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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Vladimir Emelienko (ranked 82 p4p, 14 weight class) and Mathew Ridgeway (ranked 160 p4p, 27 weight class). Ridgeway has chosen The Forgotten War as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

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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 19 wins, 4 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Vladimir Emelienko!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 27 wins, 11 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Mathew Ridgeway!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Frank Antenori and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Emelienko jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Ridgeway stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Emelienko.
Ridgeway checks a leg kick nicely.
Ridgeway avoids the body shot from Emelienko.
Ridgeway motions for Emelienko to come forward. Ridgeway throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Emelienko fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Ridgeway has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Emelienko tries to work over Ridgeway's front leg with a kick but Ridgeway checks it.
Ridgeway tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Emelienko fires out a quick counter leg kick but Ridgeway just manages to avoid it.
Emelienko misses with a looping right.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Ridgeway.
Emelienko lands a jab to Ridgeway's midsection.
A telegraphed right hand from Emelienko misses the target.
Ridgeway just misses with a punch to the body.
Ridgeway throws a low kick but Emelienko avoids it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Emelienko throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Emelienko throws a looping overhand right but Ridgeway ducks down to avoid it.
Emelienko looks to throw the jab but Ridgeway is out of range.
Emelienko uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway lunges at Emelienko with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Emelienko's hand.
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!
Ridgeway tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Emelienko is looking to counter punch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Emelienko tries to land a leg kick but Ridgeway saw it coming and moves away.
Emelienko lands with an uppercut that bounces Ridgeway off the cage and back into range.
A clash of legs there as Ridgeway blocks the low kick.
Emelienko feints and then cracks Ridgeway's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Ridgeway down.
Ridgeway avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Emelienko connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Emelienko throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Ridgeway fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Ridgeway keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Ridgeway throws a big counter head kick but Emelienko avoids it with no problem.
Ridgeway tries to clinch up.
Ridgeway scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Emelienko chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Ridgeway can pounce on him.
Ridgeway throws a big shot that misses.
A punch lands to the side of Ridgeway 's head but he takes it in his stride.
A leg kick checked by Emelienko.
Ridgeway throws a body punch but Emelienko moves out of range.
Emelienko misses with a low kick.
Ridgeway swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Ridgeway drives through and clinches with Emelienko against the cage.
Ridgeway swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Ridgeway misses with a hook from the clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko can't find room to land a body shot as Ridgeway controls the action.
Emelienko is working Ridgeway over against the cage.
Ridgeway scores with a hook to the body.
Ridgeway misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Emelienko tries to work over Ridgeway's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Ridgeway digs a right hand underneath Emelienko's ribcage. Emelienko let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Ridgeway blocking some punches.
Ridgeway misses with a hook from the clinch.
Emelienko lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Ridgeway backwards.
Emelienko can't find room to land a body shot as Ridgeway controls the action.
Ridgeway lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Emelienko prevents a body shot from Ridgeway.
Emelienko tries to throw a body punch but Ridgeway avoids it by throwing Emelienko back against the cage.
A short right from Ridgeway on the inside.
Emelienko misses with a body punch.
Ridgeway tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Emelienko's elbow.
Ridgeway misses with a punch to the body.
Emelienko misses with a punch to the body.
Emelienko prevents a body shot from Ridgeway.
Emelienko prevents a body shot from Ridgeway.
Emelienko looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Emelienko misses with a punch to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko struggles to land a body shot inside as Ridgeway controls his hands.
Ridgeway lands a shoulder strike.
Emelienko blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Emelienko softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Emelienko wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Ridgeway has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Emelienko seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Ridgeway can turn it around.
Emelienko goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Ridgeway lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Emelienko backwards.
Emelienko goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Ridgeway lands a right hand that snaps the head of Emelienko backwards.
Ridgeway is working Emelienko over against the cage.
Ridgeway tries a body shot but Emelienko blocks it.
Ridgeway lands a shoulder strike.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Emelienko.
Emelienko works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Ridgeway throws a punch but it's blocked by Emelienko.
A short uppercut from Ridgeway.
Emelienko tries to work over Ridgeway's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Ridgeway.
Ridgeway has Emelienko pushed against the cage.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Emelienko is trying to break the clinch but Ridgeway has him pressed against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ridgeway lands a body shot in the clinch.
I was talking to Emelienko's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Ridgeway misses with a short punch on the inside.
Ridgeway can't find room to land a body shot as Emelienko controls the action.
Ridgeway misses with a short punch on the inside.
Emelienko blocks a body shot from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.

