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HFC 114: Curran vs Tsuruta PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Ronald Rousey (ranked 2484 p4p, 262 weight class) and Riza Rakija (ranked 2619 p4p, 266 weight class). Rousey comes to the cage accompanied by Creepy Jackalope Eye by Supersuckers. The crowd seem to be enjoying Rakija's choice of entrance music: Rakija. Riza Rakija is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples.

175 cm
36
166 lbs
24 - 26 - 1
174 cm
32
167 lbs
13 - 12 - 1
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
KO power
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 26 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Ronald Rousey!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 12 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Riza Rakija!
The judges for this bout are Aleksei Zolotukhin, Igor Prikhodko and Konstantin Menshow.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Rousey throws a hook to the side of Rakija's head but Rakija sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Rousey keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Rakija dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Rousey's corner calls for a 1-2. Rousey obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Rakija showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Rousey.

Rousey closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Rakija quickly recovers to half guard.

Rousey is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Rousey prevents Rakija from improving his position.

Rousey is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Rakija controlling the position well.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rakija is staying active underneath Rousey, who seems content to just control the action from this position.

Rousey is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Rakija has managed to free his arm - good work.
Rakija keeps control of the position for the meantime.

Rousey is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Rakija has his hands clasped together around Rousey's back. He's all about the action.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Rakija is trying to control but can't.
Rakija is trying to control but Rousey manages to pass to mount!
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Rousey can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Rakija is looking to escape.
Rakija working to try and regain half guard.
Rakija tries to lock up and control but Rousey gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Rakija is trying desperately to improve position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rakija tries to hold on but Rousey postures up.

Rousey looking to secure an arm triangle but Rakija defends it well.
Rousey punishing his opponent with strikes.
Rousey avoids the attempt from Rakija to control.
A nice elbow there by Rousey.
We've been hearing good reports from Rousey'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.
Rousey looking to control but Rakija is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Rakija doing his best to control the position. Can he escape?

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rakija wants to hold on but Rousey pushes him away.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Rakija keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Rakija keeps trying to improve his position.

Rakija defends a decent attempt at a guillotine from Rousey.
Rousey prevents Rakija from getting the reversal.
Rakija tries to hold on but Rousey pushes him away.
Rakija can't escape the position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Rakija wants to control but Rousey is having none of it.

Rousey has hold of Rakija's left arm, perhaps looking for a submission. The two fighters tussle over control of the isolated limb and Rakija manages to get his arm back to his side and away from danger.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ronald Rousey dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Rousey with a hook.
Rousey is looking to chop away at Rakija's legs.
Rakija is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Rakija scores with a kick to the midsection.
Rakija tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Rousey half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Rousey fails to land the takedown.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rakija misses with a hook
and Rousey counters with a straight right hand.
A slapping leg kick lands for Rakija.
A nice leg kick lands there from Rakija.
Rousey scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rakija displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Rousey throws out the jab.
Good leg kick by Rousey there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Rakija with a hook.

Rakija gets taken down but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Our spies down at at Hellfire Antechamber inform us that Rakija has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?
Rousey throws an elbow that misses. Rakija uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Rousey's guard. Nice move by Rakija!

Rakija trying to control the position from guard on top but Rousey is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Rousey is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Rakija defends well.

Rakija drops back, looking for a kneebar! Rousey looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Rousey looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Rousey!


That's two minutes gone in the round.
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Rakija can't do much from the bottom here.
Rousey is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Rakija can do to turn this around?

Rousey thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Rousey advances to full mount.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rousey lands with some strikes.
Rakija is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Rakija keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
A nice elbow there by Rousey.
Rakija wants to control but Rousey is having none of it.
Rakija is working to get back to half guard.
Rousey pausing momentarily but resumes with a couple of decent strikes that do a bit of damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Rousey has hold of Rakija's left arm, perhaps looking for a submission. The two fighters tussle over control of the isolated limb and Rakija manages to get his arm back to his side and away from danger.
Rakija tries to hold on but Rousey pushes him away.
Rakija is desperately trying to improve his position but Rousey has a good base and remains in mount.
Rousey putting on the heat here with some good ground and pound!
Rakija gets back to half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Rakija wants to get back to full guard.
Ronald Rousey overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Rousey sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Rakija defending well though.
Rakija is trying to control but can't.

Rousey is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ronald Rousey dominated that second 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!


Rakija bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Rakija tries to work over Rousey's front leg with a kick but Rousey checks it.
Rousey shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Rakija defends it nicely.
Rousey fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Rakija avoids it really well and circles away.
Rousey moves away from the strike by Rakija.
Rousey throws a left and a right that both miss
and Rakija counters with an inside leg kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rousey cracks a nice hook into Rakija's ribs.
Rousey swinging wildly here.
Rousey throws a head kick that misses
and Rakija counters with an inside leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rousey shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Rakija counters with a good low kick that Rousey was not able to check.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Ronald Rousey. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Rakija is looking to slow Rousey down with leg kicks.
Rakija looks to land a body kick but Rousey moved away.
Rousey throws a poor cross that misses
and Rakija counters with a straight right hand.
Rakija paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
A head kick misses from Rousey.
Rousey avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Rakija finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Rousey feinted there with a counter leg kick.
A decent looking cross lands there for Rakija.
Ronald Rousey seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Rakija throws a leg kick which misses Rousey's front leg but catches the back leg as Rousey tries to avoid it.
Ronald Rousey is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Rakija leaves Rousey with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Rakija fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Rousey has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Riza Rakija has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Ronald Rousey is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Rakija has closed the distance and engaged Rousey in a clinch.
Rousey tries to break the clinch but Rakija is controlling the position.
Rakija goes for a takedown attempt but Rousey pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.

Rakija bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Rakija trying to control the position but Rousey is working away.
Rousey tries to improve position but can't.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Rakija is working to tighten his grip on Rousey's neck. He's isolated an arm and is working for an arm triangle. Rousey has recognised the danger and is trying to turn with the submission but Rakija is really squeezing tight and eventually Rousey passes out! Rakija breaks the hold and jumps onto the cage to celebrate! Submission of the night, I'd say!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:29 of round 3, we have a winner by way of Submission (Arm Triangle). Riza Rakija!
A very excited looking Riza Rakija made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
Ronald Rousey was interviewed post fight and said 'My hat's off to my opponent. He fought a great fight and won fair and square. I'm glad we were able to put on an exciting fight for you fans. Give it up, people!'.
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