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Musardo snatches CWFC title

02/10/2011

JOSEPH DUFFY brought a large and vocal band of supporters to the HMV Forum tonight but they were stunned into silence when Ivan Musardo secured a 4th round submission victory over the Irishman to be crowned CWFC lightweight champion.

Despite dominating the fight, Duffy suffered the first loss of his professional career to the 31-year-old Italian. The Welsh-based fighter appeared to lose his footing after attempting a kick, allowing Musardo to capitalise and lock in a guillotine choke after 4.25 of Round 4.

Duffy’s cause certainly wasn’t helped when he sustained a broken hand in the 3rd round. The 23-year-old said: “It was a tough fight. He fought well. I broke my hand in the 3rd round so I couldn’t use my left hand. He got the choke and finished me off.”

Making his Cage Warriors debut, Musardo takes the belt that was recently vacated by Matt Veach. “For 10 years I’ve been working for the belt. Ten years,” Musardo said. “This is the day of my life.”

In the night’s co-main event, Brian Foster returned to the cage for the first time in almost a year, defeating Jack Mason via guillotine choke after 2.15 of Round 1. Foster, who was medically released by the UFC after being diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage in April, said: “I’ve got another fight in the States in two weeks and after that, hopefully the UFC will be calling.”

Earlier in the evening, Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean’s pick for ‘Fight of the Night’ honours didn’t fail to deliver, as Graham Turner narrowly edged out Ashleigh Grimshaw by a split decision in their featherweight clash (29-28, 29-30, 29-28).

A 3rd round onslaught of punches and dominant ground work helped Brad Wheeler to a submission (rear-naked choke) victory in Round 3 over fellow lightweight Kevin Donnelly, while Dayman Lake showed why he’s one of the UK’s top heavyweight prospects by submitting Rab Truesdale via arm-triangle choke after 1.24 of Round 1.

Elsewhere, Steve O’Keeffe secured a swift submission win over Dean Reilly, Neil Seery impressed with a 2nd round KO success against Niko Gjoka and David Howell had too much for Kieran Malone, winning via TKO (elbows) after 2.19 of Round 1.

Meanwhile, there was double cause to celebrate for the MMA Clinic in the night’s two amateur bouts. Adam Brearley defeated Ben Reid via TKO in the 2nd round, before Charlie Watts was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Tye Palmer.

CAGE WARRIORS 44 RESULTS

Ivan Musardo defeated Joseph Duffy via submission (guillotine choke) after 4.25 of Round 4 (vacant CWFC lightweight title bout).
Brian Foster defeated Jack Mason via submission (guillotine choke) after 2.15 of Round 1.
Graham Turner defeated Ashleigh Grimshaw via split decision (29-28, 29-30, 29-28).
Brad Wheeler defeated Kevin Donnelly via submission (rear-naked choke) after 1.51 of Round 3.
Dayman Lake defeated Rab Truesdale via submission (arm-triangle choke) after 1.24 of Round 1.
Steve O’Keeffe defeated Dean Reilly via submission (arm-triangle choke) after 0.54 of Round 1.
Neil Seery defeated Niko Gjoka via KO (strikes) after 4.04 of Round 2.
David Howell defeated Kieran Malone via TKO (elbows) after 2.19 of Round 1.
Amateur: Charlie Watts defeated Tye Palmer via unanimous decision.
Amateur: Adam Brearley defeated Ben Reid via TKO (punches) after 0.32 of Round 2.

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