TWGC 39 (265lbs, D4): Los Angeles Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of St Petersburg, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Richard Glass! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Ray Cartier!
The judges for this bout are Jack Bonds, Percy O'Donnell and Don Winkell.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Cartier tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Glass swivels and escapes.
Glass is looking to counter the offense by Cartier and move into the clinch.
Cartier shoots in for a takedown. He's persisting with it as Glass sprawls well. Glass wins this battle and keeps the fight standing. Cartier gets slowly back to his feet.
Glass tries to counter by clinching up but Cartier breaks away and moves out of range.
Glass leaves Cartier with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Glass tries to counter by moving into the clinch but Cartier manages to circle out of the way.
Richard Glass has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ray Cartier.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Glass pushes Cartier up against the cage in a clinch.
Cartier wants to take the fight to the mat but Glass manages to get underhooks and keep the fight in the clinch.
Cartier is working for takedown but Glass is calmly controlling the position for now.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Cartier is trying to trip Glass. He has hold of a leg but Glass is hopping around, keeping his balance for the moment. Cartier persists though and gets the takedown into guard. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Glass (0) vs (2) Cartier
Cartier slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Glass trying to keep a closed guard but Cartier is proving a slippery customer.
Cartier trying to control but Glass is working from the bottom.
Cartier drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Glass dives on top into guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Glass (2) vs (2) Cartier
Glass looking to pass the guard.
Cartier has Glass pulled in close to control his posture.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Cartier looking to hit a scissor sweep but Glass is one step ahead there.
Glass trying to control the position from guard on top but Cartier is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Cartier keeping full guard, as Glass tries to pass.
Glass has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Cartier keeping moving, preventing Glass from controlling successfully.
Cartier is controlling Glass's posture.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Cartier wants to sweep but no luck.
Cartier is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Glass defends well.
Cartier is working actively from the bottom, looking for submissions. He's escaped his hips to the side and he's going for an armbar! Glass has his hands clasped together but Cartier extends and breaks Glass's desperate grasp, forcing a tap out due to armbar! Nice BJJ displayed there by Cartier.
Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:39 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Ray Cartier!
After winning the bout, Ray Cartier thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.