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T144: Battle Lines PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Kalervo Kaunismieli and Jeffrey Sarpong. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

183 cm
30
192 lbs
17 - 5 - 0
187 cm
32
187 lbs
30 - 9 - 2
Good wrestling
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Kalervo Kaunismieli!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 30 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Jeffrey Sarpong!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Jack Bonds and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sarpong shoots in for a double leg but Kaunismieli sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
Kaunismieli works Sarpong's body with a nice hook.
Sarpong throws a jab when Kaunismieli was well out of range.

Kaunismieli pushes Sarpong up against the cage in a clinch.
Kaunismieli dodges an elbow strike from Sarpong.
Kaunismieli softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Kaunismieli displaying some good clinch control by pressing Sarpong up against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Kaunismieli fails to land.
Sarpong is trying to break the clinch but Kaunismieli is controlling him.
Sarpong swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Kaunismieli avoids the elbow strike from Sarpong, against the cage.
Sarpong blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Kaunismieli takes a shot to the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sarpong is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Kaunismieli is keeping busy.
Kaunismieli struggles to land a body shot inside as Sarpong controls his hands.
Kaunismieli lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Sarpong.
Kaunismieli displaying some good clinch control by pressing Sarpong up against the cage.
A left hand lands to the body for Kaunismieli.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kaunismieli lands with a short head shot on the inside.
I was talking to Kaunismieli's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Sarpong.

Sarpong pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Jeffrey Sarpong seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Sarpong misses with a low kick.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Kaunismieli lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Sarpong presses Kaunismieli against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Kaunismieli misses with some punches.

Sarpong breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Sarpong is looking to land body kicks.
Kaunismieli scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Kaunismieli takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Sarpong lands with a kick to the temple. Kaunismieli shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
Kaunismieli digs a good hook to Sarpong's body.
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!
Kaunismieli pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Sarpong darts in looking for a takedown but Kaunismieli gets double underhooks and turns Sarpong into the cage.
Kaunismieli appears to be looking for a big counter.
Kaunismieli cracks Sarpong with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.

It looks like Jeffrey Sarpong has been cut.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kaunismieli takes one to the side of the head.
Sarpong fails with a takedown attempt.
Kalervo Kaunismieli has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Jeffrey Sarpong.
Kaunismieli misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Sarpong.
Kaunismieli misses with a body shot.
Sarpong lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Sarpong misses with a head kick.
Sarpong scores with a spinning back kick!
Kaunismieli ducks under a wild hook from Sarpong.
Kaunismieli throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Sarpong sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Sarpong thumps Kaunismieli with a low kick.
Kaunismieli misses with a hook. Sarpong ducked under it nicely.
Sarpong throws a body kick that misses.
Sarpong lands with a right hand.
A low kick from Sarpong misses
and Kaunismieli counters with a nice uppercut.
Kalervo Kaunismieli is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kaunismieli throws a leg kick but Sarpong checks it.
Kaunismieli scores with a jab to the jaw.
Kaunismieli fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Sarpong.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sarpong throws a leg kick which misses Kaunismieli's front leg but catches the back leg as Kaunismieli tries to avoid it.
Kaunismieli throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Sarpong sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Sarpong ducks under a wild hook from Kaunismieli.

Sarpong dives in and scores a takedown into Kaunismieli's guard.
Kaunismieli preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Sarpong tries to free his leg and advance position but Kaunismieli is retaining full guard.
Sarpong throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Sarpong pushes down on Kaunismieli's leg and manages to get into half guard.
Sarpong is nestled in close to Kaunismieli, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Sarpong is nestled in close to Kaunismieli, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
The fighters are battling for position here. Kaunismieli manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Sarpong forces his way into half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sarpong seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Sarpong wants to control but Kaunismieli is keeping him busy.

Sarpong seems to be looking for submissions.
Sarpong has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Kaunismieli gets back to full guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Sarpong wants to control from the top but Kaunismieli keeps moving.
Sarpong throwing strikes from guard but Kaunismieli blocks nicely.
Kaunismieli lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Kalervo Kaunismieli will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Jeffrey Sarpong's cut.
That's time! Kaunismieli's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Kaunismieli's jab looks to have found its range, popping Sarpong under the eye.
Sarpong feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Kaunismieli's calf.
Kaunismieli keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Kaunismieli swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Sarpong takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Kaunismieli lands a jab to the head.
Kaunismieli throws a leg kick that misses.
Sarpong lands a nice shot that snaps Kaunismieli's head back.
Kaunismieli with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Sarpong misses with a body shot.
Sarpong misses with a kick to the body.

