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TWGC 19 (265+lbs, D1): Helsinki Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Richard Kuklinski (ranked 3410 p4p, 0 weight class) and Danny Ciprianni (ranked 3491 p4p, 0 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




196 cm
41 yrs
288 lbs



191 cm
32 yrs
213 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the super heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of London, with a TWGC record of 21 wins and 5 losses; Richard Kuklinski! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Tokyo, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Danny Ciprianni!
The judges for this bout are Tarja Halkonen, Ben Zyskovitsi and Marco Blurström.


Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?

Ciprianni rushes Kuklinski and presses him up against the cage.
Ciprianni drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.
Kuklinski is trying to pull guard but Ciprianni turns him against the cage and we stay in the clinch.

Ciprianni has dropped down and is working for a takedown. Kuklinski is trying to keep an underhook but Ciprianni manages to get the takedown into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Kuklinski (0) vs (2) Ciprianni
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.
Ciprianni is looking to advance position but Kuklinski won't allow it.

Ciprianni is looking for submissions but instead, Kuklinski has regained full guard.
Ciprianni trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Ciprianni looking to sit in guard and control but Kuklinski gets the butterfly guard and sweeps. He's now in the guard on the top.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Kuklinski (2) vs (2) Ciprianni
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Kuklinski trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Kuklinski stands and throws Ciprianni's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Kuklinski (5) vs (2) Ciprianni

Kuklinski is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Ciprianni is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
Ciprianni is trying to improve his position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Kuklinski working away.
Ciprianni tries to bench press Kuklinski off him but Kuklinski keeps the position.
Ciprianni struggling a bit here.
Kuklinski is looking to take a break and control but Ciprianni is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Ciprianni stops Kuklinski from passing to mount.
Kuklinski gets to mount! Ciprianni was on the offensive and wasn't defending properly.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Kuklinski (7) vs (2) Ciprianni

Kuklinski working for a guillotine from mount but Ciprianni is in no mood to give up.
Ciprianni is desperately trying to improve his position but Kuklinski has a good base and remains in mount.
Ciprianni is controlling an arm, preventing Kuklinski from taking his back. Although keeping him in mount is no better to be honest.
Ciprianni is squirming around, avoiding Kuklinski's attempts to control the action.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Ciprianni gets back to half guard.
Kuklinski wants to pass the guard but Ciprianni is defending well.
Ciprianni works his way to full guard. Good work.
Ciprianni keeping moving, preventing Kuklinski from controlling successfully.
Kuklinski is pushing down on Ciprianni's leg trying to pass to half guard. Ciprianni is fighting to maintain full guard but Kuklinski has managed to sneak the leg through.

Kuklinski is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Ciprianni looking for submissions off his back.
Ciprianni keeping control of the position.

Ciprianni looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Kuklinski is working for a kimura but Ciprianni is defending it quite comfortably.
Kuklinski is working hard to pass the guard. He's done it - he's now in full mount! Trouble for Ciprianni!
Score +3 for passing guard: Kuklinski (10) vs (2) Ciprianni
Ciprianni is working to get back to half guard.

Ciprianni defends a decent attempt at a guillotine from Kuklinski.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Ciprianni manages to regain half guard. Good work.
Kuklinski tries to pass the half guard into mount. Ciprianni knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

Kuklinski is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Ciprianni is staying active underneath Kuklinski, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Ciprianni has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Kuklinski is working away from the top position though.
Ciprianni gets back to full guard.
Ciprianni working a defensive guard here.
Kuklinski pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Ciprianni is keeping the position for now.

Ciprianni has his foot on Kuklinski's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Kuklinski works his way back into a safe position though.

Ciprianni is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Kuklinski defends well.
Kuklinski wants to pass the guard but Ciprianni is keeping the position.
Kuklinski postures up.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Ciprianni can't keep his opponent in guard - Kuklinski advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Kuklinski wants to pass the guard but Ciprianni is defending well.
Ciprianni is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Kuklinski trying to control the action but Ciprianni is working from the bottom.
Ciprianni tries to roll over but Kuklinski keeps him under control.
Kuklinski stalling.
Ciprianni won't allow Kuklinski to pass to mount.
Kuklinski is keen to just control but Ciprianni is a slippery customer.
Ciprianni is trying to maintain the position but Kuklinski is very close to passing his half guard.
Ciprianni gets back to full guard.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Ciprianni working for a triangle but Kuklinski defends it easily.
Kuklinski trying to control the position from guard on top but Ciprianni is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuklinski showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Kuklinski trying to control the position from guard on top but Ciprianni is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuklinski tries to free his leg and advance position but Ciprianni is retaining full guard.

