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McLeman joins Cage Warriors

18/11/2014

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Harry McLeman (8-2) is the newest addition to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

McLeman has penned a deal which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC for five bouts over a minimum period of 18 months. A native of Plymouth in the south of England, McLeman will make his debut in the promotion’s 185lbs division in 2015.

“Cage Warriors is by far the best show in Europe,” said McLeman, who turned 28 last week. “I’m looking forward to competing with some of the best fighters in the game and taking that belt.”

Currently riding a three-fight win streak, McLeman most recently clinched the British middleweight title for BAMMA, a leading domestic promotion in the UK.

McLeman is ranked as one of the UK’s top ten middleweights outside the UFC, and has taken six of his eight professional wins inside the distance - four by submission, two via (T)KO.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Harry to Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to seeing what impact he can make next year on what’s shaping up to be a very exciting middleweight division.”

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Results: Cage Warriors 74

17/11/2014

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Report via MMAjunkie.com…

Nicolas Dalby took some damage in the first round before rebounding over the next four and defeating Mohsen Bahari to defend his Cage Warriors welterweight title. The title fight headlined Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

Dalby (13-0) extended his unbeaten run as a pro with his first title defence. However, though Dalby was eager to engage in the bout’s opening minutes, Bahari (8-2) was ready for him and dished out plenty of punishment throughout the first round.

But in the second and third rounds, the momentum swung to Dalby’s favor. After a takedown and some ground and pound, he continued to bloody Bahari both standing and on the mat. As the rounds wore on, he continued chipping away as Bahari noticeably slowed and proved slower to the punch.

In the end, with a well-balanced attack of strikes, takedowns and ground and pound, Dalby earned the unanimous decision via 50-45 scores.

Joseph Duffy‘s return to MMA from the pro-boxing circuit resulted in another win – this one in violent and spectacular fashion. Duffy (12-1) knew fellow lightweight Julien Boussuge (12-4) wanted a takedown, so he simply waited for the opportunity and floored the Frenchman with a knee once he shot for the takedown.

Duffy, an Irishman who handed fast-rising UFC contender Conor McGregor his most recent defeat, forced the stoppage in just 36 seconds. He’s now 2-0 since returning from a three-year boxing sabbatical.

In the card’s first main event, Pannie Kianzad (6-0) cruised to a unanimous-decision victory over late replacement Eeva Siiskonen (3-2) to earn Cage Warriors’ inaugural women’s bantamweight title.

Siiskonen, who stepped in as a replacement for injured Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, was simply outgunned by Kianzad, who controlled the pace and proved superior on standing, on the mat and in the clinch.

Kianzad avoided submission attempts and rode out the first round in top position, and then in the second, the undefeated Swedish fighter opened up on her feet and outstruck Siiskonen with combinations and short lefts.

In the third and fourth rounds, Kianzad did her damage primarily from the clinch while using short elbows and knees with Siiskonen pressed against the cage.

With Siiskonen clearly down on the scorecards heading into the final round, the Finnish fighter went into desperation mode and frantically looked for the takedown. However, Kianzad remained upright and avoided any serious danger to make it to the final bell. In the end, the judges scored it 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 for the new champ.

In the co-headliner of the first card, lightweight Saul Rogers (9-1) picked up a significant career victory and made a strong statement for a potential title fight by scoring a shutout unanimous-decision victory over Mick Sinclair (12-4). Rogers used a wrestling-heavy game-plan to earn the victory via 30-27 scores.

Also on the card, Nathaniel Wood (6-1) picked up a gruesome win over Steve McCombe (20-24-1) in a 140-pound catchweight fight. Wood landed a high kick and snapped McCombe’s forearm to force a verbal submission at the 2:23 mark of the opening round.

Cage Warriors 74 results:

Nicolas Dalby def. Mohsen Bahari via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) - for to retain welterweight title
Joseph Duffy def. Julien Boussuge via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:36
Sean Carter def. Tim Wilde via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:26
Tom Breese def. Thibaud Larchet via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:57
Andrei Manzolo def. Bola Omoyele via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:07
Pannie Kianzad def. Eeva Siiskonen via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) – to win inaugural women’s bantamweight title
Saul Rogers def. Mick Sinclair via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nathaniel Wood def. Steve McCombe via verbal submission (arm injury) – Round 1, 2:23
Darren Stewart def. Pelu Adetola via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
Paul Marin def. Scott Pooley via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:55
James Hurrell def. Carl Kinslow via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:40
Anna Elmose def. Emma Delaney via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:19

Photo: Nicolas Dalby and Pannie Kianzad (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 74

15/11/2014

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All 26 fighters made weight this afternoon for CWFC 74, which takes place tomorrow evening - Saturday, November 15 - at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

With two CWFC world title bouts headlining the bill, champion Nicolas Dalby and challenger Mohsen Bahari each tipped the scales at 169.4lbs, while Pannie Kianzad and Eeva Siiskonen came in at 134.8lbs and 134.3lbs respectively ahead of their clash for the inaugural CWFC women’s bantamweight world title.

James Hurrell was the only fighter who missed weight at the first attempt. Having initially weighed in at 209.2lbs, the English light-heavyweight made use of the additional two-hour buffer before returning to the scales to register a final weight of 206lbs for his meeting with Carl Kinslow.

CWFC 74 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, at the Copper Box Arena. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 74 weigh-ins HERE.

