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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Sameh Mahmoud (ranked 30 p4p, 5 weight class) and Iikka Runnisto (ranked 489 p4p, 62 weight class). Runnisto has chosen Alta Pois - Sie sua näkköös! as his entrance music. Both fighter's entrance songs getting the crowd jumping here.

180 cm
30
193 lbs
24 - 4 - 0
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28
192 lbs
21 - 10 - 0
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Sameh Mahmoud!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Iikka Runnisto!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Ben Zyskovitsi and Matti Vanhoillinen.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Runnisto throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Mahmoud attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Runnisto throws out a counter right but Mahmoud avoids it with no problem.
Runnisto has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Mahmoud is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Runnisto clobbers Mahmoud with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Runnisto slips under a jab.
It seemed like Runnisto was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Mahmoud misses with a left hand
and Runnisto connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Runnisto ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Mahmoud moves away.
Mahmoud was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Runnisto misses with a wild combination.
Mahmoud uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Runnisto.
Runnisto digs a good hook to Mahmoud's body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mahmoud looks to land a body kick but Runnisto moved away.
Runnisto lands an overhand right.
A looping hook to the body misses from Runnisto. Mahmoud does a little dance to reset his feet.
Mahmoud takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
The crowd cheers as Mahmoud lands an impressive looking overhand right. Runnisto doesn't seem phased though.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Runnisto looks to score with a jab to the body but Mahmoud is just out of range.
It looked like Mahmoud wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Nice defenses there by Runnisto.
Mahmoud moves out of range as Runnisto strikes.
Runnisto fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Mahmoud manages to avoid it.
Mahmoud slips under a jab.
Iikka Runnisto seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Runnisto thuds a left hand into Mahmoud's body.
Runnisto misses the jab.
Mahmoud looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Runnisto swings widly with a right hand
and Runnisto takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Runnisto takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Runnisto misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud appears to be looking for a big counter.
Mahmoud lands a nice shot that snaps Runnisto's head back.
Mahmoud throws a hook to the side of Runnisto's head but Runnisto sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Runnisto is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Mahmoud.
Runnisto swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto throws a shot from downtown. Mahmoud moves away and avoids it.
Mahmoud tries to clinch but Runnisto moves out of range.
Runnisto looks like he wants to counter punch here.
A looping hook to the body misses from Runnisto. Mahmoud does a little dance to reset his feet.
Runnisto throws a shot from downtown. Mahmoud moves away and avoids it.
Mahmoud wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Runnisto slips under a jab from Mahmoud.
Runnisto misses with a wild body shot.
Mahmoud was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
A big right from Runnisto misses.
Mahmoud takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Runnisto connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Mahmoud fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Runnisto manages to avoid it.
Runnisto takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Mahmoud closes the distance looking to clinch
and Runnisto counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Mahmoud drives through and clinches with Runnisto against the cage.
Mahmoud swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Runnisto lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Mahmoud goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Runnisto lands a body punch in the clinch.
Runnisto prevents a body shot from Mahmoud.
Runnisto lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
Runnisto managing to block the knees to the body from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands a body shot in the clinch.
Runnisto on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Runnisto misses with some punches.
Mahmoud scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Runnisto goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Mahmoud misses with the head strike.
Mahmoud doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Mahmoud blocks an uppercut.
Runnisto managing to block the knees to the body from Mahmoud.
A head punch on the inside from Runnisto fails to land.
Runnisto misses with a punch to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Mahmoud tries a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks it.
Mahmoud landing knees to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
A short right from Mahmoud on the inside.
Mahmoud lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Runnisto or not.
Knees to the body from Mahmoud.
Runnisto looks winded!
Runnisto scores with a nice hook to the head.
Mahmoud swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Mahmoud has Runnisto pressed against the cage.
Mahmoud lands an uppercut.
Mahmoud misses with a punch to the body.
Mahmoud struggles to land a body shot inside as Runnisto controls his hands.
Mahmoud digs a right hand into Runnisto's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Runnisto's gas tank.
Mahmoud works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Mahmoud misses with a body punch.
Mahmoud lands a body shot in the clinch.
Mahmoud lands a body punch.
Mahmoud lands an elbow just above Runnisto 's eye.
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 Sameh Mahmoud will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Mahmoud scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Runnisto drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Iikka Runnisto seems to be getting the better of the standup.

