Jake Bostwick: Entering the championship rounds
By JJ SADDINGTON
Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday saw Jake Bostwick (15-8-0-1) extend his winning streak to eight, claiming arguably his most significant triumph thus far following a split-decision victory over former UFC fighter Simeon Thoresen.
CWFC fans also saw Bostwick’s career-to-date played out over the course of three rounds.
ROUND ONE: A promising start, a downward swing…
The start of the round belonged to Bostwick, peppering his opponent with hard leg kicks and a big right hook that visibly wobbled Thoresen. More leg kicks followed and another right hook, before Thoresen turned the tables with a takedown, eventually moving to mount. Bostwick scrambled to half guard, but the round ended with Thoresen in full mount again, landing punches from the top.
Bostwick announced himself on the UK MMA stage in 2006 with three straight wins in a combined cage-time of 1:33. This swift ascent was met with just-as-rapid a decline, as 2007 saw Bostwick go 0-4 - with all four defeats ending inside the first round.
ROUND TWO: A steep decline, an upward swing…
A stuffed takedown and an exchange of leg kicks ushered in the second round, before Bostwick snapped Thoresen’s head back with a hard uppercut. The Norwegian responded with a desperate takedown, advancing position and passing Bostwick’s guard. Round two was all about Thoresen’s top control, moving from one dominant position to another. Bostwick survived the round and the submission attempts, even fighting back from the bottom. The crowd in attendance recognised the significance of this endurance.
The year 2008 continued where its predecessor left off: a ‘no-contest’ and three further defeats left Bostwick without a win in eight outings and a record of 3-7-0-1. Only a win towards the end of the year signalled a change in fortunes, bringing an end to the drought. Three more victories followed, heralding the start of a revival.
ROUND THREE: A victorious comeback, a remarkable rise…
The final frame was all about Bostwick. Hard leg kicks immobilised Thoresen early in the round, leaving him unable to shoot in effectively for the takedown, and allowing Bostwick to dictate where the action took place. The fight ended with Bostwick having turned the contest on its head, stalking his opponent down and walking away with the victory.
In 2010 Bostwick picked up an impressive win over Denniston Sutherland and he’s been winning ever since. The string of defeats had been countered with an even greater run of victories.
Three rounds have passed, but whether or not we’ll witness Bostwick enter the championships rounds as a CWFC world title contender remains to be seen. One thing is certain; it’ll be a journey worthy of our attention.
For a career that began in less-than-auspicious fashion, Bostwick’s emergence as a potential threat to the CWFC welterweight title is as remarkable a turnaround as you’ll see in MMA. Make no mistake; this is no renaissance. Bostwick’s resurgence has greatly surpassed the initial promise of his early career - we’ve yet to see him realise his full potential.
In Philip Mulpeter (7-4), he faces a legitimate test to his unbeaten run. A team member of the renowned SBG camp in Ireland, Mulpeter has looked impressive in his CWFC victories, most recently running through Aldric Cassata en route to a first-round TKO stoppage.
Bostwick versus Mulpeter is set to be a crowd-pleasing spectacle that’s already got the fans talking, but it’s potentially something more than that. It could be the next step in the evolution of a fighter who continues to improve every time he steps into the cage.
Jake Bostwick takes on Phillip Mulpeter in the co-main event at Cage Warriors 70 in Dublin, Ireland, this Saturday evening, August 16. Click HERE for more information.
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