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PFC 39: Vendetta* PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Mamoru Date (ranked 343 p4p, 51 weight class) and Kai Yamaguchi (ranked 67 p4p, 10 weight class). Yamaguchi has chosen Yama Yama as his entrance music. I can't wait for this one - let's get the fighter introductions out of the way and get this one started!

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160 lbs
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Mamoru Date!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Kai Yamaguchi!
The judges for this bout are Taro Takaoka, Kenichi Hosakawa and Tatsuya Matsuyama.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yamaguchi looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Date uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Yamaguchi.
Date misses with a wild body shot.
Yamaguchi lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Date circles away quickly and effectively.
We've been informed that Yamaguchi has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.
Date takes a swing at Yamaguchi's ribcage but misses.
Yamaguchi keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
A lazy left from Date finds it's target.
Date misses with a jab to the body
and Yamaguchi connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Yamaguchi fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Date manages to avoid it.
Kai Yamaguchi seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Date lands with a hook. Yamaguchi tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Yamaguchi misses with the combination.
Date scores with a jab to the jaw.
Yamaguchi moves away from the strike by Date.
Date keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
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!

Date clinches up with Yamaguchi and pushes him back against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Yamaguchi fails to land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamaguchi scores with a nice hook to the head.
Yamaguchi lands a body punch in the clinch.
Yamaguchi misses with the head strike.
Still in the clinch, Date scores with a nice short uppercut.
Date misses with a punch to the body.
Yamaguchi lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Date tries to throw a body punch but Yamaguchi avoids it by throwing Date back against the cage.
Yamaguchi gets through Date's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Yamaguchi lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Yamaguchi lands a left hand that snaps the head of Date backwards.
A hook to the body from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi misses with a hook to the ribs.
Yamaguchi lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Date backwards.
Yamaguchi tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A head punch on the inside from Yamaguchi fails to land.
Date can't find room to land a body shot as Yamaguchi controls the action.
Date lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Yamaguchi lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Yamaguchi blocks a body shot from Date.
Yamaguchi softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Date lands with a short shot to the head.
Date working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Date.
Yamaguchi lands with a light punch inside.
Date managing to block the knees to the body from Yamaguchi.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Yamaguchi tries a body shot but Date blocks it.
Yamaguchi misses with a punch to the body.
Date lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Nice body punch from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi tries to throw a body punch but Date avoids it by throwing Yamaguchi back against the cage.
Yamaguchi blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Yamaguchi blocks an uppercut.
Yamaguchi lands a body shot in the clinch.
Yamaguchi can't find room to land a body shot as Date controls the action.
A shot in the inside from Yamaguchi.
Date tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Yamaguchi blocking some punches.
A nice left hand lands by Date.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamaguchi lands a body shot in the clinch.
Date blocks a punch to the side of the head.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi scores with a nice hook to the head.
Yamaguchi lands a hook to the side of the head.
Date is looking to control Yamaguchi's arms but Yamaguchi gets an underhook and turns him. Now Date has his back to the cage.
Date struggles to land a body shot inside as Yamaguchi controls his hands.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Date.
Yamaguchi misses with a hook to the ribs.
Date misses with a hook to the ribs.
Yamaguchi blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Yamaguchi blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Date doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Date.
Yamaguchi tries a body shot but Date blocks it.
Date blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Date misses with the head strike.
Yamaguchi scores with a hook to the body.
Date misses with some punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yamaguchi working aggressively here.
Yamaguchi lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Date or not.
Date prevents a body shot from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi lands a left hand that snaps the head of Date backwards.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A short left from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi lands a shot to the body.
Yamaguchi has a couple of punches blocked by Date.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Date.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Date.
Date misses with the head strike.
Yamaguchi will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Date up against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi can't find room to land a body shot as Date controls the action.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Yamaguchi struggles to land a body shot inside as Date controls his hands.
Yamaguchi doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Date is trying to maintain a safe position but Yamaguchi gets an underhook and turns Date into the cage.
Date is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Kai Yamaguchi dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Yamaguchi thows a left - swing and a miss!
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Yamaguchi.
Date checks a low kick from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Yamaguchi throws an overhand right that lands on Date's shoulder, as Date tries to avoid the shot.
Yamaguchi stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Date.
Date looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Yamaguchi throws a head kick that misses.
Date moves out of range as Yamaguchi throws a body kick.
Date on the wrong end of a nice hook.

Yamaguchi moves into range and clinches up with Date.
Yamaguchi goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamaguchi struggles to land a body shot inside as Date controls his hands.
Yamaguchi lands on the inside with an uppercut.
We are yet to see a takedown attempt from Yamaguchi in the fight. On paper you would think he is the more dominant ground fighter so let's see if these unusual tactics pay off.
Yamaguchi looking to stall.
Date blocks an uppercut.
Date lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamaguchi misses with a shot to the kidneys.

Date pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Yamaguchi takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Date looks to land a right hand but Yamaguchi moved out of range.
Yamaguchi now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Nice body punch from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi tries to land a front kick but Date steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Yamaguchi - that will leave a mark!

Yamaguchi rushes Date and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.

Date breaks the clinch.
Yamaguchi uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Date.

