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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Kamerun Diaz (ranked 1484 p4p, 182 weight class) and Anton Kruglov (ranked 1442 p4p, 175 weight class). Diaz comes to the cage accompanied by Beast in Black - Ghost in the Rain. 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.

185 cm
31
175 lbs
11 - 1 - 0
171 cm
31
184 lbs
21 - 12 - 2
Abu Dhabi Champ
Excellent boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Urban Fighter



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the vacant welterweight championship of the world!
Introducing the fighter to my left.
With a record of 11 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Kamerun Diaz!
And introducing the fighter to my right.
With a record of 21 wins, 12 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Anton Kruglov!
The judges for this bout are Wesley Smith, Robert Twigg and Chris Downing.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kruglov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Kruglov fails in his attempt to clinch.

Kruglov gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Kruglov lands a nice uppercut.
Diaz lands a left hand that snaps the head of Kruglov backwards.
Kruglov has Diaz pressed against the cage, preventing Diaz from circling away and getting back to striking at range.
Diaz misses with a hook from the clinch.
Diaz misses with a hook to the ribs.
Kruglov landing knees to the body. They look like they could hurt.

Diaz breaks from the clinch.
Kruglov looks to land a right hand but Diaz moved out of range.
Kruglov moves out of range of the strikes.
Diaz sets himself, and Kruglov steps forward looking for the clinch! Diaz avoids it this time.
Kruglov walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Kruglov tries to close the distance and clinch up but Diaz swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Kruglov keeps the fight standing with a nice sprawl.
Kruglov uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Diaz has time to react.
Kamerun Diaz seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kruglov displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Diaz throws out the jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A slow jab from Diaz misses its intended target.
A big right from Diaz misses.
Diaz avoids the body shot from Kruglov.
We've been informed that Kruglov has been sparring a lot of Muay Thai in the buildup to this fight so let's see if that has an impact on the result.
Nice defenses there by Kruglov.
Kruglov on the wrong end of a kick to the body.
Diaz throws a head kick that misses.
Kruglov staying out of range there.
Kruglov thinks about the counter body kick.
Diaz cracks Kruglov with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Diaz blocks a head kick by Kruglov.
Diaz throws a front kick aimed at Kruglov's knee but Kruglov avoids it well.
Kruglov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Kruglov takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Diaz throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Kruglov flicks out a counter leg kick but Diaz steps away.
Kruglov blocks a jab.
Kruglov wants to counter the offense by Diaz and move into the clinch position.
Anton Kruglov is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Diaz staying out of range there.
Diaz scores with a jab to the jaw.

Kruglov takes the fight into the clinch.
Diaz is trying to force a seperation but Kruglov has the dominant position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Kruglov.

Diaz manages to break the clinch.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Diaz throws a poor cross that misses
enabling Kruglov to counter with a crisp jab.
Kruglov tries to clinch up but Diaz circles away and keeps his distance.
Diaz listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Diaz avoids a punch combination nicely.
Diaz throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Kruglov.
Diaz defending well as Kruglov loads up on a big left hand.
Diaz lands the left hand.
Diaz throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Diaz defending well as Kruglov loads up on a big left hand.
A head kick from Kruglov lands but Diaz takes it in his stride.
Diaz misses with a hook. Kruglov ducked under it nicely.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Kruglov! But no joy.
Kruglov cracks the inside of Diaz's front leg.
Diaz is using his reach advantage well here, landing the more effective single shots from range.
Diaz dives in and grabs Kruglov's left leg, looking for a takedown. Kruglov pushes down on Diaz's head and hops out.
Diaz throws a sloppy body shot
and Kruglov counters with a nice uppercut.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.

Kruglov moves into range and clinches up with Diaz.
Diaz goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Kruglov lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Diaz or not.
Diaz lands with a light punch inside.
Diaz can't find room to land a body shot as Kruglov controls the action.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Kruglov.
A nice left hand lands by Diaz.
Kruglov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Kruglov blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Diaz misses with a punch on the inside.
Diaz looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Diaz throws a head punch that misses.

Diaz breaks the clinch.
Diaz misses with an uppercut. Kruglov saw that one coming.

Kruglov clinches up against the cage.
Diaz avoiding damage as Kruglov throws knees to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Diaz tries to throw a body punch but Kruglov avoids it by throwing Diaz back against the cage.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Diaz breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Kruglov fails in his attempt to clinch.
Diaz throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kruglov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Kruglov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Diaz cracks Kruglov with a right hand to the side of the head.
Kruglov just misses with a punch to the body.
Diaz blocks a jab.

