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HFC 114: Curran vs Tsuruta PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Randy Curran (ranked 35 p4p, 4 weight class) and Tomomi Tsuruta (ranked 1039 p4p, 126 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Randy Curran!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Tomomi Tsuruta!
The judges for this bout are Ivan Kurochkin, Aleksandr Martynov and Konstantin Menshow.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
The fighters circle momentarily. Tsuruta darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.

It looks like Randy Curran has been cut.

Tsuruta looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
Tsuruta prevents Curran from improving his position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Tsuruta trying to control the action but Curran is working from the bottom.
Curran is trying to control but can't.
Curran is staying active underneath Tsuruta, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Curran is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Tsuruta thows a huge punch but Curran dodges it nicely.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Tsuruta missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Curran's coaches at Hey Steves Fight Shack have been working on his defensive grappling in preparation for this fight so let's see if he can get out of this tricky position.
Tsuruta thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Tsuruta working the head and body with strikes.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Curran wants to improve his position but Tsuruta is controlling well.
Tsuruta wants to lay and pray for a moment but Curran keeps working.
Curran is trying to maintain the position but Tsuruta is very close to passing his half guard.
My spies in Pride inform me that Tsuruta has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!

That's two 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.

Curran kicks Tsuruta off and gets back to his feet.

Tsuruta shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Let's see what he's got on the mat.
Tsuruta looking to sit in guard and control but Curran gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Tsuruta has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Curran slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Tsuruta is trying to control the position but Curran postures up.
Tsuruta is looking to stand up but Curran isn't so interested in that idea.
Curran is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tsuruta 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.
Curran wants to pass the guard but Tsuruta is keeping the position.
Curran is stalling in the full guard.
Tsuruta is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Curran has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Tsuruta keeping moving, preventing Curran from controlling successfully.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Curran misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Tsuruta.
Curran fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Tsuruta.

Curran lands a big head kick that sends Tsuruta tumbling to the mat! Curran takes a step backwards and waves Tsuruta back to his feet - he wants the finish!

It looks like Tomomi Tsuruta has been cut.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Curran enables Tsuruta to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Curran manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
Curran seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Tsuruta is in close to Curran's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Curran is pulling down on Tsuruta's head to control his posture.
Tsuruta throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

Randy Curran dominated that round.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Tsuruta bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Tsuruta unleashes a big counter combination but Curran bobs and weaves and avoids any damage.
Tsuruta connects with a right hand. Curran shakes it off.
Tsuruta is looking to clinch but Curran is avoiding it.
Curran is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
A solid body kick from Curran.
Tsuruta rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Curran counters with a nice uppercut.
Curran throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Curran scores with a kick to the midsection.
Curran looks for the body kick but Tsuruta saw that one coming.
Tsuruta uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Curran.

Tsuruta gets the takedown into side control.

Curran throws Tsuruta to one side and escapes!
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Curran scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Tsuruta tries to close the distance and clinch up but Curran swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Tsuruta avoids a kick to the body.
Curran is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Tsuruta can do to turn this around?

That's one minute gone in the round.
Curran throws a lazy uppercut
and Tsuruta counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Curran throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Curran just misses with a punch to the body.

Tsuruta fakes an overhand right and shoots for a takedown. Curran sprawls well initially but Tsuruta persists and gets the takedown into half guard.

Curran makes some distance and scrambles quickly back to his feet. Nice work!

Tsuruta fakes an overhand right and shoots for a takedown. Curran sprawls well initially but Tsuruta persists and gets the takedown into half guard.
Curran pushes Tsuruta off but Tsuruta dives into side control.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Tsuruta thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Curran tries to bench press Tsuruta off him but Tsuruta keeps the position.
Curran wants to control but Tsuruta postures up.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Curran is looking for a sweep.
Curran wants to control but Tsuruta postures up.
Curran is in a bad position, trying to hold on for dear life but he is really struggling to maintain any sort of control.

Tsuruta wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Curran, who protects the arm well.
Curran takes a big shot right to the temple there but he's taken it well.
Curran tries to improve position but can't.
Tsuruta working the ground and pound.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tsuruta working the head with strikes.

Tsuruta is trying to get an arm triangle but Curran is defending well.
Curran struggling a bit here.

Tsuruta is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Curran is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Tsuruta is looking to take a break and control but Curran is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Tomomi Tsuruta has got the better of the ground game so far.
Curran can't do much from the bottom here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Tsuruta tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
Curran trying to remain calm as Tsuruta controls from the top position.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Curran tries to buck Tsuruta off but Tsuruta is having none of it.
Tsuruta tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
Tsuruta creates some space and throws a big elbow, but Curran sees it coming and moves his head just enough to avoid the strike.
Curran can't do much from the bottom here.
Tsuruta looks up at the clock and then as Curran takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Tsuruta smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Curran is looking for a sweep.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Randy Curran will probably get the nod.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Curran is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Tsuruta.
Curran throws a jab but it's blocked by Tsuruta.
Tsuruta is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Left hook, right uppercut from Tsuruta.
Curran looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Tsuruta avoids the body shot from Curran.
Curran tries to land a front kick but Tsuruta steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Curran circles away from the clinch attempt
and Curran counters with a left to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Tsuruta avoids a kick to the body.

Tsuruta closes the distance and clinches.
Tsuruta throws a punch but it's blocked by Curran.
Curran misses with a punch to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Curran tries to work over Tsuruta's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Curran tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.

Tsuruta has double underhooks and is working for a body lock takedown. He's got it. The fighters land in half guard but Curran regains guard immediately.

Curran has managed to wall walk up one of the corner posts to get back to his feet. Tsuruta is pushing him up against the cage, looking to control the position.
Tsuruta lands with a right to the head.
Curran tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Curran doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Curran takes a shot to the head.
Nice body punch from Curran - that landed with a thud.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Curran.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Curran doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Tsuruta working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.

