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TWGC 24 (205lbs, D1): Tokyo Qualifier - Round 1 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a light heavyweight Tycoon World Grappling Championship rules bout between Vito Mazzini (ranked 1853 p4p, 222 weight class) and Mr Steel Penn (ranked 2902 p4p, 0 weight class). Mazzini's ring entrance music is that housewives' favourite, Fade To Black. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.




182 cm
33 yrs
200 lbs



190 cm
35 yrs
213 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 New York, with a TWGC record of 0 wins and 2 losses; Vito Mazzini! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Hilo, with a TWGC record of 6 wins and 4 losses; Mr Steel Penn!
The judges for this bout are Sosuke Kotani, Shirou Masuda and Shigeki Sano.


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

Steel Penn has closed the distance and engaged Mazzini in a clinch.
We've been hearing reports that Mazzini has been drilling takedowns in recent sessions so let's see if that has an impact on the result of this fight.

Steel Penn wants the takedown. Mazzini is fighting it off but Steel Penn persists and manages to bring the fight to the ground, ending up in Mazzini's guard against the cage.
Score +2 for takedown into guard / half guard: Mazzini (0) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini 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.
Mazzini bucks up whilst keeping hold of a body lock, managing to reverse the position. Now he's in top in Steel Penn's guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (2) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini wants to control from the top but Steel Penn keeps moving.
Mazzini controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Steel Penn is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Mazzini defends well.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Steel Penn is looking to sweep but instead, Mazzini has passed into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mazzini slows the pace down in half guard.
Steel Penn gets back to full guard.
Steel Penn wants to hit a switch here but Mazzini passes into full mount! Oh no, disaster for Steel Penn there!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (5) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini seems to be looking to move to his opponent's back but Steel Penn is holding on tight.
Mazzini controlling from mount.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini works his way to his opponent's back.
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (8) vs (2) Steel Penn
Mazzini doesn't have the hooks in and Steel Penn manages to turn into his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (8) vs (4) Steel Penn

Steel Penn drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Mazzini manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Steel Penn has Mazzini in his guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (10) vs (4) Steel Penn

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

Steel Penn had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Mazzini defends it easily.
Steel Penn keeping moving, preventing Mazzini from controlling successfully.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini tries to free his leg and advance position but Steel Penn is retaining full guard.
Mazzini is stalling in the full guard.
Mazzini slips nicely into half guard.
Mazzini tries to pass the half guard into mount. Steel Penn knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn is looking for a sweep. Mazzini is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Steel Penn is not content to let Mazzini control the position.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to pass to mount.

That's five minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini passes to full mount!
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (13) vs (4) Steel Penn
Steel Penn is trying to reverse the position but instead Mazzini has taken his back - oops!
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (16) vs (4) Steel Penn

Mazzini is looking for the choke from the back position but Steel Penn is controlling his hands well.
Mazzini is looking to control Steel Penn but Steel Penn is wriggling around and keeping busy.
Mazzini has the hooks sunk in and you can see the will to fight slowly draining out of Steel Penn's body.
I really don't envy Steel Penn right now.

Steel Penn showing good submission defense here.

That's six minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn trying to control but not successfully.
Steel Penn is really stuck here.
A lull in the action here.
Steel Penn rolls and manages to get back to half guard. Nicely done.
Well, if Mazzini 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.

Steel Penn looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini is looking to advance position but Steel Penn won't allow it.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Steel Penn is looking to improve his position.
Steel Penn gets full guard.

Steel Penn is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Mazzini trying to control the position from guard on top but Steel Penn is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.

That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini sitting in guard, not really doing much.
Mazzini is looking to pass into half guard but Steel Penn pushes him away with his feet and jumps on top - now Steel Penn is in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (16) vs (6) Steel Penn
My spies in Steel's Grappling Penn inform me that Steel Penn has been getting involved in the gym's BJJ sparring sessions. Let's see whether that pays dividends!
Steel Penn trying to control but Mazzini is working from the bottom.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to sweep him here.
Mazzini keeping moving, preventing Steel Penn from controlling successfully.
Steel Penn passes into half guard.

That's nine minutes gone in the round.
Steel Penn trying to control the action but Mazzini is working from the bottom.

Steel Penn is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Mazzini defends it well.
Mazzini wants to get back to full guard.
Mazzini is not content to let Steel Penn control the position.
Steel Penn is pressing down on Mazzini's thigh, looking to free his foot. Mazzini is holding on for now.
Steel Penn is keen to just control but Mazzini is a slippery customer.

That's ten minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini tries to roll over but Steel Penn keeps him under control.

Steel Penn seems to be looking for submissions.
Mazzini is pressing down on Steel Penn's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.
Steel Penn won't allow Mazzini to sweep him here.
Steel Penn slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (16) vs (9) Steel Penn
Steel Penn wants to lay and pray for a moment but Mazzini keeps working.
Mazzini is looking to reverse the position.

That's eleven minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Mazzini, who protects the arm well.
Mazzini is trying to control Steel Penn's posture but Steel Penn avoids it.
Mazzini manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.

Steel Penn is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

Steel Penn seems to be looking for submissions.

That's twelve minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini manages to get to full guard.
Mazzini looking to hit a scissor sweep but Steel Penn is one step ahead there.
Steel Penn looking to pass the guard.

Steel Penn drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Mazzini dives on top into guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mazzini (18) vs (9) Steel Penn

That's thirteen minutes gone in the round.

Steel Penn is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Mazzini is aware though and is defending well.
Mazzini slips effortlessly into side control - very nice.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mazzini (21) vs (9) Steel Penn
Mazzini moves into full mount!
Score +2 for reaching mount: Mazzini (23) vs (9) Steel Penn
Mazzini controlling from mount.
Steel Penn is working to get back to half guard.
Steel Penn tries to lock up and control but Mazzini gives him a forearm to the face and pushes him away.

That's fourteen minutes gone in the round.
Mazzini is dominating on the ground here - he's now on his opponent's back, looking to sink in the hooks. Steel Penn is in real trouble.
Score +3 for taking back: Mazzini (26) vs (9) Steel Penn
Steel Penn is really stuck here.
Steel Penn trying to control but he's just got himself in more trouble.
Mazzini tries to keep control of the position but Steel Penn is staying busy.
Mazzini trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Steel Penn doesn't escape.
Mazzini gets his hands free as Steel Penn looks to control.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Steel Penn tries to escape but he's let his defenses down in doing so and Mazzini has slipped in the rear naked choke! Oh, that's tiiiiiiiiight! Steel Penn is tapping! This one is aaaaaaaaaaaall over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 14:56 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Vito Mazzini!
An out of breath Vito Mazzini thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
 
 
 
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