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TGC Crucible 23 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Robert McKenna (ranked 2335 p4p, 230 weight class) and Henry Trowning (ranked 2424 p4p, 237 weight class). McKenna comes to the cage accompanied by Freedom. Trowning is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Shotgun - backyard brawl. Henry Trowning will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

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212 lbs
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263 lbs
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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 8 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Robert McKenna!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 7 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Helsinki, Henry Trowning!
The judges for this bout are Cecil Peabody, Frank Dennis and Tiny Johnson.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Trowning lets the fists fly and connects with a left straight followed by a right hook.
Trowning has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.
Trowning throws a body shot but no joy.
Jab, jab by Trowning - just one landing.
Trowning throws a shot from downtown. McKenna moves away and avoids it.

McKenna clinches up against the cage.

McKenna has hold of one of Trowning's legs. Trowning is fighting the takedown attempt but McKenna gets the trip and lands the takedown into guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Trowning trying to keep a closed guard but McKenna is proving a slippery customer.
Trowning is pulling down on McKenna's head. It's preventing any offense from McKenna, at least for the moment.
Trowning looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
McKenna looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Trowning seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
McKenna advances to half guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
McKenna is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.

That's one minute gone in the round.
McKenna thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Trowning's head.
McKenna passes to full mount!
McKenna tries to control but Trowning wriggling away.
McKenna lands with some strikes.
McKenna in mount throwing good strikes here, bouncing his opponent's head off the canvas.
Trowning wants to hold on but McKenna pushes him away.
McKenna with the ground and pound from mount.
Trowning is in a horrible position here. McKenna smacks him with another shot as he tries to escape the position.
McKenna landing strikes from the mount.
Both fighters have adopted an aggressive gameplan on the ground!
Trowning is wriggling around trying to escape.
Trowning is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
McKenna controlling his opponent.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
McKenna prevents Trowning from getting the reversal.
Trowning holding onto his opponent's waist for dear life, as McKenna tries to land some strikes to get him to release his grip.
McKenna lands a couple of nice shots there from mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Trowning working to try and regain half guard.
McKenna controlling from the full mount.
Trowning working to try and regain half guard.
McKenna postures up and cracks his opponent a couple of times before moving back into close ground control. Trowning looks a forlorn figure.
Trowning wants to control but McKenna is having none of it.
McKenna controlling from the full mount.
McKenna is in the full mount, landing strikes.
McKenna has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.
McKenna with the ground and pound from mount.
Trowning is bucking up trying to escape but McKenna cracks him with another couple of good strikes.
The crowd growing excited in anticipation of a finish here! Right on cue, McKenna cracks his opponent with a massive right hand that draws loud cheers!

Trowning is rocked!
Trowning is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
McKenna scoring with some good ground and pound from mount here. Will he manage to finish Trowning?
Trowning is still in real trouble! Can McKenna finish him?

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Trowning keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Trowning seems to have recovered his senses.
The crowd growing excited in anticipation of a finish here! Right on cue, McKenna cracks his opponent with a massive right hand that draws loud cheers!
Trowning wants to control but McKenna is having none of it.
McKenna wants to control the pace but Trowning is squirming around nicely.
McKenna is really struggling to control Trowning but he's trying to hold on to the position.
McKenna avoids the attempt from Trowning to control.
McKenna controlling from the full mount.
McKenna avoids the attempt from Trowning to control.
McKenna fakes a shot to the body and cracks his opponent in the head. Nice ground and pound there!
McKenna trying to control but he's not successful this time.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Trowning is trying to escape the mount.
The referee warns Trowning that he has to improve his position here as he takes two more clean shots to the head.
Trowning wants to control but McKenna is having none of it.
McKenna can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Trowning is looking to escape.
McKenna raining down shots from the mount!
McKenna prevents Trowning from getting the reversal.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
McKenna raining down hammerfists from mount.
McKenna fakes a shot to the body and cracks his opponent in the head. Nice ground and pound there!
Trowning wants to hold on but McKenna pushes him away.
McKenna trying to control but Trowning is having none of it.
Trowning is in all sorts of trouble here.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

Robert McKenna dominated that round.
The cut man is working on Robert McKenna's cut.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Horrible takedown attempt by McKenna or perhaps it was just good defense by Trowning, which made it look bad.
Trowning swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
McKenna is looking to clinch but Trowning is avoiding it.
A looping hook to the body misses from Trowning. McKenna does a little dance to reset his feet.

McKenna moves into the clinch successfully.
Trowning lands a nice looking hook to the body, against the cage.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, McKenna creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
McKenna tries to throw a body punch but Trowning avoids it by throwing McKenna back against the cage.
McKenna tries a body shot but Trowning blocks it.
McKenna misses with a hook from the clinch.
Trowning tries to throw a body punch but McKenna avoids it by throwing Trowning back against the cage.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Trowning working aggressively here.
Trowning swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Trowning misses with a hook from the clinch.
McKenna is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Trowning is defending well.
McKenna is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Trowning is defending well.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Robert McKenna. That's going to take a lot out of him.

