TWGC 17 (205lbs, D1): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between John Gites and Brick Tamland. Gites comes into the arena with Eminem - Above The Law blaring out of the sound system. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!
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 9 wins and 9 losses; John Gites! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 18 wins and 6 losses; Brick Tamland!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, Paul Tew and Daniel Bishop.
Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?
Gites drives through with a really nice takedown into side control. Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Gites (4) vs (0) Tamland
Gites controlling from side mount.
Gites is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Tamland knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
A lull in the action here as Gites stalls from top position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gites trying to control the action but Tamland is working from the bottom.
Tamland sneaks back into half guard.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Tamland moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Gites pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Tamland is keeping the position for now.
Tamland wants to sweep but no luck.
Tamland seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Gites stopping the sweep attempt from Tamland.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Tamland looking to control.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Tamland manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Gites manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gites (4) vs (2) Tamland
Tamland preventing the sweep.
Tamland trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Gites is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gites (6) vs (2) Tamland
Gites tries to free his leg and advance position but Tamland is retaining full guard.
Tamland has his foot on Gites's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Gites works his way back into a safe position though.
Tamland keeping full guard, as Gites tries to pass.
Tamland has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Convicted Fight Club. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gites trying to control the position from guard on top but Tamland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Tamland being controlled here, momentarily.
Tamland looking for a guillotine here but Gites defends easily.
Tamland lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gites (6) vs (4) Tamland
We've been hearing good reports from Gites'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.
Gites wants to hit a switch here but Tamland passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Gites there! Score +3 for passing guard: Gites (6) vs (7) Tamland
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gites is desperately trying to improve his position but Tamland has a good base and remains in mount.
Tamland controlling from the full mount.
Gites regains half guard.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Tamland is pressing down on Gites's thigh, looking to free his foot. Gites is holding on for now.
Tamland prevents Gites from improving his position.
Gites is looking to get full guard. It looks like he might be successful but at the last minute Tamland jumps into side control! Score +3 for passing guard: Gites (6) vs (10) Tamland
Tamland moving around in side mount but really he's just happy to control for now.
Let's hope that Tamland 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.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
We're seeing a lot of stalling here from Tamland.
Gites tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Tamland wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Tamland tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Gites is trying to control Tamland's posture but Tamland avoids it.
Gites tries to improve position but can't.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
A control attempt from Gites but he's now mounted! Score +2 for reaching mount: Gites (6) vs (12) Tamland
Gites really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Tamland wants to control the pace but Gites is squirming around nicely.
Gites is looking to get to half guard.
Tamland sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Gites 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: Gites (8) vs (12) Tamland
Tamland keeping moving, preventing Gites from controlling successfully.
Tamland is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Gites is pushing down on Tamland's leg trying to pass to half guard. Tamland is fighting to maintain full guard but Gites has managed to sneak the leg through.
Tamland is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Gites pulls his head out easily.
That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Tamland moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Tamland 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.
Gites not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Tamland can't keep his opponent in guard - Gites advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Tamland moves into full guard.
Gites 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.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Tamland controlling the position.
Gites advances to half guard.
Tamland is looking to control Gites's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Tamland avoid being mounted?
Gites performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Tamland is looking to improve his position.
That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Gites trying to mount his opponent but Tamland defends it.
Tamland is defending against the submission attempts here by Gites.
Gites is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Tamland sees it coming and defends easily.
Gites prevents Tamland from improving his position.
That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Gites seems like he's working for an arm triangle here. He's freed his trapped foot and he's rotating nicely. Tamland is in big trouble! He's tapping out! This one is aaaaaaaaaaaall over!
Ladies and gentlemen, after 12:23 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Arm Triangle). John Gites!
Our winner, John Gites, 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.