“The Apocalypse” has come for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s flyweight division.
The CW 114 main event featured Samir Faiddine (11-7) putting his 125-pound title on the line against Luke Shanks (7-1). The defending champion looked competitive in the first round, but things went downhill quickly. By the second frame, Shanks exposed all Faiddine’s gaps in his takedown defense. From there, “The Apocalypse” took his opponent down practically at will, where he mauled Faiddine with relentless ground-and-pound. This strategy repeated itself throughout the remaining rounds without mercy. After one of the most one-sided fights in Cage Warriors history, Shanks was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scorecards tallying astounding 50-41, 50-42 and 50-45 scores.
The co-main event came as a flyweight clash between Jake Hadley (6-0) and Shaj Haque (10-5). From the opening bell, Haque pushed his opponent across the cage and seemed to prevail in the grappling exchanges. Shortly after the 4:00 mark, “The White Kong” landed a violent head kick that shook Haque before taking his opponent on the ground. In top position, Hadley smashed up "Superman" with a barrage of punches. The referee called the end of the bout at the 4:43 mark. Given his impressive winning streak, Hadley might have earned a crack at the belt that Shanks earned later that night.
In a welterweight affair, Mateusz Figlak (4-1) submitted Madars Bertholds-Fleminas (7-2) via rear-naked choke at the 1:15 mark of the opening stanza. Figlak took his opponent down, put in the hooks, and forced his opponent to tap for the first time in his career. Earlier that night, Mateusz’s brother Michal Figlak (3-0) thrashed Oban Elliott (3-1) as he forced a stoppage due to strikes in the third round.
Elsewhere on the first card of “The Trilogy,” Aaron Khalid (10-5-1) rendered Mick Stanton (6-5) unconscious in under 30 seconds after locking a vicious anaconda choke. Finally, Adam Amarasinghe (6-2) took home a unanimous decision over Coner Hignett (8-6) in their flyweight encounter.
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