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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Mateus Gracie (ranked 38 p4p, 8 weight class) and Orlando Diggs (ranked 65 p4p, 10 weight class). Gracie comes to the cage accompanied by Broke & Hungry . Diggs is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by KING of the FALL. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

179 cm
33
170 lbs
30 - 14 - 1
184 cm
27
174 lbs
21 - 8 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Dauntless
Sully's Bar & Grill

Conviction
King of Clothes



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 30 wins, 14 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of London, Mateus Gracie!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Orlando Diggs!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Percy O'Donnell and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Diggs works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Gracie fails with a takedown attempt.
Diggs throws a solid leg kick but Gracie takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Diggs.
Gracie feinted with a counter takedown.
Diggs checks a low kick from Gracie.
Gracie tries to clinch but Diggs moves out of range.
Gracie thuds his shin into the meat of Diggs's side.
Gracie gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Diggs.
Diggs throws a nice outside leg kick.
Gracie walks into a left hand.
Diggs throws a shot to the body.
Diggs loads up on a big right hand but Gracie slips the punch.
Diggs dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Gracie. That did some damage!
Gracie has his takedown stuffed
and Diggs counters with a lovely shot to the body.

Gracie closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.

Diggs sneaks out the side door and pushes Gracie away - he's back to his feet. The crowd show their appreciation for the escape.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
A nice leg kick lands there from Diggs.

That's one minute gone in the round.
That kick from Diggs tenderised Gracie's leg. Gracie is trying to keep his angry face on.
Gracie looks to score with a jab to the body but Diggs is just out of range.
Orlando Diggs is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Diggs shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Diggs scoring well with a low kick there.
Diggs thuds a left hand into Gracie's body.
Diggs avoids the head kick by Gracie.
Diggs misses with a body kick.
Diggs scores with a nice head shot.
Diggs connects with a right hand. Gracie shakes it off.
Gracie shoots in looking for a takedown. Diggs tries to sprawl out of it but Gracie keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Diggs manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Gracie definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Mateus Gracie. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Diggs swats away the attempt to clinch by Gracie.
Gracie takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gracie shoots for a double leg takedown but Diggs sprawls well. He's pushed Gracie's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Diggs lands a really nice looking cross but Gracie seems unphased.
Gracie tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Diggs defends well and Gracie ends up having to push Diggs into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
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!
Diggs misses with a head kick.
Diggs wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Gracie fails with a takedown attempt.
Diggs scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
A slow jab from Gracie misses its intended target.

Gracie moves into range and clinches up with Diggs.
Diggs doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Diggs pushes Gracie back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
A nice right hand lands inside from Diggs.
Diggs scores with a hook to the body.
A head punch on the inside from Diggs fails to land.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A head punch on the inside from Diggs fails to land.
Diggs scores with a nice hook to the head.
Diggs misses with a punch to the body.
Gracie fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Diggs struggles to land a body shot inside as Gracie controls his hands.
Diggs tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Gracie's elbow.
Gracie has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Diggs avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Diggs tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Diggs lands a left hand that snaps the head of Gracie backwards.
Diggs scores with a nice hook to the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Diggs.
Diggs tries to throw a body punch but Gracie avoids it by throwing Diggs back against the cage.
Diggs doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is trying to drag Diggs to the mat but Diggs just about manages to keep his footing. He used the cage to his advantage there.
Diggs lands a shoulder strike.

Gracie's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Diggs tests Gracie's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Gracie fails with the takedown.
Diggs unleashes a big counter combination but Gracie bobs and weaves and avoids any damage.
Diggs scores with a hook to the body. Gracie takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
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!
Diggs connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Gracie tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Diggs defends well and Gracie ends up having to push Diggs into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Diggs scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Diggs scores with a jab.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Gracie shoots in and gets a takedown into Diggs's guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Orlando Diggs dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Diggs fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Gracie manages to avoid it.
Gracie tries to counter with a takedown but Diggs is quick to defend against it.
Diggs has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Diggs lunges at Gracie with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Gracie's hand.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Diggs as he jumps to the side.
Diggs swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Gracie takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Diggs fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Gracie on the side of the head.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Diggs but Diggs pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Gracie takes one to the chin there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Gracie.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Mateus Gracie. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Diggs lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Gracie at a distance.
Diggs looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Diggs connects with an inside leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gracie fails with a takedown attempt.
Diggs jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Gracie takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Gracie on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Gracie takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Gracie takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Diggs leaves Gracie with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Diggs turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Diggs lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Diggs dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

