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Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Mika Karalahti and Matti Laukanen. Karalahti comes to the cage accompanied by Ensiferum - Into Battle. Mika Karalahti could well score a knockout today. He has the power to get to Matti Laukanen's chin.

199 cm
21
212 lbs
5 - 1 - 0
182 cm
20
220 lbs
4 - 0 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent MT
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Decent boxing
Good gas tank

Four Aces Nutrition

Four Aces Nutrition
Arcticus



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Mika Karalahti!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Matti Laukanen!
The judges for this bout are Lou da Vinci, Franklyn Lucas and Reed Andrews.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Laukanen clinches.
Karalahti lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Laukanen backwards.
Karalahti avoiding damage.
Laukanen lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Laukanen lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Karalahti or not.
Karalahti looking to stall.
Karalahti effectively controlling the action here.
Laukanen scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Laukanen scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Karalahti doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Laukanen scores with a shot to the side of Karalahti's head.
Laukanen doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Laukanen fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Karalahti blocks a body shot from Laukanen.
Laukanen swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Karalahti swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Karalahti blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
I was talking to Karalahti's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Laukanen has Karalahti pressed against the cage, preventing Karalahti from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Laukanen misses with some punches.
Laukanen misses with a short punch on the inside.
Laukanen misses with a punch on the inside.
Laukanen lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Laukanen tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Karalahti's elbow.
Laukanen is working Karalahti over against the cage.
Karalahti swings wildly with an uppercut but Laukanen uses good head movement to avoid it.
Laukanen throws a head punch that misses.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Laukanen.
Laukanen tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Laukanen tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Karalahti's elbow.
Laukanen lands with a short shot to the head.
Laukanen stalling in the clinch but Karalahti improves position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Karalahti breaks the clinch.
The fight stays on the outside here - Laukanen looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Karalahti tries to keep at a distance but Laukanen has taken the fight into the clinch.
Laukanen throws a head punch that misses.
Laukanen lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Laukanen misses with some punches.
Karalahti controlling the action here for a moment.
Karalahti stalls.
Karalahti blocks an uppercut.
Laukanen can't find room to land a body shot as Karalahti controls the action.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Laukanen trying to control the position but instead, Karalahti has worked for underhooks and has pushed Laukanen into the cage.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Laukanen.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Karalahti tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Laukanen blocking some punches.
Karalahti throws a head punch that misses.
Laukanen struggles to land a body shot inside as Karalahti controls his hands.
Karalahti trying to stall but Laukanen improves his position.
Karalahti prevents a body shot from Laukanen.
Laukanen tries to throw a body punch but Karalahti avoids it by throwing Laukanen back against the cage.
Karalahti is trying to break the clinch but Laukanen has him pressed against the cage.
Laukanen content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Karalahti blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Karalahti lands a nice uppercut.
Laukanen misses with the head strike.
Karalahti tries to throw a body punch but Laukanen avoids it by throwing Karalahti back against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Laukanen.
Karalahti stalling in the clinch.
Laukanen tries a body shot but Karalahti blocks it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Karalahti misses with a punch to the body.
Karalahti tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Laukanen misses with a punch on the inside.
Laukanen throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Karalahti.
Karalahti content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Laukanen throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Karalahtis head.
Karalahti blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Laukanen scores with a hook to the body.
A nice right hand lands inside from Laukanen.
Karalahti is trying to break the clinch but Laukanen has him pressed against the cage.

Karalahti's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
The fight stays on the outside here - Laukanen looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Karalahti uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Laukanen.
Karalahti keeps the fight on the outside.
Laukanen wants to clinch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Matti Laukanen dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Laukanen lands with a shot to the body.
Laukanen uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Karalahti.
Karalahti misses with a low kick as Laukanen jumps back.
Laukanen dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Laukanen fails in his attempt to clinch.
Karalahti throwing a counter right hand but Laukanen manages to avoid it.
Laukanen dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Laukanen tries to close the distance and clinch up but Karalahti swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Karalahti throws a big counter combination but Laukanen scrambles out of danger and avoids any damage.
Laukanen dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Laukanen has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Laukanen missing with a left hand there. Karalahti was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Karalahti looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Karalahti scores with a kick to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karalahti fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Karalahti bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Laukanen's head backwards.
Laukanen misses with a wild combination.
Laukanen misses with a body punch
and Karalahti counters with a left to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Karalahti scoring well with a low kick there.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Karalahti's jab looks to have found its range, popping Laukanen under the eye.
Karalahti lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Laukanen tries to clinch up but Karalahti circles away and keeps his distance.

