Global Warrior Challenge (GWC) - 'The British Invasion: US vs. UK' live discussion and play by play

Join us on Bloody Elbow tonight for live discussion of the US vs. UK themed Global Warrior Challenge pay-per-view, which is captained by former Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley vs. Matt Larson and brimming with past UFC and WEC talent.

8:30 p.m. ET is the start time for tonight's Global Warrior Challenge - "The British Invasion: US vs. UK" pay-per-view event from The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Former WWE/Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley meets Matt Larson in the headliner, and a pile of former UFC/WEC fighters grace the card (Ricco Rodriguez, Drew Fickett, Andre Winner, Kendall Grove, L.C. Davis, Oli Thompson).

The 11-piece fight card pairs Americans versus Brits. Please visit the Global Warrior Challenge website or check with your local cable provider for information on ordering the pay-per-view. Feel free to peruse Bloody Elbow's rundown of the fighters and match ups and expect a gif-heavy results post tomorrow morning.

Update: We'll roll out some live play by play for this shindig. Find it below the following lineup of the card.

GWC - "The British Invasion: US vs. UK"

Bobby Lashley vs. Matt Larson
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Marcin Lazarz
Drew Fickett vs. Andre Winner
Kendall Grove vs. Danny Mitchell
Kevin Asplund vs. Oli Thompson
L.C. Davis vs. James Saville
Jake Heun vs. Dayman Lake
Wayne Cole vs. Jack Marshman

Bobby Lashley vs. Matt Larson

R1: Lashley comes out southpaw and almost immediately ducks under for a single leg. Larson keeps him at bay for a moment but Lashley holds the single and turns the corner to ground him. Larson gets halfway back up but Lashley powers him down with a thunderous takedown from the waistlock. Lashley impressively latches onto Larson's back and locks on a vice-like rear-naked choke and the tapout comes quickly after.

  • Bobby Lashley defeats Matt Larson by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1

Ricco Rodriguez vs. Marcin Lazarz

R1: Not much happens in a tentative first minute. Lazarz hitting home with sharp low kicks and now getting confident with straight punches from out on the fringe. Ricco, conversely, can't find a way in and doesn't have a distance weapon. Lazarz lands another crisp kick and continues to keep Ricco outside with his jab and 1-2. Ricco tries a high kick in between his lunging left hooks, neither of which are effective. Another kick and an overhand right whiffs for Ricco.

Ricco stays heavy on movement and light on offense. Lazarz isn't setting the world afire either but he's commanding distance and landing the higher quantity of clean shots. 10-9 Lazarz.

R2: After another uneventful beginning, Ricco manages to catch Lazarz by surprise with a deep single leg but can only keep him down for a few seconds. Lazarz sees the next attempt coming and fends it off before throwing follow-up punches. Ricco is able to initiate a clinch but it's Lazarz pinning him on the cage with a body lock. Ricco gets one underhook in, then another and Lazarz breaks the clinch before Ricco can lock his hands.

Ricco shoots and then pulls guard when Lazarz stuffs it. I missed how it goes to the ground due to a neighbor re-enacting Hiroshima for an early 4th of July partyRicco gets good head and posture control and wheels around for an armbar but Lazarz ejects and they restart on the feet as the Kansas City crowd voices their displeasure with the lack of excitement. Lazarz counters Ricco's leg kick with a takedown at the bell. 10-10 round for equal nothingness.

R3: Ricco dangerously heaves lead left hooks with his hands down. I missed how it goes to the ground due to a neighbor re-enacting Hiroshima for an early 4th of July party, but Ricco is in half guard and looking to create opportunities, and Lazarz again just disengages and they're back standing.

Not much doing here folks. I'm kind of hoping my neighbor causes another house-rattling explosion. Lazarz lands a decent kick to the body and Ricco is still outside, dipping his head in with sloppy lead hooks. Gonna have to go 10-10 for another forgettable round. I guess I have it 30-29 for Lazarz in what will inevitably be a decision via random dartboard toss.

