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Event: CEC 534     
Date:   Aug 16, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Antonio Jose De Sucre. Bashorov kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is Hangar 18. 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.

190 cm
36
194 lbs
33 - 6 - 2
190 cm
31
214 lbs
23 - 13 - 1
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Urban Fighter
Bullet Proof System

KAISER Nutrition - Q160
Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 33 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 13 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of London, Antonio Jose De Sucre!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Timothy Bukovac and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
Bashorov throws a left and a right that both miss
and De Sucre counters with a nice uppercut.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Bashorov throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around De Sucre's waist but De Sucre gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Bashorov off to one side.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent De Sucre stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
De Sucre avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov moves out of range as De Sucre throws a body kick.
De Sucre lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
De Sucre's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Bashorov connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! De Sucre scrambles back to his feet.
De Sucre uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
De Sucre looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
De Sucre misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.

Bashorov drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov working the ground and pound.

That's one minute gone in the round.
De Sucre gets back to half guard.
De Sucre is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Bashorov looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
De Sucre is doing well to control the position and prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.
Bashorov working over De Sucre with some ground and pound. De Sucre looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
De Sucre is trying to stand back up but Bashorov is controlling him
De Sucre is looking to improve his position.
Bashorov takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Bashorov trying to control the action but De Sucre is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre tries to kick Bashorov off in order to stand up. Bashorov Avoids the leg push though and dives into side control.
Bashorov trying to control the action but De Sucre is working from the bottom.
Bashorov 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.
Bashorov working away.
Bashorov lands a few punches from side control.
De Sucre tries to get back to half guard but can't.
De Sucre is trying to escape and get back to his feet.
De Sucre takes a nasty elbow to the side of the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre can't do much from the bottom here.
Bashorov trying to control the position but De Sucre is working away.
De Sucre is letting Bashorov control him for a moment.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but De Sucre is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Bashorov fails to land a wild elbow strike.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
De Sucre can't do much from the bottom here.
De Sucre is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Bashorov prevents De Sucre from standing back up.
De Sucre wants to control but Bashorov is keeping busy.
De Sucre wants to improve his position but Bashorov is controlling well.
De Sucre wants to get back to full guard but Bashorov has mounted him!
Bashorov controlling his opponent.
Bashorov lands a heavy elbow.
Bashorov raining down shots from the mount!
Bashorov in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


De Sucre misses with a looping right.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw.
Bashorov catches De Sucre with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Bashorov cracks De Sucre with a right hand to the side of the head.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov takes a swing at De Sucre's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but De Sucre moves away.
Bashorov punishes De Sucre's body with a nice straight punch.
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Bashorov here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends De Sucre's belly button to the back.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The fighters circling - De Sucre throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
De Sucre throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of De Sucre's head.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
De Sucre misses with a leg kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. De Sucre does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov avoids a kick to the body.
Bashorov blocks a low kick nicely.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Antonio Jose De Sucre is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Bashorov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that De Sucre can do to turn this around?
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before De Sucre has time to react.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but De Sucre moves away.
De Sucre takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
De Sucre scores with a kick to the body.
De Sucre misses with a looping left.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from De Sucre.
De Sucre displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov avoids the head kick by De Sucre.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
De Sucre cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
enabling De Sucre to counter with a crisp jab.
De Sucre takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. De Sucre does a little dance to reset his feet.
De Sucre only half commits to the counter leg kick.
De Sucre takes a body punch but keeps moving.
De Sucre fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Bashorov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
De Sucre blocks a jab.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from De Sucre.
Bashorov changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. De Sucre tries to avoid it but Bashorov manages to keep hold of a leg and drag De Sucre to the ground. De Sucre escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
It looks like Bashorov has been trying to sharpen up his punching technique, as it looks crisper than last time we saw him.
De Sucre misses with a body kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov swings for the body but De Sucre moves out of range.
De Sucre is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bashorov with a body shot.
Karim Bashorov is winning the standup battle so far.
De Sucre moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. De Sucre moves away and avoids it.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
De Sucre lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Bashorov circles away quickly and effectively.
Bashorov showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from De Sucre.
Good exchange - De Sucre coming out on top.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps De Sucre's head back.
Bashorov sizes up De Sucre with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and De Sucre counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and De Sucre counters with a nice uppercut.
Bashorov avoids a kick to the body.
It looked like Bashorov was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from De Sucre.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but De Sucre manages to avoid it.
Bashorov is looking to wear down De Sucre with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A head kick misses from De Sucre.
De Sucre cracks Bashorov with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
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!
De Sucre uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
A looping hook to the body misses from De Sucre. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
De Sucre cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but De Sucre moved out of range nicely.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov lands with a hook. De Sucre tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
A left lands for De Sucre.
De Sucre tries to clinch but Bashorov moves out of range.
De Sucre throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
De Sucre stuns Bashorov with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Bashorov cracks De Sucre with a right hand to the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that second round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


De Sucre keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
De Sucre cracks Bashorov with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Horrible takedown attempt by Bashorov or perhaps it was just good defense by De Sucre, which made it look bad.
De Sucre avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
De Sucre throws a body kick that misses
and Bashorov counters with a nice body shot.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Bashorov jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Bashorov throws a poor cross that misses
and De Sucre counters with a stiff right hand.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
De Sucre throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
A solid leg kick lands there for De Sucre.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Nice body punch from De Sucre.
Bashorov scores with a body shot.
De Sucre scores with a head kick.
De Sucre moves forwards but Bashorov connects with a nice, crisp jab.

Bashorov closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
De Sucre is looking to escape.
Bashorov drops an elbow to the side of De Sucre's head.
De Sucre is concentrating on defense, preventing Bashorov from advancing position.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
De Sucre wants to get back to his feet.
Bashorov lands strikes from half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre wants to control but Bashorov is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Bashorov drops an elbow to the side of De Sucre's head.
Bashorov passes to full mount!
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the head.
De Sucre is trying to get to the cage to help him get back to his feet.
De Sucre is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
De Sucre is desperately trying to get back to half guard.
Bashorov punishing his opponent with strikes.
Bashorov prevents De Sucre from getting the reversal.
De Sucre is in a horrible position here. Bashorov smacks him with another shot as he tries to escape the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov content just to control the position here.
De Sucre is looking to get to half guard.
Bashorov lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.
Bashorov lands an elbow that was bordering on illegal but the referee lets it go with a warning.
Bashorov postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. De Sucre looks a forlorn figure.
De Sucre really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Bashorov has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd growing excited in anticipation of a finish here! Right on cue, Bashorov cracks his opponent with a massive right hand that draws loud cheers!
Bashorov lands a big elbow.
Bashorov with good strikes from the mount here!
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!
Bashorov breaks from De Sucre's wrist control and lands an elbow.
De Sucre takes a big shot to the head but keeps on trying to improve his position.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
De Sucre in a bad spot here, taking shots to the head.
Bashorov lands an elbow that was bordering on illegal but the referee lets it go with a warning.
Bashorov working De Sucre over with strikes here.

De Sucre is rocked!
Bashorov dominating with strikes here.
De Sucre is still in real trouble! Can Bashorov finish him?
Bashorov cracks De Sucre with a big head shot that has him covering up instantly! He's rolled onto his side and the referee has seen enough - this one is aaaaaaaaaaall over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:59 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Karim Bashorov!
Karim Bashorov retains his light heavyweight title!
After winning the bout, Karim Bashorov thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
The defeated Antonio Jose De Sucre had this to say: 'My Father is yelling from the Heavens! I will not disappoint him again!'.
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Event: CEC 530     
Date:   Jul 26, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Antonio Jose De Sucre. Bashorov comes to the cage accompanied by Hangar 18. Antonio Jose De Sucre is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples.

190 cm
36
194 lbs
33 - 6 - 1
190 cm
31
214 lbs
23 - 13 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Urban Fighter
Bullet Proof System

KAISER Nutrition - Q160
Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 33 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 13 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Antonio Jose De Sucre!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Percy O'Donnell and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov dives in for a single leg takedown but De Sucre sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
Bashorov lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
De Sucre displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Bashorov.
We've been hearing reports that Bashorov has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov throws a good cross that connects.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
De Sucre swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but De Sucre moved out of range nicely.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov lands a lovely overhand right.
Bashorov misses with a hook to the body
and De Sucre counters with a solid body kick.
Bashorov cracks De Sucre with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
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!
Bashorov thuds his right hand into De Sucre's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.

That's one minute gone in the round.
De Sucre will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
De Sucre throws a body kick, spinning off balance
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
De Sucre looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
De Sucre misses the shot to the body.
De Sucre walks into a stiff left hand from Bashorov.

Bashorov drives through with a takedown into guard.
Bashorov in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but De Sucre is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.
Bashorov won't allow De Sucre to get back to his feet.
De Sucre looking to control.
Bashorov landing with the ground and pound.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
De Sucre pulls Bashorov in close to prevent any damage.
Bashorov is stalling in the full guard.
De Sucre controlling the position.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but De Sucre is keeping the position.
Bashorov trying to control but De Sucre is working from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but De Sucre blocks nicely.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
A jab lands there for Bashorov.
Bashorov pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces De Sucre back to the cage. Bashorov follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Bashorov scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Bashorov fails to land the takedown.
De Sucre looks like he wants to counter punch here.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
De Sucre takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Nice jab there from De Sucre.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
De Sucre gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre scores with a nice head shot.
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!
De Sucre lands a leg kick that knocks Bashorov off balance momentarily.
De Sucre misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov throws a body punch but De Sucre moves out of range.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by De Sucre.
Bashorov tries to score a power double leg takedown but De Sucre sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Bashorov somewhat.
Bashorov lands with an overhand left.
Danga de danga de dang - De Sucre scores with a four punch combination!
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


De Sucre lands with a head kick! That's gotta hurt.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from De Sucre.
Bashorov misses with a double jab
letting De Sucre counter with a right hand.
De Sucre throws a right hand that misses
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov lands a body shot.
De Sucre is looking to slow Bashorov down with leg kicks.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov misses with a hook.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov sizes up De Sucre with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Nice uppercut there from Bashorov.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov lands a straight punch to the body, keeping De Sucre at a distance.
De Sucre misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
De Sucre bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
De Sucre lands with a hook. Bashorov tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
De Sucre misses the jab.
De Sucre moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Bashorov.
The fighters circling - De Sucre throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
De Sucre misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
Antonio Jose De Sucre is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
De Sucre misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
De Sucre looks to land a combination. Bashorov sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. De Sucre saw that one coming.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov avoids a kick to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - De Sucre sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
De Sucre tries to clinch but Bashorov is having none of it.
De Sucre swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
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!
De Sucre is looking to land body kicks.
De Sucre lands a slapping body shot.
De Sucre scores with a jab. Bashorov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Bashorov here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
Bashorov lands a jab.
De Sucre cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
De Sucre scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov lands a glancing blow to the side of De Sucre's head.
De Sucre takes a shot right to the bread basket.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre misses with a kick to the body.

Bashorov scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.

De Sucre kicks off Bashorov and gets to his feet.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov with a body punch. A glancing blow.
De Sucre fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
De Sucre cracks a nice hook into Bashorov's ribs.
De Sucre has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov closes this distance looking for a takedown but De Sucre circles away.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
De Sucre throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
De Sucre is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Bashorov.
Jab, cross, leg kick. Nice combination by Bashorov!
De Sucre keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Bashorov.
De Sucre now looks to counter with a shot at the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but De Sucre uses good head movement to avoid it.
De Sucre's jab looks to have found its range, popping Bashorov under the eye.
De Sucre on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Bashorov slips a straight right by De Sucre.

Bashorov gets a double leg takedown into De Sucre's guard.
De Sucre preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
De Sucre wants to stand up but Bashorov is controlling him.
Bashorov trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov preventing the sweep.
Bashorov with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Antonio Jose De Sucre will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and De Sucre counters with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
De Sucre throws a leg kick
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov takes a swing at De Sucre's ribcage but misses.
De Sucre looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bashorov lunges at De Sucre with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by De Sucre's hand.
Bashorov moves into range and connects with a jab.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
De Sucre misses with a body shot.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Bashorov misses the jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov closes the distance and clinches up with De Sucre, looking for a takedown. Bashorov pushes De Sucre against the cage but De Sucre circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Bashorov scores with a shot to the body.
De Sucre looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
And De Sucre responds with a good body kick, but Bashorov manages to step out the way in time.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
and De Sucre counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
De Sucre changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that De Sucre can do to turn this around?
De Sucre takes one to the side of the head.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
De Sucre defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
De Sucre looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
De Sucre leaves Bashorov with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Bashorov fails to land the takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
De Sucre throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
De Sucre throws the kick towards the body but Bashorov avoids it.
De Sucre scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says De Sucre as he avoids it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre misses with a body kick.
De Sucre lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. De Sucre moves away and avoids it.
De Sucre throws a front kick that sends Bashorov stumbling back into the cage.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. De Sucre saw that one coming.
Bashorov has his takedown stuffed
and De Sucre counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. De Sucre looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
De Sucre takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. De Sucre doesn't seem phased though.
De Sucre feints and then cracks Bashorov's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bashorov down.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
De Sucre takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre slips a jab from Bashorov.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
It looked like Bashorov wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
De Sucre avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Karim Bashorov is winning the standup battle so far.
De Sucre is looking to land body kicks.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but De Sucre is just out of range.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. De Sucre does a little dance to reset his feet.

Bashorov feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.

De Sucre manages to wriggle out and sneak his way back up to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched up against the cage.
De Sucre digs a right hand into Bashorov's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Bashorov's gas tank.
De Sucre misses with a punch to the body.
De Sucre working aggressively here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
De Sucre goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

Bashorov jumps guard.
De Sucre must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
De Sucre stopping the sweep attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov is working hard here to advance position.

De Sucre gets to his feet. Bashorov looking to butt scoot but the ref puts an end to that. On your feet son!
De Sucre misses the shot to the body.
De Sucre's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Bashorov connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! De Sucre scrambles back to his feet.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. De Sucre sprawls well.
De Sucre now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Bashorov shoots for a double leg takedown but De Sucre sprawls well. He's pushed Bashorov's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
De Sucre misses with a looping left.
Bashorov stuns De Sucre with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
De Sucre scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Antonio Jose De Sucre just about did enough to take it.
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.


De Sucre keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
De Sucre swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
De Sucre pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. De Sucre saw that one coming.
De Sucre looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
De Sucre looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Bashorov crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from De Sucre - the referee stops the clock and Bashorov gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says De Sucre. Bashorov manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov scores with a shot to the body.
De Sucre lands a front kick.
De Sucre tries to clinch but Bashorov moves out of range.
De Sucre throws a looping overhand right but Bashorov ducks down to avoid it.
De Sucre misses with a body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
De Sucre takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.

A momentary lapse in concentration from De Sucre enables Bashorov to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. De Sucre manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
De Sucre is looking to stand up but Bashorov isn't so interested in that idea.
De Sucre is trying to keep Bashorov in close.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
De Sucre lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


Bashorov is looking for a triangle but De Sucre pushes his legs off easily.

De Sucre got a little sloppy there for a moment and Bashorov has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, De Sucre has managed to get both his arms back between Bashorov's legs - danger averted.
De Sucre is stalling in the full guard.
De Sucre has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Bashorov is proving hard to escape from.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
De Sucre preventing the sweep.
Bashorov lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.

De Sucre is looking to stand up but Bashorov isn't so interested in that idea.
Bashorov is in close to De Sucre's body, working some short punches and elbows.
De Sucre looking for a sweep. Not yet De Sucre, not yet.
Bashorov working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of De Sucre's head.
Bashorov scoring with some ground and pound.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
De Sucre wants to sweep here but Bashorov controlling him for the moment.
De Sucre looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
De Sucre is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

De Sucre wants to pass the guard but Bashorov is defending well.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
De Sucre seems to have lost interest with the ground game and is thinking about standing back up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov had his way with Antonio Jose De Sucre in that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. This is the final round!


Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by De Sucre.
De Sucre looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and De Sucre counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
De Sucre slips a jab from Bashorov.
De Sucre throws a lazy right hand but Bashorov sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
De Sucre uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. De Sucre moves away and avoids it.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. De Sucre saw that one coming.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
and De Sucre counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
A jab from Bashorov misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on De Sucre's shoulder, as De Sucre tries to avoid the shot.
De Sucre pushes Bashorov away with a front kick.
De Sucre connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Bashorov's hands.
De Sucre fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Bashorov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
De Sucre moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Jab, jab by De Sucre - just one landing.
De Sucre lands a right hook to the body.
De Sucre defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov will be looking to protect his midsection after taking some solid kicks to the body.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
De Sucre throws a solid leg kick but Bashorov takes the impact on his shin and smiles at De Sucre.
Bashorov 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.
De Sucre pushes Bashorov away with a front kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov has a takedown stuffed.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Bashorov is defended easily by De Sucre.
De Sucre misses with a two punch combination.
A slow jab from De Sucre misses its intended target.
De Sucre uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.

De Sucre gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Bashorov to score an easy takedown into full guard.
Bashorov in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Bashorov has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
De Sucre controls Bashorov momentarily but Bashorov frees himself.
Bashorov is pushing down on De Sucre's leg trying to pass to half guard. De Sucre is fighting to maintain full guard but Bashorov has managed to sneak the leg through.
De Sucre looks like he's trying to stand up.
De Sucre keeping control of the leg, stopping his opponent passing to mount.
Bashorov trying to control the action but De Sucre is working from the bottom.
De Sucre tries to get to full guard but Bashorov has control of the leg.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
De Sucre on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.
Bashorov lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but De Sucre keeps working.
Bashorov prevents De Sucre from improving his position.
Bashorov winds up and cracks De Sucre with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
De Sucre is controlling Bashorov's position as best he can from this difficult position.
De Sucre keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Antonio Jose De Sucre.
I think De Sucre has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 48:48
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 47:48
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 50:45

The fight is ruled a draw!

Karim Bashorov retains his title. It's always disappointing when a championship fight ends as a draw but that's what happens when you leave the fight in the judges hands!
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Event: CEC 526     
Date:   Jul 09, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Cornelius Carr and Karim Bashorov. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

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214 lbs
28 - 8 - 0
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36
194 lbs
32 - 6 - 1
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 28 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Cornelius Carr!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 6 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Percy O'Donnell and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.
Carr lands with a straight right. Bashorov didn't see that one coming.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Carr.
Carr misses with a straight left.
Carr scores with a crisp jab that stopped Bashorov in his tracks.
Carr moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Carr moves out of range.
A looping hook to the body misses from Carr. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Carr.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Carr digs a good hook to Bashorov's body.
Carr fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Carr doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Bashorov shoots in for a double leg but Carr sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
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!
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Carr is just out of range.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
It looked like Carr was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Bashorov.
Carr throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov cracks Carr with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nice straight punches there by Carr. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Carr.
Bashorov lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.
Bashorov takes a swing at Carr's ribcage but misses.
Carr misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Carr thows a body kick. Bashorov tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Carr tries to land a front kick but Bashorov steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Decent striking displayed by Carr there.
Bashorov lands a jab.
Bashorov fails to land the takedown.
A counter left hand to the body from Carr misses its target.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
A jab lands there for Bashorov.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Nice takedown defense from Carr. No joy for Bashorov on that attempt.
Cornelius Carr has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Carr misses with a straight right.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Carr gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Bashorov.
Carr pulls out of a head kick attempt.
A slow jab from Carr misses its intended target.
Cornelius Carr is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Carr jabs Bashorov to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Carr waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
Carr takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Carr misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt
letting Carr counter with a right hand.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov cracks Carr with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Carr thuds his shin into the meat of Bashorov's side.
Nice shot lands for Bashorov.
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Carr is just out of range.
Carr just misses with a punch to the body.
Carr thows a left - swing and a miss!
Carr throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Bashorov lands a head shot.
Carr moves out of range of the strikes.
A looping hook to the body misses from Carr. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
A swing and a miss from Carr.
Carr takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov throws a hook but Carr avoids it easily.
Carr walks into a straight right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Carr.
And Bashorov tries to counter it with a takedown but Carr pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Bashorov is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Carr had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Bashorov misses with a body shot
and Bashorov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The fighters circling - Carr throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov works Carr's body with a nice hook.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Bashorov lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Carr scores with a nice head shot.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bashorov jabs at Carr's body.
Carr with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
A decent looking cross lands there for Bashorov.
Bashorov dives in for a single leg takedown but Carr sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Carr takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Carr is looking light on his feet compared to last time was saw him fight.
Carr is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Bashorov.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Carr misses with a body shot
enabling Bashorov to counter with a crisp jab.
Carr misses with a body shot.
Bashorov drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Carr defends it well.
Bashorov jabs Carr right on the nose. Carr blinks but takes it well.
The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. Carr doesn't seem phased though.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Cornelius Carr will probably get the nod.
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.


Carr gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Bashorov misses with a takedown
enabling Carr to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Carr counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Bashorov fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Carr avoids it really well and circles away.
Bashorov throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Carr fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Nice shot by Bashorov.
Carr looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Carr misses with a left hand
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov slips a jab from Carr.
Carr avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Carr uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
A quick step to the side and Carr tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Carr throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Carr uses good head movement to avoid it.
Carr is looking to counter punch.
Carr takes one on the button.
Carr takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Carr waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a takedown
and Carr counters with an outside leg kick.
Cornelius Carr has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Carr throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Jab from Bashorov.
A looping hook to the body misses from Carr. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Bashorov swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Carr.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Carr cracks Bashorov with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Carr clobbers Bashorov with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Carr cracks Bashorov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Carr has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.
Carr throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Carr thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown but Carr shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
A jab from Bashorov does it's job there.
Bashorov lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Carr misses with a looping left.
Carr loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Carr connects with a body shot that sends Bashorov's belly button to the back.
Bashorov misses with a double jab
and Carr finishes the little exchange by landing a big kick to the body.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Carr appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Carr's ribs.
Bashorov with a jab.
Carr misses with a looping right.
Carr pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Carr drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Carr sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Carr does a little dance to reset his feet.
Carr misses with a body shot.
As Carr backs off Bashorov throws a huge counter combo but Carr manages to avoid it all.
Carr walks into a left hand.
Carr slips a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Carr avoids them all with ease.
Bashorov on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Carr throws a leg kick
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Carr on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
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!
Carr slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Carr jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Carr walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Carr tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Carr.
The step up in weight doesn't seem to be a problem for Bashorov. He's performing admirably here against the bigger man.
Carr pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Carr settles back down.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Carr shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Carr throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Carr slips a jab from Bashorov.
Carr went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Bashorov defending well as Carr loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Carr's head.
A head kick from Carr lands but Bashorov takes it in his stride.
Bashorov lands a jab to the nose.
Carr ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bashorov lands a jab to Carr's midsection.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Bashorov keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Nice uppercut there from Carr.
Bashorov connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Bashorov cracks Carr with a right hand to the side of the head.
Carr throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
A slow jab from Carr misses its intended target.
Carr takes one to the side of the head.
Bashorov jabs at Carr's body.
Carr looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Carr.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Carr gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Bashorov.
Bashorov has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.

Carr gets caught napping as Bashorov dives in and scores a takedown. Carr manages to retain guard.
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!
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Bashorov is looking to work some ground and pound but Carr has wrist control.
Carr keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Bashorov throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Carr works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Carr keeps moving.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.
Carr wants to improve his position but instead Bashorov has moved into half guard.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Carr avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Bashorov throwing shots but Carr is blocking nicely.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Carr avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a head shot. Carr uses the momentum to regain guard.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Carr is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Carr doesn't seem bothered though.
Carr takes one on the button.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Carr counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Carr, right into the meat.
Carr looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Bashorov throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Carr's waist but Carr gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Bashorov off to one side.
Carr walks into a left hand.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Carr.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
A punch combination from Carr misses.
Carr throws a body shot but no joy.
Carr scores with a decent looking hook.
Nice body punch from Bashorov.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Carr connects with a nice looking jab.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Carr.
Carr throws an ugly left hook that misses
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
Carr lands a nice shot that snaps Bashorov's head back.
Carr swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.

Bashorov drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Bashorov scoring with punches to the head and body.
Bashorov advances position into side control!
The strikes coming from Bashorov are missing the target in this wave of attacks.
Bashorov landing with strikes to the head and body from side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Carr stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Carr with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
Carr drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Bashorov misses with a two punch combination.
Carr misses with a body kick.
Carr misses with a lunging right hand
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
Bashorov keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov cracks Carr with a right hand to the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and Carr cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Carr throws a front kick that sends Bashorov stumbling back into the cage.
Carr misses with a looping right.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Carr was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Carr is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Bashorov slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Carr slips a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Carr lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Carr looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
Bashorov takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Carr misses with a wild combination.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Carr doesn't seem bothered though.
Bashorov tests Carr's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Carr staying out of range there.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Carr misses with a looping right.
Bashorov moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Carr looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov takes a swing at Carr's ribcage but misses.
Carr scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.
Carr moves out of range of the strikes.
Carr lands a body shot.
Carr showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Carr avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Carr throws a right hand that misses
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
Bashorov swings for the body but Carr moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a hook but Carr blocks it.
Carr lifts his leg as if looking to counter with a high kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.
Carr takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Carr walks into a left hand.
Carr uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a lovely overhand right.
Carr fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Bashorov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Carr scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Carr.
Carr keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
An attempted straight right counter from Carr misses the target.
Carr takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Carr misses with a looping left.
Bashorov jabs Carr to the body, keeping him at a distance.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Carr avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Carr continues to drive forward.
A little feinted left hand from Carr on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Carr misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Carr misses with a body shot.
Bashorov swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bashorov jabs at Carr's body.
Carr slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Carr changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Carr's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Carr misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Carr doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Carr blocks a jab.
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Carr moves away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Bashorov connects with a jab.
Bashorov takes a swing at Carr's ribcage but misses.
A shot to the liver by Bashorov. Beautiful body shot.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Carr.
The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. Carr doesn't seem phased though.
Carr cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Carr moves out of range.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
letting Carr counter with a right hand.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Carr seems unphased.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Bashorov.
Carr thuds his right hand into Bashorov's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Bashorov connects with the punch.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov throws a nice looking combination but Carr bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Carr just misses with a punch to the body.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Carr staying out of range there.
Carr scores with a nice head shot.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Carr.
Carr throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov takes a swing at Carr's ribcage but misses.
Carr lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Bashorov at a distance.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body

and Carr counters with a crisp one two that drops Bashorov! Carr thinks about following him to the mat for a moment but instead steps back and waves Bashorov to his feet! Bashorov is in big trouble!

Bashorov is rocked!
Bashorov clobbers Carr with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Carr with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Carr takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Cornelius Carr has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Carr throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bashorov stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Carr throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Carr.
Carr lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Bashorov is still on wobbly legs! Can Carr finish him?
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
Bashorov seems to have recovered his senses.
Carr showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Carr is looking to counter punch.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bashorov on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Carr uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Carr scores with a nice strike.
Carr stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Carr wants it to stay on the feet.
Carr misses with a body shot.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Carr's hands.
Carr throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Carr, right into the meat.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Carr.
Carr misses with an uppercut. Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Carr takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Carr moves forwards but Bashorov connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Carr.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Carr moves away.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov ducks right into an uppercut from Carr.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Carr loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Bashorov duly obliges.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Carr sprawls well.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Carr's head but Carr sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Carr takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
The fighters circling - Carr throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Carr's hands.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 46:49
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 46:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov is the new light heavyweight champion!
Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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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Event: EVO 06212017     
Date:   Jun 21, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Billy Beast. Bashorov's entrance music is Hangar 18. A fine choice. There are an array of beautiful celebrities at ringside tonight! I wonder if any of them paid for their tickets.

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194 lbs
32 - 6 - 0
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34
207 lbs
40 - 14 - 0
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 40 wins, 14 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Billy Beast!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, Paul Tew and Phil Schofield.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Beast turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Bashorov takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Beast takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into Beast's guard.

Beast has his feet on Bashorov's hips. He pushes off and gets to his feet. Nice work.
We've been hearing reports that Bashorov has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.

Beast rushes Bashorov and presses him up against the cage.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Beast misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov gets through Beast's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Bashorov is working for takedown but Beast is calmly controlling the position for now.
Beast softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Beast blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Bashorov wants a takedown but no success here.

Bashorov gets control of Beast's arms and successfully pulls guard. Bashorov will no doubt be looking for submissions off his back.

