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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Boyko Kersikov (ranked 3068 p4p, 131 weight class) and Tim Lincekum (ranked 4799 p4p, 185 weight class). Lincekum comes into a darkened arena with his song building. BYOB kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Both fighters look pumped up here. Let's hope this is a good fight!

167 cm
40
142 lbs
26 - 14 - 1
160 cm
33
136 lbs
14 - 14 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
Dangerous knees
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 26 wins, 14 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of New York, Boyko Kersikov!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 14 wins, 14 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Tim Lincekum!
The judges for this bout are Yuuki Gou, Shirou Masuda and Hirohito Nitta.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lincekum swings for the body but Kersikov moves out of range.
Kersikov throws a nice inside leg kick.
Kersikov just misses with a punch to the body.
A shot to the liver by Kersikov. Beautiful body shot.
Lincekum thows a left - swing and a miss!
A swing and a miss from Lincekum.
Kersikov blocks a head kick by Lincekum.
Lincekum swinging wildly here.
Lincekum takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Lincekum throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Kersikov throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Kersikov dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Lincekum. That did some damage!
Kersikov wants to clinch.
Lincekum tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Kersikov lands a jab.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Kersikov tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Lincekum rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Kersikov moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Lincekum takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Kersikov fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Lincekum avoids it really well and circles away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov slips a jab from Lincekum.
Lincekum throws a jab when Kersikov was well out of range.
Lincekum takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Kersikov avoids the head kick by Lincekum.
Kersikov throws a combination but it was largely blocked by Lincekum.
Kersikov scores with a hook to the body. Lincekum takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Lincekum takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Kersikov rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Lincekum moves out of range and avoids them all easily.

Kersikov closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Lincekum's guard.
Kersikov keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Lincekum's head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Kersikov throws a big right hand that misses.
Kersikov looking to sit in guard and control but Lincekum gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.

Kersikov trying to control the position.

Kersikov looking for a guillotine here but Lincekum defends easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov trying to control the position.
Kersikov working a defensive guard but Lincekum passes into half guard.
Kersikov trying to control but Lincekum postures up.
The referee walks around the fighters to get a better view of the action. Lincekum lands a nice short elbow.
Kersikov is trying to get back to full guard.
Lincekum is controlling the pace.
Kersikov wants to control but Lincekum is keeping busy.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Lincekum winds up and cracks Kersikov with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Kersikov is trying to control but Lincekum passes into side control!
Kersikov tries to slip a leg under to move to half guard but Lincekum presses down on the leg and jumps into full mount!
Lincekum avoids the attempt from Kersikov to control.
Lincekum pausing momentarily but resumes with a couple of decent strikes that do a bit of damage.
Kersikov tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Kersikov is working hard here to advance position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kersikov blocking the ground and pound attempt from Lincekum.
Kersikov wants to control the action here but instead Lincekum manages to pass to full mount!
Lincekum has the superior BJJ but he's also working some ground strikes into his gameplan.
Kersikov regains half guard.
Kersikov is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Lincekum's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Lincekum's back!
This has been an exciting period of action!

Kersikov has his opponent's back and is working for the choke.
Lincekum can't escape the position.
Kersikov avoiding Lincekum 's attempts to control his hands.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Kersikov swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Kersikov feints and then cracks Lincekum's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Lincekum down.
Boyko Kersikov is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Lincekum falls off balance throwing a combination
and Kersikov counters with a leg kick that reverborates around the arena.
Kersikov throws a series of punches but Lincekum avoids them all with ease.
Kersikov bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Kersikov misses with a series of wild punches.
Lincekum moves out of range of the strikes.
Kersikov throws a lazy right hand but Lincekum sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Kersikov moves out of range as Lincekum strikes.
Lincekum lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Kersikov circles away quickly and effectively.
Lincekum misses with a two punch combination.
Lincekum throws a lazy right hand but Kersikov sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Lincekum throws a head kick that half lands.
Lincekum tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Lincekum connects with a jab.
Kersikov attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
A left lands for Kersikov.
Boyko Kersikov is winning the standup battle so far.
Kersikov shoots in and drives through. Lincekum sprawls well.

Kersikov darts in and clinches Lincekum up against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov lands a right hand.
Kersikov working aggressively here.
Kersikov misses with a short punch on the inside.
Lincekum creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Kersikov misses with some punches.
Lincekum's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Kersikov misses with a short punch on the inside.
Lincekum blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Lincekum blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kersikov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Kersikov makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Kersikov is clearly stalling here... Pick up the pace son.
Kersikov swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Kersikov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov swings away with an uppercut that misses.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Kersikov.
Kersikov lands a hook that snaps the head of Lincekum backwards.
Lincekum misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Kersikov.
Kersikov tries to throw a body punch but Lincekum avoids it by throwing Kersikov back against the cage.
Kersikov throws a head punch that misses.
Kersikov has a couple of punches blocked by Lincekum.
Lincekum is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Lincekum blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kersikov misses with a punch on the inside.
Kersikov pushes Lincekum back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Kersikov misses with the head strike.
Kersikov lands a right hand that snaps the head of Lincekum backwards.
Kersikov blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Kersikov tries to work over Lincekum's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Kersikov is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Lincekum blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov avoiding damage as Lincekum throws knees to the body.
Lincekum throws a knee to the head but misses.
Boyko Kersikov has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Kersikov lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Kersikov avoiding damage as Lincekum throws knees to the body.
Lincekum tries to throw a body punch but Kersikov avoids it by throwing Lincekum back against the cage.
Kersikov misses with a short punch on the inside.
Lincekum blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kersikov swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Kersikov lands with a short shot to the head.
Kersikov swings wildly with an uppercut but Lincekum uses good head movement to avoid it.
Kersikov working aggressively here.
Kersikov lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
Kersikov is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Lincekum can do to turn this around?
A head punch blocked on the inside by Lincekum.
Kersikov avoiding damage as Lincekum throws knees to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov misses with a punch on the inside.
Kersikov throws a punch but it's blocked by Lincekum.
Kersikov misses with a hook from the clinch.
Kersikov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Kersikov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A nice left hand lands by Lincekum.
Kersikov manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
A right hook to the body lands for Lincekum.
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!
Lincekum misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Kersikov.
Lincekum blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Kersikov throws a punch but it's blocked by Lincekum.
Lincekum swings wildly with an uppercut but Kersikov uses good head movement to avoid it.
Lincekum lands a knee to the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Boyko Kersikov dominated that second round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action! This is the final round!


Lincekum swings for the body but Kersikov moves out of range.
Lincekum takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Lincekum takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Lincekum misses with an uppercut. Kersikov saw that one coming.
Kersikov tries to counter by clinching up but Lincekum breaks away and moves out of range.

Kersikov clinches.
Lincekum is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Kersikov is defending well for now.
Lincekum takes a shot to the head.
Kersikov misses with a short punch on the inside.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Kersikov creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Lincekum misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Kersikov.
Kersikov cracks Lincekum with a nice body shot.
Kersikov can't find room to land a body shot as Lincekum controls the action.
Kersikov lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Kersikov controlling the action here for a moment.
Knees in the clinch landing for Lincekum.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kersikov lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Lincekum backwards.
Kersikov will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Lincekum up against the cage.
Kersikov takes a knee to the side of the body.
Kersikov throws a head punch that misses.
Lincekum avoiding damage.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.
Kersikov has a couple of punches blocked by Lincekum.
Kersikov throws a punch but it's blocked by Lincekum.
Kersikov misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Kersikov.
Lincekum blocking some punches.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Lincekum content to slow the pace in the clinch.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Kersikov.
Kersikov wants to stall.
Kersikov misses with a short punch on the inside.
Kersikov fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A short left from Kersikov.
Kersikov throws a head punch that misses.
Kersikov lands with a left to the head.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Lincekum.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A nice left hand lands by Kersikov.
Lincekum blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Lincekum blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Kersikov lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Lincekum backwards.
Kersikov throws a head punch that misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Kersikov lands with a right to the head.
Kersikov stalling.
Kersikov lands a hook that snaps the head of Lincekum backwards.
Kersikov misses with some punches.
Lincekum slows down the pace here.
Lincekum misses the knee to the body. Nice hip positioning from Kersikov.
Kersikov is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Kersikov avoiding damage as Lincekum throws knees to the body.
Lincekum tries to land knees in the clinch but Kersikov avoids the damage to the body.
Kersikov avoiding damage.
Lincekum holding his opponent close, against the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kersikov working aggressively here.
Kersikov avoiding damage as Lincekum throws knees to the body.
Kersikov lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Kersikov lands a body punch.
Tim Lincekum has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Kersikov misses with the head strike.
Kersikov misses with a punch on the inside.
Kersikov scores with a shot to the side of Lincekum's head.
Kersikov misses with the head strike.
Kersikov tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Kersikov works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Kersikov managing to block the knees to the body from Lincekum.
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!
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Kersikov misses with a body punch.

And that's the end of the fight!
Boyko Kersikov showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Kersikov, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Yuuki Gou scores the fight 30:27
Judge Shirou Masuda scores the fight 30:27
Judge Hirohito Nitta scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Boyko Kersikov!

A victorious Boyko Kersikov thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
Tim Lincekum spoke after the fight, saying 'Hi guys, sorry I lost, I will make sure to try much better next time,ok?'.
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Undercard bout

