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


Coming up we have a bantamweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Anthony Pettis and Aldo Crespo. Crespo has chosen Silent Lucidity as his entrance music. Pettis has a slight injury, which hopefully won't affect the fight too much. Aldo Crespo acknowledges the crowd's support as he enters the cage.




167 cm
29 yrs
143 lbs



185 cm
21 yrs
147 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the bantamweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 1 losses; Anthony Pettis! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Tokyo, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 2 losses; Aldo Crespo!
The judges for this bout are Yasuomi Hirokawa, Kenichi Hosakawa and Yuuki Gou.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Crespo gets tackled into the cage by Pettis. Pettis maintains the clinch.
Pettis has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Crespo avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.
Crespo is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Pettis pulls him back up using the underhooks.

Pettis gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Pettis (2) vs (0) Crespo
Pettis is breathing heavily.
Pettis wants to control from the top but Crespo keeps moving.
Crespo seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Crespo is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
Crespo working a defensive guard here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Crespo is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Pettis (2) vs (2) Crespo
We've been hearing good reports from Pettis'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.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Crespo is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

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

Crespo is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Pettis doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Crespo.
Pettis keeps control of the position for the meantime.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Crespo is trying to control. Pettis wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.

Crespo is trying to work for a kimura but Pettis is defending well.
My spies in Hellfire Antechamber inform me that Crespo has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Crespo wants to take a breather but Pettis is having none of it.

Crespo is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Pettis sees it coming and defends easily.
Crespo seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Pettis does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

Crespo is trying to work for a kimura but Pettis is defending well.

Crespo 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.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Crespo is looking for a kimura here.

Crespo is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Pettis has managed to free his arm - good work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Crespo is looking for a kimura but Pettis is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Crespo to get the leverage.
Crespo is looking to take a break and control but Pettis is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Crespo is looking for a kimura here.
Crespo stalling.
Pettis trying to control from the bottom.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Crespo content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.

Crespo is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Crespo is keen to just control but Pettis is a slippery customer.

Crespo is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Pettis doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Crespo.
Crespo slows the pace down in half guard.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Crespo wants to work for an arm triangle but Pettis is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Pettis is trying to control but can't.
Crespo wants to control but Pettis is keeping him busy.
Crespo tries to pass the half guard into mount. Pettis knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

Crespo is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

Crespo is looking for a kimura here.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Crespo trying to control from Pettis's half guard. Pettis has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
Crespo trying to control the position from guard on top but Pettis is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Crespo wants to pass the guard but Pettis is keeping the position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Pettis is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Pettis (4) vs (2) Crespo
Pettis is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Crespo is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Pettis's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Pettis's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Pettis (4) vs (6) Crespo

Crespo has the hooks in and he's looking for a rear naked choke here. Pettis is defending well but eventually Crespo manages to get an arm under the chin and he's locked on the RNC! Pettis has no choice but to tap now! He does! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 9:55 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Aldo Crespo!
Jumping up and down and very excited, Aldo Crespo waved his t-shirt featuring RAGS of a RONIN's logo in front of the cameras.
 
 
 
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