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SPNY 179: Bones - Krutcher PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Eric Morgan and Igor Gago. Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

182 cm
26
197 lbs
11 - 8 - 0
186 cm
26
195 lbs
10 - 7 - 0
Good wrestling
Good knees
Cardio machine
Powerful takedowns
Decent boxing
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 8 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of New York, Eric Morgan!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 10 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Igor Gago!
The judges for this bout are John Roberts, Franklyn Lucas and Chad Campbell.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Morgan misses with a low kick as Gago jumps back.
A swing and a miss from Gago.
Gago takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Gago throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Gago scores with a jab. Morgan acknowledges it with a nod of the head.

Morgan closes the distance and pushes Gago back into the cage.
Gago swings wildly with an uppercut but Morgan uses good head movement to avoid it.
Gago lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Gago misses with a hook from the clinch.
Gago has a couple of punches blocked by Morgan.
Morgan tries to pull guard but can't drag his opponent to the mat. Gago just stands there and leans against the cage.
Gago fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Gago misses with a punch on the inside.
Gago is trying to maintain a safe position but Morgan gets an underhook and turns Gago into the cage.
Gago misses with the head strike.
Morgan blocks an uppercut.
A nice glancing elbow lands by Morgan.

Morgan drags the fight down to the ground.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.

Gago drops back for a leg but he's not going to get it - he lets go and Morgan dives on top into guard.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Morgan with a flurry of punches that miss.

Gago has an active guard here but Morgan has managed to pass into half guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Gago actively working from the bottom here.
Morgan working Gago over with strikes.

Gago looking for submissions off his back.
Gago is not content to let Morgan control the position.

Gago looking for submissions off his back.

Morgan is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.

Morgan is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Morgan working over Gago with some ground and pound. Gago looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Morgan is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.
Gago has hold of Morgan's hands but Morgan slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Morgan works his way into side control.
Morgan scores with a couple of short elbows.
Gago manages to land a sweep and he's now on top! Lovely Jiu Jitsu!
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Gago works his way into side control.

Gago tries for a kimura but Morgan is defending well.

Gago working hard here to secure a kimura but he's not really in the right position for it.
Morgan tries to bench press Gago off him but Gago keeps the position.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Gago thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
You can see the frustration on Morgan's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Morgan is positioning himself to get back to half guard.
Morgan is working hard here to advance position.
Morgan is trying to get back to his feet.
Morgan manages to get back to half guard.
Morgan is looking to improve his position.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

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

Gago is trying a forearm choke… I don't think that's going to do much at this level of the game.
Morgan gets full guard.
Gago stopping the sweep attempt from Morgan.
Morgan seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Eric Morgan dominated that round.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Morgan throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Gago throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Gago connects with a jab.

It looks like Eric Morgan has been cut.
Gago throws a body punch but Morgan moves out of range.
Igor Gago seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Decent striking displayed by Gago there.
Gago throws a lazy right hand but Morgan sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
Gago keeps the fight on the outside.
Morgan doesn't react quick enough there as he takes a shot to the body.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!

Morgan clinches with his opponent.

Morgan drags the fight down to the ground.
Gago preventing the sweep.
Morgan keeping moving, preventing Gago from controlling successfully.
Gago preventing the sweep.

That's one minute gone in the round.

The ref calls for a clean break and stands the fighters back up. Igor Gago wasn't active enough on the ground.

Morgan looks for a takedown. He's got it. We're now in half guard.

Gago looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

Gago looking for submissions off his back.
Morgan seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Morgan trying to control from Gago's half guard. Gago has other ideas though and has regained full guard.
Gago keeping full guard, as Morgan tries to pass.

Gago throws his legs up looking to secure a triangle. Oh, that looks pretty tight, I gotta say! Morgan escapes and throws Gago's legs to the side, diving into side control!
Gago regains half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Morgan slows the pace down in half guard.
Morgan wants to pass to mount but Gago is defending the position.
Morgan looks to score some points with some ground and pound.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.

Gago actively working from the bottom here.
Morgan is looking to take a break and control but Gago is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Gago is trying to defend against the ground and pound but Morgan scores with a couple of nice shots.

Gago is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Morgan pulls his head out easily.
Morgan is trying to control. Gago wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Morgan winds up and cracks Gago with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Morgan looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Morgan is keeping good posture, landing some ground and pound.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Gago looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Morgan performing his best blanket impression for a moment.

Morgan is working for a submission of some sort.
Morgan has been looking to land a fair amount of strikes on the ground. He might be looking to soften his opponent up in order to work for a submission.

Gago is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Morgan pulls his head out easily.
Eric Morgan overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Morgan is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.

