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WFC 18:Miller vs Gold PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Dante Esposito (ranked 1298 p4p, 135 weight class) and Ksawery Koltun (ranked 3799 p4p, 340 weight class). These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

178 cm
29
161 lbs
18 - 8 - 0
170 cm
38
143 lbs
17 - 12 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Cardio machine
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the featherweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Dante Esposito !
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 12 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of London, Ksawery Koltun!
The judges for this bout are Richard Clark, Phil Schofield and Paul Tew.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Esposito tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Koltun was well out of range. Poor timing from Esposito .
Koltun scores with a shot to the body.
Koltun looks to land a combination but Esposito avoids it well.
Koltun throws an ugly left hook that misses
letting Esposito counter with a right hand.
Esposito moves out of range of the strikes.
Esposito is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Koltun misses with an attempted mid kick.
Koltun tries to clinch there but Esposito circles away.
A telegraphed right hand from Koltun misses the target.
Esposito has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Mello MMA in the buildup to the fight.
Koltun moves out of range of the body kick from Esposito .
Esposito defending well as Koltun loads up on a big left hand.
Esposito throws a quick counter head kick but Koltun was just out of range.
Koltun moves in looking to clinch but Esposito pushes him off.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice shot by Koltun.
Esposito misses with a low kick.
Koltun scores with a shot to the body.
Koltun misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Koltun misses with a looping left.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Esposito throws a hook to the side of Koltun's head but Koltun sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Koltun scores with a jab to the jaw.
Good exchange - Esposito coming out on top.
Esposito throws a jab when Koltun was well out of range.

Koltun pushes Esposito up against the cage in a clinch.
Koltun lands a body punch.
Esposito digs a right hand underneath Koltun's ribcage. Koltun let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Esposito stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Koltun is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Koltun can't find room to land a body shot as Esposito controls the action.
Esposito softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A short right from Esposito on the inside.
Koltun can't find room to land a body shot as Esposito controls the action.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Esposito creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Koltun misses with the head strike.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Esposito lands with a right to the head.
A short right from Koltun on the inside.
Esposito tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Koltun's elbow.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Koltun can't find room to land a body shot as Esposito controls the action.
Esposito misses with a punch on the inside.
Esposito lands a right hand that snaps the head of Koltun backwards.
Esposito working aggressively here.
Esposito misses with a short punch on the inside.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Koltun.
Esposito tries a body shot but Koltun blocks it.
Koltun goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short right from Koltun.
Esposito pushes Koltun back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Esposito lands a body punch in the clinch.
Koltun blocking some punches.
Esposito throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Koltuns head.
Koltun tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Esposito misses with a punch to the body.
Esposito lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Koltun backwards.
Esposito tries to throw a body punch but Koltun avoids it by throwing Esposito back against the cage.
Stalling in the clinch from Koltun.
Koltun is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Esposito is defending well.
A short left from Koltun.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Koltun prevents a body shot from Esposito .
Koltun blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Esposito can't find room to land a body shot as Koltun controls the action.
Koltun has a couple of punches blocked by Esposito .
Koltun blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Nice body punch from Koltun.
Esposito throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Koltuns head.
Esposito working aggressively here.
Still in the clinch, Esposito scores with a nice short uppercut.
Esposito works on Koltun's body with a couple of short punches.
Koltun changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Esposito fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Dante Esposito has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ksawery Koltun.
Koltun tests Esposito 's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Esposito tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
The crowd cheers as Koltun lands an impressive looking overhand right. Esposito doesn't seem phased though.
Esposito misses with a looping right.
A nice side step and Koltun releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Esposito throws a nice outside leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Koltun shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Koltun was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!

Esposito throws his opponent off and manages to get back to his feet! Nicely done!
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!
Koltun cracks Esposito with an open hand slap.
Esposito connects with a leg kick. Koltun looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Esposito rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Koltun moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Koltun with the counter takedown but Esposito avoids it easily.

Koltun gets the takedown into side control.

Esposito sneaks out the side door and pushes Koltun away - he's back to his feet. The crowd show their appreciation for the escape.
Esposito wants to slow Koltun down by chopping away at his legs.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Esposito throws a sloppy head kick and Koltun moves out of range easily.
Koltun throws an overhand right that lands on Esposito 's shoulder, as Esposito tries to avoid the shot.
Koltun is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Esposito .
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Esposito displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Koltun throws out the jab.
A counter left hand to the body from Esposito misses its target.
Esposito swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Koltun swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Esposito misses with a kick to the body.
Esposito throws a half hearted mid kick.
Koltun is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
Koltun swings for the body but Esposito moves out of range.
Koltun with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Koltun scores with a three punch combo!
Ksawery Koltun seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Esposito throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
A shot to the body from Esposito misses
enabling Koltun to counter with a crisp jab.
Esposito misses with a hook. Koltun ducked under it nicely.
Esposito misses with an uppercut.
Koltun throws a nice looking combination but Esposito bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Esposito throws a body punch but Koltun moves out of range.
Koltun misses with a looping right.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Some wild striking there from Koltun.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Esposito lands with a straight right. Koltun didn't see that one coming.

