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The Island Season 9, 155 lbs, Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1375 p4p, 154 weight class) and Ronald Garnier (ranked 2879 p4p, 300 weight class). Norifumi Yamamoto had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

168 cm
26
161 lbs
7 - 4 - 0
175 cm
25
164 lbs
2 - 1 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Decent wrestler
Solid Muay Thai
Heavy handed

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 2 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Ronald Garnier!
The judges for this bout are Peter Branson, Bart Greer and Daniel Franklin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Yamamoto dives in and scores a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Garnier trying to keep a closed guard but Yamamoto is proving a slippery customer.
Garnier seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

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

Yamamoto tries to improve position but can't.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Garnier taking a breather here.
Yamamoto sneaks back into half guard.
Garnier looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto wants to improve his position but Garnier is controlling well.
Garnier looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

Yamamoto actively working from the bottom here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.

Yamamoto looking for submissions off his back.
Garnier trying to mount his opponent but Yamamoto defends it.

Yamamoto looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Garnier wants to free his trapped foot but Yamamoto is holding on for dear life with his legs.

Yamamoto looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Garnier really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Yamamoto. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Garnier stalling.
Garnier is trying to control. Yamamoto wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Garnier prevents Yamamoto from improving his position.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Garnier looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Garnier tries to clinch up.
Garnier steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Yamamoto.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Nice shot by Yamamoto.
Nice body punch from Garnier.
Ronald Garnier seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Yamamoto misses with a body shot.
Garnier tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Garnier misses with a looping right.
Yamamoto half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Nice uppercut there from Garnier.
Garnier ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Garnier just misses with a punch to the body.
Yamamoto just misses with a punch to the body.
Garnier throws out a powerful jab.
Yamamoto moves forwards but Garnier connects with a nice, crisp jab.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Yamamoto scores with a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Garnier looking to hit a scissor sweep but Yamamoto is one step ahead there.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Ronald Garnier will probably get the nod.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Yamamoto connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.

Yamamoto closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Yamamoto passes easily into side control. Nice work.

Yamamoto wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Garnier, who protects the arm well.
You can see the frustration on Garnier's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Garnier is looking for a sweep.
Norifumi Yamamoto overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Garnier manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Garnier wants to get back to full guard.

Yamamoto is working for a kimura but Garnier is defending it quite comfortably.

Yamamoto is looking for a kimura here.
We've been hearing good reports from Yamamoto's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Garnier is trying to maintain the position but Yamamoto is very close to passing his half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Garnier preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Garnier is looking to improve his position.

Yamamoto has hold of the far side arm. He's working for the Kimura, can Garnier defend it? Yamamoto steps over the head and cranks it - Garnier is tapping out! That was textbook stuff right there - nice submission victory for Yamamoto!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:48 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
Our winner, Norifumi Yamamoto, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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FIGHT
RATING
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