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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Logan Sackett and Afa Sila. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

175 cm
33
165 lbs
20 - 13 - 0
173 cm
34
156 lbs
23 - 8 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
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Olympic wrestler
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 13 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Logan Sackett!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Afa Sila!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, William Gold and Phil Schofield.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Sackett clinches up against the cage.
Sackett tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Sackett misses with a hook from the clinch.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Sackett.
Sila will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Sackett up against the cage.
Sackett throws a punch but it's blocked by Sila.
Sackett has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Sila tries to land knees in the clinch but Sackett avoids the damage to the body.
Sackett lands with a short head shot on the inside.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Sila.
With the fighters up against the cage, Sila throws an elbow but misses.
Sila jumps guard but Sackett turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Sackett has a couple of punches blocked by Sila.
Sila tries to throw a body punch but Sackett avoids it by throwing Sila back against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sila blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Sackett misses with a short punch on the inside.
Sackett swings wildly with an uppercut but Sila uses good head movement to avoid it.
Sila effectively controlling the action here.
Sackett throws a head punch that misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Sila pulls guard successfully.
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Sackett throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Sila looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Sackett throwing strikes from guard but Sila blocks nicely.
Sackett scoring with punches to the head and body.
Sackett content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Sackett landing with the ground and pound.
Sackett in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Sila trying to control the position here.
Sila is trying to control the position but Sackett postures up.
Sackett throws a big right hand that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sackett with a nice head shot there.
Sackett loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Sila manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sackett manages to get himself to full guard.

Sackett throwing strikes off his back to little effect.
Sackett thows some rabbit punches from the bottom but they don't do any damage.
Sackett throws a couple of weedy looking strikes off his back.
Sackett trying to punch from his back but it's not doing any damage.
Sackett throwing strikes off his back to little effect.
Sackett throws a couple of heel strikes.
Sackett trying to strike from the bottom but really, it's not the best position to be doing that from!
Sila stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Sackett swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Sackett tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Sackett striking from the bottom here.

Sila stands up from guard. Let's bang!
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch but Sila swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch but Sila swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Sila jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
The fighters circling - Sila throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Sila slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Sackett tries to clinch up.
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch but Sila swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Sackett tries to clinch but Sila moves out of range.
The fight stays on the outside here - Sackett looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
The fight stays on the outside here - Sackett looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
And Sila tries to counter it with a takedown but Sackett pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Sila paws at him with a jab and circles away.

Sackett gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Sackett fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A head punch on the inside from Sackett fails to land.
Sila blocking some punches.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Sackett.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sackett swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Sackett misses with a short punch on the inside.
Sackett misses with a hook from the clinch.

Sila has hold of one of Sackett's legs. Sackett is fighting the takedown attempt but Sila gets the trip and lands the takedown into guard.
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!
Sila looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Sackett looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Sackett trying to strike off his back.
Sackett looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Sackett will have to put a bit more behind his punches if he's going to do any damage from this position.
Sackett is striking but Sila is not phased and passes to half guard.
Sila sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Sila trying to control the action but Sackett is working from the bottom.
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 Logan Sackett will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!



Sackett clinches with his opponent.

Sila drags the fight down to the ground.
Sackett throws an elbow that misses. Sila uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Sackett's guard. Nice move by Sila!

Sackett throws a couple of shots from the bottom but they don't land.
Sila working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Sackett's head.
Sackett throws some sloppy strikes off his back.
Sackett throws a couple of weedy looking strikes off his back.
Sackett scores with a couple of body punches from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sackett tries to strike from the bottom.
Sackett is striking from the bottom but Sila uses the opportunity to pass into half guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sackett wants to get back to full guard but Sila has passed into side control.
Sackett is looking to regain half guard here but Sila keeps moving and retains side control.
Sila wants to control but Sackett is keeping him busy.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sackett is trying to get back to half guard.
Sila controlling the position.
Sackett tries to slip a leg under to move to half guard but Sila presses down on the leg and jumps into full mount!
Sila controlling from the full mount.
Sackett is flailing around like a fish out of water, trying to land strikes.
Sila landing shots from mount.
Sila punishing his opponent with strikes.
Sackett is looking to get to half guard.
Sila landing strikes from the mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sackett punching to the body and holding on for dear life.
Sila controlling his opponent.
Sackett bucks up and manages to get a nice reversal! He's in guard on the top - nicely done!
Sackett scoring with punches to the head and body.
Afa Sila has got the better of the ground game so far.
Sackett missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Sackett throws a big elbow that misses.
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!
Sackett postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Sackett throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Sila works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Sila holds on and takes a little breather.
Sila trying to control the position.
Sila throws a couple of heel strikes.
Sackett throws a big right hand that misses.
Sackett throwing strikes but missing.
Sackett throws a strike but Sila rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.


