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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Don Bronson (ranked 6020 p4p, 457 weight class) and Kensei Tanagawa (ranked 5988 p4p, 456 weight class). Bronson comes to the cage accompanied by Glass Candy. Both these guys have solid standup skills and neither is particularly fantastic on the ground, so let's hope for a nice standup war!

189 cm
20
185 lbs
0 - 1 - 0
183 cm
20
187 lbs
1 - 1 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Granite chin
Good wrestler
Excellent boxer
Solid chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight 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, Don Bronson!
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, Kensei Tanagawa!
The judges for this bout are Dean Styles, Anthony Taglia and Steve Montenegro.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bronson fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Tanagawa on the side of the head.

It looks like Kensei Tanagawa has been cut.
Bronson misses the jab.
Bronson thuds a left hand into Tanagawa's body.
Bronson misses with a looping left.
Tanagawa throws a predictable looking body shot
letting Bronson counter with a right hand.
A big left from Bronson misses.
Tanagawa takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Tanagawa throws a hook but Bronson blocks it.
Bronson walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Tanagawa checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Bronson connects with a single shot there.
Tanagawa 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.
Bronson throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Tanagawa sees it coming and avoids it easily.
A countering left hand to the body from Tanagawa misses.
Bronson misses with a wild body shot.
Tanagawa is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
Bronson has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Chakuriki LA Gym in the buildup to the fight.
Bronson misses with a leg kick.
Tanagawa wants to counter with a clinch but Bronson pushes him away.
Bronson fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bronson throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Tanagawa throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bronson cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bronson throws a leg kick
and Tanagawa counters with a straight right hand.
Bronson lands a leg kick that knocks Tanagawa off balance momentarily.
Bronson throws a leg kick which misses Tanagawa's front leg but catches the back leg as Tanagawa tries to avoid it.
Bronson looks to throw a body kick

and Tanagawa counters with a shoot takedown. Bronson fights it but they end up in guard.
Tanagawa trying to control the position from guard on top but Bronson is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Bronson working for a triangle but Tanagawa defends it easily.
Bronson is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

Bronson working for a triangle but Tanagawa defends it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bronson looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Tanagawa wants to control from the top but Bronson keeps moving.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Tanagawa looking to pass the guard.
Bronson working a defensive guard here.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Bronson connects with a leg kick. Tanagawa looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bronson misses with an uppercut.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Bronson.
Bronson thumps Tanagawa with a low kick.
Bronson scores with a body shot.
Bronson misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Tanagawa.
Tanagawa tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bronson was well out of range. Poor timing from Tanagawa.
Bronson throws a nice outside leg kick.
Tanagawa throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Bronson fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Tanagawa moves out of range of the body kick.
Tanagawa wants to counter with a clinch but Bronson pushes him away.
Tanagawa tries a low kick but Bronson avoids it.
Bronson misses with a wild combination.
Tanagawa feints a counter leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tanagawa misses with a leg kick
and Bronson makes the exchange count by landing a cracking kick to the body. Tanagawa really felt that one!
Don Bronson is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Tanagawa throws a body kick despite being completely out of range
and Bronson counters with a nice uppercut.
A nice inside leg kick there by Bronson. That's going to slow Tanagawa down.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bronson throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Bronson looks to score with a jab to the body but Tanagawa is just out of range.
Bronson lands a glancing blow to the side of Tanagawa's head.
Bronson throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Tanagawa slips under a jab.
Bronson checks the leg kick.
Bronson slips a jab from Tanagawa.
Bronson connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Tanagawa momentarily.
Bronson lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bronson. Tanagawa does a little dance to reset his feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Don Bronson dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Kensei Tanagawa's cut.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bronson throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Tanagawa misses with a straight left.
Tanagawa takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Bronson is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Bronson with a jab.
Tanagawa works the jab nicely.
Bronson fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Tanagawa tries to land a front kick but Bronson steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Tanagawa's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Tanagawa fails in his attempt to clinch.
Bronson feinted there with a counter leg kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bronson fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Tanagawa.
Tanagawa uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bronson.
Tanagawa doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Bronson thuds his right hand into Tanagawa's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Don Bronson is winning the standup battle so far.
Bronson misses with an uppercut. Tanagawa saw that one coming.
Bronson has not gone for a single takedown so far in this fight, which seems like a very strange tactic when you consider that he has the superior wrestling and BJJ.
Tanagawa avoids the body shot from Bronson.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bronson ducks under a wild hook from Tanagawa.
Tanagawa paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Bronson scores with a nice strike.
A solid body kick from Bronson.
Tanagawa pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Bronson lands a nice looking body kick.
Bronson uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Tanagawa tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Bronson swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Bronson lands a right hook to the body.
Bronson lands a nice hook to Tanagawa's body. Tanagawa takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Tanagawa shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Bronson but Bronson pushes him off and we're back to square one.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Tanagawa has his takedown stuffed
and Bronson counters with a lovely straight right hand!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Tanagawa on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Bronson. Bronson obviously looking to wear him down.
Nice shot by Bronson.
Bronson scores with a jab.
A lazy body kick from Tanagawa
and Bronson counters with a thumping low kick.
Bronson ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Tanagawa takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Tanagawa checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Bronson jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Bronson lands with a cross.
Bronson moves away from the strike by Tanagawa.
Bronson bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Tanagawa's head backwards.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tanagawa fails with a takedown attempt.
Don Bronson has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Kensei Tanagawa.
Bronson lands a nice looking kick to the body. Tanagawa takes a step back to recover.
Bronson misses the jab.
Tanagawa walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bronson cracks Tanagawa with a good jab.
Tanagawa on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Bronson. Bronson obviously looking to wear him down.
Tanagawa slips under a jab from Bronson.
Bronson throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bronson feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Tanagawa's calf.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bronson misses with a hook
and Tanagawa counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bronson swings widly with a right hand
and Tanagawa counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bronson tests Tanagawa's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Bronson is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Tanagawa can do to turn this around?
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Tanagawa tries for a takedown but Bronson circles away easily
and Bronson counters with a stiff right hand.
Bronson connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Tanagawa throws a sloppy body shot
enabling Bronson to counter with a crisp jab.
A left lands for Bronson.
A jab from Bronson finds it's way through Tanagawa's defenses.
Tanagawa defending well as Bronson loads up on a big left hand.
Bronson tests Tanagawa's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Bronson looking to land some kicks to the body here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Don Bronson dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Kensei Tanagawa's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! This is the final round!


