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TWGC 24 (205lbs, D1): Tokyo Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Fredrik Stenberg (ranked 110 p4p, 0 weight class) and The Sandman (ranked 3379 p4p, 0 weight class). Sandman is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Mr. Sandman. This should be a great matchup!




177 cm
35 yrs
172 lbs



180 cm
37 yrs
210 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Fredrik Stenberg! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; The Sandman!
The judges for this bout are Sosuke Kotani, Shigeki Sano and Shigeki Fujiwara.


Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?

Stenberg gets in close and instigates a clinch.

Stenberg gets a trip takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Stenberg (2) vs (0) Sandman
Stenberg wants to pass to mount but Sandman is defending the position.
Stenberg wants to lay and pray for a moment but Sandman keeps working.
Stenberg tries to pass the half guard into mount. Sandman knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Stenberg in particular looking to stall.
Stenberg tries to pass the half guard into mount. Sandman knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

Stenberg seems to be looking for submissions.

Sandman looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Sandman actively working from the bottom here.
Stenberg works his way into full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Stenberg (5) vs (0) Sandman
Sandman regains half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Stenberg trying to control from half guard but Sandman is working away.
Still in half guard, Stenberg seems content to control.

Sandman actively working from the bottom here.
Stenberg wants to advance to full mount but Sandman doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.

Sandman has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Stenberg can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

Sandman looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.

Sandman has his foot on Stenberg's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Stenberg works his way back into a safe position though.

Sandman escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Stenberg gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Stenberg trying to control but Sandman is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Stenberg is pushing down on Sandman's leg trying to pass to half guard. Sandman is fighting to maintain full guard but Stenberg has managed to sneak the leg through.
Sandman is refusing to be controlled, as Stenberg sits in half guard.
Stenberg performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Sandman regains full guard. Nicely done.

Sandman has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Stenberg can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Stenberg tries to free his leg and advance position but Sandman is retaining full guard.

Sandman working for a triangle but Stenberg defends it easily.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sandman keeping moving, preventing Stenberg from controlling successfully.
Stenberg tries to free his leg and advance position but Sandman is retaining full guard.

Sandman working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Stenberg doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Stenberg manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Stenberg wants to control from the top but Sandman keeps moving.
Stenberg pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Sandman is keeping the position for now.

Stenberg drops back looking for a leg! Sandman is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Sandman manages to kick Stenberg off! Stenberg jumps back into Sandman's guard.
Stenberg engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Stenberg advances to half guard.

Sandman looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Sandman is refusing to be controlled, as Stenberg sits in half guard.
Sandman moves into full guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Stenberg's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Sandman is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Stenberg is aware though and is defending well.

Sandman is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Stenberg defends well.

Stenberg got a little sloppy there for a moment and Sandman has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Stenberg has managed to get both his arms back between Sandman's legs - danger averted.

Sandman is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Stenberg is aware though and is defending well.
Stenberg sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Sandman's guard.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Sandman is looking for a sweep. Stenberg is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

Stenberg wants to work for an arm triangle but Sandman is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Stenberg is trying to control the action in half guard but Sandman is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Stenberg is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Stenberg (8) vs (0) Sandman
Stenberg fails to advance to Sandman's back.
Stenberg looking to control but Sandman is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Stenberg controlling the position easily from mount.
Sandman can't escape the position.
Sandman is squirming around, avoiding Stenberg's attempts to control the action.
Sandman is wriggling around here but as he tries to escape, Stenberg has taken his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Stenberg (11) vs (0) Sandman

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Stenberg looking for the choke from the back.

Sandman defends a rear naked choke attempt by controlling one of Stenberg's arms.

Stenberg has managed to slip his arm under Sandman's chin. This could be all over... yep, Sandman is tapping out! Submission win for Stenberg.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 6:36 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Fredrik Stenberg!
A less than humble Fredrik Stenberg misjudged his post fight interview somewhat and came across a little too arrogant whilst trying to hype up his own abilities.
In defeat, The Sandman stepped up to the mic, saying 'cunt was doped up'.

 

Undercard bout


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Vito Mazzini (ranked 1853 p4p, 222 weight class) and Mr Steel Penn (ranked 2902 p4p, 0 weight class). Mazzini's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, Fade To Black. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.




