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Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Takashi Yoshida (ranked 1625 p4p, 80 weight class) and Felix Rodrigo (ranked 3386 p4p, 169 weight class). The key to victory for Takashi Yoshida has got to be keeping the fight on the feet.

165 cm
20
135 lbs
5 - 0 - 0
169 cm
20
145 lbs
3 - 0 - 0
BJJ Purple Belt
Lethal high kicks
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Counter fighter
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Takashi Yoshida!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Felix Rodrigo !
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, James Glass and Phil Schofield.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yoshida fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Rodrigo manages to avoid it.
Yoshida scores with a hook.

Rodrigo gets a clinch.
Yoshida pushes Rodrigo back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Rodrigo struggles to land a body shot inside as Yoshida controls his hands.
Rodrigo blocks an uppercut.
Rodrigo tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Yoshida avoids it.
Yoshida swings wildly with an uppercut but Rodrigo uses good head movement to avoid it.
Rodrigo jumps guard but Yoshida turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Yoshida lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Rodrigo .
Yoshida lands a body shot in the clinch.
Yoshida misses with the head strike.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rodrigo drops down looking for an ankle pick but Yoshida pulls his leg out and moves away.
Rodrigo displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Yoshida throws out the jab.
A nice leg kick lands there from Yoshida.
Yoshida tries to close the distance and clinch but Rodrigo swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Rodrigo slips a straight right by Yoshida.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yoshida swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Rodrigo shoots in and drives through. Yoshida sprawls well.
Takashi Yoshida has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Felix Rodrigo .
Rodrigo misses with an uppercut
enabling Yoshida to counter with a crisp jab.

Rodrigo moves into the clinch.
Yoshida lands a hook to the side of the head.
Rodrigo blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Rodrigo has Yoshida pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Yoshida manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
Yoshida pushes Rodrigo back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Rodrigo has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Yoshida scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Rodrigo working aggressively here.
Rodrigo blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Rodrigo tries to land knees in the clinch but Yoshida avoids the damage to the body.
Rodrigo using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Yoshida has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Yoshida fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Rodrigo is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Yoshida to keep the fight standing.
Yoshida misses with a punch on the inside.
Rodrigo 's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Yoshida works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yoshida throws a punch but it's blocked by Rodrigo .
Rodrigo tries for a takedown but Yoshida manages to get underhooks.
Yoshida lands with a left to the head.
Yoshida prevents a takedown attempt there.
A short left from Yoshida.
Rodrigo looking for a takedown.

Rodrigo decides to pull guard.

Rodrigo working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Yoshida has passed into half guard!
Yoshida content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Rodrigo looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Yoshida looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
Rodrigo is pressing down on Yoshida's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

Rodrigo throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

Rodrigo has his foot on Yoshida's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Yoshida works his way back into a safe position though.

Yoshida decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Rodrigo , up you get!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Rodrigo tries to clinch but Yoshida moves out of range.
Rodrigo gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Yoshida misses the shot to the body.
Takashi Yoshida is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Rodrigo fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Yoshida throws a big shot that misses.
A left lands for Yoshida.
Yoshida throws out a loose jab but Rodrigo uses good head movement to avoid it.
Rodrigo fails with a takedown attempt.
A slapping leg kick lands for Yoshida.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Takashi Yoshida dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


An inside leg kick lands from Yoshida.
Rodrigo uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Yoshida.
A punch lands to the side of Rodrigo 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Rodrigo falls off balance throwing a combination
letting Yoshida counter with a right hand.
Yoshida cracks Rodrigo with an open hand slap.
Rodrigo shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Yoshida wants to clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rodrigo tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Yoshida defends well and Rodrigo ends up having to push Yoshida into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Rodrigo doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Rodrigo shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Yoshida defends it nicely.
Takashi Yoshida has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Felix Rodrigo .

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yoshida tries to sprawl but Rodrigo drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Rodrigo prevents Yoshida from improving his position.
Rodrigo throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.

