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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Leo Westlund and Vincenzo Nibali. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

181 cm
21
174 lbs
4 - 0 - 0
185 cm
21
186 lbs
6 - 2 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Dangerous knees
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Leo Westlund!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Vincenzo Nibali!
The judges for this bout are Anni Minnemäki, Marco Blurström and Johanna Lukiainen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Westlund throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Westlund scores with a jab to the body.
The fighters circling - Westlund throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Nibali looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Westlund misses with a body shot.
Westlund checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Sloppy strikes from Nibali. Those never looked like landing.
A jab from Nibali misses.
Nibali tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Westlund was well out of range. Poor timing from Nibali.
Nibali stuns Westlund with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Westlund 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.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Westlund with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Nibali is looking to chop away at Westlund's legs.
Nibali is looking to score with low kicks.
Westlund tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Nibali paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Nibali has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Westlund lands with a good body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Nibali tries to keep at a distance but Westlund has taken the fight into the clinch.
Westlund blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Nibali blocks a body shot from Westlund.
Westlund pushes Nibali back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Nibali looking to slow down the pace here.

Nibali breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Westlund just misses with a punch to the body.
Nibali fakes the leg kick and cracks Westlund in the body.
Westlund lands a really nice looking cross but Nibali seems unphased.
Nice cross by Westlund.
Westlund on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Nibali. Nibali obviously looking to wear him down.
Westlund throws an overhand right that lands on Nibali's shoulder, as Nibali tries to avoid the shot.
A jab from Nibali misses.
Westlund with a nice cross.
Nibali throws a leg kick but Westlund moved away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
A big left from Nibali misses.
Westlund swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Westlund walks into a jab.
Nibali smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
A thudding body kick lands there by Nibali!
Westlund looks to score with a jab to the body but Nibali is just out of range.
Nibali jabs Westlund to the body, keeping him at a distance.
A shot to the body from Westlund misses
and Nibali counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Westlund scores with a jab to the body.
Westlund ducks under a wild hook from Nibali.
Westlund cracks Nibali with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
A slow jab from Westlund misses its intended target.
Some bone on bone action there as Westlund checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Westlund lands with a straight right. Nibali didn't see that one coming.
Westlund steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Nibali.
A little feinted left hand from Westlund on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
A slow jab from Nibali misses its intended target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Westlund ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Nibali moves away.
Nibali throws an ugly left hook that misses

and Westlund counters into the clinch. Nicely done.
Nibali working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Westlund working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Nibali is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.
Nibali tries to throw a body punch but Westlund avoids it by throwing Nibali back against the cage.
Nibali fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Nibali working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Westlund blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

Nibali jumps into guard, dragging Westlund to the mat.
Nibali is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Nibali is pulling down on Westlund's head. It's preventing any offense from Westlund, at least for the moment.
Westlund passes Nibali's left leg - he's now in half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Westlund is trying to control the action in half guard but Nibali is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Westlund wants to pass the guard but Nibali is defending well.
Westlund performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Vincenzo Nibali will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Nibali scores with a jab to the jaw.
Jab by Westlund.
A big left from Nibali misses.
Nibali on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Vincenzo Nibali seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Nibali ducks under a wild hook from Westlund.
Nibali throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Westlund tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Nibali was well out of range. Poor timing from Westlund.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Westlund, as that shot connected.
Nibali misses with an attempted mid kick.
Westlund is trying to close the distance and clinch up, after that failed offence from Nibali.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nibali misses with an attempted mid kick.
Nibali walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Westlund checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Nibali swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Nibali throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nibali misses with a low kick.
Westlund looks to land a right hand but Nibali moved out of range.
Nibali looks to land a body kick but Westlund moved away.
Nibali throws a chopping leg kick but Westlund manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
A jab lands there for Nibali.
Good leg kick by Nibali there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Nibali scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Nibali walks into a stiff left hand from Westlund.
Westlund lands a nice shot to the body.
Westlund throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Nibali.
A left lands for Nibali.
Westlund throws a lazy right hand but Nibali sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Nibali! But no joy.
Westlund throws a body punch but Nibali moves out of range.
Nibali looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Westlund tests Nibali's chin there with a solid looking shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A slow jab from Nibali misses its intended target.
Nibali blocks a jab.
Nibali tries to land a leg kick but Westlund saw it coming and moves away.
A swing and a miss from Nibali.
Nibali throws a body shot but no joy.
Nibali throws a hook but Westlund blocks it.
Nibali ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Westlund moves away.
Westlund jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Westlund misses with a hook. Nibali ducked under it nicely.
Westlund scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Nibali tried to score with a low kick but Westlund checks it.

