cramer changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Li fights it off and pushes away nicely.

Li has Cramer up against the cage in a clinch.
Li wants to break free but Cramer has control.
Cramer displaying some good clinch control by pressing Li up against the cage.
Cramer wants a takedown but no success here.
Li looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Cramer blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cramer prevents a body shot from Li.

Cramer breaks from the clinch.

Li clinches.
Cramer managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
Cramer holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Li is looking to break free of the clinch but Cramer has double underhooks.
Li lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Cramer backwards.
Li misses with a knee strike.

Cramer breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

Li gets a clinch.
Cramer has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Li is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Nick Cramer.

Li pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Li is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Cramer can do to turn this around?
Cramer scores with a three punch combo!

It looks like Xi Li has been cut.

Li forces Cramer back against the cage and clinches.
Li misses with some punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Cramer digs a right hand underneath Li's ribcage. Li let out a lung full of air as it connected.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Li wants to get back to striking at distance but Cramer won't allow it.
Li stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Cramer has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Li avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.

Cramer's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.

Li closes the distance and clinches.

Cramer tightens his grip and picks Li up, before dumping him to the ground. Li manages to land in guard.
Li utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Li wants to get back to his feet but Cramer is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Cramer trying to control but Li is working from the bottom.
Li keeping full guard, as Cramer tries to pass.
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 Xi Li will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Xi Li's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!



Li rushes Cramer and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.

Cramer's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.

Li has taken the fight to the clinch.
Cramer is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Li pulls him back up using the underhooks.
Cramer blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Cramer tries for a takedown. No joy.
Cramer takes a shot to the head.
Li gets underhooks to prevent Cramer's takedown attempt.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Nick Cramer.

Li breaks from the clinch.
Cramer tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Li was well out of range. Poor timing from Cramer.

Li takes the fight into the clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cramer is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Li is defending well.
Cramer keeps the fight in the clinch, despite Li's efforts to push away.
Cramer blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cramer has Li pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Li manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
Cramer takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.

Li escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.

Li moves into the clinch.
Li with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Cramer scores with a shoulder strike.
Nice elbow from Li.
Cramer lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Cramer works on Li's body with a couple of short punches.
Li tries to break the clinch but Cramer is controlling the position.
Li tries to land knees in the clinch but Cramer avoids the damage to the body.
Cramer has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Li avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
A short left from Cramer.
Cramer scores with a shoulder strike.
Cramer is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Cramer lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.

Cramer escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Cramer darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Cramer wants to control but Li is keeping him busy.
Li is trying to stand back up but Cramer is controlling him

Cramer is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Nick Cramer has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Li instigates a clinch.
Li lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Cramer creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Li misses with a hook from the clinch.
Li lands a nice elbow.

Li breaks the clinch.

Li clinches.

Cramer gets the body lock takedown. After a quick scramble, Li regains guard.

Li kicks Cramer off and gets to his feet.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Cramer clinches.
Li misses with a punch to the body.
Cramer blocks an elbow strike from Li.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Li can't find room to land a body shot as Cramer controls the action.
Li fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Cramer effectively controlling the action here.
Li landing knees to the body.

Cramer pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.

Li takes the fight into the clinch.
Cramer goes for a takedown in the clinch but Li prevents it.
Cramer blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Cramer blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Li has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Li wants to get back to striking at distance but Cramer won't allow it.
Cramer scores with a hook to the body.

And that's the end of the fight!
Xi Li showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Li, 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 Phil Schofield scores the fight 30:27
Judge Richard Clark scores the fight 30:27
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Xi Li!

