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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Brandon Marsden and Phol Murhaa. Marsden's entrance music is Feiticeira by Deftones. A fine choice. Brandon Marsden had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

176 cm
42
170 lbs
44 - 32 - 2
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29
180 lbs
22 - 6 - 2
Abu Dhabi Champ
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 44 wins, 32 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of London, Brandon Marsden!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Phol Murhaa!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Frank Antenori and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Murhaa misses with a looping left.

Murhaa gets caught napping as Marsden dives in and scores a takedown. Murhaa manages to retain guard.
Marsden is looking to work some ground and pound but Murhaa has wrist control.
Murhaa pulls Marsden in close to prevent any damage.
Murhaa tries to land a sweep but no joy.
We've been hearing good reports from Marsden's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Marsden throws a big elbow that misses.
Murhaa seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Marsden throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Murhaa works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Marsden wants to pass the guard but Murhaa is keeping the position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Murhaa avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Murhaa keeping moving, preventing Marsden from controlling successfully.
Marsden won't allow Murhaa to sweep him here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murhaa pulls Marsden in close to his closed guard and prevents Marsden from doing any damage or advancing position.
Marsden content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Marsden postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Murhaa controlling the position.
Marsden is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Marsden connects with a couple of short punches.
Marsden is fighting to break Murhaa's control of his arms but Murhaa is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Marsden stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Murhaa swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Murhaa preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa looking to control.
Marsden throwing strikes but missing.
Marsden postures up and lands a big shot to Murhaa's brow.
Murhaa looking to hit a scissor sweep but Marsden is one step ahead there.
Marsden postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Marsden is looking to work some ground and pound but Murhaa has wrist control.
Murhaa preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Marsden is working Murhaa over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Marsden postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Marsden wants to control from the top but Murhaa keeps moving.
Murhaa has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa working a defensive guard but Marsden manages to pass into side control anyway.
Marsden working the ground and pound but Murhaa is defending the strikes.
Marsden lands a knee to the body and a forearm to the face.
A lull in the action here as Marsden stalls from top position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Marsden wants to lay and pray for a moment but Murhaa keeps working.

Marsden is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Murhaa is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Marsden works a knee to the body and follows up with a nice elbow to the head.
Murhaa tries to improve position but can't.
Marsden working the head with strikes.
Murhaa takes a big shot right to the temple there but he's taken it well.
Marsden scoring with punches and elbows.
Marsden creates a bit of distance and throws down some hard shots.
Murhaa sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Murhaa looks like he's trying to stand up.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Murhaa has hold of Marsden's hands but Marsden slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Murhaa has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Marsden is working away from the top position though.
Marsden not landing any meaningful shots this time.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Brandon Marsden dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Nice defenses there by Murhaa.
Murhaa works the jab nicely.
Marsden throws a body punch but Murhaa moves out of range.

Marsden looking to score a takedown here. Murhaa is defending well but Marsden drives through and ends up in Murhaa's guard.
Marsden missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Marsden throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Murhaa bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Marsden's guard.

Murhaa slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Murhaa trying to control but Marsden is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Murhaa stopping the sweep attempt from Marsden.
Murhaa not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Marsden tries to land a sweep but no joy.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murhaa passes Marsden's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Marsden wants to improve his position but Murhaa is controlling well.
Murhaa stalling.
Murhaa prevents Marsden from improving his position.
Murhaa frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Murhaa content just to control the position here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Marsden can't escape the position.
Marsden regains half guard.
Marsden is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Murhaa controlling the action here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa is continuing to stall.
Marsden is looking to improve his position.
Marsden is working hard here to advance position.
Murhaa tries to stand but his arm is trapped.
Murhaa controlling the pace.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Marsden slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Marsden looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Murhaa is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Marsden looking for a sweep. Not yet Marsden, not yet.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Marsden takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Murhaa loads up on a big right hand but Marsden slips the punch.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Good work by Marsden as he checks the leg kick.
Marsden is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Murhaa can do to turn this around?
Murhaa walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
A big right from Marsden misses.
Murhaa looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Murhaa fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Marsden checks it well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Phol Murhaa will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


Marsden misses with a low kick.
Marsden misses with a wild body shot.
Marsden takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Murhaa scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Murhaa tries to score with a low kick but Marsden moves his leg out of the way.
Murhaa changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Marsden is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
A lazy left from Murhaa finds it's target.
Marsden doesn't manage to clinch there - Murhaa circles away.
A punch combination from Marsden misses.
Marsden scores with a nice right hand.
Phol Murhaa seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Marsden blocks a low kick nicely.
Nice uppercut lands for Marsden. That snapped Murhaa's head back.
Marsden looks to score with a jab to the body but Murhaa is just out of range.
Marsden lands with a good body shot.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Murhaa throws a push kick but Marsden slaps the foot to one side.
Marsden misses with a hook. Murhaa ducked under it nicely.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Marsden slips a jab from Murhaa.
Marsden misses with a low kick.
Murhaa is trying to counter with his kicks.
Marsden throws a big shot that misses.
Marsden closes this distance looking for a takedown but Murhaa circles away.
Murhaa slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Murhaa throws a hook but Marsden blocks it.
Murhaa looks to land a body kick but Marsden moved away.
Murhaa throws a chopping leg kick but Marsden manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Murhaa feints and then cracks Marsden's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Marsden down.
Murhaa goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Marsden throws a jab but it's blocked by Murhaa.
Murhaa chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Marsden can pounce on him.
Marsden throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Murhaa throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Marsden sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Marsden connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Marsden avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Marsden fails with the takedown.
Phol Murhaa is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Murhaa avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Murhaa lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Murhaa motions for Marsden to come forward. Murhaa throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
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!
Murhaa connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Marsden's hands.
Marsden drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Marsden tries to clinch but Murhaa is having none of it.
Murhaa has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Marsden pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Murhaa motions for Marsden to come forward. Murhaa throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Marsden throws a leg kick which misses Murhaa's front leg but catches the back leg as Murhaa tries to avoid it.
Brandon Marsden seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Marsden checks the leg kick.
Murhaa chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Marsden tries to score a power double leg takedown but Murhaa sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Marsden somewhat.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Brandon Marsden. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marsden tries to clinch up but Murhaa circles away and keeps his distance.

Murhaa gets caught napping as Marsden dives in and scores a takedown. Murhaa manages to retain guard.
Marsden slips nicely into half guard.
Marsden controlling the pace.
Marsden has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Murhaa moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Marsden won't allow Murhaa to sweep him here.
Murhaa keeping moving, preventing Marsden from controlling successfully.
Marsden trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Marsden won't allow Murhaa to get back to his feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murhaa preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Murhaa preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Murhaa controlling Marsden's posture.
Murhaa keeping full guard, as Marsden tries to pass.
Murhaa lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Murhaa tries to free his leg and advance position but Marsden is retaining full guard.
Murhaa won't allow Marsden to sweep him here.
Murhaa controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

And that's the end of the fight!
Phol Murhaa comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Murhaa has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 28:29
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 28:29
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Phol Murhaa!

Phol Murhaa seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
In defeat, Brandon Marsden stepped up to the mic, saying 'I didn't lose that fight in my mind. True victory is to give all of yourself, without regret. '.
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