Fight 5 - Soren vs Alain
Card: Soren Mongkontong (Red) vs Alain “The Creeper” Sylvester
The two exchange jabs and kicks briefly. Alain scores with a hard straight right and Soren finds the target with the roundhouse.
One-minute into the round, Alain catches Soren’s kick. He tries awkwardly to sweep Soren down to the canvas, but Soren shows brilliant technique to steady himself. Great stuff from Soren! He taunts The Creeper with a wry smile.
With slightly more than a minute left, Soren manages to squeeze in a nice left right uppercut combo. Alain’s not fazed and takes the punches in stride. Soren has little power behind his fists. The Aussie whips in a hard low kick in the final moments of the round.
The Canadian seems too tentative and overwhelmed by the occasion. Soren’s the more active fighter, connecting with more strikes. I am picking Soren for this one.
Soren connects with a nice roundhouse to start the second round. Alain gets a high teep up which Soren responds with some taunting. The pace slows with both fighters circling and Soren connecting with occasional knees.
Towards the last minute, the pace quickens into a power-on-power showdown as the two mix it up in the clinch. Soren dominates, connecting with powerful knees and an elbow that made partial contact. Alain is flung to the ground.
Soren has the final say once again, connecting with a clean elbow just before the final seconds. The Aussie lacks power in his punches but he more than makes up for it with awesome clinch work, elbows and huge knees! Alain doesn’t seem like he want to be in there. The Creeper needs to bring more spirit into this fight.
What is Alain thinking! He walks right into the clinch and is flung to the ground! He seems stunned and looks like a fish out of water!
The Canadian wises up and keep his distance but not for long. Midway in the round, Soren closes the distance with a knee-elbow combination and pulls the Canadian into the clinch. Alain’s in for another beating! Soren connects with elbows and knees before flinging him to the ground once again.
Blood’s trickling down Alain’s right forehead as Soren snaps in an innocent looking jab. The crowd’s sensing the TKO anytime now! Soren unleashes his repertoire of elbow strikes--Lead elbow! Cross elbow! Left! Right! AMAZING!
End of round and Alain’s left stunned with a bloodied face and huge cut above the right eyebrow. I’m surprised the referee did not stop the fight to get the cut checked by the medic.
The fight’s likely to end in the next round due to the cut. Wait a minute! The fight is stopped! Alain’s corner man waves his hands and signals for the fight to be stopped.
The Aussie is clearly formidable in the clinch. It’s rare to see a non-Thai with such ability to fire in elbows and big knees at all angles from the clinch.