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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D2): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Zander Harland (ranked 6967 p4p, 0 weight class) and Sub Man (ranked 7232 p4p, 0 weight class). Harland comes to the cage accompanied by We Don't Know. The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




165 cm
31 yrs
160 lbs



168 cm
19 yrs
149 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Zander Harland! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Sub Man!
The judges for this bout are Marco Blurström, Anni Minnemäki and Matti Vanhoillinen.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Harland tries to sprawl but Man drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Harland (0) vs (2) Man
Man is keen to just control but Harland is a slippery customer.
Man tries to pass the half guard into mount. Harland knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
We've been hearing good reports from Harland'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.
Man seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Harland does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Man is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.

Man is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Harland is just riding it out for now. Man eventually gives up the hold.
Harland gets full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Man trying to control but Harland is working from the bottom.
Man stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Harland swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Harland is adopting a defensive guard.
Man looking to sit in guard and control but Harland gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (2) vs (2) Man
Man is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Harland preventing the sweep.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Man is trying to control the position but Harland postures up.
Man bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Harland's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (2) vs (4) Man
Harland looking to hit a scissor sweep but Man is one step ahead there.
Man trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Harland is controlling Man's posture.
Man looking to pass the guard.
Man is fighting to break Harland's control of his arms but Harland is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Man wants to pass the guard but Harland is keeping the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Harland manages to sweep nicely, so he's now on top. Man manages to get himself to full guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (4) vs (4) Man
Man lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (4) vs (6) Man
Harland controlling Man's posture.
Man looking to sit in guard and control but Harland gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (6) vs (6) Man
Harland trying to control but Man is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Harland drops back for a leg! It's a sloppy attempt though and Harland jumps back into guard quickly, to retain the dominant position.
Harland is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.
Man controlling the position.

Man looks to be working for a triangle here. Oh, it looks like he might have it! Harland has picked Man up and slammed him! Man can't keep hold of the triangle and Harland manages to pass to side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Harland (9) vs (6) Man
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Harland is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Man is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

Harland goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Man rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Harland's guard! Nice work there by Man!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (9) vs (8) Man
Man is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Man trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Man looking to sit in guard and control but Harland gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (11) vs (8) Man
Harland is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.

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

Harland drops back looking for a leg! Man is in trouble here! The fighters roll with the hold and Man manages to kick Harland off! Harland jumps back into Man's guard.
Harland content to stall in guard here.
Man looking to control.
Harland sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Harland drops back for a leg! It's a sloppy attempt though and Harland jumps back into guard quickly, to retain the dominant position.
Man wants to control but Harland passes easily into half guard.
Harland wants to pass the guard but Man is defending well.
Harland is working hard here to advance position.
Man trying to control but Harland postures up.
Man is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Harland's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Harland's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Harland (11) vs (12) Man
Harland wants to escape the position.
Harland breaks Man's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (13) vs (12) Man
Man can't do much from the bottom at the moment, as Harland controls the pace.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Harland tries to free his leg and advance position but Man is retaining full guard.
Man is trying to control the position but Harland postures up.
Man 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: Harland (13) vs (14) Man
Man is looking for the mount but instead finds himself back in full guard.
Man pushes down on Harland's leg and manages to get into half guard.

Man is looking for a kimura but he's never going to get it from there.
Man wants to control but Harland is keeping him busy.
Man is just content to waste time from the top position. Harland takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Harland is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Harland keeping full guard, as Man tries to pass.
Man trying to control the position from guard on top but Harland is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Harland pulls Man in close to prevent any damage.
Harland keeping moving, preventing Man from controlling successfully.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Man stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Harland swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Man must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Harland has Man pulled in close to control his posture.
Man wants to pass the guard but Harland is keeping the position.
Man preventing the sweep.
Man tries to free his leg and advance position but Harland is retaining full guard.
Man trying to control but Harland is working from the bottom.
Harland pulls Man in to control the position.
Man wants to control from the top but Harland keeps moving.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Man controls from within his opponent's guard.
Harland keeping moving, preventing Man from controlling successfully.
Man might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Harland haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Harland is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Harland (15) vs (14) Man

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Man is trying to control the position but Harland postures up.
Harland is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.
Harland seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Man for as long as he can get away with.
Man is trying to control the position but Harland postures up.
Harland's corner is telling him to maintain position.
Man not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Harland controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Man wants to hit a switch here but Harland passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Man there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Harland (18) vs (14) Man

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Harland has hold of Man's left arm, perhaps looking for a submission. The two fighters tussle over control of the isolated limb and Man manages to get his arm back to his side and away from danger.

Harland has control of Man's right arm, working for a kimura. It's a bit of a token attempt though and Man regains control of the situation pretty easily.
Harland trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Harland prevents Man from getting the reversal.
Man wants to hold on but Harland pushes him away.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Man defends a decent attempt at a guillotine from Harland.
Man is trying desperately to improve position.

Harland looking for an armbar but decides to keep the dominant position instead.
Harland controlling the position easily from mount.

Man defends a decent attempt at a guillotine from Harland.
Man keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Man regains half guard.
Man wants to get back to full guard but Harland has mounted him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Harland (21) vs (14) Man

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Man wants to hold on but Harland pushes him away.
Man is in all sorts of trouble here.

Harland is going oldschool here, as he tries to force Man to tap using a forearm choke. This isn't 1993 though, so Man shrugs it off.

Harland is working for a guillotine from mount but Man frees his head quite easily.

Harland working for a guillotine from mount but Man is in no mood to give up.
Harland is trying to take his opponent's back.
Man slips a leg in and gets back to half guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Harland seems to be looking for submissions.
Man tries to get to full guard but Harland has control of the leg.

And that's the end of the fight!
Harland takes the fight on points by 21 to 14.
A victorious Zander Harland thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
 
 
 
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