Chris Fishgold capped off a fantastic night for Liverpool as himself, Lee Chadwick and Molly McCann were all crowned victorious at Cage Warriors 88 in the ECHO Arena.
Fishgold proved his worth on his return to the cage with a fantastic first-round finish over Alexander Jacobsen.
Despite Jacobsen being known as the striker of the two, Fishgold was more than happy to stand and trade with the Norwegian, dominating on the stand-up.
Fishgold then took the fight to the mat and demonstrated his great skills by quickly working to take the back of his opponent before submitting him with a rear-naked choke.
The first round finish was a dream comeback for the lightweight champion.
In shock news shortly after his third title defence, Chris Fishgold revealed he would be moving down to featherweight before calling out champion Nad Narimani.
Fishgold, Chadwick and McCann impress in front of the Liverpool faithful
In the second world title fight of the night, veteran Lee Chadwick took to the cage a colossal eleven years on from his debut. This time, however, he was aiming for middleweight gold against Victor Cheng.
Chadwick struggled early on in the fight with Cheng doing much of his work behind kicks, leaving Chadwick both puzzled and frustrated, struggling to get into the fight.
The third round served as a turning point when Chadwick imposed his wrestling on his opponent, pinning Cheng against the cage and working for the submission with what seemed a tight standing guillotine. This was defended well by Cheng although.
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A much slower round four saw Chadwick take advantage and find success on the feet, with the pair happy to engage with each other.
Knowing it was all to fight for, Cheng came out swinging in the fifth and final round and found himself in top position on the ground. However, “The Butcher” soon reversed this and dominated the remainder of the fight.
Chadwick edged the fight 48-47, 48-47, 48-47 and claimed the vacant middleweight title.
Women’s flyweight action took place in the shape of Molly McCann and Priscila De Souza. The first round told the tale of the fight – striker vs wrestler. McCann landed numerous heavy strikes whilst Souza executed two takedowns.
McCann came into her own in the second round when she took control of proceedings, upping the ante in her strikes whilst defending the incoming takedowns much better.
The third round was a barnstormer with both fighters leaving it all in the ring before the fight went to the scorecards. “Meatball” earned a unanimous decision victory and called for a title shot shortly after.
Cage Warriors 88 main card results:
Lightweight title contest: Chris Fishgold def. Alexander Jacobsen via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 1 – 4:15)
Vacant Middleweight title contest: Lee Chadwick def. Victor Cheng via decision (Unanimous) – (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Lightweight contest: Soren Bak def. Martin Stapleton via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 1 – 3:51)
Featherweight contest: Molly McCann def. Priscila De Souza via decision (unanimous) – (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Professional prelim results:
Featherweight contest – Paull McBain def. Sam Spencer via TKO (Eye injury) – (Round 1 – 5:00)
Welterweight contest – Mick Stanton def. Josh McManus via decision (Unanimous) – (29-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight contest – Jack Grant def. Perry Goodwin via KO (Knees) – (Round 1 – 3:17)
Welterweight contest – Jack Della def. James Duckett via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 2 – 3:44)
Amateur prelim results:
Flyweight title contest – Liam Gittins def. Abdul Chowdrey via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 3 – 1:52)
Middleweight title contest – George Smith def. Amadeusz Arvzewski via submission (D’arce choke) – (Round 2 – 2:24)
Lightweight contest – Chris Green def. John Carney via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 1 – 2:19)
Welterweight contest – Tom Clarke def. Adam Cullen via submission (Armbar) – (Round 2 – 2:07)
Catchweight contest (138) – Nathan Fletcher def. Rhys McHugh via submission (Triangle Choke) – (Round 2 – 2:07)
Catchweight contest (130) – Chris Nicol def. JJ Jones via decision (Unanimous)