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[I][SIZE="1"]OOC: Used Biggz Idea for this, with the help of some draft picks, and picked the rest myself in this 32 man Grand Prix in each division[/SIZE][/I] [CENTER][Quote][CENTER][B]Heavyweight Brackets[/B] Raul Hughes (14-0) Grzegorz Boniek (16-4) Hassan Fezzik (28-0) James Foster (18-2) vs. Hiro Arai (19-3)[/CENTER][/Quote] [Quote][CENTER][B]Light-Heavyweight Brackets[/B] Nicolai Mickiewicz (12-1) John Rivero (10-0) Leon Banks (13-3) vs. Roberto Aldez (21-3) Zvonimir Asanovic/Faas Smit vs. Percy Catcher (8-2) [/CENTER][/Quote] [Quote][CENTER][B]Middleweight Brackets[/B] Patrick Thomas (9-1) vs. Dan Halvorsen (24-11-2) Andrew Rush (16-0) [/CENTER][/Quote] [Quote][CENTER][B]Welterweight Brackets[/B] Julio Regueiro (12-0-1) Haranobu Oshiro (12-2-1) Fumiaki Hayashi (15-4) vs. Jack Humphreys (14-2) Geoff Cahill (24-13)[/CENTER][/Quote] [Quote][CENTER][B]Lightweight Brackets[/B] Teeratep Nutnum (7-0) vs. Sean Morrison (15-3) Jason Dalglish (13-2) [/CENTER][/Quote] There Are the brackets, Post predictions if you want, on all matches, so I don't have to post the Individual events *Alternate Will be chosen for Speed[/CENTER]
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[B]Heavyweight Brackets[/B] [B]Raul Hughes[/B] (11-0) vs. Stafford Alois (18-7) Vincent Chapin (10-7) vs. [B]Hiro Arai [/B](17-3) [B]Tony McCall[/B] (20-4) vs. Thomas Smith (6-1) Tank Manu'a (12-4) vs. [B]Steve Mason [/B](2-0) Frank Sheedy (10-6) vs. [B]Kunimichi Kikuchi[/B] (20-2) Jeff Carlton (16-3) vs. [B]James Foster[/B] (16-2) Eien Kawano (8-4) vs. [B]Harry Milne[/B] (20-6) [B]Rav Kapur[/B] (5-0) vs. Dave Lennon (6-1) [B]Hassan Fezzik[/B] (25-0) vs. Fatuma Roy (16-5) [B]Stratos Papaioannou [/B](20-4) vs. Rick Stanley (20-7-3) Robun Yamazaki (17-6) vs. [B]Tim Boyer[/B] (17-3-2) [B]Shane Gilchrist [/B](11-2) vs. Marvin Stevens (7-0-1) Garry McSweegan (12-2) vs. [B]Jean-Pierre Richelleau [/B](8-2) [B]Lefter Oktay [/B](6-0) vs. Stjepan Andric (8-4) [B]Gunnar Nilsson[/B] (18-3) vs. Grzegorz Boniek (13-4) Milton Harvey (9-8) vs. [B]Eddie Whelan [/B](10-2) [B]Light-Heavyweight Brackets[/B] Christian Mountfield (5-2) vs. [B]Ashley Ballard[/B] (4-0) Bryan Van Den Hauwe (12-7) vs. [B]Inejiro Chiba[/B] (20-4) [B]Roberto Aldez[/B] (19-3) vs. Drew Jenks (3-0) [B]Aleksei Chekhov[/B] (8-2) vs. Jethro Munter (1-1) [B]Souleymane Ya Konan[/B] (10-1) vs. Ricky Heath (9-3) Owen Hyde (2-0) vs. [B]JJ Reid [/B](12-0) Nick Detroit (5-2) vs. [B]Faas Smit[/B] (5-0) [B]Zvonimir Asanovic[/B] (10-1) vs. Heiji Endo (8-1) Percy Catcher (6-2) vs. [B]Christopher Sharp [/B](9-1) [B]Tadamasa Yamada[/B] (13-1) vs. Anthony LeToussier (13-5) [B]John Rivero [/B](7-0) vs. George Laurent (12-1) [B]Leon Banks[/B] (11-3) vs. Lenny McFadden (9-4) [B]Nicolai Mickiewicz [/B](9-1) vs. Daniel Hornsby (9-2) [B]Mike Watson[/B] (2-0) vs. Petey Mack (6-1) [B]Gempachi Higa[/B] (9-5) vs. Elgar (10-4) Jemaine McKenzie (7-2) vs. [B]Jin Katou [/B](5-2) [B] Middleweight Brackets[/B] Jim Carpenter (20-5-1) vs. [B]Andrew Rush[/B] (12-0) Tucker Plumm (13-7) vs. [B]Hans-Peter Schneider[/B] (8-3) [B]Jorge Hormazabal[/B] (12-5) vs. Casim Yenkini (7-3) Dan Halvorsen (22-11-2) vs. [B]Mal Phe Roby[/B] (9-2) Ieyoshi Yamashiita (10-4) vs. [B]Linfield Ballard [/B](11-7) [B]Lloyd McAllister[/B] (3-0) vs. Dokuohtei Kuroki (13-8) [B]Davis Spyrou[/B] (11-4) vs. Greg Atteveld (15-10) Stuart Strange (8-3) vs. [B]Neil Napier [/B](6-0-1) Juro Fukazawa (7-0) vs. [B]Buddy Garner[/B] (8-0) [B]Curt Kitson [/B](10-3) vs. Alex Cole (5-3) Carl Ratcliffe (8-3) vs. [B]Maarten De Vries [/B](13-4) [B]Thorbjorn Rekdal[/B] (3-1-1) vs. Matthew Dean (10-2) [B]Bixente Fontaine [/B](9-3) vs. Leonardo da Costa (8-0) [B]Patrick Thomas[/B] (6-1) vs. Jerezo (21-8) [B]Phil Ball[/B] (7-6) vs. Ralph Kohl (4-1) [B]Fernando Amaro [/B](15-3) vs. Uwe Maier (5-1) [B]Welterweight Brackets[/B] [B]Gabriel Gallego[/B] (12-0) vs. Geoff Cahill (21-13) Bruno Epps (3-1) vs. [B]Datuk Ong Ka Ting[/B] (0-0) [B]Agustin Gonzalez[/B] (3-0) vs. Ikku Funaki (5-3) Noach Van Der Capellan (10-3) vs. [B]Nathan Chambers [/B](5-0) Claudio Palacios (10-2-1) vs.[B] Randy Carsley[/B] (5-0) Gordon Idle (6-2) vs.[B] Joe Hinchcliffe[/B] (12-4) [B]Will Kane[/B] (7-0) vs. David Allen (4-2) [B]Peter Bracewell[/B] (17-7) vs. Alberto Basora (8-2) [B]Haranobu Oshiro [/B](9-2-1) vs. Keith Plaice (5-5) Dominykas Jankovic (8-4) vs. [B]Ray Eton [/B](6-2) [B]Julio Regueiro [/B](9-0-1) vs. Bakin Sakamoto (12-5) [B]Darin Blood [/B](2-0) vs. Heikichi Shimizu (3-0) [B]Doug Hansen[/B] (14-3) vs. Luis Basora (7-0) Dana Delaney (4-1) vs. [B]Jack Humphreys[/B] (12-2) Simon Vine (7-3) vs. [B]Alan Kendall[/B] (10-2) [B]Fumiaki Hayashi[/B] (13-4) vs. Ichisake Miyagi (14-6) [B]Lightweight Brackets[/B] Duane Weatherly (10-7) vs.[B] Kenny Magilton III[/B] (4-1) Charles Stiles (8-1-1) vs. [B]Ricardo Fernandes[/B] (15-7) [B]Brandon Sugar[/B] (7-2) vs. Marcus Speed (2-0) [B]Mario de Souza[/B] (12-6) vs. Darren Southall (1-1) [B]Chojiro Goto[/B] (8-1) vs. Liam O'Donnell (1-1) Jackson Gray (9-3) vs. [B]Paulo Roberto Bezerra[/B] (9-1) Ian Linderman (2-2) vs. [B]Bruce Steven[/B] (4-1) [B]Edson Edmilson [/B](14-6) vs. Kojuro Ijichi (11-7) Beau Gorshin (22-14) vs. [B]Callum Henson[/B] (4-0) Malcolm O'Hearn (4-2-1) vs. [B]Carlos da Guia[/B] (5-0) Luke Hilton (4-1) vs. [B]Sean Morrison[/B] (12-3) [B]Go Yamamoto [/B](13-1) vs. Gustavo Bautista (12-3) [B]Atep of Indonesia[/B] (2-0) vs. Marko Prochazka (10-2) Jonathan Huang (9-3) vs. [B]Cory Brewer [/B](7-4-1) [B]Giovani Silva[/B] (20-9) vs. Jeremy Sproule (6-4) [B]Fujimaro Hidaka[/B] (1-1) vs. Jason Dalglish (9-2) Good luck to all, and happy bidding
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HEAVYWEIGHT/LIGHTWEIGHT STARTER Presented by GAMMA Kenny Magilton III vs. Duane Weatherly Round 1 Nice fast-paced start from Magilton, who gets right in Weatherly's face from the beginning of the round, throwing some crisp jabs and then a vicious uppercut. The two jabs got parried, the uppercut missed as Weatherly side-stepped. Weatherly fires back with a left hand, then a right to the body. Magilton steps in, but only into a waist-high kick from Weatherly. Magilton is quick though, and manages to catch it around the knee. Using it as leverage, Magilton sweeps Weatherly's standing leg and takes them to the ground. Weatherly quickly pulls guard. Magilton tries to grab an arm to work a submission, but Weatherly is defending it well by using short, sharp strikes to keep him back. Magilton tries to pass the guard, but has no luck. A punch from Magilton connects, but there was no real power behind it. Magilton fakes Weatherly out cleverly, and slips to a half mount. Weatherly manages to hit a firm elbow, then is forced to defend the full mount attempt. Magilton switches tactics and tries to work a kimura on the other arm, but Weatherly blocks it, squirms his leg free, and secures the guard again. Magilton looks frustrated at losing the half mount after having worked so hard to get it in the first place. Weatherly is liable to lose the round on points, but he has done a fine job of defending the submissions attempts so far. Magilton tries to secure a leglock, but the guard is tight and Weatherly is safe. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Magilton. Round 2 Tentative start, neither fighter is willing to commit yet. Magilton fires off a jab, but it was easily blocked. Weatherly fakes a kick, then comes in hard and fast with a takedown, sending Magilton to the floor. The momentum causes Weatherly to almost go completely over the top though, and Magilton is able to flip him to the side and end up on top, in the guard position. Magilton tries to grab an arm to work a submission, but Weatherly is defending it well by using short, sharp strikes to keep him back. Magilton tries to pass the guard, but has no luck. A punch from Magilton connects, but there was no real power behind it. Magilton fakes Weatherly out cleverly, and slips to a half mount. Weatherly manages to hit a firm elbow, then is forced to defend the full mount attempt. Magilton switches tactics and tries to work a kimura on the other arm, but Weatherly blocks it, squirms his leg free, and secures the guard again. Magilton looks frustrated at losing the half mount after having worked so hard to get it in the first place. Weatherly is liable to lose the round on points, but he has done a fine job of defending the submissions attempts so far. Magilton tries to secure a leglock, but the guard is tight and Weatherly is safe. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Magilton by 10-9. Round 3 Weatherly starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Magilton. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Magilton goes for a single leg and puts Weatherly on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Magilton from getting on top. Weatherly definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Magilton hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Weatherly again. This time Weatherly isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Magilton will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Weatherly defends. Magilton tries to slip past to get side control, but Weatherly just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Magilton has the side. Two big elbows land, and Weatherly seems in trouble. Magilton goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Magilton. Kenny Magilton III wins, with a score of 30-27 from two judges, 29-28 from the other. [B]Kenny Magilton Wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B] Chojiro Goto vs. Liam O'Donnell Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from O'Donnell, providing the first moment of real action. Goto hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but O'Donnell side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Goto is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. End of round 1. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Goto. Round 2 O'Donnell starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Goto manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Goto uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and O'Donnell is forced back against the ropes. Goto picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. O'Donnell uses a couple of looping punches to make Goto keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Goto bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. O'Donnell scores with a low kick. Goto with a body shot. Goto unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Goto. Round 3 They touch gloves to begin. Goto throws out a looping right hand, setting up a mid-level kick. The punch found gloves, the kick found nothing but thin air as O'Donnell had stepped back in time. They meet in the center, exchanging a series of blows, and Goto gets the better of it, scoring with a crisp jab that causes O'Donnell to back up quickly. Sensing a chance, Goto follows and forces him up against the ropes with some jabs. O'Donnell covers up, as two hard strikes find the gloves from Goto. A right hand misses, and that is the chance O'Donnell needs to quickly get out of trouble and back to the center. Great start to the round from Goto. They come together, both throwing punches. O'Donnell gets a nice clean shot in, and Goto stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. O'Donnell is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. The official time is 2:47. [B]Liam O'Donnell wins with a TKO in the 3rd Round[/B] Mario de Souza vs. Darren Southall Round 1 The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Southall goes for the first takedown, but de Souza has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the ropes. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. de Souza storms back in almost immediately and takes Southall down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Southall just had a lapse in concentration. de Souza tries to pass the guard but can't, with Southall employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Southall is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. de Souza makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Southall has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to de Souza on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 de Souza. Round 2 Fast start by Southall, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. de Souza circles, drawing a lunge from Southall, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Southall ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, de Souza hopping on the other to remain vertical. Southall tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but de Souza manages to pull them all the way back to the ropes before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the ropes to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Southall has one leg trapped between de Souza's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. de Souza defends it well, without fully escaping it, Southall can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. de Souza suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Southall's back. Southall was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing de Souza up against the ropes. It's a precarious position for both fighters. de Souza throws a couple of short-range punches. Southall gets a leg in and trips de Souza, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from de Souza, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Southall. Round 3 The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from de Souza forces Southall back up against the ropes, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but de Souza is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Southall clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Southall gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. de Souza seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Southall who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that de Souza had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. They clinch. de Souza gets in a nice knee, but a second attempt sees him swept to the ground. de Souza landed hard with Southall right on top of him, it looks like he got winded. Southall hits three big punches to the face, and de Souza is rocked. Southall gets an arm, locks in a kimura, and de Souza has no alternative but to tap out. The official time is 4:47. [B]Darren Southall wins with a Kimura in the 3rd Round[/B] Marcus Speed vs. Brandon Sugar Round 1 They circle each other. Sugar misses with a low kick, and Speed darts in to hit a jab before retreating. They come together and exchange punches, both got a few shots in. Speed is looking much lighter on his feet, and keeps moving in, hitting a few punches, then getting back out of range. Sugar is trying to catch him coming in, but doesn't have the timing quite right. It happens again. Speed isn't getting much power on the punches, but he is getting ahead on points. Sugar tries to get in close, but Speed is keeping moving, and isn't letting himself get cornered. Speed looks to be working an angle. Speed gets a solid punch in, catching Sugar just above the left eye. Sugar finally gets a clinch, forcing Speed up against the ropes, but it's too little, too late as the round ends. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Speed. Round 2 Speed scores the first meaningful blow of the round, hitting a powerful overhand right that thumped past the gloves. Sugar shakes it off though, and scores with a nice low kick to the outside of the thigh. He steps in to throw some strikes, but Speed moves to a new angle and scores with a series of jabs. Sugar turns and swings a heavy right hand, but Speed goes underneath it and hits a wicked kick to the gut. That exchange really showed the difference between the two fighters; Speed looks light on his feet and very agile, Sugar looks slow and sluggish by comparison. Sugar will need to find a way to nullify Speed's footwork, perhaps by getting in close, as he has been picked apart for the first half of this round. Speed darts in again, and gets in a nice flurry. Sugar manages to hit a crisp jab in return, but one of Speed's punches caught him above the eye, leaving a mark, so he came off the worse from that exchange. The round ends without any further big strikes happening, Speed controlling the round with his superior movement. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Speed. Round 3 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Sugar is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Speed blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Sugar is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Speed is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Sugar can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Sugar some problems later on. Sugar moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Speed is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Sugar before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Sugar off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Sugar goes for a trip, but Speed cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Speed may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The third round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Speed. The official scores are in; two judges give 30-27, the other 29-28, all for Marcus Speed. [B]Marcus Speed wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B] Charles Stiles vs. Ricardo Fernandes Round 1 Fernandes starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Stiles avoids it without too much trouble. Fernandes isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Stiles getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Fernandes finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Stiles opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Fernandes is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Stiles clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Fernandes hits a knee strike to the hip. Stiles slips one leg behind Fernandes and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Fernandes landed hard, with Stiles on top. They're in half guard. It's to Fernandes's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Stiles from attacking the left hand side of the body. Fernandes is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Stiles tries to step over to mount, but Fernandes keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Stiles fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Fernandes doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Stiles isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Fernandes ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Stiles can get free. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Stiles. Round 2 Right hand from Stiles was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Fernandes. Stiles follows up by coming in close, but Fernandes is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Stiles throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Fernandes steps in and fires off one of his own, but Stiles bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Fernandes turns and swings, just as Stiles also unloads...and it's Stiles who connects first! Fernandes's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Stiles follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Fernandes. The referee doesn't even wait for Stiles to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Fernandes is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! Official time of the TKO is 1:41 of the second. [B]Charles Stiles wins with a TKO in Round 3[/B] Tank Manu'a vs. Steve Mason Round 1 Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Mason throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Manu'a. Kick to the thigh from Manu'a, but it lacked power. Mason with a body shot. The two fighters are circling. Mason comes in for a punch, but Manu'a countered well by coming in fast and low and using a good solid takedown. Manu'a is in Mason's guard. Manu'a stands, and uses his arms to push Mason's guard apart. Leaning down between the legs, he starts throwing vicious punches. Mason tries to bring his legs back in to pull guard again, while simultaneously covering up, but he is having trouble; Manu'a is using his body to keep the legs from coming in. More punches rain down, and Mason is starting to get really pounded. A big shot lands hard on the nose, then a left hand crunches into his cheek. The referee has seen enough and pulls Manu'a away, signalling the end of this match. The official time of the TKO is 1:50 of round 1. [B]Tank Manu'a wins with a TKO in Round 1[/B] Hiro Arai vs. Vincent Chapin Round 1 The two fighters circle. Chapin flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Arai easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Chapin could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Arai moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Chapin is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Chapin forces Arai back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Arai in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Chapin does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Arai saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Chapin turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Chapin is up quickly, causing Arai, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Chapin was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Chapin throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Arai to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Arai. Round 2 There's a few minor exchanges of punches to start the round, and Arai gets the better of them. Neither fighter is throwing any bombs, but Arai is showing the better technique, and has hit a few nice body shots. They come together again, and Arai shows quick hands to get in three nice shots. Chapin definitely felt them. Neither fighter seems interested in taking this to the ground, they're just circling, throwing a few punches, then regrouping. Chapin is struggling to inflict much damage. He may need to switch tactics, as so far Arai is looking very comfortable. Chapin comes in with left, but Arai saw it coming and slipped in a great right hand counter punch. Chapin is getting frustrated. The remainder of the round is no different, as the occasional exchanges of strikes are clearly go the way of Arai's superior technique. End of round 2. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-8 Arai. Round 3 Good start from Chapin, taking Arai down almost immediately! Arai scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Chapin will be disappointed with that. Arai comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Chapin to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Arai felt that one for sure. He stalks Chapin, trying to back him up against the ropes. It doesn't work though, Chapin keeps out of the way. Arai tries a kick, but Chapin catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Chapin gets Arai down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Chapin throws some punches, then tries to pass. Arai doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Chapin easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Chapin followed by a pass attempt, with Arai blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Chapin. All three judges give a score of 29-27 to Hiro Arai. [B]Hiro Arai wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B] Paulo Roberto Bezerra vs. Jackson Gray Round 1 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Bezerra, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Bezerra puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Gray covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. For a second it looked like Gray was about to go for a takedown, but nothing came from it. Low kick from Gray, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Bezerra will take the round on points. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Bezerra. Round 2 Bezerra starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Gray avoids it without too much trouble. Bezerra isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Gray getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Bezerra finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Gray opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Bezerra is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Gray clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Bezerra hits a knee strike to the hip. Gray slips one leg behind Bezerra and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Bezerra landed hard, with Gray on top. They're in half guard. It's to Bezerra's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Gray from attacking the left hand side of the body. Bezerra is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Gray tries to step over to mount, but Bezerra keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Gray fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Bezerra doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Gray isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Bezerra ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Gray can get free. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Gray. Round 3 The two fighters circle. Gray flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Bezerra easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Gray could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Bezerra moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Gray is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Gray forces Bezerra back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Bezerra in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Gray does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Bezerra saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Gray turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Gray is up quickly, causing Bezerra, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Gray was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Gray throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Bezerra to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Bezerra. All three judges give a score of 29-28 in favour of Paulo Roberto Bezerra. [B]Paulo Roberto Bezerra wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B] Kunimichi Kikuchi vs. Frank Sheedy Round 1 They start the round with an exchange of strikes, all from fairly long range as they circle and try to work angles. None of the blows did any damage, either missing or being straight into the opponent's gloves. Kikuchi is the first to land a worthwhile blow, hitting a straight right that catches Sheedy on the side of the cheek. Kikuchi follows up by backing him up against the ropes, throws a couple of big punches, but gets pulled into a clinch without doing any serious damage. Sheedy goes for a trip and almost gets it, but Kikuchi is able to regain his footing at the last moment. Sheedy has Kikuchi against the ropes, and hits three right hands to the side of the ribs. Kikuchi reaches down and picks up a leg, using that as leverage to topple Sheedy, who pulls guard. Kikuchi starts pounding away and does some damage before Sheedy grapples and pulls him down into a clinch. Sheedy has both of Kikuchi's arms tied up, preventing much in the way of attacking action. Kikuchi uses some shoulder shrugs to the face, but Sheedy isn't going to be too bothered by that. Kikuchi pulls one arm free. Sheedy still has tight control of the other, and brings his legs up, trying to apply an armbar. Kikuchi sees it coming and blocks it easily, getting in a couple of punches for good measure. Kikuchi steps through the legs and forces Sheedy to release the arm so that he can cover up against a series of strikes. Sheedy manages to ensare one leg though, and so Kikuchi has to make do with being in half guard instead of getting the full mount that he wanted. Kikuchi hits a couple of punches, takes one back, then attempts to get side control. Sheedy keeps him at bay. Time is ticking away, if Kikuchi is going to use this position to finish the match, it had better be done soon. Kikuchi pulls Sheedy's left arm to one side and straightens it out, perhaps looking to turn it into an armbar. Sheedy rolls over to stop the arm getting trapped. Kikuchi continues to work for it though. Time expires though, the round is over. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kikuchi. Round 2 Quick start to the round from Sheedy, he comes storming in with a flurry of jabs. Kikuchi defends it well, parrying them away. Nice straight right from Kikuchi connects. Sheedy gets in close and hits a pair of nice body shots, then they clinch up. Sheedy pushes Kikuchi back against the ropes and goes for a trip, but Kikuchi blocks it. Kikuchi suddenly pushes forward off the ropes and uses the momentum to take Sheedy down to the ground, into guard. Kikuchi tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Sheedy reaches up to try and bring Kikuchi down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Kikuchi fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Sheedy is forced to cover up. Kikuchi switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Sheedy deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Kikuchi looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Sheedy occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kikuchi by 10-9. Round 3 Kikuchi throws a low kick early on, although it missed. Sheedy flicks out a couple of jabs, trying to work an angle. He steps in to throw a body shot but gets caught with a left hook. Sheedy stumbles backwards, falling on his ass, stunned. Kikuchi charges in and throws a knock out powered right hand, but Sheedy parries it and brings his legs around Kikuchi's waist to pull guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Kikuchi punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Sheedy parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Kikuchi doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Kikuchi manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Sheedy hits a nice clean right hand in response. Kikuchi throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Sheedy knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Kikuchi tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Sheedy defends it well. The round ends with Kikuchi still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Sheedy's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Kikuchi. The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Kunimichi Kikuchi. [B]Kunimichi Kikuchi wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B] Tony McCall vs. Thomas Smith Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from McCall, providing the first moment of real action. Smith hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but McCall side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Smith is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The first round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Smith. Round 2 They come together, both throwing punches. McCall gets a nice clean shot in, and Smith stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. McCall is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Official time of the TKO is 0:16 of the second. [B]Tony McCall wins with a TKO in Round 2[/B] Raul Hughes vs. Stafford Alois Round 1 Hughes steps back, and Alois comes after him , sensing an opening. Hughes suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Alois couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. He goes down like a puppet with his strings cut, he is out cold. Hughes goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts him off, calling a halt to the match. The official time of the knock out is 1:53 of round 1. [B]Raul Hughes wins with a KO in Round 1[/B] James Foster vs. Jeff Carlton Round 1 The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Carlton goes for the first takedown, but Foster has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the ropes. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Foster storms back in almost immediately and takes Carlton down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Carlton just had a lapse in concentration. Foster tries to pass the guard but can't, with Carlton employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Carlton is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Foster makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Carlton has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Foster on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Foster. Round 2 The two fighters touch gloves as the round begins. Carlton starts brightly, throwing out a series of jabs and raking punches, but Foster is too light on his feet and avoids all of them. Foster steps in and hits a lovely overhand right, then a low kick to the outside of the thigh. Carlton throws a vicious right cross, but Foster goes under it and catches Carlton with a scathing left hand to the gut. The next few minutes follow a very similar pattern; Foster using his excellent movement to 'hit and run', coming in from a variety of angles to score with crisp punches, dodging out of the way of Carlton's counters. Carlton is being made to look sluggish by comparison, and the amount of punches that Foster has landed in comparison to him is becoming huge. None of them have been particularly big punches, certainly nothing likely to end a fight, but the sheer number of them must be hurting Carlton. Carlton finally hits a meaningful blow, catching Foster coming in with a low kick. Foster still gets a crisp jab in though, and is back out of range before Carlton can apply a second strike. The round comes to an end with Foster having dominated. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Foster. Round 3 They circle each other. Carlton misses with a low kick, and Foster darts in to hit a jab before retreating. They come together and exchange punches, both got a few shots in. Foster is looking much lighter on his feet, and keeps moving in, hitting a few punches, then getting back out of range. Carlton is trying to catch him coming in, but doesn't have the timing quite right. It happens again. Foster isn't getting much power on the punches, but he is getting ahead on points. Carlton tries to get in close, but Foster is keeping moving, and isn't letting himself get cornered. For a second it looked like Carlton was about to go for a takedown, but nothing came from it. Foster gets a solid punch in, catching Carlton just above the left eye. Carlton finally gets a clinch, forcing Foster up against the ropes, but it's too little, too late as the round ends. End of round 3. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Foster. All three judges give a score of 30-27 to James Foster. [B]James Foster wins with a Unanimous Decision[/B]
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[CENTER]Edson Edmilson vs. Kojuro Ijichi [Quote]Round 1 They start the round with an exchange of strikes, all from fairly long range as they circle and try to work angles. None of the blows did any damage, either missing or being straight into the opponent's gloves. Edmilson is the first to land a worthwhile blow, hitting a straight right that catches Ijichi on the side of the cheek. Edmilson follows up by backing him up against the ropes, throws a couple of big punches, but gets pulled into a clinch without doing any serious damage. Ijichi goes for a trip and almost gets it, but Edmilson is able to regain his footing at the last moment. Ijichi has Edmilson against the ropes, and hits three right hands to the side of the ribs. Edmilson reaches down and picks up a leg, using that as leverage to topple Ijichi, who pulls guard. Edmilson starts pounding away and does some damage before Ijichi grapples and pulls him down into a clinch. Ijichi has both of Edmilson's arms tied up, preventing much in the way of attacking action. Edmilson uses some shoulder shrugs to the face, but Ijichi isn't going to be too bothered by that. Edmilson pulls one arm free. Ijichi still has tight control of the other, and brings his legs up, trying to apply an armbar. Edmilson sees it coming and blocks it easily, getting in a couple of punches for good measure. Edmilson steps through the legs and forces Ijichi to release the arm so that he can cover up against a series of strikes. Ijichi manages to ensare one leg though, and so Edmilson has to make do with being in half guard instead of getting the full mount that he wanted. Edmilson hits a couple of punches, takes one back, then attempts to get side control. Ijichi keeps him at bay. Time is ticking away, if Edmilson is going to use this position to finish the match, it had better be done soon. Edmilson pulls Ijichi's left arm to one side and straightens it out, perhaps looking to turn it into an armbar. Ijichi rolls over to stop the arm getting trapped. Edmilson continues to work for it though. Time expires though, the round is over. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Edmilson. Round 2 The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Ijichi goes for the first takedown, but Edmilson has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the ropes. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Edmilson storms back in almost immediately and takes Ijichi down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Ijichi just had a lapse in concentration. Edmilson tries to pass the guard but can't, with Ijichi employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Ijichi is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Edmilson makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Ijichi has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Edmilson on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Edmilson. Round 3 The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Edmilson forces Ijichi back up against the ropes, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Edmilson is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Ijichi clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Ijichi gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Edmilson seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Ijichi who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Edmilson had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. Ijichi scores with a kick to the outside of the thigh, but it didn't have a great deal of power on it. Edmilson returns fire with a jab, and then tries for a takedown. Ijichi doesn't pull guard, but instead tries to spin out of it and get back to his feet, but it proves to be a mistake as he isn't able to get free and only ends up giving his back to Edmilson! Ijichi turtles up, and takes a few heavy shots to the ribs. Edmilson gets his legs around Ijichi and uses them to roll him over. Exposed, Ijichi tries to turn so that he is on top, but Edmilson has already rammed one arm around his throat and has a tight choke-hold applied. Ijichi is in big trouble, and obviously can't see a way out as he taps out pretty quickly. Edmilson wins via 3rd round rear choke submission with the official time being 3:46. [/Quote] [B]Edson Edmilson via 3rd Round Rear Naked Choke Submission[/B] Ian Linderman vs. Bruce Steven [Quote]Round 1 An exchange of strikes in the center starts the round, both fighers hit nice jabs amongst the flurry of punches. They end up clinched. Steven hits a punch to the ribs, and takes one back in return. Linderman pushes forward and the rush causes Steven to stumble and get taken down, pulling guard as they hit the ground. Steven has the guard held very high. Linderman throws a big right hand, but almost puts himself right into a triangle as a result, and he is forced to fight free. Steven throws a punch and it lands right above the nose. Linderman throws four massive punches as a response, threatening to try and knock Steven right through the canvas, Steven is forced to simply cover up and try to survive. Linderman is controlling the round from this position, although it has to be said that he hasn't yet truly looked like he can stop the match from here. Steven moves to butterfly guard and then tries to scramble back up, but Linderman stops that by throwing another set of big punches, forcing Steven to go back to the full guard. The round ends with them still like that, with Linderman having totally controlled the round from the guard. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-8 for Linderman. Round 2 An early exchange of punches goes nowhere. Steven tries to force Linderman up against the ropes, but can't. Linderman scores with the first meaningful blow of the round, a solid right hand to the ribs. Steven steps in, but we don't get to find out his intentions as Linderman clinches up quickly. Steven tries to shake free, but gets taken down via a trip. Linderman fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Steven. Linderman tries to pass the guard, but can't, Steven isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Linderman will start raining down punches. Linderman tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Steven gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Linderman again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Linderman fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Steven fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Steven, and Linderman is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Steven has defended the danger well. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Linderman. Round 3 Linderman throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Steven throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Linderman steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Steven hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Linderman. They struggle all the way back, with Linderman ending up backed up against the ropes. Steven hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Linderman stomps downward onto his foot. Linderman manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Steven gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Linderman ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Linderman tries a high kick to start, but Steven saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Steven who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Linderman on the nose. Linderman hits a straight right, enough to stop Steven from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. End of round 3. