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MFN 257: High Road PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Matthew Godbolt. Bashorov's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, Hangar 18. Godbolt has chosen Trenches by Pop Evil as his entrance music. 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.

190 cm
28
194 lbs
10 - 3 - 0
186 cm
32
202 lbs
21 - 14 - 4
BJJ Red Belt
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class boxer
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 10 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 14 losses and 4 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Matthew Godbolt!
The judges for this bout are Chris Edwards, William Gold and Steven Brown.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Godbolt ducks down to avoid it.
Bashorov defending well as Godbolt loads up on a big left hand.
Godbolt keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
A slow jab from Godbolt misses its intended target.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Godbolt ducked under it nicely.
Godbolt tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Godbolt jabs Bashorov to the body, keeping him at a distance.
A combination from Godbolt does no damage.
A telegraphed right hand from Godbolt misses the target.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Godbolt moved out of range.
Bashorov tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Godbolt ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Godbolt manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Godbolt is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Godbolt looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Bashorov scores with a hook.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a nice looking combination but Godbolt bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Bashorov lands a body shot.
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.

Godbolt feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
Godbolt lands a couple of digs.
Godbolt working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Bashorov's head.
Godbolt throws a big elbow that misses.

Bashorov has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Godbolt is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Bashorov.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Godbolt scoring with punches from side control.
Godbolt taking a break here but Bashorov is having none of it and regains half guard.
Godbolt is nestled in close to Bashorov, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.

That's two 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!
Godbolt is looking to take a break and control but Bashorov is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Godbolt is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Bashorov is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Ryōzanpaku Dojo, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Bashorov is pressing down on Godbolt's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Godbolt accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Godbolt looking to sit in guard and control but Bashorov gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Bashorov pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Godbolt is keeping the position for now.
Godbolt controls Bashorov momentarily but Bashorov frees himself.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Godbolt blocks nicely.
Bashorov chips away with some ground and pound.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Godbolt keeps moving.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Godbolt tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Godbolt working a defensive guard here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.
Godbolt will have to put a bit more behind his punches if he's going to do any damage from this position.
Godbolt looking for a sweep. Not yet Godbolt, not yet.
Godbolt is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Godbolt shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Bashorov as he avoids it easily.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Godbolt.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Godbolt was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Godbolt saw that one coming.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Godbolt's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Godbolt duly obliges.
Bashorov slips a jab from Godbolt.
A decent looking cross lands there for Bashorov.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Matthew Godbolt will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bashorov thuds a left hand into Godbolt's body.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Godbolt.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
The fighters circling - Godbolt throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Godbolt pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Godbolt misses with a lunging right hand
and Bashorov counters with a left and a right that stings Godbolt.
Bashorov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Godbolt.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Godbolt was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov swings for the body but Godbolt moves out of range.
Bashorov moves out of range as Godbolt strikes.
Godbolt takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Bashorov sizes up Godbolt with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
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!
Godbolt throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Godbolt's head but Godbolt sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Bashorov.
Bashorov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Godbolt can do to turn this around?

Godbolt looking to score a takedown here. Bashorov is defending well but Godbolt drives through and ends up in Bashorov's guard.

Bashorov looking to try and escape his hips here, looking for a submission. It looks like he's going for a triangle but Godbolt is defending well. Bashorov quickly switches to an armbar and extends the arm! Godbolt has no choice but to tap, to a very quick submission! Wow, that was lightning fast! Bashorov celebrates on the cage, with the crowd.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:28 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Karim Bashorov!
An out of breath Karim Bashorov thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
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