Emelienko breaks the clinch.
Ridgeway fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Emelienko manages to avoid it.
Emelienko will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Emelienko jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Ridgeway only half commits to the counter leg kick.
A jab from Emelienko misses.
Emelienko throws a low kick, looking for Ridgeway's leg but Ridgeway calmly moves out of range.
Emelienko looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Ridgeway throws a nice inside leg kick.
Ridgeway throws a leg kick that misses.
Ridgeway with a hook.
Emelienko throws an overhand right that lands on Ridgeway's shoulder, as Ridgeway tries to avoid the shot.
Ridgeway misses with a low kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ridgeway. Emelienko does a little dance to reset his feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Mathew Ridgeway will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Emelienko throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Ridgeway counters with a stiff right hand.
Emelienko dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Ridgeway. That did some damage!
Emelienko on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Ridgeway stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Emelienko.
Ridgeway on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Emelienko. Emelienko obviously looking to wear him down.
Emelienko looks to land a right hand but Ridgeway moved out of range.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Ridgeway checks a leg kick.
Ridgeway lands a nice shot to the body.
Ridgeway tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Emelienko is able to avoid easily.
Ridgeway takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Emelienko takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
A solid body kick from Ridgeway.
Emelienko throws a body shot but no joy.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Ridgeway cracks the inside of Emelienko's front leg.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Emelienko throws a lazy right hand but Ridgeway sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Ridgeway misses with a head kick.
Emelienko blocks a leg kick.
Emelienko misses with a leg kick.
Emelienko throws out a leg kick but Ridgeway moves out of range and Emelienko only half commits.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Emelienko misses with a straight left.
Ridgeway looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Ridgeway fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Emelienko is out of range.
Ridgeway fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Emelienko.
Ridgeway throws a big shot that misses.
Ridgeway ducks under a wild hook from Emelienko.
Mathew Ridgeway seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Ridgeway misses with an uppercut
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Ridgeway misses with an uppercut.
Ridgeway tries a head kick but it misses.
Emelienko was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Emelienko misses with an uppercut.
Ridgeway flicks out a counter leg kick but Emelienko steps away.
Emelienko pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Emelienko takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Ridgeway lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Ridgeway takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Ridgeway misses with an uppercut. Emelienko saw that one coming.
Emelienko throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Emelienko misses with a wild body shot.
Ridgeway wants to slow Emelienko down by chopping away at his legs.
A slapping leg kick lands for Ridgeway.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Nice cross by Emelienko.
Emelienko throws a leg kick but Ridgeway sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Ridgeway appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Emelienko uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Emelienko avoids the head kick by Ridgeway.
Ridgeway wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Ridgeway checks a leg kick.
Ridgeway throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Ridgeway misses with a body shot.
Emelienko scores with a nice strike.
Emelienko uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Emelienko on the side of the head.
Good exchange - Emelienko coming out on top.
Ridgeway is looking to score with low kicks.
Emelienko misses with a body shot.
Ridgeway feints a counter leg kick.
Emelienko swinging wildly here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko works the jab nicely.
Emelienko swings and misses with a hook to the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ridgeway. Emelienko does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ridgeway misses with a head kick.
As Ridgeway backs away, Emelienko returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Emelienko misses with an uppercut.
A jab from Ridgeway misses.
Emelienko scores with a crisp jab that stopped Ridgeway in his tracks.
Emelienko swings for the body but Ridgeway moves out of range.
Emelienko motions for Ridgeway to come forward. Emelienko throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Ridgeway 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.
Ridgeway is looking to clinch.
Emelienko fires out a quick counter leg kick but Ridgeway just manages to avoid it.
Ridgeway throws a body punch but Emelienko moves out of range.

Ridgeway drives through and clinches with Emelienko against the cage.
Ridgeway lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Emelienko wants to break free but Ridgeway has control.
Ridgeway is leaning against Emelienko and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Emelienko wants to break the clinch but can't.
Ridgeway misses with some punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko misses with a body punch.
Ridgeway misses with a hook to the ribs.
Ridgeway's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A short uppercut from Ridgeway.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Emelienko lands with a right to the head.
Ridgeway lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Ridgeway misses with a body punch.
Mathew Ridgeway seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.

Emelienko pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Emelienko moves out of range of the leg kick from Ridgeway.
Emelienko looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Emelienko misses with a looping left.
A swing and a miss from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Emelienko checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Emelienko takes a head kick and shrugs it off.
Ridgeway pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ridgeway is looking to chop away at Emelienko's legs.
Ridgeway moves out of range of the strikes.
A slow jab from Emelienko misses its intended target.
Emelienko lands a glancing blow to the side of Ridgeway's head.
Ridgeway tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Emelienko was well out of range. Poor timing from Ridgeway.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Mathew Ridgeway will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Emelienko's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. This is the final round!


