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Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Richard Eugene Hickock and Craig Johnson. 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.

180 cm
23
220 lbs
2 - 3 - 1
168 cm
27
215 lbs
3 - 3 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Blue Belt
Excellent boxer
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Richard Eugene Hickock!
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 New York, Craig Johnson!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Don Winkell and Timothy Bukovac.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Hickock changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Johnson tries to avoid it but Hickock manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Johnson to the ground. Johnson escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Hickock fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Johnson throws a right and a left that both miss.
Johnson swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
No joy there for Hickock, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Johnson throws a jab but it's blocked by Hickock.
Jab from Johnson.
Hickock tries for a takedown but Johnson sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Richard Eugene Hickock. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Johnson misses with a series of wild punches.
Hickock bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Johnson misses with an uppercut. Hickock saw that one coming.

Hickock closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Johnson to the mat! Johnson manages to get full guard.
Johnson trying to control the position here.
Hickock showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Johnson is on top in guard.
Johnson throws a big elbow that misses.
Johnson trying to control the position from guard on top but Hickock is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Johnson working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Hickock working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Johnson.
Johnson throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Hickock works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Hickock pulls Johnson in close to prevent any damage.
Hickock throws a nice elbow from the bottom.
Johnson working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Johnson throws a strike but Hickock rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.
Hickock will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Johnson wants to stand up but Hickock is controlling him.

Johnson looking for a guillotine here but Hickock defends easily.
Johnson looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Johnson looking to control.
Johnson is trying to hold Hickock in close to prevent damage but Hickock has managed to pass into half guard.
Johnson trying to hold on to Hickock's head to control him but Hickock postures up.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Johnson is trying to get back to full guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Hickock wants to take a breather but Johnson is having none of it.
Hickock perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.

The ref stands the fighters back up. Richard Eugene Hickock wasn't doing enough on the ground.
Hickock blocks a head kick by Johnson.
Hickock scores with a head kick. Johnson tried to block it but didn't get his arm up in time.

It looks like Craig Johnson has been cut.
Johnson fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Hickock manages to avoid it.
Hickock fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Johnson lands a slapping body shot.
Johnson misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Hickock.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hickock doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Johnson throws a series of punches but Hickock avoids them all with ease.
Johnson throws a left and a right that both miss
and Hickock counters with a body kick that brings a smile to the face of both fighters.
Craig Johnson seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Johnson stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Johnson wants it to stay on the feet.
Craig Johnson is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Hickock fails in his attempt to clinch.
Johnson connects with a body shot that sends Hickock's belly button to the back.
Hickock's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Johnson connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Hickock scrambles back to his feet.
Hickock shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Johnson defends it nicely.
Hickock takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Johnson throws a right hand that Hickock ducks under and follows up with a left that Hickock also avoids with ease.
Johnson misses with a few strikes there.
Hickock steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Johnson.
Hickock has a takedown stuffed.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Johnson looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Johnson throws a big shot that misses.
Hickock shoots in for a takedown but Johnson shows good takedown defense.
Johnson looks to land a right hand but Hickock moved out of range.
Craig Johnson seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Johnson tries to land a front kick but Hickock steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Johnson throws an overhand right that lands on Hickock's shoulder, as Hickock tries to avoid the shot.
Johnson looks to score with a jab to the body but Hickock is just out of range.
Hickock misses with a two punch combination.
Johnson fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Hickock looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Johnson throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Good work by Hickock as he checks the leg kick.
Hickock fails in his attempt to clinch.
Hickock works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Johnson throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Hickock.
Johnson throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Hickock sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hickock uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Johnson.
Hickock changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Johnson tries to avoid it but Hickock manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Johnson to the ground. Johnson escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.

Hickock manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Johnson on his heels. He'll look to pass Johnson's guard now, I'm sure.
Johnson looking to control but Hickock passes into half guard.
Johnson tries to roll over but Hickock keeps him under control.
Johnson blocking the ground and pound attempt from Hickock.
Johnson trying to hold on to Hickock's head to control him but Hickock postures up.
Hickock prevents Johnson from improving his position.
Hickock not doing much here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Johnson is trying to stand back up but Hickock is controlling him

