Cage Warriors 63 took place last in Dublin’s Helix arena for it’s now annual New Year’s Eve show, and unsurprisingly the event did not disappoint.
With two world title fights on the card, some incredible up and coming local talent as well as a fantastic display of Cage Warriors’ revamped women’s MMA division for all to see, the promotion once again showed why it is Europe’s leading MMA organization.
Buchinger sends Scots home unhappy taking the title from Ray
In the main event, reigning CWFC lightweight champion Stevie Ray (14-5) was unsuccessful in his first title defence since he won the belt vacated by Conor McGregor, losing by submission against Slovakian Ivan Buchinger (25-4) in the fourth round.
Buchinger, who himself lost on this very same show last New Year’s Eve in Dublin against Conor McGregor for the strap, looked a class apart in the grappling department, though Ray held his own, and was arguably ahead on the scorecards going into the fourth round.
With a massive Scottish contingent present cheering on Ray in the hours even before his fight, Ray wasn’t short of motivation or support, but it wasn’t to be. In the fourth round Buchinger outclassed the Scotsman on the mat, latching on the rear naked choke for the win and to take the CWFC lightweight championship.
UFC vet Maguire wins controversial decision over “The Honeybadger”
In the night’s co-main event, Dublin’s Philip “The Honeybadger” Mulpeter (6-3) took on recently cut UFC veteran John Maguire (19-6) and while the SBG Ireland man looked to have upset Maguire after three rounds of action, it was Maguire who took the decision, 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards.
The first round was dominated by Mulpeter, with the second up for contention though it was thought Maguire’s passive nature cost him the round. But it was the third round were Maguire came out all guns blazing, having the most dominant round of the fight, and ultimately doing enough in eyes of the judges to take the decision.
Alers dominates Turner to defend the featherweight title
In the most dominating performance of the night, CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers (12-1) thoroughly outclassed a hapless Graham Turner (23-8) in defending his recently won title.
Alers dominated the fight on the feet and on the ground, even performing a classy sweep after Turner got a takedown in the challenger’s only real moment of the fight.
The win extends Alers’ perfect record under the Cage Warriors banner to five wins out of five, and snaps Turner’s five-fight winning streak, handing him his first loss with Cage Warriors.
Redmond goes to sleep as Teodorczuk extends win streak
In one of the most hotly anticipated bouts of the evening, top Irish prospect Paul “Redser” Redmond (8-4) took on Mateusz Teodorczuk (11-2) in what turned out to somewhat of a grappling clinic.
With Redmond arguably edging the first round, it was Teodorczuk who had the final say in the second round. After some scrambles, he latched on the Anaconda choke, and it stayed latched on until Redmond was put to sleep, forcing the ref to stop the fight.
The outcome extended Teodorczuk’s winning streak to nine wins, and snaps Redmond’s three-fight streak in Cage Warriors.
Irish WMMA pioneer Daly makes triumphant return to the cage
In the final of three women’s MMA fights on the card, 26 year old Aisling “Ais the Bash” Daly (14-5) had an impressive showing after a year-long hiatus from the cage against Karla Benitez (11-6).
Daly’s strength has always been her Brazilian jiu-jitsu and she wasted no time taking the fight where she wanted, charging at Benitez with strikes to close the distance before taking her down. Daly survived a dangerous looking armbar attempt though, before bringing the fight back to the feet.
Once there, controversy ensued as Benitez was docked two points for an illegal 12 to 6 elbow. Daly could have rested on her laurels and played it safe but didn’t, and kept going for the finish. In the second round she got her wish, winning the fight with her 7th career submission with an armbar.
- CWFC Lightweight Title – Ivan Buchinger def. Steven Ray via submission (rear naked choke) in the 4th round
- John Maguire def. Philip Mulpeter via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- CWFC Featherweight Title – Jim Alers def. Graham Turner via submission (north-south choke) in the 2nd round
- Mateusz Teodorczuk def. Paul Redmond via technical submission (anaconda choke) in the 2nd round
- Aisling Daly def. Karla Benitez via submission (armbar) in the 2nd round
- Sean Carter def. Myles Price via submission (triangle choke) in the 1st round
- Catherine Costigan def. Morgane Delagnau via submission (rear naked choke) in the 3rd round
- John Redmond def. Kieran Davern via submission (guillotine) in the 1st round
- Amanda English def. Slavka Vitaly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Chris Boujard def. Peter Queally via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28. 29-28)
- Gavin Kelly def. Dylan Sheehan via unanimous decicions (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kieran O’Brien def. Mick Brennan via submission (rear naked choke) in the 2nd round