Post fight, Xi Li took to the microphone: 'I feel I can move through this division. This isn't even my natural weight class. I'm coming out to end guys careers. Thanks to the fans and to my camp at So Cal Fight Club. We here now!!!'.
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RATING
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Event: QFC Tournament 931 Round 4     
Date:   Oct 04, 2019

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Anton Marks (ranked 4380 p4p, 0 weight class) and Xi Li (ranked 2992 p4p, 342 weight class). Li is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. Anton Marks has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

184 cm
24
200 lbs
3 - 0 - 0
197 cm
24
204 lbs
3 - 0 - 0
Good wrestling
Basic striking
Very strong
BJJ Blue Belt
Basic striking
Determined

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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 3 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Anton Marks!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Xi Li!
The judges for this bout are Shirou Masuda, Yukihiro Yamamoto and Tatsuya Matsuyama.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Marks jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Li throws a right and a left that both miss.
Li takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Li throws a head kick that Marks semi-blocks.
Marks looks to land a right hand but Li moved out of range.
Li throws a sloppy head kick and Marks moves out of range easily.
A punch combination from Li misses.
Li scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Li misses with an uppercut
enabling Marks to counter with a crisp jab.

It looks like Xi Li has been cut.
Li throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Marks swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Li throws a series of punches but Marks moves 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!
Marks connects with a body shot that sends Li's belly button to the back.
Li takes one to the side of the head.

Li is rocked!
Li rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Marks moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Marks sees an opening and throws a straight punch right through Li's defenses. It connects perfectly with Li's jaw and knocks him out cold! Wow - that's a contender for knockout of the year - absolutely brutal!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:48 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Anton Marks!
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Event: QFC Tournament 931 Round 3     
Date:   Oct 03, 2019

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Xi Li (ranked 3021 p4p, 342 weight class) and Doug Raimo (ranked 5095 p4p, 0 weight class). Li comes to the cage accompanied by HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. Doug Raimo will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

197 cm
24
204 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
175 cm
20
185 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Basic striking
Big heart
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Solid chin

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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 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Xi Li!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Doug Raimo!
The judges for this bout are Kenichi Hosakawa, Ren Mimura and Hirohito Nitta.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Raimo fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown but Li shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Li scores with a head kick. Raimo tried to block it but didn't get his arm up in time.

It looks like Doug Raimo has been cut.
Raimo doesn't manage to clinch there - Li circles away.
Li throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Raimo tests Li's chin there with a solid looking shot.
A head kick misses from Li.
Despite the aggression on Raimo's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Li swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Li throws a head kick that half lands.

Li tries to keep at a distance but Raimo has taken the fight into the clinch.

Li breaks the clinch.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Jab from Li.
Raimo misses with a kick to the body.
A head kick misses from Li.
Li throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
Li throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Xi Li seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Li keeps the fight on the outside.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Raimo fails with a takedown attempt.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Doug Raimo.
Li takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Raimo takes one to the side of the head.
Li defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Raimo.
Raimo moves in looking to clinch but Li pushes him off.
No joy there for Li, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Raimo tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Li circles away from the clinch attempt.
A nice combination there by Li.
Li misses with a body kick.
Li throws a nice looking combination but Raimo bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
A good leg kick by Li.
Li throws a sloppy head kick and Raimo moves out of range easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Raimo tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Raimo keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Li.
Li swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Raimo counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Li is breathing heavily.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Li bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Raimo's head backwards.
Li throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Raimo misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Li lands a head kick!
Raimo takes a body kick right on the floating rib. Ouchie.
Li lands a nice looking kick to the body. Raimo takes a step back to recover.
Raimo moves in looking to clinch but Li pushes him off.

Raimo clinches.

Li breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Li misses with the combination.
Li looks for the body kick but Raimo saw that one coming.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown but Li shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Li misses with a series of wild punches.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Li but Li pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Li connects with a high kick.
Raimo avoids a punch combination nicely.
Raimo tries for a takedown but Li sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Li throws a shot to the body.
A head kick by Li misses
and Raimo counters with a nice uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Raimo wants to clinch.
Li wants to land a leg kick but Raimo is out of range.
Li looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Li ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Li sprawls well. Li wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Raimo gets slowly back to his feet.
Xi Li is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Li tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.

Raimo clinches.
Raimo has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Li after a bit of a struggle.

Li breaks the clinch.
Raimo rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Li moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Li throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Doug Raimo'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.


