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Undercard bout

Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Jules Winnfield (ranked 5476 p4p, 5405 weight class) and Roberto Jimenez (ranked 594 p4p, 591 weight class). Both fighters look pumped up here. Let's hope this is a good fight!

188 cm
24
174
4 - 3 - 0
178 cm
24
185
5 - 8 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
World class boxer
Very quick
Excellent grappler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 4 - 3 - 0, fighting out of New York, Jules Winnfield!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 - 8 - 0, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Roberto Jimenez!
The judges for this bout are Paul Tew, James Ackerman and James Atkins.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Winnfield has managed to clinch.

Jimenez successfully pulls guard.
Winnfield wants to control from the top but Jimenez keeps moving.
Winnfield wants to get up but he can't break Jimenez's closed guard. He needs to be careful trying to break the legs open, as he's open to submissions here.
Winnfield postures up.
Winnfield trying to control the position from guard on top but Jimenez is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Winnfield wanted to stand there but Jimenez had control of the position.

Jimenez throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

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

That's one minute gone in the round.

Jimenez has thrown up a leg looking for a triangle. Winnfield doesn't defend quickly enough and Jimenez has managed to lock this one up! Can Winnfield escape?! NO! He's tapping out! Damn, that was a quick submission - congrats to Jimenez on a fantastic submission victory.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:30 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Triangle). Roberto Jimenez!
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Undercard bout

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Curtis Rome (ranked 3012 p4p, 3844 weight class) and Dmitri Kersikov (ranked 354 p4p, 436 weight class). Kersikov has chosen Builder - Her Voice (Headhunterz Remix) as his entrance music. Curtis Rome has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.

170 cm
23
155
6 - 8 - 1
176 cm
24
159
1 - 1 - 1
Good wrestling
Great low kicks
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

Redemption ink

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 6 - 8 - 1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Curtis Rome!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 - 1 - 1, fighting out of New York, Dmitri Kersikov!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Phil Schofield and James Ackerman.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kersikov looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Dmitri Kersikov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Kersikov throws a hook to the side of Rome's head but Rome sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
A little feinted left hand from Rome on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Rome checks a low kick from Kersikov.
A big right from Kersikov misses.
Kersikov misses with a jab to the body
and Rome counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Kersikov lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Kersikov tries to land a leg kick but Rome saw it coming and moves away.
Rome is looking to counter punch.
Kersikov throws a body kick despite being completely out of range

so Rome counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
Kersikov seems keen to control Rome's posture.
Kersikov is looking to stand back up but Rome counters by passing into half guard. Oops... bit sloppy there by Kersikov.
Kersikov is staying active underneath Rome, who seems content to just control the action from this position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov looks like he's trying to stand up.

Rome seems to be looking for submissions.
Kersikov has his hands clasped together around Rome's back. He's all about the action.
We've been hearing that Rome has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
Kersikov wants to get back to full guard.

That's two 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.
Rome is pressing down on Kersikov's thigh, looking to free his foot. Kersikov is holding on for now.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Rome takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Kersikov can do anything to dispel that myth.
Kersikov wants to improve his position but Rome is controlling well.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up.
Dmitri Kersikov is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kersikov scores with a shot to the body.
Kersikov shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Kersikov connects with a nice looking jab.
Kersikov throws a body kick despite being completely out of range

and Rome counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Rome.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rome showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Kersikov is controlling Rome's posture.
Rome looking to pass the guard.
Kersikov not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Rome sitting in guard here, content to control.
Kersikov is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

That's four 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.
Rome controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Kersikov looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Rome throws a counter high kick but Kersikov was just alert enough to avoid it.
Kersikov digs a good body shot into Rome's ribs.
Kersikov finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.

Rome fakes an overhand right and shoots for a takedown. Kersikov sprawls well initially but Rome persists and gets the takedown into half guard.

Kersikov has managed to escape just enough to sneak back to his feet but Rome is on him like a limpet, forcing Kersikov back against the cage.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Kersikov tries to throw a body punch but Rome avoids it by throwing Kersikov back against the cage.
Kersikov tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Dmitri Kersikov dominated that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!

Kersikov misses with a body shot
enabling Rome to counter with a crisp jab.
Kersikov defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Rome.
Rome darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Rome blocks the body kick.
A little feinted left hand from Rome on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Kersikov throws a shot from downtown. Rome moves away and avoids it.
Kersikov delivers a nice body kick.
Kersikov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Rome ducks under a wild hook from Kersikov.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kersikov stuffs the takedown attempt from Rome. Rome gets slowly back to his feet.
Kersikov misses with a wild body shot.
A chopping leg kick lands by Kersikov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov scores with a jab to the body.
Rome has a takedown stuffed.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Curtis Rome. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Rome takes one to the chin there.
Kersikov throws a body kick that digs right into the meat.
No luck for Rome with that takedown attempt.
Kersikov with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Kersikov looks to throw a body kick
letting Rome counter with a right hand.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Rome shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Kersikov sprawls well. Kersikov wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Rome gets slowly back to his feet.
Kersikov throws out a counter right but Rome avoids it with no problem.
Rome dives in and grabs Kersikov's left leg, looking for a takedown. Kersikov pushes down on Rome's head and hops out.
Rome will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
As Rome backs off Kersikov throws a huge counter combo but Rome manages to avoid it all.
Kersikov throws a low kick, looking for Rome's leg but Rome calmly moves out of range.
Rome swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Kersikov fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Rome has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
A leg kick checked by Rome.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Rome darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.

Kersikov manages to escape and get back to his feet!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dmitri Kersikov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Kersikov throws a leg kick but Rome moved away.

Rome throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Kersikov tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Rome is in Kersikov's guard.
Rome stands and throws Kersikov's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Kersikov tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Rome controlling the position from side mount.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rome trying to control the position but Kersikov is working away.

Rome tries for a kimura but Kersikov is defending well.
Kersikov is looking to regain half guard here but Rome keeps moving and retains side control.
Kersikov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Rome passes to full mount! That's big trouble for Kersikov!
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Dmitri Kersikov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!

Kersikov throws a leg kick that is checked
and Rome counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Kersikov tries to land a body kick
and Rome counters with a straight right hand.
Rome walks into a stiff left hand from Kersikov.
Nice defenses there by Rome.
Kersikov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Kersikov thows a leg kick but Rome checks it
and Kersikov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Rome shoots in but Kersikov avoids the takedown attempt easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kersikov tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
It looked like Rome wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Kersikov throws a quick inside leg kick.
Kersikov will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Rome's head.
Rome is trying hard to land a takedown here. Kersikov sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Rome moves out of range of the strikes.
Kersikov throws a half hearted mid kick.
A little feinted left hand from Rome on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Kersikov throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Kersikov throws a leg kick

and Rome counters with a takedown into side control.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kersikov tries to improve position but can't.
Kersikov is not content to let Rome control the position.
Rome controls the position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov is trying to get back to half guard.
Kersikov is not content to let Rome control the position.
Rome tries to advance to mount but can't.
Curtis Rome overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
You can see the frustration on Kersikov's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rome checks a leg kick.
Rome was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Kersikov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Rome manages to avoid it.
Kersikov displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Rome.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Curtis Rome. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Rome takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
A slapping leg kick lands for Kersikov.
Rome moves out of range of the body kick.
Kersikov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Rome on the side of the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rome shoots for a takedown but Kersikov saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Kersikov shapes to counter with a head kick.
Rome checks a low kick from Kersikov.
Rome tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Kersikov swivels and escapes.
Rome fails with the takedown
enabling Kersikov to counter with a crisp jab.
Rome takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Rome blocks a leg kick.
Rome is looking to counter punch.
Kersikov will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Kersikov scores with a nice looking left hook and follows it up with an uppercut!
Curtis Rome has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kersikov connects with a solid leg kick.

And that's the end of the fight!
Dmitri Kersikov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Kersikov 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 Sam Margolis scores the fight 27:30
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Ackerman scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Dmitri Kersikov!

