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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Taisto Murkula and Karim Bashorov. Murkula comes to the cage accompanied by Forever Angel. Bashorov comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Hangar 18 kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 34 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Taisto Murkula!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Jack Bonds and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Murkula.
Murkula goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Murkula throws out a powerful jab.
A jab from Murkula misses.
Murkula lands the left hand.
Murkula misses with a body kick.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
It looked like Murkula wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
We've been hearing reports that Murkula has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.
Murkula misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov throws a right and a left that Murkula avoids nicely.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
A jab from Murkula misses.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
We've been informed that Bashorov 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.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Murkula to the ground. Bashorov is now in Murkula's guard.
Murkula is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Murkula keeps moving.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Murkula is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Murkula is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Bashorov works over Murkula with some ground and pound from guard.

That's two 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.
Murkula looking for a sweep. Not yet Murkula, not yet.
Murkula can't keep his opponent in guard - Bashorov advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.

Bashorov is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Murkula sees it coming and defends easily.
Bashorov throwing shots but Murkula is blocking nicely.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Murkula is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Murkula wants to get back to full guard but Bashorov has passed into side control.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Murkula is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
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Bashorov lands a knee to the body and a forearm to the face.
Murkula tries to buck Bashorov off but Bashorov is having none of it.

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.
You can see the frustration on Murkula's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Murkula is working away.
Bashorov looking to punish the body of his opponent here but Murkula is avoiding damage well.
Bashorov sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Murkula is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Bashorov's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Bashorov performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov slips a straight right by Murkula.
Murkula uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
A swing and a miss from Murkula.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Murkula. Bashorov shrugs it off though.
Murkula throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Murkula fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Bashorov on the side of the head.
Bashorov moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Murkula counters with a nice uppercut.
Murkula throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
and Murkula counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Murkula throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Murkula showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Murkula with an uppercut!
Murkula throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Murkula works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Murkula throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Taisto Murkula is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Murkula avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov lands a body shot.
Bashorov misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Murkula counters with a two punch combo.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Bashorov moves into the clinch.
Murkula throws a head punch that misses.

Bashorov gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.
Bashorov works over Murkula with some ground and pound from guard.
Murkula keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing.
Murkula not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Bashorov stopping the sweep attempt from Murkula.

Murkula working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Bashorov doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Bashorov manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to control but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov controls from within his opponent's guard.
Bashorov preventing the sweep.
Murkula trying to control the position.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into Murkula's guard.
Murkula looking to hit a scissor sweep but Bashorov is one step ahead there.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Murkula is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Bashorov sitting in guard here, content to control.
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Murkula's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Nice jab there from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a jab-cross combination.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Murkula doesn't seem bothered though.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Murkula napping and manages to drive through into side control!
Murkula prevents Bashorov from improving position.
You can see the frustration on Murkula's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Murkula is looking for a sweep.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula seems a little lost for a moment, as Bashorov dominates the positioning.
Bashorov throwing strikes but Murkula manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Bashorov gets back to half guard.
Murkula prevents Bashorov from improving his position.
Murkula perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Bashorov is looking to improve his position.
Bashorov wants to control but Murkula is keeping busy and won't allow it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to get to full guard but Murkula has control of the leg.
Bashorov regains full guard. Nicely done.
Murkula throwing strikes from guard but Bashorov blocks nicely.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.
Murkula is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov swings for the body but Murkula moves out of range.
Murkula throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Nice takedown defense from Murkula. No joy for Bashorov on that attempt.
Murkula connects with a jab.
Murkula with a jab.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Murkula manages to avoid it.
Bashorov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Murkula in his tracks.
Murkula gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a right hand to the side of the head.
Left hook, right uppercut from Bashorov.
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!
Murkula misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
Murkula throws a body shot but no joy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Murkula lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Nice jab there from Murkula.
Murkula pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick from Murkula.
Murkula misses with a kick to the body
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Murkula to the ground. Bashorov is now in Murkula's guard.
Murkula is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Bashorov trying to control but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Murkula keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Murkula connects with a high kick.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Murkula counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Murkula manages to avoid it.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Jab, jab by Murkula - just one landing.
Murkula throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the head.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.

Bashorov clinches up with Murkula and pushes him back against the cage.
Bashorov tries a body shot but Murkula blocks it.
Murkula is trying to break the clinch but Bashorov is controlling him.
Murkula tries to work over Bashorov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Murkula is trying to force a seperation but Bashorov has the dominant position.

Bashorov turns his back and goes for a hip toss. It's a bit messy but it gets the job done and Bashorov manages to end up in side control.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula is trying to escape the position but Bashorov is controlling the position.
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard.
Bashorov scoring with punches and elbows.
Murkula tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Bashorov looking to punish the body of his opponent here but Murkula is avoiding damage well.
Bashorov wants to control but Murkula is keeping him busy.

Bashorov tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov controls the position.
Murkula gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Murkula trying to control from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but Murkula defending well.
Bashorov performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Bashorov's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Murkula throws a head kick but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Murkula is just out of range.
Murkula connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Bashorov's hands.
A looping hook to the body misses from Murkula. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Jab from Bashorov.
Murkula scores with a kick to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Bashorov if he has to take too many more of those.
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Murkula avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Murkula continues to drive forward.
Murkula throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Murkula.
Murkula scores with a jab.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown but Murkula manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Bashorov's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Bashorov takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Murkula throws a body kick despite being completely out of range
and Bashorov counters with a right hand to the body.
Bashorov takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Murkula pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Murkula momentarily.
The fighters circling - Murkula throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
Murkula misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Taisto Murkula will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Murkula lands with a nice body kick.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
Murkula is looking to counter punch.
Murkula throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Bashorov's head.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
enabling Murkula to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Murkula.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Bashorov duly obliges.
Bashorov misses with a few strikes there.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
Bashorov throws a left and a right that both miss
and Murkula counters with a body kick.
Bashorov defending well as Murkula loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Murkula.
Murkula takes a jab right on the kisser.
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!
Murkula looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Bashorov throws out a counter right but Murkula avoids it with no problem.
Murkula cracks Bashorov with a right hand to the side of the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Murkula connects with a jab.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Murkula ducked under it nicely.
The fighters circling - Murkula throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Murkula jabs at Bashorov's body.
Murkula ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.

Bashorov looking to score a takedown here. Murkula is defending well but Bashorov drives through and ends up in Murkula's guard.
Bashorov is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Murkula working a defensive guard but Bashorov manages to pass into side control anyway.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Murkula!
Bashorov working away from the top, dropping strikes.
Taisto Murkula has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bashorov lands with some strikes.
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!
Bashorov wants to control the pace but Murkula is squirming around nicely.
Bashorov avoids the attempt from Murkula to control.
Bashorov sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
Let's hope that Bashorov has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a couple of good shots from mount.
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.
Bashorov in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Murkula tries to hold on but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.
Karim Bashorov 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.
Murkula tries to reverse the position but Bashorov maintains control.
Bashorov putting on the heat here with some good ground and pound!
Bashorov controlling his opponent.
Bashorov is landing with some decent strikes but Murkula is trying to advance his position so the referee is letting the fight continue.
Murkula throwing punches despite being mounted.
Bashorov controlling his opponent.
Bashorov is in the full mount, landing strikes.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Murkula is desperately trying to improve his position but Bashorov has a good base and remains in mount.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 46:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 46:49
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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