Bashorov has his foot on Beast's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Beast works his way back into a safe position though.
Beast controlling from the top position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov looking to control but Beast passes into half guard.
Beast wants to pass to mount but Bashorov is defending the position.
Bashorov wants to control but Beast is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Bashorov is looking for a sweep. Beast is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Beast controlling the action here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Beast's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Bashorov works his way to full guard. Good work.
Beast stopping the sweep attempt from Bashorov.
Beast looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Bashorov 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.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Beast is aware though and is defending well.
Beast must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

Bashorov has an active guard here but Beast has managed to pass into half guard.
Bashorov has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Beast is working away from the top position though.
Bashorov moves into full guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Bashorov not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Beast avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Bashorov looking for a sweep. Not yet Bashorov, not yet.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
Bashorov doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Beast uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Beast swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Beast scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov circles away from the clinch attempt.
Beast tries to clinch up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Billy Beast will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Beast uses good head movement to avoid it.
Beast swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
Bashorov connects with a looping right hand.
Beast tries to clinch but Bashorov is having none of it.
Beast tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Beast.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Bashorov fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Beast avoids it really well and circles away.
Beast looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Bashorov has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Beast.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Beast is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Bashorov.
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Beast is looking to clinch.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Beast.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Beast counters with a good, hard body kick but Bashorov shrugs it off.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Beast pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Beast settles back down.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Beast scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.
Beast lands with a thumping leg kick.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Bashorov misses with a hook.
Beast blocks a jab.
The fighters circle momentarily. Beast darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Beast looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
Beast tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Bashorov throwing a counter right hand but Beast manages to avoid it.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Beast does a little dance to reset his feet.
Beast looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Beast scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.
Beast lands with a right hand.
Billy Beast is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov cracks Beast with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Nice sprawl there from Beast as Bashorov shoots in.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Beast keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Bashorov.
Nice uppercut lands for Beast. That snapped Bashorov's head back.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.
Beast appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.

Beast clinches up against the cage.
Beast misses with a punch to the body.
Beast doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

Bashorov has double underhooks and is working for a body lock takedown. He's got it. The fighters land in half guard but Beast regains guard immediately.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Beast blocks nicely.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Beast has momentary wrist control but Bashorov slips an elbow through the middle.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Bashorov trying to control but Beast is working from the bottom.
Bashorov scoring with some ground and pound.
Bashorov trying to control but Beast is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Bashorov is working Beast over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Bashorov throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Beast works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Bashorov is looking to work some ground and pound but Beast has wrist control.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Beast scores with a shot to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Billy Beast will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Bashorov takes one to the chin there.
Beast misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Beast is trying to avoid his opponent's strikes and get into the clinch.
An inside leg kick from Beast misses.
Billy Beast seems to be getting the better of the standup.
A big right from Beast misses.
Beast stuffs the takedown attempt from Bashorov. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Beast uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov punishes Beast's body with a nice straight punch.
Beast takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Beast does a little dance to reset his feet.
Beast smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Beast keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
It seemed like Beast was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Nice sprawl there from Beast as Bashorov shoots in.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Beast.
Beast bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Bashorov's head.
Bashorov moves out of range of the leg kick from Beast.
A slapping leg kick lands for Beast.
Beast misses with a straight left.
Beast swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.
Beast bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Bashorov's head backwards.
Beast punishes Bashorov's body with a nice straight punch.
Bashorov swings for the body but Beast moves out of range.
Beast tries to counter with a clinch but Bashorov shakes him off and moves away.
Beast connects with a leg kick. Bashorov looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Beast looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Bashorov fails with the takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Beast wants to clinch.
Beast shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov 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.
Beast scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.
Bashorov lands a head shot.
Beast turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Beast.
Beast misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
A jab from Bashorov does it's job there.
Beast bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Beast.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Beast jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Beast lands with an overhand left.

Bashorov closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Beast to the mat! Beast manages to get full guard.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Beast keeps moving.
Bashorov has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Beast blocks nicely.
Bashorov forces his way into half guard.
Beast keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Beast keeps working.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Beast is controlling Bashorov's trapped leg to prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.
Bashorov seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Beast does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Bashorov is really struggling to control Beast but he's trying to hold on to the position.
Beast tries to roll over but Bashorov keeps him under control.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Beast sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Bashorov takes a swing at Beast's ribcage but misses.
Beast has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Beast there as he acknowledges the shot.

Bashorov feints and as Beast raises his hands in defense, Bashorov changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Billy Beast just about did enough to take it.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Beast looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Beast cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Beast.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Beast tries to land a leg kick but Bashorov saw it coming and moves away.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Beast throws a leg kick but Bashorov moved away.
Beast changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Beast on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Bashorov misses the jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Beast slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Beast looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Beast moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Beast ducks down to avoid it.
Beast looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Beast is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bashorov with a body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Beast uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Beast is out of range.
Beast feints a counter leg kick.
Beast has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Beast throws a shot from downtown. Bashorov moves away and avoids it.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Bashorov moves out of range as Beast throws a body kick.
Bashorov takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Beast avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Beast uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a two punch combination.
Beast pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Beast scores with a shot to the body.
Beast throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Beast loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Beast is just out of range.
Beast tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Beast cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
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!
Bashorov 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.
Bashorov getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Beast blocks a jab.
A little jabbing left from Beast on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bashorov throws a hook but Beast avoids it easily.
Beast staying out of range there.
Bashorov bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.
Bashorov is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Beast scores with a spinning back kick!
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Beast finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov stuns Beast with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Bashorov has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Beast finds it's way round the side to connect with Bashorov's head.
Beast throws a front kick aimed at Bashorov's knee but Bashorov avoids it well.
Beast stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Beast throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Beast's ribs.
Beast swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov lands a two punch combo.
Beast jabs Bashorov to the body, keeping him at a distance.
An inside leg kick lands from Beast.
Beast lands a nice looking body shot.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Beast.
Bashorov avoids the clinch attempt nicely.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Beast throws a low kick but Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.

Beast fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Bashorov, pushing him back against the cage.

Bashorov manages to break the clinch.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Bashorov.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Beast.
No luck for Bashorov with that takedown attempt.
Bashorov moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Beast counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Beast sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Beast misses with a leg kick.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown but Beast shows good takedown defense.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Billy Beast will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. This is the final round!


Bashorov cracks Beast with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Bashorov works Beast's body with a nice hook.
Beast moves into range and connects with a jab.
Beast ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Nice shot lands for Bashorov.
Bashorov cracks Beast with an open hand slap.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Beast seems unphased.

Bashorov shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Beast's guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Beast is adopting a defensive guard.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Beast keeps moving.
Bashorov controls the pace of the fight for a moment.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Beast keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Beast pulls Bashorov in close to prevent any damage.
Bashorov connects with a couple of short punches.
Beast being controlled here, momentarily.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Beast throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Karim Bashorov has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Billy Beast is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Bashorov lands with a cross.
Beast tries to clinch but Bashorov moves away
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Decent striking displayed by Bashorov there.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Beast moved out of range.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Bashorov throws a hook but Beast avoids it easily.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Beast! But no joy.
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Beast looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Bashorov dives in and grabs Beast's left leg, looking for a takedown. Beast pushes down on Bashorov's head and hops out.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw.

Beast instigates a clinch.
Beast has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Bashorov jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Beast walks away with a smile on his face. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Beast fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Beast swings away with a leg kick that misses.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Beast displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Bashorov scores with a shot to the body.
A slow jab from Beast misses its intended target.

Bashorov closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Bashorov lands in his opponent's guard.
Bashorov trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Beast is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Bashorov with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Beast keeps moving.
Bashorov is going to have to think about doing something other than just controlling because Beast is managing to avoid having the position dictated to him.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Beast moves out of range of the strikes.
Beast thinks about the counter body kick.
Bashorov throws a hook but Beast avoids it easily.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Beast has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Donald Grub scores the fight 49:46
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 47:49
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 48:48

The fight is ruled a draw!

Karim Bashorov retains his title. It's always disappointing when a championship fight ends as a draw but that's what happens when you leave the fight in the judges hands!
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Event: EVO 05102017     
Date:   May 10, 2017

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Steve Belliveau and Karim Bashorov. Belliveau comes to the cage accompanied by We will rock you. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. Steve Belliveau is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples... Tweaking his own nipples that is.

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35
195 lbs
31 - 12 - 0
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35
194 lbs
32 - 5 - 0
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the challenger to my left.
With a record of 31 wins, 12 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Steve Belliveau!
And introducing the champion to my right.
With a record of 32 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Paul Tew, James Glass and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Belliveau moves out of range.
Belliveau misses with a low kick.
A nice side step and Bashorov releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Bashorov has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.

Bashorov shoots in and bounces Belliveau off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.
Bashorov sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Belliveau's guard.
Bashorov lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.

Belliveau manages to escape and get back to his feet!
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
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!
Belliveau throws out a loose jab but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Belliveau takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Belliveau swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Belliveau looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Belliveau uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Belliveau looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Belliveau.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Belliveau on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Belliveau throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Belliveau was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Belliveau dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Bashorov. That did some damage!
Bashorov jabs Belliveau right on the nose. Belliveau blinks but takes it well.
Bashorov takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Belliveau uses good head movement to avoid it.
Belliveau misses with a low kick as Bashorov jumps back.
Belliveau cracks Bashorov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Belliveau looking to land some kicks to the body here.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Belliveau misses with a low kick as Bashorov jumps back.
Bashorov lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Belliveau circles away quickly and effectively.
Belliveau tried to counter with a leg kick but Bashorov avoided it.
Belliveau seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
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!
Bashorov checks a low kick from Belliveau.
Belliveau takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Belliveau had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Belliveau is just out of range.
Bashorov fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Belliveau avoids it really well and circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Bashorov cracks Belliveau with a good jab.
Belliveau throws a body kick that misses.
Belliveau takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Belliveau throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Belliveau avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Belliveau defends it nicely.
Nice sprawl there from Belliveau as Bashorov shoots in.
Steve Belliveau has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Belliveau takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov lands a jab-cross combination.
Belliveau shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov tries to keep at a distance but Belliveau has taken the fight into the clinch.
Belliveau doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Bashorov lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
A nice left hand lands by Belliveau.
Belliveau works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Belliveau swings wildly with an uppercut but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.

Bashorov pulls Belliveau into guard.

Belliveau decides he's had enough of playing guard and decides to stand. Come on Bashorov, up you get!
Belliveau throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Bashorov on the side of the head.
Bashorov keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Belliveau is just out of range.
Bashorov blocks a head kick by Belliveau.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Belliveau connects with a high kick.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A slapping leg kick lands for Belliveau.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Belliveau's shoulder, as Belliveau tries to avoid the shot.
It appears Belliveau was looking to counter with a kick there.
Belliveau tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Belliveau.
Belliveau walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Belliveau is looking to score with low kicks.
Bashorov blocks a head kick by Belliveau.
Belliveau swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a left to the body.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.

Belliveau gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Bashorov lands with a short shot to the head.
Bashorov pushes Belliveau back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Bashorov drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Belliveau gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Bashorov jumps guard but Belliveau turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Belliveau struggles to land a body shot inside as Bashorov controls his hands.
A right hand to the body from Belliveau.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Belliveau throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Belliveau throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Belliveau misses the target.
Bashorov appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Belliveau uses good head movement to avoid it.
Belliveau drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Belliveau's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Belliveau tried to counter with a leg kick but Bashorov avoided it.
Bashorov lands the left hand.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Belliveau moved out of range nicely.
Belliveau feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Belliveau bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Bashorov's head backwards.
Belliveau misses with a low kick.
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!
Belliveau moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Belliveau throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Belliveau stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.

Bashorov gets tackled into the cage by Belliveau. Belliveau maintains the clinch.

Bashorov pulls guard.
Belliveau is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Belliveau is looking to stand up but Bashorov won't let him.

Bashorov working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Belliveau doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Belliveau manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Belliveau won't allow Bashorov to sweep him here.
Bashorov has a closed guard, preventing Belliveau from standing up.
Bashorov is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Belliveau wants to get back to his feet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Belliveau wants to get back to his feet.
Belliveau is refusing to be controlled, as Bashorov sits in half guard.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Belliveau is controlling Bashorov's trapped leg to prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.
Belliveau is looking to escape.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Belliveau is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Belliveau pushes Bashorov off looking to stand but Bashorov dives back in and keeps control.
Belliveau is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Belliveau wants to get back to his feet.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov not doing much here.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
A nice inside leg kick there by Belliveau. That's going to slow Bashorov down.
Good work by Bashorov as he checks the leg kick.
Belliveau connects with a body shot.
Steve Belliveau is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Belliveau wants to slow Bashorov down by chopping away at his legs.
And Bashorov tries to counter it with a takedown but Belliveau pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Steve Belliveau seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Belliveau works Bashorov's body with a nice hook.
Belliveau uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Belliveau is looking to wear down Bashorov with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Belliveau, right into the meat.
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Belliveau moved out of range.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Belliveau looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Belliveau was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Belliveau thuds a left hand into Bashorov's body.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Belliveau will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Belliveau avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Belliveau uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Belliveau on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Belliveau fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Belliveau fails in his attempt to clinch.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Belliveau moves out of range.
Belliveau blocks a jab.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the body.
Belliveau tries to land a body kick
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Belliveau scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Belliveau scores with a shot to the body.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Belliveau's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Belliveau throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bashorov.
Bashorov fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Belliveau displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Bashorov.
Belliveau thumps Bashorov with a low kick.
An inside leg kick lands from Belliveau.
Belliveau lands with an overhand left.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Belliveau moves out of range.
Belliveau misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Belliveau throws a head kick that misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Belliveau throws a good cross that connects.
Bashorov punishes Belliveau's body with a nice straight punch.
Belliveau scoring well with a low kick there.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Belliveau tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A shot to the liver by Bashorov. Beautiful body shot.
Bashorov clobbers Belliveau with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Good shot there by Bashorov.
Belliveau tries to score with a low kick but Bashorov moves his leg out of the way.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Belliveau seems unphased.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.

Belliveau rushes Bashorov and presses him up against the cage.
Belliveau can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Bashorov lands with a right to the head.
Bashorov lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Belliveau backwards.
Bashorov fails to pull the fight into his guard.
Steve Belliveau has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Belliveau tries to work over Bashorov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Belliveau working aggressively here.
Bashorov wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Bashorov is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Belliveau is defending well.
Bashorov's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Belliveau can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Bashorov tries to throw a body punch but Belliveau avoids it by throwing Bashorov back against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Belliveau gets through Bashorov's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Belliveau is working Bashorov over against the cage.
Belliveau lands a body shot.
Nice body punch from Belliveau - that landed with a thud.
Bashorov takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Belliveau scores with an uppercut up the middle.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Belliveau.
Belliveau throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Belliveau softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Belliveau misses with a hook to the ribs.
Belliveau scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Bashorov tries a body shot but Belliveau blocks it.
Belliveau working aggressively here.
Bashorov blocking some punches.
Belliveau lands a hook that snaps the head of Bashorov backwards.
Bashorov looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Steve Belliveau has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Belliveau has a couple of punches blocked by Bashorov.
Belliveau tries to throw a body punch but Bashorov avoids it by throwing Belliveau back against the cage.
Belliveau tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Belliveau can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Bashorov works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Belliveau looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Bashorov misses with the head strike.
Bashorov is trying to break the clinch but Belliveau is controlling him.
Bashorov lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Belliveau struggles to land a body shot inside as Bashorov controls his hands.
Bashorov takes a shot to the head.
Belliveau misses with a hook to the ribs.
Belliveau doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Belliveau tries to throw a body punch but Bashorov avoids it by throwing Belliveau back against the cage.
Bashorov working aggressively here.
Belliveau misses with the head strike.
Bashorov lands a nice uppercut.
Belliveau tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Belliveau.
Belliveau lands with a right to the head.
Belliveau tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov pulls guard successfully.

Belliveau decides to stand up and beckons his opponent to follow.
Crunch! Belliveau slams his shin into Bashorov's torso.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Belliveau counters with a straight right hand.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Belliveau with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Belliveau avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov lands the left hand.
Bashorov takes one to the chin there.
Belliveau works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Belliveau paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Belliveau throws a leg kick which misses Bashorov's front leg but catches the back leg as Bashorov tries to avoid it.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Belliveau's shoulder, as Belliveau tries to avoid the shot.
Bashorov blocks a leg kick.
Bashorov gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Steve Belliveau clearly takes that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Belliveau looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Belliveau doesn't seem bothered though.

Belliveau moves into the clinch successfully.
Belliveau misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov goes for a takedown attempt but Belliveau pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Belliveau feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Belliveau defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Belliveau throws a low kick but Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Belliveau misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov with the counter takedown but Belliveau avoids it easily.
Bashorov misses with a double jab.
The fight stays on the outside here - Belliveau looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov jabs at Belliveau's body.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Belliveau sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Belliveau scores with a shot to the body.
The fighters circling - Belliveau throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Belliveau throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Belliveau throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Bashorov now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Belliveau gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Bashorov.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Belliveau is just out of range.
Belliveau looks to clinch

and Bashorov counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Belliveau is trying to stand back up but Bashorov is controlling him
Belliveau is doing well to control the position and prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Belliveau looks like he's trying to stand up.

Belliveau makes some distance and scrambles quickly back to his feet. Nice work!
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Belliveau with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Belliveau with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
Bashorov connects with a crisp jab.
Belliveau uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov works Belliveau's body with a nice hook.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.

Belliveau pushes Bashorov up against the cage in a clinch.
Belliveau fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Belliveau lands a right hand that snaps the head of Bashorov backwards.
Belliveau can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Belliveau goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Belliveau.
Belliveau digs a right hand into Bashorov's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Bashorov's gas tank.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bashorov.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bashorov.
Belliveau goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov blocking some punches.
Belliveau is defending well against a takedown attempt.
Steve Belliveau has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Belliveau blocks a body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov goes for a takedown in the clinch but Belliveau prevents it.
Bashorov wants to break free but Belliveau has control.
Bashorov blocks a punch to the side of the head.

Bashorov manages to break the clinch.
A nice leg kick lands there from Belliveau.
Belliveau is looking to land body kicks.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

Belliveau gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Belliveau works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Bashorov has a couple of punches blocked by Belliveau.
Belliveau can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.

Bashorov manages to break the clinch.
Belliveau drops his hands momentarily and Bashorov takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Belliveau swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov misses with a double jab.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Belliveau ducked under it nicely.
Bashorov takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Belliveau ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Belliveau's head but Belliveau sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov throws a sloppy body shot
and Belliveau counters with a body kick that stops Bashorov in his tracks momentarily.
Bashorov is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown but Belliveau manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Bashorov's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Bashorov steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from Belliveau. That one must have hurt.
Belliveau ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Belliveau takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Belliveau uses good head movement to avoid it.
It looked like Belliveau was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Bashorov.
Belliveau ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Belliveau swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Belliveau jabs Bashorov right on the nose. Bashorov blinks but takes it well.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Steve Belliveau will probably get the nod.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!


A punch lands to the side of Belliveau 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Belliveau is looking to land body kicks.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - Belliveau sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.

Bashorov looking for a takedown here - he's got it.

Bashorov drops back for a leg! It's a sloppy attempt though and Bashorov jumps back into guard quickly, to retain the dominant position.
Belliveau seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Bashorov throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Belliveau works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Belliveau is trying to keep Bashorov in close.
Bashorov stays in close to Belliveau's body and controls the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is looking to work some ground and pound but Belliveau has wrist control.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Belliveau blocks nicely.
Bashorov won't allow Belliveau to get back to his feet.
Belliveau controlling Bashorov's posture.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Belliveau throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Belliveau walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Belliveau tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Belliveau.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Belliveau.
As Bashorov tries to get set, Belliveau tries to push him back and clinch up but Bashorov manages to avoid the attempt.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Bashorov tries to break free but Belliveau pushes him back against the cage.
Belliveau lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Bashorov throws a head punch that misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard but can't manage it.
Belliveau misses with a punch on the inside.
Belliveau goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Belliveau.
Belliveau tries a body shot but Bashorov blocks it.
Belliveau prevents a takedown attempt there.
Steve Belliveau has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Belliveau struggles to land a body shot inside as Bashorov controls his hands.
A short uppercut from Belliveau.
Bashorov blocks a body shot from Belliveau.
Bashorov is looking to break free of the clinch but Belliveau has double underhooks.
Belliveau lands a right hand.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Belliveau goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Belliveau lands with a short shot to the head.
Belliveau throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Bashorovs head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Belliveau breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Belliveau throws a leg kick which misses Bashorov's front leg but catches the back leg as Bashorov tries to avoid it.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Belliveau is just out of range.
Belliveau tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Belliveau.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Belliveau defends it nicely.
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Belliveau on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.

Belliveau clinches.
Belliveau lands a right hand.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Belliveau misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Bashorov has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Belliveau avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bashorov.
Belliveau pushes Bashorov back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Belliveau lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Belliveau doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Bashorov jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Belliveau walks away with a smile on his face. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Belliveau moves out of range.
Belliveau throws a leg kick

and Bashorov counters with a takedown into side control.
Bashorov lands a nice forearm strike.
Belliveau wants to escape from the position here - easier said than done!
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Belliveau is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Steve Belliveau showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Belliveau 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 Paul Tew scores the fight 48:47
Judge James Glass scores the fight 48:47
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 48:47

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Steve Belliveau!

Steve Belliveau is the new middleweight champion!
Steve Belliveau tried to hype himself up post fight but didn't word it too well and it ended up with him sounding like a bit of a tool.
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G S C
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G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
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FIGHT
RATING
70%

 

Event: EVO 310: Bashorov vs Orion     
Date:   Apr 22, 2017

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Cole Orion. Bashorov comes into the arena with Hangar 18 blaring out of the sound system. Cole Orion has the eye of the tiger tonight.

190 cm
35
194 lbs
31 - 5 - 0
184 cm
27
185 lbs
20 - 6 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Urban Fighter
Bullet Proof System

Hellbent
MayheM sportswear



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 31 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Cole Orion!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, Colin Fotheringham and William Gold.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Orion throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov seem to be loading up, looking for a big counter.
Orion throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Orion's head but Orion sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Orion avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Bashorov chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Orion can pounce on him.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Orion.
Orion ducks right into an uppercut from Bashorov.
Orion throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Orion.
Bashorov's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Orion connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Bashorov scrambles back to his feet.
Orion lands a head kick!
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Orion sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov takes a swing at Orion's ribcage but misses.
A solid leg kick lands there for Orion.
Bashorov swings for the body but Orion moves out of range.
Orion scores with a nice body kick.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Orion tries to land a body kick
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Orion swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Orion is out of range.
Bashorov moves out of range as Orion throws a body kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Orion sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov throws a hook but Orion avoids it easily.
Orion flicks out a counter leg kick but Bashorov steps away.
Cole Orion is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Orion moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Orion misses with a low kick.
A little feinted left hand from Bashorov on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Orion.
Bashorov moves out of range of the strikes.
Orion throws a body kick that misses.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Orion is out of range.
Orion 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.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Orion takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
Orion will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Orion's body.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
Orion defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Orion swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov scores with a body shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Orion, right into the meat.
Orion throws a looping overhand right but Bashorov ducks down to avoid it.
Orion misses with a straight right.
A counter left hand to the body from Bashorov misses its target.
Orion throws out a leg kick but Bashorov moves out of range and Orion only half commits.
Orion chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Orion slips the punch.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Orion avoids the punch easily.
Orion defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Orion throws a shot from downtown. Bashorov moves away and avoids it.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov walks into a stiff left hand from Orion.
Orion misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and Orion makes him pay by landing a thudding low kick.
Bashorov lands with an overhand left.
Orion fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Bashorov checks it well.
A swing and a miss from Orion.
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
Bashorov changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Orion lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Orion throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Orion attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Orion fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Orion misses with a wild body shot.
It looked like Bashorov wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Bashorov shoots for a takedown but Orion saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Orion throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Bashorov throws a jab when Orion was well out of range.
Orion 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.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Orion ducks down to avoid it.
Orion uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Orion connects with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Orion misses with a hook
and Orion takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Orion throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
A left lands for Bashorov.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Orion.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Orion walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Orion manages to avoid it.
Bashorov is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Orion tries a head kick but it misses.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the body.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Orion misses with a double jab
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
Orion throws a body kick that misses.
Orion works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Orion tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Orion.
Orion throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Orion jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bashorov connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Orion jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Orion tries to score with a low kick but Bashorov moves his leg out of the way.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Orion lands a right hook to the body.

Bashorov feints and as Orion raises his hands in defense, Bashorov changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.
Bashorov pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Orion is keeping the position for now.
Bashorov landing some decent shots from guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Cole Orion will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Orion throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Orion goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
A slow jab from Orion misses its intended target.
The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. Orion doesn't seem phased though.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Orion scoring well with a low kick there.
Orion digs a good hook to Bashorov's body.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
Nice defenses there by Orion.
A left lands for Orion.
Orion throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Orion! But no joy.
Cole Orion seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws a jab when Orion was well out of range.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Orion stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Bashorov on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Orion. Orion obviously looking to wear him down.
Bashorov with a nice cross.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Orion sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Orion moves out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Orion lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
Orion throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov connects with a looping right hand.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Orion misses with a kick to the body.
Orion tries to work over Bashorov's front leg with a kick but Bashorov checks it.
Orion misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Orion with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Orion throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Orion moved out of range.
Orion uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Orion.
Orion works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Orion comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Orion misses with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
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!

Bashorov shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Orion's guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Orion is on top in guard.


Bashorov working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Orion doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Orion manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Bashorov wants to sweep but no luck.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Bashorov is on top in guard.

Orion trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.
Bashorov trying to control but Orion is working from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Orion is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Orion keeps moving.
Bashorov stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Orion swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Orion seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Orion not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Orion keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Orion has his hands on Bashorov's head, controlling the position.

That's four 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.
Bashorov stops Orion from standing up.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bashorov takes a swing at Orion's ribcage but misses.
Orion throws a body kick that misses.
Orion fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Orion does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Orion.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Orion moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bashorov lands the left hand.
Nice jab there from Orion.
Orion bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Bashorov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the body.
Orion attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Orion misses with an uppercut. Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Orion slips under a jab.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Orion scoring well with a low kick there.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
A lazy left from Bashorov finds it's target.
Orion misses with a low kick.
Orion throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Bashorov misses with a double jab
and Orion counters with a slapping leg kick.
Orion throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bashorov.
Orion keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Orion throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Orion looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Orion looking to land some kicks to the body here.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Orion needs to keep his hands up - Bashorov had a free shot at his head there.

Orion gets caught napping as Bashorov dives in and scores a takedown. Orion manages to retain guard.
Orion is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Orion is keeping the position for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to control but Orion is working from the bottom.
Bashorov postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Orion pulls Bashorov in close to prevent any damage.
Orion 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.
Bashorov being controlled here momentarily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov chips away with some ground and pound.
Orion avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Bashorov chips away with some ground and pound.
Bashorov being controlled here momentarily.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Orion is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov being controlled here momentarily.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Bashorov slips a jab from Orion.
Bashorov takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Orion scores with a kick to the body.
Orion blocks a jab.
Orion was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Orion goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Orion throws out a leg kick but Bashorov moves out of range and Orion only half commits.
Orion throws out a loose jab but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Some wild striking there from Bashorov.
Bashorov swings for the body but Orion moves out of range.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Orion replies with a solid counter kick to the body but Bashorov blocks it well.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Orion moves out of range.
Orion pushes Bashorov away with a front kick.
Bashorov misses with a double jab.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov clearly takes 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.


Orion tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Orion.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Orion moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Orion is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bashorov with a body shot.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
Bashorov backing away here, and Orion unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Orion misses with an uppercut.
Orion throws a low kick but Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Orion lunges at Bashorov with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Bashorov's hand.
Orion throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bashorov stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
A little feinted left hand from Bashorov on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Orion defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Orion into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Orion was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Orion throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Orion pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Orion scores with a nice body kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Orion fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Orion throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bashorov stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Orion throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and moves out of range.
Bashorov with a jab.
Orion bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Orion stuffs the takedown attempt from Bashorov. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Orion tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Orion manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Orion tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Orion has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Orion uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Orion.
Orion is looking to land body kicks.
Orion tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov jabs Orion to the body, keeping him at a distance.

Bashorov fakes an overhand right and shoots for a takedown. Orion sprawls well initially but Bashorov persists and gets the takedown into half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Orion is refusing to be controlled, as Bashorov sits in half guard.
Orion gets back to full guard.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Orion is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Orion wants to sweep but no luck.
Bashorov working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Orion wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Bashorov passes Orion's left leg - he's now in half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov stops Orion from getting back to his feet.
Bashorov works his foot free and advances to mount.
Bashorov putting on the heat here with some good ground and pound!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Bashorov lands a couple of good shots and Orion has given up his back, trying to escape the position!
Bashorov tries to keep control of the position but Orion is staying busy.
Orion turns into Bashorov and is now in his guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Orion wants to control from the top but Bashorov keeps moving.
Bashorov not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Bashorov avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Orion must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

Bashorov looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Orion controls from within his opponent's guard.

Bashorov looking for a guillotine here but Orion defends easily.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. This is the final round!


Orion misses with a looping left.
Orion swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Orion jabbing away but nothing is landing.

Bashorov feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
Bashorov preventing the sweep.
Orion keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Bashorov is going to have to think about doing something other than just controlling because Orion is managing to avoid having the position dictated to him.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a strike but Orion rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.