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Steven. Ian Linderman wins the match, getting a score of 29-27 from all three judges. [/Quote] [B]Ian Linderman via Unanimous Decision[/B] Rav Kapur vs. Dave Lennon [Quote]Round 1 Lennon comes out swinging, using some looping punches to try and catch Kapur. They're easy to avoid though. The first real exchange of punches happens right in the center, and Kapur gets the better of it, flashing two quick jabs into the cheek, and a right cross that landed above the eye. Lennon tries to hit an uppercut, but Kapur parries it away with ease. Lennon backs off, then comes in again. Kapur ducks a wild right hand and gets two shots in to the stomach. Lennon parries away a third, then tries a left hand to the nose, but Kapur side-steps it and hits a snap jab to the side of the head. Kapur forces Lennon to back up again. So far Kapur is looking the far more accomplished striker, he has dictated how each exchange has gone, Lennon is being controlled and contained with relative ease. A further exchange of strikes does nothing to change that, as once again Kapur's hands are superior to Lennon's, and he gets in one or two nice punches. Lennon clinches up, perhaps buying himself time to rethink, because it doesn't look like he can win a battle of technical striking. They are parted by the referee. Kapur stalks Lennon, who begins using long-range punches to keep the distance between them. That goes on for the remainder of the round, which Kapur has won on points by a mile. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Kapur. Round 2 The two fighters circle. Lennon flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Kapur easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Lennon could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Kapur moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Lennon is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Lennon forces Kapur back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Kapur in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Lennon does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Kapur saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Lennon turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Lennon is up quickly, causing Kapur, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Lennon was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Lennon throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Kapur to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kapur. Round 3 Kapur isn't hanging around, right from the start Lennon is forced onto the back foot by four hard shots, although none of them get through the gloves. Lennon circles, steps in, then unloads a combination of punches, but Kapur weaves out of the way and scores with a beauty of a right hand, glancing above the right eye. That was some lovely counter punching from Kapur, the timing had to be perfect and it was. Lennon is looking a bit frustrated, and uncorks a ragged-looking uppercut that missed by several inches. Kapur really should have taken advantage of that mistake, Lennon was wide open for a moment there. Kapur hits a high kick, catching Lennon on the shoulder. Jab from Lennon finds the mark, but it didn't have much power behind it as he was leaning backward too much. Kapur fires off a couple of straight punches in response, but only finds gloves. They clinch, and the fight enters a lull. Lennon scores with a knee from the clinch, it landed around the hip area of Kapur, who responds with a couple of shots to the ribs. The time runs out with them still clinched though. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kapur. Rav Kapur wins, with a score of 30-27 from two judges, 29-28 from the other. [/Quote] [B]Rav Kapur via Unanimous Decision[/B] Harry Milne vs. Eien Kawano [Quote]Round 1 Slow start to the round, they're both circling, looking for an opening. Kawano tries a looping punch from way back, but Milne side steps with ease. Jab from Milne, gets one back in response. Kawano comes in, looking for the right hand lead, but Milne shoots in and uses a double-leg takedown. He winds up in a closed guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Milne punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Kawano parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Milne doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Milne manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Kawano hits a nice clean right hand in response. Milne throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Kawano knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Milne tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Kawano defends it well. The round ends with Milne still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Kawano's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. End of round 1. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Milne. Round 2 Kawano starts off by throwing two excellent low kicks to the leading leg of Milne. Those will accumulate fast and give Milne some problems moving. Kawano switches it up and throws a big right hand, missing. Milne, who has been overwhelmed for the first thirty seconds of this round, steps in and throws a bomb of a right hand...and it connects! Kawano goes down from the first strike that Milne has thrown since the round began! Milne doesn't dive in, instead taking his time. Kawano recovered well from the punch, and remains seated on the floor, ready to defend. Milne throws a pair of kicks to the legs, then gets in closer, looking for a way to get past the guard. Another kick to the legs precedes him trying to swiftly get past the legs, but it is to no avail as Kawano is able to pull guard, just, that was close. Milne tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Kawano reaches up to try and bring Milne down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Milne fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Kawano is forced to cover up. Milne switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Kawano deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Milne looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Kawano occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. The second round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Milne. Round 3 Kawano is quickest out, and comes at Milne with a series of jabs and straight punches. Milne covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Milne hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Kawano who takes it to the ground. Milne pulls guard. There's a lull, as Kawano tries to pass, and Milne defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Milne almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Kawano, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kawano by 10-9. Harry Milne wins the match, getting a score of 29-28 from all three judges. [/Quote] [B] Harry Milne via Unanimous Decision[/B] Beau Gorshin vs. Callum Henson [Quote]Round 1 Gorshin goes to the center, and immediately throws some jabs, looking to engage in a striking battle. Henson doesn't commit though, instead circling and looking for an angle. Henson comes in, ducks a right hand, then unleashes a flurry of punches. Gorshin covers up at first, then throws a scathing right hand, but Henson is already out of range. Henson repeats the trick, working a new angle, darting in, then firing off strikes while keeping out of the way of any counter punches. It happens a third time, and Gorshin is beginning to look frustrated. Henson's footwork and general movement is looking good, Gorshin is being made to look very slow and lumbering in comparison. Furthermore, Henson is being able to launch multiple short bursts of offense without really being in any danger, Gorshin has yet to hit any sort of meaningful punch, simply because Henson is too quick. Gorshin finally gets in close enough to grapple with Henson, clinching up. Gorshin scores a nice body punch, then steps back and goes for a vicious right hand, but Henson bobs out of the way and hits a right hook of his own. Time is ticking away, and Gorshin is well behind in this round, he needs to do something special. Gorshin swings for the fences, but Henson has no problem avoiding it. The round peters out. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Henson. Round 2 The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Gorshin is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Henson picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Gorshin throws a wild punch as a counter, but Henson ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Gorshin gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Gorshin is looking for big punches, Henson is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Gorshin manages to back Henson up against the ropes. Gorshin takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Henson ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Gorshin can unload. Gorshin may need to think about changing tactics, Henson is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Gorshin fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Henson on the thigh. Henson presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Gorshin gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Henson. Round 3 Gorshin starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Henson manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Henson uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Gorshin is forced back against the ropes. Henson picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Gorshin uses a couple of looping punches to make Henson keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Henson bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Gorshin scores with a low kick. Gorshin looks for an opening. Henson unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Henson. The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Callum Henson. [/Quote] [B]Callum Henson via Unanimous Decision[/B] Carlos da Guia vs. Malcolm O'Hearn [Quote]Round 1 A fizzing right hand from da Guia opens the round; it didn't find its intended target of O'Hearn's chin, but it did land hard on the left shoulder instead. O'Hearn fights back with a jab, but takes a hard shot to the body after leaning in too far. da Guia pins him to the ropes with a quick burst, and unloads with lefts and rights. O'Hearn looks for a moment like he may be about to get overwhelmed, especially after a right hand appears to hit flush on the chin, but he recovers well and works his way back to the center. da Guia is looking the more confident of the two by far. He smells blood, and comes in looking for a big right hand, only to walk right into a takedown. O'Hearn had to time that perfectly, and did. da Guia doesn't pull guard, instead scrambling, ending up onto his knees, with O'Hearn taking his back! O'Hearn tries to go for a choke, but da Guia bucks and twists, scrambling back to his feet and backing off. A big right hand and a high kick prevent O'Hearn from following too closely. After that frenetic minute of action, things die down, with the fighters circling. da Guia scores with two leg kicks, O'Hearn hits a tasty right hand to the body, but otherwise nothing much happens for the next couple of exchanges. Indeed, the clock runs down and the round ends without further noteworthy events. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to da Guia. Round 2 O'Hearn starts strongly, immediately rushing in for a takedown. da Guia got taken by surprise a little, but wrestles his way free of the grapple and pulls to safety. da Guia doesn't hang around for a second attempt, he uses a looping left to set himself up to come in close and score with a series of strikes, two or three nice body shots included. O'Hearn covers up, throwing the occasional jab as a counter. da Guia goes for a vicious uppercut, but gets pulled into a clinch. O'Hearn goes for a takedown via a trip, but da Guia defends it. Another trip attempt, another failure. O'Hearn pushes da Guia up against the ropes and tries to wrestle him to the ground, but da Guia keeps his balance and sprawls to stop it. da Guia gets in a hard right hand to the side of the face, taking advantage of the fact that O'Hearn was leaning in too far. da Guia reverses so that O'Hearn is against the ropes. They remain clinched, with nothing more than minor strikes being thrown, for a long time. The referee finally breaks them apart and gets them back to the center. da Guia throws a kick, waist-high, but O'Hearn avoids it. That could have been used for a takedown attempt if O'Hearn had been quicker and caught it. da Guia hits two or three punches in a row, stinging the gloves of O'Hearn. The round draws to a close. It'll be interesting to see where the judges go with this, as da Guia clearly got the better strikes in throughout the round, but O'Hearn did probably show more aggression by virtue of his almost constant attempts to get the takedown. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for da Guia. Round 3 da Guia leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, O'Hearn deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. O'Hearn uses a knee to the ribs before backing da Guia up against the ropes. Right hand from da Guia connects though, that was well timed. O'Hearn breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, da Guia was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from O'Hearn sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. da Guia fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. da Guia with a jab. da Guia looks to be working an angle. Big kick from da Guia! That was out of nowhere, and hit O'Hearn on the jaw. I don't think anyone saw that coming, least of all O'Hearn, and he has been laid out cold with one massively powerful kick. da Guia wins via knock out at 4:31 of the third round. [/Quote] [B]Carlos da Guia via 3rd Round KO (Head Kick)[/B] Go Yamamoto vs. Gustavo Bautista [Quote]Round 1 A brief exchange of jabs only serves to get them into a clinch, right next to the ropes. The referee positions himself to watch for illegal punches. Yamamoto turns his hips and suddenly turns sharply, taking the legs out from under Bautista. They smash into the ground at speed, but that doesn't stop Bautista pulling guard, preventing Yamamoto from gaining side control, which was what he was aiming for. Yamamoto gets past the guard, but only just, one leg is trapped by Bautista. A couple of right hands by Yamamoto leave ugly red marks where they hit the unprotected stomach of Bautista. Yamamoto gets both legs free and transitions higher up the body, putting Bautista in huge trouble. Yamamoto manages to get a forearm firmly across the throat of Bautista and he pushes down. Bautista, with no way of getting out, has no alternative but to tap out. The official time of the choke submission is 0:40 of round 1. [/Quote] [B]Go Yamamoto via 1st Round Forearm Choke Submission[/B] Garry McSweegan vs. Jean-Pierre Richelleau [Quote]Round 1 Richelleau pushes McSweegan up against the ropes in a clinch. Richelleau throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. McSweegan pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Richelleau took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Richelleau against the ropes, and McSweegan follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls McSweegan away, he wins the match by TKO. Official time of the TKO is 1:51 of the first. [/Quote] [B]Garry McSweegan via 1st Round TKO (Punches)[/B] Tim Boyer vs. Robun Yamazaki [Quote]Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Yamazaki, providing the first moment of real action. Boyer hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Yamazaki side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Boyer is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Boyer. Round 2 The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Boyer throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Yamazaki from coming inside. Boyer works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Yamazaki responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Boyer backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Yamazaki circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Boyer blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Boyer fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Yamazaki covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Boyer though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Boyer throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Boyer. Round 3 They are circling, then come in close. Both fighters are tentatively looking for the chance to strike. Boyer is the first to go for it, throwing a three-punch combination. Yamazaki covered up well, taking very little damage. Boyer goes to throw a bomb, but gets clipped with a right hand before it can connect. He felt that. Yamazaki steps in and throws a bomb of his own, and it crunches into the side of the cheek of Boyer, who goes down! Replays show the shock wave passing through his entire body as that powerful punch connected. What a strike! Yamazaki wins this by a brutally clean knock out. Official time of the knock out is 1:32 of the third. [/Quote] [B]Robun Yamazaki via 3rd Round KO (Punch)[/B] Stratos Papaioannou vs. Rick Stanley [Quote]Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Papaioannou, providing the first moment of real action. Stanley hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Papaioannou side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Stanley is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Stanley. Round 2 Papaioannou starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Stanley manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Stanley uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Papaioannou is forced back against the ropes. Stanley picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Papaioannou uses a couple of looping punches to make Stanley keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Stanley bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Papaioannou scores with a low kick. Stanley pushes Papaioannou up against the ropes and clinches. Nothing comes from it. Stanley unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. End of round 2. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Stanley. Round 3 Papaioannou leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Stanley deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Stanley uses a knee to the ribs before backing Papaioannou up against the ropes. Right hand from Papaioannou connects though, that was well timed. Stanley breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Papaioannou was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Stanley sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Papaioannou fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Papaioannou gets in close enough to grapple with Stanley. They struggle, and a wayward right hand from Stanley gives Papaioannou the opportunity to pick him up onto his shoulder. Papaioannou turns to the center, and with the crowd willing him on, he runs forward and plants Stanley with a monsterous slam! Stanley pulls guard, but not before taking a nasty punch to the face. Stanley is forced to cover up as Papaioannou starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Stanley tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. Papaioannou transitions to side control without any issues and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Stanley tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Stanley was getting overwhelmed. Official time of the TKO is 4:57 of the third. [/Quote] [B]Stratos Papaioannou via 3rd Round TKO (Punches)[/B] Luke Hilton vs. Sean Morrison [Quote]Round 1 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Hilton puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Morrison defended well. Straight right from Morrison in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Hilton probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Morrison gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Hilton. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Hilton by 10-9. Round 2 Slow start to the round, they're both circling, looking for an opening. Hilton tries a looping punch from way back, but Morrison side steps with ease. Jab from Morrison, gets one back in response. Hilton comes in, looking for the right hand lead, but Morrison shoots in and uses a double-leg takedown. He winds up in a closed guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Morrison punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Hilton parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Morrison doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Morrison manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Hilton hits a nice clean right hand in response. Morrison throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Hilton knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Morrison tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Hilton defends it well. The round ends with Morrison still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Hilton's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Morrison. Round 3 Slow start to the round. Not much happens before they wind up clinched together, struggling for supremacy. Hilton uses a trip to make a takedown, but doesn't go down himself, instead staying back. He pushes the raised legs away and dives in to get side control, but Morrison scrambles and manages to get up, pushing Hilton down to the ground. Morrison ends up on top, in guard. Morrison throws out a right hand, parried away by Hilton. The guard is quite tight, for the moment at least Morrison looks content to stay there and throw some punches. Hilton isn't offering any sort of attacking threat yet, instead concentrating on keeping the strikes from landing. A big punch is driven into the ribs, Hilton thought it was going for the face. Another punch lands in the same place, and a red mark starts to develop. Hilton reaches up and pulls Morrison down into a clinch, and tries to work an armbar from the bottom. Morrison defends it easily, and gets in a sharp jab to the face too. He stands up slightly, leaning forward into the guard, and starts throwing some right hands. One gets through, the others are parried. Hilton looked like he might be considering trying to apply a triangle then, as Morrison was very exposed, but he didn't get a chance due to the ferocity of the punches. Morrison gets back down to kneeling in the guard. Another right hand lands to the ribs. Hilton fires off two punches from his back, but Morrison defends them easily by simply leaning backward out of reach. Morrison stands again, the guard remaining tight around him, and throws another couple of bombs. This time Hilton does try to apply the triangle, and an armbar at the same time, but Morrison breaks free. Time is ticking down, looks like Hilton will survive this ground and pound attack. The round ends without further note. The third round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Morrison. The three judges all give the match as 29-28 to Sean Morrison. [/Quote] [B]Sean Morrison via Unanimous Decision[/B] Hassan Fezzik vs. Fatuma Roy [Quote]Round 1 Roy throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Fezzik throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Roy steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Fezzik hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Roy. They struggle all the way back, with Roy ending up backed up against the ropes. Fezzik hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Roy stomps downward onto his foot. Roy manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Fezzik gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Roy ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Roy tries a high kick to start, but Fezzik saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Fezzik who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Roy on the nose. Roy hits a straight right, enough to stop Fezzik from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Fezzik. Round 2 Slow start to the round, Roy is circling while Fezzik seems content to just throw the occasional looping punch to cause him to back up. Roy steps in and fires off two jabs, neither connecting, then has to almost throw himself to one side to avoid a devastating looking punch! Fezzik was clearly looking for the highlight reel K.O. punch, had that connected there is no way that Roy was getting back up. There's a warning to Roy, he must now know, if he didn't already, that Fezzik has knock out intentions tonight. Roy throws a right hand, then backs up sharply, clearly not loving the idea of getting too close. Fezzik still looks calm, throwing the occasional jab or two to keep Roy off balance. They tangle near the ropes, and the referee has to come in and pull them apart. Roy tries to work an angle, then steps in...and gets creamed with a high head kick! Fezzik landed it right to the ear of all places, and Roy's legs give way, sending him crashing to the floor. The referee immediately covers him up, he is clearly out cold. Fezzik gets the win via K.O. Official time of the knock out is 3:32 of the second. [/Quote] [B]Hassan Fezzik via KO (High Head Kick)[/B] Fight of the Night : Papaioannou vs. Stanley Submission of the Night : Go Yamamoto KO Of the Night : Hassan Fezzik Upset of the Night : Robun Yamazaki[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Agustin Gonzalez vs. Ikku Funaki [Quote]Round 1 The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Funaki throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Gonzalez from coming inside. Funaki works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Gonzalez responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Funaki backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Gonzalez circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Funaki blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Funaki fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Gonzalez covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Funaki though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Funaki throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Funaki. Round 2 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Gonzalez, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Gonzalez puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Funaki covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. An exchange of punches goes nowhere, and they fall into a clinch. The referee separates them when nothing happens. Low kick from Funaki, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Gonzalez will take the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Gonzalez by 10-9. Round 3 Gonzalez meets Funaki in the center. They exchange tentative long-range punches. Funaki steps in to press the action, but gets caught with a right hand. Gonzalez scores with a left too, then a crisp jab. Funaki backs off, that exchange did not go in his favour by any means. Gonzalez presses the advantage and gets in a couple more jabs, forcing Funaki onto the back-foot, all the way until he is up against the ropes. Gonzalez stands just in range and starts throwing occasional straight rights, forcing Funaki to try and react in time. Funaki parries a few shots away, but also gets caught with a couple. He steps forward and tries to get a clinch, but Gonzalez keeps away from it and continues to flick quick jabs out. Funaki is really getting schooled so far, Gonzalez's hand speed and technique have allowed him to completely control everything about this round, Funaki hasn't been able to generate anything of note. Funaki tries to change that by coming after Gonzalez, but Gonzalez meets him in the center and exchanges punches, again winning the encounter comfortably. The final minute of the round sees Funaki try two more times, and in neither can he manage to break Gonzalez's control. The third round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Gonzalez by 10-9. Agustín Gonzalez wins, with a score of 29-28 from two judges, 30-27 from the other. [/Quote] [B]Agustin Gonzalez wins via Unanimous Decision[/B] Datuk Ong Ka Ting vs. Bruno Epps [Quote]Round 1 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Datuk, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Datuk puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Epps covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Low kick from Epps, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Datuk will take the round on points. The first round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Datuk. Round 2 The fighters come together right in the center. Epps throws out a jab, but Datuk bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. Datuk works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Epps covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. Datuk is making Epps look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Epps hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. Epps narrowly misses a right cross. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. Datuk got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Epps slightly. Epps initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Epps looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but Datuk is clearly winning them. Epps needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. Datuk tries a speculative high kick, but Epps saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Epps tries to work an angle, but Datuk is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for Datuk, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Datuk. Round 3 Fast start by Datuk, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Epps circles, drawing a lunge from Datuk, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Datuk ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Epps hopping on the other to remain vertical. Datuk tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Epps manages to pull them all the way back to the ropes before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the ropes to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Datuk has one leg trapped between Epps's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Epps defends it well, without fully escaping it, Datuk can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Epps suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Datuk's back. Datuk was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Epps up against the ropes. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Epps throws a couple of short-range punches. Datuk gets a leg in and trips Epps, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Epps, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Datuk. The official scores are in; two judges give 30-27, the other 29-28, all for Datuk Ong Ka Ting. [/Quote] [B]Datuk Ong Ka Ting wins via Unanimous Decision[/B] Jonathan Huang vs. Cory Brewer [Quote]Round 1 Right hand from Huang was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Brewer. Huang follows up by coming in close, but Brewer is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Huang clinches with Brewer, who manages to get a body shot in. Brewer attemps to push away from the ropes, but Huang uses a slick trip to dump him down to the mat. He grabs hold of one leg during the trip, and applies a leglock. That was all in one motion, Brewer got taken by surprise. Huang sits back and wrenches in the hold, and that looks painful. Brewer is holding on. He tries to twist free, but it's on tight. Brewer gives in and taps out. The official time of the leglock submission is 1:48 of round 1. [/Quote] [B]Jonathan Huang wins via Submission (Leg-Lock)[/B] Nathan Chambers vs. Noach Van Der Capellan [Quote]Round 1 Van Der Capellen doesn't waste any time and throws two jabs to the face, but Chambers easily side-steps both and circles to the left. Chambers throws a head fake, then comes in fast from an angle with a looping punch, but misses and takes a glancing shot to the shoulder from a left hand counter. Van Der Capellen looks for an opening. Van Der Capellen tries to work an angle, then steps in...and gets creamed with a high head kick! Chambers landed it right to the ear of all places, and Van Der Capellen's legs give way, sending him crashing to the floor. The referee immediately covers him up, he is clearly out cold. Chambers gets the win via K.O. Official time of the knock out is 1:48 of the first round. [/Quote] [B]Nathan Chambers wins via KO (High Head Kick)[/B] Marko Prochazka vs. Atep of Indonesia [Quote]Round 1 They touch gloves. Procházka throws out a couple of jabs, but they find nothing but gloves. Atep throws a low kick. Atep circles, looking for an angle from which to strike. Procházka moves in and throws a high kick, but it's inaccurate and allows Atep to take him down to the ground. It's an unusual position though, as Atep is almost in a triangle when they hit the deck. He tries to go over the top to break free, but Procházka uses his leg strength and leverage to flip Atep over, almost getting a mount, but getting shrugged off into guard. Procházka immediately tries to pass guard, but Atep is not allowing it. Procházka fires off some punches, but Atep blocks them before grabbing a butterfly guard to keep Procházka trapped. They stay like that for a while before Procházka breaks free, but only back into regular guard. Atep tries a cheeky guillotine attempt, but Procházka easily defends it, I don't think Atep really thought that was going to work. Procházka tries to get side control, but Atep defends it. Not the second time though, and Procházka has the side. Atep has him tied up pretty well though, and the clock is running down. Procházka gets in a firm couple of elbows to the ribs, but the time expires and the referee gets them to part. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Procházka. Round 2 Slow start to the round. Not much happens before they wind up clinched together, struggling for supremacy. Atep uses a trip to make a takedown, but doesn't go down himself, instead staying back. He pushes the raised legs away and dives in to get side control, but Procházka scrambles and manages to get up, pushing Atep down to the ground. Procházka ends up on top, in guard. It takes a minute, but Procházka's persistence allows him to pass guard and get to side control. Atep needs to try and get out of this quickly. Procházka seems content to simply control the action at the moment, rather than trying to actually end the fight. He fires an occasional punch to the body, but other than that there's very little going on. Atep isn't being allowed to do much, and has the added problem of having a 155lb man across his chest, making it difficult to breathe properly. Procházka tries to get an armbar on the far arm, but Atep links his hands together to stop the elbow getting hyper-extended. Procházka drives a back-fist into the face, hitting right below the left eye, but Atep shifts his weight and manages to get himself into a better defensive position. The time expires with them in that position, with Procházka having controlled the ground game entirely. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Procházka. Round 3 Good start from Procházka, taking Atep down almost immediately! Atep scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Procházka will be disappointed with that. Atep comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Procházka to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Atep felt that one for sure. He stalks Procházka, trying to back him up against the ropes. It doesn't work though, Procházka keeps out of the way. Atep tries a kick, but Procházka catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Procházka gets Atep down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Procházka throws some punches, then tries to pass. Atep doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Procházka easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Procházka followed by a pass attempt, with Atep blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. The third round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Procházka. The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Marko Procházka. [/Quote] [B]Marko Prochazka wins via Unanimous Decision[/B] Jason Dalglish vs. Fujimaro Hidaka [Quote]Round 1 Dalglish is quickest out, and comes at Hidaka with a series of jabs and straight punches. Hidaka covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Hidaka hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Dalglish who takes it to the ground. Hidaka pulls guard. There's a lull, as Dalglish tries to pass, and Hidaka defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Hidaka almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Dalglish, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Dalglish. Round 2 An exchange of jabs doesn't go anywhere. Hidaka fakes a kick, then darts in to score with a straight left before backing out fast to avoid a left-right combination from Dalglish. They clinch, and Dalglish winds up backed against the ropes. A couple of minor blows get exchanged, but it's turned into a bit of a stalemate. Hidaka tries to push Dalglish back, but can't. The referee waits a while, then separates them and gets them to resume. About thirty seconds pass without any contact, and the crowd become a little restless. Hidaka tries to work an angle, then steps in...and gets creamed with a high head kick! Dalglish landed it right to the ear of all places, and Hidaka's legs give way, sending him crashing to the floor. The referee immediately covers him up, he is clearly out cold. Dalglish gets the win via K.O. Dalglish wins via knock out at 3:30 of the second round. [/Quote] [B]Jason Dalglish wins via KO (High Head Kick)[/B] Milton Harvey vs. Eddie Whelan [Quote]Round 1 Whelan comes out fast and quickly backs Harvey up, all the way up against the ropes. Whelan throws a series of rights and lefts; none of the strikes to the head got through, but two nice body shots did. He doesn't follow up though, instead keeping a few steps back, clearly not wanting to get tied up in a clinch. Harvey throws a low kick, then advances with some jabs, forcing Whelan to back off a little. They meet in the center and exchange strikes, with Whelan looking the crisper striker of the two, although without doing any real damage. Harvey shoots in for the takedown, but Whelan sprawls and eventually pushes free. Right hand from Whelan, then two jabs which both find their mark. Harvey bats away a third, then comes in hard and fast for a second takedown attempt. Whelan sprawls again, but gets pushed all the way up against the ropes. Harvey has a leg, but is low down to the ground and doesn't have the leverage to complete the takedown. He works to a better standing position, but has to lose the leg and grab a clinch instead. They both fire off some small punches from there. Harvey tries for a trip, but Whelan avoids it and works free from the clinch. He returns to the center, clearly wanting a striking battle rather than a grappling match. Harvey follows, hands held high, and throws a couple of jabs. Whelan connects with one instead though, and then with a looping right hand that catches Harvey above the eye. He felt that, but doesn't go down. Best strike of the round so far. Harvey throws a low kick. Whelan comes in to strike again, but this time cannot sprawl quickly enough and gets taken down. Whelan pulls guard. Unfortunately for Harvey, now that he has finally gotten the takedown, there's less than thirty seconds left. He tries to pass guard to get to side control, but Whelan comfortably defends it until the round is over. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Whelan. Round 2 Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Whelan that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Both fighters circle. Harvey ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Whelan, although no damage has actually been done yet. Harvey leads with a right hand, then delivers a brutal uppercut, Whelan had to step back quickly to avoid getting caught. He winds up back against the ropes, and Harvey doesn't relent, moving in fast to unload with a series of jabs. Whelan got some of his own in, but the upper hand is definitely with Harvey. Vicious right hand! Out of nowhere, it caught Whelan flush in the face, and he slumps down against the ropes. Harvey follows up with more punches, and the referee dives in to break it up. It's all over. Whelan wasn't knocked out, but that one punch was a beauty, and it stopped him getting any sort of defence together to stop the following punches. Official time of the TKO is 2:17 of the second round. [/Quote] [B]Milton Harvey wins via TKO (Kick and Punches)[/B] Lefter Oktay vs. Stjepan Andric [Quote]Round 1 Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Oktay works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Andric backed up against the ropes. Oktay gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Andric, who uses his legs well to defend. Oktay pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Andric gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Oktay follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Oktay hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Andric tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Andric leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oktay. Round 2 Right hand from Andric was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Oktay. Andric follows up by coming in close, but Oktay is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. They come together, both throwing punches. Andric gets a nice clean shot in, and Oktay stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Andric is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. The official time is 1:52. [/Quote] [B]Stjepan Andric wins via TKO (Punches)[/B] Shane Gilchrist vs. Marvin Stevens [Quote]Round 1 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Gilchrist, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Gilchrist puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Stevens covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Stevens pushes Gilchrist up against the ropes and clinches. Nothing comes from it. Low kick from Stevens, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Gilchrist will take the round on points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Gilchrist. Round 2 The two fighters touch gloves as the round begins. Stevens starts brightly, throwing out a series of jabs and raking punches, but Gilchrist is too light on his feet and avoids all of them. Gilchrist steps in and hits a lovely overhand right, then a low kick to the outside of the thigh. Stevens throws a vicious right cross, but Gilchrist goes under it and catches Stevens with a scathing left hand to the gut. The next few minutes follow a very similar pattern; Gilchrist using his excellent movement to 'hit and run', coming in from a variety of angles to score with crisp punches, dodging out of the way of Stevens's counters. Stevens is being made to look sluggish by comparison, and the amount of punches that Gilchrist has landed in comparison to him is becoming huge. None of them have been particularly big punches, certainly nothing likely to end a fight, but the sheer number of them must be hurting Stevens. Stevens finally hits a meaningful blow, catching Gilchrist coming in with a low kick. Gilchrist still gets a crisp jab in though, and is back out of range before Stevens can apply a second strike. The round comes to an end with Gilchrist having dominated. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Gilchrist. Round 3 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Gilchrist puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Stevens defended well. Straight right from Stevens in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Gilchrist probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Stevens gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Gilchrist. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Gilchrist. The judges are split; Shane Gilchrist gets 30-27 from the first, Marvin Stevens gets 29-28 from the second, the third gives 30-27 to Shane Gilchrist. Shane Gilchrist gets the split decision victory. [/Quote] [B]Shane Gilchrist wins via Split Decision[/B] Geoff Cahill vs. Gabriel Gallego [Quote]Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Cahill, providing the first moment of real action. Gallego hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Cahill side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Gallego is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Gallego. Round 2 An exchange of jabs doesn't go anywhere. Gallego fakes a kick, then darts in to score with a straight left before backing out fast to avoid a left-right combination from Cahill. They clinch, and Cahill winds up backed against the ropes. A couple of minor blows get exchanged, but it's turned into a bit of a stalemate. Gallego tries to push Cahill back, but can't. The referee waits a while, then separates them and gets them to resume. Gallego makes Cahill back up against the ropes by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Gallego throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Cahill lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Gallego by surprise, putting him down! Cahill follows up and starts raining down right hands. Gallego covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Cahill off, the match is over. The official time is 3:54. [/Quote] [B]Geoff Cahill wins via TKO (Punches)[/B] Giovani Silva vs. Jeremy Sproule [Quote]Round 1 Silva isn't hanging around, right from the start Sproule is forced onto the back foot by four hard shots, although none of them get through the gloves. Sproule circles, steps in, then unloads a combination of punches, but Silva weaves out of the way and scores with a beauty of a right hand, glancing above the right eye. That was some lovely counter punching from Silva, the timing had to be perfect and it was. Sproule is looking a bit frustrated, and uncorks a ragged-looking uppercut that missed by several inches. Silva really should have taken advantage of that mistake, Sproule was wide open for a moment there. Silva hits a high kick, catching Sproule on the shoulder. Jab from Sproule finds the mark, but it didn't have much power behind it as he was leaning backward too much. Silva fires off a couple of straight punches in response, but only finds gloves. They clinch, and the fight enters a lull. Sproule scores with a knee from the clinch, it landed around the hip area of Silva, who responds with a couple of shots to the ribs. The time runs out with them still clinched though. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Silva. Round 2 Sproule leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Silva deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Silva uses a knee to the ribs before backing Sproule up against the ropes. Right hand from Sproule connects though, that was well timed. Silva breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Sproule was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Silva sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Sproule fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Silva throws a big head kick, but Sproule ducks and back pedals to safety. If that had hit, this was all over, because Silva wasn't holding anything back on that missile of a kick. Sproule regains his composure and advances, throwing a pair of looping rights. Silva throws a kick to the legs, then a range-finding left hand. Sproule steps to the side to get a better angle, then steps in...and this time the scorching head kick that comes his way catches him unaware and lands flush to the side of the jaw! Sproule goes completely limp as he crash-lands to the ground, that was a brutal knock out kick. Silva wins via knock out at 4:34 of the second round. [/Quote] [B]Giovani Silva wins via KO (Head Kick)[/B] Grzegorz Boniek vs. Gunnar Nilsson [Quote]Round 1 Nilsson is quickest out, and comes at Boniek with a series of jabs and straight punches. Boniek covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Boniek hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Nilsson who takes it to the ground. Boniek pulls guard. There's a lull, as Nilsson tries to pass, and Boniek defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Boniek almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Nilsson, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-8 to Nilsson. Round 2 The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Nilsson is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Boniek picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Nilsson throws a wild punch as a counter, but Boniek ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Nilsson gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Nilsson is looking for big punches, Boniek is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Nilsson manages to back Boniek up against the ropes. Nilsson takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Boniek ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Nilsson can unload. Nilsson may need to think about changing tactics, Boniek is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Nilsson fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Boniek on the thigh. Boniek presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Nilsson gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Boniek. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Boniek, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Boniek puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Nilsson covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Nilsson looks for an opening. Low kick from Nilsson, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Boniek will take the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Boniek by 10-9. The official scores are: 29-27 (twice), 30-26 for Grzegorz Boniek. [/Quote] [B]Grzegorz Boniek wins via Unanimous Decision[/B] Fight of the Night : Gilchrist vs. Stevens KO of the Night : Giovani Silva Submission of the Night : Jonathan Huang Upset of the Night : Stjepan Andric[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Haranobu Oshiro vs. Keith Plaice Round 1 Oshiro starts with a high kick, but Plaice was well out of range. About thirty seconds pass without any contact, and the crowd become a little restless. Oshiro steps in and exchanges strikes with Plaice, neither fighter gets a particular advantage from it. Plaice parries away a nice right hand and gets in a crisp counter punch that catches Oshiro on the shoulder. The round has been a little flat so far, neither of them is really forcing the issue. They enter into a clinch, which doesn't help matters, and that seems to last for an eternity before the referee separates them and tells them to get on with it. Oshiro finally shows some fire, putting together a combination of two jabs, a cross, and an uppercut. Plaice did well to defend it, bobbing and weaving out of the way and using his gloves to parry away anything that was too close. He uses a low kick to the thigh as a response, then steps in and unloads with two fine punches, although Oshiro blocked them. Oshiro scores the best punch of the round so far, coming in fast, ducking under a dangerous right hand, and catching Plaice square in the face with a lunging overhand right. Plaice backs off and covers up, clearly having felt that one, and unfortunately Oshiro's attempts to follow up and thwarted as he gets tied up in a clinch near the ropes. The time expires, with Oshiro probably having stolen that round thanks to that one big punch. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oshiro. Round 2 The round starts. They touch gloves. Plaice throws a rapid-fire series of punches, forcing Oshiro to back off. Oshiro throws a nice kick that thumps into the rib cage. Another kick is thrown, this time aimed at the head, but Plaice sees it coming and steps back. Oshiro advances and they meet in the center. Plaice ducks a right hand, scores with a left to the gut. Oshiro throws a one-two combination, neither connecting, but it does allow him to follow up with a stinging kick to the ribs. A big red mark has appeared there. Plaice bursts forward and goes for a big swing, Oshiro ducks under it, hits a right to the chest, then unloads another kick. This one hits the thigh, causing Plaice to noticeably wince. It may have caught the very top of the knee judging from the replays. Plaice tries to come in to get a measure of revenge, but is met with some low kicks that make sure that he can't get close enough to throw any bombs. Oshiro's impressively sharp kicking game is hurting Plaice and allowing him to take firm control of this round. There's not much time left, and Plaice is going to have to do something special to win this round now. He doesn't, as time expires without anything interesting happening. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oshiro. Round 3 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Plaice is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Oshiro blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Plaice is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Oshiro is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Plaice can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Plaice some problems later on. Plaice moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Oshiro is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Plaice before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Plaice off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Plaice goes for a trip, but Oshiro cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Oshiro may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Oshiro. The official scores are: 30-27 from all three judges for Haranobu Oshiro. Will Kane vs. David Allen Round 1 Allen is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Kane advancing. A sharp right misses, and Allen takes the opportunity to pull Kane in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Kane tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Kane wants to stand and bang, Allen wants to keep things at close quarters. Kane tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Allen, and we're down to the ground. Allen has side control, but Kane has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Allen will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Kane tries to squirm into a better position, but Allen puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Allen tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Kane defends it. Kane manages to bring a knee up and catch Allen in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Allen responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Kane covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Allen may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Allen tries to float over into a mount, but Kane uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Allen enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Allen is the last action of the round. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Allen. Round 2 Allen hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Kane to back up against the ropes, where they clinch. Allen hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Kane tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Allen having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Kane. Kane drives Allen up against the ropes and sweeps him for an astonishingly easy takedown. Kane seems to be feeling it, he starts raining down punches! A big shot catches Allen right in the mouth, followed closely by one above the right eye. This could all be over very soon, Allen is getting creamed. Kane fires off another big punch, this time grazing the ear...but Allen suddenly snaps his guard shut, catching an overconfident Kane in a triangle choke! It looks like Allen lured him into that one. Kane tries to fight it, but he is caught and looks like he is fading fast. Allen squeezes even harder. Kane taps out! It's over. The official time of the triangle choke submission is 3:31 of round 2. Ray Eton vs. Dominykas Jankovic Round 1 Eton doesn't exactly disguise his intentions for this round, going right to the center and motioning for Jankovic to come and trade blows. Jankovic wisely keeps back for the time being, content to throw long-range jabs. Eton isn't quite as content though, as he begins to stalk Jankovic. They meet near the ropes. Jankovic hits a nice jab, then goes to clinch. Eton stops that with a powerful right hand to the body, then a fizzing left hook that glances off the side of the head. An attempt at a knock out right hand finds nothing but gloves. It is clear that Eton believes that he has the power to get a knock out here, his game plan appears to be to look for the one punch finish. Jankovic is trying to keep moving, to not let Eton get set to throw a bomb. Eton is controlling this round by virtue of the knock out threat, as Jankovic is being forced to fight somewhat defensively. Eton throws another big punch, narrowly missing, but does score with a follow up jab, landing just above the right eye. Jankovic returns fire with a pair of jabs, both finding gloves. Time begins to tick away. It hasn't been the most exciting round, but Eton has controlled it and managed to land the better shots. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Eton. Round 2 Eton starts brightly, almost hunting Jankovic down by stalking him around the ring. Jankovic throws some jabs, but they don't have the range to hit. Eton hits the first good strike, slicing a nasty-looking kick to the hip area. Jankovic throws a left hook in response, but it is easily parried. Eton hits another kick, this time to the calf of Jankovic's front leg. The kicks that Eton has been throwing are looking really good, they're sharp, accurate, and difficult to see coming. Jankovic will need to figure out a counter, as currently he is being picked apart. Jankovic moves in quickly and grabs a clinch. They struggle like that for a full minute, exchanging short, sharp blows, but without doing any real damage. The referee gets them to part. Jankovic tags Eton with a straight left. Eton ducks a second one, hits a jab, then whips out a quick kick that hits perfectly to the inside of the knee of the front leg. The leg buckles, and Jankovic is down to one knee briefly, but quickly up before Eton can take his head off with another kick. Jankovic is limping slightly, that kick was beautifully judged. Jankovic throws a couple of big right hands, but they're easily avoided. Eton starts working angle to throw more low kicks, Jankovic is keeping away from them. Eton seems content not to push the action too much, he looks a bit tired from throwing all those kicks. The round ends without further major action. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-8 for Eton. Round 3 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Eton puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Jankovic defended well. Straight right from Jankovic in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Eton probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Jankovic gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Eton. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Eton by 10-9. The official scores are: 30-26 (twice), 29-27 for Ray Eton. Joe Hinchcliffe vs. Gordon Idle Round 1 Idle throws a straight right, batted away by Hinchcliffe. Idle goes for a second, but gets beaten to the punch as Hinchcliffe scores with a kick that catches Idle across the outside of the knee. Hinchcliffe throws another one, and this time it lands just above the same knee. Idle backs off slightly. Hinchcliffe throws a high jab, then head-fakes and comes in with a left hook from low down. Idle fires back with a crisp right hand that connects to the shoulder rather than the face. Hinchcliffe throws another fizzing low kick, again connecting with the knee. Idle tried to check it, but couldn't in time. Those strikes are going to add up soon and start reducing his mobility. Hinchcliffe throws another kick, this time at chest-height, but it's merely a set-up to allow him to come in fast and start throwing a series of jabs. Idle covers up, throwing occasional straight rights in return. Hinchcliffe backs off, but not before cracking another kick into the thigh region. Time is running down, Idle has failed to deal with those kicks, and it has definitely cost him this round, and possibly done some damage to his knee. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Hinchcliffe. Round 2 Not much happening at first. Idle is the first to make a move, coming in with a right hand that narrowly misses. Hinchcliffe gets in a jab that landed on the left cheek of Idle, and leaves a mark. Quite a slow paced round so far. Idle takes another jab and moves in to retaliate, but it was a set-up and he gets creamed with a high right kick to the side of the head! Idle stumbles but doesn't go down, and has to cover up as Hinchcliffe comes in with a series of punches to try and finish the job. Idle somehow manages to hold on long enough to get his senses back, and buys some time by clinching. Hard knee from Idle from the clinch, and Hinchcliffe felt that, he looks a little tired from unloading that barrage. They break, and Idle gets in a nice right hand. Both fighters circle. End of round 2. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Hinchcliffe. Round 3 Hinchcliffe starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Idle. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Idle goes for a single leg and puts Hinchcliffe on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Idle from getting on top. Hinchcliffe definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Idle hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Hinchcliffe again. This time Hinchcliffe isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Idle will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Hinchcliffe defends. Idle tries to slip past to get side control, but Hinchcliffe just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Idle has the side. Two big elbows land, and Hinchcliffe seems in trouble. Idle goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Idle. Joe Hinchcliffe wins, with a score of 29-28 from two judges, 30-27 from the other. Luis Basora vs. Doug Hansen Round 1 Nice fast-paced start from Basora, who gets right in Hansen's face from the beginning of the round, throwing some crisp jabs and then a vicious uppercut. The two jabs got parried, the uppercut missed as Hansen side-stepped. Hansen fires back with a left hand, then a right to the body. Basora steps in, but only into a waist-high kick from Hansen. Basora is quick though, and manages to catch it around the knee. Using it as leverage, Basora sweeps Hansen's standing leg and takes them to the ground. Hansen quickly pulls guard. Basora tries to grab an arm to work a submission, but Hansen is defending it well by using short, sharp strikes to keep him back. Basora tries to pass the guard, but has no luck. A punch from Basora connects, but there was no real power behind it. Basora fakes Hansen out cleverly, and slips to a half mount. Hansen manages to hit a firm elbow, then is forced to defend the full mount attempt. Basora switches tactics and tries to work a kimura on the other arm, but Hansen blocks it, squirms his leg free, and secures the guard again. Basora looks frustrated at losing the half mount after having worked so hard to get it in the first place. Hansen is liable to lose the round on points, but he has done a fine job of defending the submissions attempts so far. Basora tries to secure a leglock, but the guard is tight and Hansen is safe. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Basora. Round 2 Basora is quickest out, and comes at Hansen with a series of jabs and straight punches. Hansen covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Hansen hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Basora who takes it to the ground. Hansen pulls guard. There's a lull, as Basora tries to pass, and Hansen defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Hansen almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Basora, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Basora. Round 3 Basora starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Hansen covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Hansen backs up to buy some time, but Basora keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Hansen scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Basora catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Hansen pulls guard. Basora stands into a half-crouching position, dragging Hansen's guard with him. Hansen reaches up, parries away a couple of strikes, and tries to grab an arm to apply an armbar to. Basora knocks the attempt away and nails a hard shot to the ribs before reaching over and trying to nail a downward punch to the chin. Hansen blocks it. Basora floats over and gets into side control. Hansen scrambles to try and get back up, but is too close to the ropes, which works against him. Basora lays in a couple of punches to the chest to soften Hansen up, then tries to move up and isolate one of the arms. Hansen makes sure to bring his body around to give him as much protection as possible. It works, as Basora can't get either arm isolated properly. Basora changes tactics and tries to get into crucifix position. Hansen fights it for as long as he possibly can, but eventually gets caught. The length of struggle is, in itself, a good defence though, as the round ends before Basora can do anything with the position he has achieved, which will frustrate him enormously. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Basora. The judges scores are unanimous, and give a score of 30-27 to Luis Basora. Simon Vine vs. Alan Kendall Round 1 Vine and Kendall meet in the center, and both throw looping right hands at the same time. Neither hits home. Vine throws a couple of nice jabs that cause Kendall to cover up. He throws a sharp right hand in response which narrowly misses. They clinch in the center. Kendall tries to trip Vine, but it is easily dealt with, and Vine cheekily does the exact same thing to Kendall, except with more success. Kendall goes crashing to the ground with Vine on top. Vine fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Kendall. Vine tries to pass the guard, but can't, Kendall isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Vine will start raining down punches. Vine tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Kendall gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Vine again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Vine fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Kendall fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Kendall, and Vine is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Kendall has defended the danger well. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Vine. Round 2 Vine starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Kendall covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Kendall backs up to buy some time, but Vine keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Kendall scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Vine catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Kendall pulls guard. Kendall has the guard held very high. Vine throws a big right hand, but almost puts himself right into a triangle as a result, and he is forced to fight free. Kendall throws a punch and it lands right above the nose. Vine throws four massive punches as a response, threatening to try and knock Kendall right through the canvas, Kendall is forced to simply cover up and try to survive. Vine is controlling the round from this position, although it has to be said that he hasn't yet truly looked like he can stop the match from here. Kendall moves to butterfly guard and then tries to scramble back up, but Vine stops that by throwing another set of big punches, forcing Kendall to go back to the full guard. The round ends with them still like that, with Vine having totally controlled the round from the guard. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Vine. Round 3 Vine is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Kendall advancing. A sharp right misses, and Vine takes the opportunity to pull Kendall in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Kendall tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Kendall wants to stand and bang, Vine wants to keep things at close quarters. Kendall tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Vine, and we're down to the ground. Vine has side control, but Kendall has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Vine will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Kendall tries to squirm into a better position, but Vine puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Vine tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Kendall defends it. Kendall manages to bring a knee up and catch Vine in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Vine responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Kendall covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Vine may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Vine tries to float over into a mount, but Kendall uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Vine enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Vine is the last action of the round. The third round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Vine. All three judges give a score of 30-27 in favour of Simon Vine. Randy Carsley vs. Claudio Palacios Round 1 They circle to begin the round. Palacios throws two short jabs, then a long-range looping right hand. Carsley had to be on his toes to get out of the way, and does. Palacios goes to follow up, and narrowly avoids walking right into a right cross. He bobs underneath it, then comes in fast with a right hand. Carsley parries it with his gloves, then shoots in and scores with a nice takedown. Palacios tries to sprawl, but was too late and can only pull guard as he crash-lands to the ground. Palacios tries to push free, but Carsley forces him to go back to guard by raining down some jabs. Carsley reaches over and tries to apply some sort of neck vice, but Palacios breaks it by bringing his arms up. Carsley steps through in an effort to mount Palacios, but can only get to half guard as one of his legs gets trapped. Carsley throws some strikes, then tries to work an armbar on the closest arm. Palacios rolls over and uses his free arm to keep that from happening. That goes on for quite a long time, with Carsley determined to try and work the arm free and get an armbar, while Palacios uses everything at his disposal to block it. The round ends without Carsley having made the breakthrough, although he clearly ran away with the round in terms of points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Carsley by 10-9. Round 2 The round begins with Carsley taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Palacios replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Carsley goes for the takedown, but Palacios sprawls. Carsley tries to power through, but Palacios uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the ropes, which may help Carsley defend this. Palacios is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Carsley isn't allowing it. Carsley pulls Palacios in tight, locking up both his arms. Palacios pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Palacios tries a big right hand, which Carsley defends well. He has quite a high guard, Palacios has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Carsley once again drags Palacios down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Palacios easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Palacios trying to pass guard. Carsley tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Palacios, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Palacios scores with a jab, then a second. Carsley goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Palacios enough time to take him down again. Palacios quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Carsley once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Palacios on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Palacios. Round 3 Slow start to the round. Not much happens before they wind up clinched together, struggling for supremacy. Palacios uses a trip to make a takedown, but doesn't go down himself, instead staying back. He pushes the raised legs away and dives in to get side control, but Carsley scrambles and manages to get up, pushing Palacios down to the ground. Carsley ends up on top, in guard. Carsley passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; Palacios has the entire right hand side of his body up against the ropes, and both his legs wrapped around Carsley's left arm. Carsley's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but Palacios covers up to defend them. Carsley tries to pin down one of Palacios's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but Palacios uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Carsley finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Carsley. All three judges give a score of 29-28 in favour of Randy Carsley. Fumiaki Hayashi vs. Ichisake Miyagi Round 1 Not much happening at first. Miyagi is the first to make a move, coming in with a right hand that narrowly misses. Hayashi gets in a jab that landed on the left cheek of Miyagi, and leaves a mark. Quite a slow paced round so far. Miyagi takes another jab and moves in to retaliate, but it was a set-up and he gets creamed with a high right kick to the side of the head! Miyagi stumbles but doesn't go down, and has to cover up as Hayashi comes in with a series of punches to try and finish the job. Miyagi somehow manages to hold on long enough to get his senses back, and buys some time by clinching. Hard knee from Miyagi from the clinch, and Hayashi felt that, he looks a little tired from unloading that barrage. They break, and Miyagi gets in a nice right hand. An exchange of punches goes nowhere, and they fall into a clinch. The referee separates them when nothing happens. End of round 1. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Hayashi. Round 2 The fighters come together right in the center. Miyagi throws out a jab, but Hayashi bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. Hayashi works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Miyagi covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. Hayashi is making Miyagi look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Miyagi hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. They tangle near the ropes, and the referee has to come in and pull them apart. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. Hayashi got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Miyagi slightly. Miyagi initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Miyagi looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but Hayashi is clearly winning them. Miyagi needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. Hayashi tries a speculative high kick, but Miyagi saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Miyagi tries to work an angle, but Hayashi is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for Hayashi, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Hayashi. Round 3 Miyagi is quickest out, and comes at Hayashi with a series of jabs and straight punches. Hayashi covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Hayashi hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Miyagi who takes it to the ground. Hayashi pulls guard. There's a lull, as Miyagi tries to pass, and Hayashi defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Hayashi almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Miyagi, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Miyagi. The official scores are: 29-28 (twice), 30-27 for Fumiaki Hayashi. Jack Humphreys vs. Dana Delaney Round 1 Humphreys throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Delaney steps in and fires off one of his own, but Humphreys bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Delaney turns and swings, just as Humphreys also unloads...and it's Humphreys who connects first! Delaney's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Humphreys follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Delaney. The referee doesn't even wait for Humphreys to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Delaney is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! Humphreys wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 1:22. Alberto Basora vs. Peter Bracewell Round 1 Bracewell starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Basora avoids it without too much trouble. Bracewell isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Basora getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Bracewell finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Basora opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Bracewell is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Basora clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Bracewell hits a knee strike to the hip. Basora slips one leg behind Bracewell and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Bracewell landed hard, with Basora on top. They're in half guard. It's to Bracewell's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Basora from attacking the left hand side of the body. Bracewell is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Basora tries to step over to mount, but Bracewell keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Basora fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Bracewell doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Basora isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Bracewell ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Basora can get free. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Basora. Round 2 Basora comes out quick and immediately starts pressing Bracewell back toward the ropes. Basora tries to use the position to his advantage, pinning Bracewell in to prevent him from moving freely, but the exchange of punches that follows is clearly won by Bracewell, who catches Basora with a wicked right cross during the flurry of blows. Basora tries again, but Bracewell is looking sharp and parries away any dangerous shot, getting in a few crisp jabs of his own along the way. Basora finally backs off, realising that this isn't working. Bracewell is showing superior ability with his hands, they're fast and accurate, Basora isn't able to cope with them at close quarters, being made to look slow and ragged in comparison. Basora switches to using raking right hands and looping punches, keeping Bracewell back, but its effectiveness is limited as Basora's punches are easily parried away, and Bracewell can still hit the occasional right hand. The round ends with that being the pattern. Bracewell has used his better punching technique and hand speed to confound Basora, and has controlled this round almost entirely. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-8 to Bracewell. Round 3 The two fighters circle. Basora flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Bracewell easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Basora could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Bracewell moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Basora is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Basora forces Bracewell back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Bracewell in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Basora does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Bracewell saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Basora turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Basora is up quickly, causing Bracewell, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Basora was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Basora throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Bracewell to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Bracewell. The official scores are in; two judges give 29-27, the other 30-26, all for Peter Bracewell. Julio Regueiro vs. Bakin Sakamoto Round 1 They circle each other. Sakamoto misses with a low kick, and Regueiro darts in to hit a jab before retreating. They come together and exchange punches, both got a few shots in. Regueiro is looking much lighter on his feet, and keeps moving in, hitting a few punches, then getting back out of range. Sakamoto is trying to catch him coming in, but doesn't have the timing quite right. It happens again. Regueiro isn't getting much power on the punches, but he is getting ahead on points. Sakamoto tries to get in close, but Regueiro is keeping moving, and isn't letting himself get cornered. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Regueiro gets a solid punch in, catching Sakamoto just above the left eye. Sakamoto finally gets a clinch, forcing Regueiro up against the ropes, but it's too little, too late as the round ends. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Regueiro. Round 2 A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Regueiro lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Sakamoto sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Regueiro on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Sakamoto manages to get the better position, pushing Regueiro up against the ropes. Right hand to the ribs from Sakamoto. Regueiro hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Sakamoto tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Regueiro was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Sakamoto down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Sakamoto covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Regueiro hits a big elbow to the ribs, Sakamoto definitely felt that. Regueiro drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Sakamoto brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Regueiro will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Sakamoto defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Regueiro unable to generate any attacks, and Sakamoto unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Regueiro will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Regueiro. Round 3 Regueiro starts tentatively, and scores with a few sharp leg kicks. A straight left connects, and Sakamoto is forced backward to avoid an uppercut. Good start from Regueiro. Sakamoto tries to come inside, but eats a kick to the thigh. They clinch briefly, but it goes nowhere. Looping right hand from Sakamoto, but it only caught Regueiro on the shoulder. Another kick connects from Regueiro, and that sets up a nice combination to the body. The accuracy of his kicks has been excellent so far, and is keeping Sakamoto from doing very much. Sakamoto glances at the referee, not sure why. Right hand from Sakamoto, that one definitely registered, but I don't think it had much power behind it. The time ticks away without anything further of interest happening. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Regueiro. The official scores are: 30-27 (Julio Regueiro), 29-28 (Bakin Sakamoto), 30-27 (Julio Regueiro). Julio Regueiro wins by split decision. Tadamasa Yamada vs. Anthony LeToussier Round 1 LeToussier comes in quick to start, but none of the flurry of jabs that are thrown actually connect with anything but gloves. Yamada gets in a nice counter punch, bouncing a fist off the cheek. LeToussier backs off, then starts to circle. LeToussier throws a right hand to the the body that connects, then goes immediately for a high right hand that misses and puts him well off balance. Yamada capitalises, throwing a big kick to the head! LeToussier goes down, although it's unclear as to how much of that was due to the power of the kick, and how much was down to a stumble. He doesn't look too stunned, as he has the presence of mind to roll over and get ready to defend an attack. It doesn't come though, as Yamada remains back, biding his time. Yamada steps in and kicks at the legs, avoiding the up-kick that comes back. He tries to move around to the side, but LeToussier scoots the same way to keep the defence strong. Yamada finally moves in to throw some punches, but LeToussier manages to pull guard without taking any serious punishment. Yamada passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; LeToussier has the entire right hand side of his body up against the ropes, and both his legs wrapped around Yamada's left arm. Yamada's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but LeToussier covers up to defend them. Yamada tries to pin down one of LeToussier's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but LeToussier uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Yamada finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. End of round 1. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Yamada. Round 2 LeToussier starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Yamada. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Yamada goes for a single leg and puts LeToussier on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Yamada from getting on top. LeToussier definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Yamada hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down LeToussier again. This time LeToussier isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Yamada will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but LeToussier defends. Yamada tries to slip past to get side control, but LeToussier just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Yamada has the side. Two big elbows land, and LeToussier seems in trouble. Yamada goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Yamada. Round 3 Nice fast-paced start from Yamada, who gets right in LeToussier's face from the beginning of the round, throwing some crisp jabs and then a vicious uppercut. The two jabs got parried, the uppercut missed as LeToussier side-stepped. LeToussier fires back with a left hand, then a right to the body. Yamada steps in, but only into a waist-high kick from LeToussier. Yamada is quick though, and manages to catch it around the knee. Using it as leverage, Yamada sweeps LeToussier's standing leg and takes them to the ground. LeToussier quickly pulls guard. LeToussier tries to push free, but Yamada forces him to go back to guard by raining down some jabs. Yamada reaches over and tries to apply some sort of neck vice, but LeToussier breaks it by bringing his arms up. Yamada steps through in an effort to mount LeToussier, but can only get to half guard as one of his legs gets trapped. Yamada throws some strikes, then tries to work an armbar on the closest arm. LeToussier rolls over and uses his free arm to keep that from happening. That goes on for quite a long time, with Yamada determined to try and work the arm free and get an armbar, while LeToussier uses everything at his disposal to block it. The round ends without Yamada having made the breakthrough, although he clearly ran away with the round in terms of points. The third round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Yamada. The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Tadamasa Yamada.[/CENTER]