Johnson pushes Hickock off and gets back to his feet.
Johnson throws an overhand right that lands on Hickock's shoulder, as Hickock tries to avoid the shot.
Johnson scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Hickock has a takedown stuffed.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Richard Eugene Hickock. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Johnson is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Hickock fails with a takedown attempt.
Johnson swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Johnson misses with a two punch combination.
Hickock fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Johnson with a body punch. A glancing blow.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Johnson misses with a body shot.
Johnson lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Hickock looks to land a body kick but Johnson moved away.
Johnson misses with a wild combination.
Johnson with a jab.
Johnson looking to land some kicks to the body here.
The fighters circling - Johnson throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Hickock misses with a takedown attempt - Johnson sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Johnson wants to clinch up but Hickock keeps it at a distance.
Johnson throws a right and a left that both miss.
Hickock uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Johnson.
Hickock checks a leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Johnson throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Johnson blocks a head kick by Hickock.
Johnson will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Johnson swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Hickock counters with a big head kick but Johnson shrugs it off.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Hickock clinches up with Johnson and pushes him back against the cage.
Some stalling of biblical proportions here from Hickock.

Hickock escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Johnson scores with a hook to the body. Hickock takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Richard Eugene Hickock is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
The fighters circling - Johnson throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Hickock fails to land the takedown.
Johnson cracks Hickock with a right hand to the side of the head.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Hickock scores with a head kick.
Johnson keeps the fight on the outside.
Hickock uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Johnson.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Craig Johnson showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Craig Johnson's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!



Johnson clinches with his opponent.
Johnson tries to circle away but Hickock has him pinned against the cage.

Hickock has dropped down and is working for a takedown. Johnson is trying to keep an underhook but Hickock manages to get the takedown into half guard.
Hickock not doing much here.
Johnson is trying to escape back to his feet but Hickock uses the scramble to pass into side control.
Johnson is looking for a sweep.

That's one minute gone in the round.
You can see the frustration on Johnson's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Johnson is trying to get back to half guard.

Hickock is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Johnson is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Johnson defending against the ground and pound.
Johnson tries to get back to half guard but can't.

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

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Johnson trying to control but Hickock flips him over like a cheap hooker and has his back!
Johnson breaks Hickock's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Hickock working a defensive guard here.
Johnson postures up in Hickock's guard and throws a big left but Hickock blocks it.
Johnson throws a big elbow that misses.
Hickock has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Johnson throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Hickock works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Johnson trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Johnson decides to stand up and beckons his opponent to follow.
Hickock fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Johnson misses with the combination.
Johnson misses with an uppercut. Hickock saw that one coming.
Hickock tries for a takedown but Johnson sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Hickock shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Johnson as he avoids it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Richard Eugene Hickock. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

Hickock has taken the fight to the clinch.
Johnson wants to get back to striking at distance but Hickock won't allow it.
Johnson is trying to force a seperation but Hickock has the dominant position.
Johnson wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Hickock has him pressed against the cage.
Johnson wants to break the clinch but can't.
Hickock prevents Johnson from breaking the clinch.
Johnson is trying to force a seperation but Hickock has the dominant position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Johnson is trying to push Hickock away but Hickock has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.

Johnson breaks the clinch.
Johnson misses with a right hand
and Hickock counters with a two punch combo.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Johnson throws a lazy right hand but Hickock sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Hickock scores with a kick to the body.
Jab from Hickock.
A head kick misses from Johnson.

Hickock gets in close and instigates a clinch.

Hickock gets control of Johnson's arms and successfully pulls guard. Hickock will no doubt be looking for submissions off his back.
Johnson must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Hickock pulls Johnson in to control the position.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Johnson trying to control the position from guard on top but Hickock is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Hickock avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Hickock seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Richard Eugene Hickock clearly takes that round.
The cut man is working on Craig Johnson's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Johnson tries to close the distance and clinch up but Hickock swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Johnson lands a right hook to the body.
Johnson fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Hickock manages to avoid it.

Hickock drives through with a takedown into guard.
Johnson tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Hickock controls from within his opponent's guard.
Richard Eugene Hickock overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Hickock decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Johnson, up you get!
Johnson throws a right hand that misses

and Hickock holds on and brings the fighters into a clinch.
Hickock has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Johnson avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Johnson lands a body shot.

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

That's one minute gone in the round.
Johnson misses with a straight left.
Johnson thows a body shot but no joy.
Johnson scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Hickock takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Hickock shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Hickock shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Hickock tries to clinch there but Johnson circles away.
Hickock walks into a stiff left hand from Johnson.
A cross from Johnson lands.
Nice sprawl there from Johnson as Hickock shoots in.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Richard Eugene Hickock. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Johnson throws a right and a left that both miss.
Hickock avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Johnson throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Johnson is looking to land body kicks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Johnson throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Johnson scores with a one two! Hickock had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Hickock dodges the punch combination from Johnson.
Johnson thows a left - swing and a miss!

