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TWGC 18 (170lbs, D1): Los Angeles Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Black Rain (ranked 5477 p4p, 0 weight class) and Miilo Nurkkanen (ranked 19214 p4p, 0 weight class). Rain's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, For Heavy Metal we will die!. Nurkkanen has chosen When im gone remixed by DJ Darkjuice as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. I don't know about you partner, but I'm pumped for this one!




180 cm
28 yrs
157 lbs



190 cm
27 yrs
185 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the welterweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Black Rain! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 8 wins and 5 losses; Miilo Nurkkanen!
The judges for this bout are Percy O'Donnell, Jack Bonds and Don Winkell.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.

Rain clinches up with Nurkkanen and pushes him back against the cage.
Rain wants a takedown.

Rain is working on a single leg takedown against the cage. Nurkkanen can't fight it off and eventually Rain manages to take the fight to the floor. Nurkkanen looks annoyed but at least he's managed to land in guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Rain (2) vs (0) Nurkkanen
Rain is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Nurkkanen is trying to keep Rain in close.
Rain controls from within his opponent's guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Rain's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Rain trying to control the position from guard on top but Nurkkanen is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Nurkkanen is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Rain is aware though and is defending well.

Nurkkanen throws his legs up looking for a submission but Rain uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (5) vs (0) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen told us pre-fight that he has been working on his escapes in training. Let's see if he can call on some of his new skills to get back to his feet.
Nurkkanen is looking to regain half guard here but Rain keeps moving and retains side control.
Nurkkanen is still trying to improve position.

Rain goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Nurkkanen rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Rain's guard! Nice work there by Nurkkanen!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rain (5) vs (2) Nurkkanen

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Nurkkanen is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Rain not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Rain is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Nurkkanen is aware though and is defending well.
Nurkkanen looking to sit in guard and control but Rain gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rain (7) vs (2) Nurkkanen

The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Nurkkanen is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Rain is aware though and is defending well.
Rain trying to control the position from guard on top but Nurkkanen is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Nurkkanen has his foot on Rain's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Rain works his way back into a safe position though.

Nurkkanen is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Rain wants to control from the top but Nurkkanen keeps moving.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Rain got a little sloppy there for a moment and Nurkkanen has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Rain has managed to get both his arms back between Nurkkanen's legs - danger averted.
Nurkkanen being controlled here, momentarily.
Rain passes Nurkkanen's left leg - he's now in half guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Rain moves into full mount! Nurkkanen won't be happy about that!
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (10) vs (2) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen can't escape the position.
Rain looking to control but Nurkkanen is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Rain sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
Rain prevents Nurkkanen from getting the reversal.
Nurkkanen is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Nurkkanen is controlling an arm, preventing Rain from taking his back. Although keeping him in mount is no better to be honest.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Nurkkanen can't escape the position.
Nurkkanen manages to regain half guard. Good work.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Nurkkanen is not content to let Rain control the position.

Rain is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Nurkkanen has managed to free his arm - good work.

Nurkkanen actively working from the bottom here.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Nurkkanen looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Rain frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (13) vs (2) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen is trying to reverse the position but instead Rain has taken his back - oops!
Score +3 for taking back: Rain (16) vs (2) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen tries to escape but Rain has the hooks in and won't let him break free.
Nurkkanen looks to control his opponent's hands but he's not mananging it at the moment.
Nurkkanen is in bad spot here.

Nurkkanen is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.
Nurkkanen looking very determined here, making life difficult for Rain.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Nurkkanen is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.

Rain is working really hard to secure the rear naked choke. Nurkkanen defends successfully for a significant amount of time. Both fighters are looking very determined.

Rain is staying calm and holding on to the back position, whilst working on a rear naked choke. Nurkkanen is defending well though. Rain let's go of the attempt for now.
Nurkkanen rolls, trying to escape but Rain keeps control of the position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Nurkkanen 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 Rain gets his way!

Rain is working hard for the rear naked choke here.

Rain tightening his grip on Nurkkanen, looking for the choke.
Nurkkanen manages to reverse the position and now he's in Rain's guard. Nice work there by Nurkkanen.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rain (16) vs (4) Nurkkanen
Rain wants to sweep here but Nurkkanen controlling him for the moment.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Nurkkanen controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Nurkkanen postures up.
Nurkkanen is stalling in the full guard.
Rain trying to control the position.

Rain looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Rain looking for a sweep. Not yet Rain, not yet.

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

Rain working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Nurkkanen doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Nurkkanen manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Nurkkanen is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Nurkkanen trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Rain bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Nurkkanen's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Rain (18) vs (4) Nurkkanen
Rain stands and throws Nurkkanen's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (21) vs (4) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen is trying to improve his position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Rain wants to control but Nurkkanen is keeping him busy.
Rain in side control, just content to control the action for now.
You can see the frustration on Nurkkanen's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Nurkkanen manages to work his way to half guard, despite Rain's best efforts.
Rain trying to mount his opponent but Nurkkanen defends it.

Rain is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

Nurkkanen is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Rain pulls his head out easily.

Nurkkanen actively working from the bottom here.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Rain is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

Nurkkanen looking for a kimura from the bottom but Rain passes into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (24) vs (4) Nurkkanen

Rain wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Nurkkanen, who protects the arm well.
Nurkkanen is looking for a sweep.
Nurkkanen is not content to let Rain control the position.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.

Rain looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

Rain is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Nurkkanen knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Nurkkanen manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Nurkkanen looking to force a kimura from the bottom here. He's concentrating on that move too much though and Rain pushes past his half guard into mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Rain (27) vs (4) Nurkkanen
Nurkkanen is working to get back to half guard.
Rain takes Nurkkanen's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Rain (30) vs (4) Nurkkanen

And that's the end of the fight!
Rain takes the fight on points by 30 to 4.
Black Rain spent the whole post fight interview bigging himself up. It didn't go down that well with the fans after a while as they thought it was a bit arrogant.
 
 
 
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