Cage Warriors 89 results: Dominique Steele bests Karl Amoussou in non-title headliner

He didn’t get a belt to show for it, but at least Dominique Steele can say he’s beaten a Cage Warriors titleholder.

Despite a rough second round against 170-pound champion Karl Amoussou (24-8-2) in tonight’s Cage Warriors 89 headliner, Steele’s (14-10) solid display in the remainder of the catchweight bout was enough to grant him nods from all three judges.

The bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium, was originally supposed to be Amoussou’s first title defense. But after Steele failed to make weight, it lost two rounds and its championship status.

The 29-27, 29-28 and 29-27 scorecards meant the end of a seven-fight winning streak for Amoussou. Steele is now on a two-fight winning streak, having recently ended a UFC run that saw him go 1-4.

The constest started off with mostly tentative striking. But as the first round wore on, the fighters’ brief exchanges packed more power. As the final minute of the frame approached, Steele left Amoussou jelly-legged with a hard left. With the two on the ground, Steele was the one exerting control from the guard for the majority of the time – despite a dangerous submission attempt by the champ.

While it was Steele who managed to advance first with a flurry in Round 2, it was Amoussou who managed to first land a heavy hand and then a leg trip. By the time they hit the ground, Amoussou had secured full mount. With most of his efforts going toward maintaining position, though, Amoussou landed only short, mostly non-damaging blows to the body and head of Steele at first.

Steele, however, never gave in, managing to restore half guard after almost giving up his back. Amoussou started landing stronger elbows to the head by the end of the round, but Steele was able to get back to his feet. The two threw sparse blows, including some flashy spinning backfists and kicks, but none of it caused damage.

As the striking exchanges began in Round 3, it was Steele who got the better of it. After a body kick that threw Amoussou off balance, Steele was once again able to drop his opponent with a heavy hand – and throw in a follow-up shot on the ground. On the mat, the control was once more Steele’s – who worked from his opponent’s guard. Amoussou stayed active at all times but was ultimately stuck between Steele and the cage and unable to escape. As the final seconds approached, Steele rained down punches from the top.

Controversial stoppage grants Dandois home TKO win

Kerry Hughes wasn’t OK with the way her 140-pound co-headliner against Cindy Dandois ended – and even Dandois could see why.

After securing a takedown in the first round, Dandois (8-3) was able to get Hughes (3-2) in a hold, where she proceeded to land shots to her opponent’s forehead. While Hughes was certainly in a tough spot there, it didn’t seem like she was taking any fight-ending damage when the referee decided to intervene.

Belgium’s own Dandois was declared the winner via TKO and got a chance to celebrate in front of her home crowd. But she went on to congratulate Hughes for taking the bout in hostile territory and even volunteered for a rematch given the possibly premature stoppage.

“I have to say, for me, they stopped it quite early,” Dandois said. “But I had it strongly. It was hard for her to escape. I didn’t see her escape. So I understand. But if she ever wants a rematch, ‘Rocksteady,’ I’m here, no problem.”

The bout started off with some sloppy striking, but Dandois was soon able to get to her comfort area. A beautifully executed takedown had Hughes on the ground, where Dandois worked quickly to transition to the crucifix and land the blows that prompted the stoppage.

Dandois, who had former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate in her corner, is now back on track after a UFC one-off that saw her dropping a unanimous decision to Alexis Davis. Hughes is riding back-to-back losses.

Cerilli cruises past van Noord to win heavyweight title

“Flawless” is a strong word, but Mauro Cerilli’s (11-2) display over Nills van Noord (17-9-2) to claim Cage Warriors’ vacant heavyweight title came pretty close.

After taking the fight on two weeks’ notice, van Noord didn’t get to do much before judo-based Cerilli landed a takedown. Once on the ground, Cerilli stayed heavy on top, making it all but impossible for van Noord to escape.

Soon, Cerilli started raining heavy blows from the top, as van Noord ducked for cover. While van Noor managed to briefly turn in an attempt to improve position, a pair of follow-up blows that Cerilli managed to land from his back prompted the ref to step in.

