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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Vinny Hopkins (ranked 27 p4p, 4 weight class) and Manny Machado (ranked 258 p4p, 34 weight class). Hopkins's entrance music is Manny Pacquiao - Lalaban Ako . A fine choice. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 36 wins, 20 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Vinny Hopkins!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 16 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Manny Machado!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Matti Vanhoillinen and Roosa Järviläinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Machado lands a nice leg kick that just misses Hopkins's sensitive parts.
Machado has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.
Hopkins takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.

Hopkins has managed to clinch.

Machado manages to break the clinch.
Hopkins throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hopkins connects with a jab.
Hopkins misses with a looping left.
Machado wants to counter with a clinch but Hopkins pushes him away.

Machado moves into the clinch.
Machado taking a breather.
Hopkins blocking some punches.
Hopkins blocks an uppercut.
A body shot lands from Hopkins.
Hopkins scores with an uppercut up the middle.

Hopkins pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Hopkins wants to clinch up but Machado keeps it at a distance.
Hopkins is looking to clinch but Machado is avoiding it.
Vinny Hopkins seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Hopkins fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Machado has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Hopkins throws out a loose jab but Machado uses good head movement to avoid it.
Machado uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Hopkins.
Machado appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Machado gets tackled into the cage by Hopkins. Hopkins maintains the clinch.
Machado fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Hopkins digs a right hand underneath Machado's ribcage. Machado let out a lung full of air as it connected.

Hopkins breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Machado takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Hopkins uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Machado.
Hopkins lands a jab.
Hopkins scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Hopkins lands a slapping body shot.
Machado gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Machado uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Hopkins.
Machado avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Hopkins scores with a sloppy right hand. Machado should have avoided that one.
Hopkins connects with a single shot there.
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!
Hopkins tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Machado was well out of range. Poor timing from Hopkins.
Machado throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Hopkins throws an off balance right hand
enabling Machado to counter with a crisp jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins throws a leg kick but Machado moved away.
Hopkins staying out of range there.
Machado looks to score with a jab to the body but Hopkins is just out of range.
Machado keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Machado steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Hopkins.
Hopkins is looking light on his feet compared to last time was saw him fight.
Machado uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Hopkins.
A telegraphed right hand from Hopkins misses the target.
Hopkins misses with a straight right.
Machado connects with a crisp jab.

Hopkins instigates a clinch.
Machado misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hopkins lands a shot to the body.
A nice left hand lands by Machado.
Hopkins throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Machado misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hopkins lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Machado.
Hopkins manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Hopkins creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.

Hopkins breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Hopkins works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Machado avoids the body shot from Hopkins.
Machado appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Hopkins tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Machado is able to avoid easily.
Hopkins throws a hook but Machado avoids it easily.
Machado displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Hopkins throws out the jab.
Hopkins lands with a thumping leg kick.
Hopkins thows a left - swing and a miss!
Machado 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.
Hopkins on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Machado uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Hopkins.
Machado looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Machado throws a body shot but no joy.
Machado throws a shot from downtown. Hopkins moves away and avoids it.
Hopkins feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Hopkins throws a jab but it's blocked by Machado.
Machado looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Machado works the jab nicely.
Machado ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Hopkins moves away.
A swing and a miss from Hopkins.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Hopkins takes a swing at Machado's ribcage but misses.
Machado lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Machado misses with a low kick.
Machado throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

Machado gets a clinch.
Hopkins lands a nice uppercut.
Hopkins blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Hopkins can't find room to land a body shot as Machado controls the action.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Machado.
Machado lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Hopkins blocks an uppercut.
Machado misses with some punches.
Hopkins misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hopkins misses with some punches.
Machado looking to stall.
Hopkins tries to throw a body punch but Machado avoids it by throwing Hopkins back against the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vinny Hopkins dominated that round.
That's time! Hopkins's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Machado walks into a straight right hand from Hopkins.

