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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Billy Gravano (ranked 24717 p4p, 534 weight class) and Will Star (ranked 24848 p4p, 526 weight class). Gravano comes to the cage accompanied by long way to the top. Will Star will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

170 cm
25
160 lbs
0 - 4 - 0
180 cm
25
155 lbs
0 - 3 - 0
Good takedowns
Brawler
Cuts easily
BJJ Blue Belt
Good kicks
Powerful

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Billy Gravano!
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 The Island, Will Star!
The judges for this bout are Dirk Anderson, Bart Greer and Winston Alpacca.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Gravano fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Star, pushing him back against the cage.
Star is trying to break free.

Gravano gets control of Star's arms and successfully pulls guard. Gravano will no doubt be looking for submissions off his back.
Gravano preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Star has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Gravano is proving hard to escape from.

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

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:31 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Billy Gravano!
Billy Gravano spent the whole post fight interview bigging himself up. It didn't go down that well with the fans after a while as they thought it was a bit arrogant.
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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RATING
100%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between William Lowe (ranked 6735 p4p, 558 weight class) and Herbet Chesterfield (ranked 7293 p4p, 578 weight class). Herbet Chesterfield has the power to score a knockout today if he connects clean with William Lowe's chin.

178 cm
25
210 lbs
0 - 1 - 0
188 cm
25
219 lbs
2 - 3 - 0
Good takedowns
Basic striking
Cuts easily
Decent wrestler
Decent boxing
Heavy handed

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, William Lowe!
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 The Island, Herbet Chesterfield!
The judges for this bout are Winston Alpacca, Daniel Franklin and Sandra Marshall.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lowe throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Chesterfield lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.
Lowe ducks under a wild hook from Chesterfield.
Lowe is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Chesterfield.
Chesterfield moves out of range as Lowe strikes.
Lowe takes one to the chin there.
Chesterfield looks to land a combination but Lowe avoids it well.
Lowe tries for a takedown but Chesterfield circles away easily
and Chesterfield counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Lowe thinking.
Nice shot by Chesterfield.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lowe misses with an uppercut
and Chesterfield counters with a nice uppercut.

It looks like William Lowe has been cut.
Lowe misses the jab.
Lowe throws an off balance right hand
letting Chesterfield counter with a right hand.
Chesterfield misses with the combination.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Chesterfield staying out of range there.
Lowe shoots and misses

and Chesterfield counters with a crisp right hand that drops Lowe! Chesterfield lets Lowe back up to his feet, looking for a finish!

Lowe is rocked!
Lowe with a poor takedown
and Chesterfield rattles Lowe with a well-timed uppercut counter. - Lowe tries to back away and recover but his hands are down low and he gets tagged again, sending him stumbling down to the canvas. Chesterfield dives in after him and quickly finishes the job with a trio of brutal punches, leaving Lowe stiff and motionless on the mat!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:26 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Herbet Chesterfield!
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
68%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Clive Burrows (ranked 4412 p4p, 463 weight class) and Frankie Sparks (ranked 24284 p4p, 578 weight class). Sparks has chosen thunderstruck as his entrance music. Both fighters look pumped up here. Let's hope this is a good fight!

166 cm
25
180 lbs
1 - 1 - 0
175 cm
25
175 lbs
0 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Brawler
Very quick
BJJ Blue Belt
Decent boxing
Solid 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 1 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Clive Burrows!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Frankie Sparks!
The judges for this bout are David Hoff, Sandra Marshall and Daniel Franklin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Burrows jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Sparks blocks a head kick by Burrows.
Sparks tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Burrows defends well and Sparks ends up having to push Burrows into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Sparks lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Burrows circles away quickly and effectively.
Sparks's coach down at Temp Spar Gym was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Sparks's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Sparks lands a jab-cross combination.

It looks like Clive Burrows has been cut.
Sparks fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Burrows throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Sparks's waist but Sparks gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Burrows off to one side.
Sparks throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Sparks closes the distance and clinches up with Burrows, looking for a takedown. Sparks pushes Burrows against the cage but Burrows circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Clive Burrows has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Frankie Sparks.
Nice takedown defense from Burrows. No joy for Sparks on that attempt.
Sparks throws a series of strikes that have Burrows backpedaling.
Burrows tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sparks was well out of range. Poor timing from Burrows.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Sparks tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Sparks tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Burrows defends well and Sparks ends up having to push Burrows into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Sparks avoids a kick to the body.
Sparks blocks a jab.
As Burrows backs off Sparks throws a huge counter combo but Burrows manages to avoid it all.

Burrows shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Burrows showed some decent athleticism there.
Sparks makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Sparks.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Burrows throws a big right hand that misses.
Burrows 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.
Burrows postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Burrows definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Sparks is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Burrows throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Sparks keeping moving, preventing Burrows from controlling successfully.
Sparks pulls Burrows in close to prevent any damage.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Burrows's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Burrows with a flurry of punches that miss.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Burrows working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Burrows accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Burrows throws a big elbow that misses.
Burrows working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Burrows in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Burrows trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Burrows accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Burrows throws a big elbow that misses.
Sparks not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Sparks wants to get back to his feet but Burrows is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Burrows is in close to Sparks's body, working some short punches and elbows.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sparks not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Burrows connects with a couple of short punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Burrows accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Burrows cracks Sparks with a solid left hand.
Burrows with a flurry of punches that miss.
Burrows trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Burrows is looking to work some ground and pound but Sparks has wrist control.
Burrows scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Burrows with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Sparks 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.
Sparks is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Sparks keeping moving, preventing Burrows from controlling successfully.
Burrows working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Burrows postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Burrows lands a couple of digs.
Burrows with a flurry of punches that miss.
Sparks 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.
Burrows with a flurry of punches that miss.
Burrows trying to control but Sparks is working from the bottom.
Sparks has momentary wrist control but Burrows slips an elbow through the middle.

