411's Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday Report. 06.07.14.
Posted by Alex Watt on 06.08.2014
In an all-day event of UK MMA, Stevie Ray defeated Curt Warburton to capture the vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship, Jack Hermansson beat Norman Paraisy by RD4 submission to become the new CWFC Middleweight Champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk knocked out women's MMA veteran Rosi Sexton, and much more!
It's a historic night for the sport tonight as Cage Warriors present two main cards of fights in one massive night of Mixed Martial Arts action from The Forum in London, England. "Super Saturday" promises to be the biggest UK MMA event of the year.
Before we get to the fights, you should check out my interviews with Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan and Rosi Sexton (full uncut version here), who returns to the cage tonight.
PRELIMINARY FIGHTS (FACEBOOK)
Light Heavyweight bout: Michael Ravenscroft (196.8lbs, 1-2) vs. Darren Stewart (203lbs, 0-0)
In my first inside scoop of the night, my colleagues on press row inform me that Darren Stewart had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at the weigh-ins yesterday. I suppose exposing your genitals is one way of playing mind games with your opponent…
Stewart is making his pro-debut tonight and he's very popular with the London crowd.
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Hard leg kick from Stewart. And another. Ravenscroft shoots for the takedown but it's stuffed. Stewart reverses the position and ends up on top. Stewart is dropping bombs on Ravenscroft. The referee takes a close look but he lets them carry on as Ravenscroft fights back with upkicks. Ravenscroft looks completely out of his depth here though. Stewart landing some hard elbows. He's really laying those in. The referee has seen enough and waves it off! Stewart climbs atop the cage to celebrate his first win in the professional ranks. Impressive.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Darren Stewart, TKO, 1:23 of Round 1
Bantamweight bout: Aaron Blackwell (135.4lbs, 12-9-1) vs. Adam Ventre (135.5lbs, 3-0)
"Smackwell" Blackwell. Now that's a nickname.
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Early pressure from Ventre as he lands a front kick and shoots for the takedown. Blackwell defending well against the fence and he spins away. Blackwell looking to work the jab but Ventre keeping the pressure on. Nice leg kick from Blackwell. Ventre tries a headkick but gets caught with a solid right straight counter. Blackwell with a side kick to the ribs of Ventre. Ventre clinches but Blackwell takes him down. Ventre straight back up but nice boxing from Blackwell with punches to the body and head against the fence. Another body kick from Blackwell. Ventre tries to catch his leg and get the takedown but no dice. Blackwell lands a glancing headkick. Ventre controlling the centre of the cage but Blackwell landing the better strikes on the counter. Blackwell landsa headkick but doesn't get all of it. It still had to hurt though! Ventre pushes forward with a single-leg attempt but Blackwell defends well again and spins out. Ventre keeps pushing forward but gets hit with a spinning back kick to the midsection as the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: Blackwell, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Ventre takes the centre of the cage again but Blackwell lands a nice counter kick. Nice punching combination from Ventre. Ventre almost chasing Blackwell around the cage now. Blackwell clinches. Blackwell lands a couple of knees before they separate. Good body punch from Blackwell. A Blackwell body kick echoes around the arena. Front kick to the chest from Blackwell. Ventre tries to fire back but Blackwell is always just out of range. Leg kick from Blackwell. Swing and a miss from Ventre. They exchange punches and Blackwell goes for a takedown. Ventre tries to counter into a guillotine but Blackwell rolls through and he's on top. Knees to the body from side control by Blackwell. Ventre gets back to half guard but Blackwell is still landing short punches to the body. Blackwell stands up and catches Ventre with a headkick as he follows. They exchange as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Blackwell, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves and they exchange. Beautiful one-two from Blackwell. And another combination from Blackwell as Ventre pushes for the double-leg. Blackwell switches the position and attempts a double-leg of his own but Ventre counters with a guillotine. Ventre has it close for a while but Blackwell slips his head out and now he's on top in full guard. Big punches from Blackwell but Ventre ties him back up. Another guillotine attempt from Ventre but Blackwell slips out again. Ventre uses a kimura to scramble and they're back on their feet. Ventre wants the takedown against the fence. Blackwell refusing to go down though. They separate. Ventre needs a finish and Blackwell may be content to circle away for the last two minutes. Ventre's pace has slowed significantly. Blackwell lands another body kick and a jab. Every combination Ventre throws, Blackwell circles away from. Blackwell lands a head kick as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Blackwell, 10-9 (30-27 overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Aaron Blackwell, Unanimous Decision (30-27x3)
Women's Bantamweight bout: Kerry Hughes (132.9lbs, 1-1) vs. Amanda Kelly (133.6lbs, 1-1)
ROUND ONE: They aren't hanging around! They both take the centre of the cage and exchange. Hughes gets a trip on Kelly but she's straight back up. Hughes pushing the action early. She lands a jab and shoots for the takedown but Kelly defends. Body kick from Kelly. Hughes shoots again for the double-leg but Kelly defends against the fence. Kelly tries to lands some elbows to the ribs as she continues to defend the takedown. Hughes really wants that takedown but Kelly isn't going down. Hughes finally gives it up and lands a jab as she circles away. Kelly pushes forward and lands a right hook but Hughes responds with one of her own. Hughes tries for the takedown again but no luck. They exchange punches. Another takedown attempt from Hughes but, again, Kelly's defence against the fence is too good. Hughes circles away to end round one.
