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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Expendable Crewman V (ranked 3234 p4p, 377 weight class) and Rodolfo Cinotti (ranked 2398 p4p, 283 weight class). Crewman V comes to the cage accompanied by The Warrior song. Cinotti has chosen The Specials - A Message to You Rudy as his entrance music. Both fighters will be looking to make this an exciting fight for the fans, I'm sure!

200 cm
23
275 lbs
3 - 2 - 0
189 cm
26
245 lbs
9 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class MT
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Good gas tank

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Aspire Nutrition



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 3 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Expendable Crewman V!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Rodolfo Cinotti!
The judges for this bout are Andrew Berry, Donald Grub and Colin Fotheringham.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Crewman V fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Cinotti has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
We've been told by Crewman V's head coaches at Vendetta Alliance London Gym that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Cinotti fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Crewman V.
Cinotti shoots in for a double leg but Crewman V sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Cinotti has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Crewman V moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.

It looks like Rodolfo Cinotti has been cut.
Cinotti throws a nice looking combination but Crewman V bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Crewman V waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Cinotti.
Crewman V on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Cinotti. Cinotti obviously looking to wear him down.
A good leg kick by Cinotti.
Crewman V swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Cinotti.
Crewman V throws a hook but Cinotti avoids it easily.
Crewman V checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Cinotti slips under a jab from Crewman V.
A good leg kick by Crewman V.

Cinotti drives through with a takedown into Crewman V's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Crewman V is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Cinotti accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Crewman V on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Crewman V tries to get out of the position.
Crewman V tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Crewman V working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Cinotti.
Cinotti engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Cinotti is looking to work some ground and pound but Crewman V has wrist control.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Cinotti accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Cinotti is in close to Crewman V's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Cinotti working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Cinotti is working Crewman V over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Cinotti wants to pass the guard but Crewman V is keeping the position.
Cinotti lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Cinotti working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Crewman V lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Crewman V throws a big elbow that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cinotti looking to hit a scissor sweep but Crewman V is one step ahead there.
Crewman V working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Crewman V slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Cinotti defending against the ground and pound.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Crewman V tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
Cinotti has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Cinotti holding on.
Cinotti manages to work his way to half guard, despite Crewman V's best efforts.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Crewman V tries to pass to full mount but Cinotti defends it.
Cinotti manages to get to full guard.
Crewman V is on the wrong end of a couple of strikes there.
Crewman V will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Crewman V loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Crewman V tries to free his leg and advance position but Cinotti is retaining full guard.
Cinotti is trying to hold Crewman V in close to prevent damage but Crewman V has managed to pass into half guard.
Cinotti trying to hold on to Crewman V's head to control him but Crewman V postures up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Crewman V thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Crewman V throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Cinotti is trying to maintain the position but Crewman V is very close to passing his half guard.
Cinotti regains full guard. Nicely done.
Crewman V trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Cinotti tries to strike from the bottom.
Crewman V postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Cinotti is trying to control the position from the bottom.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Cinotti fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Expendable Crewman V will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Rodolfo Cinotti's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Cinotti looks to land a left hand but Crewman V moved out of range nicely.
Crewman V tried to counter with a leg kick but Cinotti avoided it.
Cinotti dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Cinotti throws a body kick that digs right into the meat.
Crewman V moves out of range as Cinotti throws a body kick.
Crewman V swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Crewman V is looking to slow Cinotti down with leg kicks.
Cinotti throws the left hand but Crewman V avoids the punch easily.
Cinotti scoring well with a low kick there.
Cinotti lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Cinotti ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Crewman V moves away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cinotti on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Crewman V. Crewman V obviously looking to wear him down.
Crewman V showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Cinotti.
Crewman V appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Cinotti lands a nice shot that snaps Crewman V's head back.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cinotti throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Crewman V takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Crewman V punishes Cinotti's body with a nice straight punch.
Cinotti 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.
Cinotti is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Crewman V.
Crewman V checks a low kick from Cinotti.
Crewman V swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Crewman V walks into a straight right hand from Cinotti.
Cinotti tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Crewman V is able to avoid easily.
Crewman V feints and then cracks Cinotti's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Cinotti down.
Cinotti throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Crewman V swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Crewman V digs a good body shot into Cinotti's ribs.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cinotti throws a leg kick but Crewman V checks it.
Crewman V scoring well with a low kick there.
Cinotti shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
An attempted straight right counter from Crewman V misses the target.
Crewman V connects with a crisp jab.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Crewman V connects with a body shot that sends Cinotti's belly button to the back.
Rodolfo Cinotti seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Crewman V takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Crewman V's jab looks to have found its range, popping Cinotti under the eye.
Expendable Crewman V is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Cinotti ducks right into an uppercut from Crewman V.
Crewman V thuds a left hand into Cinotti's body.
Nice jab there from Crewman V.

Cinotti is rocked!
A jab from Cinotti misses.
Cinotti avoids the head kick by Crewman V.
Cinotti feints a counter leg kick.
Crewman V chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Cinotti can pounce on him.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Crewman V slips a jab and a cross from Cinotti.
Cinotti lands with a thumping leg kick.
Rodolfo Cinotti seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Nice shot by Crewman V.
Crewman V is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Cinotti lands a leg kick that knocks Crewman V off balance momentarily.
Crewman V scores with a sloppy right hand. Cinotti should have avoided that one.
Crewman V connects with the punch.
Cinotti is still on wobbly legs! Can Crewman V finish him?
Cinotti tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Cinotti seems to have recovered his senses.
Crewman V drops Cinotti with a straight right hand, right on the button! Crewman V follows him down to the mat and pounds him out with hammerfists until the referee jumps in to end the fight!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:41 of round 2, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Expendable Crewman V!
Expendable Crewman V thanked the fans post fight for their support.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Dido Vicini (ranked 2166 p4p, 324 weight class) and Daniel Grigoryan (ranked 1290 p4p, 189 weight class). Chooooooooon! I think Vicini might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to Mother. Grigoryan has chosen Ara Gevorgyan - Artsakh as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

180 cm
27
220 lbs
9 - 1 - 0
188 cm
24
209 lbs
6 - 1 - 1
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin

Project Mayhem

Urban Fighter



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Dido Vicini!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 1 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Daniel Grigoryan!
The judges for this bout are Richard Clark, Chris Edwards and Daniel Bishop.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Grigoryan defending well as Vicini loads up on a big left hand.
Grigoryan digs a good body shot into Vicini's ribs.
Grigoryan throws out a leg kick but Vicini moves out of range and Grigoryan only half commits.
Grigoryan throws a leg kick that misses.
Vicini fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Nice sprawl there from Grigoryan as Vicini shoots in.
Vicini takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Vicini throws a lazy uppercut
and Grigoryan counters with a body kick that brings a smile to the face of both fighters.
Grigoryan scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Nice defenses there by Vicini.
Vicini rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Grigoryan moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Nice shot by Grigoryan.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Grigoryan misses with a body shot.
Grigoryan jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Grigoryan tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Vicini moves forwards but Grigoryan connects with a nice, crisp jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Vicini takes a jab right on the kisser.