Sparks is edging up against the cage. He's using the cage to get back to his feet. Nice work there - the fighters are clinched.
Burrows has Sparks pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Sparks manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.

Sparks breaks the clinch.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
No joy there for Sparks, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Burrows feinted with a counter takedown.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Sparks tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Burrows manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Burrows dodges the punch combination from Sparks.
Sparks connects with a body shot.
Sparks shoots in for a takedown but Burrows shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.

Sparks gets caught napping as Burrows dives in and scores a takedown. Sparks manages to retain guard.

Sparks pushes Burrows off and scrambles back to his feet.
Left hook, right uppercut from Sparks.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Burrows stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Burrows wants it to stay on the feet.
Sparks moves out of range as Burrows strikes.
Sparks is loading up here, looking for a big counter of his own.
Burrows tried to score with a low kick but Sparks checks it.
Sparks feints the counter takedown.
Horrible takedown attempt by Sparks or perhaps it was just good defense by Burrows, which made it look bad.
Clive Burrows has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Frankie Sparks.

Burrows shoots in and scores a nice double leg takedown into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sparks is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Burrows scores with a couple of nice shots.
Burrows landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Burrows is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Burrows working over Sparks with some ground and pound. Sparks looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Sparks keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Sparks flails away from the bottom but he's not doing any damage.
Sparks is trying to get back to full guard.
Sparks trying to control but Burrows postures up.
Sparks taking some punishment here, with Burrows in his half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Burrows landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Burrows seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Burrows thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Sparks's head.
Burrows throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Burrows working Sparks over with strikes.
Burrows working the head and body with strikes.
Burrows thows a huge punch but Sparks dodges it nicely.
Ground and pound from Burrows.
Burrows lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Burrows is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Burrows lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Burrows lands strikes from half guard.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Burrows lands a nice short elbow.
Burrows looks to land a strike but Sparks avoids it nicely and regains full guard.
Burrows is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Sparks can do to turn this around?
Burrows in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Burrows postures up in Sparks's guard and throws a big left but Sparks blocks it.
Sparks wants to sweep but no luck.
Burrows with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Burrows with a flurry of punches that miss.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Burrows throws an elbow that misses. Sparks uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Burrows's guard. Nice move by Sparks!

Burrows controls Sparks momentarily but Sparks frees himself.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sparks loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Burrows manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sparks manages to get himself to full guard.

Burrows with a nice head shot there.
Burrows is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Burrows distracts Sparks with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Burrows preventing the sweep.
Burrows working some strikes from top position.
Burrows throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Burrows trying to control the position from guard on top but Sparks is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Burrows throwing strikes from guard but Sparks blocks nicely.
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!
Sparks managing to control the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Clive Burrows dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Clive Burrows's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!



Burrows scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.
Burrows missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Sparks controlling the position for now.
Sparks is looking to improve his position.
Burrows takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Burrows not landing any meaningful shots this time.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Burrows is nestled in close to Sparks, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Sparks blocking the ground and pound attempt from Burrows.
Sparks avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Burrows.
Burrows thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Sparks's head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Burrows scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Burrows slips a nice elbow through Sparks's hands, connecting with Sparks's forehead.
Burrows slips a nice elbow through Sparks's hands, connecting with Sparks's forehead.
Sparks takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Burrows connects with a nice short shot to Sparks's temple.
Burrows scoring with strikes to the body and head.

Sparks is rocked!
Sparks avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Burrows.
Burrows throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Burrows is nestled in close to Sparks, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Ground and pound from Burrows.
Sparks is still in real trouble! Can Burrows finish him?
Sparks is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Burrows scores with a couple of nice shots.
Sparks taking some punishment here, with Burrows in his half guard.
Burrows scores with a couple of good hammerfists.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sparks blocking the ground and pound attempt from Burrows.
Burrows thows a huge punch but Sparks dodges it nicely.
Sparks seems to have recovered his senses.
Burrows drops an elbow to the side of Sparks's head.
Burrows working the head and body with strikes.
Burrows missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Burrows scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Burrows looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Sparks with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Burrows throwing shots but Sparks is blocking nicely.

Sparks kicks off Burrows and gets to his feet.
Sparks connects with a right hand. Burrows shakes it off.
Burrows shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Sparks pinned against the cage. Sparks gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Sparks is looking for the big counter here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sparks fails with a takedown attempt.
Sparks takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Nice takedown defense from Burrows. No joy for Sparks on that attempt.

Burrows shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Sparks's guard.
Burrows working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Sparks trying to control the position.
Burrows throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Clive Burrows overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Burrows is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Burrows with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Burrows won't allow Sparks to sweep him here.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Burrows's corner. There ya go! There ya go!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Burrows throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Sparks works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Burrows trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Burrows is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Burrows is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Burrows scoring with punches to the head and body.
Burrows throwing strikes from guard but Sparks blocks nicely.
Burrows throws an elbow that misses. Sparks uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Burrows's guard. Nice move by Sparks!

Frankie Sparks has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Sparks preventing the sweep.
Sparks working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Burrows tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Clive Burrows is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Sparks must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Burrows on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Burrows tries to get out of the position.
Sparks loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

And that's the end of the fight!
Clive Burrows showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Burrows, 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 David Hoff scores the fight 30:27
Judge Sandra Marshall scores the fight 30:27
Judge Daniel Franklin scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Clive Burrows!

Clive Burrows seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
Frankie Sparks spoke after the fight, saying 'sorry better try harder I guess'.
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G S C G energy
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
51%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Collin Whitley (ranked 4413 p4p, 110 weight class) and Tim Shaw (ranked 6405 p4p, 225 weight class). Whitley comes to the cage accompanied by i stand alone. 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.

