Bellator London and Cage Warriors 111 both descended on the capital at the weekend, two big events on the MMA calendar for the UK.
The events showed the depth that the UK now has regarding MMA talent with Bellator taking place at the SSE Arena and CW being in the O2 Indigo.
The highlight across both shows was London’s Michael “Venom” Page who finished his opponent in the first round of the main event in typically stylish fashion.
Bellator London brought a main card of only three fights but all three were engaging match-ups featuring known fighters to the London crowd.
After a disappointing fight between former Cage Warriors champ Soren Bak and Terry Brazier (which saw Bak win a decision), two of the UK’s top prospects Fabian Edwards and Mike Shipman went head-to-head in a heated fight with Edwards coming out on top, edging a split decision.
As mentioned, Page stole the show, defeating late notice opponent Melillo with a one-punch knockout in the first round.
The Bellator card didn’t really deliver. Edwards vs Shipman didn’t get going until the 3rd round and Page’s late notice opponent meant the match-up was lackluster.
After the promotions biggest star Paddy Pimblett was not able to fight, Cage Warriors 111 was all about it’s three title fights.
Featherweight champ Mads Burnell put on a dominant performance to win a decision against Steve Aimable, showing he is a level above the talent in the region.
Modestas Bukauskas defended his light heavyweight title stopping Riccardo Nosiglia in the first round whilst in the main event, Nathias Frederick came back to stop James Webb in the 4th round, winning the middleweight title.
With the UFC announcing their return to London in March, Burnell and Bukauskas made their mark and could be called up for that card. Frederick put on a great fight but the UFC may be too early for him.