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UGD 103:Cotto Vs Bixby PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Miguel Cotto (ranked 14 p4p, 4 weight class) and Buzz Bixby (ranked 66 p4p, 11 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Miguel Cotto!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Buzz Bixby!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, James Atkins and Colin Fotheringham.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bixby lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.

It looks like Miguel Cotto has been cut.

Bixby shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Cotto is trying to defend but Bixby finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Bixby wants to pass the guard but Cotto is defending well.
Bixby is still trying to improve position.
Bixby looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Cotto with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bixby missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Cotto is controlling Bixby's trapped leg to prevent Bixby from advancing to side control.
Cotto tries to roll over but Bixby keeps him under control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bixby trying to mount his opponent but Cotto defends it.
Bixby missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Bixby winds up and cracks Cotto with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Bixby moves into full mount! Cotto won't be happy about that!
Bixby lands an elbow that was bordering on illegal but the referee lets it go with a warning.
Bixby landing punches.
Bixby lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.
Bixby sends his fist crashing into the mat - the crowd let out a collective ooooooh. Let's hope he's not broken it!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cotto avoids a strike by Bixby and manages to complete a very nice reversal in the process, to end up in Bixby's guard! Fantastic escape!
Bixby is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

This has been an exciting period of action!
Bixby wants to pass the guard but Cotto is defending well.
Cotto blocking the ground and pound attempt from Bixby.
Bixby wants to pass the guard but Cotto is defending well.
Cotto knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Bixby on the ground.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bixby is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Bixby is looking to take a break and control but Cotto is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Bixby misses with a head shot. Cotto uses the momentum to regain guard.
Bixby in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Cotto keeping moving, preventing Bixby from controlling successfully.
Bixby lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Bixby throws a big elbow that misses.
Bixby pushes down on Cotto's leg and manages to get into half guard.
Bixby has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Nice strikes from Bixby there.
Cotto is refusing to be controlled, as Bixby sits in half guard.
Bixby missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bixby thows a huge punch but Cotto dodges it nicely.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Cotto trying to control from the bottom.

Bixby is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Cotto doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Bixby.
Bixby is trying to control the action in half guard but Cotto is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Buzz Bixby dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Miguel Cotto's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Cotto throws a leg kick but Bixby checks it.
Bixby slips under a jab from Cotto.
Bixby slips under a jab.
Bixby throws a hook but Cotto blocks it.
Good standup being displayed there by Cotto as he connects with a hook.
Cotto just misses with a punch to the body.
Bixby feints the counter takedown.
Bixby with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Cotto to score with a decent uppercut.
Cotto scores with a punch to the head.
Bixby cracks Cotto with a right hand to the side of the head.
Bixby lands a jab.
Bixby has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bixby staying out of range there.
And Bixby tries to counter it with a takedown but Cotto pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Bixby scores with a nice strike.
Bixby staying out of range there.
Bixby drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Cotto defends it well.
Bixby uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Cotto.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bixby swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Cotto.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A low kick from Cotto is predictable there

and Bixby counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Bixby.
Cotto working a defensive guard here.
Bixby trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Cotto being controlled here, momentarily.
Bixby throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Bixby pushing down on Cotto's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Bixby in particular looking to stall.
Bixby drops an elbow to the side of Cotto's head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bixby missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bixby passes to full mount!
Bixby scores with a couple of good head shots there.
Bixby lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.
Bixby thowing strikes but they're hitting the gloves, not doing any damage.
Bixby postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. Cotto looks a forlorn figure.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bixby trying to control but he's not successful this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bixby landing strikes from the mount.
Bixby tries to control but Cotto wriggling away.

Bixby goes for an armbar but Cotto turns quickly into his guard - lovely anticipation from Cotto.

Bixby has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Cotto can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Bixby wants to sweep here but Cotto controlling him for the moment.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bixby bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Cotto's guard.

Bixby looking to pass the guard.
Cotto trying to control the position here.
Bixby working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bixby accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Buzz Bixby showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Miguel Cotto's cut.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!


Cotto cracks the inside of Bixby's front leg.
Bixby changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Cotto punishes Bixby's body with a nice straight punch.
Cotto just misses with a punch to the body.
Bixby feints the counter takedown.
Bixby's coach down at Gym Beam was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Bixby's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Cotto lands with a thumping leg kick.
Cotto throws a big shot that misses.
Cotto scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Cotto misses with a looping left.
Bixby changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Cotto misses with a straight right.
Cotto ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Cotto uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bixby.
Cotto's jab looks to have found its range, popping Bixby under the eye.
Cotto connects with a solid leg kick.
Bixby slips a straight right by Cotto.
Bixby throws a jab when Cotto was well out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bixby with a nice cross.
Decent striking displayed by Bixby there.
Cotto looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
A slow jab from Bixby misses its intended target.
Bixby scores with a hook.
Bixby takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Cotto looks to score with a jab to the body but Bixby is just out of range.
A jab lands there for Bixby.
Cotto throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Bixby on the side of the head.
Bixby ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Cotto moves away.
Cotto throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Decent striking displayed by Bixby there.
Bixby ducks under a wild hook from Cotto.
Cotto connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Miguel Cotto has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Buzz Bixby is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Cotto misses with a wild body shot.
Bixby tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Bixby swings for the body but Cotto moves out of range.
Miguel Cotto seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bixby digs a good body shot into Cotto's ribs.
A telegraphed right hand from Cotto misses the target.
And Bixby tries to counter it with a takedown but Cotto pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Bixby throws a big shot that misses.
Miguel Cotto is winning the standup battle so far.
Cotto avoids the body shot from Bixby.
A low kick from Cotto misses

and Bixby counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Bixby in particular looking to stall.
Bixby working to pass to mount. He's got his hand pressing down on Cotto's thigh. Cotto counters though and makes it back to full guard.
Bixby is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bixby passes Cotto's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Cotto wants to get back to his feet.
Bixby performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Let's hope that Bixby has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Bixby's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Cotto ducks under a wild hook from Bixby.

Bixby scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.

Cotto kicks off Bixby and gets to his feet.
Cotto misses with a wild body shot.
Bixby is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Miguel Cotto.
I think Bixby 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 27:30
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 28:29
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Buzz Bixby!

Buzz Bixby is the new light heavyweight champion!
A victorious Buzz Bixby thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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