Mahmoud closes the distance and pushes Runnisto back into the cage.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Mahmoud misses with a punch on the inside.
Mahmoud blocks an uppercut.
A short right from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.
Mahmoud lands with a right to the head.
Runnisto lands a left hand that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
Runnisto lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
A short uppercut from Runnisto.
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!
Runnisto is looking to control Mahmoud's arms but Mahmoud gets an underhook and turns him. Now Runnisto has his back to the cage.
Mahmoud struggles to land a body shot inside as Runnisto controls his hands.
Runnisto misses with the head strike.
Runnisto is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Mahmoud misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Runnisto.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Runnisto as Mahmoud tries to tie him up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mahmoud lands a body shot in the clinch.
Runnisto tries a body shot but Mahmoud blocks it.
Mahmoud scores with a shot to the side of Runnisto's head.
Mahmoud lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Runnisto or not.
Runnisto is breathing heavily.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud presses Runnisto against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Mahmoud scores with a shot to the side of Runnisto's head.
Runnisto misses with a short punch on the inside.
Mahmoud lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Mahmoud lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
A nice left hand lands by Mahmoud.
Runnisto misses with a punch to the body.
Mahmoud digs a right hand underneath Runnisto's ribcage. Runnisto let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks with his arms.
Runnisto throws a punch but it's blocked by Mahmoud.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Runnisto throws a punch but it's blocked by Mahmoud.
Runnisto working aggressively here.
Mahmoud doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud lands a body punch in the clinch.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Runnisto.
Mahmoud working aggressively here.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Mahmoud obliges.
Runnisto wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Mahmoud pushes Runnisto back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Mahmoud slows down the pace here.
Runnisto tries to break free but Mahmoud pushes him back against the cage.
Runnisto fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Runnisto tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Mahmoud tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Mahmoud blocking some punches.
Mahmoud tries a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks it.
Mahmoud lands with a left to the head.
Sameh Mahmoud has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Mahmoud tries a body shot but Runnisto blocks it.
Runnisto blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
A short uppercut from Mahmoud.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto misses with the head strike.
Mahmoud blocking some punches.
Mahmoud blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Runnisto scores with a shot to the side of Mahmoud's head.
Mahmoud lands with a light punch inside.
A right hook to the body lands for Runnisto.
Runnisto takes a knee right on the jaw!
Mahmoud lands a good knee to the midsection. Runnisto won't want to take too many of those.
Mahmoud throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Runnistos head.
A short right from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands an uppercut.
Mahmoud goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Mahmoud landing knees to the body.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Mahmoud landing knees to the body.
Mahmoud lands a knee to the body.
Runnisto misses with a punch on the inside.
Mahmoud missing with knees to the body.
Mahmoud lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud lands a shot to the body.
Mahmoud is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Runnisto can do to turn this around?
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike.
Mahmoud lands with a short shot to the head.
Mahmoud lands a right hand that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.
Mahmoud lands a nice knee to the body.
Mahmoud with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
A short uppercut from Mahmoud.
Runnisto swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Runnisto being controlled against the cage.
Runnisto misses with a punch to the body.
Mahmoud working Runnisto over with knees to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Runnisto blocks a body shot from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands with a right to the head.
Mahmoud lands with a left to the head.
Mahmoud lands with a short head shot on the inside.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Mahmoud uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Mahmoud tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
A decent looking cross lands there for Mahmoud.

Runnisto is rocked!

