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GAMMA#720 Gower v Partio PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Jeff Gower (ranked 3 p4p, 1 weight class) and Katu Partio (ranked 67 p4p, 11 weight class). Partio has chosen Sininen sunnuntai as his entrance music. The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

165 cm
32
156 lbs
28 - 9 - 1
185 cm
30
160 lbs
18 - 9 - 0
Good wrestling
Lethal high kicks
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Good gas tank

HELLBENT
Urban Fighter

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 28 wins, 9 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 18 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Katu Partio!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Don Winkell and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Partio throws an overhand right that lands on Gower's shoulder, as Gower tries to avoid the shot.
Partio fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Gower manages to avoid it.
Partio blocks the body kick.
A clash of legs there as Gower blocks the low kick.
A big left from Partio misses.
Gower connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.

Partio moves into range and clinches up with Gower.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.

Partio breaks the clinch.
Gower throws a push kick but Partio slaps the foot to one side.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Partio 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.
Gower throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Partio gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Partio lands with a slapping head kick.
Gower shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Gower looks to land a right hand but Partio moved out of range.
Some bone on bone action there as Partio checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Gower finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Partio throws a sloppy head kick and Gower moves out of range easily.

Partio clinches up against the cage.
Gower blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gower fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Partio working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Partio swings wildly with an uppercut but Gower uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower misses with a body punch.
A hook to the body from Gower.
Partio has a couple of punches blocked by Gower.
Gower struggles to land a body shot inside as Partio controls his hands.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Gower lands a left hand that snaps the head of Partio backwards.
Gower lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Good body shot from Gower.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Gower.
Gower misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Gower lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Gower lands a body shot.
Partio misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Partio blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A right hand to the body from Gower.
Gower blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Partio working aggressively here.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Nice body punch from Gower - that landed with a thud.
Partio tries a body shot but Gower blocks it.
Gower scores with a nice hook to the head.
Gower lands with a right to the head.
Gower misses with a hook from the clinch.
Gower lands a shot to the body.
Partio misses with a hook to the ribs.
Gower misses with a short punch on the inside.
Gower digs a right hand into Partio's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Partio's gas tank.
Gower throws a punch but it's blocked by Partio.
Partio tries to throw a body punch but Gower avoids it by throwing Partio back against the cage.
Gower goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Partio creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Partio misses with a hook to the ribs.
Gower misses with a short punch on the inside.
I was talking to Gower's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Gower lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Partio.
Gower blocks an uppercut.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gower blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Partio misses with a short punch on the inside.
Partio lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Partio fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Gower scores with a shoulder strike.
A hook to the body from Gower.
Gower misses with the head strike.
Gower lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Gower tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Partio's elbow.
A short right from Gower on the inside.
Partio fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Gower misses with a shot to the kidneys.

Partio's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Gower throws a hook but Partio avoids it easily.
Partio fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Gower is out of range.
Partio missing with a left hand there. Gower was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Partio stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Gower.
Gower checks a low kick from Partio.
Partio dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Gower. That did some damage!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
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!
Partio shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Partio looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
A nice inside leg kick there by Gower. That's going to slow Partio down.
Partio lands a nice shot that snaps Gower's head back.
Partio moves out of range as Gower throws a body kick.
Partio swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
An inside leg kick lands from Partio.
Gower throws a body shot but no joy.
Some bone on bone action there as Gower checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Gower waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Partio.
Partio throws a chopping leg kick but Gower manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Gower swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Partio uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Gower.
Gower misses with a kick to the body.
Partio lands a nice looking body shot.

Partio moves into the clinch.

