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TWGC 5 (145lbs, D1): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Malakai Semerkhet and Joaquim Antunes. Semerkhet kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is راقصة صغيرة. Joaquim Antunes has the eye of the tiger tonight.




170 cm
24 yrs
154 lbs



175 cm
24 yrs
155 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 0 losses; Malakai Semerkhet! And in the blue corner, fighting out of New York, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 1 losses; Joaquim Antunes!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Blasius, Paulsen Ambrosius and Aafke Stam.


Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?
We've got one fighter who appears to only be looking to counter and the other not looking particularly aggressive either, so we could be in for a dull fight.
Antunes with a lazy takedown attempt

and Semerkhet holds on and brings the fighters into a clinch.
Antunes wants to take the fight to the mat but Semerkhet manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.

Semerkhet manages to pull guard. Let's see whether he can land a sub off his back.
Semerkhet keeping moving, preventing Antunes from controlling successfully.
Antunes pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Semerkhet is keeping the position for now.
Antunes is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Semerkhet working for a triangle but Antunes defends it easily.

Semerkhet had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Antunes defends it easily.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Semerkhet trying to control the position.
Antunes wants to control from the top but Semerkhet keeps moving.

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

Antunes is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet keeping full guard, as Antunes tries to pass.
Semerkhet keeping moving, preventing Antunes from controlling successfully.
Semerkhet keeping full guard, as Antunes tries to pass.
Antunes forces his way into half guard.
Antunes wants to pass the guard but Semerkhet is defending well.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet wants to get back to full guard but Antunes has mounted him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (0) vs (3) Antunes

Antunes looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Antunes looking to control but Semerkhet is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Semerkhet manages to regain half guard. Good work.
Antunes tries to pass to full mount but Semerkhet defends it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is in trouble now - Antunes has advanced to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (0) vs (6) Antunes
Antunes tries to take Semerkhet's back but instead Semerkhet uses the opportunity to regain half guard.
Semerkhet regains full guard. Nicely done.
Antunes passes Semerkhet's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Antunes tries to pass the half guard into mount. Semerkhet knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Semerkhet makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Semerkhet.
Semerkhet is pulling down on Antunes's head. It's preventing any offense from Antunes, at least for the moment.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Antunes advances to half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Semerkhet is in trouble now - Antunes has advanced to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (0) vs (9) Antunes
Semerkhet is desperately trying to improve his position but Antunes has a good base and remains in mount.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Antunes fails to take his opponent's back.
Antunes mounts Semerkhet! Really nice guard pass there!

Antunes is working on an americana here. Ooh, that looks pretty nasty! Nope, Semerkhet has managed to escape the submission attempt.
Antunes wants to take Semerkhet's back here but Semerkhet is holding on to an arm, himself looking to escape.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet has given up his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Semerkhet (0) vs (12) Antunes
Semerkhet wants to control his opponent's hands but Antunes gets his hands free.

Semerkhet is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.

Semerkhet preventing the rear naked choke attempt from Antunes.

Antunes tightening his grip on Semerkhet, looking for the choke.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is keeping busy.
Antunes is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

Semerkhet 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 Antunes gets his way!

Semerkhet defends a prolonged rear naked choke attempt and turns nicely into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (2) vs (12) Antunes

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet stopping the sweep attempt from Antunes.

Antunes is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Semerkhet defends well.
Antunes wants to sweep but no luck.
Antunes looking to control.
Semerkhet is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Semerkhet stopping the sweep attempt from Antunes.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Antunes swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Antunes is trying to control the position but Semerkhet postures up.
Semerkhet preventing the sweep.
Semerkhet wants to control from the top but Antunes keeps moving.
Semerkhet is really struggling to control Antunes but he's trying to hold on to the position.
Semerkhet sitting in guard here, content to control.
Antunes is trying to control the position but Semerkhet postures up.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Antunes has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Semerkhet has passed into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (5) vs (12) Antunes
Semerkhet trying to control the action but Antunes is working from the bottom.
Antunes tries to bench press Semerkhet off him but Semerkhet keeps the position.
Antunes is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Well, if Semerkhet 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.
Malakai Semerkhet has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Antunes is trying to get back to full guard.
Well,Semerkhet is on his way to losing a decision here. Can he use his experience to pull something off in the closing minutes?

Antunes actively working from the bottom here.
Antunes wants to improve his position but Semerkhet is controlling well.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Antunes is looking for a sweep. Semerkhet is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Semerkhet is controlling the pace.
Joaquim Antunes is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Antunes works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet content to stall in guard here.
Antunes looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Semerkhet looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Antunes is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Let's hope that Antunes has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Semerkhet trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Semerkhet is looking to work some ground and pound but Antunes has wrist control.

Antunes throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

And that's the end of the fight!
Antunes wins on points by 12 to 5.
An out of breath Joaquim Antunes thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
 
 
 
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