TWGC 5 (145lbs, D3): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Nathan Young and Lionil Besi. Young's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, The Rapture - Echoes. Both fighters really staring each other down here, as Lionil Besi enters the cage!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 0 losses; Nathan Young! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 0 losses; Lionil Besi!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Roosa Järviläinen and Ben Zyskovitsi.
The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Besi shoots in and scores a nice double leg takedown into half guard. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Young (0) vs (2) Besi
Besi works his way into side control. Score +3 for passing guard: Young (0) vs (5) Besi
Young might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Young is trying to improve his position.
Besi tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Besi has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Young tries to buck Besi off but Besi is having none of it.
Young sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Besi looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Young has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Besi is working away from the top position though.
Young is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Vendetta Alliance London Gym, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Young is staying active underneath Besi, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Young actively working from the bottom here.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Besi not doing much here.
Besi tries to pass the half guard into mount. Young knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Young slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Besi wants to control from the top but Young keeps moving.
Young escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Besi gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Young has his foot on Besi's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Besi works his way back into a safe position though.
Young not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Besi tries to free his leg and advance position but Young is retaining full guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Young looking for a guillotine here but Besi defends easily.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Besi looking to improve position, pressing down on Young's thigh with his hand. Young seems to be working to lock up a guilotine though... is Besi paying attention? Apparently not! He's locked it up tight! Besi's face has turned purple! Will he tap? Will he! YES! He's tapped! Young picked his opening and made it count! Great finish!
Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:21 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Nathan Young!
Nathan Young was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.