Dmitri Kersikov thanked the fans post fight for their support.
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Undercard bout

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Pavel Kostov (ranked 2654 p4p, 3528 weight class) and Mac Womack (ranked 378 p4p, 477 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

185 cm
23
190
4 - 4 - 0
186 cm
23
200
3 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Granite chin
BJJ Brown Belt
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 4 - 4 - 0, fighting out of St Petersburg, Pavel Kostov!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 - 4 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Mac Womack!
The judges for this bout are James Atkins, Daniel Bishop and Richard Clark.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Nice uppercut lands for Kostov. That snapped Womack's head back.
Kostov swats away the attempt to clinch by Womack.
Kostov half committed to a counter leg kick.
Kostov looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Womack's jab looks to have found its range, popping Kostov under the eye.
Womack is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Kostov cracks Womack with an open hand slap.
Kostov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Womack scores with a hook.
Womack moves in looking to clinch but Kostov pushes him off.
Kostov was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Kostov forces Womack back against the cage and clinches.
Womack throws a punch but it's blocked by Kostov.
Womack has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Kostov after a bit of a struggle.
Kostov stalling against the cage.
Kostov lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Womack backwards.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Womack using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Kostov has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Womack lands a right hand.
Kostov effectively controlling the action here.
Womack misses with a hook from the clinch.
Kostov tries a body shot but Womack blocks it.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Womack.
Kostov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Kostov.
Womack blocks a body shot from Kostov.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Womack goes for a takedown attempt but Kostov pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Womack uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Kostov.
Womack tries to clinch but Kostov is having none of it.
Kostov was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Womack scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Kostov doesn't seem bothered though.
Kostov looks to land a left hand but Womack moved out of range nicely.
Womack 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.
Womack tries to close the distance and clinch but Kostov swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Womack moves into the clinch.
Kostov content to slow the pace in the clinch.

Womack escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Kostov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Kostov misses with a body shot.
Womack with a lazy takedown attempt
and Kostov counters with a nice uppercut.
Pavel Kostov has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mac Womack.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Kostov gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Kostov lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Kostov makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Kostov is working Womack over against the cage.
Womack scores with a hook to the body.
Kostov misses with a shot to the kidneys.

Womack manages to break the clinch.
Kostov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Womack on the side of the head.

Womack tries to keep at a distance but Kostov has taken the fight into the clinch.
Kostov lands with a light punch inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Womack's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Kostov lands a head kick. Womack smiles back at him and beckons him forward.
Kostov looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Mac Womack seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Womack shoots in but no luck this time.

Kostov closes the distance and pushes Womack back into the cage.
Kostov is defending well against a takedown attempt.
A short right from Kostov.
Kostov holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Kostov doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A body shot lands from Kostov.
Womack is looking to break free of the clinch but Kostov has double underhooks.
Womack throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Kostov blocks it with crossed arms.
Kostov throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Womacks head.
Kostov lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Womack misses with a knee to the head.
Kostov displaying some good clinch control by pressing Womack up against the cage.
Womack being controlled against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kostov keeps control of Womack as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Kostov prevents Womack from breaking the clinch.

Kostov pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Kostov moves into the clinch.

Womack pulls guard.

Womack looking for a guillotine here but Kostov defends easily.
Kostov not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Pavel Kostov dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!

Womack takes a jab right on the kisser.
Womack looks to clinch
and Kostov counters with a straight right hand.
Womack tries for a takedown but Kostov sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Womack takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.

Kostov moves into the clinch successfully.

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

Womack has taken the fight to the clinch.
Kostov lands a left hand.

Kostov breaks from the clinch.

Kostov forces Womack back against the cage and clinches.
Kostov is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Kostov softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
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!
Kostov pressing his opponent against the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Kostov.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Womack breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Kostov with a jab.
Womack pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Kostov circles away from the clinch attempt.
Womack misses with a two punch combination.
Kostov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Womack can do to turn this around?
Womack tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Kostov manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Womack is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Womack pulls out of a head kick attempt.
As Womack backs away, Kostov returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Kostov moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Mac Womack is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Womack has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Kostov.
Kostov missing with a left hand there. Womack was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Womack on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Kostov. Kostov obviously looking to wear him down.

Womack moves into the clinch successfully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kostov scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Kostov pressing his opponent against the cage.
Kostov tries to throw a body punch but Womack avoids it by throwing Kostov back against the cage.
Kostov lands a nice shot to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Womack is working for takedown but Kostov is calmly controlling the position for now.
Kostov pressing his opponent against the cage.
Womack is trying to pull guard but Kostov turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Pavel Kostov has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mac Womack.
Kostov working aggressively here.
Kostov works on Womack's body with a couple of short punches.
Womack trying to land knees to the body.
Womack with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Kostov digs a right hand underneath Womack's ribcage. Womack let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Kostov lands a shot to the body.
Womack is breathing heavily.
The fighters are pressed against the cage, as the pace of the fight slows.
Kostov lands a shot to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kostov working some nice short punches in the clinch.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Kostov.
Kostov lands a left hand.
A hook to the body from Kostov.
Kostov tries to throw a body punch but Womack avoids it by throwing Kostov back against the cage.
Kostov lands with a short shot to the head.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Kostov tries to throw a body punch but Womack avoids it by throwing Kostov back against the cage.
Kostov is stalling here. The referee will be looking to step in if he doesn't pick up the pace.
Kostov gets double underhooks to prevent a takedown attempt from Womack.
Womack's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A nice left hand lands by Kostov.
Womack misses with a punch to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kostov cracks Womack with a nice body shot.
Womack's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Womack wants to break the clinch but can't.
Womack jumps guard but Kostov turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Womack tries for a takedown. No joy.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Kostov digs a right hand into Womack's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Womack's gas tank.
Kostov just leaning against Womack, taking a breather.
Womack wants a takedown but no success here.
Kostov blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kostov lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Kostov lands a body shot.
Kostov leaning his opponent against the cage.
Womack misses with a knee strike.
Kostov lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Womack backwards.

Womack breaks the clinch.
Kostov scores with a body shot.
Kostov connects with a body shot.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Pavel Kostov dominated that second round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! And we move into the final round!

Womack on the wrong end of a nice hook.
A looping hook to the body misses from Womack. Kostov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Womack tries to clinch but Kostov is having none of it.
Kostov scores with a jab to the body.
Womack shoots and misses
and Kostov finishes the little exchange by landing a big kick to the body.
Kostov throws out a powerful jab.

Kostov fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Womack, pushing him back against the cage.
Pavel Kostov has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Kostov is stalling here.
Kostov tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Womack prevents a body shot from Kostov.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kostov lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Nice body punch from Kostov - that landed with a thud.
Womack takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Kostov pushes Womack back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Womack is working for takedown but Kostov is calmly controlling the position for now.
A shot in the inside from Kostov.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kostov tries to work over Womack's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kostov lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Kostov lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Kostov 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.
Still in the clinch, Kostov scores with a nice short uppercut.
Kostov stalling against the cage.
A frustrated look appears on Womack's face as he tries to break the clinch.

Womack manages to break the clinch.
Pavel Kostov is winning the standup battle so far.
Womack blocks a jab.
Womack tries to clinch but Kostov is having none of it.
Womack walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Womack throws a body shot but no joy.
Kostov keeps the fight on the outside.
Womack misses with a head kick.
Womack ducks under a wild hook from Kostov.

Kostov gets a clinch.
Kostov scores with a shot to the side of Womack's head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kostov lands on the inside with an 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!
Womack prevents a body shot from Kostov.
A frustrated look appears on Womack's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Kostov takes a knee to the side of the body.
Kostov lands a left hand.
Kostov doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Pavel Kostov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Kostov misses with a punch to the body.
Come on Kostov - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
Kostov keeps control of Womack as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Kostov is defending well against a takedown attempt.
Pavel Kostov has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mac Womack.
Womack tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.

Womack breaks the clinch.
Kostov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Womack.
Womack throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Kostov swings for the body but Womack moves out of range.
Kostov lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Womack doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Kostov counters with a stiff right hand.
Kostov lands a nice leg kick that just misses Womack's sensitive parts.
Kostov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Womack throws a looping overhand right but Kostov ducks down to avoid it.
Kostov thuds a left hand into Womack's body.
Kostov throws a front kick that sends Womack stumbling back into the cage.
Kostov wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.

