Nathaniel Wood utterly starched Marko Kovacevic with punches in the first round of Friday’s Cage Warriors 84 headliner to capture the organization’s vacant bantamweight championship. The young bantamweight – a protege of former UFC bantamweight legend Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett – demolished Swiss submission ace Kovacevic with a slick final combination to claim a first-round knockout win and become the first Londoner to capture Cage Warriors championship gold.
Wood (11-3) came out looking for the finish to begin the title fight with Kovacevic (9-2), which took place at Indigo at The O2 in London. After several exchanges on the feet, Wood tagged Kovacevic with a hard shot that put him on wobbly legs. Kovacevic attempted to keep his wits about him, but Wood was relentless with his follow-up strikes and attacked until a hard shot put Kovacevic on his back and caused the referee to step in and halt the action at 3:41 of Round 1. The Cage Warriors 84 was live televised on DSport.
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, reversing position on the mat after taking a punishing knee to the body, then locking up a standing guillotine choke to force 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. 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 powerhouse 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.
In the night’s opening main card bout, Craig ‘Thundercat’ White produced a superb performance to submit Håkon Foss in just 78 seconds. White rocked Foss, then locked up a guillotine choke to force the tap.
CAGE WARRIORS 84 RESULTS:
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
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