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Event: BE 8: Chenevert vs Cabral     
Date:   May 08, 2024
#R1##TD#
Kuzmin closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Mazepin to the mat! Mazepin manages to get full guard. #SUB2#
Mazepin is looking for a triangle but Kuzmin pushes his legs off easily.
Kuzmin keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Mazepin's head.#SUB2#
Mazepin looking for a guillotine here but Kuzmin defends easily.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard. #CUT#It looks like Fedor Mazepin has been cut.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound. #SUB2#
Kuzmin got a little sloppy there for a moment and Mazepin has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Kuzmin has managed to get both his arms back between Mazepin's legs - danger averted.#SUB2#
Mazepin is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Kuzmin is aware though and is defending well.
Kuzmin scoring with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.#CUT#That has opened up Fedor Mazepin's cut even more.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kuzmin scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Kuzmin gets to his feet and stands over Mazepin, holding his ankles. He dives in with a big left hand that connects! Mazepin felt that one! Kuzmin unloads more punches and elbows and this one is over! The ref has dived in to save Mazepin from any more punishment!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:57 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
A less than humble Iov Kuzmin misjudged his post fight interview somewhat and came across a little too arrogant whilst trying to hype up his own abilities.
Fedor Mazepin was interviewed post fight and said 'until next time'.

 

Event: BE 6: Smithers vs Axelsen     
Date:   Mar 22, 2024
#R1#
Kuzmin takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Kuzmin is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Kuzmin uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Stankovic.
Kuzmin takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Kuzmin takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Stankovic thuds a left hand into Kuzmin's body.
Kuzmin drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The fighters circling - Stankovic throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Kuzmin feinted with a counter takedown.
Kuzmin needs to keep his hands up - Stankovic had a free shot at his head there.
Kuzmin tries to clinch there but Stankovic circles away. #T1#
Stankovic scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Stankovic has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Kuzmin doesn't manage to clinch there - Stankovic circles away.
Kuzmin bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Stankovic fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Kuzmin attempts a counter takedown but Stankovic avoids it well and moves away.
Stankovic jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Kuzmin appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Stankovic scores with a decent looking hook.
Kuzmin is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Kuzmin drops his hands momentarily and Stankovic takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head. #T2#
Stankovic cracks Kuzmin with a nasty uppercut that draws ooohs from the crowd and sends Kuzmin tumbling backwards onto the mat. He tries to recover but Stankovic pounces and lands a hail of unanswered strikes that forces the referee to step in to end the fight! Kuzmin is not happy but he gave the referee no choice!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:12 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Djordje Stankovic!
Djordje Stankovic 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.

 

