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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Ramon Escobar Chavez and Lucas Basurto. Escobar Chavez's entrance music is Buena Vista Social Club - Hasta Siempre. A fine choice. Basurto has chosen Tapout - Birdman as his entrance music. This should be a great matchup!

179 cm
24
150 lbs
7 - 2 - 1
170 cm
24
150 lbs
6 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Granite chin
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Good gas tank

Aspire Nutrition

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Ramon Escobar Chavez!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Lucas Basurto!
The judges for this bout are Colin Fotheringham, Chris Edwards and Daniel Bishop.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Escobar Chavez throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Horrible takedown attempt by Basurto or perhaps it was just good defense by Escobar Chavez, which made it look bad.
Basurto 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.
Escobar Chavez fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Basurto checks it well.
Basurto looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Escobar Chavez lands a leg kick that knocks Basurto off balance momentarily.
A jab lands there for Escobar Chavez.
Basurto changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Escobar Chavez tries to avoid it but Basurto manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Escobar Chavez to the ground. Escobar Chavez escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Ramon Escobar Chavez has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Lucas Basurto.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez scores with a punch to the head.
Escobar Chavez connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Escobar Chavez slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Escobar Chavez misses the shot to the body.
That kick from Escobar Chavez tenderised Basurto's leg. Basurto is trying to keep his angry face on.
Escobar Chavez throws a lazy right hand but Basurto sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Escobar Chavez throws a good cross that connects.
Escobar Chavez misses with a hook.
Basurto is looking for the big counter here.
A slow jab from Escobar Chavez misses its intended target.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Basurto! But no joy.
Escobar Chavez connects with a solid leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez throws a low kick but Basurto avoids it.
Escobar Chavez connects with a solid leg kick.
Basurto on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Escobar Chavez throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Escobar Chavez looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Basurto closes the distance and clinches up with Escobar Chavez, looking for a takedown. Basurto pushes Escobar Chavez against the cage but Escobar Chavez circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Escobar Chavez swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Basurto with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Escobar Chavez to score with a decent uppercut.
The fighters circle momentarily. Escobar Chavez darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Escobar Chavez throws a leg kick that misses.
Basurto is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto ducks under a wild hook from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto throws out a counter right but Escobar Chavez avoids it with no problem.
Escobar Chavez misses with a low kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
A little jabbing left from Basurto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
A shot to the liver by Escobar Chavez. Beautiful body shot.
A looping hook to the body misses from Escobar Chavez. Basurto does a little dance to reset his feet.
Escobar Chavez rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Basurto moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
And Basurto tries to counter it with a takedown but Escobar Chavez pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Escobar Chavez connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Escobar Chavez swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Basurto swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Escobar Chavez lands a nice leg kick that just misses Basurto's sensitive parts.
Basurto on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Jab from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Basurto was well out of range. Poor timing from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto throws out a counter right but Escobar Chavez avoids it with no problem.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Basurto blocks a leg kick.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Basurto! But no joy.
Escobar Chavez cracks Basurto with an open hand slap.
Ramon Escobar Chavez is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Escobar Chavez fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Basurto.
Basurto moves out of range as Escobar Chavez strikes.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Escobar Chavez sizes up Basurto with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Escobar Chavez thows a body kick. Basurto tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Basurto blocks a jab.
Basurto throws out a counter right but Escobar Chavez avoids it with no problem.
Nice defenses there by Basurto.
A punch lands to the side of Basurto 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Ramon Escobar Chavez seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Good leg kick by Escobar Chavez there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Escobar Chavez scores with a jab.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ramon Escobar Chavez dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Basurto darts in looking for a takedown but Escobar Chavez gets double underhooks and turns Basurto into the cage.
Escobar Chavez is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Escobar Chavez throws a right and a left that both miss.
Basurto looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Nice defenses there by Basurto.
Basurto appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Escobar Chavez lands a leg kick that knocks Basurto off balance momentarily.
Escobar Chavez is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Basurto can do to turn this around?
Escobar Chavez throws a leg kick which misses Basurto's front leg but catches the back leg as Basurto tries to avoid it.
Escobar Chavez tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Basurto was well out of range. Poor timing from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez moves into range and connects with a jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Escobar Chavez fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Escobar Chavez thumps Basurto with a low kick.
Basurto steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Escobar Chavez.
A little jabbing left from Basurto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
A clash of legs there as Basurto blocks the low kick.
A little jabbing left from Basurto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Basurto takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Basurto slips a jab from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez stuns Basurto with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Basurto is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
Basurto ducks right into an uppercut from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Escobar Chavez ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Basurto moves away.
Basurto's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Escobar Chavez lands a jab to the nose.
Escobar Chavez jabs Basurto to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Both these guys seem content to just stand up and trade with eachother but Basurto might want to think about changing up his gameplan a bit because over the course of the fight, Escobar Chavez has got the better of the exchanges.
Basurto closes the distance and clinches up with Escobar Chavez, looking for a takedown. Basurto pushes Escobar Chavez against the cage but Escobar Chavez circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
A little feinted left hand from Escobar Chavez on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Basurto blocks a low kick nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Basurto takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Escobar Chavez throws a shot from downtown. Basurto moves away and avoids it.
Escobar Chavez thows a leg kick but Basurto checks it

