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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Natsu Dragneel and Antonio Camatta. 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 featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Natsu Dragneel!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Antonio Camatta!
The judges for this bout are Colin Fotheringham, William Gold and Daniel Bishop.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Camatta throws a nice outside leg kick.
Camatta lands with a kick to the ribs.
Camatta works the jab nicely.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Camatta.
Camatta shoots in looking for a takedown but Dragneel manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Camatta's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Dragneel throws a series of punches but Camatta moves out of range.
Camatta throws a hook but Dragneel avoids it easily.
Camatta fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Dragneel.
A combination from Dragneel does no damage.
Left hook, right uppercut from Dragneel.

It looks like Antonio Camatta has been cut.
Dragneel tests Camatta's chin there with a solid looking shot.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Nice uppercut lands for Camatta. That snapped Dragneel's head back.
Camatta throws a poor cross that misses
enabling Dragneel to counter with a crisp jab.
Nice body kick from Camatta.

Camatta looking for a takedown here - he's got it.
Dragneel is looking to stand back up but Camatta counters by passing into half guard. Oops... bit sloppy there by Dragneel.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's one minute gone in the round.

The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Dragneel is trying to control but can't.
Camatta seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Dragneel trying to control here.
Camatta is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Dragneel trying to control here.
Dragneel is looking for a sweep. Camatta is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Camatta frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
My spies in DJs Locker inform me that Camatta has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Dragneel holding onto his opponent's waist for dear life, as Camatta tries to land some strikes to get him to release his grip.
Dragneel gets back to half guard.
Dragneel has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Camatta is working away from the top position though.
Dragneel is looking to improve his position.
Camatta throws a strike but Dragneel avoids it easily and moves to full guard.
Camatta stopping the sweep attempt from Dragneel.
Camatta wants to control from the top but Dragneel keeps moving.
Camatta with a flurry of punches that miss.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Camatta is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Dragneel is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Dragneel lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


Camatta has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Dragneel can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Dragneel seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

Camatta looking for a guillotine here but Dragneel defends easily.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Dragneel avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Dragneel works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Dragneel trying to control from half guard but Camatta is working away.

Camatta is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Dragneel pulls his head out easily.
Dragneel is trying to control the action in half guard but Camatta is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Antonio Camatta will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Antonio Camatta's cut.
That's time! Dragneel's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Camatta misses with a hook
and Dragneel cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Camatta lands a nice leg kick that just misses Dragneel's sensitive parts.
Dragneel is looking light on his feet compared to last time was saw him fight.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Camatta is defended easily by Dragneel.
A big left from Dragneel misses.
Dragneel uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Camatta.
Dragneel cracks the inside of Camatta's front leg.
Natsu Dragneel is winning the standup battle so far.
Camatta moves to clinch but Dragneel breaks away
and Dragneel counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Camatta shoots for a takedown but Dragneel saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Camatta looks to land a left hand but Dragneel moved out of range nicely.
Dragneel fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Camatta is out of range.
The fighters circle momentarily. Dragneel darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Camatta lands a jab to the head.
Camatta takes a swing at Dragneel's ribcage but misses.
Dragneel throws a body punch but Camatta moves out of range.
Antonio Camatta seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Camatta slips under a jab from Dragneel.
Dragneel throws a chopping leg kick but Camatta manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Camatta with a hook.
Camatta shoots in for a takedown but Dragneel shows good takedown defense.
Natsu Dragneel has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Antonio Camatta.
Dragneel tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Dragneel checks a leg kick nicely.
Camatta misses with a left hand
and Dragneel counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
A jab lands there for Camatta.
Dragneel uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Camatta.

