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TWGC 22 (170lbs, D1): Amsterdam Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Rollo Gracie (ranked 536 p4p, 0 weight class) and Patrick Cleary (ranked 2377 p4p, 0 weight class). Gracie comes to the cage accompanied by Jiu Jitsu: Apaga Mas Não Bate. I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know that I was talking to some pointless Z list celebrity before the fight and he thought that Patrick Cleary was going to win. Let's see if he was right.




171 cm
37 yrs
154 lbs



172 cm
31 yrs
183 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the welterweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 1 losses; Rollo Gracie! And in the blue corner, fighting out of New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Patrick Cleary!
The judges for this bout are Paulsen Ambrosius, Paul Aken and Daniel Blasius.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Cleary pushes Gracie up against the cage in a clinch.

Cleary gets a nice trip takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Gracie (0) vs (2) Cleary
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Well, if Cleary 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.
The fighters are battling for position here. Gracie manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Gracie keeping moving, preventing Cleary from controlling successfully.
Gracie seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Gracie has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Cleary 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 Gracie.
Score +3 for passing guard: Gracie (0) vs (5) Cleary

Cleary tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Cleary has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

That's one minute gone in the round.
Cleary controlling from side mount.
Cleary trying to control the action but Gracie is working from the bottom.

Cleary wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Gracie, who protects the arm well.
Cleary wants to lay and pray for a moment but Gracie keeps working.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is looking for a sweep.

Cleary is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Gracie is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Gracie manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gracie (2) vs (5) Cleary
Gracie is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Cleary gets back to full guard.
Cleary looking to hit a scissor sweep but Gracie is one step ahead there.
Our spies down at at Lovelair Muay Thai/MMA inform us that Cleary has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cleary is pulling down on Gracie's head. It's preventing any offense from Gracie, at least for the moment.
Cleary looking for a sweep. Not yet Cleary, not yet.
Cleary bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Gracie's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gracie (2) vs (7) Cleary
Cleary stopping the sweep attempt from Gracie.
Cleary stands and throws Gracie's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Gracie (2) vs (10) Cleary

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gracie is positioning himself to get back to half guard.

Cleary is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Gracie has escaped the position, nice work there.
Gracie prevents Cleary from improving position.
Gracie tries to bench press Cleary off him but Cleary keeps the position.

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

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Gracie tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Cleary wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Cleary wants to control but Gracie is keeping him busy.
Cleary working away.
Gracie gets back to half guard.
Gracie tries to roll over but Cleary keeps him under control.

Cleary is working for a submission of some sort.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Cleary seems to be working for a kimura but Gracie defends the submission attempt.
Gracie is trying to maintain the position but Cleary is very close to passing his half guard.
Gracie works his way to full guard. Good work.
Cleary controls from within his opponent's guard.
Gracie looking to hit a scissor sweep but Cleary is one step ahead there.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Cleary wants to control from the top but Gracie keeps moving.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Gracie is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Gracie (4) vs (10) Cleary
Gracie slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Gracie'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.
Gracie wants to control from the top but Cleary keeps moving.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Cleary working for a triangle but Gracie defends it easily.
Cleary is adopting a defensive guard.
Cleary wants to sweep here but Gracie controlling him for the moment.
Gracie tries to free his leg and advance position but Cleary is retaining full guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Cleary tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Cleary wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.
Cleary looking to control.
Gracie advances to half guard.
Gracie is controlling the pace.
Cleary desperately trying to maintain half guard.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Cleary trying to control here.
Gracie passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Cleary!
Score +3 for passing guard: Gracie (7) vs (10) Cleary
Cleary is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Gracie content just to control the position here.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.

Gracie has hold of Cleary's left arm, perhaps looking for a submission. The two fighters tussle over control of the isolated limb and Cleary manages to get his arm back to his side and away from danger.
Cleary is looking to get to half guard.
Gracie tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Cleary is squirming around, avoiding Gracie's attempts to control the action.
Gracie controlling from mount.
Cleary tries to hold on but Gracie postures up.
Cleary slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
Cleary is staying active underneath Gracie, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Cleary trying to control here.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Cleary is pressing down on Gracie's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

Cleary working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Gracie has passed into half guard!
Gracie content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Gracie wants to free his trapped foot but Cleary is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Cleary makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Cleary.
Cleary looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Cleary keeps trying to improve his position.
Cleary working a defensive guard but Gracie manages to pass into side control anyway.
Score +3 for passing guard: Gracie (10) vs (10) Cleary
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Cleary is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Gracie is looking to take a break and control but Cleary is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
As we have tied on points, we go to a tie breaker and Cleary gets a bonus point for attempting more subs.
Cleary wins on points by 11 to 10.
Our winner, Patrick Cleary, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
 
 
 
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