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T148: Spillane vs Mangrove Jr PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a heavyweight MMA rules bout between Nickey Spillane and Tevin Mangrove Jr. Both fighters really staring each other down here, as Tevin Mangrove Jr enters the cage!

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the heavyweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nickey Spillane!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 23 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Tevin Mangrove Jr!
The judges for this bout are Colin Fotheringham, James Atkins and Steven Brown.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Mangrove Jr lands with a hook. Spillane tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Spillane connects with a body shot that sends Mangrove Jr's belly button to the back.
Mangrove Jr moves out of range as Spillane strikes.
Mangrove Jr buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Spillane throws a hook to the side of Mangrove Jr's head but Mangrove Jr sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Spillane throws a lazy uppercut
and Mangrove Jr counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Spillane throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Mangrove Jr drops his hands momentarily and Spillane takes advantage with a crisp shot to the head.
Spillane looks to have improved his striking defense since last time we saw him fight.
Mangrove Jr throws a body kick that misses.
Mangrove Jr misses with an attempted mid kick.
Nickey Spillane seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Mangrove Jr swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Spillane connects with a good right hand that stumbles Mangrove Jr. Mangrove Jr circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Spillane looks to throw the jab but Mangrove Jr is out of range.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Mangrove Jr throws a wild body kick that Spillane sees coming a mile off.
Mangrove Jr has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Spillane tried to score with a low kick but Mangrove Jr checks it.
Spillane connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.
Spillane cracks a nice hook into Mangrove Jr's ribs.
Spillane throws a looping overhand right but Mangrove Jr ducks down to avoid it.
Mangrove Jr is trying to counter with his kicks.
Spillane lands a jab to Mangrove Jr's midsection.
Mangrove Jr scores with a punch to the gut of his opponent.
Spillane has a takedown stuffed.
Spillane is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Mangrove Jr pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A telegraphed right hand from Spillane misses the target.
Mangrove Jr lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Mangrove Jr misses with the body kick

and Spillane counters with a nice double leg into guard.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Mangrove Jr is working from a closed guard but he's struggling to control his opponent.
Spillane lands a couple of digs.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Mangrove Jr holds on and takes a little breather.
Mangrove Jr trying to control the position.

Spillane got a little sloppy there for a moment and Mangrove Jr has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Spillane has managed to get both his arms back between Mangrove Jr's legs - danger averted.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr controls Spillane momentarily but Spillane frees himself.
Spillane throwing strikes from guard but Mangrove Jr blocks nicely.
Mangrove Jr has Spillane pulled in close to control his posture.
Spillane is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Mangrove Jr is avoiding any damage by keeping wrist control.
Spillane keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Mangrove Jr's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are getting on the fighters' backs, as the pace has dropped off in the last minute or so.
Mangrove Jr is controlling Spillane's posture.

Mangrove Jr has an active guard here but Spillane has managed to pass into half guard.
Mangrove Jr is not content to let Spillane control the position.
Spillane thumps the canvas. Not on purpose obviously - he just missed Mangrove Jr's head.
Spillane seems content to maintain position for now, rather than mounting any offense.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

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


Mangrove Jr delivers a nice body kick.
A slapping body kick lands there for Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr lands a leg kick that knocks Spillane off balance momentarily.
Mangrove Jr goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Spillane pivots, looking for a leg kick but Mangrove Jr is out of range and Spillane settles back down.
A thudding body kick lands there by Mangrove Jr!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Mangrove Jr fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Mangrove Jr tries to land a front kick but Spillane steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.
Spillane changes levels and looks for a double leg takedown. Mangrove Jr tries to avoid it but Spillane manages to keep hold of a leg and drag Mangrove Jr to the ground. Mangrove Jr escapes though and pops straight back up to his feet.
Mangrove Jr lands with a kick to the ribs.
Both fighters are absolutely exhausted here.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr cracks a nice hook into Spillane's ribs.
Spillane misses with a low kick.
Mangrove Jr gets off balance looking for a body kick

and Spillane counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Mangrove Jr is looking for a sweep. Spillane is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Mangrove Jr keeping control of the leg, stopping his opponent passing to mount.
Spillane 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.
The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
The fighters are battling for position here. Mangrove Jr manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Mangrove Jr keeping moving, preventing Spillane from controlling successfully.
Spillane throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
Nickey Spillane overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.
Let's hope that Mangrove Jr has the urge to step up the pace any second now because for the last 15 or 20 seconds he's just been holding on tight.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Mangrove Jr - that will leave a mark!
A good leg kick by Mangrove Jr.
Spillane takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Tevin Mangrove Jr is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Spillane shoots in for a double leg but Mangrove Jr sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
Spillane moves out of range as Mangrove Jr throws a body kick.
Mangrove Jr takes one on the button.
Mangrove Jr throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
Spillane catches Mangrove Jr with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!

