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DUEL#104 Staal vs Momochi PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Sandayu Momochi (ranked 467 p4p, 65 weight class) and Eric Staal (ranked 290 p4p, 43 weight class). 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.

184 cm
29
194 lbs
14 - 9 - 0
180 cm
29
192 lbs
12 - 3 - 1
Great wrestler
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the challenger to my left.
With a record of 14 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Sandayu Momochi !
And introducing the champion to my right.
With a record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of New York, Eric Staal!
The judges for this bout are David Schapiro, Lou da Vinci and Jorge Garcia.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Momochi with a nice cross.
Staal misses with a looping left.
Momochi doesn't succeed with the takedown
enabling Staal to counter with a crisp jab.
Momochi loads up on a big right hand but Staal slips the punch.
Momochi tries to score a power double leg takedown but Staal sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Momochi somewhat.
Staal looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Momochi steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Staal. That one must have hurt.
Momochi looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Sandayu Momochi . That's going to take a lot out of him.
Momochi displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Staal throws out the jab.
Momochi attempts a counter takedown but Staal avoids it well and moves away.
Momochi looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Sandayu Momochi seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Staal looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Momochi throws the left hand but Staal avoids the punch easily.
Staal tries a quick counter leg kick but Momochi is wise to it.
Staal scores with a shot to the body.
Momochi blocks a leg kick.
Momochi fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Staal is loading up here, looking for a big counter of his own.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Momochi shoots in and drives through. Staal sprawls well.
Staal throws a big shot that misses.
Momochi moves out of range as Staal throws a body kick.
Momochi moves out of range of the strikes.
Staal throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Staal tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Momochi was well out of range. Poor timing from Staal.
Nice cross by Momochi .
Momochi throws a jab when Staal was well out of range.
Staal moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Momochi clobbers Staal with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Momochi misses with a left hand
and Staal counters with a solid body kick.
Momochi misses with a hook.
Staal is looking to chop away at Momochi 's legs.
Momochi throws a big shot that misses.

Staal darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Momochi wants to improve his position but Staal is controlling well.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Momochi wants to get back to full guard but Staal has passed into side control.
Momochi trying to control but Staal flips him over like a cheap hooker and has his back!
Staal throwing strikes from the back - he gets a warning from the referee for striking the back of the head but all these shots are hurting Momochi !
Momochi is in bad spot here.
Momochi is working hard here to advance position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Staal tries to keep control of the position but Momochi is staying busy.
Momochi tries to roll but Staal sticks to his back.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Momochi prevents Staal from getting a body triangle.
Staal controls the action.
Will Staal go for the finish here or will he try and keep control of the position?
Momochi is very frustrated here, being controlled quite effectively by Staal.
Staal is not going to allow Momochi to sit and survive in this position.
Momochi tries to escape but Staal has the hooks in and won't let him break free.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Staal is working the ground and pound here and the referee is taking a close look at Momochi . He must escape soon or this one will be stopped.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Momochi can't escape the position.
Staal trying to control momentarily.
Staal is looking cool and calm here, just waiting for a good opportunity to attack and finish the fight from this dominant position.
Staal connects with a series of strikes and the referee is calling for Momochi to escape the position.
You can see the frustration on Momochi 's face… He knows he is in trouble unless he improves his position sooner rather than later.
Staal looking to soften up his opponent with punches.
Momochi wants to control his opponent's hands but Staal gets his hands free.
Staal punches Momochi on the ear.
Staal is hanging on to Momochi 's back as he tries to escape.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Eric Staal dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Staal lands an overhand right.
Momochi scores with a jab to the jaw.
A telegraphed right hand from Momochi misses the target.
A jab from Staal finds it's way through Momochi 's defenses.

Staal shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Momochi is trying to defend but Staal finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Staal is trying to control the action in half guard but Momochi is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Momochi is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Staal seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Staal is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Momochi makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Momochi .
Momochi is trying to keep Staal in close.

Momochi is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Staal is aware though and is defending well.
Staal chips away with some ground and pound.
Momochi 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.
Staal distracts Momochi with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Staal showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Staal lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Momochi looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Momochi tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Staal is in close to Momochi 's body, working some short punches and elbows.

Momochi throws his legs up looking for a submission but Staal uses it to pass to side control.
Staal has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Staal landing a few strikes.
Staal trying to control the position but Momochi is working away.
Staal lands a knee to the body and a forearm to the face.
Staal working the ground and pound from side control.
Momochi tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Momochi is working to avoid the ground and pound but Staal connects with a decent elbow.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Staal lands an elbow.
Staal landing a few strikes.
Staal trying to control the action but Momochi is working from the bottom.
Momochi manages to work his way to half guard, despite Staal's best efforts.

Momochi looking to force a kimura from the bottom here. He's concentrating on that move too much though and Staal pushes past his half guard into mount!
Eric Staal has got the better of the ground game so far.
Staal trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Staal lands with some strikes.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Momochi is looking to improve his position but Staal isn't that keen on the idea.
Staal punishing his opponent with strikes.
Momochi really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Momochi bucks up and manages to get a nice reversal! He's in guard on the top - nicely done!
Staal pulls Momochi in to control the position.
Momochi pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Staal is keeping the position for now.
Staal seems keen to control Momochi 's posture.

Momochi is holding a leg here, probably looking for an ankle lock - he drops back and goes for it! Staal is in trouble! Is it all over??? No! Staal has escaped and now he's on top!

