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UGD 97:Gower Vs Laine PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Jeff Gower (ranked 40 p4p, 2 weight class) and Pako Laine (ranked 152 p4p, 13 weight class). Laine is bobbing his head along to his entrance song: Nikke Ankara - Värifilmi. Jeff Gower had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

165 cm
30
156 lbs
22 - 6 - 1
174 cm
33
146 lbs
21 - 8 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class boxer
Granite chin

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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 22 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Jeff Gower!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Pako Laine!
The judges for this bout are William Gold, Steven Brown and James Ackerman.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Gower slips a jab from Laine.
We've been told by Gower's head coaches at Ryōzanpaku Dojo that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Gower scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Gower keeps the fight on the outside.
Laine throws a body shot but no joy.
A telegraphed right hand from Gower misses the target.
Gower throws out a loose jab but Laine uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower drops his hands momentarily and Laine takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Laine misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Gower.
Gower slips a jab and a cross from Laine.
Gower looks to land a right hand but Laine moved out of range.
Laine raises up his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.
Gower uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Laine.
Laine steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Gower.
Laine tries a low kick but Gower avoids it.
Laine throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Laine 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.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Laine thuds his right hand into Gower's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Gower tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Laine was well out of range. Poor timing from Gower.
Laine throws a leg kick
letting Gower counter with a right hand.
Gower lands with an overhand left.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Laine lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Laine.
A telegraphed right hand from Laine misses the target.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gower throws a head kick that misses.
Gower uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Laine has time to react.

Laine closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Gower to the mat! Gower manages to get full guard.
Laine postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Gower keeping moving, preventing Laine from controlling successfully.
Laine working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

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


Laine looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Laine looking to hit a scissor sweep but Gower is one step ahead there.
Gower has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Laine controls Gower momentarily but Gower frees himself.
Laine looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Laine has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Gower has passed into side control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Laine tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Gower wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.

Gower decides to take the fight back to the feet.
Gower takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
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!
Gower dips to his left and cracks Laine with an uppercut!
Laine slips under a jab from Gower.
Pako Laine seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Laine misses with an attempted mid kick.
Gower misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Laine.
Laine connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Laine moves out of range of the strikes.
Laine misses with a straight right.
It looked like Gower wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Laine throws a hook but Gower avoids it easily.
Laine looking to land some kicks to the body here.
A lazy left from Laine finds it's target.
Laine will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Laine thumps Gower with a low kick.
Laine fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Gower.
Gower scores with a kick to the body.
Gower misses with an attempted mid kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Gower. Laine does a little dance to reset his feet.
Gower fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Laine manages to avoid it.
Gower throws a jab when Laine was well out of range.
Laine tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Gower manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Gower misses with a hook.
Gower blocks a head kick by Laine.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Gower, as that shot connected.
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!
Laine takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Laine misses with a low kick.
Gower quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Laine misses with a straight right.
Gower misses with a looping left.
Both fighters circling a little - Gower finishes the exchange with a kick to the body.
Gower avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
As Laine backs away, Gower returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Gower fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Gower will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Laine throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Gower.
Gower misses with a body shot.
Laine throws a head kick that misses
and Gower counters with a nice body shot.
Gower takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Gower wants to slow Laine down by chopping away at his legs.
Gower misses with an uppercut.
Jeff Gower is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Gower lands a lovely overhand right.

Laine scores with a takedown into Gower's guard.
Laine trying to control but Gower is working from the bottom.
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 Jeff Gower will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action!


