Global MMA Recap: Cage Warriors Leads Busy Weekend Schedule

Joseph DuffyWhile the UFC returned after a three-week hiatus for Fight Night 47 in Bangor, Maine that didn’t stop MMA promotions from around the world for putting on their own events. As usual, there were more cards than anyone can be expected to keep track of, so below you can take a look at the most notable results. The biggest event from the weekend was Cage Warriors 70, as they returned from an absence of their own. That was a theme for their card, as the main event saw Joseph Duffy (11-1) come back to MMA after nearly three years away from the sport pursuing professional Boxing. The homecoming was successful, as Duffy picked up the third round submission victory over Damien Lapilus (9-4-1). Showing that his submission game — which put away Conor McGregor and Norman Parke before his hiatus — is still in tact to go along with the Boxing skills which carried him to a 7-0 mark in that sport, Duffy should rise through the UK scene rather quickly. The card also saw two prospects put on impressive performances, as light heavyweight Karl Moore and bantamweight Dean Garnett both remained undefeated. Moore picked up his victory with a unanimous decision, while Garnett won with his second consecutive first-round leglock in Cage Warriors. Staying somewhat close to Cage Warriors, the organization’s former lightweight champion Ivan Buchinger (27-4) competed at M-1 Challenge 50. The Slovakian was successful, picking up a decision over Mikhail Malyutin (27-12), and extending his win streak to six. He should garner the attention of UFC matchmakers in short order, as his only unavenged losses have come to UFC veterans. In the main event of the M-1 event, a heavyweight Marcin Tybura (11-0) became the first man to stop Damien Grabowski (19-2). This was the type of win that should get Tybura an invite to the Octagon, as he is a legitimately talented fighter in a division starved for exactly that. Moving from Europe to South America, the Arena Tour 3 card saw Ricardo Tirloni (18-5) pick up his second consecutive win since being released from Bellator. He stopped Strikeforce and WEC veteran Todd Moore (16-6) with knees in the first round. Limo Fight 13 featured TUF Brazil veteran Anistavio Medeiros (19-10), but he had his four-fight winning streak snapped by Paraguayan Cezar Arzamendia (6-1). Before circling back to North America, there was one notable result in Australia as well. UFC veteran Bernardo Magalhaes (13-4) got back into the win circle at Australian Fighting Championship 10 over Kieran Joblin (7-6). Bellator veterans were busy in the United States over the weekend, as Trevor Prangley (33-10-1) successfully defended his KOTC light heavyweight title for the fourth time against Jared Torgeson (15-12). Scott Heckman (18-5) posted a 2-1 record during his time in Bellator, and continues to find success on the regional circuit, as he defeated Troy Gerhart (6-3) at CFFC 39. The win was Heckman’s fifth career by way of Brabo Choke. Jeremy Spoon (15-2) saw his only Bellator losses come against Daniel Straus and Mike Richman, but has continued his winning ways since then. At Rage in the Cage 30, he submitted fellow Bellator vet Cody Carillo (5-9) to move his winning streak to three. This coming weekend, the action doesn’t slow down one bit. In addition to the UFC doubleheader on Saturday, Titan FC and RFA are holding televised cards in North America. Over in Japan, DEEP 68 features the likes of Masakazu Imanari and Michihiro Omigawa. Inoki Genome Fight is also putting on a card headlined by Satoshii Ishii and Mirko Cro Cop, which also includes Ikuhisa Minowa and Travis Wiuff. Stay tuned to for betting lines on all the televised fights, and I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the results from overseas.

Written by Brad Taschuk

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