Circuit of Champions - PFW: Eastern Champion - Zach Glenn vs Joe Higashi

Description: Zach Glenn clashes with Joe Higashi for the Eastern Champion's Belt!

Zach Glenn is not entirely sure what Command was thinking when they encouraged him to get into this match. It would draw attention to the fact that Zach is perhaps more capable than his professional fighting record would suggest, unless he threw the fight, which... no that just would be /wrong/. So he signed up for the match, and to his surprise the challenge was accepted.

Well, Zach thinks as he stretches out in one corner of the ring, if nothing else this would present an opportunity to assess the skills and abilities of Joe Higashi. It'd most certainly be an interesting fight. Joe has a reputation amongst people who practice Muay Thai.

"WASOOOOOOOOOOOO!" comes roaring out of the champion's side of the ring, before fireworks start going up from each turnbuckle, including the one behind Zach. People begin to cheer for Joe; although the purist Kanda might be considered the true purity and inheritor of Sagat, he has nowhere near the modern appeal of a new age fighter, who knows how to put on a show. He starts running out in his classic crimson trunks, forearms wrapped in gauze and hair holding two entire containers of gel. Only to leap up at the last moment, spiralling three times before landing in a crouch on the turnbuckle.
Then he stands, dropping his shorts and mooning Zach. "KISS MY ASS! Since you're about to get knocked on yours!!" This man is one of Terry's closest friends and a fighting legend, the Interim Muay Thai champion while Adon is hospitalized. However, his personality couldn't be any farther, a hyper-energetic sort of ego with no shame. Laughing loudly he jumps down, beginning to shift his footwork and punch at the air as the announcements are finished, and the rules are read.
"I've no idea who you are... but I like your style! Gotta aim for the top, eh? And if you got a good enough record and preliminary results to fight me, this ought to be great!" He skips forward, before extending a fist, intent on giving a firm fistbump to Zach with a smirk.
Without missing a beat, Joe immediately segues from the introductions into an attack of his own; twisting around, he throws a brutal kick towards Zach's midsection, aiming to drive his heel into him with rib-cracking force. "HIYAH!!"

COMBATSYS: Joe has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn has joined the fight here.

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Joe              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0       Zach Glenn

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Joe's Thrust Kick.

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Joe              0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach accepts the fist bump, and is taking a quick step back even as the bell rings. He snaps up into a fairly generic-appearing fighting stance, rooted perhaps in boxing somewhere as Joe surges in with a thrusting kick. The psion parries this with both forearms, shoving the kick aside with a twist of his torso. He grins faintly, not ready for banter just yet as he straightens himself up a bit.

"Let's go!," he says before he charges forward, taking a short leap and lashing out with a spinning kick. And then a second kick from the same leg, followed by a spinning heel kick from the opposite leg!

COMBATSYS: Joe blocks Zach Glenn's Storm Kick.

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Joe              0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Joe keeps both of his forearms high, resting his weight on the rear leg and keeping the leading one loose. When Zach rushes forward and begins to spin, forearms and one shin raise up to intercept it, cracking hard before the follow-up similarly collides, skidding him backwards. "Whew! Got a bit of pepper to that... but I'm got a whole TAMALE!!" Suddenly Joe flips forward, brutally pivoting in the air before sweeping down an axe kick; a great crescent flash of his distinctive orange chi roars out, aiming to cut right across Zach's chest from shoulder to hip as he lets out a 'Whoo!', aiming to land nimbly and immediately start kicking backwards to get some range and play a little game of keep-away!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Joe's Ougon no Kakato.

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Joe              0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach plants his feet on the landing, and narrows his eyes as Jow brings forth the chi. He tucks his head behind his arm, to catch the physical blow on his shoulder. He also decides, quickly, to meet Joe's energies with his own. He reaches for that wellspring of power that he keeps under precise control, sheathing his upper body in a faint golden glow that erupts with sparks as it meets Higashi's chi-laden kick.

