I’m a worthy champion, insists Musardo
(PRESS RELEASE) -- NEWLY-crowned CWFC lightweight champion Ivan
‘The Terrible’ Musardo says he’s prepared to defend his title
against whoever is put in front of him.
Musardo has also insisted that his victory over Joseph Duffy at
Cage Warriors 44 on Saturday wasn’t simply due to a mistake by the
Irishman. Duffy lost his footing after attempting a kick in Round
4, allowing Musardo to pounce and apply a guillotine choke.
The victory gave the 31-year-old Italian the vacant CWFC belt and
took his professional record to 18-6-1. He said: “I’ve been
training in MMA now for ten years.
“For ten years I’ve been dreaming of a winning a big title in
Britain, which is one of the strongest countries for MMA in the
world, in my opinion.
“The British fighters are so tough and it makes me very happy to
prove my skills against the best in the world. This title means a
lot to me.
“Many fighters that everybody around the world knows have come from
Cage Warriors, like Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and Pascal Krauss. I
want to thank Ian Dean for the opportunity to fight for the
“Cage Warriors is definitely one of the best events I've fought on.
The people are very professional, they have a very good spirit and
enjoy the sport a lot.
“The crowd was awesome and understands a lot of the sport. But of
course, when Duffy tapped out, it became very quiet for a
“Cage Warriors also made a very good impression with the live
stream on the internet. All my friends and family were able to
watch the fight in high quality from their homes, as not everybody
can afford a flight to Britain on short notice.
“After I won, I went back to the dressing room and took a look at
my mobile phone. I had something like 20 text messages and my
Facebook profile also got stormed. Thanks to Cage Warriors for
making it all happen.”
Fighting in Round 4 on Saturday was a new experience for Musardo.
In fact, it was only the fourth time in his 25 professional bouts
that he’d gone beyond the 2nd.
“The fight was very tough, one of the toughest I’ve ever fought,”
admitted the Zurich-based fighter. “Round 4 was especially hard.
But we come from Team Nogueira and one thing you learn from a great
master like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is never to give up.”
When asked about what the future now holds and the possibility of a
Duffy re-match, Musardo responded: “I don't back up from any
competitor but I have to say, I won by submission, which means that
Duffy tapped out.
“Is there any clearer way to win than by your opponent giving up?
Also, I didn’t just win by Duffy making one mistake. In a sport
where seconds can decide the complete outcome of a fight, making
two mistakes can make you lose instantly and you have to
concentrate for all five rounds.
“His first mistake was to slip, the second was to go into the
turtle position against a ground-fighter like me. Of course I will
take advantage of mistakes like that. But he was a very tough
competitor and fought very smart. I give all my respect to
Musardo added: “I am looking forward to fighting on Cage Warriors
again to defend my title. I will defend it against anyone they
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