Koltun bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Koltun fails to land a wild elbow strike.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Esposito tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Koltun wants to lay and pray for a moment but Esposito keeps working.
Koltun scores with a couple of short elbows.
Koltun trying to control the position but Esposito is working away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Koltun goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Esposito has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Koltun but great work by Esposito .
A lull in the action here.
Koltun is trying to improve his position.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Koltun manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Esposito is refusing to be controlled, as Koltun sits in half guard.
Koltun thows a huge punch but Esposito dodges it nicely.
Koltun sitting and controlling from the half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Esposito is defending against the submission attempts here by Koltun.
Koltun throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.

Koltun looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Koltun thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Esposito 's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Koltun not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Koltun wants to free his trapped foot but Esposito is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Esposito is staying active underneath Koltun, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Koltun winds up and cracks Esposito with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Koltun tries to pass to full mount but Esposito defends it.
Koltun has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Esposito keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Koltun is stalling here. Esposito is in no mood to hang around though. He's locked up a kimura from the bottom! Koltun seems to be keeping calm but he's forced to roll out of the hold and Esposito has ended up in side control on the top. Nice work.
Koltun is trying to get back to half guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Ksawery Koltun showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Koltun fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
And Esposito counters with a quick kick to the body but Koltun blocks it.
Esposito throws a push kick but Koltun slaps the foot to one side.
Koltun tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Esposito was well out of range. Poor timing from Koltun.
Jab by Esposito .
Koltun scores with a nice one two combo and darts back out of range to avoid anything coming in the opposite direction.
Koltun waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Esposito .
Esposito tried to counter with a leg kick but Koltun avoided it.
Esposito looks to score with a jab to the body but Koltun is just out of range.
Koltun lands with a right hand.
Koltun misses with a looping right.
As Koltun backs away, Esposito returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Esposito misses the shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Esposito throws a head kick but Koltun moves out of range.
Esposito lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Esposito just misses with a punch to the body.
Esposito scores with a slapping inside leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Esposito throws a body shot but no joy.
Esposito misses with an uppercut. Koltun saw that one coming.
Koltun on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Esposito takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Ksawery Koltun seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Koltun moves out of range of the body kick from Esposito .
Esposito throws a nice outside leg kick.
Esposito blocks a jab.
A swing and a miss from Koltun.
Esposito on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Dante Esposito is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Koltun ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Koltun lands with a hook. Esposito tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Koltun is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Esposito .
Koltun stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Esposito .
Koltun is looking to land body kicks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Esposito ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
This has been an exciting period of action!
A thudding body kick lands there by Esposito !
Koltun moves out of range of the body kick from Esposito .
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Esposito .
Koltun lands the left hand.
Koltun fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Koltun throws out a leg kick but Esposito moves out of range and Koltun only half commits.
Esposito throws a solid leg kick but Koltun takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Esposito .
Koltun throws a head kick that misses.
Esposito ducks under a wild hook from Koltun.
Esposito lands a nice shot to the body.
Esposito throws a head kick but Koltun moves out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Koltun jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Koltun throws a hook but Esposito blocks it.
Esposito throws a head kick but Koltun moves out of range.
Esposito dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Koltun. That did some damage!
Koltun has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Koltun there as he acknowledges the shot.
Nice shot lands for Esposito .
Esposito fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Koltun manages to avoid it.
Koltun throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Esposito .
Koltun has a takedown stuffed.
Esposito looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Dante Esposito has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ksawery Koltun.
Esposito uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Koltun.
Koltun on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Koltun takes a swing at Esposito 's ribcage but misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Koltun sizes up Esposito with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Good standup being displayed there by Koltun as he connects with a hook.
Esposito throws a sloppy head kick and Koltun moves out of range easily.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Some bone on bone action there as Koltun checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
The fight stays on the outside here - Koltun looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Koltun clinches up with Esposito and pushes him back against the cage.
Esposito tries to work over Koltun's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Esposito misses with a punch to the body.
A body shot lands from Esposito .
Esposito misses with a punch on the inside.
Esposito doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Koltun using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Esposito has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Koltun lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.

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 Dante Esposito .
I think Esposito 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 Richard Clark scores the fight 28:29
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 29:28
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 29:29

The fight is ruled a draw!
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FIGHT
RATING
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