182 cm
33 yrs
200 lbs



190 cm
35 yrs
213 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 2 losses; Vito Mazzini! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 4 losses; Mr Steel Penn!
The judges for this bout are Sosuke Kotani, Shirou Masuda and Shigeki Sano.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Steel Penn has closed the distance and engaged Mazzini in a clinch.
We've been hearing reports that Mazzini has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.

Steel Penn wants the takedown. Mazzini is fighting it off but Steel Penn persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Mazzini's guard against the cage.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Mazzini (0) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Mazzini bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Steel Penn's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (2) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini wants to control from the top but Steel Penn keeps moving.
Mazzini controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Steel Penn is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Mazzini defends well.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Steel Penn is looking to sweep but instead, Mazzini has passed into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mazzini slows the pace down in half guard.
Steel Penn gets back to full guard.
Steel Penn wants to hit a switch here but Mazzini passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Steel Penn there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (5) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini seems to be looking to move to his opponent's back but Steel Penn is holding on tight.
Mazzini controlling from mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini works his way to his opponent's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (8) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini doesn't have the hooks in and Steel Penn manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (8) vs (4) Steel Penn

Steel Penn drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Mazzini manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Steel Penn has Mazzini in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (10) vs (4) Steel Penn

Steel Penn working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Mazzini doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Mazzini manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.

Steel Penn had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Mazzini defends it easily.
Steel Penn keeping moving, preventing Mazzini from controlling successfully.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini tries to free his leg and advance position but Steel Penn is retaining full guard.
Mazzini is stalling in the full guard.
Mazzini slips nicely into half guard.
Mazzini tries to pass the half guard into mount. Steel Penn knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn is looking for a sweep. Mazzini is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Steel Penn is not content to let Mazzini control the position.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to pass to mount.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini passes to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (13) vs (4) Steel Penn
Steel Penn is trying to reverse the position but instead Mazzini has taken his back - oops!
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (16) vs (4) Steel Penn

Mazzini is looking for the choke from the back position but Steel Penn is controlling his hands well.
Mazzini is looking to control Steel Penn but Steel Penn is wriggling around and keeping busy.
Mazzini has the hooks sunk in and you can see the will to fight slowly draining out of Steel Penn's body.
I really don't envy Steel Penn right now.

Steel Penn showing good submission defense here.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn trying to control but not successfully.
Steel Penn is really stuck here.
A lull in the action here.
Steel Penn rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Well, if Mazzini is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.

Steel Penn looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini is looking to advance position but Steel Penn won't allow it.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Steel Penn is looking to improve his position.
Steel Penn gets full guard.

Steel Penn is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Mazzini trying to control the position from guard on top but Steel Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Mazzini is looking to pass into half guard but Steel Penn pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Steel Penn is in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (16) vs (6) Steel Penn
My spies in Steel's Grappling Penn inform me that Steel Penn has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Steel Penn trying to control but Mazzini is working from the bottom.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to sweep him here.
Mazzini keeping moving, preventing Steel Penn from controlling successfully.
Steel Penn passes into half guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn trying to control the action but Mazzini is working from the bottom.

Steel Penn is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Mazzini defends it well.
Mazzini wants to get back to full guard.
Mazzini is not content to let Steel Penn control the position.
Steel Penn is pressing down on Mazzini's thigh, looking to free his foot. Mazzini is holding on for now.
Steel Penn is keen to just control but Mazzini is a slippery customer.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini tries to roll over but Steel Penn keeps him under control.

Steel Penn seems to be looking for submissions.
Mazzini is pressing down on Steel Penn's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to sweep him here.
Steel Penn slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (16) vs (9) Steel Penn
Steel Penn wants to lay and pray for a moment but Mazzini keeps working.
Mazzini is looking to reverse the position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Mazzini, who protects the arm well.
Mazzini is trying to control Steel Penn's posture but Steel Penn avoids it.
Mazzini manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.

Steel Penn is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Steel Penn seems to be looking for submissions.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini manages to get to full guard.
Mazzini looking to hit a scissor sweep but Steel Penn is one step ahead there.
Steel Penn looking to pass the guard.

