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GAMMA#656 Goodman v Diehard PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Saul Goodman and Bruce Diehard. Goodman's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, Baba O'riley. Well, the cameraman is lingering on a pretty young lady for a bit too long there. Keep your eyes on the prize buddy or you'll miss the fighter intros!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Saul Goodman!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Bruce Diehard!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, Sam Margolis and Chris Edwards.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Goodman looks to land a left hand but Diehard moved out of range nicely.
Goodman loads up on a big right hand but Diehard slips the punch.
Diehard looks to score with a jab to the body but Goodman is just out of range.
Goodman waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Diehard.
Diehard shoots in but no luck this time.
Goodman digs a good body shot into Diehard's ribs.
Jab from Diehard.
Goodman misses with an uppercut
and Diehard counters with a nice body shot.
Goodman fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Diehard has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Diehard looks to score with a jab to the body but Goodman is just out of range.
Goodman takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Diehard throws a body shot but no joy.
Diehard swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Diehard tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Goodman avoids the body shot from Diehard.
Goodman looks to land a body kick but Diehard moved away.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Goodman fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A shot to the liver by Diehard. Beautiful body shot.
Diehard has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Goodman.
Goodman cracks Diehard with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Diehard tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Diehard lands with a shot to the body.
Diehard uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Goodman.
Diehard swings and misses with a hook to the body.
An attempted straight right counter from Goodman misses the target.
Goodman pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Goodman jabs at Diehard's body.
Goodman misses with a hook. Diehard ducked under it nicely.
A big right from Diehard misses.
Goodman cracks Diehard with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Goodman throws a good cross that connects.
Goodman throws an overhand right that lands on Diehard's shoulder, as Diehard tries to avoid the shot.
Goodman throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Diehard sees it coming and avoids it easily.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Goodman connects with an inside leg kick.
Goodman lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diehard blocks a jab.
Diehard throws a hook but Goodman blocks it.
Diehard moves out of range of the body kick.
Despite the aggression on Diehard's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Diehard throws a lazy uppercut
and Goodman counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Goodman with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Goodman ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Diehard changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Diehard throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Diehard is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Goodman rather than just go for the knockout.
Diehard fails with an attempt to clinch.
Goodman takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.

Diehard gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Diehard tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Diehard drops down looking for an ankle pick but Goodman pulls his leg out and moves away.

Diehard shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Diehard was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Goodman is trying to control Diehard's posture but Diehard avoids it.

Diehard is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Goodman is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Diehard tries to move into full mount but can't pass Goodman's legs.
Goodman is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Globo Gym, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Diehard is looking to take a break and control but Goodman is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Diehard is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Goodman knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.

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.
You can see the frustration on Goodman's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Diehard advances nicely into full mount.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Diehard wants to control the pace but Goodman is squirming around nicely.
Goodman prevents Diehard from taking his back.
Goodman is squirming around, avoiding Diehard's attempts to control the action.
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 Saul Goodman will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action!


Goodman connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Goodman with a jab.
Goodman scores with a nice head shot.
Goodman throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Diehard swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Diehard lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Diehard cracks Goodman with a good jab.
Diehard ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Diehard with a lazy takedown attempt
and Goodman counters with a left to the body.
Goodman tries to score with a low kick but Diehard moves his leg out of the way.
Diehard lands a body shot.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Diehard gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Goodman.

Goodman tries to keep at a distance but Diehard has taken the fight into the clinch.
Goodman swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Diehard lands on the inside with an uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diehard lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.

Goodman breaks from the clinch.
Goodman misses the body punch

and Diehard counters with a shoot takedown. Goodman fights it but they end up in guard.
Diehard controlling from the top position.
Diehard trying to control but Goodman is working from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Diehard passes Goodman's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Diehard stalling away here and it's allowed Goodman to slip out his trapped foot and regain full guard.
Diehard wants to control from the top but Goodman keeps moving.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diehard wants to pass the guard but Goodman is keeping the position.
Diehard wants to control from the top but Goodman keeps moving.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Goodman is on top in guard.


