Jack Shore took a first round TKO win over Wesley “Pia” Maia in the main event of Cage Warriors 97, in front of his home town crowd of Cardiff, to show just why he is the name on everybody’s lips right now.
Shore was the aggressor from the start, controlling the pace of the fight, making sure that the Brazilian, who took the fight on 24 hours notice, couldn’t begin to implement his own game plan.
“Tank” secured a take down against the cage, quickly taking mount and dropping bombs, forcing Marc Goddard to call a halt to the fight, after Maia was unable to defend himself properly.
Jack Shore was on FIRE 🔥
He wastes no time #CW97
First round TKO 🙌 pic.twitter.com/6D2EF29Bp1
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) September 29, 2018
The next fight for Shore surely has to be for the Bantamweight title, possibly in front of is home crowd again at Cage Warriors 100.
Mason ”The Dragon” Jones showed just how tough he is in the co-main, after his opponent, Kacper Formela, landed shot after shot after shot, catching Jones’ licks, and taking him down.
Jones kept his composure though, and the now tired Formela left himself open for big shots.
This was ultimately his downfall, as Jones landed a vicious looking jumping knee to the body, followed by a barrage of strikes, eventually leaning the “Polish Machida” up a giant the cage, while he battered his body with knees.
The now 6-0 Jones has quickly risen through the ranks in Cage Warriors, and is possibly only a big win or two away from a Lightweight title shot against current champion, Soren Bak.
But before that, I’m hoping we see Mason Jones versus Paddy Pimblett, at either Cage Warriors 100 in Jones’ backyard of Cardiff, or at Cage Warriors 101 in February at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, which is always packed when “The Baddy” fights.
Brian Bouland bounced back from his loss to Ilia Topuria at Cage Warriors 94, beating Kris “Dez” Edwards by unanimous decision.
Bouland dominated the first and third rounds, and his superior ground work enabled the judges to award him the win.
The Belgian now has a record of 8-2 and could be who faces Jack Shore for the Bantamweight title.
In the Welterweight division, Aaron “King” Khalid bounced back from two consecutive losses to title contender Ross “The Hitman” Houston by choking out Jamie Richardson.
Khalid may have paid close attention to Richardson’s last fight where he was mauled by Sam Boult on the ground.
If Houston wins the title at Cage Warriors 98 next month, a trilogy fight between “The Hitman” and “King” could be in the works.
In the Straweight division, Italian fighter Micol Designi put Cory Mckenna’s hype train off the tracks slightly, as she won via split decision.
The fight saw both women throwing down hard shots, with Mckenna’s occasional takedown attempts defended by the Italian.
A re-match between the pair in the future would be nice to see, especially if the 19-year-old McKenna can demonstrate the ability to learn from he mistakes she made in this fight.
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