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Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Iker Ramirez (ranked 50 p4p, 9 weight class) and Futoshi Matsunaga (ranked 365 p4p, 47 weight class). Fingers crossed for an exciting fight - I'm sure both fighters are looking for a nice under the table bonus!

180 cm
29
155 lbs
17 - 3 - 2
170 cm
29
145 lbs
18 - 9 - 2
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Conviction



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Iker Ramirez!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of New York, Futoshi Matsunaga!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Timothy Bukovac and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A big right from Matsunaga misses.
Matsunaga throws a body shot but no joy.
Ramirez appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Matsunaga lands a head shot.
Ramirez moves out of range of the strikes.
Matsunaga avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Ramirez sizes up Matsunaga with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Matsunaga ducks under a wild hook from Ramirez.
Matsunaga fakes the leg kick and cracks Ramirez in the body.
Ramirez lands a head shot.
Ramirez ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
It looked like Ramirez wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Matsunaga looks to land a left hand but Ramirez moved out of range nicely.
Matsunaga doesn't manage to clinch there - Ramirez circles away.
A left and a right from Matsunaga both land. Nice combination.
Ramirez walks into a stiff left hand from Matsunaga.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A looping hook to the body misses from Matsunaga. Ramirez does a little dance to reset his feet.
An attempted straight right counter from Ramirez misses the target.
Ramirez lets loose with a powerful body kick. Matsunaga will feel that in the morning.
Ramirez has been working on his boxing with his coaches at AK Beasties in the buildup to the fight.
A big left from Ramirez misses.
Ramirez tries to clinch but Matsunaga moves out of range.
A big left from Matsunaga misses.
Matsunaga tries to land a leg kick but Ramirez saw it coming and moves away.
Ramirez slips under a jab.
Ramirez is looking to counter punch.
Matsunaga throws a leg kick which misses Ramirez's front leg but catches the back leg as Ramirez tries to avoid it.
A looping hook to the body misses from Matsunaga. Ramirez does a little dance to reset his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Matsunaga looks to land a combination but Ramirez avoids it well.
Ramirez misses with a wild combination.
A bone on bone clash there as Matsunaga blocks the leg kick.
Matsunaga misses with a looping left.
Ramirez uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Matsunaga.
We've been informed that Matsunaga 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.
Matsunaga misses with a body shot.
Ramirez cracks Matsunaga with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Ramirez looks to land a right hand but Matsunaga moved out of range.
Ramirez tries a low kick but Matsunaga avoids it.
The fight stays on the outside here - Matsunaga looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Matsunaga on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Matsunaga ducks under a wild hook from Ramirez.
Ramirez scores with a jab to the jaw.
Good leg kick by Matsunaga there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Ramirez looks to score with a jab to the body but Matsunaga is just out of range.
Ramirez feints and then cracks Matsunaga's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Matsunaga down.
Matsunaga misses with a wild body shot.
Ramirez slips under a jab from Matsunaga.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Matsunaga misses with a low kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez slips a jab from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga checks a leg kick.
Ramirez on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Matsunaga stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Ramirez.
Ramirez cracks Matsunaga with a right hand to the side of the head.

Matsunaga clinches with his opponent.
Matsunaga lands with a light punch inside.
Ramirez lands with a right to the head.
Ramirez throws a punch but it's blocked by Matsunaga.
Matsunaga swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Matsunaga tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Ramirez.
Matsunaga misses with the head strike.
Matsunaga lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Ramirez tries to throw a body punch but Matsunaga avoids it by throwing Ramirez back against the cage.
Ramirez scores with a hook to the body.
Ramirez lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Matsunaga fails to pull guard.
Matsunaga blocking some punches.
A head punch on the inside from Ramirez fails to land.
Matsunaga swings wildly with an uppercut but Ramirez uses good head movement to avoid it.
A head punch on the inside from Ramirez fails to land.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Ramirez.
Ramirez lands with a left to the head.
Ramirez blocks an uppercut.
Matsunaga is trying to pull guard but Ramirez turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Ramirez scores with a shoulder strike.
A right hand to the body from Matsunaga.
Ramirez misses with the head strike.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Matsunaga.
Matsunaga throws a punch but it's blocked by Ramirez.

