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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Michelangelo Di Lodovico (ranked 441 p4p, 61 weight class) and Michael Swango (ranked 639 p4p, 83 weight class). Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

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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 11 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Michelangelo Di Lodovico!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Michael Swango!
The judges for this bout are Hugh Johnson, Francis DeMontford and Bruno Hogan.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Swango missing with a left hand there. Di Lodovico was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Swango cracks Di Lodovico with a good jab.
Swango slips under a jab.
Di Lodovico looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Swango falls off balance throwing a combination
and Di Lodovico counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Swango throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Di Lodovico counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Swango lands a nice looking body shot.
Swango uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Di Lodovico.
Swango is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
Di Lodovico ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Swango moves away.
Swango keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
As Di Lodovico backs off Swango throws a huge counter combo but Di Lodovico manages to avoid it all.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Some wild striking there from Di Lodovico.
Nice shot lands for Swango.
Di Lodovico uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Swango.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Di Lodovico missing with a left hand there. Swango was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Di Lodovico takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Swango doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
Swango throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Di Lodovico tries to close the distance and clinch up but Swango swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Swango throws a series of punches but Di Lodovico moves out of range.
Di Lodovico feinted with a counter takedown.
Swango cracks Di Lodovico with a right hand to the side of the head.
Swango throws the left hand but Di Lodovico avoids the punch easily.
Di Lodovico gets cracked there but stands up to it.
Swango throws out a loose jab but Di Lodovico uses good head movement to avoid it.
Di Lodovico throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Michael Swango is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Swango is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Di Lodovico.
Decent striking displayed by Swango there.
Swango swinging wildly here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Di Lodovico keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Swango.
Di Lodovico was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Di Lodovico dodges the punch combination from Swango.
Di Lodovico appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Di Lodovico doesn't manage to clinch there - Swango circles away.
A countering left hand to the body from Swango misses.
Di Lodovico scores with a hook to the body. Swango takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Swango throws a series of punches but Di Lodovico moves out of range.
Di Lodovico fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Di Lodovico works Swango's body with a nice hook.
Di Lodovico fails in his attempt to clinch.
Di Lodovico is looking to clinch but Swango is avoiding it.
Di Lodovico misses with a lunging right hand
and Swango connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Swango throws a big shot that misses.
Di Lodovico cracks Swango with a nice right hand that draws applause from the crowd.
Di Lodovico jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Swango has tried to improve his agility in the runup to this fight.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Swango with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Swango lands a jab followed by a nice looking cross.
Di Lodovico misses with a jab, cross combination.
Swango throws a hook but Di Lodovico blocks it.
Di Lodovico feinted with a counter takedown.
Di Lodovico connects with a hook to the side of his opponent's head.
Di Lodovico slips a jab from Swango.
Di Lodovico steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Swango.
A big right from Swango misses.
Swango rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Di Lodovico counters with a right hand to the body.
Swango dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Di Lodovico pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Di Lodovico misses with an uppercut. Swango saw that one coming.
Swango swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Swango lands a jab to Di Lodovico's midsection.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Swango moves away from the strike by Di Lodovico.
Michael Swango seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Swango feints a straight left to the body, then turns around with a flashy move and hits Di Lodovicos jaw with a dramatic spinning back fist!
Swango misses with a right hand
and Di Lodovico counters with a lovely straight right hand!

Swango gets tackled into the cage by Di Lodovico. Di Lodovico maintains the clinch.

Swango breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.
Di Lodovico bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Swango fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Di Lodovico misses with a double jab.
Di Lodovico showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Swango.
Di Lodovico swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Swango throws an off balance right hand

and Di Lodovico counters with a single leg into guard. Swango didn't expect that.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Di Lodovico not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Di Lodovico wants to pass the guard but Swango is keeping the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Michael Swango dominated that round.
OK. That's time! The bell goes and we're back to the action.