  • Marcin Lazarz defeats Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Drew Fickett vs. Andre Winner

R1: Winner still looks slick with his boxing as he counters Fickett's jab, which is looking like a distraction for a takedown attempt. A stiff left from Winner has Fickett on a low single that he can't finish. Fickett stalking the circling Winner and opting for more leg kicks as he's being kept out of jab range. Fickett fires a quick shot and switches to a running inside trip but Winner defends it well and retakes the center.

Fickett dives on Winner's lead leg but can't convert the single and Winner spins him on the fence and hurls a left and a knee to the body. Fickett reverses position and looks for an arm drag that Winner avoids and they break the clinch to resume on the feet. With Winner shutting down Fickett's takedowns, the striking deficit is emphasized; Winner's range and quickness tally up the greater number of clean strikes. 10-9 Winner.

R2: Fickett is able to hang in the pocket with some punches but wastes no time in shooting in. Winner calmly slips in an underhook and fends it off with his back on the cage. Winner circles off to break the clinch and just misses with a big left hook counter. Tight left body kick lands for Winner. Winner whiffs a high kick but plugs a punch downstairs.

Fickett switches to southpaw but still can't find the range for his jab, relegating him to another predictable takedown that Winner shucks off easily. Winner gives Fickett a haircut with a huge high roundhouse kick and Fickett capitalizes on the near-miss by hopping onto Winner's back and wrenching the rear-naked choke. It's locked, but Winner goes 2-on-1 wrist control to keep him from finishing. Winner tries to swing Fickett over his shoulder with his wrist control but Fickett clings on like glue. Even though Winner won more of the round, Fickett's brief burst was more momentous and closer to finishing. 10-9 Fickett.

R3: Winner goes to the breadbasket with a right hand and continues to land his retreating uppercut when Fickett charges in. Winner lands a spinning back kick and keeps his right hand flying in, then breaks the clinch with an elbow over the top. Winner now keying in his uppercut ahead of time to anticipate Fickett's level drop. We take a brief pause for a low blow to Winner.

Fickett shots sloppily and flops back to guard; Winner isn't having it and waves him back up. Another half-hearted takedown attempt from Fickett who pulls guard afterward. Winner uncorks a fast and long 1-2 and Fickett is running out of options other than the desperation shot. Winner cracks him with another elbow on the clinch break. Fickett gets sneaky with a single leg but Winner's right back up. 10-9 Winner for a 29-28 on my card.

  • Andre Winner defeats Drew Fickett by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x 2)

Kendall Grove vs. Danny Mitchell

R1: Grove leads with jabs and a right kick. Mitchell pressures him with 1-2's and Grove counters with a left hook while backpedaling and more jabs when moving forward. Lead-leg front kick lands for Grove, but just as he starts to push forward, Mitchell returns fire to even the scales. Mitchell clinches and puts Grove on the fence but the Hawaiian's lanky Muay Thai causes him to disengage.

Tall step-in knee thrown by Grove, who stays on the attack and moves into the clinch. Mitchell gets an underhook and circles off the fence, Grove counters with the same, and the sequence repeats a few times. Mitchell goes old school with some foot stomps and can't get the inside trip. Grove tries to off-balance Mitchell with a direction change but settles for a high kick instead when they break. The separation is temporary as they're back clinching on the fence shortly after. Grove launches strikes again on the clinch break, this time drilling a volley of straight shots through Mitchell's guard and dropping him. It might have been a flash knockdown but the referee intervenes as Grove is pouncing with punches.

  • Kendall Grove defeats Danny Mitchell by TKO (punches), Round 1

Kevin Asplund vs. Oli Thompson

R1: Asplund clubs Thompson with an overhand right, prompting the former Strongman to plant Asplund on the canvas with a caveman takedown. Thompson gets in high half guard and minces him up with 2-3" elbows at a rapid rate. Asplund is begging for an arm triangle whilst defending but Thompson opts to hold and pound. Asplund tries to shrimp out but Thompson keeps him there with a brief bodylock and then resumes smash mode.

Asplund is bleeding from the face and in a rough position. Thompson stays in the same gear and keeps hurling strikes until the ref steps in.