Bashorov is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Orion passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Bashorov tries to improve position but can't.
An elbow from Orion crashes against the mat.
Bashorov tries to bench press Orion off him but Orion keeps the position.
Bashorov regains half guard there - taking advantage of Orion's attempt to lay and pray for a moment.
Orion controlling the action here.
Cole Orion has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov is trying to control but can't.
Bashorov is in a bad position, trying to hold on for dear life but he is really struggling to maintain any sort of control.
Orion perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Orion thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Bashorov's head.
We've had a lack of effective grappling in the last minute or so, which could well see a referee standup.
Bashorov is looking to improve his position.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Orion motions for Bashorov to come forward. Orion throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Orion lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Orion tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Orion manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Orion.
Bashorov throws a right and a left that both miss.
Orion takes a punch to the jaw and another one to the bread basket.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Orion uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Orion seems unphased.
A swing and a miss from Orion.
Orion throws a lazy uppercut
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Orion moves out of range.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Orion tries a quick counter leg kick but Bashorov is wise to it.
Orion misses the shot to the body.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Orion lands with a nice body kick.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov checks a low kick from Orion.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
A leg kick checked by Bashorov.
Orion walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
A big left from Orion misses.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
Bashorov avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Orion staying out of range there.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Orion does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov lands a jab to Orion's midsection.
Orion looks to land a left hand but Bashorov moved out of range nicely.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Orion.
Bashorov drops down looking for a counter takedown but Orion sprawls and moves away.
Orion throws a leg kick
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.

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 Karim Bashorov.
I think Bashorov 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 Phil Schofield scores the fight 49:47
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 49:47
Judge William Gold scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov retains his middleweight title!
A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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Event: EVO 306:Bashoro vs Obliteratii     
Date:   Mar 29, 2017

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Zeus Obliteratii. Bashorov's entrance music is Hangar 18. A fine choice. Obliteratii comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Walkürenritt kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

190 cm
35
194 lbs
30 - 5 - 0
180 cm
30
204 lbs
24 - 6 - 0
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Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 30 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Zeus Obliteratii!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Jack Bonds and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Obliteratii uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Obliteratii doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Obliteratii slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Obliteratii wants to counter with a clinch but Bashorov pushes him away.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Obliteratii.
Obliteratii throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Obliteratii throws the kick towards the body but Bashorov avoids it.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Obliteratii ducked under it nicely.
Obliteratii tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Obliteratii slips the punch.
Obliteratii fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
Obliteratii ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Obliteratii misses with a hook.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Obliteratii with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Obliteratii under the eye.
Obliteratii tries to close the distance and clinch but Bashorov swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
It looked like Bashorov was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Obliteratii.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Obliteratii.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov connects with the punch.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.

That's one minute gone in the round.
The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. Obliteratii doesn't seem phased though.
Obliteratii lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov takes a swing at Obliteratii's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov darts in looking for a takedown but Obliteratii gets double underhooks and turns Bashorov into the cage.
Obliteratii lands with a right hand.

Obliteratii gets caught napping as Bashorov dives in and scores a takedown. Obliteratii manages to retain guard.
Obliteratii has control of Bashorov's left arm, preventing Bashorov from doing any damage.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Obliteratii is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Bashorov postures up in Obliteratii's guard and throws a big left but Obliteratii blocks it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Obliteratii keeps moving.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Obliteratii manages to avoid it.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - Obliteratii sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Obliteratii keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Bashorov.
Obliteratii was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Obliteratii was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
And Obliteratii responds with a good body kick, but Bashorov manages to step out the way in time.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Obliteratii throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov moves out of range as Obliteratii throws a body kick.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Obliteratii.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - Obliteratii sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Obliteratii tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Obliteratii.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Obliteratii.
Obliteratii fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Obliteratii swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Obliteratii uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Obliteratii tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Obliteratii.
It seemed like Obliteratii was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Obliteratii walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Obliteratii moved out of range nicely.
Obliteratii loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Obliteratii is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Bashorov.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Obliteratii avoids the body shot from Bashorov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Obliteratii swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Obliteratii waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Obliteratii lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Obliteratii.
Zeus Obliteratii is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Obliteratii misses with a kick to the body
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Obliteratii connects with a leg kick. Bashorov looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Bashorov takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Bashorov lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Obliteratii's body.
Bashorov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Obliteratii.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Obliteratii.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Obliteratii misses the body punch
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Obliteratii defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Obliteratii throws out a counter right but Bashorov avoids it with no problem.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Obliteratii takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Obliteratii throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Obliteratii is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
Obliteratii misses with an attempted mid kick.
Obliteratii connects with a body shot that sends Bashorov's belly button to the back.
Obliteratii is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Bashorov rather than just go for the knockout.
Obliteratii moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
A telegraphed right hand from Obliteratii misses the target.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Obliteratii.
Bashorov clobbers Obliteratii with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Obliteratii throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Obliteratii fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Bashorov lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Obliteratii circles away quickly and effectively.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Obliteratii thinks about the counter body kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nice uppercut lands for Obliteratii. That snapped Bashorov's head back.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Obliteratii manages to avoid it.
Obliteratii scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Bashorov takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
A jab from Obliteratii misses.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Bashorov cracks Obliteratii with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
A looping hook to the body misses from Obliteratii. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Obliteratii tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Bashorov paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Obliteratii swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
An attempted straight right counter from Bashorov misses the target.
Obliteratii uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Obliteratii let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Obliteratii's head but Obliteratii sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Obliteratii was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Obliteratii throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Obliteratii.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Obliteratii displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov throws a hook but Obliteratii blocks it.
Obliteratii scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Obliteratii throws a big shot that misses.
Obliteratii scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.

Bashorov closes the distance and clinches up, looking for a takedown. He shifts his weight and gets a nice trip into half guard.
Bashorov controlling the action here.
Obliteratii is looking to improve his position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Obliteratii is looking to control Bashorov's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Obliteratii avoid being mounted?

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Bashorov scores with a couple of nice shots.
Obliteratii wants to improve his position but Bashorov is controlling well.
Obliteratii on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Bashorov in particular looking to stall.
Bashorov wants to control but Obliteratii is keeping him busy.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but Obliteratii defending well.
Obliteratii is staying active underneath Bashorov, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Still in half guard, Bashorov seems content to control.
Bashorov scoring with strikes to the body and head.
Obliteratii wants to improve his position but Bashorov is controlling well.
Obliteratii controlling the position for now.
Obliteratii is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Obliteratii is trying to get back to full guard.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Obliteratii drops his hands momentarily and Bashorov takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Obliteratii lands a head shot.
Obliteratii leaves Bashorov with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Obliteratii lands a nice leg kick that just misses Bashorov's sensitive parts.
Obliteratii throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Obliteratii on the wrong end of a nice jab.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Obliteratii counters with a lovely straight right hand!
A big left from Obliteratii misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A slow jab from Obliteratii misses its intended target.
Obliteratii cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
A jab from Bashorov finds it's way through Obliteratii's defenses.
Obliteratii fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A shot to the liver by Bashorov. Beautiful body shot.
Obliteratii swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Obliteratii lands a jab to the head.

Bashorov closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Obliteratii's guard.
Obliteratii trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.
Bashorov trying to control but Obliteratii is working from the bottom.
Obliteratii wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Obliteratii is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Obliteratii manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!

Bashorov has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Bashorov looking to hit a scissor sweep but Obliteratii is one step ahead there.
Obliteratii is pushing down on Bashorov's leg trying to pass to half guard. Bashorov is fighting to maintain full guard but Obliteratii has managed to sneak the leg through.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Obliteratii wants to free his trapped foot but Bashorov is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Obliteratii is looking to take a break and control but Bashorov is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii prevents Bashorov from improving his position.
Bashorov wants to control but Obliteratii is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Obliteratii controlling the action here.
Bashorov is trying to control but Obliteratii passes into side control!
Obliteratii just content to control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Bashorov sneaks back into half guard.
Bashorov regains full guard. Nicely done.
Obliteratii trying to control the position from guard on top but Bashorov is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov 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.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Obliteratii throws a body shot but no joy.
Obliteratii gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Obliteratii has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Obliteratii there as he acknowledges the shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Zeus Obliteratii really dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Obliteratii misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Obliteratii moves away and avoids it.
A little jabbing left from Obliteratii on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bashorov is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Bashorov dives in and grabs Obliteratii's left leg, looking for a takedown. Obliteratii pushes down on Bashorov's head and hops out.
Bashorov swings widly with a right hand
and Obliteratii counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Obliteratii appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.
Good leg kick by Obliteratii there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Obliteratii misses with a looping left.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Obliteratii scores with a jab. Bashorov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Zeus Obliteratii seems to be getting the better of the standup.
A lazy left from Bashorov finds it's target.
A shot to the body from Obliteratii misses
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Bashorov takes a swing at Obliteratii's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Obliteratii's belly button to the back.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Bashorov lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Obliteratii missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Obliteratii moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Bashorov displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Obliteratii throws out the jab.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Obliteratii is just out of range.
Obliteratii misses with a looping right.
Bashorov is looking for a counter combo.
A jab from Obliteratii finds it's way through Bashorov's defenses.
Obliteratii has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Bashorov slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
A good leg kick by Obliteratii.
Bashorov throws a series of strikes that have Obliteratii backpedaling.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A looping hook to the body misses from Obliteratii. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A slow jab from Obliteratii misses its intended target.
Nice uppercut lands for Obliteratii. That snapped Bashorov's head back.
Obliteratii misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov moves forwards but Obliteratii connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Obliteratii swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Danga de danga de dang - Bashorov scores with a four punch combination!
Obliteratii fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Bashorov with a jab.
Obliteratii throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Bashorov scores with a sloppy right hand. Obliteratii should have avoided that one.

Bashorov decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Obliteratii wants to get back to full guard.
Bashorov not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.
Bashorov is thwarting Obliteratii's attempts to control the position.
Obliteratii keeping control of the leg, stopping his opponent passing to mount.
Obliteratii trying to control but Bashorov postures up.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Obliteratii keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Obliteratii is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Bashorov's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Bashorov's back!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.

Obliteratii has his hand under the chin of his opponent looking for the choke. He's nearly got it! This one could be all over! But no, Bashorov has freed his hand and lives to survive another… well, another couple of seconds at least!
Bashorov rolls, trying to escape but Obliteratii keeps control of the position.
A lull in the action here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
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. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Obliteratii pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Obliteratii ducks down to avoid it.
Bashorov throws a series of strikes that have Obliteratii backpedaling.
A looping hook to the body misses from Obliteratii. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Obliteratii throws a body shot but no joy.
Obliteratii scores with a hook to the body. Bashorov takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
Obliteratii looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
A little feinted left hand from Bashorov on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Obliteratii with a hook.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Obliteratii is just out of range.
Obliteratii tries to work over Bashorov's front leg with a kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov throws a hook but Obliteratii avoids it easily.
Obliteratii stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Obliteratii wants it to stay on the feet.
Obliteratii uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Obliteratii stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Obliteratii wants it to stay on the feet.
Obliteratii steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Obliteratii is looking to chop away at Bashorov's legs.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Obliteratii manages to avoid it.
A countering left hand to the body from Obliteratii misses.
Bashorov throws a nice looking combination but Obliteratii bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Bashorov clobbers Obliteratii with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Obliteratii lands a glancing blow to the side of Bashorov's head.
Bashorov takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.

Bashorov gets tackled into the cage by Obliteratii. Obliteratii maintains the clinch.

Bashorov breaks the clinch.
Obliteratii sizes up Bashorov with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov 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!
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii misses with an uppercut. Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Bashorov showed some decent athleticism there.
Bashorov wants to control but Obliteratii is keeping him busy.
Zeus Obliteratii has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Obliteratii gets back to full guard.
Bashorov controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Obliteratii is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii has Bashorov pulled in close to control his posture.
Bashorov trying to control but Obliteratii is working from the bottom.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Nice uppercut there from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Obliteratii lands with a shot to the body.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Obliteratii ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Obliteratii misses the target.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
Obliteratii jabs Bashorov to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Obliteratii throws a right hand that misses
and Bashorov makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Obliteratii misses with the body kick
and Bashorov makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Obliteratii does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Bashorov moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Obliteratii fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
A swing and a miss from Obliteratii.

Bashorov shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Obliteratii's guard.

Obliteratii is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

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 Karim Bashorov.
I think Bashorov 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 Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 49:46
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 49:46
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 47:49

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov retains his middleweight title!
A relieved looking Karim Bashorov thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
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Event: EVO 304: Bashorov vs Kakoullis     
Date:   Mar 18, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Sotiris Kakoullis. Bashorov's entrance music is Hangar 18. A fine choice. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

190 cm
35
194 lbs
29 - 5 - 0
184 cm
35
206 lbs
40 - 9 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Bullet Proof System
Urban Fighter

Hellbent
Reaper Combatwear



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 40 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Sotiris Kakoullis!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, James Glass and Phil Schofield.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Kakoullis has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.
Kakoullis throws a poor cross that misses
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov throws a hook but Kakoullis avoids it easily.
Kakoullis follows through with a counter body kick but it doesn't land.
Kakoullis displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Kakoullis takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Kakoullis.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Kakoullis sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Kakoullis avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Kakoullis steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov looks to land a combination. Kakoullis sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Kakoullis seems unphased.
Kakoullis swings and misses with a hook to the body.
A leg kick checked by Bashorov.
Kakoullis is looking to slow Bashorov down with leg kicks.
Kakoullis throws a right hand that Bashorov ducks under and follows up with a left that Bashorov also avoids with ease.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Kakoullis stuns Bashorov with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Kakoullis misses with a low kick.
Kakoullis ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Kakoullis with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Bashorov slips a jab from Kakoullis.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Kakoullis.
A bone on bone clash there as Bashorov blocks the leg kick.
It looked like Bashorov was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Kakoullis.
Kakoullis misses with a jab, cross combination.
Kakoullis walks into a jab.
Kakoullis digs a good hook to Bashorov's body.
Kakoullis fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Kakoullis stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Kakoullis wants it to stay on the feet.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Kakoullis throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Kakoullis ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
An inside leg kick from Kakoullis misses.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Kakoullis swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Kakoullis misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a swing at Kakoullis's ribcage but misses.
Kakoullis unleashes a big counter combination but Bashorov bobs and weaves and avoids any damage.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Kakoullis moves away.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Kakoullis throws a right hand that Bashorov ducks under and follows up with a left that Bashorov also avoids with ease.
Kakoullis throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Kakoullis counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Kakoullis sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Kakoullis misses with a straight right.
Bashorov has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Kakoullis finds it's way round the side to connect with Bashorov's head.
Kakoullis takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Bashorov takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Bashorov on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Kakoullis. Kakoullis obviously looking to wear him down.
Kakoullis throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Kakoullis slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the body.
Kakoullis blocks a jab.
A shot to the body from Bashorov misses
and Kakoullis connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Kakoullis avoids the body shot from Bashorov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis throws a leg kick which misses Bashorov's front leg but catches the back leg as Bashorov tries to avoid it.
Bashorov rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Kakoullis moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Sotiris Kakoullis is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kakoullis throws a leg kick

and Bashorov decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Kakoullis's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov landing with the ground and pound.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kakoullis trying to control the position here.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Kakoullis is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Kakoullis looking for a sweep. Not yet Kakoullis, not yet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.
Bashorov lands a couple of elbows.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Bashorov being controlled here momentarily.
Bashorov controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Bashorov stands and throws Kakoullis's legs to the side, diving into side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
That's time! Bashorov's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw.
Kakoullis takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Kakoullis slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Kakoullis throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
A punch lands to the side of Bashorov 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Bashorov sizes up Kakoullis with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov moves out of range of the leg kick from Kakoullis.
Kakoullis throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Bashorov works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Bashorov throws a hook but Kakoullis blocks it.
Kakoullis throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Karim Bashorov is winning the standup battle so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Kakoullis sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Kakoullis takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Kakoullis scores with a body shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kakoullis scoring well with a low kick there.
Kakoullis tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Kakoullis.
Bashorov half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Kakoullis was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kakoullis misses with the body kick
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Kakoullis dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
A slow jab from Kakoullis misses its intended target.
Kakoullis slips a jab from Bashorov.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Bashorov here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
Nice body punch from Bashorov.
Kakoullis gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Bashorov lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Nice sprawl there from Kakoullis as Bashorov shoots in.
Kakoullis goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Bashorov takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Nice body kick there by Kakoullis.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Kakoullis throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
Kakoullis smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Kakoullis.
Kakoullis slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and Kakoullis connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Kakoullis blocks a jab.

Bashorov closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Bashorov lands in his opponent's guard.
Kakoullis can't keep his opponent in guard - Bashorov advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Bashorov thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Kakoullis's head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis wants to get back to full guard.
Kakoullis trying to hold on to Bashorov's head to control him but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Kakoullis trying to control but Bashorov postures up.
Kakoullis tries to get to full guard but Bashorov has control of the leg.
Bashorov seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Kakoullis does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Bashorov working over Kakoullis with some ground and pound. Kakoullis looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Bashorov missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Bashorov looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Kakoullis with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Bashorov thows a huge punch but Kakoullis dodges it nicely.
Kakoullis trying to control here.
Kakoullis avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.

Bashorov looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Bashorov trying to control from half guard but Kakoullis is working away.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that second round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Kakoullis fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Good work by Bashorov as he checks the leg kick.
Kakoullis wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Kakoullis keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov throws a hook but Kakoullis avoids it easily.
Kakoullis thows a leg kick but Bashorov checks it
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Kakoullis looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
A combination from Bashorov does no damage.
Kakoullis rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Bashorov counters with a three punch combo that has Kakoullis backing up. Kakoullis nods at Bashorov to acknowledge the strikes.
Kakoullis throws out a leg kick but Bashorov moves out of range and Kakoullis only half commits.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A punch combination from Kakoullis misses.
Bashorov walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bashorov misses with a hook.
Kakoullis throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bashorov.
Bashorov throwing a counter right hand but Kakoullis 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!
A good leg kick by Kakoullis.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kakoullis misses the jab.
Kakoullis uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Kakoullis throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a jab when Kakoullis was well out of range.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Kakoullis showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Kakoullis ducks right into an uppercut from Bashorov.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Kakoullis scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Kakoullis is just out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Bashorov ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
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!
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Kakoullis sprawls well.
Bashorov jabs Kakoullis to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Kakoullis.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Kakoullis's shoulder, as Kakoullis tries to avoid the shot.
Kakoullis lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Kakoullis avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Kakoullis was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Kakoullis throws a leg kick

and Bashorov counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Bashorov.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Kakoullis is on top in guard.

Bashorov controls Kakoullis momentarily but Kakoullis frees himself.
Bashorov keeping full guard, as Kakoullis tries to pass.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.

Kakoullis avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Bashorov is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Kakoullis wants to control from the top but Bashorov keeps moving.
Bashorov is trying to hold Kakoullis in close to prevent damage but Kakoullis has managed to pass into half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Kakoullis slows the pace down in half guard.
Bashorov makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Bashorov.
Bashorov manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Kakoullis manages to get himself to full guard.

Kakoullis tries to land a sweep but no joy.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but Karim Bashorov did the better work so I'd imagine he'll take it.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Bashorov takes a swing at Kakoullis's ribcage but misses.
Kakoullis delivers a nice body kick.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Kakoullis.
Bashorov works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
Kakoullis throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Kakoullis sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov works Kakoullis's body with a nice hook.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Kakoullis tries a head kick but it misses.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kakoullis lands a nice shot to the body.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Kakoullis is just out of range.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Kakoullis.
Bashorov throws a hook but Kakoullis blocks it.
Kakoullis ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Kakoullis motions for Bashorov to come forward. Kakoullis throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.

Bashorov looking to score a takedown here. Kakoullis is defending well but Bashorov drives through and ends up in Kakoullis's guard.

Kakoullis has his feet on Bashorov's hips. He pushes off and gets to his feet. Nice work.
A bone on bone clash there as Bashorov blocks the leg kick.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Kakoullis's ribs.
Kakoullis slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Kakoullis.
Kakoullis misses with a body shot.
Bashorov connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov connects with a single shot there.
Kakoullis displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Kakoullis was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Kakoullis throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Kakoullis lands with a thumping leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Bashorov throws a right hand that misses
and Kakoullis counters with a thumping low kick.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Bashorov scores with a hook.
Kakoullis has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
A slapping body kick lands there for Kakoullis.
Kakoullis throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov throwing a counter right hand but Kakoullis manages to avoid it.
Kakoullis walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Nice body kick there by Kakoullis.
Kakoullis rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Bashorov moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Bashorov is defended easily by Kakoullis.
Kakoullis connects with an inside leg kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kakoullis. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Kakoullis throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Kakoullis! But no joy.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Kakoullis is out of range.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Kakoullis does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kakoullis avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Kakoullis misses the jab.
Bashorov moves out of range of the leg kick from Kakoullis.
Kakoullis uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Jab by Kakoullis.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Kakoullis's head but Kakoullis sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov looks to land a combination but Kakoullis avoids it well.
Kakoullis throws a series of punches but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.
Kakoullis on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
An inside leg kick from Kakoullis misses.
Kakoullis swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Bashorov counters with a nice uppercut.
Kakoullis misses with an uppercut.
Kakoullis tries to work over Bashorov's front leg with a kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Kakoullis's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Kakoullis loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Kakoullis uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Kakoullis throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Kakoullis's body.
Bashorov wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Sotiris Kakoullis will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Kakoullis tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Kakoullis takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Bashorov was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
Kakoullis struggling a bit here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kakoullis isn't going anywhere.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Kakoullis is working away.
Bashorov is going to have to think about doing something other than just controlling because Kakoullis is managing to avoid having the position dictated to him.

That's one minute gone in the round.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Kakoullis takes one to the chin there.
Kakoullis thows a left - swing and a miss!
Kakoullis lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Kakoullis ducked under it nicely.
Sotiris Kakoullis has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis scores with a jab. Bashorov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Kakoullis swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a left to the body.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Kakoullis sprawls well.
Kakoullis is loading up here, looking for a big counter of his own.
Bashorov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.

Bashorov closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
Bashorov has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov prevents Kakoullis from escaping the position.
You can see the frustration on Kakoullis's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Kakoullis is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Kakoullis takes an elbow right on the bridge of the nose and winces in pain.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kakoullis managing to avoid any damage from the strikes thrown by Bashorov.
Kakoullis tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Bashorov wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Bashorov lands a few punches from side control.
Kakoullis avoids any damage from the ground and pound of Bashorov.
Kakoullis managing to avoid any damage from the strikes thrown by Bashorov.
Kakoullis parries the strikes from Bashorov easily there. Bashorov is wary of posturing up too much because it might enable Kakoullis to escape.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Bashorov lands an elbow.
Bashorov looks up at the clock and then as Kakoullis takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Bashorov smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Bashorov is putting a hurting on Kakoullis here, landing some big shots from side control.
A lull in the action here as Bashorov stalls from top position.
Kakoullis tries to bench press Bashorov off him but Bashorov keeps the position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Kakoullis wants to control but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Bashorov is putting a hurting on Kakoullis here, landing some big shots from side control.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Bashorov has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 Donald Grub scores the fight 49:46
Judge James Glass scores the fight 49:46
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov retains his light heavyweight title!
Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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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Event: Syn 511 - Pedro vs Bashorov     
Date:   Mar 10, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between George Pedro and Karim Bashorov. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. George Pedro had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

176 cm
30
202 lbs
33 - 8 - 2
190 cm
34
194 lbs
28 - 5 - 0
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Hellbent
Sully's Bar & Grill

Bullet Proof System
Urban Fighter



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the light heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 33 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, George Pedro!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 28 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, James Glass and Chris Edwards.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Pedro clinches up against the cage.
Bashorov blocks a body shot from Pedro.
Bashorov lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Bashorov lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bashorov.

Bashorov breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Pedro tries to clinch up but Bashorov circles away and keeps his distance.
Pedro uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!

Pedro instigates a clinch.
Bashorov lands with a right to the head.
Bashorov lands with a left to the head.
Bashorov throws a head punch that misses.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Pedro tightens his grip and picks Bashorov up, before dumping him to the ground. Bashorov manages to land in guard.
Bashorov being controlled here, momentarily.

Bashorov looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pedro working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Pedro lands a couple of elbows.
Bashorov seems keen to control Pedro's posture.
Pedro is in close to Bashorov's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Pedro scoring with punches to the head and body.
Bashorov has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Ryōzanpaku Dojo. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
Pedro controlling from the top position.

Bashorov looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pedro landing some decent shots from guard.
Pedro is in close to Bashorov's body, working some short punches and elbows.

Bashorov working for a triangle but Pedro defends it easily.
Pedro postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Pedro throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Bashorov works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Pedro trying to control but Bashorov is working from the bottom.
Pedro looking to pass the guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pedro stopping the sweep attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov is trying to control the position but Pedro postures up.

Bashorov has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Pedro can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Pedro's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Pedro preventing the sweep.
Bashorov working a defensive guard here.
Bashorov lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pedro not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Pedro looking for a sweep. Not yet Pedro, not yet.
Pedro is pulling down on Bashorov's head. It's preventing any offense from Bashorov, at least for the moment.
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Pedro is trying to keep Bashorov in close.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


The crowd cheers as Bashorov lands an impressive looking overhand right. Pedro doesn't seem phased though.
Bashorov connects with a crisp jab.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
As Bashorov tries to get set, Pedro tries to push him back and clinch up but Bashorov manages to avoid the attempt.
Danga de danga de dang - Bashorov scores with a four punch combination!
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Pedro just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Pedro connects with the punch.
Pedro tries to close the distance and clinch up but Bashorov swats him away and circles back towards the center.

Pedro clinches up against the cage.
I was talking to Pedro's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.
Bashorov working aggressively here.
Pedro tries to throw a body punch but Bashorov avoids it by throwing Pedro back against the cage.
Bashorov has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Pedro avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov wants to take the fight to the mat but Pedro manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
Pedro can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Pedro has a couple of punches blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a nice uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A short right from Bashorov.
Pedro misses with a hook to the ribs.

Pedro lands a takedown into guard.
Pedro looking to pass the guard.
Bashorov keeping moving, preventing Pedro from controlling successfully.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.

Bashorov is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Pedro defends well.
Pedro wants to control from the top but Bashorov keeps moving.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Pedro's guard.

Pedro looking to hit a scissor sweep but Bashorov is one step ahead there.
Bashorov throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Pedro works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Pedro looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
George Pedro overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Pedro looking to hit a scissor sweep but Bashorov is one step ahead there.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pedro seems keen to control Bashorov's posture.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Pedro is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Pedro avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Pedro controlling the position.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.
Bashorov postures up.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Pedro as he jumps to the side.
George Pedro has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Pedro slaps away a takedown attempt from Bashorov, before circling back to the center of the mat.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Pedro darts in looking for a takedown but Bashorov gets double underhooks and turns Pedro into the cage.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Pedro moves out of range.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Pedro 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 Bashorov has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Bashorov and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Pedro misses with a low kick.
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Pedro swings away with a body shot that misses
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov works the jab nicely.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Pedro throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov takes a swing at Pedro's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Pedro's head but Pedro sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov is using his reach advantage to land shots from outside his opponent's range.
Pedro throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Pedro keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Some wild striking there from Bashorov.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Pedro's ribs.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Pedro.
A head kick misses from Pedro.
Bashorov swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Pedro is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Bashorov.
Pedro tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Bashorov paws at him with a jab and circles away.

Bashorov darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Pedro avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from close in. He's looking to maintain this position and strike for a while by the looks of things... although he'll probably advance to full mount in a minute now I've said that.
Pedro tries to roll over but Bashorov keeps him under control.
Pedro is staying active underneath Bashorov, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Pedro might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pedro wants to improve his position but Bashorov is controlling well.
Pedro is trying to maintain the position but Bashorov is very close to passing his half guard.

Bashorov is looking for a kimura here.
Pedro is trying to maintain the position but Bashorov is very close to passing his half guard.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Bashorov takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

Bashorov is looking for a kimura here.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Bashorov throwing punches and elbows but they're not doing any damage.
Pedro keeps control of the position for the meantime.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Pedro wants to get back to full guard.

Bashorov is looking for a kimura here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov scoring with strikes to the body and head.
Pedro is controlling Bashorov's trapped leg to prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.
Pedro is trying to get back to full guard.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Pedro is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Bashorov moves out of range as Pedro throws a body kick.
Bashorov displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Pedro.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Bashorov lands a jab to the nose.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Bashorov rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Pedro moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
A jab lands there for Bashorov.
George Pedro seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Pedro thows a left - swing and a miss!
Pedro just misses with a punch to the body.
Pedro throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Pedro throws a one two combo.
Bashorov with a nice cross.
A combination from Bashorov does no damage.
Pedro throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.

Bashorov throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Pedro was covering up waiting for the punch and Bashorov finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Pedro is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov lands with a shot to the body.
Pedro uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.

Pedro dives in and scores a takedown into Bashorov's guard.
Pedro has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Bashorov 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.
Pedro with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Pedro is looking to work some ground and pound but Bashorov has wrist control.
Pedro is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.

Pedro avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Pedro throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pedro cracks Bashorov with a solid left hand.
Pedro trying to control but Bashorov is working from the bottom.
Bashorov can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Pedro controls the pace.

Bashorov has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Pedro can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Pedro is working Bashorov over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Pedro makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.