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CWFC 74 weigh-in results:

Welterweight title: Nicolas Dalby (169.4lbs) vs. Mohsen Bahari (169.4lbs)
Lightweight: Julien Boussuge (154.9lbs) vs. Joseph Duffy (155.5lbs)
Lightweight: Tim Wilde (155.8lbs) vs. Sean Carter (154.9lbs)
Welterweight: John Maguire (155.6lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (155.6lbs)
Welterweight: Thibaud Larchet (166.8lbs) vs. Tom Breese (170.6lbs)
Featherweight: Andy Manzolo (184.9lbs) vs. Bola Omoyele (184.8lbs)
Women’s bantamweight title: Eeva Siiskonen (134.3lbs) vs. Pannie Kianzad (134.8lbs)
Lightweight: Mick Sinclair (154.3lbs) vs. Saul Rogers (155.4lbs)
140lbs catchweight: Steve McCombe (138.9lbs) vs. Nathaniel Wood (138lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Pelu Adetola (200.8lbs) vs. Darren Stewart (202.7lbs)
Flyweight: Paul Marin (125.4lbs) vs. Scott Pooley (124.9lbs)
Light-heavyweight: James Hurrell (206lbs) vs. Carl Kinslow (196.2lbs)
Bantamweight: Emma Delaney (135.7lbs) vs. Anna Elmose (134.6lbs)

Photo: Nicolas Dalby and Mohsen Bahari square off (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors 74: London

14/11/2014

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DOORS - 4:00pm
FIRST BOUT - 5:30pm

With another double main-card bill lined up, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to London this Saturday, November 15, for one of the promotion’s most stacked events yet.

A CWFC world title will be at stake in each card’s headliner for Cage Warriors 74, which takes place at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park.

Part One, which kicks off at 6pm GMT, will be topped by the meeting of Eeva Siiskonen and Pannie Kianzad for the inaugural CWFC women’s bantamweight world title, while CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby will defend his belt against Mohsen Bahari in the main event of Part Two, a five-bout card that will begin at 9pm GMT.

CWFC 74 will feature twelve professional contests in total, with a particular emphasis on the lightweight division, which will see no fewer than three contender bouts down for decision.

UPDATE: Another scheduled lightweight bout, between Brad Wheeler and John Maguire, has been cancelled by the promotion, who have deemed Maguire unfit to compete due to illness.

Doors at the Copper Box Arena will open at 4:00pm, and tickets - priced from just £25 plus booking fee - are still available to purchase HERE. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Find live broadcast details for your region below…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
Viaplay.dk | Denmark only
Viaplay.se | Sweden only
Viaplay.no | Norway only
Mail Online | Rest of the world (excluding France)

LIVE TV

Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland (Part Two only)
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
FOX Sports 2 | Africa

PART TWO - 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT)

Nicolas Dalby (c) vs. Mohsen Bahari - CWFC welterweight world title bout
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Tom Breese vs. Thibaud Larchet
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele

PART ONE - 6pm GMT (1pm ET/10am PT)

Pannie Kianzad vs. Eeva Siiskonen - vacant CWFC women’s bantamweight world title bout
Saul Rogers vs. Mick Sinclair
Steve McCombe vs. Nathaniel Wood
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart
Paul Marin vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow

PRELIMINARY BOUT - 5:30pm (unaired)

Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose

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Mulpeter withdraws from CWFC 74

13/11/2014

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Philip Mulpeter (pictured) has pulled out of his welterweight bout against Tom Breese, which was scheduled to take place at Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London this Saturday, November 15.

Mulpeter sustained a cut above his left eye in training on Tuesday evening, and CWFC officials were informed by e-mail of his decision to withdraw at 4:59pm GMT yesterday (Wednesday, November 12).

The incident occurred as a result of a clash of heads with a team-mate, during what Mulpeter’s camp described as “light sparring drills”.

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has succeeded in securing a replacement opponent for Tom Breese, however, with 22-year-old Frenchman Thibaud Larchet (6-1) stepping in at short notice for his CWFC debut.

Larchet will fly in to London from Nice tomorrow morning, and the clash with Breese is still scheduled as a welterweight (170lbs) contest.

“Hats off to our matchmaker Ian Dean for sourcing a replacement at the last minute, and to Tom Breese for accepting the change of opponent in these circumstances,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“While this situation has resulted in us taking a hit financially, I’m just happy that we’ve been able to ensure that a fighter’s eight-week training camp wasn’t for nothing, and that another fighter has been given a great opportunity to compete on such a big stage.

“I wish Philip Mulpeter a speedy recovery, but I was disappointed to learn that he was sparring three days before a weigh-in, which doesn’t seem wise to me. The fans are now missing out on what was a highly-anticipated bout.

“But that’s the sport. We’ll move on, as we’ve always done, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tom Breese make his long-awaited CWFC debut against an opponent who comes in from France with a very good reputation.”


Meanwhile, CWFC officials remain hopeful of securing a replacement opponent for Arnold Allen today, after the English featherweight saw two previous opponents withdraw inside the past week.

Updated CWFC 74 card (order TBC)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Eeva Siiskonen
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Saul Rogers vs. Mick Sinclair
Tom Breese vs. Thibaud Larchet
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Arnold Allen vs. TBC
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart
Paul Marin vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow
Steve McCombe vs. Nathaniel Wood
Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose

Priced from just £25 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London this Saturday, November 15, are still available from Ticketmaster.co.uk. Click HERE to get yours!

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Representing Ireland as the world’s best is Duffy’s aim

11/11/2014

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“If I’m looking back at the end of my career and that ends up being the thing that still stands out most, then I think that would definitely mean failure…”

By PAUL DOLLERY

If he was looking for a sign to reassure him that he’d made the right decision, this was it.

The Helix in Dublin last August 16, and Irish-born Joseph Duffy is making his return to mixed martial arts after a two-year stint on the professional boxing circuit.

Duffy was pretty sure that he’d made the right move by abandoning the ring in favour of the cage, but the reaction of the crowd confirmed it. The fans raised the roof to greet the 26-year-old, as he was re-introduced to the MMA world before defeating Damien Lapilus.

The reception from the Irish fans also served to let Duffy know that he is most certainly one of their own. Names like McGregor, Parke and Pendred have brought the sport of mixed martial arts into the public consciousness in Ireland in 2014, but Duffy was unsure about being accepted as part of that new generation of ‘Fighting Irish’.