Matsunaga ties up his opponent against the cage and manages to drag the fight down to the ground. Matsunaga no doubt will be looking to work submissions from his guard.
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Ramirez controlling from the top position.
Matsunaga bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Ramirez's guard.

Ramirez looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Ramirez wants to sweep here but Matsunaga controlling him for the moment.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez keeping full guard, as Matsunaga tries to pass.
Matsunaga wants to control from the top but Ramirez keeps moving.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Futoshi Matsunaga will probably get the nod.
That's time! Back to the action!


Ramirez throws a hook but Matsunaga blocks it.
Matsunaga waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Ramirez.
Futoshi Matsunaga seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Matsunaga throws the left hand but Ramirez avoids the punch easily.
Ramirez throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Matsunaga tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Ramirez on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Jab from Ramirez.
Matsunaga takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Ramirez throws a jab when Matsunaga was well out of range.
Ramirez lands a head shot.
A big left from Matsunaga misses.
Matsunaga thuds his right hand into Ramirez's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Matsunaga is looking to clinch.
Matsunaga throws a leg kick but Ramirez sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Ramirez was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Ramirez tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Matsunaga manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Ramirez misses the jab.
Good work by Matsunaga as he checks the leg kick.

Ramirez closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ramirez lands a hook to the side of the head.
Matsunaga misses with a hook from the clinch.
Matsunaga scores with a shot to the side of Ramirez's head.
Ramirez lands a shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ramirez has a couple of punches blocked by Matsunaga.
Matsunaga throws a head punch that misses.
Matsunaga scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Ramirez cracks Matsunaga with a nice body shot.
A right hook to the body lands for Ramirez.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Ramirez.
Ramirez lands a shoulder strike.
Ramirez can't find room to land a body shot as Matsunaga controls the action.
Ramirez tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
A short right from Ramirez on the inside.
Ramirez throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Matsunaga is breathing heavily.
Ramirez lands with a left to the head.
Matsunaga swings away with an uppercut that misses.

Matsunaga breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

Ramirez closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Matsunaga blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Ramirez working aggressively here.
Matsunaga gets through Ramirez's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A short left from Matsunaga.
Ramirez doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Matsunaga throws a head punch that misses.
Matsunaga gets through Ramirez's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Ramirez working aggressively here.
Ramirez tries to work over Matsunaga's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A nice left hand lands by Ramirez.
Ramirez goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

Matsunaga successfully pulls guard.
Ramirez passes into half guard.

Matsunaga looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Matsunaga tries to roll over but Ramirez keeps him under control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Matsunaga looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga trying to control here.
Ramirez not doing much here.

Matsunaga actively working from the bottom here.
Ramirez takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
Ramirez uses his free foot to push down on Matsunaga's thigh. Eventually he works his other foot free and he's advanced to mount - this is trouble for Matsunaga.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Matsunaga wants to control but Ramirez is having none of it.
Ramirez can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Matsunaga is looking to escape.
Ramirez fails to move to back control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Iker Ramirez dominated that second round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Matsunaga takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Matsunaga fails in his attempt to clinch.
Ramirez misses with a jab to the body
and Matsunaga cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Ramirez, as that shot connected.
Some bone on bone action there as Ramirez checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
A shot to the liver by Matsunaga. Beautiful body shot.
Ramirez misses with a straight right.
Ramirez throws a low kick but Matsunaga moves out of range easily.
Ramirez takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Matsunaga throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Ramirez sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Ramirez takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Ramirez misses with a looping right.
Ramirez checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Ramirez avoids the head kick by Matsunaga.
Ramirez misses with a leg kick
and Matsunaga counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Matsunaga cracks the inside of Ramirez's front leg.
Ramirez ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Ramirez looks to land a right hand but Matsunaga moved out of range.
Ramirez steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Matsunaga.
Ramirez feinted there with a counter leg kick.
A clash of legs there as Ramirez blocks the low kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ramirez. Matsunaga does a little dance to reset his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A big left from Ramirez misses.
Ramirez looks to score with a jab to the body but Matsunaga is just out of range.
Ramirez checks the leg kick nicely there.
Nice shot lands for Ramirez.
Matsunaga lands a lovely overhand right.
A slow jab from Ramirez misses its intended target.

