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TWGC 7 (155lbs, D2): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Ray Malenko and Jeremy Bannon. The crowd giving both fighters a great reception on their way into the arena. That's good to see.




182 cm
22 yrs
169 lbs



160 cm
31 yrs
140 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 1 losses; Ray Malenko! And in the blue corner, fighting out of St Petersburg, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 2 losses; Jeremy Bannon!
The judges for this bout are Matti Vanhoillinen, Anni Minnemäki and Roosa Järviläinen.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Malenko forces Bannon back against the cage and clinches.
Malenko looking for a takedown.
Malenko gets underhooks to prevent Bannon's takedown attempt.
Malenko gets double underhooks to prevent a takedown attempt from Bannon.

Bannon has managed to pull guard. Let's see whether he can work an aggressive guard. It will also be interesting to see what tactics Malenko uses from the top position.

Bannon is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Malenko is aware though and is defending well.
Malenko content to stall in guard here.
Malenko looking to pass the guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Malenko is stalling in the full guard.

Bannon is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Malenko will need to keep those long limbs tucked in whilst he's on the ground, to prevent any submissions.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Malenko avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Bannon being controlled here, momentarily.

Malenko got a little sloppy there for a moment and Bannon has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Malenko has managed to get both his arms back between Bannon's legs - danger averted.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Malenko pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Bannon is keeping the position for now.

Bannon has his foot on Malenko's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Malenko works his way back into a safe position though.
Bannon keeping full guard, as Malenko tries to pass.

Bannon looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.

Bannon has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Malenko can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Malenko is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Malenko passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Malenko (3) vs (0) Bannon
Bannon wants to control but Malenko postures up.
Malenko controlling the position from side mount.

Malenko is trying to get an arm triangle but Bannon is defending well.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Malenko just content to control the position.
Malenko trying to control the position but Bannon is working away.
Bannon can't do much from the bottom here.

Malenko tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Malenko controlling from side mount.
Malenko trying to control the action but Bannon is working from the bottom.
Bannon sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Bannon is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Malenko's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Malenko's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Malenko (3) vs (4) Bannon

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Malenko is in bad spot here.

Malenko is displaying good submission defense - not really looking in danger of submitting to the rear naked choke at the moment. That could change in an instant of course if Bannon gets his way!
Bannon is trying to stick to Malenko's back but Malenko is turning into Bannon. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Bannon's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Malenko.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Malenko (5) vs (4) Bannon
Malenko sitting in guard here, content to control.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Malenko seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Bannon for as long as he can get away with.

Bannon escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Malenko gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Malenko controls from within his opponent's guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Bannon throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Malenko passes Bannon's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Bannon makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Bannon.
Malenko controlling from the top position.

Bannon has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Malenko can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Malenko is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

Bannon has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Malenko can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Malenko seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Malenko got a little sloppy there for a moment and Bannon has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Malenko has managed to get both his arms back between Bannon's legs - danger averted.
Bannon keeping full guard, as Malenko tries to pass.
Malenko's corner is telling him to maintain position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.

Bannon is looking for a triangle but Malenko pushes his legs off easily.

Bannon is looking for a triangle but Malenko pushes his legs off easily.

Bannon throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Malenko controlling from the top position.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Bannon has his foot on Malenko's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Malenko works his way back into a safe position though.
Malenko tries to free his leg and advance position but Bannon is retaining full guard.

Bannon is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Malenko controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Malenko tries to free his leg and advance position but Bannon is retaining full guard.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Malenko passes into half guard.
Malenko looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Bannon works his way to full guard. Good work.
Malenko is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Jeremy Bannon has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Malenko trying to control the position from guard on top but Bannon is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Bannon working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Malenko doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Malenko manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Malenko tries to free his leg and advance position but Bannon is retaining full guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Malenko passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Malenko (8) vs (4) Bannon
Bannon striking from the bottom but nothing landed.

And that's the end of the fight!
Malenko takes the fight on points by 8 to 4.
A relieved looking Ray Malenko thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
 
 
 
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