#R1#
Li bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of Darren's head.
Nice defenses there by Darren.
Darren tries to clinch there but Li circles away.
Darren lands with a hook. Li tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Li throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Li tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Darren was well out of range. Poor timing from Li.
Li connects with a leg kick. Darren looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Darren tries to clinch up but Li circles away and keeps his distance.#CL#
Darren closes the distance and clinches.
Darren lands a shoulder strike.
Li lands an uppercut.
With the two fighters working up against the cage, Darren just misses with a elbow thrown towards Li's brow.
Li blocking some punches.
Li lands a left hand that snaps the head of Darren backwards.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Darren tries a body shot but Li blocks it.
Darren's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Li tries to land a knee to the head but Darren blocks with his arms.
A short uppercut from Darren.
Darren can't find room to land a body shot as Li controls the action.
Darren pushes off an throws an elbow but Li leans to the side and avoids it. We're back to clinching against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Darren. #T1#
Li fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Darren tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Li throws a punch but it's blocked by Darren.
Darren lands an uppercut.
Darren lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Li backwards.
Darren creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Li goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Li throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Darren blocks it with crossed arms.
Li tries to throw a body punch but Darren avoids it by throwing Li back against the cage.
Nice elbow from Darren.
Li lands a shot to the body.
Li working some nice short punches in the clinch.
A short uppercut from Darren.
Li can't find room to land a body shot as Darren controls the action.
Li throws a head punch that misses.
Li throws a punch but it's blocked by Darren.
Darren is working Li over against the cage.
Li throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Darrens head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Darren misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Darren tries to throw a body punch but Li avoids it by throwing Darren back against the cage.
Li works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
Li cracks Darren with a nice body shot.#T2#
Li cracks Darren with a nice body shot.
Li lands a body shot in the clinch.
Darren is breathing heavily.
Li throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Li tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Darren's elbow.
Li misses with a body punch.
Li lands an elbow inside.
Darren blocking some punches.
Li misses with the head strike.
A short uppercut from Darren.
Li stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Li throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Darrens head.
Darren lands a left hand.
Darren tries a body shot but Li blocks it.
Li misses with some punches.
Li fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Li misses with a punch to the body.
Darren throws a punch but it's blocked by Li.
Nice body punch from Darren - that landed with a thud.
Li goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Darren dodges an elbow strike from Li.
Li lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Darren or not. #T3#
Li trying to land knees to the body.
Nice body punch from Li - that landed with a thud.
Li scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Li lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
A body shot lands from Li.
Li is working Darren over against the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Li.
A nice left hand lands by Li.
Li throws a punch but it's blocked by Darren.
Li is leaning against Darren and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Li dodges an elbow strike from Darren.
A hook to the body from Li.
A short body shot lands from Li as the two fighters clinch.
Li lands with a short shot to the head.
Li misses with a hook to the ribs.
Darren throws a head punch that misses.
Li dodges an elbow strike from Darren.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Li blocks an elbow strike.
Li throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Li lands a left hand.
Li is working Darren over against the cage.#T4#
Li misses with some punches.
Li digs a right hand into Darren's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Darren's gas tank.
Li lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Darren or not.
A nice left hand lands by Li.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Darren.
Li blocks the elbow strike.
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
A short body shot lands from Li as the two fighters clinch.
Li lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Li lands a right hand.
Li blocks an elbow strike from Darren.
Li tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Darren's elbow.
Li tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Li misses with a short punch on the inside.
Good body shot from Li.
Li lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Li lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Darren backwards.
A left hand lands to the body for Li.
Li lands with a right to the head.
Li working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Li lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Yonglong Li dominated that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!
#R2#
Li takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Darren keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
A head kick misses from Li.
Li stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Li throws the left hand but Darren avoids the punch easily.
Darren catches Li with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Darren wants to clinch.
As Darren backs off Li throws a huge counter combo but Darren manages to avoid it all.
Li slips under a jab from Darren.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Li fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Darren manages to avoid it.
James Darren seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Li swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Darren wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.
Darren is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Li! But no joy.
A punch lands to the side of Li 's head but he takes it in his stride.#T1#
Darren moves in looking to clinch but Li pushes him off.
Darren closes the distance looking to clinch
and Li counters with a leg kick that reverborates around the arena.
Li moves out of range as Darren strikes.
Li avoids a punch combination nicely.
Darren avoids the body shot from Li.
Li fails in his attempt to clinch.
Darren takes a swing at Li's ribcage but misses.
Darren moves out of range of the body kick from Li.
Darren ducks under a wild hook from Li.
As Li tries to get set, Darren tries to push him back and clinch up but Li manages to avoid the attempt.
Darren lands a jab to the nose.#T2#
Darren slips a jab and a cross from Li.
Li moves into range and throws a lovely three punch combination.
A telegraphed right hand from Li misses the target.
Good exchange - Li coming out on top.
Li thows a left - swing and a miss!
Darren tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Li manages to circle out of the way.
Li has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Decent striking displayed by Li there.
Darren moves out of range as Li strikes.
Li looks to score with a jab to the body but Darren is just out of range.
Li looks to score with a jab to the body but Darren is just out of range.
Darren wants to take advantage of his opponent's missed offense by moving into the clinch.
Darren lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Darren looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Darren listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
The fighters circling - Li throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Li swats away the attempt to clinch by Darren.#T3#
Darren stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
Darren lands a head shot.
Darren throws a leg kick #CL2#
and Li counters by clinching up.
Li can't find room to land a body shot as Darren controls the action.
Still in the clinch, Darren scores with a nice short uppercut.
Li lands an uppercut.
Li tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A head punch on the inside from Li fails to land.
Darren can't find room to land a body shot as Li controls the action.
Yonglong Li seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Li lands an uppercut.
Li has a couple of punches blocked by Darren.
Li lands with a short head shot on the inside.
A hook to the body from Darren.
Still in the clinch, Li scores with a nice short uppercut.
Li misses with the head strike.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Li lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Darren misses with some punches. #T4#
Li softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Darren misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Li is looking to score with knees to the body. Maybe he'll change it up and go body then head. Darren is defending well for now.
Li throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Darren blocks it with crossed arms.
Li tries to throw a body punch but Darren avoids it by throwing Li back against the cage.
Darren creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Darren misses with a hook to the ribs.
Darren managing to block the knees to the body from Li.
Darren lands an elbow that stopped Li in his tracks for a moment.
Darren misses with a punch to the body.
Darren lands a left hand that snaps the head of Li backwards.
Li misses with some punches.
Li misses with a short punch on the inside.
Darren comes over the top with an elbow. That landed flush.
Li misses with a punch on the inside.
Li looking to throw knees to the head but Darren is blocking nicely.
Darren tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Li's elbow.
Li tries to throw a body punch but Darren avoids it by throwing Li back against the cage.
Darren lands a damaging elbow. #CUT#
It looks like Yonglong Li has been cut.
Darren lands a hook to the side of the head.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Yonglong Li showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The cut man is working on Yonglong Li's cut.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action! Let's get this one finished - here comes the final round!
#R3#
Darren lands with an uppercut that bounces Li off the cage and back into range.
Darren fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Li misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
A big left from Li misses.
Li stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Darren.
Li ducks under a wild hook from Darren.
Darren throws a shot from downtown. Li moves away and avoids it.
Darren bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
Darren throws a low kick, looking for Li's leg but Li calmly moves out of range.
Li thows a body kick. Darren tries to catch it but that hurt him.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Darren lands a two punch combo.
Li pushes Darren away with a front kick.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
A clash of legs there as Darren blocks the low kick.
Darren connects with a looping right hand. #T1#
Darren tries to clinch but Li is having none of it.
Li steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.
Li misses with a kick to the body.
Darren seemed to be looking to counter by closing the distance.
Li throws a hook but Darren avoids it easily.
Darren is looking to counter the offense by Li and move into the clinch.
Darren uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Li.
Li thuds a mid kick into his opponent's body. That will wear on Darren if he has to take too many more of those.
Li takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Li just misses with a punch to the body.
Darren pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Li! But no joy.
A bone on bone clash there as Darren blocks the leg kick.
Li tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Darren was well out of range. Poor timing from Li.
Li looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Darren scores with a jab to the jaw.
Li throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Darren sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Yonglong Li seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Li lands a nice shot to the body.
James Darren has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!#T2#
Darren tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Darren throws a right hand that misses
and Li counters with an outside leg kick.
Good work by Darren as he checks the leg kick.
Darren was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Darren blocks the body kick.
Darren throws the left hand but Li avoids the punch easily.
Li throws a right high kick that is partially blocked by Darren.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Darren slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Darren tests Li's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Darren gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Li.
A slapping leg kick lands for Darren.
Darren is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Li.
Li throws a jab when Darren was well out of range.#T3##CL#
Darren instigates a clinch.
Li tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Darren's elbow.
Darren misses with a hook to the ribs.
Li scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Darren blocking some punches.
Li throws a punch but it's blocked by Darren.
Li misses with a hook from the clinch.
Darren tries to work over Li's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
A hook to the body from Darren.
Yonglong Li is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Li misses with a hook from the clinch.
Darren has a couple of punches blocked by Li.
Li can't find room to land a body shot as Darren controls the action.
Li tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Darren's elbow.
Darren throws a punch but it's blocked by Li.
A left hand lands to the body for Li.
Darren tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Li's elbow.
A right hook to the body lands for Li. #T4#
Darren throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.
Li lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Li tries to throw a body punch but Darren avoids it by throwing Li back against the cage.
Li tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Darren pushes off an throws an elbow but Li leans to the side and avoids it. We're back to clinching against the cage.
Li blocks an elbow strike from Darren.
Li has a couple of punches blocked by Darren.
Darren tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Li's elbow.
Darren misses with a body punch.
Li misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Li scores with a nice hook to the head.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Li working aggressively here.
A head punch on the inside from Li fails to land.
Li blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Darren misses with a short punch on the inside.
Darren misses with a punch to the body.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Yonglong Li.
Well Li has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Shigeki Fujiwara scores the fight 27:30
Judge Ren Mimura scores the fight 27:30
Judge Shigeki Sano scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Yonglong Li!

Yonglong Li seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
The defeated James Darren had this to say: 'I'm a loser!'.

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Tobias Marshall (ranked 1826 p4p, 85 weight class) and Tom Thomas (ranked 1361 p4p, 68 weight class). Both fighters will be looking to make this an exciting fight for the fans, I'm sure!

170 cm
39
139 lbs
25 - 23 - 0
160 cm
30
140 lbs
18 - 10 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 25 wins, 23 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Tokyo, Tobias Marshall!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Tom Thomas!
The judges for this bout are Taro Takaoka, Ren Mimura and Yukihiro Yamamoto.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Thomas scores with a sloppy right hand. Marshall should have avoided that one.
Thomas tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Marshall manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
A telegraphed right hand from Marshall misses the target.
A bone on bone clash there as Marshall blocks the leg kick.
Thomas changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Marshall takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Marshall ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Thomas swings for the body but Marshall moves out of range.
Thomas misses with a combination
and Marshall counters with a straight right hand.
Thomas throws a hook but Marshall avoids it easily.
Marshall has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Tōshi in the buildup to the fight.
Thomas swings widly with a right hand
and Marshall counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.

Marshall tries to keep at a distance but Thomas has taken the fight into the clinch.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Thomas blocks a couple of punches on the inside.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Thomas misses with a hook to the ribs.
Marshall blocking some punches.

Thomas's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Tom Thomas seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Marshall moves away from the strike by Thomas.
Marshall throws a big shot that misses.
Thomas throws a big shot that misses.
Marshall is looking to counter punch.
Thomas throws a hook to the side of Marshall's head but Marshall sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Marshall is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Thomas is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.
Thomas tries to close the distance and clinch but Marshall swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.

Thomas clinches up against the cage.
A head punch on the inside from Thomas fails to land.
Marshall tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Marshall has a couple of punches blocked by Thomas.
Thomas gets through Marshall's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Marshall misses with a shot to the kidneys.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Marshall.

Marshall pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Marshall avoids the clinch attempt nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Marshall takes a swing at Thomas's ribcage but misses.
Thomas jabs Marshall right on the nose. Marshall blinks but takes it well.
A shot to the body from Thomas misses
and Marshall counters with a nice body shot.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Thomas scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Marshall doesn't seem bothered though.
Thomas connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Thomas throws the left hand but Marshall avoids the punch easily.
A telegraphed right hand from Thomas misses the target.
Thomas misses the jab.
Marshall swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Thomas pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
A left lands for Marshall.
Thomas scores with a nice right hand.
Marshall steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Thomas.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Thomas swings widly with a right hand
and Marshall counters with a left to the body.

Thomas has taken the fight to the clinch.
Marshall pushes Thomas back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Thomas lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Marshall or not.
Thomas softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Marshall.
A nice left hand lands by Thomas.
A short uppercut from Thomas.
Thomas struggles to land a body shot inside as Marshall controls his hands.
Thomas lands an uppercut.
Thomas working aggressively here.
Thomas lands a shoulder strike.
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!
Marshall struggles to land a body shot inside as Thomas controls his hands.
Thomas misses with some punches.
Thomas tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Thomas swings wildly with an uppercut but Marshall uses good head movement to avoid it.
A head punch on the inside from Thomas fails to land.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Thomas lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Marshall backwards.
Thomas blocking some punches.

