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TWGC 20 (185lbs, D1): Montreal Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary

Coming up we have a middleweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Brick Tamland (ranked 3920 p4p, 435 weight class) and Gustavo Carvalho (ranked 2748 p4p, 0 weight class). I can't wait for this one - let's get the fighter introductions out of the way and get this one started!

180 cm
37 yrs
188 lbs

172 cm
29 yrs
165 lbs

This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the middleweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 21 wins and 8 losses; Brick Tamland! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Gustavo Carvalho!
The judges for this bout are Gregory Folan, Steve Smith and Robert Douchet.

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

Carvalho gets a double leg takedown into Tamland's guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Tamland (0) vs (2) Carvalho

Carvalho is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
Tamland keeping full guard, as Carvalho tries to pass.
Tamland pulls Carvalho in close to prevent any damage.
Tamland is trying to control the position but Carvalho postures up.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Tamland looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Carvalho puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.

Carvalho is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Tamland tries to get to full guard but Carvalho has control of the leg.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Tamland gets back to full guard.
Tamland definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Carvalho wants to control from the top but Tamland keeps moving.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Tamland looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Tamland controls Carvalho momentarily but Carvalho frees himself.

Tamland looking for a guillotine here but Carvalho defends easily.
Carvalho pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Tamland is keeping the position for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Carvalho passes Tamland's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Tamland is looking to improve his position.
Carvalho is looking to take a break and control but Tamland is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Tamland is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Carvalho pulls his head out easily.
Carvalho tries to pass to full mount but Tamland defends it.
Carvalho controlling the action here.

Tamland looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Tamland regains full guard. Nicely done.
Carvalho sitting in guard, not really doing much.
My spies in LOD Gym of the Gods inform me that Carvalho has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Carvalho works a leg free and moves into half guard.

Carvalho is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Carvalho is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Tamland doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Carvalho.
Carvalho wants to pass to mount but Tamland is defending the position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Tamland manages to get to full guard.

Tamland has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Carvalho can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Carvalho looking to pass the guard.
Carvalho keeps trying to improve his position.

Tamland looks to be working for a triangle here. Oh, it looks like he might have it! Carvalho has picked Tamland up and slammed him! Tamland can't keep hold of the triangle and Carvalho manages to pass to side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Tamland (0) vs (5) Carvalho

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Tamland is not content to let Carvalho control the position.
You can see the frustration on Tamland's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Tamland regains half guard.

Carvalho is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Carvalho wants to take a breather but Tamland is having none of it.
Tamland wants to improve his position but Carvalho is controlling well.

Carvalho is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Tamland is just riding it out for now. Carvalho eventually gives up the hold.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Carvalho working to pass to mount. He's got his hand pressing down on Tamland's thigh. Tamland counters though and makes it back to full guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Carvalho stopping the sweep attempt from Tamland.

Carvalho is trying to tuck his arms in to keep them safe but Tamland has managed to isolate one of them and has got a loose triangle. Carvalho is looking to defend but Tamland has done well to lock his legs together - this could be big trouble for Carvalho! Tamland pulls down on the head and a little smile comes across his face - he knows he's got it. Yep, Carvalho taps out and this one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 6:58 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Triangle). Brick Tamland!
Brick Tamland seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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