With the Cage Warriors Academy Finals at CW100 only a few months away, the semi-finals are coming to a close. Cage Warriors 97 in Cardiff was the home of the most recent semi-finals with 3 bouts, all of which ended via submission victory.
At featherweight, Chris Sterling defeated Nathan Johnstone via armbar in the second round to advance to the finals.
Sterling is no stranger to a submission victory with 3 wins via rear-naked choke on his record. His record now sits at 5-5 and comes into the finals off of back-to-back submission wins.
His opponent, Nathan Johnstone, would have been seen as the favorite, coming in with an unbeaten record of 6-0 and being the 14th ranked amateur featherweight in the UK and Ireland. Though his unbeaten record is gone, he is certainly one to watch out for in the coming future.
At 155 pounds, Welsh fighter and 6th ranked amateur lightweight in the UK and Ireland, Jordan Peake, submitted England’s Joe Draper also in the second round via armbar.
Peake boasts an impressive 6-0 record with 4 wins coming via submission. His opponent Joe Draper (6-2), is the 25th ranked amateur fighter in the UK and Ireland at 155 pounds. He also has an impressive record with 5 out of his 6 wins coming via finish.
In the end, it was Jordan Peake who found the finish and advances to the finals in Cardiff at the end of the year.
The final of the three bouts that took place at CW97 was between Christian Leroy Duncan and Mitchell Goode at middleweight.
The big favorite, Christian Leroy Duncan, was the one to advance as he submitted Goode in the 3rd round via guillotine choke.
Duncan is the top ranked amateur middleweight in the UK and Ireland and for good reason. With a record of 10-3, he has multiple TKO finishes in his amateur career so far as well as several submissions including an omoplata.
All words by Kyle Dimond.