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- CAGE RAGE 22 REVIEW & PHOTOS

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Tickets sales have been lower than usual in part due to the Boxing event that is running in London on the same night and also because it’s the summer and many people appear to be on holidays, escaping the rain and gloom of England. Suffice to say, the fighters didn’t notice and fought their hearts out in one of the most action packed events of late.


Knockouts, upsets, and injuries – we had them all, and this is how it happened…


Tengiz Tedoradze def ButterBean via GNP R1 4:26


A major test for Tedoradze, and one that he past with colours, but it wasn’t without incident. From the start it looked as though Tedoradze was going to try for a KO, he was picking his shots and fighting intelligently, sticking and moving with only occasional descents in brawl mode.


Opening a cut on Butterbeans nose and forehead was enough to prompt the American to close in and for brief moment midway through an exchange he missed with a huge cross but connected cleanly with a vicious hook, a slightly delayed reaction put the Georgian on his ass, recovering quickly, his wrestling instincts kicked in and he worked for position.


Having switched positions with the Bean, he started to employ his ground and pound attack, eventually standing over the American and throwing bombs down, Butterbean looked like an overturned beetle, unable to get up and prompting the referee to call a halt to the punishment.


Mario Sperry def Lee Hasdell via RNC R1 1:39


Hasdell came out with a low base expecting a shoot from the Brazilian master, but was caught off guard with a nice combo to close the distance for a single leg, pulling Hasdell down and out of the danger-zone. Having fought off a guillotine attempt whilst passing to side control, he proceeded to work for the back securing the hooks and locking on an inescapable rear naked choke for the tap


Neil Groves def James Thompson via KO R1 0:10


Disaster is the only way Thompson can look at this weekend, he had everything to loose and nothing to gain in this late replacement match-up, and true to that ethic his world came crashing down around him ten seconds from the opening bell.


Thompson has had question marks around his chin before, and those seemed to have been answered following his meteoric performance over Don Frye in Pride; but Groves had other ideas and came out swing for the fences landing flush with a haymaker cross whilst Thompson was backing up.


The UK scene welcomes another heavyweight to bolster the division and The Colossus will surely be regretting ever having taken the fight at such short notice against an unknown quantity – a mistake he will avoid in future.


Gary Turner def Edson Drago via TKO / Corner stoppage – Neck Injury R2


A slow barnstormer of a bout that was building serious momentum as the seconds ran on, with both fighters throwing heavy leather at each other. Turner proved in this bout that he is fully comfortable in MMA deflecting a takedown and almost setting up a rear naked choke on his Brazilian counterpart. Having released himself, Turner backed up and regained his footing prompting another exchange that forced him down to the canvas of the back of a thunderous shot, setting up a ground and pound onslaught that failed to yield the stoppage Drago was looking for.


The second stanza started with first blood in favor of Turner who opened up a gash over the left eyebrow of his opponent prompting a doctor call to check the cut, with action thankfully allowed to continue, the pair of them tore into each other with gusto. Not long after the restart Drago landed and vicious hook that blew up Turner right eye, prompting another check. Upon resuming, the continued where they left of and threw everything they could.


Bizarrely, Drago was unable to make the bell for the third round complaining of pains in his neck every time he was getting hit, fearful of damage he took the decision to withdraw from the contest, a visually perturbed and disappointed Turner picks up the win by default, but was clearly on his way to winning match on merit.


Dave Legeno def Herb Dean via TKO / Corner Stoppage – Eye Injury R1


Good fighters don’t automatically become good coaches, and good coaches don’t automatically become good fighters, the same holds true in respect of referees. Herb Dean is arguably one of the best referees in the business of MMA today, but his performance in the case was left wanting.


