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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Grin Ribber (ranked 45 p4p, 4 weight class) and Nick Shamrock (ranked 315 p4p, 34 weight class). Ribber's entrance music is Ay Ay Ay. A fine choice. Shamrock has chosen One Winged Angel by The Black Mages as his entrance music. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

178 cm
34
148 lbs
29 - 11 - 0
170 cm
27
145 lbs
8 - 1 - 0
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World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 11 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Grin Ribber!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Nick Shamrock!
The judges for this bout are William Peck, Yves DeLean and Gregory Folan.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Ribber scores with a leg kick.
We've been informed that Shamrock has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.
Ribber lands with an uppercut that bounces Shamrock off the cage and back into range.
Ribber steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Shamrock.
Shamrock misses with a straight right.
Ribber chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Shamrock can pounce on him.
Ribber scores with a nice head shot.
Ribber looks to land a left hand but Shamrock moved out of range nicely.
Ribber backing away here, and Shamrock unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Ribber stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Shamrock.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Shamrock throws a looping overhand right but Ribber ducks down to avoid it.
Ribber is looking to score with low kicks.

Shamrock takes the fight into the clinch.
Shamrock misses with a punch to the body.
Shamrock is leaning against Ribber and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.

Ribber breaks the clinch.
Ribber throws out a loose jab but Shamrock uses good head movement to avoid it.
Ribber fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Shamrock jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Shamrock misses with a straight right.
Nick Shamrock seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Shamrock with a nice cross.
Shamrock lands a nice looking body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shamrock is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ribber.
Shamrock misses with a wild body shot.
Nice defenses there by Ribber.
It looked like Ribber was looking amped, ready to throw a big counter but didn't commit.
Ribber throws a big shot that misses.
Shamrock scores with a jab to the body.
We've been hearing reports that Ribber has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.
Ribber throws the left hand but Shamrock avoids the punch easily.
Ribber keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Shamrock takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Shamrock moves out of range as Ribber throws a body kick.
Shamrock uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Ribber.
Shamrock misses with a low kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Shamrock. Ribber does a little dance to reset his feet.
Shamrock takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
A looping hook to the body misses from Shamrock. Ribber does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ribber half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Ribber thows a left - swing and a miss!
Nick Shamrock is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Shamrock looks to land a right hand but Ribber moved out of range.
Ribber uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Shamrock.
Shamrock fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Ribber on the side of the head.
Shamrock stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Ribber.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Ribber swats away the attempt to clinch by Shamrock.
Ribber feinted with a counter takedown.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A slow jab from Shamrock misses its intended target.
Shamrock lands the left hand.
Ribber takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Ribber fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Shamrock looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Shamrock lands a slapping body shot.
Ribber scores with a hook to the body. Shamrock takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Ribber misses with a looping right.
Shamrock staying out of range there.
A nice inside leg kick there by Shamrock. That's going to slow Ribber down.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Shamrock, as that shot connected.
Shamrock fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Shamrock lands a nice shot to the body.
Ribber avoids the body shot from Shamrock.
Ribber chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Shamrock listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
A jab from Shamrock misses.
Ribber throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

Shamrock gets caught napping as Ribber dives in and scores a takedown. Shamrock manages to retain guard.
Ribber postures up in Shamrock's guard and throws a big left but Shamrock blocks it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Shamrock has butterfly guard. He's looking to stand up here. He pushes Ribber off him and springs to his feet nicely. The crowd applauds.
Ribber bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Ribber takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Shamrock ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Ribber moves away.
Shamrock slips a jab from Ribber.
Shamrock looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Ribber avoids the body shot from Shamrock.
A jab from Shamrock misses.
Shamrock throws a body punch but Ribber moves out of range.
Shamrock misses with an uppercut.
Ribber takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Ribber is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Shamrock.
Shamrock stuns Ribber with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Shamrock throws a big shot that misses.
Ribber blocks a jab.
Shamrock lands a body shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Shamrock bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Shamrock is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Ribber had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Ribber lands with a right hand.
Shamrock misses with a looping right.
Ribber throws a hook but Shamrock blocks it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ribber misses the jab.
Shamrock bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.

Ribber looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
Shamrock wants to get back to his feet.
Ribber sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Shamrock defending well though.
Ribber thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Ribber missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Ribber working some ground and pound from close in. He's looking to maintain this position and strike for a while by the looks of things... although he'll probably advance to full mount in a minute now I've said that.
Shamrock really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Ribber. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Ribber is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ribber prevents Shamrock from standing back up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Ribber misses with a looping left.
Shamrock looks to land a left hand but Ribber moved out of range nicely.
Ribber was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
A big left from Ribber misses.
Ribber misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Shamrock.
Shamrock keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
The fighters circling - Shamrock throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Ribber throws a leg kick but Shamrock checks it.
Nice defenses there by Ribber.
Ribber moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Shamrock misses with a jab to the body
and Ribber counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Shamrock lands an overhand right.

