Results: Cage Warriors 62
If UFC veteran Curt Warburton was looking to send a message to the lightweights in his new home at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, he might have done it.
Warburton tore right through Wesley Murch for a standing rear-naked choke victory just 49 seconds into the fighter’s main event at Cage Warriors 62 at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Warburton’s quick finish was one of four first-round stoppages on Saturday’s main card.
Warburton shot in immediately and took Murch to the canvas. He went after his back and got it without any problem. Murch got back to his feet, but Warburton stayed on him with a body triangle. Murch had to support Warburton’s full weight on his back while defending the choke, but Warburton was relentless. He got the choke in, squeezed, and Murch had to tap.
The end came just 49 seconds into the fight, and Warburton ran across the cage and jumped up top to celebrate in front of the Newcastle fans. The fight was elevated to main-event status when a flyweight title fight between champion Neil Seery and UFC vet Ulysses Gomez was scrapped on Friday after Gomez had to be hospitalized while trying to cut weight.
“I was so focused,” Warburton said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself for this fight. I dug in deep. I’m pleased to get off to a good start for Cage Warriors. I knew (the choke) was getting deeper and deeper, and once it was on, that was it.”
Warburton said the promotion’s lightweight division is strong, and that’s why he came on board to make a run at a title: “It’s stacked, and that’s why I signed with them. They’re the best promotion about.” Warburton (13-4) is quickly back in the win column following a September TKO loss. Murch (13-7) had a four-fight winning streak snapped in his Cage Warriors debut.
In 32 fights, Olivier Pastor had never been submitted. That streak moved to 33 on Saturday, despite Chris Fishgold doing plenty to try to end it. Then Fishgold (10-0) had to survive a third-round rally from Pastor (18-15) to take home a unanimous decision.
Fishgold did solid work on the ground in the first round, fending off some of Pastor’s submission attempts from his back. Although Pastor got back to his feet, Fishgold drove forward and dropped him back to the canvas, where he stayed relentless at the grind.
It was more of the same in the second, as Fishgold again landed a takedown. He then had to worry briefly about Pastor’s hopes for a submission. But Fishgold took his back with well more than four minutes left, and he went after a neck crank, then got his arm under the chin for a rear-naked choke. He had it in deep, but Pastor stripped his hands off to avoid tapping. Pastor got out with a minute left, but couldn’t get much done despite a couple of body kicks and a rolling wheel kick.
Pastor tried to turn the tables in the third, and he got Fishgold to the canvas turtled up, where he tried to land ground and pound. Fishgold scrambled back to his feet, but ate a knee and a kick. Pastor briefly had a guillotine choke, but Fishgold escaped with more than half the round left. He took a deep breath, then proceeded to eat a few more punches from the 41-year-old Pastor, who is 20 years older than Fishgold. But Fishgold survived the round and got the unanimous decision based on his big first two rounds. Fishgold took home a trio of 29-28 scores from the judges to stay unbeaten.
Richie Knox (3-1) wanted to give his home Newcastle fans a show, and he did. But then Karl Moore (4-0) pulled a little something out of his back pocket at just the right time. The two tied up early, but Knox landed a pair of knees too low on Moore. On the restart, Knox came out swinging, but it was Moore who landed some solid kicks. Not long after, it was Moore’s turn to land low, and Knox got a chance to walk it off. When they got back at it, Knox landed nicely with a left. Moore countered, but Knox’s output started to build up as he went from body to head and back again. But then, out of nowhere, when it looked as if Moore was about to be finished along the cage, he threw a big left hand that dropped Knox. One punch more on the ground was enough for referee Rich Mitchell to shut things down at the 2:36 mark of the first.
Tommy Quinn made his hometown fans happy in a big way. Quinn (6-1) and Dan Hope (10-6) scrapped early, trading back and forth both at distance and in tight with dirty boxing. But neither fighter seemed to take a distinct advantage through the opening five minutes. But in the second, Quinn started strong and put together several big combinations in close. He hurt Hope and crumpled him. Then, sensing he was ready to be finished, he started piling the punches on. With Hope up against the fence, he hit him repeatedly until he hit the canvas. The referee gave Hope opportunities to survive, but finally had to jump in and pull Quinn off after dozens of unanswered blows. The end came 83 seconds into the second.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it finish, Ian Entwistle (9-1) dodged a right hand from Liam James (8-6), made a crazy entry to a takedown, latched on to James’ right leg, and that was all she wrote. Just 24 seconds into the fight, Entwistle had a masterful heel-hook submission over James, who looked as surprised as anyone at what happened – and how quickly things were over. Entwistle jumped onto the cage to celebrate, even as the crowd in James’ hometown sat stunned, as well.
Alex Enlund (9-2) made quick work of Danny Lawson (8-4) to open the main card. Enlund looked for a throw early and got it. He went to work on top, then when Lawson got back to his feet, he slammed him back again. Lawson tried to control Enlund’s hands to keep him from the choke. But Enlund kept at it and got a body triangle with more than three minutes left in the round. He gave it up briefly and landed punches, but then flattened Lawson out and sank in a rear-naked choke to get the finish at the 2:46 mark of the fight.
Complete Cage Warriors 62 results:
Curt Warburton def. Wesley Murch via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:49
Chris Fishgold def. Olivier Pastor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karl Moore def. Richie Knox via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:36
Tommy Quinn def. Dan Hope via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:23
Ian Entwistle def. Liam James via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 0:24
Alex Enlund def. Danny Lawson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:46
Ronan McKay def. Leeroy Barnes via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 2:56
Laura Howarth def. Emma Delaney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Martin Sheridan def. Jordan Desborough via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 4:21
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz def. Kerry Hughes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Shaj Haque def. Mark Connor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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