Rodrigo is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Yoshida is trying to maintain the position but Rodrigo is very close to passing his half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rodrigo throwing shots but Yoshida is blocking nicely.
Rodrigo looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Yoshida with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Yoshida keeping hold of Rodrigo 's head, controlling as best he can.
Rodrigo is trying to control. Yoshida wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Rodrigo passes to full mount!
Rodrigo throwing sloppy strikes, which aren't doing any damage.
Rodrigo misses with a head shot.
Yoshida blocking the ground and pound.
Yoshida is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Rodrigo can do to turn this around?
Rodrigo throws a sloppy strike and Yoshida uses the opportunity to reverse the position! A bit of a scramble here and Yoshida has ended up in Rodrigo 's guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Rodrigo is working an open guard so Yoshida takes the opportunity to get back to his feet.
Rodrigo with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Yoshida to score with a decent uppercut.
Rodrigo uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Yoshida.
A jab from Yoshida misses.
Yoshida displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Rodrigo .
Yoshida misses the shot to the body.
Rodrigo looks for a takedown but Yoshida sprawls well.
The fighters circling - Yoshida throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
A punch lands to the side of Rodrigo 's head but he takes it in his stride.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yoshida lands a really nice looking cross but Rodrigo seems unphased.

Yoshida gets taken down but at least he's managed to land in guard.

Yoshida has scooted to the edge of the canvas and used the cage to get back to his feet. Rodrigo has stuck on his opponent and is forcing him back against the cage.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Yoshida is defending well against a takedown attempt.
Yoshida fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Yoshida misses with the head strike.
Rodrigo misses with an elbow strike.
Yoshida tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Rodrigo tries to pull guard but Yoshida won't allow it.
Yoshida has a couple of punches blocked by Rodrigo .
Yoshida lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Rodrigo backwards.
Rodrigo tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Yoshida's elbow.
Yoshida swings wildly with an uppercut but Rodrigo uses good head movement to avoid it.

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

Takashi Yoshida dominated that second round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.



Yoshida gets a clinch.
Yoshida lands a shoulder strike.
Yoshida lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Yoshida lands a hook to the side of the head.
Rodrigo trying to land knees to the body.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Yoshida.
A shot in the inside from Yoshida.
Rodrigo wants a takedown.
Yoshida lands a hook that snaps the head of Rodrigo backwards.
Yoshida misses with a punch on the inside.
Yoshida misses with a punch on the inside.
Yoshida tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Yoshida tries to throw a body punch but Rodrigo avoids it by throwing Yoshida back against the cage.
Yoshida lands a left hand that snaps the head of Rodrigo backwards.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Yoshida throws a head punch that misses.
Yoshida blocks a body shot from Rodrigo .
Yoshida misses with a short punch on the inside.

Rodrigo gets control of Yoshida's arms and successfully pulls guard. Rodrigo will no doubt be looking for submissions off his back.

Rodrigo is looking for a triangle here but Yoshida uses the submission attempt to pass into side control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rodrigo is looking for a sweep.
Yoshida just content to control the position.
Rodrigo manages to work his way to half guard, despite Yoshida's best efforts.
Yoshida controlling the action here.
Yoshida has freed up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Rodrigo is wriggling around trying to escape.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yoshida controlling his opponent.
Rodrigo tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Rodrigo keeps trying to improve his position.
Yoshida tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.
Yoshida continues to stall.
Rodrigo tries to lock up and control but Yoshida gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Yoshida takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Rodrigo is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rodrigo is trying to escape the mount.
Yoshida controlling from the full mount.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Yoshida trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Yoshida controlling from the full mount.
Yoshida's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Rodrigo is desperately trying to get back to half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Yoshida content just to control the position here.
Rodrigo tries to hold on but Yoshida postures up.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Rodrigo tries to reverse the position but Yoshida maintains control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Takashi Yoshida clearly takes that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Yoshida lands a nice looking body shot.

Yoshida closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Takashi Yoshida has scored more points in the clinch so far.

