Cage Warriors 113 Live Coverage

On Friday, England-based MMA promotion Cage Warriors held an event at the BEC Arena in Manchester, England. The show featured a championship fight and a UFC-level fight that was moved to this card on short notice. Cage Warriors is one of the only promotions running events amid COVID-19 risks, however the show will be held without a crowd. Follow along with the blog throughout the afternoon for updates on the show.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to it’s part:

Preliminary Card (1:30PM EDT / 6:30PM GMT) (UFC Fight Pass / CageWarriors.com)

Bout 1: Kingsley Crawford def. Lewis Monarch via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 2:45)

Bout 2: Aidan Stephen def. Jack Collins via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:24)

Bout 3: James Hendin def. Kris Edwards via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Jamie Richardson def. Matthew Bonner via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Adam Amarasinghe def. Jake Bond via KO, Right Hook (RD 1, 4:59)

Bout 6: Connor Hignett def. Darren O’Gorman via KO, Right Hook (RD 3, 2:12)

Bout 7: Perry Goodwin def. Steve Aimable via Decision, Unanimous

Main Card (4:00PM EDT / 9:00PM GMT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 8: Paddy Pimblett def. Decky Dalton via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 2:51)

Bout 9: David Bear def. Nathan Jones via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 10: Mason Jones def. Joe McColgan via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 4:40) (Vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship)

Bout 11: Darren Stewart (11-4) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (14-3) (Middleweight)

Live Coverage:

Preliminary Card (1:30PM EDT / 6:30PM GMT) (UFC Fight Pass / CageWarriors.com)

Bout 1: Lewis Monarch (10-5) vs. Kingsley Crawford (4-2) (Catchweight 148-lb)

The preliminary card started with Lewis Monarch and Kingsley Crawford fighting in a catchweight bout. The fighters kept a fast pace of strikes early on. Monarch suffered a cut around his left eye. They went into the clinch against the cage with two minutes to go. Monarch landed good punches in the clinch. Crawford put Monarch in a clinch against the cage in the final minute. Monarch got a takedown in the final minute, however Crawford reversed it to get top position.

Monarch started the second round with some good leg kicks. He shot for another takedown, getting top position however having his head trapped in a reverse triangle. Crawford threw punches to the side of Monarch while having his head trapped. Monarch escaped eventually, going into side control. He transitioned into full guard. From the bottom, Crawford put in a triangle choke. Monarch went from his feet back to the ground, throwing a few punches before tapping out. Finding the opening for a triangle choke, Kingsley Crawford got his second win in a row.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Monarch 9
Crawford 10

Bout 2: Aidan Stephen (6-2) vs. Jack Collins (3-0) (Lightweight)

In a lightweight fight, undefeated Jack Collins put his streak on the line against Aidan Stephen. Stephen was the faster striker at the start. He got a takedown almost immediately, getting into full mount. Collins was getting hit with lots of strikes, repeatedly flipping between being on his stomach and his back. Stephen continued with elbows until the referee stopped the fight. After a one-sided performance Aidan Stephen ends the undefeated professional record of Jack Collins.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Stephen
Collins

Bout 3: James Hendin (4-0) vs. Kris Edwards (13-11) (Featherweight)

The much more experienced Kris Edwards challenged lossless James Hendin in the third preliminary fight. Hendin put Edwards in a clinch early, putting him to the ground. Edwards got up after a few moments, but Hendin kept on him with a clinch. Still in the clinch, Hendin got a second takedown. Hendin got into full mount with under two minutes to go in the round. He then got on the back of Edwards. Edwards tried to get to his feet, although Hendin got him back to the ground. The round ended with Hendin in half guard.

They clinched up again to start the second round. Hendin got another takedown shortly after. Hendin was dominant on the ground for numerous minutes. He landed a series of hammerfist punches in the final minute. He kept control on the ground until the round concluded.

