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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Joaquim Antunes and Malakai Semerkhet. Semerkhet has chosen راقصة صغيرة as his entrance music. Well, the cameraman is lingering on a pretty young lady for a bit too long there. Keep your eyes on the prize buddy or you'll miss the fighter intros!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Joaquim Antunes!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Malakai Semerkhet!
The judges for this bout are Eddie Farnsworth, Bruno Lombardi and Reed Andrews.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A big left from Semerkhet misses.

Antunes shoots in with a lovely double leg takedown. Semerkhet manages to land in full guard to minimise the damage.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Antunes throwing strikes but missing.
Antunes wants to control from the top but Semerkhet keeps moving.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Antunes lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Antunes trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

Semerkhet has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Antunes can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Semerkhet working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Antunes.
Semerkhet trying to control the position.
Antunes works a leg free and moves into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Antunes is nestled in close to Semerkhet, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Semerkhet keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Semerkhet avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Antunes.
Antunes wants to take a breather but Semerkhet is having none of it.
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. Antunes connects with a nice short shot to Semerkhet's temple.
Antunes perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Antunes tries to pass the half guard into mount. Semerkhet knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Semerkhet works his way to full guard. Good work.
Antunes working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Semerkhet's head.
Our spies down at at Convicted - Redemption inform us that Semerkhet has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?
Antunes sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
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!
Antunes postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Antunes's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Antunes throws a big right hand that misses.
Semerkhet utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Antunes is fighting to break Semerkhet's control of his arms but Semerkhet is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Antunes throwing strikes but missing.
Semerkhet working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Antunes.
Semerkhet keeping moving, preventing Antunes from controlling successfully.
Antunes distracts Semerkhet with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Antunes postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Antunes with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Semerkhet is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Antunes missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Antunes in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Antunes trying to control but Semerkhet is working from the bottom.
Antunes throws a big right hand that misses.

Semerkhet looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Antunes with a nice head shot there.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Antunes pushes down on Semerkhet's leg and manages to get into half guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Antunes thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Semerkhet's head.
Antunes missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
We've been hearing that Antunes has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
Antunes slips a nice elbow through Semerkhet's hands, connecting with Semerkhet's forehead.
Antunes takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Antunes missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Antunes is figuring out what he wants to do next.
Antunes not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Antunes passes to side control.
Antunes creates a bit of distance and throws down some hard shots.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Joaquim Antunes dominated that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Semerkhet throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Semerkhet misses with the combination.
Nice body kick there by Semerkhet.

Antunes dives in and scores a takedown into Semerkhet's guard.
Antunes throws a big elbow that misses.
Antunes postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Semerkhet is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Semerkhet working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Antunes.
Antunes with a flurry of punches that miss.
Semerkhet trying to control the position.
Semerkhet working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Antunes.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Antunes advances position into side control!
Antunes landing with strikes to the head and body from side control.
Antunes working the ground and pound.
Antunes working the head with strikes.
Antunes scores with a couple of short elbows.
Antunes working the body and head with strikes.
Semerkhet defending against the ground and pound.
Check out the look on Antunes's face as he threw that strike - that's one determined fighter!
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!
Semerkhet takes a couple of big shots there - the referee warns him that he has to defend himself better.
Antunes postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.
Semerkhet on the wrong end of some ground and pound.
Antunes postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Antunes working the head and body with strikes.
Antunes is working Semerkhet over with some ground and pound from side control.
Semerkhet on the wrong end of some ground and pound.
Antunes working the ground and pound from side control.
Semerkhet is looking to reverse the position.
Joaquim Antunes overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Antunes is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Semerkhet is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Antunes throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
Antunes cracks Semerkhet with an elbow. That is naaassty.
Semerkhet is looking to reverse the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes looks up at the clock and then as Semerkhet takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Antunes smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Antunes works a knee to the body and follows up with a nice elbow to the head.
Antunes tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
Antunes is looking to take a break and control but Semerkhet is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Antunes tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Semerkhet is not content to let Antunes control the position.
Antunes is chipping away with strikes.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet can't do much from the bottom here.
Antunes lands an elbow.
Antunes postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.
You can see the frustration on Semerkhet's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

Antunes tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Antunes wants to control but Semerkhet is keeping him busy.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Semerkhet looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Semerkhet misses with a two punch combination.
Semerkhet lands a body shot.
Antunes is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Semerkhet can do to turn this around?
Semerkhet throws an ugly left hook that misses

and Antunes counters with a takedown into side control! That could mean trouble for Semerkhet!
Antunes trying to control the action but Semerkhet is working from the bottom.
Antunes controls the position.
Semerkhet can't do much from the bottom here.
Antunes connects with a decent looking elbow from side control that caused Semerkhet some visible discomfort.
Antunes lands a few punches from side control.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Semerkhet is working to avoid the ground and pound but Antunes connects with a decent elbow.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Antunes cracks Semerkhet with an elbow. That is naaassty.
Semerkhet is looking for a sweep.
Antunes looks up at the clock and then as Semerkhet takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Antunes smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Antunes scores with a couple of short elbows.
Antunes scoring with punches from side control.
Antunes working the ground and pound from side control.
Antunes misses with the ground and pound.
Antunes working the body and head with strikes.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Antunes cracks Semerkhet with an elbow. That is naaassty.
Semerkhet tries to bench press Antunes off him but Antunes keeps the position.
Antunes working the body and head with strikes.
Antunes looks up at the clock and then as Semerkhet takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Antunes smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Antunes throwing shots but missing, from side control.
Check out the look on Antunes's face as he threw that strike - that's one determined fighter!
Antunes is looking to take a break and control but Semerkhet is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Semerkhet on the wrong end of some ground and pound.
An elbow from Antunes crashes against the mat.
Antunes is looking to take a break and control but Semerkhet is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Semerkhet is looking to regain half guard here but Antunes keeps moving and retains side control.
Antunes landing a few strikes.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes throwing shots but missing, from side control.
Semerkhet is looking to regain half guard here but Antunes keeps moving and retains side control.
Semerkhet struggling a bit here.
Check out the look on Antunes's face as he threw that strike - that's one determined fighter!
Semerkhet is not in a great position here, taking some shots.
Semerkhet takes an elbow right on the bridge of the nose and winces in pain.
Antunes lands a few punches from side control.