Ramirez clinches with his opponent.
Ramirez misses with the head strike.
Ramirez is leaning against Matsunaga and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.

Matsunaga ties up his opponent against the cage and manages to drag the fight down to the ground. Matsunaga no doubt will be looking to work submissions from his guard.
Ramirez stays in close to Matsunaga's body and controls the position.
Ramirez advances to half guard.

Ramirez stands, ready to strike. The ref makes him back up and allows Matsunaga to get to his feet.
Matsunaga lands a jab to the nose.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Ramirez misses with a body shot.
Ramirez takes a swing at Matsunaga's ribcage but misses.
Matsunaga tries a low kick but Ramirez avoids it.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Ramirez checks a leg kick.
Matsunaga throws a hook but Ramirez avoids it easily.
Ramirez bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Ramirez appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Matsunaga connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Matsunaga throws a sloppy head kick and Ramirez moves out of range easily.
An attempted straight right counter from Ramirez misses the target.
A big left from Matsunaga misses.
Ramirez lands a jab.
Ramirez lands a lovely overhand right.
Ramirez throws a body shot but no joy.
Matsunaga misses with an attempted mid kick.
Ramirez misses with a straight left.
Matsunaga throws a looping overhand right but Ramirez ducks down to avoid it.
Matsunaga keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Ramirez.
A nice inside leg kick there by Ramirez. That's going to slow Matsunaga down.
Ramirez tries to clinch but Matsunaga is having none of it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
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Ramirez moves out of range as Matsunaga strikes.
Matsunaga keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Ramirez.
Matsunaga swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Matsunaga misses with a hook.
Ramirez lands a really nice looking cross but Matsunaga seems unphased.
Matsunaga tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Ramirez manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Matsunaga wants to clinch.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Ramirez.
Ramirez misses with a right hand
and Matsunaga counters with a good low kick that Ramirez was not able to check.
Matsunaga throws a body punch but Ramirez moves out of range.
Ramirez on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Matsunaga lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Ramirez throws a lazy right hand but Matsunaga sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Matsunaga jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Matsunaga slips under a jab.
Ramirez tries to clinch but Matsunaga moves out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga tries to clinch up.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Ramirez closes the distance and clinches.
A short right from Ramirez.
Ramirez scores with a shot to the side of Matsunaga's head.
A shot in the inside from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga misses with the head strike.
Matsunaga lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Matsunaga tries to throw a body punch but Ramirez avoids it by throwing Matsunaga back against the cage.
Ramirez lands a body punch.
Matsunaga misses with a punch on the inside.
Matsunaga tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Ramirez has a couple of punches blocked by Matsunaga.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Matsunaga.
Matsunaga tries to work over Ramirez's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A right hand to the body from Ramirez.
Matsunaga takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Matsunaga fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Matsunaga wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Ramirez has him pressed against the cage.
Matsunaga blocking some punches.
Matsunaga tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Ramirez's elbow.
Matsunaga lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Ramirez has a couple of punches blocked by Matsunaga.
Ramirez lands with a left to the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Futoshi Matsunaga just about did enough to take it.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


A slow jab from Ramirez misses its intended target.
No joy there for Ramirez, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Ramirez fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Matsunaga.
Ramirez throws a nice inside leg kick.
Matsunaga just misses with a punch to the body.
Matsunaga misses with a wild combination.
Ramirez was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Matsunaga slips under a jab from Ramirez.
Ramirez connects with a right hand. Matsunaga shakes it off.