SCORECARD: Hughes, 10-9
ROUND TWO: They exchange punches to begin the round. Kelly got the better of that one. Hard right straight from Hughes and she shoots again. Kelly defends against the fence. Again. The circle to the centre and Kelly lands a leg kick. Knee from Kelly and a nice left hook. Hughes shoots again but Kelly defends again. Knees to the midsection from Kelly and they separate. Jab from Kelly as she continues to press the action in this round. Nice overhand right from Hughes though. Jab from Kelly. Hard straight right from Hughes and Kelly fires back with a leg kick. Kelly's mouth is bloodied as they exchange more strikes. Ten seconds left and they exchange again. Hughes lands a huge right hook and Kelly is on wobbly legs. She goes down and Hughes follows up with vicious ground and pound. The referee waves it off right on the buzzer!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kerry Hughes, TKO, 4:56 of Round 2
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Cagey start as the two men try to gauge the distance. Hewitt grabs the clinch and a nice knee to the body. Hewitt wants the takedown but Caswell defends and they jockey for position against the fence. Caswell pushes forward for a takedown of his own but Hewitt defends. Grueling battle in the clinch here. A couple of nice knees to the body from Caswell. They separate and Hewitt lands a couple of nice punches on the break. Hewitt charges forward looking to land punches but Caswell is moving away well. They clinch again. Good dirty boxing from both guys. Caswell really pushing for the double-leg but can't get it. Caswell drops for a leg lock! Nicely done. Hewitt manages to escape but that was close. They're back to their feet and Hewitt pushes for a takedown against the fence as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Caswell, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves. Hewitt lands a nice jab and Caswell hits back with a leg kick. Nice takedown attempt from Caswell, faked the punch and dropped down for the double-leg. Hewitt defends again though but Caswell is relentless and finally gets him down! Caswell on top in full guard landing short punches. Caswell drops back for a heel hook. Hewitt tries to spin out but Caswell spins with him. They battle in the position and Hewitt tries to counter with a leg lock of his own. Caswell finally locks the heel hook in properly and Hewitt taps out! Scenes!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brett Caswell, Submission (Heel Hook), 2:09 of Round 2
MAIN CARD 1 FIGHTS
Cage Warriors screen a heck of a highlights package on the big screens before the commentary team, joined by Jens Pulver no less, break down tonight's fights.
158lbs Catchweight bout: Jason Cooledge (157.2lbs, 10-6) vs. Brad Wheeler (157.6lbs, 12-9)
Big "Wheeler" chants from the audience members nearest to us. Brad quite happy to encourage them by cupping his hand to his ear, Hulk Hogan style.
ROUND ONE: Cooledge takes centre and the two men start throwing short punches to gauge the distance. They find their range quickly and seem quite happy to exchange punches in the pocket! Some exciting exchanges already. Hard left from Cooledge, who looks to be landing the slightly cleaner strikes thus far. Wheeler frequently throwing the one-two but not connecting with it. They exchange punches in the pocket again and Wheeler seemed to get the better of it. Wheeler lands a leg kick too. Takedown attempt from Cooledge but no joy. Wheeler lands a left hook and Cooledge counters with an overhand right. Cooledge lands a nice left hook which wobbles Wheeler slightly. Wheeler fires straight back though. Cooledge pushes forward for the double-leg but Wheeler defends well against the cage. Wheeler uses a kimura to escape and barely misses a wheel kick as the horn sounds! Very close first round.
SCORECARD: Wheeler, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Cooledge immediately takes the centre of the cage. Overhand right from Cooledge. Wild exchange and Wheeler lands a right hook on the break. The movement of both guys is impressive; a lot of swinging and missing. Good uppercut to the body from Wheeler. Wheeler lands a nice right hook as Cooledge pushes forward. Wheeler tries a head kick and Cooledge responds with punches. They exchange again and Wheeler tries to back Cooledge to the fence. Cooledge circles away well. Back to the centre and Wheeler lands an almighty uppercut and follow up punches which send Cooledge sprawling. Some ground and pound to follow and Wheeler takes the back and sinks in the rear naked choke. Cooledge taps out! Great finish.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brad Wheeler, Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 3:27 of Round 2
Featherweight bout: Suleiman Bouhata (145.6lbs, 9-4) vs. Graham Turner (144.6lbs, 23-8)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves and they exchange. A Bouhata punch sends Turner backwards and a flying knee connects! That's how you start a fight! Turner responds with a takedown. Bouhata back up but he gets slammed back down by Turner. They're back on their feet and Turner lands a solid left hook before clinching up with Bouhata. We get a brief stoppage as the referee cuts some loose tape off Bouhata's glove. Bouhata's back is redder than a rare steak. Those slams clearly did the damage. A wild exchange as we resume and Turner gets another takedown. Bouhata back to his feet but eats some punches. Bouhata tries a trip throw but Turner gets the takedown instead to finish the round on top.
