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TWGC 23 (185lbs, D1): London Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between James Penn (ranked 4457 p4p, 0 weight class) and Conor The Highlander (ranked 2369 p4p, 0 weight class). Penn comes to the cage accompanied by Everything in its right place. The Highlander comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Notorious Biggie Small kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




181 cm
36 yrs
185 lbs



176 cm
32 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 Hilo, with a TWGC record of 7 wins and 7 losses; James Penn! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 5 losses; Conor The Highlander!
The judges for this bout are Andrew Berry, James Glass and Phil Schofield.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.

The Highlander rushes Penn and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.
Penn is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.

The Highlander jumps guard and drags Penn to the mat. He's obviously going to be looking for submissions off his back.

The Highlander is looking for a triangle but Penn pushes his legs off easily.
Penn won't allow The Highlander to sweep him here.
The Highlander has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Chris Leben KO Academy . Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.
The Highlander looking to control.

Penn got a little sloppy there for a moment and The Highlander has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Penn has managed to get both his arms back between The Highlander's legs - danger averted.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Penn's corner is telling him to maintain position.

Penn got a little sloppy there for a moment and The Highlander has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Penn has managed to get both his arms back between The Highlander's legs - danger averted.
Penn looking to pass the guard.
Penn has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The Highlander keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.
Penn wants to pass the guard but The Highlander is keeping the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
The Highlander trying to control the position here.
Penn trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The Highlander has his foot on Penn's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Penn works his way back into a safe position though.
Penn trying to control but The Highlander is working from the bottom.

Penn avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
The Highlander working a defensive guard here.
The Highlander keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.

The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
The Highlander is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Penn trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The Highlander had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Penn defends it easily.
Penn passes The Highlander's right leg, so he's now in half guard.

Penn is sneakily working for an arm triangle but The Highlander sees it coming and defends easily.

Penn is looking for a kimura here.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Penn trying to control from half guard but The Highlander is working away.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander wants to get back to full guard.

Penn is working for a submission of some sort.

Penn is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
The Highlander is trying to get back to full guard.
The Highlander trying to hold on to Penn's head to control him but Penn postures up.
The Highlander regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

The Highlander looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Penn pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. The Highlander is keeping the position for now.
Penn trying to control but The Highlander is working from the bottom.
Penn preventing the sweep.
Penn is pushing down on The Highlander's leg trying to pass to half guard. The Highlander is fighting to maintain full guard but Penn has managed to sneak the leg through.
The Highlander wants to get back to full guard.
Penn is pressing down on The Highlander's thigh, looking to free his foot. The Highlander is holding on for now.
The Highlander moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (0) vs (2) The Highlander

Penn looking for a guillotine here but The Highlander defends easily.
The Highlander forces his way into half guard.
The Highlander slows the pace down in half guard.
Penn won't allow The Highlander to pass to mount.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Penn gets full guard.

Penn is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
The Highlander trying to control the position from guard on top but Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The Highlander trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
The Highlander trying to pass the guard. He's being very persistent here but Penn manages to land a sweep and now he's on top!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Penn (2) vs (2) The Highlander

The Highlander looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Penn passes into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Penn (5) vs (2) The Highlander

Penn working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Penn working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
The Highlander manages to work his way to half guard, despite Penn's best efforts.

Penn is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, The Highlander has managed to free his arm - good work.
The Highlander makes his way to full guard. A much better position for The Highlander.
The Highlander looking to hit a scissor sweep but Penn is one step ahead there.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Penn avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
The Highlander can't keep his opponent in guard - Penn advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.

Penn is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so The Highlander is just riding it out for now. Penn eventually gives up the hold.
Penn trying to mount his opponent but The Highlander defends it.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Penn is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Penn wants to pass the guard but The Highlander is defending well.

Penn is trying to work for a kimura but The Highlander is defending well.

The Highlander actively working from the bottom here.

Penn is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander wants to get back to full guard.
The Highlander is staying active underneath Penn, who seems content to just control the action from this position.

Penn is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.

Penn is working for a kimura but The Highlander is defending it quite comfortably.
The Highlander is looking to improve his position.
The Highlander is looking to control Penn's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can The Highlander avoid being mounted?

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander is trying to get back to full guard.
The Highlander regains full guard. Nicely done.

The Highlander looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Penn trying to control but The Highlander is working from the bottom.

The Highlander escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Penn gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
The Highlander keeping moving, preventing Penn from controlling successfully.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Penn pushes down on The Highlander's leg and manages to get into half guard.
Penn wants to take a breather but The Highlander is having none of it.

The Highlander actively working from the bottom here.

The Highlander looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
The Highlander tries to get to full guard but Penn has control of the leg.
The Highlander wants to sweep but Penn has passed to side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Penn (8) vs (2) The Highlander

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander tries to buck Penn off but Penn is having none of it.
Penn wants to control but The Highlander is keeping him busy.

Penn is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, The Highlander has escaped the position, nice work there.

Penn thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
The Highlander tries to get back to half guard but can't.
The Highlander struggling a bit here.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
The Highlander is not content to let Penn control the position.
The Highlander is looking for a sweep.

Penn tries for a kimura but The Highlander is defending well.
The Highlander is not content to let Penn control the position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
The Highlander is trying to improve his position.

Penn wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by The Highlander, who protects the arm well.

And that's the end of the fight!
Penn takes the fight on points by 8 to 2.
After winning the bout, James Penn 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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