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IFC 72: Thomas vs Vasquez PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Jax Thomas (ranked 32 p4p, 5 weight class) and Nando Vasquez (ranked 210 p4p, 27 weight class). Thomas comes into the arena with Killing is my business, and business is good! - Megadeth blaring out of the sound system. Well, I have no idea who's going to take this one!

175 cm
24
170 lbs
12 - 3 - 0
179 cm
23
155 lbs
8 - 1 - 0
Great wrestler
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Lethal high kicks
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Jax Thomas!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nando Vasquez!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Jack Bonds and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Thomas misses with a hook.
Thomas tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Vasquez was well out of range. Poor timing from Thomas.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Vasquez.
Vasquez takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Thomas checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Vasquez moves away from the strike by Thomas.
Thomas ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Vasquez moves away.
Vasquez throws a series of punches but Thomas moves out of range.
Vasquez lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Vasquez throws a leg kick
and Thomas counters with a nice uppercut.
Thomas looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.

Thomas closes the distance and clinches.
Thomas fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Vasquez lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Thomas or not.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Vasquez lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Thomas backwards.
Vasquez takes a shot to the head.
Thomas misses with a punch to the body.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Thomas.
Thomas blocks a punch to the side of the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Vasquez working aggressively here.
Thomas working aggressively here.
Thomas misses with a hook to the ribs.
A short right from Vasquez on the inside.
Thomas swings wildly with an uppercut but Vasquez uses good head movement to avoid it.
A hook to the body from Thomas.
Vasquez lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Thomas lands an uppercut.
Thomas throws a punch but it's blocked by Vasquez.
Vasquez has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Thomas seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Vasquez can turn it around.
Vasquez tries to work over Thomas's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Still in the clinch, Vasquez scores with a nice short uppercut.
Vasquez swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Thomas misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Vasquez misses with a punch to the body.
Vasquez misses with a body punch.
Vasquez tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Thomas's elbow.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Vasquez.
Vasquez blocking some punches.
A short uppercut from Vasquez.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A head punch on the inside from Vasquez fails to land.
A short right from Vasquez on the inside.
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!
A head punch on the inside from Vasquez fails to land.
Vasquez lands with a short punch from the clinch.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Thomas.
Thomas goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

Vasquez manages to break the clinch.
Vasquez throws a hook but Thomas blocks it.
Thomas walks forward, straight into a front kick from Vasquez.
Vasquez lands a jab to Thomas's midsection.
Thomas throws a body shot but no joy.
Thomas misses with a right hand
and Vasquez counters with a nice uppercut.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Vasquez, as that shot connected.

Thomas is rocked!
Vasquez throws a nice looking combination but Thomas bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
A little feinted left hand from Thomas on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Oh Thomas is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
A good leg kick by Vasquez.
Thomas seems to have got his legs back now.
Thomas throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Thomas thows a left - swing and a miss!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Vasquez misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Thomas connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Thomas slips a jab and a cross from Vasquez.
Vasquez uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Thomas.

Thomas has closed the distance and engaged Vasquez in a clinch.
Vasquez goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Thomas tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Vasquez tries to throw a body punch but Thomas avoids it by throwing Vasquez back against the cage.
Vasquez softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Vasquez lands a body shot.
Vasquez goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Thomas blocking some punches.
Vasquez misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Vasquez tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Thomas's elbow.
Thomas digs a right hand into Vasquez's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Vasquez's gas tank.
Thomas struggles to land a body shot inside as Vasquez controls his hands.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Vasquez creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Thomas fails to land.
Vasquez lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Vasquez blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Vasquez fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Thomas tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vasquez's elbow.
Vasquez pushes Thomas back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Thomas lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Vasquez doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A head punch on the inside from Thomas fails to land.
Thomas goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Vasquez.
Thomas misses with a body punch.
Vasquez misses with a hook from the clinch.
Thomas misses with some punches.
Vasquez misses with the head strike.
Thomas gets through Vasquez's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Vasquez misses with a hook from the clinch.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Vasquez throws a punch but it's blocked by Thomas.
Thomas blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Vasquez throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Thomass head.
Vasquez lands a nice uppercut.
Vasquez blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Nando Vasquez dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Thomas is looking to clinch but Vasquez is avoiding it.
Thomas jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Vasquez has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Thomas avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Vasquez is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Vasquez ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.

Thomas closes the distance and clinches.
Thomas tries a body shot but Vasquez blocks it.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Vasquez lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Thomas makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Thomas misses with a punch on the inside.
Thomas has a couple of punches blocked by Vasquez.
Vasquez throws a head punch that misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Thomas blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Thomas blocks an uppercut.
Thomas gets through Vasquez's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Thomas misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Vasquez misses with a punch on the inside.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Thomas lands a right hand that snaps the head of Vasquez backwards.
Thomas works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Thomas lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.

Vasquez is rocked!
Thomas tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Vasquez is still on wobbly legs! Can Thomas finish him?
Vasquez blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Thomas has a couple of punches blocked by Vasquez.
Thomas working aggressively here.
Thomas lands a body shot.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Vasquez.
Thomas misses with some punches.
Thomas pushes off and fires off an elbow that misses, before clinching up again, against the cage.
Thomas softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Vasquez blocks an uppercut.
Vasquez blocking some punches.
Thomas lands a nice shot to the body.
Jax Thomas has scored more points in the clinch so far.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Thomas.
Vasquez is breathing heavily.
Thomas blocking some punches.
Thomas fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Thomas creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Thomas swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Thomas throws a big uppercut that drops Vasquez! More strikes from Thomas and the referee jumps in to stop the fight! Vasquez lies dazed against the cage as Thomas celebrates with his cornermen!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:37 of round 2, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Jax Thomas!
Jax Thomas retains his lightweight title!
A very excited looking Jax Thomas made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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RATING
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