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KOFC 39 - Karelin vs Obama PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Vitaly Karelin and Russian Obama. Obama has chosen 5 minutes Alone as his entrance music. Russian Obama will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

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197 lbs
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the super heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Vitaly Karelin!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Russian Obama!
The judges for this bout are Tiny Johnson, Frank Dennis and Cecil Peabody.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Karelin pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Obama now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Obama looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Karelin looks for a takedown but Obama sprawls well.
Karelin looks to land a left hand but Obama moved out of range nicely.
Obama throws a hook but Karelin avoids it easily.
Karelin is trying hard to land a takedown here. Obama sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Obama looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Obama throws a right hand that Karelin ducks under and follows up with a left that Karelin also avoids with ease.

Karelin gets a takedown into half guard.
Karelin throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Obama keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Obama manages to get to full guard.
Karelin has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Karelin postures up in Obama's guard and throws a big left but Obama blocks it.
Karelin with a nice head shot there.
Karelin throwing strikes from guard but Obama blocks nicely.
Obama looking for a sweep. Not yet Obama, not yet.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Karelin loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Karelin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Obama has his hands on Karelin's head, controlling the position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Let's hope that Obama has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Obama is continuing to stall.
Karelin throwing strikes from guard but Obama blocks nicely.
Karelin trying to move into half guard but instead Obama has managed to sweep!

Karelin controlling Obama's posture.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Karelin tries to strike from the bottom.
Karelin wants to sweep here but Obama controlling him for the moment.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.
Karelin wants to control but instead he gets his guard passed and Obama is now in half guard.
Karelin is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

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.
Karelin trying to control here but he's found himself mounted! Oh no!
Obama content just to control the position here.
Obama's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Karelin swinging wildly from the bottom but he's not landing.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Obama content just to control the position here.
Karelin tries to hold on but Obama pushes him away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Russian Obama will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Karelin cracks Obama with a right hand to the side of the head.
Karelin looks to land a right hand but Obama moved out of range.
Karelin tries to score a power double leg takedown but Obama sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Karelin somewhat.
Vitaly Karelin seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Karelin keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Obama lands a nice looking body kick.
Obama swings for the body but Karelin moves out of range.
Karelin looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Karelin looks to score with a jab to the body but Obama is just out of range.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Karelin.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A big right from Karelin misses.
Karelin comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Obama misses with an uppercut
and Karelin counters with a stiff right hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Obama misses the shot to the body.
Karelin misses with a wild body shot.
Obama swings for the body but Karelin moves out of range.
Karelin misses with a jab, cross combination.
Karelin throws out a powerful jab.
Karelin misses with an uppercut. Obama saw that one coming.
Obama connects with a crisp jab.
Obama throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Karelin staying out of range there.
Karelin throwing a counter right hand but Obama manages to avoid it.
Karelin fails with a takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Vitaly Karelin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Nice cross by Karelin.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karelin tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Obama counters with a straight right hand.
Karelin throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Karelin doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Obama uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Karelin.
Karelin misses with an uppercut
and Obama counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Karelin throws a hook to the side of Obama's head but Obama sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Karelin scores with a hook to the body. Obama takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Karelin changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.

Karelin decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Karelin wants to lay and pray for a moment but Obama keeps working.
Karelin throws a strike but Obama avoids it easily and moves to full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Obama is on top in guard.

Obama slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Obama sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Karelin's guard.
Obama stalling.
Karelin is looking for a sweep. Obama is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Karelin is trying to control but Obama manages to pass to mount!
Karelin is trying desperately to improve position.
Karelin throwing punches from his back but nothing is landing.
Karelin is desperately trying to get back to half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Karelin tries to hold on but Obama pushes him away.
Obama controlling the pace for now.
Karelin is in all sorts of trouble here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Russian Obama will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Karelin shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Obama makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Karelin uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Obama.
Karelin looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.

It looks like Vitaly Karelin has been cut.
Obama misses with an uppercut

and Karelin counters by clinching up.
Obama blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Obama scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Obama misses with the head strike.
Karelin presses Obama against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Karelin looking for a takedown.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karelin throws a head punch that misses.
Karelin working aggressively here.
Obama goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Obama scores with a shot to the side of Karelin's head.
Still in the clinch, Obama scores with a nice short uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Karelin swings wildly with an uppercut but Obama uses good head movement to avoid it.
Karelin has a couple of punches blocked by Obama.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Obama.
Karelin misses with a hook from the clinch.
Obama doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Karelin drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Vitaly Karelin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Obama.
Obama gets through Karelin's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Obama fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Karelin.
Obama prevents a body shot from Karelin.
A head punch on the inside from Karelin fails to land.
Karelin looking for a takedown.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Obama blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Obama swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Karelin swings wildly with an uppercut but Obama uses good head movement to avoid it.
Russian Obama seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Obama misses with the head strike.
Karelin struggles to land a body shot inside as Obama controls his hands.
Obama tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Obama swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Karelin lands an uppercut.
A short uppercut from Obama.
A short left from Obama.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Obama can't find room to land a body shot as Karelin controls the action.

Obama is fighting off a takedown attempt but Karelin is just too persistent for him and manages to trip Obama to the mat. Obama regains guard as soon as the fighters hit the mat.
Karelin is looking to work some ground and pound but Obama has wrist control.
Karelin tries to free his leg and advance position but Obama is retaining full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Karelin trying to move into half guard but instead Obama has managed to sweep!

