In the midst of criticism over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, Cage Warriors 113 delivered on Friday night with a victory for Bartosz Fabinski in a clash between two relocated UFC London fighters. A big stoppage crowned Mason Jones the lightweight champion, and the promotion’s most recognizable active star, Paddy Pimblett, returned to the win column.
The controversial event went ahead despite criticism for pressing forward. With a silent backdrop of an empty arena, cageside judges and headliner Darren Stewart wore masks and presented a stark reminder of the global crisis as the action unfolded.
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Stewart dealt the biggest shot of the main event’s first round when he opened a huge cut on Fabinski’s head. Despite the damage, the Pole pressed forward and dominated top position in the second, chipping away with short shots as “The Dentist” struggled for an exit. He came out hot in the third, forcing Stewart to shoot for a takedown. Yet, he eventually reversed position and continued to impose his will until the bout ended.
In the co-main event, Mason Jones was crowned the new Cage Warriors lightweight champion after a dramatic one-round fight with Northern Ireland’s Joe McColgan.
McColgan held the advantage from range, tagging the Welshman liberally. Although Jones seemed to hold the strength advantage in the clinch situations, he didn’t seem to make the most of the positions when he held down McColgan. “The Dragon” showed how dynamic he was when he bore down on the FAI fighter and landed a flush knee, buckling him to the canvas before finishing him with punches.
Despite a late rally from Nathan Jones, David Bear never looked uncomfortable on route to a workman like victory over the knockout artist. Jones seemed to eager to let his hands go, closing distance too readily allowing the judoka to pounce with takedowns. He clipped the French fighter early in the final stanza, but Bear immediately took the fight back to the ground, completely evading the brief threat.
Promotional frontrunner Paddy Pimblett returned to the winning column in resounding fashion with clinical performance against heavy-handed Irishman Decky Dalton to open the main card.
Dalton gave the Liverpudlian an opening on the ground and immediately found himself tangled in his web. “The Baddy” attacked a choke before isolating an arm and unloaded with strikes that eventually stopped the contest as Dalton got to all fours.
Topping the preliminary card, Perry Goodwin had to bite down on his mouthguard and swing for the fences in the third round after being split open by a Steve Aimable elbow in the last throes of the second. Goodwin’s slick striking gave him the edge in the first before Aimable showcased his stellar grappling in the middle frame. It was Goodwin who took Aimable to task in the third, getting him a victory in a thrilling featherweight bout with 29-28 scores on all three judges scorecards.
Connor Hignett scored a devastating third-round knockout after chasing much of his bantamweight clash with experienced Irishman Darragh O’Gorman. After spending much of the second frame fighting off submission attempts, Hignett came out of his corner like a man possessed in the third and flatlined the Irishman with a devastating blow.
Earlier in the night, Adam Amarasinghe looked every measure of his one-to-watch status with a devastating buzzer-beater knockout of Jake Bond. After a devastating onslaught, the highly rated prospect blasted his opponent with a crisp right hand in the final second of the first round to end the contest.
Check out the full results here.