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[CENTER] Hans Peter Schneider vs. Tucker Plumm Round 1 Not the most interesting of starts to the round, it's mainly a lot of circling. The referee apparently gets bored, as he tells them to get on with it and fight. Schneider complies, firing off a dangerous right cross, narrowly missing. Plumm throws a couple of stiff jabs, but they only find gloves. Schneider fakes left, then comes in from the right, hitting a nice body blow. Plumm steps forward and unleashes a big kick, thundering it into Schneider's ribs. He felt that one for sure. Plumm follows up by hitting a right hand too. Schneider finds himself backed up against the ropes. Plumm advances, and throws a scythe-like kick to the legs. Schneider can't get out of the way, and almost gets felled by the impact. Plumm steps in and scores with a high head kick. Schneider partially blocked it with his hands, which was probably the only thing stopping it from being a knock out blow. Schneider gets a right hand jab out in response, then pulls Plumm into a clinch. Knee strike from Plumm. They break. Schneider still looks hurt from that first kick. Plumm gets in close and gives a receipt for that earlier body blow, nailing a right hand to the gut. Schneider hits a jab to the cheek in response, then clinches again. Time runs down, the round will end before anything more can happen. Plumm has used those powerful kicks to dominate this round. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Plumm. Round 2 Plumm starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Schneider avoids it without too much trouble. Plumm isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Schneider getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Plumm finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Schneider opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Plumm is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Schneider clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Plumm hits a knee strike to the hip. Schneider slips one leg behind Plumm and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Plumm landed hard, with Schneider on top. They're in half guard. It's to Plumm's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Schneider from attacking the left hand side of the body. Plumm is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Schneider tries to step over to mount, but Plumm keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Schneider fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Plumm doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Schneider isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Plumm ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Schneider can get free. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Schneider. Round 3 Schneider starts out with a few straight rights, range-finding rather than actually dangerous. Plumm keeps out of their way. Schneider steps forward and tries to unload with a looping left, but Plumm moves to the side and fires off a powerful right hand of his own, landing above the left eye. Schneider doesn't go down, but definitely felt that shot. Plumm moves in closer and fires off two punches to the face and a big hook to the body. Schneider parried the first two, but the third hit home hard. Plumm begins to stalk Schneider, who may be slightly winded. They meet again in the center and exchange blows. Schneider hits a high jab but gets caught with another hard punch to the side of the head. Schneider clinches up, stopping Plumm from following up. It looks like Schneider needs to change his game plan, standing up and banging with Plumm is playing right into his opponent's hands, as Plumm clearly has the more powerful strikes in his arsenal, and Schneider is going to get floored sooner or later, judging by this round. The referee parts them from the clinch. Plumm continues to look ready to unleash some big punches. Schneider takes a takedown, then comes in much closer, throws a jab, and clinches back up. Schneider looks like he is going to grapple, stopping Plumm from throwing bombs. Schneider gets in a few short punches to the ribs. The round ends with them still in the clinch. Plumm will take that round on points, having used the threat of a knock out to basically control everything about that round except the clinches. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Plumm. [B]The three judges all give the match as 29-28 to Tucker Plumm. [/B] Jorge Hormazabal vs. Casim Yenkini Round 1 Yenkini tries to work an angle from the start, but is kept back by some sharp kicks, one landing painfully across the outside of the calf. Hormazabal steps in and throws some punches, landing a crisp jab to the shoulder. Yenkini lands a jab of his own, but gets hit with a vicious waist-high kick when stepping in to follow up. Good tactics so far from Hormazabal, he is basically controlling the tempo and positioning of this fight through intelligent use of sharp, accurate kicks. Yenkini comes in fast, faking left then going right, and gets close enough to throw some body blows. Hormazabal gets in a right hand of his own, then a beauty of a high kick. It lands right on the ear, causing Yenkini to back off quickly. If that had had more power, it might well have scored a knock out. The round is almost over. Hormazabal has controlled this one, Yenkini is finding it very difficult to find a way around those kicks. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Hormazabal. Round 2 They meet in the center. Yenkini hits a nice jab, a second misses. Hormazabal steps in close and hits a brutal body shot, causing Yenkini to back up quickly. That was a really powerful shot. Hormazabal stalks Yenkini, flicking occasional jabs. It looks like Hormazabal wants to stand and trade punches with Yenkini. Hormazabal gets within striking distance and throws a bomb of a right hand, narrowly missing. Yenkini fires off a raking left hook in response, but that is off target too. They meet and exchange punches. Yenkini goes for the body, but gets tagged with a left hand to the side of the head. Yenkini is rattled by it, but doesn't step off, instead throwing a couple of crisp jabs. Hormazabal throws another big punch, this time thundering it into Yenkini's shoulder. They clinch. So far it looks like Yenkini simply can't live with the power that Hormazabal has in his hands, you get the sense that if this continues, Yenkini is going to wind up knocked out sooner or later. The clinch is broken, but within thirty seconds they are right back in it, this time leaning against the ropes. By the time that is broken, the round only has a few seconds left. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Hormazabal by 10-9. Round 3 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Hormazabal puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Yenkini defended well. Straight right from Yenkini in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Hormazabal probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Yenkini gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Hormazabal. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Hormazabal.[B] The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Jorge Hormazabal. [/B] John Rivero vs. George Laurent Round 1 Rivero starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Laurent covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Laurent backs up to buy some time, but Rivero keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Laurent scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Rivero catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Laurent pulls guard. Rivero passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; Laurent has the entire right hand side of his body up against the ropes, and both his legs wrapped around Rivero's left arm. Rivero's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but Laurent covers up to defend them. Rivero tries to pin down one of Laurent's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but Laurent uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Rivero finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Rivero. Round 2 Rivero and Laurent meet in the center, and both throw looping right hands at the same time. Neither hits home. Rivero throws a couple of nice jabs that cause Laurent to cover up. He throws a sharp right hand in response which narrowly misses. They clinch in the center. Laurent tries to trip Rivero, but it is easily dealt with, and Rivero cheekily does the exact same thing to Laurent, except with more success. Laurent goes crashing to the ground with Rivero on top. Rivero stands into a half-crouching position, dragging Laurent's guard with him. Laurent reaches up, parries away a couple of strikes, and tries to grab an arm to apply an armbar to. Rivero knocks the attempt away and nails a hard shot to the ribs before reaching over and trying to nail a downward punch to the chin. Laurent blocks it. Rivero floats over and gets into side control. Laurent scrambles to try and get back up, but is too close to the ropes, which works against him. Rivero lays in a couple of punches to the chest to soften Laurent up, then tries to move up and isolate one of the arms. Laurent makes sure to bring his body around to give him as much protection as possible. It works, as Rivero can't get either arm isolated properly. Rivero changes tactics and tries to get into crucifix position. Laurent fights it for as long as he possibly can, but eventually gets caught. The length of struggle is, in itself, a good defence though, as the round ends before Rivero can do anything with the position he has achieved, which will frustrate him enormously. The second round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Rivero. Round 3 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Rivero puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Laurent defended well. Straight right from Laurent in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Rivero probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Laurent gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Rivero. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Rivero. [B]All three judges give a score of 30-27 in favour of John Rivero. [/B] Darin Blood vs. Heikichi Shimizu Round 1 A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Blood lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Shimizu sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Blood on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Shimizu manages to get the better position, pushing Blood up against the ropes. Right hand to the ribs from Shimizu. Blood hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Shimizu tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Blood was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Shimizu down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Shimizu covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Blood hits a big elbow to the ribs, Shimizu definitely felt that. Blood drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Shimizu brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Blood will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Shimizu defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Blood unable to generate any attacks, and Shimizu unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Blood will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Blood. Round 2 Blood starts off brightly, firing in a couple of right hands and a fizzing kick that catches Shimizu across the hip. Shimizu tries an immediate response by coming in for a big left hook, but is forced to back up by a lightning-like head kick that flashes across his face. Blood storms in and hits a crisp jab and a snap right hand, then ducks out of the way of a counter punch. Shimizu comes forward, and again takes a kick across the hip, then a second one that slaps across the shin of his front foot. Blood's kicks are allowing him to control this round, Shimizu has so far had no answer. They meet in the center; Blood comes in from low-down, but misses a right hand. Shimizu scores with a right hand to the side of the head, then a stinging right hand to the ribs. Blood shoots off a kick to the ribs, then comes back in from an angle. A faked takedown fools Shimizu, and another kick hits home. Shimizu clinches up, and must be wondering what on earth he can do to stop these kicks from taking him apart. Time runs down as they engage in a struggle while in the clinch, and the round ends without any further noteworthy action. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Blood. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Blood, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Blood puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Shimizu covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. For a second it looked like Blood was about to go for a takedown, but nothing came from it. Low kick from Shimizu, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Blood will take the round on points. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Blood. [B]Darin Blood wins, with a score of 30-27 from two judges, 29-28 from the other. [/B] Thorbjorn Rekdal vs. Matthew Dean Round 1 Dean starts strongly, hitting two stiff jabs to the gloves, stinging the hands of Rekdal. The third strike is a meaty left hook that narrowly misses. If that had hit, Rekdal may well have been decapitated. Despite leaning backwards, Rekdal throws a mighty kick that explodes across the chest, Dean staggers back. That was an enormously powerful blow, and Dean didn't see it coming at all. They circle for a moment, sizing each other up. Rekdal throws a flurry of jabs, but Dean blocks them easily. A right hand from Dean lands below the eye, and a straight left glances off the shoulder. Another exchange doesn't see either fighter get an advantage. Dean throws a heavy left, but Rekdal goes underneath it. Another hard kick from Rekdal, this time smashing into the left thigh. Dean almost get knocked down. He throws a left hook in retaliation which misses by a mile, and gives Rekdal the chance to hit another big kick, this time to the ribs. The round has been pretty even, with the exception of those kicks by Rekdal which have really made a big difference. As the round comes to an end, it looks like those will make sure that Rekdal wins the round on points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Rekdal. Round 2 Rekdal starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Dean avoids it without too much trouble. Rekdal isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Dean getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Rekdal finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Dean opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Rekdal is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Dean clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Rekdal hits a knee strike to the hip. Dean slips one leg behind Rekdal and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Rekdal landed hard, with Dean on top. They're in half guard. It's to Rekdal's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Dean from attacking the left hand side of the body. Rekdal is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Dean tries to step over to mount, but Rekdal keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Dean fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Rekdal doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Dean isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Rekdal ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Dean can get free. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Dean. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Rekdal, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Rekdal puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Dean covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Dean is looking the slightly more fit of the two fighters. Low kick from Dean, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Rekdal will take the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Rekdal. [B]The judges scores are unanimous, and give a score of 29-28 to Thorbjorn Rekdal[/B]. Dan Halvorsen vs. Mal Phe Roby Round 1 Right hand from Halvorsen was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Roby. Halvorsen follows up by coming in close, but Roby is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Halvorsen steps back, and Roby comes after him , sensing an opening. Halvorsen suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Roby couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. He goes down like a puppet with his strings cut, he is out cold. Halvorsen goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts him off, calling a halt to the match. [B]Halvorsen wins via 1st round knock out with the official time being 1:16. [/B] Neil Napier vs. Stuart Strange Round 1 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Napier is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Strange blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Napier is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Strange is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Napier can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Napier some problems later on. Napier moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Strange is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Napier before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Napier off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Napier goes for a trip, but Strange cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Strange may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Strange. Round 2 Strange comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Napier moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Strange gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Napier didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Napier swings and hits a nice right hand. Strange fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Napier dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Strange's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Napier looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Strange on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Napier will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Napier. Round 3 Strange gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Napier follows up with another one, and Strange looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the ropes and Napier is unloading. The punches are raining down, Strange is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Strange was unable to defend himself intelligently. [B]Napier wins. The official time of the TKO is 0:57 of round 3[/B] Jim Carpenter vs. Andrew Rush Round 1 The round begins, and it is Carpenter who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Rush defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Carpenter works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Rush ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Carpenter down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Rush. Interesting first minute of action, Carpenter is looking particularly sharp. Rush tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Carpenter back against the ropes with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Rush tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Carpenter scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Carpenter glances at the referee, not sure why. They square up to each other in the center. Carpenter throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Rush on the side of the head. Rush got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Carpenter has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the ropes, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Rush tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Carpenter defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Carpenter. Round 2 Rush leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Carpenter deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Carpenter uses a knee to the ribs before backing Rush up against the ropes. Right hand from Rush connects though, that was well timed. Carpenter breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Rush was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Carpenter sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Rush fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Carpenter makes Rush back up against the ropes by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Carpenter throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Rush lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Carpenter by surprise, putting him down! Rush follows up and starts raining down right hands. [B]Carpenter covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Rush off, the match is over. The official time is 4:27. [/B] Jerezo vs. Patrick Thomas Round 1 Thomas is quickest out, and comes at Jerezo with a series of jabs and straight punches. Jerezo covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Jerezo hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Thomas who takes it to the ground. Jerezo pulls guard. There's a lull, as Thomas tries to pass, and Jerezo defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Jerezo almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Thomas, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Thomas by 10-9. Round 2 Right hand from Thomas was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Jerezo. Thomas follows up by coming in close, but Jerezo is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Jerezo hits a right hand above Thomas's right eye, but gets clinched up before he can do anything further. Thomas forces him back against the ropes. They struggle, with Jerezo keeping the takedown from happening by pulling away from every trip attempt. Thomas pushes Jerezo into the ropes, then sweeps the legs quickly. Jerezo couldn't get out of the way that time, and goes down. He pulls guard. Thomas manages to push the guard apart, and leans over Jerezo, trapping one leg underneath his body. Bad position for Jerezo to be in, and Thomas now starts throwing big lefts and rights. Jerezo tries to deflect them away but quite a few are hitting home. Jerezo tries to bring his free leg in to add some leverage, but Thomas swats it aside and gets the full mount. More punches start raining down, and Jerezo is left just covering up to try and weather the storm.[B] It's no use though, as the barrage of punches without answer convince the referee to call a halt to the action. Thomas wins via TKO at 1:51 of the second round. [/B] Buddy Garner vs. Juro Fukazawa Round 1 Fukazawa starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Garner avoids it without too much trouble. Fukazawa isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Garner getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Fukazawa finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Garner opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Fukazawa is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Garner clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Fukazawa hits a knee strike to the hip. Garner slips one leg behind Fukazawa and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Fukazawa landed hard, with Garner on top. They're in half guard. It's to Fukazawa's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Garner from attacking the left hand side of the body. Fukazawa is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Garner tries to step over to mount, but Fukazawa keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Garner fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Fukazawa doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Garner isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Fukazawa ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Garner can get free. End of round 1. Blurcat.com gives that one to Garner by 10-8. Round 2 Two jabs from the left hand of Garner set up a hard waist-high kick, but Fukazawa steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Garner moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Fukazawa uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Garner finds himself backed up against the ropes briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Fukazawa is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. They clinch. Garner fires off a couple of right hands to the ribs, then ducks down and secures a leg. Fukazawa hops up and down, but can't prevent Garner from simply pushing forward and taking them to the ground. Fukazawa uses his free leg to wrap up a half guard, and manages to secure that to full guard pretty swiftly. Garner stands, and uses his arms to push Fukazawa's guard apart. Leaning down between the legs, he starts throwing vicious punches. Fukazawa tries to bring his legs back in to pull guard again, while simultaneously covering up, but he is having trouble; Garner is using his body to keep the legs from coming in. More punches rain down, and Fukazawa is starting to get really pounded. A big shot lands hard on the nose, then a left hand crunches into his cheek. [B]The referee has seen enough and pulls Garner away, signalling the end of this match. Official time of the TKO is 2:21 of the second.[/B] Mike Watson vs. Petey Mack Round 1 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Watson, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Watson puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Mack covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Mack pushes Watson up against the ropes and clinches. Nothing comes from it. Low kick from Mack, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Watson will take the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Watson by 10-9. Round 2 Watson's straight right hand punch finds its mark early, tagging Mack below the right eye, leaving a mark. Mack throws a couple of strikes in return, but can't find a way past the gloves. Watson keeps Mack off balance by switching between looping punches, low kicks, and plenty of jabs. Mack can't work an angle under the barrage, and backs off. Watson tries to press the advantage, but Mack is quick to clinch up. Mack goes for a trip but Watson kicks it away. Mack drops down and tries for a single leg, but Watson bends down and blocks it. There's an awkward moment as neither can do a great deal. Mack eventually releases the leg and gets back into the clinch. Watson hits a knee, and they part. Mack throws a nice kick. Watson gets in close enough to hit a kick to the body, then darts back out of range. He repeats the trick, this time replacing the kick with a hard right hand. It appears that he is using 'hit and run' tactics, and Mack isn't coping with it yet. Watson goes for it again, and this time almost gets taken down as Mack times it well and shoots in. Watson sprawls to block the first attempt, then scrabbles free on the second push, getting out from the side. Mack was very close then. Watson keeps Mack back, throwing kicks. The action unfortunately peters out, with Mack unable to get in close enough to go for a takedown, Watson unwilling to risk the takedown by coming in and throwing strikes. The time eventually runs out on the round. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Watson. Round 3 The two fighters circle. Mack flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Watson easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Mack could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Watson moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Mack is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Mack forces Watson back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Watson in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Mack does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Watson saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Mack turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Mack is up quickly, causing Watson, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Mack was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Mack throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Watson to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Watson. [B]The official scores are in; two judges give 30-27, the other 29-28, all for Mike Watson.[/B] Heiji Endo vs. Zvonimir Asanovic Round 1 Good start from Endo, taking Asanovic down almost immediately! Asanovic scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Endo will be disappointed with that. Asanovic comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Endo to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Asanovic felt that one for sure. He stalks Endo, trying to back him up against the ropes. It doesn't work though, Endo keeps out of the way. Asanovic tries a kick, but Endo catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Endo gets Asanovic down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Endo throws some punches, then tries to pass. Asanovic doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Endo easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Endo followed by a pass attempt, with Asanovic blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Endo by 10-9. Round 2 Asanovic doesn't waste any time, scoring with a big right hook almost immediately. Endo was caught sleeping, and that really landed hard, if it had been more accurate it might have been a knock out blow. Endo hits two sharp body shots in return, but it's clear that he is rattled. Asanovic throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Endo easily avoided them. They get in close and exchange punches, it's not clear who got the better of that. Asanovic hits a good looping punch to the side of the head, that's another one that's rattled Endo. Asanovic is getting more force behind his punches at the moment, and that's the key difference. Asanovic throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Endo easily avoided them. Time ticks away, and Endo offers nothing that would make you think that he has any chance of winning this round on points. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Asanovic. Round 3 Endo starts out with a few straight rights, range-finding rather than actually dangerous. Asanovic keeps out of their way. Endo steps forward and tries to unload with a looping left, but Asanovic moves to the side and fires off a powerful right hand of his own, landing above the left eye. Endo doesn't go down, but definitely felt that shot. Asanovic moves in closer and fires off two punches to the face and a big hook to the body. Endo parried the first two, but the third hit home hard. Asanovic begins to stalk Endo, who may be slightly winded. They meet again in the center and exchange blows. Endo hits a high jab but gets caught with another hard punch to the side of the head. Endo clinches up, stopping Asanovic from following up. It looks like Endo needs to change his game plan, standing up and banging with Asanovic is playing right into his opponent's hands, as Asanovic clearly has the more powerful strikes in his arsenal, and Endo is going to get floored sooner or later, judging by this round. The referee parts them from the clinch. Asanovic continues to look ready to unleash some big punches. Endo takes a takedown, then comes in much closer, throws a jab, and clinches back up. Endo looks like he is going to grapple, stopping Asanovic from throwing bombs. Endo gets in a few short punches to the ribs. The round ends with them still in the clinch. Asanovic will take that round on points, having used the threat of a knock out to basically control everything about that round except the clinches. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Asanovic. [B]The official scores are: 29-28 (twice), 30-27 for Zvonimir Asanovic. [/B] Fight of the Night : Asanovic vs. Endo Knockout of the Night : Dan Halvorsen Submission of the Night : N/A Stoppage of the Night : Andrew Rush[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Curt Kitson vs. Alex Cole Round 1 Kitson isn't hanging around, right from the start Cole is forced onto the back foot by four hard shots, although none of them get through the gloves. Cole circles, steps in, then unloads a combination of punches, but Kitson weaves out of the way and scores with a beauty of a right hand, glancing above the right eye. That was some lovely counter punching from Kitson, the timing had to be perfect and it was. Cole is looking a bit frustrated, and uncorks a ragged-looking uppercut that missed by several inches. Kitson really should have taken advantage of that mistake, Cole was wide open for a moment there. Kitson hits a high kick, catching Cole on the shoulder. Jab from Cole finds the mark, but it didn't have much power behind it as he was leaning backward too much. Kitson fires off a couple of straight punches in response, but only finds gloves. They clinch, and the fight enters a lull. Cole scores with a knee from the clinch, it landed around the hip area of Kitson, who responds with a couple of shots to the ribs. The time runs out with them still clinched though. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kitson. Round 2 Tentative circling to begin with. They meet in the center, but quickly fall into a clinch. Kitson gets a nice shot in to the ribs. Cole gets a pair of punches to the side of the head, but they lacked power. The referee breaks them up eventually. Kitson presses forward, flicking out straight rights. Cole leans in to throw a looping left hand. Kitson avoids it, and it allows him to throw a powerful counter punch that catches Cole right above the ear. Great punch. Kitson moves in and throws a devastating right hand. Cole just about manages to parry it, but it still caught him on the shoulder. Cole throws a right hand counter, but Kitson swats it aside and lands a big left to the chest. Cole clinches up again. So far, Kitson's power is allowing him to control this round, Cole is simply being out-gunned thus far. They end up next to the ropes. Cole gets in a couple of nasty right hands to the chest. That's the first time this round that he looks to have actually hurt Kitson. Kitson pushes Cole up against the ropes and unloads with three big right hands. One got through and caught Cole above the left eye, the other two hit home across the chest. Cole clinches up again to avoid getting obliterated, and the round ends before they are broken up. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kitson. Round 3 Kitson doesn't waste any time, scoring with a big right hook almost immediately. Cole was caught sleeping, and that really landed hard, if it had been more accurate it might have been a knock out blow. Cole hits two sharp body shots in return, but it's clear that he is rattled. Kitson throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Cole easily avoided them. They get in close and exchange punches, it's not clear who got the better of that. Kitson hits a good looping punch to the side of the head, that's another one that's rattled Cole. Kitson is getting more force behind his punches at the moment, and that's the key difference. Kitson looks for an opening. Time ticks away, and Cole offers nothing that would make you think that he has any chance of winning this round on points. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kitson.[B] Curt Kitson wins the match, getting a score of 30-27 from all three judges. [/B] Phil Ball vs. Ralph Kohl Round 1 Ball hits the first punch of the round, scoring with a jab to the cheek. Kohl throws a left hook in response, but it's well wide of the mark. Ball steps in and hits a low kick. Kohl ignores it and shoots in for a takedown. Ball saw it coming though, and defends it brilliantly, sprawling at first, then pushing Kohl face-down to the ground so that he can take his back. Kohl turtles up. Ball hits a couple of hard shots to the body, but can't stop Kohl working his way up and turning over, pulling guard. Ball immediately tries to pass guard, but Kohl is not allowing it. Ball fires off some punches, but Kohl blocks them before grabbing a butterfly guard to keep Ball trapped. They stay like that for a while before Ball breaks free, but only back into regular guard. Kohl tries a cheeky guillotine attempt, but Ball easily defends it, I don't think Kohl really thought that was going to work. Ball tries to get side control, but Kohl defends it. Not the second time though, and Ball has the side. Kohl has him tied up pretty well though, and the clock is running down. Ball gets in a firm couple of elbows to the ribs, but the time expires and the referee gets them to part. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Ball by 10-9. Round 2 They touch gloves to start the round. Kohl starts the better of the two, putting together a string of right hand jabs and searching left hands that force Ball to back up all the to the ropes. Kohl follows him in and gets in close enough to throw some body shots. Ball clinches. A couple of right hands hit Kohl's shoulder, but otherwise there's not a lot happening. They break. Kohl misses with a right hand, and gets caught with a big kick to the legs! Kohl goes down, his knees literally taken out from under him. Ball goes to follow up, and almost gets side control, but Kohl recovers quickly enough to turn and pull guard. Ball tries to move quickly into side control, but Kohl isn't letting that happen. Kohl reaches up and tries to grab an arm, but takes a right hand to the cheek in response. Ball tries to power him way through, raining down four or five hammer fists, but Kohl covered up well. Ball pushes a leg down and moves to the side, but Kohl spins out. Ball moves with him though and gets his back! No, Kohl scrambled like crazy and manages to turn right back over and pull guard again. That was an exciting sequence though, and the fans enjoyed it. Ball won't be pleased that he had both side control and the back, but didn't hold onto either for more than a few seconds. The fight unfortunately enters a lull, as Ball punctuates unsuccessful attempts to pass guard with easily defended jabs. The referee eventually gets them back up to their feet due to inactivity. Not much time left in the round though. Kohl will need to do something a bit special to avoid losing the round on points. He tries just that, throwing a big right hand and a high kick, but Ball backs off, safe in the knowledge that he has won this round. The time expires. