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CCF Midweek Mayhem 178 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Bowman Rook and Nick Faldo. Faldo has chosen Paparazzi Pone - Man Down as his entrance music. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

180 cm
32
190 lbs
19 - 17 - 0
182 cm
32
199 lbs
12 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 17 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Bowman Rook!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 12 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Nick Faldo!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Jack Bonds and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Faldo looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Faldo attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Faldo misses the jab.
Faldo buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
The fighters circling - Faldo throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Rook half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Rook is looking to take this fight into the clinch.

Rook has taken the fight to the clinch.
Rook slowing the pace effectively.
Rook throws a knee to the head but misses.
Rook tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Faldo's elbow.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rook landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Faldo prevents a body shot from Rook.
Faldo misses with some punches.
Rook looking to throw knees to the head but Faldo is blocking nicely.
Rook missing with knees to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rook is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Faldo is defending well for now.
Faldo avoids the elbow strike from Rook, against the cage.
Rook misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Faldo.
Faldo throws a punch but it's blocked by Rook.
Rook blocking some punches.
Rook tries a body shot but Faldo blocks it.
Rook lands with a right to the head.
Rook blocking some punches.
Knees to the body from Rook.
Faldo with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Rook scores a nice knee to the body.
Faldo struggles to land a body shot inside as Rook controls his hands.
Rook wants to stall.
Rook looking to slow down the pace here.
Rook tries to throw a body punch but Faldo avoids it by throwing Rook back against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A knee to the head by Faldo.
Faldo on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Faldo lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Rook backwards.
Rook with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Faldo tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Rook's elbow.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Faldo managing to block the knees to the body from Rook.
Faldo lands a hook that snaps the head of Rook backwards.
Faldo throws an elbow that misses.
Faldo lands with a right to the head.
Rook is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Faldo is defending well for now.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Faldo lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rook trying to stall but Faldo improves his position.
Faldo blocks an uppercut.
Faldo misses with the head strike.
A body shot lands from Rook.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Rook.
Rook is stalling here. The referee will be looking to step in if he doesn't pick up the pace.
With the fighters up against the cage, Rook throws an elbow but misses.
Faldo using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Rook has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Rook fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Faldo lands a hook that snaps the head of Rook backwards.
Rook tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Faldo blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
A short left from Faldo.
Rook tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Faldo's elbow.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A nice glancing elbow lands by Rook.

It looks like Nick Faldo has been cut.
Rook misses with a short punch on the inside.
Rook looking to slow down the pace here.
Faldo throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Rook blocks it with crossed arms.
Rook missing with knees to the body.
A nice right hand lands inside from Rook.
Rook can't find room to land a body shot as Faldo controls the action.
Faldo scores with a shoulder strike.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
A shot in the inside from Faldo.
Faldo scores with a shot to the side of Rook's head.
Faldo blocking some punches.
Rook tries to land knees in the clinch but Faldo avoids the damage to the body.
Rook lands a body shot.
A nice left hand lands by Rook.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Bowman Rook will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Nick Faldo's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Rook lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Faldo scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Faldo throws a jab when Rook was well out of range.
Rook half committed to a counter leg kick.
Rook moves forwards but Faldo connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Faldo throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Rook seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
Faldo misses with a low kick.
Rook throws an overhand right that lands on Faldo's shoulder, as Faldo tries to avoid the shot.
Rook uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Faldo.
Rook avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Rook moves out of range of the strikes.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rook throws a leg kick that is checked

and Faldo counters by moving into the clinch. Good anticipation by Faldo.
Faldo has a couple of punches blocked by Rook.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Rook is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Faldo is defending well for now.
Rook with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Rook misses with a shot to the kidneys.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rook misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Faldo throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Faldo tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Rook is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Faldo is defending well for now.
Faldo scores with a knee to the head.