Event: BE 4: Alyoshin vs Smithers     
Date:   Feb 23, 2024
#R1##TD#
Kuzmin feints and as Giantslayer raises his hands in defense, Kuzmin changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.
The fighters are tangled up in the ropes here. We might need a restart if the fighters can't break free themselves.
Kuzmin makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Kuzmin makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
The fighters are trapped in the ropes so we're going to have a reposition here. The ref calls for a break and repositions the fighters in the center of the ring.
Kuzmin throws a big elbow that misses.
Kuzmin is looking to work some ground and pound but Giantslayer has wrist control.
Kuzmin loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Giantslayer seems keen to control Kuzmin's posture.
Kuzmin is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Kuzmin throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Kuzmin is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Kuzmin postures up in Giantslayer's guard and throws a big left but Giantslayer blocks it.
Kuzmin throwing strikes from guard but Giantslayer blocks nicely.
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Kuzmin throws a strike but Giantslayer rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top. #REVB#
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Giantslayer forces his way into half guard.#T1#
Giantslayer is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Kuzmin is refusing to be controlled, as Giantslayer sits in half guard.
Kuzmin gets back to full guard.
Kuzmin punching to the body, from the bottom.
Giantslayer loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Giantslayer trying to control the position from guard on top but Kuzmin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Giantslayer is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long. #T2#
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.
Kuzmin is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move. #REVR#
Kuzmin lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.
Kuzmin missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
Kuzmin with the ground and pound but Giantslayer uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Giantslayer keeping full guard, as Kuzmin tries to pass.
Kuzmin connects with a couple of short punches.
Kuzmin takes a decent strike to the side of the head.
Kuzmin working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Giantslayer's head.
Giantslayer working a defensive guard here.
Kuzmin chips away with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Kuzmin throws a big elbow that misses. #T3#
Giantslayer preventing the ground and pound from doing any damage.
Kuzmin trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Giantslayer wants to sweep here but Kuzmin controlling him for the moment.
Kuzmin scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Kuzmin throwing strikes from guard but Giantslayer blocks nicely.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Kuzmin accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Kuzmin connects with a couple of short punches.
Kuzmin works over Giantslayer with some ground and pound from guard.
Kuzmin working some strikes from top position.
Giantslayer 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.
Giantslayer has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.#T4#
Giantslayer is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Giantslayer has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Kuzmin postures up in Giantslayer's guard and throws a big left but Giantslayer blocks it.
Kuzmin landing with the ground and pound.
Kuzmin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Giantslayer has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Giantslayer working a defensive guard here.
Kuzmin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Kuzmin has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.
Giantslayer working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from 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!
Kuzmin postures up and lands a big shot to Giantslayer's brow. #T5#
Giantslayer working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Giantslayer lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.#REVB#
Kuzmin wants to sweep here but Giantslayer controlling him for the moment.
Kuzmin controlling the position.
Giantslayer preventing the sweep.
Kuzmin is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Giantslayer postures up and lands a big shot to Kuzmin's brow.
Giantslayer preventing the sweep.
Giantslayer stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Kuzmin swivels though and keeps the full guard. #SUB#
Kuzmin is active off his back here, looking for submissions. #T6#
Kuzmin tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Kuzmin is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Giantslayer trying to control the position from guard on top but Kuzmin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Giantslayer working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Kuzmin's head.
Giantslayer with a flurry of punches that miss.
Giantslayer trying to control the position from guard on top but Kuzmin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Giantslayer wants to pass the guard but Kuzmin is keeping the position.
Giantslayer postures up in Kuzmin's guard and throws a big left but Kuzmin blocks it. #REF3#
The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.#T7#
Giantslayer takes a swing at Kuzmin's ribcage but misses. #TD2#
Giantslayer closes the distance and looks for a trip takedown... aaaand he's got it - Giantslayer lands in his opponent's guard.
Giantslayer slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Giantslayer scoring with punches from side control.
Giantslayer working the ground and pound but he's contacting the mat, not the fighter.
Giantslayer wants to control for a moment but Kuzmin uses the opportunity to move back to half guard.
Kuzmin tries to get to full guard but Giantslayer has control of the leg. #T8#
Giantslayer looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Kuzmin has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Giantslayer is working away from the top position though.
Giantslayer trying to control from half guard but Kuzmin is working away.
Kuzmin moves into full guard.
Giantslayer postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Giantslayer wants to control from the top but Kuzmin keeps moving.
Kuzmin is striking but Giantslayer is not phased and passes to half guard.#T9#
Kuzmin trying to control from the bottom.
Giantslayer controlling the action here.
Giantslayer 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.
Giantslayer is looking to take a break and control but Kuzmin is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Kuzmin tries to get to full guard but Giantslayer has control of the leg.
Giantslayer looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Kuzmin with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Giantslayer is looking to stall here but Kuzmin recovers full guard.
Kuzmin pulls Giantslayer in to control the position.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Iov Kuzmin dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the ring so we can get back down to business.#R2#
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Kuzmin.#TD2#
Giantslayer looking to shoot here. He's gone for it and he's landed a takedown into side control! Oh, that's bad for Kuzmin!
Kuzmin is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Giantslayer's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Kuzmin regains full guard, whilst avoiding punches from Giantslayer.
Kuzmin wants to sweep here but Giantslayer controlling him for the moment.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kuzmin working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Giantslayer.
Kuzmin manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Giantslayer manages to get himself to full guard. #REVR#
Kuzmin throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent. #T1#
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Kuzmin accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Giantslayer is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move. #REVB#
Giantslayer wants to take a breather but Kuzmin is having none of it.
Giantslayer thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Giantslayer is trying to control the action in half guard but Kuzmin is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Giantslayer thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Kuzmin's head.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Giantslayer in particular looking to stall.
Giantslayer is thwarting Kuzmin's attempts to control the position.#T2#
Kuzmin tries to get to full guard but Giantslayer has control of the leg.
Kuzmin is looking to control Giantslayer's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Kuzmin avoid being mounted?
Giantslayer not throwing his punches with enough precision this time.
Kuzmin is looking for a sweep. Giantslayer is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Giantslayer working the head and body with strikes.
Giantslayer working Kuzmin over with strikes.
Giantslayer wants to control but Kuzmin is keeping him busy.
Giantslayer trying to mount his opponent but Kuzmin defends it.
