It may have been his toughest win to-date, but Joe McColgan believes he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Cage Warriors’ top lightweights after his spectacular showing against Sean Carter.

With a very credible foe like Carter, Northern Ireland’s McColgan knew things wouldn’t be easy when he signed to fight at Cage Warriors 86. The fight began at a racy pace, with Carter mirroring the success of Arnold QueroJoe’s sole pro defeat — early on by taking the fight to McColgan immediately.

Of course, he would weather the early storm from his English opponent, taking a few unnecessary headshots in the process, but the “SBG killer” soon found his rhythm and range once he knew he was in a dogfight.

It was a bloody affair, but McColgan came through on the judges’ scorecards with a split decision. Now, the lightweight prospect believes he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the rest of Cage Warriors 155-pound division.

Speaking to MMA Plus, he mentioned the difficulty to find his range early on against Carter, but felt his tenacity helped steer him through.

Set to take a year off, moving to New Zealand with his girlfriend, McColgan naturally expects to be less active but feels it will be hard to forget him after making such a mark on the division, happy to return for a high profile fight.