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TWGC 21 (205lbs, D1): Los Angeles Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Aloysius Martin Thesz (ranked 3194 p4p, 417 weight class) and Rafael Vieira (ranked 2863 p4p, 0 weight class). Vieira has chosen Machine Gun Kelly–Till I Die as his entrance music. Both fighters look pumped up here. Let's hope this is a good fight!




188 cm
43 yrs
208 lbs



185 cm
33 yrs
186 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the light heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 11 wins and 10 losses; Aloysius Martin Thesz! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 2 wins and 2 losses; Rafael Vieira!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Don Winkell and Jack Bonds.


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

Thesz gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.
Thesz is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.

Vieira is trying to trip Thesz. He has hold of a leg but Thesz is hopping around, keeping his balance for the moment. Vieira persists though and gets the takedown into guard.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Thesz (0) vs (2) Vieira
Thesz has control of Vieira's left arm, preventing Vieira from doing any damage.
Thesz tries to land a sweep but no joy.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Thesz trying to control the position here.

Vieira drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Thesz manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Vieira has Thesz in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Thesz (2) vs (2) Vieira
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Vieira looking to control.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Thesz sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Vieira wants to sweep but no luck.
Thesz stands and throws Vieira's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (5) vs (2) Vieira
Thesz takes a little break here. Vieira wants to take advantage but he is being controlled well.
Vieira sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Thesz wants to free his trapped foot but Vieira is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Thesz is working hard to pass the guard. He's done it - he's now in full mount! Trouble for Vieira!
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (8) vs (2) Vieira
Vieira wants to improve position but instead he's given up his back.
Score +3 for taking back: Thesz (11) vs (2) Vieira

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Thesz slows the pace down here. Having a little breather whilst he's in a dominant position, looking to rest and regain some energy, ready to go for the finish.

Thesz working for the choke.
Vieira 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.
Vieira is very frustrated here, being controlled quite effectively by Thesz.
Thesz controlling well, preventing Vieira from escaping the position.
Vieira is still trying to improve position.
Good control from Thesz.
Thesz'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.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Vieira tries to break free.
Thesz just keeping the dominant position. He can't wait too long though, otherwise the referee will stand them back up.
We've been hearing good reports from Thesz'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.
Vieira wants to escape the position.
Thesz trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Vieira doesn't escape.
Thesz seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Vieira for as long as he can get away with.
Vieira trying to control but he's just got himself in more trouble.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Thesz controlling from the back.

Vieira 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 Thesz gets his way!
Thesz controls the position.
Thesz keeps control of the position as Vieira tries to break free.
A bit of a pause in the action here. Thesz controlling the positon.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Thesz has controlled the position for a good 20 seconds, which will no doubt be starting to frustrate his opponent.
Vieira is in a world of trouble here. He's outmatched on the ground here and he'd better get Thesz off his back sharpish unless he wants to be submitted.
Thesz is trying to stick to Vieira's back but Vieira is turning into Thesz. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Thesz's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Vieira.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Thesz (11) vs (4) Vieira
Vieira advances position into side control!
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (11) vs (7) Vieira
Thesz tries to improve position but can't.

Vieira thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

Vieira wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Thesz, who protects the arm well.

Vieira is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Thesz is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Thesz is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Vieira's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Thesz is pressing down on Vieira's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Vieira stopping the sweep attempt from Thesz.
Vieira slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Vieira pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Thesz is keeping the position for now.
Thesz pulls Vieira in close to prevent any damage.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.

Thesz working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Vieira doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Vieira manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Vieira slows down the pace of the fight for a moment. He'll need to remain active if he doesn't want to see the fight stood back up.
Thesz not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Thesz bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Vieira's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Thesz (13) vs (7) Vieira
Thesz sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.

Vieira looking for a guillotine here but Thesz defends easily.
Thesz looking to pass the guard.
Thesz is working hard here to advance position.
Thesz sitting in guard, not really doing much.

Vieira working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Thesz doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Thesz manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Thesz sitting in guard here, content to control.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Thesz stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Vieira swivels though and keeps the full guard.

Vieira throws his legs up looking for a submission but Thesz uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (16) vs (7) Vieira
Vieira is looking to reverse the position.
Vieira trying to remain calm as Thesz controls from the top position.
Vieira tries to improve position but can't.
Thesz controls the position.
Vieira is looking for a sweep.
Thesz controls the position.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Vieira is looking for a sweep.
Thesz controlling the position from side mount.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Vieira gets one leg under and gets the fight to half guard.
Vieira trying to control from the bottom.
Thesz wants to free his trapped foot but Vieira is holding on for dear life with his legs.
Thesz is figuring out what he wants to do next.
Vieira makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Vieira.
Thesz stands and throws Vieira's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (19) vs (7) Vieira

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Thesz moving around in side mount but really he's just happy to control for now.
Vieira tries to improve position but can't.
Thesz controlling the position from side mount.

Thesz is trying to land an Americana. He has the arm isolated but Vieira is keeping cool and he's avoided the danger for now.
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.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Vieira sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
The referee calls for the fighters to work.
Vieira makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Vieira.
Thesz passes into half guard.
Thesz passes the guard and advances to mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Thesz (22) vs (7) Vieira
Vieira is trying desperately to improve position.
Thesz controlling his opponent.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
This is a sustained period of stalling by Thesz.
Vieira stops Thesz from taking his back. Still, being mounted isn't any better.
Thesz controlling his opponent.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Vieira is squirming around, avoiding Thesz's attempts to control the action.
Thesz controlling the position easily from mount.

And that's the end of the fight!
Thesz takes the fight on points by 22 to 7.
Aloysius Martin Thesz thanked the fans post fight for their support.
 
 
 
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