Obama slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Russian Obama has got the better of the ground game so far.
Obama stopping the sweep attempt from Karelin.
Karelin keeping moving, preventing Obama from controlling successfully.
Karelin thows some rabbit punches from the bottom but they don't do any damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Karelin is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Karelin working a defensive guard but Obama passes into half guard.
Karelin tries to get to full guard but Obama has control of the leg.
Karelin trying to hold on to Obama's head to control him but Obama postures up.
Karelin moves into full guard.
Karelin throwing some rather feeble looking strikes off his back.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Russian Obama really dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Vitaly Karelin's cut.
That's time! Karelin's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Obama jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Karelin with a lazy takedown attempt
and Obama counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Karelin thinking.
Obama keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Karelin.
Obama uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Karelin.
Obama takes a swing at Karelin's ribcage but misses.
Obama misses with a body shot.
Karelin goes for a double leg but Obama avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Obama continues to drive forward.
Karelin shoots in but no luck this time.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Vitaly Karelin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Obama goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
It looked like Karelin wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Obama misses with a body shot.
Obama misses with a body kick.
Karelin takes a jab right on the kisser.
Obama throws a wild combination but nothing lands.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Obama scores with a jab to the body.
Obama keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Obama throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
It looked like Karelin was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Obama.
Karelin fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Obama avoids it really well and circles away.
Despite the aggression on Obama's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Obama is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Karelin rather than just go for the knockout.
Obama connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Russian Obama seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Obama lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Karelin misses with a straight right.
Karelin fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Obama manages to avoid it.
A little jabbing left from Obama on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Karelin misses with a jab, cross combination.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karelin on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Obama doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Obama has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Karelin looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Obama is fending him off so far but Karelin persists. Nope, Obama circles away and we're back to standing.
Obama displaying good standup as he scores with a three punch combination.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Karelin looks to throw the jab but Obama is out of range.
Karelin takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
A looping hook to the body misses from Karelin. Obama does a little dance to reset his feet.
Obama lands a nice shot to the body.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Karelin takes a shot right to the bread basket.

Karelin looking to score a takedown here. Obama is defending well but Karelin drives through and ends up in Obama's guard.
Obama is adopting a defensive guard.
Karelin trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Karelin accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Karelin content to stall in guard here.
Obama lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Karelin looking for a sweep. Not yet Karelin, not yet.
Karelin not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Karelin will have to put a bit more behind his punches if he's going to do any damage from this position.
Karelin trying to punch from his back but it's not doing any damage.
Karelin trying to strike off his back.
Obama is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Karelin wants to sweep here but Obama controlling him for the moment.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Karelin shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Obama as he jumps to the side.
A big left from Obama misses.
Obama avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Russian Obama dominated that fourth round.
The cut man is working on Vitaly Karelin's cut.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Karelin throws a poor cross that misses
and Obama counters with a nice body shot.
Karelin throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Karelin's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Obama connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Karelin scrambles back to his feet.
Obama throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Obama buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Obama throws a body shot but no joy.
Karelin with a poor takedown
and Obama counters with a stiff right hand.
Karelin comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Karelin fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Karelin darts in looking for a takedown but Obama gets double underhooks and turns Karelin into the cage.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Vitaly Karelin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Karelin takes one to the chin there.

Vitaly Karelin's cut is getting worse.
Obama works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Obama scores with a crisp jab that stopped Karelin in his tracks.
A slapping leg kick lands for Obama.
Karelin scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Obama misses with a wild body shot.
Obama misses with a looping right.
Obama misses with a looping left.
Karelin misses with a lunging right hand
and Karelin takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Karelin lands a body shot.
Obama jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Karelin ducks under a wild hook from Obama.
Obama throws a lazy uppercut
and Karelin counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Karelin throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Obama stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Vitaly Karelin has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Karelin shoots in and scores a nice double leg takedown into half guard.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Obama manages to create a bit of space in order to work his way back to his feet. Karelin keeps hold of his opponent and drives him back against the cage.
Obama blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Karelin swings wildly with an uppercut but Obama uses good head movement to avoid it.
Obama presses Karelin against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
A shot in the inside from Obama.
Karelin is looking to take this one to the mat.
Obama tries to throw a body punch but Karelin avoids it by throwing Obama back against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Karelin fails to land.
Karelin lands a nice uppercut.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obama lands a left hand that snaps the head of Karelin backwards.

Vitaly Karelin's cut is bleeding quite badly. He's got to try and protect it.
Karelin has a couple of punches blocked by Obama.
Obama blocking some punches.
Karelin misses with some punches.
Obama blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Karelin misses with a punch on the inside.
Obama lands with a short shot to the head.
Russian Obama is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Obama stops a takedown attempt from Karelin.
Obama blocking some punches.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Obama.
Obama pushes Karelin back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Karelin tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Obama scores with a shot to the side of Karelin's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Obama misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Obama.
Karelin lands with a right to the head.
Karelin misses with a short punch on the inside.
Obama blocks an uppercut.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Karelin.
Karelin misses with a punch on the inside.
Karelin throws a head punch 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!
Karelin doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Obama lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Obama.
Karelin lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Obama backwards.
Karelin throws a head punch that misses.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Russian Obama.
Well Obama 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Tiny Johnson scores the fight 45:50
Judge Frank Dennis scores the fight 45:50
Judge Cecil Peabody scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Russian Obama!

Russian Obama is the new super heavyweight champion!
During a confident post fight interview, Russian Obama thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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