Giantslayer seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Kuzmin does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Iov Kuzmin overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.#T3#
Kuzmin is trying to control but can't. #REF3#
The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up.
Giantslayer stuffs the takedown attempt from Kuzmin. Kuzmin gets slowly back to his feet.
Giantslayer fails to land with a series of punches.
Nice sprawl there from Giantslayer as Kuzmin shoots in.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Iov Kuzmin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.#TD2#
Kuzmin tries to sprawl but Giantslayer drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Kuzmin wants to improve his position but Giantslayer is controlling well.
Giantslayer trying to control the action but Kuzmin is working from the bottom.
Kuzmin is trying to get back to full guard.#T4#
Kuzmin has his hands clasped together around Giantslayer's back. He's all about the action.
Kuzmin is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Giantslayer scores with a couple of nice shots.
Giantslayer wants to pass to mount but Kuzmin is defending the position.
Giantslayer is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Giantslayer is keen to just control but Kuzmin is a slippery customer.
Kuzmin works his way to full guard. Good work.#T5#
Kuzmin keeping moving, preventing Giantslayer from controlling successfully.
Giantslayer preventing the sweep.
Giantslayer with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Giantslayer trying to control the position from guard on top but Kuzmin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuzmin is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
The referee is asking the fighters to pick up the pace.
Giantslayer trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Kuzmin keeping moving, preventing Giantslayer from controlling successfully. #REF3#
The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.#TD#
Kuzmin scores with a takedown into Giantslayer's guard.
Our spies down at at London MMA Club inform us that Giantslayer has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Giantslayer holds on and takes a little breather. #T6#
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Kuzmin's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Kuzmin postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Kuzmin lands a couple of elbows.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Giantslayer working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Giantslayer has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Kuzmin landing with the ground and pound.
Giantslayer looking for a sweep. Not yet Giantslayer, not yet.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Kuzmin tries to free his leg and advance position but Giantslayer is retaining full guard.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Kuzmin's corner. There ya go! There ya go! #T7#
Kuzmin postures up and lands a big shot to Giantslayer's brow.
Giantslayer throws a couple of weedy looking strikes off his back.
Giantslayer has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Kuzmin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Giantslayer working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Kuzmin landing with the ground and pound.
Giantslayer wants to sweep here but Kuzmin controlling him for the moment.
Kuzmin throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Giantslayer works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Kuzmin missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Giantslayer is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.#T8#
Kuzmin throwing strikes from guard but Giantslayer blocks nicely.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Kuzmin postures up and lands a big shot to Giantslayer's brow.
Kuzmin throws a strike but Giantslayer rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top. #REVB#
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Kuzmin is on top in guard. #REVR#
Kuzmin cracks Giantslayer with a solid left hand.
Kuzmin throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Kuzmin missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Giantslayer has his hands on Kuzmin's head, controlling the position.
Kuzmin postures up. #T9#
Kuzmin tries to free his leg and advance position but Giantslayer is retaining full guard.
Kuzmin with a nice head shot there.
Giantslayer not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Kuzmin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Kuzmin is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Kuzmin throws a big elbow that misses.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Giantslayer wants to sweep but no luck.
Kuzmin throws a big elbow that misses.
Kuzmin chips away with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin is in close to Giantslayer's body, working some short punches and elbows.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Iov Kuzmin will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the ring so we can get back down to business. Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!#R3#
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Kuzmin is defended easily by Giantslayer.
Giantslayer dives in and grabs Kuzmin's left leg, looking for a takedown. Kuzmin pushes down on Giantslayer's head and hops out.#TD#
Kuzmin decides to change it up a bit and drives through with a nice takedown into half guard.
Kuzmin thows a huge punch but Giantslayer dodges it nicely.
Kuzmin scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Kuzmin seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Kuzmin takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Kuzmin working over Giantslayer with some ground and pound. Giantslayer looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.
Kuzmin is nestled in close to Giantslayer, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Giantslayer is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Kuzmin scores with a couple of nice shots.
Kuzmin lands strikes from half guard.
Kuzmin throwing shots but Giantslayer is blocking nicely.
Giantslayer lands one or two decent shots to the body here. Although from his own half guard, he's not going to be causing too much damage.
Kuzmin is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Giantslayer can do to turn this around?
Giantslayer takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.#T1#
Kuzmin is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Kuzmin working Giantslayer over with strikes.
Kuzmin is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Kuzmin seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Kuzmin prevents Giantslayer from improving his position.
Kuzmin working the head and body with strikes.
Kuzmin is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
Giantslayer wants to improve his position but Kuzmin is controlling well.
Kuzmin working Giantslayer over with strikes.
Kuzmin landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent. #T2#
Kuzmin thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Giantslayer's head.
Giantslayer on the receiving end of some nice ground and pound.
Kuzmin not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Kuzmin slips a nice elbow through Giantslayer's hands, connecting with Giantslayer's forehead.
Giantslayer is trying to get back to full guard.
Kuzmin winds up and cracks Giantslayer with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Giantslayer taking some punishment here, with Kuzmin in his half guard.
Giantslayer wants to control but Kuzmin is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Kuzmin missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Nice strikes from Kuzmin there.
Kuzmin landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent. #ROC#Giantslayer is rocked!
Kuzmin slips a nice elbow through Giantslayer's hands, connecting with Giantslayer's forehead.
Giantslayer is still in real trouble! Can Kuzmin finish him?#T3#
Kuzmin thows a wild elbow that connects with the canvas.
Kuzmin looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Giantslayer with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Kuzmin takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Kuzmin scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Kuzmin throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Kuzmin landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Kuzmin looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Ground and pound from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
Kuzmin lands strikes from half guard.
Kuzmin scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Giantslayer avoiding damage under a succession of punches from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin not throwing his punches with enough precision this time. #T4#
Giantslayer taking some punishment here, with Kuzmin in his half guard.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Kuzmin connects with a nice short shot to Giantslayer's temple.
Giantslayer taking some punishment here, with Kuzmin in his half guard.
Kuzmin scores with a big shot! Giantslayer's head bounced off the canvas with a huge thud! More strikes land and the referee has jumped in to save Giantslayer! He was hurt real bad - good stoppage!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:34 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
Iov Kuzmin spent the whole post fight interview bigging himself up. It didn't go down that well with the fans after a while as they thought it was a bit arrogant.

