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Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Valar Dohaeris (ranked 5784 p4p, 501 weight class) and Shane Raffington (ranked 6215 p4p, 515 weight class). Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

191 cm
18
209 lbs
0 - 1 - 0
182 cm
20
190 lbs
1 - 1 - 0
Decent wrestler
Excellent MT
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Excellent MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 0 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Valar Dohaeris!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Shane Raffington!
The judges for this bout are Jorge Garcia, David Schapiro and Chad Campbell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Raffington misses with a low kick.
A swing and a miss from Raffington.
Raffington throws a shot from downtown. Dohaeris moves away and avoids it.
Raffington has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.
Raffington misses with a body kick.
Dohaeris stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Raffington.
Dohaeris digs a good body shot into Raffington's ribs.
Raffington takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Dohaeris connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Raffington throws a body shot but no joy.
Dohaeris steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Raffington. That one must have hurt.
Raffington scores with a nice body kick.
Nice shot lands for Raffington.
A head kick misses from Raffington.
Raffington misses with a low kick.
Raffington scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Dohaeris 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.
Raffington appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Raffington swings for the body but Dohaeris moves out of range.
Dohaeris takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Raffington with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Raffington moves out of range of the leg kick from Dohaeris.
Dohaeris fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Raffington checks it well.
Dohaeris misses the shot to the body.
Raffington slips under a jab.
Raffington connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Dohaeris swings for the body but Raffington moves out of range.
Raffington pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Raffington thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Dohaeris if he has to take too many more of those.
Raffington is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Dohaeris.
Raffington misses with an uppercut. Dohaeris saw that one coming.
Raffington 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.
Raffington doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Dohaeris looks to land a right hand but Raffington moved out of range.
Dohaeris moves out of range of the body kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Dohaeris. Raffington does a little dance to reset his feet.
Raffington looks to land a body kick but Dohaeris moved away.
Dohaeris has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Chakuriki LA Gym in the buildup to the fight.
Dohaeris is looking to wear down Raffington with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Dohaeris tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Dohaeris checks a leg kick.
An attempted straight right counter from Dohaeris misses the target.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris avoids the body shot from Raffington.
Raffington throws a jab but it's blocked by Dohaeris.
Shane Raffington is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Raffington swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Dohaeris tries to clinch up but Raffington circles away and keeps his distance.
Raffington checks a leg kick.
Dohaeris takes a swing at Raffington's ribcage but misses.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Raffington throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Dohaeris tries to counter by clinching up but Raffington breaks away and moves out of range.
Dohaeris throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Raffington closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Dohaeris checks the leg kick.
Dohaeris bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Raffington digs a good body shot into Dohaeris's ribs.
Raffington drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Dohaeris changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Raffington throws a head kick but Dohaeris moves out of range.
Raffington blocks a leg kick.
Raffington throws a low kick, looking for Dohaeris's leg but Dohaeris calmly moves out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Raffington explodes with a nice body kick and back out of range. Nice work.
Raffington connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Raffington misses with a head kick.
Dohaeris moves out of range of the leg kick from Raffington.
Dohaeris blocks a jab.
Dohaeris throws a leg kick but Raffington checks it.
Raffington scores with a leg kick.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Dohaeris lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Raffington has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Raffington and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Raffington misses the jab.
Dohaeris scores with a jab. Raffington acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Dohaeris tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Raffington was well out of range. Poor timing from Dohaeris.
Raffington lands with a cross.
Dohaeris tries to land a front kick but Raffington steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Raffington looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Raffington keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Dohaeris throws a poor cross that misses
and Raffington counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Dohaeris throws a lazy uppercut
and Raffington counters with a body kick that brings a smile to the face of both fighters.
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!
Dohaeris looks to land a right hand but Raffington moved out of range.
It seemed like Raffington was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Dohaeris looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Raffington blocks a jab.
Dohaeris throws an overhand right that lands on Raffington's shoulder, as Raffington tries to avoid the shot.
Raffington misses the shot to the body.
Dohaeris tries to close the distance and clinch but Raffington swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Raffington ducks under a wild hook from Dohaeris.
Dohaeris connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Shane Raffington seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
The fighters circling - Raffington throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Dohaeris drops down looking for a counter takedown but Raffington sprawls and moves away.
Raffington has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Raffington there as he acknowledges the shot.
Dohaeris tries to close the distance and clinch up but Raffington swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Raffington misses with a leg kick

