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ABW 62 Murhaa - Matsunaga PBP Commentary

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karin Olegav (ranked 24095 p4p, 837 weight class) and Vihaan Lal (ranked 22995 p4p, 799 weight class). Vihaan Lal has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

186 cm
27
194 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
200 cm
23
190 lbs
0 - 3 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Solid boxing
KO power
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Solid chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Karin Olegav!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Vihaan Lal!
The judges for this bout are Johanna Lukiainen, Marco Blurström and Matti Vanhoillinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lal misses with a two punch combination.
A head kick misses from Lal.

Olegav shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Lal is trying to defend but Olegav finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Olegav performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Lal is looking to escape.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Olegav is working for a kimura but Lal is defending it quite comfortably.
Lal is looking to control Olegav's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Lal avoid being mounted?

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lal is looking to get full guard. It looks like he might be successful but at the last minute Olegav jumps into side control!
Olegav staying calm.
Lal looking for a sweep but Olegav has passed into full mount! Oh no!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Lal tries to lock up and control but Olegav gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.

Lal tries to improve his position but Olegav has taken his back! Olegav has a choke - it's sunk in pretty tight... Will Lal tap? No... maybe... yes! He's tapped! Olegav pushes Lal away and gets up to celebrate with his corner!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:41 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Karin Olegav!
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G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
30%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Malako Lahua (ranked 8834 p4p, 750 weight class) and Tom Swift (ranked 23250 p4p, 800 weight class). Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

189 cm
20
193 lbs
1 - 2 - 0
190 cm
20
195 lbs
0 - 1 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Counter fighter
KO power
BJJ Blue Belt
Excellent MT
Determined

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Malako Lahua!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Tom Swift!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Marco Blurström and Matti Vanhoillinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lahua throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Swift counters with a left to the body.
Lahua swings widly with a right hand
and Swift counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Lahua looks to throw a body kick
and Swift counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Malako Lahua seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Lahua stuns Swift with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Lahua missing with a left hand there. Swift was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Swift uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Lahua.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lahua shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Swift defends it nicely.
Swift let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lahua misses with an uppercut
and Swift counters with a straight right hand.
Swift uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Lahua.
Lahua tries for a takedown but Swift circles away easily
enabling Swift to counter with a crisp jab.
Lahua misses with a looping right.
Lahua throws a body shot but no joy.
Lahua is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Swift.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lahua misses with a hook
and Swift counters with a stiff right hand.

Lahua feints and as Swift raises his hands in defense, Lahua changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.
Swift really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Lahua. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Lahua throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Lahua slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Swift wants to stand and escape but Lahua is having none of it.
Lahua missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Lahua has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Lahua is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lahua wants to control from the top but Swift keeps moving.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Lahua throws a body punch but Swift moves out of range.
Swift is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Lahua with a body shot.
A jab from Lahua misses.
Lahua tries a head kick but it misses.
Lahua moves out of the way of the counter high kick fromSwift.
Lahua misses with a jab to the body
enabling Swift to counter with a crisp jab.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A bone on bone clash there as Swift blocks the leg kick.
Lahua misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Swift counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Lahua misses with a leg kick.
Lahua throws a lazy uppercut
and Swift counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Lahua is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Swift.
Despite the aggression on Swift's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Lahua misses with a body shot
and Swift counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Lahua thinking.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Lahua looks to score with a jab to the body but Swift is just out of range.
Swift throws a big counter head kick but Lahua avoids it with no problem.
A big right from Lahua misses.
Swift throws a fast counter high kick but Lahua manages to duck under it in time.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Tom Swift will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Lahua throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Swift cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Lahua misses with a hook
and Swift counters with a lovely straight right hand!

Lahua closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Swift to the mat! Swift manages to get full guard.
Swift can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Lahua controls the pace.
Swift keeping full guard, as Lahua tries to pass.
Swift preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lahua is pushing down on Swift's leg trying to pass to half guard. Swift is fighting to maintain full guard but Lahua has managed to sneak the leg through.
Swift is trying to stand back up but Lahua is controlling him
Lahua is taking a breather. Swift says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lahua is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Lahua slows the pace down in half guard.
Lahua sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Swift defending well though.
Lahua prevents Swift from standing back up.

Lahua gets to his feet - back to striking we go!
Swift displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Lahua throws out the jab.
Swift now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Swift steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Lahua.
A countering left hand to the body from Swift misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lahua tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Swift was well out of range. Poor timing from Lahua.
Lahua throws a lazy uppercut
and Swift counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Lahua throws a lazy uppercut
and Swift counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Lahua throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
A nice leg kick lands there from Lahua.
Lahua misses with a lunging right hand
and Swift makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.

Lahua moves into the clinch.
Lahua tries for a takedown. No joy.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Swift.
A short uppercut from Swift.

Lahua pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Swift shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Lahua throws a lazy right hand but Swift sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Swift let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Lahua lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
Lahua tried to score with a low kick but Swift checks it.
Swift is looking for the big counter here.
Lahua misses with a right hand
and Swift counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Lahua throws a poor cross that misses
enabling Swift to counter with a crisp jab.
Lahua looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Lahua throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Swift counters with a flying knee. Nice.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Lahua misses with a lunging right hand
and Swift counters with a big head kick but Lahua shrugs it off.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
No joy there for Lahua, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Lahua misses with a right hand
and Swift counters with a head kick. That will keep Lahua thinking before he tries any more sloppy attacks!
A low kick from Lahua is predictable there
and Swift counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Swift steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Lahua.
Swift doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Swift slips under a jab.
Lahua fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Swift raises up his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Malako Lahua will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. This is the final round!


Lahua throws a big shot that misses.
A slow jab from Lahua misses its intended target.
Lahua misses with an uppercut
and Swift counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Lahua lands an overhand right.
Swift takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Lahua misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lahua throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Swift is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Lahua rather than just go for the knockout.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lahua misses with a head kick.
A countering left hand to the body from Swift misses.
Swift steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Lahua.
Swift now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Lahua shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Swift sprawls well. Swift wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Lahua gets slowly back to his feet.

