by Hywel Teague
May 9, 2004
South Yorksire, England
Fernandez victorious over Butlin with one second to spare, new featherweight champ crowned
Frenchman Emmanuel Fernandez was crowned the CW Featherweight champion last Sunday night after
defeating Yorkshire resident Ian Butlin in dramatic fashion. Ground specialist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown
belt Fernandez showed great patience and a solid game plan in attaining victory in one of the most thrilling
finishes in UK MMA. Not giving famed striker Butlin a chance to fire anything off, Fernandez took an early
from the clinch before methodically working his way to a submission.
punches until stepping up the pace later in the round. On a signal from his corner, Fernandez went up to
fifth gear with his ground strikes before passing to side control- Butlin almost escaped the pin but found
himself defending an armbar. Stacked near the cage, the De La Riva brown belt smoothly transitioned to a
choke, forcing a tap with only one second left on the clock.
Fernandez was ecstatic with his win, and rightly so. He has defeated all of his opponents with the same
move, yet handled his toughest test yet with relative ease. While Butlin is a dangerous grappler, the
in skill was evident, as the talented Frenchman found himself in little
danger throughout the fight.
ever. A possible rematch later down the line would be a mouth-watering prospect, but I feel there may be
than a few u65kgs (under 143 lbs.) fighters eyeing up Fernandez’s belt.
Ryan gets “Tengizzed”
- the Barnsley Gladiator steam rolls through opponent
spectacular fashion before a huge home crowd. Now resident in Barnsley, this internationally decorated
wrestler took little time in imposing his will on 7 times Irish Judo champ
rocked Ryan. Brushing off the desperate takedown attempts of Ryan, Tengiz systematically went about
taking apart the judo stylist. Following Ryan around the ring from position to position, Tengiz never allowed
Ryan to gather himself or mouth any effective defense, until finally settling into mount and scoring a referee
stoppage at 2 min 5 sec of the first round. A rousing cheer from the crowd saw the Georgian giant extend
wining streak to 7 fights in a row.
Elliot with first ever MMA twister
victorious in MMA by applying the “twister” submission hold. In a blistering performance, the UFC veteran
shot in and took the fight to the floor immediately, setting up the unorthodox submission and forcing Gracie
Barra Newcastle fighter Dave Elliot to tap at 58 seconds of the first round. For a few scary moments, it
seemed Elliot might be hurt, and Strebendt was genuinely concerned for his well being, even making an
effort to go over to Dave’s family. Luckily, Elliot was soon up and without injury, but still victim to the first
their scheduled match at Cage Rage (May 23rd in London). Tensions are certainly running high for this fight,
it one not to be missed.
be confirmed, so watch this space.
Daley scores quick
win over Moradi in a kickboxing fight (rules same as K-1)
unknown Ressa Moradi. Coming to the ring with no groin protector (requiring a quick dash back to the
changing rooms) and no tape on his gloves, Moradi seemed an unwise opponent for the dangerous Daley, a
with a rep for big punches and serious KO power.
another, Moradi was obviously a dark horse, but this didn’t stop Daley from landing a huge knee to the
head, opening a bad cut and requiring a stoppage at around the minute mark of round 1.
Daley vs. Ressa Moradi (3x3 rounds)
Bouchalegham rear naked choke attempt on Ewin
Bouchalegham. Employing what could best be described as a grappling version of rope-a-dope tactics,
Ewin braved his way through three and a half rounds of being in the worst positions imaginable before turning
around in the greatest MMA comeback ever.
same against the Gloucester native. Repeatedly taking Ewin down and moving from mount to rear mount to
mount, Bouchalegham seemed only seconds way from victory for much of the fight. The wily Ewin evaded
every submission attempt from the De La Riva BJJ purple belt and sensationally reversed the fight, winning
by way of corner stoppage. With a fatigued Bouchalegham cowering against the cage under a barrage of
from Ewin, the fight was called to a halt as the towel came in at 2.25 of
Gav Bradley (left) vs. Dave Roche (right)
over tough lightweight Gav Bradley. Using some sharp striking to force a shoot from Bradley, the
permanently smiling Roche completely out-classed and out-powered Bradley on the mat, taking a guillotine
at only 1.19 seconds of round 1.
presented with the right opponent. With a possible match with Gerald Strebendt (one Roche is itching for) on
cards, Roche’s wish may come true.
Lee Dorski (top) vs. Andy Walker (bottom) - lee setting up for an armbar
smoothly submits Walker, first win for Tsunami
created fight team Tsunami Gym.
Robbie Olivier and Dave McLaughlin, the new Shooters affiliated gym enjoyed a convincing win as Dorski
closed down Walkers stand up game before setting up the armbar for the
first round submission victory.
makes it a double in family affair
Mark Chen in the opening fight of the night. A close call throughout, Fernandez scored well on the judges
scorecards for his submission attempts and stronger clinch. While Chen certainly had the edge in striking, it
an unenviable job for the judges to decide a winner, but they settled on
There are few MMA events in the UK that can be said to match Cagewarriors’ efforts in showcasing
mixed martial arts talent.
Featuring all-star domestic fights or battles between Britain’s finest and their foreign challengers,
has raised the bar a few notches with its last show.
entertaining the crowd and exciting the pundits.
the same and then some. Keep checking www.cagewarriors.com for updates.
Plus there will be a DVD of this exciting event out soon which features the Twister submission that everyone
is talking about. Check www.cagewarriors.com for updates.
From Hywel Teague & CageWarriors - with a little editing from us (color, some highlights, etc...)
Pictures courtesy of CageWarriors.com
Thefightgame.tv would like to apologize to Mr. Teague for omitting his name in this great report and we'd like
to thank him for his great work.