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Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Ricardo Gaarlandt and Takuji Kawashima. Kawashima comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Colossal - Wolfmother kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

184 cm
23
234 lbs
13 - 5 - 0
190 cm
23
280 lbs
11 - 5 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Basic striking
Good gas tank

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Kore Fight Nutrition [TG]



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Ricardo Gaarlandt!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Sydney, Takuji Kawashima!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Shimada, Yasuomi Hirokawa and Yuuki Gou.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kawashima shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Gaarlandt defends it nicely.
Gaarlandt throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Gaarlandt stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Gaarlandt wants it to stay on the feet.
Gaarlandt thinks about countering with a head kick.
Gaarlandt scores with a nice body kick.
Gaarlandt tries to land a front kick but Kawashima steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Gaarlandt misses the jab.
Kawashima is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Kawashima takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.

Kawashima drives through with a takedown into Gaarlandt's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
Kawashima postures up in Gaarlandt's guard and throws a big left but Gaarlandt blocks it.
Gaarlandt wants to get back to his feet but Kawashima is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kawashima missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Kawashima throwing strikes but missing.
Gaarlandt keeping moving, preventing Kawashima from controlling successfully.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gaarlandt is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Kawashima wants to control from the top but Gaarlandt keeps moving.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Gaarlandt thows a body kick. Kawashima tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Gaarlandt scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Gaarlandt misses with a wild body shot.
Takuji Kawashima seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Kawashima shoots in for a takedown but Gaarlandt shows good takedown defense.
Ricardo Gaarlandt has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Takuji Kawashima.
Crunch! Gaarlandt slams his shin into Kawashima's torso.
Gaarlandt jabs Kawashima to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Kawashima throws a sloppy body shot
and Gaarlandt makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gaarlandt takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Kawashima avoids the head kick by Gaarlandt.

Kawashima fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Gaarlandt to the ground. Kawashima is now in Gaarlandt's guard.
Gaarlandt is looking to stand up but Kawashima isn't so interested in that idea.
The fighters are tangled up in the ropes here. We might need a restart if the fighters can't break free themselves.
Kawashima wants to pass the guard but Gaarlandt is keeping the position.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Kawashima missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Kawashima won't allow Gaarlandt to get back to his feet.
Kawashima controls from within his opponent's guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kawashima looking to sit in guard and control but Gaarlandt gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Kawashima looking for a sweep. Not yet Kawashima, not yet.
Kawashima trying to control the position.
Kawashima looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Gaarlandt puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Kawashima wants to improve his position but Gaarlandt is controlling well.
The fighters are trapped in the ropes so we're going to have a reposition here. The ref calls for a break and repositions the fighters in the center of the ring.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kawashima is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Gaarlandt's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Gaarlandt's back!
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Gaarlandt is trying to stand back up.
Kawashima misses with a punch to the head.

Kawashima looking for the choke but no joy.
Gaarlandt is in a tricky position. We've heard reports from his gym mates at Lock and Roll Grappling Gym that he's been drilling escapes, so let's see if he can get back to his feet.
Kawashima tries to keep control of the position but Gaarlandt is staying busy.
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 Ricardo Gaarlandt will probably get the nod.
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.


Kawashima throws an off balance right hand
and Gaarlandt counters with a solid body kick.

Kawashima shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Kawashima stops Gaarlandt from getting back to his feet.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Kawashima working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.
Kawashima thows a huge punch but Gaarlandt dodges it nicely.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kawashima is looking to take a break and control but Gaarlandt is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Gaarlandt wants to get back to his feet.

Kawashima is working for a submission of some sort.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gaarlandt avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Kawashima.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Kawashima shoots in for a takedown but Gaarlandt shows good takedown defense.
Gaarlandt throws a counter high kick but Kawashima was just alert enough to avoid it.
Kawashima changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Gaarlandt tries to avoid it but Kawashima manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Gaarlandt to the ground. Gaarlandt escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Gaarlandt stuffs the takedown attempt from Kawashima. Kawashima gets slowly back to his feet.
Ricardo Gaarlandt has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Takuji Kawashima.
Kawashima fails with the takedown
and Gaarlandt counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Kawashima takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Gaarlandt moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Gaarlandt throws a wild body kick that Kawashima sees coming a mile off.
Kawashima dives in for a single leg takedown but Gaarlandt sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the ropes.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kawashima shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Gaarlandt sprawls well. Gaarlandt wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Kawashima gets slowly back to his feet.
Gaarlandt thinks about countering with a head kick.
Gaarlandt lands with an overhand left.
Gaarlandt lands a lovely overhand right.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Kawashima is defended easily by Gaarlandt.
Gaarlandt thinks about countering with a head kick.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Gaarlandt.
Kawashima avoids the body shot from Gaarlandt.
Kawashima changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Kawashima misses with an uppercut
and Gaarlandt counters with a nice uppercut.
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!
Gaarlandt lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Gaarlandt misses with a head kick.
Gaarlandt is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Kawashima can do to turn this around?
Gaarlandt looks for the body kick but Kawashima saw that one coming.
Gaarlandt rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Kawashima moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Gaarlandt here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kawashima walks into a straight right hand from Gaarlandt.
Kawashima fails with the takedown.
Kawashima walks forward, straight into a front kick from Gaarlandt.
Kawashima misses with a takedown attempt - Gaarlandt sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
A right-left combo lands from Gaarlandt.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kawashima. Gaarlandt does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kawashima takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Kawashima shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Gaarlandt as he jumps to the side.
Kawashima misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Gaarlandt counters with a stiff right hand.
Kawashima takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Crunch! Gaarlandt slams his shin into Kawashima's torso.

