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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Jose Cronos and Zander Harland. Cronos comes into the arena with Sandstorm blaring out of the sound system. Harland has chosen We Don't Know as his entrance music. Jose Cronos has a significant reach advantage - let's see if he can make it count.

178 cm
40
145 lbs
35 - 25 - 0
165 cm
29
153 lbs
11 - 16 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
Decent boxing
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 35 wins, 25 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Jose Cronos!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 16 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Zander Harland!
The judges for this bout are Trevor Gratis, Yves DeLean and Steve Smith.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Cronos throws a combination. Harland tries to block but a couple of punches get through.
Jose Cronos seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

Harland closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Cronos did well to prevent Harland getting side control.
Cronos works his way to full guard. Good work.

Cronos looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Harland wants to control from the top but Cronos keeps moving.
Harland won't allow Cronos to sweep him here.
Harland throws a strike but Cronos rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Cronos trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Cronos is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cronos wants to control from the top but Harland keeps moving.
Harland 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.
Harland manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Cronos manages to get himself to full guard.

The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Harland stops Cronos from standing up.
Harland looking to pass the guard.
Harland wants to control from the top but Cronos keeps moving.
Cronos controlling Harland's posture.

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.
Harland throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Cronos works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Harland content to stall in guard here.
Harland throwing strikes from guard but Cronos blocks nicely.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Cronos holds on and takes a little breather.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.
Harland pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Cronos is keeping the position for now.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Cronos lands a jab to the nose.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harland shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Cronos but Cronos pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Cronos looks to land a combination but Harland avoids it well.
Harland dodges the punch combination from Cronos.
Cronos throws a right hand that Harland ducks under and follows up with a left that Harland also avoids with ease.
Cronos tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Harland wants to counter the offense by Cronos and move into the clinch position.

Harland gets the takedown into side control.
Harland landing strikes.
Harland working the head with strikes.
Cronos is not content to let Harland control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Cronos is looking for a sweep.
Harland looks up at the clock and then as Cronos takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Harland smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Cronos is trying to improve his position.
Harland wants to control but Cronos is keeping him busy.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
I wouldn't like to be where Cronos is right now.
Cronos takes an elbow right on the bridge of the nose and winces in pain.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Harland creates a bit of distance and throws down some hard shots.
Cronos manages to get back to half guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Jose Cronos will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Cronos lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Harland circles away quickly and effectively.
Cronos misses with a jab, cross combination.
Jose Cronos is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Harland tries for a takedown but Cronos circles away easily
and Cronos counters with a nice uppercut.
Harland tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Cronos manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Cronos looks to land a combination but Harland avoids it well.

Harland shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Cronos is trying to defend but Harland finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cronos gets full guard.
Harland throws a strike but Cronos rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Cronos trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Cronos is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Harland can do to turn this around?

That's one minute gone in the round.
Harland controls Cronos momentarily but Cronos frees himself.
Cronos won't allow Harland to sweep him here.
Harland looking to control.
Cronos will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Cronos pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Harland is keeping the position for now.
Harland looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Cronos puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.

Cronos is trying to work for a kimura but Harland is defending well.

Cronos is looking for a kimura here.
Cronos wants to lay and pray for a moment but Harland keeps working.
Cronos prevents Harland from improving his position.
Harland moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cronos postures up.
Harland has his hands on Cronos's head, controlling the position.
Cronos trying to control but Harland is working from the bottom.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Cronos throws a head kick but Harland moves out of range.
Cronos slaps away a takedown attempt from Harland, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Cronos went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Harland shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Cronos pinned against the cage. Cronos gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Jose Cronos has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Zander Harland.

That's four 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.
A combination from Cronos does no damage.
Harland changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Jose Cronos is winning the standup battle so far.
Cronos just misses with a punch to the body.
Harland is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Cronos misses with a double jab.
Harland takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Cronos scores with a jab. Harland acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Harland shoots and misses
and Cronos cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Harland dodges the punch combination from Cronos.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Jose Cronos dominated that second 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. This is the final round!


Cronos throws a nice looking combination but Harland bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Cronos lands a nice looking body shot.
No luck for Harland with that takedown attempt.
Harland tries to close the distance and clinch up but Cronos swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Harland fails with the takedown
and Cronos counters with a lovely shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cronos throws a nice head kick!
Cronos uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Harland tries to move into range but Cronos moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Jose Cronos is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Good exchange - Cronos coming out on top.

Harland gets a clinch.
Cronos is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Harland tries for a takedown but Cronos manages to get underhooks.
Jose Cronos has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Zander Harland.
Harland has Cronos pressed against the cage, preventing Cronos from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Harland looking for a takedown.

Cronos breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Cronos looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Cronos throws a nice looking combination but Harland bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
It seemed like Harland was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Cronos cracks Harland with a right hand to the side of the head.
A punch combination from Cronos misses.
Cronos rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Harland moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
A little jabbing left from Harland on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Cronos is using his reach advantage well here, landing the more effective single shots from range.
Cronos tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Harland was well out of range. Poor timing from Cronos.
Cronos connects with a jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cronos misses with a head kick.
Cronos lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Harland circles away quickly and effectively.
Cronos lands a nice shot to the body.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Harland with a poor takedown
and Cronos counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Good leg kick by Cronos there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Cronos misses with the combination.
Cronos throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
A solid leg kick lands there for Cronos.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cronos scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Cronos lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Harland circles away quickly and effectively.

Cronos gets caught napping as Harland dives in and scores a takedown. Cronos manages to retain guard.
Cronos wants to stand up but Harland is controlling him.
Harland chips away with some ground and pound.
Cronos is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Harland controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Cronos manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Harland manages to get himself to full guard.

Harland working a defensive guard here.
Cronos tries to free his leg and advance position but Harland is retaining full guard.
Zander Harland has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Zander Harland has got the better of the ground game so far.
Cronos trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Harland wants to sweep here but Cronos controlling him for the moment.
Cronos is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

And that's the end of the fight!
Jose Cronos showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Cronos, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Trevor Gratis scores the fight 30:27
Judge Yves DeLean scores the fight 30:27
Judge Steve Smith scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Jose Cronos!

A very excited looking Jose Cronos rambled incoherently for about 5 minutes post fight about how awesome he is. It was kinda funny for a while but then everyone got annoyed.
Zander Harland spoke after the fight, saying 'Just don't know what happened. I had it. It was mine for the taking.'.
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RATING
38%
 
 
 
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