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Aspire 71: McGee v Ibu PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Rosinante Costacurta (ranked 890 p4p, 111 weight class) and Farouk Al Ahwei (ranked 935 p4p, 117 weight class). Al Ahwei has chosen Whirling Madness as his entrance music. I can't wait for this one - let's get the fighter introductions out of the way and get this one started!

176 cm
26
164 lbs
11 - 4 - 0
175 cm
27
160 lbs
10 - 14 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
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 11 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Rosinante Costacurta!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 14 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Farouk Al Ahwei!
The judges for this bout are William Gold, Donald Grub and James Ackerman.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Costacurta swings away with a body shot that misses
and Al Ahwei counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Costacurta tries to bum rush Al Ahwei with a series of wild strikes but Al Ahwei uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Al Ahwei looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Al Ahwei throws out a loose jab but Costacurta uses good head movement to avoid it.
Al Ahwei shoots in looking for a takedown but Costacurta manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Al Ahwei's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Costacurta half committed to a counter leg kick.
Costacurta throws a good cross that connects.
Al Ahwei loads up on a big right hand but Costacurta slips the punch.
Rosinante Costacurta seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Al Ahwei checks the leg kick nicely there.
Al Ahwei doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.

Al Ahwei gets tackled into the cage by Costacurta. Costacurta maintains the clinch.
Al Ahwei goes for a takedown attempt but Costacurta pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
A decent looking cross lands there for Costacurta.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Al Ahwei throws a jab but it's blocked by Costacurta.
Al Ahwei fails with an attempt to clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al Ahwei scores with a hook to the body. Costacurta takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Costacurta misses with a low kick as Al Ahwei jumps back.
Costacurta tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Costacurta misses with a head kick.
Al Ahwei tries a quick counter leg kick but Costacurta is wise to it.
Nice body kick from Al Ahwei.
Jab, jab by Costacurta - just one landing.
Costacurta throws a jab but it's blocked by Al Ahwei.
Costacurta throws a body kick that misses

and Al Ahwei counters with a nice double leg into side control. Costacurta won't be happy with that.
Costacurta bucks up and tries to throw Al Ahwei off but instead Al Ahwei has got his back!
Costacurta is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Ryōzanpaku Dojo, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Al Ahwei looking for the choke but no joy.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Good control from Al Ahwei.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Al Ahwei trying to control.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
What can Costacurta do to escape this position? He's going to have to figure it out pretty quick if he wants to stay in the fight!

Al Ahwei looking for the RNC.

Al Ahwei looking for the RNC.
Costacurta wants to escape the position.
Well, with Al Ahwei on his back, surely it's only a matter of time before Costacurta is tapping out... Can he escape the position?

Al Ahwei is staying calm and holding on to the back position, whilst working on a rear naked choke. Costacurta is defending well though. Al Ahwei let's go of the attempt for now.