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Ball. Round 3 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Ball, providing the first moment of real action. Kohl hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Ball side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Kohl is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kohl. [B]The official scores are: 29-28 from all three judges for Phil Ball.[/B] Dokuohtei Kuroki vs. Lloyd McAllister Round 1 Kuroki hits the first punch of the round, scoring with a jab to the cheek. McAllister throws a left hook in response, but it's well wide of the mark. Kuroki steps in and hits a low kick. McAllister ignores it and shoots in for a takedown. Kuroki saw it coming though, and defends it brilliantly, sprawling at first, then pushing McAllister face-down to the ground so that he can take his back. McAllister turtles up. Kuroki hits a couple of hard shots to the body, but can't stop McAllister working his way up and turning over, pulling guard. McAllister is forced into defending an attempted armbar straight away, although in truth Kuroki was leaning into it and really didn't have the leverage to apply it, he would need to get past the guard to really make that a dangerous tactic. Speaking of which, Kuroki does try to pass guard, but McAllister keeps him tightly caught up in the guard. Kuroki shuffles them all the way over to the ropes, so that he can get instructions from the corner. A couple of punches come raining down, but McAllister covers up nicely. McAllister tries to generate some attacking threat of his own, reaching up and trying to secure a guillotine, but Kuroki pops his head out quite easily. McAllister drags him down into a clinch, and they remain that way for a while, with Kuroki throwing the occasional punch to the ribs, McAllister throwing them to the back. Kuroki breaks free and quickly tries to pass guard, getting as far as half guard. He tries to secure an armbar, but McAllister brings his legs in to defend it. Kuroki stands, still holding the arm, and ends up almost sitting on top of a balled-up McAllister. He can't do a great deal from that position, although McAllister will have found it hard to breathe, and the time expires without any more noteworthy strikes hitting. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kuroki. Round 2 McAllister is the first to score a meaningful blow, tagging Kuroki with a jab to the cheek. Kuroki uses a nice straight left to return fire. McAllister comes in to work the body, but Kuroki saw it coming and uses a quick takedown to put McAllister onto the floor, falling into guard. Kuroki immediately tries to pass guard, but McAllister is not allowing it. Kuroki fires off some punches, but McAllister blocks them before grabbing a butterfly guard to keep Kuroki trapped. They stay like that for a while before Kuroki breaks free, but only back into regular guard. McAllister tries a cheeky guillotine attempt, but Kuroki easily defends it, I don't think McAllister really thought that was going to work. Kuroki tries to get side control, but McAllister defends it. Not the second time though, and Kuroki has the side. McAllister has him tied up pretty well though, and the clock is running down. Kuroki gets in a firm couple of elbows to the ribs, but the time expires and the referee gets them to part. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kuroki. Round 3 Kuroki throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. McAllister throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Kuroki steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. McAllister hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Kuroki. They struggle all the way back, with Kuroki ending up backed up against the ropes. McAllister hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Kuroki stomps downward onto his foot. Kuroki manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. McAllister gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Kuroki ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Kuroki tries a high kick to start, but McAllister saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's McAllister who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Kuroki on the nose. Kuroki hits a straight right, enough to stop McAllister from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The third round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 McAllister. [B]The official scores are: 29-28 from all three judges for Dokuohtei Kuroki. [/B] Percy Catcher vs. Christopher Sharp Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Sharp, providing the first moment of real action. Catcher hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Sharp side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Catcher is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Catcher. Round 2 Catcher starts tentatively, and scores with a few sharp leg kicks. A straight left connects, and Sharp is forced backward to avoid an uppercut. Good start from Catcher. Sharp tries to come inside, but eats a kick to the thigh. They clinch briefly, but it goes nowhere. Looping right hand from Sharp, but it only caught Catcher on the shoulder. Another kick connects from Catcher, and that sets up a nice combination to the body. The accuracy of his kicks has been excellent so far, and is keeping Sharp from doing very much. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Right hand from Sharp, that one definitely registered, but I don't think it had much power behind it. The time ticks away without anything further of interest happening. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Catcher. Round 3 Not much happening at first. Sharp is the first to make a move, coming in with a right hand that narrowly misses. Catcher gets in a jab that landed on the left cheek of Sharp, and leaves a mark. Quite a slow paced round so far. Sharp takes another jab and moves in to retaliate, but it was a set-up and he gets creamed with a high right kick to the side of the head! Sharp stumbles but doesn't go down, and has to cover up as Catcher comes in with a series of punches to try and finish the job. Sharp somehow manages to hold on long enough to get his senses back, and buys some time by clinching. Hard knee from Sharp from the clinch, and Catcher felt that, he looks a little tired from unloading that barrage. They break, and Sharp gets in a nice right hand. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Catcher.[B] All three judges give a score of 30-27 in favour of Percy Catcher.[/B] Ieyoshi Yamashiita vs. Linfield Ballard Round 1 Yamashiita starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Ballard checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Yamashiita doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Yamashiita cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Ballard with a beauty of a right hook. Ballard stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Yamashiita presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Ballard clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Ballard scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Yamashiita in the gut. Yamashiita uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Yamashiita gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Ballard reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Yamashiita has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Ballard has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Yamashiita from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Yamashiita tries to step over and fully apply it, but Ballard breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Yamashiita steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Ballard hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Yamashiita will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Yamashiita. Round 2 Ballard leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Yamashiita deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Yamashiita uses a knee to the ribs before backing Ballard up against the ropes. Right hand from Ballard connects though, that was well timed. Yamashiita breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Ballard was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Yamashiita sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Ballard fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Yamashiita throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Ballard steps in and fires off one of his own, but Yamashiita bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Ballard turns and swings, just as Yamashiita also unloads...and it's Yamashiita who connects first! Ballard's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Yamashiita follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Ballard. The referee doesn't even wait for Yamashiita to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Ballard is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! [B]Yamashiita wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 3:53. [/B] Davis Spyrou vs. Greg Atteveld Round 1 The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Atteveld is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Spyrou picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Atteveld throws a wild punch as a counter, but Spyrou ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Atteveld gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Atteveld is looking for big punches, Spyrou is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Atteveld manages to back Spyrou up against the ropes. Atteveld takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Spyrou ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Atteveld can unload. Atteveld may need to think about changing tactics, Spyrou is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Atteveld fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Spyrou on the thigh. Spyrou presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Atteveld gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Spyrou. Round 2 The round begins with Atteveld taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Spyrou replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Atteveld goes for the takedown, but Spyrou sprawls. Atteveld tries to power through, but Spyrou uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the ropes, which may help Atteveld defend this. Spyrou is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Atteveld isn't allowing it. Atteveld pulls Spyrou in tight, locking up both his arms. Spyrou pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Spyrou tries a big right hand, which Atteveld defends well. He has quite a high guard, Spyrou has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Atteveld once again drags Spyrou down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Spyrou easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Spyrou trying to pass guard. Atteveld tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Spyrou, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Spyrou scores with a jab, then a second. Atteveld goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Spyrou enough time to take him down again. Spyrou quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Atteveld once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Spyrou on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Spyrou by 10-9. Round 3 Atteveld starts out with a few straight rights, range-finding rather than actually dangerous. Spyrou keeps out of their way. Atteveld steps forward and tries to unload with a looping left, but Spyrou moves to the side and fires off a powerful right hand of his own, landing above the left eye. Atteveld doesn't go down, but definitely felt that shot. Spyrou moves in closer and fires off two punches to the face and a big hook to the body. Atteveld parried the first two, but the third hit home hard. Spyrou begins to stalk Atteveld, who may be slightly winded. They meet again in the center and exchange blows. Atteveld hits a high jab but gets caught with another hard punch to the side of the head. Atteveld clinches up, stopping Spyrou from following up. It looks like Atteveld needs to change his game plan, standing up and banging with Spyrou is playing right into his opponent's hands, as Spyrou clearly has the more powerful strikes in his arsenal, and Atteveld is going to get floored sooner or later, judging by this round. The referee parts them from the clinch. Spyrou continues to look ready to unleash some big punches. Atteveld takes a takedown, then comes in much closer, throws a jab, and clinches back up. Atteveld looks like he is going to grapple, stopping Spyrou from throwing bombs. Atteveld gets in a few short punches to the ribs. The round ends with them still in the clinch. Spyrou will take that round on points, having used the threat of a knock out to basically control everything about that round except the clinches. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Spyrou by 10-9. [B]Davis Spyrou wins, with a score of 30-27 from two judges, 29-28 from the other. [/B] Souleymane Ya Konan vs. Ricky Heath Round 1 Right hand from Heath was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Ya Konan. Heath follows up by coming in close, but Ya Konan is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Ya Konan swings for the fences, but Heath ducks under and comes in closer, into grappling range. He scoops up Ya Konan onto his shoulder, and then flattens him with a slam. The crowd pop for it. Heath gets side control, but loses it almost immediately as Ya Konan is able to regain composure and pull guard. Heath fights his way out into half guard. Big clubbing blow from Heath, Ya Konan dealt with it well. Heath half-stands, his right leg still trapped between Ya Konan's, and starts unloading with a barrage of bombing right hands. Ya Konan takes one right to the jaw, then another smashes hard into his nose. [B]More devastating punches rain down, and the referee pulls Heath off, preventing Ya Konan from taking any more damage. The official time is 1:54. [/B] Fernando Amaro vs. Uwe Maier Round 1 Maier starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Amaro avoids it without too much trouble. Maier isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Amaro getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Maier finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Amaro opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Maier is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Amaro clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Maier hits a knee strike to the hip. Amaro slips one leg behind Maier and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Maier landed hard, with Amaro on top. They're in half guard. It's to Maier's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Amaro from attacking the left hand side of the body. Maier is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Amaro tries to step over to mount, but Maier keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Amaro fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Maier doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Amaro isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Maier ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Amaro can get free. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Amaro by 10-9. Round 2 A fizzing right hand from Maier opens the round; it didn't find its intended target of Amaro's chin, but it did land hard on the left shoulder instead. Amaro fights back with a jab, but takes a hard shot to the body after leaning in too far. Maier pins him to the ropes with a quick burst, and unloads with lefts and rights. Amaro looks for a moment like he may be about to get overwhelmed, especially after a right hand appears to hit flush on the chin, but he recovers well and works his way back to the center. Maier is looking the more confident of the two by far. He smells blood, and comes in looking for a big right hand, only to walk right into a takedown. Amaro had to time that perfectly, and did. Maier doesn't pull guard, instead scrambling, ending up onto his knees, with Amaro taking his back! Amaro tries to go for a choke, but Maier bucks and twists, scrambling back to his feet and backing off. A big right hand and a high kick prevent Amaro from following too closely. After that frenetic minute of action, things die down, with the fighters circling. Maier scores with two leg kicks, Amaro hits a tasty right hand to the body, but otherwise nothing much happens for the next couple of exchanges. Indeed, the clock runs down and the round ends without further noteworthy events. The second round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Maier by 10-9. Round 3 Amaro throws a ragged jab, missing by a mile as Maier simply ducks under and unloads a vicious hook from below. It catches Amaro square on the jaw, and he goes down! Maier mounts and starts firing off punches, rapid-fire. The referee waits to see if Amaro can recover, decides that he can't, and pulls Maier off. The match is over. [B]Maier wins via TKO at 0:46 of the third round.[/B] Leon Banks vs. Lenny McFadden Round 1 Banks starts fast, immediately going on the attack with jabs and straight rights. McFadden covers up from the initial burst, then starts throwing some raking rights and lefts. Banks bobs and weaves out of harm's way, countering by flicking off jabs whenever possible, peppering McFadden with strikes. None of them are likely to knock McFadden down, but they will add up over time. McFadden moves in and tries to back Banks up against the ropes, but he is too quick, and won't allow himself to get caught. McFadden is having a real problem with Banks's movement, which is allowing him to dart in and out almost at will, hitting quick jabs and avoiding any counters. There's another example, as Banks scores with a sharp left hand to the chest, and is gone before the big right hand of McFadden hits. McFadden looks frustrated, and switches tactics, no longer looking for the big punches but trying to stop Banks getting in close by using low kicks and long, raking punches. Banks is kept from doing any further damage, but McFadden isn't generating any offence either. Banks comes in from an angle, takes a right hand, but scores with a flurry of his own. McFadden tries to hit a low kick, but misses. Time is running down, Banks is going to take this round on points, he has been able to dominate it thanks to his superior movement. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Banks. Round 2 McFadden throws a straight right, batted away by Banks. McFadden goes for a second, but gets beaten to the punch as Banks scores with a kick that catches McFadden across the outside of the knee. Banks throws another one, and this time it lands just above the same knee. McFadden backs off slightly. Banks throws a high jab, then head-fakes and comes in with a left hook from low down. McFadden fires back with a crisp right hand that connects to the shoulder rather than the face. Banks throws another fizzing low kick, again connecting with the knee. McFadden tried to check it, but couldn't in time. Those strikes are going to add up soon and start reducing his mobility. Banks throws another kick, this time at chest-height, but it's merely a set-up to allow him to come in fast and start throwing a series of jabs. McFadden covers up, throwing occasional straight rights in return. Banks backs off, but not before cracking another kick into the thigh region. Time is running down, McFadden has failed to deal with those kicks, and it has definitely cost him this round, and possibly done some damage to his knee. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Banks. Round 3 The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. McFadden goes for the first takedown, but Banks has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the ropes. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Banks storms back in almost immediately and takes McFadden down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether McFadden just had a lapse in concentration. Banks tries to pass the guard but can't, with McFadden employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, McFadden is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Banks makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but McFadden has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Banks on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. The third round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Banks. [B]The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Leon Banks.[/B] Leonardo da Costa vs. Bixente Fontaine Round 1 da Costa is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Fontaine advancing. A sharp right misses, and da Costa takes the opportunity to pull Fontaine in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Fontaine tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Fontaine wants to stand and bang, da Costa wants to keep things at close quarters. Fontaine tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from da Costa, and we're down to the ground. da Costa has side control, but Fontaine has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. da Costa will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Fontaine tries to squirm into a better position, but da Costa puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. da Costa tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Fontaine defends it. Fontaine manages to bring a knee up and catch da Costa in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. da Costa responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Fontaine covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far da Costa may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. da Costa tries to float over into a mount, but Fontaine uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance da Costa enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from da Costa is the last action of the round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 da Costa. Round 2 Fontaine starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by da Costa. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. da Costa goes for a single leg and puts Fontaine on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing da Costa from getting on top. Fontaine definitely seems to want to keep this standing. da Costa hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Fontaine again. This time Fontaine isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, da Costa will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Fontaine defends. da Costa tries to slip past to get side control, but Fontaine just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and da Costa has the side. Two big elbows land, and Fontaine seems in trouble. da Costa goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to da Costa. Round 3 Fontaine misses an uppercut and is off balance, which allows da Costa to get the takedown. Side mount. da Costa is looking for an armbar, but Fontaine is defending it well. Fontaine gets a nice elbow in, that caught da Costa by surprise. da Costa fires off several elbows to the ribs, and Fontaine is left gasping for air. Those were hard, there's a big red patch where they hit. da Costa takes the left arm, Fontaine couldn't defend it any longer. The armbar is applied, there's no way out. [B]da Costa wins by tap out. da Costa wins via armbar submission at 0:43 of the third round. [/B] Roberto Aldez vs. Drew Jenks Round 1 Aldez starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Jenks on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Aldez to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Jenks, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Aldez, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Jenks is looking a little lost so far, Aldez is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Jenks glances at the referee, not sure why. Aldez leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Jenks was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Jenks comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Jenks is that although Aldez clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Aldez. Round 2 Jenks comes out fast, and looks like he is aiming for a quick takedown, but Aldez stops that plan with some looping punches. Solid right hand from Aldez connects, and that's the best moment of the opening minute of the round. Jenks is mainly defending against punches, it looks like he is trying to work an angle to try for a takedown. Aldez seems to have noticed, as he is purposely positioning against that. Straight left from Aldez, then a low kick, then a wicked body shot. Jenks felt that, and backs off. Jenks tries to get in for a clinch, perhaps looking for a takedown from that position, but Aldez gets him to back off with some jabs. Aldez has really been able to stamp his gameplan on this round, Jenks has been blocked at every turn. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Aldez. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Aldez, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Aldez puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Jenks covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Aldez throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Jenks easily avoided them. Low kick from Jenks, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Aldez will take the round on points. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Aldez. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Roberto Aldez. [/B] Maarten de Vries vs. Carl Ratcliffe Round 1 De Vries throws a low kick early on, although it missed. Ratcliffe flicks out a couple of jabs, trying to work an angle. He steps in to throw a body shot but gets caught with a left hook. Ratcliffe stumbles backwards, falling on his ass, stunned. De Vries charges in and throws a knock out powered right hand, but Ratcliffe parries it and brings his legs around De Vries's waist to pull guard. De Vries almost gets caught in a surprise armbar, leaving his arm in for far too long after a punch. Ratcliffe tries to twist it while wrapping his legs around it, but De Vries pulls free, and it allows him an opportunity to get side control due to Ratcliffe's legs being out of position. He lies across Ratcliffe's chest. Ratcliffe has locked up De Vries's right shoulder well, it's preventing him from doing much. De Vries drives a knee into the ribs, but can't generate much force. De Vries tries to spin around and get into north and south position, but Ratcliffe blocks it by tenaciously holding onto the right arm. De Vries uses his legs to break Ratcliffe's arms apart and trap the right one. It's a semi-crucifix position, Ratcliffe is quite exposed. Fortunately for him then time expires before De Vries can turn it into a better attacking opportunity. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for De Vries. Round 2 Ratcliffe starts off by throwing two excellent low kicks to the leading leg of De Vries. Those will accumulate fast and give De Vries some problems moving. Ratcliffe switches it up and throws a big right hand, missing. De Vries, who has been overwhelmed for the first thirty seconds of this round, steps in and throws a bomb of a right hand...and it connects! Ratcliffe goes down from the first strike that De Vries has thrown since the round began! De Vries doesn't dive in, instead taking his time. Ratcliffe recovered well from the punch, and remains seated on the floor, ready to defend. De Vries throws a pair of kicks to the legs, then gets in closer, looking for a way to get past the guard. Another kick to the legs precedes him trying to swiftly get past the legs, but it is to no avail as Ratcliffe is able to pull guard, just, that was close. De Vries almost gets caught in a surprise armbar, leaving his arm in for far too long after a punch. Ratcliffe tries to twist it while wrapping his legs around it, but De Vries pulls free, and it allows him an opportunity to get side control due to Ratcliffe's legs being out of position. He lies across Ratcliffe's chest. Ratcliffe has locked up De Vries's right shoulder well, it's preventing him from doing much. De Vries drives a knee into the ribs, but can't generate much force. De Vries tries to spin around and get into north and south position, but Ratcliffe blocks it by tenaciously holding onto the right arm. De Vries uses his legs to break Ratcliffe's arms apart and trap the right one. It's a semi-crucifix position, Ratcliffe is quite exposed. Fortunately for him then time expires before De Vries can turn it into a better attacking opportunity. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for De Vries. Round 3 The round begins, and it is De Vries who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Ratcliffe defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. De Vries works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Ratcliffe ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow De Vries down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Ratcliffe. Interesting first minute of action, De Vries is looking particularly sharp. Ratcliffe tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving De Vries back against the ropes with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Ratcliffe tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. De Vries scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. They square up to each other in the center. De Vries throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Ratcliffe on the side of the head. Ratcliffe got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; De Vries has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the ropes, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Ratcliffe tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but De Vries defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to De Vries. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Maarten De Vries. [/B] Fight of the Night : De Vries vs Ratcliffe Submission of the Night : Leonardo da Costa Knockout of the Night : Uwe Maier[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Jemaine McKenzie vs. Jin Katou Round 1 McKenzie starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Katou manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Katou uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and McKenzie is forced back against the ropes. Katou picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. McKenzie uses a couple of looping punches to make Katou keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Katou bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. McKenzie scores with a low kick. Katou narrowly misses a right cross. Katou unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Katou. Round 2 McKenzie doesn't waste any time and throws two jabs to the face, but Katou easily side-steps both and circles to the left. Katou throws a head fake, then comes in fast from an angle with a looping punch, but misses and takes a glancing shot to the shoulder from a left hand counter. Katou hits a jab. McKenzie responds with a huge kick that takes out Katou's legs, sending him crashing awkwardly to the ground. McKenzie gives on top of him and fires off a barrage of punches. Katou tries to cover up, but he is getting obliterated by the sheer number of punches coming down. [B]The referee pulls McKenzie off, it's over! Official time of the TKO is 1:42 of the second. [/B] Elgar vs. Gempachi Higa Round 1 The fighters come together right in the center. Elgar throws out a jab, but Higa bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. Higa works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Elgar covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. Higa is making Elgar look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Elgar hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. Higa with a body shot. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. Higa got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Elgar slightly. Elgar initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Elgar looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but Higa is clearly winning them. Elgar needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. Higa tries a speculative high kick, but Elgar saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Elgar tries to work an angle, but Higa is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for Higa, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Higa. Round 2 Slow start to the round. We're nearly a minute in before Elgar throws the first meaningful punch, trying to squeeze a fizzing jab through to Higa's jaw, but it is parried. Higa steps in, but has to quickly side-step to avoid a straight right. Elgar moves in to throw some body punches but gets clipped with a big right hand. It was partially blocked, it would have been a potential knock out if that had hit home on the chin, Higa put a lot of weight behind it. Elgar hits a nice jab, then clinches. Higa hits a knee, takes a punch to the ribs, then breaks free. Elgar hits a low kick to the leg. Higa bursts forward and scores with a big right hand to the body, then a left hook. Elgar goes down! Good shot from Higa! He tries to follow up and pound on Elgar, but Elgar is up really quickly and covers up to block the two jabs that come in. Higa, sensing that Elgar is rattled, starts coming forward with more urgency. Elgar ends up backed up against the ropes. Higa gets within range, fakes a left, then lunges in with a huge right hand. It is partially parried by Elgar, who wisely clinches up tightly to get some time to recover. The power that Higa has in his hands is really posing Elgar some problems. The clinch drags on, with Higa unable to break free, and the round ends like that. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Higa. Round 3 Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Higa works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Elgar backed up against the ropes. Higa gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Elgar, who uses his legs well to defend. Higa pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Elgar gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Higa follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Higa hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Elgar tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Elgar leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Higa by 10-9. [B]The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Gempachi Higa.[/B] Nicolai Mickiewicz vs. Daniel Hornsby Round 1 The two fighters circle. Hornsby flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Mickiewicz easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Hornsby could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Mickiewicz moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Hornsby is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Hornsby forces Mickiewicz back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Mickiewicz in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Hornsby does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Mickiewicz saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Hornsby turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Hornsby is up quickly, causing Mickiewicz, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Hornsby was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Hornsby throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Mickiewicz to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Mickiewicz. Round 2 There's a few minor exchanges of punches to start the round, and Mickiewicz gets the better of them. Neither fighter is throwing any bombs, but Mickiewicz is showing the better technique, and has hit a few nice body shots. They come together again, and Mickiewicz shows quick hands to get in three nice shots. Hornsby definitely felt them. Neither fighter seems interested in taking this to the ground, they're just circling, throwing a few punches, then regrouping. Hornsby is struggling to inflict much damage. He may need to switch tactics, as so far Mickiewicz is looking very comfortable. Hornsby comes in with left, but Mickiewicz saw it coming and slipped in a great right hand counter punch. Hornsby is getting frustrated. The remainder of the round is no different, as the occasional exchanges of strikes are clearly go the way of Mickiewicz's superior technique. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Mickiewicz by 10-9. Round 3 Hornsby comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Mickiewicz moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Hornsby gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Mickiewicz didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Mickiewicz swings and hits a nice right hand. Hornsby fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Mickiewicz dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Hornsby's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Mickiewicz looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Hornsby on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Mickiewicz will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Mickiewicz. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Nicolai Mickiewicz. [/B] Nick Detroit vs. Faas Smit Round 1 Detroit starts out with a few straight rights, range-finding rather than actually dangerous. Smit keeps out of their way. Detroit steps forward and tries to unload with a looping left, but Smit moves to the side and fires off a powerful right hand of his own, landing above the left eye. Detroit doesn't go down, but definitely felt that shot. Smit moves in closer and fires off two punches to the face and a big hook to the body. Detroit parried the first two, but the third hit home hard. Smit begins to stalk Detroit, who may be slightly winded. They meet again in the center and exchange blows. Detroit hits a high jab but gets caught with another hard punch to the side of the head. Detroit clinches up, stopping Smit from following up. It looks like Detroit needs to change his game plan, standing up and banging with Smit is playing right into his opponent's hands, as Smit clearly has the more powerful strikes in his arsenal, and Detroit is going to get floored sooner or later, judging by this round. The referee parts them from the clinch. Smit continues to look ready to unleash some big punches. Detroit takes a takedown, then comes in much closer, throws a jab, and clinches back up. Detroit looks like he is going to grapple, stopping Smit from throwing bombs. Detroit gets in a few short punches to the ribs. The round ends with them still in the clinch. Smit will take that round on points, having used the threat of a knock out to basically control everything about that round except the clinches. End of round 1. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Smit. Round 2 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Detroit, providing the first moment of real action. Smit hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Detroit side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Smit is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Smit by 10-9. Round 3 Detroit throws a straight right, batted away by Smit. Detroit goes for a second, but gets beaten to the punch as Smit scores with a kick that catches Detroit across the outside of the knee. Smit throws another one, and this time it lands just above the same knee. Detroit backs off slightly. Smit throws a high jab, then head-fakes and comes in with a left hook from low down. Detroit fires back with a crisp right hand that connects to the shoulder rather than the face. Smit throws another fizzing low kick, again connecting with the knee. Detroit tried to check it, but couldn't in time. Those strikes are going to add up soon and start reducing his mobility. Smit throws another kick, this time at chest-height, but it's merely a set-up to allow him to come in fast and start throwing a series of jabs. Detroit covers up, throwing occasional straight rights in return. Smit backs off, but not before cracking another kick into the thigh region. Time is running down, Detroit has failed to deal with those kicks, and it has definitely cost him this round, and possibly done some damage to his knee. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Smit by 10-8. [B]The official scores are: 30-26 (twice), 29-27 for Faas Smit.