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CEFC 185 tourney round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Jim Fitzsimmons (ranked 183 p4p, 30 weight class) and Phol Hunt (ranked 566 p4p, 84 weight class). Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

188 cm
35
203 lbs
31 - 16 - 1
181 cm
37
180 lbs
39 - 16 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 31 wins, 16 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Jim Fitzsimmons!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 39 wins, 16 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Phol Hunt!
The judges for this bout are Dillan Fox, Gregory Folan and Alec Ball.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Hunt moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Fitzsimmons scores with a jab.
Fitzsimmons gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Hunt.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Fitzsimmons, right into the meat.
A slow jab from Hunt misses its intended target.
Hunt throws a hook but Fitzsimmons avoids it easily.
Fitzsimmons circles away from the clinch attempt.
Fitzsimmons connects with a leg kick. Hunt looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Fitzsimmons, as that shot connected.
Hunt is looking to chop away at Fitzsimmons's legs.
Fitzsimmons misses with a head kick.
Hunt throws a nice inside leg kick.
Fitzsimmons misses with an uppercut. Hunt saw that one coming.
Fitzsimmons getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Fitzsimmons loads up on a big right hand but Hunt slips the punch.
Hunt tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Fitzsimmons manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Jab from Fitzsimmons.
Phol Hunt seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Fitzsimmons slips under a jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A slapping body kick lands there for Hunt.
Fitzsimmons looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Hunt throws a jab when Fitzsimmons was well out of range.
Fitzsimmons connects with a crisp jab.
Hunt looks to score with a jab to the body but Fitzsimmons is just out of range.
Fitzsimmons attempts a counter takedown but Hunt avoids it well and moves away.
Hunt scores with a nice right hand.
Hunt wants to clinch
and Fitzsimmons counters with a nice body shot.
Hunt cracks Fitzsimmons with a right hand to the side of the head.
Fitzsimmons lands with an overhand left.
Hunt connects with a single shot there.
Fitzsimmons cracks a nice hook into Hunt's ribs.
A lazy left from Fitzsimmons finds it's target.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Hunt tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Hunt is looking to clinch but Fitzsimmons is avoiding it.
Fitzsimmons connects with a looping right hand.
A low kick from Hunt misses
letting Fitzsimmons counter with a right hand.
Fitzsimmons chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Hunt can pounce on him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Hunt scores with a crisp jab that stopped Fitzsimmons in his tracks.
Fitzsimmons blocks the body kick.
Fitzsimmons wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
A lazy left from Hunt finds it's target.
Hunt fails with an attempt to clinch.
Hunt does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Hunt takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Fitzsimmons sizes up Hunt with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Hunt blocks a jab.
Fitzsimmons is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.
Hunt steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt takes a swing at Fitzsimmons's ribcage but misses.
A little feinted left hand from Fitzsimmons on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Hunt gets off balance looking for a body kick
and Fitzsimmons makes him pay by landing a thudding low kick.
Fitzsimmons avoids a kick to the body.
Fitzsimmons throws a right hand that Hunt ducks under and follows up with a left that Hunt also avoids with ease.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons throws a big shot that misses.
Hunt moves forwards but Fitzsimmons connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Hunt misses the shot to the body.
Fitzsimmons appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Hunt slips under a jab from Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons misses with an uppercut
enabling Hunt to counter with a crisp jab.
Hunt jabs at Fitzsimmons's body.
Fitzsimmons cracks Hunt with a right hand to the side of the head.
Nice uppercut lands for Hunt. That snapped Fitzsimmons's head back.
Hunt needs to keep his hands up - Fitzsimmons had a free shot at his head there.
Fitzsimmons throws a looping overhand right but Hunt ducks down to avoid it.