Partio breaks the clinch.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Partio rushes Gower and presses him up against the cage.
Partio lands a shoulder strike.
Gower misses with a body punch.
A right hook to the body lands for Gower.
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.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Partio jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Gower jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Partio tries to score with a low kick but Gower moves his leg out of the way.
Gower stuns Partio with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Gower cracks Partio with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Gower throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Partio counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Partio moves into range and connects with a jab.
Partio lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Gower moves out of range of the leg kick from Partio.
Gower lands a nice looking body shot.
Gower misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Gower scores with a kick to the midsection.
Partio lands a lovely overhand right.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Gower keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Partio avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Katu Partio seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Gower misses with a hook. Partio ducked under it nicely.
Partio lands an overhand right.
Partio looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Partio misses with a low kick.
Gower tried to score with a low kick but Partio checks it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gower throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Gower misses with a hook. Partio ducked under it nicely.
Despite the aggression on Partio's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Partio digs a good hook to Gower's body.
Katu Partio seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Gower throws a looping overhand right but Partio ducks down to avoid it.
Partio throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Gower tried to counter with a leg kick but Partio avoided it.
Gower misses with a low kick.
Partio keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Partio moves away from the strike by Gower.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Gower connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Partio throws a big shot that misses.
Gower feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Partio takes a swing at Gower's ribcage but misses.
A jab from Partio misses.
Partio is looking to score with low kicks.
Gower fires out a quick counter leg kick but Partio just manages to avoid it.
Gower buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Gower moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Gower tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Partio paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Partio pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Gower throws a solid leg kick but Partio takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Gower.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Partio throws a push kick but Gower slaps the foot to one side.
Gower waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Partio.
It seemed like Partio was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Partio misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Gower throws a right hand that misses
enabling Partio to counter with a crisp jab.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Partio tries to bum rush Gower with a series of wild strikes but Gower uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Partio misses with a head kick.
Partio throws a leg kick but Gower sees it coming and moves out of range.
Gower tries a low kick but Partio avoids it.
Gower throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Partio stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Gower lands a really nice looking cross but Partio seems unphased.
Partio has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Gower.
Gower blocks a leg kick.
Gower misses with a head kick.
Gower throws a low kick, looking for Partio's leg but Partio calmly moves out of range.
A swing and a miss from Gower.
Gower throws a solid leg kick but Partio takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Gower.
Partio swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Partio pivots, looking for a leg kick but Gower is out of range and Partio settles back down.
Some wild striking there from Partio.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The fighters circling - Partio throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Partio jabs Gower right on the nose. Gower blinks but takes it well.
A bone on bone clash there as Partio blocks the leg kick.

Partio clinches up with Gower and pushes him back against the cage.
A right handed body shot lands from Partio.
Gower tries to work over Partio's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Partio lands a right hand.
Gower blocks an uppercut.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Partio gets through Gower's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Partio is looking to break free of the clinch but Gower has double underhooks.
Partio misses with a hook to the ribs.
Gower misses with a body punch.
Gower struggles to land a body shot inside as Partio controls his hands.
Partio lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Gower throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Gower tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Partio's elbow.
Partio misses with a punch to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gower lands a right hand that snaps the head of Partio backwards.
Still in the clinch, Partio scores with a nice short uppercut.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Gower lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.

It looks like Katu Partio has been cut.
Partio lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Gower.
Gower tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Gower swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.
Gower blocks a body shot from Partio.
A short uppercut from Partio.
Partio lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Partio tries to throw a body punch but Gower avoids it by throwing Partio back against the cage.
Partio goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Partio misses with a short punch on the inside.
A head punch on the inside from Gower fails to land.
Gower takes a shot to the head.

Partio breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Partio throws a shot from downtown. Gower moves away and avoids it.
A little feinted left hand from Gower on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Partio lands a head shot.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Gower throws a nice inside leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Katu Partio showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Katu Partio's cut.
That's time! Gower's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Partio has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Gower.
Partio throws the left hand but Gower avoids the punch easily.
Gower cracks Partio with a right hand to the side of the head.
A lazy left from Partio finds it's target.
Partio connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Gower's corner calls for a 1-2. Gower obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Gower staying out of range there.
Nice defenses there by Gower.
Gower checks a low kick from Partio.
Partio turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Partio crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Gower - the referee stops the clock and Partio gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Gower. Partio manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Gower moves in looking to clinch but Partio pushes him off.
Partio flicks out a counter leg kick but Gower steps away.
Gower throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Gower connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
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 keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Gower uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Partio.
Partio gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Gower.
Gower is looking to chop away at Partio's legs.
Partio pulls out of a head kick attempt.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Partio slips under a jab.
Partio appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Gower scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Partio lands a leg kick that knocks Gower off balance momentarily.
Gower misses with a kick to the body.
Gower moves away from the strike by Partio.
A clash of legs there as Partio blocks the low kick.
Gower blocks a low kick nicely.
Nice uppercut lands for Gower. That snapped Partio's head back.
Gower walks into a stiff left hand from Partio.
Partio jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Partio avoids the body shot from Gower.
Gower takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Partio connects with an inside leg kick.
Gower fails in his attempt to clinch.

