Mac Bombs Barrett on the Mat
LONDON, April 12 -- In the Main event of Cage Rage Contenders 9,
the monstrous Joe Mac
(Pictures) took down Jason Barrett (Pictures) and battered him continuously for
three minutes until referee Grant Waterman stepped in to stop the
Although Mac retained control for the entire fight, he had some
noticeable damage forming around his eyes afterwards.
"He caught me with a few, punching up and stuff like that," Mac
said. "Jay comes to fight. But I started posturing up and I felt a
few more punches were going to break him, so I put more power into
Relaxing in the dressing room after the brutal performance, Mac
gave his thoughts on his night's work, which took place in front of
a sell-out crowd of a couple thousand fans inside the Troxy
nightclub: "Good, nice and easy, easier than what I thought."
"He took a lot of shots, but I just kept focused, kept working
away," the chiseled fighter continued. "Most of the shots were
getting through, but it was just a matter of time."
In the chief supporting bout, Suley Mahmoud (Pictures) controlled the majority of his
fight with Welshman Jordan
James (Pictures) to seal a unanimous points
Mahmoud's damaging low kicks made the difference in the stand up,
but by the end of the fight, most of the Swansea fighter's body had
been reddened by the Londoner's determined ground attack.
Jack Mason (Pictures) exposed a class gulf on the
ground between him and Jake
Bostwick (Pictures). After promising to showcase his
standup skills, Mason wisely shot in for a takedown and set about
beating on his opponent.
Bostwick, however, soon escaped from a guillotine and seized top
position. Mason was quick to react and ensnared the Kidbrooke
fighter in a tight heelhook for a nasty submission victory.
Grimshaw (Pictures) put on an impressive display as
he took down and hammered out Italian fighter Christian Binda.
Grimshaw was forced to pull guard a minute into the fight, but
quickly worked his way back into mount and bashed his foe into
submission after four minutes.
Marvin Arnold fought bravely in his wild bout with karate
practitioner, Kes Kpokpodgri; however, he may well be slightly
disappointed by his less than stellar performance.
Kpokpodgri was game and physically able, but making his debut in
MMA his skills were not quite up the task. After a series of
scrappy exchanges, Arnold, fighting with what appeared to be quite
a nasty shin injury, managed to avoid disqualification for a brutal
downward elbow and land enough punches to finish the job early in
the final round.
Kym Farid (Pictures) was on the end of some brutal
kicks in his fight with Mamarizaev Jahongir
(Pictures). The Lithuanian smashed
through Farid's guard with a series of punches and high kicks --
the last of which appeared to be illegal as the blow was delivered
as Farid slumped to the floor, causing the fight to be declared a
A replay failed to provide a clear answer as to whether Farid was
grounded at the time the kick landed, leaving fighters screaming
for a rematch as the verdict was announced.
Ryan White was forced to
work very hard for the takedown in his heavyweight fight with
Sutherland (Pictures). The Brighton fighter persisted
with his takedown attempts, but Sutherland proved to be a tricky
character. Seizing control of White's back as he surged forward,
Sutherland choked his way to a well-deserved victory.
Jody Cottham (Pictures) looked a man possessed before his
Lightweight contest with Jason
Young (Pictures). To his credit, Cottham fought
valiantly, but had no answers for the Team Titan fighter's
explosive takedown or ground assault. Young quickly took mount
position and hammered out an impressive three-minute stoppage
Lithuanian fighter Marius
Sukys (Pictures) scored another win on the
Contenders show as he stunned the crowd with an incredible spinning
hook kick that caught opponent, Richard Griffin (Pictures), on the temple. The blow knocked
Griffin cold less than two minutes into the contest.
Danny Cubitt started well against James Elson (Pictures). He took the London fighter down
and began a machine-gunning ground assault of short punches.
Unfortunately for Cubitt, the blows did not have the desired
effect. Elson rode out the storm before reversing the situation and
finishing with a rear-naked choke.
(Pictures)worked hard in his bout with
(Pictures), repeatedly taking down the
Extreme Tae Kwon Do fighter and controlling on the floor to earn a
unanimous points win.
Newcomer Umidjon Mavlyanov showed some vicious ground-and-pound in
his 47-second victory over Azran Quasid (Pictures). After bundling Quasid to the
mat, a steam of punches from the judo black belt gave him his first
Cage Rage win.
Edgelson Lua knocked out Dan Mohavedi after only 30 seconds of
action. A high kick from Lua only spurred Mohavedi on, leading him
straight onto a perfect right that sent him crashing to the
In the opening contest of the night, Chris Greg defeated Kieran
Hanbly with a guillotine choke after rocking him on the floor in
the second round.
Tom Watson (Pictures) also dismantled Steven Dossett
with a variety of hard kicks and knees, knocking him down with a
hard knee and eventually finishing his opponent in late the second
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