Cage Warriors 70 took place Saturday evening in Dublin, Ireland at The Helix, the event featured a main event lightweight bout between Irishman, Joseph Duffy (11-1) and Frenchman, Damien Lapilus (9-4-1).
Joseph Duffy returns to MMA after a 3 year hiatus following his first career loss at Cage Warriors 44 to Ivan Musardo. Duffy had won his first 10 career pro bouts, including a win in Cage Warriors over former lightweight and featherweight champion, Conor McGregor. While Damien “Frankenstein” Lapilus makes his Cage Warriors debut on a 5-fight unbeaten streak, competing in various promotions in France.
Duffy left MMA to pursue a career in boxing, which was on fully display in his return fight. Duffy utilized a stance with his hands down by his sides, confident in his head movement, aggressively pushed forward and backed Lapiulus up close to the fence. Duffy threw a couple of strikes that landed to the head and body of Lapilus, who definitely held his own circling the cage and avoiding most of Duffy’s strikes. Lapilus answered with a few kicks of his own in a close first round, controlled by the Irishman.
Joseph Duffy’s constant pressure began to frustrate Damien Lapilus in the 2nd, continuing to be in the face of Lapilus, neutralizing his offense. With the exception of a couple of leg kicks, Lapilus was hard pressed to mount any offense in his game, including having his takedown attempt stuffed by Duffy. Duffy, while not throwing a huge amount of strikes, mostly landing singular shots, continued to control the fight.
Duffy switched things up in the final round, after pressuring Lapilus against the fence, this time he used a double leg takedown to get the fight to the ground. And almost instantly, Josephy Duffy took the back and with Lapilus’ left arm trapped, sunk in the rear naked choke for the tap.
Paul Redmond (9-4) was able to take advantage of the unorthodox and wild, 19 year old Alexis Savvidis (8-1) in the co-main event. Redmond capitalized on the high-risk attempts of Savvidis, taking him down with a trip in the first. While Redmond was the more technical boxer, Savvidis was the complete opposite. The high risk moves displayed by Savvidis included a flying armbar attempt, spinning back kicks, flying knees and a rolling toe hold. The last of which, proved to be Alexis Savvidis’ demise, getting in to a leg lock battle, and allowing Paul Redmond to lock in the t0e hold for the tap in round 2.
Andrew Fisher (12-7-1) made his Cage Warriors debut, following an unsuccessful 0-2 run inside Bellator. He would fall in his debut to Ireland’s Artem Lobov (10-10) in an thrilling comeback victory. Fisher wasted no time, coming out and landing a right head kick in the opening minute that rocked Lobov, but despite Fisher’s best attempts at finishing, the Irishman survived a lop sided round 1. Round 2 went differently as the tide began to turn, Lobov regained his senses and made it a much closer round, most notably attempting a near heel hook.
“The Prospect Killer” Lobov completely the miraculous comeback in the 3rd round, pouring it on in the final minute as he had Fisher trapped against the fence, the unanswered strikes forced the referee to step in at 4:59 of the 3rd round.
Karl Moore (5-0) remained undefeated putting on a striking clinic against Lloyd Clarkson (8-8), effectively using his boxing and reach throughout the fight. Landing several combinations that stunned Clarkson, as well as using his height in the thai clinch to his advantage by landing knees. While Clarkson would show toughness and a strong chin—never going down—he had very little answer for the reach and technical striking of Karl Moore. Moore left Clarkson bruised and battered at the end of a 3-round fight, winning the unanimous decision.
A fun flyweight scrap saw the Romanian, Paul Martin (9-4) win a unanimous decision over a tough Irishman, Andy Young (6-6). Martin dropped Young both in the first and the second round with a hard right hand, but Young survived and fought back late in the fight. Andy Young forced Paul Martin to survive the 3rd round, landing multiple takedowns and punches on the mat, but the two knockdowns were too much to overcome for Young.
In the opening bout of the main card, the undefeated bantamweight, Dean Garnett (7-0) took just over one minute to notch his 5th career submission win–taking down Martin Sheridan (7-6) and applying the inverted heel hook for the tap.
This marks the first event that Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan introduced the promotion’s new ‘bounty’ structure, which awards a $2,000 bonus to fighters who finish their bouts with one of the ten ‘rare finishes’:
Those finishes are: Head kick knockout, twister, knee bar, heel hook, gogoplata, flying knee knockout, Superman punch knockout, knockout in less than 60 seconds, spinning knockout, and slam knockout.
Amongst those claiming the $2,000 bonus on Cage Warriors 70 were: Dean Garnett.
Cage Warriors 70 Results:
- Joseph Duffy def. Damien Lapilus via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 3, 2:18
- Paul Redmond def. Alexis Savvidis via Submission (toe hold)–Round 2, 1:01
- Artem Lobov def. Andrew Fisher via TKO (strikes)–Round 3, 4:59
- Karl Moore def. Lloyd Clarkson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
- Paul Martin def. Andy Young via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dean Garnett def. Martin Sheridan via Submission (inverted heel hook)–Round 1, 1:02
- Peter Queally def. Konrad Iwanowski via Unanimous Decision
- Tommy McCafferty def. Dean Reilly via TKO (punches)–Round 2, 0:56
- Ryan Roddy def. Louis Chapman via TKO (punches)–Round 1, 2:03
- Catherine Costigan def. Noelia Molina via Submission (armbar)–Round1, 2:14