Vicini is rocked!
Grigoryan throws a nice looking combination but Vicini bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.

Vicini scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.
Vicini is just content to waste time from the top position. Grigoryan takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.
Vicini passes Grigoryan's right leg, so he's now in half guard.

Vicini is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Grigoryan sees it coming and defends easily.
Grigoryan is doing well to avoid being mounted. He's controlling the position at the moment.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Vicini trying to control from half guard but Grigoryan is working away.

Vicini is looking for a kimura here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Vicini prevents Grigoryan from improving his position.
The fighters are battling for position here. Grigoryan manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Vicini 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.
Grigoryan controlling the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Vicini wants to control from the top but Grigoryan keeps moving.

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

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Grigoryan struggles to land a body shot inside as Vicini controls his hands.
Vicini tries to work over Grigoryan's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Grigoryan misses with a hook from the clinch.
Nice body punch from Vicini.
I was talking to Vicini's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Grigoryan tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vicini's elbow.
Vicini misses with a hook to the ribs.
Grigoryan has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Vicini misses with a hook to the ribs.
Vicini swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Grigoryan misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Nice body punch from Vicini.

Vicini breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Vicini throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Grigoryan misses with a two punch combination.
Vicini throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Vicini takes a swing at Grigoryan's ribcage but misses.
A cross from Grigoryan lands.
Vicini lands a really nice looking cross but Grigoryan seems unphased.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Grigoryan digs a good hook to Vicini's body.
Grigoryan rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Vicini moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Daniel Grigoryan is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Grigoryan missing with a left hand there. Vicini was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Vicini swings widly with a right hand
and Grigoryan counters with a lovely straight right hand!
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Vicini misses with a body shot.
Vicini closes this distance looking for a takedown but Grigoryan circles away.
Vicini takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Jab, jab by Vicini - just one landing.
Vicini throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Vicini takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Dido Vicini seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Today's fight clock is brought to you by... OOOH that's a huge shot by Grigoryan! Vicini is in big trouble here - the ref steps in to save him and this one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:51 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Daniel Grigoryan!
During a confident post fight interview, Daniel Grigoryan thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Spank Crank (ranked 1324 p4p, 191 weight class) and Malcolm Merlin (ranked 1950 p4p, 292 weight class). This should be fireworks!

180 cm
24
224 lbs
12 - 4 - 0
190 cm
26
208 lbs
9 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Aspire Clothing
Aspire Nutrition



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 12 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Spank Crank!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Malcolm Merlin!
The judges for this bout are William Gold, James Atkins and Donald Grub.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A big left from Crank misses.
Merlin flicks out a counter leg kick but Crank steps away.
A slow jab from Crank misses its intended target.
Crank scores with a nice right hand.
Merlin misses with a looping right.
Crank tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Merlin manages to circle out of the way.
Merlin misses with a straight left.
A punch lands to the side of Crank 's head but he takes it in his stride.

It looks like Spank Crank has been cut.
A big left from Merlin misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Merlin is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Merlin looks to land a left hand but Crank moved out of range nicely.
Nice uppercut lands for Merlin. That snapped Crank's head back.
Merlin blocks a jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Merlin takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Crank looks to score with a jab to the body but Merlin is just out of range.
A bone on bone clash there as Merlin blocks the leg kick.
Merlin throws out a counter right but Crank avoids it with no problem.
Crank tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Despite the aggression on Merlin's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Merlin blocks a jab.
Crank on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Merlin lands an overhand right.
Merlin throws the left hand but Crank avoids the punch easily.
Crank moves out of range as Merlin strikes.
Merlin might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Crank throws a half hearted mid kick.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Crank.
Merlin lands with a nice body kick.
Crank throws a push kick but Merlin slaps the foot to one side.
Crank changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Merlin scoring well with a low kick there.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
A head kick misses from Merlin.
Crank darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Crank looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Merlin throws a looping overhand right but Crank ducks down to avoid it.
Crank dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Crank tries to close the distance and clinch but Merlin swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Some wild striking there from Merlin.
Crank throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Crank misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Merlin.
Merlin misses with a low kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Crank. Merlin does a little dance to reset his feet.
Merlin let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Merlin gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Crank.
Crank throws a looping overhand right but Merlin ducks down to avoid it.
Merlin looks like he wanted to counter with a high kick but didn't throw it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Merlin cracks the inside of Crank's front leg.
Merlin connects with a crisp jab.
Crank connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Merlin's hands.
Merlin swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Merlin cracks Crank with an open hand slap.
Merlin lands a jab to the nose.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Merlin throws a leg kick

and Crank counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Crank.
Merlin wants to sweep here but Crank controlling him for the moment.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Merlin is on top in guard.

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

A close round but Malcolm Merlin will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Spank Crank's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Merlin has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Crank finds it's way round the side to connect with Merlin's head.
Crank will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Crank ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Merlin tries to land a leg kick but Crank saw it coming and moves away.
Crank lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Merlin at a distance.
Merlin clobbers Crank with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Merlin keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Crank.
Crank slips a straight right by Merlin.
Merlin avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Crank ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Merlin moves away.
A countering left hand to the body from Merlin misses.
Crank getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Merlin bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Merlin throws a jab but it's blocked by Crank.
A bone on bone clash there as Merlin blocks the leg kick.
Crank scores with a nice strike.
Crank is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Merlin.
Crank misses with an uppercut. Merlin saw that one coming.
Crank takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
The fighters circling - Crank throws out the jab but it was never going to land.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Merlin looks to land a left hand but Crank moved out of range nicely.

Crank gets a clinch.
Merlin fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Merlin lands a body punch.
Merlin is looking to control Crank's arms but Crank gets an underhook and turns him. Now Merlin has his back to the cage.
Crank blocking some punches.
Merlin tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Crank's elbow.
Merlin misses with a body punch.
Merlin tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Crank's elbow.
Merlin has a couple of punches blocked by Crank.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Merlin creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Merlin prevents a body shot from Crank.
Crank throws a head punch that misses.
Merlin misses with some punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Merlin swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Merlin is stalling here.
Merlin misses with the head strike.
Merlin misses with a short punch on the inside.
Merlin swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A short uppercut from Merlin.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Merlin takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Merlin struggles to land a body shot inside as Crank controls his hands.
Crank blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Merlin misses with a hook to the ribs.
Merlin lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Crank backwards.

