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Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Brian Burns (ranked 2085 p4p, 282 weight class) and Flavius Odoacer (ranked 4282 p4p, 517 weight class). Burns's entrance music is Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three - The Roof Is On Fire. A fine choice. This should be fireworks!
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 1 wins and 6 losses; Brian Burns! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 4 losses; Flavius Odoacer!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Andrew Berry and Paul Tew.
The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Odoacer is looking to clinch but Burns is avoiding it.
Odoacer wants to clinch.
Odoacer looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Odoacer rushes Burns and presses him up against the cage.
Odoacer can't get the takedown.
Burns is pressed up against the cage. Odoacer has hold of a leg and is looking to drag Burns down to the mat. Burns avoids the attempt though and has circled away. We're back to striking at a distance.
Odoacer closes the distance looking to clinch
and Burns counters with a nice double leg into half guard. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Burns (2) vs (0) Odoacer
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Well, if Burns 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.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Burns has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Burns's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Odoacer wants to get back to full guard.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Burns looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Burns seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Odoacer wants to get back to full guard.
Odoacer controlling the leg, holding on to half guard.
Odoacer trying to keep hold of his opponent's head but Burns manages to pass to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Burns (5) vs (0) Odoacer
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Burns controlling from mount.
Odoacer controls the position.
Burns controlling the pace for now.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Burns seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Odoacer for as long as he can get away with.
Odoacer wants to control but Burns is having none of it.
Burns controlling from mount.
Odoacer is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer is just holding on here. Burns manages to take his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Burns (8) vs (0) Odoacer
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.
Odoacer rolls, trying to escape but Burns keeps control of the position.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer manages to reverse the position and now he's in Burns's guard. Nice work there by Odoacer.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Burns (8) vs (2) Odoacer
Odoacer trying to control but Burns is working from the bottom.
Burns is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Odoacer content to stall in guard here.
Odoacer slips nicely into half guard.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Burns won't allow Odoacer to pass to mount.
Odoacer is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Burns tries to roll over but Odoacer keeps him under control.
Odoacer sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Burns trying to control here.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer content to control rather than advance.
Odoacer is looking to advance position but Burns won't allow it.
Odoacer is trying to control. Burns wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Odoacer is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Burns doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Odoacer.
Odoacer is looking to take a break and control but Burns is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer is controlling the pace.
Odoacer is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Burns is just riding it out for now. Odoacer eventually gives up the hold.
Odoacer is looking for the mount but instead finds himself back in full guard.
That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer stays in close to Burns's body and controls the position.
Odoacer pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Burns is keeping the position for now.
Odoacer is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer advances to half guard.
Burns is looking for a sweep. Odoacer is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Odoacer is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Burns defends it well.
Odoacer is working for a kimura but Burns is defending it quite comfortably.
Still in half guard, Odoacer seems content to control.
That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer is trying to control the action in half guard but Burns is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
Odoacer stalling away here and it's allowed Burns to slip out his trapped foot and regain full guard.
Odoacer 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.
Odoacer trying to control the position from guard on top but Burns is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Odoacer tries to free his leg and advance position but Burns is retaining full guard.
Odoacer looking to sit in guard and control but Burns gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Burns (10) vs (2) Odoacer
Odoacer looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Burns puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Odoacer tries to get to full guard but Burns has control of the leg.
Burns wants to free his trapped foot but Odoacer is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Odoacer is trying to control but Burns passes into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Burns (13) vs (2) Odoacer
That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Burns wants to lay and pray for a moment but Odoacer keeps working.
You can see the frustration on Odoacer's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Burns content to control the pace. The referee will try and keep them active though.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
And that's the end of the fight!
Burns takes the fight on points by 13 to 2.
Brian Burns seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
Flavius Odoacer spoke after the fight, saying 'Harrumph! A minor setback on my path to the throne.'.