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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 Xander Machado and James Penn. Penn has chosen Everything in its right place as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. This should be a great matchup!




196 cm
23 yrs
213 lbs



181 cm
30 yrs
185 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 London, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 1 losses; Xander Machado! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 5 losses; James Penn!
The judges for this bout are Cecil Peabody, Alan Glass and Frank Dennis.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.

Penn looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Machado (0) vs (2) Penn
Machado is looking to control Penn's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Machado avoid being mounted?
Penn is controlling the pace.
Penn works his foot free and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (0) vs (5) Penn
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Machado is trying to escape the mount.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Penn working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.
Machado sneaks a leg under to get to half guard.

Penn is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Machado manages to get to full guard.
Machado wants to sweep but no luck.
Machado keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.
Penn might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Machado haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Machado is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Machado (2) vs (5) Penn
Machado trying to control the position from guard on top but Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Penn looking to control.
Machado trying to control the position from guard on top but Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Machado stopping the sweep attempt from Penn.
Machado looking to sit in guard and control but Penn gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Machado (2) vs (7) Penn

Penn got a little sloppy there for a moment and Machado has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Penn has managed to get both his arms back between Machado's legs - danger averted.
Penn works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Machado gets full guard.

Machado isolates an arm and boxes in a triangle. Penn stacks Machado on his neck as he steps over and passes to the side. He's now in a much more dominant position where he can look to do some serious damage. Nice move by Penn!
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (2) vs (10) Penn
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Machado tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Penn in side control, just content to control the action for now.
Machado is trying to work for a sweep but Penn has mounted him!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Machado (2) vs (12) Penn
Penn tries to control but Machado wriggling away.
Penn seems to be looking to move to his opponent's back but Machado is holding on tight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Penn is in full mount, looking to secure a guillotine but Machado is surviving well by controlling Penn's body position as best he can.
Machado is looking to get to half guard.
Penn tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.
Machado wants to hold on but Penn pushes him away.
Machado is looking to get to half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Penn controlling the position easily from mount.
Penn can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Machado is looking to escape.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Penn looking to control and managing it successfully.
Machado really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Machado manages to regain half guard. Good work.
Penn wants to lay and pray for a moment but Machado keeps working.
Machado is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Machado looking for submissions off his back.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Machado is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Penn not doing much here.
Penn is trying to control the action in half guard but Machado is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Machado won't allow Penn to pass to mount.
Penn wants to lay and pray for a moment but Machado keeps working.
Machado wants to get back to full guard.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Penn seems to be working for a kimura but Machado defends the submission attempt.
Penn is controlling the pace.

Machado looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Penn tries to pass the half guard into mount. Machado knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Machado works his way to full guard. Good work.
Penn trying to control but Machado is working from the bottom.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Penn advances to half guard.
Machado has his hands clasped together around Penn's back. He's all about the action.
Machado is looking to get back to full guard here but Penn has managed to pass to side control instead.
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (2) vs (15) Penn
Machado gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Penn is taking a breather. Machado says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
Machado is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Penn is looking to take a break and control but Machado is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Machado is looking to improve his position.
Penn is trying to control. Machado wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Penn works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (2) vs (18) Penn
Machado is looking to reverse the position.
Machado gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Penn passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Machado!
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (2) vs (21) Penn
Penn pushing the pace here, looking to move to his opponents back and work for a finish.

Penn is working on an americana here. Ooh, that looks pretty nasty! Nope, Machado has managed to escape the submission attempt.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Penn looking for a guillotine from mount but Machado is having none of it.
Machado is working to get back to half guard.
Penn wants to control the pace but Machado is squirming around nicely.
Machado working to try and regain half guard.
Machado 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: Machado (4) vs (21) Penn
Penn looking to hit a scissor sweep but Machado is one step ahead there.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Penn is still trying to improve position.
Machado looking to sit in guard and control but Penn gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Machado (4) vs (23) Penn
Machado is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.

Machado working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Penn has passed into half guard!
Machado has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Penn is working away from the top position though.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Machado is not content to let Penn control the position.
Machado wants to improve his position but Penn is controlling well.
Machado is looking to get full guard. It looks like he might be successful but at the last minute Penn jumps into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (4) vs (26) Penn
Machado is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Machado wants to improve his position but Penn is controlling well.
Machado gets full guard.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Machado has an active guard here but Penn has managed to pass into half guard.

Penn is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Penn frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Machado (4) vs (29) Penn
Machado keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Machado looking to escape from mount but he's given up his back!
Score +3 for taking back: Machado (4) vs (32) Penn
Machado tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Machado is squirming around, avoiding Penn's attempts to control the action.
Penn prevents Machado from getting the reversal.
Penn can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Machado is looking to escape.
Penn is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.
Machado tries to reverse the position but Penn maintains control.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Penn looking to control but Machado is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Machado tries to get back to half guard but can't.

And that's the end of the fight!
Penn wins on points by 32 to 4.
James Penn seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
 
 
 
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