Laukanen gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Still in the clinch, Laukanen scores with a nice short uppercut.
Laukanen stalls.
Laukanen swings wildly with an uppercut but Karalahti uses good head movement to avoid it.
Laukanen misses with the head strike.
Karalahti being controlled against the cage.
A short uppercut from Karalahti.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Karalahti.
Laukanen lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Karalahti stalling the fight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karalahti blocks a body shot from Laukanen.
Matti Laukanen seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Nice body punch from Karalahti - that landed with a thud.
Laukanen has a couple of punches blocked by Karalahti.
Laukanen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Karalahti misses with a hook to the ribs.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Karalahti misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Laukanen working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Laukanen digs a right hand into Karalahti's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Karalahti's gas tank.
Laukanen goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Laukanen can't find room to land a body shot as Karalahti controls the action.
Laukanen working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Karalahti misses with a punch on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Laukanen tries to work over Karalahti's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Karalahti swings wildly with an uppercut but Laukanen uses good head movement to avoid it.
Laukanen tries to throw a body punch but Karalahti avoids it by throwing Laukanen back against the cage.
Laukanen misses with a hook from the clinch.
Laukanen throws a punch but it's blocked by Karalahti.
Laukanen looking to slow down the pace here.
Karalahti lands a body shot.
Laukanen misses with a punch to the body.
Laukanen lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Laukanen controlling the action here for a moment.
A head punch on the inside from Laukanen fails to land.
Karalahti misses with a body punch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Laukanen misses with a body punch.
Karalahti lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Karalahti blocking some punches.
Karalahti tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Laukanen tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Karalahti's elbow.
Laukanen misses with a hook to the ribs.
Karalahti lands an uppercut.
Karalahti is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Laukanen lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Laukanen struggles to land a body shot inside as Karalahti controls his hands.
Laukanen lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Laukanen lands a right hand that snaps the head of Karalahti backwards.
Some stalling of biblical proportions here from Karalahti.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Laukanen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Laukanen gets through Karalahti's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Laukanen is trying to stall.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Matti Laukanen showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Karalahti's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. This is the final round!


Karalahti scores with a nice body kick.
Laukanen fails in his attempt to clinch.
Karalahti appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Laukanen is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Karalahti.
Karalahti lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Matti Laukanen seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Karalahti steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Laukanen.
Laukanen is looking to clinch.
Karalahti feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Karalahti is looking to score with low kicks.
Laukanen with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Karalahti to score with a decent uppercut.
Karalahti throws a chopping leg kick but Laukanen manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
A nice side step and Laukanen releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
An inside leg kick lands from Karalahti.
Laukanen looks to clinch
and Karalahti counters with a nice uppercut.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Laukanen misses with a wild body shot.
Laukanen misses with a jab to the body
and Karalahti counters with a leg kick.
Laukanen fails with an attempt to clinch.
A little feinted left hand from Karalahti on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Karalahti throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
That kick from Karalahti tenderised Laukanen's leg. Laukanen is trying to keep his angry face on.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Laukanen moves to clinch but Karalahti breaks away
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Laukanen is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Laukanen is looking to clinch but Karalahti is avoiding it.
Laukanen closes the distance looking to clinch
and Karalahti counters with a thumping low kick.
Karalahti tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Laukanen is able to avoid easily.

Laukanen pushes Karalahti up against the cage in a clinch.
Karalahti lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
A right hand to the body from Laukanen.
Laukanen blocking some punches.
A short right from Karalahti on the inside.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Laukanen as Karalahti tries to tie him up.
Karalahti misses with a body punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Laukanen is trying to maintain a safe position but Karalahti gets an underhook and turns Laukanen into the cage.
Laukanen can't find room to land a body shot as Karalahti controls the action.
Karalahti is struggling to control the position.
Laukanen tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Come on Laukanen - let's have some action - none of this stalling nonsense.
Laukanen lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Karalahti.
Laukanen's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Laukanen.
Laukanen lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Laukanen tries a body shot but Karalahti blocks it.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A body shot lands from Karalahti.
Laukanen throws a head punch that misses.
Laukanen misses with a punch to the body.
A nice right hand lands inside from Laukanen.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Laukanen lands a right hand that snaps the head of Karalahti backwards.

Karalahti breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
That kick from Karalahti tenderised Laukanen's leg. Laukanen is trying to keep his angry face on.
Karalahti lands a jab followed by a nice looking cross.
Laukanen doesn't manage to clinch there - Karalahti circles away.
Laukanen blocks a jab.
A punch combination from Laukanen misses.
It looked like Karalahti wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Laukanen throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Laukanen checks a leg kick.
Laukanen throws a right hand that misses
and Karalahti counters with a nice low kick that buckles Laukanen's knee momentarily.
Karalahti takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Laukanen misses with a hook.
Laukanen listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Laukanen moves to clinch but Karalahti breaks away
and Karalahti counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Laukanen is looking to clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Laukanen moves out of range of the body kick.
Laukanen wants to counter with a clinch but Karalahti pushes him away.
Laukanen will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Karalahti attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Laukanen lands the left hand.
Laukanen doesn't manage to clinch there - Karalahti circles away.
A solid leg kick lands there for Karalahti.
That kick from Karalahti tenderised Laukanen's leg. Laukanen is trying to keep his angry face on.
Laukanen tries to clinch but Karalahti moves out of range.
Karalahti misses with a hook. Laukanen ducked under it nicely.
Laukanen has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Karalahti.
Laukanen misses with an uppercut
and Karalahti counters with a slapping leg kick.
A jab from Laukanen does it's job there.
Karalahti is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.

Laukanen closes the distance and pushes Karalahti back into the cage.
Karalahti looking to stall.
Mika Karalahti has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Matti Laukanen is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Karalahti stalling the fight.

And that's the end of the fight!
Mika Karalahti showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Laukanen has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Lou da Vinci scores the fight 28:29
Judge Franklyn Lucas scores the fight 28:29
Judge Reed Andrews scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Matti Laukanen!

After the fight, Matti Laukanen was humble in paying tribute to his opponent but made it clear he wants to go on to bigger and better things. It seemed to go down well with the crowd who cheered him loudly.
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