Euros 2020: Tommy Langaker wins his first match against Oliver Lovell

After his amazing performance at Polaris 12, we were all expecting great things from Tommy Langaker. We were not disappointed.

Tommy Langaker played a very relaxed game for most of this match, looking almost like he was rolling in the gym. This may just be due to his cerebral, technical style. This may be due to his having already dominantly beaten his opponent last year in the finals of Abu Dhabi World Pro by Modified Bow and Arrow Choke last year in the finals of Abu Dhabi World Pro by bow and arrow choke . But the huge points advantage he racked up at the beginning had to contribute a little to his peace of mind.

The match began with him trying to pull guard, but conceeding takedown points as a result. It doesn’t phase him however, as he gets to butterfly and stands up to get the sweep. Langaker inverts and looks for a crab ride, getting a pass off of it and immediately getting to knee on belly before getting reguarded by Lovell.

With this six point advantage, he doesn’t seem to mind getting swept – he just sweeps back after a little while and keeps looking for the crab ride he attempted in the first exchange. Lovell seems wise to it by now, though, and Langaker can’t manage to get back there or even pass the guard off of it as he did earlier.

In the final minutes of the match, Lovell puts on pressure from the top, but Langaker gives him nothing, sweeping and almost passing to win 17-10. This puts Langaker in the Quarter-Finals tomorrow against Mathias Luna, who recently lost out in the Openweight division as Keenan Cornelius stormed to the final.

Brackets for every age and belt category for the IBJJF European Championships 2020 can be found on the IBJJF website here.

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