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IFC 70: Fischer v Warholm PBP Commentary

Coming up we have a super heavyweight MMA rules bout between Thiago Araujo (ranked 1490 p4p, 76 weight class) and Naiki Nekele (ranked 380 p4p, 21 weight class). These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

193 cm
285 lbs
8 - 4 - 0
210 cm
270 lbs
15 - 6 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Decent wrestler
Excellent MT
Granite chin



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 8 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Araujo!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Naiki Nekele!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Don Winkell and Jack Bonds.

The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Araujo changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Nekele tries to avoid it but Araujo manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Nekele to the ground. Nekele escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Nekele lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Nekele displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Araujo.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Nekele! But no joy.
Araujo shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Thiago Araujo. That's going to take a lot out of him.
A left lands for Nekele.
Araujo fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Araujo takes a swing at Nekele's ribcage but misses.
Araujo closes the distance and clinches up with Nekele, looking for a takedown. Araujo pushes Nekele against the cage but Nekele circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice takedown defense from Nekele. No joy for Araujo on that attempt.

Araujo closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Araujo is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Nekele has escaped the position, nice work there.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Araujo fails to land a wild elbow strike.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Araujo working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Nekele manages to get back to half guard.
Araujo is trying to control. Nekele wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Nekele told us pre-fight that he has been working on his escapes in training. Let's see if he can call on some of his new skills to get back to his feet.
Nekele makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Nekele.

Araujo drops back, looking for a kneebar! Nekele looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Nekele looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Nekele!

Araujo is trying to get back to half guard.
You can see the frustration on Araujo's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Araujo manages to get back to half guard.
Araujo tries to roll over but Nekele keeps him under control.
Araujo moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

Araujo is looking to cinch up a triangle. Nekele throws the leg off to one side though and gets in tight to Araujo's body to avoid the submission. Araujo has instead reached around Nekele's neck and now has a guillotine! Oh, this is biiiig trouble! Araujo arches his back and squeezes and forces the tap from his hapless opponent.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:49 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Thiago Araujo!
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