Cage Warriors 124 lived up to its hype with another fantastic night of fights at York Hall. There were twists and turns for the lightweight title, and some of the promotion’s best prospects proved why they’re being talked about. Join us, as we take a look at the Cage Warriors 124 results and takeaways from Friday night.
Cage Warriors 124 Main Card Results
Joe McColgan def. Agy Sardari via Submission (Guillotine) – Round 3 (0:37) – New Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion
Justin Burlinson def. David Bear via TKO (Ground & Pound) – Round 2 (2:42)
Nathan Fletcher def. Brian Bouland via Submission (Rear-Naked choke) – Round 1 (4:16)
Harry Hardwick def. Jean N’Doye via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Steve Aimable def. Edward Walls via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Cage Warriors 124 Prelim Results
Luke Shanks def. Nicolas Leblond via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
George Hardwick def. Dean Trueman via KO (Body Shot) – Round 2 (2:31)
Jesse Urholin def. Aaron Khalid via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-25 x2)
Dominique Wooding def. Cameron Hardy via TKO (High Kick & Punches) – Round 1 (1:09)
Dylan Hazan def. Josh Reed via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
Cage Warriors Takeaways
Cage Warriors 124 brought us a fourth lightweight champion in two years. “The SBG Hunter” Joe McColgan pulled off a stunning guillotine to take the belt off Agy Sardari, who was defending his title for the second time. The win for McColgan was his fifth inside the promotion.
It was a close affair between the pair before McColgan dragged Sardari to the ground and came away with the submission. Both of them showed their quality and the fight was looking like it could’ve gone either way. There’s a potential matchup that would be a beautiful watch if it was as good as the first time they faced each other.
We need an answer to see who can come out victorious between Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar and McColgan. The two met in September 2019, and the contest was a brutal battle. They traded several strikes, grappled each other on the ground, with both of them gunning for the finish. The judges’ decision was to call the bout a majority draw as it was difficult to split the two. Ben Lakhdhar knocked out Stevie McIntosh at Cage Warriors 117.
A Title Shot Has To Be Next For Nathan Fletcher
The Southport Strangler lived up to his hype with another stunning rear-naked choke to stay undefeated and his 100% finishing record stays alive. With 44 seconds left in the first-round, Nathan Fletcher did what he does best and found the back to get Brian Bouland in the choke and tap him out to make it six wins in six.
Fletcher now has five submissions, with four rear-naked chokes to his name. In the past six months, we’ve seen improvement in his striking, and his ground-game has become even better, showing us in the victories over Michele Martignoni, Leigh Mitchell, and obviously Bouland.
The Belgian is one of the top fighters in the bantamweight division, and Fletcher has outclassed and finished him inside the first five minutes. There seems to be no other option than setting up the title fight between Jack Cartwright and Fletcher. Slywester Miller proved to be a tough opponent for Cartwright before his DQ at Cage Warriors 121 for repeated headbutts. Cartwright is still undefeated and has held the belt for almost two years. Let’s hope we see Fletcher vs Cartwright on the promotions next trilogy.
Brotherly Love at Cage Warriors 124
George and Harry Hardwick came away victorious at Cage Warriors 124, with the brothers fighting out of Middlesborough producing equally impressive performances.
George was first up on the prelims, facing a tough Cage Warriors veteran in Dean Trueman. George was busy on his feet, looking for the jabs and he was hurting Trueman on several occasions. A powerful strike to the body was enough for the finish, with George winning for the first time in the promotion since leaving for Bellator after one appearance where he had his first career defeat against Madars Fleminas.
Harry was involved in a war with “The Show” Jean N’Doye, as the fight ended in a split decision. Harry struck his opponent well, but N’Doye struck him back on several occasions. The fight could’ve gone either way, so it wasn’t surprising we ended up with a split decision. Hardwick was making his debut in the promotion and we have another tough contender in the featherweight division.
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