 

Event: BE 2: Bronson vs Smithers     
Date:   Jan 13, 2024
#R1#
Kuzmin uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Dolton.
Kuzmin swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Dolton scores with a sloppy right hand. Kuzmin should have avoided that one.
Dolton looks to score with a jab to the body but Kuzmin is just out of range.
A little feinted left hand from Kuzmin on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Dolton swings and misses with a shot to the body
letting Kuzmin counter with a right hand.
Dolton misses with a lunging right hand
letting Kuzmin counter with a right hand.
Kuzmin takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dolton swings widly with a right hand
and Kuzmin counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Dolton throws a jab but it's blocked by Kuzmin.
A little feinted left hand from Kuzmin on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Kuzmin staying out of range there.
Kuzmin is looking to counter punch.#T1#
Dolton lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Kuzmin at a distance.
Dolton throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Dolton cracks Kuzmin's jaw with two stiff jabs then ducks low and throws a soul-severing right uppercut to the mouth!! Kuzmin slumps to the ground with blood on his lips. The referee steps in before Dolton can do further damage! This one is done, son!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:28 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Scott Dolton!
An out of breath Scott Dolton thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.

 

Event: BE 1: Violent Nights     
Date:   Dec 23, 2023
#R1#
A solid leg kick lands there for Cabral.
Kuzmin looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Cabral throws an off balance right hand #TD#
and Kuzmin counters with a single leg into guard. Cabral didn't expect that.
Cabral wants to stand and escape but Kuzmin is having none of it.
Kuzmin scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin postures up.
Kuzmin prevents Cabral from getting back to his feet.
Cabral is trying to control the position but Kuzmin postures up.
Cabral is looking to stand up but Kuzmin isn't so interested in that idea.
Kuzmin loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Kuzmin throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Cabral works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Kuzmin postures up in Cabral's guard and throws a big left but Cabral blocks it.
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Cabral can do anything to dispel that myth.
Cabral looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Kuzmin scoring with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Kuzmin postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kuzmin is in close to Cabral's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Kuzmin is working Cabral over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes. #T1#
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Cabral has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Cabral is looking to get back to his feet but can't, whilst Kuzmin is controlling him.
Cabral is trying to control the position but Kuzmin postures up.
Cabral looking to hit a scissor sweep but Kuzmin is one step ahead there.
Cabral really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Kuzmin. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Cabral trying to control the position.
Kuzmin stands up over Cabral, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Kuzmin is in close to Cabral's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Cabral's head.#ROC#Cabral is rocked!#T2#
Kuzmin loads up on a big left hand. Cabral felt that one! He's just covering up now, not defending himself intelligently - Kuzmin looks towards the ref and unloads with 3 more big shots and the ref has no choice but to stop the fight! Cabral can't hide his disappointment, as Kuzmin celebrates the victory.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:21 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
Iov Kuzmin bigged himself up after the win. The crowd seemed to love it.

