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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D1): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Daniel Brown (ranked 3860 p4p, 0 weight class) and Ishiihara Sakuraba (ranked 8517 p4p, 0 weight class). Daniel Brown has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.




180 cm
38 yrs
165 lbs



165 cm
22 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 Tokyo, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 2 losses; Daniel Brown! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Montreal, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 3 losses; Ishiihara Sakuraba!
The judges for this bout are Wagner Zegers, Paulsen Ambrosius and Albert Achterberg.


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

Brown closes the distance and pushes Sakuraba back into the cage.

Brown tightens his grip and picks Sakuraba up, before dumping him to the ground. Sakuraba manages to land in guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Brown (2) vs (0) Sakuraba
Sakuraba wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Sakuraba keeping full guard, as Brown tries to pass.
Sakuraba trying to control the position.
Brown trying to control but Sakuraba is working from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Brown stopping the sweep attempt from Sakuraba.
Sakuraba managing to control the position.
Sakuraba tries to land a sweep but no joy.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Sakuraba manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Brown manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (2) vs (2) Sakuraba

Sakuraba got a little sloppy there for a moment and Brown has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Sakuraba has managed to get both his arms back between Brown's legs - danger averted.

Brown 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 engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.

Brown looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Brown 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 engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Brown lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (4) vs (2) Sakuraba
Brown trying to control the position from guard on top but Sakuraba is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba pulls Brown in to control the position.
Sakuraba bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Brown's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (4) vs (4) Sakuraba
Sakuraba sitting in guard, not really doing much.

Brown 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 trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba wants to control from the top but Brown keeps moving.
Sakuraba pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Brown is keeping the position for now.
Sakuraba trying to control the position from guard on top but Brown is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Brown throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Brown 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 sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Sakuraba trying to move into half guard but instead Brown has managed to sweep!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (6) vs (4) Sakuraba
Sakuraba looking to control.

Sakuraba has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Brown is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Sakuraba.
Score +3 for passing guard: Brown (9) vs (4) Sakuraba

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba manages to get back to half guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Brown'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.
Sakuraba is not content to let Brown control the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sakuraba is looking for a sweep. Brown is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Brown is thwarting Sakuraba's attempts to control the position.
Brown prevents Sakuraba from improving his position.
Sakuraba moves into full guard.
Sakuraba 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.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Brown controlling from the top position.

Sakuraba is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Brown is aware though and is defending well.

Sakuraba is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Brown is aware though and is defending well.
Brown trying to control the position from guard on top but Sakuraba is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Sakuraba is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Brown is stalling in the full guard.
Brown won't allow Sakuraba to sweep him here.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Brown manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (9) vs (6) Sakuraba
Sakuraba wants to pass the guard but Brown is keeping the position.
Sakuraba trying to control the position from guard on top but Brown is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Sakuraba works a leg free and moves into half guard.

Brown is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Sakuraba pulls his head out easily.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Sakuraba in particular looking to stall.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Sakuraba seems to be looking for submissions.
Sakuraba prevents Brown from improving his position.

Brown looking for submissions off his back.

Brown is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Sakuraba pulls his head out easily.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba trying to pass the guard but Brown defending well.
Brown tries to get to full guard but Sakuraba has control of the leg.
Brown moves into full guard.
Brown trying to control the position here.
Sakuraba looking to sit in guard and control but Brown gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (11) vs (6) Sakuraba

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba 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.
Brown sitting in guard, not really doing much.

Sakuraba throws his legs up looking for a submission but Brown uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Brown (14) vs (6) Sakuraba
Brown wants to control but Sakuraba is keeping him busy.

Brown thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Sakuraba trying to get back to full guard but Brown takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Brown (17) vs (6) Sakuraba
Sakuraba is looking to improve his position but Brown isn't that keen on the idea.

Brown has hold of Sakuraba's left arm, perhaps looking for a submission. The two fighters tussle over control of the isolated limb and Sakuraba manages to get his arm back to his side and away from danger.

Brown has control of Sakuraba's right arm, working for a kimura. It's a bit of a token attempt though and Sakuraba regains control of the situation pretty easily.
Sakuraba working to try and regain half guard.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba tries to lock up and control but Brown gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Brown sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
Sakuraba really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Brown trying to control but he's not successful this time.

Brown looking for an armbar but decides to keep the dominant position instead.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
The fighters are battling for position here. Sakuraba manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Brown's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Sakuraba wants to sweep but no luck.
Brown stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Sakuraba swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Sakuraba manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Brown manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Brown (17) vs (8) Sakuraba

Brown is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Sakuraba defends well.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Brown keeping moving, preventing Sakuraba from controlling successfully.

And that's the end of the fight!
Brown takes the fight on points by 17 to 8.
A very excited looking Daniel Brown made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
 
 
 
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