Cage Warriors 170

6th April 2024 // Dublin, Ireland.

Cage Warriors historically have been known for not only their link with Irish fighters, but Ireland has also played host to some of the promotions most historic nights. Moments such as Conor McGregor claiming the first of his two world titles, when he won the featherweight crown in Dublin in 2012. The iconic "Champ-Champ" moment when "The Notorious" claimed the lightweight title at the end of the same year. Neil Seery laying claim the inaugural flyweight title in the summer of 2013, as well as Cathal Pendred defending the welterweight title that same night, that he had won just three months earlier in London. Karl Moore capturing light-heavyweight gold in the 3Arena in 2017. Rhys McKee defeating Justin Burlinson in a battle for the ages in Belfast, to claim the welterweight crown. Before defending the title in Dublin the following year against the legend, Jimmy Wallhead. All iconic moments in the history of both Irish MMA and indeed Cage Warriors, that happened up and down the island of Ireland.

This is only a select few of the moments that happened in Ireland, there are so many more that can be talked about that include Irish fighters which happened elsewhere. Fighters such as Paul Hughes, Ian Garry, Caolan Loughran, Joe McColgan, Chris Fields, Paul McVeigh, all Irish fighters, claiming world titles throughout their careers with the promotion. Only strengthening the link between the promotion and the island. Cage Warriors 170 can also arguably stake a claim of being yet another one of those iconic nights in the long history of not only Cage Warriors, but indeed Irish MMA.

Not only did the promotion crown its latest in a long list of Irish world champions, after a coming of age performance from Team Ryano's emerging talent, James Sheehan. But it also may very well have said its last goodbye to one of the most talked about fighters of the modern generation of Cage Warriors, a former world champion with the promotion, and one of the most promising prospects in the sport, Paul Hughes. In what was a mostly successful night for the Irish contingent, with local fighters going 12-2 on the night. Cage Warriors 170 will be another night to be remembered in the long, what will hopefully be continuing, history of Cage Warriors and the fighting island of Ireland.

Cage Warriors 170 // © JAMES MCCANN

James Hughes def. Daniel Konrad // Submission - Arm Triangle (4:27 Round 4)

Paul Hughes def. Fabiano Silva // TKO (4:37 Round 1)

Ger Harris def. Gregory Wamytan // Submission - Guillotine (3:32 Round 2)

Decky McAleenan def. Ville Mankinen // TKO (4:22 Round 2)

Rory Evans def. Taka Mhandu // TKO (2:23 Round 2)

Solomon Simon def. Ieuan Mackenzie // Submission - RNC (4:59 Round 2)

Scott Harvey def. Enrico Di Gangi // Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Ryan Shelley def. Kallum Parker // Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Eimear Darcy def. Jenny Line // TKO (0:58 Round 1)

Ciaran Brady def. Tomasz Zdanowski // Submission - RNC (3:05 Round 2)

Dara Ward def. Ben Petches-Kelly // Submission RNC (2:44 Round 1)

Matthew Elliott def. Valentino Riva // Submission - Arm-Triangle (1:06 Round 2)

Jennifer Trioreau def. Sinéadh Ní Nualláin // Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Jamie Abbott-Bissett def. Paweł Jezierski // TKO (2:03 Round 2)

Photos captured using Nikon equipment.