Spank Crank's cut is getting worse.
Merlin pushes Crank back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Merlin misses with a short punch on the inside.
Crank doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Crank blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Merlin lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Merlin goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Merlin misses with the head strike.
Merlin goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Crank creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Crank's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Crank throws a head punch that misses.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Merlin.
Crank lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Merlin backwards.
Merlin tries to work over Crank's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Crank swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Merlin working aggressively here.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Crank.
A nice right hand lands inside from Merlin.
Merlin fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Malcolm Merlin showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Spank Crank's cut.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Merlin moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Crank moves out of range of the strikes.
Merlin missing with a left hand there. Crank was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Nice defenses there by Crank.
Crank throws an overhand right that lands on Merlin's shoulder, as Merlin tries to avoid the shot.
Crank is looking to score with low kicks.
Merlin connects with a body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Crank uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Merlin.
Malcolm Merlin seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Crank misses with a hook to the body
and Crank takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Merlin walks into a straight right hand from Crank.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Crank moves out of range as Merlin strikes.
Merlin takes a jab right on the kisser.
Crank throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Merlin only half commits to the counter leg kick.

Crank closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Merlin did well to prevent Crank getting side control.
The fighters are battling for position here. Merlin manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Crank throws a big elbow that misses.
Merlin trying to control the position.
Crank throwing strikes from guard but Merlin blocks nicely.
Crank working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Merlin's head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Merlin is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Crank working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Merlin's head.
Merlin is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Merlin pulls Crank in close to his closed guard and prevents Crank from doing any damage or advancing position.
Merlin wants to sweep but no luck.
Crank working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

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

Crank has hold of Merlin's hands but Merlin slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Merlin with the ground and pound but Crank uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Crank looking for a sweep. Not yet Crank, not yet.
Spank Crank has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Merlin lands a couple of digs.
Crank wants to sweep but no luck.
Merlin working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Crank's head.
Crank controls Merlin momentarily but Merlin frees himself.
Merlin controlling from the top position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Merlin postures up.
Malcolm Merlin is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Merlin wants to control from the top but Crank keeps moving.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Crank has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Merlin throws a looping overhand right but Crank ducks down to avoid it.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Merlin pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Crank misses the shot to the body.
Crank lands a nice shot to the body.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Malcolm Merlin.
Well Merlin has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 William Gold scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 27:30
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Malcolm Merlin!
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FIGHT
RATING
45%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Bragi Ragnarson (ranked 1853 p4p, 225 weight class) and Levon Minasian (ranked 1249 p4p, 158 weight class). Ragnarson's entrance music is The Pretender. A fine choice. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

195 cm
27
273 lbs
15 - 6 - 1
195 cm
24
246 lbs
9 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Olympic wrestler
Excellent boxer
Good gas tank

Urban Fighter

Aspire Nutrition



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 15 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Bragi Ragnarson!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Levon Minasian!
The judges for this bout are Chris Edwards, Steven Brown and James Ackerman.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Ragnarson lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Minasian at a distance.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Minasian blocks a body shot from Ragnarson.

Minasian gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.
Minasian tries to free his leg and advance position but Ragnarson is retaining full guard.
Minasian postures up and lands a big shot to Ragnarson's brow.
Minasian engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Minasian trying to control the position from guard on top but Ragnarson is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Minasian trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Minasian missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Minasian wants to control from the top but Ragnarson keeps moving.
Ragnarson is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Minasian with a nice head shot there.
Ragnarson trying to keep a closed guard but Minasian is proving a slippery customer.
Minasian missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Minasian wants to control from the top but Ragnarson keeps moving.
Minasian is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.
Minasian works over Ragnarson with some ground and pound from guard.
Minasian postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Minasian working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Ragnarson is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Minasian throws a big right hand that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Minasian trying to control but Ragnarson is working from the bottom.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Minasian has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Minasian might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Ragnarson haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Minasian's coach down at Gym Amsterdam was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Minasian's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Minasian throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Ragnarson stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Minasian misses with the combination.
Minasian shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Ragnarson eats them both and turns towards Minasian to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Minasian takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
A low kick from Ragnarson is predictable there

so Minasian counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Minasian throwing strikes but missing.
Minasian trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Minasian's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Ragnarson trying to keep a closed guard but Minasian is proving a slippery customer.
Minasian working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Minasian scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Ragnarson is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Minasian accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Minasian throws a strike but Ragnarson rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Minasian has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Ragnarson has passed into side control.
Ragnarson trying to control the action but Minasian is working from the bottom.
Minasian is looking for a sweep.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Minasian is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Ragnarson off and has taken his back!
Even with his hooks in, Minasian manages to miss with strikes from the back.
Ragnarson surviving as best he can, preventing damage.
Ragnarson looking very determined here, making life difficult for Minasian.

Minasian is staying calm and holding on to the back position, whilst working on a rear naked choke. Ragnarson is defending well though. Minasian let's go of the attempt for now.
Minasian thows a huge left but connects with the canvas and not his opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Ragnarson throws a body punch but Minasian moves out of range.
Minasian changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Minasian bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Ragnarson's head backwards.
Ragnarson throws a body kick despite being completely out of range

and Minasian counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Minasian is looking to stall here but Ragnarson recovers full guard.
Ragnarson keeping moving, preventing Minasian from controlling successfully.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Minasian stands up over Ragnarson, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Minasian distracts Ragnarson with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Minasian throws an elbow that misses. Ragnarson uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Minasian's guard. Nice move by Ragnarson!


Minasian looking for a guillotine here but Ragnarson defends easily.
Ragnarson preventing the sweep.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Minasian throws his legs up looking for a submission but Ragnarson uses it to pass to side control.
Levon Minasian has got the better of the ground game so far.

Ragnarson decides to stand up, so the ref orders Minasian to his feet.
Ragnarson misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Minasian blocks the body kick.
Ragnarson lets loose with a powerful body kick. Minasian will feel that in the morning.
Ragnarson looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Ragnarson tries a head kick but it misses.
Bragi Ragnarson seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Ragnarson closes the distance but Minasian moves to the side
and Minasian counters with a stiff right hand.
Minasian throws out a loose jab but Ragnarson uses good head movement to avoid it.
Ragnarson throws a head kick that misses
and Minasian counters with a stiff right hand.
Minasian has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Minasian throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Ragnarson sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Minasian keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Ragnarson pulls out of a head kick attempt.
The step up in weight doesn't seem to be a problem for Minasian. He's performing admirably here against the bigger man.
Ragnarson takes a swing at Minasian's ribcage but misses.
Minasian looks to throw the jab but Ragnarson is out of range.
Ragnarson takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Ragnarson lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Levon Minasian seems to be getting the better of the standup.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ragnarson with a nice cross.
Minasian throws a lazy uppercut
and Ragnarson counters with a nice leg kick.
Ragnarson tries to land a body kick
and Minasian cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Minasian lands with a cross.

