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TWGC 17 (135lbs, D1): New York Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a bantamweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Ori Jokinen and Ishiihara Sakuraba. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




164 cm
40 yrs
141 lbs



165 cm
20 yrs
145 lbs


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 4 wins and 3 losses; Ori Jokinen! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Montreal, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 2 losses; Ishiihara Sakuraba!
The judges for this bout are Joseph Jones, John Kavanagh and Jorge Garcia.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Sakuraba fails with a takedown attempt.

Jokinen pushes Sakuraba up against the cage in a clinch.
Sakuraba goes for a takedown in the clinch but Jokinen prevents it.
Jokinen prevents the takedown attempt.
Ori Jokinen has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Ishiihara Sakuraba.

Jokinen pulls guard effortlessly.
Sakuraba engaging in some classic timewasting tactics.
Jokinen keeping moving, preventing Sakuraba from controlling successfully.
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.
Sakuraba sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Jokinen is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Sakuraba is stalling in the full guard.
Sakuraba's corner are shouting for him to control the position and he seems happy to oblige.
Jokinen working a defensive guard here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Jokinen manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Sakuraba manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Jokinen (2) vs (0) Sakuraba
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Sakuraba is adopting a defensive guard.
Jokinen controls from within his opponent's guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba is doing well to control the posture of his opponent and prevent any damage.
Jokinen tries to free his leg and advance position but Sakuraba is retaining full guard.
Jokinen controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.
Jokinen passes Sakuraba's left leg - he's now in half guard.
Sakuraba wants to control but Jokinen is keeping busy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba is controlling Jokinen's trapped leg to prevent Jokinen from advancing to side control.
Jokinen performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Jokinen is thwarting Sakuraba's attempts to control the position.
Sakuraba is looking to improve his position.
Jokinen is taking a breather. Sakuraba says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.
Sakuraba is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Sakuraba looking for submissions off his back.
Sakuraba is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Jokinen is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Sakuraba doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Jokinen.
Sakuraba is looking for a sweep. Jokinen is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Jokinen is keen to just control but Sakuraba is a slippery customer.

Sakuraba looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Jokinen in particular looking to stall.
Jokinen passes to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Jokinen (5) vs (0) Sakuraba
Sakuraba is looking to get to half guard.
Jokinen pushing the pace here, looking to move to his opponents back and work for a finish.
Sakuraba is looking to improve his position but Jokinen isn't that keen on the idea.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

Jokinen jumps to the side looking to secure the arm triangle…. Ooooh, that looks tight… Sakuraba is gargling but he's managed to escape! Nice work there by Sakuraba and Jokinen has given up the dominant position trying to land that submission.
Jokinen wants to lay and pray for a moment but Sakuraba keeps working.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Sakuraba is trying to get back to half guard.

Jokinen wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Sakuraba, who protects the arm well.
Sakuraba is looking for a sweep.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba wants to control but Jokinen postures up.

Jokinen wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Sakuraba, who protects the arm well.
Jokinen happy to just control the position for now.
Sakuraba is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Jokinen's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Sakuraba wants to control but Jokinen is keeping busy.
Sakuraba wants to get back to full guard.
Jokinen is pressing down on Sakuraba's thigh, looking to free his foot. Sakuraba is holding on for now.

Jokinen seems to be working for a kimura but Sakuraba defends the submission attempt.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Jokinen is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Sakuraba is just riding it out for now. Jokinen eventually gives up the hold.
Sakuraba is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Jokinen's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Jokinen's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Jokinen (5) vs (4) Sakuraba
Jokinen is in bad spot here.
The crowd hopeful of a finish here - Sakuraba's supporters are on their feet, screaming for him to go for the rear naked choke.
Sakuraba slows the pace down here. Having a little breather whilst he's in a dominant position, looking to rest and regain some energy, ready to go for the finish.
You can see the frustration on Jokinen's face… He knows he is in trouble unless he improves his position sooner rather than later.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Sakuraba struggling to keep hold of the position.
Sakuraba is looking cool and calm here, just waiting for a good opportunity to attack and finish the fight from this dominant position.
Sakuraba avoiding Jokinen 's attempts to control his hands.
Jokinen rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Sakuraba is looking to take a break and control but Jokinen is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Jokinen wants to improve his position but Sakuraba is controlling well.
Jokinen is staying active underneath Sakuraba, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Jokinen controlling the leg, holding on to half guard.
Sakuraba trying to control the action but Jokinen is working from the bottom.
Jokinen is looking for a sweep. Sakuraba is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Sakuraba passes to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Jokinen (5) vs (7) Sakuraba

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Jokinen is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Sakuraba is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Jokinen will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.
Jokinen tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Sakuraba wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Jokinen sneaks back into half guard.
Jokinen wants to control but Sakuraba is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Jokinen keeping control of the leg, stopping his opponent passing to mount.
Jokinen wants to get back to full guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Jokinen is looking for a sweep. Sakuraba is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Jokinen wants to control but Sakuraba is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Sakuraba trying to pass the guard but Jokinen defending well.
Jokinen moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Sakuraba trying to control the position from guard on top but Jokinen is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Jokinen wants to sweep but no luck.
Sakuraba sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Jokinen's guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Jokinen tries to roll over but Sakuraba keeps him under control.
Sakuraba is figuring out what he wants to do next.

And that's the end of the fight!
Sakuraba wins on points by 7 to 5.
 
 
 
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