Ramirez takes the fight into the clinch.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Ramirez.
Matsunaga misses with a short punch on the inside.
Ramirez misses with a short punch on the inside.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Matsunaga misses with the head strike.
Ramirez lands a hook that snaps the head of Matsunaga backwards.
Ramirez misses with a body punch.
Matsunaga working aggressively here.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Ramirez misses with some punches.
Ramirez misses with a shot to the kidneys.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Matsunaga tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Ramirez gets through Matsunaga's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Matsunaga.
Ramirez misses with a body punch.
Matsunaga tries a body shot but Ramirez blocks it.

Matsunaga escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Ramirez looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Ramirez wants to clinch.
Matsunaga finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Ramirez uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Matsunaga.
Matsunaga throws a lazy right hand but Ramirez sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Ramirez lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Matsunaga missing with a left hand there. Ramirez was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Ramirez fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Ramirez looks to score with a jab to the body but Matsunaga is just out of range.
A big right from Ramirez misses.
Matsunaga lands with a nice combination. Ramirez backs away looking to recover.
Matsunaga blocks a jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez cracks a nice hook into Matsunaga's ribs.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Matsunaga is looking to clinch but Ramirez is avoiding it.
A solid leg kick lands there for Ramirez.
Ramirez missing with a left hand there. Matsunaga was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Matsunaga paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Matsunaga keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Ramirez misses with a hook. Matsunaga ducked under it nicely.
Matsunaga waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Ramirez.
Ramirez throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Matsunaga misses with a hook. Ramirez ducked under it nicely.
An attempted straight right counter from Ramirez misses the target.
Matsunaga throws a low kick but Ramirez avoids it.
Matsunaga misses with an uppercut.
Ramirez takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Matsunaga tries to work over Ramirez's front leg with a kick but Ramirez checks it.
Ramirez is looking for a counter combo.
A jab from Matsunaga misses.
Ramirez misses with a straight left.
Matsunaga jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Matsunaga swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Matsunaga lands a right hook to the body.
Ramirez misses with an uppercut.
Iker Ramirez has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Nice defenses there by Matsunaga.
Nice uppercut lands for Ramirez. That snapped Matsunaga's head back.
Matsunaga swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Matsunaga misses with a straight left.
Ramirez connects with a single shot there.
Ramirez connects with a nice looking jab.
Ramirez lands with an overhand left.
Ramirez thumps Matsunaga with a low kick.
Ramirez scores with a jab to the head.
Matsunaga ducks right into an uppercut from Ramirez.
Matsunaga misses with a looping right.
Ramirez looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Ramirez pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Matsunaga steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Ramirez.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ramirez waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Matsunaga.
Good work by Ramirez as he checks the leg kick.
Matsunaga digs a good body shot into Ramirez's ribs.
Matsunaga scores with a leg kick.
Matsunaga throws a big shot that misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga throws a hook but Ramirez blocks it.
Ramirez misses with a body shot.
Matsunaga tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Ramirez counters with a straight right hand.
Ramirez tries to clinch up but Matsunaga circles away and keeps his distance.
Matsunaga slips under a jab from Ramirez.
Ramirez scores with a jab to the body.
Matsunaga cracks Ramirez with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Ramirez uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Matsunaga.

Ramirez instigates a clinch.
Matsunaga scores with a nice hook to the head.
Matsunaga misses with some punches.
Ramirez working some nice short punches in the clinch.
A short right from Matsunaga.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
A short left from Ramirez.
Ramirez can't find room to land a body shot as Matsunaga controls the action.

Matsunaga jumps into guard, dragging Ramirez to the mat.
Matsunaga is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Iker Ramirez had his way with Futoshi Matsunaga in that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!


Ramirez throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Matsunaga swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Matsunaga throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Matsunaga doesn't manage to clinch there - Ramirez circles away.

Ramirez instigates a clinch.
Matsunaga's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A head punch on the inside from Matsunaga fails to land.
Ramirez gets through Matsunaga's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
A body shot lands from Ramirez.
Ramirez pushes Matsunaga back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Ramirez misses with a short punch on the inside.
Ramirez takes a shot to the head.
Matsunaga gets through Ramirez's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Ramirez lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Ramirez swings wildly with an uppercut but Matsunaga uses good head movement to avoid it.

