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TWGC 7 (155lbs, D2): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Liam Murdock and Ray Malenko. Murdock comes to the cage accompanied by I Have A Dream. Both fighters really staring each other down here, as Ray Malenko enters the cage!




170 cm
21 yrs
159 lbs



182 cm
22 yrs
169 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Liam Murdock! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Ray Malenko!
The judges for this bout are Roosa Järviläinen, Arvi Lind and Anni Minnemäki.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.

Malenko throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Murdock was covering up waiting for the punch and Malenko finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Murdock (0) vs (2) Malenko
Murdock might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Malenko advances to half guard.

Murdock looking for submissions off his back.
Murdock is looking for a sweep. Malenko is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Murdock 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.
Malenko keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Murdock is looking for a sweep. Malenko is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Malenko passes the guard and advances to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Murdock (0) vs (5) Malenko

That's one minute gone in the round.
Murdock really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Murdock sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.
Malenko tries to pass the half guard into mount. Murdock knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Murdock is trying to get back to full guard.
Malenko trying to pass the guard but Murdock defending well.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Murdock is looking for a sweep. Malenko is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Malenko controlling the action here.
Murdock is looking for a sweep. Malenko is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Murdock is working hard here to advance position.
Malenko works his foot free and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Murdock (0) vs (8) Malenko

Malenko is in full mount, looking to secure a guillotine but Murdock is surviving well by controlling Malenko's body position as best he can.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Murdock working to try and regain half guard.
Malenko takes Murdock's back. Could be looking for a rear naked choke here - either way, Murdock is in trouble.
Score +3 for taking back: Murdock (0) vs (11) Malenko
Malenko tries to keep control of the position but Murdock is staying busy.
Malenko is hanging on to Murdock's back as he tries to escape.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Malenko trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Murdock doesn't escape.
Malenko tries to get the hooks in deep but Murdock pushed the leg off.
Malenko controls the position.
Malenko gets his hands free as Murdock looks to control.
Malenko is looking cool and calm here, just waiting for a good opportunity to attack and finish the fight from this dominant position.
Malenko has the hooks in. Murdock is trying to push off one leg but he has to do so cautiously to avoid being submitted.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Malenko trying desperately to keep hold of the dominant position.
Malenko really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Murdock.
Let's hope that Malenko 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.
Murdock prevents Malenko from getting a body triangle.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Murdock tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!
Murdock tries to reverse the position but Malenko maintains control.
Malenko can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Murdock is looking to escape.
Murdock is working to get back to half guard.
Murdock slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
Well, if Malenko 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.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Malenko is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Murdock is pressing down on Malenko's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Murdock is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Malenko slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Malenko passes Murdock's left leg - he's now in half guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Murdock wants to get back to full guard.
Malenko wants to pass to mount but Murdock is defending the position.
Murdock is trying to maintain the position but Malenko is very close to passing his half guard.
Murdock is pressing down on Malenko's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Malenko trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Murdock not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Murdock throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Malenko escapes and throws Murdock's legs to the side, diving into side control!

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Malenko tries for a kimura but Murdock is defending well.
Murdock is looking for a sweep.
Malenko trying to control the action but Murdock is working from the bottom.
Murdock is trying to improve his position.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Malenko trying to control the action but Murdock is working from the bottom.

Malenko goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Murdock has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Malenko but great work by Murdock.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Murdock tries to move to full mount but Malenko actually manages to regain half guard.
Malenko wants to control but Murdock is keeping busy.
Malenko 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.
Malenko desperately trying to maintain half guard.
Malenko is trying to maintain the position but Murdock is very close to passing his half guard.
Murdock is keen to just control but Malenko is a slippery customer.

Murdock is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Malenko keeping hold of Murdock's head, controlling as best he can.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Murdock is pressing down on Malenko's thigh, looking to free his foot. Malenko is holding on for now.

Murdock is working for an americana but Malenko has been sneaky and has managed to get back to half guard, whilst Murdock was thinking about the submission.
Malenko controlling Murdock's posture.

Malenko working for submissions but it's allowed Murdock to get to half guard.
Malenko wants to control but Murdock is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Malenko is trying to avoid being dragged into an even worse position than he's already in but Murdock is staying active.
Ray Malenko is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Malenko keeps control of the position for the meantime.
Malenko tries to roll over but Murdock keeps him under control.

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

Malenko is defending against the submission attempts here by Murdock.

Murdock is working for a kimura but Malenko is defending it quite comfortably.
Liam Murdock has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.

Murdock is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Malenko sees it coming and defends easily.
Malenko gets full guard.
Malenko bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Murdock's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Murdock (0) vs (13) Malenko
Malenko slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.

Murdock is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Malenko is aware though and is defending well.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Murdock working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Malenko has passed into half guard!
Murdock strikes from the bottom but Malenko uses the opportunity to move to side control.

And that's the end of the fight!
Malenko wins on points by 13 to 0.
A victorious Ray Malenko thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
Liam Murdock was interviewed post fight and said 'I will appeal this verdict'.
 
 
 
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