Mangrove Jr gets taken down but at least he's managed to land in guard.
A real slowdown in the pace of the fight for a moment, as Mangrove Jr holds on and takes a little breather.
Spillane is looking to work some ground and pound but Mangrove Jr has wrist control.
Spillane working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Mangrove Jr's head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr is trying to keep Spillane in close.
Spillane trying to control the position from guard on top but Mangrove Jr is wriggling around, looking for whatever he can.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Spillane trying to land body shots but he keeps hitting the mat.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Spillane paws at his opponent with the jab and then lunges in with a straight, right on the button.
Spillane throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
Mangrove Jr misses with an attempted mid kick.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close second round but Tevin Mangrove Jr will probably get the nod - 10:9.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Spillane just misses with a punch to the body.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Mangrove Jr! But no joy.
Spillane tries a head kick but it misses.
Spillane looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Mangrove Jr is clearly trying to counter these attacks from Spillane with a body shot.
Spillane is looking to chop away at Mangrove Jr's legs.
Mangrove Jr throws a body kick that misses.
A lazy body kick from Mangrove Jr

and Spillane counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Spillane passes into side control, despite Mangrove Jr's attempt to control the position.
Mangrove Jr manages to get back to half guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Spillane seems very keen to just sit and control from half guard but Mangrove Jr does not like that idea so much and is remaining active off his back.
Mangrove Jr trying to hold on to Spillane's head to control him but Spillane postures up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Spillane working Mangrove Jr over with strikes.
Spillane missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Spillane wants to lay and pray for a moment but Mangrove Jr keeps working.
Spillane throws a big elbow that misses, also allowing Mangrove Jr to regain full guard.
Mangrove Jr is pulling down on Spillane's head. It's preventing any offense from Spillane, at least for the moment.
Mangrove Jr working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Spillane.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Neither fighter has done anything of merit for a good minute or two here and the crowd are not happy about it.
Mangrove Jr pulls Spillane in close to his closed guard and prevents Spillane from doing any damage or advancing position.
Spillane is stalling in the full guard.
Mangrove Jr controlling the position.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Mangrove Jr displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Spillane throws out the jab.
Mangrove Jr tries to land a front kick but Spillane steps back. That was a bit too telegraphed.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr throws a body kick despite being completely out of range

and Spillane holds on and brings the fighters into a clinch.
Mangrove Jr scores with a shoulder strike.
Spillane blocks a body shot from Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr throws a head punch that misses.
Spillane tries to throw a body punch but Mangrove Jr avoids it by throwing Spillane back against the cage.
Mangrove Jr tries to throw a body punch but Spillane avoids it by throwing Mangrove Jr back against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr misses with a punch to the body.
Mangrove Jr takes a shot to the head.
Mangrove Jr tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Nice body punch from Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr misses with a punch to the body.

Mangrove Jr pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Spillane moves out of range of the body kick from Mangrove Jr.
Spillane misses with a wild body shot.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr moves out of range as Spillane strikes.
Spillane shoots in for a takedown but Mangrove Jr shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
A looping hook to the body misses from Mangrove Jr. Spillane does a little dance to reset his feet.
A really sloppy takedown attempt there from Spillane.
That's a knee to de groin and it's over and out! Spillane crumples to the ground after an illegal strike from Mangrove Jr - the referee stops the clock and Spillane gets 5 minutes to recover from that one. "I'm sorry" says Mangrove Jr. Spillane manages to get back to his feet and the fight resumes.
Both fighters are breathing heavily.
Spillane throws the kick towards the body but Mangrove Jr avoids it.
Mangrove Jr doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Spillane misses with a body shot.
Mangrove Jr appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Spillane looks for the body kick but Mangrove Jr saw that one coming.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Nickey Spillane clearly takes that round.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Spillane fails with a takedown attempt.
Spillane looks for the body kick but Mangrove Jr saw that one coming.
Mangrove Jr follows through with a counter body kick but it doesn't land.
Mangrove Jr tests Spillane's chin there with a solid looking shot.
Mangrove Jr scores with a jab to the body.
Mangrove Jr is throwing a lot of body shots here, looking to wear down Spillane rather than just go for the knockout.
Spillane takes a jab on the nose. He smiles like he loves it and keeps coming.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Spillane fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Mangrove Jr avoids it really well and circles away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr misses with a kick to the body.
Mangrove Jr buckles his opponent's knee momentarily with a nice leg kick.
Mangrove Jr just misses with a punch to the body.
Mangrove Jr lands a nice looking body shot.
Tevin Mangrove Jr seems to be getting the better of the standup.

