Video: Liam James v Jean N’Doye
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James carried the tag of underdog into the fight, but after a sensational three rounds of stand-up action, the Englishman took the victory on a split decision.
Reflecting on the tussle, Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said: “This was undoubtedly the fight of the year so far here at Cage Warriors. It had all the ingredients and, although I expected it to be exciting, it really exceeded my expectations.
“If it hadn’t been for an injury last year, N’Doye would have been going into this fight with a lot more hype surrounding him. He’s got some of the best MMA striking I have seen at European level.
“Whether it be lightnting-fast hands, razor-sharp kicks or powerful knees, he’s shown it all and has grabbed the attention of everyone here at Cage Warriors. N’Doye rightly came into the fight as the favourite.
“On paper, Liam James had a good record and some big-show experience, but he was still looking for his first standout win. Although he may not have previously defeated any ranked opposition, he had shown how tough he was having taken both Jay Furness (6-2) and Robert Whiteford (7-1) the distance, as well as only losing by submission to the unbeaten Costas Doru (5-0-1).
“I remember first talking to Liam James before he flew out to the TUF trials and I could sense he had a great spirit. After his outburst online in February when his opponent at Made4TheCage pulled out, I was determined to get him on Cage Warriors because he showed just how seriously he took his career and how keen he was to fight.
“I know a lot of people close to Liam had their doubts about the fight but I think he proved a lot of doubters wrong as he was the first person to take N’Doye out of his comfort zone. He roughed him up and kept him on the back-foot.”
Liam James has now taken his record to 6-3 and his stock has certainly risen, which recently led to him being snapped up by Cage Warriors on a multi-fight deal.
“It was a no-brainer to sign Liam,” added Dean. “That performance woke a lot of people up and he had already received other offers by the time he got back to his hotel. Since the fight Liam has announced he will make the drop to 135lbs, where I think he will be a real threat in both the domestic and European ranks.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him return to the CWFC cage in August. N’Doye will more than likely join him in the bantamweight ranks when he returns to action after injuring his shoulder. I’m excited about seeing how both guys will shake up an already stacked division.”
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