Bashorov looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Pedro lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Pedro works over Bashorov with some ground and pound from guard.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Pedro's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Pedro landing with the ground and pound.
Pedro stopping the sweep attempt from Bashorov.
Pedro trying to control the position from guard on top but Bashorov is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Pedro manages to get himself to full guard.

Pedro tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Bashorov loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Pedro is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Pedro wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Pedro looking for a sweep. Not yet Pedro, not yet.
Pedro keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Pedro not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a big elbow that misses.
Bashorov trying to control but Pedro is working from the bottom.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Pedro takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Pedro lunges at Bashorov with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Bashorov's hand.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Pedro misses the shot to the body.
Pedro throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Pedro manages to avoid it.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
A swing and a miss from Pedro.
Pedro tries to move into range but Bashorov moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Pedro gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Bashorov has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that George Pedro will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. This is the final round!


Pedro is looking to clinch but Bashorov is avoiding it.
Pedro looks to clinch
and Bashorov counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Pedro thinking.
Pedro lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.
Bashorov lands with a right hand.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Pedro uses good head movement to avoid it.
Pedro is looking to wear down Bashorov with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Pedro.
Pedro fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Bashorov has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Bashorov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Pedro misses with the body kick
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Pedro moves out of range.
Pedro tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Bashorov manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.

Excellent takedown into side control there by Bashorov.
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!
Pedro takes a big shot right to the temple there but he's taken it well.
Bashorov is pausing for a moment. What's he doing? It looks like he's clearing his nose. Oh dude! He's shot a load of snot all down Pedro's shoulder. That is not cool.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pedro on the wrong end of some ground and pound.
Pedro manages to work his way to half guard, despite Bashorov's best efforts.
Pedro trying to control but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Pedro keeps working.
Pedro is looking for a sweep. Bashorov is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Pedro trying to control but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov is trying to control the action in half guard but Pedro is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
George Pedro has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Bashorov is controlling the pace.

Bashorov wants to work for an arm triangle but Pedro is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Pedro wants to control but Bashorov is keeping busy.
Bashorov tries to pass the half guard into mount. Pedro knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Pedro throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Pedro throws a sloppy head kick and Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Bashorov let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Pedro as he jumps to the side.
Pedro throws a combination that misses
and Bashorov counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Pedro moves to clinch but Bashorov breaks away

and Bashorov counters with a single leg into guard. Pedro didn't expect that.
Pedro working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Bashorov.
Pedro is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov landing with the ground and pound.
Pedro wants to hit a switch here but Bashorov passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Pedro there!
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pedro is bucking up trying to escape but Bashorov cracks him with another couple of good strikes.
Bashorov working away from the top, dropping strikes.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
The referee warns Pedro that he has to improve his position here as he takes two more clean shots to the head.
Pedro wants to hold on but Bashorov pushes him away.
Bashorov working away from the top, dropping strikes.
Bashorov working away from the top, dropping strikes.
Pedro wants to hold on but Bashorov pushes him away.
Pedro is trying desperately to improve position.
Bashorov sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 46:49
Judge James Glass scores the fight 46:49
Judge Chris Edwards scores the fight 47:49

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

During a confident post fight interview, Karim Bashorov thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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Event: EVO 300     
Date:   Feb 22, 2017

Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Billy Beast and Karim Bashorov. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. Both fighter's entrance songs getting the crowd jumping here.

188 cm
33
200 lbs
38 - 12 - 0
190 cm
34
194 lbs
27 - 5 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Hellbent
Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)

Bullet Proof System
Urban Fighter



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 38 wins, 12 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Billy Beast!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 27 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Don Winkell and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Beast.
Beast tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Beast.
Bashorov checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
A looping hook to the body misses from Beast. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov takes a swing at Beast's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.
Beast ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Beast throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Beast doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Beast fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Beast.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Beast getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Billy Beast seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Beast displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Beast thinks about countering with a body kick.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Beast.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Beast takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Beast throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Beast works over Bashorov's head and body with a nice combination.
Beast has been working on his boxing with his coaches at GWad's Playpen in the buildup to the fight.
A big left from Beast misses.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Beast ducks down to avoid it.
Bashorov punishes Beast's body with a nice straight punch.
Beast fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Beast fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
It seemed like Bashorov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Beast slips under a jab from Bashorov.
A nice leg kick lands there from Beast.
Beast misses with a body shot.
Bashorov smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Beast throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Beast misses with a jab to the body
and Bashorov counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Beast ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Beast defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Beast swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Beast moves out of range.
Beast was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Beast staying out of range there.
Beast swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Beast missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Beast.
Beast just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov jabs at Beast's body.
Bashorov throws a poor cross that misses
and Beast makes the exchange count by landing a cracking kick to the body. Bashorov really felt that one!
Beast throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Beast throws a push kick but Bashorov slaps the foot to one side.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Beast.
Beast misses with a body shot.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Beast swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Bashorov slips a jab from Beast.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Beast bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.
Beast throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Billy Beast is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Beast moves away.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Beast.
Beast looks to land a left hand but Bashorov moved out of range nicely.
Bashorov jabs Beast to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Beast takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Beast thinks about countering with a body kick.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Beast was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a jab to the nose.
Bashorov throws a hook but Beast avoids it easily.
Bashorov swings widly with a right hand
and Beast counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Bashorov cracks a nice hook into Beast's ribs.
Bashorov throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Beast.
Beast lands with a cross.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov cracks Beast with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.

Bashorov looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Beast!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Beast is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Beast on the wrong end of some ground and pound.
A bit of a lull in the action. I'm sure it will pick up again soon... even if the ref has to physically pick them up and put them back on their feet.
You can see the frustration on Beast's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov throws a knee to the body but it doesn't do much damage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Bashorov throws a series of punches but Beast avoids them all with ease.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Beast sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
A jab from Beast misses.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Beast uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Beast misses with a double jab.
Bashorov is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Beast with a body shot.
A jab from Beast misses.
Beast fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Beast avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Beast continues to drive forward.
Beast was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Beast.
Beast was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Beast connects with a single shot there.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Beast.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Beast saw that one coming.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Beast.
Beast takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Beast throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Bashorov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Bashorov shoots in but Beast avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Beast pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
No luck for Bashorov with that takedown attempt.
Billy Beast has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Beast defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Beast scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Beast misses with a double jab.
Beast misses with a left hand

and Bashorov counters with a nice double leg into guard.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Beast not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Beast keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to free his leg and advance position but Beast is retaining full guard.
Beast wants to sweep but no luck.
Bashorov is looking to pass into half guard but Beast pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Beast is in guard.


Bashorov had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Beast defends it easily.

Bashorov is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Beast preventing the sweep.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov has an active guard here but Beast has managed to pass into half guard.
Beast prevents Bashorov from improving his position.

Bashorov actively working from the bottom here.
Beast perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Bashorov tries to get to full guard but Beast has control of the leg.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Bashorov is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Beast's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Beast's back!
Bashorov controlling well, preventing Beast from escaping the position.

Bashorov has the hooks in and he's looking for a rear naked choke here. Beast is defending well but eventually Bashorov manages to get an arm under the chin and he's locked on the RNC! Beast has no choice but to tap now! He does! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:38 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Karim Bashorov!
Karim Bashorov is the new light heavyweight champion!
Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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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Event: EVO 01182017     
Date:   Jan 18, 2017

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Rockmeteller Todd and Karim Bashorov. Todd comes to the cage accompanied by Jeeves and Wooster. Bashorov is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Hangar 18. Man, I cannot wait for this one!

184 cm
32
194 lbs
32 - 11 - 1
190 cm
34
194 lbs
26 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Bullet Proof System
MayheM sportswear

Urban Fighter
Bullet Proof System



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 11 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Rockmeteller Todd!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 26 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, Andrew Berry and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Todd tries to land a front kick but Bashorov steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Todd slips a jab from Bashorov.
A counter left hand to the body from Todd misses its target.
Todd fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Bashorov checks it well.
Todd misses with a head kick.
Bashorov thuds a left hand into Todd's body.
Todd avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Todd slips under a jab.
Bashorov is trying hard to land a takedown here. Todd sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Todd seems to be moving with more speed, compared to his last bout. He must have been working on that in the gym.
Bashorov sizes up Todd with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Todd keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Todd.
Bashorov takes a swing at Todd's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Todd under the eye.
Nice cross by Todd.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Todd ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Todd doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Todd misses with an attempted mid kick.
Todd throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov catches Todd with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Todd.
Todd finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Bashorov with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Bashorov needs to keep his hands up - Todd had a free shot at his head there.
Bashorov avoids a kick to the body.
Todd wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Bashorov has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Todd throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Todd with an uppercut!
Todd misses with a body shot.
Bashorov tests Todd's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov slips a jab from Todd.
Todd on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bashorov is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Todd had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Todd avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov takes a jab right on the kisser.
Todd is looking to wear down Bashorov with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Todd has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Todd there as he acknowledges the shot.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Todd circles away easily
and Todd cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Todd to the ground. Bashorov is now in Todd's guard.

Todd manages to escape and get back to his feet.
Todd throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Todd moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Todd lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Bashorov at a distance.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Todd ducks down to avoid it.
Todd misses with a jab to the body
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Todd ducked under it nicely.
Bashorov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Todd. Todd circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.
Todd ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov closes the distance and clinches up with Todd, looking for a takedown. Bashorov pushes Todd against the cage but Todd circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Rockmeteller Todd has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Todd gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Todd ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Todd with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Bashorov throws a jab when Todd was well out of range.
Todd with a nice cross.
Todd dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
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!
Todd gets off balance looking for a body kick
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - Todd sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Todd's head but Todd sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Todd is just out of range.
Todd is looking to counter punch.

Bashorov closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Todd is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Todd prevents Bashorov from improving position.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Todd is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov staying calm.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Bashorov cracks Todd with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Bashorov throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Todd.
An attempted straight right counter from Todd misses the target.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Todd was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Todd swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Todd uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
A swing and a miss from Todd.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Todd ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Jab from Bashorov.

Bashorov closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Todd takes a couple of big shots there - the referee warns him that he has to defend himself better.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Todd avoids any damage from the ground and pound of Bashorov.
You can see the frustration on Todd's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Todd is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Bashorov lands a decent elbow from side control.
Bashorov working the ground and pound but he's contacting the mat, not the fighter.
Bashorov working the ground and pound.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Todd wants to control but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Todd is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
Bashorov is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Todd will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.
Bashorov throws a knee to the body but it doesn't do much damage.
Bashorov in side control, trying to ground and pound but not landing this time.
The ground and pound from Bashorov seems to be hitting the mat more than his opponent.
Bashorov throwing shots but missing, from side control.
Bashorov tries to score with some ground and pound. Todd controls his posture well this time though and the shots don't do any damage.
Bashorov misses with the ground and pound.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov scores with a couple of short elbows.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Todd is working away.
Bashorov is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Todd is working from the bottom.
Todd taking a bit of punishment here - Bashorov scoring with strikes.
Bashorov throws an elbow but Todd slips to the side and avoids it well.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
An elbow from Bashorov crashes against the mat.
Bashorov tries to score with some ground and pound. Todd controls his posture well this time though and the shots don't do any damage.
Bashorov laying and praying for a moment but Todd takes advantage and regains half guard.
Still in half guard, Bashorov seems content to control.
Todd keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Todd is looking to improve his position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Todd is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
It looks like the ref is thinking about a standup.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Todd does a little dance to reset his feet.
Todd looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Bashorov drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Todd defends it well.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Todd doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Todd. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Todd loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Todd throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Todd under the eye.
Todd swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Todd's hands.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Todd looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Todd looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Todd ducked under it nicely.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Todd counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Todd has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Bashorov finds it's way round the side to connect with Todd's head.
Todd looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Todd went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Todd on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Todd's body.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Todd.
Todd looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Todd takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Todd.
A countering left hand to the body from Bashorov misses.
Todd connects with an inside leg kick.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Bashorov showed some decent athleticism there.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Todd tries to get to full guard but Bashorov has control of the leg.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov passes to full mount!
Bashorov looking to finish Todd with some ground and pound. This is bad for Todd!
Bashorov looking to ground and pound but Todd is blocking nicely.
Bashorov tries to control but Todd wriggling away.
Todd blocking the ground and pound.
Bashorov looking to ground and pound but Todd is blocking nicely.
Todd holding onto his opponent's waist for dear life, as Bashorov tries to land some strikes to get him to release his grip.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Todd is in a horrible position here. Bashorov smacks him with another shot as he tries to escape the position.
Bashorov controlling the pace for now.
Todd tries to hold on but Bashorov postures up.
Todd is bucking up trying to escape but Bashorov cracks him with another couple of good strikes.
Bashorov thuds his fist into the canvas! Oooouch!
Bashorov lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov content just to control the position here.
Bashorov wants to control but instead Todd manages to regain half guard.
Todd keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Todd keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Bashorov sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Todd defending well though.
Bashorov sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Todd defending well though.
Todd is staying active underneath Bashorov, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Bashorov prevents Todd from improving his position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov lunges at Todd with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Todd's hand.
Bashorov thuds a left hand into Todd's body.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Todd counters with a nice uppercut.
Todd needs to keep his hands up - Bashorov had a free shot at his head there.
Bashorov looks to land a combination but Todd avoids it well.
Todd jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Todd as he avoids it easily.
Todd swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Bashorov counters with a nice uppercut.
Todd uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Todd knows he should have avoided that one.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Todd.
Todd connects with a jab.
Bashorov darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Todd looking to land some kicks to the body here.
And Bashorov tries to counter it with a takedown but Todd pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Todd dodges the punch combination from Bashorov.
Donk. Bashorov catches Todd right on the button with a cross.
Todd connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Todd counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.
Todd throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
A chopping leg kick lands by Todd.
Todd lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Todd avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Todd continues to drive forward.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Todd manages to avoid it.
Todd cracks Bashorov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Todd.
Bashorov with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Todd slips the punch.
Todd takes one on the button.
Some wild striking there from Bashorov.
A counter left hand to the body from Todd misses its target.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Todd pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Todd settles back down.
Bashorov drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Todd defends it well.
Todd showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Todd misses with a straight left.
Todd takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Donk. Todd catches Bashorov right on the button with a cross.
Todd throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Todd's head back.
Rockmeteller Todd is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Todd lands three nice shots there - that looked like it hurt!
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Todd sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Todd wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Todd throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Todd goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Todd swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
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!
Bashorov misses with a hook.
Todd uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
A counter left hand to the body from Todd misses its target.
A telegraphed right hand from Todd misses the target.
Todd tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Todd.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Todd misses with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Todd throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Todd throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
And Bashorov tries to counter it with a takedown but Todd pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Todd misses the shot to the body.
Todd fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Bashorov.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Todd's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Bashorov cracks Todd with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Todd's belly button to the back.
Bashorov lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Todd's shoulder, as Todd tries to avoid the shot.
Todd throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov stuns Todd with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Todd is just out of range.
Todd lands a head shot.
A big left from Todd misses.
Todd avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Todd knows he should have avoided that one.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Decent striking displayed by Todd there.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Todd looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
Todd throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Todd swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Todd avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
A low kick from Todd misses
and Bashorov counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Todd ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Todd moves out of range.
Todd went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Todd.
Bashorov lands a really nice looking cross but Todd seems unphased.
Rockmeteller Todd has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov closes the distance, clinches up and gets a nice trip takedown into side control. Very smooth.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Todd defending against the ground and pound.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Todd is working from the bottom.
Todd tries to buck Bashorov off but Bashorov is having none of it.
Todd is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Bashorov in side control, trying to ground and pound but not landing this time.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Todd dodges the ground and pound from Bashorov.
Bashorov in side control, trying to ground and pound but not landing this time.
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.
Bashorov throwing shots but missing, from side control.

Bashorov thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Todd regains half guard there - taking advantage of Bashorov's attempt to lay and pray for a moment.
Bashorov thows a huge punch but Todd dodges it nicely.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Todd tries to strike from the bottom but it doesn't land.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Todd is working from the bottom.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Todd moved out of range.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Bashorov bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Todd's head.
Todd scores with a nice head shot.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Todd's body.
Bashorov walks forward, straight into a front kick from Todd.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Todd's body.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Todd was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Donald Grub scores the fight 45:50
Judge Andrew Berry scores the fight 45:50
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov is the new middleweight champion!
Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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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Event: EVO 185 Olympics Finals     
Date:   Dec 29, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Steven Rutherford. Bashorov comes to the cage accompanied by Hangar 18. 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?

190 cm
34
194 lbs
25 - 5 - 0
183 cm
30
186 lbs
25 - 3 - 1
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 25 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 25 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Steven Rutherford!
The judges for this bout are James Ackerman, Daniel Bishop and Richard Clark.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Rutherford misses the shot to the body.
Rutherford lands with a nice body kick.
Rutherford throws a front kick that sends Bashorov stumbling back into the cage.
Rutherford keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Rutherford swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Rutherford uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Rutherford.
Rutherford tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Rutherford.
It looked like Bashorov wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Bashorov lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Rutherford manages to avoid it.
That kick from Rutherford tenderised Bashorov's leg. Bashorov is trying to keep his angry face on.
Bashorov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Rutherford throws a poor cross that misses
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Rutherford.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Rutherford saw that one coming.
Rutherford throws out a counter right but Bashorov avoids it with no problem.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rutherford loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Bashorov throwing a counter right hand but Rutherford manages to avoid it.
Rutherford throws a quick inside leg kick.
Rutherford showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Rutherford! But no joy.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.
Good standup being displayed there by Bashorov as he connects with a hook.
Rutherford lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Steven Rutherford is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Rutherford swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Rutherford.
It looked like Bashorov was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Rutherford.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Rutherford lands with a thumping leg kick.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Rutherford enables Bashorov to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Rutherford manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Rutherford is keeping the position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to control but Rutherford is working from the bottom.
Rutherford looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Bashorov is stalling in the full guard.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov postures up in Rutherford's guard and throws a big left but Rutherford blocks it.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.
Bashorov landing some decent shots from guard.
Rutherford utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Bashorov lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Rutherford is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov is stalling in the full guard.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Rutherford looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Rutherford fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Bashorov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Rutherford just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Rutherford is looking to slow Bashorov down with leg kicks.
Rutherford keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
It seemed like Rutherford was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Bashorov lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Rutherford cracks Bashorov with a right hand to the side of the head.
Rutherford bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Bashorov's head.
Bashorov scores with a jab. Rutherford acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Rutherford throws a body kick that misses.
Rutherford is looking to slow Bashorov down with leg kicks.
Rutherford shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Rutherford.
Rutherford is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Bashorov.
Rutherford moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Rutherford sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Rutherford is looking to slow Bashorov down with leg kicks.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Rutherford.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Rutherford.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Rutherford avoids the punch easily.
A slow jab from Rutherford misses its intended target.
Steven Rutherford seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Rutherford was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Rutherford ducked under it nicely.
Rutherford throws out a counter right but Bashorov avoids it with no problem.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Rutherford's shoulder, as Rutherford tries to avoid the shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rutherford throws a body kick, spinning off balance

and Bashorov counters with a nice double leg into guard.
Bashorov trying to control but Rutherford is working from the bottom.
Rutherford seems keen to control Bashorov's posture.
Rutherford keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Rutherford avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Bashorov controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Rutherford thows a leg kick but Bashorov checks it

and Bashorov counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Rutherford avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Rutherford is keeping the position.
Rutherford pulls Bashorov in close to prevent any damage.
Rutherford controls Bashorov momentarily but Bashorov frees himself.
Rutherford wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
Rutherford is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov trying to control but Rutherford is working from the bottom.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Rutherford.
Bashorov stalks Rutherford and leaps in with a furious combination of punches. Uppercuts and crosses smash into Rutherford's face. Rutherford staggers backwards, shaken.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Rutherford is out of range.
A cross from Bashorov lands.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Rutherford moves away.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Rutherford tries a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Bashorov connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Rutherford scrambles back to his feet.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
A jab from Rutherford misses.
Rutherford swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Rutherford throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Rutherford throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Bashorov on the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Rutherford enables Bashorov to shoot in and score with a neat double leg. Rutherford manages to secure a closed guard as the fighters hit the mat.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Rutherford is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov distracts Rutherford with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Bashorov is fighting to break Rutherford's control of his arms but Rutherford is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Bashorov makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that second 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.


Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Rutherford.
Rutherford lands a nice looking body kick.
Rutherford displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Rutherford throws a nice looking combination but Bashorov bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
An inside leg kick lands from Rutherford.
Rutherford bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
A little jabbing left from Rutherford on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Rutherford looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown but Rutherford shows good takedown defense.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Rutherford is just out of range.
Rutherford stuns Bashorov with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Rutherford misses with a hook.
Rutherford fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Rutherford.
Bashorov throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Rutherford fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a jab when Rutherford was well out of range.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into Rutherford's guard.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Rutherford is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Rutherford is trying to keep Bashorov in close.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
Rutherford pulls Bashorov in close to his closed guard and prevents Bashorov from doing any damage or advancing position.
Rutherford trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Rutherford blocks nicely.
Rutherford not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Bashorov seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Bashorov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Rutherford can do to turn this around?
Rutherford slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Rutherford misses with a hook
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Rutherford is just out of range.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Rutherford is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
Rutherford slips a straight right by Bashorov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Rutherford.
Bashorov throws a hook but Rutherford blocks it.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Rutherford moves into range and connects with a jab.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov tries to score a power double leg takedown but Rutherford sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Bashorov somewhat.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
Rutherford throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Rutherford takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Rutherford throws a left and a right that both miss
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Rutherford.
Rutherford with a nice cross.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
Rutherford feints and then cracks Bashorov's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bashorov down.
Rutherford cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
Rutherford drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Rutherford counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Rutherford lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Rutherford thows a leg kick but Bashorov checks it

and Bashorov counters with a single leg into guard. Rutherford didn't expect that.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but Karim Bashorov did the better work so I'd imagine he'll take it.
That's time! Back to the action!



Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Bashorov showed some decent athleticism there.
Rutherford is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Bashorov tries to pass the half guard into mount. Rutherford knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Rutherford keeps working.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rutherford trying to control here but he's found himself mounted! Oh no!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The referee warns Rutherford that he has to improve his position here as he takes two more clean shots to the head.
Bashorov is still in mount, landing shots to his trapped opponent. Rutherford can't stay in a position like this for much longer.
Bashorov landing shots from mount.
Bashorov with a couple of short strikes.
Rutherford manages to regain half guard. Good work.
Rutherford felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Bashorov is controlling the pace.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford keeping control of the position.
Bashorov stalling away here and it's allowed Rutherford to slip out his trapped foot and regain full guard.
Bashorov is in close to Rutherford's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov distracts Rutherford with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Rutherford throws a couple of weedy looking strikes off his back.
Bashorov postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Bashorov cracks Rutherford with a solid left hand.
Rutherford trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.
Bashorov postures up in Rutherford's guard and throws a big left but Rutherford blocks it.
Bashorov working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Rutherford's head.
Rutherford seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Bashorov is stalling in the full guard.
We've had a lack of effective grappling in the last minute or so, which could well see a referee standup.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Rutherford looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Rutherford looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Rutherford scores with a jab. Bashorov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Rutherford pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Rutherford settles back down.
A little feinted left hand from Bashorov on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Rutherford throws a right and a left that both miss.
Rutherford throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
A swing and a miss from Rutherford.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov had his way with Steven Rutherford in that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Rutherford closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Steven Rutherford has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bashorov takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
A low kick from Rutherford is predictable there
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Rutherford drops his hands momentarily and Bashorov takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Rutherford misses with a low kick.
Bashorov attempts a counter takedown but Rutherford avoids it well and moves away.
Rutherford moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Rutherford gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Rutherford throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Rutherford 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 Bashorov has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Bashorov and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Rutherford swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov is looking for a counter combo.
Rutherford with a jab.
Rutherford throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Good shot there by Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a body shot.
Rutherford misses with a straight right.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Rutherford was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Rutherford takes one to the side of the head.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Rutherford's head back.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Rutherford has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Bashorov finds it's way round the side to connect with Rutherford's head.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Rutherford follows through with a counter body kick but it doesn't land.
Bashorov fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Rutherford on the side of the head.
Rutherford has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Bashorov finds it's way round the side to connect with Rutherford's head.
Rutherford lets loose with a powerful body kick. Bashorov will feel that in the morning.
Rutherford dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov moves out of range as Rutherford strikes.
Rutherford tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A shot to the body from Rutherford misses

so Bashorov counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Rutherford is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov is in close to Rutherford's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Rutherford working a defensive guard here.
Bashorov distracts Rutherford with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Bashorov content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Rutherford is adopting a defensive guard.
Bashorov postures up and lands a big shot to Rutherford's brow.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Rutherford trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Rutherford has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
A swing and a miss from Rutherford.
Rutherford moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Rutherford misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov is looking to counter punch.
Bashorov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Rutherford.
Rutherford keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Bashorov.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
enabling Rutherford to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Rutherford counters with a left to the body.

Bashorov looking to score a takedown here. Rutherford is defending well but Bashorov drives through and ends up in Rutherford's guard.
Rutherford wants to get back to his feet but he's too absorbed in his own little project and Bashorov manages to pass to side control.

Rutherford has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Bashorov is working away from the top position though.
Bashorov is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Bashorov lands with a punch from half guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.

Rutherford actively working from the bottom here.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Bashorov has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... 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 James Ackerman scores the fight 50:45
Judge Daniel Bishop scores the fight 50:45
Judge Richard Clark scores the fight 50:45

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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Event: EVO 185 Olympics Semi Finals     
Date:   Dec 16, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Kenta Kobashi and Karim Bashorov. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. Kenta Kobashi is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples... Tweaking his own nipples that is.

186 cm
36
198 lbs
32 - 9 - 0
190 cm
33
194 lbs
24 - 5 - 0
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World class boxer
Granite chin
Olympic wrestler
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 32 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Kenta Kobashi!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Richard Clark, Andrew Berry and Phil Schofield.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov checks the leg kick.
Bashorov throws a hook but Kobashi avoids it easily.
Bashorov bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Kobashi's head backwards.
Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
Kobashi avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Kobashi counters with a straight right hand.
We've been told by Kobashi's head coaches at Bruize Brothaz that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Kobashi misses with a jab to the body

and Bashorov counters with a single leg into guard. Kobashi didn't expect that.
Bashorov won't allow Kobashi to get back to his feet.
Kobashi wants to sweep but no luck.
Kobashi trying to keep a closed guard but Bashorov is proving a slippery customer.
Bashorov showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Kobashi keeps moving.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a strike but Kobashi rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.


Bashorov working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Kobashi doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Kobashi manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Kobashi preventing the sweep.

Bashorov has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Kobashi can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

Bashorov escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Kobashi gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Kobashi slips nicely into half guard.
Bashorov is trying to get back to full guard.
Kobashi is looking to advance position but Bashorov won't allow it.
Bashorov wants to improve his position but Kobashi is controlling well.

Bashorov actively working from the bottom here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov works his way to full guard. Good work.
Kobashi stopping the sweep attempt from Bashorov.

Bashorov is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Kobashi stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Bashorov swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Kobashi engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Bashorov is trying to control the position but Kobashi postures up.
Kobashi is stalling in the full guard.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Bashorov throws a good cross that connects.
Kobashi cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Bashorov punishes Kobashi's body with a nice straight punch.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
Kobashi moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
It looked like Kobashi was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Bashorov.
Kobashi moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
A leg kick checked by Bashorov.
Bashorov might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kobashi. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Kobashi's shoulder, as Kobashi tries to avoid the shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Kobashi chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Bashorov blocks a leg kick.
Kobashi throws a solid leg kick but Bashorov takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Kobashi.
Bashorov tries to bum rush Kobashi with a series of wild strikes but Kobashi uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Kobashi lands with a thumping leg kick.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Kobashi manages to avoid it.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Kobashi is just out of range.
Nice defenses there by Kobashi.
Nice shot lands for Bashorov.
Kobashi throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
A low kick from Kobashi is predictable there
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kobashi scores with a nice one two combo and darts back out of range to avoid anything coming in the opposite direction.
Kobashi defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Kobashi's shoulder, as Kobashi tries to avoid the shot.
Kobashi keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kobashi looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Kobashi swings away with a body shot that misses
and Bashorov makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Kobashi saw that one coming.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Kobashi's head but Kobashi sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Kobashi misses with a lunging right hand
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bashorov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Kobashi. Kobashi circles away out of range and recomposes himself.