He was born in the coastal Donegal village of Burtonport, raised in Wales and is now based in London, but Duffy represents only one nation…and you don’t need to see the tricolour on his fight shorts or the ‘Dún na nGall’ tattoo across his back to know which one.
 
“I’ll never forget the noise in The Helix that night,” Duffy reflects. “The hairs were standing up on the back of my neck. It was unbelievable. For that moment alone, it was worth it.”

Conor McGregor has propelled himself into mainstream stardom in Ireland in the past eighteen months, a groundbreaking achievement for an athlete competing in a sport that’s still in its infancy.

Were it not for his aforementioned hiatus from MMA, it’s likely that Joseph Duffy would also be a household name by now. McGregor is currently one of MMA’s hottest properties, but his last taste of defeat came at the hands of Duffy back in 2010.

Much has changed for both men since then. While Duffy was discovering what boxing had to offer, McGregor was busy turning himself into a global superstar…and the most talked-about athlete in Ireland today.

But there are no regrets for Duffy – “This is the path I was meant to take,” he insists – and he’s adamant that he’s en route to a career that will ultimately yield much more to be proud of than a largely forgotten win over Conor McGregor.
 
Given McGregor’s subsequent achievements, it’s difficult for Duffy to escape questions about their CWFC 39 bout, and while it was a win to be proud of – like any other – Duffy himself is the person least likely to broach the subject.

For him, it’s a win no more or less valuable than any other, and when the time comes for him to hang up his gloves, you’re unlikely to find Duffy on a barstool regaling punters with tales of how he brought down Conor McGregor in exchange for free stout.

Joseph Duffy and Conor McGregor come face to face ahead of their 2010 bout at CWFC 39 (Photo: Peter Waldron).

However, that win has certainly proved useful since Duffy made his MMA return…as a barometer for what he’s capable of, and in attracting an amount of publicity otherwise unwarranted for a man who hadn’t fought in just under three years.

And, when looking to the future, Duffy is fully aware that previous achievements count for little. If the events of 2010 were to make him a superior fighter to McGregor today, then by the same logic he’s not up to standard for The Ultimate Fighter…an assessment few, if any, would agree with.

As a raw 21-year-old, Duffy bulldozed his way through the auditions for TUF’s twelfth season, but failed to make the final cut when he fell short against Kyle Watson. Duffy’s only official career loss thus far came at the hands of Ivan Musardo for the CWFC lightweight world title in October 2011, but it’s his TUF failure that still haunts him most.

“The losses seem to define fighters more than the wins,” Duffy says. “Looking back at the whole Ultimate Fighter experience, it really cuts me deep down. I felt like the occasion got too much for me, and when I got in there I just folded.  So that still sticks in my throat.

“But even just mentally alone, the fighter I was then compared to today are two completely different people. When I went over there I had only made lightweight once – my first fight at lightweight was against Norman Parke – and I had only heard about the tryouts a week before I actually left to go out there.

“I felt like I was flying in the tryouts, no matter who I was in with. But when it came to the house itself, it all became a bit too much for me, to be honest. Coming from a small club, I started to doubt myself. We didn’t even have another pro fighter in the gym at the time.

“I didn’t know much about weight-cutting and I hadn’t experienced fighting in a big cage either. I let all that come into my mind and I think I beat myself before I went in there. Technically I’m a totally different fighter now as well. I didn’t even know how to sprawl back then!”

His time away from MMA has left Duffy with some catching up to do, but to dismiss his two years in boxing as time wasted would be naïve. The Cage Warriors lightweight division moved on without him, but in the meantime Duffy was sharpening what, by his own admission, wasn’t his most effective tool.

“I wouldn’t say I was ever totally confident in my stand-up at the top level, but that’s not the case now,” he says confidently, thanks to the experience of the seven wins (and no losses) he racked up as a professional boxer.

Joseph Duffy went 7-0 in the ring in 2013 (Photo: Tommy Lakes).

When he announced his decision to switch to boxing in the summer of 2012, Duffy was fully focused on ensuring the move was a success. But did MMA always cast a shadow?

“To answer that, the best way of putting it is that I squeezed it out,” he says. “I knew I was ready to give everything to boxing at the time, so I knew I needed to put MMA out of my head. But that was tough to do.

“I wanted to follow what was going on with Cage Warriors and stuff, but I had to try to stop in order to take myself away from it mentally. But every once in a while I’d watch it, and then it would leave me in two minds. But I think I did things correctly. I gave boxing everything, but towards the end MMA was weighing heavier on my mind than boxing, and that was when it was time to go back.”

As a comeback, Duffy could hardly have asked for more than his Cage Warriors 70 victory over Damien Lapilus in his native Ireland earlier this year.

“It was a tough fight but I enjoyed every second of it. That’s not something I could say when I was boxing. Sometimes in boxing I’d be praying for the fights to end. There wasn’t always that same enjoyment. After the fight in Dublin [against Lapilus] I was still buzzing a week later, but there was never anything like that when I boxed.”

Fight night is approaching now, and between training sessions Joseph Duffy is taking refuge in a North London café. Outside, the road surface on Islington’s Upper Street is undergoing some maintenance. If things had gone a little differently, he might have been out there laying tar instead of putting the finishing touches to his preparations for a highly-anticipated contest in an Olympic arena.

“Sport is all I was ever interested in, really. Had it not worked out the way it has, I’d probably still be in London but working in tunnelling for Crossrail or on a construction site somewhere.”

Whether it was MMA, boxing, rugby or something else, a life as a professional sportsman is what Duffy aspired to live, so he’s grateful to be doing so. But that doesn’t mean the work isn’t tough. The easy way out has never been an option for Duffy and his family.

