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SFC 96: Lewis vs Koira PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Ray Lewis and Karri Koira. Chooooooooon! I think Lewis might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to Nelly - Hot In Herre. 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.

182 cm
27
187 lbs
16 - 4 - 0
180 cm
26
180 lbs
14 - 9 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Ray Lewis!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Karri Koira!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Jack Bonds and Timothy Bukovac.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lewis bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Lewis swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
A big left from Koira misses.
Koira steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Lewis.
Lewis feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Koiras jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Lewis lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Lewis.
Lewis throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Koira throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Koira throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Ray Lewis seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Lewis getting the better of the striking in that exchange.

It looks like Karri Koira has been cut.
Lewis throws a series of punches but Koira moves out of range.
We've been told by Lewis's head coaches at LOD: Gym of the Gods that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Lewis misses with a low kick as Koira jumps back.
Lewis misses with a leg kick
and Koira counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Koira bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lewis moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Koira uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Lewis.
Koira looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Lewis throws an overhand right that lands on Koira's shoulder, as Koira tries to avoid the shot.
Lewis takes a swing at Koira's ribcage but misses.
Koira throws out a counter right but Lewis avoids it with no problem.
Koira tries a low kick but Lewis avoids it.
Koira blocks a jab.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Koira! But no joy.
Lewis takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Lewis throws a looping overhand right but Koira ducks down to avoid it.
Koira lands a nice shot to the body.
Lewis has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Koira finds it's way round the side to connect with Lewis's head.
Lewis throws a hook to the side of Koira's head but Koira sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lewis throws an off balance right hand
enabling Koira to counter with a crisp jab.
Lewis misses with a looping right.
Koira has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Koira there as he acknowledges the shot.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Lewis is looking to clinch but Koira is avoiding it.
Koira ducks under a wild hook from Lewis.
Lewis walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Koira checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Lewis looks to throw the jab but Koira is out of range.
Lewis throws out a loose jab but Koira uses good head movement to avoid it.
It seemed like Koira was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Lewis attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
A countering left hand to the body from Koira misses.
Lewis misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Koira is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Lewis with a body shot.
Lewis looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Lewis slips a straight right by Koira.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lewis feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Koira's calf.
Lewis connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Koira misses with a hook.
Lewis was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Koira checks a leg kick.
A slow jab from Lewis misses its intended target.

Lewis closes the distance and clinches.
Koira blocks a body shot from Lewis.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Koira.
Koira lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
The referee calls for Koira to work.
Lewis is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Lewis is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Koira escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Lewis lands with an uppercut that bounces Koira off the cage and back into range.
Koira slips under a jab.
Lewis throws a front kick aimed at Koira's knee but Koira avoids it well.
Koira misses with a looping left.
A low kick from Lewis misses
and Koira counters with a series of strikes. Lewis will be more careful next time no doubt.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Lewis throws a leg kick
and Koira counters with a straight right hand.
Lewis misses with a double jab.
Koira fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Lewis has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Koira slips under a jab from Lewis.
Koira looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Koira misses with a hook.
Lewis throws a hook but Koira blocks it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ray Lewis dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Karri Koira's cut.
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.


