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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Alex Robins and Destin Craven. Destin Craven is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.

172 cm
18
170 lbs
0 - 1 - 0
178 cm
18
170 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Brawler
KO power
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Solid chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Alex Robins!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Destin Craven!
The judges for this bout are Roger Salmon, Chris Saunders and Jeff Smith.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
No luck for Robins with that takedown attempt.
Robins tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Craven swivels and escapes.

Craven clinches.
Robins is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Alex Robins. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Craven pulls guard successfully.
Craven looking to hit a scissor sweep but Robins is one step ahead there.
Craven wants to stand and escape but Robins is having none of it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Craven has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Robins can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Craven preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Robins throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Craven works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Craven wants to sweep but no luck.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Craven keeps trying to improve his position.
Robins would like to get this fight back to the feet but can't get free from the closed guard.
Craven keeping moving, preventing Robins from controlling successfully.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Craven is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
We've been informed that Craven has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.
Robins has a takedown stuffed.
Robins shoots in and drives through. Craven sprawls well.
Robins has been working on his balance at , so perhaps that has help him stuff some of the takedown attempts by Craven.
A head kick misses from Craven.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Craven lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Robins circles away quickly and effectively.
A chopping leg kick lands by Craven.
Robins looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.

Robins shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Craven's guard.
Robins in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Robins accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Robins trying to control but Craven is working from the bottom.
Robins looking to sit in guard and control but Craven gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Robins looking to control.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Craven is looking to advance position but Robins has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!

Robins sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Craven avoids a series of strikes thrown by Robins.
Craven keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Robins throwing strikes but Craven bucks up and reverses the position. He's now in guard on top.
Craven looking to pass the guard.

Craven gets to his feet - Robins follows without any prompting.
Robins misses with a takedown attempt - Craven sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.

Robins shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Robins was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Craven tries to control but end up mounted... ooooh, that's bad.
Craven regains half guard.
Craven trying to control from the bottom.
Craven tries to roll over but Robins keeps him under control.
Robins stalling.
Robins seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Craven for as long as he can get away with.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Robins changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Craven tries to avoid it but Robins manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Craven to the ground. Craven escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Craven defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Robins.
Robins is trying hard to land a takedown here. Craven sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Alex Robins. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Craven misses with a head kick.
Nice sprawl there from Craven as Robins shoots in.
Craven looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.

Robins shoots in and scores a nice double leg takedown into half guard.
Robins sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Craven defending well though.
Robins has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Robins prevents Craven from improving his position.
Craven is trying to control but can't.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Craven is looking for a sweep. Robins is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Craven trying to control from the bottom.
Craven moves into full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Craven wants to sweep here but Robins controlling him for the moment.
Craven lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Robins wants to get back to his feet but Craven is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Craven trying to control the position from guard on top but Robins is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Alex Robins overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Craven is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Robins wants to stand and escape but Craven is having none of it.

That's two 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.
Craven postures up.
Craven trying to control but Robins is working from the bottom.

Robins escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Craven gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Craven postures up.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Craven looks to land a combination but Robins avoids it well.

Craven looking for a takedown here - he's got it.
Craven trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Craven in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Robins is pulling down on Craven's head. It's preventing any offense from Craven, at least for the moment.

Robins is working an open guard so Craven takes the opportunity to get back to his feet.
Robins fails with the takedown.
Robins fails miserably with a takedown attempt.

Craven clinches up with Robins and pushes him back against the cage.
Robins tries to break free but Craven pushes him back against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Craven.
Robins wants a takedown.
Craven tries to work over Robins's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Craven misses with a body punch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Craven scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Craven pushes off and fires off an elbow that misses, before clinching up again, against the cage.
Robins is trying to drag Craven to the mat but Craven just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.
Craven avoids the elbow strike from Robins, against the cage.
With the two fighters working up against the cage, Craven just misses with a elbow thrown towards Robins's brow.
Craven tries to work over Robins's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Craven misses with the head strike.
Robins blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Craven is struggling to control the position.
Craven has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

Craven escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Robins fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Craven shoots in but no luck this time.

Robins scores with a takedown into Craven's guard.

Craven has managed to wall walk up one of the corner posts to get back to his feet. Robins is pushing him up against the cage, looking to control the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Destin Craven showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Robins shoots in for a takedown but Craven shows good takedown defense.
Destin Craven seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Craven shoots and misses
and Robins counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
Robins tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Craven swivels and escapes.
Craven throws a counter combo.

Craven closes the distance and clinches.
Craven working aggressively here.

Robins decides to pull guard.

Craven stands up and waves to Robins to follow him.
Robins will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Alex Robins. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Robins tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Craven defends well and Robins ends up having to push Craven into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Craven fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Robins.

Craven moves into the clinch.
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!
Craven looks to throw an elbow but misses.

Craven manages to pull guard.

Craven escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Robins gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

Craven had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Robins defends it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Craven looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Craven lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Craven controlling from the top position.
Craven stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Robins swivels though and keeps the full guard.

That's two 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.
Robins doesn't do any damage with a couple of strikes from the bottom.
Robins wants to stand and escape but Craven is having none of it.
Craven throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Robins works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Craven throws an elbow that misses. Robins uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Craven's guard. Nice move by Robins!

Robins wants to control from the top but Craven keeps moving.

Craven is working an open guard so Robins takes the opportunity to get back to his feet.
Craven throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Robins.
Robins feinted with a counter takedown.

Craven rushes Robins and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.

Craven manages to break the clinch.
Robins has a takedown stuffed.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Robins gets a takedown into half guard.

Craven kicks Robins off and gets back to his feet.
Robins fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Craven avoids it really well and circles away.

Craven gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Robins to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Robins trying to control the position from guard on top but Craven is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Alex Robins has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Destin Craven is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Robins trying to stand up but can't free himself from Craven's guard.
Robins stopping the sweep attempt from Craven.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Craven holds on and takes a little breather.
Craven controls Robins momentarily but Robins frees himself.
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!
Craven looking to hit a scissor sweep but Robins is one step ahead there.
Craven looking to control.

And that's the end of the fight!
Destin Craven comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Craven has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 Roger Salmon scores the fight 27:30
Judge Chris Saunders scores the fight 27:30
Judge Jeff Smith scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Destin Craven!
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C
time
G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
manager
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
41%
 
 
 
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