Lahua closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Swift quickly recovers to half guard.
Swift tries to kick Lahua off in order to stand up. Lahua Avoids the leg push though and dives into side control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Swift managing to avoid any damage from the strikes thrown by Lahua.
Swift is looking to get back to his feet here but Lahua is keeping cool and he's managed to take Swift's back.
Lahua punches Swift on the ear.

Lahua is working for the choke. I would put my money on him to finish from this position. He's rolled onto his back and has dragged Swift with him. Swift is trying to defend but Lahua has an arm under the chin now! Swift grimaces and is forced to tap out!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:57 of round 3, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Malako Lahua!
S C
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G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
49%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Washe Lay (ranked 5891 p4p, 508 weight class) and Zaine Barr (ranked 10213 p4p, 645 weight class). Zaine Barr has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

165 cm
21
148 lbs
1 - 2 - 0
166 cm
25
155 lbs
6 - 6 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Good knees
Very quick
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Knockout power

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Washe Lay!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Zaine Barr!
The judges for this bout are Ben Zyskovitsi, Arvi Lind and Anni Minnemäki.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Barr shoots in for a double leg but Lay sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
As Barr looks to move away, Lay throws a big counter combo but Barr just gets out of the way.
Lay stalks Barr and leaps in with a furious combination of punches. Uppercuts and crosses smash into Barr's face. Barr staggers backwards, shaken.
Barr has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Barr shoots and misses
and Lay counters with a big head kick but Barr shrugs it off.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Barr.
Washe Lay has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Zaine Barr.

Lay drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Barr is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Barr is trying to keep Lay in close.
Lay has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Barr is proving hard to escape from.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Barr has his hands on Lay's head, controlling the position.
Barr not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Barr is pulling down on Lay's head to control his posture.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Barr throws a poor cross that misses
and Lay counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lay closes this distance looking for a takedown but Barr circles away.
Lay lands a right hook to the body.

Lay manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Barr on his heels. He'll look to pass Barr's guard now, I'm sure.
Barr is pulling down on Lay's head to control his posture.
Lay preventing the sweep.
Lay knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Barr on the ground.

Lay got a little sloppy there for a moment and Barr has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Lay has managed to get both his arms back between Barr's legs - danger averted.
Barr 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.
Barr is trying to control the position from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lay is looking to stand up but Barr won't let him.
Lay has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

Lay avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Lay trying to stand up but can't free himself from Barr's guard.
Lay postures up.
Lay wants to stand but Barr has a closed guard, so he can't escape.
Lay preventing the sweep.

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.
Lay would like to get this fight back to the feet but can't get free from the closed guard.
Barr managing to control the position.
Barr looking for a sweep. Not yet Barr, not yet.
Lay looks to be in better condition than last time we saw him fight. Obviously he's been working hard on his cardio.
Barr trying to keep a closed guard but Lay is proving a slippery customer.
Lay trying to stand up but can't free himself from Barr's guard.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Lay.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Washe Lay dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Lay looks to land a combination. Barr sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Barr misses with a takedown attempt - Lay sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Barr misses with a lunging right hand
and Lay counters with a body kick that stops Barr in his tracks momentarily.
Lay fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Barr avoids it really well and circles away.
Good leg kick by Lay there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Barr shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Lay defends it nicely.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Barr shoots and misses
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Washe Lay has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Zaine Barr.
Barr takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Barr is breathing heavily.

Lay shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Barr's guard.
Barr is controlling Lay's posture.
Lay tries to stand but Barr is controlling from the bottom.
Barr manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Lay manages to get himself to full guard.


That's two minutes gone in the round.
Barr is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Barr is stalling in the full guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Barr stopping the sweep attempt from Lay.
Barr in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Barr throwing strikes from guard but Lay blocks nicely.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Barr throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Lay works some decent striking defense from the bottom.

Lay looking for a guillotine here but Barr defends easily.
Barr works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Barr passes to side control.
Barr working the head and body with strikes.
Lay gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Lay wants to control but Barr is keeping busy and won't allow it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Barr is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Barr frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Barr controlling the position easily from mount.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Lay takes a big shot to the head but keeps on trying to improve his position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Washe Lay will probably get the nod.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.



Lay has closed the distance and engaged Barr in a clinch.
Lay scores a nice knee to the body.
Come on Lay - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
Nice body punch from Lay.
Lay prevents the takedown attempt.
Lay landing some nice looking knees to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lay utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
Barr is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Barr looking for a takedown.
Washe Lay has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Zaine Barr.
Barr takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Lay gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.
Lay gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.
Lay connects with a nasty looking knee right to Barr's face.
Lay prevents a takedown attempt there.
Lay scores with a knee to the head.
Lay unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Barr has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Lay is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Lay connects with a nasty looking knee right to Barr's face.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lay lands with a left to the head.
Lay manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Lay crunches a lovely knee into Barr's ribcage.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Lay using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Lay stops a takedown attempt from Barr.
Barr drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Barr is working for takedown but Lay is calmly controlling the position for now.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lay working Barr over with knees to the body.
Lay connects with a nasty looking knee right to Barr's face.
Lay with a knee to the head.
Lay lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.
Barr is trying to drag Lay to the mat but Lay just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.
Barr wants a takedown.
Lay using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Knees to the body from Lay.
Lay lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Washe Lay has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Barr drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Lay cracks Barr with a nice body shot.
Barr takes a shot to the head.
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!
Lay landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Nice elbow from Lay.
Zaine Barr has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Washe Lay is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Barr misses with the head strike.

And that's the end of the fight!
Washe Lay showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Lay, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Ben Zyskovitsi scores the fight 30:26
Judge Arvi Lind scores the fight 30:26
Judge Anni Minnemäki scores the fight 30:26

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Washe Lay!