Partio fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Gower, pushing him back against the cage.
Gower misses with a body punch.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Gower creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Partio is working Gower over against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Partio swings wildly with an uppercut but Gower uses good head movement to avoid it.
Katu Partio seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Partio misses with the head strike.
Partio's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Gower tries a body shot but Partio blocks it.
Gower can't find room to land a body shot as Partio controls the action.
Partio misses with some punches.
Partio misses with a hook to the ribs.
Partio lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Gower backwards.
Gower blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Partio prevents a body shot from Gower.
Partio misses with a hook to the ribs.
Partio tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Gower blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Gower lands a right hand that snaps the head of Partio backwards.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Gower misses with a body punch.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Partio working hard to break the clinch.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A nice right hand lands inside from Partio.
Gower struggles to land a body shot inside as Partio controls his hands.
Gower misses with a body punch.
Partio blocks a body shot from Gower.
Partio swings wildly with an uppercut but Gower uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower blocking some punches.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.
Partio struggles to land a body shot inside as Gower controls his hands.
Gower misses with a body punch.
Gower tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Partio blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Gower working aggressively here.
Partio misses with a body punch.
Partio works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Gower misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Partio lands a nice uppercut.
Partio blocking some punches.
Partio tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Partio.
Partio swings wildly with an uppercut but Gower uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower lands with a right to the head.
Gower misses with the head strike.
Partio works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Partio digs a right hand into Gower's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Gower's gas tank.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
A hook to the body from Gower.
Gower lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
A nice left hand lands by Partio.
Partio blocking some punches.
Gower tries to work over Partio's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Partio blocking some punches.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Partio.
Gower misses with a hook to the ribs.
A short uppercut from Partio.
Gower lands with a short shot to the head.
Partio is trying to break the clinch but Gower is controlling him.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Katu Partio just about did enough to take it.
The cut man is working on Katu Partio's cut.
That's time! Gower's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Gower tries to land a leg kick but Partio saw it coming and moves away.
Gower looks to land a body kick but Partio moved away.
Partio uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Gower.
Gower moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Partio throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Gower throws a looping overhand right but Partio ducks down to avoid it.
A punch combination from Gower misses.
Gower avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Partio throws a chopping leg kick but Gower manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Gower.
Partio attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Gower throws a leg kick which misses Partio's front leg but catches the back leg as Partio tries to avoid it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gower misses with an attempted mid kick.
Partio shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Partio changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Partio uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Gower.
Partio checks a low kick from Gower.
Partio connects with a solid leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Partio is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Gower.
Partio tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Gower checks a low kick from Partio.
Partio fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Gower.
Partio takes a swing at Gower's ribcage but misses.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Gower, right into the meat.
An inside leg kick from Gower misses.
Partio just misses with a punch to the body.
Partio misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Gower misses with a straight right.
Partio dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Gower. That did some damage!

Partio gets a clinch.
Partio fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A nice left hand lands by Gower.
Partio tries a body shot but Gower blocks it.
Gower misses with a hook to the ribs.
Partio tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Partio.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gower blocks an uppercut.
Partio tries to throw a body punch but Gower avoids it by throwing Partio back against the cage.
Gower misses with a body punch.
Gower lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.
Partio misses with a punch to the body.
Gower works on Partio's body with a couple of short punches.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Partio.
Gower tries to throw a body punch but Partio avoids it by throwing Gower back against the cage.
Partio prevents a body shot from Gower.
Gower tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Partio lands with a right to the head.

