Morgan Charriere and Agy Sadari were crowned new Cage Warriors champions on Saturday at the Cage Warriors 119. The two title fights headlined the promotion’s card from the York Hall in London, England.
Charriere won the promotion’s featherweight belt in the main event, dropping Perry Goodwin in the third round with a left hook to the body which closed the show.
The finish closed out a strong showing from Charrier through three rounds. Strikes from Charriere opened a cut near Goodwin’s left eye shortly before the finish.
Goodwin seemingly got hurt by leg kicks in the second round. Charriere scored a takedown shortly after, controlling Goodwin on the ground for a few minutes.
Both fighters entered the bout following two-straight previous wins in the promotion. Charriere walked into the fight with a large following online, amassing over 100,000 followers on Instagram and Twitter.
Sadari Earns Lightweight Belt In Cage Warriors Debut
Sadari claimed the promotion’s vacant 155-pound belt in the co-main event, defeating Jack Grant in a split decision fight. Most of the rounds saw the fighters engage in a close kickboxing battle on the feet.
Grant’s best moment was early, where he dropped Sadari with a right cross in the fourth minute of the second round.
Grant spent a large portion of the final round looking for leg submissions in the fifth round. Sadari was able to land a series of punches to the head of Grant after escaping a submission halfway through the round.
The fight was Grant’s second shot at a title in the promotion. He lost a title shot in 2019 to now-UFC fighter Jai Herbert. He competed once after that fight, defeating Yassine Belhadj on a September card.
While the fight was Sadari’s Cage Warriors debut, he entered the bout with a strong resume. Sadari had a six-fight win streak before the fight which included a win over now-RIZIN Featherweight Champion Yutaka Saito.
Previous lightweight champion Mason Jones vacated the belt after signing with the UFC.
Vucenic Given Split Decision Nod Over Hughes
Jordan Vucenic took the unblemished record of Paul Hughes on the main card, defeating him in a split decision after a high-paced three-round fight. The quick fight saw Vucenic often have success with submission attempts and takedowns.
Hughes had a strong performance despite being given a loss. His success came from striking and advancing on the feet. Hughes finished out the first round on top, landing hard ground and pound until the clock ran out of time.
The loss for Hughes ended his hot streak of two wins that he had in 2020.
The win was Vucenic’s fifth-in-a-row, including two previous wins in Cage Warriors.
Irish Prospect Garry Earns Fifth Win
Rising Irish prospect Ian Garry continued his undefeated campaign on Saturday, defeating Lawrence Tracey with ground and pound in the opening round.
On the back of Tracey, Garry put together a series of strikes on the ground that prompted the referee to stop the fight. Tracey got the fight to the ground by scoring a takedown early on after stringing together a series of strikes.
All of Garry’s prior wins were also in Cage Warriors. His win on Saturday was a quick turnaround from a September victory over George McManus.
The fight was Tracey’s return to Cage Warriors after five fights on the regional scene. His record is now even with five wins and five losses.
McColgan Takes Lister’s Undefeated Record With First-Round Stoppage
Joe McColgan kicked off the card with a stoppage victory, dropping Kieran Lister late in the first round with punches. Backing Lister up against the cage, McColgan floored him with a series of strikes.
The fight took the eight-fight undefeated record of Lister, who had a previous win in Cage Warriors and two fights in Bellator.
The fight saw McColgan bounce back from a loss earlier in the year to Mason Jones.
Bout 7: Morgan Charriere def. Perry Goodwin via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 1:55) (Vacant Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship)
Bout 6: Agy Sadari def. Jack Grant via Decision, Split (Vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship)
Bout 5: Jordan Vucenic def. Paul Hughes via Decision, Split
Bout 4: Ian Garry def. Lawrence Tracey via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:02)
Bout 3: Joe McColgan def. Kieran Lister via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:47)
Bout 2: Will Currie def. Dario Bellandi via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 1: Christian Duncan def. Lukasz Marcinkowski via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:00)