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BFF 83: McDaniel vs. Grayce PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Bo Nickal (ranked 618 p4p, 94 weight class) and Mario Rossi (ranked 994 p4p, 143 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.

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187 lbs
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 2 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Bo Nickal!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Mario Rossi!
The judges for this bout are Sosuke Kotani, Yuuki Gou and Shigeki Sano.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Nice defenses there by Nickal.
Nickal lands with a cross.
Rossi throws an off balance right hand

and Nickal counters with a shoot takedown. Rossi fights it but they end up in guard.
Nickal won't allow Rossi to get back to his feet.
Rossi told us pre-fight that he has been working on his escapes in training. Let's see if he can call on some of his new skills to get back to his feet.
Rossi is looking to stand back up... there's a bit of a scramble and Nickal dives into side control.
Rossi is trying to buck Nickal off.
An elbow from Nickal crashes against the mat.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rossi is working hard to escape and get back to his feet. After a battle for position, Nickal asserts his dominance and retains side control.
Nickal lands a knee to the body and follows it up with some ground and pound to the head. That will wear Rossi down.
The fighters are tangled up in the ropes here. We might need a restart if the fighters can't break free themselves.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rossi is working hard to escape and get back to his feet. After a battle for position, Nickal asserts his dominance and retains side control.
Nickal working the head and body with strikes.
Nickal advances to mount.
Nickal trying to control but Rossi is having none of it.
Rossi tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Nickal throwing strikes here but Rossi is writhing around nicely and avoiding any serious damage.
Nickal is in the full mount, landing strikes.
Nickal has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Nickal in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Rossi holds on to Nickal as tight as he can, avoiding damage.
Nickal controlling from mount.
Nickal wants to control the pace but Rossi is squirming around nicely.
Rossi blocking the ground and pound.
Rossi squirming around on the bottom, looking to escape.
Rossi blocking the ground and pound.
Rossi is trying to stand up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Nickal is looking to secure an arm. He's managed it! He's pivoting for an armbar - that looks tight! But Rossi has managed to get out of it and now he's in a dominant position. Nice work from Rossi!

Rossi avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Rossi wants to get up but he can't break Nickal's closed guard. He needs to be careful trying to break the legs open, as he's open to submissions here.
Nickal trying to keep a closed guard but Rossi is proving a slippery customer.
Rossi would like to get this fight back to the feet but can't get free from the closed guard.

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Nickal has his foot on Rossi's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Rossi works his way back into a safe position though.

Nickal throws his legs up looking for a submission but Rossi uses it to pass to side control.
Nickal manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Still in half guard, Nickal seems content to control.
Rossi is looking to escape.
Nickal trying to mount his opponent but Rossi defends it.
The fighters are battling for position here. Rossi manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Rossi utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Rossi wants to stand and escape but Nickal is having none of it.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Nickal drops back looking for a leg! Rossi is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Rossi manages to kick Nickal off! Nickal jumps back into Rossi's guard.
Nickal throwing elbows and punches but not connecting, as Rossi works some decent striking defense from the bottom.
Nickal throws a big right hand that misses.
Nickal trying to control but Rossi is working from the bottom.
Nickal pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Rossi is keeping the position for now.
Nickal won't allow Rossi to get back to his feet.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Nickal trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Rossi manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!

Nickal has a closed guard, preventing Rossi from standing up.

Nickal escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Rossi gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Rossi is looking to stand up but Nickal won't let him.
Nickal manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Rossi manages to get himself to full guard.

Nickal throwing strikes from guard but Rossi blocks nicely.
Nickal pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Rossi is keeping the position for now.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Rossi working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Nickal.
Rossi is looking to get back to his feet but can't, whilst Nickal is controlling him.
Nickal is in close to Rossi's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Nickal wants to control from the top but Rossi keeps moving.
Nickal missing there with some ground and pound from the guard.
Nickal advances to half guard.

Nickal is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Nickal trying to mount his opponent but Rossi defends it.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Nickal thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Rossi's head.
Nickal throwing shots but Rossi is blocking nicely.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Nickal connects with a nice short shot to Rossi's temple.

Nickal is working for a kimura but Rossi is defending it quite comfortably.
Nickal wants to pass to mount but Rossi is defending the position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Nickal is keen to just control but Rossi is a slippery customer.
Nickal with the ground and pound but Rossi uses the opportunity to regain guard.
Rossi wants to stand but Nickal is controlling the position.
Nickal stays in close to Rossi's body and controls the position.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Rossi tries to clinch up.
Nickal changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Nickal swings away with a body shot that misses
letting Rossi counter with a right hand.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Nickal looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Rossi throws an overhand right that lands on Nickal's shoulder, as Nickal tries to avoid the shot.
Rossi misses with a looping right.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Bo Nickal dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the ring so we can get back down to business. Let's hear some noise people - this is the final round!


