ADWGC Tokyo 3 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Shape Shifter (ranked 2278 p4p, 314 weight class) and Mr Steel Penn (ranked 3187 p4p, 406 weight class). Well, the cameraman is lingering on a pretty young lady for a bit too long there. Keep your eyes on the prize buddy or you'll miss the fighter intros!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 6 losses; Shape Shifter! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 8 wins and 5 losses; Mr Steel Penn!
The judges for this bout are Kenichi Hosakawa, Shigeki Fujiwara and Tatsuya Matsuyama.
The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Steel Penn tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Shifter swivels and escapes.
Shifter moves into range and clinches up with Steel Penn.
Steel Penn drops down looking for an ankle pick but Shifter pulls his leg out and moves away.
Shifter gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Shifter has Steel Penn pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Steel Penn manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
Steel Penn is looking for a takedown up against the cage. Shifter gets underhooks though and prevents the takedown attempt.
Shape Shifter has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Mr Steel Penn.
Steel Penn has Shifter pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Shifter manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Shifter stops a takedown attempt from Steel Penn.
Shifter turns his hips and lands a very nice judo throw into side control! Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Shifter (4) vs (0) Steel Penn
Shifter happy to just control the position for now.
Shifter trying to control the action but Steel Penn is working from the bottom.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Steel Penn is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Shifter goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Steel Penn rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Shifter's guard! Nice work there by Steel Penn! Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Shifter (4) vs (2) Steel Penn
Shifter has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn preventing the sweep.
Steel Penn trying to control the position from guard on top but Shifter is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Steel Penn looking to pass the guard.
Shifter controlling Steel Penn's posture.
Shifter is trying to keep Steel Penn in close.
My spies in Steel's Grappling Penn inform me that Steel Penn has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
That's three minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Steel Penn passes Shifter's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Steel Penn is keen to just control but Shifter is a slippery customer.
Steel Penn is working for a submission of some sort.
Steel Penn is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Shifter doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Steel Penn.
Steel Penn is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn is figuring out what he wants to do next.
Steel Penn is looking for a kimura here.
Shifter is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Steel Penn's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Steel Penn's back! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Shifter (8) vs (2) Steel Penn
Steel Penn can't escape the position.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!
Shifter looking to control but Steel Penn is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Steel Penn really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Shifter trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Steel Penn is in all sorts of trouble here.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Shifter is looking to work his way around to Steel Penn's back. He needs to be careful though, as he's in danger of losing this dominant position.
Steel Penn sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.
Shifter performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Steel Penn moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Steel Penn is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Shifter is aware though and is defending well.
Shifter trying to control the position from guard on top but Steel Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Shifter is really struggling to control Steel Penn but he's trying to hold on to the position.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Shifter is stalling in the full guard.
Steel Penn is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Steel Penn keeping moving, preventing Shifter from controlling successfully.
Steel Penn had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Shifter defends it easily.
Shifter is pushing down on Steel Penn's leg trying to pass to half guard. Steel Penn is fighting to maintain full guard but Shifter has managed to sneak the leg through.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Shifter looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Shifter controlling the action here.
Steel Penn preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Shifter is looking for a kimura here.
Shifter is just content to waste time from the top position. Steel Penn takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.
That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn trying to control the position.
Shifter pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Steel Penn is keeping the position for now.
Shifter wants to control from the top but Steel Penn keeps moving.
Shifter not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Shifter trying to control but Steel Penn is working from the bottom.
That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn has his feet on Shifter's thighs here. He's pushed Shifter off and worked for a very quick armbar from the bottom! He's flipped onto his stomach and he's cranking hard on the arm! Shifter screams in pain and taps out! This one is all over!
Ladies and gentlemen, after 10:29 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Mr Steel Penn!
A very excited looking Mr Steel Penn rambled incoherently for about 5 minutes post fight about how awesome he is. It was kinda funny for a while but then everyone got annoyed.