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MFN 295: The Dead Arise PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Ben Jonathon and Harry Callahan. Harry Callahan has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

190 cm
30
215 lbs
16 - 18 - 0
200 cm
33
222 lbs
29 - 18 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Sun-Tzu



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 16 wins, 18 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Ben Jonathon!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 18 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Harry Callahan!
The judges for this bout are Richard Clark, Paul Tew and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Callahan rushes Jonathon and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
A hook to the body from Callahan.
Callahan throws a head punch that misses.
Jonathon changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Callahan fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Jonathon takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Callahan throws a hook but Jonathon blocks it.
Jonathon fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Callahan looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
We've been informed that Callahan 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.
Callahan throws a hook to the side of Jonathon's head but Jonathon sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Jonathon moves into the clinch.
Jonathon fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Jonathon drops down looking for an ankle pick but Callahan pulls his leg out and moves away.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Ben Jonathon. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Jonathon has a takedown stuffed.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Callahan connects with a single shot there.
Jonathon on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Callahan fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Jonathon.
Callahan misses with a hook. Jonathon ducked under it nicely.
Jonathon half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
A slapping leg kick lands for Callahan.
Jonathon shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Callahan as he jumps to the side.
Callahan swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Callahan looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Jonathon drops down looking for a counter takedown but Callahan sprawls and moves away.
Callahan throws a right and a left that Jonathon avoids nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Callahan throws a body shot but no joy.
Jonathon feinted with a counter takedown.
Callahan avoids the body shot from Jonathon.
Jonathon shoots in and drives through. Callahan sprawls well.
Callahan takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Jonathon has a takedown stuffed.
Jonathon fails to land with a series of punches.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.

Jonathon drives through with a takedown into Callahan's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
Callahan controls Jonathon momentarily but Jonathon frees himself.
Jonathon won't allow Callahan to sweep him here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jonathon trying to control the position from guard on top but Callahan is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Callahan working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Jonathon doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Jonathon manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Callahan utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Jonathon advances to half guard.
Jonathon is looking to advance position but Callahan won't allow it.
Callahan blocking the ground and pound attempt from Jonathon.
Callahan has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Jonathon is working away from the top position though.
Callahan works his way to full guard. Good work.
Callahan utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Jonathon trying to control but Callahan is working from the bottom.
Callahan is pulling down on Jonathon's head to control his posture.
Jonathon trying to control the position from guard on top but Callahan is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Jonathon postures up.
Jonathon trying to control the position from guard on top but Callahan is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Jonathon passes easily into side control. Nice work.

Jonathon working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Jonathon working the ground and pound from side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Harry Callahan dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Jonathon closes this distance looking for a takedown but Callahan circles away.
Callahan moves out of range as Jonathon strikes.
Callahan cracks Jonathon with a right hand to the side of the head.

Jonathon clinches up against the cage.

Jonathon has managed to pull guard. Let's see whether he can work an aggressive guard. It will also be interesting to see what tactics Callahan uses from the top position.
Jonathon is trying to hold Callahan in close to prevent damage but Callahan has managed to pass into half guard.
Callahan is keen to just control but Jonathon is a slippery customer.
Jonathon is trying to control but can't.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Callahan throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Callahan working Jonathon over with strikes.
Jonathon slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Callahan trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Jonathon looking for a guillotine here but Callahan defends easily.
Jonathon wants to sweep here but Callahan controlling him for the moment.
Jonathon keeping moving, preventing Callahan from controlling successfully.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Jonathon is trying to control the position but Callahan postures up.
Jonathon looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Callahan tries to free his leg and advance position but Jonathon is retaining full guard.
Callahan is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Jonathon utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Callahan wants to control from the top but Jonathon keeps moving.
Callahan must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.

Jonathon throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Callahan wants to control from the top but Jonathon keeps moving.
Callahan looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Jonathon wants to sweep here but Callahan controlling him for the moment.
Jonathon looking to control.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Callahan thows a body kick. Jonathon tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Callahan jabbing away but nothing is landing.

Callahan gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Jonathon to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Jonathon lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Jonathon trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Jonathon won't allow Callahan to sweep him here.
Callahan trying to control the position.
Jonathon passes easily into side control. Nice work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Jonathon is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Callahan knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Callahan is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Jonathon's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Jonathon working over Callahan with some ground and pound. Callahan looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Jonathon working the head and body with strikes.
We've been hearing that Jonathon has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
Callahan tries to roll over but Jonathon keeps him under control.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Jonathon lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.

Callahan looking for submissions off his back.
Callahan has hold of Jonathon's hands but Jonathon slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ben Jonathon dominated that second round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! This is the final round!


Jonathon will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.

Jonathon closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Callahan did well to prevent Jonathon getting side control.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Jonathon in particular looking to stall.
Callahan manages to get to full guard.
Ben Jonathon overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Callahan working for a triangle but Jonathon defends it easily.
Jonathon working some strikes from top position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Jonathon controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Callahan not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Jonathon is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Jonathon distracts Callahan with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

Callahan looking for a guillotine here but Jonathon defends easily.
Jonathon pushing down on Callahan's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Jonathon stalling.
Jonathon has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.

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.

Callahan looking for submissions off his back.
Callahan desperately trying to maintain half guard.
Jonathon drops an elbow to the side of Callahan's head.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Jonathon lands a nice short elbow.
Jonathon is trying to control. Callahan wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Callahan is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jonathon seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Callahan does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Jonathon throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Callahan is looking to control Jonathon's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Callahan avoid being mounted?
Jonathon trying to control from Callahan's half guard. Callahan has other ideas though and has regained full guard.

Callahan working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Jonathon doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Jonathon manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Jonathon wants to control from the top but Callahan keeps moving.
Jonathon scoring with some ground and pound.

That's four 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.
Callahan looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Jonathon chips away with some ground and pound.

Callahan is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Jonathon defends well.
Callahan trying to control the position.
Jonathon is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Jonathon landing with the ground and pound.
Callahan keeping moving, preventing Jonathon from controlling successfully.

Callahan throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

And that's the end of the fight!
Ben Jonathon showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Jonathon has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. 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 Richard Clark scores the fight 29:28
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 29:28
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Ben Jonathon!

Our winner, Ben Jonathon, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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G S C
time
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A | B
hype
A | B
pop
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manager
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
30%
 
 
 
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