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IFC 58 Heavyweight vs Nekele PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Naoise Durnin (ranked 1666 p4p, 68 weight class) and Hercules Fortier (ranked 3137 p4p, 131 weight class). Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

197 cm
23
270 lbs
5 - 2 - 0
195 cm
22
265 lbs
6 - 3 - 0
Decent wrestler
World class boxer
Granite chin
Olympic wrestler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

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Conviction
BuriedAlive// Fight Gear



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the super heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Naoise Durnin!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Hercules Fortier!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Frank Antenori and Timothy Bukovac.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Durnin misses with an uppercut. Fortier saw that one coming.
Fortier only half commits to the counter leg kick.
Fortier misses with an attempted mid kick.
A quick step to the side and Durnin tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Durnin takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Durnin checks the leg kick.
Durnin connects with a good right hand that stumbles Fortier. Fortier circles away out of range and recomposes himself.

It looks like Hercules Fortier has been cut.
Durnin throws a looping overhand right but Fortier ducks down to avoid it.
Durnin checks a low kick from Fortier.
Nice shot lands for Durnin.
Durnin scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Fortier doesn't seem bothered though.
Fortier pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Good shot there by Durnin.
Fortier throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Fortier ducks under a wild hook from Durnin.
Durnin takes a swing at Fortier's ribcage but misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Fortier throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Durnin digs a good hook to Fortier's body.
Fortier swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Durnin moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Durnin throws a jab when Fortier was well out of range.
Durnin throws a body punch but Fortier moves out of range.
Fortier appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Fortier looks to throw the jab but Durnin is out of range.
Durnin throws a shot to the body.
Durnin throws a hook but Fortier blocks it.
Fortier steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Fortier uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Durnin has time to react.
Fortier takes one to the chin there.
Durnin pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Naoise Durnin seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Durnin fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fortier uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Durnin.
Fortier on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Durnin throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Fortier is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
A cross from Durnin lands.
Durnin moves out of range of the body kick from Fortier.
A quick step to the side and Durnin tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Durnin lands an overhand right.
Fortier throws a leg kick
and Durnin counters with a nice uppercut.
Durnin swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Fortier misses with a low kick as Durnin jumps back.
Durnin lands with a good body shot.
Durnin lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Fortier walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Durnin throws a body shot but no joy.
A slapping body kick lands there for Fortier.
Naoise Durnin is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Durnin scores with a hook to the body. Fortier takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Durnin looks to land a left hand but Fortier moved out of range nicely.
Durnin connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Durnin looks to land a right hand but Fortier moved out of range.
Durnin ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Fortier moves away.
Durnin connects with the punch.
A thudding body kick lands there by Fortier!
Durnin is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.
Durnin looks to score with a jab to the body but Fortier is just out of range.
A cross from Durnin lands.
Fortier walks into a straight right hand from Durnin.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Durnin lands a body shot.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Fortier gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Durnin connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Fortier throws a body kick that misses.
Durnin misses with a right hand
and Durnin takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Fortier throws a body punch but Durnin moves out of range.
Fortier throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Fortier looks for the body kick but Durnin saw that one coming.
Durnin is looking to counter punch.
Durnin swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Durnin throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Fortier counters with a nice low kick that buckles Durnin's knee momentarily.
Fortier misses with a body kick.
Durnin scores with a body shot.
A nice inside leg kick there by Fortier. That's going to slow Durnin down.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Naoise Durnin dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Hercules Fortier's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Durnin with a body punch. A glancing blow.
A clash of legs there as Durnin blocks the low kick.
Durnin swings away with a body shot that misses
and Fortier counters with a nice body kick.
Durnin is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Fortier.
Fortier moves away from the strike by Durnin.
Durnin misses with a body shot
and Fortier counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Naoise Durnin is winning the standup battle so far.
Fortier misses with a low kick.
Durnin misses with a straight left.
Durnin misses with a left hand

and Fortier counters by moving into the clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Fortier slowing the pace effectively.
Fortier has Durnin pressed against the cage, preventing Durnin from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Fortier tries to throw a body punch but Durnin avoids it by throwing Fortier back against the cage.
Fortier misses with the head strike.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Fortier tries to work over Durnin's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Fortier tries to pull guard but Durnin won't allow it.
Nice body punch from Durnin.
Fortier misses with a hook to the ribs.
Fortier tries a body shot but Durnin blocks it.
Fortier tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Durnin blocks a body shot from Fortier.
Fortier misses with a shot to the kidneys.