Gago is defending against the submission attempts here by Morgan.
Morgan scoring with strikes to the body and head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Gago looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

Morgan is looking for a kimura but Gago is holding onto that half guard position, so it's hard for Morgan to get the leverage.

Morgan is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.
Ground and pound from Morgan.

Gago is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Morgan pulls his head out easily.

Gago looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.

Gago actively working from the bottom here.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Morgan wants to take a breather but Gago is having none of it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Eric Morgan will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Eric Morgan's cut.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. So, we enter the final round. Let's see if either fighter can bring us a finish, or whether we're going to the judges scorecards.



Morgan pushes Gago up against the cage in a clinch.
Morgan jumps guard but Gago turns him against the cage and keeps the fight standing.
Morgan using the Thai plumb to throw knees but Gago has his back arched nicely, preventing the strike.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Gago.
Morgan lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Gago fails to land with a short punch on the inside.

Morgan gets double underhooks and manages to take the fight to the ground.

Gago has an omoplata and is looking to use it perhaps as a submission or perhaps to transition. Morgan is in a bit of discomfort here, but he's managed to free himself and has dived into side control! That didn't work out too well for Gago.
Gago has found himself in a tricky position here. He's been working his transitions in training so let's see if he can work his way out of it.
Morgan wants to lay and pray for a moment but Gago keeps working.
Gago is looking to reverse the position.
Morgan cracks Gago with a big elbow.
Morgan lands a decent elbow from side control.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Gago tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Morgan wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
Gago gives up the full mount - oops, sloppy defensive grappling there!
Both fighters really going for it on the ground here!
Gago is looking to improve his position but Morgan isn't that keen on the idea.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Morgan landing shots from mount.
Morgan lands a couple of nice shots there from mount.
Morgan trying to control but Gago is having none of it.
Morgan looking to finish Gago with some ground and pound. This is bad for Gago!
Morgan raining down hammerfists from mount.
Morgan working away from the top, dropping strikes.
Gago is trying desperately to improve position.
Morgan tries to control but Gago wriggling away.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Gago is in all sorts of trouble here.
BOOM! Morgan connects with a massive shot to the dome!
Morgan with a couple of short strikes.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gago can't escape the position.
Morgan lands a big shot there that rocks Gago but he's holding on and managing to survive for now.
Morgan lands an elbow that was bordering on illegal but the referee lets it go with a warning.
Morgan cracks Gago with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Morgan cracks Gago with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Gago takes a big shot to the head but keeps on trying to improve his position.
Eric Morgan is fighting for a decision here - he's started to take the cautious approach.
Gago is trying desperately to improve position.
Morgan content just to control the position here.
Morgan putting on the heat here with some good ground and pound!
Morgan scores with a couple of good head shots there.
Morgan controlling from the full mount.
Morgan trying to control but Gago is having none of it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Morgan content just to control the position here.
Morgan seems to have a rather negative gameplan on the ground. He seems keen to just score the takedown and hold down Gago for as long as he can get away with.
Gago tries to reverse the position but Morgan maintains control.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up, due to lack of activity on the part of Eric Morgan.
Gago thows a body shot but no joy.
Gago takes a really solid shot there but just smiles back and shrugs his shoulders.
Morgan slips a jab from Gago.
Eric Morgan is looking to throw some combinations by the looks of things.
Gago throws the left hand but Morgan avoids the punch easily.
Wow, both these guys are really going for it!
A decent looking body kick lands there for Morgan.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Morgan slips a straight right by Gago.
Igor Gago is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Morgan shoots for a takedown but Gago saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Gago misses with a body shot.
Morgan just misses with a punch to the body.
Gago looks to score with a jab to the body but Morgan is just out of range.
Morgan fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Eric Morgan. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Gago scores with a hook.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Morgan takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Morgan takes a hook to the side of the head. I wonder if that's got his ears ringing.
Igor Gago seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Gago cracks Morgan with a good jab.

Gago gets caught on his heels momentarily as he allows Morgan to score an easy takedown into full guard.

Gago throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
Gago takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Morgan stands and throws Gago's legs to the side, diving into side control.

And that's the end of the fight!
Eric Morgan showed his dominance in that final round.
Well I reckon that's a shut out for Morgan, winning every round. Will the judges agree? They are the ones who matter, even if they are often depressingly incompetent. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge John Roberts scores the fight 30:27
Judge Franklyn Lucas scores the fight 30:27
Judge Chad Campbell scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Eric Morgan!

A victorious Eric Morgan thanked his army of followers in his post fight interview, telling people to make sure they follow him on Twitter.
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