“THE True Viking” Soren Bak silenced the Liverpool crowd at the Echo Arena, as he got the better of local hero Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett by unanimous decision to become the new Cage Warriors lightweight champion.
The judges scored it 48-44, 48-45 and 48-46 in favour of Bak, who did well to make it out of the first round, as Pimblett unleashed everything in his submission’s arsenal to end proceedings early. Pimblett was looking to become the first man since Conor McGregor to win Cage Warriors gold in two divisions.
However Bak had other ideas, surviving the onslaught and escaping the clutches of “The Baddy” before slowly beginning to take over the fight. He was the better man in the striking exchanges and snuffed out most of Pimblett’s takedown attempts as the fight went on.
Pimblett dug deep but Bak had the answer to every question he posed and cruised to victory in the end, something that looked a tall order after a dominant opener for the Liverpool man, who applauded the decision as it was read out in the cage at the end.
Jonas Billstein was the second man to upset the Liverpool faithful, as he submitted Mick Stanton midway through the first round, by way of a rear-naked choke to become the new Cage Warriors middleweight champion.
Billstein was due to challenge former champion Lee Chadwick, however Chadwick was stripped of the title on the scales after missing weight and Stanton was drafted in at very late notice to face the German.
Stanton gave as good as he had in the exchanges, but it seemed like the end was near at any moment when Billstein took him down to the ground. Stanton defended Billstein’s early submission attempts, but he was unable to stave off final choke, eventually tapping out with 3:23 gone in the round.
Jack Grant could well be Soren Bak’s first challenger for the lightweight crown, as he knocked out Aleksi Mantykivi in the first. Mantykivi, who holds a win over Bak, had Grant in trouble with a big right early on, however he couldn’t finish matters and allowed Grant to recover well.
The Grimsby man began to go through his repertoire, before smashing in five nasty elbows and a rapid left hook to put Mantykivi down and potentially secure himself a title shot in the very near future.
Nicolas Dalby bounced back from a loss last time out, flattening and then submitting Roberto Allegretti in the second round of their welterweight clash. It was a sudden finish after a first round where the action was few and far between.
The Copenhagen man dropped his Italian foe with a huge head kick, which Allegretti did well to rise from before he was dragged back down and forced unconscious by a tight rear-naked choke after 50 seconds.
Tim Barnett appeared to be on the verge of a win over Matthew Bonner in the lightweight division, until he was deducted a point by referee Marc Goddard for grabbing the cage, meaning both men left the Echo Arena with a draw on their records.
One judge still saw it in favour of Barnett, 28-27, however the other two both scored it 28-28 with the point deduction. Bonner had the better of the first with his better ground work, but he tired quickly, as Barnett pursued the stoppage. He nearly got it, however Bonner survived the barrage and escaped with a draw for his troubles.