ROUND 1: Crowd heavily in favor of Penn as fight begins. Penn stuffs a takedown at the outset. Right hand by Penn lands. Sherk misses badly on a left. Penn is circling and flicking his jab. Good right by Penn and a left by Sherk. Another right by Penn. Penn seems relaxed and Sherk is allowing it to be a standup fight. They tie up in the center, but Penn works free. Sherk flicks a jab and Penn responds. Crowd chanting for Penn. Hard left by Sherk. Penn is jabbing and landing consistently now. They’re both short on an exchange. With 90 seconds left, Sherk hasn’t gotten a takedown yet and ohas only tried once. Penn pops a jab and Sherk’s right eye is cut and bleeding. Two hard jabs by Penn. Sherk kicks to the leg. Penn fires a right uppercut that lands. Good jab by Penn. Crowd chanting B.J. as round ends. Penn’s round, 10-9
ROUND 2: Sherk lands a low kick. They trade punches, most of which miss. Another kick by Sherk. Good combination by Penn, the best punch being a right uppercut. Hard combination inside by Penn and a knee in the clinch. Sherk’s eye looks bad. Penn pops a hard right. Crowd is chanting “steroids, steroids” at Sherk. Sherk tries a combination but Penn parries the punches. Penn misses an uppercut. Left-right by Sherk lands. Penn lands a one-two. Hard jab by Penn. Sherk has forgotten his takedowns. He is not even trying. Penn’s jab is finding a home on Sherk’s right eye. Low kick from Sherk and Penn lands a right to the body. Low kick from Penn connects. Sherk went for a single leg takedown, but Penn stuffed it with 15 seconds left. Penn’s round, 10-9 (20-18, Penn).
ROUND 3: The round begins the same as the other two, with Penn circling and flicking a jab. They come together inside and Penn lands a combination. As Penn backs out, Sherk lands an overhand left. Penn went for a takedown and was stuffed, but lands a good left. They exchange a combination in the center. Sherk fires a hard jab. Low kick from Penn lands hard. RIght hand by Penn, followed by a left. Sherk tries a low kick. Penn lands a double jab. Sherk misses a combination. Low kick by Sherk. Sherk’s face looks bad from the punches. Hard jab by Penn. Hard flying knee by Penn knocks Sherk down. Huge ground and pound by Penn. Fight is stopped as the horn sounds. There was confusion. Penn is the winner.
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