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TWGC 17 (205lbs, D1): Finals - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Jay Gatsby and Bob Backlund. Both fighters look pumped up here. Let's hope this is a good fight!




175 cm
34 yrs
202 lbs



189 cm
36 yrs
189 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 Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 2 losses; Jay Gatsby! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 8 wins and 5 losses; Bob Backlund!
The judges for this bout are Andrew Berry, Phil Schofield and Paul Tew.


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

Gatsby closes the distance and clinches.

Backlund has dropped down and is working for a takedown. Gatsby is trying to keep an underhook but Backlund manages to get the takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Gatsby (0) vs (2) Backlund
Gatsby moves into full guard.
Gatsby is pulling down on Backlund's head. It's preventing any offense from Backlund, at least for the moment.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Gatsby wants to sweep here but Backlund controlling him for the moment.
Backlund trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Gatsby has his hands on Backlund's head, controlling the position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Backlund trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Backlund stands and throws Gatsby's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Gatsby (0) vs (5) Backlund
Gatsby's coaches at Brazilian Elite Team have been working on his defensive grappling in preparation for this fight so let's see if he can get out of this tricky position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
You can see the frustration on Gatsby's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Backlund tries to move to mount but Gatsby blocks the move with his legs.
Backlund wants to lay and pray for a moment but Gatsby keeps working.
Gatsby is trying to control Backlund's posture but Backlund avoids it.
Gatsby is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Backlund's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby tries to get to full guard but Backlund has control of the leg.
Backlund wants to pass to mount but Gatsby is defending the position.
Gatsby wants to improve his position but Backlund is controlling well.
Gatsby gets full guard.
Gatsby keeping full guard, as Backlund tries to pass.
Gatsby has his hands on Backlund's head, controlling the position.
Gatsby might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Backlund preventing the sweep.
Gatsby wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Backlund sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Gatsby's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Gatsby wants to improve his position but Backlund is controlling well.
Backlund tries to pass to full mount but Gatsby defends it.
Gatsby holds on for dear life, maintaining half guard for now.
Backlund looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Backlund is trying to control the action in half guard but Gatsby is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
My spies in Steel's Grappling Penn inform me that Backlund has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Gatsby gets full guard.
Gatsby wants to sweep here but Backlund controlling him for the moment.
Gatsby is adopting a defensive guard.
Backlund wants to pass the guard but Gatsby is keeping the position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby controls Backlund momentarily but Backlund frees himself.
Gatsby pulls Backlund in to control the position.
Gatsby is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Gatsby is adopting a defensive guard.
Gatsby manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Backlund manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gatsby (2) vs (5) Backlund
Backlund keeping moving, preventing Gatsby from controlling successfully.
Gatsby sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby passes Backlund's left leg - he's now in half guard.
Backlund wants to get back to full guard.
Gatsby works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Gatsby (5) vs (5) Backlund
Backlund tries to get back to half guard but can't.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby trying to control the position but Backlund is working away.
Backlund is trying to control Gatsby's posture but Gatsby avoids it.

Gatsby wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Backlund, who protects the arm well.
Gatsby is looking to take a break and control but Backlund is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Backlund has one of Gatsby's arms on lockdown, trying to prevent him from doing any damage.
Gatsby slows the pace down.
Gatsby has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Backlund is trying to get back to half guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Backlund sneaks back into half guard.
Gatsby is trying to control the action in half guard but Backlund is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Gatsby not doing much here.
Gatsby looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Backlund is looking to improve his position.
Backlund regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby trying to control but Backlund is working from the bottom.
Backlund 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.
Backlund 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: Gatsby (5) vs (7) Backlund
Backlund is thwarting Gatsby's attempts to control the position.
Backlund is looking to advance position but Gatsby won't allow it.
Gatsby tries to roll over but Backlund keeps him under control.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Backlund wants to take a breather but Gatsby is having none of it.
Gatsby moves into full guard.
Gatsby controls Backlund momentarily but Backlund frees himself.
Gatsby pulls Backlund in close to his closed guard and prevents Backlund from doing any damage or advancing position.
Gatsby working a defensive guard here.
Gatsby lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gatsby (7) vs (7) Backlund

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Gatsby 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.
Gatsby trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Gatsby is pushing down on Backlund's leg trying to pass to half guard. Backlund is fighting to maintain full guard but Gatsby has managed to sneak the leg through.
Gatsby is trying to control the action in half guard but Backlund is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Backlund works his way to full guard. Good work.
Gatsby trying to control the position from guard on top but Backlund is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Gatsby trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Backlund has his hands on Gatsby's head, controlling the position.
Gatsby looking to pass the guard.
Gatsby's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Gatsby wants to pass the guard but Backlund is keeping the position.
Gatsby content to stall in guard here.
Backlund wants to sweep here but Gatsby controlling him for the moment.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Backlund can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Gatsby controls the pace.
Backlund is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Backlund wants to hit a switch here but Gatsby passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Backlund there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Gatsby (10) vs (7) Backlund
Backlund wants to control but Gatsby is having none of it.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Backlund is looking to get to half guard.

And that's the end of the fight!
Gatsby takes the fight on points by 10 to 7.
In his post fight interview, Jay Gatsby gave a big smile as he said 'My life, old sport, my life... my life has got to be like this... It's got to keep going on.'.
 
 
 
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