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MMMA 19: Final Verdict PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Jan Pope and Marco Polo. Polo has chosen On The Floor as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

181 cm
31
153 lbs
16 - 15 - 0
178 cm
35
153 lbs
13 - 22 - 1
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Good gas tank

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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 16 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Jan Pope!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 22 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Marco Polo!
The judges for this bout are Sosuke Kotani, Shirou Masuda and Kenichi Hosakawa.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A chopping leg kick lands by Pope.
Pope has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Body Pain_14elite_700$+VM in the buildup to the fight.
Pope connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Polo ducks under a wild hook from Pope.
And Polo tries to counter it with a takedown but Pope pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Pope ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Pope is looking to counter punch.

Pope clinches up with Polo and pushes him back against the cage.
Pope tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Pope scores with a shot to the side of Polo's head.
Pope misses with a knee strike.
Pope trying to land knees to the body.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Pope.
Polo wants to get back to striking at distance but Pope won't allow it.

Polo gets a trip takedown into half 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!
Polo is trying to control the action in half guard but Pope is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pope tries to get to full guard but Polo has control of the leg.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Pope is working hard here to advance position.
Polo not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Pope tries to strike from the bottom but it doesn't land.
Pope is staying active underneath Polo, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Pope works his way to full guard. Good work.
Pope can't keep his opponent in guard - Polo advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Pope trying to hold on to Polo's head to control him but Polo postures up.
Polo sitting and controlling from the half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Polo stops Pope from getting back to his feet.
Polo slows the pace down in half guard.
Pope is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Pope trying to hold on to Polo's head to control him but Polo postures up.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Pope throws a jab when Polo was well out of range.
Polo shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Pope pinned against the cage. Pope gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Polo.
Polo with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.

Pope drives through and clinches with Polo against the cage.
Pope misses with a punch on the inside.
Pope is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Polo is defending well for now.
Polo goes for a takedown in the clinch but Pope prevents it.
Jan Pope has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Marco Polo.
Polo struggles to land a body shot inside as Pope controls his hands.
Pope connects with a nasty looking knee right to Polo's face.

It looks like Marco Polo has been cut.
Polo is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Pope gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Polo looking for a takedown.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pope effectively controlling the action here.
Polo tries to score a body lock takedown but Pope shows good agility there to stay on his feet.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Pope creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Pope lands a right hand.
Polo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Polo is working for takedown but Pope is calmly controlling the position for now.
Pope scores with a nice hook to the head.
Pope working Polo over with knees to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Pope lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Polo backwards.
Pope throws a head punch that misses.
Pope scores with an uppercut up the middle.
A shot in the inside from Pope.
Polo fails to pull the fight into his guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Jan Pope dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Marco Polo's cut.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Pope tries to land a front kick but Polo steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
A little jabbing left from Polo on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Polo on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Pope lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Pope lands with a shot to the body.
Pope misses with a double jab
and Polo counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

It looks like Jan Pope has been cut.
Polo throws a push kick but Pope slaps the foot to one side.
A big left from Pope misses.
Pope thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Polo if he has to take too many more of those.

Polo gets a takedown into half guard.
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. Polo connects with a nice short shot to Pope's temple.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Polo slows the pace down in half guard.
Pope trying to control but Polo postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Pope looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Polo wants to take a breather but Pope is having none of it.
Pope is looking to improve his position.
Polo missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.

Polo looking for a submission but Pope manages to get full guard, putting an end to that submission attempt.

Polo avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.

Polo decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Pope, up you get!
Pope misses with a body shot
and Polo counters with a nice low kick that buckles Pope's knee momentarily.
Polo is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Pope rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Polo moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Polo throws a looping overhand right but Pope ducks down to avoid it.
Polo lands a jab to the nose.

Pope has Polo up against the cage in a clinch.
Pope is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Polo is defending well for now.
Pope can't find room to land a body shot as Polo controls the action.
Pope misses with a short punch on the inside.
Pope prevents the takedown attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pope tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
A frustrated look appears on Polo's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Pope misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Polo.
Pope throws a punch but it's blocked by Polo.
Polo is working for takedown but Pope is calmly controlling the position for now.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Polo.
Pope lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Pope throws a knee to the head but misses.
Polo is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Pope is defending well.
Jan Pope has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Marco Polo.
Polo tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Pope just stands there and leans against the cage.
Polo blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Pope drops down looking for an ankle pick but Polo pulls his leg out and moves away.
Polo closes the distance and clinches up with Pope, looking for a takedown. Polo pushes Pope against the cage but Pope circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.

Polo bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Pope is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Polo can do to turn this around?

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pope is looking for a sweep.
Pope is looking to slip a leg under and get half guard but Polo is one step ahead and moves to full mount!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Pope gets back to half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Pope is trying to maintain the position but Polo is very close to passing his half guard.
Pope keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Pope is not content to let Polo control the position.
Pope is looking for a sweep. Polo is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Pope is looking to escape.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Jan Pope dominated that second round.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!



Polo drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.

Pope throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Polo controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Pope utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Polo connects with a couple of short punches.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Polo not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Polo scoring with some ground and pound.
Polo engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Pope has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Polo has passed into side control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pope is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Polo in side control lands a nice looking series of punches and elbows.
Polo has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
You can see the frustration on Pope's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Polo creates a bit of distance and throws down some hard shots.
Pope seems a little lost for a moment, as Polo dominates the positioning.
Pope is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.

That's two 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.
Polo seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Pope does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Pope avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Polo.
Pope wants to sweep but Polo has passed to side control!
Polo working the head with strikes.
Polo working the ground and pound.
Polo moving around in side mount but really he's just happy to control for now.
Pope tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Polo wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Pope takes an elbow right on the bridge of the nose and winces in pain.
Pope takes a couple of big shots there - the referee warns him that he has to defend himself better.

Pope is rocked!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Polo working the ground and pound but Pope is defending the strikes.
Pope is trying to get back to half guard.
Polo trying to control the position but Pope is working away.
Polo in side control, throwing shots but Pope defends.
Jan Pope is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
You can see the frustration on Pope's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Polo trying to control the position but Pope is working away.
Pope tries to improve position but can't.
Marco Polo has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Pope can't do much from the bottom here.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Polo moves forwards but Pope connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Polo throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
It looked like Pope wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Polo throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Polo takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Pope throws a right and a left that both miss.

Polo closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Polo drops down looking for an ankle pick but Pope pulls his leg out and moves away.
A jab from Pope does it's job there.

And that's the end of the fight!
Marco Polo comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Pope 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sosuke Kotani scores the fight 29:28
Judge Shirou Masuda scores the fight 29:28
Judge Kenichi Hosakawa scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Jan Pope!

After winning the bout, Jan Pope thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
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