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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Pops Maellard and Ragnar Danneskj÷ld. Ragnar Danneskj÷ld has the eye of the tiger tonight.

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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 9 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Pops Maellard!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Ragnar Danneskj÷ld!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Percy O'Donnell and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Danneskj÷ld wants to clinch up but Maellard keeps it at a distance.
Danneskj÷ld throws an overhand right that lands on Maellard's shoulder, as Maellard tries to avoid the shot.
Maellard seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
Danneskj÷ld moves in looking to clinch but Maellard pushes him off.
Danneskj÷ld has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.

Danneskj÷ld drives through and clinches with Maellard against the cage.
Maellard digs a right hand underneath Danneskj÷ld's ribcage. Danneskj÷ld let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Maellard has a couple of punches blocked by Danneskj÷ld.
Danneskj÷ld is looking to take this one to the mat.
Maellard throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Danneskj÷lds head.
Maellard lands a left hand that snaps the head of Danneskj÷ld backwards.
Maellard struggles to land a body shot inside as Danneskj÷ld controls his hands.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maellard tries to throw a body punch but Danneskj÷ld avoids it by throwing Maellard back against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Maellard fails to land.
Danneskj÷ld blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Danneskj÷ld jumps guard but Maellard stands there with Danneskj÷ld around his waist. Danneskj÷ld gives up and drops back to his feet. We remain in the clinch.
Danneskj÷ld jumps guard but Maellard turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Pops Maellard has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ragnar Danneskj÷ld.

That's one minute gone in the round.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld wants to take the fight to the mat but Maellard manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
Maellard tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Maellard goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
I was talking to Maellard's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
A right handed body shot lands from Maellard.
Maellard gets through Danneskj÷ld's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Maellard pressing his opponent against the cage.
Maellard leaning his opponent against the cage.
The referee calls for Maellard to work.
Maellard seems to have come into the fight with the intention of avoiding any damage in the clinch, rather than actually showing any aggression.
Danneskj÷ld tries to pull guard but Maellard forces him back to his feet, against the cage.
Good body shot from Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld fails to pull guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A short uppercut from Maellard.
Maellard goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Danneskj÷ld has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Maellard avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Maellard can't find room to land a body shot as Danneskj÷ld controls the action.
Danneskj÷ld fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Maellard is pushing Danneskj÷ld up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.

Danneskj÷ld gets the body lock takedown. After a quick scramble, Maellard regains guard.
Maellard is looking to stand back up but Danneskj÷ld counters by passing into half guard. Oops... bit sloppy there by Maellard.

Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Maellard preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Danneskj÷ld working some ground and pound from close in. He's looking to maintain this position and strike for a while by the looks of things... although he'll probably advance to full mount in a minute now I've said that.

Danneskj÷ld seems to be looking for submissions.
Danneskj÷ld thows a huge punch but Maellard dodges it nicely.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Danneskj÷ld prevents Maellard from improving his position.

Danneskj÷ld is working for a kimura but Maellard is defending it quite comfortably.
Maellard trying to control from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Danneskj÷ld is trying a forearm chokeů I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Danneskj÷ld has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Danneskj÷ld trying to mount his opponent but Maellard defends it.
Danneskj÷ld missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Maellard trying to control but Danneskj÷ld postures up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.

Danneskj÷ld is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Maellard is just riding it out for now. Danneskj÷ld eventually gives up the hold.
Danneskj÷ld landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Maellard is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Maellard slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Danneskj÷ld scoring with punches to the head and body.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Maellard has control of Danneskj÷ld's left arm, preventing Danneskj÷ld from doing any damage.
Danneskj÷ld scoring with some ground and pound.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Danneskj÷ld accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

Pops Maellard dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Danneskj÷ld misses with a takedown

and Maellard counters by moving into the clinch. Good anticipation by Maellard.
Maellard misses with a punch to the body.
Danneskj÷ld is looking for a takedown.
Maellard lands a left hand that snaps the head of Danneskj÷ld backwards.
Danneskj÷ld tries for a takedown. No joy.
Pops Maellard has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ragnar Danneskj÷ld.
Danneskj÷ld fails to pull guard.
A right hook to the body lands for Maellard.
Maellard taking a breather.
Maellard lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maellard misses with some punches.
Maellard lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Maellard doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Maellard doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

Maellard breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Danneskj÷ld tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Maellard is looking to counter punch.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Danneskj÷ld.
Maellard swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Nice body kick there by Maellard.
A head kick misses from Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Danneskj÷ld doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Maellard makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
A left lands for Maellard.
Pops Maellard is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Maellard lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Danneskj÷ld throws a good cross that connects.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Maellard throws a lazy head kick

and Danneskj÷ld counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Danneskj÷ld is working for a kimura but Maellard is defending it quite comfortably.