Matsunaga escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Matsunaga lunges at Ramirez with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Ramirez's hand.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A big right from Ramirez misses.
Ramirez comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Ramirez tests Matsunaga's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Ramirez throws a nice outside leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Matsunaga defending well as Ramirez loads up on a big left hand.
Matsunaga throws a lazy right hand but Ramirez sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Ramirez is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Matsunaga tries to land a front kick but Ramirez steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Matsunaga lands with a good body shot.
Matsunaga takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Ramirez pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Good standup being displayed there by Matsunaga as he connects with a hook.
Matsunaga throws a right hand that misses
and Ramirez counters with a right hand to the body.
A decent looking cross lands there for Ramirez.
Ramirez misses with a low kick.
Ramirez lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Matsunaga lands a nice leg kick that just misses Ramirez's sensitive parts.
A jab lands there for Matsunaga.

Matsunaga rushes Ramirez and presses him up against the cage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ramirez lands an uppercut.
Matsunaga struggles to land a body shot inside as Ramirez controls his hands.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga is trying to break the clinch but Ramirez is controlling him.
Matsunaga softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Matsunaga tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Ramirez's elbow.
A head punch on the inside from Ramirez fails to land.
Matsunaga is trying to pull guard but Ramirez turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.
Ramirez lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Matsunaga or not.
Ramirez misses with a short punch on the inside.
Matsunaga lands with a light punch inside.
Ramirez misses with a punch to the body.
Ramirez blocking some punches.
Ramirez swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Ramirez scores with a nice hook to the head.
Matsunaga prevents a body shot from Ramirez.
A right hook to the body lands for Ramirez.
Matsunaga lands a right hand that snaps the head of Ramirez backwards.
Matsunaga's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Ramirez misses with a hook from the clinch.
Ramirez misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A hook to the body from Ramirez.
Ramirez misses with a short punch on the inside.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Matsunaga.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Matsunaga fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Ramirez lands with a left to the head.
A head punch on the inside from Ramirez fails to land.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Ramirez.

Matsunaga escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Ramirez walks into a stiff left hand from Matsunaga.
Ramirez takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Ramirez displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Matsunaga throws out the jab.
Matsunaga lands a nice hook to Ramirez's body. Ramirez takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Matsunaga swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Matsunaga.
Matsunaga lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Matsunaga.
Ramirez scores with a jab to the head.
Ramirez throws out a loose jab but Matsunaga uses good head movement 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!
Matsunaga takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Matsunaga looks to land a body kick but Ramirez moved away.
Ramirez tries to land a leg kick but Matsunaga saw it coming and moves away.
Ramirez misses the shot to the body.
Matsunaga misses with an uppercut. Ramirez saw that one coming.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ramirez uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Matsunaga.
Ramirez tests Matsunaga's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Matsunaga misses with a left hand
and Ramirez counters with a right hand to the body.
Matsunaga swings for the body but Ramirez moves out of range.
Matsunaga throws a nice outside leg kick.
Matsunaga 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.
Ramirez lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Ramirez uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Matsunaga.
A big right from Matsunaga misses.
Matsunaga moves out of range as Ramirez strikes.
Ramirez misses with a hook. Matsunaga ducked under it nicely.

Ramirez has Matsunaga up against the cage in a clinch.
Ramirez throws a punch but it's blocked by Matsunaga.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Matsunaga misses with a hook from the clinch.
Ramirez fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Ramirez blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Matsunaga misses with the head strike.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Ramirez creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.

And that's the end of the fight!
That was a close round. You could make an argument for either fighter but I would give it to Iker Ramirez.
I think Ramirez has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. 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 Jack Bonds scores the fight 50:45
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 50:45
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 48:47

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Iker Ramirez!

Iker Ramirez retains his featherweight title!
A less than humble Iker Ramirez misjudged his post fight interview somewhat and came across a little too arrogant whilst trying to hype up his own abilities.
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