Li stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Li wants it to stay on the feet.
Raimo fails with a takedown attempt.
Raimo takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Li goes for a high kick. It partially lands.
Li tries a head kick but it misses.
Li throws a big shot that misses.
Li throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Li will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A head kick by Li misses

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

Li breaks the clinch.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
A head kick misses from Raimo.
A head kick by Li misses
and Raimo counters with a left and a right that stings Li.
Raimo blocks a jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A bone on bone clash there as Raimo blocks the leg kick.
Raimo misses with a body kick.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Li as he jumps to the side.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Doug Raimo.
Raimo fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Li lands with a head kick! That's gotta hurt.

Raimo rushes Li and presses him up against the cage.
Raimo dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.

Li breaks from the clinch.
Li 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.
Raimo closes this distance looking for a takedown but Li circles away.
Li misses with a few strikes there.
Li is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Li throws a head kick that looked like it stung.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Raimo avoids the head kick by Li.
Li pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Li throws a lazy right hand but Raimo sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Li throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Xi Li is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Li avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Li throws a body shot but no joy.
Raimo steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Li.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Raimo shoots in for a takedown but Li shows good takedown defense.
Li throws a head kick that misses
and Raimo counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Li throws a sloppy body shot
and Raimo counters with a right hand to the body.
Li throws a sloppy head kick and Raimo moves out of range easily.

Raimo closes the distance and pushes Li back into the cage.
Raimo throws an elbow that misses.

Li pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Li gets off balance looking for a body kick
and Raimo counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Li thinking.
Raimo lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Li at a distance.
Li pivots, looking for a leg kick but Raimo is out of range and Li settles back down.
Good work by Raimo as he checks the leg kick.
Raimo tries to counter with a clinch but Li shakes him off and moves away.

Li gets tackled into the cage by Raimo. Raimo maintains the clinch.
Raimo lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Li or not.

Raimo manages to break the clinch.
Li throws a sloppy head kick and Raimo moves out of range easily.
Li avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Raimo scores with a punch to the head.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Li as he avoids it easily.
Xi Li is winning the standup battle so far.
Li feints and then cracks Raimo's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Raimo down.
Li pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Raimo shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Raimo shoots in looking for a takedown but Li manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Raimo's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Li circles away from the clinch attempt.
Li fails to land with a series of punches.
Li throws a hook to the side of Raimo's head but Raimo sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Raimo appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Raimo tries to clinch but Li is having none of it.
A good leg kick by Li.
Raimo throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Li's waist but Li gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Raimo off to one side.
Raimo avoids a punch combination nicely.
Raimo shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Li defends it nicely.
A nice inside leg kick there by Li. That's going to slow Raimo down.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Doug Raimo's cut.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. This is the final round!


Li throws a quick inside leg kick.
Raimo looks to land a combination. Li sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Li circles away from the clinch attempt.
A nice inside leg kick there by Li. That's going to slow Raimo down.
Li throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Li with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Li misses with a body kick.
Li lands with a slapping head kick.
Raimo is looking to clinch but Li is avoiding it.
Li tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Li throws a head kick that misses
and Raimo counters with a one-two to the body.
Li will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Raimo tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Raimo misses with a series of wild punches.
Raimo's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li throws a lazy head kick
and Raimo counters with a nice uppercut.
Li lands with a slapping head kick.
Raimo shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Li defends it nicely.
Li pulls out of a head kick attempt.

Raimo fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Li, pushing him back against the cage.

Raimo breaks the clinch.
Raimo has a takedown stuffed.
Li takes a swing at Raimo's ribcage but misses.
Li throws a body kick that misses.
Li avoids the clinch attempt nicely.

Raimo instigates a clinch.

Li manages to break the clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Li misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Raimo.
Raimo tries to clinch there but Li circles away.
Li is looking to counter punch.
Raimo scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Li doesn't seem bothered though.
Raimo fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Doug Raimo.
Raimo takes a kick to the side of the head.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Li fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Li moves out of range as Raimo throws a body kick.

Raimo fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Li, pushing him back against the cage.

Li breaks from the clinch.
Raimo shoots in looking for a takedown but Li manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Raimo's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Raimo has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.
Li throws a series of punches but Raimo moves out of range.
Raimo tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Raimo checks a leg kick.

