Karl Amoussou stops Matt Inman - Photo Credit: Cage Warriors/Dolly Clew

Karl Amoussou made a huge claim for a UFC call-up after stopping Matt Inman at Cage Warriors 80 to win the vacant CW welterweight title.

Amoussou headlined the Cage Warriors 80 show from the o2 Indigo in London on February 18 and showed excellent composure to finish Inman by strikes at the 3:13 mark of round one. 

Karl Amoussou makes strong case for UFC call-up at Cage Warriors 80

The German athlete – who switched his nationality from French due to the country’s political opposition of MMA – looked infinitely calm in front of 2,200 screaming fans. The MMA Factory man held a loose stance, which played in his favour as he was able to open up against his SBG Manchester foe. 

The finish came when Amoussou landed a thunderous right hand before pouncing on Inman like a hungry hyena, followed by an abundance of heavy ground strikes.

In his post-fight interview with MMA Plus, Amoussou remained confident that he deserves a UFC call-up after such an impressive victory. 

“Welterweights all over the world know now that I’m coming for them. I’ve cleaned the whole division in Europe, so now let me make my proof everywhere, in UFC,” claimed Amousou before he dedicated his title win to Germany. 

In the co-main event of the evening, Brad Wheeler put on a striking clinic against Warren Kee, utilising a nasty liver shot at the 1:42 mark of round two for the stoppage.

The bout was originally scheduled for 170lbs, but became a catchweight after Kee missed the limit by 3.4lbs on Friday. Wheeler utilised his clinch well throughout the fight, as he continued to punish the head and body of Kee with continual vicious knees.

Overall, it was a disciplined performance from “The Crazy Kid” as he got back to winning ways following his loss to Scott Clist at Cage Warriors 75

Anthony Dizy shocks Martin Stapleton at Cage Warriors 80

It was a less than welcome return at Cage Warriors 80 for Martin Stapleton, as he struggled to get out of third gear against Frenchman Anthony Dizy

The SBG Manchester fighter was confident leading into his fight at the o2 Indigo, but “.50 Cal” struggled to deal with Dizy’s smothering top control during their ground exchanges. France’s Dizy failed to capitalise on any of his ground positions, instead electing to tire Stapleton out with some tactical lay and pray. 

After being deducted one point in the final round for knees to the head of a grounded Dizy, Stapleton knew he had to go for the finish. The former BAMMA lightweight champion attempted a flying scissor leg takedown but Dizy defended excellently and ground out the final three minutes of the fight to earn a unanimous decision. 

In the biggest shock of the night, Alexander Jacobsen continued his trend of first round finishes, stopping Tim Wilde in devastating fashion after just 3:53 of round one. The Norwegian clinched his sixth first round victory and seventh overall, clipping Wilde with an overhand right.

Southpaw Wilde found a fair amount of success with his lead jab, constantly pressuring his opponent, but the finish came completely against the run of play, when Jacobsen capitalised on Wilde’s low guard to drop him with a looping right hand. “Bad Romance” followed up with a few ground strikes, before referee Rich Mitchell intervened, despite Wilde’s defiance. 

Opening the main card, Craig White showed great resilience to weather an early storm from Thomas Robertsen and submit him with three seconds left of the first round. The Exmouth fighter overpowered the Norwegian after being controlled for a few minutes, before landing a takedown which culminated in a fantastic triangle choke and his third win on Cage Warriors.

Cage Warriors 80 full results

Cage Warriors Welterweight Title: Karl Amoussou def. Matt Inman via TKO (3:13 – Round 1)
175lb Catchweight: Brad Wheeler def. Warren Kee via TKO (1:42 – Round 2)
150lb Catchweight: Anthony Dizy def. Martin Stapleton via Decision (Unanimous) (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
Lightweight: Alexander Jacobsen def. Tim Wilde via KO (3:53 – Round 1)
Welterweight: Craig White def. Thomas Robertsen via submission (triangle choke) (4:57 – Round 1) 

Middleweight: Djati Melan def. Arvydas Juska via TKO (4:51 – Round 1)  
Featherweight: Aiden Lee def. Fabien Gallinaro via submission (inverted heel hook) (1:06 – Round 1) 
150lb Catchweight: Decky McAleenan def. Thomas Terdjman via submission (triangle choke) (3:28 – Round 2)