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TWGC 20 (145lbs, D2): Montreal Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary

Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Ace Rob (ranked 3052 p4p, 270 weight class) and Anton Poirier (ranked 3639 p4p, 0 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

170 cm
24 yrs
143 lbs

173 cm
27 yrs
146 lbs

This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 0 losses; Ace Rob! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 0 losses; Anton Poirier!
The judges for this bout are Gregory Folan, William Peck and Steve Smith.

Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?

Rob closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.

Poirier works for the underhooks and manages to get a trip takedown into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Rob (0) vs (2) Poirier
Poirier looking to pass the guard.
Rob keeping moving, preventing Poirier from controlling successfully.

Rob has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Poirier can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Poirier trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Poirier trying to control but Rob is working from the bottom.
Poirier tries to free his leg and advance position but Rob is retaining full guard.
Poirier must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Poirier sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Rob's guard.
Rob makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Rob.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Poirier won't allow Rob to sweep him here.
Poirier trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
We've been hearing good reports from Rob'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.

Rob is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Poirier defends well.
Rob can't keep his opponent in guard - Poirier advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Rob is looking to control Poirier's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Rob avoid being mounted?
Rob is holding on to half guard well.
Rob tries to get to full guard but Poirier has control of the leg.
Poirier trying to advance position but Rob counters by regaining guard.
Poirier trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Poirier drops back, looking for a kneebar! Rob looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Rob looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Rob!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Rob (4) vs (2) Poirier
Poirier tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Rob wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.

Rob has hold of Poirier's arm here. He's working for an Americana. It looks like he might have it! Poirier tries to escape but he's just digging himself in deeper - Rob cranks the arm and Poirier screams in pain! The ref makes a decision and ends the fight before the tap - no complains from Poirier, who is just happy to have his arm attached to his body.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:40 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Americana). Ace Rob!
Ace Rob very nearly forgot to thank Venom Combat Sports amongst all the excitement of his win but just as the interview came to a close, he screamed their name. Hopefully he'll get a few nice freebies in the mail as a thank you.
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