Stepping Stone 96 PBP Commentary
This TWGC bout is 1 fifteen minute round in the super heavyweight division. Introducing today's competitors. In the red corner, competing out of Los Angeles, with a TWGC record of 5 wins and 2 losses; Paulo Mendes! And in the blue corner, fighting out of Montreal, with a TWGC record of 4 wins and 1 losses; Miles Levesque!
The judges for this bout are Alyssa Summers, John Kavanagh and John Roberts.
The fighters connect hands in the middle of the mat and we are under way.
Mendes shoots for a double leg takedown but Levesque sprawls well. He's pushed Mendes's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Levesque changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Mendes closes the distance and pushes Levesque back into the cage.
Mendes jumps into guard, dragging Levesque to the mat.
Levesque wants to pass the guard but Mendes is keeping the position.
Levesque wants to control from the top but Mendes keeps moving.
Mendes is trying to keep Levesque in close.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mendes is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Levesque looking to pass the guard.
That's one minute gone in the round.
Levesque works a leg free and moves into half guard.
Levesque is trying for a guillotine from the top but the pressure isn't in the right place so Mendes is just riding it out for now. Levesque eventually gives up the hold.
Levesque seems to be working for a kimura but Mendes defends the submission attempt.
Mendes manages to get to full guard.
Levesque drops back, looking for a kneebar! Mendes looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Mendes looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Mendes! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Mendes (4) vs (0) Levesque
That's two minutes gone in the round.
Levesque is looking to reverse the position.
Levesque keeps trying to improve his position.
Levesque is not content to let Mendes control the position.
Levesque is looking for a sweep.
Levesque regains half guard.
Levesque looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Levesque looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mendes is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Levesque has managed to free his arm - good work.
Levesque has a hand on Mendes's thigh, trying to get back to full guard. Mendes takes advantage of the position though and mounts him! Score +3 for passing guard: Mendes (7) vs (0) Levesque
Mendes trying to control but Levesque is having none of it.
Levesque is looking to improve his position but Mendes isn't that keen on the idea.
Levesque tries to hold on but Mendes postures up.
That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mendes can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Levesque is looking to escape.
Levesque can't escape the position.
Mendes with some aggressive grappling here, looking for the finish.
Mendes is in full mount, looking to secure a guillotine but Levesque is surviving well by controlling Mendes's body position as best he can.
Levesque 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.
Levesque wants to improve his position but Mendes is controlling well.
Mendes is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Levesque doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Mendes.
Levesque looking for submissions off his back.
That's five minutes gone in the round.
Levesque is looking to improve his position.
Levesque is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Mendes's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Mendes's back! Score +4 for clean sweep to past guard: Mendes (7) vs (4) Levesque
Mendes is really stuck here.
Levesque is not going to allow Mendes to sit and survive in this position.
Levesque is trying to stick to Mendes's back but Mendes is turning into Levesque. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Levesque's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Mendes. Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mendes (9) vs (4) Levesque
Levesque keeping moving, preventing Mendes from controlling successfully.
Levesque is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Mendes is aware though and is defending well.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Levesque working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Mendes doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Mendes manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Levesque is looking for a triangle but Mendes pushes his legs off easily.
That's six minutes gone in the round.
Levesque is looking for a triangle here but Mendes uses the submission attempt to pass into side control.
Score +3 for passing guard: Mendes (12) vs (4) Levesque
Levesque is looking to regain half guard here but Mendes keeps moving and retains side control.
Mendes working away.
Mendes is looking to take a break and control but Levesque is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Levesque is trying to get back to half guard.
That's seven minutes gone in the round.
Mendes wants to control but Levesque is keeping him busy.
Levesque is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Mendes tries to move to mount but Levesque blocks the move with his legs.
Mendes advances to mount. Score +2 for reaching mount: Mendes (14) vs (4) Levesque
Levesque can't escape the position.
Levesque tries to hold on but Mendes pushes him away.
Mendes goes for an armbar but he's fallen flat on his backside there and now Levesque is on top in guard.
Score +2 for sweep to guard / half guard: Mendes (14) vs (6) Levesque
Levesque pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Mendes is keeping the position for now.
That's eight minutes gone in the round.
Levesque must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
Levesque is sitting in close to Mendes's body. Mendes has gone for a guillotine from the bottom. Oh damn, that looks pretty tight! Levesque is panicking - it looks like this one could be all over! Yes, Levesque is tapping! That was a very nice submission by Mendes.
Ladies and gentlemen, after 8:36 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Guillotine). Paulo Mendes!
A very excited looking Paulo Mendes rambled incoherently for about 5 minutes post fight about how awesome he is. It was kinda funny for a while but then everyone got annoyed.