SCORECARD: Turner, 10-9
ROUND TWO: They exchange punches as the round begins. Bouhata trying to use kicks to keep Turner at range but Turner pushes forward for another takedown. Bouhata defends against the cage though and they break. Nice one-two from Turner backs Bouhata up. Another good punching combination from Turner and he attempts the takedown again. Bouhata defending and lands some knees to the body. They break. Solid left hook from Turner. Bouhata swinging wildly but not connecting. Turner tries another slam but Bouhata grabs the fence to defend. Cheeky. Turner has the back regardless and lands a few knees to the body. Short punches from Turner. Turner all over Bouhata here; landing numerous punches and elbows to the side of the head but not hard enough to finish the fight. Bouhata back up to eat some more punches and a front kick for his troubles.
SCORECARD: Turner, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves. Leg kick from Turner. Bouhata trying to fire back but he's just eating more leg kicks. Turner looks in a different class tonight. Left hook to the body from Turner and Bouhata crumples. A few follow-up punches and that's all she wrote! Pure domination.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Graham Turner, TKO, 1:08 of Round 3
Featherweight bout: Arnold Allen (145.4lbs, 7-0) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (145.6lbs, 7-2)
"The Polish Zombie" is Wrzosek's nickname. Muscling in on dangerous territory there son.
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Allen takes the centre of the cage immediately and lands some body kicks. Wrzosek fires back with punches and catches an Allen kick. He can't get the single-leg but he manages to clinch with Allen against the fence. They separate and Allen lands a front kick. Wild punching exchange and Wrzosek gets the takedown. Only briefly though as Allen is right back up. Another wild exchange and Wrzosek drags Allen to the mat and tries to take the back. Allen tries to spin on top but they both scramble to their feet. Allen lands some hard knees as Wrzosek tries for another takedown. Allen gets the takedown instead. Elbows from the top by Allen and Wrzosek tries to respond with elbows of his own from his back. Allen postures up to land some hard punches. Wrzosek looking for the kimura. Allen spins out of it and he's still on top in full guard. Allen lands some hard hammerfists at the end of the round.
SCORECARD: Allen, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves. They both try for left hooks but miss. Wild exchange now and both guys are landing punches. Well, this is fun. Allen eats a hard right hook which snaps his head back. He's still standing! Not for long as Wrzosek gets a takedown. Back to their feet and clinched against the fence. Nice dirty boxing from Wrzosek which bloodies Allen's nose. The referee separates them and they go right back to throwing punches. Allen misses a headkick. Wrzosek pushes Allen back against the fence. A brief distraction of press row as the cage Warriors team bring us free sweets. Ever the professional… Wrzosek lands some nice strikes as he has Allen on the mat. Allen back up but can't get out of Wrzosek's clinch. The referee separates them again. Allen throws his hands up and charges forward with punches. That wasn't wise as Allen eats a huge counter right hook from Wrzosek. Allen on wobbly legs and Wrzosek gets the takedown to close out the round.
SCORECARD: Wrzosek, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
ROUND THREE: Wrzosek lands a one-two immediately. Allen tries to land a body punch but he's slower now and his face a mess. Wrzosek with another body punch and another right hook which snaps Allen's head back. Wrzosek working for the takedown against the fence. He pulls Allen's legs out and nearly takes the back. That was slick. Allen back up though and throwing wild punches. These guys are throwing bombs (not literally, of course). Both guys eating punches. Maybe "The Polish Zombie" is an apt nickname, after all. Wrzosek clinches again and lands some nice punches with his dirty boxing. Wrzosek gets the takedown and carefully moves into Allen's guard. Wrzosek lands a couple of punches but Allen's back up and throwing punches like a madman. Those are landing and Wrzosek responds by landing another takedown. Allen tries to get up and land a takedown of his own but Wrzosek counters with a guillotine. Allen out of it and into half guard. Allen landing punches and he's working for the arm triangle. He can't get his leg out of the half guard though and Wrzosek surives to the end of the round! Fight of the night thus far. The scoring could be interesting on this one.
SCORECARD: Wrzosek, 10-9 (Wrzosek 29-28 overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Marcin Wrzosek, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Standing ovation for both men.
Lightweight bout: Damien Brown (155.4lbs, 10-6) vs. Tim Wilde (155.9lbs, 4-0)
"There's only one Tim Wilde," sings the crowd. There's probably several to be fair but we'll let them have this one.