And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Eric Staal showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Nice defenses there by Staal.
Momochi lands with a cross.
Momochi shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Staal eats them both and turns towards Momochi to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Staal cracks Momochi with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Staal is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Staal misses with a leg kick.
Staal takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Momochi lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Staal stuffs the takedown.
Staal scores with a leg kick.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Momochi manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Staal on his heels. He'll look to pass Staal's guard now, I'm sure.
Momochi with a nice head shot there.
Momochi is working Staal over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Momochi stopping the sweep attempt from Staal.
Staal pulls Momochi in close to his closed guard and prevents Momochi from doing any damage or advancing position.
Momochi looking to sit in guard and control but Staal gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.


That's one minute gone in the round.
Staal trying to control but Momochi is working from the bottom.
Momochi working a defensive guard here.
Staal looking to sit in guard and control but Momochi gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Staal looking for a sweep. Not yet Staal, not yet.

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.
Staal is trying to control the position but Momochi postures up.
Momochi throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Momochi throwing strikes but missing.
Staal bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Momochi 's guard.

Momochi bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Staal's guard.

Staal is pulling down on Momochi 's head. It's preventing any offense from Momochi , at least for the moment.
Momochi trying to control but Staal is working from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Staal trying to control the position here.
Staal striking off his back but it's not causing Momochi any problems.
Staal utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Staal 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.
Momochi trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Staal wants to sweep but no luck.
Momochi trying to control but Staal is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Staal 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.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Momochi not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
A solid leg kick lands there for Staal.
Staal throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Momochi throws a left and a right that both miss
and Staal counters with a good, hard body kick but Momochi shrugs it off.
Staal throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Eric Staal seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Staal tries to bum rush Momochi with a series of wild strikes but Momochi uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Nice defenses there by Staal.
Momochi misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Staal looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Eric Staal just about did enough to take it.
That's time! Momochi 's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Staal buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Staal slips a straight right by Momochi .
Momochi misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Momochi rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
letting Staal counter with a right hand.
Momochi closes the distance and clinches up with Staal, looking for a takedown. Momochi pushes Staal against the cage but Staal circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Momochi tries to bum rush Staal with a series of wild strikes but Staal uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Staal fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Momochi has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Staal tries a head kick but it misses.

Momochi closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
Who's going to make the next move?
Staal is looking to regain half guard here but Momochi keeps moving and retains side control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Momochi wants to control but Staal is keeping him busy.
Momochi tries to advance to mount but can't.
Momochi has control of an arm but Staal manages to advance to Momochi 's back!
Momochi tries to escape the position.
Staal connects with a big shot to the side of Momochi 's head.
Momochi is trying to break free.
Staal is throwing punches to the body, looking to soften Momochi up.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Momochi covers up after taking a massive shot to the side of the head.
Staal lands with a hammerfist to the side of Momochi 's head.
Momochi rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Momochi wants to get back to full guard.
Staal looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Staal winds up and cracks Momochi with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Staal is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Momochi wants to improve his position but Staal is controlling well.
Staal working Momochi over with strikes.
Staal drops an elbow to the side of Momochi 's head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Well, if Staal is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.
Momochi trying to control here.
Staal landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Momochi regains full guard. Nicely done.
Momochi tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Momochi can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Staal controls the pace.
Staal with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Momochi looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Staal puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Staal landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Staal in particular looking to stall.
Momochi trying to hold on to Staal's head to control him but Staal postures up.

Momochi is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Staal pulls his head out easily.
Momochi is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Staal scores with a couple of nice shots.
Staal is controlling the pace.
Staal passes into side control, despite Momochi 's attempt to control the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Eric Staal dominated that fourth round.
That's time! Momochi 's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight. This is the final round!


Momochi shoots in but Staal avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Good standup being displayed there by Momochi as he connects with a hook.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Staal.
Momochi throws a lazy right hand but Staal sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Momochi is really head hunting here, hardly looking to strike to the body at all.
Momochi connects with a crisp jab.

Momochi bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Staal gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.

Momochi is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Momochi is stalling here. Staal is in no mood to hang around though. He's locked up a kimura from the bottom! Momochi seems to be keeping calm but he's forced to roll out of the hold and Staal has ended up in side control on the top. Nice work.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Staal cracks Momochi with a big right hand but Momochi just smiles back at him and invites him to have another go.
Staal connects with a decent looking elbow from side control that caused Momochi some visible discomfort.
Staal is chipping away with strikes.
Staal working away diligently from side control. Landing strikes effectively there - that will score him some points on the judges scorecards.
Staal cracks Momochi with an elbow. That is naaassty.
Momochi takes a big shot right to the temple there but he's taken it well.
Momochi manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Staal working over Momochi with some ground and pound. Momochi looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.

Momochi is rocked!
Ground and pound from Staal.
Oh Momochi is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!

Momochi looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Momochi seems to have got his legs back now.
Momochi regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Staal's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Momochi keeping moving, preventing Staal from controlling successfully.
Momochi manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Staal manages to get himself to full guard.


Momochi drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Staal manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Momochi has Staal in his guard.

Staal content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Staal is in close to Momochi 's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Staal advances position into side control!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Staal landing a few strikes.
Momochi is looking to regain half guard here but Staal keeps moving and retains side control.
Staal working the ground and pound from side control.
Momochi takes a big shot right to the temple there but he's taken it well.
Staal working away.
Momochi is looking for a sweep.
Staal working the ground and pound from side control.
Staal lands a knee to the body and follows it up with some ground and pound to the head. That will wear Momochi down.
Momochi tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Staal wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
A big shot lands for Staal! That's hurt Momochi ! Will he recover? Staal fires away with more strikes and the referee has to step in to stop the fight!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:59 of round 5, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Eric Staal! Eric Staal retains his middleweight title!
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