TWGC 18 (265lbs, D1): Sydney Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary
Coming up we have a heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Georgy Fokin (ranked 213 p4p, 0 weight class) and Richard Kuklinski (ranked 3271 p4p, 0 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Amsterdam, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 1 losses; Georgy Fokin! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 21 wins and 4 losses; Richard Kuklinski!
The judges for this bout are Darius Henderson, Hugh Johnson and Ron Honeybunn.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Kuklinski gets tackled into the cage by Fokin. Fokin maintains the clinch.
Fokin works for the underhooks and manages to get a trip takedown into guard. Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Fokin (2) vs (0) Kuklinski
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.
Kuklinski looking for a guillotine here but Fokin defends easily.
We've been hearing good reports from Fokin's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Fokin got a little sloppy there for a moment and Kuklinski has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Fokin has managed to get both his arms back between Kuklinski's legs - danger averted.
Kuklinski pulls Fokin in to control the position.
Fokin is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kuklinski bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Fokin's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Fokin (2) vs (2) Kuklinski
Kuklinski slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Kuklinski trying to control but Fokin is working from the bottom.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Kuklinski stopping the sweep attempt from Fokin.
Kuklinski trying to control the position from guard on top but Fokin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuklinski has gone for a leg lock! Fokin slips out almost immediately though and dives into Kuklinski's guard. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Fokin (4) vs (2) Kuklinski
Fokin is stalling in the full guard.
Kuklinski throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Fokin escapes and throws Kuklinski's legs to the side, diving into side control! Score +3 for passing guard: Fokin (7) vs (2) Kuklinski
Kuklinski tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Fokin wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Fokin trying to control the action but Kuklinski is working from the bottom.
Kuklinski is being controlled here.
Kuklinski wants to control but Fokin postures up.
Kuklinski tries to buck Fokin off but Fokin is having none of it.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Fokin controls the position.
Kuklinski gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kuklinski works his way to full guard. Good work.
Kuklinski wants to control but instead he gets his guard passed and Fokin is now in half guard.
Kuklinski is looking to improve his position.
Kuklinski is staying active underneath Fokin, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Fokin in particular looking to stall.
Fokin trying to control from half guard but Kuklinski is working away.
Kuklinski is trying to get back to full guard.
Kuklinski is refusing to be controlled, as Fokin sits in half guard.
Kuklinski won't allow Fokin to pass to mount.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Kuklinski trying to get back to full guard but Fokin takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount! Score +3 for passing guard: Fokin (10) vs (2) Kuklinski
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Kuklinski really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Kuklinski is trying to escape the mount but Fokin keeps good control and instead manages to take Kuklinski's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Fokin (13) vs (2) Kuklinski
Kuklinski manages to reverse the position and now he's in Fokin's guard. Nice work there by Kuklinski.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Fokin (13) vs (4) Kuklinski
Kuklinski advances position into side control! Score +3 for passing guard: Fokin (13) vs (7) Kuklinski
Kuklinski trying to control the position but Fokin is working away.
Fokin is trying to get back to half guard.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Kuklinski working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Fokin is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Kuklinski trying to pass the guard but Fokin defending well.
Kuklinski prevents Fokin from improving his position.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Fokin wants to control but Kuklinski is keeping busy.
Kuklinski is looking for a kimura but Fokin is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Kuklinski to get the leverage.
Kuklinski looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Kuklinski is trying to control. Fokin wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Fokin actively working from the bottom here.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Fokin works his way to full guard. Good work.
Kuklinski trying to control but Fokin is working from the bottom.
Kuklinski trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Fokin is working the butterfly guard. He manages to land a nice scissor sweep and is now in half guard on the top. Nice move. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Fokin (15) vs (7) Kuklinski
Fokin prevents Kuklinski from improving his position.
Kuklinski is still trying to improve position.
Kuklinski is trying to control Fokin's posture. Fokin takes advantage of the lull and advances to side control. He also appears to have an arm triangle here! Uh oh, big trouble for Kuklinski! Fokin is rotating here... this could be the end... Kuklinski is out! Fokin has ended this one emphatically! Great submission!
Ladies and gentlemen, after 9:56 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Arm Triangle). Georgy Fokin!
Our winner, Georgy Fokin, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.