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Early exchange and Brown shoots for a takedown. Wilde defends well and scrambles back to his feet. Wilde with a takedown of his own. Wilde takes the back and he's working for the choke. Brown stands up and tries to shake him off. Brown gets free and switches the position to work for a takedown of his won. They separate. Leg kick from Brown. Brown lands a left and Wilde responds with one of his own. Wilde gets another takedown. Wilde in half guard but Brown scrambles back to his feet but he eats a knee to the body on his way up. Wilde gets another takedown and he's landing some hard ground and pound this time. Big knee to the head from Wilde as Brown tries to stand up. Brown pushes forward with punches. Accidental eye poke and Brown is down. Back to the action and Wilde barely misses with a headkick. Brown frustrated and a wild exchange follows. Wilde nearly gets the takedown. Brown on the offensive with a takedown attempt of his own and lands a few punches as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Wilde, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Brown takes the centre of the cage. Wilde gets the clinch. Brown landing hard punches to the body but Wilde lands a knee to the head and Brown hits the deck hard. Wilde follows up with punches but Brown survives somehow. Wilde on top in Brown's full guard. Brown trying to work for an armbar for the bottom and Wilde trying to posture up and land punches. Wilde stands up. Brown takes his time getting back up. Brown noticeably slower now and Wilde throws him to the mat. Brown back up but Wilde pushes for another takedown. Well reversed by Brown to clinch against the fence. Knee to the body from Wilde and he reverses the position back and lands a good punch on the break. Brown goes for a spinning backfist, misses, but gets a takedown instead. Brown on top in Wilde's full guard. Good elbows from the top by Brown. Wilde goes for a triangle choke but Brown slips out and stays on top. Reversal by Wilde. Nice! Now Wilde is on top. They jostle for position and Brown goes for a triangle choke of his own as the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: Wilde, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves. Wilde head kick blocked. Leg kick from Wilde and he pushes forward for a takedown. Brown clinches against the fence. They break. Uppercut to the body by Wilde and Brown pushes forward with punches. Brown gets the takedown. Brown lands a couple of elbows from top position. Brown with punches to the body and another elbow but Wilde doing a good job of tying him up. Wilde creates separation and gets to his feet briefly but Brown takes him right back down. Brown takes the back and looks for the choke but Wilde slips out. Knees from Wilde and he gets a takedown! Back to their feet and Wilde lands another knee. Wilde gets the takedown but Brown reverses and they scramble back to their feet. Brown goes for a trip through but it's countered and Wilde is on top. Wilde drops for a guillotine but Brown slips out of that and a subsequent triangle choke attempt. Brown on top and in side ontrol. Brown goes for a guillotine but Wilde slips out and now he's on top. Back to their feet and Wilde lands a knee to the body as the horn sounds. Another fun fight!
SCORECARD: Brown, 10-9 (29-28 Wilde overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tim Wilde, Unanimous Decision (29-28x3)
Women's MMA veteran Sexton enters to AC/DC's "Back in Black". Good call. The undefeated Jedrzejczyk enters wearing a cape made from the Polish flag. Huge ovation for the returning Rosi Sexton.
ROUND ONE: Cagey starts. Both fighters feinting but neither wanting to over commit early. Spinning back fist attempt from Sexton misses. Jedrzejczyk controlling the centre of the cage and looking to work her jab. Jedrzejczyk left hook lands. Right hook from Jedrzejczyk and Sexton goes down. Only temporarily though. Sexton wants the takedown but Jedrzejczyk's movement is too good and she's landing some good punches as Sexton moves in. Sexton goes for the takedown but eats a one-two and Jedrzejczyk clinches. They separate. Good punches in close by Sexton. Big overhand right from Jedrzejczyk. They exchange right hooks. Leg kick from Sexton. Rosi moves in with her hands down and Jedrzejczyk nearly punishes her for it but misses with the punch. Sexton double-leg stuffed. Big left hook from Jedrzejczyk and Sexton goes down. Big hammerfists follow but Sexton survives. Back on their feet and a Jedrzejczyk punch drops Sexton again! Jedrzejczyk with more follow up punches but Sexton battling through it. Sexton gets back to her feet looking to fire back as the round ends. Sexton is tough but she needs a takedown badly.
