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TWGC 17 (205lbs, D1): Rio de Janeiro Qu - Round 1 PBP Commentary

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

190 cm
33 yrs
216 lbs

190 cm
35 yrs
200 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 4 wins and 5 losses; Helio Kimura! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 7 losses; Brock Gracie!
The judges for this bout are Alexandre Firmino, Leandro Rodrigues and Thiago Cunha.

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

Gracie pushes Kimura up against the cage in a clinch.

Kimura drags the fight down to the ground.
Kimura looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Gracie controls the pace of the fight for a moment.

Kimura looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
We've been hearing good reports from Kimura'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.
Kimura 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.
Gracie trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Kimura working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Gracie doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Gracie manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Gracie content to stall in guard here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kimura trying to keep a closed guard but Gracie is proving a slippery customer.
Kimura looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Gracie puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Gracie with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Gracie is trying to control the action in half guard but Kimura is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Gracie is thwarting Kimura's attempts to control the position.
Gracie wants to take a breather but Kimura is having none of it.

Gracie seems to be looking for submissions.

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

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is thwarting Kimura's attempts to control the position.
Gracie trying to mount his opponent but Kimura defends it.
Kimura trying to control but Gracie postures up.
Gracie is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is trying to control. Kimura wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Gracie is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.
Kimura tries to roll over but Gracie keeps him under control.
The fighters are battling for position here. Kimura manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Gracie passes Kimura's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Kimura is staying active underneath Gracie, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Gracie is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Kimura has managed to free his arm - good work.
Kimura is looking to improve his position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Kimura is looking to control Gracie's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Kimura avoid being mounted?
Gracie is pressing down on Kimura's thigh, looking to free his foot. Kimura is holding on for now.
Kimura is looking for a sweep. Gracie is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

Kimura actively working from the bottom here.
Kimura trying to control from the bottom.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is trying to control. Kimura wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Gracie has freed up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Kimura (0) vs (3) Gracie
Kimura is desperately trying to improve his position but Gracie has a good base and remains in mount.
Kimura has given up his back. Will we see Gracie going for some submissions?
Score +3 for taking back: Kimura (0) vs (6) Gracie

Gracie is looking to finish the fight by rear naked choke. Kimura knows exactly what he's got planned though, so he's defending well. Maybe a few strikes would soften Kimura for a finish.
Kimura wants to control his opponent's hands but Gracie gets his hands free.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Gracie is looking for the choke from the back position but Kimura is controlling his hands well.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Kimura rolls, trying to escape but Gracie keeps control of the position.

Kimura defends a rear naked choke attempt by controlling one of Gracie's arms.
Gracie avoiding Kimura 's attempts to control his hands.
Gracie keeps control of the position as Kimura tries to break free.

Gracie has his hand under the chin of his opponent looking for the choke. He's nearly got it! This one could be all over! But no, Kimura has freed his hand and lives to survive another… well, another couple of seconds at least!

Kimura showing good submission defense here.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Gracie trying to control.
Gracie doesn't have the hooks in and Kimura manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Kimura (2) vs (6) Gracie

Kimura drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Gracie dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Kimura (2) vs (8) Gracie
Gracie trying to control but Kimura is working from the bottom.

Kimura pushes a forearm under Gracie's chin to create some space. He's escaped his hips and pivoted quickly for an armbar! Can he extend the arm? Yes, Gracie is tapping out! Damn, that was fast!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 8:59 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Helio Kimura!
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