Results: CWFC Fight Night 9
In his previous Cage Warriors appearance, Frenchman Gael Grimaud (pictured) lost a hotly-contested five-round decision to Cathal Pendred. Against Bruno Carvalho, he made sure to leave no doubt as to the victor. The bout served as the headlining contest of Cage Warriors Fight Night 9, which took place at King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.
A big Grimaud right hand threatened to end the fight in the opening seconds of the first, flooring Carvalho just moments after the opening bell. A gritty Carvalho crawled back to his feet and looked to answer back. But he wouldn’t have the chance. Grimaud flattened him with another right hand and threatened with additional punches to a wounded Carvalho (15-7), forcing the stoppage at just 45 seconds of the opening frame. Grimaud (19-6) was awarded the knockout win and immediately called for a rematch with Pendred.
In the night’s co-feature, UFC veteran Che Mills looked solid in his middleweight debut, but Faycal Hucin changed all that in one, shining moment. Mills worked an early jab and lead left hook, leading Hucin to bring the fight to the floor. However, Mills moved quickly back to his feet, where he resumed the striking attacks. A Hucin eye-poke briefly slowed things during a timeout, but Mills continued to use the lead hand as his best weapon once the action restarted. Hucin did score another takedown, but Mills was again back to his feet before his opponent could capitalize.
Hucin surprisingly continued to look for the takedown in the second. However, his best moment came when he let his hands go and landed a massive power shot that wobbled Mills and sent him to the floor. Hucin seized the moment to capitalize on his handy-work, pouncing on his opponent. Mills (15-7) slowed things down well from the bottom, but Hucin (10-3) continued to grind away with punches, eventually earning the stoppage due to an accumulation of blows. The end came with 37 seconds left in the second frame.
In a high-paced bantamweight bout, Ronnie Mann earned a solid decision win over a game Marat Pekov. The pair traded strikes on the pocket to open, but Mann found the most success with a strong counter right that scored on a few occasions. He punctuated his performance by taking the fight to the floor and scoring with strikes from the top.
Pekov threatened a guillotine choke to open the second, but it ultimately just left him again on his back. Mann tried to advance position, and Pekov took advantage of the transition by sweeping to the top. Mann remained active from his back and patiently set up a gogoplata. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the finish, and he absorbed a massive barrage of right hands from his standing opponent to finish the round.
Pekov was game to open the third, but Mann took him to the floor and set up on top. With time winding down, he turned out for an armbar and then looked to transition to the triangle choke. Pekov (10-4) survived both efforts and took top position to finish, but it was too late in the frame to truly capitalise. In the end, Mann (23-6-1) was awarded a unanimous-decision win.
In welterweight action, Jack “The Stone” Mason (25-12) overcame a reach disadvantage to earn an impressive stoppage win over Vladimir Opanasenko (11-7). Opanasenko used his lengthy frame to keep Mason at bay to open, before Mason elected to shoot in and bring the fight to the floor. He couldn’t stay busy enough to keep it there, and the round finished on the feet. Mason brought the fight to the floor again in the second, and this time he didn’t waste the opportunity, unloading a bruising barrage of punches and elbows that brought a halt to the fight at the 3:00 mark of the second frame.
In a light-heavyweight matchup, hard-hitting slugger Mohamed Ali (9-5) earned the first submission win of his career with a surprising guillotine-choke over Prince Aounallah (6-3). With Aounallah pressing in against the cage early in the fight, Ali latched in the hold and jumped to guard, squeezing the neck until he got the finish, even with his opponent’s arm in the move. The total process took 65 seconds.
In the night’s first main-card match-up, French featherweight prospect Jean N’Doye (8-1) earned his third consecutive win by stopping Ukrainian Sergey Grechka (8-4) in the third round. N’Doye set the tone from the opening bell, pushing forward as the aggressor with crisp punches and snapping kicks to the legs. As the fight wore on, Grechka looked to answer, but his reliance on single blows left him out-paced by N’Doye, who brought combinations from all angles.
The power of the leg kicks became readily apparent in the final frame, as Grechka buckled several times from the weight of the blows. N’Doye ultimately took advantage of the efforts, bringing the fight to the floor and working immediately to the back and working in a rear-naked choke with 41 seconds left in the fight.
Gael Grimaud def. Bruno Carvalho via KO - Round 1, 0:45
Faycal Hucin def. Che Mills via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:23
Ronnie Mann def. Marat Pekov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jack Mason def. Vladimir Opanasenko via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:00
Mohamed Ali def. Prince Aounallah via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 1:05
Jean N’Doye def. Sergey Grechka via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 4:19
Lee Caers def. Piotr Ptasinski via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:48
Ryan Roddy def. Fernando Gonzalez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul Marin def. Shaj Haque via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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