Hendin started the third round with another takedown. He wore Edwards down, keeping him on the ground and landing strikes every now and then. They got to the feet for the final few seconds of the fight. Going to the scorecards, there was no doubt that James Hendin would be favoured (30-27, 30-26 & 30-25).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hendin 10 10 10 30
Edwards 9 9 9 27

Bout 4: Matthew Bonner (6-5-1) vs. Jamie Richardson (8-5) (Middleweight)

In the heaviest preliminary bout, middleweights Matthew Bonner and Jamie Richardson battled. Bonner had a visible height advantage. Early on, Bonner shot for a single leg takedown which Richardson avoided. Upon another attempt, Bonner got a takedown. Bonner took side control, getting on the back of Richardson after. They got on their feet for a few moments before Bonner got another takedown, still on Richardon’s back. That ground game was short lived, with Richardson getting back to the feet while still fighting takedowns. Richardson landed some strikes on the ground before they got up again. Richardson got a takedown in the final minute. They got back to their feet before the round ended.

Bonner got a takedown to start the second round. They stood up shortly after, with Richardson landing some punches to the body in the clinch before separating. Richardson was scoring with lots of punches on the feet. He caught a kick from Bonner, sweeping the other leg to get the fight to the ground. Richardson landed punches frequently while on top.

Richardson got a takedown in the third minute of the final round. He was active with strikes on the ground, just like he was in the round before. Bonner endured the strikes until the round ended. The one-sided fight was reflected on the scorecards, with Jamie Richardson getting the win (30-27, 30-26 & 30-26).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bonner 9 9 8 26
Richardson 10 10 10 30

Bout 5: Jake Bond (3-2) vs. Adam Amarasinghe (4-2) (Flyweight)

In the next fight, flyweights Jake Bond and Adam Amarasinghe fought. Both fighters were throwing good combinations to start the first round. Amarasinghe was landing lots of leg kicks. Amarasinghe became the only person throwing strikes as the first round was closing out. He dropped Bond with a knee to the head in a clinch. Amarasinghe kept with strikes, dropping a nearly defenseless Bond a few times. Just before the round ended, a knee and a hook dropped Bond, ending the fight. Never taking the pressure off of Jake Bond, Adam Amarasinghe bounced back from a loss.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bond
Amarasinghe

Bout 6: Darren O’Gorman (6-4) vs. Connor Hignett (7-5) (Flyweight)

In another flyweight fight, Darren O’Gorman and Connor Hignett fought. Hignett was throwing more early on. Hignett got hurt by some punches in the second minute. He got a takedown while recovering. O’Gorman tried for a guillotine choke from bottom position. They got back up with just over two minutes left. O’Gorman caught a leg to get a takedown. He got on Hignett’s back, trying for a rear naked choke. O’Gorman wrapped his legs around Hignett while trying for the choke. It was on tight, however not under the chin of Hignett. He let go and tried again with the choke a few times. O’Gorman tried for a tight arm triangle choke in the final minute.

Hignett tried for a takedown in the second round. While going down, O’Gorman put in a triangle choke. He landed elbows while keeping a hold of the choke. Hignett stayed in the choke for many minutes, popping out in the final minute.

Hignett landed some punches early in the third round. He put O’Gorman against the cage in a clinch. Back in stand-up, O’Gorman landed two hard left hooks in a row. With under three minutes to go, Hignett landed a right hook which dropped O’Gorman. The referee intervened while O’Gorman landed a couple more shots on the ground. Enduring two dominant rounds, Connor Hignett gets the win with punches.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
O’Gorman 10 10
Hignett 9 8

Bout 7: Perry Goodwin (9-6) vs. Steve Aimable (14-6) (Featherweight)

Finishing off the prelims, Perry Andre Goodwin and Steve Aimable fought in a featherweight matchup. Goodwin started fast, throwing lots of strikes, connecting with a few. Aimable connected with a few counter-punches in the round. Goodwin was clearly in control in the round. Aimable got a takedown in the final minute of the round. They got to their feet again in the final 10 seconds of the fight.

A left hand from Aimable dropped Goodwin in the first minute of the second round. Aimable landed follow up shots on Goodwin, who recovered eventually. Aimable caught a flying knee in the fourth minute for a takedown. A strike cut Goodwin on the forehead at some point in the round. He stayed in control on the ground until the round ended.

