Cage Warriors Unplugged: A review of the latest Fight Night held in the BT Sport Studios

A month on since Cage Warriors 79 and the team here at WePlay found ourselves involved in the most historic night in MMA history. The BT Sport Studios played host to Cage Warriors Unplugged, the warm-up act to UFC 205.

A VIP invite event only, WePlay had the privilege of being sat ringside amongst the intimacy of the octagon, surrounded by the temporary stand for spectators. Covering everything content driven, WePlay were part of the social team who helped the Cage Warriors hashtag, #CWUnplugged trend in the UK, the first time this had ever been achieved.

WePlay were part of the social team who helped the Cage Warriors hashtag, #CWUnplugged trend in the UK, the first time this had ever been achieved.

Chris Fishgold and Paddy Pimblett were the headline acts, but not before some bloodied battles took place. Leeroy Barnes recorded his first Cage Warriors win by choking out John Redmond after 34 seconds and when interviewed, he expressed his desire to have a shot at a title fight.

Following Barnes’ victory, Paco Estevez and Karl Moore went toe-to-toe in a light heavyweight bout which saw Moore KO Estevez in some style. The Irishman hadn’t fought in over a year and was delighted to get back into the octagon with such an explosive win.

Up next, the people’s fight, former UFC fighter Che Mills took on the experienced Matt Inman. A fight not for the faint hearted. Inman’s right eyebrow was on the end of Che Mills’ left hook which resulted in the fight being a blood bath. Up against it for the majority, it was Inman who came out victorious, submitting Mills at the end of the second round.

Chris Fishgold’s title defence was tested as Nic Herron-Webb went the full five rounds with the lightweight champion but neither fighter was able to find that finish. Fishgold was cut and bruised, unable to open his right eye but a unanimous judge’s decision was what it came down to and Fishgold retained his lightweight world title.

The main event, Paddy Pimblett up against previous Ultimate Fighter contestant, Julian Erosa. Like the fight before, this went the distance. Both fighters had their dominant rounds, and although Pimblett managed to shake off a knee to the jaw, neither could get the required finish. To the judge’s it went and they deemed Pimblett victorious.

Cage Warriors Unplugged was another event in what has been an impressive year for the organisation. The event, held from inside the BT Sport studios, laid down a marker for Cage Warriors being labelled as the best European MMA production outside of the UFC. Meanwhile, more great news for the sport is that BT Sport, who have broadcasted the UFC since 2013 have just renewed their commitment to the sport of MMA, signing on until 2018.

The event, held from inside the BT Sport studios, laid down a marker for Cage Warriors being labelled as the best European MMA production outside of the UFC.

As the home of MMA in the UK and as Cage Warriors’ broadcast partner, BT Sport put on a fantastic show for Cage Warriors Unplugged, with the end product resulting in the best Cage Warriors TV production to date. A fitting pre-show warm up to the explosive and historic UFC 205.