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TWGC 3 (155lbs, D2): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Rick Ashton and Joaquim Antunes. Ashton comes into the arena with Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man blaring out of the sound system. Both fighters really staring each other down here, as Joaquim Antunes enters the cage!




170 cm
32 yrs
155 lbs



175 cm
21 yrs
155 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 0 losses; Rick Ashton! And in the blue corner, fighting out of New York, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 0 losses; Joaquim Antunes!
The judges for this bout are Andrew Berry, William Gold and Steven Brown.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Horrible takedown by Ashton or perhaps it was just good defense by Antunes which made him look bad.

Ashton shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Ashton was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Ashton (4) vs (0) Antunes
Ashton is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Ashton trying to control the position but Antunes is working away.
Antunes wants to control but Ashton postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ashton wants to control but Antunes is keeping him busy.
Antunes is looking to regain half guard here but Ashton keeps moving and retains side control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is trying to control Ashton's posture but Ashton avoids it.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Antunes is trying to get back to half guard.
We've been hearing that Ashton has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is trying to control Ashton's posture but Ashton avoids it.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Antunes is trying to improve his position.
Antunes wants to control but Ashton postures up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Antunes sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Antunes felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Antunes is looking to get full guard. It looks like he might be successful but at the last minute Ashton jumps into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Ashton (7) vs (0) Antunes
Antunes tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Ashton is looking to take a break and control but Antunes is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Antunes is trying to improve his position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Antunes struggling a bit here.
Antunes is positioning himself to get back to half guard.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is still trying to improve position.
Antunes keeps trying to improve his position.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Antunes is doing well to control the position and prevent Ashton from advancing to side control.
Ashton takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Antunes wants to improve his position but Ashton is controlling well.
Ashton is thwarting Antunes's attempts to control the position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Antunes tries to roll over but Ashton keeps him under control.
Antunes trying to control here.
Antunes works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is trying to keep Ashton in close.
Antunes keeping moving, preventing Ashton from controlling successfully.

Antunes looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Ashton looking to control the position here, rather than advance.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Antunes seems keen to control Ashton's posture.
Antunes looking for a sweep. Not yet Antunes, not yet.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Antunes bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Ashton's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ashton (7) vs (2) Antunes
Ashton is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Antunes's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Antunes pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Ashton is keeping the position for now.
Ashton not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Antunes stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Ashton swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Ashton 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.
Antunes wants to pass the guard but Ashton is keeping the position.
Antunes wants to control from the top but Ashton keeps moving.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Ashton 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.
Antunes trying to control the position from guard on top but Ashton is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Antunes stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Ashton swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Antunes wants to control from the top but Ashton keeps moving.
Antunes engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

And that's the end of the fight!
Ashton takes the fight on points by 7 to 2.
Rick Ashton really struggled to get his t-shirt on before his hand was raised. Making sure that CEC Nutrition Q160 logo gets some air time is pretty tricky when you're all sweaty.
 
 
 
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