That's four 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!
Kawashima will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Kawashima is breathing heavily.
Gaarlandt uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Kawashima.
Decent striking displayed by Gaarlandt there.
Gaarlandt misses with a head kick.
Ricardo Gaarlandt is winning the standup battle so far.
Gaarlandt lands a really nice looking cross but Kawashima seems unphased.
Kawashima swings for the body but Gaarlandt moves out of range.
Gaarlandt looks to land a body kick but Kawashima moved away.
Kawashima changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Gaarlandt lands a nice looking kick to the body. Kawashima takes a step back to recover.
Kawashima on the wrong end of a kick to the body.
Gaarlandt looks for the body kick but Kawashima saw that one coming.
Gaarlandt throws a head kick that half lands.
Gaarlandt misses with a body kick.
Kawashima fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Gaarlandt avoids it really well and circles away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ricardo Gaarlandt dominated that second round.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


A big left from Kawashima misses.
Gaarlandt throws a body kick that misses.
Kawashima closes this distance looking for a takedown but Gaarlandt circles away.
Kawashima fails to land the takedown.
Kawashima takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Kawashima has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Gaarlandt.
Kawashima takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Kawashima on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Kawashima throws a big shot that misses.
Gaarlandt slaps away a takedown attempt from Kawashima, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Ricardo Gaarlandt has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Takuji Kawashima.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gaarlandt misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Gaarlandt lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Gaarlandt lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Kawashima misses with a lunging right hand
and Gaarlandt counters with a series of strikes. Kawashima will be more careful next time no doubt.
Kawashima 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.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kawashima takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Gaarlandt tests Kawashima's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Gaarlandt slips a jab from Kawashima.
Kawashima takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Gaarlandt misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Kawashima changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Kawashima misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Gaarlandt.
Gaarlandt throwing a counter right hand but Kawashima manages to avoid it.
Kawashima misses with a takedown attempt - Gaarlandt sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Ricardo Gaarlandt is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kawashima throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Gaarlandt stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
A swing and a miss from Kawashima.
A punch lands to the side of Kawashima 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Gaarlandt connects with a high kick.
Kawashima shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Gaarlandt as he avoids it easily.
As Kawashima looks to move away, Gaarlandt throws a big counter combo bu Kawashima just gets out of the way.
Gaarlandt throws a body punch but Kawashima moves out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Horrible takedown attempt by Kawashima or perhaps it was just good defense by Gaarlandt, which made it look bad.
Kawashima takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Gaarlandt misses with a kick to the body.
And Kawashima tries to counter it with a takedown but Gaarlandt pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Gaarlandt slips under a jab from Kawashima.
Gaarlandt throwing a counter right hand but Kawashima manages to avoid it.
Gaarlandt scores with a nice head shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Gaarlandt throws a half hearted mid kick.
Kawashima scores with a hook.
Kawashima gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Gaarlandt cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Gaarlandt throws a front kick that sends Kawashima stumbling back into the ropes.
Kawashima drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Kawashima shoots and misses
and Gaarlandt counters with a nice uppercut.

Kawashima is rocked!
Gaarlandt pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Kawashima blocks the body kick.
Gaarlandt ducks under a wild hook from Kawashima.
Kawashima misses with a jab to the body
and Gaarlandt cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Kawashima is still on wobbly legs! Can Gaarlandt finish him?

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gaarlandt cracks Kawashima with a big right hand that sees him stumbling back against the ropes! Kawashima falls to his knees and Gaarlandt doesn't need a second invitatation - he rushes in and fires off several unanswered shots that force the referee to stop the fight! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:06 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Ricardo Gaarlandt!
Ricardo Gaarlandt thanked the fans post fight for their support.
Takuji Kawashima spoke after the fight, saying 'Team Goroshi - Kore Fight Nutrition - Sydney Elite Systems - Extreme MMA'.
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RATING
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