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OFC 361: Gray vs Slater PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Akoni Gray (ranked 50 p4p, 8 weight class) and AC Slater (ranked 176 p4p, 28 weight class). Slater has chosen Stop What Ya Doin as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. This should be a great matchup!

189 cm
30
210 lbs
19 - 3 - 1
190 cm
37
220 lbs
23 - 11 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Granite chin
Olympic wrestler
Excellent MT
Good gas tank

KOMBAT KLOTHING

Urban Fighter



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 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 19 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of New York, Akoni Gray!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 11 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Montreal, AC Slater!
The judges for this bout are Robert Douchet, Gregory Folan and Dillan Fox.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Gray has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Slater finds it's way round the side to connect with Gray's head.

It looks like Akoni Gray has been cut.
Gray staying out of range there.
It looked like Gray wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Gray wants to clinch but Slater slips to the side
enabling Slater to counter with a crisp jab.
Gray dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Slater. That did some damage!
Slater loads up on a big right hand but Gray slips the punch.
Slater on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Gray swings and misses with a shot to the body
enabling Slater to counter with a crisp jab.
Gray throws a lazy right hand but Slater sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Slater throws a right and a left that Gray avoids nicely.
Gray clobbers Slater with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Slater 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.
A looping hook to the body misses from Gray. Slater does a little dance to reset his feet.
Slater has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Gray.
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!
Gray throws a right hand that Slater ducks under and follows up with a left that Slater also avoids with ease.
Gray lands a really nice looking cross but Slater seems unphased.
Akoni Gray is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gray blocks a jab.
Akoni Gray seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Gray lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Slater fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Gray wants to land a leg kick but Slater is out of range.
Slater swings and misses with a hook to the body.
A big left from Gray misses.
And Slater tries to counter it with a takedown but Gray pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Slater connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Slater takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Slater checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Slater swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Gray throws a hook but Slater avoids it easily.
Slater fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Gray avoids it really well and circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gray throws a right and a left that Slater avoids nicely.
Slater tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Slater 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.
Gray looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
A solid body kick from Gray.
Slater checks a leg kick.
Nice sprawl there from Gray as Slater shoots in.
Akoni Gray has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of AC Slater.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Gray ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Slater moves away.
Slater swings for the body but Gray moves out of range.
Slater throws a lazy uppercut
and Gray counters with a lovely straight right hand!
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Slater crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Gray - the referee stops the clock and Slater gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Gray. Slater manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
A telegraphed right hand from Gray misses the target.
Slater throws a predictable looking body shot
and Gray counters with a right hand to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gray fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Slater.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Gray, right into the meat.
Slater takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Gray misses with a double jab.
Slater walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Nice shot lands for Gray.
Gray lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Slater has a takedown stuffed.
Gray lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Slater at a distance.
Gray avoids a punch combination nicely.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gray staying out of range there.
Gray thinks about countering with a body kick.
A nice combination there by Slater.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Slater shoots in for a takedown but Gray shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Slater on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Gray slaps away a takedown attempt from Slater, before circling back to the center of the mat.
Slater throws a left and a right that both miss
and Gray counters with a nice uppercut.
Good exchange - Gray coming out on top.
Gray scores with a body shot.
Slater throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Slater misses with a lunging right hand
and Gray counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Akoni Gray dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Akoni Gray's cut.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Gray punishes Slater's body with a nice straight punch.
Gray throws a right and a left that Slater avoids nicely.
Gray takes a punch to the jaw and another one to the bread basket.

Slater closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Gray's guard.
Gray utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Gray seems keen to control Slater's posture.
Slater throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Slater won't allow Gray to get back to his feet.
Slater stands up over Gray, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Gray is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Slater postures up.
Slater missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Slater defending well as Gray loads up on a big left hand.
Gray misses with a body shot.
Gray throws a big shot that misses.
Gray throws a looping overhand right but Slater ducks down to avoid it.
Slater changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
A swing and a miss from Slater.
Gray swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Gray lands a nice looking body kick.
Akoni Gray is winning the standup battle so far.
Slater throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Gray counters with a left to the body.
Gray cracks Slater with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Gray is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Slater can do to turn this around?
Gray displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Slater throws out the jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Slater tries to score a power double leg takedown but Gray sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Slater somewhat.
Gray clobbers Slater with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Gray keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Gray's corner calls for a 1-2. Gray obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Gray stuns Slater with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Gray throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Slater takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Slater takes a body punch but keeps moving.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gray sizes up Slater with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Gray fails to land with a series of punches.
Gray takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Slater throws a right hand that Gray ducks under and follows up with a left that Gray also avoids with ease.
Gray misses with a lunging right hand
and Slater counters with a nice uppercut.
Slater ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Gray slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Gray lands a jab to the head.
A telegraphed right hand from Gray misses the target.
Gray tries a head kick but it misses.
Slater with the counter takedown but Gray avoids it easily.
Slater shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Gray as he jumps to the side.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A telegraphed right hand from Gray misses the target.
Slater misses with a takedown attempt - Gray sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Akoni Gray has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of AC Slater.
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!
Gray throws the left hand but Slater avoids the punch easily.
Slater with the counter takedown but Gray avoids it easily.
Slater shoots in looking for a takedown but Gray manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Slater's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Gray bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Slater's head backwards.
Slater steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Gray. That one must have hurt.
Slater is breathing heavily.
Gray throws a series of strikes that have Slater backpedaling.
Gray slips a jab from Slater.
Slater might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.
A slapping body kick lands there for Gray.
Gray connects with the punch.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Akoni Gray dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Akoni Gray's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Slater's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Gray connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Slater scrambles back to his feet.
Slater throws a shot from downtown. Gray moves away and avoids it.
An attempted straight right counter from Gray misses the target.
Gray delivers a nice body kick.
Gray wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Gray ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Slater moves away.
Slater chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Gray can pounce on him.
Slater shoots and misses
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
and Gray counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Gray darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Slater moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Gray with a hook.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Gray connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Slater takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Nice shot by Gray.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Slater uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Gray.
Nice shot by Gray.
Slater with a poor takedown
and Slater takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

Slater is rocked!
Slater tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Slater is still on wobbly legs! Can Gray finish him?

Gray drops Slater with a beautiful combination! Slater stares up at his opponent, who ushers him back to his feet - Gray is looking for the KO!
Gray avoids a punch combination nicely.
Gray throws an overhand right that drops Slater like a sack of potatoes! Gray dives in to finish the fight with more strikes and this one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:51 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Akoni Gray!
Akoni Gray retains his light heavyweight title!
A less than humble Akoni Gray 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
57%
 
 
 
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