Washe Lay was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
S C
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G S C G energy
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hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
35%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Carl Berg (ranked 4913 p4p, 629 weight class) and Bashaad Al Hammad (ranked 8436 p4p, 819 weight class). Chooooooooon! I think Berg might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to Three 6 Mafia - That's Right ft. Akon, Jim Jones. There are an array of beautiful celebrities at ringside tonight! I wonder if any of them paid for their tickets.

183 cm
20
180 lbs
2 - 4 - 0
179 cm
26
171 lbs
4 - 2 - 0
BJJ Brown Belt
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Carl Berg!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Bashaad Al Hammad!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Roosa Järviläinen and Johanna Lukiainen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Al Hammad shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.

Berg dives in and scores a takedown into Al Hammad's guard.
Berg trying to control but Al Hammad is working from the bottom.
Al Hammad lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Al Hammad is working Berg over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Al Hammad scoring with some ground and pound.
Al Hammad 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.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Berg escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Al Hammad gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Al Hammad 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.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al Hammad content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Al Hammad must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Al Hammad is stalling in the full guard.
Berg is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Al Hammad not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Berg wants to sweep but no luck.
Al Hammad distracts Berg with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Berg wants to improve his position but instead Al Hammad has moved into half guard.
Nice strikes from Al Hammad there.
Berg moves into full guard.
Al Hammad 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.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Berg looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Al Hammad puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Al Hammad trying to control the pace.
Al Hammad's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Al Hammad trying to control from half guard but Berg is working away.
Berg regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Berg wants to sweep here but Al Hammad controlling him for the moment.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Al Hammad chips away with some ground and pound.
Al Hammad trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Al Hammad lands a couple of digs.
Al Hammad content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Berg working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Al Hammad.
Berg keeping moving, preventing Al Hammad from controlling successfully.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Bashaad Al Hammad dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Al Hammad shoots for a takedown but Berg saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Al Hammad throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Berg's waist but Berg gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Al Hammad off to one side.
Berg is looking for a counter combo.
Berg gets off balance looking for a body kick

and Al Hammad counters with a nice double leg into side control. Berg won't be happy with that.
Al Hammad in side control lands a nice looking series of punches and elbows.
Berg struggling a bit here.
Berg manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Bashaad Al Hammad has got the better of the ground game so far.
Berg is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Al Hammad scores with a couple of nice shots.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Al Hammad working over Berg with some ground and pound. Berg looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Berg is trying to stand up here but Al Hammad is controlling him well.
Al Hammad is keen to just control but Berg is a slippery customer.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Berg wants to improve his position but Al Hammad is controlling well.
Al Hammad looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Al Hammad has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Berg keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Al Hammad is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Al Hammad throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Al Hammad scores with a couple of good hammerfists.

That's two 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.
Berg tries to get to full guard but Al Hammad has control of the leg.
Berg keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Al Hammad content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Berg has hold of Al Hammad's hands but Al Hammad slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Al Hammad slows the pace down in half guard.
Al Hammad working some ground and pound from close in. He's looking to maintain this position and strike for a while by the looks of things... although he'll probably advance to full mount in a minute now I've said that.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are battling for position here. Berg manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Al Hammad throwing strikes but missing.
Al Hammad keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Berg's head.
Al Hammad with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Al Hammad trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Al Hammad lands a couple of digs.

Al Hammad got a little sloppy there for a moment and Berg has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Al Hammad has managed to get both his arms back between Berg's legs - danger averted.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Berg is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Al Hammad wants to control from the top but Berg keeps moving.
Al Hammad's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Al Hammad keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Berg's head.
Al Hammad won't allow Berg to sweep him here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Berg displaying good standup as he scores with a three punch combination.
Carl Berg is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Berg looks to land a combination but Al Hammad avoids it well.
Berg stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Berg wants it to stay on the feet.
Berg is trying to close the distance and clinch up, after that failed offence from Al Hammad.
Berg misses with a few strikes there.
Al Hammad shoots in but no luck this time.
Berg looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Berg throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Al Hammad.
Berg moves into range and throws a lovely three punch combination.
Nice takedown defense from Berg. No joy for Al Hammad on that attempt.
Carl Berg has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Bashaad Al Hammad.
Al Hammad shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Berg defends it nicely.
Al Hammad shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Berg but Berg pushes him off and we're back to square one.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al Hammad shoots and misses
and Berg cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Berg ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Berg swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Al Hammad.
A head kick misses from Berg.
Al Hammad changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Berg defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Al Hammad.
Al Hammad looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
An attempted straight right counter from Berg misses the target.
Berg closes the distance and lands a one-two.

It looks like Bashaad Al Hammad has been cut.
Al Hammad tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Berg swivels and escapes.
A head kick by Berg misses

and Al Hammad counters with a shoot takedown. Berg fights it but they end up in guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Al Hammad working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Berg's head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Al Hammad looking to sit in guard and control but Berg gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Al Hammad is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
Berg throws a big elbow that misses.
Berg throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Al Hammad works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Berg in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

Al Hammad is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Berg with a flurry of punches that miss.

Berg avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Berg throws an elbow that misses. Al Hammad uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Berg's guard. Nice move by Al Hammad!


That's three minutes gone in the round.
Al Hammad stays in close to Berg's body and controls the position.
Al Hammad missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Al Hammad looking to sit in guard and control but Berg gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


Al Hammad is looking for a triangle but Berg pushes his legs off easily.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Berg accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Berg is looking to work some ground and pound but Al Hammad has wrist control.

Berg avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Al Hammad controls Berg momentarily but Berg frees himself.
Berg wants to control from the top but Al Hammad keeps moving.
Berg throwing strikes but missing.
Carl Berg has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bashaad Al Hammad is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

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

And that's the end of the fight!
Carl Berg showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Al Hammad 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 Tarja Halkonen scores the fight 28:29
Judge Roosa Järviläinen scores the fight 28:29
Judge Johanna Lukiainen scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Bashaad Al Hammad!

