The U.K. invaded the U.S. at Global Warrior Challenge’s “British Invasion” on Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. It was an entertaining night of fights that saw everything from slick submissions, to comeback wins, to vicious knockouts, to hard-fought decisions.
In the end, it was a successful night for the U.K. competitors, as they took the majority of the bouts in the country vs. country format.
Bobby Lashley did what he said he planned to do, which was to take Matthew Larson down and submit him. In the process, he pulled off a highlight-reel body-lock slam. It was a solid victory for the former WWE star.
Marcin Lazarz scored a unanimous decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.
Andre Winner withstood a very game Drew Fickett, who showed up in great shape and attacked relentlessly. It was a close fight, but Winner stood tall at the end.
Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove looked great in his bout, busting a three-fight losing streak with a TKO win over the highly-regarded Englishman Danny Mitchell. Mitchell held his own, but in the end, it was a big win for Grove.
British strongman champion Oli Thompson used his brute strength to take down, bloody, and TKO Kevin Asplund.
LC Davis earned his 20th career MMA victory and fourth-straight win in a dominating decision over England’s James Saville.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our GWC athletes tonight,” said GWC promoter Robert Beené. “They put on such a great show. I can’t wait to see them fight again. What an exciting night.”
GWC British Invasion Results
-Bobby Lashley def. Matt Larson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:38, R1
-Marcin Lazarz def. Ricco Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision
-Andre Winner def. Drew Fickett by Unanimous Decision
-Kendall Grove def. Danny Mitchell by TKO (Strikes) at 4:53, R1
-Oli Thompson def. Kevin Asplund by TKO (Strikes) at 3:21, R1
-LC Davis def. James Saville by Unanimous Decision
-Dayman Lake def. Jake Heun by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:34, R1
-Jack Marshman def. Wayne Cole by TKO (Strikes) at 1:26, R1
-Max Nunes def. Justin Davis by TKO (Strikes) at 2:39, R1
-Michael Johnson def. Jerome Martinez by Unanimous Decision
-Jake Murphy def. Tony Hervey by Unanimous Decision