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Hilo Fight 73 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Daniel Taker and Chris Mayo. The crowd seem to be enjoying Mayo's choice of entrance music: Super Furry Animals - Golden Retriever. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

173 cm
29
190 lbs
10 - 6 - 0
170 cm
39
142 lbs
29 - 23 - 0
Great wrestler
Solid boxing
Very quick
Good wrestler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

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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 10 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Daniel Taker!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 23 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Chris Mayo!
The judges for this bout are Paul Gruel, Jeff Smith and Colin Fray.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Mayo tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Taker paws at him with a jab and circles away.

Taker drives through and clinches with Mayo against the cage.
Taker has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Mayo after a bit of a struggle.
Taker misses with some punches.
Mayo works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.

Taker lands a nice trip takedown into half guard.

Mayo looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Mayo avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Taker.

Taker is working for a kimura from half guard. He's really concentrating on the hold and it's allowed Mayo to slip a leg under and get back to full guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Taker's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Taker trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Mayo wants to stand but Taker is controlling the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Mayo trying to control the position.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Mayo is adopting a defensive guard.
Taker trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Taker accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.

Taker thinks about going for a leg but decides against it, in order to maintain the position.
Mayo is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Mayo is trying to keep Taker in close.
Mayo utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Mayo avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Mayo managing to control the position.

The ref stands the fighters back up. Chris Mayo was stalling too much, according to the referee.
Taker doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Taker slips a straight right by Mayo.
Taker takes a swing at Mayo's ribcage but misses.
Daniel Taker seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mayo bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Taker's head.
Taker misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Mayo.
Taker takes a swing at Mayo's ribcage but misses.

Taker darts in and clinches Mayo up against the cage.
Taker lands a body shot in the clinch.
Taker misses with a short punch on the inside.
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!
A shot in the inside from Mayo.
Taker has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Mayo avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Mayo lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Taker tries for a takedown. No joy.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Daniel Taker. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Taker takes a knee right on the jaw!
Mayo tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Taker avoids it.
Mayo misses with a body punch.
Taker throws a head punch that misses.
Taker tries to score a body lock takedown but Mayo shows good agility there to stay on his feet.
Taker tries a body shot but Mayo blocks it.
Taker throws a head punch that misses.
Mayo has Taker pressed against the cage.
Mayo lands with a short shot to the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mayo is pressed up against the cage. Taker has hold of a leg and is looking to drag Mayo down to the mat. Mayo avoids the attempt though and has circled away. We're back to striking at a distance.
Good work by Taker as he checks the leg kick.
A nice combination there by Mayo.
Mayo scores with a shot to the body.
Taker fails to land the takedown.
Taker looks to land a combination but Mayo avoids it well.
Taker fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Mayo has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Taker is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Taker shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Taker is breathing heavily.
Mayo fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Horrible takedown by Taker or perhaps it was just good defense by Mayo which made him look bad.

Mayo closes the distance and clinches.
Mayo gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.
Mayo manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Taker as Mayo tries to tie him up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Taker goes for a takedown in the clinch but Mayo prevents it.
Mayo lands a body shot in the clinch.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A head punch on the inside from Taker fails to land.
Mayo misses with a knee to the head.
Taker is trying to drag Mayo to the mat but Mayo just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.
Mayo putting his Muay Thai to good use. He has Taker in a tight clinch and is doing some damage with knees to the body.
Mayo tries to work over Taker's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A right hook to the body lands for Taker.
A short right from Mayo.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Mayo stalling in the clinch.
Mayo scores with a nice hook to the head.
Mayo missing with knees to the body.
Taker is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Mayo pulls him back up using the underhooks.
Knees in the clinch landing for Mayo.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Chris Mayo 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.


Mayo dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Taker uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Mayo lands a nice looking body kick.
Taker gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Mayo.

Mayo closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Mayo lands in his opponent's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Mayo pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Taker is keeping the position for now.
Mayo postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Taker utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Taker is pulling down on Mayo's head. It's preventing any offense from Mayo, at least for the moment.
Mayo in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Taker holds on and takes a little breather.
Mayo looking to sit in guard and control but Taker gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Mayo not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Taker trying to control the position from guard on top but Mayo is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Taker looking to pass the guard.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.
Taker throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Mayo works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Mayo working a defensive guard here.

Chris Mayo has forced the referee to step in and restart the fight on the feet.
Taker takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Mayo looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Taker missing with a left hand there. Mayo was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Taker shoots in but Mayo avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Taker with a poor takedown
and Mayo counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Taker takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Mayo scores with a jab to the body.

Taker fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Mayo, pushing him back against the cage.
Mayo lands an elbow just above Taker 's eye.
Taker changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Mayo fights it off and pushes away nicely.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Daniel Taker. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Taker punishes Mayo's body with a nice straight punch.
Mayo throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Taker on the side of the head.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Taker shoots for a takedown but Mayo saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Taker tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Mayo swivels and escapes.
Mayo cracks Taker with a right hand to the side of the head.

Taker throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Mayo was covering up waiting for the punch and Taker finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Taker preventing the sweep.
Mayo manages to land a sweep and now he's in mount on top!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Taker can't escape the position.
Taker is working hard here to advance position.
Taker is squirming around, avoiding Mayo's attempts to control the action.
Taker is bucking up trying to escape but Mayo cracks him with another couple of good strikes.
Taker taking shots to the head.
Mayo raining down shots from the mount!
Taker gets back to half guard.
Mayo thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Taker has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Mayo is working away from the top position though.
Mayo seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Taker does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Mayo wants to pass to mount but Taker is defending the position.
Taker is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Mayo's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Mayo's back!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mayo is trying to stand back up.
Mayo tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!
Mayo has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Mayo sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.
Taker throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Taker working over Mayo with some ground and pound. Mayo looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Mayo wants to control but Taker is keeping busy.
Mayo is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Taker scores with a couple of nice shots.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Taker is thwarting Mayo's attempts to control the position.
Mayo wants to improve his position but Taker is controlling well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Chris Mayo showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're 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.


A slapping leg kick lands for Mayo.
Taker lands with a shot to the body.
Taker's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Taker duly obliges.
Mayo throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Taker doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Mayo cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

Taker closes the distance and clinches.
A short right from Mayo.
Mayo lands a knee to the head there! That was nasty!
Taker misses with a punch on the inside.
Mayo scores with a knee to the head.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Mayo lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Taker backwards.

Taker is rocked!
Mayo lands a big knee! That's hurt Taker! Oh, he's all over the place! Mayo lands another knee that sends Taker to the floor and the referee steps in to end the fight!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:55 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Chris Mayo!
Chris Mayo made sure to mention his sponsor, Crushed Designs (90% return on laundry service) in his post fight interview.
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