Halfway through the final round, Goodwin tried for a guillotine choke while Aimable shot for a takedown. They got back up moments later. Aimable kept Goodwin against the cage, trying for a takedown. They went back to the feet with a minute to go. Aimable got a double leg takedown. When they stood up again, Goodwin charged forward with punches. Aimable threw down Godwin again, although they got to the feet again. After a hectic end to the final round, the fight went to the scorecards. The judges gave the fight to Perry Goodwin (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Goodwin 10 9 9 28
Aimable 9 10 10 29

Main Card (4:00PM EDT / 9:00PM GMT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 8: Paddy Pimblett (14-3) vs. Decky Dalton (11-4) (Lightweight)

Starting off the main card, former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Paddy Pimblett returned to fight Decky Dalton. Dalton started the fight by connecting with a left hook. Pimblett scored a two punch combination. Dalton slipped after throwing a kick. Pimblett used that position to get the fight to the ground, getting on the back of Dalton. Pimblett tried for a rear naked choke, which Dalton popped out of eventually. Pimblett tried for the choke again, not being able to get in under the chip. Dalton got on the ground, where Pimblett landed with lots of punches. Pimblett got in full mount, continuing with strikes. On Dalton’s back, Pimblett scored with more punches until the fight ended. After more than a year of a layoff, Paddy Pimblett has a strong win. He danced around the cage after his win.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Pimblett
Dalton

Bout 9: Nathan Jones (13-9) vs. David Bear (8-1) (Welterweight)

Making his Cage Warriors debut, David Bear took a short notice fight against Nathan Jones in the next bout. Bear was fighting on his back foot early on, staying against the cage a lot. Bear got a takedown with two minutes to go in the round. Bear tried for a guillotine in the final seconds of the round, running out of time.

Bear got another takedown to start the second round. Bear got into side control, getting on the back for a moment. Jones tried for a heel hook, although Bear turned out of it, back into top position. Back in half guard, Bear landed some punches with less than a minute to go. They got up in the final few seconds.

Jones landed an overhand right in the first minute which clearly hurt Bear. He didn’t follow up with more strikes, with Bear landing a takedown a few seconds later. Bear was in control on the ground for a few minutes. Jones flipped position, but they got up moments later. Bear shot for a takedown, however Jones backed up against the cage to stop it. Jones tried for a kimura while on the feet. They stayed on the feet, with the fight going all 15 minutes. David Bear walked away with the win, getting a clean sweep on the scorecards (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Jones 9 9 9 27
Bear 10 10 10 30

Bout 10: Mason Jones (8-0) vs. Joe McColgan (B) (6-2-1) (Vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship)

Before the main event, undefeated Mason Jones fought Joe McColgan for the vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship. Both fighters swung fast punches at eachother to start. Fter a few seconds of that, they went into a clinch against the cage. McColgan tried to mount on Jones, trying for a guillotine. Jones shoved him off and they went back to striking. Jones put McColgan into another clinch after they went back to throwing lots of punches. They left the clinch and went back to striking in the final minute. Jones had McColgan against the cage landing punches. He dropped him with a knee to the head, then landed a few punches on the ground to win the fight. Extending his undefeated record to nine in a row, Mason Jones became the new Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Jones
McColgan

Bout 11: Darren Stewart (11-4) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (14-3) (Middleweight)

 

In the main event of the show, UFC fighters Darren Stewart and Bartosz Fabinski fought in a middleweight bout. This matchup was first meant for UFC London, but after that show was cancelled, it got transferred to this show. Right as the fight started, Fabinski closed the distance and put in a clinch. With half of the round left, the referee separated them from the cage. Fabinski tried for a clinch again, getting a takedown this time. On his back, Stewart cut Fabinski on the head with an elbow. They got back up in the final 10 seconds, with the fight going back down when Stewart tried for a guillotine choke. Before the second round started, the cutman came back in as too much vaseline was put on the cut on Fabinski’s head.

Just like in the round before, Fabinski shot for a takedown. They went down, with Stewart trying for the guillotine choke again. From top position, Fabinski tried for a von fluke choke. Fabinski escaped the choke, landing strikes in top position on the ground. Stewart was landing his fair share of strikes from the bottom too. They were both covered in blood, although likely all of it was from the cut in the first round. The fight stayed on the ground until it ran out of time.

Stewart got a takedown to start the final round. They got up, with Fabinski landing a knee beofre they left clinch. Fabinski got a takedown of his own in the second minute of the round. Every time Stewart would start to stand up, Fabinski got him back down. They stayed on the ground until the round ended. Going to the judges, Bartosz Fabinski got a win (30-27, 30-26 & 30-26).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Stewart 10 9 9 28
Fabinski 9 10 10 29

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