Nibali tries to keep at a distance but Westlund has taken the fight into the clinch.
Westlund is working Nibali over against the cage.
Nibali tries to break the clinch but Westlund is controlling the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nibali misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Westlund.
A short right from Westlund on the inside.
Westlund misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Westlund.
Nibali's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Westlund prevents a body shot from Nibali.
Still in the clinch, Westlund scores with a nice short uppercut.
A short right from Westlund.

Nibali breaks the clinch.
Westlund lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Westlund swings for the body but Nibali moves out of range.
Westlund throws a looping overhand right but Nibali ducks down to avoid it.
Vincenzo Nibali seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Nibali misses with a looping right.
Nibali misses with a straight right.
Nibali slips a straight right by Westlund.
That kick from Nibali tenderised Westlund's leg. Westlund is trying to keep his angry face on.
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!
Westlund misses with a looping left.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nibali takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Nice body kick from Nibali.
Westlund looks to score with a jab to the body but Nibali is just out of range.
Nibali throws a head kick that misses.
Westlund appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
An inside leg kick lands from Nibali.
Nibali misses with a wild body shot.
A counter left hand to the body from Westlund misses its target.
Nibali uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Westlund.
The fighters circling - Nibali throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Nibali throws a body punch but Westlund moves out of range.
Westlund getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Nibali throws a quick inside leg kick.
Nibali throws out a loose jab but Westlund uses good head movement to avoid it.
Nibali throws a lazy right hand but Westlund sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Good work by Westlund as he checks the leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Leo Westlund will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!


Westlund throws a body punch but Nibali moves out of range.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Nibali! But no joy.
A slow jab from Westlund misses its intended target.
Nibali misses the shot to the body.
Nibali throws a head kick but Westlund moves out of range.
Nibali takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Westlund gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Nibali.
Westlund swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Westlund lands a body shot.
Westlund looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Westlund walks into a stiff left hand from Nibali.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Westlund uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Nibali.
Westlund is looking to counter punch.
Nice jab there from Westlund.
Nibali takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Nibali looks for the body kick but Westlund saw that one coming.
Westlund needs to keep his hands up - Nibali had a free shot at his head there.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Westlund throws a jab when Nibali was well out of range.
Nibali misses with an uppercut.
Westlund avoids the body shot from Nibali.
Westlund scores with a nice right hand.
Nibali steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Westlund.
A big right from Westlund misses.
Nibali lands a head shot.
Westlund moves out of range of the strikes.
Nibali swings for the body but Westlund moves out of range.
Westlund ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Good leg kick by Nibali there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Westlund connects with a crisp jab.
Westlund is looking to clinch but Nibali is avoiding it.
Nibali misses with a low kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Westlund moves out of range of the leg kick from Nibali.
As Nibali tries to get set, Westlund tries to push him back and clinch up but Nibali manages to avoid the attempt.
Nibali throws a half hearted mid kick.
Westlund lands a body shot.
Nibali slips a jab from Westlund.
Nibali misses with an attempted mid kick.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Westlund missing with a left hand there. Nibali was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Westlund scores with a hook.
Westlund with a jab.
Nibali throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
A little feinted left hand from Westlund on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Nibali misses with a body shot.
Nibali delivers a nice body kick.
Westlund is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
A looping hook to the body misses from Westlund. Nibali does a little dance to reset his feet.
Nibali on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Nibali missing with a left hand there. Westlund was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Westlund avoids the body shot from Nibali.
Nibali throws a low kick, looking for Westlund's leg but Westlund calmly moves out of range.
Nibali lands a nice looking body shot.
Nibali tries to land a front kick but Westlund steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Westlund misses with a looping right.
Westlund digs a good hook to Nibali's body.
Nibali takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Westlund ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Nibali misses the target.
Westlund is looking to counter the offense by Nibali and move into the clinch.
The fighters circling - Nibali throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Westlund takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Westlund misses with a right hand
and Nibali counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Westlund uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Nibali.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Westlund throws a shot from downtown. Nibali moves away and avoids it.
Westlund tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Nibali was well out of range. Poor timing from Westlund.
Westlund takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
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!
Westlund avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Good standup being displayed there by Westlund as he connects with a hook.
Nibali throws a lazy right hand but Westlund sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Nibali throws a leg kick but Westlund sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Nibali misses with a looping right.
Nibali lands a slapping body shot.
Nibali throws a predictable looking body shot
letting Westlund counter with a right hand.
Nibali avoids the body shot from Westlund.
Nibali walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Westlund checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Westlund misses with a straight left.
Nibali ducks under a wild hook from Westlund.

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 Leo Westlund.
I think Westlund 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Anni Minnemäki scores the fight 30:28
Judge Marco Blurström scores the fight 30:27
Judge Johanna Lukiainen scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Leo Westlund!

Leo Westlund decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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RATING
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