Dragneel has Camatta up against the cage in a clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Dragneel can't find room to land a body shot as Camatta controls the action.
Dragneel scores with a nice hook to the head.
Dragneel tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Camatta's elbow.
Dragneel holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Camatta prevents a body shot from Dragneel.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Camatta blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Camatta blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Camatta misses with a punch on the inside.
Dragneel tries to stall but Camatta uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
Camatta tries to pull guard but Dragneel holds him up against the cage and eventually Camatta drops back down to his feet.
Camatta pushes Dragneel back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Dragneel misses with a short punch on the inside.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Camatta takes a shot to the head.
Dragneel working aggressively here.
Dragneel throws a punch but it's blocked by Camatta.
Dragneel softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Dragneel misses with the head strike.
Camatta fails to pull guard.
Dragneel stalling in the clinch but Camatta improves position.
Camatta blocks an uppercut.
Camatta is trying to force a seperation but Dragneel has the dominant position.
Dragneel swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Dragneel blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Camatta jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Dragneel walks away with a smile on his face. Camatta gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Dragneel tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Camatta was well out of range. Poor timing from Dragneel.
A nice inside leg kick there by Dragneel. That's going to slow Camatta down.
Camatta fails with the takedown.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Camatta lands a nice shot that snaps Dragneel's head back.
Dragneel's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Dragneel duly obliges.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Dragneel keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
An attempted straight right counter from Dragneel misses the target.
Camatta lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
A looping hook to the body misses from Camatta. Dragneel does a little dance to reset his feet.
Dragneel tries to work over Camatta's front leg with a kick but Camatta checks it.

Camatta shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Camatta was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
Dragneel trying his best to control but Camatta has mounted him.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Natsu Dragneel dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Antonio Camatta's cut.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Dragneel swats away the attempt to clinch by Camatta.
Camatta misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Dragneel.
Camatta waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Dragneel.
Dragneel throws a big counter combination but Camatta scrambles out of danger and avoids any damage.
Dragneel lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Dragneel throws a body punch but Camatta moves out of range.
Camatta fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Dragneel on the side of the head.
Dragneel lands a nice looking body shot.
Dragneel cracks a nice hook into Camatta's ribs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dragneel tries to work over Camatta's front leg with a kick but Camatta checks it.
Dragneel feints a jab promting Camatta to slip. Dragneel then demonstrates his capabilities by jabbing again. Camatta slips again and ducks right into an uppercut.

That has opened up Antonio Camatta's cut even more.
Camatta takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dragneel lands a nice shot that snaps Camatta's head back.

Camatta takes the fight into the clinch.
Dragneel scores with a nice hook to the head.
The referee is keeping an eye on Camatta - much more stalling and he will separate the fighters.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Dragneel.
Dragneel misses with some punches.
Camatta blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Dragneel.
A head punch on the inside from Camatta fails to land.
Camatta tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Dragneel smiles and moves away.
Dragneel lands with a hook. Camatta tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Dragneel lands a big head kick that sends Camatta tumbling to the mat! Dragneel takes a step backwards and waves Camatta back to his feet - he wants the finish!

Camatta is rocked!
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!
Dragneel throws an off balance right hand
and Camatta counters with a left to the body.
Dragneel throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Camatta is looking to slow Dragneel down with leg kicks.
Camatta scores with a punch to the head.
Camatta lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Dragneel takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Camatta is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.

Camatta changes levels and drives through with a really nice takedown into side control. Dragneel looks really pissed at himself for not defending that better.
Camatta scores with a couple of short elbows.
You can see the frustration on Dragneel's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Camatta is trying to ground and pound but Dragneel uses the momentary lack of control by Camatta to regain half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Camatta seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Camatta missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Camatta is trying to control the action in half guard but Dragneel is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Camatta missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Camatta trying to pass the guard but Dragneel defending well.
Camatta thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Dragneel's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Camatta missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Camatta passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Dragneel!
Camatta postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. Dragneel looks a forlorn figure.
Camatta trying to control but Dragneel is having none of it.
Camatta cracks Dragneel with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Camatta scores with a couple of good head shots there.
Camatta landing punches.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but Natsu Dragneel did the better work so I'd imagine he'll take it.
The cut man is working on Antonio Camatta's cut.
That's time! Dragneel's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Dragneel sizes up Camatta with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
A swing and a miss from Camatta.
Dragneel tries to counter by clinching up but Camatta breaks away and moves out of range.
Dragneel displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Camatta.
Camatta misses with a kick to the body.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Dragneel enables Camatta to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Dragneel manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
Camatta pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Dragneel is keeping the position for now.
Camatta trying to control but Dragneel is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Camatta with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Dragneel has control of Camatta's left arm, preventing Camatta from doing any damage.
Camatta distracts Dragneel with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Camatta wants to control from the top but Dragneel keeps moving.
Camatta throwing strikes from guard but Dragneel blocks nicely.
Camatta looking to pass the guard.
Camatta has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Camatta prevents Dragneel from getting back to his feet.
Camatta wants to control from the top but Dragneel keeps moving.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.
Antonio Camatta has got the better of the ground game so far.
Dragneel is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

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

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.