Kostov takes the fight into the clinch.
Womack tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Kostov tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Womack's elbow.
Kostov goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Kostov prevents a takedown attempt there.
Womack has a couple of punches blocked by Kostov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Womack wants a takedown.
Womack is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Kostov gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Kostov scores with a shot to the side of Womack's head.
Womack is trying to break the clinch but Kostov is controlling him.
Womack tries a knee to the head but Kostov blocks it.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kostov is leaning against Womack and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Kostov lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Womack backwards.
Kostov is stalling here.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
A right handed body shot lands from Kostov.
Kostov gets through Womack's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Come on Kostov - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
Mac Womack has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Kostov lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Womack backwards.

And that's the end of the fight!
Pavel Kostov showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Kostov, 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 James Atkins scores the fight 30:27
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 30:27
Judge Richard Clark scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Pavel Kostov!

Our winner, Pavel Kostov, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
62%

 

Undercard bout

Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Klaus Tannenbaum (ranked 2740 p4p, 3361 weight class) and Javon Reese (ranked 375 p4p, 439 weight class). Chooooooooon! I think Tannenbaum might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to Andrea Bocelli: O Tannenbaum. Klaus Tannenbaum is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples... Tweaking his own nipples that is.

193 cm
23
245
9 - 6 - 0
198 cm
24
260
6 - 8 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Lethal high kicks
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Dangerous knees
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 9 - 6 - 0, fighting out of Helsinki, Klaus Tannenbaum!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 - 8 - 0, fighting out of London, Javon Reese!
The judges for this bout are Paul Tew, Daniel Bishop and James Ackerman.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Tannenbaum fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Reese on the side of the head.
Tannenbaum clobbers Reese with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Reese fails with a takedown attempt.
Tannenbaum looked to counter with a high kick but didn't commit.

Reese gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Tannenbaum makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Tannenbaum on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Reese tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Tannenbaum avoids it.
Tannenbaum on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Tannenbaum tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Reese's elbow.
Reese landing some nice looking knees to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Reese crunches a lovely knee into Tannenbaum's ribcage.
A knee to the head by Reese.
Tannenbaum has Reese pushed against the cage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Tannenbaum swings wildly with an uppercut but Reese uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Reese with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Tannenbaum misses with a hook from the clinch.
Reese tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Reese landing knees to the head.
Reese blocks an uppercut.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Tannenbaum.
Reese landing knees to the head.
It looks like Klaus Tannenbaum has been cut.

Reese lands a big knee to the head and Tannenbaum goes down! Reese is looking to finish!
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Reese is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Tannenbaum is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

Reese is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Tannenbaum knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Reese controlling the position from side mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Reese is trying to get an arm triangle but Tannenbaum is defending well.
You can see the frustration on Tannenbaum's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Tannenbaum is looking for a sweep.

Reese thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Reese wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Tannenbaum, who protects the arm well.

Reese goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Tannenbaum rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Reese's guard! Nice work there by Tannenbaum!

Reese has his foot on Tannenbaum's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Tannenbaum works his way back into a safe position though.

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tannenbaum trying to control but Reese is working from the bottom.
Reese can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Tannenbaum controls the pace.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Tannenbaum accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Tannenbaum controls the pace of the fight for a moment.

Reese working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Tannenbaum doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Tannenbaum manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Tannenbaum 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.
Tannenbaum pushing down on Reese's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Javon Reese dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Klaus Tannenbaum's cut.
That's time! Back to the action!

Reese doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Tannenbaum makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
A low kick lands for Tannenbaum.
A solid leg kick lands there for Tannenbaum.

Reese moves into the clinch successfully.
Reese has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Tannenbaum seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Reese can turn it around.
Reese tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Tannenbaum on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Tannenbaum takes a knee to the side of the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Reese tries to land a knee to the head but Tannenbaum blocks with his arms.
A knee to the head by Reese.
Tannenbaum tries a body shot but Reese blocks it.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.

Reese has managed to pull guard. Let's see whether he can work an aggressive guard. It will also be interesting to see what tactics Tannenbaum uses from the top position.

Reese is looking to cinch up a triangle. Tannenbaum throws the leg off to one side though and gets in tight to Reese's body to avoid the submission. Reese has instead reached around Tannenbaum's neck and now has a guillotine! Oh, this is biiiig trouble! Reese arches his back and squeezes and forces the tap from his hapless opponent.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:58 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Javon Reese!
In his post fight interview, Javon Reese started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
Klaus Tannenbaum was interviewed post fight and said 'Scheisse!'.
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hype
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pop
A | B
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FIGHT
RATING
42%

 

Undercard bout

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Chike Obi (ranked 1639 p4p, 2822 weight class) and Ilya Kushnevich (ranked 209 p4p, 328 weight class). Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

178 cm
24
158
3 - 1 - 0
179 cm
24
160
7 - 6 - 1
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Excellent MT
Granite chin

Shadow-Battle Clothing

Conviction
Conquer


Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 3 - 1 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Chike Obi!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 - 6 - 1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Ilya Kushnevich!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, James Glass and William Gold.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A telegraphed right hand from Obi misses the target.
Obi throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Kushnevich stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Obi throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kushnevich sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Obi ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Kushnevich moves away.
Obi jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Obi ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Kushnevich moves away.
Kushnevich takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kushnevich. Obi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Obi slaps away a takedown attempt from Kushnevich, before circling back to the center of the mat.

Kushnevich has Obi up against the cage in a clinch.
I was talking to Obi's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.

Kushnevich escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Obi enables Kushnevich to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Obi manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Kushnevich throws a sloppy strike and Obi has hooked up an armbar on the loose arm! He's turned and extended fully! Kushnevich is forced to tap! Great BJJ from Obi!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:58 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Chike Obi!
During a confident post fight interview, Chike Obi thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
90%

 

Undercard bout

Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Lennart Hohenthal (ranked 1138 p4p, 1418 weight class) and Patrick Slinger (ranked 125 p4p, 160 weight class). Slinger has chosen Hail Mary as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

161 cm
23
141
4 - 3 - 0
170 cm
24
145
8 - 7 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 4 - 3 - 0, fighting out of Helsinki, Lennart Hohenthal!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 - 7 - 0, fighting out of Los Angeles, Patrick Slinger!
The judges for this bout are Andrew Berry, Colin Fotheringham and Paul Tew.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Slinger moves out of range as Hohenthal strikes.
Slinger throws a body kick that misses
and Hohenthal counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Slinger shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Hohenthal sprawls well. Hohenthal wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Slinger gets slowly back to his feet.
Slinger tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.

Slinger drives through with a takedown into Hohenthal's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Hohenthal holds on and takes a little breather.
Slinger must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Slinger accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Slinger trying to control but Hohenthal is working from the bottom.
Slinger looking to sit in guard and control but Hohenthal gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


That's one minute gone in the round.
Hohenthal pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Slinger is keeping the position for now.
Hohenthal trying to control but Slinger is working from the bottom.
Hohenthal is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Our spies down at at Crapollas Gym inform us that Slinger has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Slinger is trying to keep Hohenthal in close.
Hohenthal 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.

Slinger throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Hohenthal is pushing down on Slinger's leg trying to pass to half guard. Slinger is fighting to maintain full guard but Hohenthal has managed to sneak the leg through.

That's two 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.
Hohenthal tries to pass to full mount but Slinger defends it.
Hohenthal is controlling the pace.
Hohenthal seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Slinger for as long as he can get away with.
Slinger is trying to get back to full guard.
Hohenthal controlling the action here.
Slinger gets full guard.
Slinger wants to improve his position but instead Hohenthal has moved into half guard.
Hohenthal controlling the pace.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Slinger is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Hohenthal pulls his head out easily.
Hohenthal content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Slinger trying to control from the bottom.