Spillane takes the fight into the clinch.
Mangrove Jr pushes Spillane back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Spillane has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Mangrove Jr is bouncing around trying to prevent the takedown and somehow he has indeed managed to stay on his feet.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Nickey Spillane. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Spillane throws a head punch that misses.
Mangrove Jr digs a right hand into Spillane's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Spillane's gas tank.
It's got to the stage where if one of these guys blows hard enough, the other might fall over.
Spillane swings away with an uppercut that misses.
A hook to the body from Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Mangrove Jr lands a left hand that snaps the head of Spillane backwards.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr lands a body punch in the clinch.
Mangrove Jr throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
A right handed body shot lands from Mangrove Jr.
Tevin Mangrove Jr seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
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!
Spillane takes a shot to the head.
Mangrove Jr goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Spillane fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Mangrove Jr misses with a body punch.
Mangrove Jr misses with a body punch.
Mangrove Jr gets double underhooks to prevent a takedown attempt from Spillane.
Spillane has Mangrove Jr pressed up against the cage and is working for takedown. Mangrove Jr manages to improve position though and keeps the fight standing.
Mangrove Jr struggles to land a body shot inside as Spillane controls his hands.

Mangrove Jr breaks from the clinch.
Mangrove Jr digs a good body shot into Spillane's ribs.
Mangrove Jr looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Spillane has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Mangrove Jr checks a leg kick.
Spillane takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Spillane has a nice red mark on his side after a thudding body kick by Mangrove Jr.
Nice body kick from Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr takes a swing at Spillane's ribcage but misses.
Mangrove Jr connects with a body shot.
Mangrove Jr ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Mangrove Jr doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Spillane will be looking to protect his midsection after taking some solid kicks to the body.
A thudding body kick lands there by Mangrove Jr!

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A decent looking body kick lands there for Mangrove Jr.
Spillane is looking to land body kicks.
Mangrove Jr replies with a solid counter kick to the body but Spillane blocks it well.
Mangrove Jr lands with a kick to the ribs.
Mangrove Jr misses with a wild body shot.
Mangrove Jr throws a feint and then finishes with a kick to the body.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Mangrove Jr. Spillane shrugs it off though.
Mangrove Jr jabs at Spillane's body.
Mangrove Jr fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Spillane looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
Mangrove Jr moves into range and lands a nice body kick.
Mangrove Jr scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Spillane doesn't seem bothered though.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Tevin Mangrove Jr dominated that fourth round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. This is the final round!


Spillane takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Mangrove Jr misses with the body kick

and Spillane counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
Mangrove Jr trying to control here.
Mangrove Jr tries to get to full guard but Spillane has control of the leg.
Mangrove Jr is looking to control Spillane's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Mangrove Jr avoid being mounted?
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Spillane throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.
Spillane throwing shots but they're hitting the canvas more than the man.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Spillane missing with some ground and pound from the half guard.
The referee claps his hands together and tells the fighters to work.
Mangrove Jr is trying to control but can't.

The referee has stepped in and called for a break in the action. We'll restart on the feet.
Spillane throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Spillane moves out of range of the body kick from Mangrove Jr.
Spillane appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
Spillane moves out of range of the body kick from Mangrove Jr.
Spillane misses with an uppercut.
Mangrove Jr fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Spillane has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Mangrove Jr misses the shot to the body.
Spillane fails with the takedown
and Mangrove Jr counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr looks to score with a jab to the body but Spillane is just out of range.
Mangrove Jr fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Spillane manages to avoid it.
Spillane throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Nice body kick there by Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr wings a very wild body shot but it does the job and lands to the midsection.
Mangrove Jr throws a mid kick that lands with a slap.
Mangrove Jr has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Spillane fails with a takedown attempt.
Mangrove Jr tries a quick counter leg kick but Spillane is wise to it.
Both of our modern day gladiators look out of it here - a gruelling 5 rounds of action taking it's toll on them, no doubt.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Mangrove Jr punishes Spillane's body with a nice straight punch.
Mangrove Jr connects with a body shot.
Mangrove Jr has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

Spillane has taken the fight to the clinch.

Mangrove Jr breaks from the clinch.
Mangrove Jr misses with a kick to the body.
Spillane lets loose with a powerful body kick. Mangrove Jr will feel that in the morning.
Mangrove Jr on the wrong end of a nice hook.
Spillane fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Mangrove Jr on the side of the head.
Spillane looks to throw a body kick
and Mangrove Jr counters with a leg kick that reverborates around the arena.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Spillane throws a low kick but his opponent is out of range.
Mangrove Jr feints with a shoulder and throws a nice leg kick to Spillane's calf.
Spillane lands with a right hand.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Spillane swings wildly with a right hand that was never going to find it's target.
Mangrove Jr doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Spillane moves out of range of the body kick from Mangrove Jr.
Spillane tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Mangrove Jr was well out of range. Poor timing from Spillane.
Mangrove Jr appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Mangrove Jr. Spillane shrugs it off though.
Mangrove Jr tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Spillane was well out of range. Poor timing from Mangrove Jr.
Mangrove Jr looks to score with a jab to the body but Spillane is just out of range.
Mangrove Jr keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.

And that's the end of the fight!
I would just about give that final round to Tevin Mangrove Jr.
I think Mangrove Jr has won this one but let's see whether the judges agree with me. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 47:48
Judge James Atkins scores the fight 49:48
Judge Steven Brown scores the fight 47:48

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Tevin Mangrove Jr!

A very excited looking Tevin Mangrove Jr 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.
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