SCORECARD: Jedrzejczyk, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Jedrzejczyk takes the centre of the cage again. Big right hook from Jedrzejczyk but Sexton attacks for a takedown. Sexton clinches and tries to drag Jedrzejczyk to the mat but Jedrzejczyk shrugs her off. Sexton trying more spinning attacks; I'm not sure that's the wisest idea against a striker of this caliber. Sexton with another takedown attempt. Jedrzejczyk sprawls but Sexton clings on and tries to pull her down. No joy and they're back on their feet. Sexton's eyes both look badly swollen. Jedrzejczyk swinging hard and she connects with a big right hook which crumples Sexton. The referee has seen enough. A valiant effort from the veteran but Jedrzejczyk's striking was just too good.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, KO, 2:36 of Round 2
Vacant CWFC Middleweight Championship: Jack Hermansson (184.7lbs, 7-2) vs. Norman Paraisy (183.2lbs, 14-3-2, 1 NC)
The first of our two main events up now. Hermansson out to Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail To The King". My kind of guy. Frenchman Paraisy walks out to "I Predict I Riot". There's a joke in there somewhere…
ROUND ONE: Paraisy pumping the jab immediately. Leg kick from Paraisy. Nice jab from Hermansson. Cagey start as the two fighters find their range. Hermansson goes for a takedown but Paraisy slips out. They exchange punches in the pocket. Hermansson backs Paraisy to the cage and lands some hard punches. They hurt Paraisy and he charges forward looking for a takedown. The two fighters go flying across the cage and hermansson ends up on top. They're back up and Hermansson pushing forward with punches now. Paraisy's mouth looks bloodied. A Paraisy slip nearly costs him but he circles away. Hermansson lands a couple of punches and Paraisy stumbles to the mat. Hermansson looking to follow up by taking the back but Paraisy defends well. Hermansson gets on top though. Hermansson lands some punches as Paraisy tries to scramble. Hermansson trying to move to mount but Paraisy keeps him in half guard. Hermannson moves into side control as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Hermansson, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Both fighters very eager to get the next round started. Paraisy pushes forward immediately but Hermansson punching well on the counter. Some swings and misses from both men. Leg kick from Paraisy. Hermansson with a nice one-two. Hermansson landing some lovely punches as he follows Paraisy around the cage. A right hook from Hermansson. Paraisy looks in bad shape but he pushes forward and gets a takedown. Hermansson back up and Paraisy lands a right hook as they separate. Nice leg kick from Paraisy. Left hook and uppercut from Hermansson and more punches send him staggering backwards. A desperation Paraisy takedown is reversed by Hermansson. Hermansson on top and landing some big elbows. Paraisy ties Hermansson up and looks to reverse the position but no luck. Hermansson with a hammerfist and more elbows. Hermansson laying in the blows as he sits in Paraisy's half guard. Hermansson ends the round on top.
SCORECARD: Hermansson, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Hermansson takes the centre of the cage and dodges a wild Paraisy swing. Solid right straight from Hermansson. Nice leg kick by Paraisy. Paraisy landing more punches and leg kicks this round. Hermansson clinches up and tries for the takedown. Paraisy slips out and lands a nice one-two. Another leg kick from Paraisy. Hermansson fights his way inside with elbows and backs Paraisy against the cage. Paraisy trying to dodge and weave but Hemansson landing punches now. Hermansson gets the takedown and Paraisy is on his back again. Hermansson tries to take the back. Paraisy scrambles back to his feet but eats more punches for his troubles. Paraisy's nose looks busted up now. Hermansson pushes forward again and Paraisy doesn't look to have much left. Hermansson gets an easy takedown and he's back in Paraisy's half guard. Punches and elbows from Hermansson. Hard punches from Hermansson as the round ends with him on top once more.
SCORECARD: Hermansson, 10-9 (30-27 overall)
ROUND FOUR: They exchange in the centre of the cage. More punches from Hermansson and he backs Paraisy up again. Paraisy throwing the leg kick but it's slow and telegraphed. Hermansson lands another combination and gets the takedown. Their back up and Paraisy is in desperation mode, swinging wildly, to no avail. Solid uppercut from Hermansson and another takedown. Hermansson takes the back and works towards the choke. Paraisy defending and Hermansson can't quite get it underneath the chin. Hermansson gives it up and moves back into Paraisy's full guard. Hermansson advances and finally gets the mount. Paraisy trying to wriggle free and he gets it back to half guard before Hermansson can land too many punches. Big hammerfists from Hermansson and he moves back to mount. More hammerfists. Paraisy trying to escape but Hermansson lands more punches and takes the back. Rear naked choke attempt again. Paraisy defends the hand and he survives again. Hermansson continues to work for the choke and he finally locks it in. Paraisy taps!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jack Hermansson, Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 4:49 of Round 4
Jack Hermansson is the new CWFC Middleweight Champion!
MAIN CARD 2 FIGHTS
As we continue to content with The Forum's shocking wi-fi connection, the live coverage goes on. Just about.
By the sounds of it, Jens Pulver is having a whale of a time tonight.
Lightweight bout: Martin Delaney (154.6lbs, 8-0) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs, 8-2)
Hadzovic walks out to Darude, Wanderlei Silva style. And his nickname is "The Bosnian Bomber." This guy…
ROUND ONE: Both men throwing lots of feints early, eager to gauge the distance. Hadzovic has found it! Right hook sends Delaney sprawling. Hadzovic lands some more punches as Delaney struggles back to his feet. Delaney goes for a desperation takedown. Hadzovic defending against the cage but at least it's given Delaney some respite. After a lot of work, Delaney manages to get the takedown but Hadzovic scrambles back to his feet almost immediately. Delaney still pushing Hadzovic against the cage and landing knees to the leg. Another takedown from Delaney but Hadzovic pops back up. Delaney takes the back as he does so. Hadzovic gets free and they exchange knees in the clinch. Hadzovic lands some hard punches on the break and Delaney is backing up across the cage. Delaney clinches and pushes Hadzovic against the fence again to see out the round.