Diehard looking for a guillotine here but Goodman defends easily.
Diehard has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Phoenix Fight Team. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
Bruce Diehard has got the better of the ground game so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard trying to control the position.
Goodman looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Diehard is trying to hold Goodman in close to prevent damage but Goodman has managed to pass into half guard.

Goodman moves into side control, avoiding a weak kimura attempt from Diehard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Diehard struggling a bit here.
Diehard is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Diehard trying to hold on to Goodman's head to control him but Goodman postures up.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Diehard tries to get to full guard but Goodman has control of the leg.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Bruce Diehard will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Back to the action!


Goodman delivers a nice body kick.
Diehard misses with a wild body shot.
Goodman scores with a punch to the head.
Diehard uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Goodman.
Diehard takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Diehard tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Goodman tries to land a front kick but Diehard steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
Diehard looks to score with a jab to the body but Goodman is just out of range.
An attempted straight right counter from Goodman misses the target.
Donk. Goodman catches Diehard right on the button with a cross.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Goodman avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Diehard takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Diehard throws a jab when Goodman was well out of range.
Diehard swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Goodman counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Goodman cracks Diehard with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Diehard gets a takedown into half guard.
Diehard is working hard to pass the guard. He's done it - he's now in full mount! Trouble for Goodman!
Goodman is squirming around, avoiding Diehard's attempts to control the action.
Diehard wants to control but Goodman has made it back to half guard. Nice work.
Diehard works his way into full mount!
Diehard seems to be looking to move to his opponent's back but Goodman is holding on tight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Goodman is squirming around, avoiding Diehard's attempts to control the action.

Diehard goes for an armbar but he's fallen flat on his backside there and now Goodman is on top in guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Diehard is trying to keep Goodman in close.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Diehard working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Goodman has passed into half guard!
Diehard tries to get to full guard but Goodman has control of the leg.
Goodman keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.

Diehard looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Diehard wants to get back to full guard.
Goodman missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.

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.
Diehard slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Goodman has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Diehard has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Goodman has passed into side control.
Diehard tries to buck Goodman off but Goodman is having none of it.
Goodman advances nicely into full mount.
Diehard can't escape the position.
Goodman looking to control and managing it successfully.
Diehard is looking to get to half guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Saul Goodman clearly takes that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Goodman throws a push kick but Diehard slaps the foot to one side.
Goodman scores with a punch to the head.
Goodman throws an overhand right that lands on Diehard's shoulder, as Diehard tries to avoid the shot.
And Diehard tries to counter it with a takedown but Goodman pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Diehard bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Diehard lands a nice shot to the body.
Diehard scores with a jab to the jaw.
Diehard throws a looping overhand right but Goodman ducks down to avoid it.
Diehard checks a low kick from Goodman.
Diehard jabs Goodman right on the nose. Goodman blinks but takes it well.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Goodman.
Goodman moves into range and connects with a jab.
Diehard listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Diehard will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Goodman lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
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!
Goodman throws out a loose jab but Diehard uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diehard takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
Diehard misses with a hook to the body
and Goodman counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Diehard fails in his attempt to clinch.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Goodman.
Diehard throws a shot from downtown. Goodman moves away and avoids it.
Diehard moves forwards but Goodman connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Diehard throws a hook but Goodman avoids it easily.
Goodman throws a lazy right hand but Diehard sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Goodman avoids the body shot from Diehard.
Diehard chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Goodman can pounce on him.
Goodman is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Diehard throws a body punch but Goodman moves out of range.
Diehard uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Goodman.
Goodman throws the left hand but Diehard avoids the punch easily.
Goodman throws a hook but Diehard avoids it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diehard shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Diehard moves out of range as Goodman strikes.
Goodman shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Diehard defending well as Goodman loads up on a big left hand.
Diehard shoots in for a takedown but Goodman shows good takedown defense.
Saul Goodman has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Bruce Diehard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Goodman attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Diehard is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Goodman with a body shot.
Goodman takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Diehard takes a swing at Goodman's ribcage but misses.
Diehard tries to clinch but Goodman moves out of range.
Diehard fails with an attempt to clinch.
Diehard moves forwards but Goodman connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Saul Goodman is winning the standup battle so far.
Goodman is looking to slow Diehard down with leg kicks.
Goodman connects with the punch.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Goodman enables Diehard to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Goodman manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.