Slinger actively working from the bottom here.
Slinger has a hand on Hohenthal's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Hohenthal takes advantage of the position though and mounts him!
Slinger manages to control the position for a moment.
Slinger can't escape the position.
Hohenthal trying to control but Slinger is having none of it.
Hohenthal controlling from the full mount.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hohenthal trying to control but Slinger is having none of it.
Slinger is wriggling around trying to escape.
Hohenthal content just to control the position here.
Slinger is working to get back to half guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Slinger tries to hold on but Hohenthal pushes him away.
Hohenthal controlling the position easily from mount.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

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

Slinger looks for the body kick but Hohenthal saw that one coming.
Slinger lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Slinger misses with a head kick.
A quick step to the side and Hohenthal tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Slinger is defended easily by Hohenthal.
Slinger looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.

Slinger closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Hohenthal did well to prevent Slinger getting side control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Slinger is trying to control the action in half guard but Hohenthal is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Hohenthal is doing well to control the position and prevent Slinger from advancing to side control.
Hohenthal is trying to get back to full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Slinger thows a huge punch but Hohenthal dodges it nicely.

Slinger is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Hohenthal makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Hohenthal.
Slinger being controlled here momentarily.
Slinger wants to control from the top but Hohenthal keeps moving.

That's two 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.
Hohenthal working a defensive guard here.
Slinger landing some decent shots from guard.
Hohenthal has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Slinger postures up and lands a big shot to Hohenthal's brow.
Slinger trying to control but Hohenthal is working from the bottom.
Slinger working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Hohenthal's head.
Slinger postures up in Hohenthal's guard and throws a big left but Hohenthal blocks it.
Hohenthal working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Slinger.
Slinger trying to control the position from guard on top but Hohenthal is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Slinger accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Hohenthal controlling Slinger's posture.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Slinger shoots for a takedown but Hohenthal saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Lennart Hohenthal has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Patrick Slinger.

Slinger closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Slinger lands in his opponent's guard.
Slinger trying to control but Hohenthal is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Slinger working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Patrick Slinger has got the better of the ground game so far.
Slinger being controlled here momentarily.
Slinger throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Hohenthal works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Hohenthal has his hands on Slinger's head, controlling the position.
Hohenthal utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Hohenthal avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Slinger trying to control but Hohenthal is working from the bottom.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Patrick Slinger 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. This is the final round!

A cross from Hohenthal lands.
It looks like Patrick Slinger has been cut.
Patrick Slinger seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Slinger connects with a solid leg kick.
A nice inside leg kick there by Slinger. That's going to slow Hohenthal down.
Hohenthal displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Slinger.
Hohenthal was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Slinger misses with a head kick.
It looked like Hohenthal wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Hohenthal blocks a head kick by Slinger.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hohenthal throws a body shot but no joy.
Slinger throws a body kick that misses
and Hohenthal counters with a straight right hand.
Slinger tries to land a front kick but Hohenthal steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Hohenthal swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Hohenthal misses with a looping left.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Slinger shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Hohenthal as he jumps to the side.
Hohenthal swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Slinger gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Hohenthal connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Lennart Hohenthal has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Patrick Slinger.
Slinger fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Hohenthal avoids it really well and circles away.
Hohenthal takes a swing at Slinger's ribcage but misses.
Hohenthal lands with a straight right. Slinger didn't see that one coming.
Slinger tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Hohenthal defends well and Slinger ends up having to push Hohenthal into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
No luck for Slinger with that takedown attempt.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Slinger takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Slinger misses with a head kick.
Slinger looks for a takedown but Hohenthal sprawls well.
Decent striking displayed by Hohenthal there.
Hohenthal tries to clinch but Slinger moves out of range.
Slinger shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Hohenthal sprawls well. Hohenthal wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Slinger gets slowly back to his feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Slinger fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Hohenthal avoids it really well and circles away.

Hohenthal shoots in and bounces Slinger off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.

Hohenthal avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Slinger is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Hohenthal trying to control but Slinger is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Hohenthal avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

Hohenthal avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Hohenthal passes Slinger's left leg - he's now in half guard.
Hohenthal looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Slinger is not content to let Hohenthal control the position.

And that's the end of the fight!
Lennart Hohenthal showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Hohenthal 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 Andrew Berry scores the fight 29:28
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 29:28
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Lennart Hohenthal!

A relieved looking Lennart Hohenthal thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
Patrick Slinger was interviewed post fight and said 'Congratulations to my opponent. He got the better of me, and deserves all the credit in the world for his hard work. I hope we meet again.'.
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hype
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pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
28%

 

Undercard bout

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Hyatt Wayne (ranked 1537 p4p, 1926 weight class) and Galen Dall Jr (ranked 194 p4p, 236 weight class). Wayne's entrance music is SOAD - Aerials. A fine choice. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

177 cm
23
159
8 - 4 - 0
180 cm
23
155
8 - 5 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
World class boxer
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

Conviction
Ma Balls Is Hot Clothing

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 8 - 4 - 0, fighting out of Sydney, Hyatt Wayne!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 - 5 - 0, fighting out of New York, Galen Dall Jr!
The judges for this bout are Chris Edwards, Donald Grub and James Glass.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Wayne throws a big shot that misses.
Dall Jr misses the jab.
Dall Jr fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Wayne manages to avoid it.
Wayne throws an overhand right that lands on Dall Jr's shoulder, as Dall Jr tries to avoid the shot.
Dall Jr lands a nice hook to Wayne's body. Wayne takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Wayne loads up on a big right hand but Dall Jr slips the punch.
Hyatt Wayne seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Wayne throws a right hand that misses
and Dall Jr counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Dall Jr avoids the body shot from Wayne.
Dall Jr looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Wayne has been working on his boxing with his coaches at McGrady FT in the buildup to the fight.
Dall Jr walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Wayne checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Wayne was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Jab from Wayne.
Wayne misses with a wild combination.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dall Jr slips under a jab from Wayne.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Dall Jr! But no joy.
A decent looking cross lands there for Wayne.
A looping hook to the body misses from Wayne. Dall Jr does a little dance to reset his feet.
Good shot there by Dall Jr.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dall Jr lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Wayne at a distance.
Wayne misses with a straight left.
A little jabbing left from Dall Jr on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Nice straight punches there by Dall Jr. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Dall Jr.
Dall Jr keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

Dall Jr scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.

Dall Jr is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Wayne sees it coming and defends easily.
Dall Jr trying to pass the guard but Wayne defending well.

Dall Jr is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Wayne defends it well.
Wayne is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Dall Jr's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Dall Jr's back!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wayne keeps control of the position as Dall Jr tries to break free.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Wayne can't escape the position, to get back to his feet.
Dall Jr tries to escape but Wayne has the hooks in and won't let him break free.
Dall Jr is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Wayne is looking to stand but he's in a difficult position to do so.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Wayne controlling well, preventing Dall Jr from escaping the position.
Wayne is looking to get the fight back to the feet.
Dall Jr is really stuck here.
Dall Jr turns into Wayne and is now in his guard.
Dall Jr with a flurry of punches that miss.

Dall Jr has gone for a leg lock! Wayne slips out almost immediately though and dives into Dall Jr's guard.


Dall Jr is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Wayne defends well.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Dall Jr looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Wayne wanted to stand there but Dall Jr had control of the position.
Dall Jr lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Wayne tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Dall Jr stops Wayne from standing up.
Wayne keeping full guard, as Dall Jr tries to pass.
Wayne looking for a sweep. Not yet Wayne, not yet.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Hyatt Wayne will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.

Dall Jr fails with a takedown attempt.
Wayne scores with a body shot.
Wayne's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Dall Jr connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Wayne scrambles back to his feet.
Wayne blocks a jab.
Wayne throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Dall Jr sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Dall Jr appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Wayne throws the left hand but Dall Jr avoids the punch easily.
Dall Jr swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dall Jr waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Wayne.
Wayne throws the left hand but Dall Jr avoids the punch easily.
Dall Jr avoids a punch combination nicely.
A looping hook to the body misses from Dall Jr. Wayne does a little dance to reset his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dall Jr wants to clinch.
Some wild striking there from Wayne.
Wayne jabs Dall Jr to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Wayne lands an overhand right.
It looks like Galen Dall Jr has been cut.

