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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Zander Harland and Mustafa Khan. Harland comes to the cage accompanied by We Don't Know. Mustafa Khan will no doubt be looking to use his reach advantage to good effect.

165 cm
26
152 lbs
10 - 10 - 0
187 cm
42
149 lbs
27 - 15 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Granite chin
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Powerful

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Zander Harland!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 27 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Mustafa Khan!
The judges for this bout are James Atkins, Phil Schofield and Colin Fotheringham.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Khan is trying hard to land a takedown here. Harland sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Khan throws a sloppy head kick and Harland moves out of range easily.
Khan misses with a combination

and Harland counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Harland.

Khan pushes Harland off for just long enough to get back to his feet. Very athletic spring there.

Khan gets a double leg takedown into Harland's guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Harland 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.
Harland not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Harland wants to sweep here but Khan controlling him for the moment.
Harland managing to control the position.
Harland might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Harland preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Harland avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Harland looking to hit a scissor sweep but Khan is one step ahead there.

Khan has gone for a leg lock! Harland slips out almost immediately though and dives into Khan's guard.

Harland controlling from the top position.
Khan trying to strike off his back.
Khan has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Harland is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Harland distracts Khan with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

Khan looking for a guillotine here but Harland defends easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Khan working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Harland doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Harland manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Khan looking for subs off his back but Harland has passed one foot through into half guard.
Harland is looking to take a break and control but Khan is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Harland is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.

Khan actively working from the bottom here.
Harland looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Khan with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Harland keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Harland lands strikes from half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harland with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Harland's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Harland working the head and body with strikes.
Khan taking some punishment here, with Harland in his half guard.
Nice strikes from Harland there.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Harland connects with a nice short shot to Khan's temple.
Harland content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.

Khan makes some distance and scrambles quickly back to his feet. Nice work!
Khan shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Harland as he jumps to the side.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Khan bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Harland is trying to improve his position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Khan is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Harland knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Harland regains half guard, as Khan was trying to land strikes.

Khan is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Khan is working for a kimura but Harland is defending it quite comfortably.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Good work by Harland as he checks the leg kick.
Khan shoots in looking for a takedown. Harland tries to sprawl out of it but Khan keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Harland manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Harland changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Harland takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.

Harland closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Khan's guard.

Khan manages to escape and get back to his feet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Harland gets caught flat footed, as Khan shoots in with a quick takedown into guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Khan preventing the sweep.
Khan slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.

Khan is trying to get an arm triangle but Harland is defending well.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Khan wants to control but Harland is keeping him busy.
Harland is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Khan's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Khan is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
Khan trying to mount his opponent but Harland defends it.
Harland keeping control of the position.
Harland trying to control from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Khan is looking to advance position but Harland won't allow it.
Harland taking some punishment here, with Khan in his half guard.
Khan is thwarting Harland's attempts to control the position.
Khan has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Khan tries to pass to full mount but Harland defends it.
Harland trying to control from the bottom.
Khan prevents Harland from improving his position.
Mustafa Khan has got the better of the ground game so far.
Harland on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Khan trying to control the action but Harland is working from the bottom.

Khan is looking for a kimura but Harland is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Khan to get the leverage.
Khan wants to take a breather but Harland is having none of it.
Khan throwing shots but Harland is blocking nicely.

Harland is defending against the submission attempts here by Khan.
Harland regains full guard. Nicely done.
Khan throws a big right hand that misses.
Khan wants to get up but he can't break Harland's closed guard. He needs to be careful trying to break the legs open, as he's open to submissions here.
Harland utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Harland is trying to control the position but Khan postures up.
Khan trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Mustafa Khan is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Khan tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Harland defends well and Khan ends up having to push Harland into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Khan fails to land the takedown.
Zander Harland has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mustafa Khan.

Khan shoots in and gets a takedown into Harland's guard.
Harland working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Khan.

Khan drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Harland manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Khan has Harland in his guard.

The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Khan working for a triangle but Harland defends it easily.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Mustafa Khan showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


Khan shoots in for a double leg but Harland sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
It looked like Harland wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.

Khan shoots in and gets a takedown into Harland's guard.
Harland looking to control.
Khan wants to pass the guard but Harland is keeping the position.
Harland bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Khan's guard.

Harland is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Harland trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Harland trying to control the position from guard on top but Khan is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Harland with a nice head shot there.
Harland has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

Khan looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Harland controls from within his opponent's guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Harland working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Khan's head.
Harland lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.

Khan looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Harland trying to control the position from guard on top but Khan is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Harland is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Khan keeping moving, preventing Harland from controlling successfully.
Harland landing with the ground and pound.
Harland trying to control but Khan is working from the bottom.

Khan had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Harland defends it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Harland stands up over Khan, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.

Khan looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Harland sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Harland scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Harland content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Khan pulls Harland in close to his closed guard and prevents Harland from doing any damage or advancing position.

Khan has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Harland is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Khan.
Harland connects with a decent looking elbow from side control that caused Khan some visible discomfort.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Harland thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Harland wants to control but Khan is keeping him busy.
Harland cracks Khan with an elbow. That is naaassty.
Harland trying to control the action but Khan is working from the bottom.
Khan is looking to reverse the position.
Harland taking a break here but Khan is having none of it and regains half guard.
Harland trying to control from half guard but Khan is working away.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Khan trying to control but Harland postures up.
Khan is looking to improve his position.

Khan looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Zander Harland has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Harland looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Khan trying to control from the bottom.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Harland landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.

Khan looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Khan takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.

Khan is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Harland pulls his head out easily.

And that's the end of the fight!
Zander Harland showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Khan has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 James Atkins scores the fight 28:29
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 28:29
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 29:29

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Mustafa Khan!

Mustafa Khan thanked the fans post fight for their support.
The defeated Zander Harland had this to say: 'Just don't know what happened. I had it. It was mine for the taking.'.
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