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TWGC 20 (185lbs, D2): Tokyo Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Zander Harland (ranked 9238 p4p, 621 weight class) and Jackson Livity (ranked 1020 p4p, 140 weight class). Harland's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, We Don't Know. Livity has chosen James Brown - It's a Man's world as his entrance music. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




165 cm
32 yrs
157 lbs



188 cm
21 yrs
185 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the middleweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 0 losses; Zander Harland! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Jackson Livity!
The judges for this bout are Shigeki Sano, Kenichi Hosakawa and Ren Mimura.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Harland tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Livity swivels and escapes.
Livity wants to counter the offense by Harland and move into the clinch position.

Livity moves into range and clinches up with Harland.
Livity is working for takedown but Harland is calmly controlling the position for now.
Livity has hold of a leg and is looking for a trip takedown. Harland avoids it nicely though and we remain in the clinch.

Harland is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Livity can't fight it off and eventually Harland manages to take the fight to the floor. Livity looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Harland (2) vs (0) Livity
Livity being controlled here, momentarily.
Our spies down at at Heart Cave (8 elites, 4 double-elites, 1 triple) inform us that Livity has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?
Harland seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Livity for as long as he can get away with.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Livity is trying to control the position but Harland postures up.
Harland stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Livity swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Harland trying to control the position from guard on top but Livity is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Harland is really struggling to control Livity but he's trying to hold on to the position.
Harland pushing down on Livity's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.

Harland is working for a submission of some sort.
Livity is trying to get back to full guard.
Livity is trying to control but can't.
Harland is looking to advance position but Livity won't allow it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Harland controlling the pace.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Livity wants to improve his position but Harland is controlling well.
We've been hearing good reports from Harland'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.
Livity regains full guard. Nicely done.
Harland trying to control but Livity is working from the bottom.

Livity looking for a guillotine here but Harland defends easily.

Livity is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

Harland drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Livity manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Harland has Livity in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (2) vs (2) Livity

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harland managing to control the position.
Harland has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Harland 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.
Harland managing to control the position.
Livity trying to control but Harland is working from the bottom.

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

Harland is looking for a triangle but Livity pushes his legs off easily.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Harland holds on and takes a little breather.
Harland might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Livity won't allow Harland to sweep him here.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Harland is pulling down on Livity's head to control his posture.
Livity trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Livity tries to free his leg and advance position but Harland is retaining full guard.
Harland wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Livity trying to move into half guard but instead Harland has managed to sweep!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (4) vs (2) Livity

Livity working for a triangle but Harland defends it easily.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Harland wants to pass the guard but Livity is keeping the position.
Harland passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Harland (7) vs (2) Livity
Harland wants to lay and pray for a moment but Livity keeps working.

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

Harland is trying to get an arm triangle but Livity is defending well.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Harland is trying to get an arm triangle but Livity is defending well.

Harland is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Livity knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.

Harland tries for a kimura but Livity is defending well.
Livity tries to improve position but can't.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Harland takes a little break here. Livity wants to take advantage but he is being controlled well.
Harland trying to control the position but Livity is working away.
Livity tries to bench press Harland off him but Harland keeps the position.
Livity is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

Harland is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Livity is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

Harland is trying to get an arm triangle but Livity is defending well.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Livity is looking for a sweep.
Harland controlling the position.
Livity tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Harland wants to control for a moment but Livity uses the opportunity to move back to half guard.

Harland is looking for a kimura here.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Harland is thwarting Livity's attempts to control the position.
Harland tries to pass the half guard into mount. Livity knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

Harland is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Livity trying to hold on to Harland's head to control him but Harland postures up.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Harland is taking a breather. Livity 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.
Harland is keen to just control but Livity is a slippery customer.
Livity won't allow Harland to pass to mount.
Livity is not content to let Harland control the position.

Harland is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Livity sees it coming and defends easily.

Harland is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Livity wants to control but Harland is keeping busy.

Harland is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Harland trying to pass the guard but Livity defending well.

Harland is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Livity is just riding it out for now. Harland eventually gives up the hold.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.

Livity actively working from the bottom here.
Harland slows the pace down in half guard.
Livity trying to hold on to Harland's head to control him but Harland postures up.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Livity wants to sweep but Harland has passed to side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Harland (10) vs (2) Livity

And that's the end of the fight!
Harland takes the fight on points by 10 to 2.
After winning the bout, Zander Harland thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
 
 
 
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