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TWGC 18 (265lbs, D1): St Petersburg Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Igor Byhenikov (ranked 4570 p4p, 0 weight class) and Evgeniy Malkin (ranked 2486 p4p, 0 weight class). Byhenikov comes into the arena with Harbinger blaring out of the sound system. Malkin has chosen The Heavy - How You Like Me Now? as his entrance music. Evgeniy Malkin told me before the fight that he's been watching a lot of DVDs so let's see if that helps him in this one! I can't wait to find out!




184 cm
29 yrs
191 lbs



191 cm
40 yrs
210 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 1 losses; Igor Byhenikov! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Amsterdam, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 1 losses; Evgeniy Malkin!
The judges for this bout are Dmitry Maklakov, Illya Tyunina and Ivan Kurochkin.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Byhenikov shoots in and bounces Malkin off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Byhenikov (2) vs (0) Malkin
Byhenikov stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Malkin swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Byhenikov is working hard here to advance position.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Byhenikov slips nicely into half guard.
Byhenikov works his way into full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (5) vs (0) Malkin
Byhenikov forces the positional change into back control.
Score +3 for taking back: Byhenikov (8) vs (0) Malkin
Malkin wants to control his opponent's hands but Byhenikov gets his hands free.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Byhenikov looking for the choke but no joy.
Malkin trying to control the hands but Byhenikov breaks the grip.
Malkin tries to break free.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Byhenikov looking to break Malkin's wrist control so he can sink in the choke. Malkin remaining controlled and patient though - he really has to keep calm otherwise Byhenikov will wrap this one up with the rear naked choke!

Malkin is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.
Malkin trying to control the hands but Byhenikov won't let him.
Malkin breaks Byhenikov's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Byhenikov (8) vs (2) Malkin
Byhenikov manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Malkin manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Byhenikov (10) vs (2) Malkin
Byhenikov trying to control but Malkin is working from the bottom.
Byhenikov tries to free his leg and advance position but Malkin is retaining full guard.
Malkin looking to control.
Byhenikov trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Byhenikov stopping the sweep attempt from Malkin.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Byhenikov stands and throws Malkin's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (13) vs (2) Malkin

The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Byhenikov is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Malkin has escaped the position, nice work there.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Malkin is looking for a sweep.
Malkin can't do much from the bottom here.

Byhenikov goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Malkin rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Byhenikov's guard! Nice work there by Malkin!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Byhenikov (13) vs (4) Malkin

Byhenikov is looking for a triangle but Malkin pushes his legs off easily.
Byhenikov keeping moving, preventing Malkin from controlling successfully.
Malkin preventing the sweep.
Malkin pushing down on Byhenikov's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Byhenikov wants to get back to full guard.
Byhenikov has a hand on Malkin's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Malkin takes advantage of the position though and mounts him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (13) vs (7) Malkin
Byhenikov slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
Malkin trying to control from half guard but Byhenikov is working away.
Malkin prevents Byhenikov from improving his position.
Byhenikov is pressing down on Malkin's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Malkin is pushing down on Byhenikov's leg trying to pass to half guard. Byhenikov is fighting to maintain full guard but Malkin has managed to sneak the leg through.

Malkin is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Byhenikov moves into full guard.
Malkin sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Byhenikov's guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Byhenikov is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Malkin's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Malkin's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Byhenikov (17) vs (7) Malkin

Malkin fending off the submission attempt from Byhenikov.
Byhenikov tries to keep control of the position but Malkin is staying busy.
Malkin can't escape the position.

Byhenikov is working for the rear naked choke. He has one arm under the chin but Malkin has hold of the other arm. A bit of a stalemate here.

Byhenikov is staying calm and holding on to the back position, whilst working on a rear naked choke. Malkin is defending well though. Byhenikov let's go of the attempt for now.

Byhenikov working for the choke.
Malkin trying to control the action but Byhenikov just sinks the hooks in.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

Byhenikov has his hand under the chin of his opponent looking for the choke. He's nearly got it! This one could be all over! But no, Malkin has freed his hand and lives to survive another… well, another couple of seconds at least!

