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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Taisto Murkula and Hamish Reid. Murkula comes to the cage accompanied by Forever Angel. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

184 cm
39
188 lbs
37 - 15 - 2
188 cm
23
178 lbs
2 - 3 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Great elbows
Good gas tank

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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 37 wins, 15 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Taisto Murkula!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Hamish Reid!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Frank Antenori and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Murkula drives through with a takedown into guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Murkula trying to control the position from guard on top but Reid is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Reid is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Murkula trying to control but Reid is working from the bottom.
Reid keeping full guard, as Murkula tries to pass.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Murkula is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.

Murkula stands up from guard. Let's bang!

That's one minute gone in the round.

Reid clinches.
Murkula tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Murkula looking for a takedown.
Nice elbow from Reid.
Reid creates a bit of space for himself and sneaks an elbow through Murkula's defenses.
Reid using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Murkula has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Reid lands a glancing elbow in the clinch.
A frustrated look appears on Murkula's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Reid lands an elbow just above Murkula 's eye.
Murkula blocks an elbow strike.
Murkula has Reid pressed against the cage.

Murkula breaks from the clinch.
Murkula blocks a leg kick.
Murkula wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.
Murkula fails to land the takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Taisto Murkula. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Reid misses with a low kick.
Murkula moves out of range as Reid throws a body kick.
Murkula fails with a takedown attempt.
Reid throws a half hearted mid kick.
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!
Reid rushes in with a sloppy looking punch

and Murkula counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Murkula trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

Murkula stands up from guard. Let's bang!
Murkula shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Reid pushes Murkula away with a front kick.
Reid throws a body kick that misses.

Murkula pushes Reid up against the cage in a clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murkula tries for a takedown. No joy.
Reid misses with an elbow strike.
Reid creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Reid cracks Murkula with a nice body shot.
Reid can't find room to land a body shot as Murkula controls the action.
Reid blocks an elbow strike.
Reid with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Murkula changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Reid fights it off and pushes away nicely.

Murkula looking to score a takedown here. Reid is defending well but Murkula drives through and ends up in Reid's guard.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Murkula accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Murkula 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.
Reid is trying to control the position but Murkula postures up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Reid can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Murkula controls the pace.
Reid pulls Murkula in close to prevent any damage.
Reid keeping moving, preventing Murkula from controlling successfully.
Reid trying to control the position.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Hamish Reid dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!



Reid gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Murkula to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Murkula stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Reid swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Murkula passes Reid's right leg, so he's now in half guard.

Murkula is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Reid is just riding it out for now. Murkula eventually gives up the hold.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Murkula landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Murkula decides to stand and escape the position.

Murkula pushes Reid up against the cage in a clinch.

Murkula breaks from the clinch.
Murkula misses with a body shot.
Reid getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Murkula throws a sloppy head kick and Reid moves out of range easily.
Murkula closes this distance looking for a takedown but Reid circles away.
Reid looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Hamish Reid seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

Murkula drives through and clinches with Reid against the cage.

Murkula jumps into guard, dragging Reid to the mat.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Murkula throwing some rather feeble looking strikes off his back.

Murkula isolates an arm and boxes in a triangle. Reid stacks Murkula on his neck as he steps over and passes to the side. He's now in a much more dominant position where he can look to do some serious damage. Nice move by Reid!
Murkula is trying to control Reid's posture but Reid avoids it.
Murkula is trying to improve his position.
Murkula sneaks back into half guard.
Murkula trying to control here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Reid takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
Murkula is trying to get back to full guard.
Taisto Murkula overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Murkula is looking to control Reid's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Murkula avoid being mounted?

Murkula is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Reid pulls his head out easily.
Murkula is trying to maintain the position but Reid is very close to passing his half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.
Murkula is concentrating on defense, preventing Reid from advancing position.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.
Reid wants to free his trapped foot but Murkula is holding on for dear life with his legs.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Hamish Reid is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Reid throws a body kick that misses.
Murkula shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Reid defends it nicely.
Murkula backing away here, and Reid unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Reid is looking to clinch.
Murkula feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Murkula shoots for a takedown but Reid saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Taisto Murkula. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
A nice inside leg kick there by Reid. That's going to slow Murkula down.
Taisto Murkula is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Murkula tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Reid defends well and Murkula ends up having to push Reid into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.

Murkula shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Taisto Murkula dominated that second 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. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.



Reid closes the distance and clinches.

Murkula escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.

Murkula clinches up against the cage.
Murkula blocks a body shot from Reid.
Reid lands a right hand that snaps the head of Murkula backwards.
Murkula is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Reid gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Still in the clinch, Reid scores with a nice short uppercut.
With the fighters up against the cage, Reid throws an elbow but misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Murkula has clasped his hands together around Reid's back... aaand, he's got a takedown into side control. Nicely done.

Reid throws Murkula to one side and escapes!
Hamish Reid seems to be getting the better of the standup.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Murkula tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Reid scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
A head kick misses from Murkula.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula misses with a head kick.
Murkula checks a leg kick.
Nice defenses there by Murkula.
Murkula lands with a kick to the temple. Reid shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
Murkula walks into a stiff left hand from Reid.
Reid throws a leg kick
and Murkula counters with a left and a right that stings Reid.
Reid misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Murkula.
Reid goes for a high kick. It partially lands.
Murkula misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Reid connects with a looping right hand.
Murkula takes a shot to the body in his stride.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Murkula gets tackled into the cage by Reid. Reid maintains the clinch.
Reid lands an elbow inside.
Murkula jumps guard but Reid turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Taisto Murkula. That's going to take a lot out of him.
A short body shot lands from Reid as the two fighters clinch.
With the fighters up against the cage, Reid throws an elbow but misses.
Reid lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Reid lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Murkula backwards.
Murkula tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Murkula has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Reid after a bit of a struggle.
Reid throws an elbow that misses.
Reid has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Murkula seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Reid can turn it around.
Reid gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.
Murkula dodges an elbow strike from Reid.
Reid tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Reid swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Reid misses with an elbow strike.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Reid tries a body shot but Murkula blocks it.
Reid pushes off and fires off an elbow that misses, before clinching up again, against the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Reid.
Nice elbow from Reid.
Reid lands an elbow inside.
Reid lands a damaging elbow.
Murkula blocks a body shot from Reid.
Reid creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Reid has a couple of punches blocked by Murkula.
Murkula drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Reid tries a body shot but Murkula blocks it.
Reid lands a body punch in the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Murkula gets a nice trip takedown into half guard.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Murkula postures up and decides to stand up, from the half guard. The ref calls for Reid to stand up.
Murkula ducks under a wild hook from Reid.

Reid has taken the fight to the clinch.
Reid tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Murkula working hard to break the clinch.
Reid misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Reid comes over the top with an elbow. That landed flush.
Hamish Reid seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Murkula avoids the elbow strike from Reid, against the cage.
Murkula has Reid pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Reid manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
Reid scores with a nice hook to the head.
Murkula jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Reid walks away with a smile on his face. Murkula gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Reid throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Murkula counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Reid thinking.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Reid takes a swing at Murkula's ribcage but misses.

And that's the end of the fight!
Hamish Reid comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Reid 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 Don Winkell scores the fight 28:29
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 28:29
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Hamish Reid!
S C
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G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
49%
 
 
 
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