SCORECARD: Delaney, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Delaney tries to pump the jab but Hadzovic immediately fires back with hard punches. Delaney clinches and gets the takedown. Delaney takes the back as Hadzovic scrambles to his feet. Hadzovic free of that but pushed against the fence again. Hadzovic is certainly the better striker but he needs to get his back off the cage. Then again, perhaps not, as Hadzovic counters with a takedown of his own and moves to half guard. Delaney defending well but he eats a few hammerfists. Delaney trying to throw his legs up for a submission but Hadzovic stands up to land some more punches. Hadzovic lands some more punches and maintains top position for the rest of the round.
SCORECARD: Hadzovic, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
ROUND THREE: Head kick from Hadzovic and a right hook, as Delaney tries to pump the jab again. Delaney looks tired and goes flying onto his back as he misses a head kick. Hadzovic gets top position and lands some punches. Both fighters look tired now. They scramble back to their feet and Hadzovic clinches. Another takedown from Hadzovic and takes the back. Hadzovic rolling and looking for the choke. Hadzovic moves to half guard and starts landing some good punches. Hadzovic passes to side control and lands an elbow. More elbows from Hadzovic. Delaney tries to roll out but Hadzovic maintains the position and lands some hard hammerfists from half guard. Hadzovic works for a guillotine but the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: Hadzovic, 10-9 (29-28 overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Damir Hadzovic, Unanimous Decision (29-28x3)
173lbs Catchweight bout: Bruno Carvalho (171lbs, 15-8) vs. Jack Mason (173.1lbs, 27-13)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Good right and left hooks from Carvalho and Mason is ducking into those. He needs to be careful of that. Mason looking to pump the jab as Carvalho swings wildly with punches. Front kicks to the knee from Carvalho and a nice uppercut. A solid boxing match here between these two. Carvalho lands a solid combination and Mason fires back with a one-two. Mason pumps the jab and lands a solid overhand right which staggers Carvalho. Good left hook from Carvalho and a knee to the body against the fence. Mason lands the jab again and a leg kick. Another front kick to the knee from Carvalho. They both land left hooks in the pocket. They trade punches at the end of a close first round which could have gone either way.
SCORECARD: Carvalho, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Carvalho lands a left hook early which sends Mason sprawling. Mason back to his feet before Carvalho can capitalize and fires back with punches. Good left hooks from both men. Carvalho swings wildly and Mason ducks underneath and gets the clinch. Knees to the leg from Mason and good dirty boxing from both. They separate. Another good punching exchange and Carvalho goes back to that front kick to the knee. Nice right straight from Mason. Another front kick to the knee from Carvalho and a hard left hook from Mason. Mason backs Carvalho to the fence and clinches. Knees to the leg from Mason. Carvalho lands a good straight right on the break. Mason lands a couple of solid jabs as the round comes to a close. Another tough round to score.
SCORECARD: Carvalho, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves and a nice jab from Mason. Mason continues to pump the jab and Carvalho is looking for that uppercut on the counter. Nice right straight from Mason. Both guys landing good punches but there isn't the same sting on them now. Carvalho goes back to the leg kick. A right straight from Mason back Carvalho up but a wild follow up misses. Good punches from Carvalho in response. Carvalho lands a knee and a leg kick. More jabs from Mason. Solid left hook from Mason and another nice jab. Solid right hook from Carvalho and a big uppercut. Mason fires back with a hard left hook as the round ends. Closely contested boxing battle. It'll be interesting to see which way this one goes.
SCORECARD: Mason, 10-9 (29-28 Carvalho overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jack Mason, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jake Bostwick enters, as usual, wearing full Bane get-up. If he wins tonight, I hope he does his whole post-fight interview in the Tom Hardy "Bane" voice. It's only right. A bit of a hold up with Bostwick's gloves but, once he gets in the cage, he gets a raucous reception from his hometown crowd.
ROUND ONE: Hard leg kick from Bostwick. Body kick from Thorensen. Bostwick punching well to the body. Big right hook from Bostwick wobbles Thorensen and some more hard punches follow. Thorensen looks for the body kick again but looks wary of Bostwick's power. Telegraphed shot by Thorensen which Bostwick easily avoids. Leg kick from Thorensen and another solid body punch from Bostwick. Leg kicks from Bostwick who is stalking his opponent now. Hard right hook from Bostwick lands but Thorensen responds with a takedown. Thorensen in half guard and advances to mount. Thorenson with big punches from the top but Bostwick manages to scramble back to half guard. Bostwick gets his back to the cage but Thorenson gets mount again and lands more good punches as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Thorensen, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves. Thorensen goes for the takedown but Bostwick slips his leg out and circles away. Thorensen ducks into a Bostwick jab. Leg kick from Bostwick. Leg kick from Thorensen. Brutal uppercut from Bostwick snaps Thorensen's head back. That's why "Brutal" is his nickname, I suppose. Thorensen gets a desperation takedown. Thorenson moves to north-south position and now back to half guard. Thorensen is all over Bostwick on the ground. In side control now. Thorensen is looking to trap Bostwick's arm and land punches from the crucifix. A Bostwick scramble and some wild punching from his back gets the crowd excited. Thorensen back on top though and in half guard. Thorensen working for the kimura. He steps over and wraps his legs around Bostwick's head for more leverage. He pulls out the arm but Bostwick rolls with him and survives the round, much to the delight of the crowd.