In a fight that was wild and quite sloppy, both fighters made mistakes in the exchanges and on the ground, in Legeno’s case he was unable to fully shut down submission attempts by Dean by failing to employ a closed guard, Dean worked for a heel hook and a kneebar at different stages and was able to move freely around the Briton; and in Dean’s case, he showed no use of angles or footwork when his opponent was advancing with strikes preferring to backup in a straight-line towards the cage wall.


A moot point as Dean decided to throw in the towel before the commencement of the second complaining of having received a thumb in the eye at some point and that he was unable to see clearly.


James McSweeny def Mark Buchannan via TKO R1 1:30


As expected, McSweeney made short work of his opponent via brutal ground and pound stoppage. The transition from 10oz K1 gloves to 4oz MMA gloves has suited the rangy K1 veteran well and it showed in the devastatingly powerful shots he unloaded on the ground.


Some may have expected him to look out of his depth on the ground, but he proved he is no fish out of water pulling off two sweet reversals on his adversary and looking fully comfortable whilst doing so.


A new welcome addition to the already burgeoning heavyweight division, and one that we will have to watch for the future as he clearly has bright things ahead of him in both K1 and MMA. I would love to see a match between him and Broughton (when his torn Achilles heals… get well soon Rob!)


Paul Cahoon def Mark Epstein via Decision (New British Light-Heavyweight Champion)


A very measured and intelligent gameplan employed to perfection by the Scouse brawler, one that not many expected from him. It was obvious from the start that Cahoon had other plans in mind than purely brawling with Epstein; He pushed when he needed to and backed off to frustrate the former champion at exactly the right moments.


With only 40 seconds remaining in the first round, Epstein’s corner shout out the remaining time and that he needs to finish the round strong, Epstein loads up and Cahoon shoots pulling him down, scoring points and impressing the judges. And so it followed, at every point where Epstein was least expecting, Cahoon switched tactics and grounded the action, racking up points and really highlighting that the London Shoot fighter has a huge gulf in his game.


From sprawls to transitions and escapes, Epstein really needs to find these elements if he wants to continue fighting at this level and avoid being eclipsed in the game. I hope he finds a way within himself to train fulltime at London Shoot and tap into the potential he hasn’t quite scratched yet.


Robbie Olivier def Ronnie Mann via Decision


Mann is a fighter to watch for the future, no doubt the kid has got chops but this fight was too much too soon for him, but a valuable learning experience and one that he will benefit from for years to come as he knows now exactly where he sits ability wise – time is on his side though and he is still a long way off peaking.


Olivier essentially spent the first round figuring out his opponent’s game, the proceeded to shut it down over the remaining two through superior positioning and experience, Olivier firmly deserves his British Championship belt, proving once again his ground game on these shores is at the very top, right up next to Danny Batten.


My guess now is that we will see Mann vs Cook whilst Olivier is in the process of beefing up for his Lightweight showdown with Abdul Mohammed in September.


Marios Zaromskis def Ross Mason via KO / Flying Knee R3 2:03


Zaromskis is excellent value for money, always entertaining and brutally efficient with his strikes. This fight lived up to expectations as both fighters threw down with everything they had, ironically reminiscent of Zaromskis’ last outing against Damien Riccio.


Mason was on his game in this match and was landing crisp leg strikes, his Muay Thai is chiseled and honed the hard way, his ability to take punishment isn’t in question either as he absorbed as much as he gave through the bout. A pendulum of a match that could have gone either way with both fighters finding their marks with strikes and almost putting each other away.


It wasn’t until the third round that Zaromskis capitalized on Mason standing in front of him with hands down that the end became apparent. Why Mason stood there remains a mystery to me, but it was a few seconds too long and Zaromskis threw a flying knee that landed on the button and put him out cold, taking nothing for granted Zaromskis towered over his downed opponent and continued to strike for good measure before the referee threw him off.


Zaromskis is tailor made for matches with Daley and Weir, I really can’t say enough positive things about this guy to convey the excitement and determination he brings to the cage.