Hopkins moves into the clinch.
Machado has a couple of punches blocked by Hopkins.
Hopkins has a couple of punches blocked by Machado.
Machado misses with a hook from the clinch.
Hopkins lands a hook to the side of the head.
Machado throws a head punch that misses.
Machado blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Vinny Hopkins has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Machado swings away with an uppercut that misses.
The referee calls for Machado to work.
Hopkins has a couple of punches blocked by Machado.
Hopkins lands a body shot in the clinch.
Hopkins throws a head punch that misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Machado lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

Hopkins's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Hopkins tries to close the distance and clinch up but Machado swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Hopkins cracks Machado with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Machado fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Hopkins looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Hopkins keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hopkins connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Machado momentarily.
Sloppy strikes from Machado. Those never looked like landing.
Hopkins thows a left - swing and a miss!
Machado feints a counter leg kick.
Hopkins keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Machado.
Machado takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Hopkins is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Machado can do to turn this around?
Hopkins misses with a hook.
Hopkins throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Machado sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Hopkins slips a jab from Machado.
Machado takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Hopkins looks to score with a jab to the body but Machado is just out of range.
Machado throws a hook but Hopkins blocks it.
Machado misses with a shot to the body
enabling Hopkins to counter with a crisp jab.
Hopkins cracks Machado with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.

Machado has Hopkins up against the cage in a clinch.
Machado swings away with an uppercut that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
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!
Machado doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Machado looking to stall.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Hopkins keeps the fight in the clinch, despite Machado's efforts to push away.
Machado working aggressively here.
Hopkins lands with a left to the head.
Hopkins working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Machado working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Hopkins misses with the head strike.
Nice body punch from Hopkins - that landed with a thud.
Hopkins blocks an uppercut.
Machado prevents a body shot from Hopkins.
Hopkins prevents a body shot from Machado.
Machado presses Hopkins against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.

Hopkins escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Machado throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Machado takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Hopkins misses with a hook. Machado ducked under it nicely.
Hopkins throws a hook to the side of Machado's head but Machado sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Machado defending well as Hopkins loads up on a big left hand.
Vinny Hopkins is winning the standup battle so far.
Hopkins's jab looks to have found its range, popping Machado under the eye.
Hopkins doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Hopkins darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Machado misses with the combination.
Hopkins thuds his right hand into Machado's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Hopkins with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Machado connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Machado throws a push kick but Hopkins slaps the foot to one side.
Hopkins is looking to counter punch.
Hopkins throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
A little jabbing left from Machado on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins throws a right hand that misses
and Machado counters with a low kick, right behind Hopkins 's knee.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Machado throws the left hand but Hopkins avoids the punch easily.
Machado connects with a looping right hand.
Nice defenses there by Machado.
Machado let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Hopkins ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Machado moves away.
Hopkins takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Machado takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Nice cross by Hopkins.
Machado lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Hopkins at a distance.
Machado moves out of range of the strikes.
Hopkins connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Hopkins looks to land a right hand but Machado moved out of range.
Machado scores with a hook to the body. Hopkins takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Machado slips under a jab.
The fight stays on the outside here - Hopkins looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vinny Hopkins dominated that second round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Machado misses with a body shot.
Hopkins misses with an uppercut. Machado saw that one coming.
Hopkins throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Hopkins throws a looping overhand right but Machado ducks down to avoid it.
Hopkins throws a poor cross that misses
and Machado counters with a left to the body.
Hopkins cracks Machado with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Machado tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Hopkins paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Hopkins was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Hopkins checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Hopkins throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Machado moves out of range of the strikes.
Machado appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
A swing and a miss from Hopkins.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Machado takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Machado misses with a wild body shot.
Machado jabs Hopkins to the body, keeping him at a distance.
The fight stays on the outside here - Hopkins looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hopkins tries to work over Machado's front leg with a kick but Machado checks it.
Machado throws a body shot but no joy.
Machado ducks right into an uppercut from Hopkins.
Hopkins throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Machado takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Machado misses with a wild body shot.
Machado looks to score with a jab to the body but Hopkins is just out of range.
A little feinted left hand from Hopkins on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Hopkins connects with a body shot that sends Machado's belly button to the back.
Machado throws a front kick aimed at Hopkins's knee but Hopkins avoids it well.
Hopkins throws a hook but Machado blocks it.
Machado is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Hopkins rather than just go for the knockout.
Hopkins uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Machado.
Hopkins stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Machado swinging wildly here.
Hopkins misses with a hook
and Machado counters with a stiff right hand.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A jab from Hopkins does it's job there.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Hopkins throws a hook but Machado avoids it easily.
Machado swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Machado slips a jab from Hopkins.
Hopkins lands three nice shots there - that looked like it hurt!
Machado 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.
Hopkins throws an overhand right that lands on Machado's shoulder, as Machado tries to avoid the shot.
Machado appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.

