Cage Warriors Fighting Championship sailed through the second of the three back-to-back events, which went down on Dec. 11.
In the main event of CW 118, Nathias Frederick (9-2-1) defended his 185-pound championship by rendering Jamie Richardson (9-6) unconscious. “Notorious” put Richardson on high alert after the beginning of the match, dropping “Young Gun” with one of his haymakers. After Richardson recovered, Frederick attempted to land with his punches more and more, but he looked unstable on his feet as if he was sliding on the canvas. Strangely, Richardson didn’t have the same issue, and right before the end of the round, he took “Notorious” down from where he limited himself to control without doing any real damage.
The second stanza saw Frederick sliding again as he was looking for the right shot to end the fight. The turning point of the contest arrived a few seconds into the third round when “Notorious” stung Richardson with a head kick. Frederick pressed forward and blasted his opponent with a devastating two-punch combination that put Richardson down for the count. The official end came 18 seconds into the third round.
The co-main event saw Leonardo Damiani (9-2-1) edge Aaron Khalid (10-6-1) after a hard-fought welterweight battle. The Italian fighter took the fight on short notice but dropped Khalid early in the fight. After Khalid recovered from the shot, he unsuccessfully attempted to impose his wrestling over “Puppy.” The second round brought furious action as Damiani threw bombs while trying to defend himself from the Welshman’s various submission attempts, before “King” nailed his opponent with a spinning back fist to nearly finish the fight. The final frame saw “Puppy” repeatedly block all the takedown attempts coming Khalid, forcing a stalemate. When it came to reading the scorecards, two judges sided with Damiani, while the third scored it for Khalid, giving Damiani the surprising split decision win.
In some middleweight action, Matthew Bonner (8-6-1) spoiled the return of Matt Inman (20-11) following Inman’s three-year hiatus. “The Beast” and Inman fought for all three rounds, exchanging hard blows with neither man backing down. After the dust settled, the judges rewarded Bonner with a unanimous decision victory after two scores of 30-27 and one of 29-28.
Elsewhere, Madars Bertholds-Fleminas (8-2) won a unanimous decision over Mick Stanton (6-6) at welterweight. In a 163-pound catchweight affair, Declan McAleenan (7-3) tapped out the heavy Adam Ventre (8-5) with a rear-naked choke 73 seconds in the second round.
In earlier preliminary action, bantamweight Liam Gittins (6-1) bounced back from his first loss to submit Josh Reed (10-5) with a triangle choke at the 68-second mark of Round 2; Steve Aimable (15-8) snapped a three-bout skid by knocking out Tom Mearns (6-6) with a barrage of strikes 2:12 into the first round at a 150-pound catchweight; Ben Ellis (3-0) stayed undefeated by taking a unanimous verdict over Kingsley Crawford (5-3) in the featherweight division; and Nathan Fletcher (4-0) tapped out Leigh Mitchell (3-1) with a rear-naked choke at 4:18 of the second round in their bantamweight scrap.
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