Thomas's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Thomas scores with a three punch combo!
A telegraphed right hand from Marshall misses the target.
Thomas pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
A jab from Thomas misses.
Marshall fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Thomas throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Marshall sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Thomas waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Marshall.
A nice combination there by Thomas.
Thomas tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Marshall counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Thomas thinking.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Marshall scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Marshall staying out of range there.
A little feinted left hand from Marshall on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Marshall takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Thomas rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Marshall makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Nice defenses there by Thomas.
Thomas jabs at Marshall's body.
Thomas throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Marshall sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Marshall throws out a powerful jab.
Thomas lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Marshall thows a left - swing and a miss!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Thomas slips under a jab from Marshall.
Thomas throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Marshall counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Marshall throws a jab but it's blocked by Thomas.
Thomas doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
The fighters circling - Marshall throws out the jab but it was never going to land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Thomas swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Marshall counters with a stiff right hand.
Marshall slips under a jab from Thomas.
Marshall takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Marshall throws a body shot but no joy.
Marshall misses with a straight left.
Marshall takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Marshall misses with a looping left.

Thomas takes the fight into the clinch.
Thomas lands a nice shot to the body.
Thomas presses Marshall against the cage and delivers a mid-strength body shot.
Thomas blocks an uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Thomas.
Thomas blocking some punches.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Thomas is leaning against Marshall and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Marshall working aggressively here.
Thomas has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Marshall seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Thomas can turn it around.
Thomas lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Tom Thomas seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
A right hook to the body lands for Thomas.
Marshall working aggressively here.
Marshall lands with a short shot to the head.
Marshall lands with a right to the head.
Marshall working some nice short punches in the clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Marshall.
Thomas misses with some punches.
Marshall makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Marshall.
Marshall tries a body shot but Thomas blocks it.
Marshall misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Marshall struggles to land a body shot inside as Thomas controls his hands.
A head punch on the inside from Marshall fails to land.
Thomas wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Marshall lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Thomas scores with a shoulder strike.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Marshall misses with a hook from the clinch.
Marshall misses with a short punch on the inside.
Thomas lands a shot to the body.
Thomas throws a head punch that misses.
A nice left hand lands by Thomas.

Thomas pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Marshall loads up on a big right hand but Thomas slips the punch.
Marshall takes one on the chin but seems OK.
A telegraphed right hand from Thomas misses the target.
Marshall swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Marshall throws a hook to the side of Thomas's head but Thomas sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Thomas misses with a right hand
and Marshall connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Thomas scores with a jab to the body.
Marshall slips under a jab from Thomas.
Marshall ducks under a wild hook from Thomas.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Marshall uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Thomas.
Marshall swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Nice defenses there by Marshall.
Thomas throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Thomas throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Marshall jabs at Thomas's body.
Marshall throws a series of punches but Thomas avoids them all with ease.
Thomas misses with an attempted mid kick.
Marshall waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Thomas.
Thomas misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Marshall.
A quick step to the side and Marshall tries to counter with a shot to the body but it doesn't connect.
Thomas misses with a wild body shot.
Marshall throwing a counter right hand but Thomas manages to avoid it.
Marshall stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.
A looping hook to the body misses from Thomas. Marshall does a little dance to reset his feet.
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 Tobias Marshall will probably get the nod.
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.


Thomas's corner calls for a 1-2. Thomas obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Thomas throws a looping overhand right but Marshall ducks down to avoid it.
Marshall avoids a punch combination nicely.
Marshall scores with a crisp jab that stopped Thomas in his tracks.
Thomas swinging wildly here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Marshall misses the shot to the body.
Marshall connects with a body shot.
Marshall takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Thomas throws a hook to the side of Marshall's head but Marshall sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Thomas throws a jab when Marshall was well out of range.
Thomas fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Marshall on the side of the head.
Marshall missing with a left hand there. Thomas was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Thomas throws a poor cross that misses
and Marshall connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Thomas's jab looks to have found its range, popping Marshall under the eye.
Marshall misses with an uppercut.
Thomas looks to score with a jab to the body but Marshall is just out of range.
Marshall was looking to counter that last move with a shot to the body but he didn't commit.
Thomas changes levels and scores with a jab to the body.
Thomas misses with a looping left.
Marshall feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Thomass jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Thomas loads up on a big right hand but Marshall slips the punch.
Marshall throwing a counter right hand but Thomas manages to avoid it.
A solid leg kick lands there for Thomas.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Thomas cracks the inside of Marshall's front leg.
Marshall defending well as Thomas loads up on a big left hand.
An attempted straight right counter from Marshall misses the target.
Thomas has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Marshall on the wrong end of a kick to the body.
Thomas moves out of range of the strikes.
Thomas takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Thomas avoids the body shot from Marshall.
Nice shot lands for Thomas.
Marshall looks to land a right hand but Thomas moved out of range.
Thomas looks to score with a jab to the body but Marshall is just out of range.
Thomas swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Marshall swinging wildly here.
Thomas throws out a counter right but Marshall avoids it with no problem.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Thomas pushes Marshall up against the cage in a clinch.
Marshall's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Marshall misses with some punches.
Thomas lands with a light punch inside.
A shot in the inside from Marshall.
Marshall working aggressively here.
Marshall lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Thomas is trying to break the clinch but Marshall has him pressed against the cage.
Thomas has a couple of punches blocked by Marshall.
Marshall scores with a shoulder strike.
Thomas throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Thomas taking a breather.

Thomas breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Thomas ducks under a wild hook from Marshall.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Marshall ducks under a wild hook from Thomas.
Thomas scores with a crisp jab that stopped Marshall in his tracks.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Thomas throws a body shot but no joy.
It looked like Marshall wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Thomas throws the left hand but Marshall avoids the punch easily.
Marshall is looking to counter with a shot to the body.
Marshall throws a body shot but no joy.
Thomas misses with a hook. Marshall ducked under it nicely.
Thomas misses with a looping right.
Nice jab there from Marshall.
Thomas cracks Marshall with an open hand slap.
A big right from Marshall misses.
It seemed like Thomas was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
A big left from Thomas misses.
A little feinted left hand from Marshall on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.

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

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Taro Takaoka scores the fight 28:29
Judge Ren Mimura scores the fight 28:29
Judge Yukihiro Yamamoto scores the fight 27:30

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

After winning the bout, Tom Thomas thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
S C
A
G S C
B
G S C G energy
A | B
hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
68%

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Anurag Dikshit (ranked 593 p4p, 70 weight class) and Joan Vila (ranked 1176 p4p, 133 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

178 cm
35
158 lbs
37 - 16 - 0
170 cm
29
155 lbs
13 - 7 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class boxer
Good gas tank

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Conviction



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 37 wins, 16 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Anurag Dikshit!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Joan Vila!
The judges for this bout are Tatsuya Matsuyama, Taro Takaoka and Shirou Masuda.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Dikshit takes the fight into the clinch.
Our sources have told us that Dikshit has been working on his elbows in the gym.
Vila blocks a body shot from Dikshit.
Vila wants to get back to striking at distance but Dikshit won't allow it.
A nice right hand lands inside from Vila.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Dikshit.
Dikshit misses with a punch to the body.

Vila escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Dikshit uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Vila.
Vila avoids the body shot from Dikshit.
Vila lets loose with a powerful body kick. Dikshit will feel that in the morning.
Vila misses with an uppercut
and Dikshit counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.

Dikshit darts in and clinches Vila up against the cage.
Vila misses with a body punch.
Dikshit lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Dikshit.
Dikshit scores with a hook to the body.
Vila lands a left hand that snaps the head of Dikshit backwards.
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!
Vila tries to break free but Dikshit pushes him back against the cage.
Dikshit scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Vila can't break the clinch.
Dikshit prevents Vila from breaking the clinch.
Vila blocks an uppercut.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Dikshit lands an uppercut.
Dikshit working aggressively here.
Vila wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Dikshit tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vila's elbow.
Nice body punch from Dikshit - that landed with a thud.
Dikshit misses with a punch to the body.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Dikshit.
Dikshit misses with a shot to the kidneys.
The pace really dropping off here, momentarily.
Dikshit misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Dikshit lands a shot to the body.
Dikshit lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Dikshit scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Vila looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Vila.
Vila has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Dikshit seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Vila can turn it around.
Dikshit tries a body shot but Vila blocks it.
A left hand lands to the body for Dikshit.
Vila doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Dikshit struggles to land a body shot inside as Vila controls his hands.
Vila prevents a body shot from Dikshit.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Vila wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Dikshit has him pressed against the cage.
Dikshit misses with some punches.
Vila blocks a body shot from Dikshit.

Vila escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Vila takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Dikshit just misses with a punch to the body.
Vila staying out of range there.
Crunch! Dikshit slams his shin into Vila's torso.
Vila uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Dikshit.
Vila misses with a wild body shot.
Vila throws a sloppy head kick and Dikshit moves out of range easily.
Dikshit appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Dikshit cracks Vila with a right hand to the side of the head.
Vila throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Vila connects with a right hand. Dikshit shakes it off.
Dikshit fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Vila manages to avoid it.
Dikshit missing with a left hand there. Vila was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Vila connects with the punch.
Dikshit scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Dikshit scores with a hook.
Dikshit scores with a hook to the body. Vila takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dikshit throws a head kick that connects with a bit of head and a bit of hand.
A slow jab from Vila misses its intended target.
Vila throws a half hearted mid kick.
Vila misses the jab.
Dikshit is looking to wear down Vila with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Dikshit scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
The fighters circling - Dikshit throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
Dikshit on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Dikshit lands with a nice body kick.

Dikshit closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Dikshit misses with a punch to the body.
Vila misses with a hook to the ribs.
Good body shot from Dikshit.
Vila blocks an uppercut.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Dikshit.
Vila wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Vila slows down the pace here.
Dikshit misses with a hook from the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Vila swings wildly with an uppercut but Dikshit uses good head movement to avoid it.
Vila blocking some punches.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Dikshit.
A right hand to the body from Dikshit.
Dikshit lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Stalling in the clinch from Vila.
Dikshit tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vila's elbow.
Dikshit misses with a hook to the ribs.
Vila lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Dikshit backwards.

Vila breaks the clinch.
Vila takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Dikshit lands a nice hook to Vila's body. Vila takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
The crowd cheers as Vila lands an impressive looking overhand right. Dikshit doesn't seem phased though.
Dikshit tries to close the distance and clinch but Vila swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Dikshit has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Vila.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Dikshit misses with a wild body shot.
It seemed like Vila was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Vila throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Dikshit uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Vila.
Dikshit is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Vila is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Dikshit with a body shot.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Dikshit slips a straight right by Vila.
Dikshit is looking to counter punch.
Joan Vila is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Vila tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Dikshit was well out of range. Poor timing from Vila.
Dikshit misses with a hook to the body
and Vila counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Dikshit rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Vila moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Despite the aggression on Vila's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Dikshit moves out of range as Vila strikes.
Dikshit punishes Vila's body with a nice straight punch.
Vila swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Dikshit thinks about countering with a body kick.
Dikshit throws a head kick but Vila moves out of range.
Vila is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Vila throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Vila misses with a body shot.
Dikshit keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Vila misses with a few strikes there.
Dikshit takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Vila takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Vila lands with an uppercut that bounces Dikshit off the cage and back into range.
Vila lands a jab to the head.
Dikshit steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Vila.
Dikshit lands with a slapping head kick.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A lazy body kick from Vila
and Dikshit counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Dikshit with a nice cross.
Vila tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Dikshit was well out of range. Poor timing from Vila.
That kick from Vila tenderised Dikshit's leg. Dikshit is trying to keep his angry face on.
Dikshit avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Vila lands a head kick!
Dikshit is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Vila can do to turn this around?
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Vila - that will leave a mark!
Dikshit digs a good body shot into Vila's ribs.
Dikshit misses with a wild combination.
Dikshit takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Dikshit connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Vila waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Dikshit.
A cross from Dikshit lands.
Dikshit scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Dikshit lands a nice looking body shot.
Vila misses with a straight left.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Vila misses with a body kick.
Dikshit scores with a jab to the jaw of his opponent.
Dikshit connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Vila lands a high kick!
Dikshit throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Vila stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
A looping hook to the body misses from Dikshit. Vila does a little dance to reset his feet.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Vila! But no joy.
Dikshit keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Vila swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Vila moves forwards but Dikshit connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Anurag Dikshit seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Vila misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Dikshit wants to clinch up but Vila keeps it at a distance.
Vila looking to land some kicks to the body here.
A slapping leg kick lands for Vila.
Vila takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.
Dikshit takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Dikshit tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Vila throws out a counter right but Dikshit avoids it with no problem.
Vila scores with a body shot.
Dikshit avoids a low kick by using good footwork.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Dikshit misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Vila is clearly looking to counter with head kicks.
Dikshit misses the shot to the body.
Vila throws a head kick that misses.

