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GAMMA#735 Sonnen v Maracon PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Dao Sonnen (ranked 30 p4p, 6 weight class) and Pablo Marašon (ranked 11 p4p, 3 weight class). Chooooooooon! I think Sonnen might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to The Devil's Doorbell. Marašon has chosen Pistolero as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

183 cm
32
188 lbs
25 - 10 - 0
186 cm
33
185 lbs
28 - 8 - 2
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

HELLBENT

Urban Fighter
HELLBENT



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 25 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Dao Sonnen!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 28 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of London, Pablo Marašon!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Frank Antenori and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Sonnen rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Marašon moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Marašon looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Sonnen changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Marašon tries to avoid it but Sonnen manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Marašon to the ground. Marašon escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
It seemed like Marašon was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Marašon is looking to score with low kicks.
Marašon misses with a left hand
and Sonnen connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Marašon pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Sonnen half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Sonnen's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Marašon connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Sonnen scrambles back to his feet.
Sonnen ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Marašon moves away.
Sonnen misses with an uppercut. Marašon saw that one coming.
Decent striking displayed by Marašon there.
Sonnen misses with an attempted mid kick.
Sonnen misses the shot to the body.
Marašon feints and then cracks Sonnen's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Sonnen down.

Marašon has closed the distance and engaged Sonnen in a clinch.
Marašon tries to work over Sonnen's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Marašon stalling in the clinch.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Marašon.

Marašon breaks from the clinch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Sonnen keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Sonnen attempts a counter takedown but Marašon avoids it well and moves away.
A big right from Marašon misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Marašon throws a solid leg kick but Sonnen takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Marašon.

Sonnen rushes Marašon and presses him up against the cage.
Sonnen misses with a body punch.

Marašon breaks the clinch.
Marašon waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Sonnen.

Sonnen shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Sonnen showed some decent athleticism there.
Sonnen tries to pass the half guard into mount. Marašon knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Marašon is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Sonnen's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Sonnen's back!
Marašon biding his time, controlling Sonnen.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen is really stuck here.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Marašon slows the pace down here. Having a little breather whilst he's in a dominant position, looking to rest and regain some energy, ready to go for the finish.
Sonnen manages to reverse the position and now he's in Marašon's guard. Nice work there by Sonnen.
Sonnen working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Sonnen forces his way into half guard.

Sonnen is looking for a kimura but Marašon is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Sonnen to get the leverage.
Marašon wants to control but Sonnen is keeping busy.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marašon trying to control but Sonnen postures up.
Sonnen is pressing down on Marašon's thigh, looking to free his foot. Marašon is holding on for now.
Sonnen passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Marašon!
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Marašon is squirming around, avoiding Sonnen's attempts to control the action.

Sonnen is going oldschool here, as he tries to force Marašon to tap using a forearm choke. This isn't 1993 though, so Marašon shrugs it off.
Marašon is trying to escape the mount.
Marašon is still trying to improve position.
Marašon regains half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Marašon is looking for a sweep. Sonnen is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Marašon is refusing to be controlled, as Sonnen sits in half guard.
Marašon trying to control but Sonnen postures up.
Marašon is staying active underneath Sonnen, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Marašon controlling the leg, holding on to half guard.

Sonnen seems to be looking for submissions.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Sonnen wants to work for an arm triangle but Marašon is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Marašon tries to roll over but Sonnen keeps him under control.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Dao Sonnen will probably get the nod.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Marašon throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Sonnen takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Sonnen displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Marašon throws out the jab.
Marašon swings for the body but Sonnen moves out of range.
Marašon ducks under a wild hook from Sonnen.
Marašon moves out of range of the strikes.
Marašon throws a hook but Sonnen blocks it.
Marašon with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Marašon moves out of range of the body kick.
Marašon swings widly with a right hand
and Sonnen counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Marašon checks the leg kick nicely there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Marašon on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Marašon throws a low kick but Sonnen moves out of range easily.
Sonnen misses with an uppercut. Marašon saw that one coming.
Sonnen avoids a kick to the body.
Sonnen looks to throw the jab but Marašon is out of range.
Marašon swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Marašon swings away with a leg kick that misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Sonnen scores with a takedown into Marašon's guard.

Marašon has his feet on Sonnen's hips. He pushes off and gets to his feet. Nice work.
Marašon lands a right hook to the body.
Sonnen misses the shot to the body.
Sonnen throws a hook to the side of Marašon's head but Marašon sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Sonnen throws a hook to the side of Marašon's head but Marašon sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Sonnen paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Sonnen swats away the attempt to clinch by Marašon.
Marašon missing with a left hand there. Sonnen was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Marašon looks to score with a jab to the body but Sonnen is just out of range.
Sonnen tries to score with a low kick but Marašon moves his leg out of the way.
Marašon was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Marašon works Sonnen's body with a nice hook.