Shamrock has Ribber up against the cage in a clinch.
Shamrock blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Shamrock swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Shamrock has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Ribber stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.

Ribber pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
A shot to the liver by Ribber. Beautiful body shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Ribber swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Shamrock punishes Ribber's body with a nice straight punch.
Ribber feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Shamrock's calf.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shamrock fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Ribber has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Shamrock throws a leg kick but Ribber checks it.
Ribber connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Shamrock's hands.
Shamrock waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Ribber.
Ribber throws a looping overhand right but Shamrock ducks down to avoid it.
Ribber looks to throw the jab but Shamrock is out of range.
Ribber takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Shamrock tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Ribber is able to avoid easily.
Ribber drops down looking for a counter takedown but Shamrock sprawls and moves away.
A jab from Shamrock misses.
Shamrock loads up on a big right hand but Ribber slips the punch.
Ribber throws a solid leg kick but Shamrock takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Ribber.
Ribber takes a swing at Shamrock's ribcage but misses.
Ribber shoots in for a takedown but Shamrock shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Ribber dips to his left and cracks Shamrock with an uppercut!
Good leg kick by Shamrock there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Shamrock throws a leg kick

and Ribber decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Shamrock's guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Ribber missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.

Shamrock is scooting his butt against the cage and has managed to get back to his feet. Ribber presses him back against the cage, presumably looking to take the fight back to the mat.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Shamrock throws a head punch that misses.
Shamrock tries to work over Ribber's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Shamrock lands a shoulder strike.
Shamrock blocking some punches.
Shamrock fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Ribber.
Ribber lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Ribber softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Shamrock.

Ribber manages to break the clinch.
Ribber slips a jab from Shamrock.
Ribber seem to be loading up, looking for a big counter.
Ribber throws a leg kick but Shamrock sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Shamrock lands a lovely overhand right.
Shamrock tries to clinch but Ribber moves out of range.
Shamrock tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ribber was well out of range. Poor timing from Shamrock.
Shamrock misses with a straight left.
Shamrock misses the shot to the body.
Shamrock throws a body punch but Ribber moves out of range.
Shamrock misses with a left hand
and Ribber counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Shamrock misses with a straight left.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A jab from Shamrock misses.
Shamrock with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Ribber to score with a decent uppercut.
Shamrock throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Shamrock tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ribber was well out of range. Poor timing from Shamrock.
Ribber digs a good hook to Shamrock's body.
Shamrock misses with a body shot.
Ribber attempts a counter takedown but Shamrock avoids it well and moves away.
Shamrock misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ribber.
Ribber waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Shamrock.
Shamrock smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Ribber buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Ribber tries a low kick but Shamrock avoids it.
Ribber defending well as Shamrock loads up on a big left hand.
Ribber avoids the body shot from Shamrock.
Ribber throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Ribber misses with a low kick.
Nick Shamrock seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Ribber needs to keep his hands up - Shamrock had a free shot at his head there.
Shamrock swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Ribber counters with a stiff right hand.
Ribber has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Ribber there as he acknowledges the shot.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ribber misses with a jab, cross combination.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Shamrock sizes up Ribber with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Shamrock slips a jab from Ribber.
Shamrock throws a leg kick but Ribber checks it.
Shamrock 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.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Ribber checks a leg kick.
Ribber throwing a counter right hand but Shamrock manages to avoid it.
Ribber throws a hook but Shamrock blocks it.
Shamrock turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Good shot there by Shamrock.
Ribber stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Shamrock.
Ribber swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Ribber scoring well with a low kick there.
Shamrock misses with a straight right.
Ribber swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Shamrock moves out of range of the strikes.
Shamrock scores with a hook.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Shamrock throws a lazy right hand but Ribber sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Shamrock misses the shot to the body.
Ribber blocks a jab.
Ribber throws out a powerful jab.
Ribber gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Nick Shamrock will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Ribber's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Ribber throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Ribber lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Ribber with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Nice uppercut lands for Shamrock. That snapped Ribber's head back.
Shamrock is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ribber.
Shamrock loads up on a big right hand but Ribber slips the punch.
Shamrock scores with a jab to the body.
Ribber swings and misses with a hook to the body.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Shamrock crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Ribber - the referee stops the clock and Shamrock gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Ribber. Shamrock manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Shamrock shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Shamrock misses with a wild body shot.
Shamrock takes a swing at Ribber's ribcage but misses.
Ribber goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Ribber is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Shamrock misses with a wild body shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ribber throws out a leg kick but Shamrock moves out of range and Ribber only half commits.
Ribber looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Shamrock scores with a jab to the head.
Ribber throws a one two combo.
Ribber thows a left - swing and a miss!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shamrock lands an overhand right.
Shamrock misses with a leg kick.
Shamrock turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Ribber uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Shamrock.
Ribber looks to land a body kick but Shamrock moved away.
Shamrock was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Ribber moves out of range of the strikes.
Ribber throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Shamrock fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ribber manages to avoid it.
Shamrock takes a kick to the side of the head.
A looping hook to the body misses from Shamrock. Ribber does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ribber throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Ribber takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

