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TWGC 16 (145lbs, D1): Rio de Janeiro Qu - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Gustavo Santos and Waldo Claudiano. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!




175 cm
28 yrs
137 lbs



160 cm
28 yrs
149 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 1 wins and 1 losses; Gustavo Santos! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 1 losses; Waldo Claudiano!
The judges for this bout are Alexandre Firmino, Emerson Jorge and Luis Engracia.


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

The fight moves into the clinch position.

Santos decides to pull guard.
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Claudiano working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.
Claudiano passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (0) vs (3) Claudiano
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Santos tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Claudiano controlling from side mount.
Santos tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Claudiano wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Santos seems a little lost for a moment, as Claudiano dominates the positioning.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Santos is in a tricky position. We've heard reports from his gym mates at Johnson MMA that he's been drilling escapes, so let's see if he can get back to his feet.
You can see the frustration on Santos's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Claudiano controlling the position.
Claudiano wants to lay and pray for a moment but Santos keeps working.
Claudiano slows the pace down.
Santos manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.

Claudiano is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Santos is doing well to avoid being mounted. He's controlling the position at the moment.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Claudiano controlling the action here.
Santos is looking for a sweep. Claudiano is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Claudiano wants to control but Santos is keeping him busy.
Claudiano controlling the action here.
Santos won't allow Claudiano to pass to mount.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Santos has his hands clasped together around Claudiano's back. He's all about the action.
Santos wants to control but Claudiano is keeping busy.
Claudiano prevents Santos from improving his position.
Santos is working hard here to advance position.
Claudiano perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.
Santos wants to control but Claudiano is keeping busy.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Santos wants to improve his position but Claudiano is controlling well.
Claudiano controlling the action here.
Santos is trying to get back to full guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Claudiano is just content to waste time from the top position. Santos takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Santos keeping moving, preventing Claudiano from controlling successfully.
Santos working a defensive guard here.

Santos working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Claudiano doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Claudiano manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Santos keeping moving, preventing Claudiano from controlling successfully.
Claudiano wants to pass the guard but Santos is keeping the position.

That's six minutes gone in the round.

Santos throws his legs up looking for a submission but Claudiano uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (0) vs (6) Claudiano
The referee asks Claudiano politely if he wouldn't mind getting on with it and actually doing something. Claudiano prefers to stall for the moment though.
Let's hope that Claudiano has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.
Claudiano wants to lay and pray for a moment but Santos keeps working.
Claudiano controlling the position from side mount.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Santos tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Santos regains half guard.
Claudiano is trying to control. Santos wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Claudiano is figuring out what he wants to do next.
We're seeing a lot of stalling here from Claudiano.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Santos is looking to improve his position.
Claudiano controlling the action here.
Santos tries to roll over but Claudiano keeps him under control.
Santos is looking to control Claudiano's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Santos avoid being mounted?

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Claudiano content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.
Santos is looking for a sweep. Claudiano is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
The fighters are battling for position here. Santos manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Claudiano trying to control the position from guard on top but Santos is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Santos controls Claudiano momentarily but Claudiano frees himself.
Santos is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Claudiano is just sitting in guard, looking to avoid any submissions.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Santos is pulling down on Claudiano's head. It's preventing any offense from Claudiano, at least for the moment.
Claudiano passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (0) vs (9) Claudiano
Claudiano is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Santos struggling a bit here.
Santos is not content to let Claudiano control the position.
Santos tries to improve position but can't.
Santos is trying to control Claudiano's posture but Claudiano avoids it.
Santos tries to get back to half guard but can't.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Claudiano controls the position.
Claudiano trying to control the position but Santos is working away.
Santos is letting Claudiano control him for a moment.
Well,Santos is on his way to losing a decision here. Can he use his experience to pull something off in the closing minutes?
Claudiano working away.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Claudiano wants to control but Santos is keeping him busy.
Claudiano content to control the pace. The referee will try and keep them active though.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Santos wants to control but Claudiano postures up.
Claudiano is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Santos can't do much from the bottom here.
Claudiano is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Santos will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Claudiano trying to control the action but Santos is working from the bottom.

And that's the end of the fight!
Claudiano wins on points by 9 to 0.
 
 
 
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