175 cm
26
230 lbs
2 - 5 - 0
188 cm
25
265 lbs
2 - 5 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Solid boxing
KO power
Good wrestler
Brawler
Knockout power

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the super heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Collin Whitley!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Tim Shaw!
The judges for this bout are Sandra Marshall, Michael Johnstone and Daniel Franklin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Whitley misses with a two punch combination.
Whitley swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.

Shaw gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Shaw misses with a punch to the body.
Whitley wants to break the clinch but can't.
Whitley wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.

Whitley jumps guard and drags Shaw to the mat. He's obviously going to be looking for submissions off his back.
Shaw throws a big elbow that misses.
Shaw engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Shaw is looking to work some ground and pound but Whitley has wrist control.
Shaw controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shaw trying to control the position from guard on top but Whitley is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Shaw 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.
Shaw throws a strike but Whitley rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Shaw working a defensive guard here.
Whitley missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Whitley in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Shaw is trying to control the position but Whitley postures up.

Shaw has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Whitley can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Whitley stops Shaw from standing up.
Shaw is trying to control the position but Whitley postures up.
Shaw working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Whitley.
Whitley might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Whitley trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

Shaw looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Whitley 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.
Shaw is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Shaw really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Whitley. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Whitley throwing strikes but missing.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Whitley throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Shaw works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Whitley throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Shaw works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Shaw is controlling Whitley's posture.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Shaw had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Whitley defends it easily.
Whitley throws a big elbow that misses.

Shaw is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Whitley defends well.
Whitley working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Shaw working a defensive guard but Whitley manages to pass into side control anyway.
Shaw manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Shaw throwing shots but Whitley is blocking nicely.
Well, if Shaw is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Shaw missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Whitley definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Shaw not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Shaw perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Shaw not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Shaw misses with a head shot. Whitley uses the momentum to regain guard.
Shaw loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Shaw in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Shaw trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Whitley preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Shaw is looking to work some ground and pound but Whitley has wrist control.
Shaw working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Shaw looking to sit in guard and control but Whitley gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


Shaw has his foot on Whitley's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Whitley works his way back into a safe position though.
Shaw pulls Whitley in close to prevent any damage.
Whitley postures up in Shaw's guard and throws a big left but Shaw blocks it.
Whitley trying to control the position from guard on top but Shaw is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Shaw working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Whitley.

Shaw is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Whitley wants to control from the top but Shaw keeps moving.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Whitley throwing strikes from guard but Shaw blocks nicely.
Whitley with a flurry of punches that miss.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Nice sprawl there from Shaw as Whitley shoots in.

Shaw moves into the clinch successfully.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Shaw takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Shaw struggles to land a body shot inside as Whitley controls his hands.
Shaw tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Shaw takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Shaw misses with a body punch.
A frustrated look appears on Whitley's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Shaw stalling against the cage.
Shaw has Whitley pushed against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shaw keeps the fight in the clinch, despite Whitley's efforts to push away.
A short uppercut from Shaw.
Shaw controlling the action here for a moment.

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

That's one minute gone in the round.

Shaw moves into range and clinches up with Whitley.
Shaw effectively controlling the action here.
Shaw throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Whitleys head.
Whitley fails to pull guard.
Still in the clinch, Shaw scores with a nice short uppercut.
Come on Shaw - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Shaw takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.

Shaw moves into range and clinches up with Whitley.
Shaw effectively controlling the action here.
Shaw has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Shaw is pushing Whitley up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.
Shaw stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Whitley tries to break free but Shaw pushes him back against the cage.
Shaw scores with a nice hook to the head.
Whitley is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Shaw gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Collin Whitley. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Come on Shaw - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
Shaw just leaning against Whitley, taking a breather.
Shaw receives a warning from the referee for stalling.
Shaw keeps the fight in the clinch, despite Whitley's efforts to push away.
Whitley fails to pull the fight into his guard.

Whitley breaks the clinch.
Shaw has tried to improve his agility in the runup to this fight.
Whitley throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Shaw sees it coming and avoids it easily.

Shaw clinches.
Whitley is trying to drag Shaw to the mat but Shaw just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Shaw displaying some good clinch control by pressing Whitley up against the cage.
Shaw content to slow the pace in the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Whitley wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Whitley can't get the takedown.
Whitley wants to get back to striking at distance but Shaw won't allow it.
Shaw just leaning against Whitley, taking a breather.
Shaw stalling against the cage.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.

Shaw gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Shaw will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Whitley up against the cage.
Shaw tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Whitley's elbow.
Shaw is struggling to control the position.
Shaw pressing his opponent against the cage.

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Shaw clinches up with Whitley and pushes him back against the cage.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Shaw will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Whitley up against the cage.

Whitley manages to break the clinch.

Shaw has taken the fight to the clinch.
A right hand to the body from Shaw.
Shaw scores with a nice hook to the head.
Whitley wants to get back to striking at distance but Shaw won't allow it.
Whitley jumps guard but Shaw turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Whitley is trying to break free.
A bit of stalling here from Shaw.
Shaw blocks the elbow strike.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Whitley wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Whitley blocks a body shot from Shaw.
Shaw stalling against the cage.
The referee calls for Shaw to work.
Shaw continues to stall. The referee tells him to work or he's going to break them up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Tim Shaw showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!



Shaw has closed the distance and engaged Whitley in a clinch.
Whitley has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Shaw holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Whitley is looking to take this one to the mat.
Shaw gets underhooks to prevent Whitley's takedown attempt.
Whitley blocks a body shot from Shaw.

Whitley manages to break the clinch.
Whitley goes for a double leg but Shaw avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Shaw continues to drive forward.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Collin Whitley. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Whitley fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.

Shaw has closed the distance and engaged Whitley in a clinch.
Shaw tries to work over Whitley's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Tim Shaw seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Shaw.
Shaw cracks Whitley with a nice body shot.
Shaw lands a hook to the side of the head.
Shaw taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Shaw will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Whitley up against the cage.
Shaw is clearly stalling here... Pick up the pace son.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shaw controlling the action here for a moment.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.