Mahmoud closes the distance and clinches.
Runnisto is still on wobbly legs! Can Mahmoud finish him?
Mahmoud lands a nice knee to the body.
Mahmoud lands a nice uppercut.
Mahmoud with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Nice body punch from Mahmoud - that landed with a thud.
A right hand to the body from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud tries a body shot but Runnisto blocks it.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud scores with a shoulder strike.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Mahmoud blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Mahmoud working Runnisto over with knees to the body.
Mahmoud lands a left hand.
Runnisto takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Mahmoud lands an uppercut.
Mahmoud scores with a nice hook to the head.
Mahmoud lands a right hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A nice right hand lands inside from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Mahmoud tries to throw a body punch but Runnisto avoids it by throwing Mahmoud back against the cage.
Mahmoud using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
Mahmoud scores a nice knee to the body.
Mahmoud misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Good body shot from Mahmoud.
Runnisto seems to have recovered his senses.
Mahmoud with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Runnisto is trying to break the clinch but Mahmoud has him pressed against the cage.
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike.
A right hook to the body lands for Mahmoud.
Mahmoud utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
Mahmoud lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Mahmoud utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Mahmoud tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Runnisto's elbow.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A short body shot lands from Mahmoud as the two fighters clinch.
Mahmoud tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Runnisto's elbow.
Still in the clinch, Mahmoud scores with a nice short uppercut.
Mahmoud lands a hook that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.
Mahmoud stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Mahmoud tries a body shot but Runnisto blocks it.
Runnisto misses with the head strike.
Mahmoud lands with a short shot to the head.
Mahmoud tries a body shot but Runnisto blocks it.
Mahmoud scores with a shot to the side of Runnisto's head.
Mahmoud digs a right hand underneath Runnisto's ribcage. Runnisto let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Mahmoud obliges.
Nice body punch from Mahmoud - that landed with a thud.
Mahmoud misses with a hook to the ribs.
Mahmoud lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Runnisto.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Mahmoud obliges.
Knees to the body from Mahmoud.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Runnisto avoids it.
Mahmoud goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Mahmoud stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Mahmoud is working Runnisto over against the cage.
Mahmoud lands a nice knee to the body.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Mahmoud obliges.
A short right from Mahmoud.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Mahmoud.
A short left from Mahmoud.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud cracks Runnisto with a nice body shot.
Mahmoud tries a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks it.
Mahmoud scores with a shoulder strike.
Mahmoud working Runnisto over with knees to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Runnisto avoids it.
Runnisto has a couple of punches blocked by Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud holding his opponent close, against the cage.
Mahmoud landing some nice looking knees to the body.
Runnisto blocks an uppercut.
Mahmoud lands with a short head shot on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Mahmoud.
Mahmoud pushes Runnisto back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Mahmoud lands a nice uppercut.
Mahmoud tries to throw a body punch but Runnisto avoids it by throwing Mahmoud back against the cage.
Mahmoud tries a body shot but Runnisto blocks it.
Mahmoud tries to work over Runnisto's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Runnisto lands with a right to the head.
Runnisto misses with a punch to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike.
Mahmoud looking to throw knees to the head but Runnisto is blocking nicely.
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Mahmoud tries to land knees in the clinch but Runnisto avoids the damage to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Sameh Mahmoud clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Runnisto throws an overhand right that lands on Mahmoud's shoulder, as Mahmoud tries to avoid the shot.
Mahmoud throws a jab but it's blocked by Runnisto.
Mahmoud dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Mahmoud wants to clinch.
Mahmoud misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Runnisto.
Mahmoud fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Runnisto manages to avoid it.
Mahmoud feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Runnistos jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Runnisto throws a lazy right hand but Mahmoud sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Runnisto fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Mahmoud on the side of the head.
Mahmoud tries to close the distance and clinch but Runnisto swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
A little jabbing left from Runnisto on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Runnisto, right into the meat.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mahmoud tries to clinch up.
Runnisto lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Mahmoud uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Runnisto.
Mahmoud throws a right hand that misses
and Runnisto cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Mahmoud tries to clinch up but Runnisto circles away and keeps his distance.
Mahmoud uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Runnisto.
Runnisto misses the jab.
Mahmoud throws a sloppy body shot
and Runnisto counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Mahmoud tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Mahmoud takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Mahmoud misses with a looping right.

Mahmoud rushes Runnisto and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Runnisto lands a body punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Runnisto avoids it.
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Runnisto goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Mahmoud misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Runnisto.
Runnisto lands a nice uppercut.

It looks like Sameh Mahmoud has been cut.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Runnisto swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A head punch on the inside from Runnisto fails to land.

Runnisto pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Runnisto throws a hook but Mahmoud blocks it.
A swing and a miss from Runnisto.

Mahmoud rushes Runnisto and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Runnisto lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Mahmoud lands a body punch in the clinch.
Runnisto blocking some punches.
Mahmoud blocks a punch to the side of the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud misses with a punch to the body.
A right hook to the body lands for Mahmoud.
Runnisto presses Mahmoud against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Runnisto tries to work over Mahmoud's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.

Runnisto breaks from the clinch.

