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EVO 176: American Pharoah PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Yrjoe Velmu and Max Power. Power comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Easy Rider kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

192 cm
29
200 lbs
15 - 9 - 0
188 cm
27
219 lbs
14 - 3 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Sun-Tzu
Big Bear Nutrition 160Q



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 15 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Yrjoe Velmu!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Max Power!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Chris Edwards and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Power sizes up Velmu with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Max Power seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
A big right from Velmu misses.
Power throws a counter combo.
Velmu tries to clinch but Power moves away
and Power counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Velmu tries to clinch there but Power circles away.
Power misses with a straight left.
Power misses with a looping right.
Power throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Power takes a swing at Velmu's ribcage but misses.

Velmu darts in and clinches Power up against the cage.
Power digs a right hand underneath Velmu's ribcage. Velmu let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Power tries to work over Velmu's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.

Power pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Power takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Power gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Velmu.
Velmu takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Power throws a front kick that sends Velmu stumbling back into the cage.
Power pushing out the jab but it's not landing.

Power gets the takedown into side control.
Power trying to control the position but Velmu is working away.
You can see the frustration on Velmu's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Power is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Velmu is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Power wants to lay and pray for a moment but Velmu keeps working.

Power swings around for an armbar but Velmu sees it coming a mile off and turns beautifully into Power's guard.
Velmu tries to free his leg and advance position but Power is retaining full guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Power is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Power is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Power is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

Power looks to be working for a triangle here. Oh, it looks like he might have it! Velmu has picked Power up and slammed him! Power can't keep hold of the triangle and Velmu manages to pass to side control!
Power is looking to regain half guard here but Velmu keeps moving and retains side control.
Power manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Power is trying to advance to mount but he's lost his balance and Velmu reverses the position - he's now on top in Power's guard.

Power looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Velmu passes into half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Power trying to control here.
Velmu controlling the pace.
Velmu wants to pass to mount but Power is defending the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Velmu controlling the action here.
Velmu is thwarting Power's attempts to control the position.
Power wants to get back to full guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Max Power dominated that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Power keeps the fight on the outside.
Power cracks a nice hook into Velmu's ribs.
Velmu walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Power throws a leg kick that misses.
Power misses with a looping left.
Velmu tries to clinch up but Power circles away and keeps his distance.
Velmu tries to clinch up but Power circles away and keeps his distance.
A bone on bone clash there as Velmu blocks the leg kick.
Velmu tries to clinch but Power moves out of range.
Power throws a lazy uppercut
and Velmu counters with a leg kick.
Velmu throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Power stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Power throws a leg kick but Velmu sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Power connects with a body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Power dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Velmu takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Power throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Power scores with a kick to the midsection.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A slow jab from Power misses its intended target.
Power connects with a right hand. Velmu shakes it off.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Power throws a head kick that misses.
Power throws a body kick that misses.
Velmu lands a glancing blow to the side of Power's head.
Velmu takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Velmu paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Velmu scores with a punch to the head.
Power misses with an uppercut.
Velmu feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Power throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Power throws a body punch but Velmu moves out of range.
Power on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Power staying out of range there.
Power misses with a body kick.
Velmu is looking to clinch.
Max Power seems to be getting the better of the standup.
A punch lands to the side of Power 's head but he takes it in his stride.

It looks like Max Power has been cut.
Power is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Velmu rather than just go for the knockout.
Power misses with a leg kick.
Velmu seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Velmu moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Power ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Power has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Power throws a leg kick that misses.
Yrjoe Velmu is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Velmu has closed the distance and engaged Power in a clinch.
Velmu swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Power is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Velmu is keeping busy.
Both guys are working to get underhooks.
Velmu connects with a nasty looking knee right to Power's face.

Power breaks the clinch.
Power gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Power takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Power scores with a nice strike.
Velmu blocks the body kick.
Power keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Velmu.
A head kick misses from Power.
Velmu misses with the combination.
It looks like Velmu has been trying to sharpen up his punching technique, as it looks crisper than last time we saw him.
Good work by Power as he checks the leg kick.
Velmu is looking to take this fight into the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Power takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Power throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Velmu misses with a right hand
and Power counters with a left to the body.
Power uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Velmu.
Power appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Power throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Power throws a body shot but no joy.
Power swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Velmu looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Power takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Velmu moves out of range as Power throws a body kick.
Velmu takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Velmu scores with a jab.
Power throws a right hand that Velmu ducks under and follows up with a left that Velmu also avoids with ease.
Power lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Velmu tries to clinch there but Power circles away.
Power with a nice cross.
Power takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Velmu throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Power.
Velmu sizes up Power with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Velmu connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Velmu uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Power.
Power fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Power uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Power misses with a takedown