Diggs tries to keep at a distance but Gracie has taken the fight into the clinch.
Diggs has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Gracie seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Diggs can turn it around.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Gracie tries to pull guard but Diggs forces him back to his feet, against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diggs lands with a left to the head.
Gracie prevents a body shot from Diggs.
Orlando Diggs seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Diggs has a couple of punches blocked by Gracie.
Diggs lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Diggs misses with a hook to the ribs.
Diggs tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

Gracie tightens his grip and picks Diggs up, before dumping him to the ground. Diggs manages to land in guard.
Diggs pulls Gracie in close to prevent any damage.
Gracie with a flurry of punches that miss.
Gracie trying to control but Diggs is working from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diggs has Gracie pulled in close to control his posture.
Gracie looking to pass the guard.
Gracie in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Gracie stands up over Diggs, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Gracie throws a big right hand that misses.
Diggs not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Gracie throwing strikes but missing.

That's four 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.
Diggs trying to control the position here.
Diggs is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Mateus Gracie overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Gracie works over Diggs with some ground and pound from guard.
Diggs has his hands on Gracie's head, controlling the position.
Diggs trying to keep a closed guard but Gracie is proving a slippery customer.
Gracie distracts Diggs with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Gracie scoring with punches to the head and body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Orlando Diggs showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Diggs fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Gracie on the side of the head.
Diggs fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Orlando Diggs seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Gracie fails with the takedown.
Diggs punishes Gracie's body with a nice straight punch.
Gracie with a poor takedown
and Diggs counters with a slapping leg kick.
Gracie takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Gracie throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Diggs cracks the inside of Gracie's front leg.
Diggs cracks a nice hook into Gracie's ribs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Diggs thuds a left hand into Gracie's body.
Diggs cracks Gracie with a good jab.
Diggs misses the shot to the body.

Gracie looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Gracie is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diggs moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Diggs is controlling Gracie's posture.
Gracie throwing strikes from guard but Diggs blocks nicely.
Diggs pulls Gracie in to control the position.
Gracie postures up and lands a big shot to Diggs's brow.
Gracie working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Diggs's head.
Gracie wants to control from the top but Diggs keeps moving.
Diggs looking to control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Diggs managing to control the position.
Diggs controls Gracie momentarily but Gracie frees himself.
Gracie has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Gracie keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Diggs's head.
Gracie is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Diggs wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Diggs's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Diggs keeping moving, preventing Gracie from controlling successfully.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diggs has his hands on Gracie's head, controlling the position.
Gracie stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Diggs swivels though and keeps the full guard.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Gracie is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Diggs scoring well with a low kick there.
Diggs leaves Gracie with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Mateus Gracie. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Gracie fails to land the takedown.
Gracie closes the distance and clinches up with Diggs, looking for a takedown. Gracie pushes Diggs against the cage but Diggs circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gracie needs to keep his hands up - Diggs had a free shot at his head there.
Diggs scores with a punch to the head.