[/B] Aleksei Chekhov vs. Jethro Munter Round 1 Chekhov hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Munter to back up against the ropes, where they clinch. Chekhov hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Munter tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Chekhov having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Munter. Munter pushes Chekhov up against the ropes in a clinch. Munter throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Chekhov pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Munter took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Munter against the ropes, and Chekhov follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. [B]The referee gets in and pulls Chekhov away, he wins the match by TKO. Official time of the TKO is 3:48 of the first. [/B] Inejiro Chiba vs. Bryan Van Den Hauwe Round 1 The two fighters circle. Van Den Hauwe flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Chiba easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Van Den Hauwe could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Chiba moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Van Den Hauwe is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Van Den Hauwe forces Chiba back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Chiba in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Van Den Hauwe does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Chiba saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Van Den Hauwe turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Van Den Hauwe is up quickly, causing Chiba, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Van Den Hauwe was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Van Den Hauwe throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Chiba to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Chiba. Round 2 Chiba starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Van Den Hauwe on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Chiba to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Van Den Hauwe, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Chiba, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Van Den Hauwe is looking a little lost so far, Chiba is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Chiba looks to be working an angle. Chiba leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Van Den Hauwe was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Van Den Hauwe comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Van Den Hauwe is that although Chiba clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Chiba. Round 3 The round begins, and it is Chiba who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Van Den Hauwe defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Chiba works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Van Den Hauwe ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Chiba down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Van Den Hauwe. Interesting first minute of action, Chiba is looking particularly sharp. Van Den Hauwe tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Chiba back against the ropes with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Van Den Hauwe tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Chiba scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. About thirty seconds pass without any contact, and the crowd become a little restless. They square up to each other in the center. Chiba throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Van Den Hauwe on the side of the head. Van Den Hauwe got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Chiba has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the ropes, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Van Den Hauwe tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Chiba defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. The third round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Chiba by 10-9. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 from all three judges for Inejiro Chiba. [/B] Christian Mountfield vs. Ashley Ballard Round 1 Ballard starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Mountfield avoids it without too much trouble. Ballard isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Mountfield getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Ballard finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Mountfield opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Ballard is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Mountfield clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Ballard hits a knee strike to the hip. Mountfield slips one leg behind Ballard and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Ballard landed hard, with Mountfield on top. They're in half guard. It's to Ballard's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Mountfield from attacking the left hand side of the body. Ballard is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Mountfield tries to step over to mount, but Ballard keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Mountfield fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Ballard doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Mountfield isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Ballard ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Mountfield can get free. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Mountfield. Round 2 Ballard starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Mountfield. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Mountfield goes for a single leg and puts Ballard on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Mountfield from getting on top. Ballard definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Mountfield hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Ballard again. This time Ballard isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Mountfield will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Ballard defends. Mountfield tries to slip past to get side control, but Ballard just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Mountfield has the side. Two big elbows land, and Ballard seems in trouble. Mountfield goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Mountfield. Round 3 The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Ballard forces Mountfield back up against the ropes, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Ballard is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Mountfield clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Mountfield gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Ballard seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Mountfield who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Ballard had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. They clinch. Ballard gets in a nice knee, but a second attempt sees him swept to the ground. Ballard landed hard with Mountfield right on top of him, it looks like he got winded. Mountfield hits three big punches to the face, and Ballard is rocked. Mountfield gets an arm, locks in a kimura, and Ballard has no alternative but to tap out. [B]Mountfield wins via 3rd round kimura submission with the official time being 4:36. [/B] JJ Reid vs. Owen Hyde Round 1 The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Hyde forces Reid back up against the ropes, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Hyde is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Reid clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Reid gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Hyde seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Reid who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Hyde had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. Reid clinches with Hyde, who manages to get a body shot in. Hyde attemps to push away from the ropes, but Reid uses a slick trip to dump him down to the mat. He grabs hold of one leg during the trip, and applies a leglock. That was all in one motion, Hyde got taken by surprise. Reid sits back and wrenches in the hold, and that looks painful. [B]Hyde is holding on. He tries to twist free, but it's on tight. Hyde gives in and taps out. Official time of the leglock submission is 3:54 of the first.[/B] Fight of the Night : Reid vs. Hyde Submission of the Night : JJ Reid KO Of the Night : Aleksei Chekhov [/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Agustin Gonzalez vs. David Allen Round 1 Gonzalez's straight right hand punch finds its mark early, tagging Allen below the right eye, leaving a mark. Allen throws a couple of strikes in return, but can't find a way past the gloves. Gonzalez keeps Allen off balance by switching between looping punches, low kicks, and plenty of jabs. Allen can't work an angle under the barrage, and backs off. Gonzalez tries to press the advantage, but Allen is quick to clinch up. Allen goes for a trip but Gonzalez kicks it away. Allen drops down and tries for a single leg, but Gonzalez bends down and blocks it. There's an awkward moment as neither can do a great deal. Allen eventually releases the leg and gets back into the clinch. Gonzalez hits a knee, and they part. Allen throws a nice kick. Gonzalez gets in close enough to hit a kick to the body, then darts back out of range. He repeats the trick, this time replacing the kick with a hard right hand. It appears that he is using 'hit and run' tactics, and Allen isn't coping with it yet. Gonzalez goes for it again, and this time almost gets taken down as Allen times it well and shoots in. Gonzalez sprawls to block the first attempt, then scrabbles free on the second push, getting out from the side. Allen was very close then. Gonzalez keeps Allen back, throwing kicks. The action unfortunately peters out, with Allen unable to get in close enough to go for a takedown, Gonzalez unwilling to risk the takedown by coming in and throwing strikes. The time eventually runs out on the round. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Gonzalez. Round 2 Gonzalez comes out fast and quickly backs Allen up, all the way up against the ropes. Gonzalez throws a series of rights and lefts; none of the strikes to the head got through, but two nice body shots did. He doesn't follow up though, instead keeping a few steps back, clearly not wanting to get tied up in a clinch. Allen throws a low kick, then advances with some jabs, forcing Gonzalez to back off a little. They meet in the center and exchange strikes, with Gonzalez looking the crisper striker of the two, although without doing any real damage. Allen shoots in for the takedown, but Gonzalez sprawls and eventually pushes free. Right hand from Gonzalez, then two jabs which both find their mark. Allen bats away a third, then comes in hard and fast for a second takedown attempt. Gonzalez sprawls again, but gets pushed all the way up against the ropes. Allen has a leg, but is low down to the ground and doesn't have the leverage to complete the takedown. He works to a better standing position, but has to lose the leg and grab a clinch instead. They both fire off some small punches from there. Allen tries for a trip, but Gonzalez avoids it and works free from the clinch. He returns to the center, clearly wanting a striking battle rather than a grappling match. Allen follows, hands held high, and throws a couple of jabs. Gonzalez connects with one instead though, and then with a looping right hand that catches Allen above the eye. He felt that, but doesn't go down. Best strike of the round so far. Allen throws a low kick. Gonzalez comes in to strike again, but this time cannot sprawl quickly enough and gets taken down. Gonzalez pulls guard. Unfortunately for Allen, now that he has finally gotten the takedown, there's less than thirty seconds left. He tries to pass guard to get to side control, but Gonzalez comfortably defends it until the round is over. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Gonzalez. Round 3 Gonzalez leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Allen deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Allen uses a knee to the ribs before backing Gonzalez up against the ropes. Right hand from Gonzalez connects though, that was well timed. Allen breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Gonzalez was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Allen sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Gonzalez fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Allen steps in to throw a right hand, but Gonzalez was waiting on it and nails a massive kick to the head! Allen goes down in a heap, and that allows Gonzalez the chance to come in to try and pound his way to victory. Gonzalez presses the advantage and starts wailing away, although most of the punches aren't landing very well. A few are though, and Allen can't do much more than cover up. An elbow finds its way through, and looked like it landed on the bridge of the nose. Big right hand from Gonzalez, who is expending a lot of energy on this attack. Allen tries to grab a guillotine, but can't get it. [B]Left hand, connects, from Gonzalez. That landed hard on the chin, and that convinces the referee to get in and stop the match. A controversial decision. The official time of the TKO is 3:19 of round 3. [/B] Patrick Thomas vs. Uwe Maier Round 1 Maier hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Thomas to back up against the ropes, where they clinch. Maier hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Thomas tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Maier having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Thomas. Maier scores with a kick to the outside of the thigh, but it didn't have a great deal of power on it. Thomas returns fire with a jab, and then tries for a takedown. Maier doesn't pull guard, but instead tries to spin out of it and get back to his feet, but it proves to be a mistake as he isn't able to get free and only ends up giving his back to Thomas! Maier turtles up, and takes a few heavy shots to the ribs. Thomas gets his legs around Maier and uses them to roll him over. Exposed, Maier tries to turn so that he is on top, but Thomas has already rammed one arm around his throat and has a tight choke-hold applied. [B]Maier is in big trouble, and obviously can't see a way out as he taps out pretty quickly. Thomas wins via 1st round rear choke submission with the official time being 3:29. [/B] Peter Bracewell vs. Luis Basora Round 1 Basora is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Bracewell advancing. A sharp right misses, and Basora takes the opportunity to pull Bracewell in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Bracewell tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Bracewell wants to stand and bang, Basora wants to keep things at close quarters. Bracewell tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Basora, and we're down to the ground. Basora has side control, but Bracewell has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Basora will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Bracewell tries to squirm into a better position, but Basora puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Basora tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Bracewell defends it. Bracewell manages to bring a knee up and catch Basora in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Basora responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Bracewell covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Basora may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Basora tries to float over into a mount, but Bracewell uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Basora enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Basora is the last action of the round. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Basora. Round 2 Bracewell misses with a right hand, and leaves himself open to a left hook. Bracewell goes down, although replays confirm that it was a stumble, Basora was a few inches away from connecting with that left. Basora tries to quickly mount Bracewell to capitalise, but doesn't get there in time, Bracewell is already half way back up. They enagage in a fairly ragged scramble for supremacy and Bracewell slips out and gets his back! Basora tries to fight out of it, but Bracewell keeps position well. Hard shot to the ribs by Bracewell. Can he capitalise on this great position though? He tries to apply a choke hold, but Basora defends it. However, in doing so, he leaves his left arm exposed, and Bracewell is able to float over and trap it inbetween his legs. [B]Bracewell falls forward and pulls, forcing Basora to tap out rather than have his arm hyper-extended. Official time of the armbar submission is 0:46 of the second.[/B] Rav Kapur vs. Harry Milne Round 1 Slow start to the round, nearly a minute has gone by without anything but a few jabs finding gloves. Milne comes in, looking for a grapple it seems, but takes a powerful kick just above the left hip. Kapur really put some venom into that strike. Milne backs off, clearly stung. Kapur is the one advancing now, using a left hand jab to lead. He steps forward and fires off a big kick, aimed at the head. Milne ducks and moves out of range, but that was clearly intended to be a match-ender, Kapur was going for the knock out. It's pretty clear that he thinks that kicks are going to do the job in this round, and it has to be said that Milne is looking to have a hard time countering them. On top of that, the threat of the kicks is keeping Milne from getting in too close. Kapur stalks Milne, throwing the occasional high right hand, perhaps range-finding. Milne is circling, seeking an opening of some kind. He moves in from the left and is quick enough to get into the clinch without taking any shots. Kapur hits a knee, but takes one right back. The kicks aren't a danger from this position, that's for sure. Kapur squirms free, but foolishly lost his concentration for a second and took a hard right hand above the eye in the process. Silly mistake. Milne comes in, looking more confident now, and gets in a couple of right hands and a lovely hook to the body. Kapur tags him with a jab though, and then hits another fearsome kick to the same spot above the left hip. And another! Milne backs off, and a huge red mark has appeared in that spot. Kapur advances and throws another head kick, but it is mostly blocked by the hands of Milne. The round is drawing to a close, and those kicks have certainly proved massively effective for Kapur. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-8 to Kapur. Round 2 Not much happening at first. Milne is the first to make a move, coming in with a right hand that narrowly misses. Kapur gets in a jab that landed on the left cheek of Milne, and leaves a mark. Quite a slow paced round so far. Milne takes another jab and moves in to retaliate, but it was a set-up and he gets creamed with a high right kick to the side of the head! Milne stumbles but doesn't go down, and has to cover up as Kapur comes in with a series of punches to try and finish the job. Milne somehow manages to hold on long enough to get his senses back, and buys some time by clinching. Hard knee from Milne from the clinch, and Kapur felt that, he looks a little tired from unloading that barrage. They break, and Milne gets in a nice right hand. Milne is looking the slightly more fit of the two fighters. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kapur by 10-9. Round 3 Milne is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Kapur advancing. A sharp right misses, and Milne takes the opportunity to pull Kapur in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Kapur tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Kapur wants to stand and bang, Milne wants to keep things at close quarters. Kapur tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Milne, and we're down to the ground. Milne has side control, but Kapur has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Milne will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Kapur tries to squirm into a better position, but Milne puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Milne tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Kapur defends it. Kapur manages to bring a knee up and catch Milne in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Milne responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Kapur covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Milne may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Milne tries to float over into a mount, but Kapur uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Milne enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Milne is the last action of the round. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Milne. [B]The three judges all give the match as 29-27 to Rav Kapur. [/B] Raul Hughes vs. Milton Harvey Round 1 Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Harvey throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Hughes. Kick to the thigh from Hughes, but it lacked power. Hughes narrowly misses a right cross. They come together, both throwing punches. Hughes gets a nice clean shot in, and Harvey stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Hughes is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. [B]The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Hughes wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 1:37.[/B] Kunimichi Kikuchi vs. Tank Manu'a Round 1 Kikuchi is quickest out, and comes at Manu'a with a series of jabs and straight punches. Manu'a covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Manu'a hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Kikuchi who takes it to the ground. Manu'a pulls guard. There's a lull, as Kikuchi tries to pass, and Manu'a defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Manu'a almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Kikuchi, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kikuchi by 10-9. Round 2 The round begins with Manu'a taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Kikuchi replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Manu'a goes for the takedown, but Kikuchi sprawls. Manu'a tries to power through, but Kikuchi uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the ropes, which may help Manu'a defend this. Kikuchi is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Manu'a isn't allowing it. Manu'a pulls Kikuchi in tight, locking up both his arms. Kikuchi pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Kikuchi tries a big right hand, which Manu'a defends well. He has quite a high guard, Kikuchi has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Manu'a once again drags Kikuchi down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Kikuchi easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Kikuchi trying to pass guard. Manu'a tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Kikuchi, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Kikuchi scores with a jab, then a second. Manu'a goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Kikuchi enough time to take him down again. Kikuchi quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Manu'a once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Kikuchi on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kikuchi. Round 3 A crisp jab from Manu'a starts the round, it tagged Kikuchi on the cheek. Straight right from Kikuchi in response, glancing off the side of the head, albeit without much power. Manu'a steps in for an attack but is smothered by Kikuchi who clinches. Manu'a has to react quickly to avoid being tossed to the ground, but can't stop being driven into the ropes. Kikuchi is virtually man-handling Manu'a with his wrestling ability. Up against the ropes, Kikuchi has the much stronger position. Right hand connects to the side of the body. And another. There isn't a great deal of power on them, but they're forming a big red mark on the body, and Manu'a can't really do a lot in response; he can't seem to wrestle Kikuchi off, and he can't work into a position to unload any strikes either. Kikuchi fires off another two punches, then goes for a trip. Manu'a spins out, almost falls, but manages to squirm out and back off quickly to the center. That was close, and Manu'a knows it. Manu'a makes Kikuchi back up against the ropes by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Manu'a throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. [B]Kikuchi lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Manu'a by surprise, putting him down! Kikuchi follows up and starts raining down right hands. Manu'a covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Kikuchi off, the match is over. Kikuchi wins via 3rd round TKO with the official time being 4:21. [/B] Carlos da Guia vs. Ian Linderman Round 1 They circle each other. Linderman misses with a low kick, and da Guia darts in to hit a jab before retreating. They come together and exchange punches, both got a few shots in. da Guia is looking much lighter on his feet, and keeps moving in, hitting a few punches, then getting back out of range. Linderman is trying to catch him coming in, but doesn't have the timing quite right. It happens again. da Guia isn't getting much power on the punches, but he is getting ahead on points. Linderman tries to get in close, but da Guia is keeping moving, and isn't letting himself get cornered. da Guia with a body shot. da Guia gets a solid punch in, catching Linderman just above the left eye. Linderman finally gets a clinch, forcing da Guia up against the ropes, but it's too little, too late as the round ends. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to da Guia by 10-9. Round 2 The fighters come together right in the center. Linderman throws out a jab, but da Guia bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. da Guia works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Linderman covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. da Guia is making Linderman look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Linderman hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. da Guia looks for an opening. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. da Guia got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Linderman slightly. Linderman initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Linderman looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but da Guia is clearly winning them. Linderman needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. da Guia tries a speculative high kick, but Linderman saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Linderman tries to work an angle, but da Guia is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for da Guia, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to da Guia. Round 3 The fighters touch gloves, then circle. da Guia throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Linderman from coming inside. da Guia works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Linderman responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. da Guia backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Linderman circles and throws a series of high jabs, but da Guia blocked them with ease, using the gloves. da Guia fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Linderman covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from da Guia though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. da Guia throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for da Guia. [B]All three judges give a score of 30-27 in favour of Carlos da Guia. [/B] Go Yamamoto vs. Teeratep Nutnum Round 1 The round begins, and it is Yamamoto who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Nutnum defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Yamamoto works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Nutnum ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Yamamoto down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Nutnum. Interesting first minute of action, Yamamoto is looking particularly sharp. Nutnum tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Yamamoto back against the ropes with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Nutnum tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Yamamoto scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Nutnum looks to be working an angle. They square up to each other in the center. Yamamoto throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Nutnum on the side of the head. Nutnum got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Yamamoto has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the ropes, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Nutnum tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Yamamoto defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Yamamoto. Round 2 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Nutnum, providing the first moment of real action. Yamamoto hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Nutnum side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Yamamoto is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Yamamoto. Round 3 Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Yamamoto that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Yamamoto throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Nutnum easily avoided them. Nutnum ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Yamamoto, although no damage has actually been done yet. Nutnum forces Yamamoto back against the ropes, where they clinch up. Nutnum has the better position, all the leverage is with him. He uses that to lift Yamamoto up onto his shoulder, turns...and hits a running slam that gets the crowd going crazy! Big power takedown from Nutnum. Yamamoto pulls guard, but he has to be stunned from that. Nutnum manages to push the guard apart, and leans over Yamamoto, trapping one leg underneath his body. Bad position for Yamamoto to be in, and Nutnum now starts throwing big lefts and rights. Yamamoto tries to deflect them away but quite a few are hitting home. Yamamoto tries to bring his free leg in to add some leverage, but Nutnum swats it aside and gets the full mount. [B]More punches start raining down, and Yamamoto is left just covering up to try and weather the storm. It's no use though, as the barrage of punches without answer convince the referee to call a halt to the action. Nutnum wins via third round TKO at 2:37. [/B] Tony McCall vs. Stjepan Andric Round 1 An exchange of jabs doesn't go anywhere. Andric fakes a kick, then darts in to score with a straight left before backing out fast to avoid a left-right combination from McCall. They clinch, and McCall winds up backed against the ropes. A couple of minor blows get exchanged, but it's turned into a bit of a stalemate. Andric tries to push McCall back, but can't. The referee waits a while, then separates them and gets them to resume. Andric swings for the fences, but McCall ducks under and comes in closer, into grappling range. He scoops up Andric onto his shoulder, and then flattens him with a slam. The crowd pop for it. McCall gets side control, but loses it almost immediately as Andric is able to regain composure and pull guard. McCall stands, and uses his arms to push Andric's guard apart. Leaning down between the legs, he starts throwing vicious punches. Andric tries to bring his legs back in to pull guard again, while simultaneously covering up, but he is having trouble; McCall is using his body to keep the legs from coming in. More punches rain down, and Andric is starting to get really pounded.[B] A big shot lands hard on the nose, then a left hand crunches into his cheek. The referee has seen enough and pulls McCall away, signalling the end of this match. McCall wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 3:14. [/B] Ricky Heath vs. Mike Watson Round 1 Slow start to the round. Not much happens before they wind up clinched together, struggling for supremacy. Watson uses a trip to make a takedown, but doesn't go down himself, instead staying back. He pushes the raised legs away and dives in to get side control, but Heath scrambles and manages to get up, pushing Watson down to the ground. Heath ends up on top, in guard. Watson has the guard held very high. Heath throws a big right hand, but almost puts himself right into a triangle as a result, and he is forced to fight free. Watson throws a punch and it lands right above the nose. Heath throws four massive punches as a response, threatening to try and knock Watson right through the canvas, Watson is forced to simply cover up and try to survive. Heath is controlling the round from this position, although it has to be said that he hasn't yet truly looked like he can stop the match from here. Watson moves to butterfly guard and then tries to scramble back up, but Heath stops that by throwing another set of big punches, forcing Watson to go back to the full guard. The round ends with them still like that, with Heath having totally controlled the round from the guard. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Heath by 10-9. Round 2 Exchange of strikes to start. Watson suddenly shoots in and gets a takedown, ending up in guard. Heath keeps the guard high. Watson half-stands and throws a big right hand, narrowly missing the mark. Another punch connects, but Watson leans into it too much and Heath brings his legs up and closes them around the arm. It's Watson now on the defensive, trying to get out of the armbar attempt. He gets in close to stop any pressure being applied, but that allows Heath to sweep him from that position. A scramble for position ends with the situation being completely reversed, with Heath on top in Watson's guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Heath punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Watson parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Heath doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Heath manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Watson hits a nice clean right hand in response. Heath throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Watson knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Heath tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Watson defends it well. The round ends with Heath still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Watson's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Heath. Round 3 Heath comes out fast, and looks like he is aiming for a quick takedown, but Watson stops that plan with some looping punches. Solid right hand from Watson connects, and that's the best moment of the opening minute of the round. Heath is mainly defending against punches, it looks like he is trying to work an angle to try for a takedown. Watson seems to have noticed, as he is purposely positioning against that. Straight left from Watson, then a low kick, then a wicked body shot. Heath felt that, and backs off. Heath tries to get in for a clinch, perhaps looking for a takedown from that position, but Watson gets him to back off with some jabs. Watson has really been able to stamp his gameplan on this round, Heath has been blocked at every turn. End of round 3. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Watson. [B]Ricky Heath wins the match, getting a score of 29-28 from all three judges.[/B] Hiro Arai vs. Garry McSweegan Round 1 The round begins, and it is McSweegan who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Arai defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. McSweegan works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Arai ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow McSweegan down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Arai. Interesting first minute of action, McSweegan is looking particularly sharp. Arai tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving McSweegan back against the ropes with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Arai tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. McSweegan scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Arai with a body shot. They square up to each other in the center. McSweegan throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Arai on the side of the head. Arai got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; McSweegan has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the ropes, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Arai tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but McSweegan defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for McSweegan. Round 2 Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from McSweegan that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. They both seem to be looking for an opening, and it's creating a stalemate at the moment. Arai ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from McSweegan, although no damage has actually been done yet. McSweegan fires off three straight jabs, none of which connect. Arai is forced up with his back against the ropes though. He clearly doesn't like the thought of being trapped there for any length of time though, as he quickly comes forward with a barrage of wild punches. McSweegan bobs and weaves to avoid them, but is literally bundled over in the process. There wasn't really any punch that put him down, it was simply the fact that Arai was advancing at a faster rate than he could back-pedal! Arai follows up with McSweegan down on his back. A clubbing blow from Arai connects, hitting home across the left cheek. Arai gets into full mount, McSweegan is in enormous trouble from this position. Right hands rain down, and McSweegan can only cover up. One or two got through though, and there's blood coming from a cut below his left eye. Arai pulls back and throws an absolute bomb, McSweegan brought his hands up to block but could do almost nothing against it, that had power to spare. [B]McSweegan looks groggy, and that allows Arai to start throwing a barrage of rights and lefts to the face. The referee has seen enough, he doesn't think McSweegan can defend himself, this match is over. The official time is 2:58. [/B] Hassan Fezzik vs. Shane Gilchrist Round 1 Gilchrist comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Fezzik moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Gilchrist gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Fezzik didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Fezzik swings and hits a nice right hand. Gilchrist fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Fezzik dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Gilchrist's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Fezzik looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Gilchrist on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Fezzik will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Fezzik. Round 2 Right hand from Gilchrist was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Fezzik. Gilchrist follows up by coming in close, but Fezzik is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Fezzik steps back, and Gilchrist comes after him , sensing an opening. Fezzik suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Gilchrist couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. He goes down like a puppet with his strings cut, he is out cold. [B]Fezzik goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts him off, calling a halt to the match. Fezzik wins via 2nd round knock out with the official time being 1:31. [/B] Fight of the Night : Nutnum vs. Yamamoto KO of the Night : Hassan Fezzik Submission of the Night : Peter Bracewell[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Thorbjorn Rekdal vs. Jorge Hormazabal Round 1 Rekdal starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Hormazabal avoids it without too much trouble. Rekdal isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Hormazabal getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Rekdal finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Hormazabal opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Rekdal is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Hormazabal clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Rekdal hits a knee strike to the hip. Hormazabal slips one leg behind Rekdal and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Rekdal landed hard, with Hormazabal on top. They're in half guard. It's to Rekdal's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Hormazabal from attacking the left hand side of the body. Rekdal is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Hormazabal tries to step over to mount, but Rekdal keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Hormazabal fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Rekdal doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Hormazabal isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Rekdal ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Hormazabal can get free. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Hormazabal. Round 2 Rekdal's straight right hand punch finds its mark early, tagging Hormazabal below the right eye, leaving a mark. Hormazabal throws a couple of strikes in return, but can't find a way past the gloves. Rekdal keeps Hormazabal off balance by switching between looping punches, low kicks, and plenty of jabs. Hormazabal can't work an angle under the barrage, and backs off. Rekdal tries to press the advantage, but Hormazabal is quick to clinch up. Hormazabal goes for a trip but Rekdal kicks it away. Hormazabal drops down and tries for a single leg, but Rekdal bends down and blocks it. There's an awkward moment as neither can do a great deal. Hormazabal eventually releases the leg and gets back into the clinch. Rekdal hits a knee, and they part. Hormazabal throws a nice kick. Rekdal gets in close enough to hit a kick to the body, then darts back out of range. He repeats the trick, this time replacing the kick with a hard right hand. It appears that he is using 'hit and run' tactics, and Hormazabal isn't coping with it yet. Rekdal goes for it again, and this time almost gets taken down as Hormazabal times it well and shoots in. Rekdal sprawls to block the first attempt, then scrabbles free on the second push, getting out from the side. Hormazabal was very close then. Rekdal keeps Hormazabal back, throwing kicks. The action unfortunately peters out, with Hormazabal unable to get in close enough to go for a takedown, Rekdal unwilling to risk the takedown by coming in and throwing strikes. The time eventually runs out on the round. End of round 2. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Rekdal. Round 3 Rekdal stalks Hormazabal, backing him up against the ropes. Hormazabal ducks a left hand and clinches up. Knee from Rekdal. Hormazabal hits an elbow to the ribs. They separate...and Rekdal nearly takes Hormazabal's head off with a sensational uppercut! Hormazabal went down like a ton of bricks, he has been knocked out cold. Awesome punch from Rekdal, that was close to the perfect punch. [B]Rekdal wins via 3rd round knock out with the official time being 1:47. [/B] Haranobu Oshiro vs. Nathan Chambers Round 1 Quick start to the round from Chambers, he comes storming in with a flurry of jabs. Oshiro defends it well, parrying them away. Nice straight right from Oshiro connects. Chambers gets in close and hits a pair of nice body shots, then they clinch up. Chambers pushes Oshiro back against the ropes and goes for a trip, but Oshiro blocks it. Oshiro suddenly pushes forward off the ropes and uses the momentum to take Chambers down to the ground, into guard. Oshiro tries to pass guard, but Chambers doesn't allow it. Chambers throws a couple of punches, but they're parried away. He breaks his guard to bring a leg across and try to kick Oshiro in the face, but it's a mistake as Oshiro pushes the leg aside and gets side control. Oshiro pushes them closer to the ropes, near his own corner so that they can give him instructions. Following what they say, Oshiro throws some heavy blows to the unprotected stomach of Chambers, then tries to isolate the closest arm. Chambers frantically tries to stop that happening, but does indeed give it up. He does manage to roll to the side, giving himself some good leverage and preventing Oshiro from extending the arm. Oshiro continues trying to apply an armbar, but Chambers is not allowing it. Eventually Oshiro turns and tries to get a crucifix position instead. Chambers fights that off too. The round ends with Oshiro still doggedly trying to get an armbar submission, and Chambers tenaciously stopping it. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oshiro. Round 2 Exchange of strikes to start. Chambers suddenly shoots in and gets a takedown, ending up in guard. Oshiro keeps the guard high. Chambers half-stands and throws a big right hand, narrowly missing the mark. Another punch connects, but Chambers leans into it too much and Oshiro brings his legs up and closes them around the arm. It's Chambers now on the defensive, trying to get out of the armbar attempt. He gets in close to stop any pressure being applied, but that allows Oshiro to sweep him from that position. A scramble for position ends with the situation being completely reversed, with Oshiro on top in Chambers's guard. Oshiro stands into a half-crouching position, dragging Chambers's guard with him. Chambers reaches up, parries away a couple of strikes, and tries to grab an arm to apply an armbar to. Oshiro knocks the attempt away and nails a hard shot to the ribs before reaching over and trying to nail a downward punch to the chin. Chambers blocks it. Oshiro floats over and gets into side control. Chambers scrambles to try and get back up, but is too close to the ropes, which works against him. Oshiro lays in a couple of punches to the chest to soften Chambers up, then tries to move up and isolate one of the arms. Chambers makes sure to bring his body around to give him as much protection as possible. It works, as Oshiro can't get either arm isolated properly. Oshiro changes tactics and tries to get into crucifix position. Chambers fights it for as long as he possibly can, but eventually gets caught. The length of struggle is, in itself, a good defence though, as the round ends before Oshiro can do anything with the position he has achieved, which will frustrate him enormously. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oshiro. Round 3 Chambers starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Oshiro avoids it without too much trouble. Chambers isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Oshiro getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Chambers finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Oshiro opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Chambers is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Oshiro clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Chambers hits a knee strike to the hip. Oshiro slips one leg behind Chambers and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Chambers landed hard, with Oshiro on top. They're in half guard. It's to Chambers's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Oshiro from attacking the left hand side of the body. Chambers is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Oshiro tries to step over to mount, but Chambers keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Oshiro fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Chambers doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Oshiro isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Chambers ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Oshiro can get free. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Oshiro. [B]All three judges give a score of 30-27 to Haranobu Oshiro.[/B] Neil Napier vs. Curt Kitson Round 1 Touch of gloves starts the round. Kitson comes in quickly, and unloads with a beauty of a combination, two jabs, a hook, a body punch and an uppercut. One of the jabs and the body shot definitely got through, the others were blocked. Napier backs off, only offering a wayward right hand in response. They circle, then Kitson once again comes in with an aggressive rush. They exchange blows in a flurry, with Kitson bobbing and weaving excellently while throwing out crisp jabs. Napier got a leg kick in, but his jabs didn't find their mark. Kitson is relying on his superior striking skills so far, and it is paying dividends, Napier is getting picked apart and is looking increasingly unable to to contend with his opponent's better technique. Kitson throws a low kick, and that is really the first mistake of the round from him, as it is sloppy and allows Napier to move in and grab a clinch. Napier forces Kitson back against the ropes, and is clearly happy to have gained a position where Kitson cannot unload with strikes as effectively. Napier hits a knee, then gets three or four small punches in to the side of the head. Not much power in them though. Kitson sneaks in an elbow, and then attempts to get free, to no avail. Napier goes for a trip, but Kitson pushes free and quickly gets back to the center. Napier keeps his distance for a few moments to recover his composure, then gets ready to fight again. Kitson works an angle, throwing quick jabs all the time, then switches stance and hits a long looping punch that finds gloves. A right hand follows up though, and that does find the mark, causing Napier to throw a wild haymaker in response. Kitson tries to capitalise with a further flurry, and hits a nice left hook, but Napier soon has them back in a clinch. That goes on for a while, until the clock runs down. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kitson. Round 2 Napier comes out quick and immediately starts pressing Kitson back toward the ropes. Napier tries to use the position to his advantage, pinning Kitson in to prevent him from moving freely, but the exchange of punches that follows is clearly won by Kitson, who catches Napier with a wicked right cross during the flurry of blows. Napier tries again, but Kitson is looking sharp and parries away any dangerous shot, getting in a few crisp jabs of his own along the way. Napier finally backs off, realising that this isn't working. Kitson is showing superior ability with his hands, they're fast and accurate, Napier isn't able to cope with them at close quarters, being made to look slow and ragged in comparison. Napier switches to using raking right hands and looping punches, keeping Kitson back, but its effectiveness is limited as Napier's punches are easily parried away, and Kitson can still hit the occasional right hand. The round ends with that being the pattern. Kitson has used his better punching technique and hand speed to confound Napier, and has controlled this round almost entirely. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kitson by 10-8. Round 3 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Napier is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Kitson blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Napier is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Kitson is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Napier can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Napier some problems later on. Napier moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Kitson is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Napier before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Napier off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Napier goes for a trip, but Kitson cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Kitson may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of round 3. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Kitson. [B]Curt Kitson wins the match, getting a score of 30-26 from all three judges. [/B] Giovani Silva vs. Kenny Magilton III Round 1 The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Magilton is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Silva picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Magilton throws a wild punch as a counter, but Silva ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Magilton gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Magilton is looking for big punches, Silva is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Magilton manages to back Silva up against the ropes. Magilton takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Silva ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Magilton can unload. Magilton may need to think about changing tactics, Silva is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Magilton fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Silva on the thigh. Silva presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Magilton gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Silva by 10-9. Round 2 Magilton is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Silva advancing. A sharp right misses, and Magilton takes the opportunity to pull Silva in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Silva tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Silva wants to stand and bang, Magilton wants to keep things at close quarters. Silva tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Magilton, and we're down to the ground. Magilton has side control, but Silva has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Magilton will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Silva tries to squirm into a better position, but Magilton puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Magilton tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Silva defends it. Silva manages to bring a knee up and catch Magilton in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Magilton responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Silva covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Magilton may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Magilton tries to float over into a mount, but Silva uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Magilton enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Magilton is the last action of the round. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Magilton. Round 3 Silva starts tentatively, and scores with a few sharp leg kicks. A straight left connects, and Magilton is forced backward to avoid an uppercut. Good start from Silva. Magilton tries to come inside, but eats a kick to the thigh. They clinch briefly, but it goes nowhere. Looping right hand from Magilton, but it only caught Silva on the shoulder. Another kick connects from Silva, and that sets up a nice combination to the body. The accuracy of his kicks has been excellent so far, and is keeping Magilton from doing very much. Magilton looks to be working an angle. Right hand from Magilton, that one definitely registered, but I don't think it had much power behind it. The time ticks away without anything further of interest happening. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Silva. [B]The three judges all give the match as 29-28 to Giovani Silva. [/B] Charles Stiles vs. Edson Edmilson Round 1 A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Stiles lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Edmilson sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Stiles on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Edmilson manages to get the better position, pushing Stiles up against the ropes. Right hand to the ribs from Edmilson. Stiles hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Edmilson tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Stiles was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Edmilson down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Edmilson covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Stiles hits a big elbow to the ribs, Edmilson definitely felt that. Stiles drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Edmilson brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Stiles will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Edmilson defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Stiles unable to generate any attacks, and Edmilson unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Stiles will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Stiles. Round 2 They start the round with an exchange of strikes, all from fairly long range as they circle and try to work angles. None of the blows did any damage, either missing or being straight into the opponent's gloves. Stiles is the first to land a worthwhile blow, hitting a straight right that catches Edmilson on the side of the cheek. Stiles follows up by backing him up against the ropes, throws a couple of big punches, but gets pulled into a clinch without doing any serious damage. Edmilson goes for a trip and almost gets it, but Stiles is able to regain his footing at the last moment. Edmilson has Stiles against the ropes, and hits three right hands to the side of the ribs. Stiles reaches down and picks up a leg, using that as leverage to topple Edmilson, who pulls guard. Stiles starts pounding away and does some damage before Edmilson grapples and pulls him down into a clinch. Edmilson has both of Stiles's arms tied up, preventing much in the way of attacking action. Stiles uses some shoulder shrugs to the face, but Edmilson isn't going to be too bothered by that. Stiles pulls one arm free. Edmilson still has tight control of the other, and brings his legs up, trying to apply an armbar. Stiles sees it coming and blocks it easily, getting in a couple of punches for good measure. Stiles steps through the legs and forces Edmilson to release the arm so that he can cover up against a series of strikes. Edmilson manages to ensare one leg though, and so Stiles has to make do with being in half guard instead of getting the full mount that he wanted. Stiles hits a couple of punches, takes one back, then attempts to get side control. Edmilson keeps him at bay. Time is ticking away, if Stiles is going to use this position to finish the match, it had better be done soon. Stiles pulls Edmilson's left arm to one side and straightens it out, perhaps looking to turn it into an armbar. Edmilson rolls over to stop the arm getting trapped. Stiles continues to work for it though. Time expires though, the round is over. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Stiles. Round 3 Edmilson works an angle and comes in from the side of Stiles, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Stiles hits a low kick to back Edmilson against the ropes, then works the body with a series of short punches. Edmilson fights out and the action returns to the center. They clinch. Stiles gets in a nice knee, but a second attempt sees him swept to the ground. Stiles landed hard with Edmilson right on top of him, it looks like he got winded. [B]Edmilson hits three big punches to the face, and Stiles is rocked. Edmilson gets an arm, locks in a kimura, and Stiles has no alternative but to tap out. Official time of the kimura submission is 2:15 of the third round.[/B] John Rivero vs. Jemaine McKenzie Round 1 Rivero doesn't exactly disguise his intentions for this round, going right to the center and motioning for McKenzie to come and trade blows. McKenzie wisely keeps back for the time being, content to throw long-range jabs. Rivero isn't quite as content though, as he begins to stalk McKenzie. They meet near the ropes. McKenzie hits a nice jab, then goes to clinch. Rivero stops that with a powerful right hand to the body, then a fizzing left hook that glances off the side of the head. An attempt at a knock out right hand finds nothing but gloves. It is clear that Rivero believes that he has the power to get a knock out here, his game plan appears to be to look for the one punch finish. McKenzie is trying to keep moving, to not let Rivero get set to throw a bomb. Rivero is controlling this round by virtue of the knock out threat, as McKenzie is being forced to fight somewhat defensively. Rivero throws another big punch, narrowly missing, but does score with a follow up jab, landing just above the right eye. McKenzie returns fire with a pair of jabs, both finding gloves. Time begins to tick away. It hasn't been the most exciting round, but Rivero has controlled it and managed to land the better shots. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Rivero. Round 2 Tentative circling to begin with. They meet in the center, but quickly fall into a clinch. Rivero gets a nice shot in to the ribs. McKenzie gets a pair of punches to the side of the head, but they lacked power. The referee breaks them up eventually. Rivero presses forward, flicking out straight rights. McKenzie leans in to throw a looping left hand. Rivero avoids it, and it allows him to throw a powerful counter punch that catches McKenzie right above the ear. Great punch. Rivero moves in and throws a devastating right hand. McKenzie just about manages to parry it, but it still caught him on the shoulder. McKenzie throws a right hand counter, but Rivero swats it aside and lands a big left to the chest. McKenzie clinches up again. So far, Rivero's power is allowing him to control this round, McKenzie is simply being out-gunned thus far. They end up next to the ropes. McKenzie gets in a couple of nasty right hands to the chest. That's the first time this round that he looks to have actually hurt Rivero. Rivero pushes McKenzie up against the ropes and unloads with three big right hands. One got through and caught McKenzie above the left eye, the other two hit home across the chest. McKenzie clinches up again to avoid getting obliterated, and the round ends before they are broken up. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Rivero. Round 3 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. McKenzie is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Rivero blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from McKenzie is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Rivero is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before McKenzie can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give McKenzie some problems later on. McKenzie moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Rivero is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of McKenzie before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown McKenzie off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. McKenzie goes for a trip, but Rivero cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Rivero may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Rivero. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 (John Rivero), 29-28 (Jemaine McKenzie), 30-27 (John Rivero). John Rivero wins by split decision. [/B] Fumiaki Hayashi vs. Randy Carsley Round 1 Hayashi starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Carsley on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Hayashi to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Carsley, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Hayashi, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Carsley is looking a little lost so far, Hayashi is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Carsley looks to be working an angle. Hayashi leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Carsley was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Carsley comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Carsley is that although Hayashi clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Hayashi by 10-9. Round 2 The two fighters circle. Carsley flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Hayashi easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Carsley could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Hayashi moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Carsley is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Carsley forces Hayashi back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Hayashi in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Carsley does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Hayashi saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Carsley turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Carsley is up quickly, causing Hayashi, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Carsley was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Carsley throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Hayashi to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Hayashi. Round 3 A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Hayashi lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Carsley sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Hayashi on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Carsley manages to get the better position, pushing Hayashi up against the ropes. Right hand to the ribs from Carsley. Hayashi hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Carsley tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Hayashi was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Carsley down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Carsley covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Hayashi hits a big elbow to the ribs, Carsley definitely felt that. Hayashi drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Carsley brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Hayashi will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Carsley defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Hayashi unable to generate any attacks, and Carsley unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Hayashi will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Hayashi. [B]The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Fumiaki Hayashi.[/B] Geoff Cahill vs. Ray Eton Round 1 The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Eton throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Cahill from coming inside. Eton works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Cahill responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Eton backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Cahill circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Eton blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Eton fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Cahill covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Eton though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Eton throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Eton. Round 2 Eton hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Cahill to back up against the ropes, where they clinch. Eton hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Cahill tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Eton having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Cahill. Eton throws a right hand, narrowly missing. Cahill almost seems to be inviting him on to throw punches, he could be trying to lure him into over-committing. Eton throws a jab that connects, albeit without much power, but it causes Cahill to back up quickly, back toward the ropes. [B]Eton comes in quickly, throwing looping punches, but gets reckless and Cahill grabs the opportunity by nailing a big right cross! Eton collapses in a heap, his left leg buckling underneath him in at an awkward angle. Cahill has knocked him out cold with a killer punch. The official time is 4:59. [/B] Nicolai Mickiewicz vs. JJ Reid Round 1 The fighters come together right in the center. Reid throws out a jab, but Mickiewicz bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. Mickiewicz works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Reid covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. Mickiewicz is making Reid look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Reid hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. Mickiewicz throws out a few jabs, nothing too dangerous though, Reid easily avoided them. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. Mickiewicz got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Reid slightly. Reid initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Reid looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but Mickiewicz is clearly winning them. Reid needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. Mickiewicz tries a speculative high kick, but Reid saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Reid tries to work an angle, but Mickiewicz is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for Mickiewicz, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Mickiewicz by 10-9. Round 2 Very, very slow start to the round. Over a minute has gone before the first meaningful strike connects. It's Mickiewicz who hits it, scoring with a shot to the chest. Reid fires back with a couple of jabs, both of which connect with the shoulder rather than the face where they were aimed. The two fighters come together in the center and exchange punches, neither getting the clear advantage. Reid suddenly shoots in and goes for a takedown, but Mickiewicz manages to sprawl long enough to get them all the way back to the ropes, which keeps him upright. Reid tries to complete the takedown, but realises that the leverage isn't there and instead stands and clinches. Mickiewicz hits a couple of shots to the back. Reid hits a stomp. Mickiewicz lifts his leg to go for a knee, but that gives Reid the opportunity to lift him and slam him down to the ground. That was a hard slam! Reid is on top, almost sitting on top of a balled-up Mickiewicz. He throws some hard downward punches, Mickiewicz defends most of them, although one hits hard above the eye. Reid leaves his arm in for a second too long and Mickiewicz reaches up and almost gets an armbar. Reid gets free though, although the effort puts him off-balance enough for him to stumble, giving Mickiewicz the opportunity to scramble back up. There's a nasty mark above the eye where the earlier punch connected though. They go back to circling each other. There's not much time left. Mickiewicz tries one last big attack, swinging for the fences with two bombs, but Reid avoids both, adding a nice shot to the stomach after the second dodge. The round ends there. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Reid. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Mickiewicz, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Mickiewicz puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Reid covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Low kick from Reid, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Mickiewicz will take the round on points. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Mickiewicz.[B] All three judges give a score of 29-28 in favour of Nicolai Mickiewicz.[/B] Joe Hinchcliffe vs. Simon Vine Round 1 Vine starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Hinchcliffe checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Vine doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Vine cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Hinchcliffe with a beauty of a right hook. Hinchcliffe stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Vine presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Hinchcliffe clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Hinchcliffe scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Vine in the gut. Vine uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Vine gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Hinchcliffe reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Vine has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Hinchcliffe has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Vine from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Vine tries to step over and fully apply it, but Hinchcliffe breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Vine steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Hinchcliffe hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Vine will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Vine by 10-9. Round 2 Right hand from Vine was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Hinchcliffe. Vine follows up by coming in close, but Hinchcliffe is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Hinchcliffe throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Vine steps in and fires off one of his own, but Hinchcliffe bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Vine turns and swings, just as Hinchcliffe also unloads...and it's Hinchcliffe who connects first! Vine's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Hinchcliffe follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Vine. [B]The referee doesn't even wait for Hinchcliffe to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Vine is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! The official time of the TKO is 1:54 of round 2.[/B] Sean Morrison vs. Callum Henson Round 1 Morrison comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Henson moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Morrison gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Henson didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Henson swings and hits a nice right hand. Morrison fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Henson dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Morrison's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Henson looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Morrison on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Henson will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Henson. Round 2 Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Henson works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Morrison backed up against the ropes. Henson gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Morrison, who uses his legs well to defend. Henson pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Morrison gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Henson follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Henson hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Morrison tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Morrison leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Henson. Round 3 Henson works an angle and comes in from the side of Morrison, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Morrison hits a low kick to back Henson against the ropes, then works the body with a series of short punches. Henson fights out and the action returns to the center. The two fighters clinch up, ending up struggling next to the ropes, with the referee watching intently to make sure there are no rules being bent during the grappling match. Henson gets in a cheeky right hand, but that's all the offence he can generate from the clinch before Morrison sweeps his legs and takes him down to the ground. Morrison stands, and uses his arms to push Henson's guard apart. Leaning down between the legs, he starts throwing vicious punches. Henson tries to bring his legs back in to pull guard again, while simultaneously covering up, but he is having trouble; Morrison is using his body to keep the legs from coming in. More punches rain down, and Henson is starting to get really pounded. [B]A big shot lands hard on the nose, then a left hand crunches into his cheek. The referee has seen enough and pulls Morrison away, signalling the end of this match. Official time of the TKO is 2:15 of the third. [/B] Buddy Garner vs. Maarten de Vries Round 1 Very, very slow start to the round. Over a minute has gone before the first meaningful strike connects. It's De Vries who hits it, scoring with a shot to the chest. Garner fires back with a couple of jabs, both of which connect with the shoulder rather than the face where they were aimed. The two fighters come together in the center and exchange punches, neither getting the clear advantage. Garner suddenly shoots in and goes for a takedown, but De Vries manages to sprawl long enough to get them all the way back to the ropes, which keeps him upright. Garner tries to complete the takedown, but realises that the leverage isn't there and instead stands and clinches. De Vries hits a couple of shots to the back. Garner hits a stomp. De Vries lifts his leg to go for a knee, but that gives Garner the opportunity to lift him and slam him down to the ground. That was a hard slam! Garner is on top, almost sitting on top of a balled-up De Vries. He throws some hard downward punches, De Vries defends most of them, although one hits hard above the eye. Garner leaves his arm in for a second too long and De Vries reaches up and almost gets an armbar. Garner gets free though, although the effort puts him off-balance enough for him to stumble, giving De Vries the opportunity to scramble back up. There's a nasty mark above the eye where the earlier punch connected though. They go back to circling each other. There's not much time left. De Vries tries one last big attack, swinging for the fences with two bombs, but Garner avoids both, adding a nice shot to the stomach after the second dodge. The round ends there. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Garner. Round 2 Garner is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with De Vries advancing. A sharp right misses, and Garner takes the opportunity to pull De Vries in to a tight clinch against the ropes. De Vries tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; De Vries wants to stand and bang, Garner wants to keep things at close quarters. De Vries tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Garner, and we're down to the ground. Garner has side control, but De Vries has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Garner will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. De Vries tries to squirm into a better position, but Garner puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Garner tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but De Vries defends it. De Vries manages to bring a knee up and catch Garner in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Garner responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but De Vries covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Garner may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Garner tries to float over into a mount, but De Vries uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Garner enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Garner is the last action of the round. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Garner by 10-9. Round 3 Garner leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, De Vries deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. De Vries uses a knee to the ribs before backing Garner up against the ropes. Right hand from Garner connects though, that was well timed. De Vries breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Garner was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from De Vries sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Garner fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Garner moves in close and hits a left hook to the body. De Vries steps back, and suddenly fires off a roundhouse kick. [B]Garner didn't see it coming, and it lands right behind his ear. Garner is down, knocked out cold, and the referee is quick to step in and stop De Vries from inflicting any more damage. De Vries wins via third round knock out at 3:38. [/B] Fight of the Night : Rivero vs. McKenzie KO Of the Night : Thorbjorn Rekdal Submission of the Night : Edson Edmilson[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Jason Dalglish vs. Darren Southall Round 1 A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Dalglish lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Southall sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Dalglish on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Southall manages to get the better position, pushing Dalglish up against the ropes. Right hand to the ribs from Southall. Dalglish hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Southall tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Dalglish was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Southall down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Southall covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Dalglish hits a big elbow to the ribs, Southall definitely felt that. Dalglish drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Southall brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Dalglish will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Southall defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Dalglish unable to generate any attacks, and Southall unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Dalglish will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Dalglish. Round 2 The two fighters touch gloves as the round begins. Southall starts brightly, throwing out a series of jabs and raking punches, but Dalglish is too light on his feet and avoids all of them. Dalglish steps in and hits a lovely overhand right, then a low kick to the outside of the thigh. Southall throws a vicious right cross, but Dalglish goes under it and catches Southall with a scathing left hand to the gut. The next few minutes follow a very similar pattern; Dalglish using his excellent movement to 'hit and run', coming in from a variety of angles to score with crisp punches, dodging out of the way of Southall's counters. Southall is being made to look sluggish by comparison, and the amount of punches that Dalglish has landed in comparison to him is becoming huge. None of them have been particularly big punches, certainly nothing likely to end a fight, but the sheer number of them must be hurting Southall. Southall finally hits a meaningful blow, catching Dalglish coming in with a low kick. Dalglish still gets a crisp jab in though, and is back out of range before Southall can apply a second strike. The round comes to an end with Dalglish having dominated. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Dalglish by 10-9. Round 3 Dalglish doesn't waste any time, scoring with a big right hook almost immediately. Southall was caught sleeping, and that really landed hard, if it had been more accurate it might have been a knock out blow. Southall hits two sharp body shots in return, but it's clear that he is rattled. For a second it looked like Southall was about to go for a takedown, but nothing came from it. They get in close and exchange punches, it's not clear who got the better of that. Dalglish hits a good looping punch to the side of the head, that's another one that's rattled Southall. Dalglish is getting more force behind his punches at the moment, and that's the key difference. Southall looks for an opening. Time ticks away, and Southall offers nothing that would make you think that he has any chance of winning this round on points. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Dalglish by 10-9. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 from all three judges for Jason Dalglish.[/B] Paulo Roberto Bezerra vs. Jonathan Huang Round 1 Huang starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Bezerra covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Bezerra backs up to buy some time, but Huang keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Bezerra scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Huang catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Bezerra pulls guard. Huang tries to pass guard, but Bezerra doesn't allow it. Bezerra throws a couple of punches, but they're parried away. He breaks his guard to bring a leg across and try to kick Huang in the face, but it's a mistake as Huang pushes the leg aside and gets side control. Huang pushes them closer to the ropes, near his own corner so that they can give him instructions. Following what they say, Huang throws some heavy blows to the unprotected stomach of Bezerra, then tries to isolate the closest arm. Bezerra frantically tries to stop that happening, but does indeed give it up. He does manage to roll to the side, giving himself some good leverage and preventing Huang from extending the arm. Huang continues trying to apply an armbar, but Bezerra is not allowing it. Eventually Huang turns and tries to get a crucifix position instead. Bezerra fights that off too. The round ends with Huang still doggedly trying to get an armbar submission, and Bezerra tenaciously stopping it. End of round 1. Blurcat.com gives that one to Huang by 10-9. Round 2 Huang is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Bezerra advancing. A sharp right misses, and Huang takes the opportunity to pull Bezerra in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Bezerra tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Bezerra wants to stand and bang, Huang wants to keep things at close quarters. Bezerra tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Huang, and we're down to the ground. Huang has side control, but Bezerra has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Huang will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Bezerra tries to squirm into a better position, but Huang puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Huang tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Bezerra defends it. Bezerra manages to bring a knee up and catch Huang in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Huang responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Bezerra covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Huang may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Huang tries to float over into a mount, but Bezerra uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Huang enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Huang is the last action of the round. The second round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Huang by 10-9. Round 3 Tentative start, neither fighter is willing to commit yet. Huang fires off a jab, but it was easily blocked. Bezerra fakes a kick, then comes in hard and fast with a takedown, sending Huang to the floor. The momentum causes Bezerra to almost go completely over the top though, and Huang is able to flip him to the side and end up on top, in the guard position. Huang passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; Bezerra has the entire right hand side of his body up against the ropes, and both his legs wrapped around Huang's left arm. Huang's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but Bezerra covers up to defend them. Huang tries to pin down one of Bezerra's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but Bezerra uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Huang finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. End of round 3. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Huang. [B]The official scores are in; two judges give 30-27, the other 29-28, all for Jonathan Huang. [/B] Liam O'Donnell vs. Marko Prochazka Round 1 Procházka scores the first meaningful blow of the round, hitting a powerful overhand right that thumped past the gloves. O'Donnell shakes it off though, and scores with a nice low kick to the outside of the thigh. He steps in to throw some strikes, but Procházka moves to a new angle and scores with a series of jabs. O'Donnell turns and swings a heavy right hand, but Procházka goes underneath it and hits a wicked kick to the gut. That exchange really showed the difference between the two fighters; Procházka looks light on his feet and very agile, O'Donnell looks slow and sluggish by comparison. O'Donnell will need to find a way to nullify Procházka's footwork, perhaps by getting in close, as he has been picked apart for the first half of this round. Procházka darts in again, and gets in a nice flurry. O'Donnell manages to hit a crisp jab in return, but one of Procházka's punches caught him above the eye, leaving a mark, so he came off the worse from that exchange. The round ends without any further big strikes happening, Procházka controlling the round with his superior movement. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Procházka. Round 2 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. O'Donnell is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Procházka blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from O'Donnell is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Procházka is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before O'Donnell can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give O'Donnell some problems later on. O'Donnell moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Procházka is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of O'Donnell before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown O'Donnell off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. O'Donnell goes for a trip, but Procházka cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Procházka may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Procházka. Round 3 The two fighters circle. O'Donnell flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Procházka easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before O'Donnell could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Procházka moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, O'Donnell is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. O'Donnell forces Procházka back up against the ropes, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Procházka in position, waiting to unload a big punch. O'Donnell does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Procházka saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. O'Donnell turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. O'Donnell is up quickly, causing Procházka, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but O'Donnell was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. O'Donnell throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Procházka to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Procházka. [B]The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Marko Procházka. [/B] Grzegorz Boniek vs. Robun Yamazaki Round 1 Yamazaki starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Boniek avoids it without too much trouble. Yamazaki isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Boniek getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Yamazaki finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Boniek opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Yamazaki is backed up against the ropes, covering up. Boniek clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Yamazaki hits a knee strike to the hip. Boniek slips one leg behind Yamazaki and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Yamazaki landed hard, with Boniek on top. They're in half guard. It's to Yamazaki's advantage that they're right next to the ropes, that is blocking Boniek from attacking the left hand side of the body. Yamazaki is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Boniek tries to step over to mount, but Yamazaki keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Boniek fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Yamazaki doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Boniek isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Yamazaki ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Boniek can get free. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Boniek. Round 2 Boniek is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Yamazaki advancing. A sharp right misses, and Boniek takes the opportunity to pull Yamazaki in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Yamazaki tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Yamazaki wants to stand and bang, Boniek wants to keep things at close quarters. Yamazaki tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Boniek, and we're down to the ground. Boniek has side control, but Yamazaki has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Boniek will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Yamazaki tries to squirm into a better position, but Boniek puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Boniek tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Yamazaki defends it. Yamazaki manages to bring a knee up and catch Boniek in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Boniek responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Yamazaki covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Boniek may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Boniek tries to float over into a mount, but Yamazaki uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Boniek enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Boniek is the last action of the round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Boniek. Round 3 Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Boniek throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Yamazaki. Kick to the thigh from Yamazaki, but it lacked power. Yamazaki looks for an opening. They clinch. Boniek fires off a couple of right hands to the ribs, then ducks down and secures a leg. Yamazaki hops up and down, but can't prevent Boniek from simply pushing forward and taking them to the ground. Yamazaki uses his free leg to wrap up a half guard, and manages to secure that to full guard pretty swiftly. Boniek tries to pass the guard. Yamazaki is holding it quite high, which is helping. Boniek throws a couple of loose punches, then grabs the legs and turns Yamazaki over. Yamazaki tries to scramble free, but Boniek is already on top of him and has his back! Boniek doesn't waste any time, he starts throwing bombs with both left and right fists, slamming them into the side of Yamazaki's head. [B]He is trying to cover up, but a lot of shots are getting through. The referee is watching closely. A vicious right hand thunders into the ear of Yamazaki, then another to the side of the nose. That's all the referee wants to see, he pulls Boniek off. Official time of the TKO is 1:51 of the third round. [/B] Darin Blood vs. Julio Regueiro Round 1 Regueiro doesn't exactly disguise his intentions for this round, going right to the center and motioning for Blood to come and trade blows. Blood wisely keeps back for the time being, content to throw long-range jabs. Regueiro isn't quite as content though, as he begins to stalk Blood. They meet near the ropes. Blood hits a nice jab, then goes to clinch. Regueiro stops that with a powerful right hand to the body, then a fizzing left hook that glances off the side of the head. An attempt at a knock out right hand finds nothing but gloves. It is clear that Regueiro believes that he has the power to get a knock out here, his game plan appears to be to look for the one punch finish. Blood is trying to keep moving, to not let Regueiro get set to throw a bomb. Regueiro is controlling this round by virtue of the knock out threat, as Blood is being forced to fight somewhat defensively. Regueiro throws another big punch, narrowly missing, but does score with a follow up jab, landing just above the right eye. Blood returns fire with a pair of jabs, both finding gloves. Time begins to tick away. It hasn't been the most exciting round, but Regueiro has controlled it and managed to land the better shots. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Regueiro. Round 2 Touch of gloves starts the round. Regueiro comes in quickly, and unloads with a beauty of a combination, two jabs, a hook, a body punch and an uppercut. One of the jabs and the body shot definitely got through, the others were blocked. Blood backs off, only offering a wayward right hand in response. They circle, then Regueiro once again comes in with an aggressive rush. They exchange blows in a flurry, with Regueiro bobbing and weaving excellently while throwing out crisp jabs. Blood got a leg kick in, but his jabs didn't find their mark. Regueiro is relying on his superior striking skills so far, and it is paying dividends, Blood is getting picked apart and is looking increasingly unable to to contend with his opponent's better technique. Regueiro throws a low kick, and that is really the first mistake of the round from him, as it is sloppy and allows Blood to move in and grab a clinch. Blood forces Regueiro back against the ropes, and is clearly happy to have gained a position where Regueiro cannot unload with strikes as effectively. Blood hits a knee, then gets three or four small punches in to the side of the head. Not much power in them though. Regueiro sneaks in an elbow, and then attempts to get free, to no avail. Blood goes for a trip, but Regueiro pushes free and quickly gets back to the center. Blood keeps his distance for a few moments to recover his composure, then gets ready to fight again. Regueiro works an angle, throwing quick jabs all the time, then switches stance and hits a long looping punch that finds gloves. A right hand follows up though, and that does find the mark, causing Blood to throw a wild haymaker in response. Regueiro tries to capitalise with a further flurry, and hits a nice left hook, but Blood soon has them back in a clinch. That goes on for a while, until the clock runs down. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Regueiro by 10-9. Round 3 The round begins with Blood taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Regueiro replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Blood goes for the takedown, but Regueiro sprawls. Blood tries to power through, but Regueiro uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the ropes, which may help Blood defend this. Regueiro is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Blood isn't allowing it. Blood pulls Regueiro in tight, locking up both his arms. Regueiro pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Regueiro tries a big right hand, which Blood defends well. He has quite a high guard, Regueiro has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Blood once again drags Regueiro down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Regueiro easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Regueiro trying to pass guard. Blood tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Regueiro, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Regueiro scores with a jab, then a second. Blood goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Regueiro enough time to take him down again. Regueiro quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Blood once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Regueiro on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of round 3. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Regueiro. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Julio Regueiro. [/B] Fight of the Night : Regueiro vs. Blood KO of the Night : Grzegorz Boniek Submission of the Night : None Stoppage of the Night : Grzegorz Boniek[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Davis Spyrou vs. Ieyoshi Yamashiita Round 1 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Spyrou puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Yamashiita defended well. Straight right from Yamashiita in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Spyrou probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Yamashiita gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Spyrou. End of round 1. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Spyrou. Round 2 Yamashiita pushes Spyrou up against the ropes in a clinch. Yamashiita throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Spyrou pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. [B]Yamashiita took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Yamashiita against the ropes, and Spyrou follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls Spyrou away, he wins the match by TKO. The official time is 1:34.[/B] Dan Halvorsen vs. Phil Ball Round 1 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Halvorsen puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Ball defended well. Straight right from Ball in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Halvorsen probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Ball gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Halvorsen. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Halvorsen. Round 2 Ball gets a quick takedown, and is in guard. He is trying to get past into a side mount, but Halvorsen is defending it well. Ball gets slightly off balance with another attempt, and Halvorsen capitalises by sweeping him and getting side control. Ball takes a hard shot to the mouth. And another.[B] Ball tries to fight back, but Halvorsen gets the right arm and applies an armbar for the tap out victory. Halvorsen wins via 2nd round armbar submission with the official time being 0:44. [/B] Dokuohtei Kuroki vs. Andrew Rush Round 1 There is some tentative circling to begin with, before they meet in the center for the first action of the round. It's a tight affair, both fighters heavily using the jab, but Rush looks to get the better of it, landing with one crisp strike to the face in particular. Kuroki backs off, a little shaken. Replays show that it landed right on the nose. Rush press the action, forcing Kuroki back against the ropes and upping the tempo with rapid-fire lefts and rights, bobbing and weaving at the same time to keep from getting caught with a counter punch. Kuroki clinches up. Rush is displaying a much more accomplished and confident striking game than Kuroki, the technique and speed with which the punches are being delivered is leaving Kuroki looking ragged in comparison. The pattern continues once they've been separated, with Rush looking the sharper of the two. He isn't overwhelming Kuroki by any means, but he is comfortably controlling the pace and tempo of the round, and preventing Kuroki from stamping any sort of mark on it. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Rush. Round 2 Rush doesn't exactly disguise his intentions for this round, going right to the center and motioning for Kuroki to come and trade blows. Kuroki wisely keeps back for the time being, content to throw long-range jabs. Rush isn't quite as content though, as he begins to stalk Kuroki. They meet near the ropes. Kuroki hits a nice jab, then goes to clinch. Rush stops that with a powerful right hand to the body, then a fizzing left hook that glances off the side of the head. An attempt at a knock out right hand finds nothing but gloves. It is clear that Rush believes that he has the power to get a knock out here, his game plan appears to be to look for the one punch finish. Kuroki is trying to keep moving, to not let Rush get set to throw a bomb. Rush is controlling this round by virtue of the knock out threat, as Kuroki is being forced to fight somewhat defensively. Rush throws another big punch, narrowly missing, but does score with a follow up jab, landing just above the right eye. Kuroki returns fire with a pair of jabs, both finding gloves. Time begins to tick away. It hasn't been the most exciting round, but Rush has controlled it and managed to land the better shots. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Rush by 10-9. Round 3 Good start from Kuroki, taking Rush down almost immediately! Rush scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Kuroki will be disappointed with that. Rush comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Kuroki to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Rush felt that one for sure. He stalks Kuroki, trying to back him up against the ropes. It doesn't work though, Kuroki keeps out of the way. Rush tries a kick, but Kuroki catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Kuroki gets Rush down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Kuroki throws some punches, then tries to pass. Rush doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Kuroki easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Kuroki followed by a pass attempt, with Rush blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kuroki by 10-9. [B]The official scores are: 29-28 (twice), 30-27 for Andrew Rush. [/B] Tucker Plumm vs. Leonardo da Costa Round 1 Plumm doesn't waste any time, scoring with a big right hook almost immediately. da Costa was caught sleeping, and that really landed hard, if it had been more accurate it might have been a knock out blow. da Costa hits two sharp body shots in return, but it's clear that he is rattled. Plumm looks to be working an angle. They get in close and exchange punches, it's not clear who got the better of that. Plumm hits a good looping punch to the side of the head, that's another one that's rattled da Costa. Plumm is getting more force behind his punches at the moment, and that's the key difference. Plumm looks to be working an angle. Time ticks away, and da Costa offers nothing that would make you think that he has any chance of winning this round on points. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Plumm. Round 2 da Costa is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Plumm advancing. A sharp right misses, and da Costa takes the opportunity to pull Plumm in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Plumm tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Plumm wants to stand and bang, da Costa wants to keep things at close quarters. Plumm tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from da Costa, and we're down to the ground. da Costa has side control, but Plumm has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. da Costa will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Plumm tries to squirm into a better position, but da Costa puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. da Costa tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Plumm defends it. Plumm manages to bring a knee up and catch da Costa in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. da Costa responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Plumm covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far da Costa may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. da Costa tries to float over into a mount, but Plumm uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance da Costa enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from da Costa is the last action of the round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for da Costa. Round 3 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Plumm, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Plumm puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. da Costa covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. da Costa with a body shot. Low kick from da Costa, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Plumm will take the round on points. End of round 3. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Plumm. [B]All three judges give a score of 29-28 to Tucker Plumm. [/B] Teeratep Nutnum vs. Carlos da Guia Round 1 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Nutnum, providing the first moment of real action. da Guia hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Nutnum side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. da Guia is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to da Guia by 10-9. Round 2 da Guia doesn't waste any time and throws two jabs to the face, but Nutnum easily side-steps both and circles to the left. Nutnum throws a head fake, then comes in fast from an angle with a looping punch, but misses and takes a glancing shot to the shoulder from a left hand counter. Nutnum backs da Guia up against the ropes with jabs. da Guia covers up. Nutnum throws a big right hand, and it manages to slip through and crashes against the left cheek. That was a total bomb of a punch, it came from way back. da Guia stumbles and falls, stunned. [B]Nutnum rains down further punches until the referee has little choice but to save da Guia by pulling Nutnum off. Official time of the TKO is 1:29 of the second round. [/B] Fight of the Night : Plumm/da Costa KO of the Night : Teeratep Nutnum Submission of the Night : Dan Halvorsen[/CENTER]
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[CENTER]Gempachi Higa vs. Percy Catcher Round 1 The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Higa forces Catcher back up against the ropes, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Higa is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Catcher clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Catcher gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Higa seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Catcher who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Higa had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. Higa gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Catcher follows up with another one, and Higa looks in trouble all of a sudden. [B]He is backed up against the ropes and Catcher is unloading. The punches are raining down, Higa is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Higa was unable to defend himself intelligently. Catcher wins. Catcher wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 3:16.[/B] Haranobu Oshiro vs. Joe Hinchcliffe Round 1 Oshiro and Hinchcliffe meet in the center, and both throw looping right hands at the same time. Neither hits home. Oshiro throws a couple of nice jabs that cause Hinchcliffe to cover up. He throws a sharp right hand in response which narrowly misses. They clinch in the center. Hinchcliffe tries to trip Oshiro, but it is easily dealt with, and Oshiro cheekily does the exact same thing to Hinchcliffe, except with more success. Hinchcliffe goes crashing to the ground with Oshiro on top. Oshiro passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; Hinchcliffe has the entire right hand side of his body up against the ropes, and both his legs wrapped around Oshiro's left arm. Oshiro's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but Hinchcliffe covers up to defend them. Oshiro tries to pin down one of Hinchcliffe's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but Hinchcliffe uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Oshiro finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Oshiro. Round 2 Oshiro is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Hinchcliffe advancing. A sharp right misses, and Oshiro takes the opportunity to pull Hinchcliffe in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Hinchcliffe tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Hinchcliffe wants to stand and bang, Oshiro wants to keep things at close quarters. Hinchcliffe tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Oshiro, and we're down to the ground. Oshiro has side control, but Hinchcliffe has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Oshiro will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Hinchcliffe tries to squirm into a better position, but Oshiro puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Oshiro tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Hinchcliffe defends it. Hinchcliffe manages to bring a knee up and catch Oshiro in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Oshiro responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Hinchcliffe covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Oshiro may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Oshiro tries to float over into a mount, but Hinchcliffe uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Oshiro enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Oshiro is the last action of the round. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Oshiro. Round 3 An exchange of strikes in the center starts the round, both fighers hit nice jabs amongst the flurry of punches. They end up clinched. Hinchcliffe hits a punch to the ribs, and takes one back in return. Oshiro pushes forward and the rush causes Hinchcliffe to stumble and get taken down, pulling guard as they hit the ground. Oshiro doggedly tries to pass guard, but Hinchcliffe keeps him at bay. The referee tells them that he wants to see more in the way of action or he'll stand them up. Not much of an incentive for Hinchcliffe to do anything, but it does inspire Oshiro to throw a couple of hard punches, albeit ones that are easily parried by the gloves of Hinchcliffe. Oshiro manages to work past Hinchcliffe's right leg, but gets caught in half guard before he can get the mount that he was looking for. The fight once again slows right down, with Hinchcliffe's tenacious defence frustrating Oshiro. Hinchcliffe sucks Oshiro into a clinch, and even tries a cheeky guillotine. Oshiro pushes him away though, and nails a beauty of a right hand to the cheek in response. I don't think Hinchcliffe will be trying that move again for a while. Oshiro grabs an arm and tries to twist it backward to create some torque. Hinchcliffe uses his free arm to grab his own wrist, preventing that from happening. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The third round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Oshiro. [B]The official scores are: 30-27 from all three judges for Haranobu Oshiro. [/B] Julio Regueiro vs. Agustin Gonzalez Round 1 Gonzalez throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Regueiro throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Gonzalez steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Regueiro hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Gonzalez. They struggle all the way back, with Gonzalez ending up backed up against the ropes. Regueiro hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Gonzalez stomps downward onto his foot. Gonzalez manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Regueiro gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Gonzalez ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Gonzalez tries a high kick to start, but Regueiro saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Regueiro who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Gonzalez on the nose. Gonzalez hits a straight right, enough to stop Regueiro from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Regueiro. Round 2 Regueiro and Gonzalez circle to start. Gonzalez throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Regueiro sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Gonzalez comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Regueiro to slip a nice jab in, catching Gonzalez just underneath the right eye. Regueiro comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Gonzalez misses with a right cross, then backs off. Regueiro stalks him, forcing Gonzalez back up against the ropes. Regueiro doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Gonzalez throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Regueiro pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Gonzalez covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the ropes, Regueiro in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Regueiro throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Gonzalez comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Regueiro parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Regueiro's favour. End of round 2. Blurcat.com gives that one to Regueiro by 10-9. Round 3 Gonzalez narrowly misses a right cross. Gonzalez leads with a right hand, then comes in for a quick takedown. Regueiro saw it coming and smartly turns out of the grapple, pushing Gonzalez to the ground, and ending up taking his back in a great defensive move. [B]Regueiro gets one arm in and snakes it around the throat of Gonzalez, squeezing his wind-pipe shut. Gonzalez tries to pull the arm free, but can't, and so rolls over in a last-ditch effort to break free. It is to no avail though, as that allows Regueiro to get a body-scissors in too. With no alternatives left, Gonzalez taps out. The official time of the rear choke submission is 0:55 of round 3.[/B] Patrick Thomas vs. Thorbjorn Rekdal Round 1 Quick start to the round from Rekdal, he comes storming in with a flurry of jabs. Thomas defends it well, parrying them away. Nice straight right from Thomas connects. Rekdal gets in close and hits a pair of nice body shots, then they clinch up. Rekdal pushes Thomas back against the ropes and goes for a trip, but Thomas blocks it. Thomas suddenly pushes forward off the ropes and uses the momentum to take Rekdal down to the ground, into guard. Thomas fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Rekdal. Thomas tries to pass the guard, but can't, Rekdal isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Thomas will start raining down punches. Thomas tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Rekdal gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Thomas again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Thomas fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Rekdal fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Rekdal, and Thomas is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Rekdal has defended the danger well. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Thomas. Round 2 Tentative start to the round by both fighters, neither looks willing to commit themselves and make the first mistake. Rekdal stalks Thomas, working him back toward the ropes. There's an exchange of strikes...and Rekdal is down! Thomas goes to finish it, but gets sucked into the guard position. Replays show that Thomas stunned Rekdal with a nice straight right to the cheek during the earlier flurry, and that's what dropped him. Thomas throws out a right hand, parried away by Rekdal. The guard is quite tight, for the moment at least Thomas looks content to stay there and throw some punches. Rekdal isn't offering any sort of attacking threat yet, instead concentrating on keeping the strikes from landing. A big punch is driven into the ribs, Rekdal thought it was going for the face. Another punch lands in the same place, and a red mark starts to develop. Rekdal reaches up and pulls Thomas down into a clinch, and tries to work an armbar from the bottom. Thomas defends it easily, and gets in a sharp jab to the face too. He stands up slightly, leaning forward into the guard, and starts throwing some right hands. One gets through, the others are parried. Rekdal looked like he might be considering trying to apply a triangle then, as Thomas was very exposed, but he didn't get a chance due to the ferocity of the punches. Thomas gets back down to kneeling in the guard. Another right hand lands to the ribs. Rekdal fires off two punches from his back, but Thomas defends them easily by simply leaning backward out of reach. Thomas stands again, the guard remaining tight around him, and throws another couple of bombs. This time Rekdal does try to apply the triangle, and an armbar at the same time, but Thomas breaks free. Time is ticking down, looks like Rekdal will survive this ground and pound attack. The round ends without further note. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Thomas. Round 3 Thomas is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the ropes, with Rekdal advancing. A sharp right misses, and Thomas takes the opportunity to pull Rekdal in to a tight clinch against the ropes. Rekdal tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Rekdal wants to stand and bang, Thomas wants to keep things at close quarters. Rekdal tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the ropes. Trip from Thomas, and we're down to the ground. Thomas has side control, but Rekdal has landed with his left hand side against the ropes, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Thomas will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Rekdal tries to squirm into a better position, but Thomas puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Thomas tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Rekdal defends it. Rekdal manages to bring a knee up and catch Thomas in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Thomas responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Rekdal covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Thomas may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Thomas tries to float over into a mount, but Rekdal uses the ropes to push away and manages to unbalance Thomas enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Thomas is the last action of the round. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Thomas.[B] The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Patrick Thomas.[/B] Aleksei Chekhov vs. Tadamasa Yamada Round 1 Chekhov leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Yamada deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Yamada uses a knee to the ribs before backing Chekhov up against the ropes. Right hand from Chekhov connects though, that was well timed. Yamada breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Chekhov was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Yamada sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Chekhov fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. They exchange punches. Yamada hits a nice jab just above the left eye, but takes a hard punch to the cheek at the same time. Yamada momentarily loses his footing and drops his hands, that shot having really rung his bell. [B]Chekhov shoots off another right hand to capitalise, and this time it's the killer blow, Yamada falls back and crash-lands on the floor, he was out cold from the instant that punch hit. A knock out victory for Chekhov. Chekhov wins via 1st round knock out with the official time being 4:44. [/B] Curt Kitson vs. Maarten De Vries Round 1 Kitson and De Vries meet in the center, and both throw looping right hands at the same time. Neither hits home. Kitson throws a couple of nice jabs that cause De Vries to cover up. He throws a sharp right hand in response which narrowly misses. They clinch in the center. De Vries tries to trip Kitson, but it is easily dealt with, and Kitson cheekily does the exact same thing to De Vries, except with more success. De Vries goes crashing to the ground with Kitson on top. Kitson almost gets caught in a surprise armbar, leaving his arm in for far too long after a punch. De Vries tries to twist it while wrapping his legs around it, but Kitson pulls free, and it allows him an opportunity to get side control due to De Vries's legs being out of position. He lies across De Vries's chest. De Vries has locked up Kitson's right shoulder well, it's preventing him from doing much. Kitson drives a knee into the ribs, but can't generate much force. Kitson tries to spin around and get into north and south position, but De Vries blocks it by tenaciously holding onto the right arm. Kitson uses his legs to break De Vries's arms apart and trap the right one. It's a semi-crucifix position, De Vries is quite exposed. Fortunately for him then time expires before Kitson can turn it into a better attacking opportunity. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kitson. Round 2 Slow start to the round, they're both circling, looking for an opening. De Vries tries a looping punch from way back, but Kitson side steps with ease. Jab from Kitson, gets one back in response. De Vries comes in, looking for the right hand lead, but Kitson shoots in and uses a double-leg takedown. He winds up in a closed guard. Kitson tries to move quickly into side control, but De Vries isn't letting that happen. De Vries reaches up and tries to grab an arm, but takes a right hand to the cheek in response. Kitson tries to power him way through, raining down four or five hammer fists, but De Vries covered up well. Kitson pushes a leg down and moves to the side, but De Vries spins out. Kitson moves with him though and gets his back! No, De Vries scrambled like crazy and manages to turn right back over and pull guard again. That was an exciting sequence though, and the fans enjoyed it. Kitson won't be pleased that he had both side control and the back, but didn't hold onto either for more than a few seconds. The fight unfortunately enters a lull, as Kitson punctuates unsuccessful attempts to pass guard with easily defended jabs. The referee eventually gets them back up to their feet due to inactivity. Not much time left in the round though. De Vries will need to do something a bit special to avoid losing the round on points. He tries just that, throwing a big right hand and a high kick, but Kitson backs off, safe in the knowledge that he has won this round. The time expires. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Kitson by 10-9. Round 3 De Vries starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Kitson manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Kitson uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and De Vries is forced back against the ropes. Kitson picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. De Vries uses a couple of looping punches to make Kitson keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Kitson bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. De Vries scores with a low kick. De Vries is looking the slightly more fit of the two fighters. Kitson unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Kitson. [B]The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Curt Kitson.[/B] Hassan Fezzik vs. Tony McCall Round 1 Fezzik doesn't waste any time, scoring with a big right hook almost immediately. McCall was caught sleeping, and that really landed hard, if it had been more accurate it might have been a knock out blow. McCall hits two sharp body shots in return, but it's clear that he is rattled. McCall glances at the referee, not sure why. They get in close and exchange punches, it's not clear who got the better of that. Fezzik hits a good looping punch to the side of the head, that's another one that's rattled McCall. Fezzik is getting more force behind his punches at the moment, and that's the key difference. They tangle near the ropes, and the referee has to come in and pull them apart. Time ticks away, and McCall offers nothing that would make you think that he has any chance of winning this round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Fezzik. Round 2 McCall throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Fezzik throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. McCall steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Fezzik hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from McCall. They struggle all the way back, with McCall ending up backed up against the ropes. Fezzik hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. McCall stomps downward onto his foot. McCall manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Fezzik gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, McCall ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. McCall tries a high kick to start, but Fezzik saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Fezzik who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught McCall on the nose. McCall hits a straight right, enough to stop Fezzik from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Fezzik by 10-9. Round 3 Slow start to the round. We're nearly a minute in before McCall throws the first meaningful punch, trying to squeeze a fizzing jab through to Fezzik's jaw, but it is parried. Fezzik steps in, but has to quickly side-step to avoid a straight right. McCall moves in to throw some body punches but gets clipped with a big right hand. It was partially blocked, it would have been a potential knock out if that had hit home on the chin, Fezzik put a lot of weight behind it. McCall hits a nice jab, then clinches. Fezzik hits a knee, takes a punch to the ribs, then breaks free. McCall hits a low kick to the leg. Fezzik bursts forward and scores with a big right hand to the body, then a left hook. McCall goes down! Good shot from Fezzik! He tries to follow up and pound on McCall, but McCall is up really quickly and covers up to block the two jabs that come in. Fezzik, sensing that McCall is rattled, starts coming forward with more urgency. McCall ends up backed up against the ropes. Fezzik gets within range, fakes a left, then lunges in with a huge right hand. It is partially parried by McCall, who wisely clinches up tightly to get some time to recover. The power that Fezzik has in his hands is really posing McCall some problems. The clinch drags on, with Fezzik unable to break free, and the round ends like that. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Fezzik by 10-9. [B]Hassan Fezzik wins, with a score of 30-27 from two judges, 29-28 from the other. [/B] Fight of the Night : Fezzik vs. McCall KO Of the Night : Aleksei Chekhov Submission of the Night : Julio Regueiro[/CENTER]
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