so Basurto counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Basurto throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Escobar Chavez works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Escobar Chavez working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Basurto.
Escobar Chavez has Basurto pulled in close to control his posture.
Escobar Chavez is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Basurto loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Basurto throwing strikes but missing.
Escobar Chavez tries to land a sweep but no joy.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Basurto trying to control but Escobar Chavez is working from the bottom.
Escobar Chavez seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

Basurto drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Escobar Chavez manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Basurto has Escobar Chavez in his guard.

Basurto controls Escobar Chavez momentarily but Escobar Chavez frees himself.

Basurto throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Escobar Chavez escapes and throws Basurto's legs to the side, diving into side control!
Basurto struggling a bit here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Basurto tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Escobar Chavez wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Basurto wants to control but Escobar Chavez postures up.
Escobar Chavez staying calm.
Basurto is trying to control Escobar Chavez's posture but Escobar Chavez avoids it.
Basurto is trying to get back to half guard.
Basurto is trying to work for a sweep but Escobar Chavez has mounted him!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ramon Escobar Chavez dominated that second round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Escobar Chavez thuds a left hand into Basurto's body.
Escobar Chavez swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Escobar Chavez cracks Basurto with a good jab.
Nice body punch from Escobar Chavez.
A left lands for Escobar Chavez.
Basurto moves out of range as Escobar Chavez strikes.
Basurto tries for a takedown but Escobar Chavez circles away easily
enabling Escobar Chavez to counter with a crisp jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Escobar Chavez takes a swing at Basurto's ribcage but misses.
Escobar Chavez tries to score with a low kick but Basurto moves his leg out of the way.
Basurto looks like he wants to counter punch here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Escobar Chavez scoring well with a low kick there.
Basurto fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Escobar Chavez is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Basurto.
Basurto appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Escobar Chavez tests Basurto's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Basurto is trying hard to land a takedown here. Escobar Chavez sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Escobar Chavez tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Basurto was well out of range. Poor timing from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Basurto was well out of range. Poor timing from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto blocks a jab.
Escobar Chavez just misses with a punch to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez thuds a left hand into Basurto's body.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Basurto.
Ramon Escobar Chavez has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Lucas Basurto.
Escobar Chavez misses with a lunging right hand
and Basurto counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Escobar Chavez fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Escobar Chavez throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
It seemed like Basurto was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Basurto has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
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!
Basurto takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Escobar Chavez getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Basurto steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez throws a lazy uppercut
and Basurto counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Escobar Chavez thinking.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Basurto.
Escobar Chavez connects with a leg kick. Basurto looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Escobar Chavez scores with a crisp jab that stopped Basurto in his tracks.
Escobar Chavez connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Escobar Chavez paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Escobar Chavez thumps Basurto with a low kick.
Some wild striking there from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Basurto avoids a punch combination nicely.
Escobar Chavez lands a jab to the head.
Escobar Chavez throws a sloppy body shot
and Basurto counters with an inside leg kick.
Basurto takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Escobar Chavez keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Escobar Chavez scores with a jab to the jaw.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ramon Escobar Chavez clearly takes that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Escobar Chavez throws a low kick, looking for Basurto's leg but Basurto calmly moves out of range.
Basurto throws out a counter right but Escobar Chavez avoids it with no problem.
Basurto takes one on the button.
Basurto takes a jab right on the kisser.
Basurto closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Escobar Chavez misses with a shot to the body
and Basurto counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Escobar Chavez thumps Basurto with a low kick.
A good leg kick by Escobar Chavez.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Escobar Chavez misses with an uppercut.
A little jabbing left from Basurto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Escobar Chavez feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Basurto's calf.
Escobar Chavez misses the shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A nice leg kick lands there from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Escobar Chavez lands the left hand.
Escobar Chavez clobbers Basurto with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Escobar Chavez scores with a decent looking hook.
Escobar Chavez misses with a kick to the body.
Basurto shoots in looking for a takedown but Escobar Chavez manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Basurto's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Ramon Escobar Chavez is winning the standup battle so far.
Basurto slips under a jab.
Basurto has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez connects with a good right hand that stumbles Basurto. Basurto circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Escobar Chavez misses with a double jab.
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!
Escobar Chavez misses with a body shot.
Escobar Chavez misses with a wild body shot.
Basurto doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Escobar Chavez throws a looping overhand right but Basurto ducks down to avoid it.
Escobar Chavez fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Basurto checks it well.
Basurto throws out a counter right but Escobar Chavez avoids it with no problem.
Escobar Chavez lands a nice hook to Basurto's body. Basurto takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Basurto moves away from the strike by Escobar Chavez.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Escobar Chavez lands a head shot.
Nice uppercut there from Escobar Chavez.
Basurto dives in for a single leg takedown but Escobar Chavez sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Basurto takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Escobar Chavez misses with a body shot
and Basurto counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Basurto checks a leg kick.
Escobar Chavez misses the body punch
and Basurto counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Escobar Chavez misses with a hook.
Basurto looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Escobar Chavez scores with a decent looking hook.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Basurto takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Basurto might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.
Basurto slips a jab from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Escobar Chavez clobbers Basurto with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Nice cross by Escobar Chavez.
Jab, jab by Escobar Chavez - just one landing.
Good standup being displayed there by Escobar Chavez as he connects with a hook.
Escobar Chavez throws a series of punches but Basurto avoids them all with ease.
Good exchange - Escobar Chavez coming out on top.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ramon Escobar Chavez had his way with Lucas Basurto in that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. This is the final round!