Gower connects with a single shot there.
Gower uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Laine.
Gower dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Nice sprawl there from Gower as Laine shoots in.
Gower is looking to chop away at Laine's legs.
Laine throws out a powerful jab.
A telegraphed right hand from Laine misses the target.
Laine throws a poor cross that misses
and Gower counters with a nice leg kick.
A nice leg kick lands there from Laine.
Gower feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Laine's calf.
Laine moves out of range as Gower strikes.
Gower uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Gower lands with a thumping leg kick.
Laine takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Laine connects with a right hand. Gower shakes it off.
Gower connects with a right hand. Laine shakes it off.
Laine works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Laine checks a leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Laine looks to score with a jab to the body but Gower is just out of range.
Laine fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Gower manages to avoid it.
Gower blocks a low kick nicely.
Laine misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Laine scores with a nice right hand.
Laine tries to clinch up.
Laine uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Gower.
Gower missing with a left hand there. Laine was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Gower tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Laine was well out of range. Poor timing from Gower.
Laine now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Gower connects with a crisp jab.
Laine misses with an uppercut. Gower saw that one coming.
Gower throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.

Laine rushes Gower and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Laine tries to land a knee to the head but Gower blocks with his arms.
Laine lands with a short shot to the head.
Gower scores with a shoulder strike.
Laine can't find room to land a body shot as Gower controls the action.
Gower tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gower blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Laine lands a left hand.
Gower working aggressively here.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Laine misses with some punches.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Laine with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Gower lands a right hand that snaps the head of Laine backwards.
Laine lands a right hand.
Laine softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Laine lands with a light punch inside.
Gower goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Gower misses with a punch on the inside.
Gower throws a punch but it's blocked by Laine.
Gower working some nice short punches in the clinch.

Gower manages to break the clinch.
Gower swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Laine throws an overhand right that lands on Gower's shoulder, as Gower tries to avoid the shot.
Laine looks to throw the jab but Gower is out of range.
Gower stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Laine.
Laine has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.
Gower bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Gower swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Jab, jab by Gower - just one landing.
Laine throws a hook but Gower blocks it.
Laine steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Gower. That one must have hurt.
Gower scores with a shot to the body.
Gower jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Gower connects with a nice looking jab.
Laine checks the leg kick nicely there.
Gower blocks the body kick.
Gower takes a swing at Laine's ribcage but misses.
Laine throws a wild body kick that Gower sees coming a mile off.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Laine thows a left - swing and a miss!
Laine scores with a hook.
A looping hook to the body misses from Laine. Gower does a little dance to reset his feet.
Gower is looking to counter with a shot to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gower attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Laine misses with a hook
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Laine tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Gower digs a good body shot into Laine's ribs.
Laine misses with a low kick.
Laine takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Laine is looking to clinch.
Gower fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Laine has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Gower misses with a hook.
Laine throws a leg kick
and Gower counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Laine thinking.
Gower moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
That kick from Gower tenderised Laine's leg. Laine is trying to keep his angry face on.
Gower misses with a wild body shot.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Laine takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Laine checks the leg kick.
Laine ducks under a wild hook from Gower.
Laine replies with a solid counter kick to the body but Gower blocks it well.
Laine's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Gower uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Laine.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Laine fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Gower manages to avoid it.
The fighters circling - Gower throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Laine throws a hook but Gower blocks it.
Laine uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Gower.
Laine throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Gower throws out a loose jab but Laine uses good head movement to avoid it.
Laine tries to bum rush Gower with a series of wild strikes but Gower uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Laine walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
A decent looking cross lands there for Gower.
Laine throws an off balance right hand
and Gower counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Laine fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Gower has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Gower moves out of range of the strikes.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gower tries a low kick but Laine avoids it.
Laine pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Gower thinks about countering with a head kick.
Laine on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Gower throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Laine gets cracked there but stands up to it.
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!
Laine lunges at Gower with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Gower's hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Laine moves out of range of the leg kick from Gower.
Laine just misses with a punch to the body.
Laine takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Laine lands a nice leg kick that just misses Gower's sensitive parts.
Gower stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Laine.
Gower ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Laine moves away.
Laine lands with an uppercut that bounces Gower off the cage and back into range.
Gower avoids a kick to the body.
Gower tried to counter with a leg kick but Laine avoided it.
Gower leaves Laine with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Jeff Gower is winning the standup battle so far.
Donk. Gower catches Laine right on the button with a cross.
Laine misses with a looping left.
Laine swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Jab by Laine.
Gower throws a hook but Laine avoids it easily.
Laine throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Laine catches Gower with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Gower connects with a leg kick. Laine looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Gower scores with a leg kick.
Gower has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Gower there as he acknowledges the shot.
Gower throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Laine throws a big counter head kick but Gower avoids it with no problem.
Gower lands with a thumping leg kick.
Gower 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.
Laine avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
A nice leg kick lands there from Laine.

