Jack Marshman is interviewed by Alex Corbisiero after winning the Cage Warriors middleweight title. UFC Fight Pass

Marshman gets big KO as Fishgold wins McGregor's old Cage Warriors belt

Paddy Pimblett also enhanced his credentials as a top prospect with an impressive submission victory.

CAGE WARRIORS CROWNED two new champions at last night’s CWFC 77 event at the Camden Centre in London.

Jack Marshman and Chris Fishgold became the UK-based mixed martial arts promotion’s newest title-holders on an entertaining main card which was broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport 2, and featured five finishes from as many fights.

There were also big results on the night for Darren Stewart, Scott Clist, Paddy Pimblett and Dubliner John Redmond, who returned to winning ways courtesy of a first-round TKO of Modestas Bukauskas.

Marshman extended his win streak to six fights in the main event, knocking out Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin with just two seconds of the first round remaining to get his hands on the promotion’s vacant middleweight title.

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The belt, which was previously held by SBG Ireland’s Chris Fields, was presented to Marshman by his predecessor, Jack Hermansson, who recently departed Cage Warriors having been signed by the UFC.

Afterwards, Marshman called for his own shot in the UFC, with the 26-year-old — whose professional record now stands at 20-5 — keen to become the first Welsh fighter to compete on the biggest stage in MMA.

In the co-headliner, the Cage Warriors lightweight belt — which current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor won in December 2013 to add to his 145lbs strap and secure his place in the UFC — was on the line as Chris Fishgold and Adam Boussif squared off.

However, Boussif wasn’t able to provide much of a challenge for Fishgold, who needed just 93 seconds to submit his fellow Englishman to seal a title which was vacated last year as a result of Stevie Ray’s move to the UFC.

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Now boasting a 15-1-1 ledger, it was an emphatic display by Fishgold, but the 24-year-old Liverpudlian can expect much tougher tests on the horizon.

The most impressive performance of the night came in the opening bout on the main card. After a thrilling first round, Paddy Pimblett cemented his status as one of Europe’s top prospects with a submission of highly-regarded French featherweight Teddy Violet midway through the second frame.

The victory was slightly soured by Pimblett’s failure to make weight, but it was nevertheless another step in the right direction for the 21-year-old Englishman, who told The42 earlier this week that he expects to become “the best in the world”.

The Cage Warriors 77 main card — including the wins for Marshman, Fishgold, Clist, Stewart and Pimblett — can be viewed in full on UFC Fight Pass.

Cage Warriors 77

  • Jack Marshman def. Christopher Jacquelin via KO (punches) after 4:58 of round one
  • Chris Fishgold def. Adam Boussif via submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:33 of round one
  • Scott Clist def. Tim Wilde via KO (punches) after 1:28 of round two
  • Darren Stewart def. Boubacar Balde via TKO (punches) after 1:28 of round three
  • Paddy Pimblett def. Teddy Violet via submission (rear-naked choke) after 2:28 of round two
  • Konmon Deh def. Aiden Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • John Redmond def. Modestas Bukauskas via TKO (punches) after 1:12 of round one
  • Thomas Terdjman def. Mickey Miller via TKO (punches) after 2:27 of round one

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