Raimo darts in and clinches Li up against the cage.
Raimo leaning against his opponent.

Li breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Li lands a high kick!
Raimo shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Li but Li pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Raimo moves in looking to clinch but Li pushes him off.
Li throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Li misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Raimo.
Li lands with a kick to the temple. Raimo shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
Li misses with a kick to the body.
Raimo lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Li circles away quickly and effectively.
Some wild striking there from Li.
Raimo is trying desperately to land a takedown but Li is having absolutely none of it. This is turning into a bit of a nightmare for Raimo.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Raimo moves out of range of the body kick.
Li takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Raimo showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Li.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Raimo scores with a punch to the head.
Li throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
Li will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Li blocks a head kick by Raimo.
Raimo ducks under a wild hook from Li.
Raimo tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Raimo will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Li throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Raimo.
Doug Raimo has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Raimo tries a head kick but it misses.

And that's the end of the fight!
Xi Li showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Li, 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 Kenichi Hosakawa scores the fight for Xi Li!
Judge Ren Mimura scores the fight for Xi Li!
Judge Hirohito Nitta scores the fight for Xi Li!

Xi Li wins by unanimous decision!

An intense looking Xi Li took to the microphone post fight and gave a little speech: 'I'm winning this tournament. Remember my name!!'.
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Event: QFC Tournament 931 Round 2     
Date:   Oct 02, 2019

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Xi Li (ranked 3068 p4p, 347 weight class) and Ryu Cool (ranked 5003 p4p, 519 weight class). Li kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is HYFR by Drake featuring Lil Wayne. The fight MMA fans around the world have waited their entire lives for!

Li
vs
Cool
197 cm
24
204 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
180 cm
18
180 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Basic striking
Big heart
BJJ White Belt
Solid Muay Thai
Inexperienced

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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 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Xi Li!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Ryu Cool!
The judges for this bout are Taro Takaoka, Shirou Masuda and Yasuomi Hirokawa.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Li sizes up Cool with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Li takes a swing at Cool's ribcage but misses.
Cool changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Cool shoots in but Li avoids the takedown attempt easily.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Cool.
Li circles away from the clinch attempt.
Li misses with a few strikes there.
Cool tries to clinch there but Li circles away.
Cool wants to clinch.
Li swats away the attempt to clinch by Cool.
Cool moves out of range as Li throws a body kick.
Cool shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Li but Li pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Xi Li has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ryu Cool.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cool throws a body punch but Li moves out of range.
Li connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Li misses with the combination.
Cool pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Li appears to be looking for a big counter.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Li ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Cool crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Li - the referee stops the clock and Cool gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Li. Cool manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Li cracks a nice hook into Cool's ribs.
Xi Li seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Li throws a head kick but Cool moves out of range.
Li throws a head kick that looked like it stung.

It looks like Ryu Cool has been cut.
Cool tries to close the distance and clinch up but Li swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Li scores with a head kick.

Cool is rocked!
Li looks for a left high kick but can't connect. Li backs up to catch a breather... no he lunges forward with a huge flying knee that smacks Cool's temple! It sends Cool violently to the canvas! The crowd goes nuts as Li celebrates and the doctors try to help Cool!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:27 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Flying Knee). Xi Li!
Post fight, Xi Li took to the microphone: 'I'm winning this tournament. Remember my name!!'.
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Event: QFC Tournament 931 Round 1     
Date:   Oct 01, 2019

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between George Nicholson (ranked 4960 p4p, 0 weight class) and Xi Li (ranked 3102 p4p, 353 weight class). We have two fighters making their debuts here, so let's see who comes out of this one with their first professional victory.

183 cm
18
170 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
197 cm
24
204 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
BJJ White Belt
Basic striking
Cuts easily
BJJ Blue Belt
Basic striking
Determined

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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 0 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, George Nicholson!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Xi Li!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Yamamoto, Tatsuya Matsuyama and Shigeki Fujiwara.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
The fight stays on the outside here - Li looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Li throws a head kick that Nicholson semi-blocks.

It looks like George Nicholson has been cut.
Li misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.

