On Saturday night, Cage Wars delivered their 36th show in front of a sold-out crowd at the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York. 14 bouts took place among the 1000 plus fans in attendance, including the six title fights. Inside the Event Center at the Rivers Casino, a K1 Middleweight title fight, a heavyweight title, Women’s flyweight title, Middleweight title, a featherweight title, and a Bantamweight title fight all lived up to everyone’s expectations as wars took place inside the cage.
The fans flooded in at 6:30 PM when the doors opened and at 8 PM Rielly Williams delivered an exceptional performance of the national anthem moments before the first fight of the evening started. Special guest in attendance, King Mo, of Bellator MMA sat ringside to watch Cage Wars 36.
Cage Wars 36 streamed live on Fite TV pay per view while being commentated by My MMA News’ Kyle Carroll, and Will Barry. In between bouts, Kyle Carroll interviewed King Mo about his upcoming fight in the Bellator MMA heavyweight tournament and New York State Assemblyman, Angelo Santabarbara.
Cage Wars 36 Results Main Event:
Xi Lau vs. Adam Barrett
In the main event, Xi Lau of AST MMA in Toronto, Canada battled Adam Barrett for the Cage Wars Bantamweight championship. Barrett was defending his 135-pound crown from Xi Lau, who moved up in weight class to challenge Barrett. Lau is also the current Cage Wars flyweight (125) champion.
Barrett and Lau, both come from a strong striking background, which is why it was a surprise to many when the fight ended up becoming a clinch match against the cage in round one. The back-and-forth clinch with strikes was a difficult round for the judges to score. Barrett ended the round with a solid takedown.
In round two, it appeared Lau was being overpowered by the larger fighter in Barrett. Barrett remained in control throughout the entire second round and attempted several submission attacks, in addition to the already abundant strikes Barrett threw.
Round three was dominated by Lau, as he was able to score a takedown and hold Barrett down on the canvas throughout most of the third round. Lau earned a unanimous decision victory over the champion, Adam Barrett.
Brandon Bartle vs. Cody Zappone
The co-main event was a battle between two warriors that showed a strong skill set as amateur fighters. They fought for the Cage Wars featherweight title. Bartle and Zappone’s fight went the distance to a judges decision. Zappone demonstrated excellent striking as he stood in the pocket, avoiding and delivering strikes consistently.
Zappone explained in the post-fight interview that he had been working on his grappling skills and it was clear as he scored a couple of strong takedowns against a tough grappler. Bartle managed to steal a round against Zappone when he managed to control Zappone and land numerous strikes from the top. Zappone won the Cage Wars featherweight championship via a 29-28 decision on all three judges scorecards.
Cage Wars 36 Results Below:
- Xi Lau def. Adam Barrett via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Bantamweight Title Fight – Main Event
Cody Zappone def. Brandon Bartle via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Featherweight Title Fight
Jake Davis def. Josh Jones via Submission in Round 2, at 1:48 (Rear Naked Choke) – Middleweight Title Fight
Alexandria Ballou def. Amanda Kramny via Submission in Round 1, at 1:24 (Guillotine Choke) – Flyweight Title Fight
Al Marro def. Marc Worthington via TKO in Round 2, at 1:30 (Referee Stoppage due to Strikes) – Heavyweight Title Fight
Jose Carrasquero def. Shane Willette via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – K1 Middleweight Title Fight
Miguel Cuevas def. Cody Dickershaid via TKO in Round 3, at 1:35 (Liver Shot) – Featherweight Fight
David Tutuska def. Chad Laplante via TKO in Round 1, at 1:22. – Bantamweight Fight
Benjamin Horton def. Mike Taylor via TKO in Round 1. – Welterweight Fight
Nyein Maung def. Michael Pinckney via TKO in Round 1, at 1:00 – Bantamweight Fight
Caleb Sebast def. Connor Dooley via TKO in Round 2, at 1:54 (Tapout to Strikes)- Featherweight Fight
Brendan Kennedy def. Jacob Carrigan via Submission in Round 1, at 1:40 (Rear Naked Choke) – Catchweight 150 Fight
Mike Doolen def. Brandon Neiford via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Flyweight Fight
Corey Butts def. Greg O’Brien via Split Decision, (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) – Lightweight Fight