and Velmu counters into the clinch. Nicely done.
Power tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Power has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Power lands a nice uppercut.
Power misses with a hook from the clinch.
Velmu blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Power blocking some punches.
Velmu tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Velmu throws a knee to the head but misses.
Power using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Velmu has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Velmu blocks a punch to the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Max Power will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Max Power's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Power tests Velmu's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Power lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
Velmu misses with a hook.
The fighters circling - Power throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Velmu looks to land a left hand but Power moved out of range nicely.
Power throws out a loose jab but Velmu uses good head movement to avoid it.
Velmu pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Power lands with an uppercut that bounces Velmu off the cage and back into range.
Velmu checks a leg kick.
Power throws a sloppy head kick and Velmu moves out of range easily.
Power shoots in looking for a takedown but Velmu manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Power's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Power throws a leg kick
and Velmu counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Velmu keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Velmu looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Power keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Velmu.
Power misses with a wild body shot.
Velmu tries to clinch up but Power circles away and keeps his distance.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
A clash of legs there as Velmu blocks the low kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Velmu moves in looking to clinch but Power pushes him off.
Velmu tries to clinch
and Power counters with a three punch combo that has Velmu backing up. Velmu nods at Power to acknowledge the strikes.
Velmu throws a lazy uppercut
and Power counters with a thumping low kick.
Power misses the jab.
Velmu slaps away a takedown attempt from Power, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Velmu went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
A looping hook to the body misses from Power. Velmu does a little dance to reset his feet.
Power looks to land a left hand but Velmu moved out of range nicely.
Power tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Nice body punch from Power.
Velmu fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Power checks it well.
Donk. Velmu catches Power right on the button with a cross.
Velmu ducks under a wild hook from Power.
Velmu tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Power manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Power was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
The crowd cheers as Power lands an impressive looking overhand right. Velmu doesn't seem phased though.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Velmu blocks a leg kick.
Velmu tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Power paws at him with a jab and circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Power changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Power on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Velmu lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
Both fighters circling a little - Velmu finishes the exchange with a kick to the body.
Power cracks Velmu with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
A big right from Velmu misses.
Velmu throws a half hearted mid kick.
Power now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Yrjoe Velmu has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

Velmu fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Power, pushing him back against the cage.
A shot in the inside from Power.
Good body shot from Velmu.
Power takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Velmu lands a knee to the head there! That was nasty!
Power has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Velmu is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Yrjoe Velmu has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Max Power.
Velmu lands a knee to the head.
A short uppercut from Velmu.
Velmu softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Velmu lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Velmu landing knees to the head.
Power lands with a short head shot on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Velmu blocking some punches.
Velmu landing some nice looking knees to the body.
A nice left hand lands by Velmu.
Velmu tries a knee to the head but he's missed.

Power escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Velmu scoring well with a low kick there.
Velmu tries to clinch but Power is having none of it.
Velmu connects with a leg kick. Power looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Velmu takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Power.
Velmu cracks Power with a right hand to the side of the head.
Velmu tries to clinch up but Power circles away and keeps his distance.
Velmu throws a shot from downtown. Power moves away and avoids it.

Velmu rushes Power and presses him up against the cage.
Power throws a punch but it's blocked by Velmu.
Power lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Velmu throws a punch but it's blocked by Power.
Velmu misses with a punch to the body.
Knees to the body from Velmu.
Power's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Velmu lands with a light punch inside.
Power taking a breather.
Power tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Velmu's elbow.
Velmu scores with a knee to the head.
Power swings wildly with an uppercut but Velmu uses good head movement to avoid it.
Power changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Velmu fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Power scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Velmu throws a right and a left that both miss.
A telegraphed right hand from Velmu misses the target.
Velmu cracks Power with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Velmu throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

And that's the end of the fight!
Yrjoe Velmu showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Power 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 Sam Margolis scores the fight 29:29
Judge Chris Edwards scores the fight 28:29
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Max Power!

Max Power decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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A
G S C
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G S C
time
G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
manager
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
69%
 
 
 
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