Results: Cage Warriors 51
Conor McGregor made history at Cage Warriors 51 by becoming the first fighter to simultaneously hold two CWFC titles in unified weight classes (Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors).
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CONOR McGregor entered the cage with a confidence that bordered on cockiness, but it proved more than justified as he dominated and embarrassed Ivan Buchinger to win his second Cage Warriors title.
The organisation’s reigning featherweight champion added the vacant lightweight belt to his collection with a highlight-reel knockout of the experienced Slovakian fighter in the main event of Cage Warriors 51.
The New Year’s Eve event took place at The Helix in Dublin, and the main card streamed on MMAJunkie.com following prelims on Facebook.
McGregor (12-2), an Irishman, dazzled the crowd with what was simply a thrilling performance. After entering the cage to a huge reception, he scored an easy takedown and taunted Buchinger (21-4) when standing.
Then, a little more than midway through the round, he dropped Buchinger with a perfectly placed left. Buchinger was out on his feet and slowly fell to the mat. McGregor, who had toyed with his opponent prior to the big punch, could do little but stand and admire his work.
“The Dubin people really get behind me and support me, and I’m just happy to come out here and put a show on for them,” he said.
McGregor, who’s now won eight straight fights all via stoppage (six in the first round), hopes his latest performance garners some attention from the UFC, where he’ll likely find challenges worthy of his obvious talent.
Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (24-9) and his world tour resulted in another belt for his collection; the former UFC fighter and “The Ultimate Fighter 7” runner-up defeated Irish fighter Chris Fields (10-5) on home soil to take the Cage Warriors middleweight title. Taylor needed little more than a round to secure the dominant victory.
Taylor easily scored takedowns, had a stifling top game, and unloaded a steady stream of ground and pound during his wrestling-heavy first round. Then, after catching a front kick early in the second round, he forced the fight to the mat and took Fields’ back.
Fields, who won the title in a bout with Pavel Kusch following Cage Warriors’ injury-plagued middleweight tournament, couldn’t fight off the choke. Taylor, who’s recently fought at welterweight but looked bulked up for his middleweight return, needed to secure just one hook to muscle the tap-out from the deep rear-naked choke. The end came just 66 seconds into the round.
“I’m old school, so I’ll do any weight class,” said Taylor, who made his promotional debut earlier this year. “I can’t do lightweight, but let’s do this.
“I want to fight as soon as possible. If it were up to me, I’d fight everyday. This is my life, my livelihood. ... Maybe one day the UFC will call me. If not, I’m perfectly happy right here.”
In the night’s lone female fight, Katja Kankaanpaa (7-0-1) built on her undefeated record and spoiled the homecoming of fellow 120-pounder Aisling Daly (13-5) via unanimous decision. The Finnish wrestler dominated the action on the mat, threatened with a few submissions, and held her own standing to defeat the Irish fighter via 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 scores.
Jack Mason (22-11) ended a busy 2012 campaign on a winning note and went 5-2 on the year with a grinding unanimous-decision victory over fellow welterweight Florent Betorangal (10-6). The ref issued Mason a questionable one-point deduction in the third round for a headbutt, but despite the point loss, he comfortably took the unanimous-decision victory via 29-27 scores.
In the night’s competitive main-card opener, Paul Redmond (6-3) delivered fellow lightweight Ryan Roddy (5-1) his first career loss with a second-round submission via toehold. Redmond grabbed the hold when his opponent attempted butterfly guard on a takedown attempt. After the victory, which moved him to 3-0 in the promotion, Redmond was rewarded with a new five-fight Cage Warriors contract.
James Brum (11-2), who was recently named CWFC Fighter of the Year, made it four Cage Warriors wins out of four in 2012 with a unanimous decision win over the impressive Moktar Benkaci (8-4) on the prelims.
In a thrilling three-round battle, Tommy Quinn (5-1) edged out fellow Irishman Philip Mulpeter (5-3) by majority decision in what was a strong contender for ‘Fight of the Night’.
The Facebook prelims began with a clinical win for Henry Fadipe (5-4) at the expense of Charlie Watts (3-1). The Nigerian middleweight dropped the previously unbeaten Englishman early before following up with a flurry of strikes to earn the first-round stoppage.
Conor McGregor defeats Ivan Buchinger by KO (punch) after 3.40 of the first round – McGregor wins the vacant CWFC lightweight title.
Jesse Taylor defeats Chris Fields by submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:09 of the second round – Taylor becomes new CWFC middleweight champion.
Katja Kankaanpaa defeats Aisling Daly by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Jack Mason defeats Florent Betorangal by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
Paul Redmond defeats Ryan Roddy by submission (toehold) after 2:14 of the second round.
James Brum def. Moktar Benkaci by unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Tommy Quinn def. Philip Mulpeter by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29).
Henry Fadipe def. Charlie Watts by TKO (strikes) after 1:09 of the first round.
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