Cerilli is now riding three consecutive wins and is expected to defend his title against the promotion’s 205-pound champion, Karl Moore, at Cage Warriors 92. Moore was Cerilli’s original opponent for tonight’s bout but had to withdraw due to injury.

Cage Warriors 89 results include:

  • Champ Karl Amoussou def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Cindy Dandois def. Kerry Hughes via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:53
  • Mauro Cerilli def. Nills van Noord via TKO (strikes) – Round 1,  2:24 (won the vacant heavyweight title)
  • Tommy Depret def. John Maguire via TKO –  Round 3, 3:10
  • Jack Shore def. Ayton De Paepe via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:04

For more on Cage Warriors 89, visit the MMA Eventssection of the site.

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Cage Warriors 89 weigh-in results: Dominique Steele heavy, fight with champ Karl Amoussou now non-title bout

Cage Warriors 89 no longer has a title fight for its main event.

UFC vet Dominique Steele (14-9) came in heavy for his headliner against welterweight champion Karl Amoussou (24-7-2). The fight will go on, promotion officials today announced, but it no longer will be a title fight.

Steele was heavy on his first attempt, and after getting an additional two hours to cut weight finally weighed in a 172.9 pounds, nearly three pounds over the alloted 170 for a championship bout. Amoussou was 169.2 to make weight without issue.

Cage Warriors 89 takes place Saturday at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card streams on UFC Fight Pass following prelims on Facebook.

Amoussou, a 31-year-old French-German fighter, is a well-traveled vet who’s competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM and M-1, among other promotions. In February, he scored a TKO victory over Matt Inman to win the belt. It was his seventh straight victory.

Steele recently concluded a five-fight UFC stint that saw him go 1-4 in the organization. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a solid two-fight span in which the former CES MMA champion picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his slam-KO of “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim and a “Fight of the Night” award in a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

There still is a title fight on the card, though. Mauro Cerilli was 256.3 pounds for his fight against Nills van Noord, who was 233.3. The pair meet on the main card for the vacant heavyweight title.

Cage Warriors 89 weigh-in results included:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Karl Amoussou (169.2) vs. Dominique Steele (172.9)* – non-title fight
  • Cindy Dandois (139.6) vs. Kerry Hughes (139.8)
  • Mauro Cerilli (256.3) vs. Nills van Noord (233.3)
  • Tommy Depret (168.8) vs. John Maguire (170.3)
  • Ayton De Paepe (144.9) vs. Jack Shore (145.8)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 1 p.m. ET)

  • Sameer Alekozai (145.6) vs. Mathias Lodahl (145.8)
  • Massai Sant’Anna (167.5) vs. Artur Szczepaniak (169.5)
  • Leon Jansen (165.9) vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens (168.8)
  • Donovan Desmae (155) vs. Aiden Lee (155)
  • Ben Dandois (181.6) vs. Chico Martinez (183.5)

* Steele missed the 170-pound championship limit against champ Amoussou, making the bout a non-title fight.

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Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele title fight added to Cage Warriors 89

This month’s Cage Warriors 89 event now has a second title fight.

Officials today announced a headlining title fight between welterweight champion Karl Amoussou (24-7-2) and UFC vet Dominique Steele (14-9).

Cage Warriors 89 takes place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card streams on UFC Fight Pass following prelims on Facebook, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Amoussou, a 31-year-old French-German fighter, is a well-traveled vet who’s competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM and M-1, among other promotions. In February, he scored a TKO victory over Matt Inman to win the belt. It was his seventh straight victory.

He now meets Steele, who recently concluded a five-fight UFC stint that saw him go 1-4 in the organization. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a solid a two-fight span in which the former CES MMA champion picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his slam-KO of “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim and a “Fight of the Night” award in a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

Officials also announced Nills van Noord (17-8) has replaced Karl Moore (8-1) at the event. He now fights Mauro Cerilli (10-2) for the organization’s vacant heavyweight belt. Moore, who is also the organization’s light-heavyweight champion, was forced off the card with an injury.

