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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Arnavut Sevket and Jon Askren. 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
28
192 lbs
17 - 3 - 0
177 cm
28
185 lbs
11 - 2 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Counter fighter
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Arnavut Sevket!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Jon Askren!
The judges for this bout are James Atkins, Sam Margolis and James Glass.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sevket just misses with a punch to the body.
Askren uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Sevket.
Askren throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Sevket throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Sevket fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Askren manages to avoid it.
Askren digs a good body shot into Sevket's ribs.
Sevket closes the distance and clinches up with Askren, looking for a takedown. Sevket pushes Askren against the cage but Askren circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Sevket misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Askren.
Askren throws a quick inside leg kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Askren comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Askren jabs at Sevket's body.

Askren gets a takedown into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Askren wants to control but Sevket is keeping him busy.
Askren throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Askren throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Askren has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Askren trying to control the action but Sevket is working from the bottom.
Sevket regains full guard, whilst avoiding punches from Askren.
Askren landing some decent shots from guard.
Askren postures up in Sevket's guard and throws a big left but Sevket blocks it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Sevket looking for a sweep. Not yet Sevket, not yet.
Sevket is working hard here to advance position.
Askren scoring with some ground and pound.
Askren throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Askren stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Sevket swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Askren throws a strike but Sevket rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.
Sevket is fighting to break Askren's control of his arms but Askren is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Sevket throwing strikes but missing.
Askren wants to sweep here but Sevket controlling him for the moment.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sevket defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Askren.
Askren uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Sevket.
Askren has tried to improve his agility in the runup to this fight.
Sevket displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Askren throws out the jab.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Askren.
Askren doesn't manage to clinch there - Sevket circles away.
Askren cracks a nice hook into Sevket's ribs.
Sevket fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Askren manages to avoid it.
Askren avoids the body shot from Sevket.
Askren swinging wildly here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Sevket drives through with a takedown into guard.
Askren is trying to control the position but Sevket postures up.
Askren wants to sweep but no luck.
Askren manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sevket manages to get himself to full guard.

Askren throws a strike but Sevket rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.
Sevket landing with the ground and pound.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Askren tries to land a sweep but no joy.
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!
Sevket throws a big elbow that misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Jon Askren dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Sevket ducks under a wild hook from Askren.
Sevket was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Sevket swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Askren tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Sevket takes one to the chin there.
Askren tries a head kick but it misses.
A quick step to the side and Sevket tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Askren uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Sevket.
Sevket throws out a loose jab but Askren uses good head movement to avoid it.
Askren scores with a sloppy right hand. Sevket should have avoided that one.
Sevket looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Askren is fending him off so far but Sevket persists. Nope, Askren circles away and we're back to standing.
Askren has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sevket throws a body shot but no joy.
Askren misses the body punch
and Sevket counters with a left to the body.
Askren scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Sevket swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Jon Askren seems to be getting the better of the standup.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Askren is looking to clinch but Sevket is avoiding it.
Sevket swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Sevket swings and misses with a hook to the body.

Sevket clinches up against the cage.
Askren looking for a takedown.
Askren prevents a body shot from Sevket.
Askren trying to stall but Sevket improves his position.
Sevket misses with a body punch.
Sevket tries to work over Askren's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Sevket misses with a body punch.
Askren looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Askren taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
With the fighters up against the cage, Askren throws an elbow but misses.
Sevket misses with a short punch on the inside.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A short right from Sevket on the inside.
Sevket scores with a shoulder strike.
A nice left hand lands by Sevket.
Sevket prevents the takedown attempt.
Askren throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Sevket struggles to land a body shot inside as Askren controls his hands.
Sevket misses with a hook to the ribs.
Sevket tries to throw a body punch but Askren avoids it by throwing Sevket back against the cage.
Sevket avoids a wild elbow strike from Askren.
Askren prevents a body shot from Sevket.
Askren tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Nice body punch from Sevket - that landed with a thud.
Sevket blocks a body shot from Askren.
Sevket tries to throw a body punch but Askren avoids it by throwing Sevket back against the cage.
Sevket lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Askren backwards.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sevket lands a body punch in the clinch.
Sevket tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Sevket misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Askren blocking some punches.
Sevket misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A short right from Sevket.
Sevket lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Askren backwards.
Sevket blocks an uppercut.
Askren lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Sevket backwards.
Sevket misses with a punch on the inside.
Askren is looking to take this one to the mat.
Arnavut Sevket has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Jon Askren.
Askren is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Sevket is keeping busy.

Sevket escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
A decent looking cross lands there for Sevket.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Askren keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Sevket keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Askren.
Askren swings for the body but Sevket moves out of range.
Askren lands a lovely overhand right.
Askren misses with a looping left.
Sevket avoids the body shot from Askren.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Sevket scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Sevket looks to land a left hand but Askren moved out of range nicely.
Askren throws a body punch but Sevket moves out of range.
Sevket is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Askren tries a head kick but it misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Arnavut Sevket dominated that second round.
That's time! Sevket's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Sevket lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Askren moves to clinch but Sevket breaks away
and Sevket counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Sevket blocks the body kick.
Askren scores with a hook to the body. Sevket takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Askren slips a straight right by Sevket.
Sevket looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Askren misses with a body punch
and Sevket counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Askren with a nice cross.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sevket ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Askren moves away.
Askren is looking to clinch.
A little feinted left hand from Sevket on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Askren bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Sevket's head backwards.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Askren looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Sevket takes a swing at Askren's ribcage but misses.
Sevket swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Askren.
Askren throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Askren takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Askren scores with a crisp jab that stopped Sevket in his tracks.
Sevket misses the shot to the body.
Sevket fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Askren lands with a nice combination. Sevket backs away looking to recover.
Sevket ducks under a wild hook from Askren.

Askren shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Sevket is trying to defend but Askren finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Sevket tries to roll over but Askren keeps him under control.
Askren moves nicely into side control.
Askren misses with a strike but at least he's keeping busy, looking to cause some damage - that will still help him when it comes to the judges scorecards.
Askren creates some space and throws a big elbow, but Sevket sees it coming and moves his head just enough to avoid the strike.
Sevket tries to buck Askren off but Askren is having none of it.
You can see the frustration on Sevket's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Sevket manages to get back to half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sevket blocking the ground and pound attempt from Askren.
Askren works his way into full mount!
Askren throwing sloppy strikes, which aren't doing any damage.
Sevket tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Sevket has worked his way to half guard, taking advantage of Askren's lack of action.
Askren looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sevket regains full guard, whilst avoiding punches from Askren.
Askren sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Sevket's guard.
Askren sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Askren is pressing down on Sevket's thigh, looking to free his foot. Sevket is holding on for now.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Sevket gets full guard.
Askren trying to control the position from guard on top but Sevket is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

And that's the end of the fight!
Jon Askren comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Askren 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 James Atkins scores the fight 28:29
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 28:29
Judge James Glass scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Jon Askren!

Jon Askren was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
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