Escobar Chavez on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Escobar Chavez misses with a straight right.
Escobar Chavez turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Escobar Chavez looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Basurto appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Escobar Chavez. Basurto does a little dance to reset his feet.
Basurto swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Escobar Chavez chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Basurto checks the leg kick nicely there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A jab from Escobar Chavez does it's job there.
Basurto fails miserably with a takedown attempt.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez throws a low kick but it's checked well by Basurto.
Basurto is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Basurto moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Escobar Chavez throws a leg kick that misses.
Basurto doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Escobar Chavez counters with a nice uppercut.
Basurto fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Escobar Chavez avoids it really well and circles away.
Escobar Chavez is looking to counter punch.
Ramon Escobar Chavez has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Lucas Basurto.
A big left from Escobar Chavez misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Basurto uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Escobar Chavez.
Escobar Chavez lands a leg kick that knocks Basurto off balance momentarily.
Escobar Chavez rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Basurto moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Escobar Chavez takes a swing at Basurto's ribcage but misses.
Escobar Chavez throws out a powerful jab.
Basurto takes one on the button.
Escobar Chavez tries to land a leg kick but Basurto saw it coming and moves away.
Basurto looks like he wants to counter punch here.
The fighters circling - Escobar Chavez throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Escobar Chavez jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Escobar Chavez misses with a straight right.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Escobar Chavez jabs at Basurto's body.
Escobar Chavez takes a swing at Basurto's ribcage but misses.
Basurto fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Escobar Chavez, right into the meat.

Basurto looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.

Basurto is working for a submission of some sort.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Basurto thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Escobar Chavez avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Basurto.
Basurto not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Lucas Basurto has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Basurto is looking to stall here but Escobar Chavez recovers full guard.
Escobar Chavez keeping full guard, as Basurto tries to pass.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Basurto stopping the sweep attempt from Escobar Chavez.

And that's the end of the fight!
Ramon Escobar Chavez showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Escobar Chavez, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 50:43
Judge Chris Edwards scores the fight 50:44
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 50:44

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Ramon Escobar Chavez!

Ramon Escobar Chavez retains his featherweight title!
During a confident post fight interview, Ramon Escobar Chavez thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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