Ross Pointon def Dean Bray via Guillotine Choke R2 2:10


Pointon picks up a much needed win on the last fight of his contract with Cage Rage and is now able to breathe a sigh of relief as he steps back into the winners circle. The rebuild train was derailed with the Mohammed fight, but hopefully things are back on track now and Pointon uses this opportunity to continue his focus on moving forward.


There were flashes of the old Pointon (where he starts to drop his guard) but ultimately his improvement over previous showings was apparent. Shortly after an early exchange, Bray shot in for a takedown and found himself on the wrong end of a guillotine, able to escape they worked their way back their feet and continued to slug it out. There was a brief moment where Pointon looked dazed allowing the Team Titan fighter to work for his back and possibly a RNC, Pointon came through and freed himself though.


Pointon was on fire for the Second round, landing with the strikes he need to drop Bray to the canvas and following up with a barrage of strikes, busy but not over-zealous, he threw with intent and shrugged of both an armbar attempt and triangle attempt from his increasingly desperate opponent. The more he landed the more open Bray became and in trying to get back to his feet, hung his neck out inviting the third and final guillotine of the bout.


Joe Mac vs Jeremy Bailey


The fight never happened.Tickets sales have been lower than usual in part due to the Boxing event that is running in London on the same night and also because it’s the summer and many people appear to be on holidays, escaping the rain and gloom of England. Suffice to say, the fighters didn’t notice and fought their hearts out in one of the most action packed events of late.


KO’s, upsets and injuries – we had them all and this is how it happened…


Tengiz Tedoradze def ButterBean via GNP R1 4:26


A major test for Tedoradze, and one that he past with colours, but it wasn’t without incident. From the start it looked as though Tedoradze was going to try for a KO, he was picking his shots and fighting intelligently, sticking and moving with only occasional descents in brawl mode.


Opening a cut on Butterbeans nose and forehead was enough to prompt the American to close in and for brief moment midway through an exchange he missed with a huge cross but connected cleanly with a vicious hook, a slightly delayed reaction put the Georgian on his ass, recovering quickly, his wrestling instincts kicked in and he worked for position.


Having switched positions with the Bean, he started to employ his ground and pound attack, eventually standing over the American and throwing bombs down, Butterbean looked like an overturned beetle, unable to get up and prompting the referee to call a halt to the punishment.


Mario Sperry def Lee Hasdell via RNC R1 1:39


Hasdell came out with a low base expecting a shoot from the Brazilian master, but was caught off guard with a nice combo to close the distance for a single leg, pulling Hasdell down and out of the danger-zone. Having fought off a guillotine attempt whilst passing to side control, he proceeded to work for the back securing the hooks and locking on an inescapable rear naked choke for the tap


Neil Groves def James Thompson via KO R1 0:10


Disaster is the only way Thompson can look at this weekend, he had everything to loose and nothing to gain in this late replacement match-up, and true to that ethic his world came crashing down around him ten seconds from the opening bell.


Thompson has had question marks around his chin before, and those seemed to have been answered following his meteoric performance over Don Frye in Pride; but Groves had other ideas and came out swing for the fences landing flush with a haymaker cross whilst Thompson was backing up.


The UK scene welcomes another heavyweight to bolster the division and The Colossus will surely be regretting ever having taken the fight at such short notice against an unknown quantity – a mistake he will avoid in future.


Gary Turner def Edson Drago via TKO / Corner stoppage – Neck Injury R2


A slow barnstormer of a bout that was building serious momentum as the seconds ran on, with both fighters throwing heavy leather at each other. Turner proved in this bout that he is fully comfortable in MMA deflecting a takedown and almost setting up a rear naked choke on his Brazilian counterpart. Having released himself, Turner backed up and regained his footing prompting another exchange that forced him down to the canvas of the back of a thunderous shot, setting up a ground and pound onslaught that failed to yield the stoppage Drago was looking for.