Rodrigo jumps guard.
Takashi Yoshida overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Rodrigo looking for subs off his back but Yoshida has passed one foot through into half guard.
Yoshida trying to control the pace.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yoshida stands up from half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yoshida tries to clinch there but Rodrigo circles away.
Rodrigo with the counter takedown but Yoshida avoids it easily.
Rodrigo throws a hook but Yoshida blocks it.
Yoshida looks to land a combination but Rodrigo avoids it well.
Yoshida fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Rodrigo looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Rodrigo defending well as Yoshida loads up on a big left hand.
Takashi Yoshida is winning the standup battle so far.

Rodrigo has taken the fight to the clinch.
Rodrigo doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Yoshida lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Rodrigo is trying to pull guard but Yoshida has him pressed against the cage.
Yoshida swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Yoshida makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Yoshida softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Yoshida.
Rodrigo blocking some punches.
Rodrigo tries to score a body lock takedown but Yoshida shows good agility there to stay on his feet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rodrigo is trying to pull guard but being pressed up against the cage enables Yoshida to keep the fight standing.
Takashi Yoshida has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Felix Rodrigo .
Rodrigo tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Rodrigo is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
Yoshida misses with a short punch on the inside.
Yoshida lands a body punch.
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!
Yoshida scores with a nice hook to the head.
Yoshida throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Rodrigo s head.
A short left from Yoshida.
Rodrigo blocks an uppercut.
Yoshida throws a punch but it's blocked by Rodrigo .
Rodrigo misses with the head strike.
Yoshida lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Rodrigo backwards.
Yoshida pushes Rodrigo back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Yoshida throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Rodrigo s head.
Rodrigo fails to pull guard.
Rodrigo blocks a punch to the side of the head.

Rodrigo pulls guard.

Rodrigo is working an open guard so Yoshida takes the opportunity to get back to his feet.
Yoshida lands with a right hand.
Yoshida is looking light on his feet compared to last time was saw him fight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Rodrigo looking for a takedown here - he's got it.
Yoshida on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Yoshida tries to get out of the position.
Rodrigo throws a big right hand that misses.
Yoshida has control of Rodrigo 's left arm, preventing Rodrigo from doing any damage.
Yoshida tries to land a sweep but no joy.

Rodrigo has gone for a leg lock! Yoshida slips out almost immediately though and dives into Rodrigo 's guard.

Rodrigo tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Rodrigo is trying to keep Yoshida in close.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Rodrigo working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Yoshida doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Yoshida manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Rodrigo has his foot on Yoshida's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Yoshida works his way back into a safe position though.
Yoshida controls the pace of the fight for a moment.

Rodrigo is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Rodrigo trying to keep a closed guard but Yoshida is proving a slippery customer.
Yoshida looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Takashi Yoshida had his way with Felix Rodrigo in that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Good shot there by Yoshida.
Rodrigo avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Rodrigo feints the counter takedown.

Rodrigo darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.

Yoshida kicks Rodrigo off and gets back to his feet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rodrigo slips a jab from Yoshida.
Yoshida is looking to slow Rodrigo down with leg kicks.
Yoshida uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Rodrigo .

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rodrigo misses with a body shot
and Yoshida cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
The fighters circle momentarily. Yoshida darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Rodrigo lands a glancing blow to the side of Yoshida's head.
Yoshida tries to clinch there but Rodrigo circles away.
Rodrigo shoots in and drives through. Yoshida sprawls well.
Yoshida scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Yoshida looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Rodrigo dives in for a single leg takedown but Yoshida sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Yoshida scores with a punch to the head.

Rodrigo is rocked!
Rodrigo tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Yoshida defends well and Rodrigo ends up having to push Yoshida into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Felix Rodrigo has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Takashi Yoshida has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Felix Rodrigo .
Rodrigo is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yoshida throws an overhand right that lands on Rodrigo 's shoulder, as Rodrigo tries to avoid the shot.
Yoshida lands the left hand.
Rodrigo is still on wobbly legs! Can Yoshida finish him?
This has been an exciting period of action!
Rodrigo with a poor takedown
and Yoshida connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Rodrigo tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Yoshida counters with a crisp right that sends Rodrigo to the canvas! Yoshida follows up with punches from the mount and this one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:24 of round 5, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Takashi Yoshida!
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