Ciprianni looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Ciprianni keeping moving, preventing Kuklinski from controlling successfully.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Ciprianni is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Kuklinski is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Kuklinski forces his way into half guard.
Ciprianni is looking for a sweep. Kuklinski is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

Ciprianni actively working from the bottom here.
Kuklinski seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Ciprianni does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Ciprianni is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.

Kuklinski is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Kuklinski slows the pace down in half guard.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Kuklinski trying to mount his opponent but Ciprianni defends it.
Ciprianni moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Ciprianni keeping full guard, as Kuklinski tries to pass.
Ciprianni pulls Kuklinski in close to prevent any damage.
Kuklinski looking to pass the guard.
Kuklinski stands and throws Ciprianni's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Kuklinski (13) vs (2) Ciprianni

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Kuklinski is trying to get an arm triangle but Ciprianni is defending well.
Kuklinski advances nicely into full mount.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Kuklinski (15) vs (2) Ciprianni
Ciprianni is looking to get to half guard.
Kuklinski sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.

Kuklinski is working for a guillotine from mount but Ciprianni frees his head quite easily.
Ciprianni tries to hold on but Kuklinski postures up.
Ciprianni is looking to improve his position but Kuklinski isn't that keen on the idea.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Kuklinski looks like he's working for a submission but he's not found anything just yet.
Ciprianni is desperately trying to get back to half guard.
Ciprianni wants to control but Kuklinski is having none of it.
Ciprianni is squirming around, avoiding Kuklinski's attempts to control the action.
Ciprianni working to try and regain half guard.
Kuklinski wants to take Ciprianni's back here but Ciprianni is holding on to an arm, himself looking to escape.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Ciprianni regains half guard.
Ciprianni moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Kuklinski stays in close to Ciprianni's body and controls the position.

Ciprianni is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Ciprianni keeping moving, preventing Kuklinski from controlling successfully.
Ciprianni keeping full guard, as Kuklinski tries to pass.

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

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Ciprianni has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Kuklinski can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Kuklinski trying to control the position from guard on top but Ciprianni is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuklinski postures up.

Kuklinski avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Kuklinski slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Kuklinski (18) vs (2) Ciprianni

Kuklinski wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Ciprianni, who protects the arm well.
Kuklinski advances to full mount.
Score +2 for reaching mount: Kuklinski (20) vs (2) Ciprianni

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Kuklinski with some aggressive grappling here. He's looking for submissions here, rather than waiting for the opportunity to counter.

Kuklinski working for a guillotine from mount but Ciprianni is in no mood to give up.
Kuklinski manages to capitalize on a mistake by Ciprianni to take his back!
Score +3 for taking back: Kuklinski (23) vs (2) Ciprianni
Ciprianni is in bad spot here.
Ciprianni breaks Kuklinski's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Kuklinski (23) vs (4) Ciprianni
Ciprianni trying to control the position from guard on top but Kuklinski is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Kuklinski seems to have improved his submission grappling technique since last time we saw him. Let's see if he can pull off a submission.
Kuklinski looking for a sweep. Not yet Kuklinski, not yet.
Kuklinski 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: Kuklinski (25) vs (4) Ciprianni

Ciprianni is defending against the submission attempts here by Kuklinski.
Kuklinski looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Still in half guard, Kuklinski seems content to control.

Kuklinski is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Ciprianni doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Kuklinski.
Ciprianni is refusing to be controlled, as Kuklinski sits in half guard.
Kuklinski is looking to stall here but Ciprianni recovers full guard.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Kuklinski pushing down on Ciprianni's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.

And that's the end of the fight!
Kuklinski takes the fight on points by 25 to 4.
After winning the bout, Richard Kuklinski thanked all his fans and promised he'd do even better in his next fight. The crowd seemed to love his humility.
 
 
 
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