Gracie gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Gracie throws an elbow but it's blocked.
Diggs lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Gracie fails to pull guard.
Diggs misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Diggs doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Diggs doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Gracie has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Diggs after a bit of a struggle.
Diggs lands a body shot.
Diggs is leaning against Gracie and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
A nice left hand lands by Diggs.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Orlando Diggs really dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Good leg kick by Diggs there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Gracie takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Diggs throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Gracie.
Diggs throws a body shot but no joy.
Diggs throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
A good leg kick by Diggs.
Gracie fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Diggs connects with an inside leg kick.
Gracie gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Diggs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gracie doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Diggs makes him pay by landing a thudding low kick.
Diggs dips to his left and cracks Gracie with an uppercut!
Gracie shoots in for a takedown but Diggs shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Mateus Gracie. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Diggs throws out a powerful jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Diggs.
Diggs stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Diggs wants it to stay on the feet.
Diggs swats away the attempt to clinch by Gracie.
Diggs lands with an overhand left.
Diggs throws a nice outside leg kick.
Diggs stuffs the takedown attempt from Gracie. Gracie gets slowly back to his feet.
Gracie takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Diggs displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Gracie.
A little jabbing left from Diggs on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Diggs fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Gracie on the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Gracie shoots in and gets a takedown into Diggs's guard.
Diggs pulls Gracie in to control the position.
More stalling from Diggs.
Diggs controls Gracie momentarily but Gracie frees himself.
Gracie postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Diggs is pulling down on Gracie's head. It's preventing any offense from Gracie, at least for the moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gracie in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Gracie cracks Diggs with a solid left hand.
Gracie wants to pass the guard but Diggs is keeping the position.
Gracie throwing strikes but missing.
Diggs is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Gracie scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Gracie working some strikes from top position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Diggs has Gracie pulled in close to control his posture.
Gracie missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Gracie postures up.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.
Diggs has his hands on Gracie's head, controlling the position.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Gracie with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Diggs to score with a decent uppercut.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Diggs connects with the punch.
The fighters circle momentarily. Diggs darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Diggs sprawls well. Diggs wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Gracie gets slowly back to his feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Orlando Diggs dominated that fourth round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! And we move into the final round!


That kick from Diggs tenderised Gracie's leg. Gracie is trying to keep his angry face on.
Diggs thumps Gracie with a low kick.
Diggs works Gracie's body with a nice hook.
Gracie dives in and grabs Diggs's left leg, looking for a takedown. Diggs pushes down on Gracie's head and hops out.
Diggs defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Gracie.
Diggs punishes Gracie's body with a nice straight punch.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown but Diggs shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Mateus Gracie. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Gracie avoids the head kick by Diggs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gracie on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Diggs. Diggs obviously looking to wear him down.
Gracie takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Diggs fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Diggs displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Gracie.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gracie fails with a takedown attempt.
Both of our modern day gladiators look out of it here - a gruelling 5 rounds of action taking it's toll on them, no doubt.
Diggs moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Diggs scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Gracie doesn't seem bothered though.
A left lands for Diggs.
Gracie fails with a takedown attempt.
Diggs bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Gracie's head backwards.
Gracie looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Diggs with a hook.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A combination from Diggs does no damage.
Gracie takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Diggs lands a lovely overhand right.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown but Diggs shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Diggs as he jumps to the side.
Diggs cracks Gracie with a good jab.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Diggs scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Jab from Diggs.
Diggs wants to land a leg kick but Gracie is out of range.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Diggs.
Nice shot by Diggs.
Mateus Gracie has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Gracie fails with the takedown
and Diggs counters with a nice low kick that buckles Gracie's knee momentarily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gracie throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Diggs's waist but Diggs gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Gracie off to one side.
Gracie misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Diggs connects with a crisp jab.
Diggs scores with a jab to the body.
Gracie will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Gracie needs to keep his hands up - Diggs had a free shot at his head there.
Diggs connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
A solid leg kick lands there for Diggs.
A lazy left from Diggs finds it's target.
Diggs cracks Gracie with an open hand slap.
Diggs stuffs the takedown.
Diggs with a hook.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

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

Diggs throws his opponent off and manages to get back to his feet! Nicely done!
Diggs lands a nice looking body kick.
Diggs chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Gracie walks into a stiff left hand from Diggs.
Diggs fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Gracie shoots in for a takedown but Diggs shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Diggs lands a nice hook to Gracie's body. Gracie takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Diggs.
Diggs scores with a nice right hand.
A solid leg kick lands there for Gracie.

And that's the end of the fight!
Orlando Diggs comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Diggs winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Don Winkell scores the fight 44:50
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 44:50
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 44:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Orlando Diggs!

An out of breath Orlando Diggs thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
In defeat, Mateus Gracie stepped up to the mic, saying 'These Judges are so bias its unbelievable, I dont know how these people can live with themselves'.
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