That's two 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!
Sonnen takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Sonnen appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Sonnen swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Marašon thumps Sonnen with a low kick.
Marašon misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Sonnen.
Marašon lands with a cross.
Sonnen fails with an attempt to clinch.
Marašon uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Sonnen.
Pablo Marašon is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Sonnen on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Marašon throws an off balance right hand

and Sonnen counters with a takedown into side control! That could mean trouble for Marašon!
Marašon struggling a bit here.
Dao Sonnen overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Marašon prevents Sonnen from improving position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marašon tries to get back to half guard but can't.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Marašon manages to work his way to half guard, despite Sonnen's best efforts.
Sonnen trying to control the action but Marašon is working from the bottom.
Sonnen is thwarting Marašon's attempts to control the position.
Sonnen is pressing down on Marašon's thigh, looking to free his foot. Marašon is holding on for now.
Sonnen wants to control but Marašon is keeping him busy.

Sonnen is looking for a kimura here.
Marašon is trying to get back to full 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.
Sonnen is taking a breather. Marašon says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
Marašon won't allow Sonnen to pass to mount.
Marašon wants to get back to full guard.
Sonnen wants to control but Marašon is keeping him busy.
Marašon is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Marašon slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Marašon lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

Marašon postures up.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Pablo Marašon will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Marašon smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Sonnen scores with a nice strike.
Marašon throws a shot from downtown. Sonnen moves away and avoids it.
Marašon blocks a jab.
Marašon looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Sonnen misses the jab.
A punch lands to the side of Sonnen 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Marašon throws a jab when Sonnen was well out of range.
Sonnen will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Sonnen ducks under a wild hook from Marašon.
Sonnen pushes Marašon away with a front kick.
Decent striking displayed by Marašon there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Marašon blocks a leg kick.
Sonnen has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Sonnen there as he acknowledges the shot.
Sonnen ducks under a wild hook from Marašon.
Sonnen is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Marašon.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Marašon misses with a looping left.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A telegraphed right hand from Sonnen misses the target.
Marašon throws out a counter right but Sonnen avoids it with no problem.
A nice leg kick lands there from Sonnen.
Sonnen swings for the body but Marašon moves out of range.
Marašon throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Sonnen shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Marašon but Marašon pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Sonnen has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Sonnen there as he acknowledges the shot.
Marašon throws a lazy body kick

and Sonnen counters with a nice double leg into guard.
Marašon keeping full guard, as Sonnen tries to pass.
Sonnen wants to control from the top but Marašon keeps moving.
Sonnen tries to free his leg and advance position but Marašon is retaining full guard.
Sonnen in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Marašon is keeping the position for now.
Marašon keeping moving, preventing Sonnen from controlling successfully.
Sonnen postures up.
Sonnen trying to control but Marašon is working from the bottom.
Marašon manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sonnen manages to get himself to full guard.

Sonnen bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Marašon's guard.

We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Marašon trying to control the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marašon keeping moving, preventing Sonnen from controlling successfully.
Marašon bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Sonnen's guard.

Marašon looking to pass the guard.
Marašon passes into half guard.
Sonnen is pressing down on Marašon's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Sonnen being controlled here, momentarily.

Marašon avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Marašon trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Sonnen is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Marašon preventing the sweep.
Marašon postures up.

Sonnen has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Marašon can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

Sonnen escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Marašon gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

Sonnen working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Marašon doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Marašon manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Marašon content to stall in guard here.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Pablo Marašon just about did enough to take it.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Jab by Marašon.
Marašon attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Sonnen throws a body kick despite being completely out of range
and Marašon counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Marašon connects with a leg kick. Sonnen looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Marašon tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sonnen was well out of range. Poor timing from Marašon.
Marašon jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Marašon loads up on a big right hand but Sonnen slips the punch.
Sonnen looks for the body kick but Marašon saw that one coming.
Marašon appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Marašon tries to land a leg kick but Sonnen saw it coming and moves away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sonnen walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Marašon checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Some bone on bone action there as Sonnen checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Sonnen fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Marašon blocks a leg kick.
Sonnen cracks the inside of Marašon's front leg.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Marašon stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Sonnen blocks a low kick nicely.
Marašon works Sonnen's body with a nice hook.
Sonnen scores with a jab to the jaw.
Sonnen shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Sonnen explodes with a nice body kick and back out of range. Nice work.
Marašon takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Sonnen lands a nice shot to the body.
Sonnen throws a lazy uppercut
and Marašon counters with a leg kick.
Sonnen uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Marašon.
Sonnen fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Marašon is out of range.
Marašon throws a leg kick but Sonnen sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Marašon lands a jab.
Donk. Marašon catches Sonnen right on the button with a cross.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Marašon misses with an uppercut. Sonnen saw that one coming.
Marašon throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Pablo Marašon seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Marašon moves out of range as Sonnen strikes.
Sonnen chopping away at his opponent's legs.
The fighters circling - Marašon throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Sonnen chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Sonnen throws a leg kick
and Marašon counters with a straight right hand.
Marašon misses with a hook
and Sonnen counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Marašon defending well as Sonnen loads up on a big left hand.
Sonnen misses the jab.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Marašon! But no joy.
Marašon scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Sonnen takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Sonnen.
Sonnen moves out of range of the body kick from Marašon.
Sonnen half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marašon scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.

