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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Marcelo Santiago (ranked 0 p4p, 0 weight class) and Spanky Edgar (ranked 0 p4p, 0 weight class). Edgar has chosen Kick In The Door as his entrance music. Both these guys have solid standup skills and neither is particularly fantastic on the ground, so let's hope for a nice standup war!



155 cm
22
150 lbs
5 - 8 - 0
167 cm
30
157 lbs
8 - 8 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Excellent MT
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Excellent boxer
Good gas tank


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Hellbent


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 5 - 8 - 0, fighting out of London, Marcelo Santiago!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 - 8 - 0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Spanky Edgar!
The judges for this bout are Matti Vanhoillinen, Anni Minnemäki and Marco Blurström.




The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Edgar lands with an overhand left.
Edgar lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Santiago uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Edgar.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Edgar has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Edgar jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Edgar throws a right hand that misses

and Santiago counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Edgar is pulling down on Santiago's head. It's preventing any offense from Santiago, at least for the moment.
Santiago pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Edgar is keeping the position for now.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Edgar is on top in guard.


Santiago has his foot on Edgar's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Edgar works his way back into a safe position though.
Santiago on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Santiago tries to get out of the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Edgar's corner is telling him to maintain position.

Santiago is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Edgar defends well.
Edgar not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Edgar loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Edgar scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Edgar with a flurry of punches that miss.
Edgar chips away with some ground and pound.
Santiago controls Edgar momentarily but Edgar frees himself.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Edgar is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Edgar throws a big elbow that misses.

Santiago is looking for a triangle but Edgar pushes his legs off easily.
Santiago has momentary wrist control but Edgar slips an elbow through the middle.
Edgar makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Edgar scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Edgar landing some decent shots from guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Edgar scoring with some ground and pound.
Edgar chips away with some ground and pound.
Edgar makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Santiago is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Edgar must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Edgar wants to control from the top but Santiago keeps moving.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Edgar stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Santiago swivels though and keeps the full guard.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Edgar lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Edgar looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Edgar stuffs the takedown.
Santiago looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Santiago staying out of range there.
Santiago appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Santiago ducks under a wild hook from Edgar.
Santiago attempts a counter takedown but Edgar avoids it well and moves away.
Edgar misses with a hook. Santiago ducked under it nicely.
Santiago half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Edgar uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Edgar misses with a straight left.
Santiago is looking to counter punch.
Santiago shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Edgar as he jumps to the side.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Edgar swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Edgar throws a lazy right hand but Santiago sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

Edgar decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Spanky Edgar dominated that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Santiago displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Edgar throws out the jab.
Santiago half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Edgar throws a shot from downtown. Santiago moves away and avoids it.
Santiago misses the jab.
Edgar now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
A lazy left from Edgar finds it's target.
A cross from Santiago lands.
Edgar tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Santiago was well out of range. Poor timing from Edgar.
Santiago half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Edgar misses with the combination.
Santiago appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Edgar defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Santiago.
Santiago shoots in for a takedown but Edgar shows good takedown defense.
A slow jab from Edgar misses its intended target.
Santiago throwing a counter right hand but Edgar manages to avoid it.

Edgar shoots in and gets a takedown into Santiago's guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Edgar working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Santiago's head.
Edgar is in close to Santiago's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Edgar postures up and lands a big shot to Santiago's brow.
Edgar is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Edgar working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Santiago's head.
Santiago looking to control.

Santiago throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Edgar's corner. There ya go! There ya go!

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.
Edgar working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Edgar scoring with punches to the head and body.
Edgar distracts Santiago with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.

Santiago is rocked!
Santiago being controlled here, momentarily.
Oh Santiago is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Edgar working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Santiago's head.
Edgar with a nice head shot there.
Santiago seems to have got his legs back now.
Edgar keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Santiago's head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Edgar scoring with punches to the head and body.
Edgar tries to free his leg and advance position but Santiago is retaining full guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Santiago tries to land a sweep but no joy.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Edgar content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.

Santiago has his foot on Edgar's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Edgar works his way back into a safe position though.
Edgar distracts Santiago with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Edgar's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Edgar lands a couple of elbows.
Edgar lands a couple of digs.
Edgar stopping the sweep attempt from Santiago.
Santiago working a defensive guard here.

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

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Edgar looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Edgar landing with the ground and pound.
Spanky Edgar has got the better of the ground game so far.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Santiago not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Edgar scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Spanky Edgar showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Back to the action! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Santiago on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Santiago has a takedown stuffed.
Spanky Edgar seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Santiago stuns Edgar with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Edgar throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Santiago.
It looked like Santiago wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Edgar works the jab nicely.
Santiago fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Edgar has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Santiago is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.

Santiago gets caught flat footed, as Edgar shoots in with a quick takedown into guard.
Santiago wants to get back to his feet but Edgar passes into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Edgar lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
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. Edgar connects with a nice short shot to Santiago's temple.
Santiago has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Edgar is working away from the top position though.
Edgar trying to control the pace.
Edgar takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Marcelo Santiago has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
The fighters are battling for position here. Santiago manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Edgar is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Edgar lands a couple of elbows.
Edgar landing with the ground and pound.
Edgar distracts Santiago with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Edgar scoring with some ground and pound.

Santiago is looking for a triangle but Edgar pushes his legs off easily.

Edgar got a little sloppy there for a moment and Santiago has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Edgar has managed to get both his arms back between Santiago's legs - danger averted.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Edgar not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Edgar with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Edgar scoring with punches to the head and body.

Edgar avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Spanky Edgar is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Edgar postures up and lands a big shot to Santiago's brow.
Edgar stays in close to Santiago's body and controls the position.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Edgar misses with an uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Edgar with a nice cross.
Santiago misses with a hook
and Edgar counters with a stiff right hand.
Edgar lands a jab to the head.
Santiago tries for a takedown but Edgar circles away easily
enabling Edgar to counter with a crisp jab.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Marcelo Santiago. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Edgar thows a left - swing and a miss!
Edgar scores with a jab to the jaw.
Good standup being displayed there by Edgar as he connects with a hook.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Sloppy strikes from Edgar. Those never looked like landing.
Edgar throws a series of punches but Santiago moves out of range.
Edgar with a nice cross.

And that's the end of the fight!
Spanky Edgar comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Edgar has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 Matti Vanhoillinen scores the fight 27:30
Judge Anni Minnemäki scores the fight 27:30
Judge Marco Blurström scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Spanky Edgar!

After winning the bout, Spanky Edgar 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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G S C
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G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
36%
 
 
 
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