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TWGC 18 (170lbs, D3): Montreal Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Zain Retherford (ranked 8384 p4p, 0 weight class) and Jorginho Marcelo (ranked 6704 p4p, 0 weight class). Jorginho Marcelo acknowledges the crowd's support as he enters the cage.




175 cm
18 yrs
150 lbs



175 cm
18 yrs
170 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the welterweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Zain Retherford! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Jorginho Marcelo!
The judges for this bout are William Peck, Alec Ball and Robert Douchet.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Marcelo shoots in for a takedown. "I don't think so" says Retherford as he avoids it easily.
Marcelo tries to clinch up

and Retherford counters with a takedown into side control.
Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Retherford (4) vs (0) Marcelo
Marcelo is looking to regain half guard here but Retherford keeps moving and retains side control.

Retherford is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Marcelo is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Marcelo tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Marcelo trying to remain calm as Retherford controls from the top position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Marcelo tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Marcelo keeps trying to improve his position.
Retherford happy to just control the position for now.
Marcelo sneaks back into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Retherford seems to be looking for submissions.
Retherford is taking a breather. Marcelo 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.
Marcelo is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Marcelo looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Marcelo is looking to improve his position.
Retherford controlling the action here.

Marcelo looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Retherford seems to be working for a kimura but Marcelo defends the submission attempt.
Marcelo wants to improve his position but Retherford is controlling well.
Retherford with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Marcelo is looking to control Retherford's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Marcelo avoid being mounted?
Marcelo tries to get to full guard but Retherford has control of the leg.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Retherford 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.
Marcelo has a hand on Retherford's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Retherford takes advantage of the position though and mounts him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Retherford (7) vs (0) Marcelo
Marcelo working to try and regain half guard.
Retherford looking to control and managing it successfully.
Marcelo is wriggling around trying to escape.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Retherford jumps to side control looking for an arm triangle but Marcelo manages to avoid the submission attempt.
Retherford tries to advance to mount but Marcelo denies him.
Marcelo gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Marcelo trying to get back to full guard but Retherford takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Retherford (10) vs (0) Marcelo
Marcelo 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: Retherford (10) vs (2) Marcelo
Marcelo stopping the sweep attempt from Retherford.
Retherford pulls Marcelo in to control the position.
Marcelo trying to control but Retherford is working from the bottom.
Retherford knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Marcelo on the ground.
Retherford pulls Marcelo in to control the position.
Retherford on his back here. We all know that wrestlers don't like being on their back so let's see if Retherford tries to get out of the position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Marcelo stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Retherford swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Retherford lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Retherford (12) vs (2) Marcelo
Retherford tries to free his leg and advance position but Marcelo is retaining full guard.

Marcelo throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

Marcelo is looking for a triangle but Retherford pushes his legs off easily.
Retherford trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Retherford won't allow Marcelo to sweep him here.

Marcelo working for submissions but it's allowed Retherford to get to half guard.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Retherford seems to be working for a kimura but Marcelo defends the submission attempt.

Retherford 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.
Retherford controlling the action here.
Marcelo wants to get back to full guard.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Marcelo looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Marcelo is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Retherford sitting and controlling from the half guard.

Retherford seems to be working for a kimura but Marcelo defends the submission attempt.
Marcelo tries to get to full guard but Retherford has control of the leg.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Retherford is working for a submission of some sort.
Marcelo is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Retherford with a momentary lay and pray from half guard.
Marcelo wants to control but Retherford is keeping busy.

Retherford is looking for a kimura but Marcelo is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Retherford to get the leverage.

Marcelo looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Marcelo wants to improve his position but Retherford is controlling well.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Marcelo looking for submissions off his back.
Retherford works his foot free and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Retherford (15) vs (2) Marcelo
Marcelo working to try and regain half guard.
Retherford takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Marcelo is trying desperately to improve position.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Retherford controlling the position easily from mount.
Marcelo is desperately trying to get back to half guard.
Marcelo tries to hold on but Retherford pushes him away.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Retherford takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Marcelo is trying desperately to improve position.
Marcelo regains half guard.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Retherford seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Marcelo wants to improve his position but Retherford is controlling well.
Marcelo won't allow Retherford to pass to mount.

Marcelo looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Marcelo wants to get back to full guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Marcelo looking to force a kimura from the bottom here. He's concentrating on that move too much though and Retherford pushes past his half guard into mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Retherford (18) vs (2) Marcelo
Retherford content just to control the position here.

Retherford working for a submission but Marcelo is keeping him at bay.
Retherford controlling from mount.
Retherford looking to control but Marcelo is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Marcelo is trying to escape the mount.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Retherford working for a guillotine from mount but Marcelo is in no mood to give up.
Retherford looking to control and managing it successfully.
Retherford avoids the attempt from Marcelo to control.
Retherford controlling from the full mount.

Retherford looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Retherford sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Marcelo is wriggling around trying to escape.

Retherford with some aggressive grappling here. He's looking for submissions here, rather than waiting for the opportunity to counter.
Retherford looking to control and managing it successfully.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Marcelo tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Retherford pushing the pace here, looking to move to his opponents back and work for a finish.

And that's the end of the fight!
Retherford takes the fight on points by 18 to 2.
In his post fight interview, Zain Retherford started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
 
 
 
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