Yamaguchi rushes Date and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Date throws a head punch that misses.
Date working aggressively here.
Date prevents a body shot from Yamaguchi.
Kai Yamaguchi seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Date throws a punch but it's blocked by Yamaguchi.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi misses with an elbow over the top.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Date goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Date tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Yamaguchi's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Yamaguchi has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
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!
Date misses with the head strike.
Date tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Yamaguchi working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Date misses with a punch on the inside.
Date tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Date blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Yamaguchi tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Yamaguchi tries to throw a body punch but Date avoids it by throwing Yamaguchi back against the cage.
Date struggles to land a body shot inside as Yamaguchi controls his hands.
Yamaguchi doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Date tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Yamaguchi's elbow.
Yamaguchi misses with the head strike.
Date throws a punch but it's blocked by Yamaguchi.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Yamaguchi throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamaguchi tries a body shot but Date blocks it.
Yamaguchi scores with a hook to the body.
Date misses with a punch on the inside.
Yamaguchi tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Yamaguchi is trying to stall.
Date lands with a short shot to the head.
Yamaguchi tries a body shot but Date blocks it.
A nice right hand lands inside from Yamaguchi.
Date leaning his opponent against the cage.
Yamaguchi tries to work over Date's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Date tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Yamaguchi's elbow.
Date lands a nice uppercut.
Yamaguchi digs a right hand underneath Date's ribcage. Date let out a lung full of air as it connected.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Date.
Yamaguchi lands an uppercut.
Date doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Date misses with a body punch.
Date blocking some punches.
A short body shot lands from Yamaguchi as the two fighters clinch.
Yamaguchi letting Date take a breather here.
A right hand to the body from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi misses with a hook to the ribs.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A nice left hand lands by Yamaguchi.
Date swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Yamaguchi tries to work over Date's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Yamaguchi.
Date's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A left hand lands to the body for Yamaguchi.
Date lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Date doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Yamaguchi throws a knee to the head but misses.
Date lands a shoulder strike.
Nice body punch from Yamaguchi.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Kai Yamaguchi showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Date throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Date lands a nice shot to the body.
Yamaguchi is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Date throws a sloppy body shot
and Date takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Yamaguchi misses with an uppercut.

Date gets a clinch.
Date blocking some punches.
Yamaguchi throws a punch but it's blocked by Date.
Date blocks an uppercut.
Date goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Date scores with an uppercut up the middle.
A short right from Yamaguchi on the inside.
Yamaguchi misses with a knee strike.
Yamaguchi working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Date misses with the head strike.
A head punch on the inside from Date fails to land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamaguchi blocking some punches.
Yamaguchi misses with a hook to the ribs.
Yamaguchi blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Yamaguchi doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Yamaguchi digs a right hand underneath Date's ribcage. Date let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Yamaguchi tries to work over Date's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Yamaguchi scores with a shot to the side of Date's head.
Date working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Yamaguchi misses with some punches.
Yamaguchi misses with a body punch.
Yamaguchi misses with some punches.
Date is trying to break free.
Yamaguchi working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Date tries to break the clinch but Yamaguchi is controlling the position.
Yamaguchi tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Date's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Yamaguchi lands a body punch.
Yamaguchi blocks an uppercut.
Yamaguchi tries to throw a body punch but Date avoids it by throwing Yamaguchi back against the cage.
Mamoru Date has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yamaguchi lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Yamaguchi swings wildly with an uppercut but Date uses good head movement to avoid it.
Yamaguchi lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A short right from Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi swings wildly with an uppercut but Date uses good head movement to avoid it.
Yamaguchi can't find room to land a body shot as Date controls the action.
A right hook to the body lands for Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi lands a body shot.
A nice left hand lands by Date.
Yamaguchi lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Yamaguchi has had enough of the clinch but Date keeps him there for the moment.
Date misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Yamaguchi.
Date tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Date is trying to break the clinch but Yamaguchi is controlling him.
Yamaguchi digs a right hand underneath Date's ribcage. Date let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Date lands a left hand that snaps the head of Yamaguchi backwards.
Date tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Yamaguchi lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Date backwards.
Date looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Date struggles to land a body shot inside as Yamaguchi controls his hands.
Yamaguchi misses with a hook to the ribs.
Yamaguchi lands a right hand.

Date's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Date throws a sloppy body shot
and Yamaguchi connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
A good leg kick by Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi pushes Date away with a front kick.
Yamaguchi swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Yamaguchi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Date.
Date lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Yamaguchi avoids the body shot from Date.
Date backing away here, and Yamaguchi unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Date takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Yamaguchi listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Yamaguchi fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Date misses the target.
Yamaguchi throws out a loose jab but Date uses good head movement to avoid it.
Date misses with a body punch
and Date takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Yamaguchi lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Sloppy strikes from Date. Those never looked like landing.
Yamaguchi smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Yamaguchi avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Date moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Yamaguchi throws a combination. Date tries to block but a couple of punches get through.
Date takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Date takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Yamaguchi misses with a wild body shot.
Kai Yamaguchi is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Yamaguchi throws a leg kick which misses Date's front leg but catches the back leg as Date tries to avoid it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Kai Yamaguchi comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Yamaguchi has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. 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 Taro Takaoka scores the fight 27:30
Judge Kenichi Hosakawa scores the fight 27:30
Judge Tatsuya Matsuyama scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Kai Yamaguchi!

During a confident post fight interview, Kai Yamaguchi thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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