This past weekend saw Cage Warriors end its spectacular year in a fantastic fashion, with its centenary card crowning two new world champions, and with none of the main card fights, or pro-prelims going to a decision.
In the main event, Jack “Tank” Shore went 10-0, and became the new Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion in front of his home crowd in Cardiff.
Shore was put up aginst now 7-1 fighter Mike Ekundayo “Airlines” who is known for his incredible wrestling.
However, it was Shore who was best in the wrestling, scoring takedowns in rounds one, two and three, before flattening out “Airlines” on his front, and regining shots down, forcing Marc Goddard to stop the fight.
In the co-main, Cage Warriors Featherweight tournament was capped off by Aiden Lee taking on Dean Trueman for the vacant title.
On paper, this was very much a fight of different styles, pitting Trueman’s brawling up against Lee’s BJJ, and the fight followed that to a tee. Lee was able to take Truemans back multiple times in rounds one and two, but was unable to lock in anything to finish the fight.
The third round was a complete reversal of this, as a Trueman take down led to the Derbyshire man going for an Omoplata, but just used this to pin Lee as he landed shots, forcing referee Reece Mitchell to call the fight, but some people have called this a premature stoppage.
Truueman now goes 10-4, and has promised to defend his title in 2019.
In the Welterweight clash between Aaron “King” Khalid and Hakon Foss, Khalid got the win with a fantastic Darce choke in the second round.
After securing a takedwon in the second round, “King” was all over Foss, looking for multiple different submissions, before circulating round to take a Darce choke that choked Foss out
Foss protested the call by Goddard to step in, but replays showed that Foss had gone limp and that the experienced referee had made a great call.
Nicolas Dalby staked his claim for a Welterweight title shot as he TKO’d Phil Mulpeter in a three round war.
Mulpeter took the first round as he was relentless in his ground game, but the secnd round saw momentum swing in favour of Dalby, as he nagated Mulpeter’s ground game and almost locked in a arm triangle.
The third round was all to play for as both men tried to apply pressure, but Dalby’s brawling style was too much for Mulpeter, and the Dane hammered the Irishman from one side of the cage to the other before the referee stepped in to call the fight.
In his post fight interview, Dalby called out Welterweight champ Ross Houston and issued him a challenge for Cage Warriors in Copenhagen in March.
In the opening bout of the main card, Scott “Boom Boom” Malone put himself in contention to be Jack Shore’s first title challenger as he forced Josh Reed to tap out of a sickening arm bar.
Malon got the takedown, before almost dislocating Reed’s elbow with the submission, and forcing the welshman to tap out in front of his home crowd.
In the prelims, Rhys McKee, Alex Lohore, Aiden Stephen, Jai Herbert and Brett Hassest all picked up finishes.