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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Michael Cole (ranked 95 p4p, 16 weight class) and Ravi Shankoli (ranked 128 p4p, 19 weight class). Cole comes to the cage accompanied by I Won't Back Down. Shankoli has chosen Ravi Shankar - Om Shiva as his entrance music. Buckle up people - heeeeeeeeeere we go!

175 cm
27
200 lbs
19 - 6 - 0
187 cm
33
191 lbs
41 - 11 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Michael Cole!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 41 wins, 11 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Ravi Shankoli!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Frank Antenori and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Shankoli takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Cole tries to close the distance and clinch up but Shankoli swats him away and circles back towards the center.
A little jabbing left from Shankoli on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.

Cole shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Cole showed some decent athleticism there.
Cole wants to control but Shankoli is keeping him busy.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Cole connects with a nice short shot to Shankoli's temple.
Shankoli controlling the position well.
Cole prevents Shankoli from standing back up.
Shankoli is controlling Cole's trapped leg to prevent Cole from advancing to side control.
Cole looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Shankoli with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Cole 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.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shankoli is looking to improve his position.
Cole wants to take a breather but Shankoli is having none of it.
Shankoli is holding on to half guard well.
Cole thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Shankoli.
Cole lands a couple of digs.
Cole working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Cole throwing strikes but missing.
Cole landing with the ground and pound.
Shankoli seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Shankoli working a defensive guard here.
Cole controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Shankoli wants to stand and escape but Cole is having none of it.
Cole works over Shankoli with some ground and pound from guard.
Shankoli seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Shankoli trying to keep a closed guard but Cole is proving a slippery customer.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Shankoli has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Cole makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Cole working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Shankoli's head.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Shankoli holds on and takes a little breather.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Cole landing with the ground and pound.
Cole scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Cole postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Cole chips away with some ground and pound.
Shankoli seems keen to control Cole's posture.
We've been hearing that Cole has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cole throwing strikes but missing.
Shankoli not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Cole lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Cole controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Shankoli pulls Cole in close to prevent any damage.
Shankoli wants to stand but Cole is controlling the position.
Cole might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Cole with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.

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.
Cole makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Cole landing some decent shots from guard.
Cole wants to control from the top but Shankoli keeps moving.
Cole looking to pass the guard.
Shankoli looking to control.
Cole lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Cole keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Shankoli's head.
Cole being controlled here momentarily.
Cole working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Shankoli keeping full guard, as Cole tries to pass.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Shankoli is trying to keep Cole in close.
Shankoli controlling the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Cole throws a hook but Shankoli blocks it.
Shankoli stuffs the takedown.

Cole pushes Shankoli up against the cage in a clinch.
Cole tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Shankoli scores a nice knee to the body.
Shankoli lands a left hand.
Cole wants a takedown.
Cole is trying to maintain a safe position but Shankoli gets an underhook and turns Cole into the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shankoli is leaning against Cole and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.

Shankoli escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Cole throws a right and a left that Shankoli avoids nicely.
Cole takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shankoli throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
A right-left combo lands from Cole.
Cole throws out a leg kick but Shankoli moves out of range and Cole only half commits.
Cole throws a series of punches but Shankoli avoids them all with ease.
Shankoli throws out a counter right but Cole avoids it with no problem.
Shankoli avoids the body shot from Cole.
Shankoli takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Cole lands an overhand right.
Cole throws a leg kick
and Shankoli counters with an outside leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cole misses the body punch
enabling Shankoli to counter with a crisp jab.
Shankoli throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Cole counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Shankoli thinking.
Cole fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Shankoli manages to avoid it.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Shankoli throws a wild body kick that Cole sees coming a mile off.
Cole tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Shankoli manages to circle out of the way.
Shankoli swinging wildly here.
Cole is looking to counter the offense by Shankoli and move into the clinch.
Shankoli checks the leg kick.
Cole misses the jab.
Despite the aggression on Shankoli's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Cole shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Michael Cole. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cole throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

