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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Fagell McLovin (ranked 1101 p4p, 147 weight class) and John Ruth (ranked 2049 p4p, 265 weight class). Both fighters really staring each other down here, as John Ruth enters the cage!

187 cm
26
198 lbs
8 - 1 - 0
178 cm
25
195 lbs
6 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

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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 8 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Fagell McLovin!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, John Ruth!
The judges for this bout are Robert Douchet, Ian Loll and Gregory Folan.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
McLovin smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
A jab from Ruth misses.
McLovin misses with a wild body shot.
McLovin lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
McLovin throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
McLovin thumps Ruth with a low kick.
McLovin pivots, looking for a leg kick but Ruth is out of range and McLovin settles back down.
McLovin connects with a right hand. Ruth shakes it off.
McLovin looks for the body kick but Ruth saw that one coming.
A lazy left from McLovin finds it's target.
Ruth misses the jab.
McLovin fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ruth manages to avoid it.
Ruth connects with a body shot.
Ruth on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
McLovin cracks Ruth with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ruth throws a series of punches but McLovin avoids them all with ease.
Ruth throws a jab when McLovin was well out of range.
Ruth lands a nice shot that snaps McLovin's head back.
Ruth throws a shot from downtown. McLovin moves away and avoids it.
It looked like McLovin was looking amped, ready to throw a big counter but didn't commit.
Fagell McLovin seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Ruth swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
We've been informed that Ruth 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.
McLovin looks for the body kick but Ruth saw that one coming.
Ruth tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
McLovin connects with a solid leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ruth takes a shot to the body in his stride.
A big right from McLovin misses.
Ruth drops down looking to force a counter takedown but McLovin defends it well.
McLovin moves out of range as Ruth strikes.
Ruth throws a nice looking combination but McLovin bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
McLovin connects with a body shot that sends Ruth's belly button to the back.
McLovin is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Ruth throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Ruth misses with an uppercut. McLovin saw that one coming.
McLovin throws a poor cross that misses

and Ruth counters with a takedown into side control.
McLovin's coaches at Lovelair Muay Thai/MMA have been working on his defensive grappling in preparation for this fight so let's see if he can get out of this tricky position.
Ruth is working McLovin over with some ground and pound from side control.
Ruth prevents McLovin from escaping the position.
Ruth with the ground and pound but McLovin regains half guard under the barage of strikes.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ruth throws a big elbow that misses, also allowing McLovin to regain full guard.
Ruth lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Ruth lands a couple of elbows.
Ruth with a flurry of punches that miss.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ruth tries to free his leg and advance position but McLovin is retaining full guard.
Ruth throws an elbow that misses. McLovin uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Ruth's guard. Nice move by McLovin!

Ruth wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
McLovin preventing the sweep.
Ruth keeps trying to improve his position.
Ruth is trying to keep McLovin in close.
Ruth looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ruth is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Ruth is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Ruth not landing any meaningful shots this time.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ruth thows a huge punch but McLovin dodges it nicely.

McLovin manages to create a bit of space in order to work his way back to his feet. Ruth keeps hold of his opponent and drives him back against the cage.
Ruth drops to a knee looking for a takedown but McLovin gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Ruth swings wildly with an uppercut but McLovin uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McLovin blocking some punches.
McLovin letting Ruth take a breather here.
Ruth slowing the pace effectively.
Ruth receives a warning from the referee for stalling.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Ruth.
Ruth controlling the action here for a moment.
Ruth is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
McLovin letting Ruth take a breather here.
A head punch on the inside from Ruth fails to land.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Fagell McLovin will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Ruth takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Ruth fails to land with a series of punches.
McLovin misses with a wild body shot.
Ruth feints the counter takedown.
Fagell McLovin is winning the standup battle so far.
Ruth moves out of range as McLovin throws a body kick.
Ruth scores with a jab to the head.
McLovin steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Ruth.