Mahmoud rushes Runnisto and presses him up against the cage.
A shot in the inside from Runnisto.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Mahmoud.
Mahmoud lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.
Mahmoud is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Runnisto is defending well for now.
Mahmoud manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Runnisto lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Mahmoud creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Runnisto has a couple of punches blocked by Mahmoud.
Nice body punch from Runnisto - that landed with a thud.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mahmoud can't find room to land a body shot as Runnisto controls the action.
Runnisto is working Mahmoud over against the cage.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Mahmoud misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Runnisto.
Mahmoud working aggressively here.
Runnisto gets through Mahmoud's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Mahmoud throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Runnisto blocks it with crossed arms.
Runnisto scores with a nice hook to the head.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Runnisto.
Mahmoud misses with some punches.
Runnisto throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Mahmouds head.
Runnisto lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
A nice right hand lands inside from Mahmoud.
Runnisto tries to work over Mahmoud's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Runnisto misses with the head strike.
Mahmoud misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Runnisto can't find room to land a body shot as Mahmoud controls the action.
Runnisto working aggressively here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Iikka Runnisto dominated that fourth round.
The cut man is working on Sameh Mahmoud's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Mahmoud closes the distance looking to clinch
and Runnisto counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Runnisto slips under a jab.
Mahmoud ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Runnisto throws a front kick aimed at Mahmoud's knee but Mahmoud avoids it well.
Runnisto misses with a hook. Mahmoud ducked under it nicely.
Runnisto misses with a straight left.
Runnisto scores with a shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mahmoud throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Mahmoud displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Runnisto throws out the jab.
A slow jab from Mahmoud misses its intended target.
Runnisto misses the shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mahmoud misses with a looping right.
Mahmoud throws a big shot that misses.
A nice side step and Runnisto releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Mahmoud tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Runnisto makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Runnisto misses the shot to the body.
Mahmoud tries to clinch but Runnisto is having none of it.
Runnisto wants to land a leg kick but Mahmoud is out of range.
Good exchange - Runnisto coming out on top.
Runnisto ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Mahmoud moves away.
Mahmoud steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Runnisto.
Mahmoud half committed to a counter leg kick.
Mahmoud takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto takes a swing at Mahmoud's ribcage but misses.
Mahmoud scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Runnisto swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Mahmoud counters with a nice uppercut.
Mahmoud blocks a jab.
Runnisto throws a poor cross that misses
enabling Mahmoud to counter with a crisp jab.
Runnisto misses with an uppercut. Mahmoud saw that one coming.
Mahmoud lands with a right hand.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Runnisto lands a nice looking body shot.
A big right from Runnisto misses.
Mahmoud throws an overhand right that lands on Runnisto's shoulder, as Runnisto tries to avoid the shot.
Mahmoud throws a lazy uppercut
and Runnisto cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Runnisto swings and misses with a shot to the body
letting Mahmoud counter with a right hand.
Sameh Mahmoud is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto throws out a leg kick but Mahmoud moves out of range and Runnisto only half commits.

Mahmoud has managed to clinch.
Mahmoud can't find room to land a body shot as Runnisto controls the action.
Mahmoud lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Runnisto backwards.
Mahmoud gets through Runnisto's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Runnisto effectively controlling the action here.
Runnisto lands an uppercut.
Mahmoud trying to land knees to the body.
Runnisto misses with a hook to the ribs.
Runnisto lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
Mahmoud blocks a punch to the side of the head.
A short right from Runnisto.
Runnisto misses with a punch on the inside.
Mahmoud gets through Runnisto's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Runnisto tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks with his arms.
Runnisto lands a left hand that snaps the head of Mahmoud backwards.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Runnisto has a couple of punches blocked by Mahmoud.
Runnisto misses with a short punch on the inside.
Iikka Runnisto has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Runnisto misses with some punches.
Mahmoud working aggressively here.
Mahmoud taking a break, stalling in the clinch.
Runnisto blocks a body shot from Mahmoud.
Mahmoud tries to land a knee to the head but Runnisto blocks with his arms.
Runnisto pushes Mahmoud back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Runnisto misses with a punch on the inside.
Mahmoud lands a shoulder strike.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Runnisto.
Still in the clinch, Runnisto scores with a nice short uppercut.
Mahmoud lands with a right to the head.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Iikka Runnisto.
I think Mahmoud 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 Tarja Halkonen scores the fight 47:47
Judge Ben Zyskovitsi scores the fight 48:46
Judge Matti Vanhoillinen scores the fight 48:46

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Sameh Mahmoud!

Sameh Mahmoud retains his middleweight title!
During a confident post fight interview, Sameh Mahmoud thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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