Laine closes the distance and clinches.
Gower tries a body shot but Laine blocks it.
A head punch on the inside from Laine fails to land.
Gower misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Laine connects with a nasty looking knee right to Gower's face.
Gower works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Laine blocks a body shot from Gower.
Laine tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Laine is looking for a takedown.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gower misses with the head strike.
Laine tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Gower throws a punch but it's blocked by Laine.
Laine misses with a short punch on the inside.
Laine misses with the head strike.
Laine is trying to pull guard but Gower turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Jeff Gower has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Pako Laine.
Laine makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Laine working aggressively here.
Laine misses with a punch on the inside.
Gower misses with the head strike.
Gower blocks an uppercut.
Gower lands a body shot.
Laine takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Gower misses with a hook to the ribs.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Gower blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Laine misses with a knee strike.
Gower lands with a left to the head.
Laine lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Laine misses with a punch on the inside.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Laine throws a head punch that misses.
Gower lands a left hand.

It looks like Pako Laine has been cut.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Gower.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Gower manages to break the clinch.
Gower moves out of range of the body kick from Laine.
Laine buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Gower loads up on a big right hand but Laine slips the punch.
Gower moves out of range of the strikes.
Gower circles away from the clinch attempt.
Gower moves out of range of the strikes.
A big right from Laine misses.
A punch combination from Gower misses.
Laine feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Gower's calf.
Gower steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Laine.
Laine blocks the body kick.
Gower slips under a jab from Laine.
Gower cracks Laine with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Pako Laine just about did enough to take it.
The cut man is working on Pako Laine's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Laine missing with a left hand there. Gower was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Gower fails to land with a series of punches.
Gower misses with a body shot.
Laine fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Gower checks it well.
Laine misses with a body kick.
Gower scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Laine throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Gower sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Laine tries a low kick but Gower avoids it.
Gower looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Gower checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Gower throws a body kick that misses.
Laine misses with an attempted mid kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Laine ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Gower moves away.
Laine misses with the combination.
Laine fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Laine jabs at Gower's body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gower misses with an uppercut.
Nice defenses there by Gower.
Laine has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Gower scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Gower throws a low kick but it's checked well by Laine.
Good standup being displayed there by Laine as he connects with a hook.
Laine tries to land a leg kick but Gower saw it coming and moves away.
Laine cracks Gower with a right hand to the side of the head.
Laine uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Gower.
Gower throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Laine does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
A big left from Laine misses.
Gower throwing a counter right hand but Laine manages to avoid it.
Gower takes a swing at Laine's ribcage but misses.
Decent striking displayed by Gower there.
Gower lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Laine throws a sloppy body shot
enabling Gower to counter with a crisp jab.
Gower checks the leg kick nicely there.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Laine plants his feet and lands a nice head kick!
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
A slapping leg kick lands for Gower.
Gower connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Gower misses with a hook
and Laine counters with a leg kick.
Gower throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Laine wants to land a leg kick but Gower is out of range.
Gower on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Laine on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Laine darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Gower loads up on a big right hand but Laine slips the punch.
Laine misses with a low kick.
Gower jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.
Gower gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Laine.
A telegraphed right hand from Gower misses the target.
Laine checks a leg kick.
Laine keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Laine connects with a leg kick. Gower looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Laine throws a low kick but Gower moves out of range easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Laine uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Gower.
Gower looks for the body kick but Laine saw that one coming.
Gower lands a nice shot to the body.
Gower throws a nice inside leg kick.
Gower pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Gower blocks a low kick nicely.
Gower scores with a jab to the jaw.
Gower missing with a left hand there. Laine was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Nice shot lands for Laine.
Gower digs a good body shot into Laine's ribs.
Laine on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Laine scores with a sloppy right hand. Gower should have avoided that one.
Laine throws a nice outside leg kick.
Gower throws a nice looking combination but Laine bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Laine misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Gower.
Gower misses with a low kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Laine throws a series of punches but Gower avoids them all with ease.
An attempted straight right counter from Gower misses the target.
Gower jabs Laine to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Laine pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Gower fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Laine takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Laine swings for the body but Gower moves out of range.
A jab from Laine misses.
Laine connects with a nice looking jab.
Laine ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Gower moves away.
Gower connects with a body shot that sends Laine's belly button to the back.
Laine ducks under a wild hook from Gower.
Gower throws a nice inside leg kick.
Laine attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Gower throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Gower throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Laine lands a really nice looking cross but Gower seems unphased.
Laine is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Jeff Gower will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Pako Laine's cut.
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. This is the final round!