Dall Jr has taken the fight to the clinch.

Dall Jr pulls guard successfully.
Wayne tries to stand but Dall Jr is controlling from the bottom.

Dall Jr throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

Dall Jr has his foot on Wayne's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Wayne works his way back into a safe position though.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wayne has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Dall Jr is proving hard to escape from.
Wayne has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Dall Jr looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Wayne wants to stand but Dall Jr has a closed guard, so he can't escape.

Wayne avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Wayne tries to stand but Dall Jr is controlling from the bottom.

Dall Jr had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Wayne defends it easily.
Dall Jr bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Wayne's guard.


That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dall Jr pushing down on Wayne's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.

Dall Jr is working for a kimura but Wayne is defending it quite comfortably.
Dall Jr thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Dall Jr passes to side control.

Dall Jr is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Wayne has escaped the position, nice work there.
Wayne is trying to escape and get back to his feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Dall Jr is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Wayne is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Who's going to make the next move?
Dall Jr tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Dall Jr tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Galen Dall Jr showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Galen Dall Jr's cut.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. This is the final round!

Wayne throws an off balance right hand
and Dall Jr counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Dall Jr lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
A big right from Wayne misses.
Wayne swings widly with a right hand
and Dall Jr counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Wayne swings widly with a right hand
and Dall Jr counters with a nice uppercut.
Wayne misses with a combination
and Dall Jr counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Dall Jr uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Wayne.
A swing and a miss from Wayne.
Dall Jr throws a jab but it's blocked by Wayne.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dall Jr shoots in looking for a takedown but Wayne manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Dall Jr's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Dall Jr keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Wayne pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Wayne is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Dall Jr.
Dall Jr steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Wayne.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Wayne misses with a wild body shot.
Nice shot lands for Wayne.
Hyatt Wayne is winning the standup battle so far.
Wayne stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Wayne wants it to stay on the feet.
Dall Jr doesn't manage to clinch there - Wayne circles away.
Wayne works Dall Jr's body with a nice hook.
Wayne misses with a wild body shot.

Dall Jr has Wayne up against the cage in a clinch.
Wayne lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Dall Jr tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Wayne just stands there and leans against the cage.
Hyatt Wayne has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Galen Dall Jr.
A short body shot lands from Dall Jr as the two fighters clinch.
Wayne is trying to break the clinch but Dall Jr has him pressed against the cage.

Wayne breaks the clinch.
The fighters circling - Wayne throws out the jab but it was never going to land.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The fighters circle momentarily. Dall Jr darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Dall Jr throws a big shot that misses.
Dall Jr lands the left hand.
Wayne throws a hook to the side of Dall Jr's head but Dall Jr sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Wayne just misses with a punch to the body.

Dall Jr fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Wayne, pushing him back against the cage.
Wayne pushes Dall Jr back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.

Wayne pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Wayne's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Dall Jr connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Wayne scrambles back to his feet.
Wayne fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Dall Jr manages to avoid it.
Wayne misses with a few strikes there.
Wayne throws an overhand right that lands on Dall Jr's shoulder, as Dall Jr tries to avoid the shot.
Wayne takes a swing at Dall Jr's ribcage but misses.
Dall Jr lands a body shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Wayne throws an overhand right that lands on Dall Jr's shoulder, as Dall Jr tries to avoid the shot.
Dall Jr is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Wayne with a body shot.
Wayne misses with a body punch
and Dall Jr counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Wayne ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Dall Jr moves away.
Wayne misses with a jab to the body
and Dall Jr counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Wayne thinking.
Wayne misses with a hook to the body
and Dall Jr cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Wayne throws a jab when Dall Jr was well out of range.
Dall Jr shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Wayne as he jumps to the side.

Dall Jr closes the distance and clinches.
Wayne misses with a punch on the inside.
Wayne misses with some punches.
Dall Jr lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Dall Jr blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Wayne misses with a shot to the kidneys.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dall Jr is working Wayne over against the cage.
Dall Jr scores with a shot to the side of Wayne's head.
Wayne controlling the action here for a moment.
Wayne wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Dall Jr has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Wayne seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Dall Jr can turn it around.
Wayne wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Wayne throws a punch but it's blocked by Dall Jr.

Wayne escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
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!
Wayne misses with a body shot
and Dall Jr connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Dall Jr slips a jab and a cross from Wayne.
A big left from Dall Jr misses.
Wayne connects with the punch.
Dall Jr keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Wayne.
Wayne avoids the body shot from Dall Jr.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Galen Dall Jr.
I think Dall Jr 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 Chris Edwards scores the fight 28:29
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Glass scores the fight 28:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Galen Dall Jr!

A victorious Galen Dall Jr thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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FIGHT
RATING
46%

 

Undercard bout

Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Benjamin Sisko (ranked 775 p4p, 1195 weight class) and Gunnar Bloodaxe (ranked 112 p4p, 163 weight class). Rumors backstage are that the fighters have been paid to keep it standing but we know that would never happen in MMA!

180 cm
22
180
8 - 5 - 0
179 cm
24
171
7 - 3 - 1
Great wrestler
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

Paddy's Enhancing Drugs (160Q)

Paddy's Enhancing Drugs (160Q)


Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 8 - 5 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Benjamin Sisko!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 - 3 - 1, fighting out of New York, Gunnar Bloodaxe!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Colin Fotheringham and Daniel Bishop.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Nice sprawl there from Bloodaxe as Sisko shoots in.
Gunnar Bloodaxe seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bloodaxe keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Sisko.
Bloodaxe scores with a crisp jab that stopped Sisko in his tracks.
Bloodaxe misses with a straight left.

Sisko drives through with a takedown into guard.
Bloodaxe has control of Sisko's left arm, preventing Sisko from doing any damage.
Sisko loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sisko looking to pass the guard.
Sisko trying to control but Bloodaxe is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sisko is really struggling to control Bloodaxe but he's trying to hold on to the position.
Sisko wants to pass the guard but Bloodaxe is keeping the position.
The referee must be thinking about standing these guys back up.
Bloodaxe avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Sisko wants to pass the guard but Bloodaxe is keeping the position.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Sisko throws a body punch but Bloodaxe moves out of range.
Sisko misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bloodaxe.
Bloodaxe swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Sisko is looking to clinch but Bloodaxe is avoiding it.

Sisko gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Sisko tries a body shot but Bloodaxe blocks it.
Bloodaxe wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Bloodaxe trying to stall but Sisko improves his position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bloodaxe is working Sisko over against the cage.

Bloodaxe's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Gunnar Bloodaxe is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bloodaxe scores with a jab. Sisko acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Bloodaxe throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
A telegraphed right hand from Bloodaxe misses the target.
Sisko chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Bloodaxe can pounce on him.
Sisko misses with a body shot.
An inside leg kick from Bloodaxe misses.
Bloodaxe slaps away a takedown attempt from Sisko, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Bloodaxe keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bloodaxe only half commits to the counter leg kick.
Bloodaxe dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Sisko. That did some damage!
Sisko throws a big shot that misses.
A big left from Sisko misses.
Sisko misses with an uppercut. Bloodaxe saw that one coming.
Bloodaxe tests Sisko's chin there with a solid looking shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Sisko, as that shot connected.
Bloodaxe missing with a left hand there. Sisko was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Sisko slips a jab from Bloodaxe.
A slow jab from Sisko misses its intended target.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bloodaxe! But no joy.
Sisko throws a looping overhand right but Bloodaxe ducks down to avoid it.
A slow jab from Bloodaxe misses its intended target.
Sisko tries to clinch up but Bloodaxe circles away and keeps his distance.
A little jabbing left from Bloodaxe on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bloodaxe throws a leg kick but Sisko sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Bloodaxe moves out of range of the strikes.
Sisko scores with a jab. Bloodaxe acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

Sisko gets a double leg takedown into Bloodaxe's guard.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Sisko's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Sisko lands a couple of elbows.

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

Sisko has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Sisko tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Bloodaxe wants to control from the top but Sisko keeps moving.

