Results: Cage Warriors 70
Joseph Duffy hadn’t fought a professional MMA bout in nearly three years, but in a return fight that headlined Cage Warriors 70, it didn’t really show.
The Irish lightweight delighted his fellow countrymen with two rounds of solid striking, which was no doubt aided by his recent pro-boxing career, before returning to his MMA roots and tapping out Damien Lapilus with a third-round rear-naked choke.
Duffy proved the crisper striker early in the fight, and he controlled the octagon while working from the center and forcing Lapilus to circle the perimeter. The Irishman mixed in some effective body shots in the second round, which also saw Lapilus briefly wobbled with a clean shot.
In the final round, Duffy capitalized on a trip to the mat and quickly took his opponent’s back and secured his hooks. Despite working with limited space against the cage, Duffy got the position he needed and locked in his arm under the Frenchman’s chin. Lapilus was then forced to tap out from the choke.
Duffy (11-1), the last man to beat current UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, now owns 10 stoppages in 11 career wins. Lapilus (9-4-1), meanwhile, snaps a five-fight unbeaten streak.
In the night’s co-headliner, lightweight Alexis Savvidis (8-2), a 19-year-old Greek prospect who’s fought 10 times in 19 months as a pro, came out aggressively, but he also proved a bit wild and careless during frantic attacks of strikes and submissions. The savvy Paul Redmond (10-4), though, was ready.
After eventually taking control of the first round with takedowns and ground and pound, Redmond got his opportunity in the second. While on his back following a scramble, he simply grabbed his standing opponent’s ankle, forced him to the mat, and then locked on a toehold.
Savvidis tried to fight back with one of his own, but Redmond got the grip and torqued the submission, forcing a tap-out at the 1:01 mark of the second round. Redmond, fighting in his home country, has now won two straight and has nine stoppages in 10 career wins.
In a thrilling featherweight bout, 2-1 underdog Artem Lobov (10-10), nicknamed “The Prospect Killer,” was nearly pounded out by Andrew Fisher (12-7-1) in the first round. However, he rallied to even up the fight through two rounds and then score a TKO stoppage in the final second of the final round. Lobov unloaded a barrage of punches on his kneeling opponent to force the referee’s intervention.
In light-heavyweight action, Karl Moore (5-0) and Lloyd Clarkson (8-8) engaged in a 15-minute slugfest that left both badly bloodied. In the end, though, Moore, who proved the crisper and busier fighter and dominated the early action, earned the unanimous-decision victory via 30-27, 30-25 and 30-25 scores.
In the day’s lone flyweight bout, Paul Marin (8-4) earned a hard-fought and entertaining decision win over Andy Young (6-6). The duo received a standing ovation following the back-and-forth bout, but Marin ultimately earned the unanimous decision via 29-28 scores across the board.
In the night’s main-card opener, bantamweight Dean Garnett (7-0) was the first to claim one of Cage Warriors’ new $2,000 rare-finish bonuses after tapping out Martin Sheridan (7-6) with an inverted heel hook. He almost earned a second one for finishing an opponent in 60 seconds or less.
Joseph Duffy def. Damien Lapilus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:18
Paul Redmond def. Alexis Savvidis via submission (toehold) – Round 2, 1:01
Artem Lobov def. Andrew Fisher via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:59
Karl Moore def. Lloyd Clarkson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
Paul Marin def. Andy Young via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dean Garnett def. Martin Sheridan via submission (inverted heel hook) – Round 1, 1:02
Peter Queally def. Konrad Iwanowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tommy McCafferty def. Dean Reilly via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:56
Ryan Roddy def. Louis Chapman via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:03
Catherine Costigan def. Noelia Molina via technical submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:14
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