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TWGC 18 (170lbs, D1): St Petersburg Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a welterweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between DJ Apollo (ranked 2570 p4p, 0 weight class) and Kosken Jorma (ranked 2920 p4p, 303 weight class). Kosken Jorma is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.




183 cm
23 yrs
169 lbs



175 cm
26 yrs
155 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the welterweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 2 losses; DJ Apollo! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Amsterdam, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Kosken Jorma!
The judges for this bout are Igor Prikhodko, Aleksandr Martynov and Ivan Kurochkin.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.
Apollo looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Jorma is fending him off so far but Apollo persists. Nope, Jorma circles away and we're back to standing.

The fight moves into the clinch position.

Jorma gets a nice trip takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Apollo (0) vs (2) Jorma
Apollo wants to control but Jorma is keeping busy.
Jorma seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Apollo is looking to control Jorma's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Apollo avoid being mounted?
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Apollo wants to get back to full guard.
Apollo trying to control here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Apollo gets full guard.
Jorma stopping the sweep attempt from Apollo.
Apollo is working hard here to advance position.
Apollo has his hands on Jorma's head, controlling the position.
Apollo working a defensive guard here.
Apollo manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Jorma manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Apollo (2) vs (2) Jorma

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Apollo trying to control but Jorma is working from the bottom.
Apollo forces his way into half guard.
Apollo is thwarting Jorma's attempts to control the position.
Apollo wants to control but Jorma is keeping him busy.
Apollo performing his best blanket impression for a moment.
Apollo seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Jorma does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Jorma is looking to control Apollo's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Jorma avoid being mounted?
Jorma is staying active underneath Apollo, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Apollo wants to advance to full mount but Jorma doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Jorma is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Apollo (2) vs (4) Jorma
Apollo 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.
Jorma wants to pass the guard but Apollo is keeping the position.
Apollo trying to keep a closed guard but Jorma is proving a slippery customer.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Apollo can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Jorma controls the pace.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Apollo looking to control but Jorma passes into half guard.
Apollo wants to control but Jorma is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Apollo is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Apollo is defending against the submission attempts here by Jorma.
Apollo gets back to full guard.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Jorma tries to free his leg and advance position but Apollo is retaining full guard.
Apollo bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Jorma's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Apollo (4) vs (4) Jorma
Jorma keeping moving, preventing Apollo from controlling successfully.
Jorma manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Apollo manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Apollo (4) vs (6) Jorma
Apollo pulls Jorma in close to his closed guard and prevents Jorma from doing any damage or advancing position.
Jorma preventing the sweep.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Apollo working a defensive guard here.
Apollo is pulling down on Jorma's head to control his posture.
Jorma postures up.
Apollo looking to sweep using the butterfly guard but Jorma puts pay to that idea as he passes nicely into half guard.
Apollo controlling the leg, holding on to half guard.
Apollo trying to control but Jorma postures up.
Apollo is in trouble now - Jorma has advanced to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Apollo (4) vs (9) Jorma

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Apollo is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Apollo tries to control the position but Jorma now has his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Apollo (4) vs (12) Jorma
Jorma is trying to stick to Apollo's back but Apollo is turning into Jorma. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Jorma's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Apollo.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Apollo (6) vs (12) Jorma
Apollo works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Jorma trying to control but Apollo postures up.
Apollo controlling the pace.
Apollo is looking to take a break and control but Jorma is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Apollo controlling the action here.
Apollo trying to advance position but Jorma counters by regaining guard.
Apollo wants to pass the guard but Jorma is keeping the position.

Jorma is looking for a triangle here but Apollo uses the submission attempt to pass into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Apollo (9) vs (12) Jorma
Jorma is trying to improve his position.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Apollo wants to lay and pray for a moment but Jorma keeps working.

Apollo is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Jorma knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Apollo wants to control for a moment but Jorma uses the opportunity to move back to half guard.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Jorma is pressing down on Apollo's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Jorma wants to sweep but no luck.
Apollo wants to control from the top but Jorma keeps moving.
We've been hearing that Apollo has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
Apollo is pushing down on Jorma's leg trying to pass to half guard. Jorma is fighting to maintain full guard but Apollo has managed to sneak the leg through.

Apollo is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Jorma defends it well.

Apollo is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Jorma sees it coming and defends easily.
Apollo takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Jorma is trying to control but can't.
Apollo trying to pass the guard but Jorma defending well.

Apollo seems to be looking for submissions.
Apollo is thwarting Jorma's attempts to control the position.
Jorma is refusing to be controlled, as Apollo sits in half guard.

Apollo seems to be working for a kimura but Jorma defends the submission attempt.
Jorma regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Jorma keeping moving, preventing Apollo from controlling successfully.

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

Jorma escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Apollo gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.
Apollo pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Jorma is keeping the position for now.

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

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Apollo trying to control the position from guard on top but Jorma is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Apollo won't allow Jorma to sweep him here.
Apollo pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Jorma is keeping the position for now.

Apollo content to sit in guard, stalling... Great. Oh but he could get punished here because Jorma has locked up a guillotine! Jorma's face is contorted as he sqeezes tight on the submission attempt - will he finish? Apollo is holding on here and Jorma must be using up a lot of energy. Apollo has gone limp! He's out! He's out cold! Jorma gets to his feet, tossing aside his stricken foe. Arms raised, he milks the applause from the crowd. Great submission!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 13:46 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Kosken Jorma!
In his post fight interview, Kosken Jorma started talking himself up. Luckily his charisma kept the crowd on side and gave him a good reception.
 
 
 
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