Whitley tries to keep at a distance but Shaw has taken the fight into the clinch.
Shaw stalling against the cage.
Shaw holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Shaw content to slow the pace in the clinch.
The crowd are getting on Shaw's back here. They're not happy about his lack of aggression in the clinch.
Shaw scores with a shot to the side of Whitley's head.
Whitley tries for a takedown but Shaw manages to get underhooks.
Shaw leaning his opponent against the cage.
Shaw is clearly stalling here... Pick up the pace son.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.
Shaw cracks Whitley with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Whitley misses with a wild combination.

Shaw gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Whitley wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Shaw slows down the pace here.
Whitley wants to break free but Shaw has control.
Whitley being controlled against the cage.
Shaw just leaning against Whitley, taking a breather.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Shaw leaning against his opponent.
A hook to the body from Shaw.
Shaw stalls.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.
Whitley pivots, looking for a leg kick but Shaw is out of range and Whitley settles back down.

Shaw closes the distance and pushes Whitley back into the cage.
Shaw leaning his opponent against the cage.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Shaw takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Shaw dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.
Whitley is working Shaw over against the cage.
Shaw just leaning against Whitley, taking a breather.
Shaw stops a takedown attempt from Whitley.
Shaw lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Shaw has Whitley pressed against the cage.
Shaw throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Whitley looking for a takedown.
Whitley lands a left hand.
Whitley letting Shaw take a breather here.
A short body shot lands from Shaw as the two fighters clinch.
Whitley has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
A body shot lands from Shaw.
Whitley is trying to pull guard but Shaw turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
A bit of stalling here from Shaw.
Shaw lands a nice uppercut.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Tim Shaw.

Shaw has closed the distance and engaged Whitley in a clinch.
Shaw throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Whitleys head.
Shaw will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Whitley up against the cage.

And that's the end of the fight!
Tim Shaw comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Shaw 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 Sandra Marshall scores the fight 28:29
Judge Michael Johnstone scores the fight 28:29
Judge Daniel Franklin scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Tim Shaw!

During a confident post fight interview, Tim Shaw thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
The defeated Collin Whitley had this to say: 'sorry everyone'.
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A
G S C
B
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 super heavyweight MMA rules bout between George Adams (ranked 4304 p4p, 107 weight class) and Rustam Damian (ranked 3760 p4p, 93 weight class). Adams comes to the cage accompanied by stiff upper lip. George Adams could well score a knockout today. He has the power to get to Rustam Damian's chin.

180 cm
26
250 lbs
2 - 5 - 0
190 cm
25
243 lbs
1 - 1 - 0
Decent wrestler
Basic striking
KO power
BJJ White Belt
Excellent MT
Prefers standup

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the super heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, George Adams!
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 The Island, Rustam Damian!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Franklin, Dirk Anderson and Peter Branson.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Adams fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Damian avoids it really well and circles away.
Adams definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Damian stuffs the takedown.
Adams with a lazy takedown attempt
and Damian counters with a lovely shot to the body.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for George Adams. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Adams shoots in for a double leg but Damian sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.

Damian clinches up with Adams and pushes him back against the cage.
Adams goes for a takedown in the clinch but Damian prevents it.
Adams tries for a takedown but Damian manages to get underhooks.
Adams has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Damian after a bit of a struggle.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Damian lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Damian lands a left hand.
Damian lands an elbow inside.

It looks like George Adams has been cut.
Adams fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Damian looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Damian lands an elbow inside.
A short left from Damian.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Damian lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.
Damian lands a body punch.
Adams takes an elbow to the temple.
Damian lands a big right hand that drops Adams! The killer instinct kicks in and Damian finishes his opponent with a series of strikes from mount. A dominating finish by Damian!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:23 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Rustam Damian!
Our winner, Rustam Damian, 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.
George Adams was interviewed post fight and said 'sorry my peeps'.
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
57%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Robert Higgs (ranked 1776 p4p, 233 weight class) and Scott Lee (ranked 2527 p4p, 311 weight class). Lee has chosen Sweet Caroline as his entrance music. Scott Lee has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

193 cm
26
202 lbs
6 - 4 - 0
186 cm
26
193 lbs
3 - 3 - 0
Good wrestling
Basic striking
Cardio machine
Good takedowns
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 6 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Robert Higgs!
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 The Island, Scott Lee!
The judges for this bout are Sandra Marshall, Daniel Franklin and Winston Alpacca.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lee misses with a hook. Higgs ducked under it nicely.

Higgs closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Lee trying to land knees to the body.
Lee tries to land a knee to the head but Higgs blocks with his arms.
Lee tries a knee to the head but he's missed.

Higgs manages to pull guard. Let's see whether he can land a sub off his back.
Higgs definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Higgs keeping moving, preventing Lee from controlling successfully.

Lee is sitting in close to Higgs's body. Higgs has gone for a guillotine from the bottom. Oh damn, that looks pretty tight! Lee is panicking - it looks like this one could be all over! Yes, Lee is tapping! That was a very nice submission by Higgs.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:39 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Robert Higgs!
In his post fight interview, Robert Higgs started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
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
100%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1522 p4p, 185 weight class) and Nevzorov Stepanovich (ranked 1703 p4p, 206 weight class). Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

168 cm
26
161 lbs
6 - 3 - 0
170 cm
25
162 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Good takedowns
Basic striking
Solid chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Nevzorov Stepanovich!
The judges for this bout are Michael Johnstone, Dirk Anderson and David Hoff.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Stepanovich avoids the body shot from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto swings widly with a right hand

and Stepanovich counters with a takedown into side control.
Yamamoto has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Yamamoto is trying to get back to half guard.
Stepanovich wants to lay and pray for a moment but Yamamoto keeps working.
Yamamoto is looking to reverse the position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Stepanovich thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Yamamoto tries to bench press Stepanovich off him but Stepanovich keeps the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Stepanovich's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.

