Photos & Review by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com


Cage Warriors Showdown 2 swings into view with the final stages of the Lightweight Tournament to determine the number one contender to Alexandre Izidro’s CWFC Title. This 8-man tournament highlights the cream of the UK CWFC talent as well as showcasing a select few international imports.

The brackets have been determined via random draw, leaving one side of the match-ups with incredibly tough fights and the other side with slightly easier brackets. In any case, whoever emerges as the contender will have fought 3 bouts in one night against credible opposition.

Due to the tournament nature of the bouts, fight times have been determined as two 5-minute rounds with the potential for a third round if the fight is deemed a draw at the end of the second.

First up we see Ian “M-16” Butlin; a tough, scrappy fighter, no stranger to the UK scene and proud owner of a solid ground game. Emmanuel Geay (his opponent) is a perfect match for him style wise and should see some heavy ground action. Both fighters start fast, mindful of the need to finish quickly and last a potential 7 rounds over the course of the night…

Geay lands an early takedown but is unable to inflict much in the way of damage as Butlin has managed to tie up well. Once stood up Butlin begins to press the action with strikes prompting Geay to shoot again, this time however, Butlin secures top position and begins to pound on his opponent. Geay manages to find his way back to his feet but ends up on the wrong end of a vicious knee sending him spiralling down to the canvas. A TKO victory to Butlin at the 3:39 mark of the first should hopefully see him approach his next opponent relatively fresh.

Hytten versus Latomaki was one of those fights that left you wanting for a third round. On paper Hytten is the dangerman of the two fighters possessing excellent strikes and a solid ground game. The first round finds Hytten working effectively from his back having been taken down early after a brief exchange. He managed to setup a tight triangle that had Latomaki defending for the better part of 3 minutes, unable to really offer much in the way of offense but clearly having to work hard against the triangle.

The second round starts along the lines of the first, but this time Latomaki is able to impose his will with a punishing ground and pound offence that is only briefly interrupted by a bottom armbar attempt from Hytten. At the end the fight is rule in favour of Latomaki via Unanimous Decision, but I for one would have liked to have seen a third round – I guess that’s why I am not a judge…

Kanomata versus Cohen is a complete mismatch on paper with the Japanese fighter being your typical tough, complete fighter and Cohen being inexperienced in MMA and from a bare-knuckle Karate background. So what follows is pretty much as expected. They start with Kanomata landing two outside leg kicks and shooting for the takedown. Once on his back it is apparent that Cohen doesn’t know what to do, and sure enough Kanomata dominates position and unleashes a brutal ground and pound offense prompting referee Marc Goddard to stop the action at the 0:57 mark.

Sinclair is fighting out of the Wolfslair and is essentially Michael Bisping’s boy, coming into this fight he has his work cut out as Peter Irving is a tough UK vet coming into this tournament looking huge for a lightweight and full of confidence.

First round was a solid effort by both fighters but with Irving exhibiting an excellent takedown defense, superior wrestling base and works far harder in the clinch than his opponent. The second follows a similar pattern but with Irving starting to push the wrestling element of his game to the fore and through an excellent setup manages to secure the Rear Naked Choke for the win at the 3:36 mark.

With the Quarters having played out the fights are set: Butlin versus Latomaki and Irving versus Kanomata – tough fights indeed…

Latomaki started like a man possessed in this fight, always pressing forward, briefly standing and then working a solid ground and pound attack on Butlin who was unable to deal with the onslaught save for a valiant Triangle Choke attempt at the midway point of the round. A final barrage of punches forced Butlin to turn belly down with Latomaki following him with the hooks for the Rear Naked Choke – 3:27 minutes in.

Kanomata is looking seriously fresh having only exerted himself for less than a minute so far. Irving by contrast just looks like he wants to kill someone. Irving opens with some big punches but never connect cleanly. Kanomata responds by driving him to the cage and working the trip to land in half guard. From there it is Irving who appears to deal with the situation best, eating a few punches but working for a Rear Naked Choke, an Armbar and a Kimura all in quick succession. For his part Kanomata appears to slug away briefly looking for a straight armbar but failing.

The second starts with Kanomata landing nice inside leg kicks forcing Irving to clinch and drive to the cage. They work the knees before Irving is tripped down and mounted. Kanomata starts to unload and Irving turns to his belly in defense. This is all the invitation the referee needs to stop the action, as Irving wasn’t really defending intelligently, lying flat out on the ground covering his head. Kanomata advances to face Latomaki in the finals.

Both fighters have fought with great skill and poise tonight in order to secure a stab at Izidro’s Lightweight belt. Whoever loses this fight will have nothing to be ashamed of as both have fought valiantly and are sure to become Cage Warriors regulars.

And so it starts, Latomaki looking to close early and drive to the cage. Kanomata seems comfortable being on his back, something we haven’t seen much of in the earlier fights. It just goes to show he is a complete mixed martial artist as he raises his hips swiftly to setup a tight triangle choke on his opponent. Unable to defend the submission so early into the round, Latomaki is forced to tap out declaring Katomata the winner of the tournament at the 1:13 mark.

So, in summary – Katomata came, saw, and breezed through all three of his opponents in a grand total of 10:46 minutes of fighting. Impressing everyone with his versatility and composure, Katomata set up a fantastic showdown with the BTT Brazilian for the belt early in 2007.

Full Results:

-Ian Butlin def Emmanuel Geay via TKO R1 3:39
-Jarkko Latomaki def Thomas Hytten via Unanimous Decision R2
-Tomonari Kanomata def Bryan Cohen via TKO R1 0:57
-Peter Irving def Mick Sinclair via Rear Naked Choke R2 3:36 
-James Winston def Kent Cooper via TKO R1 2:22
-Andy Denny def Aaron Behan via TKO R1 1:27
-Jarkko Latomaki def Ian Butlin via Rear Naked Choke R1 3:21
-Tomonari Kanomata def Peter Irving via Ref Stoppage GNP R2 3:36
-Francesco Ligato def Richard Taylor via Kimura R2 1:35
-Ivan Serati def Riciardas Zlatkus via TKO R1 0:45
-Tomonari Katomata def Jarkko Latomaki via Triangle Choke R1 1:13