Nickal lands a leg kick. The shin dug right into the meat of the thigh.
Rossi misses with an uppercut. Nickal saw that one coming.
Jab by Nickal.
Nickal is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Rossi can do to turn this around?
Nickal lands with a cross.
Rossi takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Rossi scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Rossi tries to clinch up.
Rossi misses with a straight right.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rossi gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Nickal steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Rossi.
Rossi misses with a wild body shot.
Nickal misses the jab.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rossi lands a right hook to the body.
Nickal works the jab nicely.
Rossi scores with a nice strike.
Nickal scores with a jab.
Rossi throws a leg kick but Nickal sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Rossi throws a two punch combo that lands nicely.
Sloppy strikes from Rossi. Those never looked like landing.
Nickal dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Rossi throws a looping overhand right but Nickal ducks down to avoid it.
Nickal feinted with a counter takedown.
Nickal moves away from the strike by Rossi.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Nickal fakes a strike and closes the distance, dragging Rossi to the ground. Nickal is now in Rossi's guard.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Nickal loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

Rossi has scooted to the edge of the canvas and used the ropes to get back to his feet. Nickal has stuck on his opponent and is forcing him back against the ropes.
Rossi avoids a wild elbow strike from Nickal.
Nickal misses with a hook from the clinch.
A nice left hand lands by Rossi.
Rossi lands with a right to the head.
Still in the clinch, Rossi scores with a nice short uppercut.
Rossi throws a punch but it's blocked by Nickal.
Nickal trying to control the position but instead, Rossi has worked for underhooks and has pushed Nickal into the ropes.
Nickal throws a punch but it's blocked by Rossi.
Nickal changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Rossi fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Mario Rossi is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Nickal doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rossi dips to his left and cracks Nickal with an uppercut!
Nickal slips a straight right by Rossi.
Rossi misses the jab.
Rossi looks to throw the jab but Nickal is out of range.
Nickal with a poor takedown
and Nickal takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Rossi tries a switch kick but it misses it's target.
Nickal takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Nickal throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Nickal avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Nickal feinted with a counter takedown.
Nickal gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Rossi counters with a kick to the head that grazes his opponent. Nickal is lucky that one didn't land flush.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Bo Nickal. That's going to take a lot out of him.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rossi does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Nickal appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Nickal keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Rossi.
Nickal fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Rossi manages to avoid it.
Nickal swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Rossi throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Rossi misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Nickal works the jab nicely.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Nickal throws out a leg kick but Rossi moves out of range and Nickal only half commits.
Rossi's hands are dropping dangerously low here and Nickal connects clean with a right hook that sends him down to one knee! Rossi scrambles back to his feet.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Rossi slips a jab from Nickal.
Rossi connects with a solid leg kick.
Nice defenses there by Rossi.
Rossi waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Nickal.
Nickal drops down looking for a counter takedown but Rossi sprawls and moves away.
A swing and a miss from Rossi.
Nickal swung with a counter right hand that didn't connect.
Rossi throws a head kick that misses.
Nickal misses with a kick to the body.
Nickal lands a slapping body shot.
Nickal misses with an uppercut. Rossi saw that one coming.
Rossi pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Nickal attempts a counter takedown but Rossi avoids it well and moves away.
Rossi throws a hook but Nickal blocks it.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Rossi shapes like he's going to throw a leg kick but settles back down.
Rossi misses with a right hand

so Nickal counters with a double leg into guard. Good agility.
Nickal trying to move into half guard but instead Rossi has managed to sweep!

Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!

Nickal looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
The fighters are trapped in the ropes so we're going to have a reposition here. The ref calls for a break and repositions the fighters in the center of the ring.
Nickal looking to hit a scissor sweep but Rossi is one step ahead there.
Rossi slips nicely into half guard.
Nickal makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Nickal.
Mario Rossi has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Nickal has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Rossi has passed into side control.
Rossi trying to control the action but Nickal is working from the bottom.
Nickal is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Nickal trying to control from the bottom.
Nickal gets full guard.

Rossi stands and steps away. Nickal gets to his feet too and we're back to the striking game.
Nickal ducks under a wild hook from Rossi.
Nickal slips under a jab.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Nickal throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Rossi flicks out a counter leg kick but Nickal steps away.
Rossi scores with a jab to the head.
Rossi throws a shot from downtown. Nickal moves away and avoids it.
Nickal lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Nickal misses with a straight left.
Rossi looks like he wants to counter punch here.
Nickal misses with a left hand
and Rossi counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Rossi slips under a jab from Nickal.
Nickal connects with a body shot.
Nickal swats away the attempt to clinch by Rossi.
Nickal attempts a counter takedown but Rossi avoids it well and moves away.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Rossi misses with an uppercut. Nickal saw that one coming.
Nickal misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
An inside leg kick from Nickal misses.
Nickal slips a straight right by Rossi.
Rossi on the wrong end of a nice low kick. He's acting like it's no big deal but he doesn't want to take many more of those.
Rossi swings wildly with a couple of big hooks

and Nickal counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.
Nickal with a flurry of punches that miss.
Nickal postures up in Rossi's guard and throws a big left but Rossi blocks it.
Nickal trying to control but Rossi is working from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Mario Rossi.
I have no idea who won that fight. Let's wait and see whether the judges are as confused as me! Time for a split decision perhaps?!. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sosuke Kotani scores the fight for Bo Nickal!
Judge Yuuki Gou scores the fight for Mario Rossi!
Judge Shigeki Sano scores the fight for Bo Nickal!

Bo Nickal wins by split decision!

Bo Nickal seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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