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Cage Warriors 100 Saw Two New Champions Crowned

After 16 years and 99 numbered events, the Cage Warriors promotion reached the big century last night in Cardiff.

Three UFC champions have competed under the CW banner (McGregor, Jedrzejczyk and Bisping), and it remains Europe’s premier MMA competition.

The Viola Arena played host to Cage Warriors 100 on Saturday night, and it wasn’t short of action.

In the main event, two unbeaten bantamweights in Jack Shore and Mike Ekundayo did battle for the vacant 135lb. world championship. It was Welshman Shore who prevailed, dominating throughout the duration and securing a stoppage from back mount in the third round.

Shore moves to 10-0 with the victory, and marks himself out as one of Wales’ best alongside the likes of Jack Marshman.

The featherweight title was on the line in the co-main event. Dean Trueman claimed the biggest win of his career in seeing off the promising Aiden Lee.

Lee offered a dangerous submission threat, but Trueman was in the dominant position approaching the championship rounds. He earned a third round stoppage via a referee decision that didn’t prove too popular. Lee was taking clean shots however, and the official perhaps preempted a further lack of intelligent defence and stepped in.

It was a mixed bag for the Irish contingent.

Philip Mulpeter faced a tough task against former UFC competitor Nicolas Dalby. The Laois native and SBG member showcased his grappling talent early on but ultimately succumbed to punches in the third.

Flyweight Ciaran Mulholland also tasted defeat, losing out via a decision to Londoner Muhidin Abubakar in the prelims.

But one of the highlights of the night came via Antrim’s Rhys McKee, who impressed in his Cage Warriors debut. Coming over from BAMMA, he knocked out Jefferson George in the opening five minutes, and is targeting an eventual move to the UFC.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.