Steel Penn drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Mazzini dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (18) vs (9) Steel Penn

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Mazzini is aware though and is defending well.
Mazzini slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (21) vs (9) Steel Penn
Mazzini moves into full mount!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Mazzini (23) vs (9) Steel Penn
Mazzini controlling from mount.
Steel Penn is working to get back to half guard.
Steel Penn tries to lock up and control but Mazzini gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini is dominating on the ground here - he's now on his opponent's back, looking to sink in the hooks. Steel Penn is in real trouble.
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (26) vs (9) Steel Penn
Steel Penn is really stuck here.
Steel Penn trying to control but he's just got himself in more trouble.
Mazzini tries to keep control of the position but Steel Penn is staying busy.
Mazzini trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Steel Penn doesn't escape.
Mazzini gets his hands free as Steel Penn looks to control.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Steel Penn tries to escape but he's let his defenses down in doing so and Mazzini has slipped in the rear naked choke! Oh, that's tiiiiiiiiight! Steel Penn is tapping! This one is aaaaaaaaaaaall over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 14:56 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Vito Mazzini!
An out of breath Vito Mazzini thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.

 

Co-main event


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between James Penn (ranked 2525 p4p, 0 weight class) and Franky Yip (ranked 2217 p4p, 0 weight class). Penn's entrance music is Everything in its right place. A fine choice. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




181 cm
37 yrs
185 lbs



180 cm
35 yrs
185 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 8 wins and 8 losses; James Penn! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Franky Yip!
The judges for this bout are Kenichi Hosakawa, Shirou Masuda and Hirohito Nitta.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Penn dives in and grabs Yip's left leg, looking for a takedown. Yip pushes down on Penn's head and hops out.
Penn shoots in for a double leg but Yip sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.

Yip gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Penn is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for James Penn. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Yip lands a takedown into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Penn (0) vs (2) Yip
Yip wants to control from the top but Penn keeps moving.
Yip trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Yip won't allow Penn to sweep him here.
Penn wants to improve his position but instead Yip has moved into half guard.
Penn has a hand on Yip's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Yip takes advantage of the position though and mounts him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Penn (0) vs (5) Yip
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yip is working for a guillotine from mount but Penn frees his head quite easily.
Penn is trying desperately to improve position.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yip looking for an armbar but decides to keep the dominant position instead.
Penn is looking to improve his position but Yip isn't that keen on the idea.
Yip trying to control but Penn is having none of it.
Penn is trying to escape the mount.
Yip wants to control the pace but Penn is squirming around nicely.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Penn is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Penn bucks up and manages to get a nice reversal! He's in guard on the top - nicely done!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (2) vs (5) Yip
Penn won't allow Yip to sweep him here.
Yip can't keep his opponent in guard - Penn advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Yip is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Yip actively working from the bottom here.
Penn is trying to control the action in half guard but Yip is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Penn stalling.
Penn wants to take a breather but Yip is having none of it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Penn is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Yip has managed to free his arm - good work.
Yip wants to improve his position but Penn is controlling well.
Penn tries to pass the half guard into mount. Yip knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Penn in particular looking to stall.
Penn stalling away here and it's allowed Yip to slip out his trapped foot and regain full guard.
Penn won't allow Yip to sweep him here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Penn trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Yip trying to control the position.
Penn trying to control the position from guard on top but Yip is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Yip working for a triangle but Penn defends it easily.
Yip is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.

Yip is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Penn defends well.
Yip wants to sweep here but Penn controlling him for the moment.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Yip looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Yip keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.
Penn forces his way into half guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Penn's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Yip is trying to maintain the position but Penn is very close to passing his half guard.

Penn looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.

Yip looking for submissions off his back.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Penn wants to take a breather but Yip is having none of it.
Yip manages to get to full guard.
Penn is looking to advance position but Yip has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Penn (2) vs (9) Yip
Yip looking to control and managing it successfully.
Penn can't escape the position.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Penn is squirming around, avoiding Yip's attempts to control the action.
Yip moves to the back.
Score +3 for taking back: Penn (2) vs (12) Yip

Yip is working for the rear naked choke. He has one arm under the chin but Penn has hold of the other arm. A bit of a stalemate here.
Penn tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!
Yip fails to advance to Penn's back.
Yip trying to control but Penn is having none of it.
Penn is trying to reverse the position but instead Yip has taken his back - oops!
Score +3 for taking back: Penn (2) vs (15) Yip

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Penn preventing the rear naked choke attempt from Yip.
A lull in the action here.
Yip doesn't have the hooks in and Penn manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (4) vs (15) Yip
Penn wants to pass the guard but Yip is keeping the position.
Penn trying to control but Yip is working from the bottom.