Dikshit gets a clinch.
Dikshit can't find room to land a body shot as Vila controls the action.
Still in the clinch, Dikshit scores with a nice short uppercut.
Dikshit pushes Vila back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Dikshit digs a right hand underneath Vila's ribcage. Vila let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Vila throws a head punch that misses.
A right handed body shot lands from Dikshit.
Vila is breathing heavily.
A short right from Dikshit on the inside.
Dikshit misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Dikshit tries to work over Vila's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Vila has had enough of the clinch but Dikshit keeps him there for the moment.
Dikshit scores with a shot to the side of Vila's head.
A short right from Dikshit on the inside.
Dikshit prevents a body shot from Vila.
Vila is trying to break the clinch but Dikshit has him pressed against the cage.
Vila's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A frustrated look appears on Vila's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Dikshit lands with a right to the head.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Vila wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but Dikshit has him pressed against the cage.
Anurag Dikshit has scored more points in the clinch so far.
Vila prevents a body shot from Dikshit.
Dikshit lands with a short shot to the head.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Dikshit digs a right hand into Vila's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Vila's gas tank.
Dikshit misses with a hook to the ribs.
Vila wants to break the clinch but can't.
Dikshit lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Dikshit throws a head punch that misses.
Vila wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.
Dikshit tries to throw a body punch but Vila avoids it by throwing Dikshit back against the cage.
Vila is trying to force a seperation but Dikshit has the dominant position.
Vila wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Dikshit lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Dikshit misses with a short punch on the inside.
Dikshit throws a head punch that misses.
Dikshit stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Dikshit lands a left hand.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Anurag Dikshit dominated that second 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. This is the final round!


Dikshit tries to clinch but Vila moves out of range.
Dikshit lands a slapping body shot.
Dikshit uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Vila.
A jab from Vila misses.
Dikshit is looking to counter punch.
Vila on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Vila misses with a wild body shot.
It appears Dikshit was looking to counter with a kick there.
Dikshit lands three nice shots there - that looked like it hurt!
The fight stays on the outside here - Dikshit looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Vila throws out a loose jab but Dikshit uses good head movement to avoid it.
Vila throws out a loose jab but Dikshit uses good head movement to avoid it.
Vila tries a head kick but it misses.
Vila misses with a head kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dikshit lands a nice looking body shot.
Vila throws a right and a left that both miss.
Nice shot by Vila.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Dikshit displaying good standup as he scores with a three punch combination.
Vila misses with a head kick.
Vila takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
A looping hook to the body misses from Dikshit. Vila does a little dance to reset his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Dikshit clinches up with Vila and pushes him back against the cage.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Dikshit.
Vila wants to break the clinch but can't.
Vila misses with a body punch.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Vila.
Vila blocking some punches.
Vila looking to stall.
Vila tries to break free but Dikshit pushes him back against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Vila.
Vila blocks a body shot from Dikshit.
Vila lands with a short shot to the head.
Dikshit lands a left hand that snaps the head of Vila backwards.
Dikshit pushes Vila back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Vila working hard to break the clinch.
Vila swings wildly with an uppercut but Dikshit uses good head movement to avoid it.
Dikshit makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Dikshit lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Vila misses with a short punch on the inside.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A right hand to the body from Dikshit.
Vila tries to break the clinch but Dikshit is controlling the position.
Dikshit tries to throw a body punch but Vila avoids it by throwing Dikshit back against the cage.
Dikshit lands a hook that snaps the head of Vila backwards.
Dikshit is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Vila wants to break free. God knows he wants to breaaaak freeee.
Dikshit lands a shot to the body.
Dikshit tries a body shot but Vila blocks it.
Dikshit lands a nice uppercut.
Dikshit lands a right hand.
Dikshit misses with a hook from the clinch.
Vila is looking to break free of the clinch but Dikshit has double underhooks.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Dikshit.
Dikshit lands a body punch.
Vila misses with a hook from the clinch.
Vila blocks a body shot from Dikshit.
Vila misses with a hook from the clinch.
Dikshit lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Vila is pushing Dikshit up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.
Dikshit lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Vila backwards.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Good anti-grappling being displayed by Dikshit as Vila tries to tie him up.
Vila has had enough of the clinch but Dikshit keeps him there for the moment.
Vila wants to break free but Dikshit has control.
A right hand to the body from Dikshit.
Vila wants to break the clinch but can't.
Vila tries to break the clinch but Dikshit is controlling the position.
Dikshit tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Vila's elbow.
Dikshit pushes Vila back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Dikshit throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Dikshit lands an uppercut.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Dikshit.
Dikshit struggles to land a body shot inside as Vila controls his hands.
Dikshit lands a right hand that snaps the head of Vila backwards.
Dikshit scores with a nice hook to the head.
Vila misses with a hook from the clinch.
Dikshit lands with a short shot to the head.
A nice left hand lands by Vila.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.
Vila looks like he'd prefer to be striking at range right now.
Joan Vila has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Dikshit lands with a right to the head.
Vila tries to throw a body punch but Dikshit avoids it by throwing Vila back against the cage.

Vila breaks from the clinch.
Anurag Dikshit is winning the standup battle so far.
Dikshit lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Dikshit scores with a spinning back kick!
Dikshit uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Vila.
Dikshit misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Vila.
Dikshit scores with a kick to the body.
Dikshit lands a head kick. Vila smiles back at him and beckons him forward.
Dikshit scores with a spinning back kick!
Dikshit lands with a hook. Vila tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Dikshit scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Vila doesn't seem bothered though.
Vila throws a leg kick
and Dikshit counters with a three punch combination, finished off with a leg kick. Nice work.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Vila cracks Dikshit with a good jab.
Dikshit scores with a jab. Vila acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Vila cracks a nice hook into Dikshit's ribs.

And that's the end of the fight!
Anurag Dikshit showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Dikshit 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Tatsuya Matsuyama scores the fight 30:27
Judge Taro Takaoka scores the fight 30:27
Judge Shirou Masuda scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Anurag Dikshit!

During a confident post fight interview, Anurag Dikshit thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a bantamweight MMA rules bout between Mana Festation (ranked 1111 p4p, 56 weight class) and Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong (ranked 329 p4p, 15 weight class). 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.

166 cm
34
140 lbs
24 - 9 - 1
161 cm
28
136 lbs
18 - 11 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Good wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Groove Gear
Ma Balls Is Hot Clothing



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the bantamweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 24 wins, 9 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Mana Festation!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 18 wins, 11 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong!
The judges for this bout are Hirohito Nitta, Yukihiro Shimada and Taro Takaoka.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Festation thumps Payakarakatong with a low kick.
Payakarakatong throws a shot from downtown. Festation moves away and avoids it.
Festation fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Payakarakatong manages to avoid it.
Payakarakatong tests Festation's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Payakarakatong throws a big shot that misses.
Nice body kick there by Festation.
A bone on bone clash there as Festation blocks the leg kick.
Payakarakatong moves in looking to clinch but Festation pushes him off.
Payakarakatong closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Festation is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Payakarakatong wants to slow Festation down by chopping away at his legs.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Payakarakatong throws a body punch but Festation moves out of range.
A left lands for Payakarakatong.
Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Festation moves into range and lands a nice leg kick.
Payakarakatong misses with a lunging right hand
letting Festation 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!
Payakarakatong just misses with a punch to the body.
Festation fires out a quick counter leg kick but Payakarakatong just manages to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Festation lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Payakarakatong circles away quickly and effectively.
Payakarakatong displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Festation throws out the jab.
Jab, jab by Payakarakatong - just one landing.
Payakarakatong punishes Festation's body with a nice straight punch.
Festation looks for the body kick but Payakarakatong saw that one coming.
Payakarakatong lands a jab to Festation's midsection.
Payakarakatong thows a left - swing and a miss!
Payakarakatong moves into range and connects with a jab.
That kick from Payakarakatong tenderised Festation's leg. Festation is trying to keep his angry face on.
Payakarakatong swings widly with a right hand
and Festation counters with a straight right hand.
A jab lands there for Payakarakatong.
Jab from Payakarakatong.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Festation tries to close the distance and clinch but Payakarakatong swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Festation goes for a high kick. It partially lands.
Payakarakatong throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Festation is looking to slow Payakarakatong down with leg kicks.
Festation lands an overhand right.
Festation throws a leg kick but Payakarakatong sees it coming and moves out of range.
Festation has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Payakarakatong.
Good work by Payakarakatong as he checks the leg kick.
Payakarakatong uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Festation.
Festation bobs and weaves and then throws a good body kick.
Festation throws a leg kick but Payakarakatong checks it.
Payakarakatong connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.

Festation forces Payakarakatong back against the cage and clinches.
Festation tries to land a knee to the body but he is off balance and Payakarakatong avoids it.
Payakarakatong misses with a hook to the ribs.
Festation lands a right hand.
Festation misses with some punches.
Kneeeeees! The crowd are calling for knees to the body. Festation obliges.
Payakarakatong softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Festation misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Festation misses with a knee strike.
Festation lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Payakarakatong digs a right hand underneath Festation's ribcage. Festation let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Festation lands with a right to the head.
Payakarakatong jumps guard but Festation turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Festation fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Payakarakatong throws a head punch that misses.
Festation swings wildly with an uppercut but Payakarakatong uses good head movement to avoid it.
Payakarakatong working aggressively here.

Payakarakatong pulls guard successfully.

Payakarakatong is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Festation defends well.
Payakarakatong is trying to control the position from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Payakarakatong wants to hit a switch here but Festation passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Payakarakatong there!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Payakarakatong is desperately trying to improve his position but Festation has a good base and remains in mount.
Payakarakatong is still trying to improve position.
Festation definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Festation can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Payakarakatong is looking to escape.
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 Mana Festation will probably get the nod.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.



