Erosa looking for Pimblett rematch following controversial ending

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Erosa looking for Pimblett rematch following controversial ending

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Erosa looking for Pimblett rematch following controversial ending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 10236316, 2016

 

TACOMA, Wash. – An exhausted Paddy Pimblett was declared the winner after successfully defending his featherweight championship following a controversial unanimous decision over challenger Julian Erosa in the main event of Cage Warriors: Unplugged.

 

The event took place on November 12 at the BT Sport Studio at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

 

The 21-year-old Pimblett who fights out of Liverpool, England, improved to 13-1 after appearing as the surprising 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 winner on the judge’s card.

 

“Everything was what I thought it would be. I figured he would be aggressive which he was, and I could counter strike,” said Erosa, who defeated Angel Diaz in his professional debut at CageSport 12 in 2010. “I thought I would be able to stop the early takedowns easier, but he's tricky with his length on his takedowns. I knew he would eventually get tired later on in the fight and I could capitalize. Basically, everything that I thought would happen, happened, except for the finish.”

 

Erosa, a two-time CageSport champion and finalist of TUF 22, landed several heavy punches beginning in the second round before taking full momentum of the fight in the third by connecting on a stiff flying knee.

 

The fourth round saw Erosa consistently score with solid punches as he controlled the pace of the fight to the final bell.

 

“I think fighting in front of your own crowd actually puts more pressure on you, so I didn't think much of a home field advantage, until after the decision was read,” Erosa said. “I now know that the only way I could have won was by a finish. They obviously were willing to give it to him no matter how lopsided the fight would be as long as he made it all 5 rounds.”

 

Erosa, who fought on the undercard of UFC 196, which featured Nate Diaz’s victory over Conor McGregor, fell to 16-4.

 

During his post-fight interview, a fatigued Pimblett began vomiting.

 

“He was entirely gassed out on the post-fight interview. He looked surprised by the decision, almost confused, probably due to the amount of damage he took,” Erosa said. “He probably couldn't think straight at that point. He was just happy he had won and that it was over.”

 

Pimblett captured the CWFC Featherweight title by defeating Johnny Frachey by knockout on Sept. 10. The title was previously held by McGregor in 2012.

 

“My next step is to get a rematch and get what's rightfully mine, and not to let him survive the fight,” Erosa said. “Get the finish, get the belt and move to bigger and better things.”

 

Erosa is a two-time CageSport featherweight champion, winning his first title on April 28, 2012. He recaptured the championship on Dec. 13, 2014 before vacating the title earlier this year upon signing a multi fight contract with the UFC.

 

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ABOUT BRIAN HALQUIST

Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company creator of the famed "Battle at the Boat" boxing series promoting more than 19 years and over 100 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “CageSport MMA” nearing more than 50 fights. Brian Halquist Productions has promoted events for ESPN, ShowTime and HBO and featured on Showtime's historic boxing event in St Lucia, West Indies. Brian Halquist Productions has been promoting fights and concerts for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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