Minasian shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Minasian showed some decent athleticism there.
Ragnarson wants to improve his position but Minasian is controlling well.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Minasian is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Minasian missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.

Minasian is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Ragnarson sees it coming and defends easily.
Minasian thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Ragnarson's head.
Minasian is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Minasian is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Minasian throws a strike but Ragnarson avoids it easily and moves to full guard.
Minasian loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Minasian throws a big right hand that misses.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Minasian accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Minasian pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Ragnarson is keeping the position for now.
Ragnarson preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Minasian postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Minasian trying to control but Ragnarson is working from the bottom.
Minasian landing with the ground and pound.
Ragnarson is trying to control the position but Minasian postures up.
Minasian in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Minasian trying to control but Ragnarson is working from the bottom.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Levon Minasian 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! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!



Minasian drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.
Minasian postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.
Minasian throwing strikes but Ragnarson manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Minasian is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Minasian tries to get to full guard but Ragnarson has control of the leg.
Minasian wants to get back to full guard but Ragnarson has passed into side control.
Minasian dodges the ground and pound from Ragnarson.
Minasian wants to control but Ragnarson postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Minasian tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Ragnarson wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Minasian manages to get back to half guard.
Minasian tries to get to full guard but Ragnarson has control of the leg.
Ragnarson content to control rather than advance.
Ragnarson prevents Minasian from improving his position.
Minasian is trying to control but can't.
Ragnarson seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Minasian does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Minasian is looking for a sweep. Ragnarson is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Levon Minasian is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Minasian is looking to control Ragnarson's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Minasian avoid being mounted?
Minasian is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Minasian makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Minasian.
Minasian has his hands on Ragnarson's head, controlling the position.
Let's hope that Minasian has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.

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

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Minasian throws out a powerful jab.
Ragnarson stuffs the takedown attempt from Minasian. Minasian gets slowly back to his feet.
A bone on bone clash there as Minasian blocks the leg kick.
Bragi Ragnarson has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Decent striking displayed by Ragnarson there.
Ragnarson pivots, looking for a leg kick but Minasian is out of range and Ragnarson settles back down.
Ragnarson looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Ragnarson throws a front kick aimed at Minasian's knee but Minasian avoids it well.
Ragnarson lands a front kick.
Ragnarson fails in his attempt to clinch.
Ragnarson tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Minasian was well out of range. Poor timing from Ragnarson.
Ragnarson misses the shot to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A low kick from Ragnarson is predictable there

and Minasian decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Ragnarson's guard.
Minasian seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Minasian is continuing to stall.
Minasian looking to pass the guard.
Minasian passes into half guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Still in half guard, Minasian seems content to control.

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Bragi Ragnarson.
I think Minasian 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 Steven Brown scores the fight 28:29
Judge James Ackerman scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Levon Minasian!

A very excited looking Levon Minasian made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Khunbish Borjigin (ranked 603 p4p, 79 weight class) and Taiga Jim (ranked 959 p4p, 133 weight class). Khunbish Borjigin could well score a knockout today. He has the power to get to Taiga Jim's chin.

186 cm
25
194 lbs
8 - 2 - 0
189 cm
27
189 lbs
9 - 7 - 1
Good wrestling
World class MT
Granite chin
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

Aspire Clothing

Conviction
IniTech Nutrition



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 8 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Khunbish Borjigin!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 7 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Taiga Jim!
The judges for this bout are Steven Brown, James Atkins and Sam Margolis.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Left hook, right uppercut from Jim.
Borjigin ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Jim moves away.
Borjigin throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
A big left from Borjigin misses.
Jim looks to land a left hand but Borjigin moved out of range nicely.
A little feinted left hand from Borjigin on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.

Jim bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Jim is looking to take a break and control but Borjigin is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Jim in side control, throwing shots but Borjigin defends.
Borjigin is trying to control Jim's posture but Jim avoids it.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Borjigin defending against the ground and pound.
Jim throws a knee to the body but it doesn't do much damage.
Jim working the head with strikes.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Jim lands a nice forearm strike.
Jim throwing strikes but Borjigin manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Jim is not content to let Borjigin control the position.
Jim tries to slip a leg under to move to half guard but Borjigin presses down on the leg and jumps into full mount!
Jim is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Jim has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Borjigin content just to control the position here.
Jim is desperately trying to get back to half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Jim regains half guard.
Borjigin tries to pass the half guard into mount. Jim knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Jim is positioning himself well to prevent Borjigin advancing to mount.
Jim gets back to full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jim has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Borjigin stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Jim swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Borjigin is in a tricky position. We've heard reports from his gym mates at GWad's Playpen that he's been drilling escapes, so let's see if he can get back to his feet.
Jim looking for a sweep. Not yet Jim, not yet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Jim wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Taiga Jim seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
A head kick misses from Borjigin.
Khunbish Borjigin is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

Borjigin gets caught napping as Jim dives in and scores a takedown. Borjigin manages to retain guard.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Jim working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Borjigin has Jim pulled in close to control his posture.
Borjigin keeping moving, preventing Jim from controlling successfully.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Jim missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Taiga Jim dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Good shot there by Jim.
Jim fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Borjigin on the side of the head.
Borjigin keeps the fight on the outside.
An attempted straight right counter from Borjigin misses the target.
Jim checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
A jab from Borjigin misses.
Jim keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Borjigin.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Borjigin.
Jim throws out a loose jab but Borjigin uses good head movement to avoid it.
Borjigin waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Jim.
Jim has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Borjigin misses with a left hand
enabling Jim to counter with a crisp jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Jim throws a jab but it's blocked by Borjigin.
A little feinted left hand from Borjigin on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Jim pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces Borjigin back to the cage. Jim follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Borjigin takes a shot to the body in his stride.
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!
Jim just misses with a punch to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Borjigin buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Borjigin swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Jim throws out a counter right but Borjigin avoids it with no problem.
Jim misses with a wild combination.
Jim darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Borjigin throws a body punch but Jim moves out of range.
Jim tests Borjigin's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Jim misses with a body shot.
Jim scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Borjigin throws a leg kick that misses.
A jab from Jim finds it's way through Borjigin's defenses.
Borjigin takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Borjigin slips a jab from Jim.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Nice defenses there by Borjigin.
Jim lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Jim connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Borjigin momentarily.
Borjigin takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
A left lands for Jim.
Borjigin leaves Jim with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Jim lands with a slapping head kick.
Jim takes a swing at Borjigin's ribcage but misses.
A counter left hand to the body from Borjigin misses its target.
Borjigin thows a body kick. Jim tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Jim scores with a jab to the jaw.
Borjigin takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Borjigin looks to land a body kick but Jim moved away.
Jim misses with a right hand
and Borjigin counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Nice body kick from Borjigin.
Jim throws a big shot that misses.
Borjigin on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Jim looks for a takedown but Borjigin sprawls well.
Borjigin tries a head kick but it misses.
A nice leg kick lands there from Borjigin.
Jim moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Jim lands a nice shot to the body.
Jim misses with a hook
and Borjigin counters with a nice uppercut.
Borjigin moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Jim shoots in with a lovely double leg takedown. Borjigin manages to land in full guard to minimise the damage.
Borjigin lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Borjigin slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Jim tries to bench press Borjigin off him but Borjigin keeps the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Taiga Jim showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Borjigin.
A slow jab from Borjigin misses its intended target.

