2019 has been a year to forget for SBG Ireland?s Cian Cowley, as ?The Warrior? slumped to a three-fight skid this evening after being submitted by England?s Sam Patterson (third-round guillotine choke) at BraveCF 33 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
A prominent sparring of one notorious Irish star, Cowley transitioned to MMA back in 2015 as a multiple-time Muay Thai champion, but has struggled to find momentum in the cage to date. After a debut submission loss to David Khalsa, Cowley bounced back with successive stoppage victories in 2018 under the Brave MMA promotional banner. Unfortunately, those impressive performances were short lived.
The Dun Laoghaire native dropped a split decision to John Brewin in May, before being brutally knocked out by Maciek Gierszewski on the London show in July. Cowley looked dominant in the first round of that Gierszewski fight, but ultimately was forced to pick himself up and rebuild again as he moved toward the eventually booked fight against Patterson today.
The usually aggressive striker looked tentative and subdued against Patterson. The opening round was a tense affair as both athletes looked to feel each other out on the feet. Patterson was the more active of the pair, finding success early and often with his jab and straight right. 10-9 Patterson.
The second round saw Cowley dropped to the canvas in under a minute and despite recovering well, it was clear that Team Crossface?s Sam Patterson was kicking into gear as both his striking volume and variety continued to increase. A clear 20-18 Patterson.
By round 3, it was clear that Cowley wasn?t firing on all cylinders. Patterson?s jabs and straight right shots continued to slice through Cowley?s defensive shell, and the SBG man was visibly wearing the damage. Ultimately, Patterson backed Cowley up against the fence, landed a straight right through the Irishman?s guard and cinched up a tight guillotine choke once the fight hit the deck, rendering Cowley unconscious after 49 seconds of the final round.