Sisko looking for a guillotine here but Bloodaxe defends easily.
Sisko bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Bloodaxe's guard.

Sisko trying to move into half guard but instead Bloodaxe has managed to sweep!

And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Benjamin Sisko will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.

Sisko chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Bloodaxe can pounce on him.
Sisko misses the shot to the body.
A solid leg kick lands there for Bloodaxe.
Sisko avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bloodaxe misses with a straight left.
Bloodaxe slips a straight right by Sisko.
Bloodaxe fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Sisko has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Sisko with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Bloodaxe throws a jab but it's blocked by Sisko.
An attempted straight right counter from Sisko misses the target.
Sisko misses with a straight left.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bloodaxe lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
A slow jab from Bloodaxe misses its intended target.
Bloodaxe misses with an uppercut.
Bloodaxe circles away from the clinch attempt.
Bloodaxe looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bloodaxe scores with a nice right hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nice uppercut lands for Sisko. That snapped Bloodaxe's head back.
Bloodaxe lands a nice shot that snaps Sisko's head back.
Bloodaxe steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Sisko.
Bloodaxe looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Bloodaxe motions for Sisko to come forward. Bloodaxe throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bloodaxe connects with an inside leg kick.
Bloodaxe keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Bloodaxe looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Bloodaxe throws a looping overhand right but Sisko ducks down to avoid it.
Sisko tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bloodaxe was well out of range. Poor timing from Sisko.
Bloodaxe takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Bloodaxe throws a front kick aimed at Sisko's knee but Sisko avoids it well.
Sisko lands a jab.
Bloodaxe swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Sisko.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sisko swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bloodaxe misses with a low kick.
Bloodaxe dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Sisko. That did some damage!
Bloodaxe fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Sisko bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bloodaxe moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.

Sisko darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
Sisko trying to control the action but Bloodaxe is working from the bottom.
Sisko thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Bloodaxe's head.
Sisko is just content to waste time from the top position. Bloodaxe takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bloodaxe working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Sisko.
Sisko working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Bloodaxe is trying to keep Sisko in close.
Sisko stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Bloodaxe swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Sisko with a flurry of punches that miss.
Sisko throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Sisko pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Bloodaxe is keeping the position for now.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Bloodaxe utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up.
Bloodaxe throws a poor cross that misses
and Sisko counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Bloodaxe wants to land a leg kick but Sisko is out of range.
An attempted straight right counter from Sisko misses the target.

Sisko closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Bloodaxe to the mat! Bloodaxe manages to get full guard.
Sisko lands a couple of decent looking shots.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Sisko trying to control but Bloodaxe is working from the bottom.
Sisko content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Gunnar Bloodaxe will probably get the nod - 10:9.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!

Bloodaxe uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Sisko.
Bloodaxe throws out a counter right but Sisko avoids it with no problem.
Bloodaxe slips a straight right by Sisko.
Sisko throws a hook but Bloodaxe blocks it.
Sisko looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Bloodaxe throws a lazy right hand but Sisko sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Sisko throws a body shot but no joy.
Bloodaxe lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Sisko throws a leg kick but Bloodaxe moved away.
Bloodaxe steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Sisko.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sisko tries to clinch up but Bloodaxe circles away and keeps his distance.
Bloodaxe uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Sisko.
Sisko takes one on the button.
A nice leg kick lands there from Bloodaxe.
Sisko dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sisko moves to clinch but Bloodaxe breaks away
and Bloodaxe counters with a nice leg kick.
A lazy left from Bloodaxe finds it's target.
Sisko tries to clinch there but Bloodaxe circles away.
Bloodaxe ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Sisko moves away.
Sisko slips under a jab.
Sisko is looking to counter punch.
Bloodaxe lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Nice cross by Bloodaxe.
Jab by Sisko.
Sisko is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Bloodaxe with a nice calf kick.
Bloodaxe steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Sisko.
Bloodaxe feints a counter leg kick.
Bloodaxe thumps Sisko with a low kick.
Sisko misses with a body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bloodaxe lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Sisko ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bloodaxe moves away.
Sisko looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Sisko ducks under a wild hook from Bloodaxe.
Bloodaxe throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bloodaxe throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Sisko makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Sisko misses the shot to the body.
A little jabbing left from Bloodaxe on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bloodaxe scoring well with a low kick there.
Bloodaxe attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Sisko checks a leg kick.
It looked like Sisko wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Nice uppercut lands for Bloodaxe. That snapped Sisko's head back.
Sisko ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bloodaxe moves away.
Bloodaxe appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Sisko pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Sisko is looking to take this fight into the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sisko is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Bloodaxe.
Bloodaxe throws a low kick but Sisko moves out of range easily.
Bloodaxe avoids the body shot from Sisko.
Sisko avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Bloodaxe throws a jab when Sisko was well out of range.
Bloodaxe wants to slow Sisko down by chopping away at his legs.
Sisko dives in for a single leg takedown but Bloodaxe sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Sisko fails to land with a short punch on the inside.

Bloodaxe breaks the clinch.
Bloodaxe connects with a leg kick.
A slow jab from Bloodaxe misses its intended target.
Sisko throws a body shot but no joy.
Bloodaxe fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Bloodaxe tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.

Sisko forces Bloodaxe back against the cage and clinches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sisko misses with a body punch.
Bloodaxe misses with a punch on the inside.
Sisko lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.

Bloodaxe breaks from the clinch.
Sisko avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Sisko tries to clinch but Bloodaxe moves out of range.
Bloodaxe avoids the body shot from Sisko.
Sisko tries to clinch there but Bloodaxe circles away.
Bloodaxe swings widly with a right hand
and Bloodaxe takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
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 punch combination from Sisko misses.
Sisko misses the shot to the body.

Sisko shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Bloodaxe is trying to defend but Sisko finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Sisko lands a nice short elbow.

And that's the end of the fight!
Gunnar Bloodaxe comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Bloodaxe 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 Sam Margolis scores the fight 27:30
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 28:29
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Gunnar Bloodaxe!

During a confident post fight interview, Gunnar Bloodaxe thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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FIGHT
RATING
50%

 

Co-main event

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Milo Andrianakis (ranked 385 p4p, 447 weight class) and Macca Outback (ranked 58 p4p, 68 weight class). Andrianakis comes to the cage accompanied by The Andy Milonakis Theme Song. Macca Outback has the power to score a knockout today if he connects clean with Milo Andrianakis's chin.

168 cm
24
190
11 - 2 - 0
188 cm
24
193
11 - 2 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

Voodoo Nutrition
Paddy's Enhancing Drugs (160Q)

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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 11 - 2 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Milo Andrianakis!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 - 2 - 0, fighting out of Montreal, Macca Outback!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Colin Fotheringham and Steven Brown.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Andrianakis displaying good standup as he scores with a three punch combination.
Andrianakis takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
A slow jab from Andrianakis misses its intended target.
Andrianakis looks to throw the jab but Outback is out of range.
Andrianakis tries to close the distance and clinch up but Outback swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Andrianakis misses with an uppercut
and Outback counters with a slapping leg kick.

Andrianakis moves into the clinch successfully.
Outback throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

Outback breaks from the clinch.
Andrianakis works Outback's body with a nice hook.
Andrianakis swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Andrianakis takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Andrianakis throws an off balance right hand
and Outback counters with a solid body kick.
Outback gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Andrianakis.
Andrianakis throws a predictable looking body shot
and Outback counters with a straight right hand.
Jab by Outback.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Outback takes one on the button.
Outback misses with a lunging right hand
and Andrianakis counters with a left to the body.
Andrianakis keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Outback.
Outback connects with a nice looking jab.
Andrianakis throws a lazy right hand but Outback sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Andrianakis takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
A looping hook to the body misses from Outback. Andrianakis does a little dance to reset his feet.
Andrianakis tries to clinch but Outback moves away
and Outback counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Outback throws a shot to the body.
Andrianakis lands a nice shot to the body.
Outback has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
An inside leg kick lands from Outback.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Andrianakis avoids a kick to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Andrianakis looks to throw the jab but Outback is out of range.
Andrianakis misses with a shot to the body
and Outback counters with an inside leg kick.
Outback scores with a jab. Andrianakis acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Andrianakis ducks under a wild hook from Outback.
Andrianakis throws a sloppy body shot
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Andrianakis misses with a body shot
letting Outback counter with a right hand.
Andrianakis feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Outbacks jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Milo Andrianakis seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Andrianakis wants to clinch up but Outback keeps it at a distance.
Outback swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
A shot to the body from Andrianakis misses
and Andrianakis takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Outback drops his hands momentarily and Andrianakis takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
A lazy left from Outback finds it's target.

