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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Zane Mason and Jeffrey Taylor. The crowd giving both fighters a great reception on their way into the arena. That's good to see.

180 cm
30
174 lbs
18 - 9 - 0
180 cm
25
183 lbs
4 - 2 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
Good elbows
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Zane Mason!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Jeffrey Taylor!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Don Winkell and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Taylor fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Mason avoids it really well and circles away.
Mason connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Mason cracks Taylor with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Taylor shoots for a double leg takedown but Mason sprawls well. He's pushed Taylor's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mason with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Mason lands a leg kick that knocks Taylor off balance momentarily.
A head kick misses from Mason.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mason connects with a nice looking jab.
Taylor fails with a takedown attempt.
Zane Mason has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Jeffrey Taylor.
Taylor uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Mason.
Mason throws the left hand but Taylor avoids the punch easily.

Taylor closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Mason's guard.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Mason holds on and takes a little breather.
Taylor wants to control from the top but Mason keeps moving.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Taylor throws an elbow that misses. Mason uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Taylor's guard. Nice move by Mason!

The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Mason content to stall in guard here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Taylor looking for a sweep. Not yet Taylor, not yet.
Mason sitting in guard here, content to control.
Taylor 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.
Taylor has Mason pulled in close to control his posture.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Taylor shoots in looking for a takedown. Mason tries to sprawl out of it but Taylor keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Mason manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.

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.
The crowd cheers as Mason lands an impressive looking overhand right. Taylor doesn't seem phased though.

Taylor looking for a takedown here - he's got it.
Taylor stopping the sweep attempt from Mason.
Taylor wants to control from the top but Mason keeps moving.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Taylor working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Taylor scoring with punches to the head and body.
Taylor passes easily into side control. Nice work.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Zane Mason dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!



Taylor decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Mason has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Taylor is working away from the top position though.
Taylor wants to pass the guard but Mason is defending well.
Taylor trying to control from Mason's half guard. Mason has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mason controlling Taylor's posture.
Taylor controls from within his opponent's guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mason is adopting a defensive guard.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.
Taylor sitting in guard here, content to control.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.

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.
Nice straight punches there by Mason. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Mason.
Taylor on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Mason. Mason obviously looking to wear him down.
Taylor misses with a takedown attempt - Mason sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Taylor darts in looking for a takedown but Mason gets double underhooks and turns Taylor into the cage.
Nice body kick from Mason.
Zane Mason is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Mason throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Taylor feints the counter takedown.
Taylor misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Zane Mason has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Jeffrey Taylor.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mason misses with an uppercut.
A slapping leg kick lands for Mason.
Mason misses with a hook.
Zane Mason is winning the standup battle so far.
Taylor takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Taylor dives in for a single leg takedown but Mason sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Taylor.
Taylor shoots in for a takedown but Mason shows good takedown defense.
Mason throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Mason throws a leg kick

and Taylor decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Mason's guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mason pulls Taylor in close to his closed guard and prevents Taylor from doing any damage or advancing position.
Mason continues to stall.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Zane Mason dominated that second round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Taylor takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Nice uppercut there from Mason.
Taylor shoots in but Mason avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Taylor chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Mason can pounce on him.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The fighters circling - Mason throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Taylor takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
We've been told by Mason's head coaches at Cylon Training Academy that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Zane Mason seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Taylor walks into a stiff left hand from Mason.
Mason is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Taylor can do to turn this around?
Mason fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Taylor is out of range.
Taylor tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mason tries a head kick but it misses.
Mason scores with a jab. Taylor acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

Taylor is rocked!
Mason throws a hook but Taylor blocks it.
Taylor feints the counter takedown.
Taylor is still on wobbly legs! Can Mason finish him?
Mason throws a sloppy head kick and Taylor moves out of range easily.
Taylor seems to have recovered his senses.
Mason connects with a leg kick. Taylor looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
No luck for Taylor with that takedown attempt.
No luck for Taylor with that takedown attempt.
Zane Mason has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Jeffrey Taylor.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mason throws a leg kick that is checked

and Taylor counters with a shoot takedown. Mason fights it but they end up in guard.
Mason seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Taylor missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Taylor trying to control but Mason is working from the bottom.
Mason controlling Taylor's posture.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The referee must be thinking about standing these guys back up.
Mason keeping full guard, as Taylor tries to pass.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

Taylor throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Mason was covering up waiting for the punch and Taylor finishes the takedown easily into guard.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Mason holds on and takes a little breather.
Zane Mason is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Taylor throwing strikes but missing.
Taylor trying to control but Mason is working from the bottom.
Mason is adopting a defensive guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Taylor trying to control but Mason is working from the bottom.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.

And that's the end of the fight!
Zane Mason showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Mason, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 30:27
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 30:27
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Zane Mason!

An out of breath Zane Mason thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
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