Wales’ Mason Jones is Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion, knocks out Northern Ireland’s Joe McColgan at ‘CW 113’ in England

Mason Jones, Rich Mitchell (©Cage Warriors)

Mason Jones, Rich Mitchell (©Cage Warriors)

Mason “The Dragon” Jones, 24, of Blaenavon, Wales and Joe “The SBG Hunter” McColgan, 33, of Belfast, Northern Ireland co-headlined “Cage Warriors 113,” also known as “CW 113.” They competed for the lightweight championship title of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

While many mixed martial arts 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 co-main event of the evening, Jones put his undefeated professional MMA record on the line as he and McColgan competed for the title.

Rich Mitchell served as the referee. He put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 14 seconds in the first round.

Jones knocked out McColgan via knee and punches. In the end, Mitchell raised the hand of the undefeated Welsh MMA fighter as the new Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion.

Losing to Jones downgraded the professional MMA record of McColgan to 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. It was the Northern Irish MMA fighter’s third loss in Cage Warriors.

On the other hand, Jones now has 9 wins and 0 loss. It was his eighth Cage Warriors bout.

Competing professionally since 2017, Jones joined Cage Warriors in 2018. The first seven opponents he defeated in the London-based MMA promotion were Shaun Luther, Lawrence Jordan Tracey, Craig Edwards, Konmon Deh, Kacper Formela, Donovan Desmae and Aleksi Mantykivi.

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

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.

Stewart was one of the 14 hometown fighters while Jones was one of the two representatives of Wales and McColgan was one of the two representatives of Northern Ireland. Fabinski solely represented Poland.

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