Camatta shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Camatta was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
You can see the frustration on Dragneel's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Dragneel is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Camatta off and has taken his back!
Camatta breaks Dragneel's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Camatta postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Camatta accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Camatta lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Camatta won't allow Dragneel to sweep him here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Camatta throws a strike but Dragneel rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Camatta is trying to control the position but Dragneel postures up.

Camatta is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Dragneel is aware though and is defending well.
Dragneel wants to get up but he can't break Camatta's closed guard. He needs to be careful trying to break the legs open, as he's open to submissions here.

Camatta looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Dragneel passes into side control.
Camatta is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Camatta trying to remain calm as Dragneel controls from the top position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dragneel continues to stall.
Camatta is looking to reverse the position.
Camatta is trying to work for a sweep but Dragneel has mounted him!
Camatta is trying desperately to improve position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
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 Natsu Dragneel will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Antonio Camatta's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Camatta throws a shot to the body.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Dragneel.
Dragneel with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.

Camatta changes levels and drives through with a really nice takedown into side control. Dragneel looks really pissed at himself for not defending that better.

Dragneel explodes and escapes back to his feet! Nice escape there!
This has been an exciting period of action!
An inside leg kick from Camatta misses.
Dragneel throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Camatta ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Dragneel moves away.
Nice shot by Camatta.
Dragneel tries to land a leg kick but Camatta saw it coming and moves away.
A low kick from Camatta misses
and Dragneel counters with a stiff right hand.
Dragneel cracks a nice hook into Camatta's ribs.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dragneel throws out a loose jab but Camatta uses good head movement to avoid it.
Camatta feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Dragneels jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Camatta throws a leg kick
and Dragneel counters with a thumping low kick.
Camatta scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Camatta looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Dragneel is fending him off so far but Camatta persists. Nope, Dragneel circles away and we're back to standing.
Dragneel misses with a hook.
Dragneel throws a lazy head kick
and Camatta connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Dragneel moves out of range of the body kick from Camatta.
Camatta wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Camatta scores with a punch to the head.
Camatta throws a right hand that misses
and Dragneel counters with a low kick, right behind Camatta 's knee.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Camatta checks a leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Camatta throws a leg kick but Dragneel checks it.
Camatta throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Dragneel seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
Dragneel swings and misses with a hook to the body.
A left lands for Camatta.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Camatta misses with a lunging right hand
and Dragneel counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Camatta throws a hook but Dragneel blocks it.
Dragneel is looking to clinch.
Dragneel keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Camatta has his takedown stuffed
and Dragneel counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Natsu Dragneel has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Antonio Camatta.
Dragneel is looking to clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Camatta tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Dragneel paws at him with a jab and circles away.

Camatta shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Camatta showed some decent athleticism there.
Camatta prevents Dragneel from improving his position.
Camatta thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Camatta with the ground and pound but Dragneel uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Camatta wants to control from the top but Dragneel keeps moving.
Camatta in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Antonio Camatta has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dragneel looking to hit a scissor sweep but Camatta is one step ahead there.
Camatta throwing strikes from guard but Dragneel blocks nicely.
Camatta throws a strike but Dragneel rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Natsu Dragneel is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Camatta is trying to hold Dragneel in close to prevent damage but Dragneel has managed to pass into half guard.
Dragneel trying to control the action but Camatta is working from the bottom.

Camatta looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Camatta misses with some strikes from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Natsu Dragneel showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Dragneel 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 49:47
Judge William Gold scores the fight 47:48
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Natsu Dragneel!

A victorious Natsu Dragneel thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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