Yip throws his legs up looking for a submission but Penn uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Penn (7) vs (15) Yip

Penn tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Penn trying to control the action but Yip is working from the bottom.

Penn tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Penn taking a break here but Yip is having none of it and regains half guard.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Penn looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.

Penn is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Yip slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Penn tries to free his leg and advance position but Yip is retaining full guard.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Yip tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Penn stays in close to Yip's body and controls the position.
Penn wants to control from the top but Yip keeps moving.
Penn passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Penn (10) vs (15) Yip

Penn thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

Penn working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Yip can't do much from the bottom here.
Penn passes to full mount! That's big trouble for Yip!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Penn (12) vs (15) Yip
Yip is desperately trying to get back to half guard.

Penn with some aggressive grappling here. He's looking for submissions here, rather than waiting for the opportunity to counter.
Penn looking to control but Yip is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Penn goes for an armbar but he's fallen flat on his backside there and now Yip is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (12) vs (17) Yip

Penn had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Yip defends it easily.
Yip wants to pass the guard but Penn is keeping the position.
Penn manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Yip manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (14) vs (17) Yip

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Penn preventing the sweep.
Penn pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Yip is keeping the position for now.
Penn sitting in guard here, content to control.
Yip is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Yip is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Yip keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.

And that's the end of the fight!
Yip wins on points by 17 to 14.
In his post fight interview, Franky Yip started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.

 

Main event


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between The Steel Penn Alliance (ranked 7951 p4p, 0 weight class) and Tim Taylor (ranked 7370 p4p, 0 weight class). This should be a great matchup!




189 cm
44 yrs
201 lbs



185 cm
21 yrs
200 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 5 losses; The Steel Penn Alliance! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Tim Taylor!
The judges for this bout are Yukihiro Shimada, Taro Takaoka and Tatsuya Matsuyama.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Steel Penn Alliance scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.
Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Steel Penn Alliance (4) vs (0) Taylor

Steel Penn Alliance wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Taylor, who protects the arm well.
Taylor wants to control but Steel Penn Alliance postures up.
Steel Penn Alliance tries to move into full mount but can't pass Taylor's legs.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Steel Penn Alliance tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Steel Penn Alliance has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Taylor can't do much from the bottom here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Taylor is trying to improve his position.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Steel Penn Alliance thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Taylor is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Steel Penn Alliance off and has taken his back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Steel Penn Alliance (4) vs (4) Taylor

Taylor working for a RNC but it's not happening just yet.
Taylor controlling well, preventing Steel Penn Alliance from escaping the position.

Taylor has his opponent's back and is working for the choke.
Steel Penn Alliance tries to escape but Taylor has the hooks in and won't let him break free.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Taylor working for the choke.

Steel Penn Alliance is displaying good submission defense - not really looking in danger of submitting to the rear naked choke at the moment. That could change in an instant of course if Taylor gets his way!
Taylor is hanging on to Steel Penn Alliance's back as he tries to escape.

Taylor has his opponent's back and is working for the choke.
Taylor is looking to control Steel Penn Alliance but Steel Penn Alliance is wriggling around and keeping busy.
Steel Penn Alliance can't escape the position.
Taylor trying desperately to keep hold of the dominant position.
Steel Penn Alliance is really stuck here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn Alliance turns into Taylor and is now in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Steel Penn Alliance (6) vs (4) Taylor
Steel Penn Alliance trying to control the position from guard on top but Taylor is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Steel Penn Alliance preventing the sweep.
Steel Penn Alliance being controlled here momentarily.
Steel Penn Alliance trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Steel Penn Alliance trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Taylor manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Steel Penn Alliance (6) vs (6) Taylor

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn Alliance looking for a guillotine here but Taylor defends easily.
Taylor is pushing down on Steel Penn Alliance's leg trying to pass to half guard. Steel Penn Alliance is fighting to maintain full guard but Taylor has managed to sneak the leg through.
Taylor is trying to control the action in half guard but Steel Penn Alliance is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Taylor trying to advance position but Steel Penn Alliance counters by regaining guard.

