Mason Jones can now call himself a two-division champion in Cage Warriors.
The reigning lightweight king defeated Adam Proctor via technical knockout to claim the vacant 170-pound strap in the Cage Warriors 116 main event at BEC Arena in Manchester, England, on Saturday. Jones (10-0) brought a halt to the contest with a series of unanswered punches to the side of his opponent’s head 4:31 into Round 1.
“They look good on my shoulders,” Jones said of the belts. “Everyone knew I could do this. I knew I could get him out of there early, and I showed that.”
Jones ignored a visible size discrepancy to draw Proctor (12-2) into a fire fight. Although Proctor was able to sting the Welshman with long, rangy strikes on occasion, “The Dragon” landed the most significant blows of the bout. He dropped Proctor with a left during an early exchange and followed his man to the canvas, unloading with ground-and-pound in pursuit of the finish. Proctor was able to maintain his composure and work his way back up, but he was living on borrowed time.
Shortly thereafter, Jones floored Proctor again with another left hand. Jones then threatened a back take before softening his foe with four or five vicious elbows from above. Jones continued the onslaught from there, pounding away with right hands on his reeling foe. Proctor did his best to cover up, but Jones landed nearly 25 unanswered blows before referee Marc Goddard decided he had seen enough and halted the bout.
After the victory, Jones delivered a message to UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby.
“Find the biggest, deadliset lightweight monster you can find, and I’ll go out there and dismantle him,” Jones said.
Paul Hughes remained undefeated in the evening’s co-main event, submitting Aidan Stephen in the third round of a featherweight showdown. The Fight Academy Ireland representative forced the tapout at the 4:21 mark of the period for his sixth finish in as many professional appearances.
Hughes (6-0) worked his way to back mount late in Round 3, and he flattened Stephen out while threatening with the rear-naked choke. To his credit, Stephen resisted the initial attempts, but Hughes remained persistent, locking in a body triangle to apply even more pressure. When Stephen rose to his knees, Hughes slid his right arm under his foe’s neck with a tight palm-to-palm grip, eliciting the tapout in a matter of seconds.
In earlier main card action: Kieran Lister (6-0-1) took a unanimous verdict (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) over Tom Mearns (6-5) at lightweight; Sam Creasey (12-3) outpointed (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Nicolas Leblond (4-3) in a flyweight tilt and Jordan Vucenic (6-1) edged Steve Aimable (14-8) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at featherweight.
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