Dumitru Girlean settled a long-standing rivalry in dramatic fashion, emerging victorious in his rematch against Simone Patrizi at CW 162 in Rome.
This hard-fought victory allowed him to finally claim the spoils after a history of clashes between the two fighters.
Notably, Girlean had a personal redemption story in the Eternal City, as he had previously suffered his second professional loss there earlier in the year.
In the co-main event, Simone D’Anna engaged in a thrilling showdown with Alberth Dias, narrowly securing a decision that marked a successful debut for the Italian and solidified his status as a hometown hero.
Nicolas Leblond stunned the crowd with another jaw-dropping one-hit knockout in his battle against Michelangelo Lupoli, positioning himself on the verge of a title opportunity.
The battle between Leon Aliu and Alan Carlos was an intense 15-minute struggle, ultimately resulting in Aliu emerging as the victor, marking his triumphant return to the winning column.
The first fight on the main card, Luca Iovine versus Andrey Tyshchenko, took an unfortunate turn as it ended in a no-contest due to repeated groin strikes by the visiting fighter.
The prelims were filled with exciting finishes, with Baris Adiguzel and Emanuele Tetti both delivering knockout performances that had fans buzzing, even earning them consideration for Knockout of the Year.
Matteo Martignoni, Daniele Battaglia, and Giuseppe Mastrogiacomo all had successful debuts, showcasing their potential for bright futures with flawless performances in the cage.
Sam Creasey and Samir Sadikov sealed the prelims section with submission wins, making it a memorable and action-packed lead-up to the main card.
Dumitru Girlean def. Simone Patrizi via Submission (rear-naked choke) after 2.35 of round three
Simone D’Anna def. Alberth Dias via Unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Nicolas Leblond def. Michelangelo Lupoli by KO (punches) after 3:58 of round two
Leon Aliu def. Alan Carlos via Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Luca Iovine and Andrey Tyshchenko fought to a no-contest (After Iovine was unable to continue after an accidental low blow by Tyshchenko) after 1:48 of round two
Sam Creasey def. Tanio Pagliariccio via Submission (rear-naked choke) after 4:35 of round two
Samir Sadikov def. Daniel Ghercioiu via Technical submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:22 of round one
Giuseppe Mastrogiacomo def. Valentino Riva via TKO (punches) after 1:48 of round two
Emanuele Tetti def. Alessio Barbara via TKO (spinning back fist and hammerfists) after 2:08 of round one
Baris Adiguzel def. Alex ‘Berto’ Bertinazzi by KO (punch) after 0:16 of round one
Khadim Dia def. Bartolomeo Esposto via TKO (punches) after 1:34 of round one
Daniele Battaglia def. Constantin Dolghi via TKO (punches) after 3:58 of round two
Matteo Martignoni def. Alessandro Lupieri via TKO (punches) after 0:39 of round two