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Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Brad May and Rauli Raunio. The crowd seem to be enjoying Raunio's choice of entrance music: Die for Metal. This should be fireworks!

188 cm
28
208 lbs
15 - 6 - 0
198 cm
29
208 lbs
11 - 7 - 0
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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 15 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Brad May!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Rauli Raunio!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Percy O'Donnell and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Raunio throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Raunio misses with a hook
and May counters with a slapping leg kick.
May lands with an uppercut that bounces Raunio off the cage and back into range.
Brad May seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
May changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
A big right from May misses.
May swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
May is looking to slow Raunio down with leg kicks.
May punishes Raunio's body with a nice straight punch.
May attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Raunio misses with a wild combination.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Raunio has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Raunio uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by May.
A nice leg kick lands there from May.
Raunio throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Raunio fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt May.
May scores with a nice right hand.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Raunio tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and May is able to avoid easily.
May swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.

That's one minute gone in the round.

May instigates a clinch.
May misses with a short punch on the inside.
Raunio working hard to break the clinch.
May tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Raunio's elbow.
May lands a hook that snaps the head of Raunio backwards.
May blocks a body shot from Raunio.
Raunio blocks an uppercut.
May lands a right hand that snaps the head of Raunio backwards.
A short right hand to the side of the head by May.
Raunio lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of May backwards.
May misses with a punch on the inside.
I was talking to May's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.

Raunio decides to pull guard.

Raunio is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. May is aware though and is defending well.
May preventing the sweep.

May avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Raunio wants to sweep here but May controlling him for the moment.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Raunio escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. May gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
May pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Raunio is keeping the position for now.
May has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Raunio is proving hard to escape from.
May stopping the sweep attempt from Raunio.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Raunio being controlled here, momentarily.
May slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Raunio is being controlled here.

May is trying to get an arm triangle but Raunio is defending well.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Raunio is looking to regain half guard here but May keeps moving and retains side control.
Raunio is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on May's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Well, if May is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Raunio actively working from the bottom here.

May looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Raunio is looking to get back to full guard here but May has managed to pass to side control instead.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


May throws a quick inside leg kick.
Raunio missing with a left hand there. May was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
May waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Raunio.
Raunio ducks under a wild hook from May.
An inside leg kick from Raunio misses.
Raunio takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Brad May is winning the standup battle so far.
Nice body punch from Raunio.
An inside leg kick lands from May.
A low kick from May misses
and Raunio counters with a lovely straight right hand!
May is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Raunio can do to turn this around?
A telegraphed right hand from Raunio misses the target.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
May fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Good leg kick by Raunio there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
May ducks under a wild hook from Raunio.
May half committed to a counter leg kick.
May misses with a looping left.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
May swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Raunio.
May connects with a solid leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Raunio just misses with a punch to the body.
May throws out a leg kick but Raunio moves out of range and May only half commits.
Raunio throws the left hand but May avoids the punch easily.
May throws a lazy right hand but Raunio sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Raunio uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by May.
Raunio swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Nice body punch from Raunio.
May scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Raunio doesn't seem bothered though.
Raunio takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
May is looking to slow Raunio down with leg kicks.
Raunio connects with an inside leg kick.
May is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
May throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
May waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Raunio.
May backing away here, and Raunio unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
May tries to close the distance and clinch up but Raunio swats him away and circles back towards the center.
A big left from May misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Raunio lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Raunio takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Raunio misses with an attempted mid kick.
May lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Nice cross by May.
May connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Raunio momentarily.
Raunio throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Raunio connects with a solid leg kick.
May scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Raunio checks a leg kick.
May tries to close the distance and clinch but Raunio swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Raunio throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Raunio pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Brad May is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
May just misses with a punch to the body.
May wants to clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from May, right into the meat.
May checks a low kick from Raunio.
Raunio takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Raunio closes this distance looking for a takedown but May circles away.
May throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Raunio takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
May takes a swing at Raunio's ribcage but misses.
Raunio swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and May counters with a good low kick that Raunio was not able to check.
Raunio's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Raunio moves out of range of the strikes.

Raunio shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Raunio showed some decent athleticism there.
May is trying to control but Raunio manages to pass to mount!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
May tries to hold on but Raunio pushes him away.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Raunio raining down hammerfists from mount.
May wants to control but Raunio is having none of it.
Rauli Raunio has got the better of the ground game so far.
Raunio lands with some strikes.
Raunio raining down shots from the mount!
Raunio with shots to the head and body - May looks very uncomfortable down there.

May is rocked!
Whack. That's a big, big shot from Raunio! May is out cold! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:57 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Rauli Raunio!
Rauli Raunio was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
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