When work dried up for his father in the 80s, as it did for many Irishmen back then, the Duffy clan uprooted to the industrial Welsh town of Ebbw Vale, and although they were back and forth, keeping the links to Donegal alive, Joseph spent the majority of his childhood in the valleys.

Duffy celebrates his victorious return to MMA following August’s submission triumph over Damien Lapilus in Dublin (Photo: Dolly Clew).

While there, if he wasn’t in school, he was more than likely to be found at Falcons Martial Arts club, where he began training in taekwondo at the age of five; which would have been useful at the time given how strongly he clung to his sense of Irishness.

“It was hard growing up in Wales. I was terribly into sport, so if Ireland lost in the rugby I would try to skip the next day at school, just to avoid the hassle it would bring. I suppose I would always have made it known I wasn’t from Wales as well. I never accepted it, which probably made life hard for myself.

“Other than in the gym, I never felt like I fitted in in Wales. Outside of school and the gym, I never really did much else. If I had ever put on a Welsh jersey I think I would have had lumps knocked out of me at home. I was born in Donegal, I’m proud to be Irish and I’ve never looked at myself as anything else. I loved representing my club in Wales, but I represented them as an Irish person.”

In 2010, Duffy went to Las Vegas as part of a British team competing at the World Martial Arts Games. In the team photo, he can be recognised as the guy wearing the Donegal football shirt and holding the Irish tricolour.

This Saturday, Duffy will aim to improve his professional MMA record to 12-1 with a win over French veteran Julien Boussuge. As arguably the most vaunted athlete on the CWFC roster, the world will be watching the Irish lightweight.

Duffy is putting in the work, at the MMA Clinic and Team Titan in London, and respite is scarce. If he’s relaxing during a rare evening off, and thoughts of Boussuge putting his shoulder to the wheel enter his mind, Duffy will launch himself off the couch and on to the pavements around his home in Holloway to clock up a few miles.

He’s still writing the opening pages of the second chapter of his MMA career, but as one of the top contenders in the most competitive division in Europe’s leading promotion, and with a big fight on the horizon, Duffy’s story is likely to be one worth reading…and because of his own achievements, not those of his past opponents.

“It’s understandable that I’ll get a lot of questions about Conor McGregor, and that’s fine, but if I’m looking back at the end of my career and that ends up being the thing that still stands out most, then I think that would definitely mean failure.

“I’ve got no interest in making my name from someone else’s achievements. I want to be the best in the world and anything less than that is failure. If I haven’t got the ability to get there – which I believe I have – then I can live with that as long as I’ve given it everything I have.”

And if Duffy does reach the summit, he’ll be planting his Irish flag next to McGregor’s when he arrives.

“The way MMA has exploded in Ireland this year has been incredible. Living over here in the UK, and having been brought up over here, it was important to me that I’d be accepted in the same way the other Irish fighters have been.”

Duffy’s exerts inside the cage have already made him a popular figure on the Irish circuit, but his warm personality is equally as endearing. When added to the immense pride he takes in representing his country on the international stage, his acceptance as an Irishman is assured.

The luck of the Irish is not something Duffy can count on at this level of competition, but as he discovered at The Helix in August, the love of the Irish certainly is.

French veteran Julien Boussuge is Duffy’s next opponent (Photo: Dolly Clew).

DUFFY ON…

Expectation, and the pressure to deliver:

“Sometimes you’ve just got to forget all the bullshit around it and remember that it’s just a fight. That’s what I try to do now. In the last fight I just concentrated on enjoying it, because towards the end when I was boxing it was miserable. So if I just go in and enjoy it, I don’t think I can go wrong. The worst thing that can happen [against Julien Boussuge] is I’ll lose, but he’s going to have to be good to beat me.”

The persistent hand injuries that have caused him problems:

“I didn’t land as many clean shots as I’d have liked [against Damien Lapilus], but I didn’t have any trouble at all from the hands. I’m not going to hold back on shots. I’ll keep fighting and trying to win. There’s always a risk of injury. That’s the nature of the sport. It’s not a concern at all.”

The CWFC lightweight division:

“While I was out, the division went up another level. A few years back, I was probably ahead of the curve then, but since then it’s moved forward a hell of a lot. Any of the top guys in Cage Warriors could do well in any promotion. I’m really looking forward to Mick Sinclair vs. Saul Rogers; that’s a great fight and one that I’ll definitely want to watch back afterwards. But as for the division as a whole, I think it’s maybe the most stacked in Cage Warriors.”

The CWFC 70 win over Damien Lapilus:

“I was disappointed with my performance afterwards, but in hindsight it was the best thing for me. I learned from it and I know what work needed to be done. Most of his wins were by submission, but as soon as I took him down I felt at home and on another level. I’ll take confidence from that.”

The success of Conor McGregor:

“The way he’s fighting, I think it’s beautiful to watch. He’s fearless, he’s confident in his training, he knows what he wants to do and then he goes out and does it. The pressure never fazes him. I think he’s exceptional.”

His CWFC 74 opponent, Julien Boussuge:

“I know he’s a high-level judo guy. He’s mixed around with a lot of different styles and he is decent on his feet, but I’d put him down as more of a grappler. I watched his last fight against Damien Brown, and Damien is tough, but I thought Boussuge made hard work of him. I definitely see a few holes there. I think he slows down as well; the spring goes out of his step after the first couple of rounds. I’ll keep the pressure on him and I think it’ll only be a matter of time before he makes a mistake that I can capitalise on.”

His hopes for the future:

“I find that if I look too far ahead I start to take my eye off the ball, so I don’t really do that. After the Boussuge fight I’ll look at the result and the performance, and then I’ll get ready for whatever is next.”

Joseph Duffy fights Julien Boussuge at CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Click HERE for ticket and event information.

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Siiskonen replaces injured Niedzwiedz in CWFC 74 title bout

09/11/2014

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Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) has withdrawn from her bout with Pannie Kianzad (6-0), which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 15, at Cage Warriors 74.

