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Old 05-26-2013, 12:59 AM
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Stephen Thompson vs. Nah-Shon Burrell

Round 1:
Steve Mazzagatti is your referee. Thompson with a push kick and a high kick. Burrell responds by rushing him and landing a two-punch combo. A clinch battle breaks out, Burrell with his back to the fence. They break. One minute in. Thompson connects with a solid kick. Burrell whiffs with a right hand and Thompson scores a takedown. Burrell works back to his feet. Burrell has his back to the fence again as they clinch and trade knees. Burrell lands a solid uppercut. A straight up Greco-Roman wrestling match breaks out for a bit. They break. Thompson is landing more shots, but Burrell landing the heavier blows. One minute left. Burrell goes for a takedown but slips and Thompson ends up on top. They're right back to their feet. More clinch work to finish the round.

Round 2:
More of the same in the opening minute. Burrell respects Thompson's kicks, Thompson respects Burrell's power. Lots of clinch work as a result. Thompson lands a kick to the body and pops him with a high kick. Midway through the round. Thompson sticking and moving and keeping Burrell from getting off. Thompson tries a half-hearted takedown. Burrell stays on his feet. Burrell lands a solid combo and Thompson just misses a high kick. Thompson, the kick boxer, is doing a better job of keeping the fight at a range he wants. Thompson ducks a flying knee and Burrell careens into the cage.

Round 3:
Burrell comes out swinging like a guy who knows he's down two rounds, but Thompson is again able to neutralize him with a clinch. Thompson throws kicks when Burrell tries to close the distance. Burrell tags Thompson with a punch and sends him spinning backwards. Thompson regains his bearings and pops him with a head kick. Thompson perfectly times a charging Burell and turns it into a takedown. Burrell right back to his feet. Final minute. Burrell connects with a right uppercut.Burrell again misses a flying knee.More clinch work in the closing seconds.

Stephen Thompson def. Nah-Shon Burrell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
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