TWGC 10 (170lbs, D1): Tokyo Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a welterweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Luke Johnson and Renato Cardoso. Cardoso comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Samba de Janeiro kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the welterweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Luke Johnson! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Sydney, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 3 losses; Renato Cardoso!
The judges for this bout are Ren Mimura, Yasuomi Hirokawa and Sosuke Kotani.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Johnson moves into range and clinches up with Cardoso.
Johnson wants the takedown. Cardoso is fighting it off but Johnson persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Cardoso's guard against the cage. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Johnson (2) vs (0) Cardoso
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Cardoso has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Johnson can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Cardoso keeping full guard, as Johnson tries to pass.
Johnson won't allow Cardoso to sweep him here.
Cardoso lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Johnson (2) vs (2) Cardoso
Johnson has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Johnson looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Johnson keeping full guard, as Cardoso tries to pass.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Johnson working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Cardoso doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Cardoso manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Cardoso trying to control the position from guard on top but Johnson is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Johnson had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Cardoso defends it easily.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Johnson is trying to keep Cardoso in close.
Cardoso passes Johnson's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Cardoso is trying to work for a kimura but Johnson is defending well.
Cardoso frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount. Score +3 for passing guard: Johnson (2) vs (5) Cardoso
Johnson is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Cardoso wants to take his opponent's back but Johnson doesn't allow it.
Cardoso looking for a guillotine from mount but Johnson is having none of it.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cardoso goes for an armbar but Johnson turns quickly into his guard - lovely anticipation from Johnson. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Johnson (4) vs (5) Cardoso
Johnson slips nicely into half guard.
Johnson is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Cardoso doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Johnson.
Johnson trying to control from half guard but Cardoso is working away.
Johnson is pressing down on Cardoso's thigh, looking to free his foot. Cardoso is holding on for now.
Cardoso is looking for a sweep. Johnson is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Cardoso looking for submissions off his back.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Johnson wants to pass the guard but Cardoso is defending well.
Cardoso is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Johnson pulls his head out easily.
Johnson is controlling the pace.
Johnson is working for a kimura but Cardoso is defending it quite comfortably.
Cardoso is defending against the submission attempts here by Johnson.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Cardoso is refusing to be controlled, as Johnson sits in half guard.
Johnson wants to pass to mount but Cardoso is defending the position.
Johnson moves nicely into side control. Score +3 for passing guard: Johnson (7) vs (5) Cardoso
Johnson is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Cardoso knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Cardoso is looking to regain half guard here but Johnson keeps moving and retains side control.
Johnson working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Cardoso trying to remain calm as Johnson controls from the top position.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Cardoso tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Johnson tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Johnson wants to control but Cardoso is keeping him busy.
Cardoso is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Johnson tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Johnson has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Johnson is looking to take a break and control but Cardoso is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Cardoso wants to improve his position, back to half guard but Johnson has ideas of his own. He's got hold of Cardoso's far side arm and it looks like he's got an Americana. Ohh! Ohhhh! OOOOOOOOOH! A human being's arm is not meant to bend like that! Cardoso is tapping like a morse code operator on the Titanic! SOS SOS! He's out of here! Great win for Johnson!
Ladies and gentlemen, after 6:23 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Americana). Luke Johnson!
A very excited looking Luke Johnson made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.