Yamamoto is defending against the submission attempts here by Stepanovich.
Stepanovich has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Temp Spar Gym. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.

Stepanovich is trying to work for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.

Stepanovich is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

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.
Yamamoto tries to get to full guard but Stepanovich has control of the leg.

Yamamoto looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

Yamamoto is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Stepanovich pulls his head out easily.
Stepanovich is trying to control. Yamamoto wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.

Stepanovich is looking for a kimura here.
Yamamoto is refusing to be controlled, as Stepanovich sits in half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Stepanovich is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

Stepanovich looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.

Stepanovich wants to work for an arm triangle but Yamamoto is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.

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.
Yamamoto is refusing to be controlled, as Stepanovich sits in half guard.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Yamamoto misses the shot to the body.
Stepanovich tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Stepanovich shoots in and drives through. Yamamoto sprawls well.
Stepanovich tries for a takedown but Yamamoto sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Stepanovich looks to land a left hand but Yamamoto moved out of range nicely.
Stepanovich jabbing away but nothing is landing.

Yamamoto scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Stepanovich looking for a kimura from the bottom but Yamamoto passes into side control!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Stepanovich wants to control but Yamamoto postures up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Nevzorov Stepanovich 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.


Stepanovich doesn't succeed with the takedown

and Yamamoto counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.

Yamamoto drops back, looking for a kneebar! Stepanovich looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Stepanovich looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Stepanovich!

Stepanovich has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Yamamoto!
Yamamoto really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto is working hard here to advance position.
Stepanovich can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Yamamoto is looking to escape.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Stepanovich is working on an americana here. Ooh, that looks pretty nasty! Nope, Yamamoto has managed to escape the submission attempt.

Stepanovich goes for an armbar but he's fallen flat on his backside there and now Yamamoto is on top in guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Yamamoto passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Stepanovich is trying to improve his position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

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

Yamamoto goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Stepanovich has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Yamamoto but great work by Stepanovich.
Yamamoto is looking to reverse the position.

Stepanovich tries for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.
Yamamoto is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Yamamoto works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

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

Stepanovich got a little sloppy there for a moment and Yamamoto has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Stepanovich has managed to get both his arms back between Yamamoto's legs - danger averted.
Yamamoto keeping moving, preventing Stepanovich from controlling successfully.

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

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Stepanovich stands and throws Yamamoto's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Yamamoto is trying to improve his position.
Stepanovich trying to control the position but Yamamoto is working away.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Stepanovich tries for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.
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 Norifumi Yamamoto will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Stepanovich throws a jab but it's blocked by Yamamoto.
A telegraphed right hand from Stepanovich misses the target.
Yamamoto looks to score with a jab to the body but Stepanovich is just out of range.
Stepanovich waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Yamamoto.
Yamamoto feinted with a counter takedown.
Stepanovich blocks a jab.

Yamamoto scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.
Stepanovich tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Yamamoto wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yamamoto tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Norifumi Yamamoto overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Yamamoto tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Yamamoto has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yamamoto is trying to get an arm triangle but Stepanovich is defending well.
Stepanovich is looking for a sweep.
Stepanovich is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Stepanovich wants to control but Yamamoto postures up.

Yamamoto looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

Yamamoto wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Stepanovich, who protects the arm well.
Stepanovich can't do much from the bottom here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Stepanovich tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Stepanovich is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Yamamoto's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Stepanovich is pressing down on Yamamoto's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
Yamamoto trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Yamamoto misses with a looping left.
A big right from Yamamoto misses.
Stepanovich throws a big shot that misses.
Yamamoto uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Stepanovich.

Yamamoto gets a double leg takedown into Stepanovich's guard.
Stepanovich tries to land a sweep but no joy.

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


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


And that's the end of the fight!
Norifumi Yamamoto showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Yamamoto has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 Michael Johnstone scores the fight 29:28
Judge Dirk Anderson scores the fight 28:29
Judge David Hoff scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Norifumi Yamamoto!

Our winner, Norifumi Yamamoto, 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.
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
28%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Juan Luna (ranked 388 p4p, 48 weight class) and Kenshi Kimura (ranked 1003 p4p, 123 weight class). Luna comes to the cage accompanied by Noypi by Bamboo. Buckle up people - heeeeeeeeeere we go!

171 cm
26
162 lbs
7 - 1 - 0
165 cm
26
162 lbs
5 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Cardio machine
Powerful takedowns
Basic striking
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Juan Luna!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Kenshi Kimura!
The judges for this bout are David Hoff, Santiago Holmes and Winston Alpacca.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kimura is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Luna.
Luna appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.

Luna moves into the clinch.
Luna throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Kimuras head.
Kimura is trying to maintain a safe position but Luna gets an underhook and turns Kimura into the cage.
Luna lands with a right to the head.
Luna pushes Kimura back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Luna lands a hook to the side of the head.
Kimura just leaning against Luna, taking a breather.
Kimura stalling in the clinch but Luna improves position.
Kimura is trying to maintain a safe position but Luna gets an underhook and turns Kimura into the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A right hook to the body lands for Luna.
A right hand to the body from Luna.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Luna lands a shoulder strike.
Luna has Kimura pressed against the cage, preventing Kimura from circling away and getting back to striking at range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Kimura takes a shot to the head.
A hook to the body from Luna.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
A short body shot lands from Luna as the two fighters clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Luna.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
Kimura has a couple of punches blocked by Luna.
A body shot lands from Luna.
Luna lands with a left to the head.
Luna gets through Kimura's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.