Partio breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Partio takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Partio steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Gower.
Gower backing away here, and Partio unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
A slapping leg kick lands for Gower.
Partio chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Gower can pounce on him.
Gower throws a lazy right hand but Partio sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gower tries to land a body kick
and Partio counters with a low kick, right behind Gower 's knee.
Partio is looking to slow Gower down with leg kicks.
A jab from Gower misses.
Gower staying out of range there.
Gower slips under a jab.
Partio scores with a head kick. Gower tried to block it but didn't get his arm up in time.
Gower throws a nice inside leg kick.
Partio slips a jab from Gower.
Gower throws a jab but it's blocked by Partio.
Gower lands with a shot to the body.
Gower lands with a kick to the ribs.
Partio scores with a head kick.
Gower moves out of range of the leg kick from Partio.
Partio lands a glancing blow to the side of Gower's head.
Gower lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Gower doesn't manage to clinch there - Partio circles away.
Partio takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gower misses with a body kick.
Gower misses with a body shot.
Gower lands a nice leg kick that just misses Partio's sensitive parts.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Partio lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Gower has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Gower and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Gower lands a nice hook to Partio's body. Partio takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Partio.
Partio ducks under a wild hook from Gower.
Partio scores with a jab.
Gower takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Partio scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Partio takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Partio. Gower shrugs it off though.
Partio throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Gower throws the kick towards the body but Partio avoids it.
Gower lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Partio moves into range and connects with a jab.
Partio throws a hook but Gower blocks it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Katu Partio will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Katu Partio's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Partio throws the left hand but Gower avoids the punch easily.
Gower tries to score with a low kick but Partio moves his leg out of the way.
Partio darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Partio feints and then cracks Gower's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Gower down.
A looping hook to the body misses from Gower. Partio does a little dance to reset his feet.
Partio tries to work over Gower's front leg with a kick but Gower checks it.
Partio with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Partio is using his reach advantage to land shots from outside his opponent's range.
Gower delivers a nice body kick.
Gower shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
A cross from Partio lands.
A nice leg kick lands there from Partio.
Gower slips under a jab from Partio.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gower shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
A chopping leg kick lands by Partio.
Partio misses with a straight left.
Gower pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Partio scores with a jab.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Partio looks to throw the jab but Gower is out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Partio pivots, looking for a leg kick but Gower is out of range and Partio settles back down.
Partio attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.

Gower clinches.
Gower tries to throw a body punch but Partio avoids it by throwing Gower back against the cage.
Partio throws a head punch that misses.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Gower.
Gower lands a left hand that snaps the head of Partio backwards.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Gower.
Gower lands a right hand.
Partio lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Gower.
Gower swings wildly with an uppercut but Partio uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gower can't find room to land a body shot as Partio controls the action.
Gower works on Partio's body with a couple of short punches.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Gower lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Partio is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?
Gower lands an uppercut.
Jeff Gower has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gower makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Partio has had enough of the clinch but Gower keeps him there for the moment.
Partio softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Gower goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Partio blocking some punches.
A shot in the inside from Partio.
Partio blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Partio misses with a punch on the inside.
Partio misses with some punches.
Gower tries a body shot but Partio blocks it.
Gower tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A shot in the inside from Gower.
A short left from Gower.
Gower blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Gower lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Partio backwards.
Gower misses with a hook to the ribs.
Partio misses with a hook from the clinch.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Partio.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Gower.
Gower tries to work over Partio's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Gower misses with a punch to the body.
Partio prevents a body shot from Gower.
Still in the clinch, Partio scores with a nice short uppercut.
Gower lands with a light punch inside.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Partio.
Gower blocking some punches.
Gower lands an uppercut.
Partio lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Gower backwards.
Gower scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Partio working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Gower misses with a hook to the ribs.
Gower lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Gower goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Gower pushes Partio back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Gower tries to work over Partio's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Partio working some nice short punches in the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Partio blocks a body shot from Gower.
Gower has a couple of punches blocked by Partio.
A head punch on the inside from Partio fails to land.
Partio scores with a shoulder strike.
Partio lands a body shot.
Partio lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Gower or not.
Partio lands a left hand.
Gower takes a shot to the head.
Gower lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Partio backwards.

Partio escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Gower misses with a looping left.
A low kick from Gower is predictable there
and Partio counters with a nice uppercut.
Gower takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
Gower checks a leg kick.
A little feinted left hand from Gower on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Partio avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Gower fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Partio has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.

Partio gets a clinch.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Partio breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Katu Partio.
I think Partio has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 46:49
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 46:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 48:47

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Katu Partio!

Katu Partio is the new lightweight champion!
A less than humble Katu Partio misjudged his post fight interview somewhat and came across a little too arrogant whilst trying to hype up his own abilities.
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
80%
 
 
 
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