Cage Warriors returned last night following a year and 5 months away after some uncertainty about the future of the organisation, however Graham Boylan and co. put on a solid show at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross, London last night to officially announce their return.
There were some fine performances that marked the return of Cage Warriors and below are the fighters who really stole the show.
In a fight that most people on the UK MMA scene were looking forward to the most, Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett dominated London’s Ashley Grimshaw to earn a 30-27 x 3 unanimous decision win on the scorecard. Superior wrestling and grappling was on show for Pimblett in the co-main event of Cage Warriors 75 who took all three rounds on the judges scorecards. A wizard on the mat is also backed up with confidence on the microphone following the fight, stating that he is the best 145lb in the UK, and based it last night’s performance, it would be tough to argue that point. With the win, Pimblett moves to 10-1 and maybe expecting a call from the UFC in the not too distant future.
Chris Fishgold came into this fight with Jordan Miller as one of the brightest prospects in the UK and boy did he prove that he is one of the most must see competitors in the 145lb division in England. Fishgold landed a huge overhand right to start the bout and transitioned straight into a takedown, landing in the half guard of Miller. As Miller tried to sweep to get back to his feet, Fishgold locked in a guillotine and forces the quick tap. With the win, Fishgold moves to 12-1 and three wins on the bounce.
37 seconds. That is all it took for Darren Stewart to get the job done on Saturday night and boy, was it impressive. The first 10 seconds of the bout were forgettable as both fighters were testing out their timing. However, Darren Stewart forced the issue landing a massive takedown, and quickly posturing up, landing heavy shots to the James Hurrell, who was covering up for his life. Stewart did not let up, landing a number of hard unanswered strikes, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the bout. With the win, the East Londoner Stewart moves to 6-0 and it quickly garnering a solid reputation on the UK scene.
Alfie Davis was making his Cage Warriors debut after only competing under the UCMMA banner during his five fight professional career thus far, however based on the number of fans at the Camden Centre cheering him on, and his slick performance, expect Alfie Davis to become a regular at Cage Warriors show in the future. The highlight of the bout was a spinning wheel kick in the first round, which caught Terry Doyle flush, rocking and nearly finishing him. Davis however stayed cool, calm and clinical with his kickboxing throughout the first and finished it in style in the second with ground and pound following a counter knockdown. Davis moves to 5-1 and this is his third victory in a row.