Michele Martignoni Dethrones Dominique Wooding In Front Of Italian Fanbase

Michele Martignoni succeeded with the support of his home country crowd on Friday night, defeating Dominique Wooding to become the new Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion.

Martignoni’s victory headlined Cage Warriors 144 from the Fiera Roma in Rome, Italy this weekend.

Martignoni went the distance against Wooding, prevailing via unanimous decision after a long and bloody contest.

The fight started close but slowly started to go the way of Martignoni as it progressed. The opening rounds saw the bantamweights engage in back-and-forth striking exchanges where they would both get clipped by shots.

Despite beginning to bleed heavily in the second round, Martignoni started to prevail in stand-up exchanges later in the fight. This was compounded with his ability to control the fight on the ground, getting Wooding to the canvas and unloading with ground and pound shots.

It was clear that Martignoni would walk away with a decision win after all five rounds had concluded.

Martignoni, a Bellator alum, was given the title shot after defeating Scott Malon earlier this year.

Wooding was aiming to defend his belt for the second time. He first earned his belt in 2021 with a third-round finish over Nathan Fletcher.

Wooding defended his belt later that year with a 38-second victory over Carlos Abreu.

UFC Alum Pedersoli Secures Submission Victory

Former UFC fighter Carlo Pedersoli kept his current winning streak alive in Friday’s co-main event, submitting Madars Fleminas in the second round of their welterweight bout.

Pedersoli secured a rear naked choke under the chin of Fleminas in the second round, causing a tap that ended the fight. He showed patience on the ground prior to this finish, first attempting a guillotine choke before transitioning to the finishing sequence.

Pedersoli also briefly had a guillotine choke in the first round as well.

Pedersoli is now on a three-fight winning streak, with his two previous defeats coming on the Italian regional scene last year.

Fleminas, a Cage Warriors veteran, was riding the momentum of two consecutive finish victories this weekend.

Bantamweight Prospect Hazan Stops Short-Notice Opponent

Undefeated prospect Dylan Hazan scored another victory on Friday, stopping short-notice opponent Jefferson De Filippis in the first round.

Hazan controlled his lopsided fight against De Filippis from the start to the end. He took the fight to the ground in the second minute and closed out the fight a minute later with hard ground and pound shots that made De Filippis cover up.

De Filippis stepped into this bout just earlier this week after Hazan’s previous opponent, Daan Duijs, withdrew from the card. Due to the short-notice nature of the fight, the bout was held at a catchweight of 140 pounds instead of the bantamweight limit.

De Filippis was making his first appearance since 2018. His record is now an even two wins and two losses.

Hazan’s record is a flawless nine victories since he debuted in early 2019. He has earned four of those wins on the Cage Warriors stage over the past two years.

Favero Submits Sow Suddenly For Second Pro Victory

Jasmine Favero secured her second pro win with a sudden submission victory, submitting Awa Sow in the first round.

After more than a minute in a clinch position, Favero got Sow to the ground in the second minute with a judo throw. Only seconds later, Favero secured an americana from side control to secure a tap.

Favero was following up on a successful debut that saw her defeat Stephanie Evans just two months prior.

Sow was aiming to bounce back from her first pro defeat, which came against Senna van der Veerdonk last year.

Di Segni Punches Her Way Toward Decision Win

Micol di Segni picked up a solid win in her return to Cage Warriors, defeating Bryony Tyrell via unanimous decision on Friday night.

Di Segni’s striking skills allowed her to take the fight on scorecards. She was constantly the aggressor in the fight, pushing forward with punches that connected cleanly against Tyrell. While Tyrell never was significantly hurt by a strike, di Segni was constantly out-landing against her.

The strawweight bout was quite the one-sided fight on paper.

Tyrell was aiming for her first victory since 2017. She has now suffered five four consecutive losses in MMA, including a previous appearance in Bellator and Cage Warriors.

The fight this weekend put di Segni back into the win column after suffering a split decision loss against Elizabeth Rodrigues on an Ares FC card earlier this year.

The Rest of the Card

Emanuele Zaccaria’s grappling prowess allowed him to pick up a quick victory, grabbing a hold of a leg of Bogdan Barbu for a 64-second heel hook submission.

Dario Bellandi put a sudden end to his fight against Joan Arastey in the second round, catching him with a triangle choke from the bottom. The fight was Arastey’s first loss through three pro appearances.

Emanuele Sabatino showed his toughness in the opening bout, battling past a rough first round to defeat Karol Michalak on scorecards. Sabatino was hurt on the feet early but used controlling positions to dominate Michalak during the second and third rounds.

Quick Results

Main Card (3:00PM EDT / 9:00PM CEST) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 8: Michele Martignoni def. Dominique Wooding via Decision, Unanimous (Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship)

Bout 7: Carlo Pedersoli def. Madars Fleminas via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 3:37)

Bout 6: Dylan Hazan def. Jefferson Machado De Filippis via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:40)

Bout 5: Jasmine Favero def. Awa Sow via Submission, Americana (RD 1, 2:01)

Bout 4: Micol de Segni def. Bryony Tyrell via Decision, Unanimous

Preliminary Card (1:45PM EDT / 7:45PM CEST) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 3: Emanuele Sabatino Zaccaria def. Bogdan Barbu via Submission, Heel Hook (RD 1, 1:04)

Bout 2: Dario Bellandi def. Joan Arastey via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 0:53)

Bout 1: Emanuele Sabatino def. Karol Michalak via Decision, Unanimous

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