Payakarakatong closes the distance and gets a double leg, slamming Festation to the mat! Festation manages to get full guard.
Payakarakatong looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Festation looking for a sweep. Not yet Festation, not yet.
Festation not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Festation is adopting a defensive guard.
Festation wants to stand but Payakarakatong is controlling the position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Payakarakatong wants to pass the guard but Festation is keeping the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Festation trying to control the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Festation seems keen to control Payakarakatong's posture.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.
Payakarakatong looking to pass the guard.
Festation looking for a sweep. Not yet Festation, not yet.
Payakarakatong wants to control from the top but Festation keeps moving.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Festation misses with a body shot.
Payakarakatong misses with a low kick.
Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Payakarakatong shoots in but doesn't get the takedown

and Festation counters by clinching up.
Payakarakatong lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Festation blocks an uppercut.
Payakarakatong blocks a knee to the body. He'll have a nicely bruised forearm in the morning.
Payakarakatong goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Payakarakatong tries to throw a body punch but Festation avoids it by throwing Payakarakatong back against the cage.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Payakarakatong misses with a hook to the ribs.
Festation misses with a knee to the head.
Festation stalling in the clinch but Payakarakatong improves position.
Festation with an attempt at a knee that misses.
Nice body punch from Festation.
Festation goes for a body shot but it's blocked.

Festation manages to break the clinch.
Festation lands with a nice combination. Payakarakatong backs away looking to recover.
Festation moves out of range of the body kick from Payakarakatong.
Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Festation throws a right hand that Payakarakatong ducks under and follows up with a left that Payakarakatong also avoids with ease.
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!
Payakarakatong connects with a jab.
Festation steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Payakarakatong.
Payakarakatong scores with a nice right hand.
Payakarakatong throws a big shot that misses.
Payakarakatong tests Festation's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Festation thumps Payakarakatong with a low kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Festation on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Payakarakatong avoids a punch combination nicely.
Payakarakatong lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Festation lands a high kick!
Payakarakatong lands a jab to Festation's midsection.
Payakarakatong tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Payakarakatong cracks the inside of Festation's front leg.

Festation drives through and clinches with Payakarakatong against the cage.
Festation goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A body shot lands from Payakarakatong.

Payakarakatong tightens his grip and picks Festation up, before dumping him to the ground. Festation manages to land in guard.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Festation is adopting a defensive guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Festation wants to get back to his feet but Payakarakatong is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Payakarakatong stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Festation swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Festation looking for a sweep. Not yet Festation, not yet.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Festation is on top in guard.

Payakarakatong pulls Festation in to control the position.

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

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

A close second round but Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong will probably get the nod - 10:9.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action. This is the final round!


A big right from Festation misses.
Festation scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Festation throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Payakarakatong counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Payakarakatong looks to land a left hand but Festation moved out of range nicely.
Festation throws a body shot but no joy.
Payakarakatong lands a nice shot that snaps Festation's head back.
Festation tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Payakarakatong paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Festation misses with a wild body shot.
A little jabbing left from Payakarakatong on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
Mana Festation is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Payakarakatong keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Payakarakatong gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Festation.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Payakarakatong checks a leg kick.
Payakarakatong takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Payakarakatong takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
The fight stays on the outside here - Festation looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Payakarakatong steps in looking to counter with the mid kick but it doesn't connect.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Jab, jab by Payakarakatong - just one landing.
Payakarakatong fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but Festation is out of range.
Payakarakatong is looking to land body kicks.
Payakarakatong misses with an uppercut. Festation saw that one coming.
Festation misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Payakarakatong.
Festation swings away with a leg kick that misses.
Festation tries to clinch but Payakarakatong is having none of it.
Festation works the jab nicely.
Festation tries to bum rush Payakarakatong with a series of wild strikes but Payakarakatong uses good footwork to avoid the assault.
Festation misses with a body kick.
Payakarakatong pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Festation tries to clinch but Payakarakatong moves out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Payakarakatong lands a jab to the nose.
Festation jabs Payakarakatong to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Payakarakatong fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Festation manages to avoid it.
Festation seem to be loading up, looking for a big counter.
Decent striking displayed by Payakarakatong there.
Payakarakatong lands a leg kick that knocks Festation off balance momentarily.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Payakarakatong rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Festation counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
Festation ducks under a wild hook from Payakarakatong.
A nice inside leg kick there by Festation. That's going to slow Payakarakatong down.
Festation misses with an uppercut. Payakarakatong saw that one coming.
Festation pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces Payakarakatong back to the cage. Festation follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Festation drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Festation walks forward, straight into a front kick from Payakarakatong.
Payakarakatong takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Festation avoids the body shot from Payakarakatong.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Festation throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Festation throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Payakarakatong counters with a straight right hand.
Festation moves in looking to clinch but Payakarakatong pushes him off.
Payakarakatong throws a nice inside leg kick.
A jab from Payakarakatong does it's job there.
Festation misses with a wild combination.
Festation is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Good exchange - Payakarakatong coming out on top.
Payakarakatong throws a poor cross that misses
and Festation counters with a thumping low kick.
Festation takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Festation is looking to clinch but Payakarakatong is avoiding it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Payakarakatong buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Festation tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Payakarakatong is able to avoid easily.
Payakarakatong on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Festation. Festation obviously looking to wear him down.
Payakarakatong scores with a jab. Festation acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
Payakarakatong tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.
Payakarakatong looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Festation pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Payakarakatong feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Festations jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Festation thumps Payakarakatong with a low kick.
Festation wants to clinch up but Payakarakatong keeps it at a distance.
Payakarakatong's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
A low kick from Festation misses
and Payakarakatong cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Payakarakatong is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Festation.
Payakarakatong is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.

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 Mana Festation.
I think Festation 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Hirohito Nitta scores the fight 28:29
Judge Yukihiro Shimada scores the fight 29:29
Judge Taro Takaoka scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by majority decision... Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong!

During a confident post fight interview, Palaktingpuet Payakarakatong thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Toshi Hijikata (ranked 470 p4p, 54 weight class) and Gauthier St. Georges (ranked 530 p4p, 62 weight class). St. Georges has chosen Jiu Jitsu as his entrance music. 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.

178 cm
27
159 lbs
15 - 5 - 0
182 cm
35
162 lbs
30 - 14 - 2
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Toshi Hijikata!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 30 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Gauthier St. Georges!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Shimada, Shirou Masuda and Shigeki Fujiwara.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Hijikata slips a straight right by St. Georges.
Hijikata throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
St. Georges throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Hijikata appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
St. Georges swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
St. Georges moves out of range of the body kick.
St. Georges wants to clinch up but Hijikata keeps it at a distance.
Hijikata jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Hijikata ducks down and throws a hook to the body but St. Georges moves away.
Hijikata pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Hijikata throws a jab but it's blocked by St. Georges.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as St. Georges checks a leg kick.
We've been told by Hijikata's head coaches at Rings Russia that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
St. Georges misses with a head kick.
Hijikata scoring well with a low kick there.
Hijikata throws a chopping leg kick but St. Georges manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
St. Georges takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
St. Georges looks to score with a jab to the body but Hijikata is just out of range.

St. Georges gets a clinch.
St. Georges looks to throw an elbow but misses.
A short left from St. Georges.
St. Georges throws a punch but it's blocked by Hijikata.
Hijikata wants to strike at distance but he can't break free of the clinch.

That's one minute gone in the round.
St. Georges swings away with an uppercut that misses.
St. Georges misses with a hook from the clinch.
St. Georges doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
St. Georges is pushing Hijikata up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.

St. Georges breaks the clinch.
Hijikata misses with a hook.
The fight stays on the outside here - St. Georges looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Hijikata half committed to a counter leg kick.
Hijikata slips a straight right by St. Georges.
The crowd cheers as Hijikata lands an impressive looking overhand right. St. Georges doesn't seem phased though.
Hijikata throws a wild body kick that St. Georges sees coming a mile off.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!

St. Georges closes the distance and pushes Hijikata back into the cage.
Still in the clinch, St. Georges scores with a nice short uppercut.

Hijikata pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
St. Georges slips a straight right by Hijikata.
Hijikata lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
St. Georges throws a leg kick but Hijikata sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Hijikata throws a front kick aimed at St. Georges's knee but St. Georges avoids it well.
St. Georges scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Hijikata fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but St. Georges is out of range.
Gauthier St. Georges seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
St. Georges checks a low kick from Hijikata.
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!
Hijikata connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Hijikata swings for the body but St. Georges moves out of range.
St. Georges throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Hijikata is looking to land body kicks.
St. Georges throws a half hearted mid kick.
Hijikata takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Hijikata throws a nice inside leg kick.
St. Georges misses with an uppercut.
Hijikata fires out a quick counter leg kick but St. Georges just manages to avoid it.
Hijikata scores with a leg kick.
Hijikata ducks under a wild hook from St. Georges.
Hijikata half committed to a counter leg kick.
Hijikata avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Hijikata fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but St. Georges is out of range.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from St. Georges! But no joy.
Hijikata throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent St. Georges stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.
St. Georges scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
A slow jab from St. Georges misses its intended target.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
St. Georges throws a hook but Hijikata blocks it.
St. Georges takes a swing at Hijikata's ribcage but misses.
St. Georges looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Hijikata on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Hijikata ducks right into an uppercut from St. Georges.
Nice shot lands for Hijikata.
Hijikata fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
St. Georges blocks the body kick.
Hijikata slips under a jab from St. Georges.
St. Georges throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
St. Georges avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
Hijikata attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Hijikata misses with a body kick.
St. Georges follows through with a counter body kick but it doesn't land.
Hijikata throws a looping overhand right but St. Georges ducks down to avoid it.
St. Georges tries to close the distance and clinch but Hijikata swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
A leg kick checked by St. Georges.
Hijikata goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
St. Georges was about to counter that last move with a leg kick but changes his mind.
Hijikata chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Hijikata tries to score with a low kick but St. Georges moves his leg out of the way.
Hijikata throws out a loose jab but St. Georges uses good head movement to avoid it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
St. Georges keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
St. Georges tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Hijikata manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Hijikata throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by Hijikata.
Hijikata lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
St. Georges swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Hijikata.
Hijikata moves out of range of the body kick from St. Georges.
Hijikata uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by St. Georges.
Hijikata avoids a low kick by using good footwork.
St. Georges throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
St. Georges throws a body punch but Hijikata moves out of range.
St. Georges checks a leg kick.
St. Georges scores with a hook.
St. Georges drops his hands momentarily and Hijikata takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Hijikata slips a jab from St. Georges.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Hijikata.
Hijikata tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and St. Georges is able to avoid easily.
A bone on bone clash there as Hijikata blocks the leg kick.
It looked like Hijikata wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
St. Georges catches Hijikata with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Hijikata tried to score with a low kick but St. Georges checks it.
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 Toshi Hijikata 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.


Nice straight punches there by Hijikata. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of Hijikata.
A chopping leg kick lands by Hijikata.
Hijikata throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Hijikata will need to close the distance a bit before he attacks - that leg kick was thrown from too far away.
Hijikata steps to his left, right into the path of a big body kick from St. Georges. That one must have hurt.
Hijikata looks to throw the jab but St. Georges is out of range.
Hijikata shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Hijikata lands with a nice low kick. That'll leave a bruise.
St. Georges throws a lazy right hand but Hijikata sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
A nice inside leg kick there by Hijikata. That's going to slow St. Georges down.
Hijikata takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
St. Georges checks a leg kick.
St. Georges appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Hijikata throws a leg kick which misses St. Georges's front leg but catches the back leg as St. Georges tries to avoid it.
St. Georges scores with a nice body kick.
St. Georges misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
St. Georges throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
St. Georges checks the leg kick.
St. Georges slips a straight right by Hijikata.
St. Georges tries to close the distance and clinch up but Hijikata swats him away and circles back towards the center.

St. Georges rushes Hijikata and presses him up against the cage.
St. Georges is struggling to control the position.
St. Georges's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.

