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TWGC 17 (205lbs, D1): Las Vegas Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Ulf Ek and James Penn. The crowd seem to be enjoying Penn's choice of entrance music: Everything in its right place. Both fighter's entrance songs getting the crowd jumping here.




190 cm
27 yrs
209 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 Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 1 losses; Ulf Ek! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 5 losses; James Penn!
The judges for this bout are Stewart Dunkirk, Alan Glass and Cecil Peabody.


Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?
Penn fails with a takedown attempt.
Penn has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Ek is landing a low percentage of strikes.

Ek clinches with his opponent.

Ek is fighting off a takedown attempt but Penn is just too persistent for him and manages to trip Ek to the mat. Ek regains guard as soon as the fighters hit the mat.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Ek (0) vs (2) Penn
Penn trying to control but Ek is working from the bottom.
Penn is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Ek tries to land a sweep but no joy.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Ek is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Penn is aware though and is defending well.
Ek working a defensive guard here.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Penn got a little sloppy there for a moment and Ek has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Penn has managed to get both his arms back between Ek's legs - danger averted.
Ek seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
Penn seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Ek wants to sweep here but Penn controlling him for the moment.
Ek trying to control the position.
Penn trying to control but Ek is working from the bottom.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Ek has his foot on Penn's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Penn works his way back into a safe position though.
Penn tries to free his leg and advance position but Ek is retaining full guard.
Penn sitting in guard here, content to control.
Let's hope that Penn has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Ek holds on and takes a little breather.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ek working a defensive guard here.
Ek working a defensive guard but Penn passes into half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Penn is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Penn prevents Ek from improving his position.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Penn is taking a breather. Ek 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.

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

Penn wants to work for an arm triangle but Ek is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Penn looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Ek tries to roll over but Penn keeps him under control.
Penn is keen to just control but Ek is a slippery customer.
Penn trying to mount his opponent but Ek defends it.
Penn wants to control but Ek is keeping him busy.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Ek holds on for dear life, maintaining half guard for now.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Ek is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Ek is not content to let Penn control the position.
Penn controlling the action here.
Ek moves into full guard.
Penn wants to control from the top but Ek keeps moving.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Ek trying to control the position.
Penn stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Ek swivels though and keeps the full guard.

Ek throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Penn looking to pass the guard.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Ek looking for a sweep. Not yet Ek, not yet.
Ek is working hard here to advance position.
Ek managing to control the position.
Penn wants to control from the top but Ek keeps moving.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Penn is fighting to break Ek's control of his arms but Ek is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Penn wants to control from the top but Ek keeps moving.
Ek is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Penn controlling from the top position.

Ek has his foot on Penn's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Penn works his way back into a safe position though.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Penn trying to control the position from guard on top but Ek is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Penn passes into half guard.
Penn is pressing down on Ek's thigh, looking to free his foot. Ek is holding on for now.
Ek is trying to maintain the position but Penn is very close to passing his half guard.

Penn seems to be working for a kimura but Ek defends the submission attempt.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Ek is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Penn pulls his head out easily.
Ek is refusing to be controlled, as Penn sits in half guard.
Ek is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Penn's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Penn's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Ek (4) vs (2) Penn
Ek doesn't have the hooks in and Penn manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ek (4) vs (4) Penn
Ek 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.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Ek is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ek (6) vs (4) Penn

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Penn looking for a sweep. Not yet Penn, not yet.
Ek postures up.
Penn keeping full guard, as Ek tries to pass.
Penn bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Ek's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ek (6) vs (6) Penn
Ek lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ek (8) vs (6) Penn

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Penn wants to sweep but no luck.
Ek looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Penn keeping moving, preventing Ek from controlling successfully.
Ek slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Penn lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Ek (8) vs (8) Penn

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Ek is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Penn seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.
Penn trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Penn wants to control from the top but Ek keeps moving.
Ek is adopting a defensive guard.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Penn looking to control the position here, rather than advance.

Ek is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

And that's the end of the fight!
As we have tied on points, we go to a tie breaker and Ek gets a bonus point for attempting more subs.
Ek takes the fight on points by 9 to 8.
Our winner, Ulf Ek, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
 
 
 
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