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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D2): Rio de Janeiro Qu - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Anthony Pettis (ranked 1733 p4p, 79 weight class) and Rafael Mendes (ranked 4915 p4p, 239 weight class). Anthony Pettis has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.




167 cm
31 yrs
143 lbs



175 cm
21 yrs
143 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 2 losses; Anthony Pettis! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 1 losses; Rafael Mendes!
The judges for this bout are Paulo Santos, Leandro Rodrigues and Thiago Cunha.


The fighters bow as they face eachother in the middle of the mat and we are under way.

Pettis drives through and clinches with Mendes against the cage.

Pettis has picked Mendes up - he's going for a ride! Pettis dumps his opponent to the mat with a thud and settles into half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Pettis (2) vs (0) Mendes
Pettis content to sit in half guard and control for a moment.

Mendes is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Pettis pulls his head out easily.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Pettis takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Pettis wants to pass to mount but Mendes is defending the position.
Mendes has a hand on Pettis's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Pettis takes advantage of the position though and mounts him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Pettis (5) vs (0) Mendes

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Pettis wants to take Mendes's back but he can't do it this time.
Mendes regains half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Mendes is doing well to control the position and prevent Pettis from advancing to side control.
Pettis is figuring out what he wants to do next.
Pettis is thwarting Mendes's attempts to control the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Pettis seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
Pettis is pressing down on Mendes's thigh, looking to free his foot. Mendes is holding on for now.
Pettis is working hard here to advance position.
Mendes keeping control of the leg, stopping his opponent passing to mount.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Pettis seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mendes wants to control but Pettis is keeping busy and won't allow it.
Mendes is looking to improve his position.
Mendes moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Pettis controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Mendes controls Pettis momentarily but Pettis frees himself.
The fighters are starting to perspire pretty heavily.
Mendes is in a good position here but he's just trying to control... And he's not even managing to do that successfully.
Mendes keeping full guard, as Pettis tries to pass.
Pettis is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Mendes managing to control the position.
Pettis looking to pass the guard.
Pettis trying to control but Mendes is working from the bottom.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Pettis looking to pass the guard.
Pettis passes into half guard.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Pettis in particular looking to stall.
Pettis wants to free his trapped foot but Mendes is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Mendes has no desire to be mounted, so is trying to control. Pettis is working away from the top position though.
Pettis takes a deep breath and rests his weight momentarily on top of his opponent, to control the position.
Pettis is looking to pass the guard... He's managed it - he's now in full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Pettis (8) vs (0) Mendes
Pettis wants to take Mendes's back but he can't do it this time.
Pettis takes Mendes's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Pettis (11) vs (0) Mendes

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Pettis is riding his opponent, not letting Mendes buck him off.
Pettis is not going to allow Mendes to sit and survive in this position.
Pettis controlling from the back.
Mendes staying busy and making it hard for Pettis to control.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
You can see the frustration on Mendes's face… He knows he is in trouble unless he improves his position sooner rather than later.
A bit of a pause in the action here. Pettis controlling the positon.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Pettis is not going to allow Mendes to sit and survive in this position.
Mendes is being controlled on the ground here - he must escape this position otherwise surely the end is near.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Pettis's ground tactics aren't going to win him many fans. Let's hope he's got fireworks for us if he gets back to his feet because he's not doing much on the ground.
Pettis keeps control of the position as Mendes tries to break free.

Mendes is displaying good submission defense - not really looking in danger of submitting to the rear naked choke at the moment. That could change in an instant of course if Pettis gets his way!
Pettis really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Mendes.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mendes trying to control the position but Pettis manages to sink in the hooks.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

And that's the end of the fight!
Pettis takes the fight on points by 11 to 0.
During a confident post fight interview, Anthony Pettis thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
 
 
 
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