Ribber throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Shamrock was covering up waiting for the punch and Ribber finishes the takedown easily into guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ribber throwing strikes but missing.
Ribber looking to pass the guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ribber landing with the ground and pound.
Shamrock wants to stand up but Ribber is controlling him.
Shamrock keeping moving, preventing Ribber from controlling successfully.
Shamrock preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Shamrock wants to get back to his feet but Ribber is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ribber keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Shamrock's head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ribber stops Shamrock from standing up.
Ribber loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Ribber prevents Shamrock from getting back to his feet.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Shamrock steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Ribber. That one must have hurt.
Shamrock swings for the body but Ribber moves out of range.

Ribber throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Shamrock was covering up waiting for the punch and Ribber finishes the takedown easily into guard.

The fighters are working up against the cage. Shamrock manages to wriggle his way back to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched against the cage.
Ribber is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.

Ribber escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Ribber takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Shamrock throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Ribber throwing a counter right hand but Shamrock manages to avoid it.
Shamrock scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Ribber doesn't seem bothered though.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Shamrock lands a nice looking body shot.
Shamrock turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ribber uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Shamrock.
Ribber is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Shamrock scores with a jab to the jaw.
Shamrock staying out of range there.
Ribber throws an overhand right that lands on Shamrock's shoulder, as Shamrock tries to avoid the shot.
Ribber sizes up Shamrock with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Shamrock misses with a lunging right hand
letting Ribber counter with a right hand.
Shamrock moves out of range of the strikes.
A telegraphed right hand from Ribber misses the target.
Shamrock throws an overhand right that lands on Ribber's shoulder, as Ribber tries to avoid the shot.
Shamrock stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Ribber.
Ribber tests Shamrock's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Good shot there by Ribber.
Shamrock has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Shamrock there as he acknowledges the shot.
Ribber connects with a body shot.
Crunch! Ribber slams his shin into Shamrock's torso.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ribber steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Shamrock.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Grin Ribber clearly takes that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Ribber throws a body shot but no joy.
Shamrock lands a body shot.
Ribber checks the leg kick nicely there.
Ribber turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Ribber buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Shamrock scoring well with a low kick there.
Shamrock lands a nice shot to the body.
Shamrock connects with a single shot there.
Shamrock checks the leg kick.
Ribber misses with a low kick.
Ribber slips under a jab from Shamrock.
Ribber displaying good standup as he scores with a three punch combination.
Shamrock throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Shamrock ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Ribber looks to throw the jab but Shamrock is out of range.
Shamrock tries to close the distance and clinch up but Ribber swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Ribber bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Shamrock's head.
Shamrock takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Shamrock tries to clinch but Ribber is having none of it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A decent looking cross lands there for Shamrock.
Shamrock is looking to clinch.
A left and a right from Ribber both land. Nice combination.
Ribber throws a lazy right hand but Shamrock sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Shamrock with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Shamrock looks to score with a jab to the body but Ribber is just out of range.
Ribber misses the jab.
Ribber misses with a wild body shot.
Ribber walks into a left hand.
Shamrock throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Ribber misses with a wild body shot.
Shamrock pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ribber thows a left - swing and a miss!
Ribber stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Shamrock cracks Ribber with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A telegraphed right hand from Ribber misses the target.
Shamrock throws a leg kick

so Ribber counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.

Shamrock is edging up against the cage. He's using the cage to get back to his feet. Nice work there - the fighters are clinched.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Shamrock swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Shamrock struggles to land a body shot inside as Ribber controls his hands.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Ribber.
Shamrock presses Ribber against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Shamrock presses Ribber against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Shamrock misses with the head strike.
A nice right hand lands inside from Ribber.
Shamrock lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.

Ribber escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Ribber lands with a straight right. Shamrock didn't see that one coming.
Shamrock throws a jab but it's blocked by Ribber.
Shamrock lands a nice hook to Ribber's body. Ribber takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Ribber connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Shamrock's hands.

