So, Cage Warriors 90 is in the books, and what an event it was. The Liverpool Echo Arena was absolutely packed last night as a card rammed full of highly talented local fighters, including former featherweight champion Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett and his teammate “Meatball” Molly McCann, took to the cage to show how high the standard of British MMA is.
It was “Meatball” Molly McCann who took the headlines on the back pages though, as she beat Bryony “Killer Bea” Tyrell to become the first ever Cage Warriors Flyweight champion.
Europe has a new flyweight queen!! 👑
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) February 25, 2018
McCann took some strikes in the first round but dished more out than she took, and came out in the second all guns blazing and finished the fight via TKO.
After the fight she told Dan Hardy: “It was easy. I know what I’m capable of,” as well as telling the fans that she hoped she would be coming back to the Echo Arena in September to defend her title.
Paddy Pimblett kicked off the main card of the night as he beat Alexis Savvidis in a lightweight contest in the second round, getting redemption after losing his featherweight title in his last fight, and missing out on a fight following an injury. The local lad walked down to the cage ready to do business as the arena erupted with the sound of cheering from the fans.
“The Baddy” got the submission victory around the halfway mark of the second round with a flying arm triangle that seemingly came out of nowhere, especially seeing as the first round was a close technical scramble, with no fighter seemingly having the better of the other for more than a couple of seconds. After the fight, Pimblett expressed his interest on fighting on the Cage Warriors 93 card in Gothenburg against SØren Bak to get into contention for a lightweight title shot.
Further into the card, Ruben Wolf and Shawn Kenny put on a great fight for the fans, with both men landing heavy strikes.
Wolf took the victory with an Americana submission a few minutes into the second round. Lawrence Fitzpatrick delivered on his promise of his fight with Alexander Jacobsen ending with a knockout, when he was knocked out just 14 seconds into the first round, as Jacobson landed a powerful right hand followed by a barrage of punches to the grounded scouser.
The featured preliminary fight of the evening saw Elliot Jenkins defeat Josh Abraham via submission, and it looks as though Jenkins could have all the makings of a top Cage Warriors fighter as he displayed technical striking and a brilliant ground game.
Cage Warriors returns this coming Saturday at Cage Warriors 91 in Newport, Wales, where top Welsh fighter Josh Reed will face off against Belgian fighter Brian Bouland.
Guest post via @Cobleyreporting