Cage Warriors Fighting Championship crowned a new featherweight title holder in its third and final event of the “Trilogy Strikes Back” series on Saturday at York Hall in London.
In the main event of Cage Warriors 119, Morgan Charriere (16-7-1) locked horns with Perry Goodwin (10-8) for the vacant featherweight belt. “The Last Pirate” started testing Goodwin’s chin with heavy combinations as soon as the fight began, but it was Charriere’s kicks that impacted his opponent the most. A few minutes into the contest, Goodwin was already bearing the marks of his opponent’s shots.
In the second stanza, Charriere involuntarily hit Goodwin with a low blow. After recovering from it, “The Predator” took some severe punishment to his lead leg before Charriere took him down. Goodwin tried a guillotine choke, but the Frenchman defended it well. The third round saw Charriere open a cut over Goodwin’s left eye. A few seconds later, “The Last Pirate” hit Goodwin’s liver hard, and the British fighter immediately dropped on the canvas. Charriere managed to land a last follow-up punch on a crouching opponent before the referee stepped in to stop the contest at the 1:25 mark of Round 3.
The co-main event featured a 155-pound championship affair between Jack Grant and CW newcomer Agy Sardari. The contenders took their time to study each other’s reactions, stinging one another with leg kicks in the opening rounds. Starting the second stanza, the challenger started growing in confidence as Grant’s bore the marks of Sardari’s kicks.
In the championship rounds, “The Wolverine” imposed his wrestling over an exhausted Grant. The British fighter looked for a heel hook and an omoplata, but it was to no avail. Eventually, “The Wolverine” took home a split decision. The scorecards read 49-46, 48-47 in favor of Sardari, and 48-47 in favor of Grant.
Elsewhere, Jordan Vucenic (7-1) stopped the hype train for Paul Hughes (6-1) after edging his opponent thanks to a narrow decision at the end of a featherweight barnburner. Hughes proved to be the most skilled fighter on the ground, but Vucenic looked to have an edge over his opponent on the feet. Eventually, two of the judges rewarded “The Academic” with the victory, while the third judge gave it to Hughes.
In a 170-pound affair, Ian Garry (5-0) mauled Lawrence Tracey (5-5) in the opening stanza with a sequence of vicious unanswered punches and elbows that forced the referee to stop the action at the 4:02 mark. Earlier that night, Joe McColgan (7-3-1) handed Kieran Lister (7-1-1) his first career defeat in their lightweight encounter. “The SBG Hunter” cracked Lister with a right uppercut and finished him off with a few follow-up punches. The official time indicated 4:47 into Round 1.
On the preliminary card, Will Currie (5-0) stayed undefeated by taking a unanimous verdict over Dario Bellandi (2-1) in a 192-pound catchweight matchup and Christian Duncan (2-0) smashed Lukasz Marcinkowski (4-3) after landing a highlight-reel spinning heel kick followed by a few punches at the 1:00 mark of Round 1 in the middleweight division.