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TWGC 26 (265+lbs, D1): Montreal Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a super heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Hellas Pankratios (ranked 1289 p4p, 60 weight class) and Kron Karelin (ranked 18797 p4p, 0 weight class). This should be fireworks!




200 cm
35 yrs
300 lbs



195 cm
29 yrs
280 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 New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 1 losses; Hellas Pankratios! And in the blue corner, fighting out of New York, with a TWGC record of 9 wins and 8 losses; Kron Karelin!
The judges for this bout are Trevor Gratis, Steve Smith and Alec Ball.


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

Pankratios clinches with his opponent.

Pankratios has clasped his hands together around Karelin's back... aaand, he's got a takedown into side control. Nicely done.
Score +4 for clean takedown past guard: Pankratios (4) vs (0) Karelin

Pankratios tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Pankratios trying to control the action but Karelin is working from the bottom.
Both fighters take a look at the clock.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Pankratios wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Karelin, who protects the arm well.
You can see the frustration on Karelin's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Karelin tries to buck Pankratios off but Pankratios is having none of it.
I wouldn't like to be where Karelin is right now.
Karelin struggling a bit here.
Karelin tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Pankratios wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Karelin can't do much from the bottom here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Karelin is trying to get back to half guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Pankratios'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.
Pankratios wants to control but Karelin is keeping him busy.
Karelin is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Karelin sneaks back into half guard.
Karelin manages to get to full guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Pankratios is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
Karelin looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
Karelin trying to keep a closed guard but Pankratios is proving a slippery customer.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Karelin seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Karelin is trying to control the position but Pankratios postures up.
Pankratios wants to pass the guard but Karelin is keeping the position.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Karelin looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Pankratios tries to free his leg and advance position but Karelin is retaining full guard.
Pankratios trying to control the position from guard on top but Karelin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Karelin working a defensive guard but Pankratios manages to pass into side control anyway.
Score +3 for passing guard: Pankratios (7) vs (0) Karelin
Karelin struggling a bit here.
Karelin is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Pankratios off and has taken his back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Pankratios (7) vs (4) Karelin

Karelin looking to break Pankratios's wrist control so he can sink in the choke. Pankratios remaining controlled and patient though - he really has to keep calm otherwise Karelin will wrap this one up with the rear naked choke!

Karelin has his hand under the chin of his opponent looking for the choke. He's nearly got it! This one could be all over! But no, Pankratios has freed his hand and lives to survive another… well, another couple of seconds at least!

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Karelin is working hard for the rear naked choke here.
Pankratios rolls, trying to escape but Karelin keeps control of the position.

Pankratios defends a rear naked choke attempt by controlling one of Karelin's arms.
Karelin not allowing Pankratios to control his hands.

Karelin looking for the choke from the back.

Pankratios preventing the rear naked choke attempt from Karelin.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Pankratios is keeping busy.

Karelin is persistently looking for the submission but Pankratios is defending it well.

Karelin is staying calm and holding on to the back position, whilst working on a rear naked choke. Pankratios is defending well though. Karelin let's go of the attempt for now.
Karelin is looking to control Pankratios but Pankratios is wriggling around and keeping busy.
Our spies down at at MMA Academy inform us that Karelin has really been working on his submissions in the buildup to this fight. Will it pay off?

Pankratios showing good submission defense here.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Pankratios is defending well here and trying to improve his position.

Karelin has his hand under the chin of his opponent looking for the choke. He's nearly got it! This one could be all over! But no, Pankratios has freed his hand and lives to survive another… well, another couple of seconds at least!

Pankratios defending nicely against the rear naked choke attempt.
Pankratios is really stuck here.

Karelin is persistently looking for the submission but Pankratios is defending it well.

Karelin is persistently looking for the submission but Pankratios is defending it well.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.

Pankratios defending nicely against the rear naked choke attempt.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Pankratios breaks Karelin's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Pankratios (9) vs (4) Karelin
Pankratios trying to control the position from guard on top but Karelin is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Karelin trying to keep a closed guard but Pankratios is proving a slippery customer.
Pankratios advances position into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Pankratios (12) vs (4) Karelin

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Karelin tries to bench press Pankratios off him but Pankratios keeps the position.
Karelin is trying to control Pankratios's posture but Pankratios avoids it.
Karelin is looking to reverse the position.
Pankratios content to control the pace. The referee will try and keep them active though.
Karelin is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Karelin can't do much from the bottom here.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Karelin is looking to regain half guard here but Pankratios keeps moving and retains side control.

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

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Pankratios working away.
Karelin tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Karelin is trying to control Pankratios's posture but Pankratios avoids it.

Pankratios wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Karelin, who protects the arm well.
Karelin can't do much from the bottom here.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Karelin might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Pankratios haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.

Pankratios is trying to get an arm triangle but Karelin is defending well.

Pankratios tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Pankratios has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Karelin tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Pankratios wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Karelin manages to get back to half guard.
Karelin is trying to control but can't.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Pankratios is looking to take a break and control but Karelin is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.

Pankratios is looking for a kimura here.
Pankratios trying to control the action but Karelin is working from the bottom.
Pankratios wants to pass the guard but Karelin is defending well.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Karelin trying to hold on to Pankratios's head to control him but Pankratios postures up.

And that's the end of the fight!
Pankratios takes the fight on points by 12 to 4.
After the fight, Hellas Pankratios was humble in paying tribute to his opponent but made it clear he wants to go on to bigger and better things. It seemed to go down well with the crowd who cheered him loudly.
 
 
 
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