Jim scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.

Borjigin sneaks out the side door and pushes Jim away - he's back to his feet. The crowd show their appreciation for the escape.
Borjigin gets off balance looking for a body kick

so Jim counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Jim content to stall in guard here.
Jim postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Jim trying to control the position from guard on top but Borjigin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Borjigin can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Jim controls the pace.
Jim postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Borjigin lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Jim has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Jim and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Jim lands a glancing blow to the side of Borjigin's head.
A looping hook to the body misses from Jim. Borjigin does a little dance to reset his feet.
Borjigin is looking to counter punch.
Borjigin throws a hook but Jim blocks it.
Jim has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Borjigin.
A big right from Borjigin misses.
Borjigin on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Khunbish Borjigin has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Jim throws a shot to the body.
Jim scores with a jab.
Borjigin takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Jim bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Borjigin's head.
Borjigin misses with a body kick.
Borjigin goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Borjigin gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Jim.
A shot to the liver by Jim. Beautiful body shot.
Nice shot lands for Jim.
Jim blocks a head kick by Borjigin.
Jim scores with a jab to the body.
Jim scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Borjigin throws a leg kick that is checked

and Jim counters with a nice double leg into side control. Borjigin won't be happy with that.
Jim sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Borjigin is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
Jim trying to control the position but Borjigin is working away.
Borjigin defending against the ground and pound.
Sloppy strikes there by Jim.
Jim tries to score with some ground and pound. Borjigin controls his posture well this time though and the shots don't do any damage.
Jim trying to control the position but Borjigin is working away.
Jim working the ground and pound.
Jim is looking to take a break and control but Borjigin is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Jim lands a knee to the body and follows it up with some ground and pound to the head. That will wear Borjigin down.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Borjigin stops Jim from passing to mount.
Borjigin is looking for a sweep.
Borjigin is trying to control Jim's posture but Jim avoids it.
Jim fails to land a wild elbow strike.
Jim tries to score with some ground and pound. Borjigin controls his posture well this time though and the shots don't do any damage.
Taiga Jim is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
You can see the frustration on Borjigin's face as Jim controls the position.
Borjigin tries to buck Jim off but Jim is having none of it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Taiga Jim comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Jim has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 Steven Brown scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 27:30
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Taiga Jim!

During a confident post fight interview, Taiga Jim thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
51%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between James Neil (ranked 936 p4p, 127 weight class) and Furio Spartan (ranked 781 p4p, 107 weight class). Neil comes to the cage accompanied by Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider. The crowd seem to be enjoying Spartan's choice of entrance music: For Heavy Metal we will die!. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

183 cm
23
193 lbs
6 - 2 - 0
187 cm
25
193 lbs
11 - 4 - 0
Great wrestler
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin

Project Mayhem

Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)
Aspire Nutrition



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 6 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, James Neil!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Furio Spartan!
The judges for this bout are William Gold, Richard Clark and Daniel Bishop.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Spartan misses with a wild body shot.
Neil half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.

Spartan moves into the clinch.
Spartan throws a head punch that misses.
Neil taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Spartan takes a shot to the head.
Neil blocking some punches.
Neil tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Spartan blocking some punches.

Neil is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Spartan can't fight it off and eventually Neil manages to take the fight to the floor. Spartan looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Spartan looking to control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Neil makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Neil working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Neil connects with a couple of short punches.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Neil landing some decent shots from guard.
Neil keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Spartan's head.
Neil keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Spartan's head.

Spartan is working actively from the bottom, looking for submissions. He's escaped his hips to the side and he's going for an armbar! Neil has his hands clasped together but Spartan extends and breaks Neil's desperate grasp, forcing a tap out due to armbar! Nice BJJ displayed there by Spartan.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:36 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Furio Spartan!
Furio Spartan tried to hype himself up post fight but didn't word it too well and it ended up with him sounding like a bit of a tool.
In defeat, James Neil stepped up to the mic, saying 'No comment.'.
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hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
58%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Ronnie Rolla (ranked 1150 p4p, 154 weight class) and Cyril Westlake (ranked 1406 p4p, 193 weight class). Rolla comes to the cage accompanied by Hit 'Em Up. Ronnie Rolla had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

185 cm
25
200 lbs
11 - 6 - 0
185 cm
34
190 lbs
15 - 5 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Decent wrestler
Excellent boxer
Granite chin

Bullet Proof System

Urban Fighter
Aspire Nutrition



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 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Ronnie Rolla!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Cyril Westlake!
The judges for this bout are James Ackerman, Chris Edwards and James Glass.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Westlake listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Rolla 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.
The fighters circle momentarily. Rolla darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Jab from Rolla.
Westlake ducks under a wild hook from Rolla.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Westlake! But no joy.
Rolla uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Westlake.
Rolla misses with a left hand
and Westlake counters with a stiff right hand.
Westlake throws a right hand that misses
and Rolla counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Westlake looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Rolla throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Westlake stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Rolla falls off balance throwing a combination
and Westlake makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Westlake uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Rolla has time to react.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Westlake throws a hook but Rolla blocks it.
Westlake throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Rolla sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Rolla throws a jab but it's blocked by Westlake.
It seemed like Westlake was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rolla throws a predictable looking body shot
and Westlake counters with a stiff right hand.
Rolla misses with a wild combination.
Rolla throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Rolla with a hook.

It looks like Cyril Westlake has been cut.
Westlake gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Rolla.
Rolla walks into a left hand.
Rolla keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Westlake.
Some wild striking there from Rolla.

Westlake lands a big right hand that sends Rolla crashing to the mat! Westlake stays standing though and waves Rolla back to his feet!

Rolla is rocked!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Westlake throws out a loose jab but Rolla uses good head movement to avoid it.
Westlake just misses with a punch to the body.
Westlake moves out of range of the strikes.
Westlake lands a body shot.
Westlake throws a hook but Rolla avoids it easily.
A slow jab from Westlake misses its intended target.
Rolla is looking to counter punch.
Rolla throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Westlake looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Westlake misses with an uppercut. Rolla saw that one coming.
Westlake gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Rolla looks to score with a jab to the body but Westlake is just out of range.
A countering left hand to the body from Westlake misses.
Rolla throws a series of punches but Westlake moves out of range.
A countering left hand to the body from Westlake misses.
Rolla throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rolla throws a jab when Westlake was well out of range.
A left and a right from Rolla both land. Nice combination.
Good standup being displayed there by Westlake as he connects with a hook.
Sloppy strikes from Rolla. Those never looked like landing.

