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Cage Warriors 87 delivers an incredible night of fights to a home country crowd

Well, there we have it. It’s safe to say that Cage Warriors 87 delivered on Saturday night. With a stellar card packed with some of the hottest new talent in Europe fighting alongside veteran favourites, the crowd at the Newport Centre were treated to a night that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. 

Every so often, a fighter who is able to truly captivate their audience breaks onto the scene. Cage Warriors saw it in Bisping and they saw it in McGregor. More recently, they’ve found it in Paddy Pimblett and in Nathaniel Wood, whose most recent fight has been billed as the greatest in the history of the promotion. But now, as the dust settles after Cage Warriors 87, one thing that’s front and centre in our memory is the noise that was made for home country prospect Jack Shore on Saturday night.

The ‘army’ cliche is thrown about in fight sports to no end, but anyone who was at the Newport Centre last night will agree that Shore’s following resembled less fanbase, more horde. Shore has established a following which will only grow with every highlight reel finish he picks up in his already impressive career, and with more performances like Saturday night it won’t be long before we see him at the top of the world stage. A vicious knee to the chin of the travelling Italian Mattia Galbiati in the third and final round saw Shore sail to his sixth professional win, taking his unbeaten fight record to an incredible 18-0. There was little need to send the news back to Italy – they could have heard the noise from the other side of Europe.

Shore sends Galbiati to the mat. 📷 – Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

“It was great to see Jack Shore taken into the third round, and tested against a strong, mature fighter. He was disciplined in his approach and finally found the opportunity for a perfectly timed knee to the chin. Very impressive.” – Ex- UFC star Dan Hardy

Fellow Welshman and main event favourite Lew Long had worse luck on the night. A devastating headkick delivered by Roberto Soldic sent Long tumbling to the canvas less than forty seconds into the first round, and referee Rich Mitchell was forced to jump to his aid. It was clear to anyone watching what Soldic wanted after pulling off the finish – the Cage Warriors Welterweight Title.  Fans and fighters alike took notice around the world, including UFC star Dan Hardy who commended the Bosnian for his impressive performance.

The kick that ended it all. 📷 – Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

“There is no doubt Soldic is a special fighter and to see him find his signature left high kick in the first round, tells me how confident he is in that weapon. I think we need to see him in a title contender fight soon, to see if he has what it takes to step in there and challenge the champion.” – Ex- UFC star Dan Hardy

 

Our preliminary card saw Welshmen Richard Williams, Mason Jones and Kris Edwards pick up convincing wins against tough opponents, reminding us once again of the potential Wales has to become a truly formidable country on the MMA scene. Our main card kicked off for fans at the Newport Center at 9pm, and supplied the crowd with some of the standout Cage Warriors finishes of 2017, including a dominant TKO by Craig ‘Thundercat’ White against veteran Matt Inman. Aidan Lee also impressed fans with a slick submission win over Ludovit Klein, and Ross Houston answered critics with a hard-fought victory over Aaron Khalid.

White unleashes fury on Inman. 📷 – Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

With cards like this, it’s no wonder that Cage Warriors continue to deliver the absolute best in European MMA.

CAGE WARRIORS 87 RESULTS MAIN CARD

Roberto Soldic def Lewis Long via KO (head kick), Round 1

Craig White def Matt Inman via TKO (punches), Round 1

Jack Shore def Mattia Galbiati via KO (knee), Round 3

Aiden Lee def Ludovit Klein via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1

Ross Houston def Aaron Khalid via unanimous decision

PRELIMINARY CARD

Richard Williams def Cosmin Tutu via submission (armbar), Round 1

Kris Edwards def Bryan Creighton via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2

Cornelia Holm def Diana Filipa via unanimous decision

Mason Jones def Shaun Luther via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3

Lawrence Tracey def Josh Ellis via unanimous decision  

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