Fight Network is presenting a live broadcast of Cage Contender 16 from the National Basketball Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Follow the live blog below:
-Paul Daley vs. Patrick Vallee
Daley immediately getting in Vallee’s face forcing him to retreat. Daley throws a wild uppercut that just misses its target. Vallee circling around side to side, not throwing any strikes. Daley getting frustrated with Vallee’s lack of effort as he chases the French fighter around. Hard low kick connects for Daley. Daley goes high with the kick now, but Vallee catches it before retreating. Solid low kick scores for Daley, but Vallee uses the movement to push Daley to the ground. Vallee gets on top of Daley, but gets caught momentarily in a triangle choke. Vallee easily frees himself just as the round ends.
Daley trying to throw more punches to start the second round. Hard leg kick for Daley lands but he’s almost taken down again as he connects. Daley keeping calm as he chases Vallee over and over. The crowd getting restless here with the lack of action. The referee decides he’s had enough too and stops the fight to warn Vallee about his lack to effort. Action resumes, actually that’s a lie, there’s no action going on here at all. Vallee tries to take Daley down but it’s easily stuffed. Daley out of nowhere throws a flying knee that absolutely knocks Vallee out cold. He’s completely out as Daley exits the cage and runs into the crowd.
Winner: Paul Daley via KO (Flying Knee) at 4:12, Round 2
Interim Cage Contender Welterweight Title
-Arni Isaksson (Champion) vs. Ali Arish
Both men extremely relaxed to begin the fight. Arish shoots in with a double leg takedown, but Isaksson backs away. Arish paws with a short punch before successfully taking Isaksson down. Isaksson rolls for a possible kneebar attempt that has Arish scrambling. Isaksson can’t get the submission but uses the position to stand. Big right hand lands for Arish, but Isaksson is unfazed. Isaksson being the aggressor moving forward as Arish circles away. Arish again lands with the right hand before taking Isaksson back down. Isaksson is able to free himself and stand but it’s not long before he’s ripped back down to the mat.
Big right hand misses for Arish who is looking to counter Isaksson. Arish moves ahead and gets a hold of Isaksson, before promptly taking him down. Isaksson backs himself up towards the cage and uses it to stand back up. Arish tries with another takedown but is quickly fatiguing. Isaksson avoids the takedown and gets to work with strike combos. Arish looking completely spent as he gets tagged in the center of the cage. Arish uses what little energy he has left and trips Isaksson back down to the canvas. Arish just holding on while Isaksson tries to create space from the bottom. Isaksson briefly gets back up but Arish is desperate and refuses to let him go. Arish completely smothering Isaksson but not doing much else.
Gunnar Nelson giving Isaksson advice between rounds, but it makes no difference as Arish easily takes Isaksson down to start the final frame. Isaksson able to create a bit of space and push Arish off, but Arish complains he got eye poked and gets the attention of the referee. Action resumes, Isaksson sprawls Arish’s first takedown attempt, but falls victim to the second one. Arish knows he’s ahead and is completely content to stay in guard and hold Isaksson down. Isaksson trying to use the cage to stand up but Arish is able to peal him off and throw him back down each time. Isaksson working as hard as he can to get up, but even when he does, it’s short lived each time.
Winner : Ali Arish via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vacant Cage Contender Lightweight Title
-Greg Loughran vs. Chris Stringer
Both fighters waste no time exchanging punches. Hard right hand lands for Stringer, but Loughran counters with a left hook. Stringer continues to move forward and back Loughran up with strikes. Stringer using a nice jab to tag Loughran almost at will. Loughran gets wild with his punches and chases Stringer back, but gets the worse of the exchange after Stringer stings him with a jab straight combo. Loughran clinches up briefly before pushing Stringer back. Loughran moves forward behind his jab before shooting a double leg takedown. Stringer looks to lock up a guillotine, but Loughran is able to posture up and pull his head free. Loughran trying to rough Stringer up before losing the position and allowing him to stand. Stringer again landing nicely with the jab as he first round ends.
Loughran aggressive to start the second round. Nice one-two combination lands for Loughran, but Stringer responds with a couple wild punches. Loughran clinches Stringer up against the fence but is unable to do much with the position. Stringer frees himself and resumes marking up Loughran with his jab. Loughran has had enough and grabs a hold of Stringer again. Nice takedown for Loughran who immediately transitions into a standing guillotine. Loughran looking to lock up the move but Stringer is able to free himself. Back on the feet, wicked liver punch lands for Loughran but he eats a hard left hook in the process. Loughran really picking up his pace now, landing a lot more with his punches and kicks. Loughran again rips Stringer to the body as he chases him around the cage.
Round three underway. Loughran ducks a punch and tries to take Stringer down. Stringer does a good job of keeping his balance and pushes Loughran off. Stringer throws a couple of loopy punches before trying to take Loughran to the canvas. Loughran wastes no time using the takedown attempt to lock up a tight anaconda choke, but can’t get the position quite right and loses it. Loughran kicks Stringer back and stands up only to take Stringer down. Stringer down only briefly before getting back up once again. One minute left in the fight and both men are exchanging wild shots. Loughran hurting Stringer with left and right hands, but Stringer responds with kicks to the body as the final round ends.
Winner: Greg Loughran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Myles Price vs. Ali Maclean
Maclean wastes no time catching the first kick Price throws and takes him down. Maclean using his strength advantage to muscle Price on the mat and moves to side control. Price scrambles and is able to stand back up, but Maclean still has him clinched up along the cage. Price with a hip toss to slam Maclean down to the canvas. Price briefly looks to lock up a guillotine but quickly loses the move and allows Maclean to stand. Price throwing some short punches but nothing is connecting clean. Maclean’s had enough with the stand up and grabs a hold Price before dragging him down to end the round.
Both men mouthing off at each other to start the second round. Price throws a hard straight right, but Maclean ducks the punch and takes him down. Maclean looking to pass to side control, but Price shrugs him off and stands back up. Two jabs land for Price before he decides to turn the tables take Maclean down. Price trying to hold Maclean down but Maclean is just too strong for him. Maclean stands back up but Price is quick to attack him with punch combinations. Maclean gets tagged a couple times before grabbing a hold of Price and throwing him down. Maclean keeping active trying to work short punches. Price again does a good job of kicking Maclean back before standing up. Price landing the better strikes but Maclean is able to take him down almost at will and that’s the difference.
Price tries with the head kick early but it’s blocked. Maclean moving forward trying to corner his opponent is having no luck. Price decides to initiate the clinch and pushes Maclean against the fence. Price tries to get body control, but Maclean uses his power to slam Price down. Maclean is relentless with his top control, not letting Price get any type of movement going. Price tries to roll but senses Maclean trying to take his back and decides to settle for half guard. Price trying desperately to stand up, but Maclean effortlessly tosses him back down each time. Price tries once more to stand but Maclean dumps him with a nice German suplex for his efforts.
Winner: Ali Maclean via Unanimous Decision (29-27,29-27,29-28)
-John Redmond def. Christopher McDonald via Majority Decision
-Peter Queally def. Diego Coloma via Unanimous Decision
-Mick Brennan def. Muzicuk via Majority Decision