Cage Rage 13: No Fearresults
Cage Rage 13: No Fear
By David West
In the headline bout Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro took Jean Silva’s Cage Rage Lightweight World Title with a display of world class grappling. Ribeiro fought with the air of a man enjoying a Sunday stroll in the park, the picture of relaxation as he forced Silva to defend submission after submission. Ribeiro secured a side choke in round two that Silva could not escape and the title passed hands to a man who looks likely to keep it as long as he chooses to defend it.
Holland’s heavy fisted Melvin Manhoef blasted Brazilian Chute Boxe member Fabio Piemonte into oblivion with a left hook that sent Piemonte’s mouth guard flying out of the cage to claim the vacant Cage Rage Light-Heavyweight World Title.
Local favorite Brad Pickett took the vacant British Featherweight title in a spirited battle with Ozzy Haluk that ended when Pickett caught his opponent with a two-footed flying stomp in the second round that prompted Haluk to verbally quit.
The vacant British Lightweight title went to Abdul Mohamed who fought three very close rounds with Alexandre Izidro. Mohamed was the more aggressive, but Izidro was the more technically polished fighter and it was Mohamed whose face bore the marks of combat after the final bell. Mohamed won a split decision that certainly leaves the way open for a rematch.
In non-title action, Pride veteran James Thompson was too strong and too aggressive for Andy Costello, while Mark Weir was too tall and fast for Kyosuke Sasaki. Jorge Rivera grinded out a tough win over Marcelo Azevedo and James Evans-Nicolle stopped UFC Brazil veteran Tulio Palhares with two beautiful body shots that dropped Palhares to the canvas in a heap.