Bashorov gets a double leg takedown into Kobashi's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kobashi is pulling down on Bashorov's head. It's preventing any offense from Bashorov, at least for the moment.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Kobashi keeps moving.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov won't allow Kobashi to get back to his feet.
Kobashi is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Kobashi has Bashorov pulled in close to control his posture.
Bashorov scoring with punches to the head and body.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Kobashi is keeping the position.
Bashorov trying to control but Kobashi is working from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Kobashi swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Kobashi looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Kobashi throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Kobashi takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Kobashi tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Kobashi.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
Kobashi waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Kobashi sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Kobashi defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Kobashi into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Kenta Kobashi is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Kobashi bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Nice shot by Kobashi.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Kobashi.
Bashorov appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Kobashi moves out of range.
Kobashi misses with a left hand
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov throws a right and a left that both miss.
Bashorov darts in looking for a takedown but Kobashi gets double underhooks and turns Bashorov into the cage.
Kobashi throws a leg kick

and Bashorov decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Kobashi's guard.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Kobashi is keeping the position.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Bashorov loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Kobashi wants to sweep here but Bashorov controlling him for the moment.
Kobashi is looking to stand up but Bashorov isn't so interested in that idea.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Kobashi stuffs the takedown.
Kobashi tries a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Kobashi.
Bashorov takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Kobashi's belly button to the back.
Kobashi takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
Kobashi feinted there with a counter leg kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Kobashi. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kobashi connects with a leg kick. Bashorov looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Bashorov scores with a nice strike.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kobashi looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Kobashi moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Kobashi throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Kobashi lands a kick to the ribs of his opponent. Nice work there - in and out in a flash.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov swings away with a body shot that misses
and Kobashi counters with a thumping low kick.
Kobashi throws a quick inside leg kick.
Kobashi lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Kobashi avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Kobashi defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Kobashi looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.

Kobashi gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Bashorov to score an easy takedown into full guard.

Kobashi manages to wriggle out and sneak his way back up to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched up against the cage.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov goes for a takedown attempt but Kobashi pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Kobashi slips the punch.
Kobashi looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
As Kobashi backs off Bashorov throws a huge counter combo but Kobashi manages to avoid it all.
Kobashi keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Bashorov walks into a jab.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Kobashi ducks down to avoid it.
Kobashi misses with a body shot.
Kobashi lands a nice shot to the body.
A low kick from Kobashi is predictable there
and Bashorov counters with a left to the body.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Kenta Kobashi has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Kobashi throws a leg kick which misses Bashorov's front leg but catches the back leg as Bashorov tries to avoid it.
Kobashi on the wrong end of a nice hook.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Kobashi avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Kobashi pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Kobashi throws a sloppy head kick
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Kobashi stuffs the takedown attempt from Bashorov. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
Bashorov lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Kobashi in his tracks.
Kobashi misses with a hook
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
Kobashi cracks a nice hook into Bashorov's ribs.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands with a right hand.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A big left from Kobashi misses.
Kobashi throws a predictable looking body shot
and Kobashi takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Bashorov takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Kobashi throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Kobashi uses good head movement to avoid it.
Kobashi throws an off balance right hand
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Kobashi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov has his head slapped from side to side by a 3 punch combination. That must have hurt him.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Kobashi doesn't seem bothered though.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Kobashi's belly button to the back.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Kobashi sprawls well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Karim Bashorov just about did enough to take it.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!



Bashorov shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Kobashi's guard.
Kobashi is looking to stand back up but Bashorov counters by passing into half guard. Oops... bit sloppy there by Kobashi.

Bashorov wants to take a breather but Kobashi is having none of it.

Bashorov is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Kobashi sees it coming and defends easily.
Kobashi is controlling Bashorov's trapped leg to prevent Bashorov from advancing to side control.

Kobashi pushes Bashorov off and gets back to his feet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov tests Kobashi's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Kobashi throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Kobashi misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kobashi slips under a jab.
Bashorov swings for the body but Kobashi moves out of range.
Kobashi is looking to counter punch.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Kobashi connects with the punch.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Kobashi.
A low kick from Kobashi misses
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
A nice inside leg kick there by Kobashi. That's going to slow Bashorov down.
Jab from Kobashi.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Kobashi finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Kobashi.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov blocks a head kick by Kobashi.
Bashorov jabs Kobashi right on the nose. Kobashi blinks but takes it well.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Kobashi tries a head kick but it misses.
Bashorov scores with a nice head shot.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Good shot there by Bashorov.
Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Kobashi looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Kobashi looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Kobashi gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Kobashi was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Kobashi.
Bashorov cracks a nice hook into Kobashi's ribs.
Bashorov misses with a left hand
and Bashorov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Kobashi misses with a leg kick.
Bashorov has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Kobashi circles away quickly and effectively.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Kobashi as he avoids it easily.
Kobashi throws a leg kick but Bashorov moved away.
Kobashi blocks a jab.
Kobashi throws the kick towards the body but Bashorov avoids it.
Kobashi keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Kobashi jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.
Kobashi throws a body kick that misses.
As Kobashi backs off Bashorov throws a huge counter combo but Kobashi manages to avoid it all.
Kobashi connects with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov moves forwards but Kobashi connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Kobashi pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Kobashi misses with a body punch
and Bashorov counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Kobashi thinking.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Kobashi counters with a lovely shot to the body.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Kobashi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Bashorov takes a swing at Kobashi's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov with a hook.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Kobashi moved out of range nicely.
Kobashi lands with a kick to the ribs.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Kobashi defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Kobashi into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Kobashi tries to score with a low kick but Bashorov moves his leg out of the way.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Kobashi counters with a nice low kick that buckles Bashorov's knee momentarily.
Bashorov is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
Kobashi scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Kobashi throws a looping overhand right but Bashorov ducks down to avoid it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Kobashi slips under a jab.
Kobashi throws a poor cross that misses
and Bashorov counters with a left to the body.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Kobashi moves away and avoids it.
Kobashi throws a push kick but Bashorov slaps the foot to one side.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Kobashi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Kobashi lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Kobashi displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
A head kick misses from Kobashi.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kobashi needs to keep his hands up - Bashorov had a free shot at his head there.
Bashorov throws a good cross that connects.
A chopping leg kick lands by Kobashi.
Kobashi lands with an overhand left.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Kobashi counters with a stiff right hand.
Kobashi will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov cracks Kobashi with a good jab.
Bashorov gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Kobashi.
Bashorov works Kobashi's body with a nice hook.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Kobashi's ribs.
Kobashi takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Kobashi moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Kobashi swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Kobashi misses with a wild body shot.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Kobashi moves away and avoids it.
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!
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Bashorov blocks a low kick nicely.
Kobashi throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
Kobashi looks to land a combination. Bashorov sees it coming but can only parry a couple of the shots.
Bashorov avoids the head kick by Kobashi.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Kobashi but Kobashi pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Kobashi thinks about countering with a head kick.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Kobashi tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Kobashi manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Kobashi's head back.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kobashi fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Bashorov.
Kobashi fails in his attempt to clinch.
Kobashi throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov with the counter takedown but Kobashi avoids it easily.
Kobashi tries to land a front kick but Bashorov steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Kobashi takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Kobashi throws a leg kick that misses.
Bashorov's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Kobashi moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Kenta Kobashi has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Kobashi throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Kobashi misses with a leg kick
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kobashi takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Bashorov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Kobashi throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Kobashi thows a leg kick but Bashorov checks it
and Bashorov counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Bashorov throws a sloppy body shot
and Kobashi counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Kobashi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Kobashi tests Bashorov's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Kobashi's shoulder, as Kobashi tries to avoid the shot.
Kobashi walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Kobashi takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Both fighters circling a little - Kobashi finishes the exchange with a kick to the body.

Bashorov looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Kobashi!

Kobashi sneaks out the side door and pushes Bashorov away - he's back to his feet. The crowd show their appreciation for the escape.

And that's the end of the fight!
Kenta Kobashi showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Bashorov has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Richard Clark scores the fight 47:48
Judge Andrew Berry scores the fight 47:48
Judge Phil Schofield scores the fight 47:47

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Karim Bashorov!

Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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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RATING
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Event: EVO Olympics Rd 1     
Date:   Nov 30, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Cole Orion and Karim Bashorov. The crowd seem to be enjoying Bashorov's choice of entrance music: Hangar 18. Karim Bashorov is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples.

184 cm
26
185 lbs
14 - 7 - 0
190 cm
33
194 lbs
23 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Cole Orion!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Percy O'Donnell and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Orion uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a glancing blow to the side of Orion's head.
Orion throws a right hand that misses
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Orion misses with a body kick.
Bashorov lands a glancing blow to the side of Orion's head.
Orion throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Orion counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
Orion throws a half hearted mid kick.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Orion.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Orion's ribs.
Orion slips a jab from Bashorov.
Orion throws a body kick that misses.
Orion looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Orion tries a head kick but it misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Orion ducked under it nicely.
Orion appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Orion misses with a body shot.
Bashorov swings for the body but Orion moves out of range.
Orion fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Jab from Orion.
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
Bashorov lands a jab to Orion's midsection.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Orion moves away.
Orion takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Orion misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Orion doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
Orion throws an off balance right hand
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
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!
Orion misses the jab.
Bashorov changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Orion pulls out of a head kick attempt.
A nice side step and Bashorov releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Orion swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
A telegraphed right hand from Orion misses the target.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Bashorov has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Orion rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Bashorov counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Orion tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Orion manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Orion blocks a jab.
Orion throws a leg kick that misses.
Orion steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands with a cross.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Bashorov tries to counter by closing the distance.

Bashorov closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Bashorov lands in his opponent's guard.

The fighters are working up against the cage. Orion manages to wriggle his way back to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched against the cage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov digs a right hand into Orion's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Orion's gas tank.
Orion tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Bashorov scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Bashorov blocks an uppercut.
Bashorov throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Orions head.
Bashorov lands a left hand.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bashorov.
Orion tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Orion pushes off and fires off an elbow that misses, before clinching up again, against the cage.
Bashorov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Bashorov letting Orion take a breather here.

Orion breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Orion lands with a thumping leg kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A jab from Orion misses.
Bashorov feints the counter takedown.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Orion defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Orion into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Orion half committed to a counter leg kick.
Orion slips under a jab.
Orion throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Orion throws a leg kick that is checked
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Orion keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Cole Orion is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Nice body punch from Bashorov.
Orion throws a solid leg kick but Bashorov takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Orion.
Bashorov lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Orion defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Orion into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Cole Orion has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov takes one on the chin but seems OK.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Orion throws out a leg kick but Bashorov moves out of range and Orion only half commits.
Bashorov is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Orion dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Orion's head but Orion sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Orion is looking to counter punch.
Orion throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a jab when Orion was well out of range.
Orion pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Orion settles back down.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Bashorov catches Orion with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Orion throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov punishes Orion's body with a nice straight punch.
Orion slips under a jab.
Bashorov cracks Orion with an open hand slap.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Orion blocks a jab.
Orion scores with a leg kick.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Orion tried to score with a low kick but Bashorov checks it.
Orion moves in looking to clinch but Bashorov pushes him off.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Orion lands with a right hand.
Bashorov closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.

Bashorov is looking for a takedown here. He's shot in and has managed to get it, finishing up in Orion's half guard.
Orion keeping hold of Bashorov's head, controlling as best he can.
Bashorov lands with a punch from half guard.
Bashorov seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Orion does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Orion is looking to control Bashorov's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Orion avoid being mounted?
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to mount his opponent but Orion defends it.
Orion is not content to let Bashorov control the position.
Bashorov thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Orion's head.
Bashorov stalling.
Bashorov is trying to control. Orion wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Orion is defending well.
Orion gets full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Orion blocks nicely.
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.
Orion managing to control the position.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Bashorov with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Orion keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Orion wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Bashorov pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Orion is keeping the position for now.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Bashorov lands a lovely overhand right.
Orion misses with a body punch
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
Orion moves forwards but Bashorov connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Bashorov connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Bashorov stalks Orion and leaps in with a furious combination of punches. Uppercuts and crosses smash into Orion's face. Orion staggers backwards, shaken.
Bashorov takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov dives in for a single leg takedown but Orion sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
An attempted straight right counter from Orion misses the target.
Bashorov throws a nice looking combination but Orion bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Orion moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Bashorov takes a swing at Orion's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov cracks Orion with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Orion.
Orion bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov misses with a hook.
Bashorov shoots in but no luck this time.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
Orion looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Orion ducked under it nicely.
Orion fires out a quick counter leg kick but Bashorov just manages to avoid it.
Orion displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Bashorov with the counter takedown but Orion avoids it easily.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Orion's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Orion throws a leg kick that is checked
and Bashorov counters with a nice uppercut.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Orion is just out of range.
An attempted straight right counter from Orion misses the target.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Orion knows he should have avoided that one.
Orion looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Orion ducked under it nicely.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Orion misses with a hook to the body
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Orion keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Bashorov.
Orion was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Orion throws a looping overhand right but Bashorov ducks down to avoid it.

Bashorov shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Orion is trying to defend but Bashorov finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Bashorov throws a big elbow that misses, also allowing Orion to regain full guard.
Bashorov content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Orion is trying to control the position from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Bashorov passes into half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov is working for a kimura but Orion is defending it quite comfortably.
Bashorov scoring with strikes to the body and head.
Nice strikes from Bashorov there.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Orion pushes Bashorov off looking to stand but Bashorov dives back in and keeps control.
Orion manages to get to full guard.
Orion working a defensive guard here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov with a nice head shot there.
Orion is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Orion working a defensive guard here.
Bashorov sitting in guard, not really doing much.
We've had a lack of effective grappling in the last minute or so, which could well see a referee standup.
Orion looking to hit a scissor sweep but Bashorov is one step ahead there.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Orion throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Orion throws a lazy body kick
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov slips a jab and a cross from Orion.
Bashorov changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Orion tries to avoid it but Bashorov manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Orion to the ground. Orion escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Orion is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Orion connects with a solid leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Orion with a jab.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Orion takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Orion scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt
and Orion cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Orion looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Bashorov thuds his right hand into Orion's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Orion throws a jab when Bashorov was well out of range.
Good work by Bashorov as he checks the leg kick.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
A lazy left from Bashorov finds it's target.
Bashorov cracks Orion with a good jab.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Orion blocks a jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Good leg kick by Orion there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Bashorov's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Orion.
Orion misses with a right hand
enabling Bashorov to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Orion manages to avoid it.
Orion takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Orion lunges at Bashorov with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Bashorov's hand.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Orion throws a lazy uppercut
and Bashorov counters with a three punch combo that has Orion backing up. Orion nods at Bashorov to acknowledge the strikes.
Bashorov closes this distance looking for a takedown but Orion circles away.
Orion swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Orion will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Orion.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Orion looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.
Orion walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Orion throws a nice outside leg kick.
Bashorov walks into a left hand.
Orion takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Orion.
Some bone on bone action there as Bashorov checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
It seemed like Bashorov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
A low kick from Orion misses
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov misses with a hook to the body
and Orion counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov jabs at Orion's body.
Orion tried to score with a low kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov slips a jab from Orion.
Orion takes a jab right on the kisser.
Bashorov will need to tighten up his combinations if he doesn't want to gas himself out, swinging at thin air.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Orion was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Orion misses with a kick to the body.
Orion dodges the punch combination from Bashorov.
Orion half committed to a counter leg kick.
Orion cracks Bashorov with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Orion misses with a body shot
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov scores with a hook.
Nice cross by Orion.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Orion appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Nice uppercut lands for Bashorov. That snapped Orion's head back.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Orion.
Orion pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Orion walks into a left hand.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Orion throws a body kick that digs right into the meat.
Orion ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Bashorov throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Orion pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Orion.
Bashorov takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Orion's shoulder, as Orion tries to avoid the shot.
Decent striking displayed by Orion there.
Bashorov closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Orion walks into a jab.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
A solid body kick from Orion.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Orion moves away.
Bashorov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Orion in his tracks.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws a hook but Orion blocks it.
Orion tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Bashorov paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Orion keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Orion sprawls well. Orion wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov jabs Orion right on the nose. Orion blinks but takes it well.
Bashorov slips a jab from Orion.
Orion throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Orion uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Orion moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Orion.
Orion throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Bashorov with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Orion keeps Bashorov at a distance using the push kick.
Orion scoring well with a low kick there.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Cole Orion has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Orion lands with an uppercut that bounces Bashorov off the cage and back into range.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
It appears Orion was looking to counter with a kick there.
Orion misses with a leg kick.
Some bone on bone action there as Bashorov checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Orion throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Orion misses with a hook.
Bashorov has developed a nice purple lump on his ribcage, as a result of some heavy body kicks from Orion.
Orion jabbing away but nothing is landing.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Orion throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Orion was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Orion defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Orion throws the kick towards the body but Bashorov avoids it.
Bashorov fails with a takedown attempt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a hook but Orion blocks it.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Orion sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Orion sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Orion is out of range.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Orion manages to avoid it.
Orion throws a leg kick
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
A shot to the body from Orion misses
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Orion clobbers Bashorov with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Bashorov takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Bashorov keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
A big right from Orion misses.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Orion moved out of range.
Orion swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Orion fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Orion throws a body kick that misses
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Orion fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Orion.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Orion moves away.
Orion appears to be looking for a big counter.
Orion dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Bashorov. That did some damage!
Bashorov catches Orion with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Orion moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Orion missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Bashorov lands with a two punch combination before moving back out of range.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Orion's head back.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Karim Bashorov.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 46:50
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 46:50
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 46:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov thanked the fans post fight for their support.
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FIGHT
RATING
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Event: MFN 349     
Date:   Sep 28, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Pera Pulkkinen. Bashorov comes to the cage accompanied by Hangar 18. Pulkkinen has chosen TURISAS - Stand Up And Fight as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know that I was talking to some pointless Z list celebrity before the fight and he thought that Pera Pulkkinen was going to win. Let's see if he was right.

190 cm
33
194 lbs
22 - 5 - 0
150 cm
30
194 lbs
21 - 9 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Pera Pulkkinen!
The judges for this bout are Steven Brown, Paul Tew and James Atkins.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Pulkkinen looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Pulkkinen connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Bashorov's hands.
Pulkkinen lands a leg kick that knocks Bashorov off balance momentarily.
Pulkkinen takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Pulkkinen shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
A jab from Pulkkinen misses.
Pulkkinen has done a lot of speed work in the buildup to this fight.

Bashorov throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Pulkkinen tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Bashorov is in Pulkkinen's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Pulkkinen keeps moving.
Pulkkinen controlling the position.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Pulkkinen blocks nicely.
Pulkkinen seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov cracks Pulkkinen with a solid left hand.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Pulkkinen keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Pulkkinen controls Bashorov momentarily but Bashorov frees himself.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Pulkkinen has Bashorov pulled in close to control his posture.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Pulkkinen throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Pulkkinen moves in looking to clinch but Bashorov pushes him off.
Some wild striking there from Bashorov.
Pulkkinen pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Pulkkinen settles back down.
Pulkkinen is looking to score with low kicks.
Bashorov shoots in for a double leg but Pulkkinen sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
Pulkkinen throws a predictable looking body shot
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Nice uppercut lands for Bashorov. That snapped Pulkkinen's head back.
Bashorov throws a jab when Pulkkinen was well out of range.
Pulkkinen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Pulkkinen punishes Bashorov's body with a nice straight punch.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Pulkkinen throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Pulkkinen feints a counter leg kick.
Pulkkinen takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov throws a hook but Pulkkinen avoids it easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen connects with a looping right hand.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Pulkkinen sprawls well.
Pulkkinen avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Pulkkinen misses with a body shot.
A telegraphed right hand from Pulkkinen misses the target.
Pulkkinen tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Pulkkinen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Pulkkinen.

Bashorov gets a double leg takedown into Pulkkinen's guard.
Bashorov is looking to work some ground and pound but Pulkkinen has wrist control.
Pulkkinen trying to control the position.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
We've been hearing that Bashorov has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
Bashorov will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Pulkkinen works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Pulkkinen can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Bashorov controls the pace.
Bashorov has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
Pulkkinen looking to control.
Bashorov in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Bashorov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Pulkkinen.
Bashorov throwing a counter right hand but Pulkkinen manages to avoid it.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
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!
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Pulkkinen throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Bashorov throws a predictable looking body shot
and Pulkkinen counters with a nice body shot.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Pulkkinen.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Pulkkinen wants to clinch up but Bashorov keeps it at a distance.
Bashorov tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

Pulkkinen moves into the clinch successfully.
Pulkkinen misses with a punch on the inside.
Pulkkinen misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A nice right hand lands inside from Bashorov.

Bashorov lands a nice trip takedown into half guard.

Bashorov looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Pulkkinen wants to control but Bashorov is keeping busy and won't allow it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov with the ground and pound but Pulkkinen uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Bashorov seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Pulkkinen trying to control the position.
Pulkkinen keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Pulkkinen wants to sweep but no luck.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Pulkkinen looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov is trying hard to land a takedown here. Pulkkinen sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Pulkkinen avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Pulkkinen does a little dance to reset his feet.
Pulkkinen closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Bashorov is using his reach advantage well here, landing the more effective single shots from range.
Pulkkinen throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov scores with a nice strike.
Bashorov lands with an uppercut that bounces Pulkkinen off the cage and back into range.
Pulkkinen walks into a stiff left hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Pulkkinen can do to turn this around?
Pulkkinen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt - Pulkkinen sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Pulkkinen looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Bashorov!
Karim Bashorov overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Bashorov is not content to let Pulkkinen control the position.
Bashorov is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Pulkkinen thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Bashorov's head.

Bashorov actively working from the bottom here.
Bashorov trying to keep hold of his opponent's head but Pulkkinen manages to pass to mount!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov is squirming around, avoiding Pulkkinen's attempts to control the action.
Bashorov tries to get back to half guard but can't.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Pulkkinen punishing his opponent with strikes.
Pulkkinen landing strikes from the mount.
Bashorov working to try and regain half guard.
Pulkkinen working Bashorov over with strikes here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Pera Pulkkinen showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Pulkkinen throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Pulkkinen looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
Pulkkinen thows a leg kick but Bashorov checks it
and Pulkkinen takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Pulkkinen tries a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
It looked like Bashorov wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Bashorov catches Pulkkinen with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Pulkkinen shoots in for a takedown but Bashorov shows good takedown defense.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Pulkkinen tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Pulkkinen manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Pulkkinen.
A cross from Bashorov lands.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.
Good exchange - Bashorov coming out on top.
Pulkkinen shoots in and drives through. Bashorov sprawls well.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Pulkkinen manages to avoid it.
A left lands for Bashorov.
Pulkkinen misses with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Pulkkinen moves away and avoids it.
Pulkkinen ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Pulkkinen swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Bashorov with a jab.
Pulkkinen takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov connects with a crisp jab.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Pulkkinen moved out of range.
Bashorov lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
Karim Bashorov is winning the standup battle so far.
Pulkkinen tries to clinch up.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.

Bashorov shoots in and scores a nice double leg takedown into half guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Pulkkinen is working from the bottom.
Bashorov is nestled in close to Pulkkinen, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Pulkkinen gets full guard.
Pulkkinen is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov trying to control but Pulkkinen is working from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen working a defensive guard here.
Pulkkinen controlling the position.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Pulkkinen is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Pulkkinen displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Pulkkinen gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Pulkkinen manages to avoid it.
Pulkkinen jabs Bashorov to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Pulkkinen throws a leg kick that is checked
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Pulkkinen moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Pulkkinen throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Bashorov takes a swing at Pulkkinen's ribcage but misses.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Pulkkinen! But no joy.
Pulkkinen is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Bashorov rather than just go for the knockout.
Pulkkinen tried to score with a low kick but Bashorov checks it.
Pulkkinen moves out of range of the strikes.
Pulkkinen rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Pulkkinen counters with a nice leg kick.
Bashorov blocks a low kick nicely.
Pulkkinen fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Bashorov looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Pulkkinen throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov throws a good cross that connects.
Pulkkinen is looking to chop away at Bashorov's legs.
No luck for Bashorov with that takedown attempt.
Pulkkinen misses with a low kick as Bashorov jumps back.
Horrible takedown attempt by Bashorov or perhaps it was just good defense by Pulkkinen, which made it look bad.
Pulkkinen takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Pulkkinen circles away easily
and Pulkkinen counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Bashorov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Pulkkinen throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pulkkinen takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Pulkkinen 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.
Bashorov attempts a counter takedown but Pulkkinen avoids it well and moves away.
Pulkkinen walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
Bashorov jabs Pulkkinen to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Bashorov is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Pulkkinen moves away and avoids it.
Pulkkinen flicks out a counter leg kick but Bashorov steps away.
Bashorov fails with a takedown attempt.
Pulkkinen moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Pulkkinen pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.

Bashorov shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Pulkkinen is trying to defend but Bashorov finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Bashorov drops an elbow to the side of Pulkkinen's head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen taking some punishment here, with Bashorov in his half guard.
Pulkkinen avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Bashorov.
Bashorov working Pulkkinen over with strikes.
Bashorov is looking to stall here but Pulkkinen recovers full guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov scoring with punches to the head and body.
Bashorov stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Pulkkinen swivels though and keeps the full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Pulkkinen trying to control the position.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Bashorov loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Bashorov is stalling in the full guard.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Pulkkinen counters with a nice leg kick.

That's four 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.
Bashorov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Pulkkinen in his tracks.
Pulkkinen throws a jab when Bashorov was well out of range.
Pulkkinen swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov stuns Pulkkinen with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Pulkkinen doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Pulkkinen has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Pulkkinen chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Pulkkinen throws out a leg kick but Bashorov moves out of range and Pulkkinen only half commits.
Pulkkinen takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Pulkkinen throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
A looping hook to the body misses from Pulkkinen. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov blocks a low kick nicely.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
Bashorov scores with a hook.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov had his way with Pera Pulkkinen in that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. And we move into the final round!


Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Pulkkinen throws a half hearted mid kick.
Pulkkinen uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Pulkkinen.
Bashorov tries to counter with a takedown but Pulkkinen is quick to defend against it.
Pulkkinen lands a body shot.
Pulkkinen tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen throws a leg kick
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
Pulkkinen lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Pulkkinen moves out of range.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.
Bashorov tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Pulkkinen swivels and escapes.
Pulkkinen drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
Bashorov cracks Pulkkinen with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
That kick from Pulkkinen tenderised Bashorov's leg. Bashorov is trying to keep his angry face on.
The crowd cheers as Pulkkinen lands an impressive looking overhand right. Bashorov doesn't seem phased though.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
Pulkkinen tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Bashorov is able to avoid easily.
Pulkkinen tries a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
Pulkkinen thows a left - swing and a miss!
Pulkkinen looks for a takedown but Bashorov sprawls well.
Bashorov appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Bashorov lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Pulkkinen backs up against the cage.
Bashorov tests Pulkkinen's chin there with a solid looking shot.

Pulkkinen gets a clinch.
Pera Pulkkinen has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov scores with a nice hook to the head.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Pulkkinen is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?
Pulkkinen swings wildly with an uppercut but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.

Bashorov turns his hips and lands a very nice judo throw into side control!
Bashorov tries to advance to mount but can't.
Pulkkinen is trying to improve his position.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Pulkkinen keeps working.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pulkkinen sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Nice strikes from Bashorov there.
Pulkkinen regains full guard, whilst avoiding punches from Bashorov.
Pulkkinen has momentary wrist control but Bashorov slips an elbow through the middle.
Pulkkinen being controlled here, momentarily.
Pulkkinen has momentary wrist control but Bashorov slips an elbow through the middle.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Bashorov stands up over Pulkkinen, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Pulkkinen keeps moving.
Pulkkinen looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Bashorov throws a strike but Pulkkinen rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.

Pulkkinen throws an elbow that misses. Bashorov uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Pulkkinen's guard. Nice move by Bashorov!

Bashorov working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Bashorov 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 Steven Brown scores the fight 49:46
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 49:46
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 49:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov retains his middleweight title!
A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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FIGHT
RATING
49%

 

Event: Syn 468 - Champion vs Champion     
Date:   Sep 04, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Steven Rutherford and Karim Bashorov. Bashorov comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Hangar 18 kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know that I was talking to some pointless Z list celebrity before the fight and he thought that Karim Bashorov was going to win. Let's see if he was right.

183 cm
28
186 lbs
21 - 1 - 1
190 cm
32
194 lbs
21 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

Reaper Combatwear

Urban Fighter
Bullet Proof System



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 1 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Steven Rutherford!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are James Glass, Sam Margolis and Paul Tew.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Rutherford takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Rutherford misses with a left hand
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
We've been told by Rutherford's head coaches at The Charles Martel School of Greatness that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Rutherford counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov misses with a takedown
and Rutherford counters with a straight right hand.
Rutherford uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
No luck with that takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Rutherford lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Rutherford takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Rutherford throws out a loose jab but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Rutherford.
Rutherford misses with a hook
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Rutherford misses the shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A looping hook to the body misses from Rutherford. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Rutherford tries to land a front kick but Bashorov steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Rutherford tries to land a front kick but Bashorov steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Bashorov scores with a hook.
Rutherford missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Steven Rutherford is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Nice shot by Bashorov.
Rutherford connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Rutherford takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Rutherford.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Rutherford.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Rutherford.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
It seemed like Bashorov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Bashorov sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Rutherford walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov takes a swing at Rutherford's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Rutherford pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Rutherford moves out of range.
Bashorov is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Rutherford had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Bashorov clobbers Rutherford with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Rutherford is looking to counter with a body kick.
Good standup being displayed there by Bashorov as he connects with a hook.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Rutherford lands a jab to the nose.
Rutherford misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov keeps the fight on the outside.
Bashorov with a hook.

