Cage Warriors 98 has just wrapped up and, wow, what a show!
The promotion put on an incredible card for its return to Birmingham, with brilliant fights from start to finish, so here’s a rundown of the card’s main event results.
Ross Houston captured the Welterweight title from Stefano Paterno in a five round war which saw the fights momentum constantly switching.
Houston just loss the first round, before coming back in the second and third rounds, using his stature to get cage control and dictate the fights speed, as well as getting the better of the exchanges.
This turned dramatically though in the fourth, where Houston was dropped and almost finished by an absolute hammer of a right hand from Paterno, with the Italian quickly following up with a flurry of ground and pound.
Houston survived though, largely due to the leniency of Marc Goddard, who gave “The Hitman” every chance to defend himself.
It was the fifth and final round that decided the fight, with both men landing in the striking exchanges, Houston took the fight to the mat after a botched takedown attempt by Patterno, with the undefeated fighter largely keeping control, minus a few sweeps from Paterno.
In the end, Houston did enough to clinch a split decision win, going 8-0 and becoming the new champion.
I get the feeling I’m not the only fan that would like to see the pair fight again.
In the co-main, Aiden Lee got a first round submission win over Paull McBain in the opening round of the Featherweight tournament, in front of his home crowd
Lee absolutely dominated McBain with his dynamic grappling, going from position to position with minimal effort.
At the end of the round, Lee jumped on McBain’s back and locked in the choke, which “The Locomotive” initially tried to defend, but in the end tapped out.
Lee now goes 7-2 and will take on Dean Trueman at Cage Warriors 100 in December.
Speaking of Dean Trueman, he outclassed Lewis Monarch in their Featherweight bout for the whole of the fight.
The man from Ilkeston out striked and out grappled the younger Monarch, throwing in a few show banter moments in the process like a point at the big screen and a superman punch off the cage.
Trueman vs Lee is now set as the final of the tournament, with the winner being crowned Cage Warriors Featherweight champion, following in the footsteps of Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett and Conor McGregor.
Adam Proctor made his return to Cage Warriors in his first fight of his five fight deal against Angelo Rubino.
“The Love Doctor” had a back and forth battle with the Italian, which saw both men landing heavy shots, before being awarded a contentious unanimous decision win.
To kick off the main card, Alexander Jacobsen took on Perry “The Predator” Goodwin in a lightweight contest.
The fight was fast and frantic, with both men looking to land shots, with Goodwin using leg kicks to set up his punch combinations, as well as clipping the Norwegian on the way in with counter punches.
It was one of these counter punches, that KO’d Jacobsen, with “Bad Romance” getting his head taken off by a “left hook from hell” as Goodwin described it, when he stepped in to strike the fighter from North Yorkshire.
Here is the full run down of results.
Houston defeats Paterno via split decision
Lee defeats McBain via first round submission
Trueman defeats Monarch via unanimous decision
Proctor defeats Rubino via unanimous decision
Goodwin defeats Jacobsen via second round knockout
Lohore defeats Boult via second round technical knockout
Malone defeats Amarasinghe via third round technical knockout
Crawford defeats Jazbutis via unanimous decision
McManus defeats Plant via first round submission
Younis defeats Prostko via first round submission
So, what are your thoughts on Cage Warriors 98, let me know on Twitter by tweeting me @Cobleyreporting.
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