Jack Shore stays perfect, thrills home crowd with submission win
The Welsh crowd was enthusiastic in their welcome of local product Jack Shore at Saturday’s Cage Warriors 104. In exchange, they were treated to yet another impressive display by the bantamweight champion.
It took a bit for Shore (11-0) to get going against Scott Malone (6-2) in the headliner at Viola Arena in Cardiff, Wales. But once Shore got some momentum, he didn’t let it go, confidently making his way to a rear-naked choke that forced the tap in the third round.
The win marked Shore’s first title defense since claiming the promotion’s vacant bantamweight title. The champ got to keep his unblemished record at the expense of Malone’s six-fight winning streak, which included three wins on the Cage Warriors stage.
After the fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass, the “over-the-moon” 24-year-old champ said he would confer with his team about his future – which could be somewhere else.
“Maybe a big show is the next step, but maybe not,” Shore said. “I feel I’m ready now, but I love fighting for Cage Warriors, if they want me to stay.”
For now, it seems Shore is staying put. Shortly afterward, the promotion announced that he would get to perform in front of his home crowd once more when they return to Viola Arena on Oct. 12.
Shore’s balance and posture were on full display early, after he resisted a takedown attempt, but he kept it up as Malone pressed him against the cage.
Shore was able to get the fight back to the center of the cage, where they engaged in a brief exchange before Malone went for a trip. Shore was able to dodge that, but relented to a hip throw shortly thereafter and found himself in bottom position on the ground. Shore didn’t spend too much time there, though, and managed to get himself back up. Shore again had his back against the fence, though, and from there Malone was able to drag Shore to the ground once more. Again, Shore stayed calm and was able to break free. The two ended the round at the center of the cage.
Malone was the more aggressive fighter coming into the second, but Shore was immediately effective with his attacks. Malone threw timid low kicks as they studied each other, with Shore relying on fast hands. As the halfway mark of Round 2 approached, Malone went for another takedown attempt, but Shore stuffed it. Malone insisted on the takedown as the two fought for control against the cage, but Shore still wouldn’t relent. The exchanges were still somewhat balanced as the action resumed at the center of the cage, momentum seemed to be shifting toward Shore. Malone managed to land a good punch, but Shore was quick to respond with some mean elbows before the second round ended.
The lengthier Shore landed good straight punches to start off the third round, while Malone tried to counter with shorter punches and low kicks. Shore pressed Malone against the cage and landed a solid straight punch before catching a kick and getting Malone to the ground. From there, it didn’t take long for Shore to get to the mount. Malone tried to prop himself back up against the cage, but ended up giving up his back. Shore worked swiftly toward a rear-naked choke, forcing the tap at the 2:28 mark.
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