 

Event: CFC 604     
Date:   Nov 10, 2023
#R1#
Mahi Ai lands a right hook to the body.
Mahi Ai lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Kuzmin at a distance.
Mahi Ai 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.
Kuzmin shoots in looking for a takedown. Mahi Ai tries to sprawl out of it but Kuzmin keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Mahi Ai manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Kuzmin walks straight into an uppercut. Luckily it didn't land flush.
Donk. Mahi Ai catches Kuzmin right on the button with a cross.
Kuzmin looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Kuzmin takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Kuzmin shoots in for a takedown but Mahi Ai shows good takedown defense.
Mahi Ai misses with a hook.
Kuzmin fails with a takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Iov Kuzmin. That's going to take a lot out of him.#TD#
Kuzmin shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Let's see what he's got on the mat. #T1#
Kuzmin throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Kuzmin throws a big right hand that misses.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Kuzmin accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Mahi Ai is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move. #REVB#
Mahi Ai not landing any meaningful shots this time.
Kuzmin tries to get to full guard but Mahi Ai has control of the leg.
Mahi Ai wants to lay and pray for a moment but Kuzmin keeps working.
Kuzmin wants to control but Mahi Ai is keeping busy. #T2#
Kuzmin is looking for a sweep. Mahi Ai is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Kuzmin keeping control of the position.
Mahi Ai is looking to advance position but Kuzmin won't allow it.
Mahi Ai stalling.
Mahi Ai looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Kuzmin makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Kuzmin.#T3#
Mahi Ai pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Kuzmin is keeping the position for now.
Mahi Ai trying to control but Kuzmin is working from the bottom.
Kuzmin managing to control the position.
Mahi Ai won't allow Kuzmin to sweep him here.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kuzmin pulls Mahi Ai in to control the position. #REF3#
The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up.#T4#
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.#TD#
Kuzmin drives through with a takedown into Mahi Ai's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Mahi Ai looking for a sweep. Not yet Mahi Ai, not yet.
Kuzmin trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Mahi Ai working a defensive guard here.
Kuzmin stands up over Mahi Ai, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Kuzmin working some strikes from top position.
Kuzmin trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Mahi Ai lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.#REVB#
Mahi Ai content to stall in guard here.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Kuzmin keeping moving, preventing Mahi Ai from controlling successfully.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Thomas Mahi Ai dominated that round.
The corners get their ten second warning. Both fighters stand from their stools and stare each other down, ready to get back to the action.#R2#
A telegraphed takedown attempt from Kuzmin is defended easily by Mahi Ai.
Mahi Ai misses with a looping left.
Mahi Ai works the jab nicely.
Kuzmin throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Mahi Ai's waist but Mahi Ai gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Kuzmin off to one side.
Kuzmin keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Mahi Ai looks to score with a jab to the body but Kuzmin is just out of range.
Mahi Ai throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Kuzmin looks frustrated there after his takedown attempt is stuffed easily.
Mahi Ai tries to counter by closing the distance.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Iov Kuzmin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mahi Ai leaves Kuzmin with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Mahi Ai tries to counter by closing the distance.#CL2#
Kuzmin tries to keep at a distance but Mahi Ai has taken the fight into the clinch.
Mahi Ai has been the more effective fighter overall so far.#T1#
Kuzmin goes for a takedown in the clinch but Mahi Ai prevents it.
Mahi Ai doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Mahi Ai misses with the head strike.
Kuzmin managing to block the knees to the body from Mahi Ai.
A head punch on the inside from Mahi Ai fails to land.
Mahi Ai stops a takedown attempt from Kuzmin.
A head punch on the inside from Mahi Ai fails to land.
Mahi Ai misses with a short punch on the inside.
Mahi Ai misses with an elbow strike.
Mahi Ai crunches a lovely knee into Kuzmin's ribcage.
Kuzmin wants to take the fight to the mat but Mahi Ai manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
Kuzmin changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Mahi Ai fights it off and pushes away nicely. #CL2#
Mahi Ai has taken the fight to the clinch.
Mahi Ai makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.#T2#
Kuzmin drops down looking for an ankle pick but Mahi Ai pulls his leg out and moves away.
Mahi Ai bobs and weaves and throws out a fast jab that snaps Kuzmin's head backwards.
Mahi Ai scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.#TD#
Mahi Ai tries to sprawl but Kuzmin drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted 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!
Mahi Ai wants to control but Kuzmin is keeping busy.
Kuzmin thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Mahi Ai's head.
Mahi Ai moves into full guard.
Mahi Ai not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Mahi Ai lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.#REVB#
Kuzmin wants to sweep but no luck. #T3#
Kuzmin is trying to keep Mahi Ai in close.
Kuzmin controlling the position.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Kuzmin is on top in guard. #REVR#
Mahi Ai looking for a sweep. Not yet Mahi Ai, not yet.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Kuzmin 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.
Kuzmin is looking to work some ground and pound but Mahi Ai has wrist control.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Mahi Ai really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Kuzmin. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Kuzmin stopping the sweep attempt from Mahi Ai.
Kuzmin trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat. #T4#
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Mahi Ai wants to get back to his feet but Kuzmin is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Kuzmin loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Kuzmin loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Iov Kuzmin overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Kuzmin postures up and lands a big shot to Mahi Ai's brow.
Kuzmin stands up over Mahi Ai, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Kuzmin throws a big right hand that misses.
Kuzmin postures up and lands a big shot to Mahi Ai's brow.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Mahi Ai has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Mahi Ai pulls Kuzmin in close to prevent any damage.
Kuzmin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
And that is the end of the round. The fighters go back to their corners.

