Before we get started on this article, one note regarding a canceled event: Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting (WXC) has moved to cancel its scheduled WXC 87 event.
The Apr. 11 event would have been the first WXC event on a non-Wednesday for the promotion since it moved its shows to UFC Fight Pass last year.
This is a very trying time for many people.
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected many aspects of American life, including live sports.
Under normal circumstances, this weekend would have been a stacked one on the sports calendar, with second-round NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament action, regular-season NBA, week seven of the XFL, what have you.
In the world of mixed martial arts, Saturday was to have seen UFC on ESPN+ 29—originally scheduled for the O2 Arena in London, which was moved to the United States before being called off altogether by UFC President Dana White.
With no UFC action this weekend, and for the next three weekends afterward, MMA fans instead turned to European MMA promotion Cage Warriors for their dose of combat sports with Cage Warriors 113.
The Friday afternoon show took place in Manchester at the empty BFC Arena after it was relocated from Indigo at The O2 in London—which will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
I have to say that Cage Warriors put on a wonderful show on Friday afternoon.
In total, 11 fights made up the card, with six ending by way of stoppages.
For my money, the highlight of Cage Warriors 113 on Friday was Paddy Pimblett’s knockout of Decky Dalton in the Lightweight division to open the main card.
Specifically, my favorite part of that fight was the reaction of the victorious Pimblett as he won.
The way he was yelling and celebrating after his victory, one would have never realized that Paddy Pimblett won in an MMA fight in an empty venue—in fact, one would have thought that the reverse had happened.
To top it off, Cage Warriors 113 had a championship fight in its Lightweight division, albeit in the show’s co-main event.
Mason Jones captured the vacant division title by scoring a first-round knockout against Joe McColgan—and in so doing, became the 13th different fighter to hold the 155-lb. belt.
The order of the co-main and main events should have been reversed, plain and simple.
At the core, Cage Warriors 113 was a great, welcome diversion.
The show was the diversion that we, as combat sports fans, and sports fans in general, needed in the midst of this ongoing uncertainty and a much-needed break from the near-daily press conferences from elected officials updating people on the latest adjustments being made in response to this worldwide pandemic.
For a moment in time on Friday, we had MMA to watch—and for a moment in time, it was awesome.
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