However, the vacant CWFC women’s bantamweight world title will still be on the line next weekend at the Copper Box Arena in London, with Eeva Siiskonen (3-1) stepping in at short notice to replace the injured Niedzwiedz.

Siiskonen (pictured) a native of Finland, will clash with fellow Nordic fighter Kianzad for the right to be crowned the first ever champion of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s 135lbs women’s division.

The bout will headline Part One of Cage Warriors 74’s double main-card bill, which will kick off at 6pm GMT this coming Saturday in London’s Olympic Park.

Siiskonen signed with CWFC in 2013 but saw her promotional debut delayed due to injury. However, the 32-year-old is now set for a baptism of fire as she aims to inflict a first ever professional loss on her undefeated Swedish opponent.

Following a year-long lay-off due to a knee problem, Siiskonen returned to action in spectacular fashion in September, courtesy of this second-round KO victory against Inga Kaledaite.

“Only a week’s notice but I’m more than ready,” said Siiskonen. “On Saturday I’m going to be the world’s biggest underdog, but I love it. After the bell rings, Pannie Kianzad is going to know what us Finns are made of.”

Having endured a ten-week training camp for the biggest fight of her career, Kianzad has expressed relief at still having the opportunity to clinch Cage Warriors gold.

She said: “Eeva Siiskonen stepping up for this title bout shows what level the Scandinavian fighters bring to the table. My eyes are still set on making history by bringing that belt home.”

A disappointed Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, meanwhile, has vowed to recover from her rib injury and return to challenge for championship honours in 2015.

“I want to apologise to all the fans, and to Cage Warriors. I did my best to prepare well and be in shape to compete for the title, but unfortunately the doctors said there is no way I will be able to fight,” Niedzwiedz said.

“I am sorry, but I can promise that I will fight for the Cage Warriors title next year. I’ll fight Pannie Kianzad too.”

Elsewhere on the CWFC 74 card, Steve McCombe replaces Cameron Else to face Nathaniel Wood in a 140lbs catchweight bout, while a replacement featherweight opponent is being sought for Arnold Allen following the withdrawal of Lawrence Fitzpatrick.

Updated CWFC 74 card (order TBC)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Eeva Siiskonen
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Saul Rogers vs. Mick Sinclair
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Arnold Allen vs. TBC
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart
Paul Marin vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow
Steve McCombe vs. Nathaniel Wood
Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose

Priced from just £25 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London this Saturday, November 15, are still available from Ticketmaster.co.uk. Click HERE to get yours!

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Duffy trains with English Premiership rugby stars ahead of CWFC 74

06/11/2014

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Joseph Duffy (centre) at Hazelwood with London Irish players (L to R) Eamonn Sheridan, Tom Court, Jamie Hagan and Matt Parr.

London Irish’s preparations for Sunday’s game against Wasps packed a punch this week, when their players received a visit from Irish mixed martial arts star Joseph Duffy.

An Irish exile himself, having been born in Donegal but based currently in London, Duffy is also getting ready for a crucial clash of his own.

The 26-year-old will be one of the star attractions when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship stages one of its biggest events to date at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park on Saturday, November 15.

As Duffy puts the finishing touches to his training camp for his bout against Frenchman Julien Boussuge at Cage Warriors 74, he took time out to mix it up with some of the London Irish players during Tuesday’s session at their Hazelwood training base in Middlesex.

It was a brief venture into the heavyweight division for the lightweight fighter, who went through some striking drills with an intrigued group of London Irish players that included Jamie Hagan, Eamonn Sheridan, Matt Parr and Grandslam-winning Ireland international Tom Court.

“It was great to come down and get an insight into what it’s like on a typical day for the London Irish lads,” said Duffy. “The training complex at Hazelwood is second-to-none and there’s clearly a great camaraderie and team spirit between the players.

“It’s always interesting to get a feel for how other professional athletes prepare to compete, especially in this case as I’d love to have been a professional rugby player if I hadn’t gotten into MMA.

“I used to play as a centre in school and was the team captain as well. I’m also a big Ireland and London Irish supporter, and I’m looking forward to getting out to the Madejski Stadium for the big game against Bath on November 22.

“I know a large group of the players are coming to support me in the Olympic Park the week before as well, so hopefully we’ll both be celebrating big wins over the next few weeks.”

Joseph Duffy imparts some of his MMA skills to London Irish prop Matt Parr.

MMA has exploded in popularity recently, particularly in Ireland, thanks predominantly to the remarkable success of former CWFC champion Conor McGregor, who is currently regarded as one of the hottest properties in the sport.

Duffy is no stranger to McGregor either. The last time McGregor tasted defeat was in November 2010, when Duffy submitted his fellow Irishman after just 38 seconds of their bout at Cage Warriors 39.

Following an injury lay-off, Duffy embarked on a two-year stint as a professional boxer, during which he remained undefeated in seven bouts. But the Irishman returned to MMA earlier this year, and a win in London next week will move him one step closer to the summit.

“We really enjoyed having Joe down at Hazelwood,” said London Irish prop Matt Parr, who was more eager than his Exiles team-mates to don a pair of the famous yellow Cage Warriors gloves.

“He’s a top bloke and his skills are really impressive. But there’s no way in the world you’d get me in there. I don’t mind taking a punch but I don’t fancy having my elbow twisted!

“It looks like Joe will go on to achieve a lot in the sport, he’s very talented. We wish him the best of luck in his big fight next week, and I’m looking forward to watching it.”

Take a behind the scenes look at Joseph Duffy’s visit to London Irish…


Tickets for Cage Warriors 74 in London on November 15 are still available, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee). To avail of a 20% discount, click HERE and enter voucher code LONDON20.