Kruglov moves into range and clinches up with Diaz.
Diaz misses with a hook from the clinch.
Diaz wants a takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Kamerun Diaz. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Kruglov misses with a knee strike.
Diaz working aggressively here.
Kruglov with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Kruglov using the Thai clinch to land knees to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Kruglov throws a knee to the head but misses.
A nice right hand lands inside from Kruglov.
Kruglov tries to land knees in the clinch but Diaz avoids the damage to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Anton Kruglov will probably get the nod.
That's time! Diaz's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Diaz misses with an attempted mid kick.
Kruglov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Diaz in his tracks.
Diaz lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Kruglov swings for the body but Diaz moves out of range.
Diaz misses with an uppercut.
Kruglov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Diaz moves away.
Kruglov is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Kruglov tries to close the distance and clinch up but Diaz swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Diaz shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Kruglov misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kruglov. Diaz does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kruglov wants to clinch up but Diaz keeps it at a distance.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kruglov checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Kruglov wants to clinch up but Diaz keeps it at a distance.
Diaz is looking to counter punch.
Diaz misses with a leg kick
enabling Kruglov to counter with a crisp jab.
Diaz takes a swing at Kruglov's ribcage but misses.
Kruglov looks like he wants to counter punch here.

Kruglov drives through and clinches with Diaz against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diaz swings wildly with an uppercut but Kruglov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Diaz scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Kruglov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Diaz on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Kruglov landing knees to the head.
Diaz can't get the takedown.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Diaz blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Kruglov swings wildly with an uppercut but Diaz uses good head movement to avoid it.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Diaz.
Diaz on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Diaz working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Diaz blocking some punches.
Diaz pushes Kruglov back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Anton Kruglov seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Diaz doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Kruglov landing knees to the head.
Diaz is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Kruglov is defending well.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Kamerun Diaz. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov unloads a knee to the mid-section. Diaz lets out a prehistoric sounding urrrrgh.
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!

Diaz breaks from the clinch.
Diaz slips under a jab.
Diaz lands with a thumping leg kick.
Diaz jabbing away but nothing is landing.

Diaz shoots in and bounces Kruglov off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.

Kruglov manages to escape and get back to his feet.
Diaz shoots in for a double leg but Kruglov sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
A nice side step and Kruglov releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Kruglov tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Diaz quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Diaz throws a wild body kick that Kruglov sees coming a mile off.
Kruglov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Kruglov misses with a body kick.
A clash of legs there as Kruglov blocks the low kick.
Diaz feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Kruglovs jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Diaz looks to land a body kick but Kruglov moved away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov thumps Diaz with a low kick.
Diaz swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Kruglov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Diaz misses with an uppercut
and Kruglov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Diaz fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
A little jabbing left from Kruglov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Diaz lands with a right hand.
Kruglov misses with an uppercut. Diaz saw that one coming.
The fight stays on the outside here - Kruglov looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Kruglov throws a head kick but Diaz moves out of range.
A slapping leg kick lands for Kruglov.
Kruglov fails in his attempt to clinch.

Diaz gets tackled into the cage by Kruglov. Kruglov maintains the clinch.
Diaz lands a right hand that snaps the head of Kruglov backwards.
Kruglov blocking some punches.
Diaz tries to work over Kruglov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.

Diaz breaks from the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Kruglov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Diaz misses with a low kick as Kruglov jumps back.
Kruglov throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Kruglov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Diaz doesn't seem bothered though.
Kruglov connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Kruglov throws a jab but it's blocked by Diaz.
Kruglov lands a two punch combo.
Diaz swings for the body but Kruglov moves out of range.

Kruglov clinches.
I was talking to Diaz's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Kruglov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Diaz blocks it with crossed arms.
Diaz misses with the head strike.
Diaz tries to circle away but Kruglov has him pinned against the cage.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Kruglov throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Diazs head.
Kruglov using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Diaz has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
Diaz struggles to land a body shot inside as Kruglov controls his hands.
Kruglov landing knees to the body. They look like they could hurt.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Anton Kruglov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Kruglov sizes up Diaz with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Diaz does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Diaz pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
A punch lands to the side of Kruglov 's head but he takes it in his stride.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kruglov. Diaz does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kruglov throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Diaz.
Diaz throws a leg kick
and Kruglov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Kruglov staying out of range there.
A big left from Kruglov misses.
Diaz avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Kruglov fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Diaz is out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Diaz lands a high kick!
Kruglov pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Diaz misses with an uppercut.
Diaz throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kruglov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Diaz changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Kruglov tries to avoid it but Diaz manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Kruglov to the ground. Kruglov escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Anton Kruglov seems to be getting the better of the standup.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diaz misses with a wild body shot.
Diaz lands a leg kick that knocks Kruglov off balance momentarily.