Ribber drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Ribber postures up in Shamrock's guard and throws a big left but Shamrock blocks it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ribber cracks Shamrock with a solid left hand.
Ribber stops Shamrock from standing up.
Ribber throws a big right hand that misses.
Ribber prevents Shamrock from getting back to his feet.
Ribber throws a big right hand that misses.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Shamrock lands a nice shot to the body.
Ribber has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Shamrock.
Shamrock just misses with a punch to the body.
Shamrock throws out a token jab with nothing on it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ribber misses with a hook. Shamrock ducked under it nicely.
A solid leg kick lands there for Shamrock.
Ribber throws a solid leg kick but Shamrock takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Ribber.
It seemed like Shamrock was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Shamrock misses with a looping left.
Shamrock chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Ribber dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Shamrock. That did some damage!
Shamrock throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Ribber's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Shamrock connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Ribber scrambles back to his feet.
Shamrock misses with a low kick.
A nice inside leg kick there by Shamrock. That's going to slow Ribber down.
Ribber is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Shamrock blocks a head kick by Ribber.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Shamrock misses with a looping left.
Ribber misses with a body kick.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ribber scores with a leg kick.

Shamrock takes the fight into the clinch.
Ribber scores with a nice hook to the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Nick Shamrock will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. This is the final round!


Ribber looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Ribber scores with a jab to the head.
Ribber takes a swing at Shamrock's ribcage but misses.
Shamrock throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Shamrock throws a body punch but Ribber moves out of range.
Shamrock connects with a solid leg kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Shamrock. Ribber does a little dance to reset his feet.
Shamrock chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Ribber can pounce on him.
Shamrock takes a swing at Ribber's ribcage but misses.
Shamrock looks to land a left hand but Ribber moved out of range nicely.
Ribber walks into a jab.
Shamrock thuds a left hand into Ribber's body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A shot to the liver by Ribber. Beautiful body shot.
Horrible takedown attempt by Ribber or perhaps it was just good defense by Shamrock, which made it look bad.
Shamrock ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Ribber moves away.
Ribber throws a body punch but Shamrock moves out of range.
The fight stays on the outside here - Shamrock looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shamrock slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Ribber avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Shamrock throws a quick inside leg kick.
Shamrock throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Ribber throws a shot from downtown. Shamrock moves away and avoids it.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Ribber.
Ribber looks to land a combination but Shamrock avoids it well.
Shamrock tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Shamrock throws a poor cross that misses
and Ribber cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Shamrock throws a lazy right hand but Ribber sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
An attempted straight right counter from Ribber misses the target.
Ribber throws a jab when Shamrock was well out of range.
Ribber throws a looping overhand right but Shamrock ducks down to avoid it.
Shamrock throws a body punch but Ribber moves out of range.
Ribber lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
A jab from Shamrock misses.
Grin Ribber has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ribber lands with a good body shot.
Ribber throws a body punch but Shamrock moves out of range.
Shamrock dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Ribber misses with a hook. Shamrock ducked under it nicely.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Shamrock lunges at Ribber with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Ribber's hand.
Ribber throws out a loose jab but Shamrock uses good head movement to avoid it.
Shamrock scores with a crisp jab that stopped Ribber in his tracks.
Shamrock fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Ribber scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Shamrock connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Shamrock throws a nice inside leg kick.
Shamrock fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Ribber checks it well.
Ribber chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Shamrock can pounce on him.
Ribber takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Ribber looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Ribber throws a jab but it's blocked by Shamrock.
Ribber throws a body shot but no joy.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ribber misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Shamrock.
Shamrock looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
An inside leg kick lands from Shamrock.

Ribber closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
Ribber has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Ribber prevents Shamrock from standing back up.
Shamrock blocking the ground and pound attempt from Ribber.
Ribber trying to control the action but Shamrock is working from the bottom.
Shamrock pushes Ribber off looking to stand but Ribber dives back in and keeps control.
Ribber thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Ribber lands strikes from half guard.
Grin Ribber overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Ribber passes to side control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ribber lands a few punches from side control.
Shamrock is putting a lot of effort into getting back to his feet here.
Ribber sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Shamrock is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
Shamrock parries the strikes from Ribber easily there. Ribber is wary of posturing up too much because it might enable Shamrock to escape.
Ribber trying to control the position but Shamrock is working away.

Shamrock bucks up and manages to escape back to his feet!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ribber tries a head kick but it misses.
Shamrock keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Shamrock cracks Ribber with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Ribber tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Shamrock was well out of range. Poor timing from Ribber.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Nick Shamrock.
I think Shamrock has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge William Peck scores the fight 49:46
Judge Yves DeLean scores the fight 46:49
Judge Gregory Folan scores the fight 49:47

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Grin Ribber!

Grin Ribber retains his featherweight title!
A less than humble Grin Ribber misjudged his post fight interview somewhat and came across a little too arrogant whilst trying to hype up his own abilities.
Nick Shamrock was interviewed post fight and said 'I lost!?! How did I lose?'.
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
86%
 
 
 
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