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TWGC 10 (265lbs, D3): Los Angeles Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Bubba Rugowski and Carlos Shirahama. Both fighters will be looking to make this an exciting fight for the fans, I'm sure!




225 cm
47 yrs
277 lbs



198 cm
19 yrs
260 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Bubba Rugowski! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Carlos Shirahama!
The judges for this bout are Don Winkell, Frank Antenori and Timothy Bukovac.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Shirahama shoots in for a takedown and gets it.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Rugowski (0) vs (2) Shirahama
Shirahama wants to control but Rugowski is keeping him busy.
The fighters are battling for position here. Rugowski manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Rugowski tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Shirahama trying to control the position from guard on top but Rugowski is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Rugowski trying to control the position here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shirahama stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Rugowski swivels though and keeps the full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Shirahama trying to control but Rugowski is working from the bottom.
Rugowski 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.
Rugowski looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Shirahama trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Rugowski wants to sweep here but Shirahama controlling him for the moment.
Shirahama trying to control but Rugowski is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski looking to hit a scissor sweep but Shirahama is one step ahead there.
Shirahama looking to pass the guard.
Shirahama looking to sit in guard and control but Rugowski gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rugowski (2) vs (2) Shirahama

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski is pushing down on Shirahama's leg trying to pass to half guard. Shirahama is fighting to maintain full guard but Rugowski has managed to sneak the leg through.
Well, if Rugowski 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.
Shirahama tries to get to full guard but Rugowski has control of the leg.
Rugowski trying to control the pace.
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.
Rugowski tries to pass the half guard into mount. Shirahama knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Well, if Rugowski 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.
Shirahama wants to control but Rugowski is keeping busy and won't allow it.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Shirahama looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

Rugowski is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Shirahama doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Rugowski.
Rugowski content to control rather than advance.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Shirahama looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Rugowski controlling the action here.
Rugowski really does look like a pencil wearing a pair of gloves. Let's hope he has a gameplan to suit that ridiculous body shape.
Shirahama manages to get to full guard.
Shirahama being controlled here, momentarily.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Shirahama looking for a guillotine here but Rugowski defends easily.

Shirahama is looking for a triangle but Rugowski pushes his legs off easily.
Shirahama can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Rugowski controls the pace.
Rugowski passes Shirahama's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Rugowski will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Rugowski perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Rugowski continues to stall.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Rugowski content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Rugowski frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Rugowski (5) vs (2) Shirahama
Shirahama is trying to escape the mount.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski takes Shirahama's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Rugowski (8) vs (2) Shirahama
Rugowski is looking cool and calm here, just waiting for a good opportunity to attack and finish the fight from this dominant position.

Rugowski is looking for the choke from the back position but Shirahama is controlling his hands well.
Rugowski controlling the position well here. Shirahama rolled but Rugowski kept the hooks locked in and stayed in the dominant position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Shirahama 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 Rugowski gets his way!
A bit of a pause in the action here. Rugowski controlling the positon.
Rugowski doesn't have the hooks in and Shirahama manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rugowski (8) vs (4) Shirahama
Shirahama trying to control but Rugowski is working from the bottom.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski is controlling Shirahama's posture.
Shirahama wants to control from the top but Rugowski keeps moving.
Shirahama might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Rugowski haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

Shirahama drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Rugowski manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Shirahama has Rugowski in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rugowski (10) vs (4) Shirahama
Shirahama trying to keep a closed guard but Rugowski is proving a slippery customer.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Rugowski avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Rugowski showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Rugowski stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Shirahama swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Rugowski is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Rugowski's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Shirahama is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Rugowski wants to pass the guard but Shirahama is keeping the position.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Rugowski showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Rugowski passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Rugowski (13) vs (4) Shirahama
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Rugowski has knee on belly and moves into mount.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Rugowski (15) vs (4) Shirahama

And that's the end of the fight!
Rugowski takes the fight on points by 15 to 4.
A relieved looking Bubba Rugowski thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
 
 
 
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