Cage Warriors 99 results: James Webb scores first-round knockout in front of home crowd
Less than 1:30 into tonight’s headlining bout, Webb (5-1) closed in on the lengthy, studious Radcliffe (13-6) and landed a left hook that would cause his knees to give out from under him. Radcliffe’s delayed physical reaction made for a confusing sight at first, but it soon became clear that he was seriously disoriented.
Cage Warriors 99 took place at Charter Hall in Colchester, England, and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass after prelims on Facebook.
It was certainly a big statement for the 28-year-old local product, who so far had seen all of his pro MMA wins come via submission. Webb was hoping to continue the trend, he said in his post-fight interview, but “whatever they give me, I’ll take.”
It was also a notable way to rise to the occasion as the middleweight bout was only given main-event status this past Wednesday. Webb and Radcliffe were originally supposed to be the co-headliners, but got bumped up when a flyweight title bout fell through.
Webb is now 3-1 in the Cage Warriors cage, after a decision loss on his debut, while Radcliffe hit a rough 1-5 patch in his past six bouts.
Tait ends four-year drought with body-shot TKO
And that, he most certainly did. It may not have been in the flashy manner that has come to be expected from Tait (9-4), but hey, there can be beauty in the basics. Less than three minutes into Cage Warriors 99’s bantamweight co-headliner, Tait landed a massive liver shot that immediately folded Kelly (7-6).
It was clear that Kelly was in no condition to go on, and the ref promptly stepped in to stop the bout. A visibly relieved Tait is officially back on track, while Kelly has lost his three most recent Cage Warriors – all via knockout.
Burnell rebounds from 1-2 UFC stint with big submission win
For a few seconds there, it seemed like a massive uppercut byLukasz Rajewski was going to cut spoil Mads Burnell’s return to the cage after a three-fight UFC run. What followed, though, showed that Burnell is justified in taking pride on his cage smarts.
Rocked by the blow, Burnell dove on the single leg and immediately clinched up, allowing himself time to recover as he began to turn the tide on his favor. Applying continuous pressure on the ground, Burnell was eventually able to first get the mount, then transition to Rajewski’s back. From there, it wasn’t long before he got his arm across Rajewski’s neck, forcing the tap at the 3:23 mark of Round 1.
Both fighters were making their Cage Warriors debuts. Burnell is now back on track after losing to Cage Warriors alum Arnold Allen in the UFC. Burnell went 1-2 in the octagon, with a win over Mike Santiago sandwiched between losses to Allen and Michel Prazeres. Rajewski, in turn, was coming off a first-round submission win at KSW, where he’d most recently gone 2-1.
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