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TWGC 17 (135lbs, D3): Finals - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a bantamweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Rafael Mendes and Wilson Wills Jr. Wilson Wills Jr is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.




175 cm
19 yrs
143 lbs



173 cm
21 yrs
148 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the bantamweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 1 losses; Rafael Mendes! And in the blue corner, fighting out of New York, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 1 losses; Wilson Wills Jr!
The judges for this bout are Donald Grub, James Glass and Paul Tew.


Let's get this grappling contest under way! Who will be victorious?
Mendes will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Nice sprawl there from Wills Jr as Mendes shoots in.
Wills Jr drops down looking to force a counter takedown but Mendes defends it well.
Mendes shoots in for a takedown - he's clinched up with Wills Jr but Wills Jr pushes him off and we're back to square one.
Wills Jr feints the counter takedown.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Rafael Mendes. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Mendes shoots in for a takedown but Wills Jr shows good takedown defense.
Wills Jr is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Nice takedown defense from Wills Jr. No joy for Mendes on that attempt.
Wills Jr with the counter takedown but Mendes avoids it easily.
Mendes throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Wills Jr's waist but Wills Jr gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Mendes off to one side.
Wills Jr is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.
Mendes will have to do better than that with his takedown attempts.
Wills Jr tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mendes shoots in looking for a takedown. Wills Jr tries to sprawl out of it but Mendes keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Wills Jr manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Wills Jr changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Mendes fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Mendes shoots in looking for a takedown. Wills Jr tries to sprawl out of it but Mendes keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Wills Jr manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Wills Jr tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Wills Jr has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Mendes is landing a low percentage of strikes.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Mendes.
Mendes shoots for a double leg takedown but Wills Jr sprawls well. He's pushed Mendes's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
And Wills Jr tries to counter it with a takedown but Mendes pushes his down on his head and steps out.
Both fighters are looking to counter, which isn't making for the most exciting fight in the world.
Mendes fails to land the takedown.
Mendes fails to land the takedown.
Wills Jr is definitely looking for the counter takedowns here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Mendes shoots in and gets a takedown into Wills Jr's guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Mendes (2) vs (0) Wills Jr
Mendes is stalling in the full guard.

Wills Jr looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Mendes looking to pass the guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr controls Mendes momentarily but Mendes frees himself.
Wills Jr 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.
Mendes trying to control the position from guard on top but Wills Jr is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Wills Jr trying to control the position.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mendes is pushing down on Wills Jr's leg trying to pass to half guard. Wills Jr is fighting to maintain full guard but Mendes has managed to sneak the leg through.
Mendes is thwarting Wills Jr's attempts to control the position.
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.
Wills Jr is controlling Mendes's trapped leg to prevent Mendes from advancing to side control.
Mendes is looking to stall here but Wills Jr recovers full guard.

Wills Jr had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Mendes defends it easily.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr seems keen to control Mendes's posture.

Wills Jr has an active guard here but Mendes has managed to pass into half guard.
Mendes perhaps working for something from half guard, or maybe not. It looks like he's just sitting there.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr trying to get back to full guard but Mendes takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mendes (5) vs (0) Wills Jr
Wills Jr is in all sorts of trouble here.
Mendes wants to control the pace but Wills Jr is squirming around nicely.
Wills Jr is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Mendes manages to capitalize on a mistake by Wills Jr to take his back!
Score +3 for taking back: Mendes (8) vs (0) Wills Jr
Wills Jr turns into Mendes and is now in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mendes (8) vs (2) Wills Jr
Wills Jr sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Mendes is trying to keep Wills Jr in close.
Wills Jr showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Wills Jr looking to pass the guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Mendes has Wills Jr pulled in close to control his posture.
Wills Jr wants to pass the guard but Mendes is keeping the position.
Mendes trying to control the position.
Mendes keeping moving, preventing Wills Jr from controlling successfully.
Wills Jr seems content to control from guard here. He's going to have to remain active though if he doesn't want to get stood back up.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr postures up.
Wills Jr slows down the pace of the fight, as he sits in guard.
Wills Jr trying to control the position from guard on top but Mendes is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
Wills Jr is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Wills Jr must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Mendes's guard.
Wills Jr trying to control the pace.
Wills Jr wants to advance to full mount but Mendes doesn't think that's going to happen and regains full guard instead.
Wills Jr trying to control the position from guard on top but Mendes is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.

Wills Jr drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Mendes dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mendes (10) vs (2) Wills Jr

Wills Jr is looking for a triangle here but Mendes uses the submission attempt to pass into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mendes (13) vs (2) Wills Jr
Wills Jr stops Mendes from passing to mount.
Wills Jr is trying to improve his position.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Wills Jr manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
We've been hearing good reports from Mendes'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.
Mendes trying to advance position but Wills Jr counters by regaining guard.
Wills Jr seems keen to control Mendes's posture.
Mendes wants to control from the top but Wills Jr keeps moving.
Mendes is going to have to think about doing something other than just controlling because Wills Jr is managing to avoid having the position dictated to him.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mendes won't allow Wills Jr to sweep him here.
Mendes wants to control from the top but Wills Jr keeps moving.

Wills Jr isolates an arm and boxes in a triangle. Mendes stacks Wills Jr on his neck as he steps over and passes to the side. He's now in a much more dominant position where he can look to do some serious damage. Nice move by Mendes!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mendes (16) vs (2) Wills Jr
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Wills Jr struggling a bit here.

And that's the end of the fight!
Mendes takes the fight on points by 16 to 2.
Rafael Mendes decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
 
 
 
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