Neo League 326 - #348: Heavy D! vs Makoto

Description: D! and Makoto rumble in Metro Park! It's a hard hitting match that begins, and ends with several nasty traded blows! (Winner: Heavy D!)

Makoto doesn't go to Metro City often, but she likes it when she goes - and she sort of has to put an appearance in once in a while, ever since she joined Team Metro as a fill-in for the missing Cody.

This is one of the places she likes best in it, being a bit of a country girl. She schedules fights here when she can, or at least has them scheduled. Right now is one of those times; Makoto is standing in one of the fields in the park, near a tree, and doing her warm-up stretches and punches.

And her opponent? Well, it just so happens to be a native. SOmeone who doesn't come out to this side of the fence too often, but he's here every now and then for the fights. Kind of like this one.

D!'s his name...and much like Makoto, he's doing his warm ups for the most part. Shadow boxing mostly, but he seems to also be working on his foot work, as well as his bodily movement, weaving about at the waist to avoid phantom punches. Finally, once things seem to have wound down, he makes his way over to a clearing, one the League officials had set up and cordoned off for the two's fight today.

Makoto has lost multiple times to boxers lately. She has to beat one eventually - for the glory of Rindoukan!

She kicks the air a few more times before running a few steps, leaping over the cordon and landing lightly. "Ha!" she yells, as her feet kick up dust and dirt from her landing. "Okay! Sorry I was almost late!" Makoto dips into a proper bow before assuming her combat stance, assuming they're going to call the fight at any time.

COMBATSYS: Makoto has started a fight here.

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Makoto           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: HeavyD has joined the fight here.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Makoto

Heavy D! gives a nod to Makoto as she bows to him. "Alright. Let's do this then," he says, slowly sinking into his own boxer's guard. Fists right and close in, arms guarding his body and hands guarding his face. Feet shift for a good base, keeping his feet from squaring up. The officials watching and taping looking between the two of them...then finally give the signal to start. However, D! doesn't move in immediately. No, instead he holds back, circling Makoto and trying to get a sense of her range, as well as her fighting style. Gotta figure these things out to get a good gameplan, after all.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD focuses on his next action.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Makoto

Makoto's range is short.

Her stance is an odd one - left hand forward, edge forward, and right hand back, balled into a fist. She doesn't stay in it long; when the official signals that the fight is starting, Makoto rushes forward, leaping into a forward somersaulting flip in the air. As she comes out of it, her left leg extends almost straight up, being brought around the rest of the way in a massive kick.

She tries to spring off Heavy D afterwards, landing just behind him. "Haa!"

COMBATSYS: HeavyD interrupts Tsurugi from Makoto with Dancing Beat.

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HeavyD           0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Makoto

When Makoto suddenly flips forward, D! holds his ground. He waits to see just what the karate girl is doing...and when the leg flashes out, D! quickly takes action.

As soon as that leg axes down, D! snaps out a hand. When her heel drop onto his shoulder, his right hand lashes out in kind, tagging her in the stomach just as she hits him. He doesn't let up once he hits home, either. The left comes upward to try and tag Makoto at the back of her kicking leg's thigh, before he finishes up the heavy three-shot barrage with a nasty looking cross meant to deck her right out of the air and send her flying back. He grimaces as he falls back from the combo, the effect of that directed kick causing his left arm to droop slightly...but he's gotta be better off than Makoto is.

This may show why Makoto keeps losing to boxers.

The first punch catches her solidly in the stomach, and the others are no gentler; the last cross to the upper body sends her flying backwards to land somewhat awkwardly in a heap.

It does not keep her down. She gets up after a few moments, dazed at first but getting better quickly. She does not let up the attack, but approaches much more cautiously in her somewhat awkward-looking walk, sending a fast karate chop at Heavy D! once she's close enough to connect with a bit of a reach.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD endures Makoto's Medium Punch.

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HeavyD           0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0           Makoto

When Makoto gets up, D! shores up his guard again, bringing his left arm back up again despite the numbness, albiet fading from the limb. In any case, when she comes in, D! starts advancing forward as well, walking...well, a bit more normal than her methodical stride. The chop that comes out, D! doesn't bother dodging. Instead, his advance quickens, taking the chop right to his right arm instead. Shrugging it off yet again, he tries to clock Makoto with a wicked left hook, one aimed straight for her jaw. Looks like he's going for the heavy stuff early and often.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD successfully hits Makoto with Fierce Punch.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-======|=======\==-----\1           Makoto

If Makoto can't turn it around quickly this is going to be a very short fight.

Despite a quick twist to the side, Makoto is unable to completely dodge the hook; it clips her face and sends her staggering several steps back, head snapped to the side. "Bgaah," she says, which is not exactly on the list of karate-approved things to yell.

She maintains her distance, dropping out of stance only long enough to rub at her bruised and possibly broken jaw. She needs a quick breather.

COMBATSYS: Makoto gains composure.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1           Makoto

Not about to let up when he feels he has the advantage, D! keeps advancing as Makoto drops back to get her breather. Surging forward with one long stride forward, D! snaps out, sending several swift, peppering hooks around and beneath Makoto's ribs, trying to keep her defensive and keep her flow disrupted.

COMBATSYS: Makoto interrupts Hook Punch from HeavyD with Hayate.
- Power hit! -

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HeavyD           1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1           Makoto

Since she has distance, Makoto has room to move. She does - into the attack rather than away from it, which is unexpected unless you've seen Makoto fight before.

She takes one step forward at the same time D! does, driving the fist that's normally pulled back in her standard stance forward in a straight shot for Heavy D!'s gut. Some of the hooks clip her, but the blow she just delivered ought to be enough to get him to pull back a /little/, she hopes.