Sonnen shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Marašon's guard.
Sonnen wants to control from the top but Marašon keeps moving.
Marašon wants to sweep but no luck.
Sonnen trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Sonnen trying to control the position from guard on top but Marašon is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Marašon looking for a sweep. Not yet Marašon, not yet.
Marašon bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Sonnen's guard.

Sonnen is trying to control the position but Marašon postures up.
Marašon is pushing down on Sonnen's leg trying to pass to half guard. Sonnen is fighting to maintain full guard but Marašon has managed to sneak the leg through.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen is looking for a sweep. Marašon is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Marašon is controlling the pace.
Marašon passes into side control, despite Sonnen's attempt to control the position.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
You can see the frustration on Sonnen's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Marašon controls the position.
Sonnen is looking for a sweep.
You can see the frustration on Sonnen's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
And thatĺs the end of the round ľ the fighters go back to their corners.

Pablo Marašon dominated that fourth round.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Sonnen connects with the punch.
Marašon thumps Sonnen with a low kick.
Sonnen misses with a looping right.
Sonnen wants to land a leg kick but Marašon is out of range.
Sonnen throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Marašon keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Sonnen's jab looks to have found its range, popping Marašon under the eye.
Marašon misses with a looping left.
Dao Sonnen has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Sonnen moves out of range as Marašon strikes.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Marašon throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Nice body kick from Marašon.
Sonnen looks to throw the jab but Marašon is out of range.
Marašon bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Sonnen's head.
A jab from Sonnen misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Marašon takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
A big right from Sonnen misses.
A slow jab from Sonnen misses its intended target.
Marašon looks to land a right hand but Sonnen moved out of range.
Marašon thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Sonnen if he has to take too many more of those.
Sonnen slips under a jab from Marašon.
Sonnen takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Marašon tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Sonnen was well out of range. Poor timing from Marašon.
A shot to the liver by Sonnen. Beautiful body shot.
Sonnen jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Sonnen fails with the takedown.
Sonnen has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Marašon.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Marašon throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Sonnen chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Marašon can pounce on him.
Sonnen cracks the inside of Marašon's front leg.
Sonnen misses with a body shot
and Marašon counters with a right hand to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Marašon keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Sonnen.
Marašon jabs Sonnen right on the nose. Sonnen blinks but takes it well.
A big left from Sonnen misses.
The crowd cheers as Marašon lands an impressive looking overhand right. Sonnen doesn't seem phased though.
Marašon lands with a nice body punch.
A shot to the liver by Sonnen. Beautiful body shot.
Marašon displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Sonnen.
Sonnen shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Marašon as he avoids it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Dao Sonnen. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Both of our modern day gladiators look out of it here - a gruelling 5 rounds of action taking it's toll on them, no doubt.
Crunch! Marašon slams his shin into Sonnen's torso.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sonnen fails with the takedown.
Marašon lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Marašon scores with a jab. Sonnen acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Sonnen loads up on a big right hand but Marašon slips the punch.
Marašon appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Marašon thuds his shin into the meat of Sonnen's side.
Sonnen misses with the body kick
and Marašon counters with an inside leg kick.
Sonnen lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Sonnen lands with a kick to the ribs.
Sonnen throws an overhand right that lands on Marašon's shoulder, as Marašon tries to avoid the shot.
Marašon dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Marašon scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Sonnen looks to throw the jab but Marašon is out of range.
Sonnen looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Marašon lands the left hand.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Marašon lets loose with a powerful body kick. Sonnen will feel that in the morning.
Sonnen fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Marašon checks it well.
Marašon swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Marašon digs a good hook to Sonnen's body.
Sonnen takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Sonnen throws a leg kick which misses Marašon's front leg but catches the back leg as Marašon tries to avoid it.
Marašon staying out of range there.
Sonnen connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Marašon moves away from the strike by Sonnen.
Marašon scores with a hook to the body. Sonnen takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Sonnen has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Marašon.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Marašon, as that shot connected.
Marašon lands a nice hook to Sonnen's body. Sonnen takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Sonnen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Marašon manages to avoid it.
Sonnen takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.

And that's the end of the fight!
Pablo Marašon comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Marašon 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 Jack Bonds scores the fight 46:49
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 46:49
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 46:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Pablo Marašon!

Pablo Marašon is the new middleweight champion!
After winning the bout, Pablo Marašon thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
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