Europe’s leading MMA promotion delivered yet another action-packed night of fight action to mark their 5th anniversary at London’s Indigo at the O2, crowning a new Welterweight Champion and introducing some stellar new names to the roster.
The CW95 main event saw Stefano Paternò put on the performance of a lifetime, and deliver his promise to bring the welterweight belt back to Italy. Mehrdad Janzemini threatened with his signature heel hook submissions from the opening bell, but Paternò weathered the storm and revered position to deliver yet another first-round knockout victory for his highlight reel via ground and pound. Stefano Paternò joins Mauro Cerilli as the second Italian champion on the Cage Warriors roster, and continues the trend of stellar Italian talent putting on incredible performances with the promotion.
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A thrilling co-main event between Mike Ekundayo and Ed Arthur saw Ekundayo edge a unanimous decision win after a full 3 rounds of serious skill. A testament to just how well-rounded athletes must be in order to contend at this level, both fighters put on a true mixed martial arts showcase with some of the most impressive exchanges of the evening. Before that, London fan favourite Brad Wheeler picked up his 11th submission win over Orlando D’Ambrosio, putting himself right back in the list of top Cage Warriors Welterweights to watch over the next few years.
Earlier in the night, Ross Houston battled his way to yet another win, taking his undefeated streak to 7 and grabbing the mic to call for a Welterweight title shot after he submitted Nathan Jones in the second round. Could this be a future opponent for the newly crowned champ?
Opening up the main card, Welsh prospect Mason Jones stormed to a win over Konmon Deh, keeping his unbeaten streak intact and moving ever further up the lightweight rankings. Plenty of fans have already taken to social media to voice their hopes for Jones to appear at CW97, when Cage Warriors hit Cardiff on September 29th.
Highlights from the Pro Prelims included an impressive submission win for James Webb, who continued his streak of submissions in every one of his professional wins, and a superbly matched war between the victorious Scotsman Paull McBain and Steve Aimable.
After a review, the CW95 pro preliminary bout between Joshua Onwordi and Gurd Shergill was overturned to a no contest. Full statement from referee Marc Goddard below.
“Upon full, clear and considered review of the footage from the Shergill v Onwordi fight it is evidently clear that whilst trapped in a kimura grip, Shergill did indeed tap with his free hand between the legs of Onwordi.
My positioning was such that my attention and placement was on Shergill trapped and applied submission arm as I anticipated an injury or potential dislocation. During this transition and line of sight the tap that came from the free hand blocked my view of such. I did not see and therefore cannot call it.
In this instance it is entirely fair and just for the win that was awarded to Shergill be overturned to a no contest.” – Marc Goddard, Referee.
Next up for Cage Warriors is a return to Liverpool for CW96 on September 1st, a huge card topped by a lightweight title fight between Paddy Pimblett and Søren Bak billed as the biggest fight in European MMA. With events in Birmingham and Cardiff scheduled for new venues later in 2018, Cage Warriors’ mission to bring MMA to new and exciting territories is showing no signs of slowing.
CW95: Full Results
Stefano Paternò def. Mehrdad Janzemini via KO (ground and pound)
Mike Ekundayo def. Ed Arthur via unanimous decision
Brad Wheeler def. Orlando D’Ambrosio via submission (triangle choke)
Ross Houston def. Nathan Jones via submission (rear naked choke)
Mason Jones def. Konmon Deh via unanimous decision
James Webb def. Pelu Adetola via submission (rear-naked choke)
Adam Amarasinghe def. Aaron Laleye via TKO (punches)
Paull McBain def. Steve Aimable via unanimous decision
Phil Wells def. Konrad Iwanowskivia via spilt decision
Kris Edwards def. Luca Iovine via unanimous decision
Gurd Sherghill vs. Joshua Onwordi was overturned to a no contest after review.