Ruth closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into McLovin's guard.
Ruth cracks McLovin with a solid left hand.
McLovin keeping full guard, as Ruth tries to pass.
McLovin avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Ruth stands up over McLovin, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Ruth makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Ruth wants to pass the guard but McLovin is keeping the position.
Ruth throws a big elbow that misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ruth postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Ruth in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Ruth throws a big elbow that misses.
Ruth looking to pass the guard.
Ruth with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Ruth throws a big right hand that misses.
Ruth with a flurry of punches that miss.
Ruth has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Ruth postures up in McLovin's guard and throws a big left but McLovin blocks it.
Ruth throwing strikes but missing.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Ruth accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Ruth trying to control but McLovin is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ruth in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Ruth throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Ruth wants to control from the top but McLovin keeps moving.
Ruth throwing strikes but missing.
McLovin wants to stand and escape but Ruth is having none of it.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
McLovin throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
McLovin takes a swing at Ruth's ribcage but misses.
A swing and a miss from Ruth.
Ruth on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Ruth throws a right hand that misses
and McLovin counters with a one-two to the body.
McLovin tries to score with a low kick but Ruth moves his leg out of the way.
Ruth dips to his left and cracks McLovin with an uppercut!
Ruth might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McLovin misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
McLovin lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
McLovin is looking to wear down Ruth with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Ruth fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
McLovin steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Ruth.
McLovin throws a leg kick which misses Ruth's front leg but catches the back leg as Ruth tries to avoid it.
McLovin tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ruth was well out of range. Poor timing from McLovin.
Ruth drops down looking to force a counter takedown but McLovin defends it well.
McLovin throws a sloppy head kick and Ruth moves out of range easily.
Ruth throws a jab but it's blocked by McLovin.
McLovin slips under a jab from Ruth.
Ruth throws a hook but McLovin blocks it.
McLovin blocks a jab.
Ruth shoots in for a takedown but McLovin shows good takedown defense.
McLovin moves out of range as Ruth strikes.
Ruth fails to land with a series of punches.
Ruth digs a good hook to McLovin's body.
Nice defenses there by McLovin.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McLovin feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Ruths jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
McLovin staying out of range there.
Ruth avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
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!
McLovin moves out of range of the strikes.
McLovin thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Ruth if he has to take too many more of those.
The fighters circle momentarily. McLovin darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Ruth moves out of range of the body kick from McLovin.
McLovin ducks under a wild hook from Ruth.
McLovin uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Ruth.
McLovin misses with a body shot.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ruth. McLovin does a little dance to reset his feet.
Fagell McLovin is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
A slow jab from Ruth misses its intended target.
A solid leg kick lands there for McLovin.
A big left from Ruth misses.
McLovin tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ruth was well out of range. Poor timing from McLovin.
McLovin throws a predictable looking body shot

so Ruth counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
McLovin preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

John Ruth 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! So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Ruth throws a hook but McLovin avoids it easily.
Ruth sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Ruth uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from McLovin.
McLovin throws a body shot but no joy.
A slapping leg kick lands for McLovin.
Ruth throws the left hand but McLovin avoids the punch easily.
Ruth throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
A nice leg kick lands there from McLovin.
McLovin lands a lovely overhand right.
McLovin scores with a head kick. Ruth tried to block it but didn't get his arm up in time.
McLovin lands a body shot.
Ruth takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
McLovin lands a nice looking kick to the body. Ruth takes a step back to recover.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ruth misses with a body shot.
Ruth on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Ruth takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Ruth moves out of range of the body kick.
Some bone on bone action there as Ruth checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ruth takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
McLovin on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
McLovin throws a chopping leg kick but Ruth manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Ruth is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
McLovin fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Ruth looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
McLovin just misses with a punch to the body.
McLovin moves out of range of the strikes.
A good leg kick by McLovin.
Ruth throws a hook to the side of McLovin's head but McLovin sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Ruth takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Ruth uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from McLovin.
McLovin takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
McLovin defending well as Ruth loads up on a big left hand.
Ruth ducks right into an uppercut from McLovin.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Ruth, as that shot connected.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
McLovin swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Ruth tries for a takedown but McLovin sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Ruth throws a lazy right hand but McLovin sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ruth misses with a straight left.
A jab from Ruth misses.
Ruth throws a lazy uppercut
and McLovin counters with a left to the body.
McLovin takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
McLovin takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Ruth's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Nice shot lands for McLovin.
Ruth tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
McLovin ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
McLovin on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
McLovin connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Ruth looks to land a right hand but McLovin moved out of range.
McLovin avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
McLovin slips a jab from Ruth.
McLovin was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
McLovin throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
McLovin misses with a low kick.
Ruth misses with a wild combination.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McLovin bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Ruth throws a shot from downtown. McLovin moves away and avoids it.
McLovin tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ruth was well out of range. Poor timing from McLovin.
Ruth sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
McLovin just misses with a punch to the body.
McLovin scores with a punch to the head.
Ruth moves out of range of the body kick.
McLovin displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Ruth throws out the jab.
Ruth ducks down and throws a hook to the body but McLovin moves away.
Ruth fails with a takedown attempt.
McLovin defending well as Ruth loads up on a big left hand.
Ruth chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before McLovin can pounce on him.
Ruth throws a shot from downtown. McLovin moves away and avoids it.
McLovin misses with a kick to the body.
McLovin chopping away at his opponent's legs.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McLovin thumps Ruth with a low kick.
Ruth rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and McLovin counters with a stiff right hand.
McLovin bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Ruth's head.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ruth slips a jab from McLovin.
A good leg kick by McLovin.
McLovin takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
McLovin uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Ruth.

Ruth closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. McLovin quickly recovers to half guard.
Ruth throws a big elbow that misses, also allowing McLovin to regain full guard.
Ruth trying to control the position from guard on top but McLovin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Ruth lands a couple of elbows.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ruth keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of McLovin's head.
Ruth throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as McLovin works some decent striking defense from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Fagell McLovin showed his dominance in that final round.
I think McLovin has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. 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 Robert Douchet scores the fight 29:28
Judge Ian Loll scores the fight 29:28
Judge Gregory Folan scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Fagell McLovin!

Fagell McLovin seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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