Westlake lands a big uppercut and Rolla crumbles to the floor! The ref thinks about stopping the fight but Rolla looks OK. Westlake waves Rolla back to his feet!
Oh Rolla is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Westlake throws an overhand right that lands on Rolla's shoulder, as Rolla tries to avoid the shot.
Rolla misses with a two punch combination.
Westlake looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Nice defenses there by Rolla.
Rolla seems to have got his legs back now.
Westlake misses with a looping left.
Rolla throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Rolla lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Westlake backs up against the cage.
Westlake dodges the punch combination from Rolla.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Westlake misses with a right hand
and Rolla cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Rolla throws a right hand that misses
and Westlake counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Rolla misses with a double jab.
Westlake is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Rolla with a body shot.
Rolla will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Westlake is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Rolla with a body shot.
Rolla rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Westlake counters with a series of strikes that practically lifts Rolla off his feet! He tumbles backwards, his head bouncing off the mat - Westlake follows up with more strikes before the ref can step in but Rolla was out before he hit the floor.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:33 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Cyril Westlake!
Our winner, Cyril Westlake, 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
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
65%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Casper Timmermans (ranked 242 p4p, 35 weight class) and Rauta Kansleri (ranked 419 p4p, 61 weight class). Kansleri is bobbing his head along to his entrance song: U.D.O. - Heart of Gold. Rauta Kansleri has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

187 cm
24
187 lbs
14 - 3 - 0
192 cm
26
193 lbs
14 - 6 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin

Aspire Clothing
Sully's Bar & Grill

Aspire Nutrition



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 14 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Casper Timmermans!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Rauta Kansleri!
The judges for this bout are James Atkins, Andrew Berry and Steven Brown.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Timmermans explodes with a nice body kick and back out of range. Nice work.
Kansleri throws a quick inside leg kick.
Timmermans takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Kansleri throws out a loose jab but Timmermans uses good head movement to avoid it.
A jab from Timmermans misses.
Kansleri lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.
Kansleri ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Timmermans moves away.
Timmermans quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Kansleri scores with a jab to the jaw.
Timmermans misses with the body kick
and Kansleri counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Timmermans uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Kansleri.
Timmermans misses the jab.
Kansleri scores with a shot to the body.
Kansleri 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.
Timmermans misses with a low kick.
Timmermans throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kansleri sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Timmermans throws a body kick that misses.

Timmermans has Kansleri up against the cage in a clinch.
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!
Timmermans misses with a punch to the body.

Kansleri breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Kansleri throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Timmermans throwing a counter right hand but Kansleri manages to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kansleri digs a good body shot into Timmermans's ribs.
Kansleri is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Timmermans rather than just go for the knockout.
Kansleri changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
A big left from Timmermans misses.
Kansleri throws a leg kick that misses.
Some wild striking there from Kansleri.
Kansleri misses with an uppercut
and Timmermans counters with a right hand to the body.
Timmermans throws a hook but Kansleri blocks it.
Timmermans tries to land a front kick but Kansleri steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
A countering left hand to the body from Kansleri misses.

Timmermans drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Kansleri managing to control the position.
Timmermans preventing the sweep.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kansleri is still trying to improve position.
Kansleri wants to control but instead he gets his guard passed and Timmermans is now in half guard.
Timmermans not landing any meaningful shots this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Timmermans is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Timmermans wants to lay and pray for a moment but Kansleri keeps working.
Kansleri is looking for a sweep. Timmermans is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Kansleri preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

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.
Kansleri throws a solid leg kick but Timmermans takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Kansleri.
Kansleri tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Kansleri lands with a straight right. Timmermans didn't see that one coming.
Kansleri takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Timmermans scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Kansleri doesn't seem bothered though.
Rauta Kansleri is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Timmermans throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Kansleri counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Kansleri moves out of range of the body kick.
Timmermans uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Kansleri.
A little feinted left hand from Timmermans on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Kansleri gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Timmermans.
Kansleri throws a looping overhand right but Timmermans ducks down to avoid it.
Kansleri pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Timmermans chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Kansleri can pounce on him.
Timmermans motions for Kansleri to come forward. Timmermans throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Timmermans seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
Timmermans throws a low kick, looking for Kansleri's leg but Kansleri calmly moves out of range.
Kansleri wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Timmermans misses with a body kick.
Kansleri ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Timmermans moves away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Rauta Kansleri will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Timmermans moves away from the strike by Kansleri.
Kansleri waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Timmermans.
Timmermans takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Both fighters circling a little - Timmermans finishes the exchange with a kick to the body.
Kansleri lands a lovely overhand right.
Timmermans takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Kansleri lands with a right hand.
Kansleri circles away from the clinch attempt.
Timmermans lands a nice shot to the body.
Timmermans swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Kansleri.
The crowd cheers as Kansleri lands an impressive looking overhand right. Timmermans doesn't seem phased though.
Timmermans tries to land a front kick but Kansleri steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
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!

Timmermans shoots in and gets a takedown into Kansleri's guard.
Timmermans stopping the sweep attempt from Kansleri.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Timmermans controlling from the top position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Timmermans trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Timmermans controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Kansleri tries to land a sweep but no joy.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Timmermans loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Timmermans on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Kansleri thumps Timmermans with a low kick.
Timmermans defending well as Kansleri loads up on a big left hand.
Kansleri throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Timmermans throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Kansleri tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Timmermans is in Kansleri's guard.
Kansleri looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Timmermans puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Timmermans content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Kansleri wants to improve his position but Timmermans is controlling well.
Kansleri trying to control here.
Timmermans scoring with strikes to the body and head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kansleri is trying to control but can't.
Kansleri is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Timmermans's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Timmermans's back!
Kansleri avoiding Timmermans 's attempts to control his hands.
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Timmermans can't escape the position.
The crowd hopeful of a finish here - Kansleri's supporters are on their feet, screaming for him to go for the rear naked choke.
Kansleri is riding his opponent, not letting Timmermans buck him off.
Casper Timmermans overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Timmermans trying to control but he's just got himself in more trouble.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Rauta Kansleri will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. And we move into the final round!


