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Nathaniel Wood produces knockout performance to win Cage Warriors bantamweight title

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Nathaniel Wood produces knockout performance to win Cage Warriors bantamweight title

Nathaniel Wood went from ‘The Prospect’ to Cage Warriors champion with a five-star performance in the main event of Cage Warriors 84 in London.

The young bantamweight – a protege of former UFC bantamweight legend Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett – demolished Swiss submission ace Marko Kovacevic with a slick final combination to claim a first-round knockout win and become the first Londoner to capture Cage Warriors championship gold.

Kovacevic started fast, pressuring the Londoner in the opening exchanges, but Wood fought smartly off his back foot and began to establish success with his strikes, using the Swiss contender’s aggression against him.

And once Wood had his opponent rocked, he wasted no time in moving in for the finish, landing a rapid-fire flurry of strikes to send his man crashing to the canvas as referee Marc Goddard called a stop to the contest.

The co-main event saw Norwegian powerhouse Kenneth Bergh produced an impressive performance to submit veteran Norman Paraisy.

After a well-contested opening round, Bergh made the decisive breakthrough in the second.

Paraisy hit the grounded Bergh with a solid knee to the body, but the big Norwegian quickly reversed his position, leaving the Frenchman with his back to the fence. He then calmly locked up a standing guillotine choke on his downed rival, forcing the submission mid-way through the second round.

Former welterweight title challenger Matt Inman delivered three dominant rounds to outpoint Brad Wheeler in one of his most impressive performances in the Cage Warriors octagon to date.

Inman’s last appearance was in the same venue, where he lost out to Karl Amoussou in his bid for Cage Warriors welterweight gold. But he came bouncing back in superb form with a performance of controlled, consistent aggression that produced a landslide points win.

The SBG Manchester man dominated on the feet and on the mat to earn two 10-8 rounds on two of the three scorecards as he ran out a comfortable winner with scores of 30-25, 30-25, 30-26.

Alexander ‘Bad Romance’ Jacobsen staked his claim for a shot at the Cage Warriors lightweight title after racking up his eighth straight career win with victory over Tom Green.

The Danish striker was taken all the way to the scorecards for the first time in his career, but claimed a landslide win with scores of 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, before calling for a shot at the Cage Warriors title currently held by Chris Fishgold.

And in the night’s opening main card bout, Craig ‘Thundercat’ White produced a superb performance to submit Håkon Foss in just 78 seconds. White initially rocked Foss with his strikes, before taking the fight to the mat and locking up the guillotine choke for the win.

CAGE WARRIORS 84 RESULTS

Main Card
Nathaniel Wood def Marko Kovacevic via knockout (punches), Round 1
Kenneth Bergh def Norman Paraisy via submission (guillotine), Round 2
Matt Inman def Brad Wheeler via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Alexander Jacobsen def Tom Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Craig White def Håkon Foss via submission (guillotine), Round 1

Preliminary Card
Steve O’Keeffe defeated Sean Carter via submission (heel hook), Round 1
Thomas Robertsen def Phil Wells via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Miro Jurkovic def James Webb via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sam Creasey def Iurie Bejenari via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
Darren O’Gorman def Bryan Creighton via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2

Sports journalist and editor with 18 years’ experience, working on national UK mainstream media coverage of the world's biggest sporting events, from the Olympic Games and World Cups to world title fights and Formula 1 Grands Prix. Covered mixed martial arts for the last eight years for MMAjunkie/USA Today, BBC Sport, BBC Three, BT Sport, The Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Independent.

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