September saw big events from Cage Warriors and BAMMA, as well as other regional shows putting on some excellent matchups. Of course the biggest talking point was Conor McGregor’s UFC outing against Dustin Poirier, and that was reflected in this month’s voting for the charismatic Irishman.
All monthly winners (and a selection of "wild card" runners up) will go into the year end awards to be crowned ‘Best of UK and Irish MMA in 2014′. They will be sponsored by Caged Steel (any other potential sponsors please contact us for great marketing for your business, with all proceeds going to the fighters).
Here’s what you chose as the best of the action in September 2014.
UK/IRISH MMA AWARDS: September 2014 WINNERS
UK/Irish Fighter of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Conor McGregor (55%)
It’s hardly surprising that the man that has the international MMA community talking gets a landslide victory closer to home. Once again McGregor backed up his words and delivered on his promises by dispatching a top ten opponent with relative ease.
Many thought Dustin Poirier was going to be a rough night for the SBG man, and on another night he may have been, but at UFC 178 McGregor quickly and decisively dismantled "The Diamond", claiming a top five spot in the rankings after just four fights in the UFC.
His rise really has been unprecedented, and his name is still in the news this weekend with the featherweight title on the line in Brazil. We’ll be hearing more from him at the weekend I’m sure.
-Liam McGeary (9%) – Won the Bellator LHW tournament in style
-Lewis Long (7%) – Amazing heart and charisma on show at CWFC
-Shay Walsh (6%) – Back in action quickly with his biggest win to date
International Fighter of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Toni Tauru (42%)
(Image via Cage Warriors/Dolly Clew)
Finland’s Toni Tauru added his name to a very select list of Cage Warriors world champions with a submission victory over Cory Tait in Newport, winning his tenth fight in a row to go 10-1-1.
It was the submission specialist’s first time fighting in the UK and he made a big impression in a hard-fought battle with his unpredictable foe. Tauru remained composed and, going into the championship rounds for the first time, secured a slick finish to wrap the belt around his waist.
-Thor Palsson (27%) – Mjolnir man impressive at Shinobi
-Birgir Tomasson (24%) – As above, the Mjolnir UK marauding continues
-Mateusz Gamrot (5%) – Nice submission win for Gamrot in Wales
Fight of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Jack Marshman vs. Che Mills (39%)
(Image via Cage Warriors/Dolly Clew)
What seems to get your votes the most is violence first and foremost, and then emphatic from-behind victories. This fight had both of those things. Tough Welshman Jack Marshman survived a few first round scares and managed to bite down on his gumshield and come forward in the second.
UFC veteran Che Mills is experienced, skilled and tough, which makes Marshman’s victory even more impressive. Mutual appreciation for a magnificent duel was shown, and fans can relive it HERE.
-Birgir Tomasson vs. Bobby Pallett atShinobi 3 (28%)
-Benny Carr vs. Mike Doyle at SnA 17 (17%)
-Phil Raeburn vs. Damo Weeden at CWFC 72 (6%)
Event of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Cage Warriors 72 (46%)
A late blow to the card wasn’t enough to stop Cage Warriors delivering an excellent night of fights in their Newport debut. Dalby vs. Grimaud was sidelined, but the likes of Tauru vs. Tait, Mills vs. Marshman and Long vs. Dinsdale more than took up the slack.
The main cards are always worthy of praise, but eventful undercards also add to proceedings, with the likes of Raeburn vs. Weeden and Edwards vs. Desborough entertaining the fans.
-BAMMA 16 (27%) – An impressive card in Manchester
-Shock N Awe 17 (9%) – The South Coast’s finest show delivered again
-Fightstar Championship 4 (9%) – Burgeoning Yorkshire promotion in action
Knockout of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Conor McGregor (56%)
The hype, the talk, the pride that was stake, rankings, lovers, haters…. there was no shortage of reasons that this performance was impressive and overwhelming from Conor McGregor.
Dustin Poirier had never been stopped by strikes after being in there with some of the UFC’s elite, and "The Notorious" dismantled him in under two minutes. It wasn’t even his cleanest finish (though it was still emphatic), but the occasion contributed massively to the scale of the TKO victory rendered in his favour.
Conor McGregor is the real deal and he’s looking to get a title shot. Maybe this wasn’t the fight that earned it, but the finish went a long way towards showing he’s a threat to the current order.
-Paul Daley (14%) – Sweet body shot from Daley for another finish
-Jack Marshman (9%) – From behind victory for the Welshman
-Leon Edwards (7%) – A big KO that earned him a UFC contract
Submission of the Month – September 2014
Winner: Liam McGeary (31%)
(Image via Bellator on Facebook)
Liam McGeary was the first British fighter to reach a Bellator tournament final, and in super-slick fashion he became the first British fighter to win a Bellator tournament.
At 6’6", the long limbs of McGeary have tended to show their efficacy in the striking range, but this time he used them to lock up an unorthodox inverted triangle from the bottom of side triangle to win a mammoth cheque and punch his ticket to a Bellator light-heavyweight title fight.
It seems he still might not be getting the accolades he deserves in the UK as he trains full-time in New Jersey, but McGeary has shown himself to be one of our finest exports time and time again at Bellator.
-Danny Stirk (24%) – A Peruvian Necktie finish for the Bradford amateur
-Mateusz Gamrot (15%) – Nice heel hook from the Pole at CWFC 72
-Mike Grundy (14%) – D’Arce choke got the wrestler his first pro win
That’s how the votes were cast after an exciting month of UK and Irish MMA. Keep your suggestions coming for October’s awards, as we’re expecting another busy month.
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