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TWGC 18 (265lbs, D4): Montreal Qualifier - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between James Knight (ranked 4818 p4p, 0 weight class) and Yayi Zinsou (ranked 3852 p4p, 453 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




198 cm
25 yrs
265 lbs



199 cm
20 yrs
273 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 1 wins and 0 losses; James Knight! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Las Vegas, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Yayi Zinsou!
The judges for this bout are Trevor Gratis, William Peck and Robert Douchet.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Knight fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
No luck for Zinsou with that takedown attempt.
Knight half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Knight fails with a takedown attempt.

Zinsou shoots in for a takedown from distance. He catches Knight napping and manages to drive through into side control!
Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Knight (0) vs (4) Zinsou

Zinsou is trying to get an arm triangle but Knight is defending well.
Knight prevents Zinsou from moving into mount.
Knight knows he needs to get back to his feet asap. He's simply no match for Zinsou on the ground.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Knight tries to buck Zinsou off but Zinsou is having none of it.

Zinsou looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Zinsou is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Knight has escaped the position, nice work there.

That's one minute gone in the round.

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

Zinsou thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

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

Zinsou wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Knight, who protects the arm well.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Zinsou working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.

Zinsou tries for a kimura but Knight is defending well.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Zinsou wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Knight, who protects the arm well.
Knight struggling a bit here.
Knight is positioning himself to get back to half guard.

Zinsou tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

Zinsou tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Zinsou has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Zinsou is trying to get an arm triangle but Knight is defending well.

Zinsou tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Zinsou has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

Zinsou is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Knight knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
Knight stops Zinsou from passing to mount.
Knight struggling a bit here.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Zinsou is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Knight is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Knight manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Knight (2) vs (4) Zinsou
We get told so often about how wrestlers don't like to be on their backs. Let's see if Zinsou can do anything to dispel that myth.
Still in half guard, Knight seems content to control.
Zinsou keeping control of the position.
Knight prevents Zinsou from improving his position.
Zinsou keeping control of the position.
Zinsou moves into full guard.
Knight won't allow Zinsou to sweep him here.

That's five minutes gone in the round.

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

Zinsou is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Knight defends well.
Zinsou not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Zinsou keeping full guard, as Knight tries to pass.
Zinsou wants to sweep but no luck.
Zinsou is trying to control the position but Knight postures up.
Zinsou wants to sweep here but Knight controlling him for the moment.
Zinsou is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou trying to control the position.
Knight stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Zinsou swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Knight preventing the sweep.
Zinsou is pulling down on Knight's head to control his posture.
Knight won't allow Zinsou to sweep him here.

Zinsou looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Zinsou is trying to control the position but Knight postures up.
Knight is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Zinsou is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Zinsou is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Knight trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Zinsou is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Knight (2) vs (6) Zinsou
Knight tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Zinsou slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Knight (2) vs (9) Zinsou

Zinsou is trying to get an arm triangle but Knight is defending well.

Zinsou working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou taking a breather here.

Zinsou working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.

Zinsou swings around for an armbar but Knight sees it coming a mile off and turns beautifully into Zinsou's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Knight (4) vs (9) Zinsou
Zinsou is trying to keep Knight in close.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou 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.

Zinsou has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Knight is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Zinsou.
Score +3 for passing guard: Knight (7) vs (9) Zinsou
Zinsou manages to work his way to half guard, despite Knight's best efforts.
Zinsou is trying to maintain the position but Knight is very close to passing his half guard.
Zinsou is looking to get full guard. It looks like he might be successful but at the last minute Knight jumps into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Knight (10) vs (9) Zinsou
Knight is looking to take a break and control but Zinsou is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Knight tries to advance to mount but can't.
Knight trying to control the position but Zinsou is working away.
Zinsou tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Knight wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou struggling a bit here.
Zinsou manages to get back to half guard.
Zinsou moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Zinsou looking for a sweep. Not yet Zinsou, not yet.
Zinsou working a defensive guard but Knight manages to pass into side control anyway.
Score +3 for passing guard: Knight (13) vs (9) Zinsou
Zinsou is trying to improve his position.
Knight wants to lay and pray for a moment but Zinsou keeps working.
Zinsou manages to get back to half guard.
Zinsou is looking for a sweep. Knight is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Zinsou keeping hold of Knight's head, controlling as best he can.
Zinsou is pressing down on Knight's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Knight manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Knight (13) vs (11) Zinsou
Zinsou's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Zinsou trying to control but Knight is working from the bottom.
Zinsou not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.
Zinsou sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Knight's guard.
Knight is refusing to be controlled, as Zinsou sits in half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Zinsou is figuring out what he wants to do next.

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

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

Zinsou is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Knight is not content to let Zinsou control the position.
Knight wants to improve his position but Zinsou is controlling well.
Zinsou tries to pass the half guard into mount. Knight knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou is stalling here. Knight is in no mood to hang around though. He's locked up a kimura from the bottom! Zinsou seems to be keeping calm but he's forced to roll out of the hold and Knight has ended up in side control on the top. Nice work.
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Knight (17) vs (11) Zinsou
Zinsou is looking to reverse the position.
Zinsou is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Zinsou is not content to let Knight control the position.
Zinsou is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Zinsou is trying to control Knight's posture but Knight avoids it.
Knight wants to lay and pray for a moment but Zinsou keeps working.
Zinsou is looking for a sweep.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Zinsou holds on to Knight's head and controls the position momentarily.
Zinsou tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Zinsou tries to slip a leg under to move to half guard but Knight presses down on the leg and jumps into full mount!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Knight (19) vs (11) Zinsou
Knight can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Zinsou is looking to escape.
Zinsou is looking to improve his position but Knight isn't that keen on the idea.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Zinsou manages to regain half guard. Good work.
Zinsou trying to hold on to Knight's head to control him but Knight postures up.

And that's the end of the fight!
Knight takes the fight on points by 19 to 11.
 
 
 
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