Gower lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Laine uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Laine tries to close the distance and clinch but Gower swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
It looked like Gower wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Laine scores with a jab to the jaw.
Laine tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Gower chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Laine fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Gower is out of range.
Laine connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Gower's hands.
Laine throws a lazy head kick
and Gower counters with a slapping leg kick.
Gower scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
A thudding body kick lands there by Gower!
Gower moves away from the strike by Laine.
Gower tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Laine was well out of range. Poor timing from Gower.
Laine has developed a nice purple lump on his ribcage, as a result of some heavy body kicks from Gower.
Gower connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Gower slips a jab from Laine.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Laine fails miserably with a takedown attempt.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Laine throws a chopping leg kick but Gower manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
A little feinted left hand from Gower on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Gower slips a jab from Laine.
Gower cracks Laine with an open hand slap.
Gower looks for the body kick but Laine saw that one coming.
Gower uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Laine.
An inside leg kick lands from Laine.
Gower takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Gower avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Laine walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Laine slips under a jab from Gower.
Gower slips under a jab from Laine.
Laine tries to land a front kick but Gower steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Laine catches Gower with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Gower connects with a jab.
Laine throws a chopping leg kick but Gower manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Pako Laine has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A looping hook to the body misses from Gower. Laine does a little dance to reset his feet.
Gower finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Laine avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Laine drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Gower defends it well.
Laine slips under a jab.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Gower lands with a shot to the body.
Gower blocks a leg kick.
Laine throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Gower counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Gower takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Gower throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Gower swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Laine.

Laine scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.
Laine looking to control but instead Gower has slipped a leg in, to regain half guard.
Laine prevents Gower from improving his position.
Laine is looking to take a break and control but Gower is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Gower manages to escape and get back to his feet!
Laine lands with a good body shot.
The fighters circling - Gower throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Gower jabs Laine right on the nose. Laine blinks but takes it well.
Gower displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Laine throws out the jab.
Good work by Gower as he checks the leg kick.
Gower darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Laine uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Gower.
Gower has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Gower there as he acknowledges the shot.
Laine waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Gower.
Gower moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Laine dodges the punch combination from Gower.
Jeff Gower is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gower looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
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!
A telegraphed right hand from Laine misses the target.
Gower throws a quick counter kick to the body but Laine avoids it.
Laine scores with a decent looking hook.
Laine takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Gower throws a nice outside leg kick.
Gower throws out a loose jab but Laine uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower digs a good hook to Laine's body.
Gower misses the jab.
A low kick from Laine is predictable there
enabling Gower to counter with a crisp jab.
Laine on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Gower looks to land a right hand but Laine moved out of range.
Laine feints the counter takedown.
Laine tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Laine misses with a leg kick
and Gower counters with a thumping low kick.
Laine uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Gower.
Laine throws a shot from downtown. Gower moves away and avoids it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Jeff Gower showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Gower 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge William Gold scores the fight 47:48
Judge Steven Brown scores the fight 47:48
Judge James Ackerman scores the fight 50:46

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Pako Laine!

Pako Laine is the new featherweight champion!
In his post fight interview, Pako Laine started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
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A
G S C
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G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
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