Nathaniel Wood went from ‘The Prospect’ to Cage Warriors champion with a five-star performance in the main event of Cage Warriors 84 in London. The young bantamweight – a protege of former UFC bantamweight legend Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett and Mickey Papas – demolished Swiss submission ace Marko Kovacevic with a slick final combination to claim a first-round knockout win and become the first Londoner to capture Cage Warriors championship gold.
The co-main event saw Norwegian powerhouse Kenneth Bergh produced an impressive performance to submit veteran Norman Paraisy. After a well-contested opening round, Bergh made the decisive breakthrough in the second, reversing position on the mat after taking a punishing knee to the body, then locking up a standing guillotine choke to force the submission mid-way through the second round.
Former welterweight title challenger Matt Inman delivered three dominant rounds to outpoint Brad Wheeler in one of his most impressive performances in the Cage Warriors octagon.
The SBG Manchester man dominated on the feet and on the mat to earn two 10-8 rounds on two of the three scorecards as he ran out a comfortable winner with scores of 30-25, 30-25, 30-26.
Alexander ‘Bad Romance’ Jacobsen staked his claim for a shot at the Cage Warriors lightweight title after racking up his eighth straight career win with victory over Tom Green.
The Danish powerhouse was taken all the way to the scorecards for the first time in his career, but claimed a landslide win with scores of 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, before calling for a shot at the Cage Warriors title currently held by Chris Fishgold.
In the night’s opening main card bout, Craig ‘Thundercat’ White produced a superb performance to submit Håkon Foss in just 78 seconds. White rocked Foss, then locked up a guillotine choke to force the tap.
CAGE WARRIORS 84 RESULTS
Nathaniel Wood def Marko Kovacevic via knockout (punches), Round 1
Kenneth Bergh def Norman Paraisy via submission (guillotine), Round 2
Matt Inman def Brad Wheeler via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Alexander Jacobsen def Tom Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Craig White def Håkon Foss via submission (guillotine), Round 1
Steve O’Keeffe defeated Sean Carter via submission (heel hook), Round 1
Thomas Robertsen def Phil Wells via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Miro Jurkovic def James Webb via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sam Creasey def Iurie Bejenari via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
Darren O’Gorman def Bryan Creighton via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2
Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan announced a host of breaking news regarding upcoming Cage Warriors events at CW84.
Cage Warriors 85 in Bournemouth has a new main event following the withdrawal of Victor Cheng from the middleweight title fight against Jason Radcliffe. Radcliffe will now face undefeated Polish contender Oskar Piechota, who joins Cage Warriors with a career record of eight wins, no losses and one draw, with all eight of his wins coming inside the distance (3 by KO/TKO, 5 by submission).
Also added to the June 24 event is a lightweight contest between Ryan Roddy (7-1-1) and Adam Boussif (9-6). Roddy makes his return to action for the first time since his draw with current Cage Warriors lightweight champ Chris Fishgold back in 2015, while Boussif, who unsuccessfully challenged Fishgold for the belt last year, will be bidding to pick up an important win to push him back into the title conversation once again.
The matchup will join Piechota vs Radcliffe and the other confirmed bout – a lightweight clash between Martin Stapleton and Donovan Desmae on the growing fight card, with a host of fights set to be announced in the coming weeks.
Cage Warriors can also confirm the seventh, eighth and ninth shows of the year.
Cage Warriors will return to London for Cage Warriors 86 at Indigo at The O2 on Sat September 16, with tickets going on sale for the third Indigo event on Friday June 9.
On Saturday October 14 Cage Warriors will head back to the Newport Centre in Wales for Cage Warriors 87 with another card stacked with Welsh fighting talent.
And following the biggest show in the promotion’s history on April 1, Cage Warriors can confirm they will be returning to Liverpool for another huge show at the Echo Arena on Saturday October 28, Cage Warriors 88.