That's one minute gone in the round.
St. Georges misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hijikata is trying to force a seperation but St. Georges has the dominant position.
Hijikata blocks a punch to the side of the head.

Hijikata breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Hijikata throws an ugly left hook that misses
and St. Georges counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
St. Georges throws a chopping leg kick but Hijikata manages to avoid taking any serious damage.
St. Georges throws a low kick but Hijikata moves out of range easily.
St. Georges wants to clinch up but Hijikata keeps it at a distance.
A good leg kick by Hijikata.
Hijikata attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.

The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
St. Georges gets a clinch.
St. Georges lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Hijikata or not.
Hijikata blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Hijikata takes an elbow to the temple.

Hijikata escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
St. Georges tries to clinch but Hijikata moves out of range.
Hijikata throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Hijikata throws a low kick but it's checked well by St. Georges.
St. Georges is looking to clinch.
St. Georges moves out of range of the body kick.
Hijikata fakes with the hands and throws a leg kick but St. Georges is out of range.
Hijikata misses with an attempted mid kick.
St. Georges lands an overhand left. A wild punch that just about connected.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
St. Georges moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
St. Georges throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
St. Georges getting the better of the striking in that exchange.
This fight brought to you by 5M nutrition - it's mmmmm tasty. Nice jab by St. Georges.
Hijikata swings for the body but St. Georges moves out of range.
St. Georges stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Hijikata.
A nice leg kick lands there from Hijikata.
Hijikata misses with a low kick.
Nice straight punches there by St. Georges. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of St. Georges.
St. Georges blocks the body kick.
St. Georges throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Hijikata sees it coming and avoids it easily.
St. Georges throws a push kick but Hijikata slaps the foot to one side.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nice body kick from Hijikata.
St. Georges moves out of range of the body kick.
St. Georges feints a counter leg kick.
St. Georges takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
St. Georges tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Hijikata manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
A solid leg kick lands there for Hijikata.
Hijikata stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from St. Georges.
Hijikata thows a leg kick but St. Georges checks it
and St. Georges counters with a nice kick to the body.
Hijikata tries to land a leg kick but St. Georges saw it coming and moves away.
St. Georges takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.

St. Georges fakes with an overhand right and moves in to clinch with Hijikata, pushing him back against the cage.
St. Georges misses with some punches.
A frustrated look appears on Hijikata's face as he tries to break the clinch.
St. Georges has a couple of punches blocked by Hijikata.
Gauthier St. Georges seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
St. Georges misses with a hook from the clinch.
St. Georges lands a nice elbow.

It looks like Toshi Hijikata has been cut.
Hijikata is looking to break free of the clinch but St. Georges has double underhooks.
Hijikata is trying to push St. Georges away but St. Georges has him pressed against the cage, so he's going nowhere.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hijikata looking to slow down the pace here.

Hijikata breaks the clinch.
St. Georges blocks a leg kick.
St. Georges takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Hijikata takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Hijikata finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Hijikata jabs St. Georges right on the nose. St. Georges blinks but takes it well.
St. Georges's corner calls for a 1-2. St. Georges obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Well, he's not going to score with shots like that. A lazy body kick attempt from Hijikata.
Toshi Hijikata is winning the standup battle so far.
St. Georges throws a wild body kick that Hijikata sees coming a mile off.
St. Georges avoids the body shot from Hijikata.
St. Georges scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
St. Georges takes a nasty kick to the mid section... That should keep him thinking. Does he try and block and risk a head kick landing?
St. Georges misses with a kick to the body.
St. Georges cracks the inside of Hijikata's front leg.
St. Georges tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Hijikata tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and St. Georges is able to avoid easily.
St. Georges looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Hijikata throws a solid leg kick but St. Georges takes the impact on his shin and smiles at Hijikata.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Gauthier St. Georges will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Toshi Hijikata's cut.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're 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.


Hijikata swats away the attempt to clinch by St. Georges.
St. Georges throws a head kick but Hijikata moves out of range.
St. Georges pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
St. Georges throws a head kick that Hijikata semi-blocks.
Hijikata throws a body kick that sends a sickening thudding noise reverberating around the arena.
A leg kick checked by St. Georges.
St. Georges misses with a kick to the body.
Hijikata throws a push kick but St. Georges slaps the foot to one side.
Hijikata throws a front kick aimed at St. Georges's knee but St. Georges avoids it well.
St. Georges moves out of range of the body kick from Hijikata.
Hijikata connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Hijikata misses with a body kick.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hijikata works St. Georges's body with a nice hook.
Hijikata lands a front kick.
St. Georges tries to clinch up but Hijikata circles away and keeps his distance.
Hijikata takes one to the side of the head.
A big left from St. Georges misses.
St. Georges jabs Hijikata to the body, keeping him at a distance.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Hijikata throws a low kick, looking for St. Georges's leg but St. Georges calmly moves out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.

St. Georges drives through and clinches with Hijikata against the cage.
A short body shot lands from St. Georges as the two fighters clinch.
Hijikata blocks a punch to the side of the head.
St. Georges scores with a shot to the side of Hijikata's head.
St. Georges tries to throw a body punch but Hijikata avoids it by throwing St. Georges back against the cage.

Hijikata manages to break the clinch.
St. Georges is looking to clinch.
St. Georges misses with a hook.
Hijikata uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before St. Georges has time to react.

St. Georges moves into the clinch.
St. Georges lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
Hijikata content to slow the pace in the clinch.

Hijikata breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
St. Georges thows a body kick. Hijikata tries to catch it but that hurt him.
Hijikata uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from St. Georges.
St. Georges dips down and scores with a jab to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

St. Georges gets in close and instigates a clinch.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
St. Georges lands a shoulder strike.
Hijikata working hard to break the clinch.
St. Georges misses with some punches.
St. Georges lands with a left to the head.
Hijikata is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.
St. Georges working aggressively here.
Hijikata wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but St. Georges has him pressed against the cage.
St. Georges throws an elbow but it's blocked.
Hijikata is trying to break the clinch but St. Georges is controlling him.
St. Georges prevents Hijikata from breaking the clinch.
St. Georges working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
St. Georges has a couple of punches blocked by Hijikata.
The fighters are pressed against the cage, as the pace of the fight slows.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Hijikata.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hijikata is looking to break free of the clinch but St. Georges has double underhooks.

St. Georges manages to break the clinch.
A low kick from Hijikata misses
and St. Georges counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
St. Georges takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Hijikata stuns St. Georges with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
St. Georges wants to clinch.
Hijikata shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
St. Georges tries a quick counter leg kick but Hijikata is wise to it.
Hijikata dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
St. Georges tries to clinch but Hijikata moves out of range.
St. Georges misses with a hook.
Hijikata walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
St. Georges throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Hijikata on the side of the head.

St. Georges forces Hijikata back against the cage and clinches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
St. Georges can't find room to land a body shot as Hijikata controls the action.
St. Georges doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
St. Georges swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A right hand to the body from St. Georges.
St. Georges throws an elbow but it misses.
St. Georges has a couple of punches blocked by Hijikata.
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!
Hijikata has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
St. Georges misses with some punches.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for St. Georges.
Hijikata blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
A shot in the inside from St. Georges.
St. Georges misses with an elbow strike.
St. Georges creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
A nice right hand lands inside from St. Georges.
A head punch on the inside from St. Georges fails to land.

And that's the end of the fight!
Gauthier St. Georges comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I think St. Georges 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Yukihiro Shimada scores the fight 28:29
Judge Shirou Masuda scores the fight 28:29
Judge Shigeki Fujiwara scores the fight 28:29

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Gauthier St. Georges!
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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Mark Strong (ranked 413 p4p, 58 weight class) and Colin Turnbull (ranked 387 p4p, 54 weight class). Strong comes to the cage accompanied by Kanye West - Stronger. Mark Strong has the better chin. Will he look to stand and bang today?

194 cm
34
242 lbs
17 - 9 - 0
200 cm
34
280 lbs
17 - 9 - 1
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Heavy handed

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Sydney, Mark Strong!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 17 wins, 9 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Colin Turnbull!
The judges for this bout are Yuuki Gou, Hirohito Nitta and Tatsuya Matsuyama.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Turnbull rushes Strong and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Strong is trying to stall.
Turnbull has a couple of punches blocked by Strong.
Turnbull tries a body shot but Strong blocks it.
A frustrated look appears on Strong's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Turnbull tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Strong's elbow.
Turnbull fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Strong has had enough of the clinch but Turnbull keeps him there for the moment.
Turnbull has a couple of punches blocked by Strong.
Turnbull lands with a short punch from the clinch.
Turnbull pushes Strong back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Strong lands with a short punch from the clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Strong.
Turnbull gets through Strong's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Strong prevents a body shot from Turnbull.
Turnbull tries to throw a body punch but Strong avoids it by throwing Turnbull back against the cage.
Strong misses with a hook from the clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Turnbull.
Turnbull throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Strongs head.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Strong.
Turnbull doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Strong tries to break the clinch but Turnbull is controlling the position.
Turnbull being controlled against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Strong breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
Turnbull throws a series of punches but Strong avoids them all with ease.
Strong shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Turnbull eats them both and turns towards Strong to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Colin Turnbull seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Strong loads up on a big right hand but Turnbull slips the punch.
Both fighters circling a little - Strong finishes the exchange with a kick to the body.
Strong lands a two punch combo.
Strong throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Strong scores with a shot to the body.
Turnbull misses with the combination.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Turnbull avoids the head kick by Strong.
Strong tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Strong throws a head kick that misses.
Strong 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.
Turnbull fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Strong finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
Strong misses with a straight right.
Strong swats away the attempt to clinch by Turnbull.
Strong quickly followed up with a counter body kick but doesn't connect.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Strong misses with a wild body shot.
A chopping leg kick lands by Strong.
Turnbull throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Good exchange - Strong coming out on top.
Strong misses with an uppercut. Turnbull saw that one coming.
Turnbull misses with an uppercut.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Strong checks a leg kick.
Strong takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.

It looks like Mark Strong has been cut.
Turnbull just misses with a punch to the body.
Turnbull misses with a wild body shot.
Strong moves into range and connects with a jab.
Strong looks to throw the jab but Turnbull is out of range.
Strong throws a body punch but Turnbull moves out of range.
Strong throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Turnbull on the side of the head.
Turnbull throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Good leg kick by Turnbull there. It's the ones that make that thud noise that hurt and that was an almighty thud.
Turnbull tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Strong lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Turnbull throws out a leg kick but Strong moves out of range and Turnbull only half commits.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Strong falls off balance throwing a combination
and Turnbull makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Strong throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Turnbull misses with a low kick.
Strong is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Turnbull lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Strong looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Turnbull throws a sloppy head kick and Strong moves out of range easily.
Strong misses the shot to the body.
Strong swings for the body but Turnbull moves out of range.
Strong takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Strong misses with a straight right.
Strong takes one to the chin there.
Strong takes a swing at Turnbull's ribcage but misses.
Turnbull cracks Strong 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!
A slow jab from Turnbull misses its intended target.
Turnbull tries to close the distance and clinch but Strong swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Turnbull lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Strong throws a leg kick that is checked
and Turnbull counters with a slapping leg kick.
Strong is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Turnbull swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Turnbull throws a right hand that misses
and Strong counters with a stiff right hand.

It looks like Colin Turnbull has been cut.
Strong throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Turnbull throws a shot from downtown. Strong moves away and avoids it.
Turnbull cracks Strong with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Turnbull looks to land a body kick but Strong moved away.
Turnbull takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.