Jumping up and down and very excited, Bashaad Al Hammad waved his t-shirt featuring Strong Suplementos 159Q/$200's logo in front of the cameras.
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G S C G energy
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hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
30%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between James Rodriguez (ranked 7957 p4p, 364 weight class) and Nobunaga Tanaka (ranked 3890 p4p, 194 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

170 cm
20
135 lbs
0 - 2 - 0
170 cm
21
140 lbs
1 - 1 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Excellent MT
Big right hand
Excellent grappler
Basic striking
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, James Rodriguez!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Nobunaga Tanaka!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Arvi Lind and Ben Zyskovitsi.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Tanaka closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
Rodriguez knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Tanaka on the ground.
Tanaka controlling the action here.
Rodriguez is staying active underneath Tanaka, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Tanaka thows a huge punch but Rodriguez dodges it nicely.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Tanaka trying to mount his opponent but Rodriguez defends it.

Tanaka is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Tanaka lands a nice short elbow.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Tanaka works his way into full mount!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Tanaka punching from mount but Rodriguez doing a good job of avoiding damage.

Tanaka looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Tanaka landing shots from mount.
Rodriguez is not a happy chappy… he wants out of there.

Tanaka jumps to side control looking for an arm triangle but Rodriguez manages to avoid the submission attempt.
Rodriguez is trying to buck Tanaka off.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Tanaka scoring with punches and elbows.
Tanaka trying to control the position but Rodriguez is working away.
Tanaka prevents Rodriguez from escaping the position.
Tanaka is looking to take a break and control but Rodriguez is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Tanaka looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.
Tanaka lands a few punches from side control.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tanaka advances to mount.
Rodriguez holding onto his opponent's waist for dear life, as Tanaka tries to land some strikes to get him to release his grip.
Rodriguez is in a horrible position here. Tanaka smacks him with another shot as he tries to escape the position.
Rodriguez is bucking up trying to escape but Tanaka cracks him with another couple of good strikes.

It looks like James Rodriguez has been cut.

Tanaka looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Tanaka controlling from the full mount.
Rodriguez is trying to stand.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tanaka wants to take Rodriguez's back but he can't do it this time.
Tanaka controlling the position easily from mount.

Tanaka working for a guillotine from mount but Rodriguez is in no mood to give up.
This has been an exciting period of action!
BOOM! Tanaka connects with a massive shot to the dome!
Rodriguez in a bad spot here, taking shots to the head.
Rodriguez holding onto his opponent's waist for dear life, as Tanaka tries to land some strikes to get him to release his grip.
Tanaka with shots to the head and body - Rodriguez looks very uncomfortable down there.

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

Nobunaga Tanaka dominated that round.
The cut man is working on James Rodriguez's cut.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.



Tanaka forces Rodriguez back against the cage and clinches.
Tanaka stalls.
Tanaka taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Tanaka blocking some punches.

Rodriguez manages to pull guard. Let's see whether he can land a sub off his back.
Tanaka is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Tanaka pushing down on Rodriguez's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Tanaka working the head and body with strikes.
Tanaka is nestled in close to Rodriguez, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Oh Rodriguez is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Tanaka is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.

Tanaka is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Rodriguez has managed to free his arm - good work.
My spies in Tosen's Home for Lost Boys inform me that Tanaka has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Nobunaga Tanaka has got the better of the ground game so far.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Tanaka in half guard on the top. He's looking for a kimura... He's got it locked and he's managed to free his trapped foot. Rodriguez tries to escape but it's on too tight and he has to tap! Great BJJ skills there from Tanaka!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:19 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Nobunaga Tanaka!
An out of breath Nobunaga Tanaka thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
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G S C G energy
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hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
47%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Bob The Man (ranked 5139 p4p, 464 weight class) and Denny Young (ranked 5779 p4p, 505 weight class). On his way into the cage it seems that Bob The Man has been attacked by a crazed fan! It looks like it might have been the just bleed guy! Luckily Bob The Man seems to be OK! I thought that lunatic was in prison!?

160 cm
20
155 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
170 cm
20
120 lbs
2 - 3 - 0
Good takedowns
Solid boxing
Granite chin
BJJ Purple Belt
Counter fighter
Determined

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Juggernaut And Gladiators



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Bob The Man!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Denny Young!
The judges for this bout are Roosa Järviläinen, Anni Minnemäki and Tarja Halkonen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Young takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Young fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but The Man avoids it really well and circles away.
Young takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Young lands a nice leg kick that just misses The Man's sensitive parts.
Young tries to work over The Man's front leg with a kick but The Man checks it.
The Man ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Young moves away.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Young! But no joy.

Young gets caught napping as The Man dives in and scores a takedown. Young manages to retain guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Young trying to control the position.

Young throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
The Man trying to control the position from guard on top but Young is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Young trying to keep a closed guard but The Man is proving a slippery customer.
Young trying to strike from the bottom but really, it's not the best position to be doing that from!
The Man controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
The Man pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Young is keeping the position for now.
The Man is working hard here to advance position.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
The Man misses the jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.
The Man throws out a loose jab but Young uses good head movement to avoid it.
Young takes a shot to the body in his stride.
The Man misses with a hook.
The Man misses with an uppercut.
The Man 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.
The Man throws a jab when Young was well out of range.
Good standup being displayed there by The Man as he connects with a hook.
Young gets cracked there but stands up to it.

Young is rocked!
BOOM! The Man lands a beautiful left hook that drops Young. Young tries to recover but The Man is having none of it, landing more punishing shots from mount. One final crushing shot and Young lies motionless on the canvas. The fight is over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:45 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Bob The Man!
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G S C
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G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
36%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Anthony Birchack (ranked 8236 p4p, 374 weight class) and Shin Ichi (ranked 5492 p4p, 282 weight class). Rumors backstage are that the fighters have been paid to keep it standing but we know that would never happen in MMA!

