Phillips recorded the second submission victory of his career
after surviving some huge pressure from rangy Irishman Chris
Fields in the
Cage Warriors 48 main event at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town,
England, on Saturday night.
The Welshman Phillips opened up with a plethora of punches that
clearly shook the slow-starting Fields. Taking the fight at a
catch-weight on late notice, Fields took the action straight to the
floor and seemed to have a distinct advantage in the grappling
department, mounting and pummeling Phillips.
Later in the round, Phillips would call on his opponent only to be
hit with an immediate push kick to the throat. Fields’ grappling
dominance looked set to continue in the second frame, with the SBG
Ireland product securing a nice trip takedown. Phillips, a revered
striker, went for what seemed to be an unlikely arm-in guillotine
attempt, but to the huge surprise of many in attendance he forced
Fields to submit 2:04 into the second round.
The man dubbed “The White Mike Tyson” adds the submission scalp to
his triangle choke victory against Tomas Penz in
his last outing. Cage Warriors announced post-fight that Phillips
will get a chance to avenge his 25-second submission loss to
Kusch in a middleweight title fight.
“I was talking to Chris during the first asking him if he was
getting tired. There was no bad blood though -- he’s a good guy,”
Phillips explained to Sherdog.com. “I can’t wait to get revenge
against Kusch. I just got caught cold last time.”
In the evening’s co-main event, former “Ultimate Fighter”
Wilkinson made short work of Leigh
Cohoon in a much-needed return to form on a big stage.
Wilkinson, a product of the
Wolfslair Academy, has enjoyed mixed success since his stint on
the reality show but looked a class above his opponent in winning
via rear-naked choke 2:07 into round one of the welterweight
Welterweight prospect Danny
Roberts overcame veteran opponent Jack Mason in
a tense affair that played out mostly on the floor. Mason’s
intentions were laid out clearly in the first with the Tsunami Gym
fighter catching a leg kick early and taking the action to the
deck. Mason worked top position for most of the round but looked
visibly shaken by a hard Roberts upkick.
TUF alum Wilkinson choked Cohoon.
In the second period, Roberts was able to land some strikes and
later took a turtle-up Mason’s back after some good work in the
clinch. Mason did well to shake his opponent off his back but left
his arm in danger as a consequence. The Liverpool resident took
full advantage of a firm grip on Mason’s arm, eventually forcing
the tap 2:46 into the second period.
An elated Roberts described the win to Sherdog.com as the “best
moment in his career.”
Veteran middleweight Denniston
Sutherland proved too much for Brett
Sizeland, with “Mad Max” putting on an impressive
ground-and-pound clinic. Sizeland took Sutherland to the ground
early on, but the wily campaigner was able to avoid taking any
damage of note. However, when Sutherland later secured his own
takedown, his top game would prove much more devastating. A long
series of hammer fists forced referee Neil Hall to
step in and save the hapless Sizeland 4:12 into the first.
Stepping in on late notice to fight Israeli Ido
Pariente, lightweight Dale
Hardiman lost 25 percent of his fight purse after missing
weight. Pariente looked to use his grappling prowess to good
effect, taking down his opponent and landing some decent
ground-and-pound from top position, clearly taking the first
Roberts rolled on the floor.
It was Hardiman’s heavy artillery that would have the last say in
the bout, however, as he dropped his man with a massive right hand.
With the Israeli still trying to regain his senses, Hardiman landed
a series of brutal hammerfists to stop the action and put Pariente
out cold 43 seconds into round two.
Elsewhere, tricky grappler Kris
Edwards showed a very dangerous guard game in an entertaining
125-pound contest. After possibly dropping the first round to
Hyslop, the Welshman Edwards came back strong in the second to
secure a tight arm bar finish 1:44 into round two.
Heavyweight Dayman Lake
showed huge power to pick up and slam fellow big man Jay
Mortimore. Once on the deck Lake hit Mortimore with a variety
of strikes, forcing the stoppage and bouncing back after
Ptasinski dominated fellow Polish welterweight Jacek
Toczydlowski in a bizarre showing from the latter. Despite
being constantly hit with leg kicks and peppered with two-punch
combinations, Toczydlowski was content to stand up with Ptasinski
for the full three rounds --much to the annoyance of his corner
team. Ptasinski eventually gained the decision victory, with all
three judges seeing it 30-27 in his favor.
Earlier, Leon Del
Gaudio shook off an early Mehmet
Faulds onslaught to secure a rear-naked choke victory 3:03 into
the first round of their 164-pound catch-weight contest, while
Watts overwhelmed Victor
Peixoto with a guillotine choke in 53 seconds.
In undercard amateur action, featherweight Daniel
Thompson ran over Dean Simmons, winning via TKO after a mere 31
seconds, and Tim Stokes
took a unanimous decision from Lukas Bienas.