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Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Ja Wuan Robinson (ranked 1442 p4p, 201 weight class) and Trenton Funkhouser (ranked 578 p4p, 82 weight class). Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

188 cm
27
208 lbs
14 - 5 - 0
196 cm
29
222 lbs
16 - 12 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Red Light Coffeeshop



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Ja Wuan Robinson!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 12 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Trenton Funkhouser!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Johanna Lukiainen and Matti Vanhoillinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Robinson throws a head kick but Funkhouser moves out of range.
Robinson walks into a stiff left hand from Funkhouser.
Robinson throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Robinson wants to clinch.

Funkhouser darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Robinson tries to kick Funkhouser off but Funkhouser keeps his base steady and stays in half guard.
Robinson is refusing to be controlled, as Funkhouser sits in half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Funkhouser is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Robinson tries to buck Funkhouser off but he can't manage it.
Funkhouser with some aggressive grappling here, looking for the finish.
Robinson avoids a series of strikes thrown by Funkhouser.
Robinson is looking to get back to his feet - it's going to be hard from this position.

Funkhouser with some aggressive grappling here. He's looking for submissions here, rather than waiting for the opportunity to counter.
Funkhouser is trying to take his opponent's back.
Robinson really wants to buck Funkhouser off and get back to his feet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Funkhouser wants to control the action but instead Robinson gets a body lock and reverses into Funkhouser's guard! Nice work!
Funkhouser can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Robinson controls the pace.

Funkhouser throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Funkhouser trying to keep a closed guard but Robinson is proving a slippery customer.
Robinson is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Funkhouser throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Funkhouser wants to sweep here but Robinson controlling him for the moment.
Funkhouser looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Robinson puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Robinson is controlling the pace.
Robinson tries to pass the half guard into mount. Funkhouser knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Robinson is thwarting Funkhouser's attempts to control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Funkhouser moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Robinson controlling from the top position.
Funkhouser tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Robinson controlling from the top position.
Funkhouser wants to sweep here but Robinson controlling him for the moment.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Funkhouser keeps trying to improve his position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Trenton Funkhouser dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Funkhouser slips under a jab from Robinson.
Robinson swings widly with a right hand
and Funkhouser counters with a stiff right hand.
Robinson wants to clinch up but Funkhouser keeps it at a distance.
Robinson misses the body punch
and Funkhouser counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

Funkhouser decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Funkhouser wants to pass the guard but Robinson is defending well.
Robinson has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Robinson wants to get back to his feet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Funkhouser trying to control from Robinson's half guard. Robinson has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
Robinson is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Funkhouser is looking to pass into half guard but Robinson pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Robinson is in guard.


That's one minute gone in the round.
Robinson controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Funkhouser seems keen to control Robinson's posture.
Robinson tries to free his leg and advance position but Funkhouser is retaining full guard.
Funkhouser trying to control the position.
Funkhouser is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.

Funkhouser working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Robinson doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Robinson manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Funkhouser can't keep his opponent in guard - Robinson advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Robinson controlling the action here.

That's two 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.
Funkhouser is trying to control but can't.
Robinson content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Robinson has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Funkhouser is trying to get back to full guard.
Funkhouser wants to control but Robinson is keeping busy.
Robinson seems to have lost interest with the ground game and is thinking about standing back up.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Ja Wuan Robinson seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Funkhouser dives in for a single leg takedown but Robinson sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Funkhouser takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Robinson misses with a right hand

and Funkhouser counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Funkhouser wants to free his trapped foot but Robinson is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Funkhouser is trying to control the action in half guard but Robinson is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Funkhouser works his foot free and advances to mount.
Funkhouser takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Trenton Funkhouser has got the better of the ground game so far.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Funkhouser looking to take Robinson's back but Robinson rolls and after a scramble, Robinson ends up on top in guard. Nice escape there from Robinson to escape a tricky position.
Robinson 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.
Funkhouser wants to control but Robinson passes easily into half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Funkhouser trying to hold on to Robinson's head to control him but Robinson postures up.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Robinson content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
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 Ja Wuan Robinson will probably get the nod.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!


Funkhouser has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.
Robinson throws a sloppy head kick and Funkhouser moves out of range easily.
Nice uppercut lands for Funkhouser. That snapped Robinson's head back.
Funkhouser darts in looking for a takedown but Robinson gets double underhooks and turns Funkhouser into the cage.
Funkhouser keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Robinson falls off balance throwing a combination
enabling Funkhouser to counter with a crisp jab.
Robinson misses with a looping right.
Robinson missing with a left hand there. Funkhouser was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Robinson throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.

Robinson clinches up against the cage.
Robinson stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Robinson is working Funkhouser over against the cage.

Funkhouser pulls guard effortlessly.
Robinson has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Robinson preventing the sweep.
Funkhouser is controlling Robinson's posture.
Robinson stays in close to Funkhouser's body and controls the position.
Funkhouser has control of Robinson's left arm, preventing Robinson from doing any damage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Robinson is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Robinson being controlled here momentarily.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Funkhouser fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Robinson swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Funkhouser.
A head kick by Robinson misses
and Funkhouser counters with a stiff right hand.
A jab lands there for Robinson.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A left lands for Robinson.
Robinson throws a head kick that misses.
Robinson tries a head kick but it misses.
Funkhouser lands with an uppercut that bounces Robinson off the cage and back into range.
Robinson misses with a wild body shot.
Funkhouser shoots in and drives through. Robinson sprawls well.
Ja Wuan Robinson has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Trenton Funkhouser.
Robinson scores with a head kick.
Robinson fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Robinson pulls out of a head kick attempt.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Robinson throws an overhand right that lands on Funkhouser's shoulder, as Funkhouser tries to avoid the shot.
Robinson just misses with a punch to the body.
Robinson throws a shot from downtown. Funkhouser moves away and avoids it.
Ja Wuan Robinson is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Robinson cracks a nice hook into Funkhouser's ribs.
Robinson works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A head kick from Robinson lands but Funkhouser takes it in his stride.
Robinson misses with a head kick.
Robinson lands a slapping body shot.

Funkhouser scores with a takedown into Robinson's guard.

Robinson wriggles free and stands up.

And that's the end of the fight!
Ja Wuan Robinson showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Robinson 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 Tarja Halkonen scores the fight 29:28
Judge Johanna Lukiainen scores the fight 29:28
Judge Matti Vanhoillinen scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Ja Wuan Robinson!

Ja Wuan Robinson spent the whole post fight interview bigging himself up. It didn't go down that well with the fans after a while as they thought it was a bit arrogant.
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RATING
37%
 
 
 
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