WP 12 PBP Commentary
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the super heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 19 wins and 7 losses; Nick Rodriquez! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 9 wins and 5 losses; Charles Manson!
The judges for this bout are Alyssa Summers, Bruno Lombardi and Jonathan Paton.
The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Rodriquez misses with a takedown attempt - Manson sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Manson with the counter takedown but Rodriquez avoids it easily.
Excellent takedown into side control there by Manson. Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Rodriquez (0) vs (4) Manson
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.
Manson wants to control but Rodriquez is keeping him busy.
Manson is trying to get an arm triangle but Rodriquez is defending well.
Manson is looking to take a break and control but Rodriquez is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Manson tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Manson tries for a kimura but Rodriquez is defending well.
Rodriquez regains half guard.
The fighters are tangled up in the ropes here. We might need a restart if the fighters can't break free themselves.
Manson wants to work for an arm triangle but Rodriquez is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Manson is looking to pass Rodriquez's guard but actually Rodriquez recovers to full guard.
Manson trying to control the position from guard on top but Rodriquez is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Rodriquez looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Manson looking to sit in guard and control but Rodriquez gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rodriquez (2) vs (4) Manson
Rodriquez stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Manson swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Rodriquez advances position into side control! Score +3 for passing guard: Rodriquez (5) vs (4) Manson
Manson is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Rodriquez off and has taken his back! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Rodriquez (5) vs (8) Manson
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rodriquez fending off the submission attempt from Manson.
Rodriquez is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.
Manson wants to control the position but Rodriquez frees himself and scrambles - Manson manages to regain control in side control.
Rodriquez manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rodriquez is not content to let Manson control the position.
Manson working to pass to mount. He's got his hand pressing down on Rodriquez's thigh. Rodriquez counters though and makes it back to full guard.
Rodriquez bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Manson's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rodriquez (7) vs (8) Manson
Manson looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Manson keeps trying to improve his position.
Manson looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Rodriquez passes into half guard.
Rodriquez is taking a breather. Manson says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
We've been hearing good reports from Rodriquez'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.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Manson wants to improve his position but Rodriquez is controlling well.
Rodriquez trying to control the action but Manson is working from the bottom.
Rodriquez sitting and controlling from the half guard.
The fighters are trapped in the ropes so we're going to have a reposition here. The ref calls for a break and repositions the fighters in the center of the ring.
Manson is trying to get back to full guard.
Manson makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Manson.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Manson working for submissions but it's allowed Rodriquez to get to half guard.
Rodriquez wants to free his trapped foot but Manson is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Manson is looking to improve his position.
Manson is trying to control but Rodriquez manages to pass to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Rodriquez (10) vs (8) Manson
Manson wants to control but Rodriquez is having none of it.
Rodriquez tries to control but Manson wriggling away.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Manson is in all sorts of trouble here.
Manson tries to hold on but Rodriquez postures up.
Rodriquez will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.
Rodriquez controlling the pace for now.
Rodriquez manages to capitalize on a mistake by Manson to take his back! Score +3 for taking back: Rodriquez (13) vs (8) Manson
Rodriquez has the hooks in. Manson is trying to push off one leg but he has to do so cautiously to avoid being submitted.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Manson is keeping busy.
Manson wants to escape the position.
Rodriquez avoiding Manson 's attempts to control his hands.
Manson has hold of Rodriquez's leg, trying to break free but it's let Rodriquez lock up a rear naked choke! This could be big trouble! Manson is turning an unusual color here… he's out! Rodriquez throws him to one side and jumps onto the ropes to celebrate with his fans.
Ladies and gentlemen, after 8:49 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Nick Rodriquez!
Nick Rodriquez seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.