SCORECARD: Thorensen, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: This is very much the classic "striker vs. grappler". Bostwick swings wildly and avoids the subsequent takedown attempt. A heavy Bostwick leg kick hurt Thorensen and he goes down in pain. Bostwick waves him back up. Thorensen looks like he's working on one leg now and his takedowns are being easily shrugged off by Bostwick. Uppercut from Bostwick. Another takedown avoided. And another. Thorensen cleverly counters a Bostwick leg kick with a takedown but Bostwick is able to reverse the position on his tired foe and get back to his feet. Another takedown attempt from Thorensen which Bostwick slips out of. And another. Thorensen taking his sweet time to get back to his feet after those missed takedowns and the crowd are letting him know that they don't like it. Bostwick needs to take the initiative here. Bostwick stuffs another takedown and cracks Thorenson with a hard hammerfist. Back on their feet and a heavy leg kick from Bostwick. Thorensen is shooting in constantly, to no avail. Bostwick needs to pull the trigger. Thorensen fails on another takedown and Bostwick hammers his legs with kicks and drops a flying punch as the round ends.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jake Bostwick, Majority Decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Bostwick is a lucky boy… He does not do the post-fight interview in the Bane voice. Poor.
Welterweight bout: Ben Alloway (170.5lbs, 13-5) vs. Mohsen Bahari (170.2lbs, 7-1)
These two got very heated at the weigh-ins so I'm expecting fireworks in this fight.
ROUND ONE: Cautious start from both fighters. Good leg kick from Bahari. Solid one-two from Bahari. Alloway answers with a straight right. Hard overhand right from Alloway staggers bahari. Alloway follows up with a takedown attempt but Bahari defends against the cage. They break and Bahari misses a head kick. Another good leg kick from Bahari and a solid jab. A lot of swinging and missing from both men. Alloway fails on a takedown attempt and Bahari pushes him against the fence and gets a takedown of his own. Bahari on top in half guard but Alloway holds on well to prevent him from landing anything. They're back on their feet and Alloway lands some good punches at the end of the round. Maybe those fireworks will transpire in the second round, eh?
SCORECARD: Alloway, 10-9
ROUND TWO: A cautious start again. A solid exchange in the pocket and a good Bahari leg kick. This is not the kind of fight you need at 10:45pm of a long card, I'm afraid. Good leg kick from Alloway. Takedown from Bahari but Alloway pops back up. They clinch and Bahari lands some good knees to the body and now the head. Bahari lifts Alloway for a slam but Alloway holds on. Bahari is trying to drag Alloway to the mat but he can't manage it. Alloway, whose face is bloodied up, clinches with Bahari as the round ends. I think the fairest way to describe this is "a grueling fight".
SCORECARD: Bahari, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves. Good leg kick from Alloway. They clinch and Bahari lands some solid punches. Head kick from Alloway on the break misses. Solid left jab from Alloway. Bahari returns the favour with a left jab of his own. A missed head kick gets a nod of recognition from Alloway. That is a nasty cut on Alloway's head. That may have been caused by those Bahari knees earlier. Not a classic this one. They exchange weak punches as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Bahari, 10-9 (29-28 overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mohsen Bahari, Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
It's rare that you see a split decision with such wildly different scores but this fight was so dull and close that it's hard to even make a "Clucky" joke. Let's just all forget that fight ever happened and move on with our lives. Hopefully, Marshman and Omoyele can turn things around.
Middleweight bout: Jack Marshman (186lbs, 14-5)* vs. Bola Omoyele (184.4lbs, 7-2)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Marshman really pumping the jab early. Solid left hook from Omoyele. Marshman clinches and pushes Omoyele against the fence. Omoyele works his way out and circles away. Big swing and a miss from Omoyele. Marshman tries to clinch again but Omoyele gets the plum clinch and lands big knees to the body. Omoyele with the trip takedown. Omoyele on top in Marshman's full guard. Marshman defending well on the ground, not letting Omoyele posture up and land strikes. Omoyele looking to land elbows. Marshman throws punches from his back but that leaves the gap for Omoyele to land a couple of solid elbows. Omoyele postures up and lands some solid punches. Marshman goes for the armbar from his back but Omoyele slips out. Omoyele with more punches but Marshman throws his legs up for the armbar again. He locks it in and Omoyele taps out!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jack Marshman, Submission (Armbar), 4:51 of Round 1
We're straight into the main event, as CWFC recognize that the night is running longer than expected.
