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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Terrence Funk and Kotetsu Yamamoto. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

167 cm
20
145 lbs
7 - 1 - 0
168 cm
20
149 lbs
4 - 2 - 0
Good wrestling
Counter fighter
Very quick
Good wrestler
Decent boxing
Heavy handed

Arcticus University: London

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Terrence Funk!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Kotetsu Yamamoto!
The judges for this bout are Cecil Peabody, Chris Downing and Tiny Johnson.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Funk stuns Yamamoto with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Yamamoto cracks Funk with an open hand slap.
Funk misses with a hook. Yamamoto ducked under it nicely.
Funk keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Yamamoto misses with a looping right.
Yamamoto lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Funk circles away quickly and effectively.
Yamamoto throws a shot to the body.
Yamamoto scores with a one two! Funk had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Yamamoto misses with a left hand

and Funk counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Yamamoto controlling the position.
Funk controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Funk throws a big right hand that misses.
Funk slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Funk has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Yamamoto is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Funk.
Funk postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Funk trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Yamamoto pulls Funk in close to his closed guard and prevents Funk from doing any damage or advancing position.
Funk throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Yamamoto controlling Funk's posture.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Funk accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Yamamoto is pulling down on Funk's head. It's preventing any offense from Funk, at least for the moment.
Yamamoto working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Funk.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Yamamoto preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Yamamoto is looking to stand up but Funk isn't so interested in that idea.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Funk tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Yamamoto counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Yamamoto throws a right hand that misses

and Funk counters with a shoot takedown. Yamamoto fights it but they end up in guard.

Yamamoto has scooted to the edge of the canvas and used the cage to get back to his feet. Funk has stuck on his opponent and is forcing him back against the cage.
Funk fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Yamamoto throws a punch but it's blocked by Funk.
The referee is keeping an eye on Yamamoto - much more stalling and he will separate the fighters.
A nice right hand lands inside from Yamamoto.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto has a couple of punches blocked by Funk.

Funk wants the takedown. Yamamoto is fighting it off but Funk persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Yamamoto's guard against the cage.
Funk pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Yamamoto is keeping the position for now.
Yamamoto is pulling down on Funk's head to control his posture.
Let's hope that Yamamoto 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.
Funk in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Funk postures up in Yamamoto's guard and throws a big left but Yamamoto blocks it.
Yamamoto is trying to keep Funk in close.
Funk landing some decent shots from guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Funk missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Funk working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Yamamoto preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Funk has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Yamamoto is trying to keep Funk in close.
Funk scoring with some ground and pound.
Funk wants to control from the top but Yamamoto keeps moving.
Funk content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Funk is looking to work some ground and pound but Yamamoto has wrist control.
Funk postures up and lands a big shot to Yamamoto's brow.
Yamamoto wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.

Yamamoto kicks Funk off and gets to his feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Kotetsu Yamamoto will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action!


Yamamoto connects with a single shot there.
Funk defending well as Yamamoto loads up on a big left hand.
Funk half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Yamamoto throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Funk scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Yamamoto looks to land a left hand but Funk moved out of range nicely.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Yamamoto keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Funk digs a good hook to Yamamoto's body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Funk was well out of range. Poor timing from Yamamoto.
A looping hook to the body misses from Yamamoto. Funk does a little dance to reset his feet.
Funk swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Funk throws a shot from downtown. Yamamoto moves away and avoids it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto ducks under a wild hook from Funk.
Yamamoto throws a jab when Funk was well out of range.
Funk drops down looking for a counter takedown but Yamamoto sprawls and moves away.
Yamamoto misses the shot to the body.
Funk bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Yamamoto just misses with a punch to the body.

Yamamoto gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Funk to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Funk wants to control from the top but Yamamoto keeps moving.
Funk missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Funk loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Funk in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Yamamoto trying to keep a closed guard but Funk is proving a slippery customer.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto is controlling Funk's posture.
Funk missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Funk connects with a couple of short punches.
Funk throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Yamamoto works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Funk trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Yamamoto utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Yamamoto wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Both fighters have adopted an aggressive gameplan on the ground!
Funk throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Yamamoto works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Funk content to stall in guard here.
Yamamoto is trying to keep Funk in close.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Funk wants to control from the top but Yamamoto keeps moving.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
A punch combination from Yamamoto misses.
Yamamoto throws a body shot but no joy.
A big right from Yamamoto misses.
Funk fails with an attempt to clinch.
Yamamoto swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Yamamoto cracks Funk with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Yamamoto misses with a body shot.
Funk appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Funk takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Yamamoto misses with a straight left.
Funk feinted with a counter takedown.
Funk on the wrong end of a nice hook.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Funk takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Funk shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Yamamoto counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Funk keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