It looks like Bowman Rook has been cut.
Faldo blocks a body shot from Rook.
Faldo misses with an elbow strike.
Rook connects with a nasty looking knee right to Faldo's face.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Rook.
Faldo lands a knee to the head.
Faldo prevents a body shot from Rook.
Faldo with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Rook can't find room to land a body shot as Faldo controls the action.
Rook fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Faldo scores with a shoulder strike.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rook missing with knees to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Faldo with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Rook misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Faldo.
A head punch on the inside from Rook fails to land.
Rook working aggressively here.
Rook lands with a right to the head.
Rook pressing his opponent against the cage.
Faldo misses with some punches.
Rook pushes Faldo back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Faldo lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Faldo with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Rook trying to land knees to the body.
A short right from Rook.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rook tries a body shot but Faldo blocks it.
Rook looks to throw an elbow but misses.
Faldo landing knees to the body.
Faldo managing to block the knees to the body from Rook.
Rook stalling in the clinch but Faldo improves position.
Faldo with a knee to the head.
Faldo using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Rook has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Faldo prevents a body shot from Rook.
Rook throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Rook is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Faldo is defending well for now.
Rook lands with a light punch inside.
Faldo tries a knee to the head but Rook blocks it.
Rook misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Faldo.
Rook misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Faldo.
Faldo lands an uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Faldo connects with a nasty looking knee right to Rook's face.
Faldo makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Rook with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Rook tries to throw a body punch but Faldo avoids it by throwing Rook back against the cage.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Rook presses Faldo against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Rook tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Rook misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Faldo.
Rook wants to stall.
Rook lands a left hand.
Faldo using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Rook has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Rook misses with a hook from the clinch.
Rook doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Rook doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Nick Faldo will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


A solid leg kick lands there for Faldo.
Faldo dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Rook. That did some damage!
Faldo swats away the attempt to clinch by Rook.
Faldo ducks right into an uppercut from Rook.
Faldo wants to slow Rook down by chopping away at his legs.
Faldo throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Rook feinted with a counter takedown.
Rook keeps the fight on the outside.
Rook throws a hook but Faldo blocks it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rook shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
A decent looking cross lands there for Faldo.
Rook swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Rook backing away here, and Faldo unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Rook fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Faldo is out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rook ducks right into an uppercut from Faldo.
Some wild striking there from Rook.
A little jabbing left from Faldo on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Faldo misses with a wild combination.
Nick Faldo is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Rook takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Faldo ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Rook moves away.
Faldo cracks Rook with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Rook on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Nick Faldo seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Some bone on bone action there as Rook checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Rook walks into a straight right hand from Faldo.
Rook fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Faldo manages to avoid it.
A low kick from Faldo is predictable there

and Rook counters by moving into the clinch. Good anticipation by Rook.
Bowman Rook has scored more points in the clinch so far.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Faldo landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Faldo takes an elbow to the forehead.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Faldo lands a hook to the side of the head.
Rook goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Faldo lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Rook lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Faldo throws an elbow but it misses.
Rook blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Faldo on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Faldo lands a knee to the body.
Rook misses with a hook from the clinch.
Rook struggles to land a body shot inside as Faldo controls his hands.
Rook looking to stall.
Faldo prevents a body shot from Rook.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rook pushes off and fires off an elbow that misses, before clinching up again, against the cage.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Rook presses Faldo against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Faldo avoids a wild elbow strike from Rook.
A shot in the inside from Faldo.
Faldo with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Rook tries to throw a body punch but Faldo avoids it by throwing Rook back against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Rook fails to land.
Rook misses with a punch on the inside.
Faldo lands with a short punch from the clinch.

Rook is rocked!
Rook tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Faldo tries to land a knee to the head but misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Faldo lands a left hand.
Faldo doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Faldo gets through Rook's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Rook struggles to land a body shot inside as Faldo controls his hands.
Faldo utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Faldo managing to block the knees to the body from Rook.
Rook tries to work over Faldo's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Faldo on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Faldo throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Rook blocks it with crossed arms.
Rook misses with a hook from the clinch.
Rook is leaning against Faldo and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Faldo blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Faldo lands a shot to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Nick Faldo really dominated that round.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