Glenn grunts under the impact, using his own recoil from the force of the attack to surge forward in a low tackle. The intent is fairly simple: ground Joe, then pound his head with his fists.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hit Joe with Rushing Tackle.

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Joe              0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0       Zach Glenn

"!" Joe is a remarkably battle instinctive man, with both a bevy of personal training, tutors, and practical experience. He could see something more than meets the eye was behind Zach's deflection of his blow, which seems to have done little to him at all. "This'll be more fun than I thou--Oof!!" He's taken down, thumping on his back before taking a few heavy blows to the face before managing to weave and get his forearms up in the air. "Alright... you wanna play hardball?!" A light headbutt thumps Zach, just enough to daze him so a foot can find the other man and flip him in the direction of the turnbuckle. Joe leaps back to his feet and then twists around, skipping back. What kind of a Muay Thai keeps such a range?
"Ready? Double..."
Suddenly energy crackles and roars through the man, before he snaps up his forearm. A hurricane of his orange chi begins to whirl and shimmer, almost seven feet tall. Wind sucks it in from all directions... but then his right arm thrusts once more, and it increases in power before exploding outwards with destructive force, taking up almost a third of the ring!! It would hit the turnbuckle before detonating, blowing over the audience and shaking the ropes like mad before they all begin to cheer after being strucken quiet for a few moments. He's pulling out the A-Game now!!


COMBATSYS: Joe successfully hits Zach Glenn with Double Hurricane Upper EX.

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Joe              1/------=/=======|=======\====---\1       Zach Glenn

Zach's eyes go wide as gale force winds rip through the arena and slam him into a turnbuckle and keep him there for a few seconds and tear at him. The Marine slumps to the ground, dropping to one knee as bits of cloth flutter to the ground to mingle with droplets of blood. Glenn takes a breath to steady himself, to keep Joe's passion and enthusiasm from pulling Zach further into the fight than he is prepared to go.

Zach gets himself back on his feet, and starts to circle Higashi and starts to look for an opening.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn focuses on his next action.

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Joe              1/------=/=======|=======\====---\1       Zach Glenn

"Oh. You aren't done yet? Great job!" Joe states, slowly pinwheeling his arm as he turns to the crowd and gives them all a grinning thumb's up. Before his attention returns once more to Zach, crouching down and beginning to beat his fists together. "But I'm sorry. I'm here to show the world Muay Thai's strength... so I'm NOT GONNA GO EASY ON YOU!!"
And then he's lunging forward, flame-like chi rippling off. He attempts to launch a short hook into Zach's ribcage, before twisting up to begin a barrage of kicks and blows, each whirling off flashes of heat and fire. In the midst he suddenly snarls, throwing two small Hurricane Uppercuts to blow him mildly airborne before unleashing a sharp uppercut -- and then leaping into the air afterwards, going "YATA!!" as he does a brutal crescent kick that flares with cutting orange chi to send him like a meteor back to the stage below. An instant execution?! Or does Zach have a true plan behind this that even Joe's not aware of...?!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn interrupts Exploding Hurricane Tiger Heel from Joe with Raging Dragon EX.

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Joe              1/-------/=======|>>>>>>-\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach steps in at the same moment Joe does. He takes the hook to the ribcage, grunting under the impact. He shoulder guards the kicks and punches as best he can, taking a couple of brutal shots to the upper body. He's waiting for a moment. There's a progression, a stepping up, to these kinds of barrages. Maybe it's due to adrenaline, maybe a need to show off for the crowd but these kinds of combos always finish with something large.

He sees the winds spin up around Joe's fist. There's the moment.

Zach suddenly drops into a low crouch before springing up into a short leapping uppercut with his left that slams into Joe's midsection. The psion barely barely lands before he chambers a second uppercut with his right. Zach uses the recoil from the landing and a very short but powerful burst of psychokinetic energy to slam that second fist into Joe's jaw!

