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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between James Noir (ranked 2439 p4p, 311 weight class) and Braven Harris (ranked 2206 p4p, 284 weight class). Harris has chosen Karma Chameleon as his entrance music. Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

184 cm
23
173 lbs
3 - 0 - 0
186 cm
24
190 lbs
9 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Solid boxing
Insanely flexible
BJJ Purple Belt
Excellent MT
Granite chin

Urban Fighter

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, James Noir!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Los Angeles, Braven Harris!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Timothy Bukovac and Frank Antenori.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Harris misses with a two punch combination.
We've been hearing reports that Noir has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.

Noir changes levels and drives through with a really nice takedown into side control. Harris looks really pissed at himself for not defending that better.
Noir scores with a couple of nice shots to the head there. The referee takes a look at Harris to see if he's OK.
You can see the frustration on Harris's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Harris is looking to reverse the position.
The ground and pound from Noir seems to be hitting the mat more than his opponent.
Noir looks up at the clock and then as Harris takes his cue and looks up at the clock too, Noir smacks him right in the chops with a big elbow! How rude!
Harris is trying to escape and get back to his feet.
Harris wants to control but Noir postures up.
Harris is being controlled here.
Harris is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Noir's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Harris tries to roll over but Noir keeps him under control.
Harris felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Noir tries to pass the half guard into mount. Harris knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Harris wants to get back to his feet.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Harris keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Harris is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Noir's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Noir's back!
Harris is trying to stand.
Harris has the hooks in. Noir is trying to push off one leg but he has to do so cautiously to avoid being submitted.
Noir is working hard here to advance position.
Harris is trying to stand.
Harris really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Noir.

Harris stands up.
Noir connects with the punch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Harris takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
Harris takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Noir uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Harris.
Good standup being displayed there by Noir as he connects with a hook.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Noir throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
A nice side step and Harris releases a counter shot to the body, but it doesn't find it's home.
Noir jabs at Harris's body.
A jab from Noir does it's job there.
Noir ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Harris moves away.
Harris on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Harris waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Noir.
Some wild striking there from Harris.
Harris slips under a jab from Noir.
Noir fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Noir scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.

Noir changes levels and drives through with a really nice takedown into side control. Harris looks really pissed at himself for not defending that better.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Noir postures up a little and throws a couple of hammerfists but they don't connect properly.
Harris tries to improve position but can't.
Harris is trying to stand back up. He's worked his way up against the cage but Noir has just dragged him back down to the mat.
Noir lands a few punches from side control.
Noir in side control lands a nice looking series of punches and elbows.
Noir wants to lay and pray for a moment but Harris keeps working.
Harris tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Harris struggling a bit here.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Harris is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
The ground and pound from Noir seems to be hitting the mat more than his opponent.
You can see the frustration on Harris's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Noir in side control, trying to ground and pound but not landing this time.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
You can see the frustration on Harris's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Noir wants to control but Harris is keeping him busy.
Noir taking a breather here.
Harris tries to bench press Noir off him but Noir keeps the position.
Noir lands a knee to the body and a forearm to the face.
Noir trying to control the position but Harris is working away.
Harris manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

James Noir dominated that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Noir fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Harris manages to avoid it.
Harris ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Noir moves away.
Noir half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Harris throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
It really doesn't seem like the step up in weight is hurting Noir here at all. He's more than holding his own against the bigger man.
Harris misses with a wild combination.
Noir is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Harris can do to turn this around?
Noir moves into range and connects with a jab.
Braven Harris is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Harris steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Noir.
Noir closes this distance looking for a takedown but Harris circles away.
Noir gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Noir slips under a jab from Harris.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Harris slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
Harris throws a right and a left that both miss.
Noir changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Harris tries to clinch
and Noir counters with a straight right hand.
Noir ducks under a wild hook from Harris.
Noir looks to land a right hand but Harris moved out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
No joy there for Harris, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Harris loads up on a big right hand but Noir slips the punch.
Harris misses with a wild combination.
An attempted straight right counter from Noir misses the target.

Noir dives in and scores a takedown into Harris's guard.
Harris has momentary wrist control but Noir slips an elbow through the middle.
Noir is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Harris lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.


