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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D1): Rio de Janeiro Qu - R2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Gustavo Santos (ranked 2104 p4p, 98 weight class) and Kasey Scorpion (ranked 489 p4p, 0 weight class). Scorpion has chosen Jiu Jitsu as his entrance music. Kasey Scorpion told me before the fight that he's been watching a lot of DVDs so let's see if that helps him in this one! I can't wait to find out!




175 cm
31 yrs
137 lbs



187 cm
29 yrs
160 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 2 wins and 2 losses; Gustavo Santos! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Tokyo, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 3 losses; Kasey Scorpion!
The judges for this bout are Seu Braga, Alexandre Firmino and Luis Engracia.


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

Scorpion rushes Santos and pushes him back against the cage in a clinch.

Scorpion manages to pull guard. Let's see whether he can land a sub off his back.
Scorpion 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: Santos (0) vs (2) Scorpion
Santos is doing well to control the position and prevent Scorpion from advancing to side control.
Scorpion passes the half guard and he's now in mount! Big trouble for Santos!
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (0) vs (5) Scorpion
Scorpion looking to control and managing it successfully.

Scorpion is looking to secure an arm. He's managed it! He's pivoting for an armbar - that looks tight! But Santos has managed to get out of it and now he's in a dominant position. Nice work from Santos!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Santos (2) vs (5) Scorpion
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Scorpion is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Santos wants to control from the top but Scorpion keeps moving.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santos passes Scorpion's right leg, so he's now in half guard.
Scorpion wants to get back to full guard but Santos has mounted him!
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (5) vs (5) Scorpion
Scorpion sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.
Neither fighter is being very active at the moment, with Santos in particular looking to stall.
Santos is working hard to pass the guard. He's done it - he's now in full mount! Trouble for Scorpion!
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (8) vs (5) Scorpion
Scorpion is writhing around trying to get back to his feet.
Santos trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Scorpion felt the need to train up his defensive grappling in the buildup to the fight. Presumably he was expecting to be in a difficult position like this, so let's see if he can get out of it.
Santos prevents Scorpion from getting the reversal.
Scorpion is a painfully thin specimen of a man. You do wonder whether a good body kick would snap him clean in two.
Scorpion tries to hold on but Santos pushes him away.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Scorpion tries to reverse the position but Santos maintains control.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion is still trying to improve position.
Santos controlling his opponent.
Santos'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.
Scorpion sneaks a leg under to get to half guard.

Scorpion looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Scorpion trying to hold on to Santos's head to control him but Santos postures up.
Scorpion wants to get back to full guard but Santos has passed into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (11) vs (5) Scorpion

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion tries to get back to half guard but can't.
We've been hearing that Santos has been drilling a lot of ground and pound in training, so let's see if he get the finish.
A lull in the action here.
Santos trying to control the action but Scorpion is working from the bottom.
Scorpion tries to buck Santos off but Santos is having none of it.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion is sneaking out the side here. He's bucked Santos off and has taken his back!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Santos (11) vs (9) Scorpion
Scorpion controlling the position well here. Santos rolled but Scorpion kept the hooks locked in and stayed in the dominant position.
Scorpion is trying to stick to Santos's back but Santos is turning into Scorpion. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Scorpion's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Santos.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Santos (13) vs (9) Scorpion
Scorpion controls Santos momentarily but Santos frees himself.
Scorpion might have to switch it up a bit here because his efforts to control Santos haven't been going to plan, at least at the current moment in time.
Scorpion looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Santos wants to control from the top but Scorpion keeps moving.
Santos stopping the sweep attempt from Scorpion.

Scorpion throws his legs up looking for a submission but Santos uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (16) vs (9) Scorpion
Santos wants to lay and pray for a moment but Scorpion keeps working.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion tries to buck Santos off but Santos is having none of it.
Scorpion regains half guard.
Scorpion moves his hips nicely and gets into full guard.
Scorpion lands a beautiful sweep and he's now moved into his opponent's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Santos (16) vs (11) Scorpion
Santos is controlling Scorpion's posture.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Santos looking to control.

Santos is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Scorpion pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Santos is keeping the position for now.

Santos is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Scorpion not doing a lot at the moment. He'll have to show some more aggression or the fight will get stood up.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion stopping the sweep attempt from Santos.
Santos is trying to control the position but Scorpion postures up.
Scorpion pushing down on Santos's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
Scorpion sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Santos is looking for a sweep. Scorpion is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Santos is working hard here to advance position.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
It looks like Scorpion might be adopting somewhat of a lay and pray gameplan here, which I'm sure won't go down too well with the paying fans in attendance... Or the ring announcers come to think of it.
Santos wants to control but Scorpion is keeping busy.
Scorpion sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Santos tries to get to full guard but Scorpion has control of the leg.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Santos wants to control but Scorpion is keeping busy.
Scorpion is just content to waste time from the top position. Santos takes advantage of the situation and regains full guard.
Santos not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Santos can't keep his opponent in guard - Scorpion advances to half guard, no doubt looking to mount.
Scorpion wants to pass to mount but Santos is defending the position.
Santos might be looking to lock onto one of his opponent's long limbs for a submission, whilst we're on the ground.
Santos is trying to maintain the position but Scorpion is very close to passing his half guard.
Well, if Scorpion is going to just lie there, perhaps we should talk about what we're having for dinner tonight… I'm having a ham and pineapple pizza… Yum. Can't wait.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.

Scorpion is sneakily working for an arm triangle but Santos sees it coming and defends easily.

Santos actively working from the bottom here.
Scorpion wants to free his trapped foot but Santos is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Santos is not content to let Scorpion control the position.
Santos is trying to control but can't.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Scorpion wants to pass to mount but Santos is defending the position.
Santos wants to get back to full guard.
Scorpion works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Santos (16) vs (14) Scorpion
Santos is trying to escape the position but Scorpion is controlling the position.
Scorpion wants to lay and pray for a moment but Santos keeps working.
A lull in the action here as Scorpion stalls from top position.
Santos struggling a bit here.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
The referee tells the fighters to keep busy.
Santos is trying to get back to half guard.
Santos is letting Scorpion 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?

Scorpion working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Scorpion trying to control the position but Santos is working away.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Santos is letting Scorpion control him for a moment.
Scorpion wants to lay and pray for a moment but Santos keeps working.
Scorpion staying calm.
Santos is trying to control Scorpion's posture but Scorpion avoids it.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Scorpion is moving around in side control but his primary objective seems to be to maintain the position.
Santos is looking for a sweep.
Scorpion wants to control but Santos is keeping him busy.
A bit of a lull in the action. I'm sure it will pick up again soon... even if the ref has to physically pick them up and put them back on their feet.
Santos is trying to improve his position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Scorpion in side control, just content to control the action for now.

And that's the end of the fight!
Santos takes the fight on points by 16 to 14.
 
 
 
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