159 cm
25
138 lbs
7 - 2 - 0
163 cm
21
140 lbs
3 - 3 - 0
Good wrestling
Counter fighter
Experienced
Good takedowns
Brawler
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Anthony Birchack!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Shin Ichi!
The judges for this bout are Arvi Lind, Roosa Järviläinen and Tarja Halkonen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Ichi moves into range and clinches up with Birchack.
Birchack is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Ichi pulls him back up using the underhooks.
Birchack goes for a takedown in the clinch but Ichi prevents it.
Ichi has Birchack pressed against the cage.

Ichi manages to break the clinch.
Ichi connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Birchack's hands.

Ichi fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Birchack to the ground. Ichi is now in Birchack's guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Birchack will have to put a bit more behind his punches if he's going to do any damage from this position.
Ichi wants to control from the top but Birchack keeps moving.
Birchack lands a decent shot there.
Ichi engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Birchack has an active guard here but Ichi has managed to pass into half guard.
Birchack regains full guard. Nicely done.
Ichi showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Birchack has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Ichi has passed into side control.
Birchack manages to get back to half guard.
Ichi seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Birchack does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Birchack is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Ichi takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

Birchack is defending against the submission attempts here by Ichi.
Birchack tries to roll over but Ichi keeps him under control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Birchack is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Ichi pulls his head out easily.

Ichi is working for a kimura but Birchack is defending it quite comfortably.
Ichi is keen to just control but Birchack is a slippery customer.
Ichi prevents Birchack from improving his position.
Birchack punching from the bottom.
Birchack on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Birchack tries to get out of the position.

Ichi seems to be working for a kimura but Birchack defends the submission attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Birchack is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Birchack is staying active underneath Ichi, who seems content to just control the action from this position.

Ichi is working for a kimura but Birchack is defending it quite comfortably.
Birchack wants to improve his position but Ichi is controlling well.
Birchack landing strikes from the bottom.
Birchack wants to get back to full guard.
Ichi seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Birchack does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Birchack is looking for a sweep. Ichi is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Ichi wants to lay and pray for a moment but Birchack keeps working.
Birchack tries to strike from the bottom but it doesn't land.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.

Ichi seems to be working for a kimura but Birchack defends the submission attempt.
Birchack slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Ichi wants to control from the top but Birchack keeps moving.
Birchack looking for a sweep. Not yet Birchack, not yet.
Ichi slips nicely into half guard, despite the strikes coming from Birchack.
Birchack tries to get to full guard but Ichi has control of the leg.
Birchack moves into full guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Birchack looking to hit a scissor sweep but Ichi is one step ahead there.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Shin Ichi dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Ichi looks to land a combination but Birchack avoids it well.
Birchack half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Birchack's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Ichi connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Birchack scrambles back to his feet.
Ichi misses with an uppercut. Birchack saw that one coming.
Birchack appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Ichi scores with a jab. Birchack acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

Ichi closes the distance and clinches.
Birchack goes for a takedown in the clinch but Ichi prevents it.
Birchack drops down looking for an ankle pick but Ichi pulls his leg out and moves away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Birchack ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Birchack half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Ichi throws an off balance right hand

and Birchack counters with a shoot takedown. Ichi fights it but they end up in guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Birchack scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Ichi is trying to control the position from the bottom.

Ichi escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Birchack gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Ichi pulls Birchack in close to prevent any damage.

Ichi working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Birchack doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Birchack manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Ichi wants to sweep but no luck.
Birchack lands a couple of digs.
Shin Ichi has got the better of the ground game so far.

Ichi throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Birchack postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Ichi looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Birchack working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Ichi's head.
Birchack landing with the ground and pound.
Ichi keeping full guard, as Birchack tries to pass.
Birchack keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Ichi's head.
Birchack working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Birchack postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.

Birchack got a little sloppy there for a moment and Ichi has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Birchack has managed to get both his arms back between Ichi's legs - danger averted.

Ichi is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Birchack defends well.
Ichi is breathing heavily.
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!
Birchack lands a couple of decent looking shots.

Ichi has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Birchack can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Birchack stands up over Ichi, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Birchack postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Birchack is in close to Ichi's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Birchack cracks Ichi with a solid left hand.
Birchack is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Birchack makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Ichi looking for a sweep. Not yet Ichi, not yet.
Birchack landing some decent shots from guard.
Birchack throws a strike but Ichi rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Ichi trying to control the position from guard on top but Birchack is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Birchack tries to strike from the bottom.

Birchack looking for a guillotine here but Ichi defends easily.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ichi slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Ichi wants to control from the top but Birchack keeps moving.
Birchack looking to hit a scissor sweep but Ichi is one step ahead there.
Birchack is working hard here to advance position.
Ichi is pushing down on Birchack's leg trying to pass to half guard. Birchack is fighting to maintain full guard but Ichi has managed to sneak the leg through.
Birchack is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Ichi trying to control from half guard but Birchack is working away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Anthony Birchack will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!



Ichi instigates a clinch.
Ichi taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Birchack is looking to take this one to the mat.
Birchack is working for takedown but Ichi is calmly controlling the position for now.
Birchack drops down looking for an ankle pick but Ichi pulls his leg out and moves away.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Anthony Birchack. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Ichi shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Birchack is trying to defend but Ichi finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Birchack gets back to full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Birchack thows some rabbit punches from the bottom but they don't do any damage.
Ichi preventing the sweep.
Ichi trying to control but Birchack is working from the bottom.
Birchack 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.
Ichi wants to control from the top but Birchack keeps moving.
Birchack tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Birchack keeping moving, preventing Ichi from controlling successfully.
Birchack lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


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

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Birchack postures up and lands a big shot to Ichi's brow.
Ichi trying to keep a closed guard but Birchack is proving a slippery customer.

Ichi escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Birchack gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Ichi takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Birchack chips away with some ground and pound.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Birchack's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Birchack throwing strikes but missing.
Birchack working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Ichi's head.