Rutherford clinches up with Bashorov and pushes him back against the cage.
Rutherford can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Rutherford lands a right hand that snaps the head of Bashorov backwards.

Bashorov has managed to pull guard. Let's see whether he can work an aggressive guard. It will also be interesting to see what tactics Rutherford uses from the top position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov being controlled here, momentarily.
Rutherford preventing the sweep.
Rutherford controls from within his opponent's guard.

Bashorov looking for a guillotine here but Rutherford defends easily.

Bashorov working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Rutherford doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Rutherford manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.

Bashorov throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

Bashorov looking for a guillotine here but Rutherford defends easily.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Bashorov being controlled here, momentarily.
Bashorov wants to sweep here but Rutherford controlling him for the moment.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Rutherford stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
A decent looking cross lands there for Bashorov.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Rutherford.
Bashorov keeps the fight on the outside.
Bashorov throws out a counter right but Rutherford avoids it with no problem.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Rutherford takes a jab right on the kisser.
Bashorov looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Rutherford is fending him off so far but Bashorov persists. Nope, Rutherford circles away and we're back to standing.
And Rutherford counters with a quick kick to the body but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Rutherford does a little dance to reset his feet.
Sloppy strikes from Bashorov. Those never looked like landing.
Bashorov has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Rutherford misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov lands with an uppercut that bounces Rutherford off the cage and back into range.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Rutherford throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rutherford bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Rutherford throws out the jab.
Rutherford takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov lands with a shot to the body.

Bashorov drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.
Rutherford is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Rutherford struggling a bit here.
Bashorov postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford is working to avoid the ground and pound but Bashorov connects with a decent elbow.
Bashorov controls the position from side control.
Rutherford regains half guard, as Bashorov was trying to land strikes.

Bashorov is looking for submissions but instead, Rutherford has regained full guard.
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!
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov scoring with some ground and pound.
Rutherford keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Rutherford is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov throwing strikes from guard but Rutherford blocks nicely.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Bashorov engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Rutherford thows some rabbit punches from the bottom but they don't do any damage.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
The referee is pacing around the two fighters - he looks like he's thinking about a standup.
Bashorov content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Rutherford is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Bashorov postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Rutherford not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Rutherford keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Bashorov scores with a shot to the body.
Rutherford takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Rutherford is looking to score with low kicks.
Rutherford misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Bashorov is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Rutherford with a body shot.
Bashorov takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
A telegraphed right hand from Rutherford misses the target.
Bashorov tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Rutherford tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bashorov lands a head shot.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Rutherford.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
A lazy left from Rutherford finds it's target.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov looks for a takedown but Rutherford sprawls well.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
It looked like Rutherford wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Rutherford dodges the punch combination from Bashorov.
Rutherford moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Rutherford.

The fight moves into the clinch position.

Bashorov drags the fight down to the ground.
Rutherford content to stall in guard here.
Rutherford trying to control the position from guard on top but Bashorov is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Rutherford gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Bashorov looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Rutherford puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Bashorov wants to improve his position but Rutherford is controlling well.
Bashorov manages to get to full guard.

Bashorov has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Rutherford can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov keeping full guard, as Rutherford tries to pass.
Rutherford sitting in guard here, content to control.
Rutherford trying to stand up but can't free himself from Bashorov's guard.

Bashorov is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.

Bashorov looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Rutherford passes into side control.
Rutherford is looking to take a break and control but Bashorov is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Rutherford controls the position from side control.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Bashorov looks to move to half guard but instead Rutherford has passed into mount! Damn!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Karim Bashorov 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!


Rutherford slips a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov circles away from the clinch attempt.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Rutherford's head but Rutherford sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Rutherford looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Bashorov was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
Rutherford struggling a bit here.
Bashorov works a knee to the body and follows up with a nice elbow to the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rutherford is trying to control Bashorov's posture but Bashorov avoids it.
Rutherford takes a nasty elbow to the side of the head.
Rutherford dodges the ground and pound from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Bashorov thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Rutherford controls the position for a moment.
You can see the frustration on Rutherford's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Rutherford keeps working.

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.
Bashorov working the head with strikes.
Rutherford tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Bashorov wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Bashorov wants to control but Rutherford is keeping him busy.
Bashorov is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Rutherford is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Bashorov off and has taken his back!
Bashorov rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Bashorov desperately trying to maintain half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Bashorov moves into full guard.

Bashorov working for submissions but it's allowed Rutherford to get to half guard.
Bashorov is controlling Rutherford's trapped leg to prevent Rutherford from advancing to side control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Bashorov tries to get to full guard but Rutherford has control of the leg.
Rutherford not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Rutherford wants to lay and pray for a moment but Bashorov keeps working.
Bashorov makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Bashorov.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Rutherford sitting in guard here, content to control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Rutherford is trying to close the distance and clinch up, after that failed offence from Bashorov.
Steven Rutherford has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Rutherford misses with a wild body shot.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Rutherford. Bashorov shrugs it off though.
Rutherford moves in looking to clinch but Bashorov pushes him off.
As Rutherford backs off Bashorov throws a huge counter combo but Rutherford manages to avoid it all.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Rutherford throws out a loose jab but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
A head kick misses from Rutherford.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Nice defenses there by Bashorov.
Bashorov gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rutherford moves in looking to clinch but Bashorov pushes him off.
Rutherford bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Rutherford moves in looking to clinch but Bashorov pushes him off.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Rutherford was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Rutherford avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Rutherford.
Bashorov takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Bashorov is wobbling all over the place through exhaustion. Will he make it to the final bell?
Rutherford is looking to clinch but Bashorov is avoiding it.
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Bashorov is defended easily by Rutherford.
A big left from Rutherford misses.
Bashorov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Jab by Rutherford.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Rutherford doesn't seem bothered though.

Bashorov feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Rutherford striking off his back but it's not causing Bashorov any problems.
Rutherford looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Bashorov throws a big elbow that misses.
Rutherford not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Bashorov sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Rutherford keeps moving.
The referee looks like he's ready to step in and stand the fighters back up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rutherford is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Bashorov lands the left hand.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Rutherford moves out of range of the strikes.
Rutherford throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Rutherford lands a lovely overhand right.
Rutherford looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Rutherford's head back.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Rutherford slips the punch.
Rutherford takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Rutherford is just out of range.
A jab from Bashorov finds it's way through Rutherford's defenses.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Rutherford throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Rutherford sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Rutherford delivers a nice body kick.
Rutherford misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Rutherford takes one to the side of the head.
Bashorov looks for a takedown but Rutherford sprawls well.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Rutherford does a little dance to reset his feet.
Rutherford fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Bashorov 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 James Glass scores the fight 45:50
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 45:50
Judge Paul Tew scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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Event: EVO 261: Kakoullis vs Reznick     
Date:   Aug 06, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Rockmeteller Todd and Karim Bashorov. Todd comes to the cage accompanied by Jeeves and Wooster. Bashorov comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Hangar 18 kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

184 cm
30
194 lbs
29 - 8 - 1
190 cm
32
194 lbs
20 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 29 wins, 8 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Rockmeteller Todd!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Richard Clark, Steven Brown and Colin Fotheringham.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Todd misses with a series of wild punches.
Todd swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Todd steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Todd half committed to a counter leg kick.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Bashorov moves into range and connects with a jab.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Bashorov has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Todd fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov scores with a body shot.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
We've been told by Todd's head coaches at GWad's Playpen that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov fails to land the takedown.
Todd lands with a shot to the body.
Todd misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov moves out of range as Todd throws a body kick.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov lands a jab to the nose.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Todd's ribs.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Nice uppercut there from Bashorov.
Todd throws a low kick but Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Todd misses with a low kick.
Todd takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Todd's corner calls for a 1-2. Todd obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Rockmeteller Todd is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
Todd throws a lazy right hand but Bashorov sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Todd throws a wild body kick that Bashorov sees coming a mile off.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Todd is out of range.
Bashorov sizes up Todd with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Todd's head but Todd sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Todd connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Todd gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a body shot
and Todd counters with a nice uppercut.
Todd tried to score with a low kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown but Todd manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Bashorov's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Todd throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Todd.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Todd sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Todd.
Todd lands with a right hand.
A nice inside leg kick there by Todd. That's going to slow Bashorov down.
Bashorov misses the jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a two punch combination.
Bashorov throws a poor cross that misses
and Todd counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Todd throws a leg kick but Bashorov moved away.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Todd.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
A shot to the body from Bashorov misses
and Todd counters with a nice uppercut.
Todd throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Bashorov let fly with a counter punch to the body but it didn't land.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Todd's shoulder, as Todd tries to avoid the shot.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Todd sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Todd is just out of range.
Bashorov moves out of range as Todd throws a body kick.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Todd connects with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Todd moved out of range nicely.
Bashorov scores with a one two! Todd had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Todd.
Bashorov jabs at Todd's body.
A cross from Bashorov lands.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Todd.
Todd misses with a leg kick
and Bashorov counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Todd throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bashorov counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Todd thinking.
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Todd avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Todd continues to drive forward.
Rockmeteller Todd has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Todd misses with an attempted mid kick.
Todd gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Todd throws a sloppy head kick and Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Todd ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov swings for the body but Todd moves out of range.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Todd.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Todd ducks down to avoid it.
Todd half committed to a counter leg kick.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov 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.


Bashorov connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Todd momentarily.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Todd does a little dance to reset his feet.
Todd quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Todd throws a poor cross that misses
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Todd.
Bashorov throws a hook but Todd blocks it.
Todd slips under a jab.
Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Todd sprawls well. Todd wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov misses with a left hand
and Todd counters with a nice body shot.
This entire fight has taken place on the feet so far and you wonder whether Todd might be better served trying to take this one to the ground because he's losing the standup battle so far.
Bashorov misses with a body shot
and Todd counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Todd manages to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a swing at Todd's ribcage but misses.
Todd tried to score with a low kick but Bashorov checks it.
Bashorov swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Todd slips under a jab.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Todd counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
A punch lands to the side of Bashorov 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Bashorov checks the leg kick.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov takes a swing at Todd's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov swings for the body but Todd moves out of range.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
Todd is looking to counter with a body kick.
Todd pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Bashorov checks the leg kick nicely there.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Todd looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
Todd feints and then cracks Bashorov's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bashorov down.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A solid body kick from Todd.
Todd moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Todd thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Bashorov if he has to take too many more of those.
Bashorov ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
A telegraphed right hand from Todd misses the target.
A countering left hand to the body from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Todd moves out of range.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Todd.
Bashorov scores with a nice head shot.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Todd ducks down to avoid it.
Todd throws a low kick but Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Todd gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Todd swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a hook but Todd avoids it easily.
Todd scores with a sloppy right hand. Bashorov should have avoided that one.
Todd tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Todd moves out of range.
Bashorov lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Todd throws a wild body kick that Bashorov sees coming a mile off.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov moves out of range as Todd throws a body kick.
Todd with a hook.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Todd.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Todd ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Todd manages to avoid it.
Todd looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Todd moves out of range.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
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!
Todd misses with a lunging right hand
enabling Bashorov to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Todd.
Bashorov throws a good cross that connects.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Todd was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Todd appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Bashorov takes a swing at Todd's ribcage but misses.
Todd thinks about countering with a body kick.
Bashorov throws a series of strikes that have Todd backpedaling.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Todd knows he should have avoided that one.
Todd throws a wild body kick that Bashorov sees coming a mile off.
Todd misses with a straight left.
Bashorov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Todd uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Todd's head but Todd sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Jab, cross, leg kick. Nice combination by Bashorov!
Todd cracks a nice hook into Bashorov's ribs.
Bashorov works Todd's body with a nice hook.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Todd was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Todd with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Todd looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Todd was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Bashorov moves his head to the side to avoid a jab but walks straight into a cross.
Bashorov sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Bashorov connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Todd's hands.
Todd slips a jab from Bashorov.
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!
Todd scores with a punch to the head.
Todd lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Todd defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Todd into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
A jab from Bashorov finds it's way through Todd's defenses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Todd throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Todd.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Todd is out of range.
A punch lands to the side of Bashorov 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Todd staying out of range there.
Todd takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Todd throws a leg kick

and Bashorov counters with a takedown into side control! That could mean trouble for Todd!

Todd bucks up and manages to escape back to his feet!
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!
Todd drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Todd throws a leg kick

and Bashorov counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Bashorov.
Todd utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov sitting in guard here, content to control.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Todd keeps moving.
Bashorov is looking to work some ground and pound but Todd has wrist control.
Bashorov loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Bashorov looking to sit in guard and control but Todd gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Todd slips nicely into half guard.
Bashorov is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov actively working from the bottom here.
Bashorov wants to improve his position but Todd is controlling well.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Todd performing his best blanket impression for a moment.

Bashorov actively working from the bottom here.
Bashorov wants to get back to full guard.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Todd performing his best blanket impression for a moment.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but Rockmeteller Todd did the better work so I'd imagine he'll take it.
That's time! Back to the action!


Todd fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Bashorov checks it well.
Todd takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Bashorov throws a right hand that misses
and Todd counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Todd avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
Todd moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Todd.
Todd scores with a jab to the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Todd was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Todd thows a left - swing and a miss!
Bashorov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Todd avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Todd.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
Nice jab there from Bashorov.
Todd throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Todd moves away and avoids it.
Bashorov has developed a nice purple lump on his ribcage, as a result of some heavy body kicks from Todd.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Todd.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Bashorov cracks Todd with a good jab.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Todd manages to avoid it.
Todd looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Todd.
Todd misses with a wild body shot.
Todd changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Todd throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and moves out of range.
Bashorov stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A chopping leg kick lands by Todd.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A nice leg kick lands there from Todd.
Bashorov punishes Todd's body with a nice straight punch.
Todd connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Todd avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Todd is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Todd cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bashorov shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Todd counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Todd moved out of range nicely.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Todd counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Todd looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Todd misses with a shot to the body

and Bashorov counters with a driving takedown into guard. Nice work there by Bashorov.
Todd wants to sweep but no luck.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Todd avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Todd is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Bashorov throws a big elbow that misses.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Bashorov works over Todd with some ground and pound from guard.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Bashorov engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Bashorov accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Bashorov moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Todd throws an off balance right hand
and Todd takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Todd works Bashorov's body with a nice hook.
Todd swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Todd.
An attempted straight right counter from Todd misses the target.
Bashorov goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Bashorov drops his hands momentarily and Todd takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Nice defenses there by Todd.
Bashorov connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Todd throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Todd.
Bashorov scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Todd moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Todd appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
Todd misses the jab.
Todd swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Todd throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Todd misses with an uppercut. Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov throws a counter combo.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Todd slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Todd ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Todd is looking to counter punch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Todd avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
A shot to the body from Todd misses

so Bashorov counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
Bashorov pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Todd is keeping the position for now.
Bashorov trying to control but Todd is working from the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov stands up over Todd, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Bashorov lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Bashorov working some strikes from top position.
Todd keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Todd being controlled here, momentarily.
Rockmeteller Todd has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Bashorov is continuing to stall.
Bashorov looking to sit in guard and control but Todd gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.

Bashorov is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

Bashorov looking for a guillotine here but Todd defends easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov looking for a guillotine here but Todd defends easily.
Bashorov looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.

Bashorov is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Todd defends well.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Todd postures up as if he's going to throw some strikes but drops back for an ankle! Bashorov is in big trouble! He looks ready to tap! But no, he's escaped and dives on top of Todd, into his guard.

Bashorov content to stall in guard here.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Bashorov is in close to Todd's body, working some short punches and elbows.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Richard Clark scores the fight 46:49
Judge Steven Brown scores the fight 46:49
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 46:49

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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RATING
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Event: CEC 458     
Date:   Jul 18, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Johnny Reach and Karim Bashorov. Reach comes to the cage accompanied by Here's Johnny. Bashorov has chosen Hangar 18 as his entrance music. Karim Bashorov has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

195 cm
35
195 lbs
34 - 11 - 2
190 cm
32
194 lbs
19 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

Zenith Nutrition (160q/225$)
Bullet Proof System

Bullet Proof System
Museum of Monsters & Madmen



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 34 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of New York, Johnny Reach!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Don Winkell and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Bashorov scores with a nice strike.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Bashorov connects with a slap. Keep your fist closed son.
Reach slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov just manages to avoid a counter high kick fromReach.
Reach avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Reach throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Reach stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
We've been told by Reach's head coaches at K.O.N.Y. that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Reach throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Reach takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Reach with an uppercut!
A swing and a miss from Reach.
Bashorov connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Reach tries to clinch there but Bashorov circles away.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Reach throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov cracks Reach with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Reach's ribs.
Reach tries to clinch up but Bashorov circles away and keeps his distance.
Bashorov tries to move into range but Reach moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Bashorov lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Reach backs up against the cage.
Reach slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Reach misses with a hook.
Reach takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Reach counters with a stiff right hand.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Reach is just out of range.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Reach.
Johnny Reach is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a poor cross that misses
and Reach counters with a nice body kick.
Reach misses with a right hand
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.
Reach throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Reach takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Reach is just out of range.
Reach swings away with a body shot that misses
and Bashorov counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Reach thinking.
Reach throws a big shot that misses.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Reach moves out of range.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Reach avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov scores with a nice strike.

Bashorov looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Reach!
Reach wants to control but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov tries to advance to mount but Reach denies him.
Bashorov postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.
Reach tries to escape but Bashorov is in control.
Bashorov wants to lay and pray for a moment but Reach keeps working.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing, from side control.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Reach is trying to control Bashorov's posture but Bashorov avoids it.
Bashorov tries to cartwheel into mount but he doesn't manage it.
Reach tries to buck Bashorov off but Bashorov is having none of it.

Bashorov is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Reach is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Reach is not in a great position here, taking some shots.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Bashorov works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.

Bashorov closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Reach quickly recovers to half guard.
Bashorov perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Bashorov missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Bashorov missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bashorov trying to mount his opponent but Reach defends it.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Bashorov lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Reach is defending against the submission attempts here by Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Reach is looking to control Bashorov's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Reach avoid being mounted?
Bashorov is keen to just control but Reach is a slippery customer.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Reach is trying to maintain the position but Bashorov is very close to passing his half guard.

Bashorov is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Bashorov lands a nice short elbow.
Reach is looking for a sweep. Bashorov is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Bashorov wants to take a breather but Reach is having none of it.
Bashorov working over Reach with some ground and pound. Reach looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Bashorov throwing shots but Reach is blocking nicely.
Reach has hold of Bashorov's hands but Bashorov slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Bashorov throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Bashorov lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Bashorov in particular looking to stall.
Bashorov not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Bashorov missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Bashorov missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bashorov seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Reach does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Bashorov prevents Reach from improving his position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Bashorov missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bashorov wants to advance to full mount but Reach doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.
Bashorov postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Bashorov with a flurry of punches that miss.
Bashorov wants to pass the guard but Reach is keeping the position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Bashorov stands and throws Reach's legs to the side, diving into side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Reach's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Reach counters with a nice uppercut.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Bashorov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Bashorov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Reach.
Bashorov lands a jab to the nose.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Reach stuffs the takedown attempt from Bashorov. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Reach takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Reach closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Reach swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Reach walks into a left hand.
Nice takedown defense from Reach. No joy for Bashorov on that attempt.
Reach moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.
Bashorov has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Reach misses with a looping left.
Reach uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov takes a swing at Reach's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Reach.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt
enabling Reach to counter with a crisp jab.
Johnny Reach has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Reach looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Reach counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov misses the body punch
and Reach counters with a body kick that stops Bashorov in his tracks momentarily.
Bashorov keeps the fight on the outside.
Bashorov looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov slips under a jab from Reach.
Reach takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov lands the left hand.
Bashorov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Reach. Reach circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Bashorov swings for the body but Reach moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Reach's head but Reach sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Bashorov was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with an attempted head punch from side control.
Reach dodges the ground and pound from Bashorov.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Reach is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Reach is trying to control Bashorov's posture but Bashorov avoids it.
Reach takes a couple of big shots there - the referee warns him that he has to defend himself better.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Reach is working away.

That's four 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.
Bashorov 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.
Bashorov lands a knee to the body and follows it up with some ground and pound to the head. That will wear Reach down.

Bashorov tries for a kimura but Reach is defending well.
Bashorov sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Reach is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
Reach parries the strikes from Bashorov easily there. Bashorov is wary of posturing up too much because it might enable Reach to escape.
Reach tries to slip a leg under to move to half guard but Bashorov presses down on the leg and jumps into full mount!
Bashorov looking to ground and pound but Reach is blocking nicely.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Reach avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Reach went nuts there looking for a big combo counter but none of the flurry connected.
Bashorov slips a jab from Reach.
Bashorov stuns Reach with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Reach napping and manages to drive through into side control!

Reach throws his opponent off and manages to get back to his feet! Nicely done!
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Reach moves away.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov tests Reach's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Reach uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
Reach on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov misses with a hook
and Reach connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Reach sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov lunges at Reach with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Reach's hand.
Bashorov throws a hook but Reach avoids it easily.
Bashorov misses with a left hand
and Reach counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Reach misses the jab.
Bashorov connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Reach does a little dance to reset his feet.
Reach defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov throws a hook but Reach avoids it easily.
It looked like Reach was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Bashorov.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.
Bashorov lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov avoids a punch combination nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Reach uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Bashorov moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Reach throws a poor cross that misses
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Bashorov shoots and misses
and Reach cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Reach swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Reach ducked under it nicely.
Reach is looking to counter with head kicks.
Reach closes the distance but Bashorov moves to the side
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Reach is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick from Reach.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Reach's belly button to the back.
Bashorov throws an overhand right that lands on Reach's shoulder, as Reach tries to avoid the shot.
Bashorov throws a sloppy body shot
and Reach makes the exchange count by landing a cracking kick to the body. Bashorov really felt that one!
A shot to the liver by Bashorov. Beautiful body shot.
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Reach counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Reach moves out of range as Bashorov strikes.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Reach doesn't manage to clinch there - Bashorov circles away.
Bashorov throws a right hand that misses
and Bashorov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Reach doesn't seem bothered though.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.
Bashorov goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Reach stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Reach throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bashorov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Reach throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Reach is looking to counter punch.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth 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. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.


Bashorov throws a jab when Reach was well out of range.
Reach looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Reach dodges the punch combination from Bashorov.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Reach does a little dance to reset his feet.
Reach throwing a counter right hand but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Reach takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Bashorov tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Reach defends well and Bashorov ends up having to push Reach into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Reach's body.
Reach looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov swings for the body but Reach moves out of range.
Bashorov moves out of range as Reach strikes.
Bashorov throws a hook but Reach avoids it easily.
Bashorov looks to land a left hand but Reach moved out of range nicely.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Reach misses with a lunging right hand
and Bashorov counters with a nice body shot.
Bashorov throws a nice looking combination but Reach bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
Reach misses with a body kick.
Reach throws a looping overhand right but Bashorov ducks down to avoid it.
Bashorov swings for the body but Reach moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a jab but it's blocked by Reach.
As Bashorov tries to get set, Reach tries to push him back and clinch up but Bashorov manages to avoid the attempt.
Bashorov swings widly with a right hand
and Reach counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov tests Reach's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Reach looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Johnny Reach has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Reach pinned against the cage. Reach gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
An attempted straight right counter from Reach misses the target.
Bashorov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Reach steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov staying out of range there.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Reach throws a hook to the side of Bashorov's head but Bashorov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Reach walks into a straight right hand from Bashorov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Reach is just out of range.
Bashorov lands a jab to Reach's midsection.
Reach walks into a jab.
Reach throws a lazy right hand but Bashorov sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Reach.
Reach swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Bashorov.
Reach takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Reach moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Reach on the side of the head.
Reach is looking to clinch.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a single shot there.
Bashorov bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.
Reach with a hook.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Reach defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Reach.
Reach misses with a hook.
Reach takes one to the chin there.
A big right from Reach misses.
Reach takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Reach misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Bashorov works the jab nicely.
Reach ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Bashorov 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 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 45:50
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 45:50
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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Event: MFN 324: Ignatov vs Bashorov 2     
Date:   Jun 19, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Vladimir Ignatov and Karim Bashorov. Ignatov comes to the cage accompanied by Fler-Ghetto Beat. Bashorov comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Hangar 18 kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Well, the cameraman is lingering on a pretty young lady for a bit too long there. Keep your eyes on the prize buddy or you'll miss the fighter intros!

186 cm
35
186 lbs
27 - 11 - 3
190 cm
31
194 lbs
18 - 5 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

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Museum of Monsters & Madmen



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 27 wins, 11 losses and 3 draws, fighting out of New York, Vladimir Ignatov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Percy O'Donnell and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov misses with an uppercut
and Ignatov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Ignatov saw that one coming.
Ignatov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Ignatov moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov scores with a one two! Ignatov had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Ignatov throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the body.
Ignatov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
A little feinted left hand from Ignatov on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Nice uppercut lands for Ignatov. That snapped Bashorov's head back.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Bashorov fails with a takedown attempt.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ignatov.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov looks to land a combination but Ignatov avoids it well.
Ignatov 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.
Vladimir Ignatov is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Ignatov's ribs.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Ignatov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Ignatov throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Ignatov scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Ignatov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Ignatov is out of range.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Bashorov has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Bashorov jabs at Ignatov's body.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov misses the jab.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ignatov.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Ignatov counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
Ignatov lands with a straight right. Bashorov didn't see that one coming.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Ignatov.
A head kick misses from Ignatov.
Ignatov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Ignatov walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov scores with a nice body kick.
Ignatov looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Ignatov is looking to score with low kicks.
Ignatov throws a low kick, looking for Bashorov's leg but Bashorov calmly moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Ignatov ducks down to avoid it.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Ignatov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov throws a poor cross that misses
letting Ignatov counter with a right hand.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Ignatov is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Ignatov takes one to the chin there.
Ignatov slips under a jab.
Bashorov with a hook.
Ignatov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Ignatov on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Bashorov throws a big shot that misses.
A counter left hand to the body from Ignatov misses its target.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ignatov.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Ignatov saw that one coming.
Ignatov drops his hands momentarily and Bashorov takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Ignatov stuns Bashorov with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Bashorov takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Ignatov takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Ignatov swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Ignatov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Ignatov tries to close the distance and clinch up but Bashorov swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Ignatov defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov is trying hard to land a takedown here. Ignatov sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Ignatov pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Bashorov drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Ignatov defends it well.
Ignatov connects with an inside leg kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Vladimir Ignatov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


A lazy left from Bashorov finds it's target.
Ignatov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Bashorov throws a hook but Ignatov avoids it easily.
Ignatov takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.

Bashorov drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Ignatov keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.
Ignatov utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Bashorov trying to control but Ignatov is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Bashorov is continuing to stall.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ignatov avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Bashorov stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Ignatov swivels though and keeps the full guard.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.
Bashorov is working Ignatov over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Bashorov is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Bashorov looking to pass the guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Ignatov is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Ignatov is just out of range.
Ignatov is looking for a counter combo.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the head.
Ignatov slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Ignatov looked to counter with a high kick but didn't commit.
A decent looking cross lands there for Bashorov.
Bashorov getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Ignatov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Bashorov thuds a left hand into Ignatov's body.
Ignatov is looking to clinch but Bashorov is avoiding it.
Bashorov misses with a hook
and Ignatov counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
The fighters circling - Ignatov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Ignatov defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Ignatov.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Ignatov's belly button to the back.
Bashorov clobbers Ignatov with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Ignatov defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ignatov. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ignatov avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ignatov connects with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Ignatov uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Good work by Bashorov as he checks the leg kick.
Bashorov lands a right hook to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Ignatov throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Ignatov looks to land a body kick but Bashorov moved away.
A shot to the body from Bashorov misses
and Ignatov counters with a right hand to the body.
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!
Ignatov staying out of range there.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Ignatov swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.

Bashorov darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
Ignatov pushes Bashorov off but Bashorov dives into side control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ignatov sneaks back into half guard.
Bashorov seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Ignatov does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov 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.


Ignatov misses with an uppercut.
Bashorov scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Bashorov clobbers Ignatov with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Ignatov lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
Ignatov blocks a jab.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Ignatov.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Ignatov moves away and avoids it.
Ignatov appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Ignatov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Ignatov moves out of range.
Ignatov lands a nice shot to the body.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Nice jab there from Ignatov.
Bashorov lands the left hand.

Bashorov shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Ignatov is trying to defend but Bashorov finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.

Ignatov manages to create a bit of space in order to work his way back to his feet. Bashorov keeps hold of his opponent and drives him back against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ignatov blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Ignatov.
Bashorov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Bashorov has a couple of punches blocked by Ignatov.
A right hand to the body from Bashorov.
Ignatov lands a hook to the side of the head.
Ignatov misses with a hook from the clinch.
Bashorov softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Bashorov swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Ignatov misses with a body punch.
Ignatov has a couple of punches blocked by Bashorov.
Ignatov lands a right hand.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.

