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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D1): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Rodney Holzken (ranked 1757 p4p, 190 weight class) and Gaia Ky Jr (ranked 19000 p4p, 0 weight class). Holzken comes to the cage accompanied by Justin Bieber ft. Ariana Grande - Let Me Think Bout You. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




179 cm
29 yrs
157 lbs



180 cm
26 yrs
147 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 3 losses; Rodney Holzken! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Montreal, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 6 losses; Gaia Ky Jr!
The judges for this bout are Ben Zyskovitsi, Tarja Halkonen and Roosa Järviläinen.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Ky Jr tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Holzken defends well and Ky Jr ends up having to push Holzken into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.

Holzken scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Holzken (2) vs (0) Ky Jr
Ky Jr felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Ky Jr makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Ky Jr.

Ky Jr is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Holzken defends well.

Holzken drops back looking for a leg! Ky Jr is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Ky Jr manages to kick Holzken off! Holzken jumps back into Ky Jr's guard.
Holzken trying to move into half guard but instead Ky Jr has managed to sweep!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Holzken (2) vs (2) Ky Jr
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Ky Jr avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Holzken is adopting a defensive guard.
Ky Jr 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.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Ky Jr wants to pass the guard but Holzken is keeping the position.

Holzken looking for a guillotine here but Ky Jr defends easily.

Holzken had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Ky Jr defends it easily.

Holzken escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Ky Jr gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

Holzken is looking for a triangle but Ky Jr pushes his legs off easily.

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

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Holzken is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Ky Jr defends well.

Ky Jr avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Ky Jr trying to control but Holzken is working from the bottom.

Holzken had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Ky Jr defends it easily.
Ky Jr wants to control from the top but Holzken keeps moving.

Holzken is active off his back here, looking for submissions.

Holzken looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr stopping the sweep attempt from Holzken.
Ky Jr pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Holzken is keeping the position for now.
Ky Jr advances position into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Holzken (2) vs (5) Ky Jr
Holzken tries to bench press Ky Jr off him but Ky Jr keeps the position.
Holzken stops Ky Jr from passing to mount.
You can see the frustration on Holzken's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Ky Jr taking a breather here.
Holzken tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Holzken is working hard here to advance position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr wants to control but Holzken is keeping him busy.
Holzken tries to improve position but can't.
Ky Jr controls the position.
Holzken is trying to improve his position.
Ky Jr taking a breather here.
Ky Jr tries to move into full mount but can't pass Holzken's legs.
Holzken tries to bench press Ky Jr off him but Ky Jr keeps the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Ky Jr controls the position from side control.
Holzken is trying to control Ky Jr's posture but Ky Jr avoids it.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr advances to mount.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Holzken (2) vs (7) Ky Jr
Holzken is squirming around, avoiding Ky Jr's attempts to control the action.
Ky Jr controlling from mount.
It looks like Ky Jr might be adopting somewhat of a lay and pray gameplan here, which I'm sure won't go down too well with the paying fans in attendance... Or the ring announcers come to think of it.
Ky Jr wants to control the pace but Holzken is squirming around nicely.
Ky Jr might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Holzken haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr prevents Holzken from getting the reversal.
Ky Jr controlling his opponent.
Holzken working to try and regain half guard.
Ky Jr wants to control the pace but Holzken is squirming around nicely.
Holzken is trying to escape the mount.
Ky Jr controlling the pace for now.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Holzken is looking to get to half guard.
Ky Jr looking to control and managing it successfully.
Holzken tries to reverse the position but Ky Jr maintains control.
Ky Jr takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Holzken regains half guard.

Holzken is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Ky Jr pulls his head out easily.

Ky Jr is working for a kimura but Holzken is defending it quite comfortably.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Holzken is looking to improve his position.

Holzken looking for submissions off his back.
Holzken tries to get to full guard but Ky Jr has control of the leg.
Ky Jr content to control rather than advance.
Ky Jr prevents Holzken from improving his position.

Holzken is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Ky Jr pulls his head out easily.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Holzken (2) vs (10) Ky Jr
Ky Jr tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.
Ky Jr trying to control but Holzken is having none of it.
Holzken really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
Holzken tries to hold on but Ky Jr postures up.
Holzken can't escape the position.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr controlling his opponent.
Ky Jr looking to control but Holzken is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.
Holzken tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Ky Jr controlling the pace for now.
Holzken is squirming around, avoiding Ky Jr's attempts to control the action.
Ky Jr tucks in and makes sure he doesn't lose the dominant position.
Ky Jr can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Holzken is looking to escape.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Holzken working to try and regain half guard.
Holzken regains half guard.

Holzken looking for submissions off his back.
Ky Jr looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
Holzken wants to control but Ky Jr is keeping busy.
Holzken is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Ky Jr in particular looking to stall.
Ky Jr wants to pass to mount but Holzken is defending the position.
Holzken is concentrating on defense, preventing Ky Jr from advancing position.
Ky Jr is taking a breather. Holzken says something to him but it's hard to make out. Perhaps he's telling him to get on with it and actually do something.

Holzken looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Ky Jr content to control rather than advance.

Holzken looking for submissions off his back.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Ky Jr passes the guard and advances to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Holzken (2) vs (13) Ky Jr
Ky Jr controlling his opponent.
Ky Jr tries to control but Holzken wriggling away.
Ky Jr sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.
Ky Jr trying to control but he's not successful this time.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Holzken can't escape the position.
Ky Jr wants to control the pace but Holzken is squirming around nicely.
Holzken sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.

Holzken is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Ky Jr pulls his head out easily.
Ky Jr is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Ky Jr tries to pass the half guard into mount. Holzken knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

Holzken looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

And that's the end of the fight!
Ky Jr wins on points by 13 to 2.
Gaia Ky Jr was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
 
 
 
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