Li has closed the distance and engaged Nicholson in a clinch.

Li breaks from the clinch.
Li throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Nicholson.

Nicholson fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Li to the ground. Nicholson is now in Li's guard.

Li is edging up against the cage. He's using the cage to get back to his feet. Nice work there - the fighters are clinched.
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!
Li lands with a short shot to the head.
Nicholson fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Nicholson tries to circle away but Li has him pinned against the cage.

Nicholson has moved round to his opponent's back and is looking for a suplex! Oh snap! He's tossed Li clear over his head and slammed him to the mat!

Li manages to get to his feet, escaping the difficult position.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Nicholson scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.
Nicholson throwing shots but missing, from side control.
Nicholson in side control, just content to control the action for now.
Nicholson wants to control for a moment but Li uses the opportunity to move back to half guard.
Nicholson not doing much here.
Nicholson throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Li pushes Nicholson off and gets back to his feet.
Nicholson fails with the takedown.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
The fight stays on the outside here - Li looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Nicholson scores with a takedown into Li's guard.
Nicholson controls from within his opponent's guard.
Nicholson has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Li keeping moving, preventing Nicholson from controlling successfully.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nicholson engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Nicholson won't allow Li to get back to his feet.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Nicholson engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Nicholson trying to control but Li is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.

Nicholson stands up from guard. Let's bang!
Li moves in looking to clinch but Nicholson pushes him off.
Li displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Nicholson.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for George Nicholson. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Li will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Nicholson showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Li.

Nicholson shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Li is trying to defend but Nicholson finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Nicholson looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
Nicholson throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Xi Li dominated that round.
The cut man is working on George Nicholson's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Nicholson shoots in for a double leg but Li sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Nicholson.

Li gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Nicholson is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for George Nicholson. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Nicholson tries to stall but Li uses the opportunity to gain a better position.

Nicholson breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Li tries to clinch but Nicholson moves out of range.
Nicholson shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Li as he avoids it easily.

Nicholson throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Li tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Nicholson is in Li's guard.
Nicholson trying to control the position from guard on top but Li is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Li wants to stand but Nicholson is controlling the position.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Nicholson accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nicholson engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Nicholson's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Li keeping moving, preventing Nicholson from controlling successfully.
Nicholson throws an elbow that misses. Li uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Nicholson's guard. Nice move by Li!

Nicholson on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Nicholson tries to get out of the position.

Li stands up from Nicholson's guard - Li perhaps looking for a knockout.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Li throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Nicholson's head.
Nicholson darts in looking for a takedown but Li gets double underhooks and turns Nicholson into the cage.

Li closes the distance and clinches.
Li misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Nicholson is looking to take this one to the mat.
Nicholson has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Li avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Nicholson wants a takedown but no success here.

Li manages to break the clinch.
Li lands a nice leg kick that just misses Nicholson's sensitive parts.
Xi Li seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Li wants to clinch.
Li is looking to clinch but Nicholson is avoiding it.
Li has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Nicholson shoots in for a takedown but Li shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Nicholson fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Li lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Li clinches up against the cage.

Li breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Li lands a jab-cross combination.
Horrible takedown attempt by Nicholson or perhaps it was just good defense by Li, which made it look bad.
As Nicholson backs off Li throws a huge counter combo but Nicholson manages to avoid it all.
Nicholson looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Li lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.
Nicholson tries to score a power double leg takedown but Li sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Nicholson somewhat.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Li keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Nicholson tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Nicholson is defended easily by Li.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Li throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
Nicholson shoots in looking for a takedown but Li manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Nicholson's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.

Li lands a big head kick that sends Nicholson tumbling to the mat! Li takes a step backwards and waves Nicholson back to his feet - he wants the finish!

Nicholson is rocked!
Xi Li is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Li has Nicholson up against the cage in a clinch.
Oh Nicholson is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Nicholson's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A fake to the body and Li gets the Thai clinch. He wastes no time and tries to connect with knees to the head. This is dangerous for Nicholson! He should get out! Another devastating knee and Nicholson falls head first to the ground. It's all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:34 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Knee). Xi Li!
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