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!
Both guys are working to get underhooks.
Luna lands a right hand that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
A nice left hand lands by Luna.
Luna lands a hook that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Luna lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Luna lands a body shot.
Luna working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Kimura tries to stall but Luna uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Luna lands a shoulder strike.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Luna.
Luna lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Kimura tries to stall but Luna uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
Luna digs a right hand underneath Kimura's ribcage. Kimura let out a lung full of air as it connected.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Luna.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
A right handed body shot lands from Luna.
Luna softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Luna cracks Kimura with a nice body shot.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Luna.
Luna lands a nice uppercut.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Luna lands with a left to the head.
Luna presses Kimura against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Luna lands with a short punch from the 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!
Luna lands a hook to the side of the head.
Kimura is trying to pull guard but Luna turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Luna digs a right hand underneath Kimura's ribcage. Kimura let out a lung full of air as it connected.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
A right hand to the body from Luna.
Luna stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Luna keeps the fight in the clinch, despite Kimura's efforts to push away.
Luna scores with a shoulder strike.
Luna gets through Kimura's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Luna scores with an uppercut up the middle.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Luna scores with a shot to the side of Kimura's head.
Luna lands a hook that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Kimura jumps guard but Luna stands there with Kimura around his waist. Kimura gives up and drops back to his feet. We remain in the clinch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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



Luna gets a clinch.
Luna working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Kimura throws a head punch that misses.
Luna misses with a short punch on the inside.
Luna is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Kimura can do to turn this around?
A bit of stalling here from Kimura.
Luna lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Luna stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Luna softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Luna looks to be in better condition than last time we saw him fight. Obviously he's been working hard on his cardio.
Kimura is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Luna scores with a nice hook to the head.
Luna lands with a short head shot on the inside.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Luna.
Luna lands with a short shot to the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
A hook to the body from Luna.
Luna lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Luna lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Luna.
Luna is working Kimura over against the cage.
Kimura takes a shot to the head.
Luna works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Juan Luna has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Still in the clinch, Luna scores with a nice short uppercut.
Kimura leaning against his opponent.
A short left from Luna.
Luna scores with a shoulder strike.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Luna lands with a light punch inside.
Kimura tries to pull guard but Luna holds him up against the cage and eventually Kimura drops back down to his feet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kimura tries to stall but Luna uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Luna creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
A short body shot lands from Luna as the two fighters clinch.
Luna working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Kimura takes a shot to the head.
Luna works on Kimura's body with a couple of short punches.
Luna scores with a shot to the side of Kimura's head.
Luna lands with a short punch from the clinch.

Luna breaks the clinch.
Kimura misses with a hook
and Luna counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Kimura shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.

Luna closes the distance and clinches.
Luna lands a left hand that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands with a left to the head.
Luna scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Luna lands an uppercut.
Kimura is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Luna is keeping busy.
A left hand lands to the body for Luna.
Kimura trying to control the position but instead, Luna has worked for underhooks and has pushed Kimura into the cage.
Luna lands a body punch in the clinch.
Luna lands a right hand that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Luna lands a left hand that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Luna pushes Kimura back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Kimura is trying to push Luna away but Luna has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A body shot lands from Luna.
Luna lands with a left to the head.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Luna digs a right hand into Kimura's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Kimura's gas tank.
A shot in the inside from Luna.
Kimura is trying to stall.
Kimura wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Luna lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Luna working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Kimura's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!

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

Luna clinches up with Kimura and pushes him back against the cage.
Kimura stalling in the clinch but Luna improves position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Luna keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Kimura shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Luna defends it nicely.

Luna closes the distance and pushes Kimura back into the cage.
Kimura throws a head punch that misses.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kimura stalling.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.

Kimura jumps guard and drags Luna to the mat. He's obviously going to be looking for submissions off his back.
Luna showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna pushing down on Kimura's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Luna wants to free his trapped foot but Kimura is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Kimura preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Luna perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Kimura trying to control here.

Kimura actively working from the bottom here.
Kimura is trying to control but can't.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kimura wants to improve his position but Luna is controlling well.
Still in half guard, Luna seems content to control.
Kimura moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Kimura has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Yaw-Yan Ardigma. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Luna stays in close to Kimura's body and controls the position.
Luna tries to free his leg and advance position but Kimura is retaining full guard.

Luna avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Luna engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Luna continues to stall.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kimura bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Luna's guard.

Luna trying to control the position here.
Kimura postures up.
Luna is controlling Kimura's posture.
Kimura advances position into side control!
Luna can't do much from the bottom here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Kimura tries for a kimura but Luna is defending well.
Luna is positioning himself to get back to half guard.

Kimura tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

Kimura is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Luna is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Kimura in the domination position with Luna hanging on.

Kimura is trying to get an arm triangle but Luna is defending well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Kenshi Kimura just about did enough to take it.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Kimura takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.

Luna closes the distance and clinches.
Luna lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
A right handed body shot lands from Luna.
A nice left hand lands by Luna.
Luna presses Kimura against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Kimura's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A battle for position here, against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice body punch from Luna - that landed with a thud.

Kimura decides to pull guard.
Luna controlling from the top position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Kimura on the ground.
Kimura trying to keep a closed guard but Luna is proving a slippery customer.
Luna wants to pass the guard but Kimura is keeping the position.

Luna avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

Luna avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Luna engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

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.
Luna's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Kenshi Kimura has got the better of the ground game so far.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Luna slips a jab from Kimura.

Luna takes the fight into the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
A right handed body shot lands from Luna.
Kimura's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Luna lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Luna lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Luna throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

Luna's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Luna throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Kimura feints the counter takedown.

Luna forces Kimura back against the cage and clinches.
Luna gets through Kimura's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
Luna lands a body punch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Luna pushes Kimura back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Luna lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
A right handed body shot lands from Luna.
Luna prevents Kimura from breaking the clinch.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Luna gets through Kimura's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A shot in the inside from Luna.
Luna lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Kimura taking a breather.
Kimura's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Kimura trying to control the position but instead, Luna has worked for underhooks and has pushed Kimura into the cage.
Kimura is trying to stall.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Juan Luna had his way with Kenshi Kimura in that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Luna scores with a jab to the body.

