Cage Warriors returned this past weekend for CWFC 79, which took place at the Newport Centre in Newport, South Wales.
This was the seventh event that Cage Warriors has hosted in Wales.
Originally scheduled to headline the event, Jack Marshman was set to make the first defence of his middleweight title against Andreas Michailidis however, a call-up from the UFC scrapped those plans.
Che Mills and Welshman Lew Long were scheduled to compete in the co-main event however this fight was scrapped as well.
Even though Cage Warriors lost these stellar match-ups, the event was deemed successful by media and fans alike following the event. You can catch the full results from the event here.
With the event now in the books, we look back at the three fighters that stars shone brightest in Wales on Saturday night.
Following a stellar amateur career which included earning a gold medal at the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships which propelled Shore to an 11-0 record, ‘Tank’ has now earned one of the spots on the top European prospect lists. Coming into this main card fight at CWFC 79 as 2-0 as a professional, the Welshman put on another dominant display.
The first round saw Shore take Pobivanez to the mat with ease, dropping nasty elbows from inside the guard of the German which opened up a nasty cut his the left eye. The round ended with Shore on top which many in the media scored 10-8.
The second round started the same as the first, with Shore shooting for a takedown, again landing with ease. Shortly thereafter, the Tillery Combat fighter started landing heavy shots before referee Marc Goddard stepped in at 2:11 of the second round.
As many of the fans in the arena were singing on the night, Jack Shore was definitely ‘on fire’.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) October 15, 2016
Prior to this bout, Arnold Quero was riding an impressive fight winning streak and looked a solid prospect on the European circuit.
Dean Trueman had put together a nice two-fight winning streak since losing a unanimous decision to Liam James at Cage Warriors 73: Ray vs. Warburton.
12 seconds into the contest, however, Quero was wrestling the referee as Trueman landed two picture-perfect right hands which had the French fighter finished in spectacular fashion.
Watch the finish below:
— Simon Head⚡️ (@simonhead) October 15, 2016
Fights can play out in many different ways.
Some fights are close, some are dominant, but the Aaron Khalid vs. Adam Proctor bout that kicked off the main card on Saturday night was different all together.
The first round was dominant for the unbeaten Adam Proctor. Basically, from the opening bell, Proctor had Khalid’s back and was working for a submission for the whole first frame. Khalid defended well however it looked Proctor had the advantage on the ground.
At the start of the second round, the fight went to the mat again but this time it was Khalid who got the better of things. A couple of exciting grappling scrambles later, the Welshman sank in the rear-naked choke at 1:37 of the second round.
With the win, Khalid moved to 5-2 as a professional whilst Proctor dropped to 5-1.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.