Cage Warriors 51 LIVE on FN Play-by-Play & Results
Collin Van Ooyen / December 31, 2012 - 3:50pm
Fight Network is presenting a live broadcast of Cage Warriors 51 from The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. Follow the live blog below:
Vacant CWFC Lightweight Title Bout
Conor McGregor vs Ivan Buchinger
The Dublin crowd is in a frenzy for hometown hero Conor McGregor as the main event gets under way. McGregor comes in with some creative and powerful kicks. McGregor follows up his striking with a powerful takedown, narrowly avoiding getting caught in a guillotine in the process. Buchinger uses the cage to work his way to the feet. McGregor begins taunting his opponent as he lands with some strong body kicks and punch combinations. Buchinger closes that distance by driving McGregor into the cage. McGregor is opening it right up now with strong punches and knees. McGregor slips a punch and drops Buchinger cold with a thunderous left cross that puts an abrupt end to this fight.
Winner: Conor McGregor via KO (punch) Rd. 1
CWFC Middleweight Title Bout
Chris Fields (champion) vs. Jesse Taylor
Fields comes out throwing a front kick that doesn’t connect as both men feel each other out. Taylor is able to score with an early takedown, driving some punches under the chin of Fields. The two work their way back up as Taylor controls his back. Taylor is able to grind Fields back to the ground for a brief moment, then back to a standing back control, then back to the ground, back to the feet, and back to the ground once more as Taylor is displaying some relentless wrestling. Fields is working hard for an arm submission, but Taylor is simply smothering him with his top control. Taylor lands a few strong shots from the top as time expires.
Fields tries to connect with the front kick again, and gets instantly driven into the cage and taken down again. Taylor relentlessly works for Fields’ back, where he locks in a deep rear naked choke and gets a swift submission.
Winner: Jesse Taylor via Submission (rear-naked choke) Rd. 2
Aisling Daly vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
The ladies opt not to high five at the beginning of the fight as they both look to land some bombs. Daly backs Kankaanpaa up to the cage, but quickly gets flipped over, finding herself with her back to the fence. Kankaanpaa scores with a takedown but Daly nearly catches her in an armbar. Kankaanpaa drops into side control and begins dropping bombs on Daly’s face. Daly can’t seem to work her way out of this position as Kankaanpaa is making herself very heavy here. The referee warns the ladies to work and Kankaanpaa instantly slips into a north-south and a Bravo choke. Daly powers her way to the feet but eats some big knees to the face in doing so. Kankaanpaa now grinds Daly against the cage before dropping her hard with another takedown. Time expires with Kankaanpaa raining down with ground and pound.
Both ladies come out swinging to start the round before Kankaanpaa backs Daly into the cage. Daly briefly tries to work a guillotine and throws some knees, but nothing seems to be getting through to Kankaanpaa. Kankaanpaa now has Daly’s back, making her pay for each opening with strong knees and punches. Daly went in looking for a leg trip but winds up on her back eating punches and elbows from Kankaanpaa. Daly eats some heavy shots before working back to her feet, eating more knees to the face on her way up. They’re barely back to the feet before Kankaanpaa drops Daly onto her back again. Kankaanpaa works several awkward looking submission attempts on Daly’s open arm. Daly is able to get out, but gives up a full mount in the process. As the girls work their way to the feet, Daly gets backed into the fence again, getting simply overpowered by Kankaanpaa.
The ladies stay on the feet to start the round, as Daly throws some unique standing hammerfists. Kankaanpaa scores with a head kick that has the crowd excited. Daly is trying to cut out the distance now, taking the fight back to the cage, working hard and eventually succeeding in a leg trip takedown. The takedown goes nowhere fast though, as both ladies are back to the feet quickly. Daly is intent on imposing her will in the cage clinch and ground game, but Kankaanpaa is too strong, reversing each takedown attempt. The two finally separate and start trading bombs recklessly. Daly looks gassed and desperate, knowing she needs to finish her opponent. Daly throws several powerful knees, but time expires before she can do any significant damage.
Winner: Kankaanpaa via un. dec. (30-27, 29-28,29-28)
Jack Mason vs. Florent Betorangal
Both men start the fight off tentatively, throwing very little as they shuffle around the ring. Betorangal showing some swagger in his movement, switching stances. Betorangal starts throwing some combos, but gets taken down easily by Mason. Mason doesn't do much from Betorangal's butterfly guard. Betorangal uses the cage to get back to his feet, quickly flipping Mason against the cage. After the two separate, Betorangal begins hanging his hands arrogantly. Mason shoots in for another successful takedown as Betorangal tries for a guillotine. Mason breaks free and begins working inside Betorangal's guard. Mason passes to half guard. Time expires with Mason pinning Betorangal. Betorangal looks stronger, but Mason earns more on the scorecards.
Betorangal uses his footwork to circle Mason. Betorangal begins letting loose with some strong combinations. Mason shoots in for another successful takedown. Mason starts grinding him down with some ground and pound, but Betorangal is displaying some good ground defense. Mason is making himself very heavy, pinning Betorangal and giving him very little room to breathe. Mason transitions from punches to a guillotine attempt, but Betorangal again shows good defense. With little progress, the referee stands the two up with 30 seconds remaining. Betorangal looks tired after the grinding groundwork, as Mason scores one more takedown as time expires.
Final round kicks off with Betorangal dancing around and hanging his hands, right before Mason puts him squarely onto his back once again with another takedown. Mason sticks to the game plan from the first two rounds, grinding on Betorangal with ground and pound from the full guard. The referee stops the action as Mason hits Betorangal with a headbutt. The referee declares it intentional and deducts a point from Mason. When action resumes, Betorangal lands a flying knee, but is planted right back onto his back again. Betorangal looks reinvigorated by the point deduction, but Mason’s top control is just too strong. Mason’s ground and pound really starting to open up now as he lands some solid shots. Time expires with Mason laying a beating on Betorangal from the top.
Winner: Jack Mason via un. dec. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul Redmond vs. Ryan Roddy
The first bout of the main card is now under way as the two Irishmen come in swinging. Roddy shoots in early with a double leg takedown and puts Redmond on his back. Roddy works to side control before Redmond slowly gets back to his feet using the cage. Roddy is able to drag him right back to the mat. Roddy lays some ground and pound from the half guard before Redmond is able to reverse the position and wind up on top. Redmond allows Roddy back to the feet before shooting in for a double leg of his own and dropping Roddy onto his back. Roddy keeps his back to the cage and works hard to get to his feet but Redmond won't let him up so easily. The two men eventually get back to the feet but remain in a grinding cage clinch with Redmond grinding Roddy against the cage with knees and punches. Roddy flips Redmond around and controls him again before dropping him with one more takedown as time expires. Incredibly close first round.
The fight goes straight back to the mat as Roddy maintains top control. Redmond makes his way back to the feet before dropping Roddy right back down to the ground with a takedown of his own. Redmond rolls quickly into a deep toe hold. Roddy tries to force Redmond off with his free foot, but the lock is too deep. Roddy taps.
Winner: Paul Redmond via Submission (toe hold) Rd. 2
James Brum def. Moktar Benkaci via un. dec. (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tommy Quinn def. Philip Mulpeter via maj. dec. (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
Henry Fadipe def. Charlie Watts via. TKO (strikes) Rd. 1