  • Oli Thompson defeats Kevin Asplund by TKO (punches), Round 1

L.C. Davis vs. James Saville

R1: Davis comes out with some sharp boxing counters, throwing tight counters anchored around his slicing left hand. Saville gets a little silly with a tornado kick attempt that Davis sees coming. Davis clinches up and puts Saville on the fence. Saville fights for underhooks and stays upright for a moment, but Davis keeps grinding to penetrate for a takedown. Davis postures up and hammers down a few heaters before backing out and getting to his feet, where a medley of Saville up-kicks whiz by.

Davis dives into Saville's guard and narrowly misses an up-kick on his way down, but goes to work with some seriously effective ground and pound. Davis switches from punches with both hands to nasty right elbows, causing Saville to defend frantically. Saville does a good job of keeping his composure and slowing the beating. Davis again backs off and stands up and Saville poses a realistic threat with his up-kicks. Saville tries to time his escape as Davis is re-engaging but Davis catches him in the front headlock and maintains control until the bell sounds. 10-9 Davis -- though it was one-sided enough to consider a 10-8.

R2: Saville asserts himself on the feet early and finally fends Davis off by sitting down on some stiff combos. Again with the tornado kick, which whiffs by a mile, and Saville follows it with a spinning wheel kick. They look pretty good but that's kind of it. Davis starts jousting with Saville on the feet to discourage more kicks and Saville gets the better of the next exchange, persuading Davis to drop levels for a double leg.

Davis lands more of his rugged ground strikes until Saville controls his posture. Saville is putting up a hell of a fight and throwing hammerfists from his guard with more up-kicks when Davis backs out. Davis gives him enough space to stand up and Saville goes back to work with his right hand a few kicks. 10-9 Davis.

R3: Nice double alternating-leg roundhouse kicks by Saville to start the last frame, but Davis repeats the takedown and ground-and-pound routine, this time splitting Saville open with an elbow. Saville, who's impressing me with his heart and spirit, scrambles upward to a standing clinch with a blood-soaked face. Davis suffocates him on the fence and they stalemate on the fence for a bit. Davis locks his hands with the over-under but can't do anything with it.

Saville gets enough room to throw strikes but Davis just ducks under and attacks his hips for another takedown. Saville goes half-butterfly guard but can't control Davis enough for a sweep or a triangle. Saville passes a leg over and inches a little closer to triangle position but Davis shakes him off. 10-9 Davis for a 30-27 sweep on my card.

  • L.C. Davis defeats James Saville by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Jake Heun vs. Dayman Lake

R1: "Honey Bear" takes the center with a busy jab and throws some long combinations. Lake holds his ground with patient spurts of heavy leather and Heun adds in a low kick to his flurry. Heun goes high with a kick but Lake deflects it. As if awakening a slumbering bear, Lake charges forward, lifts Heun off the canvas and dumps with a double leg.

Heun is feisty off his back and escapes after initiating a scramble. He squeezes the trigger and backs Lake up with a wild salvo, then another during a wild sequence. Now Heun smells blood and triples up on knees to Lake's melon with the double collar tie, swinging a horizontal elbow to close off the combo. Lake manages a takedown on wobbly legs and capitalizes on the landing by moving from half-guard to Heun's back. He cinches up the rear-naked choke and Heun taps in a dizzying brawl. This is pretty much what we hoped to see by tuning in tonight.

  • Dayman Lake defeats Jake Heun by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1

Wayne Cole vs. Jack Marshman

R1: Beloved chants of "USA!" start us off. Cole counters a Marshman right with consecutive overhands, backing him up aggressively. Marshman finds the mark with a clean 1-2 counter and Cole gets a semi-desperate takedown. Marshman launches into action off his back with busy hips and strong wrist control, eventually threatening enough to escape when Cole is forced to disengage.

Back on the feet, Marshman cleaves a short right jackhammer through Cole's guard. Cole wobbles back and falls before Marshman's follow up right hand can land, and a flurry from the swarming Marshman results in another TKO stoppage for "The Hammer."

  • Jack Marshman defeats Wayne Cole by TKO (punches), Round 1
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