New Champions Soren Bak, Jonas Billstein Claim Divisional Crowns at Cage Warriors 96

By Tudor Leonte Sep 1, 2018


Two new champions were crowned Saturday in Liverpool, England, at Cage Warriors 96.

Soren Bak showed a glacial calm and survived a tight rear-naked choke for the majority of the first round. After the opening period was dominated by Paddy Pimblett, who was attempting to become a two-division Cage Warriors champ, Bak started to feel more comfortable in the cage. The fighter from Denmark went on to win the vacant lightweight title with a sold unanimous decision (48-44, 48-45, 48-46).



In the co-main event of the evening, German-born Jonas Billstein defeated local hero Mick Stanton to win the vacant middleweight belt. Billstein should have faced Lee Chadwick, who was stripped of his 185-pound strap at yesterday’s weigh-in after failing to make weight.

Stanton took the fight on one-day notice and moved up a weight division and was submitted via rear-naked choke at 3:23 of the first round.



Also on Saturday, Jack Grant smashed Aleksi Mantykivi thanks to his crisp left hand at 4:03 of the very first round; former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight contender Nicolas Dalby submitted Italy’s Roberto Allegretti via rear-naked choke at 0:50 of the second stanza; Tim Barnett and Matthew Bonner fought to a majority draw with scores of 28-27, 28-28 and 28-28.

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