Cole clinches with his opponent.
Cole tries to throw a body punch but Shankoli avoids it by throwing Cole back against the cage.
Cole is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Cole goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Shankoli misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Cole misses with a body punch.
Cole misses with a body punch.
Shankoli can't break the clinch.
Cole drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Shankoli gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Cole tries to land a knee to the head but misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Shankoli on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Shankoli looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Shankoli lands a left hand that snaps the head of Cole backwards.
Cole misses with a punch to the body.
Cole misses with a body punch.
Cole is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Shankoli is defending well for now.
Cole tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Cole fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Shankoli blocks an uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Shankoli.
Shankoli being controlled against the cage.
Cole digs a right hand underneath Shankoli's ribcage. Shankoli let out a lung full of air as it connected.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Michael Cole dominated that second round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Shankoli avoids the body shot from Cole.
Shankoli throws out a counter right but Cole avoids it with no problem.
Nice body punch from Cole.
Cole ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Shankoli bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
Cole is looking to wear down Shankoli with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.

Cole clinches.
Cole misses with a punch on the inside.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shankoli throws a punch but it's blocked by Cole.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Shankoli.
Cole blocks a body shot from Shankoli.
Cole lands a left hand.
Cole throws a head punch that misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cole has Shankoli pressed against the cage, preventing Shankoli from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Cole stalling.
Cole misses with a punch to the body.
Shankoli takes a shot to the head.
Cole struggles to land a body shot inside as Shankoli controls his hands.
Shankoli blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

Shankoli manages to break the clinch.
Cole wants to clinch up but Shankoli keeps it at a distance.
Shankoli throws a wild combination but nothing lands.

Cole fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Shankoli, pushing him back against the cage.
Cole is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Shankoli can do to turn this around?
Cole scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Cole is working for takedown but Shankoli is calmly controlling the position for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cole struggles to land a body shot inside as Shankoli controls his hands.
Michael Cole has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Cole tries a body shot but Shankoli blocks it.
Ravi Shankoli has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Cole lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Shankoli tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Cole is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Shankoli gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Cole throws a head punch that misses.
Cole takes a shot to the head.
Cole looking to throw knees to the head but Shankoli is blocking nicely.
Shankoli lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Cole backwards.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A bit of stalling here from Cole.
Shankoli has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Cole is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Michael Cole. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Shankoli escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Cole dodges the punch combination from Shankoli.
Cole wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A combination from Cole does no damage.
Cole feints a jab promting Shankoli to slip. Cole then demonstrates his capabilities by jabbing again. Shankoli slips again and ducks right into an uppercut.
Cole shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Shankoli defends it nicely.
Cole is looking to score with low kicks.
Shankoli is loading up here, looking for a big counter of his own.
Cole throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Shankoli sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Shankoli throws out a leg kick but Cole moves out of range and Shankoli only half commits.
Cole is looking to counter the offense by Shankoli and move into the clinch.
Cole throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Shankoli now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Ravi Shankoli is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Cole tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Shankoli manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Shankoli throws out a counter right but Cole avoids it with no problem.
Cole misses the body punch
and Shankoli counters with a low kick, right behind Cole 's knee.
Shankoli delivers a nice body kick.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Cole avoids a punch combination nicely.
Michael Cole is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Cole throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped

and Shankoli counters with a head kick that drops Cole to the mat! Cole scrambles across the canvas and gets back to his feet, still wobbly!

Cole is rocked!

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Michael Cole.
Well Cole has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 30:27
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 30:27
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Michael Cole!

An out of breath and clearly excited Michael Cole thanked MayheM sportswear for their help and support (and free stuff they sent him).
Ravi Shankoli was interviewed post fight and said 'I believe he forgotten shower for a week or something, I gagged on my own vomit and never could get it back together again. Take a shower you filthy bastard!'.
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