by Matt Freeman for MMAWeekly.com
London, England – In front of a hugely knowledgeable crowd, Cage Warriors returned to London under new management to host a thrilling card of action. Matt Veach took his third win since being released by the UFC, out-wrestling and out-pointing the Danish lightweight champion while Brits Che Mills and Jason Young both showed great skill and strength.
Taking on the highly technical TKO artist Kenneth Rosfort-Nees, Matt Veach had one thing in mind – take the fight to the mat. Scoring two huge slam takedowns in the first round, Veach quickly had the measure of the Dane and though Rosfort-Ness did escape to his feet, he was unable to mount any offence on his feet.
Veach continued to power his opponent to the mat but was frustrated as the Danish fighter continued to defend well. However, having spent the majority of the fight in top control, Veach ground out the win to take the unanimous decision and the Cage Warriors lightweight belt.
Fellow HIT Squad fighter Jake Hecht had a very different time against Che Mills as the Brit constantly stuffed his shot and showed great strength in the clinch.
Dropping Hecht early in the first, Mills scored with some vicious elbows from half guard, opening some big cuts on his opponent. As the blood continued to flow, Hecht rallied in the second, threatening with a tight looking arm-triangle but Mills stayed calm and escaped. With the fight in the balance going into the third, Mills upped the pressure and landed some big shots ending with a brutal flurry of kicks and punches that stole the round and took the fight as the judges awarded him the unanimous decision.
Europe’s number one featherweight, Lithuanian Sergej Grecicho took on the powerful Jason Young in an excellent technical ground battle that went the distance. While Grecicho wanted nothing to do with the stand-up of his opponent, he was forced at points to pull guard in an attempt to get Young to the mat.
The Brit, however, showed awareness and strength, powering out of Grecicho’s leg locks and battering the Lithuanian with elbows and punches. Growing in confidence, Young even attacked Grecicho with a Peruvian neck tie in the third before securing mount and smashing his opponent until the bell to earn the well deserved decision.
Adam Edwards defeated Josh Ramage with a very slick submission performance in a brilliantly but short lived scramble on the ground. Both fighters attacked and countered well but in the end, Edwards’ active guard had Ramage at a loss as he was caught in a very tight triangle after three minutes of intense action.
Long time veteran Danny Batten returned to action after a two year absence due to injury to blast off the ring rust with a very technical bout against Ismael Padavia. Whilst Padavia came out strong in the first, rocking Batten early, the Total Dojo fighter turned up the pressure and used his fitness to wear his opponent down as the rounds went on to take the decision and round off an exceelent main card.
Matt Veach def. Kenneth Rosfort-Nees via Unanimous Decision
Jason Young def. Sergej Grecicho via Unanimous Decision
Che Mills def. Jake Hecht via Unanimous Decision
Adam Edwards def. Josh Ramage via submission (triangle choke) at 3:02, R1
Danny Batten def. Ismael Padavia via Unanimous Decision
Pat Vickers def. Andre Filas via Unanimous Decision
Cory Tate def. John Brightwell via submission (armbar) at 1:31, R1
Oliver Battell def. George Tidmarsh via TKO at 1:59, R1
Charlie Watts def. Dan Lucas via TKO at 2:15, R1
Mick Martin def. John Wainwright via Unanimous Decision
Max Matsuk def. Wez Lucas via Unanimous Decision
Taherul Khan def. Luke Macauly via Unanimous Decision