Byhenikov looking for the choke from the back.

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

Byhenikov working for a RNC but it's not happening just yet.
Malkin tries to escape the position - he's now mounted. Is that better or worse? Hard to tell!

Byhenikov moves into side control, trying to work for a kimura. That looks painful! Will he finish!!?? No, Malkin has worked his arm free - good work by Malkin!
Malkin is looking to regain half guard here but Byhenikov keeps moving and retains side control.

Byhenikov is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Malkin knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Byhenikov advances to mount.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Byhenikov (19) vs (7) Malkin
Byhenikov wants to take his opponent's back but he's not managed it.
Malkin tries to lock up and control but Byhenikov gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Malkin has given up his back. Will we see Byhenikov going for some submissions?
Score +3 for taking back: Byhenikov (22) vs (7) Malkin

Malkin showing good submission defense here.
Malkin just trying to survive but Byhenikov is wriggling into a better position, looking to finish.

Byhenikov is remaining active here, looking for the choke. The more discerning members of the crowd will appreciate his efforts.

Byhenikov is working for the rear naked choke. He has one arm under the chin but Malkin has hold of the other arm. A bit of a stalemate here.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Malkin rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Byhenikov wants to free his trapped foot but Malkin is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Byhenikov prevents Malkin from improving his position.
Byhenikov wants to free his trapped foot but Malkin is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Byhenikov uses his free foot to push down on Malkin's thigh. Eventually he works his other foot free and he's advanced to mount - this is trouble for Malkin.
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (25) vs (7) Malkin

Byhenikov is looking to secure an arm. He's managed it! He's pivoting for an armbar - that looks tight! But Malkin has managed to get out of it and now he's in a dominant position. Nice work from Malkin!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Byhenikov (25) vs (9) Malkin
Malkin won't allow Byhenikov to sweep him here.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Malkin passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (25) vs (12) Malkin
Byhenikov is looking for a sweep.

Malkin tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
We've been informed that Malkin has been working hard on his conditioning in the buildup to the fight.
Byhenikov manages to work his way to half guard, despite Malkin's best efforts.

Malkin is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Byhenikov sees it coming and defends easily.
Byhenikov works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Malkin works a leg free and moves into half guard.
The fighters are battling for position here. Byhenikov manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Malkin trying to control but Byhenikov is working from the bottom.
Malkin stopping the sweep attempt from Byhenikov.
Malkin stands and throws Byhenikov's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (25) vs (15) Malkin

Malkin is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Byhenikov has escaped the position, nice work there.
Byhenikov tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Malkin wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Byhenikov manages to get back to half guard.
Byhenikov is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Vendetta Alliance London Gym, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Byhenikov gets full guard.
Malkin trying to control but Byhenikov is working from the bottom.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Byhenikov is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Byhenikov (27) vs (15) Malkin
Byhenikov wants to pass the guard but Malkin is keeping the position.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Malkin holds on and takes a little breather.
Malkin not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Byhenikov stands and throws Malkin's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Byhenikov (30) vs (15) Malkin
Malkin stops Byhenikov from passing to mount.
Malkin is looking to reverse the position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Malkin is still trying to improve position.

Byhenikov goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Malkin has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Byhenikov but great work by Malkin.
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Byhenikov (30) vs (19) Malkin
Byhenikov sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Malkin prevents Byhenikov from improving his position.

Malkin wants to work for an arm triangle but Byhenikov is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Malkin prevents Byhenikov from improving his position.
Byhenikov moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Byhenikov 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.
Byhenikov wants to improve his position but instead Malkin has moved into half guard.
Byhenikov is refusing to be controlled, as Malkin sits in half guard.

Byhenikov is looking to regain full guard. He's left an arm up in the air though and Malkin has latched onto it... Big trouble! Malkin pivots for an armbar - it's in tight and it Byhenikov is tapping in no time flat! Great counter grappling there from Malkin!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 12:49 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Evgeniy Malkin!
Evgeniy Malkin made sure to give a little speech post fight, saying 'Thanks everyone. It's time to hang up gloves.'.
 
 
 
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