That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sackett is striking off his back. Sila thinks nothing of it though and passes easily into half guard.

Sila is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Sackett sees it coming and defends easily.
Sackett missing with punches from the bottom.
Still in half guard, Sila seems content to control.
Sila tries to stand but can't do so whilst Sackett controls his leg.
Sackett tries to strike from the bottom but it doesn't land.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Sackett punching from the bottom.
Sackett tries to strike from the bottom but it doesn't land.
Nice strikes from Sila there.
Sila performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Sackett scores with a few weak punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sila slips a nice elbow through Sackett's hands, connecting with Sackett's forehead.
Sackett strikes from the bottom but Sila uses the opportunity to move to side control.
Sila blocks the strikes from Sackett.
Sila wants to control but Sackett is keeping him busy.
Sackett tries to bench press Sila off him but Sila keeps the position.
Sackett is not in a great position here, taking some shots.
Sackett throws an elbow to the body but it doesn't land.
Sila wants to control but Sackett is keeping him busy.
Sackett tries to strike from the bottom but misses.
Sila slips into full mount, dodging the strikes by Sackett.
A nice elbow there by Sila.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Afa Sila showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Sila scores with a hook.
Sackett tries to clinch but Sila moves out of range.
Sackett tries to clinch up but Sila circles away and keeps his distance.

Sackett has Sila up against the cage in a clinch.
Sackett throws a punch but it's blocked by Sila.
Sila goes for a takedown attempt but Sackett pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Sackett moves in looking to clinch but Sila pushes him off.
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch up but Sila swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Sila lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Sackett tries to close the distance and clinch but Sila swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Sila misses with an uppercut.
A little feinted left hand from Sackett on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sila scores with a nice right hand.
Sackett doesn't manage to clinch there - Sila circles away.
Sila with the counter takedown but Sackett avoids it easily.
Sackett doesn't manage to clinch there - Sila circles away.
Sila with the counter takedown but Sackett avoids it easily.
Sackett fails in his attempt to clinch.
Sackett tries to clinch but Sila is having none of it.
Sila has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sackett tries to clinch up but Sila circles away and keeps his distance.
Sackett tries to clinch up.
Sila drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Sackett defends it well.
Sackett tries to clinch there but Sila circles away.
Sila scores with the left hand. Sackett knows he should have avoided that one.
Sackett wants to clinch.

Sackett moves into the clinch.
Sackett working aggressively here.
Sackett misses with the head strike.
Sackett working aggressively here.
Sackett throws a head punch that misses.
Sackett has a couple of punches blocked by Sila.
Sackett softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Sila drops down looking for an ankle pick but Sackett pulls his leg out and moves away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Sackett rushes Sila and presses him up against the cage.

Sila successfully pulls guard.
Sackett throws a big elbow that misses.
Sackett with a flurry of punches that miss.

Sila escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Sackett gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Sackett postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Sila looking to hit a scissor sweep but Sackett is one step ahead there.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Sila is on top in guard.

Sila looking to pass the guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sackett trying to strike from the bottom but really, it's not the best position to be doing that from!
Sackett keeping moving, preventing Sila from controlling successfully.
Sackett tries to strike from the bottom.
Sackett can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Sila controls the pace.
Sila trying to control the position from guard on top but Sackett is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Sila might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Sackett haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.
Sackett throwing strikes off his back to little effect.
Sila is stalling in the full guard.
Sila distracts Sackett with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Sackett throwing strikes off his back to little effect.
Sila stays in close to Sackett's body and controls the position.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Sackett is looking to clinch.
Sila tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Sackett darts in trying to clinch

and Sila counters with a shoot takedown. Sackett fights it but they end up in guard.
Sackett striking off his back but it's not causing Sila any problems.
Sackett throws a couple of weedy looking strikes off his back.
Sackett keeping moving, preventing Sila from controlling successfully.
Sila wanted to stand there but Sackett had control of the position.
Sackett throws some sloppy strikes off his back.

And that's the end of the fight!
Afa Sila comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Sila 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 Sam Margolis scores the fight 28:29
Judge William Gold scores the fight 27:30
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Afa Sila!

A relieved looking Afa Sila thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
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