Cage Warriors produced another fantastic weekend of fighting, with only six out of 23 fights going the distance across the trilogy. Let’s recap on the outstanding events over the weekend, with three new champions crowned in London.
Cage Warriors 127
The first night of the trilogy was ended in spectacular fashion, with Dominique Wooding unleashing his wrath on NextGen prospect Nathan Fletcher to become the bantamweight champion. It was takedown central for Fletcher, who worked the ground game inside the first two rounds.
In the third, Fletcher appeared tired and seemed desperate with the takedowns. He dived straight into Wooding’s trap, who caught Fletcher with a knee. He was hurt, Wooding piled on the pressure with the hammer-fists, as Fletcher rose to his feet. A clever head-kick landed, and Wooding released the power in his fists to end the fight and become the 135-pound champion.
It was a huge night for Welsh MMA with Josh Reed, Rory Evans, and Oban Elliott coming away with victories. Reed outclassed Cage Warriors debutant Kurban Khizriev via first-round submission. Evans produced the comeback of the night, after his knee appeared to be busted in the first, he put on a heroic display to overcome Weslley Maia via unanimous decision. Elliott was phenomenal in his matchup, where he knocked out George McManus in the first round.
Dominique Wooding defeated Nathan Fletcher via KO (Punch) – Round 3 (4:21)
Josh Reed defeated Kurban Khizriev via Submission (Rear-naked choke) – Round 1 (3:23)
Rory Evans defeated Weslley Maia via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Oban Elliott defeated George McManus via KO (Punches) – Round 1 (2:47)
Kingsley Crawford defeated Adam Wilson via Submission (D’arce choke) – Round 1 (2:34)
Bakhtyaar Oryakhail defeated Jack Clarke via Submission (Triangle choke) – Round 1 (2:39)
Ryan Shelley defeated Liam Molloy via Submission (Rear-naked choke) – Round 2 (3:23)
Cage Warriors 128
Due to Jordan Vucenic pulling out with an injury, Hughes and Charriere fought for the interim title at Cage Warriors 128. In the final rounds, the pair put everything on the line to try and get their hands on the belt. The fight went the distance, and the judges favored Irishman Hughes via majority decision.
Jesse Urholin put on a dominating performance in the co-main event, hammering John Palaiologos via ground & pound. Aidan James shone on his Cage Warriors debut. Staggering elbows from a triangle saw him victorious over Philippe Rouch. Luke Riley produced a stunning knockout on his professional debut over Kamil Wincenciak.
Paul Hughes defeated Morgan Charriere via Majority Decision (49-45, 48-46, 47-47)
Jesse Urholin defeated Ioannis Palaiologos via TKO (Punches) – Round 2 (3:36)
Michele Martignoni and Adam Amarasinghe ended via No-Contest (Accidental eye poke) – Round 2 (1:48)
Gerardo Fanny defeated Liam Gittins via TKO (Knee and punches) – Round 2 (4:55)
James Sheehan defeated Omiel Brown via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-27)
Aidan James defeated Philippe Rouch via Submission (Triangle choke) – Round 2 (1:06)
Luke Riley defeated Kamil Wincenciak via TKO (Punches) – Round 1 (3:39)
Cage Warriors 129
Even if Shanks was victorious, it was only Creasey who was able to win the belt, due to the fact Shanks missed weight ahead of the fight.
Rhys McKee produced a brave and impressive performance on his return to the promotion after leaving the UFC. The Figlak and Hardwick brothers both came away victorious after impressive performances once again on the trilogy.
Sam Creasey defeated Luke Shanks via Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 3 (3:38)
Rhys McKee defeated Aleksi Mäntykivi via TKO (Punches) – Round 3 (3:18)
George Hardwick defeated Jakub Dohnal via Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 2 (2:48)
Mateusz Figlak defeated Joachim Tollefsen via TKO (Punches) – Round 1 (4:49)
Steve Aimable defeated Walter Cogliandro via Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 1 (4:27)
Jamie Richardson def. Alessandro Botti via Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 1 (2:29)
Michal Figlak defeated Kieran Lister via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Harry Hardwick defeated Konmon Deh via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Dylan Hazan defeated Scott Malone via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29-28)
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