The Echo Arena in Liverpool has provided fight fans with some of the biggest and best events in Cage Warriors history. Leading up to CW90 on February 24th, we’re counting down our Top 5 favourite moments from our visits to Liverpool, complete with our behind-the-scenes ‘Warrior Series’ videos.
CW68: Paddy Pimblett’s Flying Triangle
Leading up to this fight, the sceptics were out in force. He’s too young, they said. Hayes is too strong, too powerful.
What happened put Pimblett in the spotlight and added another spectacular finish to the Cage Warriors highlight reel. Three minutes into the 1st round, after Hayes looked to have established a dominant position, Pimblett regained his composure and secured a triangle choke as Hayes lifted him into the air. A huge slam to the canvas from Hayes did nothing to break Pimblett’s hold, and he managed to transition to an armbar and get the finish.
A huge win for Paddy early on in his career, and one that made plenty of sceptics take notice at last.
CW88: Molly McCann enters the spotlight
Our last outing to Liverpool saw a star emerge in Molly McCann, who proved she has what it takes to fight and beat serious competition and called for a title shot after her victory.
McCann and Souza put on one of the best fights of 2017 with a back-and-forth war that went to the judges scorecards. Molly managed to assert her dominance enough to win the favour of not only the judges but thousands of fans new and old, who watched from home as well as the seats of the Echo Arena.
It was a display of heart, determination and skill that we’ll remember for a long time. McCann looks to make her dream a reality when she returns to fight for the World Title at CW90 on February 24th 2018.
CW88: Lee Chadwick is crowned the new King of Liverpool
Lee Chadwick’s title fight at CW88 against Victor Cheng represented the pinnacle of his 12-year fighting career. A veteran of over 35 professional fights, Chadwick came into the bout with ferocious energy and won the World Title in his home city – a lifelong dream for every fighter in the game.
His opponent, Victor Cheng, travelled to Liverpool from Sweden and proved one of the toughest challenges of Chadwick’s career. It was a gruelling fight between two of the strongest Middleweights in Europe that saw plenty of huge takedowns and savage blows exchanged before the final bell.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 28, 2017
In the end, it was Chadwick’s night and the city of Liverpool gained a new World Champion.
CW88: Chris Fishgold puts Europe on notice
“It’s been a long time coming. I hope I put on a show for you tonight,” Chris Fishgold said to the Liverpool crowd after his performance at CW88. It wasn’t just a show, but a firm confirmation that Fishgold belongs at the very top of the European rankings.
Fishgold showcased his skills for all to see as he put away top contender Alexander Jacobsen in just one round to retain his lightweight title for a third straight time. Fans and fighters alike thought this would be a striker versus grappler matchup, with Norway’s Jacobsen expected to come forward throwing strikes, but it was Fishgold who dominated the stand-up exchanges from the off, backing up the bigger man with powerful shots.
When the fight went to the mat, Fishgold’s dominance escalated as he quickly worked to the Norwegian’s back and forced the submission via rear-naked choke, resulting in the most impressive victory of his career over one of the most legitimate challengers on the continent.
CW78: Paddy Pimblett hosts a Championship party at the Echo Arena
“It felt like an earthquake out there”, said Chris Fishgold after Paddy Pimblett brought home the win at CW78 in front of a home crowd.
He wasn’t wrong – the noise in the Echo Arena as Pimblett knocked out Johnny Frachey and raised the World Featherweight Title was deafening. All year he’d been promising to fill the arena for the biggest house party Cage Warriors had ever seen, and he didn’t disappoint. Before the fights started, Pimblett mingled with the crowd and announced to his fans that there was nothing his opponent could do to take this night away from them. He stayed true to his promise.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) September 10, 2016
As Pimblett walked out to over five thousand scousers cheering him on, we thought the atmosphere was at it’s peak. But two minutes was all it took for ‘The Baddy’ to down the Frenchman with a huge right hand and follow up with a flurry of strikes that caused the fight to be stopped, and the noise just got louder.
Pimblett returns to the Echo Arena on February 24th 2018 for CW90, when we expect to see similar scenes and another amazing night of fight action featuring the best talent in the North West and across Europe.
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