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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Clay Matthews and Volya Nikolaev. Nikolaev is bobbing his head along to his entrance song: Fever . Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

167 cm
23
161 lbs
9 - 10 - 0
170 cm
21
165 lbs
7 - 3 - 0
Great wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Decent boxing
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the challenger to my left.
With a record of 9 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Clay Matthews!
And introducing the champion to my right.
With a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Volya Nikolaev!
The judges for this bout are Sergei Dronov, Fedor Mirinova and Konstantin Menshow.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Nikolaev closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Matthews quickly recovers to half guard.
Nikolaev throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Matthews is trying to stand up here but Nikolaev is controlling him well.
Nikolaev wants to take a breather but Matthews is having none of it.
Nikolaev working the head and body with strikes.
Matthews avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Nikolaev.
Matthews pushes Nikolaev off looking to stand but Nikolaev dives back in and keeps control.
Nikolaev wants to pass the guard but Matthews is defending well.

Nikolaev is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Matthews has managed to free his arm - good work.
Matthews keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Matthews is defending against the submission attempts here by Nikolaev.

Nikolaev is looking for a kimura but Matthews is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Nikolaev to get the leverage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nikolaev stops Matthews from getting back to his feet.
Nikolaev missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Nikolaev missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Nikolaev wants to control but Matthews is keeping him busy.
Matthews wants to get back to his feet.
Matthews is refusing to be controlled, as Nikolaev sits in half guard.
Matthews on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.
Matthews is refusing to be controlled, as Nikolaev sits in half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Matthews wants to get back to his feet.
Nikolaev is trying to control the action in half guard but Matthews is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Nikolaev stops Matthews from getting back to his feet.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Matthews trying desperately to get back to his feet here but he's not having any joy at all. He's going to tire himself out if he's not careful.
Nikolaev trying to control from half guard but Matthews is working away.
Nikolaev thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Matthews's head.
Nikolaev tries to pass the half guard into mount. Matthews knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Nikolaev trying to control from half guard but Matthews is working away.
Matthews is trying to stand.
This has been an exciting period of action!
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev wants to control but Matthews is keeping him busy.
Matthews avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Nikolaev.
Nikolaev thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Matthews is looking to escape.
Nikolaev drops an elbow to the side of Matthews's head.
Matthews has hold of Nikolaev's hands but Nikolaev slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Nikolaev throwing shots but Matthews is blocking nicely.
Nikolaev sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Matthews defending well though.
Matthews pushes Nikolaev off looking to stand but Nikolaev dives back in and keeps control.
Nikolaev throwing shots but Matthews is blocking nicely.

Nikolaev is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Nikolaev is nestled in close to Matthews, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Nikolaev wants to control but Matthews is keeping him busy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Matthews wants to get back to his feet.
Nikolaev not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Nikolaev lands strikes from half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Matthews wants to get back to his feet.
Nikolaev keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Matthews blocking the ground and pound attempt from Nikolaev.
Nikolaev not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Nikolaev has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at St Petersburg MMA Gym. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
Matthews blocking the ground and pound attempt from Nikolaev.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Nikolaev throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Nikolaev missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Nikolaev trying to control from Matthews's half guard. Matthews has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Volya Nikolaev dominated 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.


Nikolaev dives in for a single leg takedown but Matthews sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Nikolaev is trying to drag Matthews to the mat but Matthews just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.

Matthews has dropped down and is working for a takedown. Nikolaev is trying to keep an underhook but Matthews manages to get the takedown into half guard.
Nikolaev is trying is best to control the position here.
Nikolaev flails away from the bottom but he's not doing any damage.
Matthews wants to pass the guard but Nikolaev is defending well.
Matthews is looking to take a break and control but Nikolaev is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Nikolaev slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Matthews is looking to work some ground and pound but Nikolaev has wrist control.
Nikolaev working a defensive guard here.
Nikolaev wants to sweep but no luck.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Matthews avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Volya Nikolaev has got the better of the ground game so far.
Nikolaev managing to control the position.
Matthews missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Matthews wants to pass the guard but Nikolaev is keeping the position.
Nikolaev is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Matthews works over Nikolaev with some ground and pound from guard.
Nikolaev has Matthews pulled in close to control his posture.
Matthews postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Matthews is looking to work some ground and pound but Nikolaev has wrist control.
Nikolaev looking for a sweep. Not yet Nikolaev, not yet.
Nikolaev looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Matthews stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Nikolaev swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Matthews scoring with some ground and pound.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nikolaev is trying to control the position but Matthews postures up.
Nikolaev is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.
Nikolaev looking to control but Matthews passes into half guard.
Matthews is thwarting Nikolaev's attempts to control the position.
Nikolaev is looking to improve his position.
Matthews thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Matthews trying to control the action but Nikolaev is working from the bottom.
Nikolaev has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Matthews is working away from the top position though.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Matthews throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.

Nikolaev actively working from the bottom here.
Matthews looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Matthews is keen to just control but Nikolaev is a slippery customer.
Nikolaev is trying to maintain the position but Matthews is very close to passing his half guard.
Matthews wants to control but Nikolaev is keeping him busy.
Matthews missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Nikolaev has his hands clasped together around Matthews's back. He's all about the action.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Nikolaev is trying to control but Matthews passes into side control!
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 Clay Matthews will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Nikolaev takes a head kick and keeps coming.

Matthews drives through with a takedown into Nikolaev's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.

Nikolaev is looking for a triangle but Matthews pushes his legs off easily.
Matthews scores with a decent looking elbow strike.

Nikolaev throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Nikolaev has momentary wrist control but Matthews slips an elbow through the middle.
Nikolaev not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Matthews is fighting to break Nikolaev's control of his arms but Nikolaev is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Matthews trying to control but Nikolaev is working from the bottom.
Nikolaev is controlling Matthews's posture.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nikolaev keeping moving, preventing Matthews from controlling successfully.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Nikolaev has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.

Nikolaev is rocked!
Nikolaev throws the left hand but Matthews avoids the punch easily.
Nikolaev fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Matthews avoids it really well and circles away.
Matthews throws a sloppy head kick and Nikolaev moves out of range easily.
Nikolaev misses with a straight left.
Nikolaev takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Nikolaev misses with a hook. Matthews ducked under it nicely.
Crunch! Matthews slams his shin into Nikolaev's torso.
Nikolaev takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Matthews lands a right hook to the body.

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!
Nikolaev throws a big shot that misses.
Nikolaev misses with a two punch combination.

Matthews sets himself and throws a head kick that knocks Nikolaev to the ground! Matthews dives into full mount looking to finish!
Nikolaev is still in real trouble! Can Matthews finish him?
Matthews lands a big elbow - Nikolaev is in trouble! More strikes from the mount and Nikolaev is forced to tap out!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:34 of round 3, we have a winner by way of Submission (Strikes). Clay Matthews!
Clay Matthews is the new lightweight champion!
A very excited looking Clay Matthews 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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