McKenna has dropped down and is working for a takedown. Trowning is trying to keep an underhook but McKenna manages to get the takedown into half guard.
Trowning is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's one minute gone in the round.
McKenna trying to pass the guard but Trowning defending well.
Trowning trying to control here.
Robert McKenna overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
McKenna trying to control the pace.
Trowning trying to control here.
McKenna trying to pass the guard but Trowning defending well.
McKenna wants to control but Trowning is keeping him busy.
Trowning is controlling McKenna's trapped leg to prevent McKenna from advancing to side control.
Trowning is trying to control but can't.
Trowning wants to improve his position but McKenna is controlling well.
McKenna is pressing down on Trowning's thigh, looking to free his foot. Trowning is holding on for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
The fighters are battling for position here. Trowning manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
McKenna wants to control from the top but Trowning keeps moving.
Trowning not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
McKenna trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.
McKenna might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Trowning keeping full guard, as McKenna tries to pass.
Trowning trying to keep a closed guard but McKenna is proving a slippery customer.
McKenna wants to control from the top but Trowning keeps moving.
McKenna looking to pass the guard.
McKenna trying to control but Trowning is working from the bottom.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Trowning bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in McKenna's guard.

Trowning wants to control from the top but McKenna keeps moving.
McKenna is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
McKenna has a closed guard, preventing anything of note from happening. Perhaps he's looking to stall.
Trowning is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Trowning wants to control from the top but McKenna keeps moving.
Trowning must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Trowning showing good wrestling skills to control the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
McKenna looking for a sweep. Not yet McKenna, not yet.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
McKenna tries to clinch but Trowning moves out of range.
Henry Trowning is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Trowning throws a hook but McKenna blocks it.
McKenna tries to clinch but Trowning moves away
and McKenna takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Robert McKenna seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Trowning throws a big shot that misses.
McKenna tries to score a power double leg takedown but Trowning sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten McKenna somewhat.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
McKenna moves to clinch but Trowning breaks away
and Trowning counters with a straight punch to the midsection.
McKenna tries to clinch up.
Trowning doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
And thatís the end of the round Ė the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Henry Trowning will probably get the nod - 10:9.
The cut man is working on Robert McKenna's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


McKenna slips a jab from Trowning.
McKenna shoots and misses
and Trowning makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
A shot to the liver by Trowning. Beautiful body shot.
McKenna uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Trowning.
McKenna slips a jab from Trowning.

McKenna has taken the fight to the clinch.
Trowning prevents a body shot from McKenna.
McKenna is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Trowning can do to turn this around?
A right hook to the body lands for Trowning.
McKenna wants to stall.
Trowning can't find room to land a body shot as McKenna controls the action.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
McKenna changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Trowning fights it off and pushes away nicely.

Trowning closes the distance and pushes McKenna back into the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Both guys are working to get underhooks.
Trowning stops a takedown attempt from McKenna.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Robert McKenna. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Trowning misses with a hook from the clinch.
Trowning tries a body shot but McKenna blocks it.
Trowning lands an uppercut.
McKenna blocks an uppercut.
McKenna goes for a takedown in the clinch but Trowning prevents it.
McKenna is trying to work for a single leg takedown but Trowning pulls him back up using the underhooks.
Trowning lands with a left to the head.
Trowning swings away with an uppercut that misses.
McKenna swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Trowning misses with a shot to the kidneys.
McKenna is looking to take this one to the mat.
McKenna wants a takedown but no success here.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
McKenna drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.

McKenna breaks the clinch.
McKenna gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Trowning counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
McKenna is looking to take this fight into the clinch.

McKenna rushes Trowning and presses him up against the cage.
A hook to the body from Trowning.
A head punch on the inside from Trowning fails to land.
Trowning stops a takedown attempt from McKenna.
Trowning has a couple of punches blocked by McKenna.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for McKenna.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A right hand to the body from Trowning.
Trowning lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of McKenna backwards.
Trowning throws a blind hook that connects with the side of McKennas head.
Trowning misses with a hook from the clinch.
Trowning working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Trowning lands a nice shot to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Still in the clinch, Trowning scores with a nice short uppercut.
McKenna changes levels and goes for a takedown here. Trowning fights it off and pushes away nicely.
Trowning scores with a sloppy punch to the body. Not much technique there but it did the business.
Trowning digs a good body shot into McKenna's ribs.
McKenna takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Trowning lands a body shot.
Trowning lands a nice hook to McKenna's body. McKenna takes it in his stride and looks to land his own strikes.
McKenna closes the distance and takes a jab right on the nose as he does so.

Robert McKenna's cut is getting worse.
Trowning throws an overhand right that lands on McKenna's shoulder, as McKenna tries to avoid the shot.
Trowning lands a jab.
Henry Trowning seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Trowning looks to score with a jab to the body but McKenna is just out of range.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Trowning bobbing and weaving, closes the distance and lands a hook to the side of McKenna's head.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
McKenna tries to clinch but Trowning is having none of it.
Robert McKenna is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Trowning closes the distance and lands a vicious right hand that drops McKenna! Trowning dives in looking to finish! McKenna is still trying to defend himself but he's taking too many shots and the referee has no choice but to stop the fight!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:16 of round 3, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Henry Trowning!
After winning the bout, Henry Trowning 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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