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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Antonio Santana and Volya Nikolaev. Nikolaev has chosen Fever as his entrance music. Antonio Santana could well score a knockout today. He has the power to get to Volya Nikolaev's chin.

173 cm
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158 lbs
9 - 2 - 0
170 cm
20
165 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent MT
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Brawler
Good gas tank

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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 9 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Antonio Santana!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Volya Nikolaev!
The judges for this bout are Sergei Dronov, Valeri Chadov and Dmitry Maklakov.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Nikolaev shoots in for a takedown but Santana shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.

Santana takes the fight into the clinch.
Santana lands a left hand that snaps the head of Nikolaev backwards.
A knee to the head by Santana.
Nikolaev's coach down at St Petersburg MMA Gym was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Nikolaev's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Nikolaev is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Santana connects with a knee to the head.
Santana lands a knee to the body.
Santana displaying some good clinch control by pressing Nikolaev up against the cage.
Santana lands a nice knee to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Nikolaev wants a takedown but no success here.
Antonio Santana has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Volya Nikolaev.
Nikolaev is working for takedown but Santana is calmly controlling the position for now.
I was talking to Santana's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Nikolaev tries to pull guard but Santana won't allow it.
Santana putting his Muay Thai to good use. He has Nikolaev in a tight clinch and is doing some damage with knees to the body.
Nikolaev blocks the elbow strike.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santana scores with a hook to the body.
A short left from Santana.
Nice elbow from Santana.
Nikolaev takes an elbow to the temple.
Santana is stalling here.
Santana throws an elbow but it's blocked.
Santana lands a left hand.
Santana tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Nikolaev's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Santana throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Nikolaev is working for takedown but Santana is calmly controlling the position for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Santana landing knees to the body. They look like they could hurt.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Nikolaev on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Santana throws an elbow but it misses.
Santana tries to throw a body punch but Nikolaev avoids it by throwing Santana back against the cage.
Nikolaev tries to score a body lock takedown but Santana shows good agility there to stay on his feet.
Santana misses with a knee strike.
Santana trying to land knees to the body.
Nikolaev drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Santana gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Santana pushes off an throws an elbow but Nikolaev leans to the side and avoids it. We're back to clinching against the cage.
Santana tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Nikolaev's elbow.
Santana lands a nice knee to the body.
Santana controlling the action here for a moment.
Nikolaev blocks an elbow strike.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Santana is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Santana lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Nikolaev avoids the elbow strike from Santana, against the cage.
Santana lands an elbow inside.
Santana leaning his opponent against the cage.
Nikolaev is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Santana gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Santana throws an elbow that misses.
Santana prevents the takedown attempt.
Santana lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.
Santana with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Santana tries to land knees in the clinch but Nikolaev avoids the damage to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev takes a knee to the side of the body.
Santana taking a breather.
Santana lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Nikolaev wants a takedown.
Santana lands a knee to the head there! That was nasty!
Nikolaev tries to pull guard but Santana won't allow it.
The referee is keeping an eye on Santana - much more stalling and he will separate the fighters.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Santana obliges.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Nikolaev blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Nikolaev is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Santana to keep the fight standing.

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

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



Santana closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Santana is working Nikolaev over against the cage.
Santana tries to land knees in the clinch but Nikolaev avoids the damage to the body.
Santana scores with a shoulder strike.
A nice left hand lands by Santana.
Santana lands an elbow inside.
Santana putting his Muay Thai to good use. He has Nikolaev in a tight clinch and is doing some damage with knees to the body.
Nikolaev blocks an elbow strike.
Santana lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Santana tries a knee to the head but Nikolaev blocks it.
Santana misses with a punch to the body.
Nikolaev has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Santana is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Santana misses with an elbow strike.
Antonio Santana has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Santana with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!

Nikolaev gets a trip takedown into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.
Nikolaev throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Santana avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Nikolaev.
Nikolaev lands with a punch from half guard.
Santana is looking to improve his position.
Nikolaev is stalling here. Santana is in no mood to hang around though. He's locked up a kimura from the bottom! Nikolaev seems to be keeping calm but he's forced to roll out of the hold and Santana has ended up in side control on the top. Nice work.
Santana wants to control but Nikolaev is keeping him busy.
Nikolaev is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Santana's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Santana trying to mount his opponent but Nikolaev defends it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Santana wants to stand up but Nikolaev is controlling the position.
Santana content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Nikolaev trying to control here.
Nikolaev is trying to get back to full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev trying to hold on to Santana's head to control him but Santana postures up.