Ignatov manages to break the clinch.
Ignatov scores with the left hand. Bashorov knows he should have avoided that one.
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!
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Ignatov.
Bashorov takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Bashorov tries to move into range but Ignatov moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Ignatov thumps Bashorov with a low kick.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Ignatov slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Ignatov saw that one coming.
Ignatov moves out of range of the strikes.
Ignatov quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
A jab from Bashorov misses.
Ignatov jinks towards his opponent looking like he wants to counter with a mid kick but doesn't commit.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes a swing at Ignatov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov throws a front kick that sends Bashorov stumbling back into the cage.

Bashorov feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.

Ignatov manages to wriggle out and sneak his way back up to his feet, so the fighters are now clinched up against the cage.
Bashorov swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Ignatov throws an elbow but it's blocked.
A right hook to the body lands for Ignatov.
Ignatov makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
A nice right hand lands inside from Ignatov.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ignatov is pressed up against the cage. Bashorov has hold of a leg and is looking to drag Ignatov down to the mat. Ignatov avoids the attempt though and has circled away. We're back to striking at a distance.
Bashorov takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Bashorov throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Ignatov will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Ignatov cracks Bashorov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Bashorov tries to score a power double leg takedown but Ignatov sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Bashorov somewhat.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov thumps Bashorov with a low kick.
Ignatov lands a nice looking body shot.
Ignatov takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ignatov.
Bashorov throws a hook but Ignatov avoids it easily.
Ignatov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Ignatov's ribs.
Ignatov swings widly with a right hand
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

Ignatov drives through and clinches with Bashorov against the cage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vladimir Ignatov clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Ignatov throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
Ignatov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Ignatov looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Bashorov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov lands with a nice body punch.
Ignatov throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Ignatov takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Ignatov looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
The fighters circling - Ignatov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Ignatov knows he should have avoided that one.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Ignatov throws a nice looking combination but Bashorov bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Ignatov is looking to counter the offense by Bashorov and move into the clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Ignatov.
Ignatov throws a body punch but Bashorov moves out of range.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
It seemed like Bashorov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Ignatov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ignatov dodges the punch combination from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a wild combination.
Ignatov tries to clinch but Bashorov is having none of it.
Bashorov is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Bashorov lands a jab to the head.
Ignatov thows a body kick. Bashorov tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Bashorov fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Ignatov on the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Nice sprawl there from Ignatov as Bashorov shoots in.
Bashorov is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Ignatov moves away and avoids it.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Ignatov.
Ignatov attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
letting Ignatov counter with a right hand.
Bashorov throws a hook but Ignatov avoids it easily.
Ignatov wants to slow Bashorov down by chopping away at his legs.
Bashorov digs a good hook to Ignatov's body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Bashorov misses with an uppercut
and Ignatov counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Bashorov's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Ignatov feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Bashorov takes a swing at Ignatov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
A slapping body kick lands there for Ignatov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov shoots in but Ignatov avoids the takedown attempt easily.
A solid leg kick lands there for Ignatov.
Ignatov misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
Ignatov takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Bashorov listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Ignatov looks to score with a jab to the body but Bashorov is just out of range.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Ignatov was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Bashorov is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Ignatov slips under a jab.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot
and Ignatov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ignatov.
Ignatov looked to counter that last move with a leg kick but didn't pull the trigger.
Ignatov throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Ignatov delivers a nice body kick.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bashorov, as that shot connected.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov darts in looking for a takedown but Ignatov gets double underhooks and turns Bashorov into the cage.
Vladimir Ignatov has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ignatov manages to avoid it.
Ignatov swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Bashorov has developed a nice purple lump on his ribcage, as a result of some heavy body kicks from Ignatov.
Bashorov connects with a jab.

Ignatov fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Bashorov, pushing him back against the cage.

Bashorov breaks from the clinch.
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Ignatov counters with a thumping low kick.
Ignatov moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov connects with a body shot that sends Ignatov's belly button to the back.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Ignatov is looking to land body kicks.
Bashorov looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Ignatov digs a good hook to Bashorov's body.
Ignatov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
An attempted straight right counter from Ignatov misses the target.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Ignatov napping and manages to drive through into side control!
Ignatov is looking to reverse the position.
The ground and pound from Bashorov seems to be hitting the mat more than his opponent.
Bashorov tries to land with some ground and pound but misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Ignatov tries to improve position but can't.
Ignatov avoids any damage from the ground and pound of Bashorov.

Bashorov is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Ignatov has escaped the position, nice work there.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is putting a hurting on Ignatov here, landing some big shots from side control.
The ground and pound from Bashorov seems to be hitting the mat more than his opponent.
Bashorov taking a breather here.
Bashorov throws a knee to the body but it doesn't do much damage.
Bashorov scores with punches from side control.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Ignatov is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov trying to remain calm as Bashorov controls from the top position.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Ignatov is working away.
Bashorov tries to cartwheel into mount but he doesn't manage it.
Ignatov struggling a bit here.
Ignatov regains half guard there - taking advantage of Bashorov's attempt to lay and pray for a moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov wants to advance to full mount but Ignatov doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Ignatov keeps moving.
Ignatov has momentary wrist control but Bashorov slips an elbow through the middle.
Ignatov wants to get back to his feet but Bashorov is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Ignatov keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are starting to boo a lack of action.
Ignatov slips a jab and a cross from Bashorov.
Ignatov takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Ignatov throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Bashorov swinging wildly here.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Ignatov moves out of range.
Ignatov appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Ignatov displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Ignatov is just out of range.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ignatov swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Bashorov has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Don Winkell scores the fight 48:48
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 47:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 46:49

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov is the new middleweight champion!
A very excited looking Karim Bashorov 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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Event: CEC 449     
Date:   Jun 03, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Thomas Raven and Karim Bashorov. The crowd seem to be enjoying Bashorov's choice of entrance music: Hangar 18. I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know that I was talking to some pointless Z list celebrity before the fight and he thought that Karim Bashorov was going to win. Let's see if he was right.

188 cm
35
197 lbs
22 - 9 - 1
190 cm
31
194 lbs
17 - 5 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 9 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of New York, Thomas Raven!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Jack Bonds and Percy O'Donnell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Raven counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
We've been informed that Bashorov 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.
Bashorov throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.

Bashorov decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Raven is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Raven is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Bashorov trying to control from half guard but Raven is working away.
Raven tries to get to full guard but Bashorov has control of the leg.
Raven makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Raven.
Raven 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.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov looking to pass the guard.
Raven wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Bashorov chips away with some ground and pound.
Bashorov advances position into side control!
Raven is looking to reverse the position.
Raven wants to control but Bashorov postures up.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Bashorov is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Bashorov in side control, trying to ground and pound but not landing this time.
Raven gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Bashorov with good strikes from the mount here!
Bashorov lands a big elbow.
Poor strikes thrown by Bashorov there. More accuracy and less frantic strikes would help!
Bashorov wants to control the pace but Raven is squirming around nicely.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Raven is trying desperately to improve position.
Bashorov has his opponent pinned against the cage, landing some nasty ground and pound that is really making a bit of a mess out of Raven's face.
Bashorov unloads with some shots from mount but Raven bucks and avoids them well.
Bashorov landing strikes, looking to finish!
Bashorov is in the full mount, landing strikes.
Raven tries to lock up and control but Bashorov gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Bashorov lands with some vicious ground and pound - can Raven hang on?
Raven wants to control but Bashorov is having none of it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a heavy elbow.
The referee warns Raven that he has to improve his position here as he takes two more clean shots to the head.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov wants to control the pace but Raven is squirming around nicely.
Raven is desperately trying to improve his position but Bashorov has a good base and remains in mount.
Bashorov sends his fist crashing into the mat - the crowd let out a collective ooooooh. Let's hope he's not broken it!
Bashorov landing strikes from the mount and Raven is in trouble!
Bashorov cracks Raven with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Bashorov cracks Raven with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Raven is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Bashorov unloads with some shots from mount but Raven bucks and avoids them well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Raven takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Raven uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov connects with a looping right hand.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Raven connects with a nice looking jab.
Bashorov misses with a jab, cross combination.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Raven scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Raven swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Raven.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Raven uses good head movement to avoid it.
Raven quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Raven misses with a body shot
and Bashorov counters with a lovely shot to the body.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
A big right from Bashorov misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Raven uses good head movement to avoid it.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Let's see what he's got on the mat.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing.
Bashorov preventing the sweep.
Raven manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Bashorov manages to get himself to full guard.

The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Bashorov is looking for a triangle but Raven pushes his legs off easily.
Raven lands a couple of digs.
Raven trying to control but Bashorov is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Raven doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Raven manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Raven is stalling in the full guard.
Raven looking to pass the guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Bashorov pushes a forearm under Raven's chin to create some space. He's escaped his hips and pivoted quickly for an armbar! Can he extend the arm? Yes, Raven is tapping out! Damn, that was fast!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:32 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Karim Bashorov!
An out of breath Karim Bashorov thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
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Event: MFN 309: Seven Title Showdown     
Date:   Apr 27, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Karim Bashorov and Vladimir Ignatov. Chooooooooon! I think Bashorov might be my favorite fighter, now he's come out to Hangar 18. Ignatov has chosen Fler-Ghetto Beat as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

190 cm
31
194 lbs
17 - 4 - 0
186 cm
34
186 lbs
25 - 11 - 3
BJJ Red Belt
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 25 wins, 11 losses and 3 draws, fighting out of New York, Vladimir Ignatov!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Timothy Bukovac and Jack Bonds.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Ignatov is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
Ignatov cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
Ignatov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.
Ignatov throws a leg kick
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
No joy there for Ignatov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Ignatov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Ignatov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Ignatov avoids a punch combination nicely.
Ignatov slips under a jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Ignatov sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Ignatov misses with a low kick as Bashorov jumps back.
Ignatov throws a jab when Bashorov was well out of range.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A low kick from Ignatov misses
enabling Bashorov to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ignatov.
Bashorov swings for the body but Ignatov moves out of range.
Ignatov throws a shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ignatov slips under a jab from Bashorov.
A slow jab from Ignatov misses its intended target.
Ignatov goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Bashorov throws a right hand that Ignatov ducks under and follows up with a left that Ignatov also avoids with ease.
Bashorov feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Ignatovs jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Bashorov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
A solid leg kick lands there for Ignatov.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Ignatov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
A swing and a miss from Ignatov.
Bashorov lunges at Ignatov with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Ignatov's hand.
Ignatov throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
Vladimir Ignatov is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Ignatov leaves Bashorov with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Ignatov misses with a leg kick.
Bashorov swings for the body but Ignatov moves out of range.
Ignatov scores with a slapping inside leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Ignatov throws a sloppy head kick and Bashorov moves out of range easily.
Bashorov digs a good body shot into Ignatov's ribs.
A nice inside leg kick there by Ignatov. That's going to slow Bashorov down.
Ignatov drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Ignatov throws a half hearted mid kick.
Bashorov looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Bashorov with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Bashorov throws a sloppy body shot
and Ignatov counters with a thumping low kick.
Ignatov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Ignatov misses with a low kick.
It looked like Bashorov wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Ignatov lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Ignatov misses with a body kick.
Ignatov scores with a nice body kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Ignatov tries a head kick but it misses.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Ignatov misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov appears to be looking for a big counter.
Bashorov is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Ignatov swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Bashorov looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
A shot to the liver by Bashorov. Beautiful body shot.
No joy there for Bashorov, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Ignatov throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Ignatov swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Ignatov showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov takes a swing at Ignatov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov appeared to try and counter that last move with a leg kick.
Bashorov lands with a nice combination. Ignatov backs away looking to recover.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Bashorov 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.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Ignatov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Nice body kick from Ignatov.
Ignatov throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and moves out of range.
Ignatov dips to his left and cracks Bashorov with an uppercut!
A clash of legs there as Bashorov blocks the low kick.
Ignatov throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Ignatov misses with a head kick.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov takes a swing at Ignatov's ribcage but misses.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Ignatov finishes the little exchange by landing a big kick to the body.
Bashorov uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Ignatov moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Ignatov attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Vladimir Ignatov will probably get the nod.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action.


Ignatov throws a nice inside leg kick.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ignatov was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Ignatov moves away.
Ignatov avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
Ignatov throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Bashorov misses with a takedown
and Ignatov connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Ignatov gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Ignatov.
Vladimir Ignatov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Bashorov takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Bashorov is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
Ignatov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Ignatov lands a leg kick that knocks Bashorov off balance momentarily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nice cross by Ignatov.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Ignatov moves out of range.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Ignatov counters with a nice uppercut.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.
Ignatov digs a good hook to Bashorov's body.
Ignatov defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
A combination from Bashorov does no damage.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Bashorov checks the leg kick nicely there.
Ignatov takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Ignatov looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Ignatov stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Sloppy strikes from Bashorov. Those never looked like landing.
Ignatov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Ignatov thows a body kick. Bashorov tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov checks the leg kick.
Ignatov lands a nice leg kick that just misses Bashorov's sensitive parts.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Bashorov scores with a jab. Ignatov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Bashorov can't find room to land a body shot as Ignatov controls the action.
A nice right hand lands inside from Ignatov.
Bashorov misses with a short punch on the inside.
Ignatov scores with a nice hook to the head.
Ignatov throws a head punch that misses.
Ignatov lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Bashorov lands a hook that snaps the head of Ignatov backwards.
Bashorov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Bashorov blocking some punches.
Nice body punch from Bashorov - that landed with a thud.
Ignatov can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Ignatov working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Ignatov misses with an elbow over the top.
Ignatov works on Bashorov's body with a couple of short punches.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov takes an elbow to the forehead.

Bashorov pulls Ignatov into guard.

Ignatov decides to stand up and beckons his opponent to follow.
Ignatov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Ignatov thinks about the counter body kick.
Ignatov has worked on his takedown defense in the runup to this fight and it is paying off so far.
Ignatov attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Ignatov misses with a wild body shot.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Ignatov.
Ignatov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Ignatov looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Ignatov's head but Ignatov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Ignatov misses with a low kick.
Bashorov misses the body punch
and Ignatov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Some wild striking there from Ignatov.
Bashorov looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Ignatov is fending him off so far but Bashorov persists. Nope, Ignatov circles away and we're back to standing.
Ignatov steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Bashorov.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Karim Bashorov. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Ignatov throws a head kick that half lands.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Ignatov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Bashorov on the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ignatov.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov backing away here, and Ignatov unleashes a leg kick that just misses.
Ignatov on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Ignatov looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Bashorov swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Ignatov counters with a slapping leg kick.
Bashorov on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Ignatov lands with a good body shot.

Excellent takedown into side control there by Bashorov.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Ignatov tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Bashorov wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Ignatov can't do much from the bottom here.
Bashorov working the ground and pound from side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Vladimir Ignatov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Ignatov is just out of range.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Ignatov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Ignatov lands a leg kick that knocks Bashorov off balance momentarily.
Ignatov walks forward and throws out a flicking leg kick. Bashorov checks it nicely though, as he moves to the side.
It looked like Bashorov was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Ignatov.
Bashorov moves into range and connects with a jab.
A bone on bone clash there as Bashorov blocks the leg kick.
Ignatov throws a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Ignatov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov moves out of range as Ignatov throws a body kick.
Ignatov misses with a leg kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov connects with a single shot there.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a shot to the body.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Ignatov is just out of range.
Bashorov misses with a jab to the body
and Ignatov counters with a leg kick.
Ignatov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Ignatov throws a nice inside leg kick.
Ignatov misses with a low kick.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Ignatov fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Ignatov connects with a single shot there.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Ignatov's head back.
Bashorov scores to the head and body with a nice combination!
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Ignatov defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov takes a head kick and keeps coming.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Bashorov drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard.
Ignatov pulls Bashorov in close to his closed guard and prevents Bashorov from doing any damage or advancing position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Bashorov controls the pace.
Bashorov is fighting to break Ignatov's control of his arms but Ignatov is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Ignatov is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Ignatov keeping full guard, as Bashorov tries to pass.
Ignatov is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Ignatov trying to control the pace.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Bashorov moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Bashorov 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.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov is working hard here to advance position.
Ignatov must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Ignatov trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Bashorov manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!

Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Ignatov is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.

Bashorov manages to get to full guard.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Ignatov tests Bashorov's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Ignatov throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Ignatov misses with an uppercut.
Bashorov scores with a shot to the body.
Ignatov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
Bashorov slips under a jab.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Ignatov's head but Ignatov sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Ignatov on the side of the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice shot by Ignatov.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ignatov manages to avoid it.
Ignatov cracks the inside of Bashorov's front leg.
Ignatov moves into range and connects with a jab.
Ignatov misses with a body kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ignatov misses with a body punch
and Bashorov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Bashorov lands a jab-cross combination.
Ignatov moves away from the strike by Bashorov.
Ignatov doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
A swing and a miss from Bashorov.
Ignatov misses with an attempted mid kick.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Ignatov doesn't seem bothered though.
Ignatov misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Ignatov takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Ignatov under the eye.
Ignatov tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov scores with a jab. Ignatov acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Ignatov misses with a low kick.
Ignatov avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ignatov takes a shot right to the bread basket.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov throws a body kick that misses
and Bashorov counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Ignatov keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Ignatov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Ignatov ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Ignatov slips the punch.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Ignatov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Bashorov. Bashorov circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Ignatov throws a leg kick that misses.
Ignatov connects with a leg kick. Bashorov looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
A slapping leg kick lands for Ignatov.
Ignatov scores with a sloppy right hand. Bashorov should have avoided that one.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
Ignatov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Ignatov.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Ignatov sees it coming and avoids it easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ignatov manages to avoid it.
Ignatov throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Ignatov lands with a nice body punch.
Ignatov tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov checks the leg kick.
Bashorov throws out a powerful jab.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Ignatov was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Ignatov is trying to counter with his kicks.
A big right from Ignatov misses.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Ignatov punishes Bashorov's body with a nice straight punch.
Ignatov feints and then cracks Bashorov's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bashorov down.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
A punch lands to the side of Bashorov 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Ignatov wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
A solid leg kick lands there for Ignatov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
and Ignatov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Ignatov scores with a nice strike.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Ignatov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Ignatov moves out of range.
Bashorov throws a hook but Ignatov blocks it.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Ignatov attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Ignatov has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Ignatov throws a body kick that misses.
Bashorov looks to throw the jab but Ignatov is out of range.
Ignatov throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Ignatov.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Ignatov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Vladimir Ignatov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Ignatov cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Bashorov drops an elbow to the side of Ignatov's head.
Bashorov prevents Ignatov from improving his position.
Nice strikes from Bashorov there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov is trying to control. Ignatov wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Bashorov sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Ignatov defending well though.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov sitting in half guard, looking to land shots. Ignatov defending well though.
Ignatov is trying to stand.
Bashorov missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.

Bashorov is trying to work for a kimura but Ignatov is defending well.
Well, if Bashorov is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Karim Bashorov has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Bashorov missing with a left hand there. Ignatov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Bashorov moves out of range of the leg kick from Ignatov.
Ignatov throws out a powerful jab.
Ignatov throws an off balance right hand
and Ignatov takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Bashorov checks a low kick from Ignatov.
Bashorov swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Ignatov ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Bashorov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
A good leg kick by Ignatov.
Bashorov has a takedown stuffed.
A nice side step and Ignatov releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Ignatov swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Bashorov appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Ignatov showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Ignatov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Ignatov wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Ignatov thuds his shin into the meat of Bashorov's side.
The fighters circling - Ignatov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Ignatov throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Bashorov misses with a few strikes there.
Some bone on bone action there as Bashorov checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
An inside leg kick lands from Ignatov.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
An inside leg kick lands from Ignatov.
Ignatov pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Ignatov settles back down.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Ignatov.
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Ignatov defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ignatov lands a nice leg kick that just misses Bashorov's sensitive parts.
Bashorov shoots in and drives through. Ignatov sprawls well.
Bashorov misses the jab.
Bashorov lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Bashorov.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Ignatov looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Ignatov throws a leg kick which misses Bashorov's front leg but catches the back leg as Bashorov tries to avoid it.
Ignatov lets loose with a powerful body kick. Bashorov will feel that in the morning.
Ignatov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Bashorov on the side of the head.
Ignatov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov throws a right and a left that both miss.
Vladimir Ignatov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
A chopping leg kick lands by Ignatov.
Bashorov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Ignatov. Ignatov circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Bashorov on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Ignatov uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Ignatov throws out a counter right but Bashorov avoids it with no problem.

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 Karim Bashorov.
I think Ignatov has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Frank Antenori scores the fight 49:47
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 48:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 46:49

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Vladimir Ignatov!

Vladimir Ignatov is the new middleweight champion!
Vladimir Ignatov seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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Event: MFN 303: Mamba vs. Brown     
Date:   Apr 06, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Taisto Murkula and Karim Bashorov. Murkula comes to the cage accompanied by Forever Angel. Bashorov comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Hangar 18 kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! 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?

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34
188 lbs
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30
194 lbs
16 - 4 - 0
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 34 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Taisto Murkula!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Jack Bonds and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Murkula.
Murkula goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Murkula throws out a powerful jab.
A jab from Murkula misses.
Murkula lands the left hand.
Murkula misses with a body kick.
A punch combination from Bashorov misses.
It looked like Murkula wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
We've been hearing reports that Murkula has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.
Murkula misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov throws a right and a left that Murkula avoids nicely.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
A jab from Murkula misses.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
We've been informed that Bashorov 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.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Murkula to the ground. Bashorov is now in Murkula's guard.
Murkula is trying to control the position but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov wants to control from the top but Murkula keeps moving.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Murkula is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Murkula 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.
Bashorov works over Murkula with some ground and pound from guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Murkula looking for a sweep. Not yet Murkula, not yet.
Murkula can't keep his opponent in guard - Bashorov advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.

Bashorov is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Murkula sees it coming and defends easily.
Bashorov throwing shots but Murkula is blocking nicely.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Murkula is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Murkula wants to get back to full guard but Bashorov has passed into side control.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Murkula is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
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Bashorov lands a knee to the body and a forearm to the face.
Murkula tries to buck Bashorov off but Bashorov is having none of it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
You can see the frustration on Murkula's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Bashorov trying to control the position but Murkula is working away.
Bashorov looking to punish the body of his opponent here but Murkula is avoiding damage well.
Bashorov sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Murkula is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Bashorov's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Bashorov performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Bashorov slips a straight right by Murkula.
Murkula uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
A swing and a miss from Murkula.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Murkula. Bashorov shrugs it off though.
Murkula throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick.
Murkula fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Bashorov on the side of the head.
Bashorov moves out of range of the strikes.
Bashorov takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Murkula counters with a nice uppercut.
Murkula throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov misses with a lunging right hand
and Murkula counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Bashorov thinking.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Murkula throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Murkula showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Bashorov.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Murkula with an uppercut!
Murkula throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Murkula works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Murkula throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Bashorov counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Taisto Murkula is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Bashorov lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Bashorov throws the left hand but Murkula avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov lands a body shot.
Bashorov misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Murkula counters with a two punch combo.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Bashorov moves into the clinch.
Murkula throws a head punch that misses.

Bashorov gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.
Bashorov works over Murkula with some ground and pound from guard.
Murkula keeping moving, preventing Bashorov from controlling successfully.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing strikes but missing.
Murkula not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Bashorov stopping the sweep attempt from Murkula.

Murkula working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Bashorov doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Bashorov manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to control but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov controls from within his opponent's guard.
Bashorov preventing the sweep.
Murkula trying to control the position.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.

Bashorov shoots in and gets a takedown into Murkula's guard.
Murkula looking to hit a scissor sweep but Bashorov is one step ahead there.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Murkula 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.
Bashorov sitting in guard here, content to control.
Bashorov throws a big right hand that misses.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Murkula's corner gives him a slap on the ass as he gets ready to fight.


Nice jab there from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a jab-cross combination.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Murkula doesn't seem bothered though.

Bashorov shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Murkula napping and manages to drive through into side control!
Murkula prevents Bashorov from improving position.
You can see the frustration on Murkula's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Murkula is looking for a sweep.
Bashorov trying to control the action but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula seems a little lost for a moment, as Bashorov dominates the positioning.
Bashorov throwing strikes but Murkula manages to buck up and roll into a nice reversal - now he's on top in side control!
Bashorov gets back to half guard.
Murkula prevents Bashorov from improving his position.
Murkula perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Bashorov is looking to improve his position.
Bashorov wants to control but Murkula is keeping busy and won't allow it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to get to full guard but Murkula has control of the leg.
Bashorov regains full guard. Nicely done.
Murkula throwing strikes from guard but Bashorov blocks nicely.
Bashorov tries to land a sweep but no joy.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.
Murkula is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov swings for the body but Murkula moves out of range.
Murkula throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Nice takedown defense from Murkula. No joy for Bashorov on that attempt.
Murkula connects with a jab.
Murkula with a jab.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Murkula manages to avoid it.
Bashorov scores with a crisp jab that stopped Murkula in his tracks.
Murkula gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a right hand to the side of the head.
Left hook, right uppercut from Bashorov.
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!
Murkula misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
Murkula throws a body shot but no joy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula throws the left hand but Bashorov avoids the punch easily.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Murkula lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Nice jab there from Murkula.
Murkula pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Bashorov moves out of range of the body kick from Murkula.
Murkula misses with a kick to the body
letting Bashorov counter with a right hand.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Murkula to the ground. Bashorov is now in Murkula's guard.
Murkula 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.
Bashorov trying to control but Murkula is working from the bottom.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov really 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.


Murkula keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Murkula connects with a high kick.
Bashorov misses with a body punch
and Murkula counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Murkula manages to avoid it.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Jab, jab by Murkula - just one landing.
Murkula throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the head.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
A slow jab from Bashorov misses its intended target.

Bashorov clinches up with Murkula and pushes him back against the cage.
Bashorov tries a body shot but Murkula blocks it.
Murkula is trying to break the clinch but Bashorov is controlling him.
Murkula tries to work over Bashorov's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Murkula is trying to force a seperation but Bashorov has the dominant position.

Bashorov turns his back and goes for a hip toss. It's a bit messy but it gets the job done and Bashorov manages to end up in side control.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula is trying to escape the position but Bashorov is controlling the position.
Murkula is trying to get back to half guard.
Bashorov scoring with punches and elbows.
Murkula tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Bashorov looking to punish the body of his opponent here but Murkula is avoiding damage well.
Bashorov wants to control but Murkula is keeping him busy.

Bashorov tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov controls the position.
Murkula gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Murkula trying to control from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but Murkula defending well.
Bashorov performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Bashorov's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Murkula throws a head kick but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Murkula is just out of range.
Murkula connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Bashorov's hands.
A looping hook to the body misses from Murkula. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Jab from Bashorov.
Murkula scores with a kick to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Bashorov if he has to take too many more of those.
Bashorov goes for a double leg but Murkula avoids the attempt and the two fighters end up clinched against the cage as Murkula continues to drive forward.
Murkula throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Bashorov sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Murkula.
Murkula scores with a jab.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown but Murkula manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Bashorov's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Bashorov takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Murkula throws a body kick despite being completely out of range
and Bashorov counters with a right hand to the body.
Bashorov takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Murkula pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Bashorov connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Murkula momentarily.
The fighters circling - Murkula throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
Murkula misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close fourth round but I would say that Taisto Murkula will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


Murkula lands with a nice body kick.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
Murkula is looking to counter punch.
Murkula throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Bashorov's head.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
enabling Murkula to counter with a crisp jab.
Bashorov moves away from the strike by Murkula.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Bashorov duly obliges.
Bashorov misses with a few strikes there.
Murkula misses with a looping right.
Bashorov throws a left and a right that both miss
and Murkula counters with a body kick.
Bashorov defending well as Murkula loads up on a big left hand.
Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Murkula.
Murkula takes a jab right on the kisser.
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!
Murkula looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Bashorov throws out a counter right but Murkula avoids it with no problem.
Murkula cracks Bashorov with a right hand to the side of the head.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murkula missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Murkula connects with a jab.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Murkula ducked under it nicely.
The fighters circling - Murkula throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Murkula jabs at Bashorov's body.
Murkula ducks under a wild hook from Bashorov.

Bashorov looking to score a takedown here. Murkula is defending well but Bashorov drives through and ends up in Murkula's guard.
Bashorov is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Bashorov working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Murkula working a defensive guard but Bashorov manages to pass into side control anyway.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Murkula!
Bashorov working away from the top, dropping strikes.
Taisto Murkula has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bashorov lands with some strikes.
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!
Bashorov wants to control the pace but Murkula is squirming around nicely.
Bashorov avoids the attempt from Murkula to control.
Bashorov sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
Let's hope that Bashorov has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov connects with a couple of good shots from mount.
Karim Bashorov has got the better of the ground game so far.
Bashorov in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Bashorov cracks Murkula with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Murkula tries to hold on but Bashorov postures up.
Bashorov lands a shot to the body, followed up by a shot to the exposed head of his trapped opponent.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Murkula tries to reverse the position but Bashorov maintains control.
Bashorov putting on the heat here with some good ground and pound!
Bashorov controlling his opponent.
Bashorov is landing with some decent strikes but Murkula is trying to advance his position so the referee is letting the fight continue.
Murkula throwing punches despite being mounted.
Bashorov controlling his opponent.
Bashorov is in the full mount, landing strikes.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Murkula is desperately trying to improve his position but Bashorov has a good base and remains in mount.