Diaz feints and as Kruglov raises his hands in defense, Diaz changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.

Kruglov has managed to wall walk up one of the corner posts to get back to his feet. Diaz is pushing him up against the cage, looking to control the position.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Diaz.
Kruglov blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Kruglov misses with a knee strike.
A head punch on the inside from Diaz fails to land.
Diaz misses with the head strike.
Diaz struggles to land a body shot inside as Kruglov controls his hands.
Kruglov looking to slow down the pace here.
Kruglov misses with a knee to the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Kruglov.
Kruglov stalling in the clinch.
Kruglov lands a good knee to the midsection. Diaz won't want to take too many of those.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Kruglov working some nice short punches in the clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Kruglov prevents a body shot from Diaz.
Diaz can't find room to land a body shot as Kruglov controls the action.
Diaz softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Diaz.
Diaz gets through Kruglov's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Kruglov lands a left hand.
Kruglov tries a knee to the head but Diaz blocks it.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Kruglov.
A left hand lands to the body for Diaz.
Kruglov displaying some good clinch control by pressing Diaz up against the cage.
Diaz lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Kruglov backwards.
Diaz has had enough of the clinch but Kruglov keeps him there for the moment.
Kruglov working Diaz over with knees to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Diaz doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A head punch on the inside from Kruglov fails to land.
Kruglov lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Kruglov tries to land a knee to the head but Diaz blocks with his arms.
Diaz is trying to break the clinch but Kruglov has him pressed against the cage.
Kruglov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Diaz blocks it with crossed arms.
Diaz tries to break the clinch but Kruglov is controlling the position.
A nice right hand lands inside from Diaz.
Kruglov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Diaz blocks it with crossed arms.
Kruglov lands a left hand.
Diaz fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Kruglov lands a knee to the head there! That was nasty!
A short right hand to the side of the head by Kruglov.
Kruglov tries to land a knee to the head but Diaz blocks with his arms.
Diaz is looking for a takedown.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Kruglov creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Diaz's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A short left from Kruglov.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kruglov blocking some punches.
Diaz takes a knee right on the jaw!
Diaz throws a head punch that misses.
Kruglov blocks an uppercut.
Diaz lands a right hand.

Diaz breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Diaz moves into range and connects with a jab.
Kruglov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Diaz misses with a low kick as Kruglov jumps back.
Kruglov misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Diaz misses with a jab, cross combination.
Diaz with a nice cross.
Decent striking displayed by Diaz there.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Kruglov misses with a looping right.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Anton Kruglov just about did enough to take it.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


A nice inside leg kick there by Kruglov. That's going to slow Diaz down.
Diaz throws a big shot that misses.
A nice inside leg kick there by Diaz. That's going to slow Kruglov down.
A jab from Diaz misses.
Kruglov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Diaz tries to land a leg kick but Kruglov saw it coming and moves away.
Diaz throws an overhand right that lands on Kruglov's shoulder, as Kruglov tries to avoid the shot.
Kruglov ducks under a wild hook from Diaz.
It seemed like Kruglov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Diaz throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Diaz slips a jab from Kruglov.
Kruglov lands a head kick. Diaz smiles back at him and beckons him forward.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A telegraphed right hand from Diaz misses the target.
Kruglov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Kruglov tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Diaz manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Kruglov dodges the punch combination from Diaz.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A lazy left from Diaz finds it's target.
Diaz fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Diaz throws a body kick that misses
and Kruglov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Kruglov scores with a hook to the body. Diaz takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Diaz scores with a nice body kick.
A swing and a miss from Diaz.
Diaz wants to slow Kruglov down by chopping away at his legs.
Diaz takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Diaz punishes Kruglov's body with a nice straight punch.
Kruglov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Diaz.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Kruglov! But no joy.
Kruglov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Diaz.
Kruglov throws a jab but it's blocked by Diaz.
Kruglov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Diaz throws a jab but it's blocked by Kruglov.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diaz throws a poor cross that misses
and Kruglov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Diaz fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Kruglov manages to avoid it.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Diaz fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Diaz cracks Kruglov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Diaz misses with a kick to the body.
Kruglov defending well as Diaz loads up on a big left hand.
Kruglov tries to move into range but Diaz moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Diaz misses the jab.

