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TWGC 5 (145lbs, D2): St Petersburg Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Jeremy Bannon and Pelle Hermano. Hermano comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Uniikki - Pätkätöis kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! Both fighter's entrance songs getting the crowd jumping here.




160 cm
28 yrs
140 lbs



150 cm
22 yrs
150 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of St Petersburg, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 1 losses; Jeremy Bannon! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Amsterdam, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Pelle Hermano!
The judges for this bout are Konstantin Menshow, Sergei Dronov and Dmitry Maklakov.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Hermano circles away from the clinch attempt.
Bannon doesn't manage to clinch there - Hermano circles away.
Hermano tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Bannon tries to close the distance and clinch up but Hermano swats him away and circles back towards the center.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
Bannon is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Hermano is defending well.
Bannon prevents a takedown attempt there.
Bannon prevents the takedown attempt.

Bannon pulls guard effortlessly.
Hermano trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Bannon keeping moving, preventing Hermano from controlling successfully.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Bannon wants to sweep but no luck.

Bannon is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Hermano defends well.
Hermano looking to sit in guard and control but Bannon gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Bannon (2) vs (0) Hermano

That's one minute gone in the round.

Bannon drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Hermano manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Bannon has Hermano in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Bannon (2) vs (2) Hermano
Hermano engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Hermano pushing down on Bannon's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Bannon tries to roll over but Hermano keeps him under control.
Bannon trying to control here.
Hermano controlling the action here.
Bannon is not content to let Hermano control the position.
Hermano wants to free his trapped foot but Bannon is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hermano is trying to control the action in half guard but Bannon is working away on the bottom, looking perhaps to get back to full guard.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Hermano working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.

Bannon looking for a kimura from the bottom but Hermano passes into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Bannon (2) vs (5) Hermano
Hermano has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Bannon!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Bannon (2) vs (7) Hermano
Bannon is squirming around, avoiding Hermano's attempts to control the action.
Bannon is trying to escape the mount.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Bannon is working hard here to advance position.

Hermano is looking to secure an arm. He's managed it! He's pivoting for an armbar - that looks tight! But Bannon has managed to get out of it and now he's in a dominant position. Nice work from Bannon!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Bannon (4) vs (7) Hermano

Bannon drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Hermano dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Bannon (4) vs (9) Hermano
Hermano wants to control from the top but Bannon keeps moving.

Bannon looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Hermano works a leg free and moves into half guard.

Bannon looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

Bannon looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Hermano wants to pass to mount but Bannon is defending the position.
Hermano trying to control the pace.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Hermano is working hard to pass the guard. He's done it - he's now in full mount! Trouble for Bannon!
Score +3 for passing guard: Bannon (4) vs (12) Hermano
Bannon is trying to escape the mount.
Hermano tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.

Hermano goes for an armbar but Bannon turns quickly into his guard - lovely anticipation from Bannon.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Bannon (6) vs (12) Hermano

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Bannon trying to control the position from guard on top but Hermano is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Hermano is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Hermano trying to control the position.

Bannon drops back, looking for a kneebar! Hermano looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Hermano looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Hermano!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Bannon (6) vs (16) Hermano

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Bannon sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.

Hermano is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Bannon has managed to free his arm - good work.
Bannon trying to hold on to Hermano's head to control him but Hermano postures up.
Hermano is trying to control. Bannon wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Hermano is just content to waste time from the top position. Bannon takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

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

Bannon looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Hermano is stalling in the full guard.

Bannon had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Hermano defends it easily.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Bannon looking for a sweep. Not yet Bannon, not yet.
Hermano works a leg free and moves into half guard.

Bannon actively working from the bottom here.
Bannon trying to control from the bottom.
Hermano seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Bannon does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

Hermano is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Bannon is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Bobby B's, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Bannon tries to roll over but Hermano keeps him under control.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.

Bannon looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Hermano trying to advance position but Bannon counters by regaining guard.
Hermano is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Hermano avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Hermano slips nicely into half guard.
Jeremy Bannon has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!
Hermano keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Hermano is trying to control. Bannon wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.

Bannon looking for submissions off his back.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Hermano keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.

Hermano is working for a kimura but Bannon is defending it quite comfortably.
Hermano is looking to take a break and control but Bannon is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.

Bannon is defending against the submission attempts here by Hermano.

Bannon actively working from the bottom here.
Hermano is keen to just control but Bannon is a slippery customer.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Hermano might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Bannon haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

And that's the end of the fight!
Hermano wins on points by 16 to 6.
Pelle Hermano bigged himself up after the win. The crowd seemed to love it.
 
 
 
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