Before Cage Warriors kicked off their huge main card at the Echo Arena last weekend, some of the best amateur talent on Europe was on show during the CWA undercard.
In the end, it was Cage Warriors’ Irish Academy that left Liverpool on top, after going 3-1 against the North West wing of the CWA.
The CWA North West stole only one win away from the Irishmen, when featherweight finalist Liam Molly cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Alex Budoiu. Molloy is now 5-0 as an amateur, with 4 of those wins coming as first-round finishes.
For the rest of the amateur card though, it was Ireland’s night. Constantine and Ivan Blanita, both training out of Andy Ryan’s Team Ryano in Dublin, Ireland, put on impressive performances to clinch wins over Liverpool’s Danny Williams and Adam Cullen.
A unanimous decision victory took Constantine to the Lightweight finals at CW100, but it was Ivan who closed the show most convincingly with a dominant submission finish via Americana, progressing to a chance at the Welterweight Grand Prix trophy.
In the Light Heavyweight semi-final, Dawid Piotrowicz finished Carl Dilks with strikes in the second round. This marked the 6th amateur win for Piotrowicz, with no losses to his name. Just one more win will crown him the Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix champion.
The second Grand Prix semi-final will take place this Saturday, September 8th, when Caolan Loughan and Ciaran Mulholland of the Irish Academy take on the North West’s Nathan Fletcher and Francis Breen. The action will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the Devenish Complex. Tickets available here.
Following this, the third semi-final goes down when Cage Warriors’ Welsh Academy fighters take on the South East England Academy on the amateur undercard of CW97 in Cardiff on September 29th. Tickets for this clash, as well as Jack Shore’s huge bantamweight title fight on the same night, are available from the Cage Warriors website here.
Finally, the fourth semi-final is set for October 20th at Colchester’s Charter Hall, when Wales and South East England meet for the last time before the final. See here for tickets to this last leg of the semis.
With the final fighters in each division completing the tournament on a live broadcast before the main card at Cage Warriors 100, the CWA Grand Prix offers exposure, credibility and experience unlikely to be found on any other amateur MMA showcase. See you at the final!
CWA Grand Prix semi final 1 results
Cage Warriors Academy Featherweight GP Semi Final
Liam Molloy defeated Alex Budoiu via unanimous decision
Cage Warriors Academy Lightweight GP Semi Final
Constantine Blanita defeated Danny Williams via unanimous decision
Cage Warriors Academy Welterweight GP Semi Final
Ivan Blanita defeated Adam Cullen via submission
Cage Warriors Academy Light Heavyweight GP Semi Final
Dawid Piotrowicz defeated Carl Dilks via TKO (punches / ground and pound)