London Irish return to home action with a massive Aviva Premiership game against Bath at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, November 22. Click HERE to purchase tickets online, or phone 0118 968 1016. For more information, visit London-Irish.com.

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Results: Cage Warriors 73

04/11/2014

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Report via MMAjunkie.com…

Part One

It was a tale of three fights for Alex Enlund and Nad Narimani, and it all came down to who won the first one.

Enlund took the second and third rounds before a Narimani rally in the fourth and fifth, meaning their featherweight title fight came down to the first round – and all three judges saw it for Enlund, who won the belt in a close unanimous decision in the Cage Warriors 73 main event on the first of two main cards.

Enlund wanted to shoot a little more than a minute into the fight, but Narimani easily defended it and continued to try to push Enlund back with his jab. Midway through the round, Enlund again wanted the fight on the floor, and again Narimani defended and made him pay with a punch. But on his third try he found a little more success. After a tie up, Enlund briefly had the fight on the canvas – but Narimani worked his way up without much trouble.

Narimani looked to get his striking going in the second, but it was Enlund who found himself working on the ground as Enlund took his back and looked for a finish. But Narimani learned at that point that he could play in that world with his opponent without too much fear.

In the third, Narimani stayed careful, but got the better of most of the striking exchanges in the first half of the frame. In the latter two minutes, Enlund got off some good punches and landed solid kicks on top of them. Enlund threatened late in the round with a takedown, and then he took Narimani’s back and looked for a rear-naked choke. He got a body triangle and landed big elbows and punches, but Narimani survived the round – saved by the bell.

Narimani landed fairly consistently in the fourth round and avoided many of Enlund’s counter strikes. And while he may have sealed up the round against a visibly slowing Enlund, the question became whether or not Narimani had won one of the first three rounds to keep him from fighting from behind.

Narimani kept the fight on the feet early in the fifth, knowing an Enlund takedown would surely steer the fight away from his favor. Midway through, a big right hand landed for Narimani, and then a three-punch combination after that as Enlund dropped his hands. Narimani tried to unload in the last 30 seconds, but he couldn’t get the finish as an exhausted Enlund flopped to guard to kill time.

When the cards were read, it was Enlund with a 48-47 win on all three, making him the promotion’s new featherweight champion. Enlund (11-2) won for the fourth straight time, and had to go past the first round for just the second time in his career. He went to a decision for the first time, improving to 5-1 under the Cage Warriors banner. Narimani (7-2) had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Ronnie Mann seemed frequently frustrated in his fight against Frenchman Moktar Benkaci, but in the end his patience paid off. Mann (24-7-1) took a unanimous decision from Benkaci (11-5). It took 12 minutes for Mann to go for a takedown, but Benkaci kept things on the feet. Mann’s win came courtesy of staying busy and having a slightly higher work rate than his opponent, who didn’t seem to open up until there were two minutes left in the fight. Benkaci landed a few solid punches in the late exchange, but it was too little, too late. After the fight, Mann grimaced as he flexed his right hand – perhaps an indication he had broken it during the fight.

Kyle Redfearn‘s Cage Warriors debut couldn’t have gone much better. Redfearn (7-5) made quick work of Leeroy Barnes (12-15), handing his fellow Englishman his fifth straight loss – and fourth straight first-round stoppage setback. Redfearn landed a big right hand early and stunned Barnes, but Barnes worked through it and answered back with some brawling leather-slinging of his own. A straight jab wobbled Barnes again moments later, and he followed it with a knee to the body. A few more right hands landed for Redfearn, who pushed Barnes to the cage and landed more knees. After considerable punishment that seemed to be just delaying the inevitable, Redfearn landed a final right hand that forced referee Marc Goddard to intervene at the 2:12 mark of the fight.

In his seventh Cage Warriors bout, Liam James (9-6) put in 15 minutes of work to grind out a sweep of Dean Trueman (4-3) on the judges’ scorecards. Trueman pushed James to the cage early, but James turned things around and eventually took Trueman’s back. But Trueman worked away from it. But after a restart, James found himself in trouble from a Trueman choke, then an armbar attempt. Trueman took James’ back and locked up a body triangle and stayed stuck on James late. In the second, James made things a little more difficult on Trueman, grinding him down on the canvas. The same held true in the final round, with James making it hard for Trueman to get anything done – while getting a few warnings from referee Rich Mitchell to get busier.

The crowd deserved a pick-me-up after a plodding opening fight, and Lewis Monarch (4-0) and Ellis Hampson (3-3) obliged. Monarch seemed to control the early range as both fighters swung away. Hampson landed a spinning kick to the midsection two minutes in, but it was Monarch who continued to lead the charge. With 75 seconds left in the round, Monarch landed in bunches and forced Hampson to bully him down to the canvas. He may have been better off on the feet. Monarch quickly locked up a triangle choke and Hampson was forced to tap with 48 seconds left in the round.

In an odd start, Ian Malone (4-2) won his Cage Warriors debut with a split decision victory over Mark Connor (8-11-1). There was little action throughout the fight. The first round featured a few kicks from both fighters and a Malone takedown attempt that turned into a sweep for Connor. In the second, Connor dragged the fight to the ground, but Malone reversed to get on top. But in the third, Malone did his best work of the fight early – then spent the last minute running from Connor, who tried to stalk him down to land punches. The judges gave Malone the nod on two cards with a pair of 29-28’s as Connor stood by in disbelief.

Part Two

After splitting a pair of decisions against the man who has become his MMA nemesis, Stevie Ray wanted to put an exclamation point on a fight with Curt Warburton for once. With a second-round rear-naked choke finish, he did just that. Ray defended his lightweight title with the tapout win in the main event of Cage Warriors 73’s second main card.

