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TWGC 19 (155lbs, D1): Finals - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a lightweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Dado Mata (ranked 729 p4p, 39 weight class) and Gustavo Santos (ranked 2126 p4p, 94 weight class). Mata comes to the cage accompanied by 和楽器バンド / 千本桜. I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know that I was talking to some pointless Z list celebrity before the fight and he thought that Gustavo Santos was going to win. Let's see if he was right.




172 cm
33 yrs
145 lbs



175 cm
31 yrs
137 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the lightweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 8 losses; Dado Mata! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 3 wins and 2 losses; Gustavo Santos!
The judges for this bout are Aafke Stam, Daniel Blasius and Saam Ante.


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

Mata closes the distance and gets a trip takedown into side control. Santos quickly recovers to half guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Mata (2) vs (0) Santos
Mata seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Santos does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
We've been hearing good reports from Mata'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.
Santos wants to control but Mata is keeping busy.

Santos looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Mata uses his free foot to push down on Santos's thigh. Eventually he works his other foot free and he's advanced to mount - this is trouble for Santos.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (0) Santos
Mata wants to control but instead Santos manages to regain half guard.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Santos wants to get back to full guard.
Mata wants to lay and pray for a moment but Santos keeps working.
Santos is looking to get back to full guard here but Mata has managed to pass to side control instead.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (8) vs (0) Santos

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santos manages to get back to half guard.
Mata content to control rather than advance.
Mata tries to pass the half guard into mount. Santos knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Santos regains full guard. Nicely done.
Mata passes Santos's left leg - he's now in half guard.

Santos is defending against the submission attempts here by Mata.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mata slows the pace down in half guard.
Mata frees up his trapped foot and advances to mount.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (11) vs (0) Santos
Mata wants to control the pace but Santos is squirming around nicely.
Santos is wriggling around trying to escape.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mata is looking to work his way around to Santos's back. He needs to be careful though, as he's in danger of losing this dominant position.
Santos tries to lock up and control but Mata gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.
Mata wants to take Santos's back but he can't do it this time.
Santos keeping his composure momentarily, calmly looking to get back to half guard.
Santos is still trying to improve position.
Santos has given up his back here. Will Mata look for the submission or keep pounding away?
Score +3 for taking back: Mata (14) vs (0) Santos

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Mata tightening his grip on Santos, looking for the choke.

Mata is looking for the choke from the back position but Santos is controlling his hands well.

Mata looking for the RNC.
Santos wants to escape the position.
Santos breaks Mata's hooks off and manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mata (14) vs (2) Santos

Mata is active off his back here, looking for submissions.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mata controlling Santos's posture.
Mata is trying to control the position but Santos postures up.
Mata is pulling down on Santos's head. It's preventing any offense from Santos, at least for the moment.
Santos is stalling in the full guard.
Mata not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Mata 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.
Santos is looking to advance position but Mata has hit a scissor sweep - now he's on top in mount!
Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Mata (18) vs (2) Santos
Santos has given up his back here.
Score +3 for taking back: Mata (21) vs (2) Santos
Santos is keeping busy.
Santos rolls, trying to escape but Mata keeps control of the position.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Santos fending off the submission attempt from Mata.
Santos controlling his opponent's hands, preventing the submission attempt.
Santos is keeping busy.
So, who will make the next big move? In this position it could be crucial.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Santos tries to break free.

Santos fending off the submission attempt from Mata.
Santos tries to escape the position.
Santos wants to control his opponent's hands but Mata gets his hands free.
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 tries to escape the position.
Santos is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

Mata is looking to finish the fight by rear naked choke. Santos knows exactly what he's got planned though, so he's defending well. Maybe a few strikes would soften Santos for a finish.
Mata struggling to keep hold of the position.
Mata really has the hooks in deep now - there seems like no escape for Santos.
The crowd hopeful of a finish here - Mata's supporters are on their feet, screaming for him to go for the rear naked choke.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Mata controlling the position well here. Santos rolled but Mata kept the hooks locked in and stayed in the dominant position.

Mata working for a RNC but it's not happening just yet.
Mata is riding his opponent, not letting Santos buck him off.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Santos is trying to break free.

Mata looking for the choke but no joy.
Mata is trying to stick to Santos's back but Santos is turning into Mata. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Mata's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Santos.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mata (21) vs (4) Santos
In the pre-fight buildup videos we saw Santos working his ground and pound in the gym. He isn't landing a great percentage of his ground strikes so far though.
Mata looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Santos is frustrating his opponent with some stalling tactics from top position.
Mata is pulling down on Santos's head to control his posture.
Mata not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.

Mata throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Mata looking for a sweep. Not yet Mata, not yet.
Mata wants to hit a switch here but Santos passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Mata there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (21) vs (7) Santos
Mata is trying to escape the mount.
Santos looking to control but Mata is working nicely, looking to advance position himself.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mata regains half guard.
Mata is trying is best to control the position here.
Mata wants to improve his position but Santos is controlling well.

Mata looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Mata is looking for a sweep. Santos is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Santos is keen to just control but Mata is a slippery customer.

And that's the end of the fight!
Mata takes the fight on points by 21 to 7.
A relieved looking Dado Mata thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
 
 
 
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