Andrianakis forces Outback back against the cage and clinches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Andrianakis lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Andrianakis tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Outback's elbow.

Outback manages to break the clinch.
Andrianakis closes the distance but Outback moves to the side
and Outback connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Andrianakis rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Outback moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Andrianakis throws a right hand that misses
and Outback counters with a series of strikes. Andrianakis will be more careful next time no doubt.
Outback keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Outback is using his reach advantage to land shots from outside his opponent's range.
Outback lands a nice leg kick that just misses Andrianakis's sensitive parts.
Andrianakis misses with a hook to the body

and Outback counters with a nice right hand that sends Andrianakis toppling to the canvas! Andrianakis scrambles and gets back to his feet - can Outback finish him?!
Andrianakis is rocked!
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!
Andrianakis throws a body shot but no joy.
Oh Andrianakis is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
A telegraphed right hand from Andrianakis misses the target.
Andrianakis is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Outback.
Andrianakis seems to have got his legs back now.
Outback lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Andrianakis at a distance.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Outback takes one to the chin there.
Andrianakis defending well as Outback loads up on a big left hand.
Outback walks into a straight right hand from Andrianakis.
Andrianakis misses with a left hand
and Outback counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Outback comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Andrianakis throws a looping overhand right but Outback ducks down to avoid it.
Andrianakis misses with a left hand
and Outback cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
We've been told by Andrianakis's head coaches at Marty Robbin's Fight Ranch that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Andrianakis misses with a jab to the body
and Outback counters with a nice uppercut.
Andrianakis misses with an uppercut.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
A jab from Outback misses.
Andrianakis tries to clinch but Outback is having none of it.
Andrianakis misses with an uppercut. Outback saw that one coming.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Macca Outback dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!

Outback connects with a body shot.
Outback throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Outback gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Andrianakis.
Andrianakis swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Outback displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Andrianakis throws out the jab.
Andrianakis throws a predictable looking body shot
and Outback counters with a good low kick that Andrianakis was not able to check.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Outback.
Andrianakis misses with an uppercut
and Andrianakis takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Outback moves out of range as Andrianakis strikes.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Andrianakis lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Outback uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Andrianakis.
Outback looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
A combination from Andrianakis does no damage.
Andrianakis jabs at Outback's body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Andrianakis throws a lazy uppercut
letting Outback counter with a right hand.
Outback has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Andrianakis misses with a looping left.
Macca Outback seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Andrianakis throws an off balance right hand
and Outback makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Andrianakis misses with a left hand
and Outback counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Outback jabs at Andrianakis's body.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Andrianakis walks into a jab.
Andrianakis misses with a lunging right hand
and Outback counters with a body kick that stops Andrianakis in his tracks momentarily.

Outback feints and then winds up with a huge right hand that connects perfectly and sends Andrianakis sprawling to the canvas! Andrianakis rolls over backwards and springs off the cage and manages to regain his footing - how acrobatic! Oh, he's still wobbly - can Outback finish him?!
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!
Andrianakis throws a right and a left that both miss.
Andrianakis uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Outback.
Outback fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Andrianakis walks forward, straight into a front kick from Outback.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Outback throws out a powerful jab.
Outback keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Andrianakis.
Andrianakis misses with a hook
and Outback rattles Andrianakis with a well-timed uppercut counter. - Andrianakis tries to back away and recover but his hands are down low and he gets tagged again, sending him stumbling down to the canvas. Outback dives in after him and quickly finishes the job with a trio of brutal punches, leaving Andrianakis stiff and motionless on the mat!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:21 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Macca Outback!
In his post fight interview, Macca Outback started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
In defeat, Milo Andrianakis stepped up to the mic, saying 'I had sadness for breakfast'.
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Main event

Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Bento Barboza (ranked 187 p4p, 322 weight class) and Jason Hightower (ranked 34 p4p, 54 weight class). Barboza comes to the cage accompanied by Angel Of Death. Hightower has chosen The Power as his entrance music. Bento Barboza could well score a knockout today. He has the power to get to Jason Hightower's chin.

190 cm
24
265
17 - 3 - 0
207 cm
24
242
18 - 1 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

SynCity Fightwear
Carnage Clothing

Conquer
Carnage Clothing


Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 - 3 - 0, fighting out of Los Angeles, Bento Barboza!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 - 1 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Jason Hightower!
The judges for this bout are Colin Fotheringham, James Ackerman and Chris Edwards.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Hightower tries to land a front kick but Barboza steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Hightower thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Barboza if he has to take too many more of those.
Hightower cracks Barboza with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Hightower comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Jab, cross, leg kick. Nice combination by Hightower!
Hightower scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Hightower lands a nice leg kick that just misses Barboza's sensitive parts.
Hightower throws a nice inside leg kick.
Barboza has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Barboza avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Barboza throwing a counter right hand but Hightower manages to avoid it.
Hightower misses with a few strikes there.
Barboza appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Hightower connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Barboza misses with a wild body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hightower tries to clinch but Barboza is having none of it.
Hightower moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Barboza on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Hightower. Hightower obviously looking to wear him down.
Barboza throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Hightower counters with a good low kick that Barboza was not able to check.
Hightower chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Barboza throws out a loose jab but Hightower uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hightower doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Hightower lands with a straight right. Barboza didn't see that one coming.
Hightower throws a quick inside leg kick.
Jason Hightower seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Hightower misses with a hook. Barboza ducked under it nicely.
Hightower throws a nice inside leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hightower throws a leg kick that misses.
Hightower misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Hightower 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.
Hightower dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Barboza. That did some damage!
Hightower lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Hightower tries to land a front kick but Barboza steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Barboza avoids the head kick by Hightower.
It appears Barboza was looking to counter with a kick there.
Barboza throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Barboza punishes Hightower's body with a nice straight punch.
Barboza connects with a crisp jab.
Hightower misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Barboza.
Barboza avoids the body shot from Hightower.
Barboza swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hightower uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Barboza.
Barboza misses with a wild body shot.
Barboza fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Hightower manages to avoid it.
Hightower feints a counter leg kick.
Hightower buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Hightower misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Barboza misses with a low kick.

Hightower instigates a clinch.
Barboza comes over the top with an elbow. That landed flush.
It looks like Jason Hightower has been cut.
Hightower misses with the head strike.
Hightower has a couple of punches blocked by Barboza.
Hightower working aggressively here.
Hightower blocks a body shot from Barboza.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Barboza takes a shot to the head.
Hightower misses with a punch to the body.
Barboza lands a nice shot to the body.
Barboza lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Hightower or not.
Hightower looks winded!
Hightower prevents a body shot from Barboza.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Barboza.
Hightower misses with a hook to the ribs.
Barboza pushes Hightower back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Barboza is leaning against Hightower and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Barboza working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Barboza can't find room to land a body shot as Hightower controls the action.
Barboza gets through Hightower's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Barboza struggles to land a body shot inside as Hightower controls his hands.
Barboza working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Barboza is working Hightower over against the cage.
Barboza can't find room to land a body shot as Hightower controls the action.
A right hook to the body lands for Barboza.
Hightower blocks a body shot from Barboza.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

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

Barboza thows a left - swing and a miss!
Hightower looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Barboza throws a sloppy body shot
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Barboza takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Hightower rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Barboza counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Barboza.
Jason Hightower seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Hightower pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hightower throws out a leg kick but Barboza moves out of range and Hightower only half commits.
Hightower throws a jab when Barboza was well out of range.
Barboza throws a counter high kick but Hightower was just alert enough to avoid it.
Barboza avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Barboza throws a jab when Hightower was well out of range.
Hightower has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hightower keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