and Dohaeris moves into the clinch.
Dohaeris is trying to break the clinch but Raffington has him pressed against the cage.
Raffington tries a body shot but Dohaeris blocks it.
Dohaeris is leaning against Raffington and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
A right handed body shot lands from Dohaeris.
Raffington lands with a right to the head.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Raffington lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Shane Raffington dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Dohaeris throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Raffington, right into the meat.
Dohaeris throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Dohaeris throws a body punch but Raffington moves out of range.
Dohaeris moves to clinch but Raffington breaks away
and Raffington cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
A left lands for Dohaeris.
Dohaeris looks to land a left hand but Raffington moved out of range nicely.
Dohaeris throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Dohaeris tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Raffington paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Dohaeris misses with a shot to the body
and Raffington counters with a nice body shot.
Raffington misses with a head kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dohaeris avoids a kick to the body.
Dohaeris moves out of range of the leg kick from Raffington.
A solid leg kick lands there for Raffington.
Raffington scores with a decent looking hook.
A jab from Raffington does it's job there.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Dohaeris is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Raffington.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dohaeris fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Raffington manages to avoid it.
Dohaeris tries to score a power double leg takedown but Raffington sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Dohaeris somewhat.
Dohaeris throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Dohaeris throws the kick towards the body but Raffington avoids it.
Dohaeris finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Raffington connects with a crisp jab.
Raffington throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Dohaeris sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Raffington misses with a looping left.
Dohaeris takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Dohaeris digs a good hook to Raffington's body.
A jab from Raffington misses.
Dohaeris moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Dohaeris tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Raffington is able to avoid easily.
Raffington uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Dohaeris.
Dohaeris doesn't manage to clinch there - Raffington circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Raffington throws an off balance right hand
and Dohaeris makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Raffington lands a head kick!
A jab from Dohaeris finds it's way through Raffington's defenses.
Dohaeris takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Dohaeris avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Dohaeris swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Dohaeris connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Dohaeris avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
A looping hook to the body misses from Raffington. Dohaeris does a little dance to reset his feet.
Raffington throws a low kick, looking for Dohaeris's leg but Dohaeris calmly moves out of range.
Raffington scores with a jab to the jaw.
Raffington dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Dohaeris avoids the body shot from Raffington.
Raffington scoring well with a low kick there.
The fighters circling - Raffington throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Dohaeris moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
A bone on bone clash there as Raffington blocks the leg kick.
Shane Raffington seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Dohaeris throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Raffington sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Dohaeris looks to land a left hand but Raffington moved out of range nicely.
And Raffington responds with a good body kick, but Dohaeris manages to step out the way in time.
Dohaeris scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
The step up in weight doesn't seem to be a problem for Raffington. He's performing admirably here against the bigger man.
Dohaeris throws a sloppy body shot
and Dohaeris takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Raffington looks to land a left hand but Dohaeris moved out of range nicely.
Dohaeris loads up on a big right hand but Raffington slips the punch.
Raffington scores with a leg kick.
Raffington lands with an uppercut that bounces Dohaeris off the cage and back into range.
Dohaeris uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Raffington.
Dohaeris swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Dohaeris misses with a hook.
Raffington fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Dohaeris has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Dohaeris checks a leg kick.
Dohaeris goes for a double leg but Raffington avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Raffington continues to drive forward.
Raffington misses with an uppercut. Dohaeris saw that one coming.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris misses with a body shot.
Raffington fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Dohaeris.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Dohaeris misses with a looping left.
Raffington goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Raffington tries to work over Dohaeris's front leg with a kick but Dohaeris checks it.
Raffington keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Raffington counters with a body kick.
Raffington circles away from the clinch attempt.
Dohaeris cracks Raffington with a right hand to the side of the head.
Raffington throws a low kick but Dohaeris avoids it.
Raffington scores with a punch to the head.
Raffington moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Dohaeris with a lazy takedown attempt
and Raffington counters with a thumping low kick.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Valar Dohaeris. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Raffington fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Dohaeris on the wrong end of a kick to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Raffington scores with a jab to the body.
Raffington moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Raffington scores with a nice body kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Shane Raffington showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. This is the final round!