Turnbull is rocked!
Turnbull ducks into an uppercut from Strong and that's knocked him out cold! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:34 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Mark Strong!
A very excited looking Mark Strong 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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Undercard bout


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Carlos Ortega (ranked 95 p4p, 15 weight class) and Fujii Yusuke (ranked 283 p4p, 37 weight class). Fujii Yusuke is staring across the cage at his opponent, tweaking his nipples.

169 cm
33
158 lbs
19 - 5 - 1
178 cm
33
160 lbs
15 - 4 - 1
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Very quick
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

Sin City Allstars

KOMBAT KLOTHING



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 5 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Ortega!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 15 wins, 4 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Fujii Yusuke!
The judges for this bout are Shirou Masuda, Yuuki Gou and Tatsuya Matsuyama.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yusuke throws a half hearted mid kick.
Ortega fakes the leg kick and cracks Yusuke in the body.
A looping hook to the body misses from Ortega. Yusuke does a little dance to reset his feet.
Ortega closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.
Carlos Ortega seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
A kick lands to the mid section there for Ortega.

Ortega instigates a clinch.

Yusuke successfully pulls guard.
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Ortega advances position into side control!
Yusuke tries to improve position but can't.
Yusuke looks to move to half guard but instead Ortega has passed into mount! Damn!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Yusuke tries to lock up and control but Ortega gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Ortega controlling his opponent.
Yusuke sneaks a leg under to get to half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Ortega postures up and decides to stand up, from the half guard. The ref calls for Yusuke to stand up.
Yusuke with a nice looking leg kick. You could hear that one land in a back row.
Yusuke looks to land a combination but Ortega avoids it well.
Yusuke is looking to land body kicks.
Ortega wants to clinch.
Yusuke misses the shot to the body.
Carlos Ortega is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

The fight moves into the clinch position.

Yusuke's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Ortega misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Yusuke.

Ortega gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Yusuke pushes Ortega back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Yusuke.
A short right from Ortega on the inside.
A hook to the body from Ortega.
Ortega lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.

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!
Ortega misses with the head strike.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Yusuke.
Yusuke fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Yusuke is working Ortega over against the cage.
Yusuke lands with a short punch from the clinch.
A right handed body shot lands from Ortega.

Yusuke jumps guard.
Ortega wants to control from the top but Yusuke keeps moving.

Ortega avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

Yusuke is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Ortega is aware though and is defending well.
Ortega wants to stand but Yusuke is controlling his posture from full guard.
Ortega postures up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ortega controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Ortega avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

Yusuke is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Ortega is aware though and is defending well.
Ortega is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Ortega trying to control the position from guard on top but Yusuke is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Yusuke looking to hit a scissor sweep but Ortega is one step ahead there.

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.
Yusuke controls Ortega momentarily but Ortega frees himself.
We must be close to a standup if these guys don't pick up the pace.

Yusuke had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Ortega defends it easily.
Ortega sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Yusuke keeping full guard, as Ortega tries to pass.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Yusuke scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Yusuke slips under a jab.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Yusuke takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Carlos Ortega has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Ortega lands a front kick.

Ortega closes the distance and clinches.
Ortega makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Good body shot from Yusuke.
Ortega blocks a body shot from Yusuke.
Still in the clinch, Ortega scores with a nice short uppercut.
Ortega scores with an uppercut up the middle.
Ortega misses with a short punch on the inside.

Yusuke successfully pulls guard.

Yusuke working for a triangle but Ortega defends it easily.
Ortega trying to control the position from guard on top but Yusuke is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Yusuke is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Ortega defends well.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yusuke looking to control.

Yusuke looking for a guillotine here but Ortega defends easily.
Ortega trying to control but Yusuke is working from the bottom.
Yusuke wants to sweep here but Ortega controlling him for the moment.
Yusuke lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's 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.
Ortega looking for a sweep. Not yet Ortega, not yet.
Fujii Yusuke has got the better of the ground game so far.
Yusuke in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.
Yusuke in full guard, throwing the ground and pound. No damage this time.

Ortega wriggles free and stands up.
Ortega closes the distance but Yusuke moves to the side
and Yusuke counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Yusuke scores with a jab to the jaw.
Yusuke throws a right and a left that both miss.
Yusuke tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Ortega manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.
Yusuke avoids the body shot from Ortega.
Yusuke's corner calls for a 1, 2 combination and Yusuke duly obliges.
Ortega catches Yusuke with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Yusuke misses with a straight right.
Ortega appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ortega takes a punch to the jaw and another one to the bread basket.

Ortega is rocked!
Nice defenses there by Yusuke.
Oh Ortega is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Yusuke connects with an inside leg kick.
Ortega tries to clinch up.
Ortega seems to have got his legs back now.
Yusuke shakes his hands off, looking to compose himself, but takes a jab to the jaw whilst he does it.
Ortega tries to close the distance and clinch but Yusuke swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Ortega wants to clinch up but Yusuke keeps it at a distance.
The fight stays on the outside here - Ortega looks like he's thinking about clinching though.

Yusuke shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Ortega keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.

Yusuke is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Ortega doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Yusuke.

Yusuke is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Ortega doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Yusuke.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ortega is looking to improve his position.
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!
Ortega is trying to stand.
Ortega is not content to let Yusuke control the position.
Ortega is trying to stand.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Fujii Yusuke 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! This is the final round!


A solid leg kick lands there for Yusuke.
Ortega just misses with a punch to the body.
Ortega lands an overhand right.
Ortega fails in his attempt to clinch.
Ortega pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
Yusuke misses with a straight right.
Ortega appears to be looking for a counter punch to the body.
Yusuke throws a good cross that connects.
Yusuke waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Ortega.
Ortega misses with a hook. Yusuke ducked under it nicely.
Yusuke is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Ortega with a body shot.

Ortega closes the distance and clinches.
Ortega lands a body punch in the clinch.
Ortega misses with a short punch on the inside.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yusuke drags the fight down to the ground.
Ortega throwing strikes from guard but Yusuke blocks nicely.
Ortega's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Ortega's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.

That's one minute gone in the round.

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

Yusuke looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Ortega stopping the sweep attempt from Yusuke.
Ortega pushes down on Yusuke's leg and manages to get into half guard.

Yusuke looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

Ortega decides he's had enough of the ground and stands up.

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.
A thudding body kick lands there by Ortega!
Yusuke looks to land a left hand but Ortega moved out of range nicely.
Ortega appeared to be looking to counter that last move with a leg kick.
The fight stays on the outside here - Ortega looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Ortega tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Yusuke misses with a body shot.
Yusuke swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
Ortega looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Ortega works Yusuke's body with a nice hook.
Yusuke misses with a wild body shot.
Yusuke chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Ortega can pounce on him.
Ortega tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Ortega takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Yusuke lands a head shot.
Ortega sizes up Yusuke with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ortega looks to land a right hand but Yusuke moved out of range.
Ortega dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Yusuke lands with a straight right. Ortega didn't see that one coming.
Fujii Yusuke seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Yusuke has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Yusuke there as he acknowledges the shot.

Yusuke drives through with a really nice takedown into side control.
Yusuke takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Ortega tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Yusuke wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Ortega manages to get back to half guard.
Ortega is trying to stand back up but Yusuke is controlling him
Ortega is looking to get back to full guard here but Yusuke has managed to pass to side control instead.
Yusuke trying to control the action but Ortega is working from the bottom.
Yusuke sitting in side control, looking to soften his opponent up with elbows and hammerfists but Ortega is avoiding damage well and looking to escape the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yusuke working the head with strikes.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Yusuke goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Ortega has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Yusuke but great work by Ortega.
Ortega working the ground and pound but Yusuke is defending the strikes.
Ortega throwing strikes but missing, from side control.
Yusuke is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Ortega's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Yusuke gets full guard.
Ortega throws a strike but Yusuke rolls with it and manages to sweep. Now he's in guard on top.


Ortega is looking for a triangle but Yusuke pushes his legs off easily.
Yusuke makes a bit of distance and scores with some ground and pound, still in guard.

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 Carlos Ortega.
I think Yusuke 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Shirou Masuda scores the fight 27:30
Judge Yuuki Gou scores the fight 27:30
Judge Tatsuya Matsuyama scores the fight 28:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Fujii Yusuke!
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RATING
49%

 

Co-main event


Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Arzlan Bathory (ranked 500 p4p, 57 weight class) and Francis Fitzpatrick (ranked 214 p4p, 25 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

175 cm
28
160 lbs
13 - 4 - 0
180 cm
29
165 lbs
25 - 15 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

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Sin City Allstars



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Arzlan Bathory!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 25 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Francis Fitzpatrick!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Yamamoto, Taro Takaoka and Hirohito Nitta.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Bathory misses with a wild body shot.
Fitzpatrick misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Bathory.
Fitzpatrick chopped to the floor by a nice leg kick but he springs right back up before Bathory can pounce on him.
Bathory looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Bathory pivots, looking for a leg kick but Fitzpatrick is out of range and Bathory settles back down.
Fitzpatrick keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bathory throws a decent looking leg kick but it doesn't land clean.
Arzlan Bathory seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bathory throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Bathory misses with an uppercut. Fitzpatrick saw that one coming.
Bathory moves out of range as Fitzpatrick strikes.
Fitzpatrick tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bathory was well out of range. Poor timing from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Fitzpatrick manages to avoid it.
Bathory catches Fitzpatrick with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
Fitzpatrick takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bathory scores with a sloppy right hand. Fitzpatrick should have avoided that one.
Nice body punch from Bathory.
A slapping body kick lands there for Bathory.
A leg kick checked by Fitzpatrick.
Nice shot lands for Bathory.
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!
Bathory moves out of range of the strikes.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bathory misses with a body kick.
Bathory throws a low kick but it's checked well by Fitzpatrick.
Bathory drops his hands momentarily and Fitzpatrick takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Fitzpatrick is looking to clinch.
Bathory lands an overhand right.
Fitzpatrick throws a hook but Bathory blocks it.
Bathory feints and then cracks Fitzpatrick's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Fitzpatrick down.
Fitzpatrick lands a really nice looking cross but Bathory seems unphased.
Fitzpatrick misses with the combination.
Bathory slips a jab from Fitzpatrick.
Nice jab there from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory swings for the body but Fitzpatrick moves out of range.
Bathory misses with a series of wild punches.
Fitzpatrick is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bathory with a body shot.
Bathory misses with a leg kick.
Bathory scores with a leg kick.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Bathory is looking to chop away at Fitzpatrick's legs.
A lazy left from Bathory finds it's target.
Bathory throws a wild combination but nothing lands.
Fitzpatrick throws a body shot but no joy.
Bathory tests Fitzpatrick's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Bathory misses with a right hand
and Fitzpatrick counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Bathory is looking to land body kicks.