Steel Penn Alliance looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Taylor stopping the sweep attempt from Steel Penn Alliance.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Taylor trying to control the position from guard on top but Steel Penn Alliance is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Taylor stopping the sweep attempt from Steel Penn Alliance.

Steel Penn Alliance escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Taylor gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Taylor trying to control but Steel Penn Alliance is working from the bottom.
Taylor stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Steel Penn Alliance swivels though and keeps the full guard.

Taylor avoids a guillotine attempt easily.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Taylor wants to pass the guard but Steel Penn Alliance is keeping the position.

Steel Penn Alliance has his foot on Taylor's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Taylor works his way back into a safe position though.
Taylor trying to control the position from guard on top but Steel Penn Alliance is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Steel Penn Alliance is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Taylor is aware though and is defending well.
Steel Penn Alliance wants to sweep but no luck.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Steel Penn Alliance is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Steel Penn Alliance (8) vs (6) Taylor
Steel Penn Alliance looking to control the position here, rather than advance.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Taylor wants to control but Steel Penn Alliance passes easily into half guard.
Taylor wants to get back to full guard.
Steel Penn Alliance trying to control the action but Taylor is working from the bottom.

Steel Penn Alliance is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

Steel Penn Alliance wants to work for an arm triangle but Taylor is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn Alliance is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Steel Penn Alliance wants to work for an arm triangle but Taylor is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Steel Penn Alliance prevents Taylor from improving his position.

Taylor is defending against the submission attempts here by Steel Penn Alliance.
Steel Penn Alliance performing his best blanket impression for a moment.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Taylor looking for submissions off his back.

Steel Penn Alliance is working for a kimura but Taylor is defending it quite comfortably.
Steel Penn Alliance trying to mount his opponent but Taylor defends it.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Taylor is looking to control Steel Penn Alliance's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Taylor avoid being mounted?
Taylor is trying to get back to full guard.
Taylor has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Steel Penn Alliance is working away from the top position though.

Steel Penn Alliance is looking for a kimura but Taylor is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Steel Penn Alliance to get the leverage.
Taylor is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Steel Penn Alliance's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Steel Penn Alliance's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Steel Penn Alliance (8) vs (10) Taylor
Steel Penn Alliance tries to escape the position.

Steel Penn Alliance is having to fend off submission attempts from Taylor, who is looking to sink in the choke. Taylor doesn't have the hooks in though and Steel Penn Alliance manages to reverse position! He's now on top, in his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Steel Penn Alliance (10) vs (10) Taylor

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn Alliance wants to pass the guard but Taylor is keeping the position.
Steel Penn Alliance wants to control from the top but Taylor keeps moving.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn Alliance advances to half guard.
Taylor slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Taylor is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Taylor keeping moving, preventing Steel Penn Alliance from controlling successfully.
Taylor wants to sweep here but Steel Penn Alliance controlling him for the moment.
Taylor can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Steel Penn Alliance controls the pace.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Taylor keeping full guard, as Steel Penn Alliance tries to pass.
Taylor tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Steel Penn Alliance stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Taylor swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Steel Penn Alliance is looking to advance position but Taylor has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Steel Penn Alliance (10) vs (14) Taylor
Taylor wants to take Steel Penn Alliance's back here but Steel Penn Alliance is holding on to an arm, himself looking to escape.
Steel Penn Alliance is working to get back to half guard.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn Alliance wants to control but Taylor is having none of it.
Taylor is trying to take his opponent's back.
Taylor looking to control but Steel Penn Alliance is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Steel Penn Alliance is desperately trying to improve his position but Taylor has a good base and remains in mount.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Steel Penn Alliance wants to control but Taylor is having none of it.
Steel Penn Alliance sneaks a leg under to get to half guard.

And that's the end of the fight!
Taylor wins on points by 14 to 10.

 

 
 
 
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