Thomas Mahi Ai 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. Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!#R3#
Mahi Ai scores with a decent looking hook.
No luck for Kuzmin with that takedown attempt.
Kuzmin fails miserably with a takedown attempt.
Mahi Ai throws a low kick but Kuzmin avoids it.
Kuzmin shoots for a takedown but Mahi Ai saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Iov Kuzmin. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Nice sprawl there from Mahi Ai as Kuzmin shoots in.
Mahi Ai connects with a good right hand that stumbles Kuzmin. Kuzmin circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Donk. Mahi Ai catches Kuzmin right on the button with a cross.
Thomas Mahi Ai seems to be getting the better of the standup.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mahi Ai tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Kuzmin paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Kuzmin half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Mahi Ai tries a head kick but it misses.
Mahi Ai looks to score with a jab to the body but Kuzmin is just out of range.
Kuzmin tries to counter with a takedown but Mahi Ai is quick to defend against it.#CL2#
Mahi Ai clinches. #T1#
Kuzmin is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Mahi Ai is defending well.
Kuzmin is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
A left hand lands to the body for Mahi Ai.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Kuzmin drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Mahi Ai gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Mahi Ai lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Mahi Ai.
Mahi Ai can't find room to land a body shot as Kuzmin controls the action.
A right hand to the body from Mahi Ai.
Mahi Ai scores with a shot to the side of Kuzmin's head.
Mahi Ai lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Still in the clinch, Mahi Ai scores with a nice short uppercut.
A right handed body shot lands from Mahi Ai.
Kuzmin goes for a takedown in the clinch but Mahi Ai prevents it.
Mahi Ai pushes Kuzmin back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Kuzmin has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Mahi Ai is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
Mahi Ai works on Kuzmin's body with a couple of short punches.#T2#
Mahi Ai misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Mahi Ai scores with an uppercut up the middle.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Mahi Ai stops a takedown attempt from Kuzmin.
Thomas Mahi Ai seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Kuzmin blocks a body shot from Mahi Ai.
Kuzmin avoids a wild elbow strike from Mahi Ai.
Kuzmin blocks an elbow strike from Mahi Ai.
Mahi Ai lands with a right to the head.
Kuzmin drops to a knee looking for a takedown but Mahi Ai gets the underhooks and prevents it.
Mahi Ai lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Mahi Ai fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Kuzmin blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Kuzmin blocks a punch to the side of the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Kuzmin.
Kuzmin goes for a takedown attempt but Mahi Ai pushes him away and we're back to fighting at a distance.
Kuzmin looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Mahi Ai is fending him off so far but Kuzmin persists. Nope, Mahi Ai circles away and we're back to standing.
Mahi Ai steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Kuzmin.
A low kick from Mahi Ai misses #TD#
so Kuzmin counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility. #T3#
Mahi Ai looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Mahi Ai is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kuzmin chips away with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Kuzmin with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Mahi Ai can do anything to dispel that myth.
Kuzmin throws a strike but Mahi Ai rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top. #REVB#
Thomas Mahi Ai is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Kuzmin lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.#REVR#
Mahi Ai seems keen to control Kuzmin's posture.
A big thud reverberates around the arena there as Kuzmin accidentally thumps the mat. Hopefully he's not broken his hand.
Mahi Ai controlling the position.
Kuzmin postures up. #T4#
Kuzmin trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Mahi Ai looking to hit a scissor sweep but Kuzmin is one step ahead there.
Mahi Ai avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Kuzmin throws a big elbow that misses.
Mahi Ai has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Mahi Ai looking to control.
Kuzmin is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Mahi Ai trying to control the position.
Mahi Ai avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.