OK we're going to have a standup here. Volya Nikolaev hasn't been effective enough on the ground and the referee wants a restart.

Santana drives through and clinches with Nikolaev against the cage.
The fighters are pressed against the cage, as the pace of the fight slows.
Santana stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Santana throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Santana scores with a knee to the head.
A knee to the head by Santana.
Santana using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Santana with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A knee to the head by Santana.
Santana misses with a knee to the head.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Santana obliges.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Nikolaev tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Santana just stands there and leans against the cage.
Santana looking to throw knees to the head but Nikolaev is blocking nicely.

Nikolaev pulls Santana into guard.
Santana scoring with some ground and pound.
Nikolaev pulls Santana in close to his closed guard and prevents Santana from doing any damage or advancing position.
Nikolaev is trying to keep Santana in close.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Nikolaev tries to land a sweep but no joy.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Nikolaev dives in for a single leg takedown but Santana sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Nikolaev has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Santana avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Santana leaning against his opponent.
Nikolaev is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Santana gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Antonio Santana has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Volya Nikolaev.
Nikolaev has Santana pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Santana manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
A short uppercut from Santana.
Nikolaev is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Santana is defending well.
Santana gets double underhooks to prevent a takedown attempt from Nikolaev.
Nikolaev is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Santana is stalling here.
Santana connects with a knee to the head.
Nikolaev takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santana lands an elbow that stopped Nikolaev in his tracks for a moment.
Santana with a knee to the head.

Nikolaev is rocked!
Santana lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.
Nikolaev is still on wobbly legs! Can Santana finish him?
Santana misses with a knee to the head.
Nikolaev blocks the elbow strike.
Santana misses with a knee strike.
Nikolaev seems to have recovered his senses.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Santana takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Santana creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Santana just leaning against Nikolaev, taking a breather.
Santana lands an elbow that stopped Nikolaev in his tracks for a moment.
Santana using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Nikolaev has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Santana throws a knee to the head but misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Knees in the clinch landing for Santana.
Santana gets underhooks to prevent Nikolaev's takedown attempt.
Santana unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Santana displaying some good clinch control by pressing Nikolaev up against the cage.
Nikolaev on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Nikolaev goes for a takedown in the clinch but Santana prevents it.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Nikolaev blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Santana landing knees to the head.
Santana throws a knee to the head but misses.
Santana gets underhooks to prevent Nikolaev's takedown attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Santana looking to throw knees to the head but Nikolaev is blocking nicely.
Santana stops a takedown attempt from Nikolaev.
Santana creates a bit of space for himself and sneaks an elbow through Nikolaev's defenses.

Nikolaev wants the takedown. Santana is fighting it off but Nikolaev persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Santana's guard against the cage.
Nikolaev distracts Santana with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Nikolaev trying to control the position from guard on top but Santana is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Santana looking for a sweep. Not yet Santana, not yet.
Nikolaev throwing strikes from guard but Santana blocks nicely.
Nikolaev loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Nikolaev looking for a guillotine here but Santana defends easily.
Santana not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Santana wants to control from the top but Nikolaev keeps moving.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Antonio Santana clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


A telegraphed takedown attempt from Nikolaev is defended easily by Santana.
Nikolaev has a takedown stuffed.
Nikolaev is looking to clinch but Santana is avoiding it.
Volya Nikolaev seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Nikolaev will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Antonio Santana has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Volya Nikolaev.
Santana stuffs the takedown attempt from Nikolaev. Nikolaev gets slowly back to his feet.
Nikolaev closes the distance looking to clinch
and Santana counters with a flying knee. Nice.
Santana lands a head kick!
Santana throws a head kick but Nikolaev moves out of range.