Timmermans looks to throw the jab but Kansleri is out of range.
Kansleri scores with a jab.
Kansleri ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
A clash of legs there as Kansleri blocks the low kick.
Timmermans shoots in and drives through. Kansleri sprawls well.
Kansleri feints a counter leg kick.
Timmermans throws a nice outside leg kick.
Kansleri slips a straight right by Timmermans.
Kansleri scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Kansleri misses with a low kick.
Timmermans with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Kansleri to score with a decent uppercut.
Timmermans lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Kansleri circles away quickly and effectively.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kansleri takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Timmermans ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Kansleri tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Timmermans was well out of range. Poor timing from Kansleri.
Timmermans is looking to counter with a body kick.
Timmermans misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Kansleri.
Kansleri feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Timmermanss jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Timmermans lunges at Kansleri with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Kansleri's hand.
Timmermans on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Timmermans just misses with a punch to the body.
Timmermans fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Kansleri has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Rauta Kansleri seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Kansleri looks to throw the jab but Timmermans is out of range.
Kansleri thows a leg kick but Timmermans checks it
and Timmermans counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Kansleri slips under a jab.

Timmermans bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Kansleri is trying to get back to half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
You can see the frustration on Kansleri's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Casper Timmermans has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Timmermans wants to control but Kansleri is keeping him busy.
Kansleri is looking to regain half guard here but Timmermans keeps moving and retains side control.
Kansleri is being controlled here.
Kansleri tries to bench press Timmermans off him but Timmermans keeps the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kansleri can't do much from the bottom here.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Timmermans bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
And Timmermans counters with a quick kick to the body but Kansleri blocks it.
Timmermans uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Kansleri.
A nice leg kick lands there from Timmermans.
Timmermans has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Kansleri.
Kansleri swings for the body but Timmermans moves out of range.
Timmermans displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Kansleri throws out the jab.
Timmermans is looking to land body kicks.
Kansleri is looking for the big counter here.
Rauta Kansleri seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Kansleri misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Kansleri avoids a punch combination nicely.
Timmermans cracks Kansleri with a right hand to the side of the head.
Timmermans misses with a hook. Kansleri ducked under it nicely.
Kansleri throws a fast counter high kick but Timmermans manages to duck under it in time.
A leg kick checked by Kansleri.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Timmermans goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
A slow jab from Kansleri misses its intended target.
Timmermans throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Kansleri circles away from the clinch attempt.
Timmermans slips under a jab from Kansleri.
Timmermans throwing a counter right hand but Kansleri manages to avoid it.
Kansleri lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Timmermans turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
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!
Timmermans uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Kansleri.
Timmermans scores with a body shot.
Kansleri throws a series of strikes that have Timmermans backpedaling.
Timmermans tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Kansleri was well out of range. Poor timing from Timmermans.
A combination from Timmermans does no damage.
Kansleri with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Timmermans to score with a decent uppercut.
Kansleri chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Timmermans can pounce on him.
Timmermans looking to land some kicks to the body here.

And that's the end of the fight!
Casper Timmermans showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Kansleri 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 James Atkins scores the fight 28:29
Judge Andrew Berry scores the fight 28:29
Judge Steven Brown scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Rauta Kansleri!

Rauta Kansleri decided to hype himself up post fight. It was going well but he went on about it a bit too long and the crowd turned on him a little.
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hype
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pop
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mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
49%

 

Co-main event


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Harry Winston (ranked 310 p4p, 48 weight class) and Sergey Sklemin (ranked 264 p4p, 40 weight class). Winston comes to the cage accompanied by The Lost Boy. Harry Winston has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

178 cm
25
200 lbs
14 - 7 - 0
187 cm
26
200 lbs
14 - 8 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

Aspire Clothing
Aspire Nutrition

Aspire Nutrition
Aspire Clothing



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 14 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Harry Winston!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Sergey Sklemin!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Andrew Berry and Steven Brown.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sklemin connects with a good right hand that stumbles Winston. Winston circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Sklemin looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Sklemin works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
A looping hook to the body misses from Winston. Sklemin does a little dance to reset his feet.
Winston misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Sklemin cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Winston blocks a jab.
Sklemin steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Winston.
Winston walks into a jab.
Winston has been working on his boxing with his coaches at LOD: Scrap Squad in the buildup to the fight.
Sklemin throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Winston on the side of the head.
Sklemin throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Winston sees it coming and avoids it easily.

Sklemin gets caught flat footed, as Winston shoots in with a quick takedown into guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Winston throws a big right hand that misses.
Winston missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Winston is looking to work some ground and pound but Sklemin has wrist control.
Winston chips away with some ground and pound.
Winston won't allow Sklemin to get back to his feet.
Winston looking to sit in guard and control but Sklemin gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


That's one minute gone in the round.

Winston had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Sklemin defends it easily.

Winston looks to be working for a triangle here. Oh, it looks like he might have it! Sklemin has picked Winston up and slammed him! Winston can't keep hold of the triangle and Sklemin manages to pass to side control!
Winston is looking to reverse the position.
Winston gets back to half guard.

Winston looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Winston trying to hold on to Sklemin's head to control him but Sklemin postures up.

Winston looking for submissions off his back.
Sklemin wants to lay and pray for a moment but Winston keeps working.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Winston is trying to maintain the position but Sklemin is very close to passing his half guard.
Winston makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Winston.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Sklemin decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Winston, up you get!
Sklemin tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Winston was well out of range. Poor timing from Sklemin.
Winston lands a lovely overhand right.
A big right from Sklemin misses.
Nice takedown defense from Sklemin. No joy for Winston on that attempt.
Winston tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sklemin was well out of range. Poor timing from Winston.
Sklemin slips under a jab from Winston.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sklemin pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Sklemin misses with an uppercut.
Sklemin slips under a jab.
Sklemin lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Winston backs up against the cage.
Sklemin walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Winston fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Sklemin lands a jab to the nose.
Sklemin ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Winston fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Sklemin looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Sklemin works the jab nicely.
Winston lands a lovely overhand right.
Sklemin might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Sklemin throws a looping overhand right but Winston ducks down to avoid it.
Winston attempts a counter takedown but Sklemin avoids it well and moves away.
Winston shoots in for a takedown but Sklemin shows good takedown defense.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Harry Winston. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Sklemin moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Sklemin throws a good cross that connects.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Winston throws a body punch but Sklemin moves out of range.
Sklemin bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Winston's head backwards.

Sklemin moves into the clinch successfully.
Winston is trying to pull guard but Sklemin has him pressed against the cage.
Winston fails to pull guard.
A nice left hand lands by Sklemin.
Winston is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Sklemin to keep the fight standing.
Winston tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Sklemin smiles and moves away.
Winston throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Sklemin swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Sklemin fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Sergey Sklemin seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Winston looks to throw the jab but Sklemin is out of range.
Winston misses with a hook to the body
and Sklemin counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Sklemin scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Sklemin missing with a left hand there. Winston was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Sklemin scores with the left hand. Winston knows he should have avoided that one.
Sklemin throws a nice looking combination but Winston bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Sklemin misses the shot to the body.
Winston half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Sklemin misses with a hook.
Sklemin scores with a punch to the head.
A slow jab from Sklemin misses its intended target.
Winston shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Sklemin as he avoids it easily.
Sklemin has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

Sklemin rushes Winston and presses him up against the cage.
Sklemin lands with a light punch inside.
Sklemin gets through Winston's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Winston tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Sklemin smiles and moves away.
Sklemin stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Sklemin wants it to stay on the feet.
Sklemin throws out a counter right but Winston avoids it with no problem.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Harry Winston. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Sklemin rushes Winston and presses him up against the cage.

