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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Bruce Diehard (ranked 130 p4p, 18 weight class) and Pedro Kapaldi (ranked 267 p4p, 38 weight class). Man, I cannot wait for this one!

180 cm
33
158 lbs
27 - 12 - 1
158 cm
36
155 lbs
29 - 9 - 1
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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 lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 27 wins, 12 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Bruce Diehard!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 9 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Pedro Kapaldi!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Timothy Bukovac and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kapaldi lands with a cross.
Diehard throws out a loose jab but Kapaldi uses good head movement to avoid it.
Kapaldi let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Kapaldi tries to land a body kick
and Kapaldi takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Kapaldi scores with a jab to the body.
Kapaldi walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Diehard lands a jab to the head.
Diehard works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.

Diehard bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Diehard working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Diehard wants to control but Kapaldi is keeping him busy.
Diehard happy to just control the position for now.
Kapaldi is looking for a sweep.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diehard trying to control the action but Kapaldi is working from the bottom.
Diehard tries to advance to mount but Kapaldi denies him.
Diehard is looking to take a break and control but Kapaldi is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Diehard swings around for an armbar but Kapaldi sees it coming a mile off and turns beautifully into Diehard's guard.
Diehard wants to sweep here but Kapaldi controlling him for the moment.

Kapaldi got a little sloppy there for a moment and Diehard has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Kapaldi has managed to get both his arms back between Diehard's legs - danger averted.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diehard looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Kapaldi's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Diehard looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Diehard will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.

Diehard is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Kapaldi defends well.
Kapaldi seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kapaldi wants to pass the guard but Diehard is keeping the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard looking to control.
Diehard is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Diehard trying to pass the guard but Kapaldi defending well.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Kapaldi is refusing to be controlled, as Diehard sits in half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.

Diehard is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Kapaldi has managed to free his arm - good work.

Diehard is trying to work for a kimura but Kapaldi is defending well.
Kapaldi is in trouble now - Diehard has advanced to mount!

Diehard goes for an armbar but Kapaldi turns quickly into his guard - lovely anticipation from Kapaldi.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Diehard wants to sweep but no luck.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Bruce Diehard dominated that 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.


