It was a quick night at the office for the defending champion.
The CW 115 card was headlined by the championship battle between Jack Cartwright (9-0) and Gerardo Fanny (9-2). It took just over two minutes for Cartwright to secure the victory, doing so with style points. The British fighter relocated the action to the floor as soon as the fight started, and after a few scrambles, he locked an arm-triangle choke that forced Fanny to tap. The win was Cartwright’s fifth by submission, and all five have come in the first round.
In the co-main event, former middleweight champ James Webb (8-2-1) clashed with Ultimate Fighting Championship vet Craig White (14-12). “The Thundercat" moved up to the middleweight division, hoping to snap his four-bout skid, but it wasn’t meant to be. After dragging White to the mat, Webb imposed his grappling on his hapless opponent. After landing unloading with heavy ground-and-pound, Webb locked up a slick arm-triangle choke at the 3:24 mark. The former champion is now riding a two-bout win streak, with a revived focus at getting his title back.
At the end of the fight, White left his gloves in the center of the cage, indicating that he was retiring after suffering five consecutive defeats at the hands of fighters like Neil Magny, Diego Sanchez and Webb.
In a 155-pound scrap, Jack Grant (16-5) submitted Yassine Belhadj (6-3) with a tight guillotine choke that ended the contest at the 2:16 mark in the opening stanza.
Earlier on the card, Weslley Maia (6-4) forced Adam Wilson (5-1) to quit on the stool at the end of the first round. The Brazilian battered his British foe with a constant barrage of strikes and vicious leg kicks that hobbled Wilson. In a welterweight affair, Ian Garry (4-0) picked George McManus (2-2) apart with punches and a devastating head kick to force referee intervention at the 3:17 mark of the second round.
The card lost four matches a few hours before starting, mostly due to fighters or their corners testing positive for COVID-19.
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