Di Lodovico bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Swango looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
Di Lodovico misses with a hook.
It seemed like Swango was going to counter with the hook but didn't fully commit to it.
Michael Swango is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Di Lodovico throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
The crowd cheers as Swango lands an impressive looking overhand right. Di Lodovico doesn't seem phased though.
A swing and a miss from Swango.
Di Lodovico throws a jab, cross combination which is slipped
and Swango counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Di Lodovico fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Swango misses with a straight right.
Di Lodovico staying out of range there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Swango rushes in with a sloppy looking punch

and Di Lodovico counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Swango is trying to stand.
Di Lodovico is trying to control the action in half guard but Swango is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Swango tries to kick Di Lodovico off but Di Lodovico keeps his base steady and stays in half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Di Lodovico throwing shots but Swango is blocking nicely.
Di Lodovico is looking to stall here but Swango recovers full guard.
Swango really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Di Lodovico. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.
Di Lodovico pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Swango is keeping the position for now.
Di Lodovico is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Di Lodovico postures up and lands some nice ground and pound.
Di Lodovico stops Swango from standing up.
Di Lodovico is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Swango lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Di Lodovico ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Swango moves away.
Di Lodovico works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Swango misses with a hook. Di Lodovico ducked under it nicely.
Swango misses with a straight left.
Di Lodovico uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Swango.
It looked like Di Lodovico was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Swango.
No joy there for Swango, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Di Lodovico scores with a hook.
Di Lodovico dodges the punch combination from Swango.
It looked like Di Lodovico was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Swango.
The fighters circling - Swango throws out the jab but it was never going to land.
Swango throws a jab when Di Lodovico was well out of range.

Di Lodovico clinches with his opponent.

Swango's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Di Lodovico swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Di Lodovico avoids the body shot from Swango.
Di Lodovico changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Di Lodovico doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Swango clobbers Di Lodovico with an overhand right that has the crowd gasping. That made a horrendous noise.
Di Lodovico misses the shot to the body.
Swango looks to land a left hand but Di Lodovico moved out of range nicely.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Di Lodovico avoids the body shot from Swango.
Di Lodovico shoots and misses
and Swango makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Swango's corner calls for a 1-2. Swango obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
Di Lodovico is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Swango cracks a nice hook into Di Lodovico's ribs.
Jab, jab by Di Lodovico - just one landing.
Di Lodovico lands an overhand right.
Swango misses with a two punch combination.
Di Lodovico is looking for a counter combo.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Michael Swango showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business. The crowd applaud as we get ready to start the final round!


Swango throws a hook but Di Lodovico avoids it easily.
Di Lodovico slips a jab from Swango.
Swango misses with an uppercut. Di Lodovico saw that one coming.
Di Lodovico was looking to counter that move with a punch but didn't quite pull the trigger.
Swango uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
A punch combination from Swango misses.
Swango has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Swango throws a right hand that misses
and Swango takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Swango lands a jab followed by a nice looking cross.

Di Lodovico throws a loose over hand right and dives in with a double leg takedown. Swango tries to sprawl but it's too late and the fighters hit the mat. Di Lodovico is in Swango's guard.
Di Lodovico won't allow Swango to get back to his feet.
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Swango can do anything to dispel that myth.
Di Lodovico passes easily into side control. Nice work.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Di Lodovico wants to control for a moment but Swango uses the opportunity to move back to half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Di Lodovico content to control rather than advance.

Di Lodovico is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

Di Lodovico is working for a submission of some sort.
Michelangelo Di Lodovico has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Di Lodovico content to control rather than advance.

Di Lodovico is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Swango defends it well.

Swango has managed to escape just enough to sneak back to his feet but Di Lodovico is on him like a limpet, forcing Swango back against the cage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Di Lodovico is working Swango over against the cage.
Swango lands with a right to the head.
Swango lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
The referee calls for Di Lodovico to work.
A short right from Swango.
Swango wants to break free but Di Lodovico has control.
Di Lodovico tries for a takedown but Swango manages to get underhooks.

Swango pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
A jab from Swango misses.
Di Lodovico moves out of range as Swango strikes.
Swango takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Di Lodovico uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Swango.
Di Lodovico wants to clinch.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Di Lodovico throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Swango was covering up waiting for the punch and Di Lodovico finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Di Lodovico wants to control from the top but Swango keeps moving.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Di Lodovico won't allow Swango to get back to his feet.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Di Lodovico distracts Swango with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Michael Swango is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Di Lodovico loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.

And that's the end of the fight!
Michael Swango comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
I've got Swango winning every round here. Surely the decision will go his way and he'll pick up a well deserved decision victory. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Hugh Johnson scores the fight 27:30
Judge Francis DeMontford scores the fight 27:30
Judge Bruno Hogan scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Michael Swango!

A victorious Michael Swango thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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