Okay; that was legitimately impressive in Joe's eyes. The sudden step into a brutal midsection bodyblow causes a small spray of blood, hurtling the man upwards before the second slams into his face; sending Joe spiralling back to the matt, landing face-down with his pants partially down once more in an inadvertent mooning. "Aieeaieeaiee..." he states, grasping the side of his head and pushing back to his feet. "That one hurt." Pulling up his pants, he then lifts up his forearms, still grinning undeterred. "But c'mon!! You think this is enough to take down a champion?! I've poured sweat, blood and tears into this art!! And now... you'll be the one crying!" He then rushes forward, kicking off to the left and right before snapping up his arms, intending to capture Zach and then twist in order to hurl him towards the other end of the ring. "Attack me like you MEAN IT!!"

COMBATSYS: Joe issues a challenge!!

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Joe              1/-------/=======|>>>>>>-\-------\0       Zach Glenn

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Joe's Kick Combo.

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Joe              1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\-------\1       Zach Glenn

Zach catches each of the kicks on his forearms before rolling with the throw to get back to his feet. "Odd," he says, "I don't remember hearing the bell." Zach focuses his will, pulling his right hand back. Motes of golden light spill into the open palm, growing into a sphere the size of a basketball.

"This isn't over yet!" he yells as he flings the open hand forward, sending the sparkling ball of psychic power hurtling at Joe. This doesn't seem to be enough for the Marine, however, as he simply charges in behind the globe of raw force!

COMBATSYS: Joe endures Zach Glenn's Blast Punch.

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Joe              1/=======/=======|>>>>>>>\>>-----\1       Zach Glenn

"I'll show you how a real man defends his title... BRING IT ON!!" Joe then kicks forward, bursting into a run towards Zach when he begins to build up the power. Only for the Muay Thai master to leap forward, raw inertia causing it to explode upon him, wisps of power trailing behind. Grimacing through the pain, he then lands in a crouch before Zach, while he's still in the midst of recovering.
"DOUBLE..." Energy suddenly coalesces into his right hand, beams of orange zooming in towards it. And right before Zach can hopefully put up a guard, he throws an uppercut nothing like the earlier one. Instantly, a huge tornado whirls upwards, reaching all the way to the ceiling nearly three stories up. The intention is to get him caught in the middle...
So his other arm can then gather energy and swing again. "CYCLONE!!"
The tornado abruptly doubles in width, a ruinous churn of sheer energy and pain, trying to suck Zach all the way up into the apex before spitting him out, to land somewhere in the vicinity of the ring's middle.
"YATA!" Joe states afterwards, thrusting his hands up into the air in what he perceives to be victory!!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn fails to slow Double Cyclone EX from Joe with Blast Punch EX.

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COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn can no longer fight.

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Zach's eyes go wide with surprise. He knows he's /capable/ of tremendous bursts of energy like the one Joe just put on display. He's levelled buildings, some fairly recently, but this? This is damn impressive! It doesn't change Zach's strategy, though. He plans to counter energy with energy.

He quickly spins up another sphere, not having time to pour more effort into it. He slings it forward, and the cyclone swallows the burst of psychic energy as if it weren't even there. The tornado slings Zach skyward in a high arc before dropping the Marine in the center of the mat. The referee doesn't even bother with a ten count.

"Winner! Joe! HIGASHI!"

"YEEEAH! THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE!!" Joe states, leaping up to the turnbuckle and thrusting both of his fists into the air. He begins to spiral it once more before doing another victory pose to the crowd's fanatic cheering, before leaping down and repeating the same thing at the other three, before finally mooning the downed Zach. "Not bad! Another year, and you'll probably take me down! HOOO!" Joe then leaps over the ropes and out of the ring, leaving the medics to come in to tend to him as he jogs back to the champion's corner, extended hand doing a series of high fives! His latest title defense: A success!

COMBATSYS: Joe has ended the fight here.

Log created on 14:35:51 01/02/2015 by Zach Glenn, and last modified on 18:33:32 01/02/2015.