Ichi is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Birchack accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Ichi looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Birchack scoring with punches to the head and body.
Birchack scoring with punches to the head and body.
Birchack landing some decent shots from guard.
Birchack with a nice head shot there.
Birchack connects with a couple of short punches.

Ichi pushes Birchack off and scrambles back to his feet.
Ichi misses with a wild combination.

Ichi throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Birchack tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Ichi is in Birchack's guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Birchack looking to hit a scissor sweep but Ichi is one step ahead there.
Birchack lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Birchack has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Birchack working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Birchack landing with the ground and pound.
Birchack throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Birchack content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Ichi is trying to control the position but Birchack postures up.
Ichi wants to sweep but no luck.

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 Anthony Birchack.
I think Birchack has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Arvi Lind scores the fight 29:28
Judge Roosa Järviläinen scores the fight 28:29
Judge Tarja Halkonen scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Anthony Birchack!
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RATING
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Liu Bei (ranked 4579 p4p, 528 weight class) and Sarel The Eagle (ranked 5557 p4p, 603 weight class). Liu Bei has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

182 cm
20
185 lbs
6 - 3 - 0
160 cm
20
200 lbs
2 - 3 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Great elbows
Granite chin
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Liu Bei!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Sarel The Eagle!
The judges for this bout are Arvi Lind, Roosa Järviläinen and Matti Vanhoillinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Bei moves into range and clinches up with The Eagle.
I was talking to Bei's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Bei scores with a shoulder strike.
The Eagle tries to circle away but Bei has him pinned against the cage.
Bei lands an elbow that stopped The Eagle in his tracks for a moment.
Bei landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Bei landing knees to the body.
The Eagle looks winded!
Bei scores with a nice hook to the head.
Bei lands a nice knee to the body.
Bei unloads a knee to the mid-section. The Eagle lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
A short right from Bei on the inside.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bei unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Bei connects with a knee to the head.

It looks like Sarel The Eagle has been cut.
Bei with a knee to the head.
Nice body punch from Bei.
Bei lands a shot to the body.
Bei lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Bei lands a nice uppercut.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Bei.
Bei unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Bei lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of The Eagle backwards.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bei lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.

The Eagle is rocked!
Bei jerks The Eagle's head down, straight into the path of a devastating knee! The Eagle drops to the floor in a crumpled heap! Bei goes to throw a finishing haymaker but pulls out - good sportsmanship from Bei because The Eagle was completely out of it. That was a nice finish - just the right level of brutality to send everyone home happy.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:14 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Knee). Liu Bei!
After winning the bout, Liu Bei thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
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Co-main event


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Donald J Trump (ranked 5778 p4p, 691 weight class) and Pauke Murhaa (ranked 2349 p4p, 350 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

190 cm
21
220 lbs
2 - 1 - 0
188 cm
21
212 lbs
5 - 1 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent MT
Very quick
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Donald J Trump!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Pauke Murhaa!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Marco Blurström and Arvi Lind.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Murhaa goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Murhaa misses with a wild combination.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Trump tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Murhaa paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Trump is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
A telegraphed right hand from Murhaa misses the target.
Trump tries to clinch but Murhaa is having none of it.
Donald J Trump seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Murhaa wants to slow Trump down by chopping away at his legs.
Murhaa fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Trump has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Trump tries to clinch but Murhaa is having none of it.
Trump tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Murhaa paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Trump doesn't manage to clinch there - Murhaa circles away.
Murhaa looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Murhaa is looking to land body kicks.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Trump forces Murhaa back against the cage and clinches.
Trump is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Murhaa is keeping busy.
Trump goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Good body shot from Murhaa.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Trump.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Murhaa's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Trump uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Murhaa.
Murhaa misses with a hook.
Trump fails in his attempt to clinch.
Murhaa throws a predictable looking body shot
and Trump counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Trump moves in looking to clinch but Murhaa pushes him off.
Murhaa throws an overhand right that lands on Trump's shoulder, as Trump tries to avoid the shot.
Trump blocks a jab.
Trump fails with an attempt to clinch.
The fight stays on the outside here - Trump looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Murhaa! But no joy.
Murhaa scores with a jab. Trump acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

It looks like Donald J Trump has been cut.

Trump gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Trump fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Murhaa blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Murhaa slowing the pace effectively.
Trump misses with a punch to the body.

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

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Trump takes the fight into the clinch.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Trump throws a punch but it's blocked by Murhaa.
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!

Murhaa breaks from the clinch.
Murhaa misses with a double jab.
Trump takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Trump tries to clinch but Murhaa is having none of it.
Murhaa lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Trump circles away quickly and effectively.
Trump tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Murhaa manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Murhaa dips to his left and cracks Trump with an uppercut!
Murhaa will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Trump wants to clinch.
Trump tries to clinch up but Murhaa circles away and keeps his distance.
Trump walks into a straight right hand from Murhaa.
Trump checks the leg kick nicely there.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Trump tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Murhaa paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Trump fails with an attempt to clinch.
Trump tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Murhaa counters with a good, hard body kick but Trump shrugs it off.
Murhaa fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Trump manages to avoid it.
Nice defenses there by Trump.
A solid leg kick lands there for Murhaa.
Murhaa scores with a body shot.
Trump is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Murhaa avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Trump doesn't manage to clinch there - Murhaa circles away.
Murhaa throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Trump was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Murhaa circles away from the clinch attempt.
Murhaa misses the jab.
Trump tries to clinch but Murhaa is having none of it.
Murhaa scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Trump doesn't seem bothered though.
Murhaa throws a right hand that misses
enabling Trump to counter with a crisp jab.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa throws a big shot that misses.
Murhaa chopping away at his opponent's legs.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Trump closes the distance looking to clinch
and Murhaa counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Murhaa keeps the fight on the outside.
Trump moves out of range as Murhaa throws a body kick.
Trump uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Murhaa.
Murhaa swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Murhaa misses the jab.
Murhaa lands with a nice body kick.
Trump blocks the body kick.
Murhaa swats away the attempt to clinch by Trump.
Trump tries to clinch up.
Trump wants to clinch.
Trump tries to close the distance and clinch up but Murhaa swats him away and circles back towards the center.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Pauke Murhaa dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Donald J Trump's cut.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Murhaa lands with a good body shot.
Murhaa cracks Trump with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Trump fails with an attempt to clinch.
Murhaa misses with an uppercut. Trump saw that one coming.
Trump doesn't manage to clinch there - Murhaa circles away.
Trump takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.