Maellard kicks Danneskj÷ld off and gets back to his feet.
Danneskj÷ld closes this distance looking for a takedown but Maellard circles away.
Maellard tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Danneskj÷ld looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Maellard is fending him off so far but Danneskj÷ld persists. Nope, Maellard circles away and we're back to standing.
Danneskj÷ld tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Maellard paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Maellard buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Maellard lands with a thumping leg kick.
Nice takedown defense from Maellard. No joy for Danneskj÷ld on that attempt.

Danneskj÷ld gets the takedown into side control.
Danneskj÷ld is breathing heavily.
Maellard manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Maellard is trying to get back to full guard.
Maellard wants to control but Danneskj÷ld is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Maellard wants to get back to full guard.
Maellard makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld throwing strikes from guard but Maellard blocks nicely.
Maellard not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Danneskj÷ld working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Maellard's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Maellard looking to control.
Ragnar Danneskj÷ld has got the better of the ground game so far.
Danneskj÷ld postures up in Maellard's guard and throws a big left but Maellard blocks it.
Danneskj÷ld throwing strikes but missing.
Danneskj÷ld is looking to work some ground and pound but Maellard has wrist control.
Maellard is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Danneskj÷ld can do to turn this around?
Maellard pulls Danneskj÷ld in close to prevent any damage.
Danneskj÷ld throwing strikes from guard but Maellard blocks nicely.
Maellard can't keep his opponent in guard - Danneskj÷ld advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Maellard is looking for a sweep. Danneskj÷ld is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

Pops Maellard dominated that second round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


Danneskj÷ld misses with a series of wild punches.
Maellard tried to counter with a leg kick but Danneskj÷ld avoided it.
Maellard keeps the fight on the outside.
Danneskj÷ld shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Maellard pinned against the cage. Maellard gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Maellard connects with a solid leg kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Maellard throws a series of strikes that have Danneskj÷ld backpedaling.
Danneskj÷ld uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Maellard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Danneskj÷ld looks for a takedown but Maellard sprawls well.
Danneskj÷ld tries for a takedown but Maellard circles away easily
and Maellard counters with an outside leg kick.
Pops Maellard has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ragnar Danneskj÷ld.
Danneskj÷ld looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Danneskj÷ld keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
No luck for Danneskj÷ld with that takedown attempt.
Pops Maellard is winning the standup battle so far.
Danneskj÷ld takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Maellard throws a series of punches but Danneskj÷ld moves out of range.
Maellard scores with a nice body kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Maellard lands with a shot to the body.
Danneskj÷ld on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Danneskj÷ld walks forward, straight into a front kick from Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Maellard throws a quick inside leg kick.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Danneskj÷ld wants to clinch.
A slapping leg kick lands for Maellard.
Ragnar Danneskj÷ld seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Maellard thuds his right hand into Danneskj÷ld's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Danneskj÷ld fails in his attempt to clinch.
Danneskj÷ld tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Maellard paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Maellard finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.

Danneskj÷ld forces Maellard back against the cage and clinches.
Maellard misses with a punch on the inside.
Maellard misses with a punch to the body.
Maellard swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Ragnar Danneskj÷ld has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Maellard scores with a hook to the body.
Maellard is working Danneskj÷ld over against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Maellard misses with a hook to the ribs.
Pops Maellard has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Maellard lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Danneskj÷ld backwards.
Maellard lands a left hand.
A nice left hand lands by Maellard.
Danneskj÷ld tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Maellard tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Maellard makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Maellard goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Maellard throws a head punch that misses.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Maellard cracks Danneskj÷ld with a nice body shot.
Maellard tries to work over Danneskj÷ld's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Maellard lands a nice shot to the body.
Maellard misses with a punch to the body.
Maellard works on Danneskj÷ld's body with a couple of short punches.
Maellard tries a body shot but Danneskj÷ld blocks it.
Pops Maellard is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Maellard lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Danneskj÷ld.

And that's the end of the fight!
Pops Maellard showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Maellard, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Don Winkell scores the fight 30:26
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 30:27
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Pops Maellard!

An out of breath Pops Maellard thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
Ragnar Danneskj÷ld spoke after the fight, saying 'Who is John Galt?'.
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