Grimaud retains Cage Warriors belt

Well-travelled veteran Jesse Taylor learned that lesson in painful detail after failing to choke out Cage Warriors welterweight champ Gael Grimaud and then succumbing to an armbar.

The title fight headlined “Cage Warriors Fight Night 6: Grimaud vs. Taylor,” which took place Thursday at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain.

Taylor, a wrestling specialist, largely had his way with Grimaud on the mat. But while he spent the bulk of his time on the French fighter’s back, he failed time after time to secure the position needed to stay there. Consequently, Grimaud reversed with regularity, and Taylor was forced to re-establish the position again after again.

By just the second frame, the environment had conspired against both fighters. Drenched in sweat, Taylor’s task became even harder as Grimaud was able to slither out of danger. When Taylor seemingly had a choke locked up, he kept his chin elusive and fought free.

The high-intensity grappling match and heat were apparently too much for Taylor, whose offense collapsed in an instant in the third round. Sloppy takedown attempts were capitalized upon by Grimaud, who worked his way to the back and then adjusted his legs to secure an arm from a near-inverted-triangle position. At the 0:55 mark of the third round, Taylor tapped.

“It was my first title defense, and I had a lot of pressure,” Grimaud said. “I’m really honored to fight a guy like Jesse Taylor because he’s done a lot of very good and tough fights.”

Grimaud (15-5) improves his current win streak to six while Taylor (20-9), who dropped from middleweight to welterweight in hopes of reinventing himself, drops to 1-3 in his past four outings.

The full Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 results included:


Champ Gael Grimaud (pictured) def. Jesse Taylor via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 0:55
Jim Alers def. Matteus Lahdesmaki via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:01
Ivan Buchinger def. Diego Gonzalez via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:30
Eddy Bengtsson def. Jay Mortimore via submission (smother choke)
John Phillips def. Tomas Penz via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:21


Alan Carlos def. Mike Ling via unanimous decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Olivier Pastor def. Dino Gambatesa via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:52
Allan Love def. Ignas Petkus via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:03

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