Cage Warriors 91 is in the books and yet again, Cage Warriors delivered an exciting main card, full of drama at the Newport Centre in Wales.
In the main event, home town favourite Josh “Crazy Horse” Reed failed to deliver on his promise of a second round stoppage win, as Brian Bouland knocked him out in the first round.
Reed came close to finishing the fight three times with successive guillotine choke attempts, but couldn’t sink it in properly. Bouland took advantage of this and delivered some great ground and pound, finishing Reed with a heavy right hand. Reed has now lost two fights in a row while Bouland now looks a contender for the bantamweight title.
The co-main event of the evening saw a highly anticipated rematch between Ross “The Hitman” Houston and Aaron Khalid.
This fight didn’t quite live up to the drama of their first bout, but there were points in which it looked like the ref was about to step in to stop the fight. Houston dominated all three rounds and took the win by unanimous decision, in the interview after his fight he spoke about how tough weather conditions made it difficult for him to even get to the venue and dedicated the win to his mum who passed away this week. Houston is now 6-0.
Donovan Desmae disappointed Welsh MMA fans tonight, as he knocked out Richard Williams in a fight that was difficult to predict going in. Williams came out aggressive in the first round, but was caught by a stiff straight right hand, followed by a flurry of ground and pound strikes, giving Desmae the win and his seventh career finish.
After the fight, Desmae spoke about wanting to fight again on the Cage Warriors 93 card against SØren Bak or Paddy Pimblett in Stockholm, as well as wanting to fight on the Cage Warriors card taking place in his home country of Belgium in June.
Kris Edwards took his third victory in a row, as he beat Gavin Kelly in front of his home crowd. The Welshman almost finished the fight earlier than he did, but slipped, before quickly getting back up to his feet to carry on dominating Kelly.
The best performance of the night definitely came from 18-year-old Welsh fighter Cory Mckenna, who completely dominated her opponent, Maria Vittoria Colona in the Strawweight division
From the outset, McKenna was super aggressive, landing heavy strikes on the feet, before taking Colona to the ground and hitting her with razor-sharp elbows and hard punches. McKenna wasn’t able to stop the fight in the first round, but Colona’s corner refused to let her fight on giving McKenna the win by corner withdrawal.
This is a young fighter with a lot more experience to gain, but is definitely one to look out for in the future, I predict Cage Warriors has another future UFC champion on its roster.
Cage Warriors returns for it’s Super Saturday card in three weeks in London, in which the flyweight, bantamweight and Heavyweight titles will all be defended, on 24th March.
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