Machado moves into range and clinches up with Hopkins.
Hopkins swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Machado missing with knees to the body.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Machado.
Machado tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Machado scores with a shoulder strike.
Hopkins lands a body punch in the clinch.
Machado blocks a punch to the side of the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Hopkins.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Machado.
Machado blocks a punch to the side of the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Machado wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Machado has a couple of punches blocked by Hopkins.
Machado misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Machado taking a breather.
Hopkins working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Hopkins lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Machado misses with a punch to the body.
Good body shot from Hopkins.
Hopkins lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Machado backwards.
Machado is trying to break the clinch but Hopkins is controlling him.
Hopkins pushes Machado back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Hopkins scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Machado lands a body punch.
Hopkins lands a nice uppercut.
Hopkins lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Machado throws a punch but it's blocked by Hopkins.

Hopkins's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Hopkins throws a body shot but no joy.
Hopkins throws a chopping leg kick but Machado manages to avoid taking any serious damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A nice leg kick lands there from Hopkins.
Machado throws a body shot but no joy.
Hopkins is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
A decent looking cross lands there for Hopkins.
Machado has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Hopkins throws a lazy uppercut
and Machado counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Machado closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Hopkins throws a hook to the side of Machado's head but Machado sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Hopkins fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Machado checks it well.
A swing and a miss from Hopkins.
Machado tries to move into range but Hopkins moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Machado is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Hopkins throws a front kick aimed at Machado's knee but Machado avoids it well.
Hopkins looks to throw the jab but Machado is out of range.
Machado swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Hopkins scores with a hook.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vinny Hopkins clearly takes that round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Hopkins swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Machado.
Hopkins listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
An inside leg kick lands from Hopkins.
Machado drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Hopkins misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Machado.
Hopkins fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Hopkins lands a head shot.
Hopkins misses with an uppercut. Machado saw that one coming.
Hopkins misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Machado.
Hopkins is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Machado.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Hopkins closes the distance and pushes Machado back into the cage.
Machado misses with a short punch on the inside.
Machado tries to throw a body punch but Hopkins avoids it by throwing Machado back against the cage.
Machado trying to control the position but instead, Hopkins has worked for underhooks and has pushed Machado into the cage.
Machado scores with a shot to the side of Hopkins's head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Machado looking to throw knees to the head but Hopkins is blocking nicely.
Machado scores with a knee to the head.
Hopkins misses with a punch on the inside.
Machado tries to land knees in the clinch but Hopkins avoids the damage to the body.
Machado blocking some punches.
Hopkins tries to stall but Machado uses the opportunity to gain a better position.

Hopkins manages to break the clinch.
Hopkins thuds his right hand into Machado's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Machado displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Hopkins throws out the jab.
Hopkins misses with a wild body shot.
Machado misses with a looping right.
Hopkins was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Machado throws a big shot that misses.
Hopkins throws a lazy right hand but Machado sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Machado moves out of range of the strikes.
Machado just misses with a punch to the body.
Hopkins wants to clinch
and Machado counters with a lovely straight right hand!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Machado ducks under a wild hook from Hopkins.
Hopkins moves away from the strike by Machado.
Hopkins is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Hopkins slips under a jab from Machado.
Hopkins listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
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!
Machado looks to score with a jab to the body but Hopkins is just out of range.
It looked like Hopkins wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Hopkins misses with a looping left.
Hopkins throws a hook but Machado avoids it easily.
Hopkins throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
A decent looking cross lands there for Hopkins.
Hopkins throws a body punch but Machado moves out of range.
Machado takes a jab right on the kisser.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Machado walks into a stiff left hand from Hopkins.
Hopkins misses with a body shot
and Hopkins takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Machado looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Hopkins slips under a jab.
Hopkins tries to land a leg kick but Machado saw it coming and moves away.