Fitzpatrick rushes Bathory and presses him up against the cage.
Bathory tries to work over Fitzpatrick's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Bathory is trying to stall.
Bathory wants to break free but Fitzpatrick has control.
Bathory can't find room to land a body shot as Fitzpatrick controls the action.
Fitzpatrick blocks an uppercut.
Fitzpatrick blocks an uppercut.
Fitzpatrick misses with some punches.
Bathory working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Fitzpatrick blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Fitzpatrick tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A head punch on the inside from Bathory fails to land.
A shot in the inside from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory working aggressively here.
Fitzpatrick is pushing Bathory up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.
Bathory blocks an uppercut.
Fitzpatrick blocks a body shot from Bathory.
Bathory blocks an elbow strike.
Bathory blocks an uppercut.
Bathory misses with a hook from the clinch.
Fitzpatrick misses with some punches.
Bathory has a couple of punches blocked by Fitzpatrick.
Bathory blocks a body shot from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory digs a right hand into Fitzpatrick's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Fitzpatrick's gas tank.
Bathory tries to work over Fitzpatrick's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Bathory blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Bathory lands a body shot in the clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bathory effectively controlling the action here.
Bathory has a couple of punches blocked by Fitzpatrick.
Bathory throws a head punch that misses.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Bathory creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Bathory avoids a wild elbow strike from Fitzpatrick.
A nice left hand lands by Bathory.
Bathory controlling the action here for a moment.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Bathory stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
The crowd are getting pretty annoyed with Bathory for his constant stalling in the clinch and are voicing their displeasure.
Fitzpatrick tries to work over Bathory's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Fitzpatrick tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Bathory's elbow.
Fitzpatrick misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Bathory swings away with an uppercut that misses.

Bathory breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
No joy there for Fitzpatrick, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Bathory throws a nice head kick!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Bathory works the jab nicely.
Bathory avoids the body shot from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Fitzpatrick misses with the combination.
Bathory lands a slapping body shot.
Bathory looking to take his opponent's legs away with the low kicks.
Fitzpatrick takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Fitzpatrick with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Bathory to score with a decent uppercut.

Fitzpatrick closes the distance and pushes Bathory back into the cage.
Bathory misses with a body punch.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Fitzpatrick lands with a left to the head.
Bathory tries to work over Fitzpatrick's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Fitzpatrick throws an elbow but it misses.
Bathory is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Fitzpatrick can do to turn this around?
Bathory is trying to force a seperation but Fitzpatrick has the dominant position.
Bathory cracks Fitzpatrick with a nice body shot.
Fitzpatrick throws a nice elbow but it doesn't land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bathory tries to throw a body punch but Fitzpatrick avoids it by throwing Bathory back against the cage.
Fitzpatrick throws a head punch that misses.
Bathory scores with a nice hook to the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Bathory.
Bathory misses with a punch on the inside.
Fitzpatrick swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A short right from Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick tries to work over Bathory's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Fitzpatrick pushes Bathory back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Bathory makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Fitzpatrick lands with a right to the head.
Bathory misses with some punches.
Fitzpatrick misses with a short punch on the inside.
Bathory lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Fitzpatrick or not.
Fitzpatrick tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Bathory's elbow.
Bathory taking a breather.
We are yet to see a takedown attempt from Fitzpatrick in the fight. On paper you would think he is the more dominant ground fighter so let's see if these unusual tactics pay off.
Fitzpatrick misses with an elbow strike.
Bathory can't find room to land a body shot as Fitzpatrick controls the action.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fitzpatrick content to slow the pace in the clinch.
Bathory looking to stall.
Fitzpatrick lands an elbow inside.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Fitzpatrick lands a nice elbow from the clinch.
Fitzpatrick blocks a body shot from Bathory.
Bathory is pushing Fitzpatrick up against the cage, for a bit of lean and pray action. Action being used the in the loosest possible sense of the word.
A head punch on the inside from Bathory fails to land.
Fitzpatrick stalling the fight.
Bathory misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Francis Fitzpatrick seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Bathory lands a right hand that snaps the head of Fitzpatrick backwards.
Fitzpatrick lands with a short shot to the head.
Bathory blocks a body shot from Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick lands a left hand that snaps the head of Bathory backwards.
Bathory misses with a short punch on the inside.
Fitzpatrick gets an overhook and lands an elbow to the side of the head.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Bathory scores with a shoulder strike.
Bathory misses with some punches.
A right hand to the body from Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick lands a damaging elbow.

Bathory manages to break the clinch.
Bathory defending well as Fitzpatrick loads up on a big left hand.
Bathory throws a push kick but Fitzpatrick slaps the foot to one side.
Fitzpatrick misses with a hook. Bathory ducked under it nicely.
Fitzpatrick tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Bathory was well out of range. Poor timing from Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Bathory walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Bathory swings for the body but Fitzpatrick moves out of range.
Fitzpatrick on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.
Bathory drops his hands momentarily and Fitzpatrick takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
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!

Fitzpatrick clinches up against the cage.
Bathory misses with a punch to the body.
Bathory working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Bathory trying to control the position but instead, Fitzpatrick has worked for underhooks and has pushed Bathory into the cage.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fitzpatrick goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Bathory throws a punch but it's blocked by Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick lands a right hand.
Bathory blocks a body shot from Fitzpatrick.
Bathory goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Fitzpatrick throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Bathorys head.
Bathory trying to control the position but instead, Fitzpatrick has worked for underhooks and has pushed Bathory into the cage.
Bathory gets through Fitzpatrick's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Fitzpatrick throws a punch but it's blocked by Bathory.
Fitzpatrick tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Bathory tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Bathory creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Fitzpatrick misses with a hook from the clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Fitzpatrick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Francis Fitzpatrick showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's time! Back to the action! This is the final round!


Bathory throws a good cross that connects.
Bathory connects with an inside leg kick.
Fitzpatrick throws an overhand right that lands on Bathory's shoulder, as Bathory tries to avoid the shot.
Fitzpatrick takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Fitzpatrick throws the left hand but Bathory avoids the punch easily.
Bathory throwing a counter right hand but Fitzpatrick manages to avoid it.
Bathory connects with a nice looking jab.
Good shot there by Bathory.
Bathory throws out a powerful jab.
A chopping leg kick lands by Bathory.
Bathory misses with a low kick.
Bathory lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
Bathory throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Fitzpatrick pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Fitzpatrick moves out of range as Bathory throws a body kick.
Fitzpatrick throws out a counter right but Bathory avoids it with no problem.
Bathory moves out of range of the strikes.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Fitzpatrick misses with a straight right.
Bathory throws a leg kick which misses Fitzpatrick's front leg but catches the back leg as Fitzpatrick tries to avoid it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Bathory throws an overhand right that lands on Fitzpatrick's shoulder, as Fitzpatrick tries to avoid the shot.
Fitzpatrick bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bathory throws a leg kick but Fitzpatrick sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Bathory moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.
Bathory lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Fitzpatrick ducks under a wild hook from Bathory.
Fitzpatrick cracks Bathory with a right hand to the side of the head.
Bathory lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Fitzpatrick fails with an attempt to clinch.
Fitzpatrick throws a shot from downtown. Bathory moves away and avoids it.
Fitzpatrick tries to close the distance and clinch but Bathory swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
An attempted straight right counter from Bathory misses the target.
Bathory scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Some bone on bone action there as Fitzpatrick checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Bathory connects with the punch.
Bathory throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Bathory throws a low kick but it's checked well by Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick misses the shot to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Fitzpatrick staying out of range there.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bathory. Fitzpatrick does a little dance to reset his feet.
Fitzpatrick staying out of range there.
Bathory is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Arzlan Bathory is winning the standup battle so far.
Bathory fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Fitzpatrick.
Danga de danga de dang - Fitzpatrick scores with a four punch combination!
Bathory throws a jab but it's blocked by Fitzpatrick.
Bathory lands with a nice body kick.
Bathory motions for Fitzpatrick to come forward. Bathory throws a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bathory throws a half hearted mid kick.
Bathory bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Bathory throws a leg kick that misses.
Fitzpatrick is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bathory with a body shot.
Fitzpatrick lands with a right hand.
Fitzpatrick throws a lazy right hand but Bathory sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Bathory takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Bathory stooping low to avoid any incoming strikes and then lunges in with an uppercut come cross that lands flush.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Fitzpatrick takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Bathory misses the shot to the body.

Fitzpatrick darts in and clinches Bathory up against the cage.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Bathory.
Fitzpatrick pushes off an throws an elbow but Bathory leans to the side and avoids it. We're back to clinching against the cage.
Fitzpatrick blocks an uppercut.
Fitzpatrick works on Bathory's body with a couple of short punches.

Bathory manages to break the clinch.
Bathory's jab looks to have found its range, popping Fitzpatrick under the eye.
Fitzpatrick throws the left hand but Bathory avoids the punch easily.
Fitzpatrick checks a leg kick.
Fitzpatrick steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bathory.
A punch combination from Bathory misses.
Fitzpatrick is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Bathory with a body shot.
That kick from Bathory tenderised Fitzpatrick's leg. Fitzpatrick is trying to keep his angry face on.
Bathory keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Bathory lands a front kick.
Jab from Bathory.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Donk. Bathory catches Fitzpatrick right on the button with a cross.
Bathory misses with a low kick.
Fitzpatrick's corner calls for a 1-2. Fitzpatrick obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Nice defenses there by Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick throws a shot from downtown. Bathory moves away and avoids it.
Nice uppercut lands for Bathory. That snapped Fitzpatrick's head back.
Fitzpatrick has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Bathory scores with a kick to the midsection.
Fitzpatrick fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Fitzpatrick throws a hook to the side of Bathory's head but Bathory sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Bathory fakes a jab and then connects with a hook.
Fitzpatrick throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Bathory connects with a leg kick. Fitzpatrick looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Fitzpatrick takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Bathory lands a nice shot to the body.
Fitzpatrick moves out of range of the body kick.
Bathory throws a leg kick but Fitzpatrick checks it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Arzlan Bathory showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Bathory 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 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Yukihiro Yamamoto scores the fight 29:28
Judge Taro Takaoka scores the fight 29:28
Judge Hirohito Nitta scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Arzlan Bathory!

Arzlan Bathory decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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Main event


Coming up we have a light heavyweight MMA rules bout between Henri Lafitte (ranked 161 p4p, 18 weight class) and Alphonzo Mirage (ranked 41 p4p, 4 weight class). The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

193 cm
37
215 lbs
28 - 11 - 0
191 cm
28
212 lbs
19 - 6 - 0
Good wrestling
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Olympic wrestler
World class MT
Good gas tank

Freebok (85% Laundry)

Conviction



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the light heavyweight championship of the world!
Introducing the challenger to my left.
With a record of 28 wins, 11 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Henri Lafitte!
And introducing the champion to my right.
With a record of 19 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Alphonzo Mirage!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Yamamoto, Yasuomi Hirokawa and Shigeki Fujiwara.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Lafitte misses with a body shot.
Mirage has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Lafitte is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Mirage avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Lafitte takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
A jab from Mirage misses.
Mirage avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Lafitte blocks the body kick.
Mirage pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Mirage takes one on the chin but seems OK.
Mirage loads up on a big right hand but Lafitte slips the punch.
We've been told by Lafitte's head coaches at Brazilian Elite Team that he's been working on his takedown defense in preparation for this fight.
Mirage swats away the attempt to clinch by Lafitte.
Lafitte tries to clinch but Mirage is having none of it.
Decent striking displayed by Lafitte there.
Lafitte slips under a jab from Mirage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mirage shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
A jab lands there for Mirage.

It looks like Henri Lafitte has been cut.
Mirage connects with a single shot there.

Lafitte is rocked!
This has been an exciting period of action!
Mirage throws a pinpoint strike between Lafitte's hands that connects right on the jaw and sends Lafitte crashing to the floor! He's out before he even hits the mat and Mirage scores a great knockout victory!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:57 of round 1, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Alphonzo Mirage! Alphonzo Mirage retains his light heavyweight title!
During a confident post fight interview, Alphonzo Mirage thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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