Welsh MMA has been on the rise for quite some time since the likes of Jack Marshman and Brett Johns signed with the UFC. We have patiently waited for Wales to take MMA by storm and we’re finally there. The vast amount of quality talented fighters coming through the ranks has grown beyond our own expectations.
An undefeated superstar Jack Shore is now flying the flag in the UFC, recently going 4-0 and winning a dominating fight while having practically one arm all fight. The guts and determination shone through, Shore MMA has become the stable for talent in Welsh MMA in recent times, with a number of the top Welsh stars opting to join up with the team to develop their skills. It has paid off tenfold, as we have Brett Johns returning to the Bellator cage in the next few weeks but let’s not get look past this week’s formidable achievement.
We had the opportunity to see Welsh MMA at its finest with Cage Warriors putting on their Trilogy of events in London and of course Bellator London. In total, we had five Welsh fighters flying the flag and all five came back victorious. Let’s take a look at a phenomenal weekend of results for Welsh MMA.
After a long time out due to medical reasons, we saw the Welsh Gangster Oban Elliott return to the cage on Thursday night and he brought fireworks.
It took Elliott just 2:14 of the very 1st round to dispatch George McManus who was no match for the technical ability of Elliott. Right from the go, Elliott attacked the lead leg of McManus with calf kicks. The writing was on the wall when Elliott caught McManus with an elbow while breaking out of an attempted choke attempt. The elbow stunned McManus before landing several shots and eventually knocking him out.
Elliott returned to winning ways, adding to the impressive form shown by members of Shore MMA in recent times, and signalled his intent to the rest of the division.
Following on from the emphatic win by Oban Elliott, we saw Rory Evans continue his win streak to four with a convincing decision win over Brazilian Wesley Maia.
Evans nullified pretty much any form of attack from Maia, outworking his opponent when required. Evans went into the fight as a slight underdog with the bookies but proved them wrong in the best way possible. Evans controlled the fight in all aspects and will no doubt be looking for another big fight in the future and continue to improve on his win streak.
Not to be outdone by his training partner at Shore MMA, Reed quickly dispatched his opponent Kurban Khizriev after just 3:23 of round 1 with a rear-naked choke.
Reed defeated the previously undefeated Daghestani. After getting the fight to the ground, Khizriev tried to get out of a mounted position but gave Reed his back on the process. Reed proceeded to hook in the rear-naked choke driving in his hips and locking out his legs leaving Khizriev no option but to tap.
Having the win will definitely put him in contention for one of the top guys in the division in his next fight, and hopefully, fight for the belt that has cruelly eluded him so far.
The former BRAVE Combat Federation fighter Aiden James was making his Cage Warriors debut and what a way to make a statement.
Just 1:06 into round 2, James secured a triangle on his opponent Philippe Rouch, and began to bludgeon his opponent with devastating elbows. There was to be one outcome, and it was Rouch to tap to the triangle or the ref would step in and call the stoppage, and the latter was after several unanswered elbows. James was victorious and continued yet another successful outcome for Welsh MMA.
What can be achieved in 41 seconds? Lewis Long managed to split open his glove and submit his opponent Michael Dubois via rear-naked choke in that exact time.
A regular question asked for fighters is how did fatherhood change them. If this performance is anything to go by for father-to-be Lewis Long, then there are very exciting times ahead for the Welshman. We saw a far more calm patient fighter in there against Dubois a man set on the win, and perhaps the calming nature of becoming a father will further Long in his pursuit of the title.
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