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TWGC 17 (205lbs, D1): Las Vegas Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Simon Strange and Ulf Ek. The crowd giving both fighters a great reception on their way into the arena. That's good to see.




175 cm
35 yrs
187 lbs



190 cm
27 yrs
209 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 1 losses; Simon Strange! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 1 losses; Ulf Ek!
The judges for this bout are Wesley Smith, Chris Downing and Frank Dennis.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Ek is looking to clinch.
We've been hearing reports that Strange has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.
No luck for Strange with that takedown attempt.
Strange tries to clinch up against the cage, rushing in to close the distance. Ek manages to break the clinch and circles back to the middle of the mat.

Strange gets tackled into the cage by Ek. Ek maintains the clinch.

Strange pulls guard effortlessly.
Ek controlling from the top position.
Ek must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

Strange throws his legs up looking for a submission but Ek uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Strange (0) vs (3) Ek
Ek trying to control the position but Strange is working away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Strange tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Strange prevents Ek from improving position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A lull in the action here as Ek stalls from top position.
Strange is trying to control Ek's posture but Ek avoids it.
Strange is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Ek's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Strange wants to control but Ek is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Strange is trying to get back to full guard.

Strange actively working from the bottom here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Ek is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Ek wants to take a breather but Strange is having none of it.
Strange slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
My spies in Academy of Arse Whoopers inform me that Ek has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Ek stopping the sweep attempt from Strange.
Ek pushes down on Strange's leg and manages to get into half guard.

The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Ek is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Strange looking for submissions off his back.
Strange trying to get back to full guard but Ek takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Strange (0) vs (6) Ek
Ek trying to control but he's not successful this time.

Ek is going oldschool here, as he tries to force Strange to tap using a forearm choke. This isn't 1993 though, so Strange shrugs it off.
Strange manages to regain half guard. Good work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Strange wants to control but Ek passes into side.
Score +3 for passing guard: Strange (0) vs (9) Ek
Strange is not content to let Ek control the position.
Strange gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Strange (0) vs (11) Ek
Ek looking to control but Strange is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Strange wants to control but Ek is having none of it.
Strange has given up his back here. Will Ek look for the submission or keep pounding away?
Score +3 for taking back: Strange (0) vs (14) Ek

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Ek keeps control of the position as Strange tries to break free.
Will Ek go for the finish here or will he try and keep control of the position?
Strange tries to escape the position.
Strange trying to control the position but Ek manages to sink in the hooks.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Strange tries to escape the position.
Strange looking very determined here, making life difficult for Ek.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Ek is hanging on to Strange's back as he tries to escape.
Ek really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Strange.

Ek is looking for a rear naked choke here but Strange reverses the position brilliantly into Ek's guard!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Strange (2) vs (14) Ek
Strange looking to pass the guard.
Strange is working hard here to advance position.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Strange advances to half guard.
Ek tries to get to full guard but Strange has control of the leg.
Ek gets full guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Ek has his foot on Strange's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Strange works his way back into a safe position though.
Ek is trying to control the position but Strange postures up.
Strange won't allow Ek to sweep him here.
Strange controlling from the top position.
Ek is trying to control the position but Strange postures up.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Strange looking to sit in guard and control but Ek gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Strange (2) vs (16) Ek

Strange has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Ek can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

Strange is looking for a triangle but Ek pushes his legs off easily.

Strange is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Ek is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Strange looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Ek showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Ek passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Strange (2) vs (19) Ek
Ek is looking to take a break and control but Strange is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Strange is trying to escape the position but Ek is controlling the position.

Ek tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Strange seems a little lost for a moment, as Ek dominates the positioning.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Strange is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.

Strange looking for submissions off his back.
Ek trying to control from half guard but Strange is working away.
Strange works his way to full guard. Good work.
Strange pulls Ek in close to prevent any damage.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Ek passes Strange's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Strange tries to get to full guard but Ek has control of the leg.
Ek wants to control but Strange is keeping him busy.
Strange works his way to full guard. Good work.
Ek is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
It looks like Ek might be adopting somewhat of a lay and pray gameplan here, which I'm sure won't go down too well with the paying fans in attendance... Or the ring announcers come to think of it.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Strange looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Ek preventing the sweep.

Strange working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Ek has passed into half guard!
Strange is positioning himself well to prevent Ek advancing to mount.
Ek seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Strange does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Strange is looking to improve his position.
Ek passes the guard and advances to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Strange (2) vs (22) Ek
Ek looking to control but Strange is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Strange is controlling an arm, preventing Ek from taking his back. Although keeping him in mount is no better to be honest.
Strange looking to escape from mount but he's given up his back!
Score +3 for taking back: Strange (2) vs (25) Ek
Strange is in bad spot here.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Strange trying to control but he's just got himself in more trouble.

Ek working for the choke.

Ek is remaining active here, looking for the choke. The more discerning members of the crowd will appreciate his efforts.
Strange is in bad spot here.

Ek is working on the RNC. He looks like he's got it but Strange won't tap... Oh, he's out! The ref rips Ek off his unconscious opponent!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 14:58 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Ulf Ek!
Ulf Ek seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
Simon Strange spoke after the fight, saying 'FFS, can't seem to catch a break at the moment.'.
 
 
 
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