Al Ahwei is working really hard to secure the rear naked choke. Costacurta defends successfully for a significant amount of time. Both fighters are looking very determined.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Al Ahwei tightening his grip on Costacurta, looking for the choke.
Costacurta is being controlled on the ground here - he must escape this position otherwise surely the end is near.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Costacurta slips a jab from Al Ahwei.
Al Ahwei takes a body kick right on the floating rib. Ouchie.
Nice straight punches there by Al Ahwei. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Al Ahwei.
Al Ahwei takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Costacurta moves out of range of the strikes.
Costacurta missing with a left hand there. Al Ahwei was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Costacurta throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Some wild striking there from Costacurta.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Costacurta moves into the clinch.
Al Ahwei doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Costacurta doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Al Ahwei lands on the inside with an uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Costacurta misses with a hook to the ribs.
Al Ahwei lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Costacurta tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A head punch on the inside from Al Ahwei fails to land.
Al Ahwei tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Costacurta throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Al Ahweis head.
Al Ahwei digs a right hand underneath Costacurta's ribcage. Costacurta let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Costacurta scores with a shot to the side of Al Ahwei's head.
Al Ahwei has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Costacurta after a bit of a struggle.
Costacurta's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Al Ahwei lands a body punch in the clinch.
Al Ahwei struggles to land a body shot inside as Costacurta controls his hands.
Al Ahwei tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Al Ahwei takes a shot to the head.
Nice body punch from Costacurta - that landed with a thud.
A nice left hand lands by Costacurta.
Al Ahwei lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Al Ahwei tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Costacurta throws a punch but it's blocked by Al Ahwei.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Costacurta lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Al Ahwei backwards.
Al Ahwei swings wildly with an uppercut but Costacurta uses good head movement to avoid it.
Al Ahwei goes for a takedown in the clinch but Costacurta prevents it.
Costacurta swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Al Ahwei tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Costacurta's elbow.
Al Ahwei lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Costacurta working aggressively here.
Al Ahwei lands a hook that snaps the head of Costacurta backwards.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Al Ahwei creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Al Ahwei doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Costacurta.
Costacurta is working Al Ahwei over against the cage.
Costacurta goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Al Ahwei tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Al Ahwei working aggressively here.
Costacurta lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Rosinante Costacurta has scored more points in the clinch so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Al Ahwei misses with a hook to the ribs.
Costacurta blocking some punches.
Costacurta throws a punch but it's blocked by Al Ahwei.
Costacurta has a couple of punches blocked by Al Ahwei.
Al Ahwei tries to work over Costacurta's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Al Ahwei is working for takedown but Costacurta is calmly controlling the position for now.
Rosinante Costacurta has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Farouk Al Ahwei.
Al Ahwei digs a right hand into Costacurta's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Costacurta's gas tank.
Al Ahwei lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Al Ahwei has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Costacurta avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
A short right from Costacurta.
Costacurta throws a head punch that misses.
Al Ahwei lands a body punch in the clinch.
A body shot lands from Al Ahwei.

Al Ahwei has hold of one of Costacurta's legs. Costacurta is fighting the takedown attempt but Al Ahwei gets the trip and lands the takedown into guard.
Costacurta keeping full guard, as Al Ahwei tries to pass.
Al Ahwei controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Let's hope that Al Ahwei has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Al Ahwei wants to control from the top but Costacurta keeps moving.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Farouk Al Ahwei will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!



The fight moves into the clinch position.
Costacurta scores with a hook to the body.
Costacurta tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Costacurta.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Costacurta.
Costacurta lands a shot to the body.
Costacurta doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Al Ahwei swings wildly with an uppercut but Costacurta uses good head movement to avoid it.
Costacurta blocks a body shot from Al Ahwei.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Al Ahwei goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Al Ahwei misses with some punches.
Costacurta lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.

Al Ahwei jumps into guard, dragging Costacurta to the mat.
Al Ahwei controls Costacurta momentarily but Costacurta frees himself.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al Ahwei 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.
Costacurta trying to control but Al Ahwei is working from the bottom.

Al Ahwei working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Costacurta doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Costacurta manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Our spies down at at Convicted Fight Club inform us that Al Ahwei has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?

Al Ahwei is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Al Ahwei is on top in guard.

Rosinante Costacurta has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Costacurta holds on and takes a little breather.
Al Ahwei trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Costacurta can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Al Ahwei controls the pace.
We're seeing a lot of stalling here from Al Ahwei.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Costacurta is trying to keep Al Ahwei in close.
Costacurta managing to control the position.
Costacurta has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Costacurta tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Al Ahwei was well out of range. Poor timing from Costacurta.
Costacurta misses with a hook
and Al Ahwei counters with a stiff right hand.
Costacurta misses with a leg kick
and Al Ahwei counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Costacurta throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Al Ahwei counters with a nice leg kick.
Costacurta finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Costacurta throws a body shot but no joy.
A countering left hand to the body from Al Ahwei misses.
Costacurta throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Al Ahwei fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Costacurta on the side of the head.
Al Ahwei avoids the head kick by Costacurta.
Al Ahwei lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Al Ahwei changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Costacurta tries to avoid it but Al Ahwei manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Costacurta to the ground. Costacurta escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Al Ahwei misses with a kick to the body.
The fighters circling - Al Ahwei throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Costacurta with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Al Ahwei to score with a decent uppercut.
Costacurta wants to land a leg kick but Al Ahwei is out of range.
Costacurta misses with a lunging right hand
and Al Ahwei counters with a straight right hand.

And that's the end of the fight!
Farouk Al Ahwei comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Al Ahwei 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge William Gold scores the fight 27:30
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Ackerman scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Farouk Al Ahwei!

Farouk Al Ahwei decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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pop
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RATING
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