This should be a cracking fight to close things out. Warburton beat Ray by Unanimous Decision last time they fought in BAMMA in March 2013. Warburton relied on his experience and wrestling that night but Ray is much improved since then which should make for a fascinating watch.
Vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship: Stevie Ray (154lbs, 14-5) vs. Curt Warburton (154.3lbs, 13-4)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. They exchange leg kicks. Both men are very light on their feet early on. Ray lands another good leg kick. A lot of feints from both fighters early on as neither wants to over commit too soon. Solid body kick from Ray and Warburton responds with one of his own. Warburton clinches looking to dirty box but Ray circles away. Leg kick from Ray. The crowd sound solidly behind Steven Ray tonight – the former CWFC Lightweight champ, lest we forget – and he lands a solid job in response to their chants. Leg kick from Warburton. A Ray head kick barely misses. Leg kick from Ray and a hard body kick from Warburton. Ray lands a good combination and Warburton lands another solid body kick. Solid punching exchange in the pocket and Warburton clinches at the end of the round but can't steal it with a takedown. Close opening round.
SCORECARD: Ray, 10-9
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves. Hard leg kick from Ray and another. Warburton grabs Ray's leg as he kicks and tries for the takedown. Ray slips out but they exchange punches wildly against the fence. Warburton lands most of them but then a Ray hook appears to rock him. They break. Side kick to the knee from Warburton. Good straight right from Ray. Spinning back kick from Ray gets a glancing hit. Hard body kick from Ray as Warburton tries to open up with punches. Warburton's hands are down by his ribs now which indicates that kick did some damage. Leg kick from Ray. Good leg kick from Warburton. Solid leg kick from Ray. Big left hook from Ray and a straight right. Leg kick from Warburton and a spinning back kick from Ray to end the round. These two are so evenly matched but I think Ray is just shading the fight thus far.
SCORECARD: Ray, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves. Nasty side kick to the knee from Warburton as Ray's foot was planted. That can't have felt good. Leg kick from Ray as Warburton tries to fire back with a punch on the counter. Leg kick from Warburton. Warburton taking the centre of the cage in this round and looking to dictate the fight more. Leg kick from Ray. Solid body kick from Warburton. Ray's dancing footwork is impressive and he almost lands a head kick because of it. Warburton with another leg kick. And another. Ray with a push kick to the knee. Warburton fakes low and kick high but it doesn't fool Ray, who blocks it. Hard leg kick from Warburton and Ray fires back in kind. An impressive Ray spinning back kick to the head is only just blocked by Warburton. Side kick to the body from Ray and Warburton fires back with one of his own. They exchange punches at the end of the round.
SCORECARD: Warburton, 10-9 (29-28 Ray overall)
ROUND FOUR: Touch of the gloves. Leg kick from Ray. Side kick to the knee by Warburton. Those have to be taking their toll. Ray's footwork looks to have suffered, that's for sure. Big exchange of punches. Body kick from Ray. Leg kick from Ray and one from Warburton. Solid one-two from Ray. Left hook from Warburton. Side kick to the knee from Warburton. Ray goes for a takedown but Warburton shrugs it off. Side kick to the body from Ray. Ray takes the centre of the cage in the second half of the round and pushes the pace, after Warburton was in that position in the first half of this round. Ray head kick misses. Leg kick from Warburton. A Ray leg kick is caught but Warburton can't capitalize. This is such a close fight. Good luck to the judges.
SCORECARD: Ray, 10-9 (39-37 Ray overall)
ROUND FIVE: They hug it out at the start of the round. Nice to see. Leg kick from Warburton. And another. Warburton throws a kick and Ray counters with a takedown. Warburton tries to grab the cage to stop it but Ray gets him down. That's a massive moment in this fight. Warburton gets back up and circles away. Leg kick from Ray and a right hook over the top. Side kick to the knee from Warburton. Good jab from Ray. Head kick from Ray gets a glancing hit and Warburton fires back with another leg kick. Ray misses a spinning back fist and eats a leg kick on the way back. Good left hook to the body from Ray. Solid right straight from Warburton. Both men wave their arms at each other to try and goad the other in. A few more punches exchanged and that's all she wrote! Both men raise their arms in victory. It'll be interesting to see the scorecards on this one!
SCORECARD: Ray, 10-9 (49-46 Ray overall)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Stevie Ray, Split Decision (50-45, 47-48, 48-47)
Ray gets the decision and reclaims the belt he lost last year!
And that's all from Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday. Dodgy wi-fi aside, it was a great night of fights.
The first main card was definitely the stronger of the two, which isn't the way the CWFC team would have preferred it, but it was an interesting concept which paid off on the night. Next summer, to help the flow of the show, Cage Warriors might be better just doing a 12 fight main card, rather than splitting it into two parts.
There may be some flaws to iron out but, regardless, it was a great concept and a great night for UK MMA. Here's to next year's Super Saturday!
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