Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold shine on home soil at Cage Warriors 78
THE clamour for Paddy Pimblett to be handed a UFC call-up reached fever pitch in Liverpool this past weekend as the Scouse featherweight delivered a stunning performance to capture the Cage Warriors world 145lb title.
Pimblett defeated experienced Frenchman Johnny Frachey by first-round TKO to send his legion of hometown fans crazy as he took full advantage of his co-main event status at Cage Warriors 78.
Twenty-one-year-old Pimblett has been rated as one of the UK’s hottest rising prospects, but his ascension to the top of the Cage Warriors featherweight division was briefly put on hold when he missed weight in his previous bout against Teddy Violet back in July.
But he had no such problems this time around, as he hit championship weight on weigh-in day, then turned in a superb display, dancing his way to the cage, then stopping Frachey with a flying knee and punches to register his first TKO/KO finish in nearly two years.
In the night’s main event fellow Scouser and CWFC lightweight world champ Chris Fishgold pushed his own UFC claims by following on from where Pimblett left off and racking up his fifth consecutive first-round finish (four by submission, one by TKO) by submitting Frenchman Jason Ponet via guillotine choke after just 64 seconds.
It gave the city the perfect win double and sent the fans home happy after an action-packed night at the Echo Arena.
But the undoubted star of the show was Pimblett, whose UFC call-up is surely a formality following his latest stunning performance.