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

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard throws a body shot but no joy.
A counter left hand to the body from Goodman misses its target.
Goodman fakes the leg kick and cracks Diehard in the body.

Diehard bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Diehard is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
I wouldn't like to be where Goodman is right now.
Diehard trying to control the position but Goodman is working away.

Diehard goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Goodman has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Diehard but great work by Goodman.
Diehard tries to control but end up mounted... ooooh, that's bad.
Diehard is desperately trying to get back to half guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Diehard regains half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Goodman trying to control the action but Diehard is working from the bottom.
Goodman content to control rather than advance.
Diehard manages to get to full guard.
Diehard is trying to control the position from the bottom.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Saul Goodman had his way with Bruce Diehard in that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Diehard misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Goodman.
Goodman throws a right hand that Diehard ducks under and follows up with a left that Diehard also avoids with ease.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
The fighters circling - Goodman throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
A big left from Goodman misses.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
Diehard scores with a three punch combo!
Goodman swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Diehard.
Diehard slips under a jab.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A big left from Goodman misses.
Diehard looks to score with a jab to the body but Goodman is just out of range.
Goodman scores with a crisp jab that stopped Diehard in his tracks.
A jab from Goodman does it's job there.
Diehard has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Goodman fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Diehard is out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diehard swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Goodman lands a nice shot that snaps Diehard's head back.
Diehard misses with a body shot.
Diehard blocks a jab.
Diehard misses with a body shot.
Goodman swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Goodman lands with a thumping leg kick.
Diehard looks for a takedown but Goodman sprawls well.
Goodman lands a nice hook to Diehard's body. Diehard takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Goodman swats away the attempt to clinch by Diehard.
A looping hook to the body misses from Diehard. Goodman does a little dance to reset his feet.
Goodman throws a front kick that sends Diehard stumbling back into the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Goodman throws a jab when Diehard was well out of range.
Goodman misses with a hook
and Diehard counters with a right hand to the body.
Diehard looks to throw the jab but Goodman is out of range.
A little feinted left hand from Goodman on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Saul Goodman is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Goodman misses with a looping left.
Goodman tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Diehard was well out of range. Poor timing from Goodman.
Diehard on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Goodman is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Diehard can do to turn this around?
Diehard takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Goodman dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Diehard. That did some damage!
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!
Goodman lands with a nice body punch.
Goodman takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Diehard staying out of range there.
A looping hook to the body misses from Diehard. Goodman does a little dance to reset his feet.
Goodman misses with a looping left.
Goodman looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard moves out of range of the strikes.
Diehard let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Diehard takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Goodman fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Diehard manages to avoid it.
Diehard fails with a takedown attempt.
Diehard lands a glancing blow to the side of Goodman's head.
Diehard scores with a jab to the body.
Diehard tries a low kick but Goodman avoids it.
Diehard shoots for a double leg takedown but Goodman sprawls well. He's pushed Diehard's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Saul Goodman has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Bruce Diehard.
Diehard goes for a double leg but Goodman avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Goodman continues to drive forward.
Diehard fails with an attempt to clinch.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Goodman.
Bruce Diehard has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Diehard misses the shot to the body.
Diehard jabs Goodman to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Diehard takes a swing at Goodman's ribcage but misses.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Goodman.
Diehard throws a big shot that misses.
Goodman with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Diehard throws a jab when Goodman was well out of range.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A nice inside leg kick there by Goodman. That's going to slow Diehard down.
Diehard takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Diehard's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Diehard takes a swing at Goodman's ribcage but misses.
Diehard ducks right into an uppercut from Goodman.
Goodman misses with a body kick.
Diehard swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Goodman misses with a hook. Diehard ducked under it nicely.

And that's the end of the fight!
Saul Goodman showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Goodman 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 50:45
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 49:46
Judge Chris Edwards scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Saul Goodman!

Saul Goodman retains his middleweight title!
Saul Goodman thanked the fans post fight for their support.
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