Trump is rocked!
Trump get stunned by a cross and takes another one on the button. Trump stumbles backwards and tries to bounce back off the cage but Murhaa runs in and jumps on him with a leaping lead hook that puts him out! Wow, that was highlight reel stuff! Awesome finish!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:24 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Pauke Murhaa!
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RATING
49%

 

Main event


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Paul Murhaa (ranked 1084 p4p, 53 weight class) and Futoshi Matsunaga (ranked 2663 p4p, 139 weight class). Futoshi Matsunaga will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

169 cm
20
145 lbs
6 - 0 - 0
170 cm
20
145 lbs
4 - 0 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Excellent boxer
Granite chin

Nuggetori's Nutritionals

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the bantamweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Paul Murhaa!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Futoshi Matsunaga!
The judges for this bout are Matti Vanhoillinen, Anni Minnemäki and Marco Blurström.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Matsunaga misses with a looping right.
Matsunaga lands with a straight right. Murhaa didn't see that one coming.
A looping hook to the body misses from Murhaa. Matsunaga does a little dance to reset his feet.
Murhaa lands with a cross.
Murhaa slips a jab from Matsunaga.
A combination from Murhaa does no damage.
A telegraphed right hand from Murhaa misses the target.
A jab from Matsunaga misses.
Matsunaga connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Matsunaga fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Murhaa manages to avoid it.
A punch combination from Matsunaga misses.
Murhaa throws an overhand right that lands on Matsunaga's shoulder, as Matsunaga tries to avoid the shot.
Murhaa lands a jab.
Murhaa drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Murhaa misses with a body shot
enabling Matsunaga to counter with a crisp jab.
Murhaa slips a straight right by Matsunaga.
An attempted straight right counter from Murhaa misses the target.
Murhaa connects with a body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murhaa is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Matsunaga.
Murhaa misses with an uppercut
and Matsunaga counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Murhaa thinking.
Matsunaga throws a jab when Murhaa was well out of range.
Murhaa tries to counter by clinching up but Matsunaga breaks away and moves out of range.
Matsunaga shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Matsunaga scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Matsunaga throws out a loose jab but Murhaa uses good head movement to avoid it.
Murhaa getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Murhaa steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
A swing and a miss from Murhaa.
Murhaa uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga misses with an uppercut. Murhaa saw that one coming.
Murhaa thuds a left hand into Matsunaga's body.
Matsunaga throws a jab but it's blocked by Murhaa.
Murhaa throws a quick counter kick to the body but Matsunaga avoids it.
Paul Murhaa seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Matsunaga drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Murhaa throws a lazy uppercut
and Matsunaga counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Matsunaga throws a good cross that connects.
Murhaa ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Murhaa throws a predictable looking body shot
and Matsunaga cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Murhaa seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
Matsunaga throws a looping overhand right but Murhaa ducks down to avoid it.
Decent striking displayed by Matsunaga there.
Matsunaga missing with a left hand there. Murhaa was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
A slow jab from Matsunaga misses its intended target.
Murhaa cracks Matsunaga with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Matsunaga 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.
Matsunaga cracks Murhaa with a right hand to the side of the head.
Matsunaga throws a right hand that misses
enabling Murhaa to counter with a crisp jab.
Matsunaga is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Murhaa had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Murhaa fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Matsunaga manages to avoid it.
Murhaa lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Matsunaga drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Matsunaga throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
A big right from Murhaa misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Murhaa just misses with a punch to the body.
Matsunaga scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Murhaa has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Matsunaga finds it's way round the side to connect with Murhaa's head.
A looping hook to the body misses from Murhaa. Matsunaga does a little dance to reset his feet.
A shot to the liver by Murhaa. Beautiful body shot.
Murhaa throws a body punch but Matsunaga moves out of range.
Matsunaga lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.

Murhaa moves into range and clinches up with Matsunaga.
Matsunaga misses with a hook from the clinch.
Murhaa makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Murhaa lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Murhaa is leaning against Matsunaga and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Matsunaga lands a nice shot to the body.
Matsunaga lands a left hand that snaps the head of Murhaa backwards.
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!
Matsunaga misses with a body punch.
Matsunaga tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
A short right from Murhaa.
Matsunaga misses with a hook from the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga lands a left hand that snaps the head of Murhaa backwards.
Murhaa prevents a body shot from Matsunaga.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Murhaa stalling the fight.
Murhaa content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Murhaa digs a right hand underneath Matsunaga's ribcage. Matsunaga let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Murhaa blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Murhaa tries a body shot but Matsunaga blocks it.
A right handed body shot lands from Murhaa.
Still in the clinch, Matsunaga scores with a nice short uppercut.
Matsunaga scores with a nice hook to the head.
Matsunaga misses with some punches.
Matsunaga lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Matsunaga throws a head punch that misses.
Matsunaga lands on the inside with an uppercut.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Murhaa is trying to stall.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Murhaa.
Murhaa lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Murhaa lands a body shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Futoshi Matsunaga will probably get the nod.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Matsunaga throws a body shot but no joy.
Matsunaga misses with a hook.
Matsunaga slips a jab and a cross from Murhaa.
Murhaa throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

Murhaa darts in and clinches Matsunaga up against the cage.
A short right from Matsunaga on the inside.
Murhaa lands with a short shot to the head.
A short right from Murhaa on the inside.
Murhaa is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Matsunaga is keeping busy.
Murhaa cracks Matsunaga with a nice body shot.
Murhaa lands a left hand.