Tsuruta is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Curran can't fight it off and eventually Tsuruta manages to take the fight to the floor. Curran looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Tsuruta trying to control the position from guard on top but Curran is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Curran manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Tsuruta manages to get himself to full guard.

Tsuruta not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Tsuruta wants to stand but Curran is controlling the position.
Curran wants to control from the top but Tsuruta keeps moving.
Curran showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tsuruta is trying to keep Curran in close.
Curran showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Curran looking to sit in guard and control but Tsuruta gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Tsuruta slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The strikes coming from Tsuruta are missing the target in this wave of attacks.
Tsuruta controls the position.
The strikes coming from Tsuruta are missing the target in this wave of attacks.
Curran parries the strikes from Tsuruta easily there. Tsuruta is wary of posturing up too much because it might enable Curran to escape.
Curran keeping his opponent close.
Tsuruta wants to lay and pray for a moment but Curran keeps working.
Curran regains half guard.
Curran avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Tsuruta.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Tomomi Tsuruta just about did enough to take it.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Tsuruta takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Curran misses the shot to the body.
Tsuruta swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.

Curran rushes Tsuruta and presses him up against the cage.
Tsuruta scores with an uppercut up the middle.

Tsuruta breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Curran showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Tsuruta.
Curran throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Tsuruta.
Tsuruta tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Curran lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.

Tsuruta closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Tsuruta lands in his opponent's guard.
Tsuruta stopping the sweep attempt from Curran.
Tsuruta connects with a couple of short punches.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Curran is adopting a defensive guard.
Curran controls Tsuruta momentarily but Tsuruta frees himself.
Curran controlling the position.
Curran's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Curran wants to sweep here but Tsuruta controlling him for the moment.
Tsuruta is looking to work some ground and pound but Curran has wrist control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Tsuruta throws a big elbow that misses.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Curran misses with a shot to the body
and Tsuruta counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Curran tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Tsuruta was well out of range. Poor timing from Curran.
Curran gets off balance looking for a body kick
and Curran takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

Tsuruta fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Curran to the ground. Tsuruta is now in Curran's guard.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Tsuruta is looking to work some ground and pound but Curran has wrist control.
Tsuruta postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Curran is pulling down on Tsuruta's head. It's preventing any offense from Tsuruta, at least for the moment.
Tsuruta throwing strikes from guard but Curran blocks nicely.

Tsuruta stands up from guard. Let's bang!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Curran takes a punch to the jaw and another one to the bread basket.
Curran pulls out of a head kick attempt.

Tsuruta clinches.
Tsuruta tries a body shot but Curran blocks it.

Tsuruta breaks the clinch.
Curran connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Curran misses with a head kick.

Curran gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Tsuruta to score an easy takedown into full guard.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Tsuruta accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Tsuruta pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Curran is keeping the position for now.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tsuruta being controlled here momentarily.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Tsuruta accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Tsuruta works over Curran with some ground and pound from guard.
Tsuruta wants to control from the top but Curran keeps moving.
Curran is trying to keep Tsuruta in close.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Curran is on top in guard.

Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Curran is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

Tomomi Tsuruta dominated that fourth round.
Both fighters have cut men working on them during the interval.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


A cross from Curran lands.

Tsuruta closes the distance and pushes Curran back into the cage.
Curran misses with a short punch on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Curran.

Tsuruta escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Curran cracks the inside of Tsuruta's front leg.
Curran avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Curran jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.
Curran scores with a jab to the body.
Curran wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.

Curran clinches up against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Tsuruta breaks from the clinch.
Curran misses the jab.
A decent looking body kick lands there for Curran.
Curran throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Tsuruta is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?

That's one minute gone in the round.
Curran smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Curran moves into range and connects with a jab.
Tsuruta on the wrong end of a kick to the body.
Good standup being displayed there by Curran as he connects with a hook.
Curran connects with a solid leg kick.
Tsuruta keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

Curran gets tackled into the cage by Tsuruta. Tsuruta maintains the clinch.
Curran blocks an uppercut.

Tsuruta breaks the clinch.
Tsuruta needs to keep his hands up - Curran had a free shot at his head there.
Tsuruta moves out of range of the body kick.
Curran avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Curran lands a glancing blow to the side of Tsuruta's head.

Tsuruta is rocked!
This has been an exciting period of action!

Tsuruta rushes Curran and presses him up against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Curran tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Curran misses with a shot to the kidneys.

Tsuruta breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Tsuruta checks a leg kick.

Tsuruta drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.

Curran throws his opponent off and manages to get back to his feet! Nicely done!
Tsuruta steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Curran.
Curran throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

Tsuruta closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Curran quickly recovers to half guard.
Tsuruta missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Tsuruta wants to lay and pray for a moment but Curran keeps working.
Curran holds on for dear life, maintaining half guard for now.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Curran keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Curran wants to get back to his feet.
Tsuruta prevents Curran from improving his position.
Tsuruta wants to lay and pray for a moment but Curran keeps working.
Curran trying to control but Tsuruta postures up.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Curran throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Tsuruta appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.

Tsuruta shoots in and bounces Curran off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.
Tsuruta is looking to pass into half guard but Curran pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Curran is in guard.


That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tsuruta working a defensive guard here.
Tsuruta trying to control the position here.
Tsuruta's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.

And that's the end of the fight!
Randy Curran showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Curran has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. 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 Ivan Kurochkin scores the fight 48:47
Judge Aleksandr Martynov scores the fight 48:47
Judge Konstantin Menshow scores the fight 48:47

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Randy Curran!

Randy Curran retains his heavyweight title!
Randy Curran decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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