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TWGC 23 (145lbs, D1): Finals - Round 2 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Dado Mata (ranked 712 p4p, 0 weight class) and Gustavo Santos (ranked 2614 p4p, 0 weight class). Mata comes to the cage accompanied by 和楽器バンド / 千本桜. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.




172 cm
37 yrs
145 lbs



175 cm
35 yrs
137 lbs


This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the featherweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of New York, with a TWGC record of 10 wins and 10 losses; Dado Mata! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, with a TWGC record of 11 wins and 4 losses; Gustavo Santos!
The judges for this bout are Paul Aken, Aafke Stam and Daniel Blasius.


The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Mata has a takedown stuffed.
Santos tries to clinch up but Mata circles away and keeps his distance.
Mata gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily

and Santos moves into the clinch.
Santos is defending well against a takedown attempt.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Dado Mata. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Santos is looking for a takedown.

Mata wants the takedown. Santos is fighting it off but Mata persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Santos's guard against the cage.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Mata (2) vs (0) Santos
Mata trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.
Santos controlling Mata's posture.
Santos keeping moving, preventing Mata from controlling successfully.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mata tries to free his leg and advance position but Santos is retaining full guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Santos controls Mata momentarily but Mata frees himself.
Santos seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mata wants to pass the guard but Santos is keeping the position.
Mata is fighting to break Santos's control of his arms but Santos is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.
Mata is intent on slowing down the pace of the fight, simply looking to control.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Santos is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Mata looking to pass the guard.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Santos looking to control.
Mata trying to control but Santos is working from the bottom.

Santos is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Mata is aware though and is defending well.
Santos is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Mata preventing the sweep.
Mata wants to control from the top but Santos keeps moving.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mata looking to control the position here, rather than advance.
Santos 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.
Mata pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Santos is keeping the position for now.
Mata wants to control from the top but Santos keeps moving.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Mata stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Santos swivels though and keeps the full guard.
Mata is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.
Mata wants to control from the top but Santos keeps moving.
Mata pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Santos is keeping the position for now.
Mata is pushing down on Santos's leg trying to pass to half guard. Santos is fighting to maintain full guard but Mata has managed to sneak the leg through.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Mata works his way into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (0) Santos
Santos tries to improve position but can't.

Mata goes for an armbar! This could be all over! Wait, no, Santos rolls with the submission and now he's on top in Mata's guard! Nice work there by Santos!
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mata (5) vs (2) Santos
Mata looking for a sweep. Not yet Mata, not yet.

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

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Santos pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Mata is keeping the position for now.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Santos wants to control from the top but Mata keeps moving.
Mata looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Mata is working hard here to advance position.

Mata throws his legs up looking for a submission but Santos uses it to pass to side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (5) Santos
Mata is trying to get back to half guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Mata is trying to escape the position but Santos is controlling the position.
Santos tries to advance to mount but Mata denies him.
Mata is in a tricky position but he's been working on his transitions down at Mello MMA, so we'll see if he gets out of it.
Mata is not content to let Santos control the position.
Santos tries to advance to mount but can't.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Santos is looking to take a break and control but Mata is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Mata tries to bench press Santos off him but Santos keeps the position.
Mata is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Santos's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Santos is keen to just control but Mata is a slippery customer.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.
Santos is controlling the pace.
Santos wants to control but Mata is keeping him busy.
Santos keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.
Mata is looking to get back to full guard here but Santos has managed to pass to side control instead.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (8) Santos
Mata tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Santos wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Mata is looking to slip a leg under and get half guard but Santos is one step ahead and moves to full mount!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Mata (5) vs (10) Santos
Mata gets back to half guard.
Santos prevents Mata from improving his position.
Mata trying to get back to full guard but Santos takes advantage of the position and moves to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (13) Santos
Santos controlling his opponent.
Mata is looking to get to half guard.
Santos is the more experienced fighter here and he's going to need to draw on some of that experience if he's going to pull this one out the bag.

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.
Mata 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.
Mata is looking for a sweep. Santos is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Santos looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.
Santos trying to pass the guard but Mata defending well.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Mata is trying to get back to full guard.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mata is pressing down on Santos's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Mata has a butterfly guard looking to sweep but Santos has passed into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mata (5) vs (16) Santos
Mata gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Mata (5) vs (18) Santos
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!
Santos sitting in mount, just looking to control for the moment.

And that's the end of the fight!
Santos wins on points by 18 to 5.
 
 
 
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