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Old 03-27-2011, 01:35 AM
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John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray
Round 1
The welterweights tie up early and McCray lands a right hand upon exit. McCray paws his way inside with some left jabs, then swings for the fences with his right. He muscles Hathaway into the fence and drills knees to the Englishman’s thigh. Hathaway resists a takedown and rolls through, then grabs McCray’s foot for a toe hold. McCray punches to the ribs of Hathaway, who is just twisting away at his opponent’s foot. McCray gets the appendage free and winds up in half-guard with Hathaway sitting against the fence. McCray stands and socks Hathaway with a few solid left hands on the way up. Hathaway stands and throws a knee, and McCray uses it to hurl him back to the canvas. Back to his feet goes Hathaway; McCray keeps the knees coming to the thighs and scores another takedown with 70 ticks to go. McCray getting busy with punches to the ribs and elbows to the face while Hathaway throws some elbows of his own from the bottom. They stand and Hathaway lands a sharp knee to the body before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 McCray

Round 2
Hathaway pops McCray with an early right hand and they go back to the clinch game. McCray scoops Hathaway up and plants him on the floor, but Hathaway won’t stay down. Straight left from Hathaway is countered by a looping McCray right. McCray catches another knee strike and drags Hathaway down, and now Hathaway throws up a triangle. He transitions to an armbar, but McCray turns over and pulls his arm loose, winding up in Hathaway’s open guard. Hathaway absorbs a few punches, kicks McCray away and stands with just over two minutes on the clock. McCray digs for another takedown against the cage, but Hathaway busts loose and plants a three-punch combo. Hathaway initiates the clinch and dirty boxes, foot stomps and knees to the gut. Hathaway’s long, straight punches are getting off before McCray’s more tired strikes in the final minute. McCray reverses after a takedown and finishes the round on top.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hathaway

Round 3
Hathaway steps in with a knee and then spins McCray down with a single-leg. Hammer fists and grinding elbows from Hathaway as he works from the tired McCray’s half-guard. Keeping busy, Hathaway goes back to full guard, then looks to pass to McCray’s left. The strikes aren’t doing much damage, but are undoubtedly scoring Hathaway points as McCray remains on the defensive. McCray has enough with 2:40 left and muscles Hathaway off of him, but Hathaway uses the fence to stand while keeping his elbows and punches coming. McCray drags him back down, although the takedown is all he’s concerned with. The offense is coming only from Hathaway, who gets to his feet and scores a takedown of his own with about a minute to go. McCray gets to his feet, but eats half-a-dozen punches on his way up. Hathaway finishes the fight with another takedown and some hammer fists from guard.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (30-27 Hathaway)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (30-27 Hathaway)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (29-28 Hathaway)

Official scores: One judge sees the fight 29-28 in favor of Kris McCray. However, the remaining two have it 29-28 for the winner by split decision, John Hathaway.
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