Warburton clinched up right away in the first and looked to land elbows on the fence before going after a takedown. Ray tried to turn him around, but they stalemated in the tie-up. After 90 seconds there, they were put back in the middle, and Ray looked to land kicks to the body while Warburton went with kicks to the legs. Midway through, Ray changed things up and landed a smooth takedown and jumped to side control. They both attacked with heel hooks at the same time. They traded elbows and punches on the ground to wind the clock down on the frame.

After some early feeling-out in the second, a huge left hand put Warburton on the canvas, and Ray dove in to look for the finish. While Ray landed punches, Warburton went for a desperation leg lock. But quickly, Ray had him mounted. Then he took the back and looked for a rear-naked choke. He got it, and Warburton defended it for as long as he could. But that wasn’t that long; he soon had to tap.

The end came at the 2:00 mark of the second round. The win gave Ray the 2-1 edge in their trilogy. He lost to Warburton by unanimous decision in March 2013. They met again in June, with Ray taking the vacant belt at Cage Warriors 69 by split call. With the win, Ray (16-5) now has two in a row and four wins in his past five fights. Warburton (13-6) now has back-to-back losses to Ray and setbacks in three of his past four.

It wasn’t judo that did the trick for “Judo” Jim Wallhead (26-9). It was good old-fashioned boxing. Wallhead drilled Juan Manuel Suarez (15-7) a little more than 90 seconds into their fight. When he saw the Spaniard drop to the canvas, he immediately jumped in and landed several punches on the ground to get the stoppage. The knockout win came at the 1:49 mark of the first round. That got the Bellator veteran, whose resume includes wins over UFC vets Che Mills, Frank Trigg, and Matt Veach, back on track after a May loss.

It was a back-and-forth fight, but not one that featured major momentum shifts. But in the end, Shaj Haque (6-1) spoiled Damien Rooney‘s (10-4-1) drop to flyweight. Haque got off the crisper strikes just a little more often than the taller Rooney and worked his way to a unanimous decision win, taking all three rounds from all three judges for a trio of 30-27 scores. Rooney had his moments in the fight, but Haque was able to have just a few more of them in each round, and it was Rooney who looked more visibly marked up by the time things were done.

Once Lewis Long (9-3) got his fight with Matt Inman (13-7) to the ground, it was game over. After some feeling out and mutual swinging, Long tied Inman up and slammed him to the canvas. Inman looked to tie up a leg, but Long threw bombs to defend. Inman tried to work his way back to his feet, but Long continued to throw heavy hands. Then he took Inman’s back with 75 seconds left and threatened with a neck crank. With a body triangle on, Long searched for a choke and got it. Inman grimaced and wanted to push through, but had no choice but to tap.

Marcin Lasota (8-1) went to work in a big way on Brett Caswell‘s (6-1) leg in the third round, but that was five minutes too late. Caswell dropped the third round, which was spent fighting off various leg submissions, but his work in the first two frames was enough to get him a unanimous decision and hand Lasota his first career loss. Caswell controlled things in the first two rounds until Lasota threatened with a guillotine choke in the second round, but Caswell fought it off and worked his way back to his feet. Once there, he was able to set the pace, and those first two round wins wound up giving him the fight.

Paddy Pimblett (7-1) got clipped early by Stephen Martin (3-3). But for Pimblett, it wasn’t how he started, but how he finished. Pimblett ate a massive left hook from Martin in the first 20 seconds of the fight, and he hit the canvas. But somehow, Pimblett recovered and held on to Martin’s legs looking to regain his senses. The two were split up with less than two minutes left after a long stalemate, and that was great for Martin – who again landed a big left. But at the very end of the first round, Pimblett landed an absolutely brutal right elbow and sliced open Martin’s forehead in a big way above the left eye. In between rounds, the doctor decided the cut was too big for Martin to continue.

Cage Warriors 73 results:

Stevie Ray def. Curt Warburton via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:00 – to defend lightweight title
Jim Wallhead def. Juan Manuel Suarez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:49
Shaj Haque def. Damien Rooney via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lewis Long def. Matt Inman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:16
Brett Caswell def. Marcin Lasota via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paddy Pimblett def. Stephen Martin via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
Danny Suter def. Michael Abbott via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:09
Irene Cabello def. Vanessa Reinsch via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:53
Alex Enlund def. Nad Narimani via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) – to win vacant featherweight title
Ronnie Mann def. Moktar Benkaci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyle Redfearn def. Leeroy Barnes via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:12
Liam James def. Dean Trueman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lewis Monarch def. Ellis Hampson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:12
Ian Malone def. Mark Connor via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Stevie Ray and Alex Enlund (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 73

31/10/2014

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CWFC lightweight champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton go head to head (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

All 28 fighters made weight this afternoon at the weigh-ins for Cage Warriors 73 in Newcastle, England.

CWFC 73 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 1, at the Metro Radio Arena. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 73 weigh-ins HERE.

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Lightweight title: Stevie Ray (154.4lbs) vs. Curt Warburton (154.5lbs)
Welterweight: Jimmy Wallhead (170lbs) vs. Juan Manuel Suarez (170.9lbs)
Flyweight: Damien Rooney (125.8lbs) vs. Shaj Haque (125.7lbs)
Welterweight: Lew Long (170lbs) vs. Matt Inman (170.6lbs)
Flyweight: Marcin Lasota (126lbs) vs. Brett Caswell (125.9lbs)
Featherweight: Paddy Pimblett (145.6lbs) vs. Stephen Martin (145.2lbs)
Featherweight title: Nad Narimani (144.7lbs) vs. Alex Enlund (144.9lbs)
Bantamweight: Ronnie Mann (135.8lbs) vs. Moktar Benkaci (134.5lbs)
Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (183.1lbs) vs. Kyle Redfearn (184.2lbs)
Featherweight: Dean Trueman (145.3lbs) vs. Liam James (145.8lbs)
Lightweight: Ellis Hampson (154.5lbs) vs. Lewis Monarch (155.7lbs)
Flyweight: Mark Connor (125.7lbs) vs. Ian Malone (124.8lbs)
Featherweight: Danny Suter (145.9lbs) vs. Michael Abbott (145.7lbs)
Atomweight: Irene Cabello (105.2lbs) vs. Vanessa Reinsch (96.6lbs)

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Cage Warriors 73: Newcastle

29/10/2014

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DOORS - 4:30pm
FIRST BOUT - 5:00pm

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action is back with a bang this Saturday, November 1, with two main cards down for decision at the Metro Radio Arena.