Sklemin breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Nice straight punches there by Sklemin. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Sklemin.
Sklemin throws a series of punches but Winston avoids them all with ease.

Sklemin closes the distance and pushes Winston back into the cage.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Sklemin fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Sklemin lands with a short shot to the head.

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

Sklemin has managed to clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Winston tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Sklemin smiles and moves away.
Sklemin leaves Winston with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Sklemin scores with a punch to the head.
Winston takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Winston just misses with a punch to the body.
Sklemin has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Sklemin avoids a punch combination nicely.
Winston has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Winston there as he acknowledges the shot.
Sklemin misses with a jab, cross combination.
Nice body punch from Winston.
Nice defenses there by Winston.

Winston closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Winston thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Winston trying to control from half guard but Sklemin is working away.

Sklemin manages to create a bit of space in order to work his way back to his feet. Winston keeps hold of his opponent and drives him back against the cage.
Winston tries to pull guard but Sklemin holds him up against the cage and eventually Winston drops back down to his feet.
Winston being controlled against the cage.
Winston jumps guard but Sklemin turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Winston tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Sklemin smiles and moves away.
A punch combination from Sklemin misses.
A slow jab from Winston misses its intended target.
Sklemin takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Winston is trying hard to land a takedown here. Sklemin sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.

Sklemin clinches with his opponent.
Winston tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Sklemin working some nice short punches in the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sklemin lands an elbow inside that Winston shrugs off.
Sklemin lands with a right to the head.
Sklemin stalls.
Winston tries to pull guard but Sklemin won't allow it.
Winston jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Sklemin walks away with a smile on his face. Winston gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Winston misses the shot to the body.
Winston misses with a hook.
Winston keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Some wild striking there from Sklemin.
Sklemin scores with a nice right hand.
Sklemin lands a nice hook to Winston's body. Winston takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Sklemin works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Sklemin has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Winston finds it's way round the side to connect with Sklemin's head.
Sklemin misses with an uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Winston misses with a looping left.
Nice defenses there by Sklemin.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Winston just misses with a punch to the body.
Winston takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Winston looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Sklemin slaps away a takedown attempt from Winston, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Winston misses with a hook.
Sklemin closes the distance and lands a one-two.
Sklemin lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.

Sklemin fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Winston, pushing him back against the cage.
Winston jumps guard but Sklemin stands there with Winston around his waist. Winston gives up and drops back to his feet. We remain in the clinch.
Sklemin lands a nice uppercut.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Winston jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Sklemin walks away with a smile on his face. Winston gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Winston fails with the takedown.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Sergey Sklemin showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Winston's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. This is the final round!


The fighters circling - Sklemin throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Sklemin misses with a body shot.
Winston misses the shot to the body.
Winston tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sklemin was well out of range. Poor timing from Winston.
Winston doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Sklemin connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Winston's hands.
Sklemin throws an overhand right that lands on Winston's shoulder, as Winston tries to avoid the shot.
Winston ducks under a wild hook from Sklemin.
Sklemin lands a jab to the head.

Sklemin closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.

Winston drags the fight down to the ground.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Winston has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Sklemin is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Winston.

Sklemin decides to stand up, so the ref orders Winston to his feet.
A swing and a miss from Sklemin.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Sklemin moves into the clinch successfully.
Winston fails to pull the fight into his guard.

Winston jumps into guard, dragging Sklemin to the mat.
Winston manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sklemin manages to get himself to full guard.

Winston won't allow Sklemin to get back to his feet.

Sklemin has an active guard here but Winston has managed to pass into half guard.
Winston is trying to control. Sklemin wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Sklemin on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.
Winston lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.

Sklemin is defending against the submission attempts here by Winston.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Winston working Sklemin over with strikes.
Winston missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Sklemin has hold of Winston's hands but Winston slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Winston misses with a head shot. Sklemin uses the momentum to regain guard.
Winston with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.

Sklemin is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Winston throwing strikes but missing.
Sklemin is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Harry Winston overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Winston stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Sklemin swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Winston throws an elbow that misses. Sklemin uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Winston's guard. Nice move by Sklemin!

Sergey Sklemin is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Winston is trying to control the position but Sklemin postures up.

Winston throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Winston has a closed guard, preventing Sklemin from standing up.
Winston not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Winston is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Sklemin defends well.

Winston throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Sklemin escapes and throws Winston's legs to the side, diving into side control!
Harry Winston has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Winston is being controlled here.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Sergey Sklemin.
I've got Sklemin 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 28:29
Judge Andrew Berry scores the fight 27:30
Judge Steven Brown scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Sergey Sklemin!

Our winner, Sergey Sklemin, 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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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Vito Mazzini (ranked 114 p4p, 16 weight class) and Yef Yew (ranked 120 p4p, 17 weight class). Mazzini comes to the cage accompanied by Fade To Black. I can't wait for this one - let's get the fighter introductions out of the way and get this one started!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Vito Mazzini!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Yef Yew!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, James Ackerman and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Mazzini connects with a leg kick. Yew looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Mazzini lunges at Yew with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Yew's hand.
A slow jab from Mazzini misses its intended target.
Mazzini staying out of range there.
Mazzini looks to score with a jab to the body but Yew is just out of range.

Yew fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Mazzini, pushing him back against the cage.
Yew misses with a hook from the clinch.
Yew lands with a left to the head.
Mazzini lands a right hand.
Mazzini lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Mazzini working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Yew lands a body shot.
Yew working some nice short punches in the clinch.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Yew makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Mazzini tries to work over Yew's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A nice left hand lands by Yew.
Yew tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Mazzini is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Yew pulls him back up using the underhooks.
Mazzini changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Yew fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Yew connects with the punch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mazzini tries to clinch but Yew moves away
and Yew counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Mazzini plants his feet and lands a nice head kick!
Mazzini takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Yew throws a lazy right hand but Mazzini sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Mazzini's corner calls for a 1-2. Mazzini obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Mazzini misses the shot to the body.
Mazzini misses with a jab to the body
and Yew connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
A bone on bone clash there as Yew blocks the leg kick.
Mazzini swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Yew counters with a big right hand! Oh Mazzini is in trouble here! Yew follows up with more strikes and that's it! The ref has stopped it!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:44 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Yef Yew!
Yef Yew is the new middleweight champion!
Yef Yew decided to go for the less than humble approach in his post fight interview, telling everyone how he is going to conquer the world. The crowd seemed to like it when really that sort of approach could have gone either way.
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