An inside leg kick lands from Faldo.
Rook on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Rook is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
A clash of legs there as Faldo blocks the low kick.
Rook looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Faldo takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Rook finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Faldo is looking to clinch.
A big right from Faldo misses.
Faldo defending well as Rook loads up on a big left hand.
Rook is looking to clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rook lands with a thumping leg kick.
Faldo lands with a hook. Rook tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Faldo is looking to score with low kicks.
Rook has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Faldo.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rook shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Faldo keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Faldo is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Faldo throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Rook sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Nick Faldo seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Faldo connects with a body shot that sends Rook's belly button to the back.
Rook throws a wild body kick that Faldo sees coming a mile off.
A cross from Rook lands.
Faldo looks to score with a jab to the body but Rook is just out of range.
Faldo checks a leg kick.
Faldo throws an overhand right that lands on Rook's shoulder, as Rook tries to avoid the shot.
Faldo throws a low kick but Rook moves out of range easily.
Rook appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Rook throws a leg kick
and Rook takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rook misses with an uppercut. Faldo saw that one coming.
A left lands for Faldo.
Rook throws a half hearted mid kick.
Faldo swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Rook.
Faldo is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Faldo lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Faldo cracks the inside of Rook's front leg.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Faldo, right into the meat.
Faldo throws a leg kick which misses Rook's front leg but catches the back leg as Rook tries to avoid it.
Faldo uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Rook.
Rook scoring well with a low kick there.
Rook slips under a jab from Faldo.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Faldo throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Faldo feints and then cracks Rook's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Rook down.
Faldo pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Rook moves forwards but Faldo connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Faldo swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Rook misses the jab.
Faldo swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Rook.
Faldo tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Rook attempts a counter takedown but Faldo avoids it well and moves away.
Rook getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Rook is looking to chop away at Faldo's legs.
Faldo has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Rook tries to land a front kick but Faldo steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Faldo has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Rook scoring well with a low kick there.
Rook throws a body punch but Faldo moves out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Faldo throws a poor cross that misses

and Rook counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Rook stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Faldo swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Rook working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Rook throws a strike but Faldo rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Faldo must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Rook is on top in guard.

Faldo controls Rook momentarily but Rook frees himself.
Faldo working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Rook.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Nick Faldo will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!


The fight stays on the outside here - Rook looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Rook throws a leg kick
and Faldo counters with a stiff right hand.
Faldo lands with a head kick! That's gotta hurt.
Rook misses with a looping right.
Faldo tries a quick counter leg kick but Rook is wise to it.
Rook takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Faldo takes a body kick right on the floating rib. Ouchie.
Faldo lands a nice leg kick that just misses Rook's sensitive parts.
Rook looks to throw the jab but Faldo is out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Faldo tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Rook manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Faldo bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Rook shoots in for a takedown but Faldo shows good takedown defense.
Rook checks a leg kick nicely.
Rook seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
Rook throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rook stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Faldo.
Faldo thows a leg kick but Rook checks it
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Faldo bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Faldo tries to clinch there but Rook circles away.
Rook feinted there with a counter leg kick.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Rook checks a leg kick.
Rook is looking to counter the offense by Faldo and move into the clinch.
Faldo misses with an uppercut.
Rook tries to clinch but Faldo is having none of it.
Faldo misses with an uppercut.
Faldo misses with a hook. Rook ducked under it nicely.
Faldo throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Faldo lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Rook at a distance.
Rook avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Faldo avoids the body shot from Rook.
Faldo shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Faldo looks to land a body kick but Rook moved away.
Rook misses with a body shot.
Rook throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
A nice inside leg kick there by Faldo. That's going to slow Rook down.
Rook throws a leg kick

and Faldo counters by moving into the clinch. Good anticipation by Faldo.
Rook tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Faldo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Rook leaning against his opponent.
Faldo prevents a body shot from Rook.
Faldo lands with a left to the head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A shot in the inside from Rook.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rook misses with a hook from the clinch.
Faldo has a couple of punches blocked by Rook.
Rook digs a right hand into Faldo's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Faldo's gas tank.
Both guys are working to get underhooks.
Rook misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Faldo takes a knee right on the jaw!
Rook doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Rook is trying to maintain a safe position but Faldo gets an underhook and turns Rook into the cage.
Faldo managing to block the knees to the body from Rook.
Rook lands a hook that snaps the head of Faldo backwards.
Faldo blocks an elbow strike from Rook.
Faldo blocks an elbow strike from Rook.
Faldo blocks a body shot from Rook.
Rook tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Faldo lands a hook that snaps the head of Rook backwards.
Rook fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Rook is working Faldo over against the cage.
Rook tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Faldo avoids it.
Faldo blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Rook stalls.
Rook has a couple of punches blocked by Faldo.
Faldo with a knee to the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Faldo.
Rook tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Faldo avoids it.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Rook misses with a knee strike.
Rook tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Faldo's elbow.
Bowman Rook has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Still in the clinch, Faldo scores with a nice short uppercut.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Nick Faldo.
I think Faldo 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.

Judge Don Winkell scores the fight for Nick Faldo!
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight for Nick Faldo!
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight for Nick Faldo!

Nick Faldo wins by unanimous decision!

Nick Faldo took some time post fight to say the following; 'Nothing against my manager, but things didn't work out the way we wanted it. Even if I did win most of my fights under him. Thanks to my fans and CCF though.'.
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