Cage Warriors 2017 Awards, featuring Oskar Piechota, Jack Shore and Molly McCann
Cage Warriors have had a highly successful year, holding 10 events in 12 months around Europe in 2017! They have had lots of there fighters gain the attention of the UFC with there amazing performances, and lots of stars in the UFC.
Cage Warriors had a highly successful 2017, holding ten events across Europe in the past 12 months. They have had many breakout moments in 2017, with fighters even making the jump to the UFC!
Fighter of the year: Molly “Meatball” McCann
Molly “Meatball” McCann (6-1 MMA, 2-0 CW) is a Flyweight fighter who had a highly successful 2017, where she debuted in the Promotion at Cage Warriors 82, where she won a Unamimous Decision against Invicta and Strikeforce Veteran Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman (12-10 MMA, 0-1 CW). She then returned almost 7 months later back to her home town Liverpool at Cage Warriors 88, where again she won a Unanimous Decision against 20 fight veteran Priscilla de Souza (12-8 MMA, 0-1 CW). A highly successful year for the Liverpool Native, who has a strong chance of fighting for the title in 2018.
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Jack “The Tank” Shore
Jack “The Tank” Shore (7-0 MMA, 6-0 CW) had a great 2017, where he really shined in the Cage Warriors promotion. His first fight of 2017 came at Cage Warriors: Academy Wales where he won via submission just over two minutes into the first round against Greek Native Alexandros Gerolimatos (2-1 MMA, 0-1 CW). He then returned two months later at Cage Warriors 83 where he again won via submission in round one against highly touted French Featherweight Konmon Deh (9-4 MMA, 2-1 CW) . 5 months later he had his third fight of the year where he stopped Mattia “Molon Labe” Galbiati (3-3 MMA. 0-1 CW) via TKO (strikes) with 46 seconds left of the third round, he showed with this perfromance highly improved Striking and showed he is a very well rounded fighter. His fourth and last fight of the year came 7 weeks later at Cage Warriors 89 which was Shore’s first fight overseas. He shocked the Belgian crowd when he beat Hometown prospect Ayton De Paepe (7-1 MMA, 0-1 CW) via First round submission. It was an amazing year for the welsh Featherweight, where he announced he would be dropping to Bantamweight for his next fight!
Knockout of the Year: Oskar “Imało” Piechota vs Jason “The Assassin” Radcliffe
Oskar “Imało” Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 CW) won Knockout of the year with a stunning left Hand KO only 32 seconds into the first round to seize the Vacant Title In the Main event at Cage Warriors 85 against British fighter Jason “The assassin” Radcliffe (12-5 MMA, 0-1 CW).This huge knockout attracted the attention of the UFC, where Piechota would debut 4 months later at UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs Till, winning a Unanimous Decision against Jonathan “Johnny Bravo” Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
Submission of the year: Chris Fishgold vs Alexander “Bad Romance” Jacobsen
Chris Fishgold (17-1-1 MMA, 8-0 CW) won submission of the year in his only showing of 2017 and third title defence of his Lightweight Title, at Cage Warriors 88 where he submitted Alexander “Bad Romance” Jacobsen (8-2 MMA, 2-2 CW) via Rear Naked Choke 4 minutes into round one. After the fight, Fishgold announced after his third defence of the Lightweight Title, that he would drop down to Featherweight for his next fight. I think there is a strong chance that Fishgold will be in the UFC in 2018.
Fight of the year: Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood vs Josh “Crazy Horse” Reed
Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood (12-3 MMA, 4-0 CW) won in a barnburner for his first defence of the Bantamweight Title against Josh “Crazy Horse” Reed (7-1 MMA, 4-1 CW) in a crazy comeback. The champion Wood was clearly hurt and even got dropped, however he managed to hurt Reed badly where Marc Goddard was forced to stop the contest, in an amazing fight that is still talked about today.