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TWGC 23 (145lbs, D1): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Morrison Lee (ranked 2002 p4p, 237 weight class) and Rodney Holzken (ranked 8228 p4p, 0 weight class). Lee comes into the arena with The Pretender blaring out of the sound system. Holzken has chosen Justin Bieber ft. Ariana Grande - Let Me Think Bout You as his entrance music. Rodney Holzken has the eye of the tiger tonight.




181 cm
33 yrs
158 lbs



179 cm
34 yrs
157 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 0 losses; Morrison Lee! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 5 losses; Rodney Holzken!
The judges for this bout are Nard Betker, Aafke Stam and Paul Aken.


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

Lee shoots in with a lovely double leg takedown. Holzken manages to land in full guard to minimise the damage.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Lee (2) vs (0) Holzken
Holzken not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Holzken has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Lee can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Lee sitting in guard, not really doing much.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Lee wants to control from the top but Holzken keeps moving.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Lee won't allow Holzken to sweep him here.

Holzken escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Lee gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Lee trying to control but Holzken is working from the bottom.
Holzken manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Lee manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Lee (2) vs (2) Holzken
Holzken slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.

Lee has his foot on Holzken's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Holzken works his way back into a safe position though.
Lee looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Holzken stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Lee swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Holzken trying to control the position from guard on top but Lee is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Lee seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
Holzken works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Holzken passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Lee!
Score +3 for passing guard: Lee (2) vs (5) Holzken
Holzken controlling from the full mount.

Holzken is in full mount, looking to secure a guillotine but Lee is surviving well by controlling Holzken's body position as best he can.
Holzken controlling the pace for now.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Holzken swings around for an armbar but it's a sloppy attempt and Lee is now in Holzken's guard. A big mistake from Holzken there, giving up the dominant position!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Lee (4) vs (5) Holzken
Lee trying to control but Holzken is working from the bottom.
Holzken is controlling Lee's posture.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Holzken is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Lee looking to pass the guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Lee trying to control but Holzken is working from the bottom.
Lee tries to free his leg and advance position but Holzken is retaining full guard.
Lee is looking to advance position but Holzken has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Lee (4) vs (9) Holzken
Lee tries to reverse the position but Holzken maintains control.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Holzken looking to control but Lee is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Lee is desperately trying to improve his position but Holzken has a good base and remains in mount.
Lee regains half guard.
Holzken looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

Holzken is working for a submission of some sort.
Lee makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Lee.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Holzken trying to control but Lee is working from the bottom.

Lee had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Holzken defends it easily.
Holzken passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Lee (4) vs (12) Holzken

Holzken working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Holzken wants to lay and pray for a moment but Lee keeps working.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Lee is looking for a sweep.
Holzken staying calm.
Lee is trying to improve his position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Holzken trying to control the position but Lee is working away.
Lee tries to improve position but can't.

Holzken tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Holzken has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Lee manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Lee (6) vs (12) Holzken

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Holzken is not content to let Lee control the position.

Holzken looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Holzken won't allow Lee to pass to mount.
Lee trying to control the action but Holzken is working from the bottom.
Holzken wants to get back to full guard.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Holzken has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Lee is working away from the top position though.
Holzken is looking for a sweep. Lee is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Lee trying to control the action but Holzken is working from the bottom.
Lee is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Lee seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Holzken does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Lee prevents Holzken from improving his position.
Holzken is trying to control but can't.
Lee is trying to control. Holzken wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Holzken is trying is best to control the position here.
Holzken is pressing down on Lee's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Holzken is trying to control the position but Lee postures up.

Holzken escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Lee gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Holzken wants to control here, rather than go for any submissions from the bottom. At least for now.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Lee advances position into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Lee (9) vs (12) Holzken
Lee works to advance to full mount. Holzken defends for a few seconds but eventually he succumbs.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Lee (11) vs (12) Holzken
Holzken is squirming around, avoiding Lee's attempts to control the action.
Lee prevents Holzken from getting the reversal.

Lee looking for an armbar but decides to keep the dominant position instead.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Lee looking to control but Holzken is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Holzken tries to control the position but Lee now has his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Lee (14) vs (12) Holzken

Lee looking for the RNC.
Holzken is in bad spot here.
Holzken trying to control the hands but Lee breaks the grip.
Lee controlling the position well here. Holzken rolled but Lee kept the hooks locked in and stayed in the dominant position.
Lee trying desperately to keep hold of the dominant position.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Lee is not going to allow Holzken to sit and survive in this position.
Holzken is in bad spot here.
Holzken breaks Lee's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Lee (14) vs (14) Holzken
Lee keeping moving, preventing Holzken from controlling successfully.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Holzken stopping the sweep attempt from Lee.

And that's the end of the fight!
As we have tied on points, we go to a tie breaker and Holzken gets a bonus point for attempting more subs.
Holzken wins on points by 15 to 14.
A very excited looking Rodney Holzken made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
 
 
 
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