Santana closes the distance and clinches.
Nikolaev is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Santana to keep the fight standing.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Santana obliges.
Nikolaev is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
Santana is stalling here.
Santana connects with a nasty looking knee right to Nikolaev's face.
Santana stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
Nikolaev managing to block the knees to the body from Santana.
Nikolaev tries for a takedown but Santana manages to get underhooks.
Santana tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Santana connects with a nasty looking knee right to Nikolaev's face.
Santana lands a hook to the side of the head.
Santana lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Santana landing knees to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Santana missing with knees to the body.
Nikolaev avoiding damage as Santana throws knees to the body.
Nikolaev has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Santana is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Santana working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Santana lands with a short shot to the head.
Stalling in the clinch from Santana.
Santana tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Santana misses with a knee to the head.
Santana tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Nikolaev is trying to drag Santana to the mat but Santana just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Santana gets double underhooks to prevent a takedown attempt from Nikolaev.
Santana with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Santana unloads a knee to the mid-section. Nikolaev lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
Santana taking a breather.
Nikolaev is looking to take this one to the mat.
Santana with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Nikolaev takes an elbow to the forehead.
Santana tries a knee to the head but Nikolaev blocks it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev looking for a takedown.
Santana content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Santana tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Santana tries to land knees in the clinch but Nikolaev avoids the damage to the body.
Santana stops a takedown attempt from Nikolaev.
Nikolaev managing to block the knees to the body from Santana.
Santana connects with a nasty looking knee right to Nikolaev's face.
Santana is pressed up against the cage. Nikolaev has hold of a leg and is looking to drag Santana down to the mat. Santana avoids the attempt though and has circled away. We're back to striking at a distance.

Santana clinches with his opponent.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Santana unloads a knee to the mid-section. Nikolaev lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Santana misses with a knee to the head.
Santana tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Nikolaev avoids it.
A bit of stalling here from Santana.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Antonio Santana had his way with Volya Nikolaev in that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.



Santana pushes Nikolaev up against the cage in a clinch.
Santana unloads a knee to the mid-section. Nikolaev lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
Santana digs a right hand into Nikolaev's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Nikolaev's gas tank.
Santana effectively controlling the action here.
Nikolaev drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Santana gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Santana lands with a short shot to the head.
Nikolaev is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?
Santana misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Nikolaev.
Santana will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Nikolaev up against the cage.
Nikolaev takes a knee right on the jaw!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santana leaning his opponent against the cage.
Santana digs a right hand underneath Nikolaev's ribcage. Nikolaev let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Nikolaev blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Santana doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Nikolaev has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Santana after a bit of a struggle.
Santana is clearly stalling here... Pick up the pace son.
Nikolaev prevents a body shot from Santana.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Santana connects with a knee to the head.
Nikolaev has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Santana is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Antonio Santana has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Volya Nikolaev.
Santana lands an elbow that stopped Nikolaev in his tracks for a moment.
Nikolaev fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Santana throws a punch but it's blocked by Nikolaev.
Santana with a knee to the head.

Santana drops Nikolaev onto one knee with a big uppercut from the clinch! Nikolaev is propped up by the cage and works his way back to his feet!
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!
Santana with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Santana lands a good knee to the midsection. Nikolaev won't want to take too many of those.
Santana manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Santana comes over the top with an elbow. That landed flush.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Santana is trying to wear down his opponent with knees to the body.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Santana takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Santana tries to land a knee to the head but Nikolaev blocks with his arms.
Santana missing with knees to the body.
Nikolaev avoiding damage as Santana throws knees to the body.
Knees in the clinch landing for Santana.
Nikolaev drops down looking for an ankle pick but Santana pulls his leg out and moves away.
Nikolaev tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Santana swivels and escapes.
Nikolaev gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Santana counters with a kick to the head that grazes his opponent. Nikolaev is lucky that one didn't land flush.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev avoids the head kick by Santana.
Nikolaev fails with a takedown attempt.
Nikolaev tries to clinch but Santana is having none of it.
Antonio Santana is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

Santana has Nikolaev up against the cage in a clinch.
A nice glancing elbow lands by Santana.
Santana crunches a lovely knee into Nikolaev's ribcage.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Santana wants to stall.
Volya Nikolaev has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Santana is stalling here. The referee will be looking to step in if he doesn't pick up the pace.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Santana stops a takedown attempt from Nikolaev.

And that's the end of the fight!
Antonio Santana showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Santana, 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sergei Dronov scores the fight 50:45
Judge Valeri Chadov scores the fight 50:45
Judge Dmitry Maklakov scores the fight 50:45

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Antonio Santana!

Antonio Santana retains his lightweight title!
Our winner, Antonio Santana, 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.
Volya Nikolaev was interviewed post fight and said 'I was disappointed in this game and with it's engine. My passion for it has gone away. Win or loss? I don't give a shit!'.
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