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TWGC 20 (145lbs, D2): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Ace Rob (ranked 3092 p4p, 269 weight class) and Oliver Taquses (ranked 2660 p4p, 283 weight class). The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




170 cm
24 yrs
143 lbs



175 cm
25 yrs
158 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 2 wins and 0 losses; Ace Rob! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 1 losses; Oliver Taquses!
The judges for this bout are Paul Tew, Donald Grub and Sam Margolis.


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

Rob instigates a clinch.

Taquses gets a nice trip takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Rob (0) vs (2) Taquses

Taquses wants to work for an arm triangle but Rob is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.

Rob is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Taquses pulls his head out easily.
Rob gets back to full guard.
Rob looking for a sweep. Not yet Rob, not yet.
Rob keeping moving, preventing Taquses from controlling successfully.

Taquses is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Taquses trying to control but Rob is working from the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rob is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Taquses is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Taquses wants to control from the top but Rob keeps moving.
Rob tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Taquses has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at LOD: Top Team. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Taquses stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Rob swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Taquses wants to control from the top but Rob keeps moving.

Rob has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Taquses can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
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.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Rob is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rob (2) vs (2) Taquses
Taquses working a defensive guard here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Rob drops back looking for a leg! Taquses is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Taquses manages to kick Rob off! Rob jumps back into Taquses's guard.
Rob trying to control but Taquses is working from the bottom.
Rob wants to pass the guard but Taquses is keeping the position.

Taquses escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Rob gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Rob trying to control but Taquses is working from the bottom.
Taquses is trying to control the position but Rob postures up.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rob wants to control from the top but Taquses keeps moving.
Rob passes Taquses's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Rob passes to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Rob (5) vs (2) Taquses
Taquses wants to control but Rob is having none of it.

Rob is in full mount, looking to secure a guillotine but Taquses is surviving well by controlling Rob's body position as best he can.
Rob looking to control but Taquses is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Taquses can't escape the position.
Rob trying to control but Taquses is having none of it.
Taquses is trying desperately to improve position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Taquses wants to hold on but Rob pushes him away.

Rob working for a submission but Taquses is keeping him at bay.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Rob wants to control the pace but Taquses is squirming around nicely.
Rob controlling from the full mount.
Rob seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Taquses for as long as he can get away with.

Rob looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Rob trying to control but Taquses is having none of it.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Rob working for a submission but Taquses is keeping him at bay.
Taquses is squirming around, avoiding Rob's attempts to control the action.

Rob goes for an armbar but he's not got itů Taquses turns into him and now he's in Rob's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rob (5) vs (4) Taquses
Rob seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Taquses wants to control from the top but Rob keeps moving.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Taquses drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Rob manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Taquses has Rob in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rob (7) vs (4) Taquses
Taquses 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.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Taquses keeping moving, preventing Rob from controlling successfully.
Rob wants to pass the guard but Taquses is keeping the position.
Rob works a leg free and moves into half guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Rob seems to be looking for submissions.
Taquses is looking to control Rob's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Taquses avoid being mounted?
Rob trying to control from half guard but Taquses is working away.
Taquses regains full guard. Nicely done.

Taquses looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Taquses working a defensive guard here.
Taquses keeping moving, preventing Rob from controlling successfully.

Rob drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Taquses dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rob (7) vs (6) Taquses

Taquses thinks about going for a leg but decides against it, in order to maintain the position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Taquses postures up.
Taquses sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Rob's guard.
Rob wants to improve his position but Taquses is controlling well.

Taquses is working for a submission of some sort.
Taquses is keen to just control but Rob is a slippery customer.

Taquses is looking for a kimura here.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Rob is staying active underneath Taquses, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Rob trying to control but Taquses postures up.

Rob is defending against the submission attempts here by Taquses.
Rob is not content to let Taquses control the position.

Taquses is looking for a kimura but Rob is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Taquses to get the leverage.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Taquses is keen to just control but Rob is a slippery customer.

Taquses seems to be looking for submissions.
Rob wants to control but Taquses is keeping busy and won't allow it.
The fighters are battling for position here. Rob manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Taquses trying to control but Rob is working from the bottom.
Taquses showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Rob 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 twelve minutes gone in the round.
Rob keeping moving, preventing Taquses from controlling successfully.

Taquses drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Rob manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Taquses has Rob in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rob (9) vs (6) Taquses

Rob got a little sloppy there for a moment and Taquses has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Rob has managed to get both his arms back between Taquses's legs - danger averted.
Rob wants to control from the top but Taquses keeps moving.

Taquses working for a triangle but Rob defends it easily.

Taquses is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Rob is aware though and is defending well.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Rob drops back looking for a leg! Taquses is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Taquses manages to kick Rob off! Rob jumps back into Taquses's guard.
Rob stays in close to Taquses's body and controls the position.
Rob pushes down on Taquses's leg and manages to get into half guard.

Rob is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Taquses is trying to get back to full guard.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Taquses is trying to maintain the position but Rob is very close to passing his half guard.
Taquses is staying active underneath Rob, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Taquses is looking for a sweep. Rob is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Rob is controlling the pace.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Taquses looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Rob takes the fight on points by 9 to 6.
An out of breath and clearly excited Ace Rob thanked Venom Combat Sports for their help and support (and free stuff they sent him).
 
 
 
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