Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

Liverpool’s Coner Hignett earns 1st Cage Warriors win, decisions Ireland’s Darren O’Gorman at ‘CW 113’ in Manchester, England

Coner Hignett (©Cage Warriors)

Coner Hignett (©Cage Warriors)

Coner “Hand Grenade” Hignett, 25, of Liverpool, Meyserside, England was one of the winners at “Cage Warriors 113,” also known as “CW 113.” It was the English mixed martial artist’s first victory in Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

While many MMA promotions either cancelled or postponed events amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Cage Warriors went ahead and held “CW 113” at the Manchester BEC Arena in Manchester, England on March 20, 2020 featuring 11 MMA fights. In the sixth bout of the evening, Hignett competed in the flyweight division against Darren O’Gorman, 27, of Cork, Ireland.

Marc Goddard served as the referee. He put a stop to the flyweight contest after 2 minutes and 12 seconds in the third round.

Losing to Hignett downgraded the professional MMA record of O’Gorman to 6 wins and 5 losses. The Irish MMA fighter is now riding a two-bout losing streak.

On the other hand, Hignett now has 8 wins and 5 losses. The Liverpool native is now riding a two-bout winning streak.

“CW 113” marked the third Cage Warriors bout of Hignett, who has been competing professionally since 2014. It was in the London-based MMA promotion where he made his professional MMA debut.

In 2018, Hignett returned to Cage Warriors at “CW 96” where he lost to Sam Creasey. The Irish MMA fighter previously competed in ICE Fighting Championship, Absolute Championship Akhmat, EFC Worldwide and Almighty Fighting Championship, among others.

Including England and Ireland, seven countries were represented at “CW 113.” The others were France, Northern Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Wales.

O’Gorman solely represented Ireland. Hignett was one of the 14 hometown fighters.

In the main event of the evening, Bartosz “The Butcher” Fabinski, 33, of Warsaw, Poland made his successful Cage Warriors debut. He defeated his fellow former UFC fighter Darren “The Dentist” Stewart, 29, of London, England, United Kingdom in the middleweight division.

In the co-main event, Mason “The Dragon” Jones, 24, of Blaenavon, Wales was crowned the new Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion. The undefeated Welsh MMA fighter knocked out Joe “The SBG Hunter” McColgan, 33, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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