Nicolas Dalby took some damage in the first round before rebounding over the next four and defeating Mohsen Bahari to defend his Cage Warriors welterweight title.
The title fight headlined today’s Cage Warriors 74 event at Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park. The event, which streamed on MMAjunkie, featured two main cards, with a title fight on each.
In the first, Dalby (13-0) extended his unbeaten run as a pro with first title defense. However, though Dalby was eager to engage in the bout’s opening minutes, Bahari (8-2) was ready for him and dished out plenty of punishment throughout the first round.
But in the second and third rounds, the momentum swung to Dalby’s favor. After a takedown and some ground and pound, he continued to bloody Bahari both standing and on the mat. As the rounds wore on, he continued chipping away as Bahari noticeably slowed and proved slower to the punch.
In the end, with a well-balanced attack of strikes, takedowns and ground and pound, Dalby earned the unanimous decision via 50-45 scores.
“He’s tough as nails,” said Dalby, who said he had identified holes in his opponent’s game but failed to fully capitalize on them. “All my respect to Mohsen Bahari.”
So what’s next for the champ?
“What’s next for me is I think I’ll have a beer, and then we’ll talk about fights,” he said.
Thanks to MMAJunkie.com for the write up. Images By Dolly Clew/CageWarriors