The second stanza started with first blood in favor of Turner who opened up a gash over the left eyebrow of his opponent prompting a doctor call to check the cut, with action thankfully allowed to continue, the pair of them tore into each other with gusto. Not long after the restart Drago landed and vicious hook that blew up Turner right eye, prompting another check. Upon resuming, the continued where they left of and threw everything they could.


Bizarrely, Drago was unable to make the bell for the third round complaining of pains in his neck every time he was getting hit, fearful of damage he took the decision to withdraw from the contest, a visually perturbed and disappointed Turner picks up the win by default, but was clearly on his way to winning match on merit.


Dave Legeno def Herb Dean via TKO / Corner Stoppage – Eye Injury R1


Good fighters don’t automatically become good coaches, and good coaches don’t automatically become good fighters, the same holds true in respect of referees. Herb Dean is arguably one of the best referees in the business of MMA today, but his performance in the case was left wanting.


In a fight that was wild and quite sloppy, both fighters made mistakes in the exchanges and on the ground, in Legeno’s case he was unable to fully shut down submission attempts by Dean by failing to employ a closed guard, Dean worked for a heel hook and a kneebar at different stages and was able to move freely around the Briton; and in Dean’s case, he showed no use of angles or footwork when his opponent was advancing with strikes preferring to backup in a straight-line towards the cage wall.


A moot point as Dean decided to throw in the towel before the commencement of the second complaining of having received a thumb in the eye at some point and that he was unable to see clearly.


James McSweeny def Mark Buchannan via TKO R1 1:30


As expected, McSweeney made short work of his opponent via brutal ground and pound stoppage. The transition from 10oz K1 gloves to 4oz MMA gloves has suited the rangy K1 veteran well and it showed in the devastatingly powerful shots he unloaded on the ground.


Some may have expected him to look out of his depth on the ground, but he proved he is no fish out of water pulling off two sweet reversals on his adversary and looking fully comfortable whilst doing so.


A new welcome addition to the already burgeoning heavyweight division, and one that we will have to watch for the future as he clearly has bright things ahead of him in both K1 and MMA. I would love to see a match between him and Broughton (when his torn Achilles heals… get well soon Rob!)


Paul Cahoon def Mark Epstein via Decision (New British Light-Heavyweight Champion)


A very measured and intelligent gameplan employed to perfection by the Scouse brawler, one that not many expected from him. It was obvious from the start that Cahoon had other plans in mind than purely brawling with Epstein; He pushed when he needed to and backed off to frustrate the former champion at exactly the right moments.


With only 40 seconds remaining in the first round, Epstein’s corner shout out the remaining time and that he needs to finish the round strong, Epstein loads up and Cahoon shoots pulling him down, scoring points and impressing the judges. And so it followed, at every point where Epstein was least expecting, Cahoon switched tactics and grounded the action, racking up points and really highlighting that the London Shoot fighter has a huge gulf in his game.


From sprawls to transitions and escapes, Epstein really needs to find these elements if he wants to continue fighting at this level and avoid being eclipsed in the game. I hope he finds a way within himself to train fulltime at London Shoot and tap into the potential he hasn’t quite scratched yet.


Robbie Olivier def Ronnie Mann via Decision


Mann is a fighter to watch for the future, no doubt the kid has got chops but this fight was too much too soon for him, but a valuable learning experience and one that he will benefit from for years to come as he knows now exactly where he sits ability wise – time is on his side though and he is still a long way off peaking.


Olivier essentially spent the first round figuring out his opponent’s game, the proceeded to shut it down over the remaining two through superior positioning and experience, Olivier firmly deserves his British Championship belt, proving once again his ground game on these shores is at the very top, right up next to Danny Batten.


My guess now is that we will see Mann vs Cook whilst Olivier is in the process of beefing up for his Lightweight showdown with Abdul Mohammed in September.


