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TWGC 12 (145lbs, D1): Las Vegas Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Malakai Semerkhet and Mega Funkyama. Semerkhet kept the crowd waiting but all that was forgotten when his ring entrance music started. The incomparable musical genius that is راقصة صغيرة. Funkyama comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Bon Jovi: Bad Medicine kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




170 cm
30 yrs
154 lbs



168 cm
42 yrs
157 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 7 wins and 3 losses; Malakai Semerkhet! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 18 wins and 5 losses; Mega Funkyama!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Franklin, Gwen Towbar and Chris Downing.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Funkyama fails with an attempt to clinch.

Funkyama darts in and clinches Semerkhet up against the cage.
Funkyama goes for a takedown in the clinch but Semerkhet prevents it.
Funkyama tries to score a body lock takedown but Semerkhet shows good agility there to stay on his feet.
Funkyama is looking for a takedown.
Malakai Semerkhet has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mega Funkyama.

Funkyama has double underhooks and is working for a body lock takedown. He's got it. The fighters land in half guard but Semerkhet regains guard immediately.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Semerkhet (0) vs (2) Funkyama
Funkyama sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Semerkhet's guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Semerkhet is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Funkyama's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Funkyama's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Semerkhet (4) vs (2) Funkyama
You can see the frustration on Funkyama's face… He knows he is in trouble unless he improves his position sooner rather than later.
Semerkhet biding his time, controlling Funkyama.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Funkyama tries to escape the position.
Semerkhet really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Funkyama.
Semerkhet struggling to keep hold of the position.
I really don't envy Funkyama right now.
Semerkhet is riding his opponent, not letting Funkyama buck him off.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Funkyama staying busy and making it hard for Semerkhet to control.
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.
Semerkhet struggling to keep hold of the position.
Semerkhet just keeping the dominant position. He can't wait too long though, otherwise the referee will stand them back up.
Funkyama manages to reverse the position and now he's in Semerkhet's guard. Nice work there by Funkyama.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (4) vs (4) Funkyama
Semerkhet seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
Semerkhet keeping full guard, as Funkyama tries to pass.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Funkyama is pushing down on Semerkhet's leg trying to pass to half guard. Semerkhet is fighting to maintain full guard but Funkyama has managed to sneak the leg through.
Semerkhet is refusing to be controlled, as Funkyama sits in half guard.

Semerkhet looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

Funkyama is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Semerkhet is just riding it out for now. Funkyama eventually gives up the hold.
Funkyama wants to control but Semerkhet is keeping him busy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Funkyama uses his free foot to push down on Semerkhet's thigh. Eventually he works his other foot free and he's advanced to mount - this is trouble for Semerkhet.
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (4) vs (7) Funkyama
Semerkhet tries to hold on but Funkyama pushes him away.

Funkyama swings around for an armbar but it's a sloppy attempt and Semerkhet is now in Funkyama's guard. A big mistake from Funkyama there, giving up the dominant position!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (6) vs (7) Funkyama
Funkyama is trying to keep Semerkhet in close.
Funkyama looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Semerkhet stays in close to Funkyama's body and controls the position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet trying to control but Funkyama is working from the bottom.

Semerkhet got a little sloppy there for a moment and Funkyama has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Semerkhet has managed to get both his arms back between Funkyama's legs - danger averted.
Semerkhet looking to pass the guard.
Funkyama looking to hit a scissor sweep but Semerkhet is one step ahead there.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Semerkhet trying to control but Funkyama is working from the bottom.
Funkyama can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Semerkhet controls the pace.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Funkyama is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (6) vs (9) Funkyama
Funkyama forces his way into half guard.
Funkyama looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Funkyama passes to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (6) vs (12) Funkyama
Funkyama moves into full mount!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Semerkhet (6) vs (14) Funkyama

Funkyama is going oldschool here, as he tries to force Semerkhet to tap using a forearm choke. This isn't 1993 though, so Semerkhet shrugs it off.
Semerkhet stops Funkyama from taking his back. Still, being mounted isn't any better.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet bucks up and manages to get a nice reversal! He's in guard on the top - nicely done!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (8) vs (14) Funkyama

Funkyama is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Semerkhet defends well.
Funkyama controls Semerkhet momentarily but Semerkhet frees himself.
Semerkhet passes Funkyama's left leg - he's now in half guard.
Funkyama controlling the position for now.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is looking to take a break and control but Funkyama is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Semerkhet has freed up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (11) vs (14) Funkyama
Funkyama is trying to escape the mount.
Semerkhet controlling the position easily from mount.
Funkyama tries to hold on but Semerkhet pushes him away.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet controlling from the full mount.
Funkyama keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Semerkhet takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Funkyama slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
Semerkhet stalling.
Semerkhet trying to advance position but Funkyama counters by regaining guard.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet trying to control but Funkyama is working from the bottom.
Semerkhet is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

Funkyama is looking for a triangle but Semerkhet pushes his legs off easily.
Semerkhet trying to control the position from guard on top but Funkyama is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Semerkhet sitting in guard here, content to control.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Funkyama is keeping the position for now.
Funkyama wants to sweep but no luck.
Semerkhet wants to control from the top but Funkyama keeps moving.
Funkyama lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Semerkhet (11) vs (16) Funkyama
Funkyama trying to control the position from guard on top but Semerkhet is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Semerkhet keeping full guard, as Funkyama tries to pass.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Semerkhet working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Funkyama doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Funkyama manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Funkyama trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Semerkhet throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Funkyama pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Semerkhet is keeping the position for now.

Semerkhet escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Funkyama gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Funkyama trying to control the position from guard on top but Semerkhet is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Funkyama slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Semerkhet (11) vs (19) Funkyama
Funkyama tries to move to mount but Semerkhet blocks the move with his legs.

Funkyama thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Semerkhet stops Funkyama from passing to mount.
Semerkhet tries to bench press Funkyama off him but Funkyama keeps the position.
Semerkhet stops Funkyama from passing to mount.
Semerkhet gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Semerkhet (11) vs (21) Funkyama

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Funkyama trying to control but Semerkhet is having none of it.
Funkyama avoids the attempt from Semerkhet to control.
Semerkhet really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Semerkhet is working hard here to advance position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Funkyama is looking to work his way around to Semerkhet's back. He needs to be careful though, as he's in danger of losing this dominant position.
Semerkhet tries to hold on but Funkyama pushes him away.

And that's the end of the fight!
Funkyama wins on points by 21 to 11.
During a confident post fight interview, Mega Funkyama thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
 
 
 
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