Diehard throws out a loose jab but Kapaldi uses good head movement to avoid it.
Kapaldi ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Diehard moves away.
Kapaldi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Diehard.
Kapaldi ducks under a wild hook from Diehard.
Kapaldi throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Diehard looks to land a right hand but Kapaldi moved out of range.
Kapaldi moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Kapaldi pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Diehard looks to land a left hand but Kapaldi moved out of range nicely.
Nice defenses there by Kapaldi.
A jab from Diehard misses.
Kapaldi misses the shot to the body.
Diehard defending well as Kapaldi loads up on a big left hand.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Diehard slips a straight right by Kapaldi.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
A shot to the liver by Kapaldi. Beautiful body shot.
Nice defenses there by Diehard.
Diehard swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Diehard scores with a jab. Kapaldi acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Kapaldi misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Diehard.
Diehard loads up on a big right hand but Kapaldi slips the punch.
Diehard checks the leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kapaldi staying out of range there.
Diehard waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Kapaldi.
Diehard catches Kapaldi with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Diehard thows a left - swing and a miss!
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Diehard.
Kapaldi uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Diehard.
Kapaldi misses with a body kick.
Diehard is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Kapaldi can do to turn this around?
Diehard misses with a straight right.
Kapaldi displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Diehard throws out the jab.
Diehard looks to land a left hand but Kapaldi moved out of range nicely.
Diehard misses with a straight right.
Diehard throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kapaldi sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Kapaldi fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Diehard has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Kapaldi misses with a hook.
Kapaldi missing with a left hand there. Diehard was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Diehard takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
A big right from Diehard misses.
Diehard is really head hunting here, hardly looking to strike to the body at all.
Kapaldi defending well as Diehard loads up on a big left hand.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kapaldi throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Kapaldi scores with a push kick.
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!
Kapaldi takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Kapaldi takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Diehard is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Kapaldi.
Diehard misses with a hook.
Kapaldi with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Diehard to score with a decent uppercut.
Kapaldi slips under a jab from Diehard.
Kapaldi scores with a hook.
Kapaldi throws a wild body kick that Diehard sees coming a mile off.
Kapaldi is looking to land body kicks.
Kapaldi slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Diehard uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Kapaldi.
Diehard misses with a hook. Kapaldi ducked under it nicely.
Diehard ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Diehard takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Diehard looks to score with a jab to the body but Kapaldi is just out of range.
Kapaldi missing with a left hand there. Diehard was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Diehard throwing a counter right hand but Kapaldi manages to avoid it.
Diehard checks a low kick from Kapaldi.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard throws a low kick, looking for Kapaldi's leg but Kapaldi calmly moves out of range.
A nice side step and Kapaldi releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
A telegraphed right hand from Diehard misses the target.
Kapaldi misses with a low kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kapaldi. Diehard does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kapaldi blocks a jab.
Diehard has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Kapaldi.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kapaldi. Diehard does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kapaldi looks to throw a body kick
enabling Diehard to counter with a crisp jab.
Bruce Diehard is winning the standup battle so far.
Kapaldi swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Kapaldi looks for the body kick but Diehard saw that one coming.
A telegraphed right hand from Diehard misses the target.
Kapaldi is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Diehard rather than just go for the knockout.
Kapaldi connects with a single shot there.
Kapaldi fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Diehard takes one to the chin there.
Kapaldi ducks under a wild hook from Diehard.
Diehard keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Diehard misses with a wild body shot.
Kapaldi throws a leg kick
and Diehard counters with a lovely shot to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kapaldi swings and misses with a hook to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kapaldi slips a straight right by Diehard.
Kapaldi tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Diehard was well out of range. Poor timing from Kapaldi.
Diehard was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Kapaldi misses the shot to the body.
Kapaldi throws a low kick but Diehard moves out of range easily.
Kapaldi moves away from the strike by Diehard.
Kapaldi steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Diehard misses with an uppercut.
Diehard's jab looks to have found its range, popping Kapaldi under the eye.
Diehard throws a hook to the side of Kapaldi's head but Kapaldi sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Kapaldi now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Kapaldi slips under a jab from Diehard.
Kapaldi misses with a body kick.
Diehard has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Diehard there as he acknowledges the shot.
Diehard tests Kapaldi's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Kapaldi misses the body punch
and Diehard counters with a nice uppercut.
Diehard tries to move into range but Kapaldi moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Diehard moves into range and connects with a jab.
Kapaldi misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Diehard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Bruce Diehard will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Kapaldi pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Kapaldi throws a shot to the body.
Diehard scores to the head and body with a nice combination!
Diehard throws out a loose jab but Kapaldi uses good head movement to avoid it.
Kapaldi throws a body shot but no joy.
Nice shot by Diehard.
Kapaldi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Diehard.
Diehard swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Diehard is using his reach advantage well here, landing the more effective single shots from range.
Diehard throws a jab but it's blocked by Kapaldi.
Kapaldi tries to land a front kick but Diehard steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Diehard tries to score a power double leg takedown but Kapaldi sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Diehard somewhat.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kapaldi tries to land a front kick but Diehard steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Diehard ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Kapaldi displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Diehard throws out the jab.
Diehard blocks the body kick.
Diehard blocks a head kick by Kapaldi.
Diehard defending well as Kapaldi loads up on a big left hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diehard swings for the body but Kapaldi moves out of range.
Kapaldi looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Diehard on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Kapaldi throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Diehard on the side of the head.
Kapaldi misses with a kick to the body.
It looked like Diehard wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Diehard cracks Kapaldi with an open hand slap.
Kapaldi moves out of range of the strikes.
Kapaldi takes a swing at Diehard's ribcage but misses.
Kapaldi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Diehard.
Kapaldi fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
A big right from Diehard misses.
Diehard misses with an uppercut. Kapaldi saw that one coming.
Kapaldi throws a lazy right hand but Diehard sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Kapaldi misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Diehard.
Kapaldi blocks a jab.

Diehard throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Kapaldi tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Diehard is in Kapaldi's guard.
Bruce Diehard overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Kapaldi keeping full guard, as Diehard tries to pass.
Pedro Kapaldi has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kapaldi has his hands on Diehard's head, controlling the position.
Diehard passes Kapaldi's left leg - he's now in half guard.
Bruce Diehard is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Diehard trying to control the pace.
Diehard seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Kapaldi does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Diehard takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diehard has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Diehard throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Diehard thuds his right hand into Kapaldi's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
A looping hook to the body misses from Diehard. Kapaldi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kapaldi scores with a hook to the body. Diehard takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Kapaldi lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Diehard has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Diehard and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Kapaldi throws a leg kick but Diehard moved away.
Diehard steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Kapaldi. That one must have hurt.
Kapaldi lands a nice hook to Diehard's body. Diehard takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Diehard punishes Kapaldi's body with a nice straight punch.
Kapaldi blocks a jab.
Diehard stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Kapaldi.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kapaldi. Diehard does a little dance to reset his feet.
Diehard misses with a looping left.
Diehard keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Kapaldi ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Diehard moves away.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kapaldi. Diehard does a little dance to reset his feet.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kapaldi goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Diehard ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Kapaldi throws the kick towards the body but Diehard avoids it.
A slow jab from Diehard misses its intended target.
Kapaldi takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Kapaldi goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Diehard rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Kapaldi cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
The fighters circling - Kapaldi throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
A little feinted left hand from Diehard on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Kapaldi throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Pedro Kapaldi.
Well Diehard 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 Frank Antenori scores the fight 29:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 30:27
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 29:29

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Bruce Diehard!

In his post fight interview, Bruce Diehard started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
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