Fortier escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Fortier tries to close the distance and clinch but Durnin swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Fortier uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Durnin.
Fortier dips to his left and cracks Durnin with an uppercut!
Durnin lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fortier uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Durnin.
Fortier misses with a body punch
and Durnin counters with a straight right hand.
Durnin missing with a left hand there. Fortier was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Fortier only half commits to the counter leg kick.
Durnin swings and misses with a hook to the body.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Durnin crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Fortier - the referee stops the clock and Durnin gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Fortier. Durnin manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Fortier ducks under a wild hook from Durnin.
Fortier moves away from the strike by Durnin.
Fortier lands with a nice body kick.
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!
Durnin throws a body shot but no joy.
Durnin moves out of range of the leg kick from Fortier.
Fortier swings and misses with a hook to the body.

Fortier instigates a clinch.
Fortier tries to work over Durnin's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
I was talking to Durnin's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Fortier tries a body shot but Durnin blocks it.
Fortier tries to pull guard but Durnin holds him up against the cage and eventually Fortier drops back down to his feet.
Durnin wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Fortier has him pressed against the cage.
Fortier swings wildly with an uppercut but Durnin uses good head movement to avoid it.
Fortier blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Fortier can't find room to land a body shot as Durnin controls the action.
Fortier goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Fortier lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Durnin backwards.
Durnin pressing his opponent against the cage.
Fortier lands a hook that snaps the head of Durnin backwards.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Durnin trying to stall but Fortier improves his position.

Durnin breaks the clinch.
Fortier slips under a jab.
Durnin backing away here, and Fortier unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Durnin scores with a body shot.
Durnin throws a poor cross that misses
and Fortier counters with a nice kick to the body.
Fortier scores with a nice body kick.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Fortier fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Durnin is out of range.
It looked like Durnin was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Fortier.
Fortier scores with a leg kick.
Durnin lands with an overhand left.
Fortier throws a body kick that digs right into the meat.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A shot to the liver by Fortier. Beautiful body shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Hercules Fortier showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Hercules Fortier's cut.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. This is the final round!


A good leg kick by Fortier.
Durnin takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Fortier is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Durnin.
Fortier is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Durnin rather than just go for the knockout.
Durnin connects with a single shot there.
Fortier tries to clinch but Durnin moves out of range.
Durnin throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Durnin ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Fortier moves away.
Nice defenses there by Fortier.
Fortier tries a quick counter leg kick but Durnin is wise to it.

Fortier rushes Durnin and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Durnin is looking to break free of the clinch but Fortier has double underhooks.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Fortier takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Durnin tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Fortier's elbow.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Durnin lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Durnin prevents a body shot from Fortier.
Durnin blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Durnin misses with a body punch.
Fortier misses with a body punch.
Fortier tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Fortier goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Fortier misses with a body punch.

Fortier escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Durnin lands a body shot.
Durnin looks to land a left hand but Fortier moved out of range nicely.
Fortier steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Durnin.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Durnin misses the shot to the body.
Fortier moves out of range of the strikes.
Despite the aggression on Fortier's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Fortier staying out of range there.
Durnin takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
Fortier shoots in and drives through. Durnin sprawls well.
Fortier staying out of range there.
Fortier steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Durnin.
Durnin tests Fortier's chin there with a solid looking shot.
A slow jab from Durnin misses its intended target.
Fortier flicks out a counter leg kick but Durnin steps away.
Durnin swats away the attempt to clinch by Fortier.
Fortier uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Durnin.
Fortier has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Durnin tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Fortier keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Durnin.
And Fortier responds with a good body kick, but Durnin manages to step out the way in time.
Durnin takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Durnin dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Durnin throws a big shot that misses.
A swing and a miss from Durnin.
Durnin's jab looks to have found its range, popping Fortier under the eye.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Fortier.
Durnin throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Fortier stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Fortier takes a swing at Durnin's ribcage but misses.
Durnin throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Fortier shoots in and drives through. Durnin sprawls well.
Naoise Durnin has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Hercules Fortier.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Durnin lands with a shot to the body.
Fortier takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Durnin fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Fortier looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Fortier lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Fortier uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Durnin.
Fortier keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Durnin.
Fortier staying out of range there.
Fortier follows through with a counter body kick but it doesn't land.
Fortier throws a push kick but Durnin slaps the foot to one side.
Durnin on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Durnin looks to score with a jab to the body but Fortier is just out of range.
A big right from Durnin misses.
Durnin moves out of the way of the counter high kick fromFortier.
Fortier keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Durnin.

And that's the end of the fight!
Naoise Durnin showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Durnin 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 29:28
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 29:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Naoise Durnin!

After winning the bout, Naoise Durnin 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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