Cage Legacy crowned two new champions and showcased some of the best of amateur MMA in front of a sold out crowd in Lucan.
Having been to MMA events in Las Vegas, Manchester and big fight night’s in the 3 Arena, there’s something magical about a small jam packed venue going out of their minds for friends, team mates and partners.
Cage Legacy 11 certainly delivered on it’s promise of showcasing an action packed night of amateur MMA and grappling contests.
Pat Lehane took on Mikey Byrne in the main event of the evening for the vacant featherweight strap in front of a pro Byrne crowd who were silenced when the Corkonian secured a unanimous decision victory over the SBG man.
A closely contested fight that was all square going into the final round, Lehane was able to exert his dominance on the canvas taking down Byrne and controlling him through the majority of the three minutes of the fight thus ensuring him the victory.
The evening’s co-main event saw some controversy as Emil Piatek won out over Solomon Simon via unanimous decision with all judges scoring the bout 29-28.
The majority of the crowd believed that Simon had done enough to earn the victory with some excellent striking and footwork throughout the fight. However, aesthetics are everything in scoring combat sports and despite the nuanced striking of Simon it was Piatek who was always coming forward.
Despite not being able to land anything hugely fight altering, he was always backing Simon up which may have been seen as doing more throughout the fight.
Paddy Holohan and SBG D24 had a successful night with 5 of their 7 fighters on the card coming away with victories.
Perhaps the biggest pop came for Liv Prendergast who was involved in an absolute classic slugfest with Delores Gallagher. Both women provided value for money as punters were cheering and gasping with every punch that connected.
However, it was Prendergast who was able to secure a second round takedown that started off a barrage of punches from top mount to end the fight in emphatic fashion.
All in all, Cage Legacy’s 11th event was a huge success and perhaps the most striking thing about the performances is that wrestling and grappling appear to be improving all the time and seems like it is fast becoming the go to discipline for fighters.
For a nation of boxing history, it certainly seems that we are evolving how our fighters approach fighters.
Full results from the event can be found below.
CAGE LEGACY 11 – RESULTS
- Pat Lehane def. Mikey Byrne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – For vacant Featherweight Title
- Emil Piatek def. Solomon Simon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – For vacant Lighweight Title
- Kenny Mokhonoana def. Jack Hamill via submission (D’arce choke) – 0:42, Round 3 – Welterweight
- Kaspers Bulins def. Ervins Linmeiers via submission (rear naked choke) – 1:52, Round 1
- Liv Prendergast def. Delores Gallagher via TKO (punches) – 1:22, Round 2 –Featherweight
- Yacoub Kassouri def. Abanoub Fares via submission (armbar) -1:14, Round 2 – Super Bantamweight
- Francis O’Brien def. James Ivers via TKO (punches) – 1:05, Round 2
- Armand Herczeg def. Colm Mac Giolla Mhir via submission (standing guillotine choke) – 0:32, Round 2 – Super Bantamweight
- David Carson def. Lukasz Zillions via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Super Lightweight
- Matthew Carney def. Mohammed Falah via triangle choke – Grappling
- Dee Prior def. Darren O’Brien via ankle lock – Grappling
- Dan Clooney def. Ian Noel via triangle choke – Grappling