And that's the end of the fight!
Karim Bashorov comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think Bashorov has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Frank Antenori scores the fight 46:49
Judge Jack Bonds scores the fight 46:49
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 45:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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Event: LEGACY! 57     
Date:   Mar 18, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Malik Al-Khaldi and Karim Bashorov. Al-Khaldi comes to the cage accompanied by Razihel - Legends (feat. TeamMate) Zatox Remix. Bashorov is bobbing his head along to his entrance song: Hangar 18. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

182 cm
26
188 lbs
14 - 1 - 0
190 cm
30
194 lbs
15 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Malik Al-Khaldi!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Gregory Folan, William Peck and Trevor Gratis.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Jab, jab by Bashorov - just one landing.
Al-Khaldi throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Al-Khaldi connects with a single shot there.
Bashorov avoids the head kick by Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Bashorov lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Al-Khaldi misses the body punch
and Bashorov counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
The fighters circling - Bashorov throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Al-Khaldi's head but Al-Khaldi sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Al-Khaldi was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Al-Khaldi avoids them all with ease.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Al-Khaldi will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
A little jabbing left from Bashorov on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Al-Khaldi walks into a stiff left hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Al-Khaldi.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Al-Khaldi at a distance.
Al-Khaldi looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Bashorov keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Al-Khaldi with an uppercut!
Al-Khaldi throws a wild body kick that Bashorov sees coming a mile off.
Bashorov misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
And Al-Khaldi counters with a quick kick to the body but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Bashorov throws a lazy right hand but Al-Khaldi sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Al-Khaldi pivots, looking for a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range and Al-Khaldi settles back down.
Bashorov with the counter takedown but Al-Khaldi avoids it easily.
Bashorov checks the leg kick nicely there.
Al-Khaldi steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
A telegraphed right hand from Al-Khaldi misses the target.
Al-Khaldi looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Bashorov with the counter takedown but Al-Khaldi avoids it easily.
Bashorov connects with a jab.
Al-Khaldi moves out of range of the strikes.
Al-Khaldi goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Al-Khaldi misses with a low kick.

Bashorov moves into the clinch.
Bashorov can't find room to land a body shot as Al-Khaldi controls the action.
Bashorov misses with a punch to the body.
Al-Khaldi can't find room to land a body shot as Bashorov controls the action.
Al-Khaldi lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Al-Khaldi tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Al-Khaldi tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Al-Khaldi scores with a shoulder strike.
Al-Khaldi tries a body shot but Bashorov blocks it.
Al-Khaldi gets through Bashorov's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Bashorov throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Al-Khaldis head.
Al-Khaldi throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Al-Khaldi working aggressively here.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Bashorov creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Bashorov can't find room to land a body shot as Al-Khaldi controls the action.
Bashorov lands a body punch in the clinch.
Al-Khaldi dictating the pace here, as the fighters clinch against the cage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a right hand that snaps the head of Al-Khaldi backwards.

Bashorov is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Al-Khaldi can't fight it off and eventually Bashorov manages to take the fight to the floor. Al-Khaldi looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Al-Khaldi working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov trying to control the position from guard on top but Al-Khaldi is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Al-Khaldi has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Al-Khaldi is looking to stand up but Bashorov isn't so interested in that idea.
Bashorov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Al-Khaldi scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Al-Khaldi is looking to score with low kicks.
Al-Khaldi throws out a powerful jab.
Al-Khaldi throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Nice body punch from Bashorov.

Bashorov fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Al-Khaldi to the ground. Bashorov is now in Al-Khaldi's guard.

Al-Khaldi kicks Bashorov off and gets to his feet.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
Al-Khaldi takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Al-Khaldi attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Bashorov pushing out the jab but it's not landing.

Bashorov gets a double leg takedown into Al-Khaldi's guard.
Bashorov passes into half guard.
Bashorov has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Al-Khaldi is trying to stand up here but Bashorov is controlling him well.
Bashorov is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Bashorov can't control as he wanted to and Al-Khaldi manages to get the fight back to his half guard.
Bashorov is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Bashorov is looking to take a break and control but Al-Khaldi is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov controlling the action here.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Bashorov working the head and body with strikes.
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Al-Khaldi trying to control here.

Bashorov is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
There's not a lot going on here and the crowd are letting the fighters know they're not willing to tolerate a lack of action.
Bashorov seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Bashorov missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Bashorov is looking to advance position but Al-Khaldi won't allow it.
Al-Khaldi blocking the ground and pound attempt from Bashorov.
Bashorov is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov stalling away here and it's allowed Al-Khaldi to slip out his trapped foot and regain full guard.
Bashorov not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Al-Khaldi wants to get back to his feet but Bashorov is in a dominant position and won't allow it.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Bashorov throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Malik Al-Khaldi is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
An inside leg kick lands from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi throws a push kick but Bashorov slaps the foot to one side.
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Al-Khaldi looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Al-Khaldi saw that one coming.
A low kick from Al-Khaldi is predictable there

and Bashorov counters with a nice double leg into side control. Al-Khaldi won't be happy with that.
Bashorov wants to control but Al-Khaldi is keeping him busy.
Bashorov working away.
Bashorov landing strikes.
Bashorov throws an elbow but Al-Khaldi slips to the side and avoids it well.
Bashorov tries to advance position but instead Al-Khaldi slips a leg back in to half guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Bashorov not landing any meaningful shots this time.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Al-Khaldi misses with an uppercut
and Bashorov counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw.
Al-Khaldi throws a front kick aimed at Bashorov's knee but Bashorov avoids it well.
Al-Khaldi lands with a shot to the body.
Bashorov misses with a hook
and Al-Khaldi counters with a thumping low kick.
Al-Khaldi throws a front kick aimed at Bashorov's knee but Bashorov avoids it well.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the body.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Al-Khaldi manages to avoid it.
Bashorov misses with a few strikes there.
Al-Khaldi finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Bashorov is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov scores with a nice right hand.
Bashorov has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Al-Khaldi as he avoids it easily.
Bashorov throws a hook but Al-Khaldi blocks it.
Al-Khaldi was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Nice cross by Al-Khaldi.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Al-Khaldi moves out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi scores with a leg kick.
A solid body kick from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Al-Khaldi misses with an uppercut. Bashorov saw that one coming.
Al-Khaldi getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
Al-Khaldi tries a head kick but it misses.
Bashorov throws out a counter right but Al-Khaldi avoids it with no problem.
Good leg kick by Al-Khaldi there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Bashorov is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Bashorov lands a nice shot to the body.
Bashorov blocks the body kick.
Al-Khaldi swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Bashorov looks to land a right hand but Al-Khaldi moved out of range.
Bashorov lands a nice shot that snaps Al-Khaldi's head back.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov tries to clinch there but Al-Khaldi circles away.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov works Al-Khaldi's body with a nice hook.
Al-Khaldi tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi misses with a body kick.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Bashorov duly obliges.
Al-Khaldi throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Bashorov duly obliges.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Al-Khaldi connects with a jab.
An inside leg kick lands from Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov shoots in but no luck this time.
Al-Khaldi was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Bashorov moves out of range as Al-Khaldi strikes.
Al-Khaldi misses the jab.
Bashorov throws a series of punches but Al-Khaldi avoids them all with ease.
Al-Khaldi slips under a jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick that is checked
and Bashorov counters with a nice uppercut.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi connects with a solid leg kick.
Al-Khaldi throws a solid leg kick but Bashorov takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Al-Khaldi.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick that is checked
and Bashorov counters with a shot to the ribs. That looked like it hurt.
Al-Khaldi misses with a body punch
and Bashorov counters with a straight right hand.
Al-Khaldi connects with an inside leg kick.
Al-Khaldi uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Bashorov.
Bashorov tests Al-Khaldi's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Bashorov checks the leg kick nicely there.
Bashorov steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Al-Khaldi throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Al-Khaldi 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 Bashorov has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Bashorov and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a jab when Al-Khaldi was well out of range.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown but Al-Khaldi shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Malik Al-Khaldi has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Al-Khaldi clinches with his opponent.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Bashorov creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Al-Khaldi goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Al-Khaldi lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Bashorov as Al-Khaldi tries to tie him up.
Al-Khaldi swings wildly with an uppercut but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Al-Khaldis head.
Bashorov lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi misses with a short punch on the inside.
Al-Khaldi blocks an uppercut.
Al-Khaldi blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Bashorov blocks a punch to the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Karim Bashorov just about did enough to take it.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
A head kick from Al-Khaldi lands but Bashorov takes it in his stride.
Bashorov connects with a looping left hand that seems like it dazed Al-Khaldi momentarily.
The fighters circle momentarily. Bashorov darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
A lazy left from Al-Khaldi finds it's target.
Bashorov jabs at Al-Khaldi's body.
Bashorov thuds a left hand into Al-Khaldi's body.
Bashorov comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Al-Khaldi throws a front kick aimed at Bashorov's knee but Bashorov avoids it well.
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!
Bashorov clobbers Al-Khaldi with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Al-Khaldi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Al-Khaldi swings away with a body shot that misses
and Bashorov counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Al-Khaldi misses with a kick to the body.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Al-Khaldi is just out of range.
A slapping leg kick lands for Al-Khaldi.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov scores with a nice head shot.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Al-Khaldi half committed to a counter leg kick.
Bashorov stuns Al-Khaldi with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.

Al-Khaldi rushes Bashorov and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Al-Khaldi gets through Bashorov's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Still in the clinch, Bashorov scores with a nice short uppercut.
Al-Khaldi lands a nice uppercut.
Bashorov has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Bashorov throws a punch but it's blocked by Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Malik Al-Khaldi has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Bashorov misses with a punch to the body.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov tries to throw a body punch but Al-Khaldi avoids it by throwing Bashorov back against the cage.
Bashorov lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

Al-Khaldi breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Al-Khaldi explodes with a nice body kick and back out of range. Nice work.
Bashorov listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi lands a nice shot to the body.
Al-Khaldi throws a quick inside leg kick.
Al-Khaldi throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Al-Khaldi throws a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
Al-Khaldi throws a shot from downtown. Bashorov moves away and avoids it.

Al-Khaldi clinches up with Bashorov and pushes him back against the cage.
Al-Khaldi swings wildly with an uppercut but Bashorov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Bashorov's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Al-Khaldi misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Bashorov can't find room to land a body shot as Al-Khaldi controls the action.

Al-Khaldi breaks from the clinch.
Bashorov lands a glancing blow to the side of Al-Khaldi's head.
Al-Khaldi connects with a looping right hand.
Bashorov on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Al-Khaldi. Al-Khaldi obviously looking to wear him down.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Bashorov feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Al-Khaldis jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Al-Khaldi doesn't seem bothered though.
Al-Khaldi avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Al-Khaldi looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Nice straight punches there by Bashorov. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Bashorov.
A jab from Bashorov finds it's way through Al-Khaldi's defenses.
Al-Khaldi misses with a wild body shot.
Al-Khaldi takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick but Bashorov sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Al-Khaldi lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Al-Khaldi throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
Al-Khaldi throws a chopping leg kick but Bashorov manages to avoid taking any serious damage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi staying out of range there.
Al-Khaldi feinted there with a counter leg kick.
Bashorov fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Al-Khaldi looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A telegraphed right hand from Bashorov misses the target.
Al-Khaldi is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Al-Khaldi connects with a right hand. Bashorov shakes it off.
A leg kick checked by Bashorov.
Bashorov swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Al-Khaldi does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov with a nice cross.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
Bashorov wants to clinch up but Al-Khaldi keeps it at a distance.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Al-Khaldi counters with a stiff right hand.
Bashorov throws an off balance right hand
and Al-Khaldi counters with a solid body kick.
Al-Khaldi wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare eachother down, ready to get back to the action. And we move into the final round!


Al-Khaldi throws a right and a left that both miss.
Bashorov takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Bashorov blocks a leg kick.
Donk. Bashorov catches Al-Khaldi right on the button with a cross.
Al-Khaldi throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov misses with a double jab.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bashorov checks a leg kick nicely.
A big left from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Al-Khaldi doesn't seem bothered though.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Al-Khaldi fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Bashorov checks it well.
Al-Khaldi defends well against a solid takedown attempt from Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi is looking to counter punch.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Bashorov checks a leg kick.
Al-Khaldi tries to move into range but Bashorov moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Al-Khaldi works over Bashorov's head and body with a nice combination.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi throws a leg kick but Bashorov checks it.
Al-Khaldi throws a low kick but Bashorov avoids it.
Al-Khaldi scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Bashorov doesn't seem bothered though.
Bashorov moves forwards but Al-Khaldi connects with a nice, crisp jab.
A bone on bone clash there as Bashorov blocks the leg kick.
Al-Khaldi misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Bashorov counters with a stiff right hand.
Al-Khaldi displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Al-Khaldi throws a head kick that looked like it stung.
Al-Khaldi misses with a hook.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
Bashorov moves out of range of the leg kick from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi looks for the body kick but Bashorov saw that one coming.
Bashorov's corner calls for a 1-2. Bashorov obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi tries to score with a low kick but Bashorov moves his leg out of the way.
Malik Al-Khaldi has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Al-Khaldi ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A cross from Al-Khaldi lands.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Al-Khaldi was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Al-Khaldi.
Al-Khaldi slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov tries to counter with a clinch but Al-Khaldi shakes him off and moves away.
Al-Khaldi with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bashorov to score with a decent uppercut.
Al-Khaldi throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Al-Khaldi feints and then cracks Bashorov's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Bashorov down.
Bashorov scores with a jab.
Al-Khaldi swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Al-Khaldi fakes a jab and throws a low kick but Bashorov checks it well.
And Bashorov tries to counter it with a takedown but Al-Khaldi pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Al-Khaldi takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Bashorov bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Al-Khaldi's head.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut. Al-Khaldi saw that one coming.
As Bashorov backs away, Al-Khaldi returns fire with a leg kick that just misses.
Al-Khaldi with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Al-Khaldi throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Al-Khaldi lands a jab to the nose.
Bashorov tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Al-Khaldi paws at him with a jab and circles away.
And Al-Khaldi counters with a quick kick to the body but Bashorov blocks it.
Al-Khaldi leaves Bashorov with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Al-Khaldi turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Bashorov slips a jab and a cross from Al-Khaldi.
Bashorov is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Al-Khaldi with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a combination that misses
and Al-Khaldi counters with an outside leg kick.
Karim Bashorov is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.
Al-Khaldi avoids the body shot from Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Al-Khaldi misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Bashorov shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Al-Khaldi defends it nicely.
Malik Al-Khaldi has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Al-Khaldi throws a hook but Bashorov avoids it easily.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and Al-Khaldi counters with a two punch combo.
Bashorov looks to score with a jab to the body but Al-Khaldi is just out of range.
Al-Khaldi throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Al-Khaldi pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Al-Khaldi lands a really nice looking cross but Bashorov seems unphased.
Al-Khaldi throws a head kick that half lands.
Good standup being displayed there by Bashorov as he connects with a hook.

And that's the end of the fight!
Malik Al-Khaldi showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Bashorov has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. 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 Gregory Folan scores the fight 47:48
Judge William Peck scores the fight 46:49
Judge Trevor Gratis scores the fight 46:49

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

A victorious Karim Bashorov thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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Event: MFN 293: Falcao vs. Bashorov     
Date:   Feb 28, 2016

Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Esquiva Falcao and Karim Bashorov. The crowd seem to be enjoying Bashorov's choice of entrance music: Hangar 18. Karim Bashorov told me before the fight that he's been watching a lot of DVDs so let's see if that helps him in this one! I can't wait to find out!

186 cm
31
186 lbs
22 - 6 - 0
190 cm
30
194 lbs
14 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
BJJ Red Belt
World class MT
Granite chin

Sun-Tzu
Bullet Proof System

Mohito Fightwear



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the middleweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 22 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Esquiva Falcao!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Karim Bashorov!
The judges for this bout are Timothy Bukovac, Frank Antenori and Don Winkell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bashorov lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Bashorov throws out a loose jab but Falcao uses good head movement to avoid it.
Falcao looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Bashorov blocks a head kick by Falcao.
Falcao loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Bashorov takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Bashorov swings for the body but Falcao moves out of range.
Bashorov fails with a takedown attempt.
Falcao swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov misses with a jab, cross combination.
Bashorov throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Falcao sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Falcao is looking to counter with head kicks.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Falcao keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Falcao under the eye.
Falcao lands a nice looking kick to the body. Bashorov takes a step back to recover.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov checks a low kick. Bone on bone - not my idea of a good time.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Falcao.
Bashorov misses with a hook. Falcao ducked under it nicely.
Falcao quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.
Bashorov takes a head kick and shrugs it off.
Falcao on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Esquiva Falcao is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Falcao manages to avoid it.
Falcao uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Falcao slips a straight right by Bashorov.
Bashorov 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.
Bashorov just misses with a punch to the body.
Bashorov with a poor takedown
and Falcao counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Falcao throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Falcao throws an overhand right that lands on Bashorov's shoulder, as Bashorov tries to avoid the shot.
Falcao moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov tests Falcao's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Falcao takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Falcao steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov lands with an uppercut that bounces Falcao off the cage and back into range.
Falcao looks to land a combination but Bashorov avoids it well.
Bashorov throws a right and a left that Falcao avoids nicely.
Falcao chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Falcao lands with a nice body punch.
Bashorov avoids the body shot from Falcao.
Falcao walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Bashorov connects with a nice looking jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov shoots in but Falcao avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Esquiva Falcao has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Falcao throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Bashorov takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Falcao throws a head kick that misses.
Falcao takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
Bashorov stuns Falcao with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Nice cross by Bashorov.
Falcao throws a series of punches but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov ducks low and lands a nice hook to the body of his opponent.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Falcao was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a hook to the body
and Falcao counters with a lovely straight right hand!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Falcao was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a two punch combination.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Bashorov throws a hook to the side of Falcao's head but Falcao sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Falcao is looking to counter with head kicks.
Bashorov lands a slapping body shot.
Bashorov throws a body shot but no joy.
Karim Bashorov seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bashorov cracks Falcao with a right hand to the side of the head.
Falcao lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Falcao throws a quick head kick that skims the top of Bashorov's head.

Bashorov gets the takedown into side control.
Bashorov working the strikes but Falcao uses the opportunity to regain half guard.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Bashorov is pressing down on Falcao's thigh, looking to free his foot. Falcao is holding on for now.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Falcao misses with a hook. Bashorov ducked under it nicely.
Falcao takes a swing at Bashorov's ribcage but misses.
Bashorov lands with a good body shot.
Karim Bashorov seems to be getting the better of the standup.
A decent looking cross lands there for Bashorov.
Bashorov walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Bashorov lands a nice hook to Falcao's body. Falcao takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Bashorov catches Falcao with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
A looping hook to the body misses from Bashorov. Falcao does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov slips a jab from Falcao.
Falcao tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bashorov was well out of range. Poor timing from Falcao.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov throws a predictable looking body shot
and Falcao counters with a right hand to the body.
Bashorov swings for the body but Falcao moves out of range.
Falcao looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
A nice side step and Bashorov releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Falcao connects with a good right hand that stumbles Bashorov. Bashorov circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bashorov listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov tries to bum rush Falcao with a series of wild strikes but Falcao uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Bashorov doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Falcao counters with an outside leg kick.
Bashorov lands a nice looking body shot.
A jab from Falcao finds it's way through Bashorov's defenses.
A big right from Falcao misses.
Bashorov misses with a straight left.
A little feinted left hand from Falcao on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov misses with a series of wild punches.
Bashorov misses with a looping right.
Falcao cracks Bashorov with an open hand slap.
Falcao thumps Bashorov with a low kick.
Bashorov misses with an uppercut
and Falcao counters with a slapping leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Jab from Bashorov.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Falcao was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bashorov lands a body shot.
Bashorov scores with the left hand. Falcao knows he should have avoided that one.
Bashorov swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Bashorov misses with the combination.
A big right from Bashorov misses.
Bashorov fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Falcao wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Bashorov! But no joy.
Bashorov lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Bashorov scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Falcao swats away the attempt to clinch by Bashorov.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tests Falcao's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Falcao loads up on a big right hand but Bashorov slips the punch.
Bashorov is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Falcao with a body shot.
Bashorov throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Falcao takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Falcao cracks Bashorov with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.
Falcao throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov feints the counter takedown.
A telegraphed right hand from Falcao misses the target.
Bashorov lands a nice hook to Falcao's body. Falcao takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
Bashorov takes a swing at Falcao's ribcage but misses.
A cross from Bashorov lands.
Falcao misses with a series of wild punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov tries for a takedown but Falcao circles away easily
and Falcao counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown but Falcao manages to keep the fight standing, pushing Bashorov's face into the canvas for good measure before circling away.
Esquiva Falcao has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov thows a left - swing and a miss!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bashorov fails with the takedown
and Falcao counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov blocks a jab.
Falcao throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
Bashorov misses with a looping left.
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
Falcao throws a head kick that Bashorov semi-blocks.
Falcao ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Bashorov moves away.
Falcao gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Falcao as he jumps to the side.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Karim Bashorov will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Bashorov throws a looping overhand right but Falcao ducks down to avoid it.
The fighters circling - Falcao throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Falcao uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Bashorov.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Falcao slips the punch.
Falcao scores with a shot to the body.
Falcao throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bashorov.
Bashorov shoots in looking for a takedown. Falcao tries to sprawl out of it but Bashorov keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Falcao manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.

Bashorov darts in and clinches Falcao up against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bashorov struggles to land a body shot inside as Falcao controls his hands.
Bashorov goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

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

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a sloppy body shot
and Falcao counters with a straight right hand.
Bashorov swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Bashorov misses with a jab, cross combination.
Bashorov scores with a punch to the head.
Falcao connects with a jab.
Bashorov lands a jab. Then a cross. Then finally a nice hook to the body. Good work there by Bashorov.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Falcao moves away.
Falcao throws a series of punches but Bashorov avoids them all with ease.
Bashorov's jab looks to have found its range, popping Falcao under the eye.
Falcao looks like he's developed a pretty tasty lump over his left eye. He'll need to avoid taking much more damage to that.
Falcao takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Falcao displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
A quick step to the side and Falcao tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
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!
Bashorov misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov misses with a body shot.
Bashorov connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Falcao's hands.
Bashorov fails to land with a series of punches.
Falcao looks to throw the jab but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Falcao's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Bashorov connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Falcao scrambles back to his feet.
Falcao 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.
Bashorov feints the counter takedown.
Bashorov waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Falcao.
Bashorov jabs at Falcao's body.
Falcao displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Bashorov throws out the jab.
Falcao misses with a wild combination.
Bashorov swings for the body but Falcao moves out of range.
Falcao connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Falcao counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Falcao throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Bashorov tests Falcao's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Falcao throws a solid leg kick but Bashorov takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Falcao.
Bashorov lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Falcao counters with an inside leg kick.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Bashorov dips to his left and cracks Falcao with an uppercut!
Bashorov throws a jab when Falcao was well out of range.
Bashorov ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Falcao moves away.
Bashorov ducks under a wild hook from Falcao.
Falcao throws a low kick but it's checked well by Bashorov.
Falcao walks into a straight right hand from Bashorov.
Bashorov fails with the takedown.
Esquiva Falcao has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov is looking to clinch but Falcao is avoiding it.
Falcao takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Bashorov slips a jab from Falcao.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A nice inside leg kick there by Falcao. That's going to slow Bashorov down.
Falcao throws a jab but it's blocked by Bashorov.
Falcao throws a body kick that digs right into the meat.
Falcao swats away the attempt to clinch by Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov throws a lazy uppercut
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
Bashorov throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Bashorov jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown but doesn't get it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close third round but Karim Bashorov just about did enough to take it.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Falcao was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov misses with a right hand
and Falcao counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Falcao throws a hook but Bashorov blocks it.
Bashorov steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Falcao.
Bashorov jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Falcao keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
A jab from Falcao misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice defenses there by Falcao.
Falcao wants to land a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Bashorov misses with a straight right.
Bashorov throws a series of strikes that have Falcao backpedaling.
Bashorov cracks Falcao with a good shot that sees him stumbling back into the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bashorov lands a jab.
Bashorov is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Bashorov misses with a shot to the body
and Falcao counters with a nice uppercut.
Falcao fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Bashorov manages to avoid it.
Bashorov is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Falcao throws a jab when Bashorov was well out of range.
Falcao swinging wildly here.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Falcao as he avoids it easily.
Bashorov loads up on a big right hand but Falcao slips the punch.
Donk. Bashorov catches Falcao right on the button with a cross.
Bashorov throws a jab when Falcao was well out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Falcao.
Falcao swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Falcao waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Bashorov.
Bashorov lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Bashorov misses the shot to the body.
A little feinted left hand from Falcao on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Falcao throws a right and a left that Bashorov avoids nicely.
A head kick misses from Falcao.
Falcao looks to throw a body kick
and Bashorov counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Bashorov scores with a nice head shot.
Falcao throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Bashorov stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Bashorov.
Bashorov connects with a crisp jab.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Falcao lunges at Bashorov with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Bashorov's hand.
Bashorov scores with a decent looking hook.
Falcao rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Bashorov moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Falcao misses with a kick to the body
and Bashorov counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
Good standup being displayed there by Bashorov as he connects with a hook.
Falcao tries to land a leg kick but Bashorov saw it coming and moves away.
Falcao sets himself, and Bashorov steps forward looking for the clinch! Falcao avoids it this time.
Falcao lands with a good body shot.

Bashorov closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
A left hand lands to the body for Bashorov.
Bashorov drops down looking for an ankle pick but Falcao pulls his leg out and moves away.
Esquiva Falcao has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Bashorov throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Falcao on the side of the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Falcao has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Falcao there as he acknowledges the shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Falcao takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Bashorov misses with a wild body shot.
Bashorov catches Falcao with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Falcao takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Bashorov lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Bashorov avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Falcao tries to land a leg kick but Bashorov saw it coming and moves away.
It seemed like Bashorov was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Falcao takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Falcao defending well as Bashorov loads up on a big left hand.
Falcao takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Karim Bashorov dominated that fourth round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final round!


Bashorov fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Falcao manages to avoid it.
Bashorov scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Falcao missing with a left hand there. Bashorov was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
The fight stays on the outside here - Bashorov looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Bashorov dodges the punch combination from Falcao.
Falcao walks into a left hand.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Falcao moves into range and connects with a jab.
Falcao is looking to score with low kicks.
Bashorov lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Bashorov slips a straight right by Falcao.
Bashorov feints the counter takedown.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Falcao.
Crunch! Falcao slams his shin into Bashorov's torso.

Bashorov closes the distance and scores a nice trip takedown into half guard. Falcao did well to prevent Bashorov getting side control.

Falcao manages to escape and get back to his feet!
Falcao throws a right hand that Bashorov ducks under and follows up with a left that Bashorov also avoids with ease.
Bashorov throws a body punch but Falcao moves out of range.
Bashorov connects with a good right hand that stumbles Falcao. Falcao circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Falcao swings for the body but Bashorov moves out of range.
Bashorov fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Bashorov dodges the punch combination from Falcao.
Bashorov cracks Falcao with a good jab.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Falcao thuds his right hand into Bashorov's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
A combination from Bashorov does no damage.
Falcao slips under a jab from Bashorov.
A little feinted left hand from Falcao on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Falcao fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Bashorov is out of range.
Falcao finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Bashorov shoots in for a double leg but Falcao sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
Falcao throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
A looping hook to the body misses from Falcao. Bashorov does a little dance to reset his feet.
Bashorov tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Falcao was well out of range. Poor timing from Bashorov.
Bashorov throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Falcao counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Esquiva Falcao has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Bashorov throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Falcao stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
Bashorov changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bashorov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Falcao blocks a jab.
Falcao takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
Falcao rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Bashorov moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Bashorov bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.
Bashorov connects with the punch.
Bashorov throws a shot from downtown. Falcao moves away and avoids it.
Falcao has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Falcao there as he acknowledges the shot.
Bashorov moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Bashorov connects with a body shot.
Bashorov throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Falcao lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "Ole!" shouts Falcao as he jumps to the side.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Falcao with a jab.
Falcao throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Bashorov.
Bashorov shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Falcao eats them both and turns towards Bashorov to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Bashorov dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bashorov shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Falcao as he avoids it easily.
Falcao swung with a counter punch to the body but it didn't connect.
Esquiva Falcao has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Karim Bashorov.
Falcao stuffs the takedown attempt from Bashorov. Bashorov gets slowly back to his feet.
A little feinted left hand from Falcao on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Falcao misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bashorov.
Falcao looks to land a right hand but Bashorov moved out of range.
Bashorov paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Karim Bashorov.
I've got Bashorov 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 Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 45:50
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 48:50
Judge Don Winkell scores the fight 46:50

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Karim Bashorov!

Karim Bashorov is the new middleweight champion!
Our winner, Karim Bashorov, 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.