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TWGC 19 (265+lbs, D3): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Sam McCullen (ranked 3454 p4p, 407 weight class) and John Travoltavich (ranked 5357 p4p, 0 weight class). Sam McCullen has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.




195 cm
25 yrs
207 lbs



193 cm
22 yrs
220 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the super heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 0 losses; Sam McCullen! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 1 losses; John Travoltavich!
The judges for this bout are Nard Betker, Saam Ante and Aafke Stam.


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

McCullen drives through and clinches with Travoltavich against the cage.

Travoltavich has double underhooks and is working for a body lock takedown. He's got it. The fighters land in half guard but McCullen regains guard immediately.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: McCullen (0) vs (2) Travoltavich
Travoltavich looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Travoltavich stopping the sweep attempt from McCullen.
Travoltavich is pushing down on McCullen's leg trying to pass to half guard. McCullen is fighting to maintain full guard but Travoltavich has managed to sneak the leg through.
McCullen wants to improve his position but Travoltavich is controlling well.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Travoltavich trying to mount his opponent but McCullen defends it.

That's one minute gone in the round.
McCullen is looking for a sweep. Travoltavich is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Travoltavich tries to pass to full mount but McCullen defends it.
Travoltavich seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but McCullen does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Travoltavich looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
McCullen 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.
Travoltavich keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
McCullen is doing well to avoid being mounted. He's controlling the position at the moment.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Travoltavich stalling.
Travoltavich works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: McCullen (0) vs (5) Travoltavich
McCullen is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
The referee asks Travoltavich politely if he wouldn't mind getting on with it and actually doing something. Travoltavich prefers to stall for the moment though.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McCullen stops Travoltavich from passing to mount.
Travoltavich is looking to take a break and control but McCullen is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
McCullen is trying to improve his position.
Travoltavich trying to control the action but McCullen is working from the bottom.
You can see the frustration on McCullen's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
McCullen manages to work his way to half guard, despite Travoltavich's best efforts.
Travoltavich is trying to control the action in half guard but McCullen is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
McCullen trying to control here.
McCullen slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Travoltavich seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
McCullen seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
McCullen not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Travoltavich stopping the sweep attempt from McCullen.
Travoltavich trying to control but McCullen is working from the bottom.
Travoltavich controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Travoltavich pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. McCullen is keeping the position for now.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
McCullen controls Travoltavich momentarily but Travoltavich frees himself.
Travoltavich sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed McCullen's guard.
Travoltavich seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
McCullen is doing well to control the position and prevent Travoltavich from advancing to side control.
Travoltavich slows the pace down in half guard.

McCullen is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Travoltavich pulls his head out easily.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
McCullen wants to control but Travoltavich is keeping busy.
Travoltavich prevents McCullen from improving his position.
McCullen trying to hold on to Travoltavich's head to control him but Travoltavich postures up.
Travoltavich wants to free his trapped foot but McCullen is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
McCullen is looking to improve his position.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Travoltavich tries to pass the half guard into mount. McCullen knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Travoltavich keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
McCullen is looking for a sweep. Travoltavich is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Travoltavich is trying to control. McCullen wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Travoltavich prevents McCullen from improving his position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Travoltavich takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
McCullen wants to control but Travoltavich is keeping busy and won't allow it.
McCullen is looking for a sweep. Travoltavich is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
McCullen wants to sweep but Travoltavich has passed to side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: McCullen (0) vs (8) Travoltavich
Travoltavich slows the pace down.
McCullen is not content to let Travoltavich control the position.
McCullen manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: McCullen (2) vs (8) Travoltavich

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Travoltavich is holding on to half guard well.
McCullen keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Travoltavich wants to improve his position but McCullen is controlling well.
Travoltavich is trying to control but can't.
Travoltavich tries to get to full guard but McCullen has control of the leg.

McCullen is trying to work for a kimura but Travoltavich is defending well.
McCullen is looking to take a break and control but Travoltavich is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Travoltavich tries to roll over but McCullen keeps him under control.
Travoltavich is controlling McCullen's position as best he can from this difficult position.
McCullen works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: McCullen (5) vs (8) Travoltavich
McCullen trying to control the action but Travoltavich is working from the bottom.
Travoltavich is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on McCullen's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Travoltavich is doing well to control the position and prevent McCullen from advancing to side control.

McCullen is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

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

McCullen is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Travoltavich sees it coming and defends easily.
Travoltavich is looking to control McCullen's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Travoltavich avoid being mounted?

McCullen is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Travoltavich sees it coming and defends easily.
Travoltavich wants to improve his position but McCullen is controlling well.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
McCullen is pressing down on Travoltavich's thigh, looking to free his foot. Travoltavich is holding on for now.
Travoltavich keeping hold of McCullen's head, controlling as best he can.
Travoltavich is refusing to be controlled, as McCullen sits in half guard.
Travoltavich is looking to improve his position.

Travoltavich is defending against the submission attempts here by McCullen.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
McCullen tries to pass to full mount but Travoltavich defends it.

McCullen is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Travoltavich defends it well.
McCullen seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Travoltavich does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Travoltavich keeps control of the position for the meantime.
Travoltavich is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

And that's the end of the fight!
Travoltavich wins on points by 8 to 5.
An out of breath John Travoltavich thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
 
 
 
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