Cage Warriors 95 results: Italy's Stefano Paterno takes 170-pound title with first-round finish

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It was yet another good night for Italy in the Cage Warriors cage, with Stefano Paterno joining Mauro Cerilli in the promotion’s hall of champions after an emphatic promotional debut win.

Paterno (12-2-1) beat home product Mehrdad Janzemini (9-3) in the Cage Warriors 95 headliner at Indigo at The O2 in London to take home the promotion’s vacant welterweight belt. The main card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, with prelims on Facebook.

The win came at the 3:43 mark of Round 1, as Paterno repeatedly struck Janzemini with punches to the face from mount. It was the seventh finish of Paterno’s current eight-fight unbeaten streak, which includes a majority draw, and certainly quite a nice way of announcing himself to the Cage Warriors audience.

Paterno started the action with a head kick, but it offered no real danger to Janzemini. The two engaged shortly after that, but Janzemini’s attempt to close the distance backfired as he was taken down. Janzemini stayed on the ground, on his back, as his opponent circled around him, eventually plunging with strikes. One of Paterno’s charges created an opening for Janzemini, who grabbed hold of his leg, and the two were locked in on the ground for a bit before Janzemini threatened with a leg attack. Paterno was able to squirm out of it, though, briefly returning to his feet before landing back on the ground, this time on Janzemini’s guard.

From there, Paterno transitioned to the half-guard and eventually to the mount, At first, Janzemini attempted to halt Paterno’s offense by gripping his arms around his opponent’s torso, but that would only stave him off for so long. Soon..

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