Cage Warriors 45: Brents taps Lloret
FIVE-FOOT-NINE heavyweight Bobby “Zombie” Brents (12-2-0) earned an impressive win over fellow prospect Rogent Lloret (12-3-1) at Cage Warriors 45 in London on Saturday night.
Despite facing an opponent with vaunted grappling skills, Brents got the job done via submission. The fighters traded leg kicks early before Brents snatched a leg and earned a quick takedown. However, Lloret scrambled back to his feet with relative ease.
The two went back and forth for the remainder of the frame until a heavy right hand sent Lloret toppling to the floor. Brents followed quickly to the floor and locked in an arm-triangle choke. The black belt tried his best to survive the squeeze, but with seconds 19 remaining, Lloret had no choice but to tap.
Following the win, Brents made light of his MMA-driven grappling skills. “I’ve rolled around the mats long enough that my white belt has turned black,” hesaid.
Brents improves to 12-1 in his past 13 fights, with the sole loss coming to current UFC contender Stipe Miocic. Llorent falls to 2-2 in his past four fights.
In the night’s co-feature, American Top Team lightweight James “J.P.” Reese (7-2) outwrestled Englishman Brad Wheeler (7-7) en route to a one-sided decision win.
Reese earned a takedown almost immediately following the opening bell. Wheeler earned a reprieve halfway through the round, but after throwing a few wild punches, he was immediately back on the floor. Following a second restart, Wheeler landed a front kick to the face but was then elevated and power-bombed to the floor in spectacular fashion.
In the second, Reese took the fight to the floor again, though Wheeler threatened with a crafty kimura attempt. However, Reese remained patient and eventually worked free, settling into top control for the remainder of the round.
Wheeler again looked for a kimura in the final frame, but he never got close, and Reese simply dominated the positioning en route to picking up a unanimous-decision win. Reese is now 4-1 in his past five fights. Wheeler sees a two-fight win streak snapped.
In a middleweight tournament opening-round bout, Chris Fields (10-3) earned a quick stoppage of Jack Mason (17-11). Fields launched a high kick with his lead leg, and it connected flush to the chin. Mason appeared to be battling back a bit, but Fields pounced with hammerfists, earning a spot in the tournament’s semifinals. The bout was waved off in just 50 seconds.
Fields next faces John Philips, who advanced to the semi-finals by default when opponent Tony Machado was forced out of the bracket due to a back injury.
Irishman Conor McGregor (10-2) improved to 8-1 in his past nine fights after earning a first-round stoppage of fellow featherweight Steve O’Keeffe (7-2).
McGregor opened up quickly, throwing heavy hands and blasting powerful knees into the head of a covering O’Keeffe. The Englishman tried to press in and take the fight to the floor, but McGregor blasted away with nearly a dozen more vicious elbows to the temple, and O’Keeffe collapsed to the floor.
The bout was waved off 93 seconds after it began, and McGregor then asked Cage Warriors officials for a shot at the 145-pound title.
In heavyweight action, Dave Keeley (6-4) earned a first-round stoppage of Sweden’s Eddy Bengtsson (4-3), but it didn’t come easy. Keeley worked for a can-opener and then a kneebar when the fight hit the floor in the early going, but it it was Bengtsson who looked as if he would end the fight with a gruesome looking keylock.
Keeley came close to tapping but somehow pulled free from the hold and returned to the feet. Once there, Keeley delivered a few thunderous elbows to the head of his opponent, who collapsed to the floor in obvious agony. Keeley pounced with a few hammerfists to seal the deal with just 20 seconds left in the round.
The bout’s first fight proved a bloody affair, as a Brett Sizeland (5-1) first-round elbow opened up a gash on the right side of his opponent’s head. However, Brett Bassett (7-3) carried on following a doctor’s inspection, and he continued to gush for the remainder of the contest.
Bassett’s corner cleaned him up between rounds, but the wound opened back up in the second and forced a stop to the bout at the 1:47 mark. With the win, Sizeland has won two-straight contests. The bout snapped a two-fight win streak for Sizeland.
Bobby Brents def. Rogent Lloret via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 1, 4:41
James “J.P.” Reese def. Brad Wheeler via unanimous decision
Chris Fields def. Jack Mason via TKO (kick and punches) - Round 1, 0:50 - middleweight-tourney opening round
Conor McGregor def. Steve O’Keeffe via knockout (elbows) - Round 1, 1:33
Dave Keeley def. Eddy Bengtsson via TKO (elbows) - Round 1, 4:40
Brett Sizeland def. Brett Bassett via TKO (cut) - Round 2, 1:47
Jacek Toczydlowski def. Shah Hussain via unanimous decision
Charlie Watts def. Chad Brown via submission (punches) - Round 2, 2:12
Ben Hajir def. Michael Jones via submission (armbar) - Round 3, 3:06
Olly Battell def. Thomas Martin via TKO (ground and pound) - Round 1, 2:11
(Report from MMAJunkie.com)
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