Jack Shore successfully defended his bantamweight title for the first time with a third-round submission win over Scott Malone in the main event of Cage Warriors 104 in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, improving his professional record to 11-0-0.
Shore’s win capped off a clean sweep for Welsh fighters on the professional card, with victories from Mason Jones, Cory McKenna, Kris Edwards, Josh Reed, Oban Elliott and Ben Ellis helping the country to go 7-0 on the night.
As he told MMA Fighting before the contest, in his post-fight interview, Shore again suggested that his next outing could be in the Octagon.
“I feel like I’ve taken out everyone there is to take out,” Shore told Josh Palmer. “Maybe the big show is the next step, but maybe not. I feel like I’m ready now, but I love fighting for Cage Warriors, so if they want me to stay and to continue to entertain these Welsh fans, I’ll do that.”
When the final bell sounded in the co-main event, Mason Jones called for a shot at the currently vacant lightweight title before having his hand raised for a unanimous decision win over Donovan Desmae, the 7-0 Welsh prospect’s biggest scalp to date.
Jones displayed the full scale of his arsenal over the 15 minutes: from clinical boxing to dramatic wresting slams. Desmae frantically searched for a finish in the final round, likely knowing he was down on the judges’ scorecards. He gained top position with a deft kimura trap before searching unsuccessfully for a kneebar. The contest ended with Jones landing powerful elbows to the Belgian’s body from top position.
Phill Wells might have finished Jamie Richardson had he not brought a stop to his onslaught in the second-round, but instead ended up suffering a TKO loss in the dying embers of the third, his second loss to “Young Gun”.
A knee to Richardson’s body sent him to the canvas late in the second. Wells followed up the knee with grounded shots and suddenly stopped his attack. Referee Marc Goddard reminded him that the round had not ended, but the bell came shortly after, taking the finishing opportunity from his clutches.
Wells hurt Richardson again in the final minute of the third, but as soon as Goddard took a closer look, “Young Gun” sprang into action and landed a lethal flurry that separated Wells from his senses to end his night.
Teenager Cory McKenna overcame a frustrating first-round against Fannie Redman to get back to winning ways with a second-round submission. Redman troubled the Welsh prospect with her strength in the clinch in the first, but McKenna jumped straight to her back when a gap presented itself in the second. Redman did her best to fight off the choke once it was established, but eventually tapped out to improve McKenna’s record to 3-1.
- Jack Shore def. Scott Malone via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:28 of R3
- Mason Jones def. Donovon Desmae via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jamie Richardson def. Phill Wells via TKO (strikes) at 4:23 of R3
- Corey McKenna def. Fannie Redman via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of R2
- Kris Edwards def. Josh Abraham via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Josh Reed def. Ayton De Paepe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Oban Elliott def. Skikem Bouali via TKO (strikes) 2:21 of R1
- Ben Ellis def. Brad Evans via TKO (strikes) at 3:22 of R1