Cageside Report: Cage Warriors 107
By Bryan Perkins
Cage Warriors 107 in Liverpool was my first ever MMA event with press credentials and the night couldn’t have been better. The fight card included a full amateur undercard followed by a 6 fight professional main card.
The most impressive performance of the night was undoubtedly in the main event as Tom Aspinall was able to get a knockout victory over undefeated Michael Ben Hamouda.
Aspinall displayed excellent boxing skills and it took him less than a minute to land a clean right hand on his opponent which ultimately led to the stoppage. Aspinall is certainly looking like he is going to be a top contender in Cage Warriors but also looks like a fighter who is destined for the UFC.
Whilst in the co-main event fan favourite Adam Ventre put on a show for the fans in an exciting fight which went the distance. Ventre looked rejuvenated since his loss to Tim Barnett as he displayed an improved striking game throwing a spinning elbow in the second which dropped Jazbutis. Ventre won a clear decision to the delight of the fans and his next fight is one to look out for as Ventre looks to have a new motivation.
The breakout performance of the night was Luke Shanks’ knockout of Pietro Menga. Shanks was 5-1 before the fight and was looking to move into contender status with a win over Menga. The fight was back and forth action with both fighters having periods of joy but Shanks was the fighter always pressing the action and he was able to land a big right hand in the third which he was able to follow up with some ground and pound to get the finish. This victory pushes Shanks further up the rankings and will see him become a top contender
The experience of being cageside at an MMA event was a bit surreal. I have been a fan of the sport for a long time and I have been to events previously but only ever as a fan. The cage warriors staff were all fantastic and were willing to help with any questions or anything I needed help with.
The card itself was an exciting night of fights and to be able to get an interview with Main event winner Tom Aspinall was a great experience, particularly as he is an exciting fighter who lives locally to the area I am from which naturally makes me a fan. Hopefully, last nights event will be the first of many because the experience of being cageside for the first time is something I will never forget.