Luna closes the distance and pushes Kimura back into the cage.
Still in the clinch, Luna scores with a nice short uppercut.
A short right from Luna.
Luna lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Kimura taking a breather.
Luna dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.
Luna lands a right hand.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Luna pushes Kimura back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Kimura fails to pull guard.
Kimura is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Luna creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kimura trying to stall but Luna improves his position.
Kimura tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Luna just stands there and leans against the cage.
Luna lands a body shot.
Nice body punch from Luna.
Kimura is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?
A quick uppercut on the inside from Luna.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.
Luna lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Kimura.
Luna pushes Kimura back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Luna is leaning against Kimura and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Kimura jumps guard but Luna stands there with Kimura around his waist. Kimura gives up and drops back to his feet. We remain in the clinch.
Juan Luna has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Kenshi Kimura.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Kimura backwards.
Luna lands with a right to the head.
Luna lands a right hand.
A short right from Luna.
Luna scores with a shoulder strike.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Luna scores with a nice hook to the head.
Kimura takes a shot to the head.
A shot in the inside from Luna.
Kimura looking to slow down the pace here.
Kimura is trying to stall.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A body shot lands from Luna.
Kimura taking a breather.
Luna lands with a left to the head.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
Luna lands with a short shot to the head.
Kimura is trying to maintain a safe position but Luna gets an underhook and turns Kimura into the cage.
Luna is working Kimura over against the cage.
Kenshi Kimura has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Nice body punch from Luna.
A right hand to the body from Luna.
Kimura trying to stall but Luna improves his position.
Luna lands a hook to the side of the head.
Juan Luna is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands with a right to the head.
Luna scores with a nice hook to the head.
A short right from Luna.

Kimura is rocked!
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Luna lands a left hand.
Kimura is still on wobbly legs! Can Luna finish him?
A short right from Luna.
A nice right hand lands inside from Luna.
Luna lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Kimura is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
Luna lands a shoulder strike.
Luna lands with a short shot to the head.
Luna scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Luna lands a big right hand that drops Kimura! The killer instinct kicks in and Luna finishes his opponent with a series of strikes from mount. A dominating finish by Luna!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:57 of round 5, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Juan Luna!
Juan Luna retains his lightweight title!
Juan Luna decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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Co-main event


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Duke Blackbeard (ranked 679 p4p, 97 weight class) and Somrak Khamsing (ranked 1867 p4p, 236 weight class). Blackbeard comes to the cage accompanied by Remember The Name. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

180 cm
26
177 lbs
7 - 1 - 0
185 cm
26
178 lbs
5 - 3 - 0
BJJ Blue Belt
Excellent MT
Very quick
Decent wrestler
Excellent MT
Powerful

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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 7 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Duke Blackbeard!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Somrak Khamsing!
The judges for this bout are Dirk Anderson, Michael Johnstone and Sandra Marshall.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Khamsing looks to land a left hand but Blackbeard moved out of range nicely.
Blackbeard ducks under a wild hook from Khamsing.
Khamsing scores with a nice right hand.
Blackbeard thows a left - swing and a miss!
Khamsing takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Blackbeard misses with a hook.
Khamsing lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Khamsing takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Khamsing's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Blackbeard connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Khamsing scrambles back to his feet.
Khamsing moves away from the strike by Blackbeard.
Blackbeard fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Blackbeard definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Blackbeard scores with a punch to the head.
Blackbeard throws a looping overhand right but Khamsing ducks down to avoid it.
Blackbeard swings away with a body shot that misses
and Khamsing counters with a straight right hand.
Khamsing tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Blackbeard was well out of range. Poor timing from Khamsing.
We've been informed that Khamsing has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Khamsing takes a swing at Blackbeard's ribcage but misses.
Khamsing moves out of range as Blackbeard strikes.
Khamsing scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Khamsing tries to clinch up.
Khamsing lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Blackbeard backs up against the cage.

Blackbeard is rocked!
Blackbeard throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Khamsing slips under a jab from Blackbeard.
Khamsing lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.

Khamsing forces Blackbeard back against the cage and clinches.
Blackbeard is trying to break the clinch but Khamsing is controlling him.
Khamsing lands a left hand that snaps the head of Blackbeard backwards.
Blackbeard has a couple of punches blocked by Khamsing.
Blackbeard misses with a short punch on the inside.
Khamsing throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Khamsing lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Khamsing lands a shot to the body.
Khamsing blocks an uppercut.
Blackbeard swings wildly with an uppercut but Khamsing uses good head movement to avoid it.
Khamsing misses with a hook from the clinch.
Khamsing misses with a punch on the inside.
Blackbeard is trying to break the clinch but Khamsing has him pressed against the cage.
Khamsing misses with a hook from the clinch.
Khamsing blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Good body shot from Khamsing.
Khamsing blocking some punches.
Khamsing lands with a short punch from the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Khamsing.
Khamsing throws a punch but it's blocked by Blackbeard.
Blackbeard fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Khamsing lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Nice body punch from Khamsing.
Khamsing lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Khamsing working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Khamsing working aggressively here.
Khamsing goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Blackbeard throws a punch but it's blocked by Khamsing.
Khamsing swings wildly with an uppercut but Blackbeard uses good head movement to avoid it.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Khamsing.
Blackbeard lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Blackbeard misses with the head strike.
Khamsing misses with a short punch on the inside.
Khamsing fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Blackbeard tries to throw a body punch but Khamsing avoids it by throwing Blackbeard back against the cage.
Khamsing throws a head punch that misses.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Khamsing throws a head punch that misses.
Khamsing prevents Blackbeard from breaking the clinch.
Khamsing tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Khamsing.
Khamsing misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Blackbeard softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Khamsing struggles to land a body shot inside as Blackbeard controls his hands.
Blackbeard lands a hook to the side of the head.
Khamsing tries to throw a body punch but Blackbeard avoids it by throwing Khamsing back against the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Khamsing scores with a jab to the jaw.
Blackbeard throws a body shot but no joy.
Blackbeard misses with a body punch

and Khamsing counters with a nice right hand that sends Blackbeard toppling to the canvas! Blackbeard scrambles and gets back to his feet - can Khamsing finish him?!
Oh Blackbeard is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Khamsing dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Blackbeard is holding his hands too far apart here. Khamsing throws a hard, straight punch right down the pipe and BOOM! Blackbeard is out! That punch landed square on the jaw - what a shot!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:20 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Somrak Khamsing!
A very excited looking Somrak Khamsing 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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Main event