Marios Zaromskis def Ross Mason via KO / Flying Knee R3 2:03


Zaromskis is excellent value for money, always entertaining and brutally efficient with his strikes. This fight lived up to expectations as both fighters threw down with everything they had, ironically reminiscent of Zaromskis’ last outing against Damien Riccio.


Mason was on his game in this match and was landing crisp leg strikes, his Muay Thai is chiseled and honed the hard way, his ability to take punishment isn’t in question either as he absorbed as much as he gave through the bout. A pendulum of a match that could have gone either way with both fighters finding their marks with strikes and almost putting each other away.


It wasn’t until the third round that Zaromskis capitalized on Mason standing in front of him with hands down that the end became apparent. Why Mason stood there remains a mystery to me, but it was a few seconds too long and Zaromskis threw a flying knee that landed on the button and put him out cold, taking nothing for granted Zaromskis towered over his downed opponent and continued to strike for good measure before the referee threw him off.


Zaromskis is tailor made for matches with Daley and Weir, I really can’t say enough positive things about this guy to convey the excitement and determination he brings to the cage.


Ross Pointon def Dean Bray via Guillotine Choke R2 2:10


Pointon picks up a much needed win on the last fight of his contract with Cage Rage and is now able to breathe a sigh of relief as he steps back into the winners circle. The rebuild train was derailed with the Mohammed fight, but hopefully things are back on track now and Pointon uses this opportunity to continue his focus on moving forward.


There were flashes of the old Pointon (where he starts to drop his guard) but ultimately his improvement over previous showings was apparent. Shortly after an early exchange, Bray shot in for a takedown and found himself on the wrong end of a guillotine, able to escape they worked their way back their feet and continued to slug it out. There was a brief moment where Pointon looked dazed allowing the Team Titan fighter to work for his back and possibly a RNC, Pointon came through and freed himself though.


Pointon was on fire for the Second round, landing with the strikes he need to drop Bray to the canvas and following up with a barrage of strikes, busy but not over-zealous, he threw with intent and shrugged of both an armbar attempt and triangle attempt from his increasingly desperate opponent. The more he landed the more open Bray became and in trying to get back to his feet, hung his neck out inviting the third and final guillotine of the bout.


Joe Mac vs Jeremy Bailey


The fight never happened.


The tale goes like this… Mac was out walking his dogs in the park nearest to his house on the Friday night, same routine as always when he was attacked by two gypsies – he managed to smash one of them in self defense, but the second of the two pulled a blade and slashed him across the cheek – a not inconsiderable cut that required 5 internal stitches and 7 external stitches (pictures in the gallery section)


Michael Johnson def Damian Riccio via TKO / Shattered Nose – R2


Johnson took this fight with superior positioning, after a brief trade standing he picked his moment and shot in on the Frenchman putting him down on his back, he nullified sweeps and concentrated on firing in pinpoint shots whilst maintaining position – Riccio was trapped with nowhere to go. There were brief flashes of a rolling kneebar in the making from the bottom but he was never able to get flowing and spent most of the bout languishing between being on his back and rolling to his front – taking shots at all stages.


Johnson emerged from this bout unscathed which is more than can be said for Riccio who was forced to throw in the towel at the end of the second with a shattered nose.


Tom Watson def Ed Smith via Decision


Watson earns his main-stage Cage Rage honors with a decisive victory over Elite Fighting Systems brawler Ed Smith. Both guys were always going to bring it hard and they traded hard shots throughout the first round with Smith scoring better with his hands and Watson with the kicks, there was little in the way of feeling out in this match and both fighters threw everything with full force, this was ultimately the downfall of Smith who showed a severe lack of cardio come the second round.


Watson was unable to get the stoppage finish he would have liked, be via KO or submission, but it didn’t stop him trying and he threw everything at his opponent including an Armbar and a monster of a Kimura that I still fail to see why it didn’t produce the tap.


Still, Watson pushed forward and ground out a hard earned win that will put the disappointments of his outings against Matsui and Pokam behind him.