The latest Cage Warriors 89 card now includes:

  • Champ Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele – for welterweight title
  • Mauro Cerilli vs. Nills van Noord – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Tommy Depret vs. John Maguire
  • Ayton De Paepe vs. Jack Shore
  • Ben Dandois vs. Chico Martinez
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Aiden Lee
  • Massai Sant’anna vs. Artur Szczepaniak
  • Leon Jansen vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens
  • Sameer Alekozai vs. Matthias Lodahl

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cage Warriors 89 adds Belgium's Tommy Depret vs. 5-time UFC vet John Maguire

With Cage Warriors visiting Belgium later this month, the promotion has added a local veteran to take on a UFC vet.

Cage Warriors officials today announced that Belgium’s Tommy Depret (12-5) will take on England’s John Maguire (24-9) at Cage Warriors 89, which takes place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card stream on UFC Fight Pass.

“Scarface” Depret enters the fight on a two-fight winning streak, scoring first-round stoppages in both affairs. Eleven of Depret’s 12 career wins have come by stoppage, including six in the first round.

Meanwhile, “The One” Maguire debuted in the UFC in 2011 with back-to-back victories, including a “Submission of the Night” win over DaMarques Johnson. However, consecutive decision losses to John Hathaway, Matt Riddle and Mitch Clarke saw him part ways with the promotion. Maguire has gone 6-3 since his release, including a 5-1 run in his past six outings.

The Cage Warriors 89 lineup now includes:

  • Karl Moore vs. Mauro Cerilli
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Tommy Depret vs. John Maguire
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Aiden Lee
  • Ayton De Paepe vs. Jack Shore
  • Massai Sant’anna vs. Artur Szczepaniak
  • Leon Jansen vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens
  • Ben Dandois vs. Chico Martinez
  • Sameer Alekozai vs. Matthias Lodahl

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Karl Moore looks to match Conor McGregor's feat in Cage Warriors 89 headliner

Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (8-1) already holds one Cage Warriors title, but he’s looking to score another one very soon.

The reigning Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion will look to claim the promotion’s vacant heavyweight title when he faces Mauro Cerilli (10-2) in the main event of next month’s Cage Warriors 89 event on Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

“Karl Moore has a huge opportunity to become our first two-weight world champion since Conor McGregor,” Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan stated. “And if he’s successful in Antwerp on Nov. 25, I’m sure a lot of people – including the UFC – will be paying very close attention to him.

“But he has a tough test in front of him. Cerilli is tough and in good form. I’m looking forward to a great title fight.”

McGregor, of course, held Cage Warriors’ lightweight and featherweight titles before vacating the belts in in 2013. migrating to the UFC and briefly holding those same belts in the world’s premier MMA promotion, as well.

Moore is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes a five-round decision win over Josh Moore at March’s Cage Warriors 81 event, where he picked up the vacant light heavyweight title. Moore is a perfect 4-0 in four appearances for the European promotion.

Meanwhile, Cerilli makes his promotional debut on the strength of a three-fight winning streak earned while competing in his native Italy. Two of this victories came via TKO, while his most recent appearance went to the judges’ cards in a three-round affair.

The Cage Warriors 89 lineup currently includes:

  • Champ Karl Moore vs. Mauro Cerilli – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Ben Dandois vs. opponent TBA
  • Tommy Depret vs. opponent TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cage Warriors 89 heads to Belgium in November, including Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes

Cage Warriors will head to Belgium in November, and one of the country’s fan favorites will be featured on the card.

Cindy Dandois (8-3) has been booked for a 140-pound catchweight fight against Kerry Hughes (3-2) at Cage Warriors 89, the promotion today announced.

Cage Warriors 89 will take place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Dandois will be looking to rebound from a loss earlier this year to Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, which was her UFC debut. Prior to that, she had a three-fight winning streak, including back-to-back submission wins as an Invicta featherweight over Megan Anderson and Jessamyn Duke.

Hughes, from England, will be returning to Cage Warriors for the first time since 2014, when she stopped Amanda Kelly with a second-round TKO at Cage Warriors 69. Earlier this year, she was stopped with a first-round TKO against Zarh Fairn dos Santos at a British Challenge MMA event.

The card also will feature Dandois’ brother, Ben Dandois (6-3), as well as Belgium’s Tommy Depret (12-5), against opponents to be named later.

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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