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TWGC 17 (135lbs, D2): New York Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a bantamweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Braxton Hernando and John Nordquist. Braxton Hernando had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business




175 cm
22 yrs
144 lbs



170 cm
22 yrs
148 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the bantamweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 1 losses; Braxton Hernando! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; John Nordquist!
The judges for this bout are Anthony Taglia, Chad Campbell and Joseph Jones.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Nordquist clinches with his opponent.

Nordquist tightens his grip and picks Hernando up, before dumping him to the ground. Hernando manages to land in guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Hernando (0) vs (2) Nordquist
Nordquist preventing the sweep.
Hernando seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Nordquist wants to control from the top but Hernando keeps moving.
Nordquist is stalling in the full guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nordquist slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Hernando (0) vs (5) Nordquist
Hernando is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Thomas Top Team, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Nordquist wants to lay and pray for a moment but Hernando keeps working.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hernando struggling a bit here.
Nordquist trying to control the position but Hernando is working away.
You can see the frustration on Hernando's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Hernando is not content to let Nordquist control the position.

Nordquist tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Nordquist has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hernando is not content to let Nordquist control the position.
Nordquist happy to just control the position for now.

Nordquist goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Hernando rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Nordquist's guard! Nice work there by Hernando!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Hernando (2) vs (5) Nordquist
Hernando pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Nordquist is keeping the position for now.
Nordquist not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nordquist tries to land a sweep but no joy.

Nordquist working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Hernando has passed into half guard!
Hernando tries to pass the half guard into mount. Nordquist knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Nordquist has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at ~KT-MMA~. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.

Hernando 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.
Hernando content to control rather than advance.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Hernando seems to be looking for submissions.
Nordquist trying to keep hold of his opponent's head but Hernando manages to pass to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Hernando (5) vs (5) Nordquist
Nordquist is looking to get to half guard.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Hernando controlling the position easily from mount.
Nordquist is wriggling around trying to escape.
Hernando wants to take Nordquist's back here but Nordquist is holding on to an arm, himself looking to escape.

Hernando looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Hernando trying to control but Nordquist is having none of it.
Nordquist tries to hold on but Hernando pushes him away.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Hernando looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.

Hernando looking to secure an arm triangle but Nordquist defends it well.
Nordquist prevents Hernando from taking his back.
Nordquist really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Nordquist slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Hernando is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Nordquist defends it well.

Nordquist is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Hernando pulls his head out easily.
Hernando wants to take a breather but Nordquist is having none of it.
Nordquist is trying to control but can't.
Nordquist tries to regain full guard. Instead though, Hernando has advanced to mount. Uh oh.
Score +3 for passing guard: Hernando (8) vs (5) Nordquist
Nordquist working to try and regain half guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Hernando controlling the pace for now.
Hernando trying to control but he's not successful this time.

Hernando working to secure an arm triangle but it's not happening for him just yet.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Nordquist is squirming around, avoiding Hernando's attempts to control the action.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Hernando is going oldschool here, as he tries to force Nordquist to tap using a forearm choke. This isn't 1993 though, so Nordquist shrugs it off.
Nordquist tries to hold on but Hernando postures up.

Hernando working to secure an arm triangle but it's not happening for him just yet.
Hernando can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Nordquist is looking to escape.

Hernando goes for an armbar but Nordquist turns quickly into his guard - lovely anticipation from Nordquist.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Hernando (8) vs (7) Nordquist
Nordquist is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Nordquist stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Hernando swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Nordquist trying to control but Hernando is working from the bottom.
Hernando 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.
Hernando bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Nordquist's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Hernando (10) vs (7) Nordquist

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Nordquist is looking to sweep but instead, Hernando has passed into half guard.
Nordquist is looking for a sweep. Hernando is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

Nordquist looking for submissions off his back.
Nordquist is looking to improve his position.
Hernando is thwarting Nordquist's attempts to control the position.
Nordquist wants to improve his position but Hernando is controlling well.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Hernando is looking for a kimura here.

Hernando is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Hernando is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Nordquist is the more experienced fighter here and he's going to need to draw on some of that experience if he's going to pull this one out the bag.
Nordquist is staying active underneath Hernando, who seems content to just control the action from this position.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Nordquist gets back to full guard.
Nordquist controls Hernando momentarily but Hernando frees himself.
Hernando trying to control but Nordquist is working from the bottom.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Nordquist is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Hernando (10) vs (9) Nordquist
Nordquist trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Hernando looking to hit a scissor sweep but Nordquist is one step ahead there.
Nordquist trying to control but Hernando is working from the bottom.
Hernando is trying to keep Nordquist in close.
Nordquist sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Hernando's guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Hernando makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Hernando.
Nordquist postures up.

And that's the end of the fight!
Hernando takes the fight on points by 10 to 9.
 
 
 
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