This past Saturday
Cage Warriors returned to the Echo Arena in Liverpool to host their Academy show. Cage Warriors Academy showcases all the latest up and coming international talent within the world of mixed martial arts – Cage Warriors Academy is seen as a stepping-stone into the professional ranks with the hopes that upcoming talent transition into Cage Warriors once they turn professional.
Fighting on the card was Wales’
Josh Roberts as he took on Ireland’s Mark Gallivan for the CWA Welterweight title. England’s Mark Smith took on Kacper Zasada for the 145lb title and Liam Gittins looked to defend his 125lb title to John Hughes.
Also on the card was a professional bout between England’s
Mathew Bonner and Ireland’s James Sheehan who was making his pro debut. Full Results: Prelims Lightweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Sean Alpin def. Martin Hunt – R2 – Submission (Guillotine Choke) Bantamweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Jamie Small def. Michael Mulvenna – R1 – KO Catchweight Bout (130lb) – 3×3 Minute Rounds Lewis Morcel def. Liam McCracken – Split Decision Flyweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Fran Breen def. Bobby Rice-White – Unanimous Decision Lightweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Marcus Lewis def. Danny Lyons – R1 – KO (Head Kick) Flyweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Marlon Jones def. Ciaran Heaney – R1 – TKO (Ground & Pound) Welterweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Liam O’Shaughnessy def. Tayler Williams – Split Decision Welterweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Robin Roos def. Jimmy Manders – Majority Decision Lightweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Ben Ellis def. Connor Hughes – Unanimous Decision Catchweight Bout (121lb) – 3×3 Minute Rounds Danni Neilan def. Beckie Ainscough – R2 – TKO (Ground & Pound) Featherweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Luke Crossland def. Damien Firth – R2 – TKO Lightweight Bout – 3×3 Minute Rounds Constantin Blanita def. Chris Green – Unanimous Decision Main Card Cage Warriors Academy Weltweright Title Bout – 5×3 Minute Rounds Mark Gallivan def. Josh Roberts – R1 – Submission (Triangle Choke) Cage Warriors Academy Featherweight Title Bout – 5×3 Minute Rounds Mark Smith def. Kacper Zasada – Split Decision Co-Main Event – Cage Warriors Academy Flyweight Title Bout – 5×3 Minute Rounds Liam Gittins def. John Hughes – Unanimous Decision Main Event – Welterweight Bout – 3×5 Minute Rounds Mathew Bonner def. James Sheehan – Unanimous Decision
Overall the event was a great success and there are many fighters who have a very bright futures ahead of them in the sport of mixed martial arts.
MMAThread Fight of the night Liam Gittins vs John Hughes – Gittins put on a hell of a showing against a very game John Hughes. Gittins is still very young and has many years ahead of him – Gittins has stated his intentions of having one more amateur fight before turning professional.
Gittins and Hughes went to war exchanging heavy blows throughout the fight, it was Gittins who landed the cleaner crisper shots earning himself the victory.
Check out the five round war below