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Emilio Aguinaldo (ranked 420 p4p, 58 weight class) and Marcus Ribeiro (ranked 630 p4p, 88 weight class). Aguinaldo comes to the cage accompanied by Noypi by Bamboo. Marcus Ribeiro has the eye of the tiger tonight.

185 cm
26
178 lbs
7 - 2 - 0
164 cm
26
178 lbs
8 - 2 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Cardio machine
Powerful takedowns
Basic striking
Powerful

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the welterweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Emilio Aguinaldo!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Marcus Ribeiro!
The judges for this bout are Peter Branson, Dirk Anderson and Santiago Holmes.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Aguinaldo has taken the fight to the clinch.
Aguinaldo working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Ribeiro stalling the fight.
Good body shot from Aguinaldo.
Ribeiro is struggling to control the position.
Aguinaldo stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Aguinaldo keeps control of Ribeiro as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Aguinaldo lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Ribeiro backwards.
Ribeiro fails to pull guard.
Ribeiro slows down the pace here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Aguinaldo lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Aguinaldo lands with a short shot to the head.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ribeiro tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.

Aguinaldo escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Aguinaldo dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Aguinaldo defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Ribeiro.
Aguinaldo was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Emilio Aguinaldo has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Marcus Ribeiro.
Aguinaldo lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Emilio Aguinaldo is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Ribeiro is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Aguinaldo.
Ribeiro has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Aguinaldo finds it's way round the side to connect with Ribeiro's head.
Aguinaldo avoids the body shot from Ribeiro.
Ribeiro throws a hook to the side of Aguinaldo's head but Aguinaldo sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Aguinaldo was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ribeiro. Aguinaldo does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ribeiro shoots in and drives through. Aguinaldo sprawls well.
It looked like Aguinaldo wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.

Aguinaldo cracks Ribeiro with a big right hand that sends him to the floor! Ribeiro looks wobbly but he's sprung back up to his feet straight away… can Aguinaldo finish him?

It looks like Marcus Ribeiro has been cut.
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!

Aguinaldo cracks Ribeiro with a big right hand that sends him crashing to the floor. Aguinaldo has the opportunity to follow him to the ground but instead he's beckoning Ribeiro to stand back up!

Ribeiro is rocked!
Ribeiro shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Aguinaldo but Aguinaldo pushes him off and we're back to square one.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ribeiro misses with a takedown
and Aguinaldo counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.

Aguinaldo closes the distance and pushes Ribeiro back into the cage.
Aguinaldo slowing the pace effectively.
Aguinaldo stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Aguinaldo pushes Ribeiro back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Aguinaldo lands a shoulder strike.
Aguinaldo lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Aguinaldo lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Ribeiro backwards.
Ribeiro taking a breather.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Aguinaldo has Ribeiro pressed against the cage, preventing Ribeiro from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Aguinaldo as Ribeiro tries to tie him up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Aguinaldo cracks Ribeiro with a nice body shot.
Aguinaldo lands an uppercut.
Aguinaldo lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
A right handed body shot lands from Aguinaldo.
Aguinaldo makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Aguinaldo lands a shoulder strike.
A short left from Aguinaldo.
Aguinaldo scores with a shoulder strike.
Ribeiro is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Aguinaldo is keeping busy.
Ribeiro dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.
Ribeiro avoiding damage.
Ribeiro receives a warning from the referee for stalling.
A short left from Aguinaldo.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Aguinaldo makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Ribeiro is trying to maintain a safe position but Aguinaldo gets an underhook and turns Ribeiro into the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Aguinaldo.
Aguinaldo scores with a shoulder strike.
Ribeiro tries to stall but Aguinaldo uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
Ribeiro tries to break free but Aguinaldo pushes him back against the cage.
Ribeiro'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.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Marcus Ribeiro.

Aguinaldo lands a big right hand that sends Ribeiro crashing to the mat! Aguinaldo stays standing though and waves Ribeiro back to his feet!
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Aguinaldo moves into range and clinches up with Ribeiro.
A short right from Aguinaldo on the inside.
Ribeiro is trying to pull guard but Aguinaldo turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Emilio Aguinaldo dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Marcus Ribeiro's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!



Aguinaldo feints and then winds up with a huge right hand that connects perfectly and sends Ribeiro sprawling to the canvas! Ribeiro rolls over backwards and springs off the cage and manages to regain his footing - how acrobatic! Oh, he's still wobbly - can Aguinaldo finish him?!
Ribeiro is still on wobbly legs! Can Aguinaldo finish him?
Aguinaldo is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Aguinaldo stuns Ribeiro with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Ribeiro shoots in but Aguinaldo avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Aguinaldo is looking to counter punch.
Aguinaldo shakes his hands by his side, trying to relax. Ribeiro takes his eyes off the ball for a moment - Aguinaldo sees the opportunity and cracks him with a massive hook! Ribeiro bends double and collapses on top of himself - he's out! The crowd are going absolutely nuts! Wow, what a knockout!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:19 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Emilio Aguinaldo!
Emilio Aguinaldo retains his welterweight title!
Emilio Aguinaldo seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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