Hickock shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Johnson's guard.
Johnson preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Hickock with a flurry of punches that miss.
Hickock is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

Hickock gets to his feet - Johnson follows without any prompting.
Johnson looks to land a body kick but Hickock moved away.
Johnson stuns Hickock with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hickock steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Johnson.
Hickock tries to close the distance and clinch up but Johnson swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Johnson misses with a double jab.
Johnson throws a good cross that connects.
Hickock tries to close the distance and clinch up but Johnson swats him away and circles back towards the center.
The fight stays on the outside here - Hickock looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Johnson falls off balance throwing a combination
and Hickock counters with a body kick.

Hickock has managed to clinch.
Hickock prevents Johnson from breaking the clinch.
Hickock makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Johnson is trying to push Hickock away but Hickock has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.

Hickock's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Johnson blocks a head kick by Hickock.
Hickock closes the distance and clinches up with Johnson, looking for a takedown. Hickock pushes Johnson against the cage but Johnson circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Johnson scores with a sloppy right hand. Hickock should have avoided that one.
Johnson takes a swing at Hickock's ribcage but misses.
Johnson swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Johnson misses with a lunging right hand

and Hickock counters by clinching up.
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!
Johnson has had enough of the clinch but Hickock keeps him there for the moment.
Johnson wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Hickock lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Johnson swings wildly with an uppercut but Hickock uses good head movement to avoid it.

Hickock breaks the clinch.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Hickock.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
A combination from Johnson does no damage.
Hickock misses with a few strikes there.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Craig Johnson will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Craig Johnson's cut.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Johnson missing with a left hand there. Hickock was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Johnson throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.

Johnson closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Hickock wants a takedown but no success here.
Johnson looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Hickock as Johnson tries to tie him up.
Hickock stalling in the clinch.

Hickock manages to break the clinch.
A combination from Johnson does no damage.
Hickock moves out of range of the strikes.
Hickock fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Johnson throws an overhand right that lands on Hickock's shoulder, as Hickock tries to avoid the shot.
Johnson throws a nice looking combination but Hickock bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hickock uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Johnson.
A nice combination there by Johnson.
Johnson paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Hickock shoots in for a takedown but Johnson shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Richard Eugene Hickock. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Johnson thows a left - swing and a miss!
Johnson connects with a body shot.
Hickock ducks under a wild hook from Johnson.
Hickock shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Both of our modern day gladiators look out of it here - a gruelling 5 rounds of action taking it's toll on them, no doubt.
A combination from Johnson does no damage.
Johnson throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Johnson misses with a series of wild punches.
Hickock avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
No joy there for Johnson, who threw a few shots but didn't land.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hickock closes the distance and lands a one-two.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Johnson looks to land a left hand but Hickock moved out of range nicely.
Johnson looks to throw the jab but Hickock is out of range.
Hickock displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Johnson throws out the jab.
Hickock looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Johnson is fending him off so far but Hickock persists. Nope, Johnson circles away and we're back to standing.
Johnson misses the shot to the body.
Johnson stuffs the takedown.
Johnson misses with a wild combination.
Hickock ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Hickock takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Hickock takes one to the side of the head.
No joy there for Johnson, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Johnson swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Hickock counters with a flying knee. Nice.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hickock slips a jab from Johnson.
Johnson feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Hickocks jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Hickock tries to close the distance and clinch but Johnson swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Johnson misses with the combination.
Johnson misses with a straight right.

Hickock gets tackled into the cage by Johnson. Johnson maintains the clinch.
Johnson displaying some good clinch control by pressing Hickock up against the cage.
Johnson tries to circle away but Hickock has him pinned against the cage.

Hickock gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.
Johnson wants to sweep but no luck.
Hickock is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Johnson has his hands on Hickock's head, controlling the position.

Hickock gets to his feet - Johnson follows without any prompting.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Hickock fails with a takedown attempt.
Hickock fails with the takedown.
Johnson throws a jab but it's blocked by Hickock.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
No joy there for Johnson, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Johnson keeps the fight on the outside.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Craig Johnson.
I think Johnson 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.

Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight for Craig Johnson!
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight for Craig Johnson!
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight for Craig Johnson!

Craig Johnson wins by unanimous decision!

Craig Johnson very nearly forgot to thank DTK Designs (Laundry) amongst all the excitement of his win but just as the interview came to a close, he screamed their name. Hopefully he'll get a few nice freebies in the mail as a thank you.
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