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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D1): Las Vegas Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Jonqw Fray (ranked 3961 p4p, 0 weight class) and Ishiihara Sakuraba (ranked 8429 p4p, 0 weight class). Ishiihara Sakuraba told me before the fight that he's been watching a lot of DVDs so let's see if that helps him in this one! I can't wait to find out!




160 cm
37 yrs
170 lbs



165 cm
21 yrs
145 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 2 losses; Jonqw Fray! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Montreal, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 3 losses; Ishiihara Sakuraba!
The judges for this bout are Wesley Smith, George Francis and Gwen Towbar.


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

Sakuraba is looking for a takedown here. He's shot in and has managed to get it, finishing up in Fray's half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Fray (0) vs (2) Sakuraba
Well, if Sakuraba is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.
Sakuraba prevents Fray from improving his position.
Sakuraba performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Sakuraba trying to control from half guard but Fray is working away.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Sakuraba content to control rather than advance.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sakuraba trying to control from Fray's half guard. Fray has other ideas though and has regained full guard.

Fray escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Sakuraba gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Sakuraba pushing down on Fray's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Sakuraba perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Fray wants to control but Sakuraba is keeping busy.
Fray makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Fray.
Sakuraba showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Fray has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Sakuraba can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Sakuraba tries to free his leg and advance position but Fray is retaining full guard.
Sakuraba wants to control from the top but Fray keeps moving.
Fray trying to keep a closed guard but Sakuraba is proving a slippery customer.

The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Fray is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Sakuraba defends well.
Sakuraba postures up.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba controls the pace of the fight for a moment.

Fray working for a triangle but Sakuraba defends it easily.
Sakuraba controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Sakuraba trying to control the position from guard on top but Fray is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Sakuraba slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Fray (0) vs (5) Sakuraba

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Fray tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Sakuraba wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Fray is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Sakuraba's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Sakuraba controlling the action here.
Fray trying to control from the bottom.
Fray is looking to improve his position.
Sakuraba content to control rather than advance.

Fray looking for submissions off his back.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba trying to mount his opponent but Fray defends it.
Fray has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Fray is trying to maintain the position but Sakuraba is very close to passing his half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sakuraba is looking to take a break and control but Fray is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Fray is looking for a sweep. Sakuraba is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Fray trying to hold on to Sakuraba's head to control him but Sakuraba postures up.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Fray actively working from the bottom here.
Sakuraba trying to control the pace.
Fray regains full guard. Nicely done.
Sakuraba engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Fray looking to hit a scissor sweep but Sakuraba is one step ahead there.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Fray is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Sakuraba defends well.

Fray had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Sakuraba defends it easily.

Fray looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.

Fray working for submissions but it's allowed Sakuraba to get to half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Fray makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Fray.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba looking to pass the guard.

Fray is looking for a triangle but Sakuraba pushes his legs off easily.
Sakuraba is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Sakuraba is looking to pass into half guard but Fray pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Fray is in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Fray (2) vs (5) Sakuraba
Sakuraba is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Sakuraba keeping moving, preventing Fray from controlling successfully.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Sakuraba has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Fray can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Fray tries to free his leg and advance position but Sakuraba is retaining full guard.
Sakuraba 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: Fray (2) vs (7) Sakuraba
Sakuraba wants to pass the guard but Fray is defending well.
Fray is looking to improve his position.
Fray is pressing down on Sakuraba's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Fray being controlled here, momentarily.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Fray is keeping the position for now.

Fray working for a triangle but Sakuraba defends it easily.

Fray working for a triangle but Sakuraba defends it easily.

Fray is active off his back here, looking for submissions.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Fray keeping full guard, as Sakuraba tries to pass.
Fray is trying to control the position but Sakuraba postures up.

Fray has his foot on Sakuraba's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Sakuraba works his way back into a safe position though.
Sakuraba works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Sakuraba controlling the pace.
Sakuraba is keen to just control but Fray is a slippery customer.

Fray looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Sakuraba uses his free foot to push down on Fray's thigh. Eventually he works his other foot free and he's advanced to mount - this is trouble for Fray.
Score +3 for passing guard: Fray (2) vs (10) Sakuraba

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Fray tries to reverse the position but Sakuraba maintains control.
Sakuraba can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Fray is looking to escape.
Sakuraba controlling from mount.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Fray tries to hold on but Sakuraba postures up.
Fray sneaks a leg under to get to half guard.

Fray looking for submissions off his back.

Fray looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Fray is looking to improve his position.
Still in half guard, Sakuraba seems content to control.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Fray trying to hold on to Sakuraba's head to control him but Sakuraba postures up.
Fray is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Sakuraba perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.

Fray looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Fray looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Sakuraba wins on points by 10 to 2.
 
 
 
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