Kaunismieli instigates a clinch.
Sarpong has a couple of punches blocked by Kaunismieli.
Sarpong tries to circle away but Kaunismieli has him pinned against the cage.

Kaunismieli escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Sarpong.
Sarpong throws a half hearted mid kick.
A little feinted left hand from Kaunismieli on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sarpong throws a poor cross that misses
and Sarpong takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Sarpong is looking to score with low kicks.
A head kick misses from Sarpong.
Sarpong wants to slow Kaunismieli down by chopping away at his legs.
Sarpong throws a good cross that connects.
Sarpong throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Kaunismieli tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Sarpong is able to avoid easily.
A slapping body kick lands there for Kaunismieli.
Kaunismieli swings for the body but Sarpong moves out of range.
Sarpong is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Sarpong looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Sarpong thumps Kaunismieli with a low kick.
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Sarpong - that will leave a mark!
Sarpong loads up on a big right hand but Kaunismieli slips the punch.
It looked like Kaunismieli was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Sarpong.
Sarpong throws a half hearted mid kick.
Kaunismieli takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Sarpong thows a leg kick but Kaunismieli checks it
enabling Kaunismieli to counter with a crisp jab.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kaunismieli scores with a jab to the body.
Sarpong throws a right hand that misses
and Kaunismieli counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kaunismieli scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Sarpong misses with an uppercut. Kaunismieli saw that one coming.
Kaunismieli slips under a jab from Sarpong.
The fighters circling - Kaunismieli throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Sarpong scores with a leg kick.
A chopping leg kick lands by Kaunismieli.
Sarpong slips under a jab.
Kalervo Kaunismieli is winning the standup battle so far.
Sarpong uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Kaunismieli.
Kaunismieli cracks Sarpong with a good jab.
Kaunismieli attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Kaunismieli ducks under a wild hook from Sarpong.
Kaunismieli misses with a right hand
and Sarpong counters with a straight right hand.
Kaunismieli scores with a nice head shot.
Sarpong looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Sarpong scores with a nice strike.
A clash of legs there as Kaunismieli blocks the low kick.
A little feinted left hand from Kaunismieli on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kaunismieli avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Sarpong moves out of range of the strikes.
Sarpong checks a leg kick.
Sarpong lands with a head kick! That's gotta hurt.
Sarpong throws a leg kick but Kaunismieli sees it coming and moves out of range.
Kaunismieli with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Sarpong to score with a decent uppercut.
Kaunismieli throws a chopping leg kick but Sarpong manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Sarpong feints the counter takedown.
Sarpong ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Sarpong misses the target.
Kaunismieli throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
The fighters circling - Kaunismieli throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Kaunismieli on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Sarpong. Sarpong obviously looking to wear him down.
Sarpong throws a leg kick which misses Kaunismieli's front leg but catches the back leg as Kaunismieli tries to avoid it.
Sarpong fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Kaunismieli has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Sarpong throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
An attempted straight right counter from Kaunismieli misses the target.
Kaunismieli swings for the body but Sarpong moves out of range.
Sarpong thumps Kaunismieli with a low kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kaunismieli throws a hook but Sarpong avoids it easily.
Sarpong chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Kaunismieli can pounce on him.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Sarpong closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Kaunismieli quickly recovers to half guard.
Jeffrey Sarpong has got the better of the ground game so far.
Ground and pound from Sarpong.
Kaunismieli is not content to let Sarpong control the position.
Kaunismieli blocking the ground and pound attempt from Sarpong.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Sarpong not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Kaunismieli wants to control but Sarpong is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Sarpong with the ground and pound but Kaunismieli uses the opportunity to regain guard.

Sarpong lying in Kaunismieli's guard like a wet fish here, stalling away. Kaunismieli decides he's had enough of all that nonsense - he escapes his hips and locks up an armbar! Wow, that was slick! Sarpong taps! This one is aaaaaaaaaaall over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:59 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Kalervo Kaunismieli!
Kalervo Kaunismieli retains his middleweight title!
After winning the bout, Kalervo Kaunismieli thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
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FIGHT
RATING
57%
 
 
 
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