Machado gets tackled into the cage by Hopkins. Hopkins maintains the clinch.
Hopkins blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Hopkins taking a breather.
Hopkins lands a shoulder strike.
Machado tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Machado throws a head punch that misses.
Hopkins misses with a hook from the clinch.
Machado is trying to force a seperation but Hopkins has the dominant position.
Machado prevents a body shot from Hopkins.
A nice right hand lands inside from Hopkins.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nice body punch from Hopkins - that landed with a thud.
Hopkins lands an uppercut.
A nice left hand lands by Hopkins.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Machado gets through Hopkins's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Hopkins lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Machado backwards.
Hopkins fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Hopkins throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Machados head.
Machado looking to stall.
Machado can't find room to land a body shot as Hopkins controls the action.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Hopkins.
Hopkins lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Machado backwards.
Machado has a couple of punches blocked by Hopkins.
Machado scores with a nice hook to the head.
Hopkins lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Machado.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Machado tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Hopkins lands a left hand that snaps the head of Machado backwards.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vinny Hopkins had his way with Manny Machado 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. Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!


Hopkins will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Hopkins tried to score with a low kick but Machado checks it.
Hopkins lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Hopkins fails with an attempt to clinch.
Hopkins rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Machado connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Hopkins throws a nice inside leg kick.

Machado instigates a clinch.
A short uppercut from Hopkins.
Hopkins can't find room to land a body shot as Machado controls the action.
Machado blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

Hopkins pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hopkins scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Hopkins lands a jab to the head.
Hopkins throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Machado misses with a jab to the body
and Hopkins makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Hopkins throws a looping overhand right but Machado ducks down to avoid it.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Machado! But no joy.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hopkins tries a low kick but Machado avoids it.
Hopkins pivots, looking for a leg kick but Machado is out of range and Hopkins settles back down.
Machado throws a leg kick but Hopkins checks it.
Machado throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Hopkins throws a jab when Machado was well out of range.
Machado staying out of range there.
Machado let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Hopkins throws a lazy right hand but Machado sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Machado blocks a jab.
Machado uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Hopkins.
Machado scores with a sloppy right hand. Hopkins should have avoided that one.
Hopkins swats away the attempt to clinch by Machado.
Hopkins throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Machado lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A big right from Machado misses.
Machado swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Machado throws a body punch but Hopkins moves out of range.
Hopkins is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Machado.
Hopkins cracks Machado with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Hopkins lands a lovely overhand right.
Hopkins throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Hopkins digs a good body shot into Machado's ribs.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Hopkins throws a right hand that misses
and Machado counters with a nice uppercut.
Machado uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Hopkins.
Machado is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Machado's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Hopkins misses with an uppercut.
Hopkins takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
A big right from Hopkins misses.
Vinny Hopkins is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Machado lands a nice looking body shot.

Machado rushes Hopkins and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Machado tries to work over Hopkins's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Machado lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Machado throws a head punch that misses.
Machado misses with a punch on the inside.
Machado tries to break free but Hopkins pushes him back against the cage.
Machado displaying some good clinch control by pressing Hopkins up against the cage.
Machado misses with a punch on the inside.
Manny Machado has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Hopkins makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Machado throws a head punch that misses.
Hopkins throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hopkins swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Machado tries to break the clinch but Hopkins is controlling the position.
Hopkins pushes Machado back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Machado misses with a body punch.

Hopkins escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Machado throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Hopkins misses with a body shot.

Hopkins moves into the clinch.
A head punch on the inside from Hopkins fails to land.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Machado fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Hopkins.
Machado struggles to land a body shot inside as Hopkins controls his hands.
Machado swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Machado lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

And that's the end of the fight!
Vinny Hopkins showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Hopkins 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Tarja Halkonen scores the fight 50:45
Judge Matti Vanhoillinen scores the fight 50:45
Judge Roosa Järviläinen scores the fight 50:45

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Vinny Hopkins!

Vinny Hopkins retains his lightweight title!
Vinny Hopkins seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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