Before: "I was cannon-fodder to those girls," still-bitter Elisha grouses in prefight, recalling her days amidst the Neve/Rachel/Mack viper-pit. "Rachel was the worst - she would promise you stuff, then push you aside; use you for sparring; trick you...a total witch! Now I'M champ and I don't play games: I PUNCH! Rachel's going to FINALLY get what she's had coming: A BLUE BEATING from ME!" Rachel poised as ever, not shying away from Elisha's allegations. "Look, if Elisha felt used, it's because she allowed others to use her," Rachel shrugs. "I was life and death with Neve back then: you guys probably don't understand that. I did whatever I had to do to compete with her, and hold my titles. Did I play women against one another, and was Elisha one of those women? Damn right. I broke Elisha's heart then, and I'm going to do it now - not because I hate her like she evidently hates me: i'll do it because it's what I get paid to do." Rachel in hot pink bra, sassy royal blue trunks; small pink gloves; auburn hair in raucous curls. Elisha in midnight blue bikini; small pink gloves; hair in loose beach-tousle.
During R1: Elisha throwing herself at Rache, crying out "UHH!" as she heaves in looping haymakers. McAdams jabbing, circling away, stepping for distance early. Pressure from Elisha undeniable: she's not landing flush, but swinging power has Rachel constantly scampering...blonde girl has red head on the run for 2 minutes. Start of min 3: LEFT HOOK, RACHEL MAC! Exquisite counter-hook to chin puts Elisha wobbly butt: Rache just walking Cuthbert in, fitting a super-tight jolt clean to jaw. Blonde girl stepping in fence post holes, snorting with hurt: Rache able to extend on pinging punches, bouncing rights and lefts off Elisha's skull to steal the first.
R2: Rache backing away from a looping overhand right...'Lish steps-with, lunges into left hook - THAT one crashes home, toggling Rachel's chin. MCADAMS WOBBLY BUTT! Queasy look of distress in Rachel's eyes: she covers up, stumbles around as Cuthbert loads up to finish! Mins 2 and 3: nice safety-first boxing from Rachel - right hand taped to her cheek; spicy jabs pre-empting Elisha, poking her out-of-rhythm as Rachel sidesteps and proves tough to clean up. Cuthbert's round, but she's stomping and fuming back to her corner in frustration at Rachel's survival skills.
R3: Rachel dialing in, cruelly jabbing Elisha's face; sidestepping left; dropping the short right hand to mouth; hooking the cheek while pivoting clockwise 90 more degrees. Second minute, Elisha facing into harm, turning at midring, getting touched up: crisp lead right/left hook clip-clips across Elisha's chin, spazzing her legs and PUTTING HER ON ALL FOURS! Bright smile Rachel Mac - she holds hands high, grinning down at distressed blonde as ref moves in. Snivelisha rises rickety, takes her 8, then ON COMES RACHEL! AND ELISHA WON'T BE BULLIED! HAMMER AND TONGAGE! Crazy, heartfelt, looping side to side haymakers off the ropes for Elisha compete with straight, chippy one-twos from Rachel as red head looks to put the finishing touch to blonde and RACHEL GOES DOWN! Clipped a right hand across the pate - Rachel's knees give a shimmy, then give way entirely, dropping her to all fours as Elisha skips away hooting. Rachel's turn to suck it up all glassy eyed and stunned; ON COMES ELISHA! Rachel sags into ropes, face-in-gloves: OH THE POUNDING TO RACHEL'S RIBS! Elisha's lips curled off teeth...she's HEAVING in that right hand to flank - her back (right) foot skipping up off canvas as fist fits PAK! into Rachel's quivering lats. MacAdams sponging it up, sitting in ropes as Elisha pushes her left hand into raised redhead guard while plowing in wide-righty and DOWN GOES RACHEL! Agonized expression as Rachel drops onto right hip/right hand - her left hand pressed against her back...ref pushes bellowing Lishy away as crowd's losing it's mind at bell.
R4: Elisha; fists tight at corners of her mouth; torso weaving as she pours in on Rachel, looking to whack redhead stout licks to either flank on approach. McAdams visibly uncomfortable, grimacing under pressure, using her legs...she's jabbing 'Lishy's pate, scooting to either side, looking to walk blonde girl into that short, jagged counter-hook. Cuthbert's weaving head movement and determined aggression prove decisive...she can't unload huge, but she's chasing a discouraged Rachel Mac pillar-to-post.
R5: Another minute of crouching pressure from Elisha, but Rachel slowly wicking away blonde ferocity with circular footwork; stingy jab; fierce distance management. Cuthbert able to bury that right hand in Rachel's ribs to good effect from outside, but that's it: McAdams soaks it, keeps her feet moving, chipping and scraping away jabs in pinging patterns. Min 2: Rachel's right hand starts to stitch-in, scoring under Elisha's left eye; punching her mouth; where right hand leads, hooks follow - kissing Elisha hard across the chin and slowing her pursuit. By min 3, redhead in command of her blonde, stepping in orderly clockwise pivots around 3 punch combos...Cuthbert scuffing up nicely, looking a little sleepy through 5.
R6: Elisha weaving her way in: checked to chin by stout left uppercut as Rachel halts her blonde, sidesteps her. Elisha turning to the attack again, weaving jabs...she gets close, gets picked up to chin via sticky left uppercut - Rachel tracking her blonde on radar. Mac rotating around pinging left jabs, patiently scraping away on 'Lishy's brows: red head chiseling a petulant look of crankiness on pretty blonde face. Down the stretch: short, chopping right hand toggles Elisha's chin, stopping her forward progress: Rache leans in on left leg; jerks the left uppercut to tits; tucks an extra left hook deep to liver; hesitates as Elisha's cringing/gurgling on the spot; digs a brutal left uppercut so clean to solar plexus that the punch should be used in anatomy class. DOWN GOES ELISHA! Blonde girl gasping out "GUHHH!" as redhead claims her body...Cuthbert dropping to haunches and hands, panting and whining for breath. She hugs her throbbing bod, face pinched in distress as tears push down both cheeks...that's it, Lishy can't get off her haunches: KO6 for the winner and NEW bantamweight champ, Rachel McAdams!
After: Cold look of appraisal from Rache as she takes in Elisha's agony...upon receiving the belts, Rache makes a POINT of cruising the LOOKOUT corner, forcing steely eye contact on a glaring Minka; stunned Hilary and the rest. "I dug a championship out of Elisha's body tonight," Rachel says in postfight, adjusting heavy gold on right shoulder. "Those stocky Lookout bantams think they're too tuff, but I took their best apart tonight, and they need to realize they're not special. Belts are back where they belong, and they're staying in the Foxfire trophy room for a long, long time!"
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