TWGC 16 (185lbs, D1): London Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a middleweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Rickson Dredd and Michael Blake. I can't wait for this one - let's get the fighter introductions out of the way and get this one started!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the middleweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 4 losses; Rickson Dredd! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Amsterdam, with a TWGC record of 13 wins and 3 losses; Michael Blake!
The judges for this bout are James Glass, Richard Clark and Donald Grub.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Dredd drops down and drives through with a powerful takedown into guard. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Dredd (2) vs (0) Blake
Dredd preventing the sweep.
We've been hearing good reports from Dredd's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Blake working a defensive guard here.
Dredd tries to free his leg and advance position but Blake is retaining full guard.
Dredd trying to control but Blake is working from the bottom.
Dredd is really struggling to control Blake but he's trying to hold on to the position.
Dredd pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Blake is keeping the position for now.
Dredd sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Blake's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Dredd is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Blake is trying to get back to full guard.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Dredd perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Dredd trying to control the action but Blake is working from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Blake tries to get to full guard but Dredd has control of the leg.
Dredd 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.
Dredd works his foot free and advances to mount. Score +3 for passing guard: Dredd (5) vs (0) Blake
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Dredd trying to control but Blake is having none of it.
Dredd controlling his opponent.
Dredd fails to take his opponent's back.
Blake has worked his way to half guard, taking advantage of Dredd's lack of action.
Dredd is looking for a kimura. It's pretty deep but Blake still has the half guard so he's probably OK. Oh, Blake has exploded into a beautiful escape there and after a quick scramble, he's ended up in side control on top! Nice work! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Dredd (5) vs (4) Blake
Blake taking a breather here.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Blake trying to control the position but Dredd is working away.
Dredd tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Dredd is working hard here to advance position.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Blake tries to move into full mount but can't pass Dredd's legs.
Dredd is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Blake off and has taken his back! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Dredd (9) vs (4) Blake
Dredd working for the choke.
Blake manages to reverse the position and now he's in Dredd's guard. Nice work there by Blake.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Dredd (9) vs (6) Blake
Blake stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Dredd swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Blake avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Blake tries to free his leg and advance position but Dredd is retaining full guard.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Dredd working a defensive guard here.
Blake looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Blake got a little sloppy there for a moment and Dredd has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Blake has managed to get both his arms back between Dredd's legs - danger averted.
Dredd throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Dredd is looking for a triangle but Blake pushes his legs off easily.
Blake sitting in guard here, content to control.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Dredd is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Dredd trying to control the position.
Blake wants to pass the guard but Dredd is keeping the position.
Dredd controls Blake momentarily but Blake frees himself.
Dredd has his foot on Blake's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Blake works his way back into a safe position though.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Blake trying to control the position from guard on top but Dredd is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Blake is stalling in the full guard.
Dredd looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Blake seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Dredd keeping full guard, as Blake tries to pass.
Dredd is controlling Blake's posture.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Blake 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.
Blake looking to pass the guard.
Dredd looking for subs off his back but Blake has passed one foot through into half guard.
Dredd trying to control from the bottom.
That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Dredd is going to have to think about doing something other than just controlling because Blake is managing to avoid having the position dictated to him.
Dredd is trying to get back to full guard.
Blake is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Dredd tries to get to full guard but Blake has control of the leg.
That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Dredd has his hands clasped together around Blake's back. He's all about the action.
Dredd looking for submissions off his back.
Blake looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Dredd wants to get back to full guard.
Dredd has a hand on Blake's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Blake takes advantage of the position though and mounts him! Score +3 for passing guard: Dredd (9) vs (9) Blake
Dredd tries to control Blake's body but Blake pushes him off. Dredd squirms to his side and now Blake has his back! Score +3 for taking back: Dredd (9) vs (12) Blake
Dredd 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 Blake gets his way!
Dredd turns into Blake and is now in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Dredd (11) vs (12) Blake
That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Blake looking to hit a scissor sweep but Dredd is one step ahead there.
Blake keeping full guard, as Dredd tries to pass.
Dredd slips effortlessly into side control - very nice. Score +3 for passing guard: Dredd (14) vs (12) Blake
Dredd tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Dredd has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Dredd looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.
Dredd is trying to get an arm triangle but Blake is defending well.
That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Dredd goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Blake has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Dredd but great work by Blake. Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Dredd (14) vs (16) Blake
Dredd is not content to let Blake control the position.
Blake controlling from side mount.
Dredd is trying to improve his position.
That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Dredd manages to get back to half guard.
Blake prevents Dredd from improving his position.
Blake is looking to advance position but Dredd won't allow it.
Blake is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Dredd doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Blake.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Dredd tries to get to full guard but Blake has control of the leg.
And that's the end of the fight!
Blake wins on points by 16 to 14.
Michael Blake decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.