Results: Cage Warriors 57
Paul Daley looked as sharp as ever in a first-round stoppage of Polish contender Lukasz Chlewicki (10-3-1) tonight at Cage Warriors 57. The bout served as the show’s main event, which took place at Echo Arena at Liverpool, England.
Daley (33-12-2) took the center of the cage early, but Chlewicki showed no signs of fear, as he fired off punches from the outside. Daley countered with powerful kicks to the legs and body and successfully defended a takedown when he missed on a high kick.
Daley continued to press as the pair moved into the clinch, and powerful punches and knees to the body saw Chlewicki reel from the pain. Elbows inside opened up a cut on Chlewicki’s head, and he proceeded to absorbed blow after blow while somehow lasting until the bell. Unfortunately for him, it wouldn’t matter, as the fight was waved off by the doctor from the nasty gash.
In the night’s co-feature, England’s Danny Roberts (9-1) earned a third-round submission win over gritty Irishman Henry Fadipe (5-6-1), who took the fight on just two-days’ notice.
Roberts opened with snapping leg kicks as the southpaws felt out the range. A patient Fadipe just walked forward to start but proved his danger when he finally came out of his shell late in the frame. Roberts answered with a powerful takedown, setting the tone for what would prove his best offense.
In the second round, Roberts ducked into an early knee, opening up a huge gash on his forehead. With blood pouring out of Roberts’ head, he drove in for a takedown. Fadipe looked for a guillotine choke but eventually just let go, perhaps realising it wasn’t going to come.
After an intense scramble, the two returned to the feet, even as blood continued to freely flow. Roberts shot in for a takedown, and he pounded away for the remainder of the frame, even as Fadipe looked for options from his back.
Roberts scored another takedown to open the third, but Fadipe first tried a head-and-arm choke before rolling to a leg. Roberts survived them both and scrambled to mount. He moved to the back on a smooth transition and locked in a rear-naked choke. With blood streaming down his face, he squeezed hard, and Fadipe was forced to tap.
Following a six-fight stint in Bellator that netted mixed results, bantamweight Ronnie Mann (22-6-1) returned to England in impressive fashion with a first-round stoppage of Jose Luis Zapater (17-10).
Mann looked sharp from the start, scoring with sharp counterstrikes and frustrating his smaller foe. As his comfort level grew, Mann began to mix in powerful knee strikes, as well, and they began to take their toll. Rocked by such a blow, Zapater crumpled to the floor, and Mann pounced with strikes until he earned the finish at the 3:19 mark of the first frame.
Frenchman Norman Paraisy (12-3-2) bounced back from a June draw against Chris Fields with an effective approach to controlling a game Leeroy Barnes (12-11). Barnes was the aggressor to open, taking the center and staying the busier man. Paraisy responded by taking the fight to the floor and dominating positioning for the remainder of the frame.
In the second, the pace was again high, and Barnes actually threatened with a guillotine choke. When Paraisy popped his head out, the match was stopped to check some blood on his face. The fight carried on, and the two immediately went back to work. Barnes again impressed with his aggression, but Paraisy again took the fight to the floor. Play was halted for him to be warned for both raking his fingers across his opponent’s face, as well as illegally head-butting while on the floor.
The pattern continued in the third, with Paraisy taking the fight to the floor after an initial scramble and controlling the positioning for the remainder of the frame. He avoided any point deductions and was awarded the unanimous-decision win, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
In a 174-pound catchweight contest, wrestling specialist Ali Arish (20-2) – who took the fight on just one week’s notice – struggled to take Jack Mason (24-12) to the floor, leading to a rather moderate pace on the feet. Arish kept his hands low in a traditional wrestling stance but still found opportunities to land powerful punches. Meanwhile, Mason did his best sprawl-and-brawl work while defending takedowns and looking to rattle off strikes.
In the end, the fight went the full 15 minutes and remained very tight throughout. A few late takedowns proved key for Arish, and he was awarded a unanimous-decision win.
In the night’s first main-card contest, unbeaten featherweight Chris Fishgold (9-0) kept his perfect mark intact with an impressive win over Polish prospect Marcin Wrzosek (6-2). After some back-and-forth action in the opening frame, Fishgold took the action to the floor quickly in the second, established dominant positioning and pounded out his opponent for the TKO finish at the 3:31 mark of the second.
Paul Daley def. Lukasz Chlewicki via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) - Round 1, 5:00
Danny Roberts def. Henry Fadipe via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 3:34
Ronnie Mann def. Jose Luis Zapater via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:19
Norman Paraisy def. Leeroy Barnes via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ali Arish def. Jack Mason via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Fishgold def. Marcin Wrzosek via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 3:31
Matt Inman def. Mohsen Bahari via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 0:44
Saul Rogers def. Jason Cooledge via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:23
Steve Dinsdale def. Dan Rushworth via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryan Creighton def. Mark Connor via submission (D’arce choke) - Round 2, 3:20
Mick Gerrard def. Leon Pierre via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:55
Dean Reilly def. Mick Kay via knockout (strikes) - Round 1, 0:22
Photo: Danny Roberts and Henry Fadipe in action (Gavin Morris/Cage Warriors)
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