Hunt gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Hunt wants to stall.
Hunt tries to work over Fitzsimmons's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Fitzsimmons creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Hunt dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.
Hunt blocking some punches.
Fitzsimmons is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons struggles to land a body shot inside as Hunt controls his hands.
Hunt swings wildly with an uppercut but Fitzsimmons uses good head movement to avoid it.
Fitzsimmons misses with a punch on the inside.
Fitzsimmons misses with some punches.
Hunt misses with a punch on the inside.
A short right from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt is looking to control Fitzsimmons's arms but Fitzsimmons gets an underhook and turns him. Now Hunt has his back to the cage.
Fitzsimmons misses with the head strike.
Fitzsimmons misses with a punch on the inside.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Fitzsimmons swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A short body shot lands from Fitzsimmons as the two fighters clinch.
A left hand lands to the body for Hunt.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Fitzsimmons.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Fitzsimmons lands an uppercut.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Jim Fitzsimmons dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Hunt throws the kick towards the body but Fitzsimmons avoids it.
Hunt throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Hunt throws a lazy right hand but Fitzsimmons sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Fitzsimmons is looking to counter punch.
Fitzsimmons tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Hunt was well out of range. Poor timing from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt is looking to land body kicks.
Fitzsimmons lands a head shot.
Fitzsimmons misses with a low kick.
A jab from Fitzsimmons misses.
Hunt throws a looping overhand right but Fitzsimmons ducks down to avoid it.
Hunt displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Fitzsimmons throws out the jab.
Good leg kick by Hunt there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hunt turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Hunt defending well as Fitzsimmons loads up on a big left hand.
Hunt steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Fitzsimmons on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Hunt. Hunt obviously looking to wear him down.
Hunt with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Hunt tries to clinch but Fitzsimmons is having none of it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons throws a head kick but Hunt moves out of range.
Hunt looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Hunt throws a nice outside leg kick.
A head kick misses from Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons throws a lazy right hand but Hunt sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Fitzsimmons moves out of range as Hunt throws a body kick.
Hunt swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Hunt checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Hunt dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Hunt throws a leg kick but Fitzsimmons checks it.
Hunt moves out of range as Fitzsimmons strikes.
Hunt throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hunt throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Nice body punch from Hunt.
Hunt misses with a body shot.
Hunt looks for the body kick but Fitzsimmons saw that one coming.
Fitzsimmons was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Hunt throws a head kick that misses
and Hunt takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hunt walks into a straight right hand from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt throws a nice outside leg kick.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Fitzsimmons cracks Hunt with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Nice uppercut there from Fitzsimmons.
Jab by Hunt.
Hunt throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Fitzsimmons uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Hunt.
Fitzsimmons throws a body shot but no joy.
Hunt takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Hunt slips under a jab from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Fitzsimmons. That did some damage!
Hunt swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Fitzsimmons bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Fitzsimmons throws a big shot that misses.
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
Hunt wants to clinch but Fitzsimmons slips to the side
enabling Fitzsimmons to counter with a crisp jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hunt throws a body kick despite being completely out of range
and Fitzsimmons counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Hunt slips a jab and a cross from Fitzsimmons.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Hunt! But no joy.
Hunt connects with a solid leg kick.
Fitzsimmons doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Fitzsimmons steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Hunt.
Hunt takes a jab right on the kisser.
We are yet to see a takedown attempt from Hunt in the fight. On paper you would think he is the more dominant ground fighter so let's see if these unusual tactics pay off.
Hunt uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Fitzsimmons has time to react.
Hunt lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Hunt lands a nice looking body kick.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Hunt uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Fitzsimmons.
Hunt scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Hunt dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Hunt connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Fitzsimmons momentarily.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hunt throws a jab but it's blocked by Fitzsimmons.
Hunt throws a hook but Fitzsimmons avoids it easily.
Fitzsimmons is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
A decent looking cross lands there for Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Hunt throws a leg kick
letting Fitzsimmons counter with a right hand.
Hunt works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Fitzsimmons throws a big shot that misses.
Hunt takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Hunt throws a body kick that misses.
Hunt throws a head kick but Fitzsimmons moves out of range.
A swing and a miss from Hunt.
Hunt throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Fitzsimmons walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Hunt checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Hunt misses with a kick to the body.
Hunt takes a swing at Fitzsimmons's ribcage but misses.
Fitzsimmons swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Phol Hunt 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! This is the final round!


