TWGC 13 (135lbs, D1): St Petersburg Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a bantamweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Masakazu Aoki and Malakai Semerkhet. Semerkhet has chosen راقصة صغيرة as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the bantamweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Masakazu Aoki! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 7 wins and 4 losses; Malakai Semerkhet!
The judges for this bout are Aleksei Zolotukhin, Sergei Dronov and Viktor Lagutenko.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Semerkhet changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Aoki tries to avoid it but Semerkhet manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Aoki to the ground. Aoki escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Semerkhet shoots in and gets a takedown into half guard. Semerkhet showed some decent athleticism there. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Aoki (0) vs (2) Semerkhet
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Aoki has his hands clasped together around Semerkhet's back. He's all about the action.
Aoki tries to get to full guard but Semerkhet has control of the leg.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Semerkhet controlling the action here.
It looks like Semerkhet might be adopting somewhat of a lay and pray gameplan here, which I'm sure won't go down too well with the paying fans in attendance... Or the ring announcers come to think of it.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Aoki controlling the leg, holding on to half guard.
Aoki tries to roll over but Semerkhet keeps him under control.
Semerkhet trying to control the pace.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Aoki wants to improve his position but Semerkhet is controlling well.
Still in half guard, Semerkhet seems content to control.
Aoki manages to get to full guard.
Aoki keeping full guard, as Semerkhet tries to pass.
Semerkhet won't allow Aoki to sweep him here.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Aoki looking to control.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Aoki holds on and takes a little breather.
Aoki wants to sweep but no luck.
Semerkhet wants to control from the top but Aoki keeps moving.
Aoki controlling the position.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Aoki is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Semerkhet defends well.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Semerkhet preventing the sweep.
Aoki is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Semerkhet is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Aoki pulls Semerkhet in close to prevent any damage.
Aoki trying to control the position.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Aoki is adopting a defensive guard.
Semerkhet stays in close to Aoki's body and controls the position.
Aoki is pulling down on Semerkhet's head to control his posture.
Semerkhet tries to free his leg and advance position but Aoki is retaining full guard.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Aoki trying to control the position here.
Aoki is trying to keep Semerkhet in close.
Aoki is pulling down on Semerkhet's head. It's preventing any offense from Semerkhet, at least for the moment.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Aoki trying to keep a closed guard but Semerkhet is proving a slippery customer.
Semerkhet won't allow Aoki to sweep him here.
Semerkhet must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Aoki is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Aoki bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Semerkhet's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Aoki (2) vs (2) Semerkhet
Semerkhet looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Aoki won't allow Semerkhet to sweep him here.
Aoki trying to control but Semerkhet is working from the bottom.
Semerkhet has his foot on Aoki's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Aoki works his way back into a safe position though.
Aoki controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Semerkhet had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Aoki defends it easily.
Semerkhet has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Aoki is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Semerkhet. Score +3 for passing guard: Aoki (5) vs (2) Semerkhet
That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is looking for a sweep.
Aoki has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Semerkhet! Score +2 for reaching mount: Aoki (7) vs (2) Semerkhet
Aoki controlling the pace for now.
Aoki can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Semerkhet is looking to escape.
Semerkhet is wriggling around trying to escape.
That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is trying to escape the mount but Aoki keeps good control and instead manages to take Semerkhet's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Aoki (10) vs (2) Semerkhet
Semerkhet is being controlled on the ground here - he must escape this position otherwise surely the end is near.
Semerkhet has found himself in a tricky position here. He's been working his transitions in training so let's see if he can work his way out of it.
Aoki wants to control but Semerkhet manages to buck him off and is now in Aoki's guard! Nice work there by Semerkhet! Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Aoki (10) vs (4) Semerkhet
That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Aoki looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Aoki looking to hit a scissor sweep but Semerkhet is one step ahead there.
Aoki seems keen to control Semerkhet's posture.
That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Aoki working a defensive guard here.
Aoki throws his legs up looking for a submission but Semerkhet uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Aoki (10) vs (7) Semerkhet
Aoki keeps Semerkhet under control for a moment.
Aoki is looking for a sweep.
That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet works to advance to full mount. Aoki defends for a few seconds but eventually he succumbs. Score +2 for reaching mount: Aoki (10) vs (9) Semerkhet
Aoki is working to get back to half guard.
Aoki tries to hold on but Semerkhet pushes him away.
Aoki working to try and regain half guard.
Semerkhet sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Semerkhet trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Aoki just holding on.
Aoki tries to hold on but Semerkhet postures up.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
And that's the end of the fight!
Aoki takes the fight on points by 10 to 9.
Masakazu Aoki thanked the fans post fight for their support.