Kruglov moves into the clinch successfully.
Diaz throws a head punch that misses.
Kruglov blocks an uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Diaz fails to land.
Kruglov lands a right hand.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Diaz.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Kruglov tries a knee to the head but Diaz blocks it.
Diaz tries to break free but Kruglov pushes him back against the cage.
Kruglov tries a knee to the head but Diaz blocks it.
Kruglov lands a hook that snaps the head of Diaz backwards.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Diaz as Kruglov tries to tie him up.
Kruglov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Kruglov keeps control of Diaz as he tries to wriggle out of the double underhooks.
Kruglov blocking some punches.
Diaz lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Kruglov lands a right hand that snaps the head of Diaz backwards.
Kruglov scores a nice knee to the body.
Diaz on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
Kruglov tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Diaz lands a right hand that snaps the head of Kruglov backwards.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Diaz wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Diaz drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Kruglov gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Kruglov utilising his Muay Thai to score with a knee to the body.
Diaz tries to score a body lock takedown but Kruglov shows good agility there to stay on his feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Kamerun Diaz. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Diaz on the defensive, avoiding the knees to the body.
A nice right hand lands inside from Diaz.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Kruglov is leaning against Diaz and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Diaz has a couple of punches blocked by Kruglov.
Diaz goes for a takedown attempt but Kruglov pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Kruglov takes one on the chin but seems OK.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Anton Kruglov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Kruglov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Kruglov feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Diaz's calf.
Kruglov takes a jab right on the kisser.
Diaz thows a left - swing and a miss!

Kruglov clinches up with Diaz and pushes him back against the cage.
Diaz blocking some punches.
Diaz goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Diaz misses with a short punch on the inside.
Diaz makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Kruglov blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kruglov misses with a knee to the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Diaz doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Diaz scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Diaz misses with a punch on the inside.
Kruglov unloads a knee to the mid-section.
Kruglov lands a knee to the body.
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.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Diaz blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Kruglov throws a knee to the head but misses.
Kruglov blocking some punches.
Kruglov with the Thai clinch, lands a knee to the head.
Kruglov prevents a body shot from Diaz.
Kruglov lands a left hand.
Kruglov with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Diaz tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Kruglov takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
Diaz working hard to break the clinch.
Kruglov is pressed up against the cage. Diaz has hold of a leg and is looking to drag Kruglov down to the mat. Kruglov avoids the attempt though and has circled away. We're back to striking at a distance.
Kruglov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Diaz.
Diaz throws a head kick that misses.
A countering left hand to the body from Kruglov misses.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Diaz.
Kamerun Diaz has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Diaz swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Kruglov fails in his attempt to clinch.
Diaz avoids the body shot from Kruglov.
Diaz throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Diaz does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Kruglov tries to clinch but Diaz moves out of range.
Diaz on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Diaz misses with a head kick.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Diaz rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Kruglov moves out of range and avoids them all easily.

Kruglov clinches with his opponent.
Diaz misses with a punch to the body.
Kruglov throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Diaz blocks it with crossed arms.
A head punch on the inside from Diaz fails to land.
Kruglov misses with a short punch on the inside.
A nice right hand lands inside from Kruglov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Kruglov blocking some punches.

Diaz has clasped his hands together around Kruglov's back... aaand, he's got a takedown into side control. Nicely done.
Diaz working the ground and pound but Kruglov is defending the strikes.
Anton Kruglov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Kruglov is putting a lot of effort into getting back to his feet here.
Diaz will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Kruglov defending against the ground and pound.
Kruglov wants to control but Diaz postures up.

Diaz is trying to get an arm triangle but Kruglov is defending well.
Kruglov parries the strikes from Diaz easily there. Diaz is wary of posturing up too much because it might enable Kruglov to escape.
Diaz throws a strike aimed at the side of Kruglov's head but Kruglov avoids it well.
Diaz looks up at the clock and then as Kruglov takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Diaz smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kruglov is looking to regain half guard here but Diaz keeps moving and retains side control.
Diaz working the body and head with strikes.
Diaz misses with a strike but at least he's keeping busy, looking to cause some damage - that will still help him when it comes to the judges scorecards.

Diaz tries for a kimura but Kruglov is defending well.
Kruglov gets back to half guard.
Diaz throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Kruglov makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Kruglov.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Diaz working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Kruglov's head.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Anton Kruglov.
I've got Kruglov winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. 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 Wesley Smith scores the fight 47:50
Judge Robert Twigg scores the fight 48:50
Judge Chris Downing scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Anton Kruglov!

Anton Kruglov is the new welterweight champion!
A very excited looking Anton Kruglov 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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