That was a jarring experience. D! winces, pulling back as he's struck direct in the gut, blunting his assault on Makoto as he stumbles away. "NGhh...dammit..." he mutters. He huffs a little, trying to get his breath back after that direct hit. Feeling like he's going to need some distance, he quickly whips his arm up, sending an uppercut outward. THe result is a scattering blast of chi that expands outward toward Makoto, threatening to blow her back if she's not careful.

COMBATSYS: Makoto blocks HeavyD's Blast Upper.

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1           Makoto

Makoto's reaction to someone blowing chi at here is instinctive; she brings up her arms to cover herself from it.

It works reasonably well, although Makoto slides back under the attack, her feet kicking up a small cloud of dust as she does. She lowers her arms afterwards, returning to her previous stance but several feet further back. "I hate those things," she grumbles, mostly to herself; it's not meant for either Heavy D or the officials.

COMBATSYS: Makoto focuses on her next action.

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1           Makoto

Heavy D! doesn't hear Makoto's grumble, for the most part. He's simply got the distance that he was looking for. Of course, being a boxer, D! doesn't have many ranged options himself. But that wasn't the point. HE just needed the breathing space to move, as well as plot his attack. So far, it seems like he's better suited by attacking on the move and pressuring, rather than simply trying to trade blows in close. For now...he holds back, again trying to get a plan together...and perhaps waiting for Makoto to make the next move.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD focuses on his next action.

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=======\===----\1           Makoto

Makoto stays back. This is giving her time to not only prepare, but also catch her breath, something she sorely needs; the first few hits did a lot more damage than she was going to admit.

"Having fun?" she asks, once she has recovered somewhat more. She seems to be, if the smile (with split lips) means anything.

COMBATSYS: Makoto gains composure.

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=======\=------\1           Makoto seems Makoto has the same idea as D! has. Holding back, using the time for a breather. However, D! isn't about to simply let her catch her breath and get back in the game. If he has to strike first, so be it. Advancing forward again, D! charges at Makoto, trying to get his momentum back. As soon as he's near range, he drops in, uncharacteristically opening his guard before his right arm thrusts out, a lunging, chi-charged punched directed toward Makoto's chest as the boxer slides in for a hard strike.

COMBATSYS: Makoto fails to interrupt Rolling Soul Driver from HeavyD with Tanden Renki.

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HeavyD           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0           Makoto

Fine, don't answer.

Makoto knew he was going to do something. She was bracing for it, preparing for the inevitable strike as she focused all her power into one mighty blow. One mighty blow that lashes out toward Heavy D when he attacks with the lunging punch, every bit of Makoto's power behind it.

Unfortunately, sometimes reach wins, and now is one of those times; she hadn't been able to get around Heavy D!'s fist, and the air whooshes out of her when she swings. Her own fist doesn't stop...but it doesn't reach Heavy D! either, missing a solid impact by inches.

Heavy D! was hoping for that. He knew Makoto would try and react to his attack and attempt to trade blows. That's why he went for the speed. It's good that he has the reach too, as it keeps him from being hit altogether while hitting direct into Makoto. Not wanting to let up, D! keeps at it, winding his left fist back, cocking it high, before dropping it down, trying to slam it right into Makoto's collar with vicious force.

COMBATSYS: Makoto fails to interrupt Rock Crush from HeavyD with Fukiage.

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HeavyD           1/-----==/=======|

COMBATSYS: Makoto can no longer fight.

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HeavyD           1/-----==/=======|

Makoto's usual response - and the one she does now; maybe she's getting predictable? - to someone coming in from above is to duck down and come up with a massive uppercut, straight up at her opponent's chest or chin.

She gets about halfway through the rise before Heavy D! swings downward, smashing her collar and dropping to the ground. She starts to rise, awkwardly, but slips, unable to fight further.

Heavy D! wasn't expecting Makoto to come forward like that this time. He just happened to be lucky to hit first, and in a way that completely stuffs her attempted counterattack. It's a good thing too, as D! draws back, prepared for another attempt by Makoto...only to find her stumbling and unable to keep the fight going. Once officials note this, they quickly give out a signal to end the fight. "Your winner...Heavy D!" an announcer shouts, clapping from the sparse audience heard. Well...that was good, at least. Smiling, proud of his performace in that fight, D! makes his way toward Makoto, offering a hand up as she tries to rise up.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD has ended the fight here.

Makoto accepts the hand up, pretty much pulling herself off the ground with it (she's quite strong, for the record) - but once she is up, she releases it rather than depend on him for support.

Makoto's face (as well as most of the rest of her) hurts but she's not going to show that; Makoto doesn't look quite /at/ Heavy D, though. She focuses just to the side. "I need more practice," she says, before adding more loudly, "Then I'll challenge you again!"

Heavy D! helps Makoto up, pulling her to her feet as she takes his hand. However, as she quickly pulls away and releases his hand, he draws it back, checking the wraps on his fist before turning back to the karate girl. He smirks at her proclaimation. "Good attitude. It'll get you far," he says. He knows he needs his practice too. But...still, the win helps him feel a slight bit better about his path so far. And its his first win in the league in ages, which...isn't a bad thing either.

Makoto only won once recently herself. You get used to it!

Makoto brushes herself off, appareantly having recovered a little more. "You bet! I'll show the world what Rindoukan can do!" Apparently as long as she does well, that's enough for her.

She heads backwards, to give Heavy D! a little space, and because she wants more time to recover herself. She may not have been out by much...but it still hurt.

Log created by HeavyD, and last modified on 20:31:17 04/02/2007.