Ridgeway scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Emelienko cracks a nice hook into Ridgeway's ribs.
Ridgeway changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Emelienko fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Good leg kick by Ridgeway there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Emelienko jabs at Ridgeway's body.
An inside leg kick from Emelienko misses.
A nice inside leg kick there by Ridgeway. That's going to slow Emelienko down.
Ridgeway tries to score with a low kick but Emelienko moves his leg out of the way.
Emelienko with a jab.
Ridgeway throws an off balance right hand
and Emelienko counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Emelienko checks a leg kick.
Nice body punch from Emelienko.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Emelienko misses with an uppercut. Ridgeway saw that one coming.
Ridgeway throws a leg kick which misses Emelienko's front leg but catches the back leg as Emelienko tries to avoid it.
Ridgeway bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.
Ridgeway bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Emelienko sets himself, and Ridgeway steps forward looking for the clinch! Emelienko avoids it this time.
Ridgeway throws out a loose jab but Emelienko uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Emelienko misses with a low kick as Ridgeway jumps back.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Ridgeway, right into the meat.
Ridgeway lands with a kick to the temple. Emelienko shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
A jab from Ridgeway misses.
Emelienko fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
A slow jab from Ridgeway misses its intended target.
Emelienko scores with a crisp jab that stopped Ridgeway in his tracks.
Emelienko misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ridgeway.
Emelienko closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Nice defenses there by Emelienko.
Ridgeway throws a hook but Emelienko avoids it easily.
Emelienko swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Ridgeway comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Ridgeway throws a jab but it's blocked by Emelienko.
Ridgeway feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Emelienko's calf.
Ridgeway pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Emelienko connects with a body shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Emelienko throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Emelienko checks a low kick from Ridgeway.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Emelienko lands a leg kick that knocks Ridgeway off balance momentarily.
Ridgeway pivots, looking for a leg kick but Emelienko is out of range and Ridgeway settles back down.
Emelienko checks a low kick from Ridgeway.
The fighters circling - Ridgeway throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Ridgeway throws an overhand right that lands on Emelienko's shoulder, as Emelienko tries to avoid the shot.
Ridgeway just misses with a punch to the body.
Ridgeway throws a hook but Emelienko avoids it easily.
Emelienko feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Ridgeway keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Ridgeway scores with a jab to the head.
Ridgeway misses with a looping left.
Emelienko tried to counter with a leg kick but Ridgeway avoided it.
Emelienko uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Ridgeway.
Ridgeway moves out of range of the leg kick from Emelienko.
Ridgeway appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Ridgeway with a nice cross.
Jab, jab by Emelienko - just one landing.
Emelienko throws a body shot but no joy.
Ridgeway looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko misses with a wild body shot.
Ridgeway is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Emelienko.
Ridgeway lands a leg kick that knocks Emelienko off balance momentarily.
Emelienko misses with a hook. Ridgeway ducked under it nicely.
Emelienko tries to bum rush Ridgeway with a series of wild strikes but Ridgeway uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Emelienko throws a body punch but Ridgeway moves out of range.
Emelienko misses with a wild body shot.
Ridgeway jabs at Emelienko's body.
Emelienko moves out of range as Ridgeway strikes.
Vladimir Emelienko has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Emelienko misses with a hook.
Emelienko takes one on the button.
Vladimir Emelienko is winning the standup battle so far.
Ridgeway uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Emelienko.
Ridgeway misses with a low kick as Emelienko jumps back.
A little feinted left hand from Emelienko on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Ridgeway uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Emelienko.
Emelienko getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Ridgeway jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Emelienko tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Emelienko cracks a nice hook into Ridgeway's ribs.
Ridgeway looks to throw the jab but Emelienko is out of range.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Jab by Emelienko.
Mathew Ridgeway is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
A swing and a miss from Emelienko.
Ridgeway misses with a looping right.
Ridgeway misses with a low kick as Emelienko jumps back.
Emelienko throws a big shot that misses.
Ridgeway takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Ridgeway tries to clinch but Emelienko moves out of range.
Ridgeway goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Ridgeway, right into the meat.
Emelienko on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Emelienko moves into range and connects with a jab.
Ridgeway keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Emelienko lands with a kick to the temple. Ridgeway shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ridgeway cracks Emelienko with a right hand to the side of the head.
Ridgeway displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Emelienko throws out the jab.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Mathew Ridgeway.
I've got Ridgeway winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 29:30
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 28:30
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 28:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Mathew Ridgeway!

A very excited looking Mathew Ridgeway made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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