Thousands of fans descended on Liverpool’s Echo Arena for Cage Warriors 90: one of the promotion’s wildest and most entertaining events in recent years, to see Molly McCann crowned champion and Paddy Pimblett return in spectacular fashion.
The main card opened up with the return of Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett in a redemption fight against one of Greece’s fastest rising stars, Alexis Savvidis. The first round began with a technical scramble between the two lightweights, and it soon became clear that we were watching two of the best grapplers on the continent go head to head. In the first five minutes, both Pimblett and Savvidis tried for consecutive submission attempts which had fans on the edge of their seat until the closing bell. Round two saw Pimblett jump feet into the air to secure a flying triangle, and finished the fight there and then. The Baddy is back, and he looked better than ever.
Second up was a heavyweight contest between Liverpool’s Shawn Kenny and Austria’s Ruben Wolf. Heavy hands were landed by both men, with Wolf eventually overpowering Kenny and securing the submission a few minutes into the second round. If this showing was anything to go by, the Cage Warriors heavyweight division is back strong and gaining momentum fast!
The third main card fight of the night saw Alexander Jacobsen drop Lawrence Fitzpatrick with a huge shot just seconds into the very first round. Fitzpatrick did his best to defend Jacobsen’s following onslaught, but it was too little too late for the Liverpudlian as the Norwegian finished the job in 14 seconds flat.
Cage Warriors 90’s main event was a history-maker. Molly McCann, after a hard-fought first round which saw both women swing toe-to-toe to the roar of the Echo Arena’s crowd, finished Bryony Tyrell via TKO in the second. If there was any doubts as to McCann’s potential, they were extinguished in that instant. McCann strapped her newly earned belt around her waist and celebrated in front of thousands of adoring fans. This was the first ever women’s flyweight title to be earned in Cage Warriors history.
Cage Warriors have entered 2018 with a statement. What a night it’s been for European MMA.
Cage Warriors 90 results
Andreas Tricomitis defeated Mark Kinsella via spilt decision
Bobby "The Body Snatcher" Pallett defeated Dillon Manning via submission
Matthew Bonner defeated Mick Stanton via technical submission
Elliot Jenkins defeated Josh Abraham via submission
Paddy Pimblett defeated Alexis Savvidis via submission
Ruben Wolf defeated Shawn Kenny via Submission
Alexander Jacobsen defeated Lawrence Fitzpatrick via TKO (punches)
Molly McCann defeated Bryony Tyrell via TKO (punches)