Full Results:


-Tengiz Tedoradze defeated Eric ‘Butterbean Esch by TKO at 4:26 of Rd. 1
-Mario Sperry defeated Lee Hasdell by Rear Naked Choke at 1:49 of Rd. 1
-Neil Grove defeated James Thompson by KO at :10 of Rd. 1
-Gary Turner defeated Edson Drago by TKO at 5:00 of Rd. 2
-Dave Legeno defeated Herb Dean by TKO (eye injury) at 5:00 of Rd. 1
-James McSweeny defeated Mark Buchannan by TKO at 1:30 of Rd. 1
-Paul Cahoon defeated Mark Epstein by unanimous decision
-Robbie Oliver defeated Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision
-Marios Zaromskis defeated Ross Mason by KO at 2:03 of Rd. 3
-Ross Pointon defeated Dean Bray by Guillotine Choke at 2:10 of Rd. 2
-Michael Johnson defeated Damian Riccio by TKO (broken nose) at 5:00 of Rd. 2
-Tom Watson defeated Ed Smith by unanimous decsion


The tale goes like this… Mac was out walking his dogs in the park nearest to his house on the Friday night, same routine as always when he was attacked by two gypsies – he managed to smash one of them in self defense, but the second of the two pulled a blade and slashed him across the cheek – a not inconsiderable cut that required 5 internal stitches and 7 external stitches (pictures in the gallery section)


Michael Johnson def Damian Riccio via TKO / Shattered Nose – R2


Johnson took this fight with superior positioning, after a brief trade standing he picked his moment and shot in on the Frenchman putting him down on his back, he nullified sweeps and concentrated on firing in pinpoint shots whilst maintaining position – Riccio was trapped with nowhere to go. There were brief flashes of a rolling kneebar in the making from the bottom but he was never able to get flowing and spent most of the bout languishing between being on his back and rolling to his front – taking shots at all stages.


Johnson emerged from this bout unscathed which is more than can be said for Riccio who was forced to throw in the towel at the end of the second with a shattered nose.


Tom Watson def Ed Smith via Decision


Watson earns his main-stage Cage Rage honors with a decisive victory over Elite Fighting Systems brawler Ed Smith. Both guys were always going to bring it hard and they traded hard shots throughout the first round with Smith scoring better with his hands and Watson with the kicks, there was little in the way of feeling out in this match and both fighters threw everything with full force, this was ultimately the downfall of Smith who showed a severe lack of cardio come the second round.


Watson was unable to get the stoppage finish he would have liked, be via KO or submission, but it didn’t stop him trying and he threw everything at his opponent including an Armbar and a monster of a Kimura that I still fail to see why it didn’t produce the tap.


Still, Watson pushed forward and ground out a hard earned win that will put the disappointments of his outings against Matsui and Pokam behind him.


Full Results:


-Tengiz Tedoradze defeated Eric ‘Butterbean Esch by TKO at 4:26 of Rd. 1
-Mario Sperry defeated Lee Hasdell by Rear Naked Choke at 1:49 of Rd. 1
-Neil Grove defeated James Thompson by KO at :10 of Rd. 1
-Gary Turner defeated Edson Drago by TKO at 5:00 of Rd. 2
-Dave Legeno defeated Herb Dean by TKO (eye injury) at 5:00 of Rd. 1
-James McSweeny defeated Mark Buchannan by TKO at 1:30 of Rd. 1
-Paul Cahoon defeated Mark Epstein by unanimous decision
-Robbie Oliver defeated Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision
-Marios Zaromskis defeated Ross Mason by KO at 2:03 of Rd. 3
-Ross Pointon defeated Dean Bray by Guillotine Choke at 2:10 of Rd. 2
-Michael Johnson defeated Damian Riccio by TKO (broken nose) at 5:00 of Rd. 2
-Tom Watson defeated Ed Smith by unanimous decsion


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