Lewis Long - Photo Credit: Dolley Clew / Cage Warriors

In a shocking turn of events, Wales Lewis “The Foot” Long earned a first round win over Che Mills in the main event of Cage Warriors 83 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales this evening.

The contest would begin with Mills (16-10) controlling the center of the cage before Long (15-4) would shoot for a powerful takedown which resulted in the former UFC veteran landing awkwardly forcing an immediate tap from the Englishman after just 0:18 seconds gone on the clock.

The True Viking bounces back from 1st career loss to defeat Clist

In the co-main event of the evening, Denmark’s Søren Bak put on a grappling masterclass on-route to a lopsided decision win over cinderella man Scott Clist. At the bell, Bak (8-1) would immediately shoot and successfully land a takedown before transitioning to side control. The man known as the “The True Viking” would lock in a crucifix and would proceed to land some big elbows, opening up a cut on the head of Clist (9-4). Bak would then take the back of his opponent and would land some more strikes while searching for an opening to lock in a rear-naked choke but “The Priest” would defend well before the bell would bring an end to the opening round.

At the beginning of the 2nd stanza, Clist would come out all guns blazing forcing his opponent on the back foot briefly before the Dane would secure the second takedown of the night. Bak would briefly be swept by the man known as “The Priest” but would proceed to lock in a triangle but the Englishman would manage to escape yet again but would end the round on his back.

The final round of the contest would begin in a similar vein as the second, as Clist would come out charging before Bak would land yet another takedown. The CSA.DK trained fighter would lock on yet another crucifix before again moving to his opponents back and would retain control to close out the fight and secure the win on all the judge’s scorecards.

Top prospect Josh Reed stays perfect with stoppage win

Undefeated prospect Josh Reed further enhanced his growing reputation as “one to watch” as he claimed the fifth stoppage win of his young career against Gavin Kelly. It was a cagey opening to the fight with both fighters trying to find their range. Within 2-minutes, Kelly (7-3) would unleash a barrage of strikes in the clinch but his opponent would eat them seemingly with ease. Undefeated prospect Reed (6-0) unleashed a devastating combination of his own, for which his opponent had no answer to, forcing the referee to intervene. Following his latest win, the Welshman informed those in attendance and those watching at home that he would be keeping a close eye on the fight for the vacant bantamweight title at Cage Warriors 84 and made it known he wanted a shot at the winner.

Giovanni Melillo “Punishes” Mohsen Bahari to earn KO win

Newcomer Giovanni “The Punisher” Melillo made light work of perennial Cage Warriors title contender Mohsen Bahari to shock those in attendance. The two welterweights would exchange strikes at the beginning of round 1, with Bahari (9-3) landing some nice leg kicks which didn’t seem to phase his opponent. Moments later Melillo (7-1) would rock the Norwegian who would press the Italian up again the fence in the clinch. The fight would be brought to an abrupt end seconds later as “The Punisher” would land a massive hook on the break that would drop Bahari and after a few more strikes referee Rich Mitchell would be forced to bring an end to the fight.

Jack Shore bulldozes his way to submission win

In the opening bout of the main card, top Welsh featherweight prospect Jack “Tank” Shore made easy work of France’s Konman Deh. At the opening bell, Shore (5-0) immediately pressed Deh (9-4) up against the cage and would secure the takedown. The Tillery Combat trained featherweight proceeded to land some impressive ground and pound before transitioning to mount before Deh would briefly get back to his feet. The man known as “Tank” would immediately take the fight back to the canvas before transitioning back to mount. In the dying moments of the opening round, the unbeaten former IMMAF European Open champion goes for what appears to be a triangle before transitioning to an armbar to get the tap at the 4:46 mark of round 1.


Cage Warriors 83 Main card Results

Lewis Long def. Che Mills via TKO in 0:18 of Round 1

Soren Bak def. Scott Clist via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)

Josh Reed def. Gavin Kelly via KO in 3:10 of Round 1 

 Giovanni Melillo def. Mohsen Bahari via KO in 2:42 of Round 1

Jack Shore def. Konmon Deh via submission (Armbar) in 4:46 of Round 1

Pro Prelims Results

Joe McColgan def. Richard Williams via submission (Guillotine Choke) 4:59 round 3

Aiden Lee def. Kacper Lee via submission (RNC) in round 1

Kris Edwards def. Damo Weeden via submission (RNC) in round 2

Nicholas Ott def. Simon Maksimovic via unanimous decision