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TWGC 7 (155lbs, D2): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Akira Ishikawa and Ray Malenko. Ishikawa comes to the cage accompanied by mindshift genki sudo. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




150 cm
40 yrs
147 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 Tokyo, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 4 losses; Akira Ishikawa! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 1 losses; Ray Malenko!
The judges for this bout are Fedor Mirinova, Konstantin Menshow and Illya Tyunina.


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

Ishikawa clinches up against the cage.
Ishikawa gets underhooks to prevent Malenko's takedown attempt.

Malenko pulls guard.
Ishikawa wants to pass the guard but Malenko is keeping the position.
Ishikawa might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Ishikawa preventing the sweep.
Ishikawa stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Malenko swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Malenko pulls Ishikawa in close to prevent any damage.
Ishikawa trying to control but Malenko is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Ishikawa is fighting to break Malenko's control of his arms but Malenko is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Ishikawa trying to move into half guard but instead Malenko has managed to sweep!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ishikawa (0) vs (2) Malenko

That's one minute gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Ishikawa is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ishikawa (2) vs (2) Malenko
Ishikawa trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Ishikawa stopping the sweep attempt from Malenko.

Malenko looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Ishikawa passes into half guard.
Malenko is controlling Ishikawa's trapped leg to prevent Ishikawa from advancing to side control.
Ishikawa seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Malenko does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Malenko is looking for a sweep. Ishikawa is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Malenko is trying to maintain the position but Ishikawa is very close to passing his half guard.
Malenko wants to improve his position but Ishikawa is controlling well.

Ishikawa is actively looking for submissions here but good counter grappling here from Malenko as he works his way to full guard.
Malenko is adopting a defensive guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa preventing the sweep.
Ishikawa trying to control but Malenko is working from the bottom.
Malenko tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Malenko keeping moving, preventing Ishikawa from controlling successfully.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa is stalling in the full guard.

Malenko is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Ishikawa looking to pass the guard.
Malenko not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Ishikawa preventing the sweep.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa wants to pass the guard but Malenko is keeping the position.
Malenko looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Ishikawa puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.

Ishikawa is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Ishikawa is taking a breather. Malenko says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
Ishikawa seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Malenko does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

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

Ishikawa is looking for a kimura but Malenko is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Ishikawa to get the leverage.
Malenko holds on for dear life, maintaining half guard for now.
Ishikawa not doing much here.
Malenko tries to roll over but Ishikawa keeps him under control.
Malenko wants to control but Ishikawa is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Ishikawa prevents Malenko from improving his position.
Malenko is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Malenko is looking to control Ishikawa's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Malenko avoid being mounted?
Ishikawa slows the pace down in half guard.
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 is a very stocky fighter. Infact he's such a weird shape that he's almost like some sort of comedy character - it's hard to believe he's real.
Malenko is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Ishikawa wants to pass the guard but Malenko is defending well.
Malenko is controlling Ishikawa's position as best he can from this difficult position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa trying to advance position but Malenko counters by regaining guard.
Ishikawa won't allow Malenko to sweep him here.
Ishikawa advances to half guard.

Ishikawa is looking for a kimura here.

Ishikawa is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Ishikawa is pressing down on Malenko's thigh, looking to free his foot. Malenko is holding on for now.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Ishikawa 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.

Ishikawa 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.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa trying to control from Malenko's half guard. Malenko has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
Ishikawa looking to pass the guard.
Malenko keeping moving, preventing Ishikawa from controlling successfully.
Ishikawa looking to pass the guard.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Malenko looking to control but Ishikawa passes into half guard.

Ishikawa is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Malenko sees it coming and defends easily.
Malenko is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Malenko trying to control but Ishikawa postures up.

Ishikawa is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Ray Malenko has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Akira Ishikawa is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Malenko is pressing down on Ishikawa's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

Malenko working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Ishikawa doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Ishikawa manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Ishikawa trying to control the position from guard on top but Malenko is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Ishikawa is looking to pass into half guard but Malenko pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Malenko is in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ishikawa (2) vs (4) Malenko
Malenko trying to control the position from guard on top but Ishikawa is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Ishikawa looking for a sweep. Not yet Ishikawa, not yet.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa wants to hit a switch here but Malenko passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Ishikawa there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Ishikawa (2) vs (7) Malenko
Malenko throwing shots from mount but they're not landing.
Ishikawa regains half guard.
Ishikawa is looking to improve his position.
Malenko wants to take a breather but Ishikawa is having none of it.
Malenko wants to free his trapped foot but Ishikawa is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Ishikawa is looking to improve his position.
Ishikawa moves into full guard.
Malenko loading up with the ground and pound but he's missing more than he's landing in this flurry.
Ishikawa working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Malenko.
Ishikawa controlling the position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Malenko throws a big right hand that misses.
Ishikawa looking for a sweep. Not yet Ishikawa, not yet.

And that's the end of the fight!
Malenko wins on points by 7 to 2.
Ray Malenko seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
Akira Ishikawa spoke after the fight, saying 'It happens let's try again'.
 
 
 
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