The battle took place at the BT Sport Studio in Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park in Stratford, England, and their duel capped off a
terrific night of action on UFC Fight Pass. But when the dust
settled inside the CWFC cage at night’s end, Pimblett wasn’t overly
enthused about his win — and for good reason.
Pimblett controlled the action early on with powerful takedowns and
a better overall approach to the fight. But “Juicy J” rallied in
the middle rounds, capping off a solid third by buckling the
champ’s knees with a flying knee to the head. Pimblett stumbled
back and was in serious peril of being stopped, but Erosa was
unable to finish him off. With Pimblett still a little groggy and
passive in the fourth, Erosa had a golden opportunity to close him
out, but he incredulously opted to play it safe and clinched with
the Brit against the cage.
With Pimblett let off the hook, Erosa needed to win the fifth, but
didn’t step on the gas pedal as much as he should. Still, he landed
some scattered punches and appeared to control the pace of the
majority of the round, but his reluctance to gun for the stoppage
in the third and fourth rounds cost him dearly. The judges favored
the local fighter visa unanimous decision, allowing Pimblett to
hang on to his 145-pound title, though a large faction of observers
felt that the American should have won. The official scores,
however, favored Pimblett: 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47.
The co-featured bout of the evening saw Chris
Fishgold edge Nic
Herron-Webb in a tightly-contested back-and-forth battle that
could have gone to either man. Fishgold landed the better overall
strikes on the feet and was slightly better on the ground. While
both men left it all in the cage, it was Fishgold who was awarded a
somewhat surprising unanimous decision. Fishgold won via tallies of
48-47 on all three scorecards, allowing him to defend his Cage
Warriors lightweight title.