And that's the end of the fight!
Thomas Mahi Ai comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Mahi Ai 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Ian Loll scores the fight 27:30
Judge Dillan Fox scores the fight 27:30
Judge Elvis Blanc scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Thomas Mahi Ai!

An out of breath Thomas Mahi Ai thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.

 

Event: CFC 595     
Date:   Oct 06, 2023
#R1##TD2#
Kuzmin looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
Bison wants to get back to his feet.
Kuzmin wants to free his trapped foot but Bison is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Kuzmin lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
Kuzmin looks towards his corner to check for any instructions. The corner give him nothing to work with, so he cracks Bison with a short hammerfist. I guess that's as good as any advice he could get in this position.
Ground and pound from Kuzmin.
Bison is trying to stand up here but Kuzmin is controlling him well.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kuzmin drops an elbow to the side of Bison's head. #ES#
Bison has one foot on Kuzmin's thigh - he pushes off and manages to get back to his feet.
Bison has been working on his boxing with his coaches at 3Band MMA in the buildup to the fight.
Bison goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bison throws a combination. Kuzmin tries to block but a couple of punches get through.
Bison throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped #TD2#
and Kuzmin counters with a single leg into guard. Bison didn't expect that. #T1#
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Bison wants to stand but Kuzmin is controlling the position.
Kuzmin distracts Bison with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.#ROC2#Bison is rocked!
Kuzmin gets to his feet and stands over Bison, holding his ankles. He dives in with a big left hand that connects! Bison felt that one! Kuzmin unloads more punches and elbows and this one is over! The ref has dived in to save Bison from any more punishment!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:31 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
Iov Kuzmin 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.
Tyke Bison spoke after the fight, saying 'D'oh, d'oh, that thuckth! Back to the drawing board! '.

 

Event: RSE : Just Some Fights 4     
Date:   Jul 28, 2023
#R1#
Sandcastle lands a head shot.#TD2#
Kuzmin shoots in and gets a takedown into Sandcastle's guard.
Kuzmin missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Kuzmin missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Kuzmin is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Kuzmin in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Kuzmin postures up in Sandcastle's guard and throws a big left but Sandcastle blocks it.
Kuzmin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Kuzmin postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Kuzmin lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Kuzmin's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Kuzmin keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Sandcastle's head.
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin working some ground and pound from guard but it's not doing any damage.
Kuzmin has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Sandcastle wants to stand and escape but Kuzmin is having none of it.
Kuzmin postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Sandcastle has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.#T1#
Kuzmin lands a couple of digs.
Kuzmin landing with the ground and pound.
Kuzmin scoring with punches to the head and body.
Kuzmin throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Sandcastle works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Kuzmin looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Kuzmin working some strikes from top position.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Sandcastle working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Kuzmin throws an elbow that misses. Sandcastle uses the momentum to reverse the position. He's now in Kuzmin's guard. Nice move by Sandcastle!#REVR#
Kuzmin looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Kuzmin is adopting a defensive guard.
Sandcastle trying to control but Kuzmin is working from the bottom. #T2#
Kuzmin bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Sandcastle's guard. #REVB#
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Kuzmin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Kuzmin cracks Sandcastle with a solid left hand.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Kuzmin scoring with some ground and pound. #T3#
Sandcastle has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Kuzmin scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Kuzmin content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Sandcastle avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Kuzmin with a flurry of punches that miss.
Sandcastle knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Kuzmin on the ground.
Kuzmin throwing strikes from guard but Sandcastle blocks nicely.
Kuzmin is looking to work some ground and pound but Sandcastle has wrist control.
Kuzmin working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Kuzmin cracks Sandcastle with a solid left hand.
Kuzmin makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.
Kuzmin keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Sandcastle's head.
Kuzmin stands up over Sandcastle, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
Kuzmin works over Sandcastle with some ground and pound from guard.
Sandcastle has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.#ROC2#Sandcastle is rocked!#T4#
Kuzmin cracks Sandcastle with a solid left hand.
Oh Sandcastle is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Kuzmin gets to his feet and stands over Sandcastle, holding his ankles. He dives in with a big left hand that connects! Sandcastle felt that one! Kuzmin unloads more punches and elbows and this one is over! The ref has dived in to save Sandcastle from any more punishment!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:22 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
Iov Kuzmin decided to go for the less than humble approach in his post fight interview, telling everyone how he is going to conquer the world. The crowd seemed to like it when really that sort of approach could have gone either way.

