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TWGC 22 (265lbs, D1): Amsterdam Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Zlatko Zahovic (ranked 12918 p4p, 0 weight class) and Bode Muller (ranked 3770 p4p, 0 weight class). Muller has chosen Feuer Frei as his entrance music. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.




175 cm
39 yrs
198 lbs



190 cm
41 yrs
220 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Zlatko Zahovic! And in the blue corner, fighting out of London, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 0 losses; Bode Muller!
The judges for this bout are Nard Betker, Wagner Zegers and Patrick Alders.


The official calls the fighters to the middle and the contest is under way.

Zahovic clinches.

Zahovic works for the underhooks and manages to get a trip takedown into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Zahovic (2) vs (0) Muller

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

Zahovic drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Muller dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (2) vs (2) Muller
Zahovic keeping moving, preventing Muller from controlling successfully.
Zahovic keeping full guard, as Muller tries to pass.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Zahovic working a defensive guard here.
Muller wants to control from the top but Zahovic keeps moving.
Muller sitting in guard here, content to control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Zahovic keeping moving, preventing Muller from controlling successfully.

Zahovic has his foot on Muller's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Muller works his way back into a safe position though.
Muller passes Zahovic's left leg - he's now in half guard.

Muller is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Zahovic sees it coming and defends easily.

Muller is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Zahovic is just riding it out for now. Muller eventually gives up the hold.
Muller tries to pass the half guard into mount. Zahovic knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
The fighters are going at a pretty good pace and they're both starting to sweat now.
Zahovic is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Muller's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Muller's back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Zahovic (6) vs (2) Muller

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Zahovic is looking for the choke from the back position but Muller is controlling his hands well.
Muller manages to reverse the position and now he's in Zahovic's guard. Nice work there by Muller.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (6) vs (4) Muller

Zahovic has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Muller can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Muller stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Zahovic swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Muller advances to half guard.
Zahovic might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Muller seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Zahovic does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Muller trying to mount his opponent but Zahovic defends it.

Muller wants to work for an arm triangle but Zahovic is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Zahovic works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Zahovic is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Muller defends well.
Muller is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Muller trying to control but Zahovic is working from the bottom.

Zahovic working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Muller doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Muller manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Muller trying to control the position from guard on top but Zahovic is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Zahovic is pulling down on Muller's head to control his posture.
Zahovic keeping moving, preventing Muller from controlling successfully.

Zahovic looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Muller passes into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Zahovic (6) vs (7) Muller
Zahovic is looking to reverse the position.

Muller tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Muller has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Zahovic is positioning himself to get back to half guard.

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

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Zahovic is looking to regain half guard here but Muller keeps moving and retains side control.
Muller trying to control the position but Zahovic is working away.

Muller goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Zahovic rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Muller's guard! Nice work there by Zahovic!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (8) vs (7) Muller
Muller is trying to keep Zahovic in close.
Muller looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Zahovic sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Muller's guard.
Zahovic prevents Muller from improving his position.
The fighters are battling for position here. Muller manages to regain full guard. Nice work.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Muller not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Muller working for submissions but it's allowed Zahovic to get to half guard.
Muller gets back to full guard.
Zahovic stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Muller swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Zahovic won't allow Muller to sweep him here.
Zahovic trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

Muller is looking for a triangle but Zahovic pushes his legs off easily.
Muller looking to control.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Zahovic trying to control the position from guard on top but Muller is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Muller tries to land a sweep but no joy.
Muller looking to control but Zahovic passes into half guard.
Muller trying to control but Zahovic postures up.

Zahovic seems to be looking for submissions.

Zahovic is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Muller works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Muller looking for a guillotine here but Zahovic defends easily.
Muller looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Zahovic's corner is telling him to maintain position.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Muller is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (8) vs (9) Muller
Muller wants to pass the guard but Zahovic is keeping the position.
Muller trying to control the position from guard on top but Zahovic is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

Zahovic has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Muller 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 Zahovic.
Score +3 for passing guard: Zahovic (8) vs (12) Muller

Muller is trying to get an arm triangle but Zahovic is defending well.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Muller thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Muller working away.
Zahovic is trying to get back to half guard.
Zahovic gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Muller seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Zahovic does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.

Muller is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Muller looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.
Zahovic trying to control but Muller postures up.

Zahovic looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Muller trying to control from half guard but Zahovic is working away.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Muller is looking for a kimura but Zahovic is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Muller to get the leverage.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Muller tries to pass the half guard into mount. Zahovic knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Muller passes the guard and advances to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Zahovic (8) vs (15) Muller
Muller fails to take his opponent's back.
Zahovic tries to hold on but Muller postures up.

Muller has control of Zahovic's right arm, working for a kimura. It's a bit of a token attempt though and Zahovic regains control of the situation pretty easily.
Zahovic tries to hold on but Muller postures up.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Zahovic has given up his back here. Will Muller look for the submission or keep pounding away?
Score +3 for taking back: Zahovic (8) vs (18) Muller

Zahovic preventing the rear naked choke attempt from Muller.
Muller not allowing Zahovic to control his hands.

Muller looking to break Zahovic's wrist control so he can sink in the choke. Zahovic remaining controlled and patient though - he really has to keep calm otherwise Muller will wrap this one up with the rear naked choke!
Zahovic wants to control his opponent's hands but Muller gets his hands free.

Zahovic is staying cool under pressure, defending well against the rear naked choke attempt from his opponent.
Muller avoiding Zahovic 's attempts to control his hands.
Zahovic tries to roll but Muller sticks to his back.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.
Zahovic tries to escape the position.

Muller looking for the choke but no joy.
Muller is hanging on to Zahovic's back as he tries to escape.

Muller is looking for a rear naked choke here but Zahovic reverses the position brilliantly into Muller's guard!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (10) vs (18) Muller
Zahovic trying to control the position from guard on top but Muller is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Muller 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: Zahovic (10) vs (20) Muller
Zahovic manages to get to full guard.
Muller wants to pass the guard but Zahovic is keeping the position.
Zahovic lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Zahovic (12) vs (20) Muller
Zahovic wants to pass the guard but Muller is keeping the position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Zahovic controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Zahovic thinks about going for a leg but decides against it, in order to maintain the position.

And that's the end of the fight!
Muller wins on points by 20 to 12.
After winning the bout, Bode Muller 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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