CHRIS FISHGOLD and Lee Chadwick both left with Cage Warriors gold in an emotional night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Fishgold retained his lightweight title, becoming the first in Cage Warriors history to win the belt for keeps, whilst Chadwick secured the biggest of his career, as he became middleweight champion.
Fishgold proved far too strong for Alexander Jacobsen, dominating the fight from the opening bell, out-striking his Norwegian opponent, before taking him down and working his way around his back to secure a rear naked choke submission after 4-15 of the first round.
The popular hometown favourite immediately confirmed that after winning the title outright, he will now focus his attention on securing a fight with featherweight champion Nad Narimani, who wrested the title from Fishgold’s teammate Paddy Pimblett back in April, also at the Echo Arena.
Chadwick overcome a fast start from fellow challenger Victor Cheng, before he was awarded a unanimous decision, 48-47 according to all three judges, win to claim the vacant title after five gruelling rounds.
Cheng’s kicks were the telling factor in the opening round, as Chadwick offered very little in return and he looked to press home his early advantage when he secured a takedown in the second. The fight was still waiting to truly catch fire in the third, in which Chadwick finally started to gain a foothold.
The fourth saw the pace, already slow to begin with, drop to almost a stand-still, playing into Chadwick’s hands, as “The Butcher” began to get through with some solid striking. It was all on the fifth and final round to see who would leave the new champion.
Chadwick went after and secured a takedown, however it was Cheng who ended in top position and the fight in his hands. Chadwick summoned up some brutish strength to reverse the position and he remained there until the final buzzer, smashing Cheng with some nasty elbows and strikes to steal the round and lift the Cage Warriors title.
Former Marine Martin Stapleton succumbed to a rear naked choke at the hands of “The True Viking” Soren Bak, who put on a superb display in this lightweight clash to pick up his second win in Cage Warriors. Bak quickly put “50 Cal” down and kept Stapleton under serious pressure on the ground that he couldn’t escape from.
Bak rained down strikes on Stapleton, who, despite his considerable effort, was unable to crawl out of the hole he had found himself in and the Dane worked his way round to the back, sinking in the choke that Stapleton had to tap out to.
Rounding out the main card was the hugely popular, women’s flyweight Molly McCann, who met Priscila de Souza in a very entertaining battle that was impossible to take your eyes off. The Brazilian “Killa” won the first after scoring a couple of takedowns, however McCann recovered well and showed her striking was the real difference maker as she won the second.
De Souza kept shooting for takedowns, but McCann snuffed them out and finished the third round in the ascendancy to earn a deserved 29-28 victory on all three scorecards. McCann called for a shot at the Cage Warriors title when the promotion returns to Liverpool next February immediately after the fight.