 

Event: RSE 1: From Ruin We Rise     
Date:   Jun 17, 2023
#R1#
Kuzmin keeps the fight on the outside.#TD2#
Kuzmin shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Kuzmin showed some decent athleticism there.
Cleese trying to hold on to Kuzmin's head to control him but Kuzmin postures up.
Kuzmin 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.
Kuzmin working the head and body with strikes.
Cleese is trying to stand up here but Kuzmin is controlling him well.
Kuzmin is nestled in close to Cleese, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.
Kuzmin has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at ubergym. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Kuzmin connects with a nice short shot to Cleese's temple.
Kuzmin takes advantage of the dominant position to land a couple of big hammer fists.
Kuzmin lands a big shot. The thud that echoes around the arena is like music to the fans' ears.
Kuzmin looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin lands with an elbow from half guard - that looked like it hurt.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Kuzmin connects with a nice short shot to Cleese's temple. #ROC2#Cleese is rocked!
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Kuzmin scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Kuzmin landing with strikes to the body and head, softening up his opponent.
Oh Cleese is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Cleese moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Cleese seems to have got his legs back now.#T1#
Kuzmin is working Cleese over from the guard. He should look to pass the guard and do a little more damage with these strikes.
Cleese wants to sweep here but Kuzmin controlling him for the moment.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Kuzmin's corner. There ya go! There ya go!
Kuzmin arches his back and unloads with a massive left and a right! Cleese's eyes roll back into his head, he's out cold! The ref dives in to stop the fight - wow, they were hard shots!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:36 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!
Iov Kuzmin was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.

 

Event: FFT Strikers Vs Grapplers R5     
Date:   Mar 15, 2023
#R1##TD2#
Kuzmin manages to get an easy takedown there - catching Johnson on his heels. He'll look to pass Johnson's guard now, I'm sure.
Johnson knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Kuzmin on the ground.
Kuzmin chips away with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Kuzmin throwing strikes but missing.
Johnson working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin working some strikes from top position.
Johnson utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Kuzmin working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Johnson's head.
Kuzmin is looking to work some ground and pound but Johnson has wrist control.
Kuzmin postures up in Johnson's guard and throws a big left but Johnson blocks it.
Kuzmin distracts Johnson with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kuzmin lands a couple of elbows.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kuzmin postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Kuzmin connects with a couple of short punches.
Kuzmin working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Kuzmin lands a couple of elbows.
Kuzmin has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.#T1#
Kuzmin is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Johnson is breathing heavily.
Kuzmin chips away with some ground and pound.
Kuzmin throws a big right hand that misses.
Kuzmin postures up to throw the ground and pound strikes but they don't connect.
Johnson working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Kuzmin.
Kuzmin lands a nice shot whilst sitting in his opponent's guard.
Kuzmin landing some decent shots from guard.
Kuzmin distracts Johnson with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Kuzmin throwing strikes from guard but Johnson blocks nicely.
Kuzmin stands up over Johnson, holding his feet. He dives back in and lands a decent shot to the head.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kuzmin scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Johnson has momentary wrist control but Kuzmin slips an elbow through the middle.
Kuzmin postures up and lands some nice ground and pound. #T2#
Kuzmin distracts Johnson with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Kuzmin content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots. #ROC2#Johnson is rocked!
Kuzmin postures up and scores with a shot to the body and a follow up elbow to the head.
Oh Johnson is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Kuzmin postures up from his opponent's guard, before exploding into some vicious ground and pound! Johnson covers up, he's hurt! Kuzmin keeps throwing the strikes, glancing at the referee... Will he stop it?? One more big shot from Kuzmin and the ref steps in to end the fight! Kuzmin can't hide his delight as he celebrates with his corner.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:29 of round 1, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!

 

Event: FFT Strikers Vs Grapplers R4     
Date:   Feb 23, 2023
#R1#
Fdhgh closes this distance looking for a takedown but Kuzmin circles away.#TD2#
Kuzmin looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.#ROC2#Fdhgh is rocked!
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kuzmin sitting in half guard here. He lands a big elbow that has hurt Fdhgh! Oh, Fdhgh is in big trouble! Kuzmin lands more strikes and the ref dives in to save him! The fight is over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:25 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Strikes). Iov Kuzmin!

 

 
 
 
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