||01-17-2013 10:56 PM
Featherweight Championship: Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire - Round 1 - Curran coming forward while Pitbull circles on the outside, bouncing on the balls of his feet and throwing a few leg kicks. Now Pitbull with a combination of punches that miss, but he lands a leg kick at the end of the combo. Curran isn't doing a whole lot here and Pitbull is winning on leg kicks if nothing else. Hard right hand by Curran as I type that. Now Curran gets the better of a punching exchange. Curran with a nice left hook and Pitbull comes back with a nice combination. Hard right by Pitbull. 10-9 Pitbull in my eyes, but not a blowout.
Round 2 - Curran gets some nice punches off early in the round and now he's opening a bit with jabs and straight rights. Curran misses with a head kick and with a right hand. Two hard punches land or Curran. Curran really stepping it up now, landing some hard shots. Pitbull misses with a combo, Curran misses a flurry in return. Head kick lands for Curran. Pitbull pressuring a bit later in the round but he's bleeding hard from the nose and Curran pops him with the jab again. 10-9 Curran.
Round 3 - Pitbull pressuring again and he's getting some shots in as the round develops. Curran's jab is a very solid weapon for him. Hard head kick by Pitbull and Curran partially blocks it but he's still buzzed. Pitbull keeping the pressure up now and that's keeping Curran from engaging. Hard right by Curran lands. Pitbull won that round through pressure and the big head kick. 10-9 Pitbull.
Round 4 - Curran going backward again early and Pitbull digs to the body and now a leg kick. Pitbull with two sharp punches. Two hard shots for Curran but then he stops and Pitbull is able to fire away again. Hard right by Curran hurts Pitbull but he doesn't follow up. Curran with another good right and a few jabs. Now their heads come together. Two massive body shots from Curran land hard. Suddenly Pitbull shoots in. 10-9 Curran to even it up heading to the final round.
Round 5 - Head kick and a left hand by Curran landed hard. Hard right by Curran. Hard kick to the body and then two punches from Curran. Curran with some very sharp combinations and he's taking this fight over. Pitbull is still fighting in there, but Curran is mixing it up so well. Now he throws a sharp overhand elbow that gets in. PItbull with a hard right and now he's coming forward. Curran lands hard. This was a tremendous fight and one that I have 48-47 for Curran.
Official scorecards: 48-47 Pitbull, 48-47 Curran, 48-47 Curran. Pat Curran wins by split decision.
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