Tanagawa misses with a body shot.
Bronson throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Tanagawa throws out a counter right but Bronson avoids it with no problem.
Bronson scoring well with a low kick there.
Bronson with a nice cross.
Bronson lunges at Tanagawa with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Tanagawa's hand.
Tanagawa takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Bronson misses with a body shot.
Tanagawa digs a good hook to Bronson's body.
A jab from Bronson misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bronson lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Bronson is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Tanagawa.
Kensei Tanagawa has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
An inside leg kick lands from Bronson.
Don Bronson seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Tanagawa misses with a straight right.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Tanagawa avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Tanagawa shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Bronson but Bronson pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Bronson thinks about countering with a body kick.
Bronson throws an off balance right hand
and Tanagawa counters with a nice body shot.
Tanagawa has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Tanagawa throws an ugly left hook that misses
enabling Bronson to counter with a crisp jab.
Bronson cracks the inside of Tanagawa's front leg.
Tanagawa jabs Bronson to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Nice uppercut lands for Bronson. That snapped Tanagawa's head back.
Tanagawa misses with a hook
enabling Bronson to counter with a crisp jab.
Bronson throws a jab but it's blocked by Tanagawa.
Tanagawa tries to clinch up but Bronson circles away and keeps his distance.
Bronson keeps Tanagawa at a distance using the push kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bronson connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Tanagawa's hands.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Tanagawa misses with a body kick.
Tanagawa misses with a looping right.
A nice inside leg kick there by Bronson. That's going to slow Tanagawa down.
Bronson scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
An inside leg kick lands from Bronson.
Tanagawa uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bronson.
Bronson misses with a wild combination.
Tanagawa swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Tanagawa slips a jab from Bronson.
Tanagawa doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Bronson lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Bronson moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Don Bronson is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Tanagawa misses with a wild body shot.
Bronson throwing a counter right hand but Tanagawa manages to avoid it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tanagawa just misses with a punch to the body.
A little feinted left hand from Bronson on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bronson connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Tanagawa's hands.
Tanagawa doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Tanagawa misses with a low kick.
Tanagawa misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bronson.
Tanagawa tries to clinch but Bronson is having none of it.
Tanagawa shoots in for a takedown but Bronson shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Bronson thumps Tanagawa with a low kick.
Bronson is looking to slow Tanagawa down with leg kicks.
Bronson thuds a left hand into Tanagawa's body.
Tanagawa on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Bronson throws a front kick that sends Tanagawa stumbling back into the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bronson throws a quick inside leg kick.
Tanagawa jabs Bronson to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bronson scores with a hook to the body. Tanagawa takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Bronson connects with an inside leg kick.
Bronson connects with a looping right hand.
Tanagawa throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bronson.
A slapping leg kick lands for Bronson.
Tanagawa takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Tanagawa throws a body punch but Bronson moves out of range.
Tanagawa on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
A swing and a miss from Tanagawa.
Bronson fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Tanagawa manages to avoid it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Don Bronson showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Bronson, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. 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 Dean Styles scores the fight 30:27
Judge Anthony Taglia scores the fight 30:27
Judge Steve Montenegro scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Don Bronson!
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RATING
64%
 
 
 
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