It’s really nice to have some quality fights on at a reasonable time on a Saturday night, and as usual Europe’s #1 promotion produced some truly quality fights.
The Facebook streamed preliminary card featured two absolute wars between Jamie Rodgers & Brad Wheeler and Kris Edwards & Shaj Haque which had the Cardiff crowd warmed up from the off. Both bouts went to wafer thin split decisions and while Rogers and Haque took the nods, I’m loathe to call any of these guys losers.
Also on the prelim card, Matt Inman broke a two fight skid with a TKO win over Leon Kenge in what was a very exciting scrap.
Onto the main card and ‘Mr Pink’ Martin McDonough earned his fifth win in a row, again coming from behind to secure a submission victory, this time over Mark Platts. McDonough’s sweep to set up the victory was a thing of beauty, especially as he was in the process of being punched in the face at the time. With such a run of stoppage wins, McDonough must be in the running for the CWFC Bantamweight title tournament.
Next up, another local favourite Brett Johns put on an awesome display, with perhaps the first time I’ve ever seen a Dinky Ninja get out grappled en route to a nasty KO victory via ground & pound over James Macalister. Johns showed the danger of his judo base, controlling the bout from start to finish and landing one particularly sweet judo throw.
Veterans Ivan Buchinger and Jason Ball put on an entertaining but indecisive bout with Buchinger getting the nod from the judges to snap Ball’s two fight win streak and rebound from his crushing loss to Conor McGregor in December.
Mark Glover came into this event as one of Cage Warriors marquee new signings, 18 months after a slot on the Ultimate Fighter but ring rust proved his undoing as Lewis Long used canny striking and a calm head to earn a clear unanimous decision victory.
In the co-main event, active Twitterite Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts scored a landmark victory with a quality striking performance against noted grappler Diego Gonzales which earned him a TKO2 win.
Gonzales protested the stoppage, but I’ll leave the analysis of that to Marc Goddard himself – “Why did you stop my fight?” “Err because you were unconscious bro.”
Seems fair enough to me.
The win advances Roberts to 8-1 and coming off wins over Gonzales and Jack Mason in Cage Warriors, he’s right in the mix in their stacked welterweight division.
The main event saw Welsh fan favourite John Phillips looking to use his knockout power to win the Middleweight belt. However, Jesse Taylor showed his quality by taking him down and working for a rear naked choke in less than three minutes.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, being wrestled and subbed by a competitor of Taylor’s stature so Phillips shouldn’t feel too bad. This is the second time in a row that Taylor has used his trademark Team Quest skill set to silence a partisan crowd in a Cage Warriors main event and he looks to be in the form of his life, now on a 6-0 streak since his submission loss to then Welterweight champ Gael Grimaud last year.
Who can wrest the CWFC 185lb belt from JT Money? We’ll find out, but first we’ve got CWFC Fight Night 8 from Jordan next week, with fights involving favourites like Jack Mason, Faycal Husin, James Brum and Mike Ling all being streamed live, worldwide once again.
Stay tuned for our full previews of that event.
• Jesse Taylor def. John Phillips via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:43 – to retain CWFC middleweight title
• Danny Roberts def. Diego Gonzalez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:02
• Lewis Long def. Mark Glover via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
• Ivan Buchinger def. Jason Ball via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
• Brett Johns def. James MacAlister via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:23
• Martin McDonough def. Mark Platts via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:18
• Shaj Haque def. Kris Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
• Matt Inman def. Leon Kenge via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:03
• Jamie Rogers def. Brad Wheeler via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
• Steve McCombe def. Joe Orrey via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:48
• Owain Parry def. Rob Leybourne via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:11