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EFA 20 Bates vs Octavian PBP Commentary

#R1#
Bates moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Bates lands a jab to the head.
Octavian lands with a nice combination. Bates backs away looking to recover.
Bates just misses with a punch to the body.
Bates misses the jab.
Bates lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Octavian lands a nice leg kick that just misses Bates's sensitive parts.
Octavian thuds his shin into the meat of Bates's side.
Octavian looks to land a combination but Bates avoids it well.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Octavian misses with a jab, cross combination.
Octavian lands a really nice looking cross but Bates seems unphased.
Octavian darts in and out, connecting with a jab.
Joel Bates seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Bates lands with a straight right. Octavian didn't see that one coming.
The fighters circling - Bates throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Bates throws a leg kick but Octavian checks it.
We can't be sure of the tactics at this early stage but we have heard that Octavian has been working on his takedowns a lot in the buildup to the fight and we can only assume he's going to look to take this to the mat.
Octavian slips under a jab.
Octavian tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Bates scores with a crisp jab that stopped Octavian in his tracks. #T1#
Octavian slips a straight right by Bates.
Joel Bates is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Bates tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Octavian lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.
Bates scores with a one two! Octavian had his feet all tangled up there and couldn't avoid the strikes.
Bates throws an off balance right hand
and Octavian counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Bates misses with a double jab.
Bates lands with a shot to the body.
Bates misses with a looping right.
Bates is on the wrong end of a nice combination from Octavian.
A solid leg kick lands there for Octavian.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Octavian comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Bates tries a head kick but it misses.
Bates connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between Octavian's hands.
Octavian connects with a body shot.
Octavian closes the distance and lands a one-two.
Bates is breathing heavily.
Bates looks for the body kick but Octavian saw that one coming.
Bates throws a poor cross that misses
and Octavian counters with a left and a right that stings Bates. #T2#
Bates scores with a head kick. Octavian tried to block it but didn't get his arm up in time.
Octavian fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Bates has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Bates swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Octavian keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Octavian throws a nice outside leg kick.
Octavian swings away but doesn't land with a series of punches.
A little feinted left hand from Bates on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Octavian ducks under a wild hook from Bates.
Bates connects with a body shot.
Bates throws a looping overhand right but Octavian ducks down to avoid it.
Bates lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Octavian circles away quickly and effectively.
Octavian moves away from the strike by Bates.
Bates takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Bates throws a head kick that half lands.
A head kick misses from Bates.
A big left from Bates misses.
Octavian feints the counter takedown.#T3#
Octavian steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Bates.
Octavian throws a right and a left that both miss.
Octavian just manages to avoid a counter high kick fromBates.
Bates misses with an uppercut
and Octavian counters with a three punch combo that has Bates backing up. Bates nods at Octavian to acknowledge the strikes.
Octavian avoids the body shot from Bates.
Octavian moves forwards but Bates connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Bates swings for the body but Octavian moves out of range.
Octavian is working the combinations to good effect here.
Octavian throws a right and a left that Bates avoids nicely.
Octavian swings wildly with a hook that is half blocked by Bates.#TD2#
Octavian gets the takedown into side control.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Bates is looking for a sweep.
Octavian controlling the position from side mount. #T4#
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Let's hope that Octavian has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
The referee wants the fighters to be more active or he's going to reset them on the feet.#SUB2#
Octavian tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Octavian has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Bates on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Bates tries to get out of the position.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Octavian advances nicely into full mount.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Quintus Octavian dominated that round.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.
#R2#
Bates misses with a right hand
and Octavian counters with a straight right hand.
Octavian throws a nice outside leg kick.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bates. Octavian does a little dance to reset his feet.
Quintus Octavian is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Bates lands with a right hand.
Octavian misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.
Bates tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Bates throws a jab when Octavian was well out of range.
Octavian feints the counter takedown.
Octavian scores with a leg kick.
Bates throws a big shot that misses.
A looping hook to the body misses from Bates. Octavian does a little dance to reset his feet.
Despite the aggression on Octavian's face he doesn't fully commit to the counter.
Octavian throws a right and a left that both miss.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bates throws a sloppy head kick and Octavian moves out of range easily.
Bates scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Octavian connects with a looping right hand.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Bates takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Octavian throws a right hand that Bates ducks under and follows up with a left that Bates also avoids with ease.#T1#
Bates takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing.
Octavian lands with a kick to the temple. Bates shrugs as if to say "is that all you've got?"
