The main event of
Cage Warriors 49 at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, saw
Pendred take a unanimous decision over the well-regarded
After a tepid opening round, the fight came to life in the second,
with Carvalho going close with lengthy armbar and triangle
attempts. In the final round, Pendred clearly rocked his opponent
but resisted the urge to rush in. His caution was rewarded as the
men at ringside all scored the match in his favor (30-27, 29-28,
Controversy raged at the end of the co-main event between Tim Newman
and the veteran Greg
Loughran. After two unsuccessful guillotine attempts, Newman
finally got what he wanted as referee Marc Goddard waved the fight
off. Loughran looked bemused and protested, claiming that he had
not tapped. As Newman’s arm was raised, Loughran cut a moody figure
as he looked on.
Immediately afterwards, Loughran explained himself to
“At the end of the fight, I was holding out on the choke like I had
on the two previous occasions,” he said. “I didn’t tap, then bam,
Marc Goddard steps in and the fight’s over. I don’t know why he
stopped it. I think he messed up. I’m gutted. I was never in
trouble. I do that all the time in training. It burns your opponent
out. It should be made a no contest. I want a rematch,
After three rounds of standup, the judges preferred the meaty shots
and Gallic posturing of Faycal
Hucin to the work rate of John
Michael Sheil, handing the Frenchman a split decision. Two
judges scored it 29-28 in favour of Hucin, while the other had it
29-28 for Sheil. Hucin won the crowd over with the cheap trick of
wearing a Wales rugby union shirt on his walk to the cage and
maintained their support by dishing out venomous punches and
It was a hard night for many of the Welsh contingent on the card.
Merv Mulholland polished off Daniel
Thomas with an armbar in 82 seconds, while the languid Lewis Long
looked at ease against Paul
Redmond in the first but was eventually worn down and finished
with a rear-naked choke at 3:34 mark in the second round.
Most surprisingly, the highly-touted Kris
Edwards fell victim to Northern Irishman Alan
Philpott. Edwards was out of the traps quick, but Philpott
weathered the storm, got on top of the local boy and slapped on a
rear-naked choke at 3:53 of the opening frame after opening with
harsh, short elbows. Edwards was inconsolable as he sat with his
head down, dripping blood onto the canvas.
Earlier, Kevin Reed
threw all he had at Lee Caers in a
gruelling ground war. Bloody-nosed but defiant, Caers hung in
there, and the ref waved it off 4:52 into round two as he swung
punches at a spent Reed.
McDonough made a statement with a quick win over the
Gambatesa. The pair surely made MMA history, as the contest
featured a man with a pink Mohawk up against a man with a pink
beard. After a furious start, “Mr. Pink” McDonough caught his man
in an armbar at 1:53 of the first round.
In what was basically a boxing match with the odd kick, Dubliner
Seery took center cage and dictated the pace against Karl
Harrison. His clean work and ring generalship got the nod from
the judges (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Johns earned a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) over
game Cornishman Sam Gilbert.
The opener set the standard for the evening when the Cardiff crowd
went crazy for the first time to cheer Ryan
Marshall on his way to a second round ground-and-pound victory
Hope after a stirring brawl. The fight was halted at the 2:06
mark of the frame.