Dominique Steele took his second consecutive win since being cut from the UFC when he won a decision against Karl Amoussou in the main event of Cage Warriors 89 in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday night.
Amoussou was scheduled to defend his Cage Warriors welterweight title for the first time on the night, however Steele was unable to register within the welterweight limit.
Steele stole the first round, establishing top position after rocking the champion with a body kick. Amoussou threatened with a triangle in the dying embers of the round, but it did little to trouble with Steele.
Amoussou came back into his own in the second, winning the round as he controlled the fight from mount. In the third round, Amoussou could do little to stop Steele’s shots as he rained down blows from inside his guard.
Cindy Dandois agreed with the majority of people watching the co-main event that thought her fight against Kerry Hughes was stopped early.
Dandois, who lost a decision to Alex Davis in her last outing at UFC Fight Night 108, transitioned to the crucifix position after taking Hughes to the ground. Despite Hughes still looking like she was in the contest as Dandois landed short shots, the referee stopped the bout to the delight of the Belgian crowd.
Speaking after the bout, Dandois claimed she would be open to a rematch as she thought the bout could have continued.
Mauro Cerilli claimed the vacant Cage Warriors heavyweight title with a first-round finish of Nills van Noord.
Cerilli was initially slated to face the promotion’s light-heavyweight champion, Karl Moore, for the heavyweight strap, but the highly touted Irishman was forced from the card earlier this month with an undisclosed injury.
Cerilli blasted home his advantage when he claimed top position against van Noord. Despite the Dutch fighter’s attempts to get away from his devastating ground and pound, Cerilli proved to be calm in the chaos as he found gaps to land clean shots before the referee brought an end to proceedings.
Speaking after the bout, Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan announced that Cerilli will make his first title defense against Moore at Cage Warriors 92 on Super Saturday on Mar. 24.
It’s official! Cage Warriors president @GrahamBoylan confirms that our NEW Heavyweight Champion Mauro Cerilli will face @Karl_Moore_FAI at CW92: Super Saturday on March 24th pic.twitter.com/6xnrpH8N6Z
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) November 25, 2017
Belgian veteran Tommy Depret finished his career with a third-round finish of John Maguire.
Maguire dominated the first round with his superior grappling before Depret poured it on in the second with his striking. Maguire looked on the verge of being finished on a numerous occasions in the second, but somehow made it to the final round.
Depret took up where he left off in the third, tagging the UFC veteran liberally. Maguire was in no rush to get back to his feet when he was knocked to the ground by an uppercut. After taking a closer look at the Englishman, the referee called a stop to the action.
Undefeated Welshman Jack Shore continued his ascent, opening the main card with a first-round submission win over previously unbeaten Belgian Ayton De Paepe.
Shore never looked as if he was in trouble throughout the fight and immediately attacked the back when the action hit the ground. He eventually submitted De Paepe with a rear-naked choke, improving to 7-0, and 4-0 in 2017.
Speaking after the win, Shore said he plans to move down to bantamweight to face champion Nathaniel Wood in 2018.
Dominique Steele def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Cindy Dandois def. Kerry Hughes via TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:10 of R1
Mauro Cerilli def. Nills van Noord via TKO (ground and pound) at2:24 of R1
Tommy Depret def. John Maguire via TKO (referee stoppage) at 3.10 of R3
Jack Shore def. Ayton De Paepe via submission (RNC) at 1.55 of R1
Preliminary card (via Kris Dekker)
Ben Dandois def. Chico Martinez via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:02 of R2
Donovan Desmae def. Aiden Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-26, 29-27)
Jan Quaeyhaegens def. Leon Jansen via TKO at 2:58 of R1
Artur Szczepaniak def. Massai Sant’anna via TKO (ground-and-pound) at 3:43 of R1
Sameer Alekozai def. Mathias Lodahl via TKO (cut) in R3.