Octavian lands a nice looking body kick.
Octavian lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Bates tries to close the distance and clinch but Octavian swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
Bates scores with a jab.
Bates takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Octavian lands a jab to Bates's midsection.
Bates misses with an uppercut
and Octavian counters with a series of strikes. Bates will be more careful next time no doubt.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Octavian lands a jab, followed by a cross and another cross, as Bates backs up against the cage. #ROC2#
Bates is rocked!
Octavian will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Oh Bates is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Octavian fakes the leg kick and cracks Bates in the body.
Bates misses with a wild combination.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Octavian! But no joy.
Bates seems to have got his legs back now.#T2#
Octavian avoids a kick to the body.
Octavian throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Quintus Octavian seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Bates scores with a nice strike.
Bates throws a sloppy head kick #TD2#
and Octavian counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.
Octavian is pushing down on Bates's leg trying to pass to half guard. Bates is fighting to maintain full guard but Octavian has managed to sneak the leg through.#SUB2#
Octavian is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Bates knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Octavian on the ground.
Octavian wants to lay and pray for a moment but Bates keeps working. #T3##SUB2#
Octavian is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Octavian controlling the action here.
Bates tries to get to full guard but Octavian has control of the leg.
Bates is refusing to be controlled, as Octavian sits in half guard. #T4#
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Octavian with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Bates is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Octavian scores with a couple of nice shots.#SUB2#
Octavian is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Bates defends it well.
Bates is trying to control but Octavian manages to pass to mount!
Octavian trying to control but he's not successful this time.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Quintus Octavian showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!
#R3#
Octavian tries a head kick but it misses.
Bates swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Octavian only half commits to the counter leg kick.
Bates throws an off balance right hand
and Octavian counters with a big head kick but Bates shrugs it off.
Octavian throws a series of punches but Bates moves out of range.
Octavian thumps Bates with a low kick.
A telegraphed right hand from Bates misses the target.
A good leg kick by Octavian.
Boom, another hit is landed. "You're gunna get knocked out" taunts Bates, as that shot connected.
Octavian dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Bates throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Octavian counters with a three punch combo that has Bates backing up. Bates nods at Octavian to acknowledge the strikes.
A slapping leg kick lands for Octavian.
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!
Bates rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Octavian moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Octavian lets it all go there with a big combo counter but none of the punches connected.
Sloppy strikes from Octavian. Those never looked like landing.
Bates misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Good standup being displayed there by Bates as he connects with a hook.#T1#
Bates throws an overhand right that lands on Octavian's shoulder, as Octavian tries to avoid the shot.
Bates misses with a wild body shot.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Octavian throws a head kick but Bates moves out of range.
Sloppy strikes from Octavian. Those never looked like landing.
Octavian avoids the body shot from Bates.
Octavian uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Bates has time to react.
Bates has his head snapped back a nice jab. A little nod from Bates there as he acknowledges the shot.
Octavian looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
A little feinted left hand from Bates on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Bates misses with a head kick.
Octavian will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Bates throws a shot from downtown. Octavian moves away and avoids it.
Bates tries a head kick but it misses.
Octavian cracks Bates with a right hand to the side of the head.
Bates takes a jab on the nose there. A little bit of blood seems to be coming out. Hopefully that won't affect his breathing. #T2#
Octavian jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Octavian takes a shot to the eye socket. That's gotta hurt.
Bates paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Octavian lands with a nice body kick.
Octavian fails to land with a series of punches.
Bates swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Octavian buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Bates throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Octavian counters with a two punch combo.
Bates throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
Bates takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure. #TD2#
Octavian looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
Octavian not doing much here. #T3#
Bates tries to roll over but Octavian keeps him under control.#SUB2#
Octavian is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Bates has managed to free his arm - good work.
Octavian has been the more effective fighter overall so far.#SUB2#
Octavian is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Bates doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Octavian. #T4#
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.#SUB2#
Octavian looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Octavian trying to mount his opponent but Bates defends it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Quintus Octavian comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Octavian 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 Wesley Smith scores the fight 27:30
Judge Cecil Peabody scores the fight 27:30
Judge Gwen Towbar scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Quintus Octavian!

A relieved looking Quintus Octavian thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
 
 
 
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