Funk shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Yamamoto is trying to defend but Funk finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Funk throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Yamamoto wants to improve his position but Funk is controlling well.
Funk sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Yamamoto defending well though.
Funk is thwarting Yamamoto's attempts to control the position.
Yamamoto has hold of Funk's hands but Funk 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.

A close second round but Kotetsu Yamamoto will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Back to the action!


Funk tries to clinch but Yamamoto moves out of range.
Yamamoto throws an overhand right that lands on Funk's shoulder, as Funk tries to avoid the shot.
Kotetsu Yamamoto seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Funk takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Funk uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Yamamoto.
Yamamoto ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Funk moves away.
Yamamoto misses with a hook.
Funk appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Funk looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Yamamoto is fending him off so far but Funk persists. Nope, Yamamoto circles away and we're back to standing.
Yamamoto digs a good body shot into Funk's ribs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto throws a body shot but no joy.
Funk changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Yamamoto listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
A swing and a miss from Funk.
Funk throws a hook but Yamamoto avoids it easily.
Yamamoto unleashes a big counter combination but Funk bobs and weaves and avoids any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Funk stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Yamamoto fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Funk looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Funk throws an overhand right that lands on Yamamoto's shoulder, as Yamamoto tries to avoid the shot.
Funk shoots and misses
and Funk takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Funk closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Yamamoto takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Funk shoots in but no luck this time.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Terrence Funk. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Funk misses with a looping left.
Funk takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Yamamoto throws out a loose jab but Funk uses good head movement to avoid it.
Yamamoto works Funk's body with a nice hook.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Funk avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Yamamoto just misses with a punch to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Good standup being displayed there by Yamamoto as he connects with a hook.
Kotetsu Yamamoto seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Yamamoto cracks Funk with a right hand to the side of the head.
Yamamoto throws an ugly left hook that misses

and Funk counters with a nice double leg into side control. Yamamoto won't be happy with that.
Yamamoto gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Yamamoto blocking the ground and pound attempt from Funk.
Funk throwing shots but Yamamoto is blocking nicely.
Yamamoto wants to control but Funk is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Yamamoto keeps control of the position for the meantime.
Yamamoto felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Funk prevents Yamamoto from improving his position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Funk winds up and cracks Yamamoto with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Yamamoto is trying to control but can't.
Funk throwing shots but Yamamoto is blocking nicely.
Funk throwing shots but Yamamoto is blocking nicely.
Funk missing with the ground and pound from half guard.

Yamamoto kicks Funk off and gets back to his feet.
Funk shoots in for a takedown but Yamamoto shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Yamamoto misses with an uppercut.
Funk ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Yamamoto misses with a looping left.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Funk fails with the takedown.
Yamamoto throws a lazy right hand but Funk sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Funk needs to keep his hands up - Yamamoto had a free shot at his head there.
Yamamoto swings and misses with a shot to the body

and Funk counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Funk.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Yamamoto has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Funk trying to control but Yamamoto is working from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Funk tries to free his leg and advance position but Yamamoto is retaining full guard.
Yamamoto not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Yamamoto tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Funk was well out of range. Poor timing from Yamamoto.
A decent looking cross lands there for Yamamoto.
Funk is looking to clinch.
A little jabbing left from Yamamoto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Yamamoto just misses with a punch to the body.
Funk appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Yamamoto moves out of range as Funk strikes.
Funk ducks under a wild hook from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Funk drops down looking for a counter takedown but Yamamoto sprawls and moves away.
Funk bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Funk attempts a counter takedown but Yamamoto avoids it well and moves away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Funk is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Yamamoto.
Yamamoto thows a left - swing and a miss!
Funk takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Yamamoto misses with a wild combination.
Funk attempts a counter takedown but Yamamoto avoids it well and moves away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto jabs Funk to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Yamamoto keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Yamamoto misses with a telegraphed body shot

and Funk decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Yamamoto's guard.
Funk is looking to work some ground and pound but Yamamoto has wrist control.
Yamamoto keeping moving, preventing Funk from controlling successfully.
Funk throws a big elbow that misses.
Yamamoto has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Yamamoto is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Funk is stalling in the full guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto working a defensive guard here.
Yamamoto looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Yamamoto controls Funk momentarily but Funk frees himself.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Funk steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Yamamoto.
Funk changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Nice takedown defense from Yamamoto. No joy for Funk on that attempt.