Noir looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Noir has a closed guard, preventing Harris from standing up.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Harris is using up a lot of energy trying to get back to his feet. Perhaps he should improve his position first.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Noir is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Harris has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Noir is proving hard to escape from.

Noir is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Harris defends well.
Harris wants to stand but Noir has a closed guard, so he can't escape.
James Noir overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Noir is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

Noir is active off his back here, looking for submissions.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harris has decided he wants to stand but the closed guard of Noir is proving hard to escape from.
Noir trying to control the position.
Harris trying to stand up but can't free himself from Noir's guard.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Noir slips under a jab.
Noir avoids the body shot from Harris.
Harris uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Noir.

Harris gets caught napping as Noir dives in and scores a takedown. Harris manages to retain guard.
Noir is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Noir is in close to Harris's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Harris wants to stand and escape but Noir is having none of it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Harris is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
Harris is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Harris has control of Noir's left arm, preventing Noir from doing any damage.
Harris wants to get back to his feet but Noir is in a dominant position and won't allow it.
Harris is trying to control the position from the bottom.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Noir scoring with punches to the head and body.
Harris avoiding any damage from the ground and pound.
Harris is trying to control the position but Noir postures up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Braven Harris will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Harris is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
It looked like Noir wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Noir doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Noir takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Noir misses with a straight right.
Harris throws a looping overhand right but Noir ducks down to avoid it.
Noir feinted with a counter takedown.
Noir keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Harris.
Harris throws a shot from downtown. Noir moves away and avoids it.
Noir takes a jab right on the nose. That must have hurt but he shrugs his shoulders and looks to return the favor.
Noir moves away from the strike by Harris.
Harris throws a combination but comes up with nothing but fresh air.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Harris bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Noir lands with a shot to the body.
Noir punishes Harris's body with a nice straight punch.
Noir misses with a double jab.
Harris lands with a right hand.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Noir scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Harris steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Noir.
Jab by Harris.
Noir fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Harris looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Harris moves forwards but Noir connects with a nice, crisp jab.
Noir connects with a jab.
Braven Harris is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Noir throws a body shot but no joy.
Harris misses with a hook
and Noir cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Harris throws a right and a left that both miss.

Noir feints and then dives in with a takedown. That was a long way out but the feint bought him enough time to close the distance and complete the takedown. Now we'll play guard for a bit and see who can get the better of that position.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Noir scoring with punches to the head and body.
Harris looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Harris is looking to sweep but instead, Noir has passed into half guard.
Harris takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Noir wants to free his trapped foot but Harris is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Noir lands strikes from half guard.
Noir is looking to take a break and control but Harris is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Noir scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
Harris controlling the position for now.
Noir is keen to just control but Harris is a slippery customer.
Noir is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Harris is looking to control Noir's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Harris avoid being mounted?
Noir is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.
Harris trying to control from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harris trying to get back to full guard but Noir takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Noir fakes a shot to the body and cracks his opponent in the head. Nice ground and pound there!
Harris is trying to escape the mount.
Noir controlling the pace for now.
Harris tries to reverse the position but Noir maintains control.
Harris wants to hold on but Noir pushes him away.
Harris is in a horrible position here. Noir smacks him with another shot as he tries to escape the position.
Noir is still in mount, landing shots to his trapped opponent. Harris can't stay in a position like this for much longer.
Noir scoring with some good ground and pound from mount here. Will he manage to finish Harris?
Harris really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Harris wants to control but Noir is having none of it.
Harris is wriggling around trying to escape.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Noir looking to control and managing it successfully.
Noir trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Noir landing shots from mount.
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!
Harris is bucking up trying to escape but Noir cracks him with another couple of good strikes.
Harris tries to hold on but Noir postures up.
Noir looking to control but Harris is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.

Noir jumps to side control looking for an arm triangle but Harris manages to avoid the submission attempt.
Noir scores with a couple of nice shots to the head there. The referee takes a look at Harris to see if he's OK.
Noir lands some shots froms side control.

And that's the end of the fight!
James Noir showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Noir 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 Don Winkell scores the fight 30:28
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 29:28
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... James Noir!

James Noir decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
In defeat, Braven Harris stepped up to the mic, saying 'Get that fucking microphone out of my face!'.
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G S C G energy
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hype
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pop
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mgr
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RATING
52%
 
 
 
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