Raffington is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Dohaeris.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Raffington checks a leg kick.
Raffington uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Dohaeris.
Dohaeris throws a body punch but Raffington moves out of range.
Raffington throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Raffington lands a nice hook to Dohaeris's body. Dohaeris takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Raffington throws a half hearted mid kick.
Dohaeris misses with a straight left.
Raffington is looking for the big counter here.
Dohaeris is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Raffington scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Raffington swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Raffington keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Dohaeris.
Raffington scores with a jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Raffington uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Dohaeris has time to react.
Raffington throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Dohaeris sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Valar Dohaeris has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Dohaeris tries to close the distance and clinch but Raffington swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Dohaeris misses with a kick to the body.
Raffington tries to counter by closing the distance.
Raffington tries to land a leg kick but Dohaeris saw it coming and moves away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dohaeris ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Raffington moves away.
Dohaeris takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Raffington 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.
Dohaeris misses with a leg kick.
Dohaeris jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Dohaeris connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Raffington's hands.
Dohaeris throws a big shot that misses.
Raffington lands with a shot to the body.
Raffington throws a body punch but Dohaeris moves out of range.
Dohaeris is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Dohaeris throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
A jab from Raffington misses.
Dohaeris fires out a quick counter leg kick but Raffington just manages to avoid it.
Nice defenses there by Raffington.
Raffington feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Dohaeris's calf.
Raffington has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Dohaeris misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Raffington.
Raffington throws a quick inside leg kick.
Dohaeris will be looking to protect his midsection after taking some solid kicks to the body.
Dohaeris throws a body shot but no joy.
Dohaeris throws a big shot that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A shot to the liver by Raffington. Beautiful body shot.
Raffington 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.
Raffington with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Raffington moves out of range as Dohaeris strikes.
Dohaeris takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Raffington scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Dohaeris looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Dohaeris moves out of range as Raffington throws a body kick.
Dohaeris tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Raffington manages to circle out of the way.
Raffington connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Dohaeris moves out of range of the body kick from Raffington.
Dohaeris takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Raffington tries a head kick but it misses.
Dohaeris keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Raffington fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Dohaeris on the side of the head.
Dohaeris throws an overhand right that lands on Raffington's shoulder, as Raffington tries to avoid the shot.
Raffington dips to his left and cracks Dohaeris with an uppercut!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Raffington manages to avoid it.
Nice cross by Raffington.
Raffington sizes up Dohaeris with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Raffington misses with an uppercut
and Dohaeris counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Dohaeris swings widly with a right hand
and Raffington counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Dohaeris fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Raffington manages to avoid it.
Raffington feints a counter leg kick.
Raffington lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Nice shot lands for Raffington.
Dohaeris tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Raffington manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Raffington uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Dohaeris.
Dohaeris closes the distance but Raffington moves to the side
and Dohaeris takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Dohaeris looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Dohaeris throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Raffington moves out of range of the leg kick from Dohaeris.
Raffington keeps Dohaeris at a distance using the push kick.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Raffington dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Dohaeris takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Dohaeris tries to clinch up.
A nice side step and Raffington releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
That kick from Raffington tenderised Dohaeris's leg. Dohaeris is trying to keep his angry face on.
Dohaeris pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Raffington avoids the body shot from Dohaeris.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.

Raffington clinches with his opponent.
Dohaeris tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Raffington goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Raffington lands a body shot in the clinch.
A short right from Raffington.
Raffington tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Raffington goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Raffington goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Dohaeris throws a punch but it's blocked by Raffington.
Good body shot from Raffington.
Dohaeris tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Shane Raffington is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Raffington doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

And that's the end of the fight!
Shane Raffington comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Raffington has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Jorge Garcia scores the fight 27:30
Judge David Schapiro scores the fight 27:30
Judge Chad Campbell scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Shane Raffington!
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