Event Review: Cage Warriors 54

American Jesse Taylor retained the Cage Warriors Middleweight title with a devastating display against Swansea's John Phillips.

The main event was held up due to a problem with Phillip's shorts, but when the bout got going Taylor used his wrestling background to his advantage securing an early takedown he quickly landed some sharp blows that saw Phillips cut early, the American turned the screw and claimed the title via guillotine choke in just under three minutes of the first round.

Liverpool's Danny "Hot Chocolate" Roberts was in devastating form as he stopped the tough Swede Diego Gonzalez.

Roberts used his longer reach throughout the first round to out punch his opponent, though when Gonzalez took it to the ground, the Liverpudlian showed great technique to reign in some elbows. Gonzalez who was giving away five inches in height tried to get inside Roberts, but his defence was too good. The Scandinavian fighter again took the fight to ground in round two, but Roberts was quick to get to his feet and the southpaw struck with great speed to floor his opponent and finish the match before the referee stepped in.

Local fighter Lewis Long fought a fantastic tactical fight against Mark Glover to inflict only the second defeat of the Scouser's pro career, throwing good combination punches and kicks to the legs of Glover, who continually proclaimed that he wasn't getting hurt. Long refused to fight on the floor and let his opponent back to his feet to carry out his match plan of fighting stand up, catching Glover on many occasions during the rest of the encounter, with all three judges giving the Welshmen the decision 30 to 27.

Entrance of the evening had to go to Jason Ball , who donned a top hat and mask on his way to fight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger.

The 27 year old Slovakian winning by unanimous decision after three hard fought rounds mainly fought against the cage.

MMA's newest star Brett "The Pikey" Johns is now 7-0-0 following his fantastic performance against Scotland's Jason Macalister.

The Scot tried a flying kick but landed off balance allowing Johns to get the upper hand and land some good blows as they fought the round out on the ground, the Swansea fighter turning the screw towards the end of the round.

The Pikey claimed victory early in the second with a great take down, before showing a new side to his game as he dished out some great punches to force the referee to stop the bout saving Macalister from further punishment.

Cage Warriors coolest performer Martin "Mr Pink" McDonough was again on top form as he defeated Newcastle's Mark Platts in one minute 18 seconds of the second round. The tough Geordie rocked the Welshman with a solid punch in the first, but McDonough recovered and took the fight to ground as he finished the round stronger.

Platts took it down in second, but after getting back to the their feet, a kick from the Tillery Combat fighter knocked him down and McDonough seized his opportunity to win via Rear Naked Choke, his fifth submission on the trot.

Unluckiest fighter of the night was McDonough's team mate Kris "Evil" Edwards who lost on a split decision to Shaj "Superman" Haque after three gruelling rounds, many in the partisan crowd thinking Edwards had done enough to win.

The diminutive South Shields fighter showed great strength as Edwards tried to take it to the ground, but the Englishmen kept the fight upright, as the two grappled against the cage.

In round two Hague showed why he has the "Superman" tag as he threw his opponent to the floor, but allowed him back up to continue the struggle against the cage, Edwards ended the round stronger, landing some elbows as he finally got his opponent to the floor.

In round three, Edwards caught Shaj with a flying knee, before the Englishman took it to ground, the referee stood them back up and the combatants went toe to toe until the end, Haque getting the decision to move to 3-0-0.

Manchester's Matt Inman stopped Frenchman Leon Kenge just a minute over in the third via TKO after the referee stepped in to prevent Kenge receiving anymore punishment.

Inman and Kenge had traded punches and kicks throughout the first two rounds, with one particular flying knee in the second from the Englishman hurting his counterpart. Inman continued to go forward with little resistance from the Frenchman and it was only a matter of time before his dominance gained him victory in the third.

Cardiff's Jamie Rogers defeated Brad Wheeler by split decision in a pulsating encounter at lightweight.Rogers took the first following a good knockdown, after failing to get the finish the fighters went toe to toe trading blows and kicks.

Round two mirrored round one with the fighters toe to toe, this time Wheeler edging it after having Rogers in a triangle for a good ninety seconds he was unable to get the tap before the bell sounded. The third started likewise until Wheeler got a big take down, both fighters gave their all, with Rodgers ending the third on top, and taking it 2-1 in three 29-28 scores.

Seasoned veteran Steve McCombe used all his experience to deny Joe Orrey victory at 139lb catchweight match up.

Orrey had dominated the first two rounds and tried valiantly for a rear naked choke, but the Irishman would not tap. With Orrey two rounds to the good, he was lacking firepower in the third and fell victim to his own tactics as the Irishman claimed victory via a technical submission.

Tillery Combat's Owain Parry came away with a solid victory over the previously unbeaten Rob Leybourne , both fighters went at it from the off with Parry lifting his opponent and taking it to the floor.

Punches and elbows from Parry saw his opponent cut, but he survived to go into round two.Leybourne took his opponent down following a flying kick from the Welshman, but Parry took the offensive and won via a rear naked choke in just over a minute.

Parry's stable-mate Josh Reed received some early punishment from Swansea's Marley Bennett in an amateur match up, getting slammed three times in quick succession, but he used this to his own advantage, getting Bennett to tap out via arm bar in the first round.Swansea's Rory Evans had the quickest win of the evening forcing Kieren Bennett to admit defeat following a rear naked choke after only 56 seconds.

The night's curtain raiser saw Paul Rogers claim victory over George Thomas via armbar in 2minutes 27 seconds of the second. Rogers was unlucky not secure victory in the first, being beaten by the bell as he attempted a triangle.

By Lee Parsons for AddictedMMA.com

Photos by Huw Fairclough, Short & Round Photography

Published by Steve Wickett - Sun, 5 May 2013 21:05

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