Koira on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Lewis. Lewis obviously looking to wear him down.
A punch lands to the side of Lewis 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Lewis throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Koira counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Lewis looks to throw the jab but Koira is out of range.
Lewis swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Koira counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Lewis takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Lewis will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lewis throws a right hand that misses
and Koira counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Koira's corner calls for a 1-2. Koira obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Lewis throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Lewis looks to clinch
and Koira counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lewis throws out a leg kick but Koira moves out of range and Lewis only half commits.
Koira throws out a counter right but Lewis avoids it with no problem.
Lewis misses with a hook.
It seemed like Koira was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Koira with a nice cross.
Koira walks into a stiff left hand from Lewis.
Lewis misses with an uppercut
and Koira counters with a low kick, right behind Lewis 's knee.
Lewis throws a lazy right hand but Koira sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Koira misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Lewis throws a body shot but no joy.
Lewis ducks under a wild hook from Koira.
A little feinted left hand from Lewis on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Koira rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Lewis moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Lewis misses with a hook. Koira ducked under it nicely.
Koira unleashes a big counter combination but Lewis bobs and weaves and avoids any damage.
A big right from Lewis misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Koira takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Koira slips a jab from Lewis.
Lewis wants to slow Koira down by chopping away at his legs.
Koira throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Koira keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Lewis fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Koira is out of range.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Koira checks a low kick from Lewis.
It seemed like Koira was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Lewis looks to throw the jab but Koira is out of range.
Koira swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Lewis blocks a jab.
Lewis misses with a right hand
and Koira counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Lewis moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lewis thows a left - swing and a miss!
Lewis throws an ugly left hook that misses
letting Koira counter with a right hand.
Lewis rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Koira counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Nice defenses there by Koira.
Koira lunges at Lewis with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Lewis's hand.
Koira displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Lewis throws out the jab.
Lewis waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Koira.
Lewis misses the jab.
Lewis chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Koira can pounce on him.
Lewis throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Koira appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Lewis avoids the body shot from Koira.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Koira works the jab nicely.
Koira blocks a low kick nicely.
The crowd cheers as Koira lands an impressive looking overhand right. Lewis doesn't seem phased though.
Lewis tries to land a leg kick but Koira saw it coming and moves away.
Koira scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Some wild striking there from Lewis.
The fight stays on the outside here - Lewis looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Lewis throws a right and a left that Koira avoids nicely.
A punch combination from Lewis misses.
Lewis misses with a lunging right hand
and Koira counters with a nice uppercut.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karri Koira showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Karri Koira's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Lewis lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Koira moves away from the strike by Lewis.
Koira has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Koira misses with a straight left.
Lewis wants to clinch but Koira slips to the side
and Koira cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Good shot there by Lewis.
Lewis misses with a low kick.
Koira fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Lewis looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Koira avoids the body shot from Lewis.
Koira swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Koira scores with a jab to the jaw.
Lewis wants to clinch
and Koira counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Koira throws a jab but it's blocked by Lewis.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Koira scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Lewis doesn't seem bothered though.
Lewis throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Koira drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.

Lewis clinches up against the cage.
Koira blocks an uppercut.
Koira blocking some punches.
Lewis working aggressively here.
Koira blocking some punches.
Lewis doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Lewis tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Koira is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.
Lewis misses with a punch on the inside.
Lewis misses with the head strike.
Lewis wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Koira avoiding damage as Lewis throws knees to the body.
Lewis takes a shot to the head.
Koira scores with a shot to the side of Lewis's head.
Lewis softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.

Koira breaks the clinch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Koira moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Koira throws a big shot that misses.
Lewis fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Koira checks it well.
Lewis misses with a hook
and Koira cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Lewis misses with a two punch combination.
Lewis misses with a left hand
and Koira counters with a stiff right hand.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Lewis lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Koira has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Koira and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Lewis is looking to chop away at Koira's legs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Koira avoids a punch combination nicely.
Karri Koira seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Lewis swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Koira misses with a looping right.
Lewis lands a jab to the nose.
A low kick from Lewis is predictable there
and Koira connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Lewis does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Koira throws a hook to the side of Lewis's head but Lewis sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Lewis throws a leg kick which misses Koira's front leg but catches the back leg as Koira tries to avoid it.
Koira bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Koira clobbers Lewis with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Koira throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Lewis is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Koira.
Lewis looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Lewis throws a jab when Koira was well out of range.
Lewis misses with a right hand
and Koira counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Koira misses with a looping right.
Koira throws a leg kick but Lewis sees it coming and moves out of range.
Koira loads up on a big right hand but Lewis slips the punch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Lewis moves into range and clinches up with Koira.
Koira blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Lewis lands with a light punch inside.
Lewis using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Lewis working aggressively here.
Lewis stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Ray Lewis.
I think Lewis has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 29:28
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 29:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Ray Lewis!

A relieved looking Ray Lewis thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
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