Matsunaga escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Murhaa slips under a jab from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga misses with a body shot.
Matsunaga swings widly with a right hand
and Murhaa counters with a left to the body.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Murhaa tries to clinch but Matsunaga moves away
and Matsunaga makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Murhaa ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murhaa displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Matsunaga throws out the jab.
Nice defenses there by Murhaa.
Matsunaga uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Murhaa.
It seemed like Matsunaga was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Matsunaga shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Murhaa eats them both and turns towards Matsunaga to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Jab from Murhaa.
Murhaa misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Murhaa scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.

Murhaa clinches up with Matsunaga and pushes him back against the cage.
A nice right hand lands inside from Murhaa.
Murhaa lands with a short punch from the clinch.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Murhaa tries to throw a body punch but Matsunaga avoids it by throwing Murhaa back against the cage.
Matsunaga swings wildly with an uppercut but Murhaa uses good head movement to avoid it.
Murhaa works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Murhaa lands a shoulder strike.
Murhaa leaning his opponent against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Matsunaga is breathing heavily.
Murhaa lands a body punch in the clinch.
Murhaa holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Matsunaga fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Murhaa blocks a body shot from Matsunaga.
Murhaa working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Paul Murhaa has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Matsunaga working aggressively here.
Murhaa lands a body punch in the clinch.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Murhaa's corner are urging him to control the action in the clinch for a moment, rather than mount any serious offense. I'm sure the crowd appreciate those instructions... not.
A bit of stalling here from Murhaa.
Murhaa blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Murhaa tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Matsunaga's elbow.
Murhaa pushes Matsunaga back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Murhaa lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Matsunaga.
Murhaa blocking some punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Matsunaga looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Murhaa lands with a right to the head.
Matsunaga misses with a short punch on the inside.
Murhaa lands a left hand.
Murhaa blocks an uppercut.
Matsunaga wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Murhaa pressing his opponent against the cage.
Matsunaga misses with the head strike.
Murhaa lands with a short head shot on the inside.

It looks like Futoshi Matsunaga has been cut.
Murhaa lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Murhaa lands a shot to the body.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Murhaa lands with a right to the head.
Matsunaga working aggressively here.
Murhaa makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
A short uppercut from Murhaa.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa lands a right hand.
Matsunaga lands a nice uppercut.
Murhaa makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Matsunaga tries to break the clinch but Murhaa is controlling the position.
Matsunaga tries to circle away but Murhaa has him pinned against the cage.
Matsunaga misses with a punch to the body.
Murhaa leaning his opponent against the cage.
Matsunaga is trying to break free.
A bit of stalling here from Murhaa.
Murhaa taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Murhaa lands a nice uppercut.
Matsunaga tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Murhaa stalling in the clinch.
Murhaa lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Matsunaga or not.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Murhaa lands with a right to the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Paul Murhaa dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Futoshi Matsunaga's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Matsunaga is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Matsunaga throws a predictable looking body shot
and Murhaa counters with a straight right hand.
Matsunaga misses the jab.

Murhaa forces Matsunaga back against the cage and clinches.
Murhaa makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Murhaa scores with a shot to the side of Matsunaga's head.
Matsunaga swings wildly with an uppercut but Murhaa uses good head movement to avoid it.
Matsunaga goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short left from Murhaa.

Matsunaga is rocked!
Murhaa leaning his opponent against the cage.
Murhaa scores with a shot to the side of Matsunaga's head.
Matsunaga is still on wobbly legs! Can Murhaa finish him?
Good body shot from Murhaa.
Matsunaga prevents a body shot from Murhaa.
Matsunaga seems to have recovered his senses.
Matsunaga misses with a hook to the ribs.
Matsunaga lands with a light punch inside.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Murhaa lands a body shot.
Matsunaga takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Matsunaga working aggressively here.
Murhaa just leaning against Matsunaga, taking a breather.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Murhaa lands a right hand.
Murhaa tries a body shot but Matsunaga blocks it.
Matsunaga takes a shot to the head.
Murhaa tries to throw a body punch but Matsunaga avoids it by throwing Murhaa back against the cage.
Murhaa lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Murhaa just leaning against Matsunaga, taking a breather.
Matsunaga goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Murhaa keeps control of Matsunaga as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
A short right from Murhaa.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Murhaa lands with a short head shot on the inside.
A short body shot lands from Murhaa as the two fighters clinch.
Murhaa slows down the pace here.
Matsunaga is looking to break free of the clinch but Murhaa has double underhooks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Murhaa pushes Matsunaga back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Murhaa stalling.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Murhaa's corner are urging him to control the action in the clinch for a moment, rather than mount any serious offense. I'm sure the crowd appreciate those instructions... not.
Murhaa blocks an uppercut.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Matsunaga.
Murhaa scores with a nice hook to the head.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Murhaa creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Murhaa.
Matsunaga is working Murhaa over against the cage.
Matsunaga tries to work over Murhaa's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A short body shot lands from Murhaa as the two fighters clinch.
A short body shot lands from Murhaa as the two fighters clinch.
Matsunaga tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Murhaa's elbow.
Murhaa leaning against his opponent.
Good body shot from Murhaa.
A short right from Murhaa.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa pushes Matsunaga back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.

Murhaa drops Matsunaga onto one knee with a big uppercut from the clinch! Matsunaga is propped up by the cage and works his way back to his feet!
Murhaa lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Matsunaga or not.
Murhaa lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Murhaa unloads with a big right hand that wobbles Matsunaga! He's leaning against the cage trying to keep his feet but Murhaa is unloading with more strikes now! Matsunaga drops to his knees and the referee stops the fight for a TKO!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:23 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Paul Murhaa!
Paul Murhaa retains his bantamweight title!
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