Hightower has Barboza up against the cage in a clinch.
A hook to the body from Barboza.
Hightower doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Hightower prevents a body shot from Barboza.
Barboza blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Hightower tries to land a knee to the head but Barboza blocks with his arms.
Hightower misses with the head strike.
Barboza misses with a hook from the clinch.
Barboza blocks a body shot from Hightower.
Barboza throws an elbow but it misses.
Hightower misses with a body punch.
Hightower can't find room to land a body shot as Barboza controls the action.
Hightower trying to land knees to the body.
Hightower lands a nice shot to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hightower can't find room to land a body shot as Barboza controls the action.
Hightower misses with a punch on the inside.
Hightower tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Barboza throws a punch but it's blocked by Hightower.
Barboza on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Barboza tries to throw a body punch but Hightower avoids it by throwing Barboza back against the cage.
Barboza is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Hightower throws a head punch that misses.
Hightower tries a knee to the head but Barboza blocks it.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Hightower.
A hook to the body from Barboza.
Hightower throws a punch but it's blocked by Barboza.
Barboza throws a head punch that misses.
A body shot lands from Barboza.
Bento Barboza has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Hightower tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Barboza lands a hook to the side of the head.
Barboza softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Barboza lands a body punch.
Hightower is breathing heavily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Barboza blocks a body shot from Hightower.
Barboza lands a left hand that snaps the head of Hightower backwards.
Barboza 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.
Hightower is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Barboza is defending well for now.
Barboza misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A short right from Barboza.
Barboza lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Hightower backwards.
Barboza tries to throw a body punch but Hightower avoids it by throwing Barboza back against the cage.
Barboza lands with a light punch inside.
Hightower throws a punch but it's blocked by Barboza.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Barboza blocks a body shot from Hightower.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Hightower obliges.
Hightower pushes Barboza back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Hightower scores with a nice hook to the head.
Barboza can't find room to land a body shot as Hightower controls the action.
Barboza doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A nice right hand lands inside from Hightower.
Hightower lands a shoulder strike.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Hightower blocking some punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Barboza lands a damaging elbow.
Hightower with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Barboza on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Barboza is really struggling to find his range with his punches. Hightower's reach advantage is clearly causing him problems.
Barboza misses with a body punch.
Barboza stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Hightower prevents a body shot from Barboza.
Barboza cracks Hightower with a nice body shot.
Barboza misses with a hook to the ribs.
Barboza lands a shoulder strike.
A head punch on the inside from Hightower fails to land.
Hightower is working Barboza over against the cage.
Barboza cracks Hightower with a nice body shot.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Barboza.
Hightower takes an elbow to the forehead.
Hightower throws a head punch that misses.
Barboza lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Hightower tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Bento Barboza will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Jason Hightower's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!

Hightower thows a leg kick but Barboza checks it
and Barboza counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Barboza slips a jab from Hightower.
Hightower scoring well with a low kick there.
A looping hook to the body misses from Hightower. Barboza does a little dance to reset his feet.
Barboza on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Hightower throws the kick towards the body but Barboza avoids it.
Barboza lifts his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
Barboza looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hightower tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Barboza makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.

Barboza feints and then winds up with a huge right hand that connects perfectly and sends Hightower sprawling to the canvas! Hightower rolls over backwards and springs off the cage and manages to regain his footing - how acrobatic! Oh, he's still wobbly - can Barboza finish him?!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Hightower tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Hightower takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
A big right from Barboza misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hightower throws a leg kick but Barboza moved away.
Barboza throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
A solid leg kick lands there for Hightower.
Hightower tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Barboza was well out of range. Poor timing from Hightower.
It looked like Barboza was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Hightower.
Hightower throws a lazy body kick
and Barboza makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Hightower doesn't manage to clinch there - Barboza circles away.
Barboza throws a chopping leg kick but Hightower manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Barboza throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Barboza misses the shot to the body.
Hightower tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Barboza is looking to counter punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hightower scores with a kick to the body.
Hightower swings for the body but Barboza moves out of range.
Hightower closes the distance looking to clinch

and Barboza counters with a crisp right hand that drops Hightower! Barboza lets Hightower back up to his feet, looking for a finish!
Hightower is rocked!
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Hightower fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Barboza manages to avoid it.
A little feinted left hand from Barboza on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Hightower looking to land some kicks to the body here.

Barboza feints and then winds up with a huge right hand that connects perfectly and sends Hightower sprawling to the canvas! Hightower rolls over backwards and springs off the cage and manages to regain his footing - how acrobatic! Oh, he's still wobbly - can Barboza finish him?!
Hightower is still on wobbly legs! Can Barboza finish him?
Hightower chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Barboza can pounce on him.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Hightower.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Barboza pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Hightower seems to have recovered his senses.
Barboza swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Hightower misses with a lunging right hand

and Barboza counters with a nice right hand that sends Hightower toppling to the canvas! Hightower scrambles and gets back to his feet - can Barboza finish him?!
Hightower is looking to clinch but Barboza is avoiding it.

Hightower rushes Barboza and presses him up against the cage.
Barboza working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Barboza misses with some punches.
Hightower dodges an elbow strike from Barboza.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Barboza tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Hightower's elbow.
Barboza misses with the head strike.
Barboza cracks Hightower with a nice body shot.
Barboza lands a body punch.
Barboza lands a nice elbow from the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Barboza can't find room to land a body shot as Hightower controls the action.
Hightower missing with knees to the body.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Barboza.
Barboza has a couple of punches blocked by Hightower.
Barboza scores with a shoulder strike.
Hightower misses with the head strike.
Barboza throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Hightowers head.
Hightower lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Barboza doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Barboza misses with a punch on the inside.
Hightower blocks a body shot from Barboza.
Hightower fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
A head punch on the inside from Barboza fails to land.
Hightower blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Barboza lands a nice elbow.
Hightower misses with the head strike.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Bento Barboza clearly takes that round.
The cut man is working on Jason Hightower's cut.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!

Hightower ducks under a wild hook from Barboza.
A nice inside leg kick there by Hightower. That's going to slow Barboza down.
Nice uppercut there from Hightower.
Hightower uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Barboza.
Barboza connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Barboza takes a swing at Hightower's ribcage but misses.
Hightower looks to land a body kick but Barboza moved away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hightower lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Barboza at a distance.

Barboza cracks Hightower with a big right hand that sends him crashing to the floor. Barboza has the opportunity to follow him to the ground but instead he's beckoning Hightower to stand back up!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Hightower throws a nice head kick!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Barboza throws a low kick, looking for Hightower's leg but Hightower calmly moves out of range.
Hightower is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
Barboza throws a sloppy head kick
and Hightower cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Hightower misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Barboza.
Barboza lifts his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
Hightower misses with a combination
and Barboza finishes the little exchange by landing a big kick to the body.
Hightower is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
A looping hook to the body misses from Barboza. Hightower does a little dance to reset his feet.
Hightower steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Barboza.
Hightower connects with a high kick.
Barboza swings widly with a right hand
and Hightower counters with a good low kick that Barboza was not able to check.
Barboza misses with a hook
letting Hightower counter with a right hand.
Hightower lands with an overhand left.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hightower is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Barboza.
Barboza swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
The crowd cheers as Barboza lands an impressive looking overhand right. Hightower doesn't seem phased though.

Hightower closes the distance and clinches.

Barboza lands a vicious elbow to the side of Hightower's head that scrambles his senses and sends him wobbling down to the canvas! Barboza tries to finish him with strikes but Hightower still seems able to defend himself so Barboza steps back and lets Hightower get back to his feet - he wants no part of the ground game.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Hightower throws a sloppy head kick
and Barboza counters with a powerful cross that connects right on the chin and the lights go out! A massive one punch knock out!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:32 of round 4, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Bento Barboza!
Bento Barboza retains his heavyweight title!
Bento Barboza decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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