A solid leg kick lands there for Fitzsimmons.
Hunt on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Hunt wants to clinch up but Fitzsimmons keeps it at a distance.
Fitzsimmons slips under a jab.
Hunt misses with a double jab.
Hunt has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Hunt on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Hunt throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Hunt throws a right hand that misses
and Fitzsimmons counters with a nice body shot.
Fitzsimmons chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Hunt can pounce on him.
Fitzsimmons throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Hunt's head.
Fitzsimmons takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Hunt throws out a leg kick but Fitzsimmons moves out of range and Hunt only half commits.
Fitzsimmons swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Hunt throws a hook but Fitzsimmons blocks it.
Hunt pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Fitzsimmons moves out of range of the leg kick from Hunt.
Fitzsimmons throwing a counter right hand but Hunt manages to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons misses with a body shot.
Fitzsimmons misses with a hook.
Hunt throws a jab but it's blocked by Fitzsimmons.
Hunt misses with a lunging right hand
and Fitzsimmons counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Hunt throws a hook but Fitzsimmons blocks it.
A jab from Hunt finds it's way through Fitzsimmons's defenses.
Fitzsimmons tries a head kick but it misses.
Hunt cracks Fitzsimmons with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Fitzsimmons lands a high kick!
Hunt throws a body kick, spinning off balance

and Fitzsimmons counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Fitzsimmons slips a nice elbow through Hunt's hands, connecting with Hunt's forehead.
Hunt trying to control here.
Fitzsimmons throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Hunt trying to control from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hunt blocking the ground and pound attempt from Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons prevents Hunt from improving his position.
Hunt trying to control from the bottom.
Hunt avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Fitzsimmons.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Fitzsimmons not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Fitzsimmons misses with a head shot. Hunt uses the momentum to regain guard.

Hunt pushes Fitzsimmons off and scrambles back to his feet.
Fitzsimmons throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Fitzsimmons with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Hunt has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Fitzsimmons finds it's way round the side to connect with Hunt's head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Fitzsimmons has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Hunt.

Hunt closes the distance and clinches.
Hunt throws a head punch that misses.
Fitzsimmons throws a head punch that misses.
Fitzsimmons works on Hunt's body with a couple of short punches.
Hunt prevents a body shot from Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Fitzsimmons misses with a punch on the inside.
Fitzsimmons blocking some punches.
Fitzsimmons swings wildly with an uppercut but Hunt uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hunt lands a shoulder strike.
Fitzsimmons doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Hunt blocks an uppercut.
Still in the clinch, Hunt scores with a nice short uppercut.
Fitzsimmons softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Hunt stalling in the clinch but Fitzsimmons improves position.
Hunt wants to stall.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hunt using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Fitzsimmons has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Fitzsimmons scores with a hook to the body.
Hunt misses with a hook to the ribs.
Jim Fitzsimmons has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Fitzsimmons swings wildly with an uppercut but Hunt uses good head movement to avoid it.
Fitzsimmons has a couple of punches blocked by Hunt.
Fitzsimmons avoiding damage as Hunt throws knees to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Hunt can't find room to land a body shot as Fitzsimmons controls the action.
Hunt struggles to land a body shot inside as Fitzsimmons controls his hands.
Fitzsimmons misses with a short punch on the inside.
Fitzsimmons misses with the head strike.
Fitzsimmons fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Hunt looking to slow down the pace here.
A left hand lands to the body for Fitzsimmons.
Hunt tries a knee to the head but Fitzsimmons blocks it.
Fitzsimmons blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Hunt trying to stall but Fitzsimmons improves his position.

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 Jim Fitzsimmons.
Well Fitzsimmons has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 Dillan Fox scores the fight 29:28
Judge Gregory Folan scores the fight 29:29
Judge Alec Ball scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Jim Fitzsimmons!

Post fight, Jim Fitzsimmons stared into the camera and said 'A jolly good scrap, old chum! I say, will you join me for a spot of gin and tonic?'.
Phol Hunt was interviewed post fight and said 'vittu'.
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hype
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FIGHT
RATING
72%
 
 
 
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