Antunes decides to stand up, so the ref orders Semerkhet to his feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet throws a low kick but Antunes avoids it.
Semerkhet misses with a low kick.

Semerkhet gets caught flat footed, as Antunes shoots in with a quick takedown into guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Antunes lands a couple of digs.
Antunes with a flurry of punches that miss.
Antunes postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Semerkhet is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Antunes works over Semerkhet with some ground and pound from guard.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Antunes cracks Semerkhet with a solid left hand.
Antunes lands a couple of elbows.
Semerkhet is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Joaquim Antunes clearly takes that round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Semerkhet throws a low kick but Antunes avoids it.
Antunes fails with the takedown.
Antunes takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Semerkhet throws the kick towards the body but Antunes avoids it.
Semerkhet throws a sloppy head kick and Antunes moves out of range easily.
Antunes has a takedown stuffed.
Semerkhet throws a sloppy head kick and Antunes moves out of range easily.
Crunch! Semerkhet slams his shin into Antunes's torso.
Antunes shoots in for a takedown but Semerkhet shows good takedown defense.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Joaquim Antunes. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Semerkhet throws a lazy head kick

and Antunes counters with a shoot takedown. Semerkhet fights it but they end up in guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Semerkhet looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Antunes scoring with punches to the head and body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Antunes trying to control the position from guard on top but Semerkhet is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Antunes throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Antunes is looking to work some ground and pound but Semerkhet has wrist control.
Antunes controls from within his opponent's guard.
Antunes throws a big elbow that misses.
Antunes missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Antunes controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Antunes keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Semerkhet's head.
Antunes wants to control from the top but Semerkhet keeps moving.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.

The ref stands the fighters back up because Joaquim Antunes just wasn't active enough.
Semerkhet pushing out the jab but it's not landing.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Semerkhet throws a big shot that misses.

Antunes drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Semerkhet is adopting a defensive guard.
Antunes in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Antunes lands a couple of digs.
Antunes trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Semerkhet pulls Antunes in to control the position.
Antunes pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Semerkhet is keeping the position for now.
Semerkhet looking to control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Antunes postures up in Semerkhet's guard and throws a big left but Semerkhet blocks it.
Antunes seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

Antunes got a little sloppy there for a moment and Semerkhet has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Antunes has managed to get both his arms back between Semerkhet's legs - danger averted.
Antunes wants to pass the guard but Semerkhet is keeping the position.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Antunes accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Antunes not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Joaquim Antunes had his way with Malakai Semerkhet in that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Semerkhet rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Antunes moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Semerkhet looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
An inside leg kick lands from Semerkhet.
Malakai Semerkhet is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Semerkhet throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Semerkhet throws a right and a left that Antunes avoids nicely.
Antunes checks a leg kick nicely.
Semerkhet defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Antunes.
Semerkhet keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Antunes takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Semerkhet throws a series of punches but Antunes avoids them all with ease.
A telegraphed right hand from Semerkhet misses the target.
Malakai Semerkhet seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Antunes will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Joaquim Antunes. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Semerkhet missing with a left hand there. Antunes was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Semerkhet throws a body kick that misses.

Antunes gets a double leg takedown into Semerkhet's guard.
Semerkhet trying to control the position.
Antunes trying to control the position from guard on top but Semerkhet is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Antunes working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Semerkhet's head.
Semerkhet is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Antunes's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Antunes sitting in guard here, content to control.
Semerkhet has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Malakai Semerkhet has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Antunes missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Antunes postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Antunes postures up and lands a big shot to Semerkhet's brow.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Antunes is looking to work some ground and pound but Semerkhet has wrist control.
Semerkhet keeping moving, preventing Antunes from controlling successfully.
Joaquim Antunes is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Antunes passes Semerkhet's left leg - he's now in half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Antunes scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Antunes is looking to take a break and control but Semerkhet is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Antunes controlling the action here.
Semerkhet is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet keeps trying to improve his position.
Antunes takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
The referee must be thinking about standing these guys back up.
Nice strikes from Antunes there.

Semerkhet actively working from the bottom here.
Semerkhet tries to get to full guard but Antunes has control of the leg.
The crowd applaud the fighters efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Antunes is keen to just control but Semerkhet is a slippery customer.
Antunes tries to pass to full mount but Semerkhet defends it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Joaquim Antunes showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Antunes, 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 Eddie Farnsworth scores the fight 50:45
Judge Bruno Lombardi scores the fight 50:45
Judge Reed Andrews scores the fight 50:45

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Joaquim Antunes!

Joaquim Antunes retains his featherweight title!
A victorious Joaquim Antunes thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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