Warrior Fight Series 5: We Told You So

Image lovingly stolen from Mr Russell Abrams

Prior to Warrior Fight Series 5, we gave you five things to watch. In hindsight, we were pretty much on the money.

Bandwagon Time

Q: Who told you to keep an eye on Reece Jones? Who? Who’s been saying that since his debut at Rise of Champions back in October?

A: Team Knee.

The Team Titan fighter is a tall fighter that knows how to fight tall, not something to be sniffed at. As predicted, his use of kicks – including some particularly nasty body shots – kept opponent Peyman Padeshah on the cage for the majority of the fight. A few well-timed takedowns aside, Jones controlled the action, dictating the pace of the fight and keeping Padeshah on the outside at all times. What impressed us most was Jones’ composure, having hurt Padeshah a number of times, the Titan fighter never lost his head or rushed in aimlessly, choosing instead to pick his shots and walk his opponent down. A mature performance from a (now) 2-0 amateur.

See The Stars Of Tomorrow, Today!

They’re not the first to feature amateur fights, not by a long way. Many shows around the UK make some room on the card for up-and-coming amateur fighters, usually at the beginning of the night. The difference is the progression from one show to the next. Far from being the ‘local band who brings their mates’, amateur fighters can quickly become your main attractions. Shows like FCC and Shock ‘n’ Awe have known this for a while now, Warrior Fight Series are continuing the trend. If we can see the promotion work closely with the amateurs, moving them onto the main card and helping to develop them into professionals, they (and the fighters) could seriously benefit from this. WFS 5 certainly did.

The Barnes Twitter Takeover

Solid gold. Other promotions take note. But more on this later…

KO (knee) x2

Last time out, Dominic Wooding made it a successful professional debut, ending the night with a crushing knee to the skull of Darren Castleton at 0:32 of the first round at WFS 4. Last night it was more of the same as Wooding walked through another foe, this time taking just over a minute longer to fell IMMAF World Champion, Iurie Bejenari (correct spelling). Wooding pulled no punches in his post-fight interview, he wants a shot at the WFS flyweight belt. How can you deny him after performances like this? Sure, he may only be 2-0 as a professional, but shows like Warrior Fight Series can build young fighters like Wooding into stars. Much like Cage Warriors used to do…

Rolling With The Punches/Pullouts

Speaking of Cage Warriors, who’s ailing? Even with a much depleted card, WFS 5 still delivered in spades. With the unfortunate number of pullouts, and having lost both the main and co-main events, there was undeniably something of a build to nothing. That’s in no way a sleight on the stand-in card toppers, but there was just something missing at the end. This isn’t really a huge negative, THESE THINGS HAPPEN IN MMA. What it does show us is the potential for WFS to truly deliver, without another series of unfortunate events, there’s no reason for the promotion to do anything other than progress. This card still entertained, in a true sporting sense, it just lacked a bit of star power at the top.

Additional

And there was a rare sighting of a twister submission finish to end the night, lovely stuff.

Results

Kim Thinghaugen def. Huseyin Garabet via submission (twister) at 3:38 of round one
Dominic Wooding
def. Iurie Bejenari via KO (knee) at 1:33 of round one
Kes Mamba
def. Jagjit Singh via KO (punch) at 2:23 of round one
Tom Creasey
def. Vitor Silva via TKO (cut) at 1:32 of round one
Paul Chapman
def. Nils Henrik Tjikkom via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26 of round one
Mike Ekundayo
def. Dean Simmonds via split decision
Reece Jones
def. Peyman Padeshah via unanimous decision
Rob McAdam
def. Ben Linihan via TKO (punches) at 1:51 of round three
Arturs Ozolins
def. Jay Jay Bumstead via KO (punch) at 0:12 of round one
Luke Walmsley 
vs. Jawany Scott is declared a split draw
Jaz Singh
def. Scot Miller via TKO (hand injury) at 3:00 of round one