Funk shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Funk is keen to just control but Yamamoto is a slippery customer.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Yamamoto has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Funk is working away from the top position though.
Funk wants to lay and pray for a moment but Yamamoto keeps working.
Yamamoto wants to control but Funk is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Yamamoto is positioning himself well to prevent Funk advancing to mount.
Yamamoto is trying to control but can't.
Terrence Funk overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Funk sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Yamamoto defending well though.

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.
Yamamoto regains full guard. Nicely done.
Yamamoto trying to control the position.
Funk trying to control the position from guard on top but Yamamoto is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Yamamoto pulls Funk in close to prevent any damage.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Funk ducks under a wild hook from Yamamoto.
Funk tries to counter with a takedown but Yamamoto is quick to defend against it.
Yamamoto thows a left - swing and a miss!
Funk half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Yamamoto thows a left - swing and a miss!
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Yamamoto looks to land a left hand but Funk moved out of range nicely.
Nice takedown defense from Yamamoto. No joy for Funk on that attempt.
Yamamoto looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Funk throws a lazy right hand but Yamamoto sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Kotetsu Yamamoto dominated that fourth 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. This is the final round!


Yamamoto connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.

Funk has managed to clinch.
Funk swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto pushes Funk back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Yamamoto works on Funk's body with a couple of short punches.
A hook to the body from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto working aggressively here.
Yamamoto lands a shoulder strike.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto tries to throw a body punch but Funk avoids it by throwing Yamamoto back against the cage.
Yamamoto scores with a hook to the body.
Both of our modern day gladiators look out of it here - a gruelling 5 rounds of action taking it's toll on them, no doubt.
Some stalling of biblical proportions here from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto gets through Funk's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Yamamoto blocks a punch to the side of the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A right hook to the body lands for Yamamoto.
Yamamoto misses with a punch to the body.
Yamamoto presses Funk against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Funk is looking for a takedown.
Funk wants to take the fight to the mat but Yamamoto manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
Yamamoto digs a right hand underneath Funk's ribcage. Funk let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Yamamoto tries a body shot but Funk blocks it.
Yamamoto prevents the takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Terrence Funk. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Funk misses with the head strike.
Yamamoto taking a breather.
Yamamoto tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Funk tries for a takedown. No joy.
Yamamoto displaying some good clinch control by pressing Funk up against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Some stalling of biblical proportions here from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
The ref breaks the fighters up, due to lack of action by Kotetsu Yamamoto.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Yamamoto ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Funk moves away.
Yamamoto misses with a double jab

and Funk counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Yamamoto wants to improve his position but Funk is controlling well.
Yamamoto works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Funk is in close to Yamamoto's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Yamamoto utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Yamamoto is pulling down on Funk's head. It's preventing any offense from Funk, at least for the moment.
Funk working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Yamamoto utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Yamamoto keeping moving, preventing Funk from controlling successfully.
Funk makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Terrence Funk has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Yamamoto trying to keep a closed guard but Funk is proving a slippery customer.
Yamamoto pulls Funk in to control the position.
Kotetsu Yamamoto 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.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Yamamoto working a defensive guard here.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Funk accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Yamamoto wants to stand up but Funk is controlling him.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Yamamoto throws a body punch but Funk moves out of range.
Funk changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Yamamoto lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Yamamoto connects with a body shot.
Funk takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Yamamoto misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Funk.
Nice jab there from Yamamoto.

And that's the end of the fight!
Kotetsu Yamamoto comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Yamamoto winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Cecil Peabody scores the fight 46:49
Judge Chris Downing scores the fight 45:50
Judge Tiny Johnson scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Kotetsu Yamamoto!

Kotetsu Yamamoto is the new featherweight champion!
Kotetsu Yamamoto made sure to give a little speech post fight, saying 'We are NJPW!!!'.
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