Each card will be headlined by a world title bout, as Cage Warriors returns to Newcastle for CWFC 73, the promotion’s twelfth event of 2014.

Kicking off at 6pm local time, the bill for Part One will be topped by the clash of Alex Enlund and Nad Narimani for the vacant CWFC featherweight belt.

Part Two, which begins at 9pm, will be headlined by the trilogy meeting of CWFC lightweight world champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton.

An undercard of five amateur contests will get proceedings underway at 5:00pm, with two further unaired professional bouts also on the bill.

Doors at the Metro Radio Arena will open at 4:30pm, and tickets - priced from £35 plus booking fee - are still available to purchase HERE.

Find live broadcast details for your region below…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
Mail Online | Rest of the world (excluding France)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
FOX Sports 2 | Africa

PART ONE | 6pm local time GMT (2pm ET, 11am PT)

Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani - vacant CWFC featherweight world title bout
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone

UNAIRED BOUTS | 8:15pm local time GMT (4:15pm ET, 1:15pm PT)

Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch

PART TWO | 9pm local time GMT (5pm ET, 2pm PT)

Stevie Ray (c) vs. Curt Warburton - CWFC lightweight world title bout
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Matt Inman vs. Lewis Long
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett

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CWFC links up with the Daily Mail

20/10/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will join forces with the Daily Mail for what’s shaping up to be a very exciting month of November for Europe’s leading MMA promotion.

The UK’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper, with a circulation of over 1.7 million copies each day, the Daily Mail also attracts over 100 million unique visitors to its web platform, the Mail Online, every month.

In addition to releasing exclusive CWFC video content and breaking news, the Mail Online will host live streams of Cage Warriors’ two eagerly-anticipated events in November.

Starting on Saturday, November 1, with Cage Warriors 73 at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, and followed by Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box in London on November 15, fans will be able to watch the action live on the Daily’s Mail’s website - DailyMail.co.uk.

This live stream will exclude the territories of North America and Scandinavia, where existing deals are already in place with MMAjunkie and ViaPlay respectively.

The deal marks the beginning of what Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan hopes will develop into a long and successful relationship between the Daily Mail and CWFC.

Boylan said: “I’ve always been impressed by the Daily Mail’s digital content and wide reach, so I’m very pleased that we’ll now be working alongside them and I’m sure our relationship will be extremely successful for both parties.

“We are trialling this partnership for now in order to make our own content and broadcasts even more accessible to our existing fans, as well as showing the newer generation of fans exactly what makes MMA the most exciting sport in the world.”

Check out the Daily Mail on Twitter and keep track of Mail Online for the freshest CWFC content first over the coming weeks.

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Enlund and Narimani set for title tussle

13/10/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown a new CWFC featherweight world champion at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday, November 1.

The vacant belt will be on the line when Alex Enlund and Nad Narimani clash at Cage Warriors 73, which has now has also been set as a double main-card event.

The clash of Enlund and Narimani will headline part one of the CWFC 73 bill, with champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton bringing the curtain down on part two with their CWFC lightweight world title bout.

The first of Cage Warriors 73‘s televised main cards will begin at 6pm local time on Saturday, November 1, before the second kicks off at 9pm. Further details will be announced shortly.

Enlund (10-2-0-1nc), who’ll have the benefit of vocal home support as a native of the north-east of England, has accumulated a 4-1 record since joining CWFC.

After a move to bantamweight in March 2013 was aborted following a difficult weight-cut and subsequent loss to Martin McDonough, Enlund has looked extremely impressive, embarking on a three-fight win-streak.

The 27-year-old jiu-jitsu specialist rebounded with wins over Sebastian Romanowski and Danny Lawson, before disposing of Artem Lobov at CWFC 65 in Dublin earlier this year.

Nine of his ten wins have come by way of submission, and Enlund has been taken out of the first round just once in his professional career.

“Fighting for the CWFC world title is an absolutely massive opportunity for me,” Enlund said. “Winning this belt, especially in front of a home crowd at the Metro Radio Arena, would be a huge achievement.

“Nad Narimani is a good opponent and someone I’ve seen a lot of, so I’m looking forward to testing my skills against a well-rounded competitor and bringing the belt home.”

Narimani (7-1) has risen rapidly through the rankings having made his professional debut just over three years ago, starting with a 5-0 run that included notable victories against Marcin Wrzosek and Karsten Lenjoint.

The 27-year-old Englishman then kicked off his CWFC career against future title challenger Graham Turner in July 2013, but was edged out via split decision, tasting defeat for the only time in his career so far.

But Narimani, who has taken five of his seven wins by stoppage, returned to winning ways courtesy of first-round submissions of previously-undefeated pair Theo Michailidis and Benjamin Brander.

Narimani, who hails from Bristol, said: “This is a huge event and opportunity for me, and I’m proud to be getting this chance to show what I can really do against a very highly-ranked opponent.

“I’ve been working extremely hard so you can expect me to showcase some new skills and come away with another big win in Newcastle on November 1.”

Enlund and Narimani will be vying for a title that was most recently held by Jim Alers, who vacated the belt earlier this year after two successful defences prior to his move to the UFC.

Cage Warriors 73 (order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Matt Inman vs. Lew Long
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch
Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter

Priced from £35 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 73 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday, November 1, are currently available to purchase. Click HERE to get yours.

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CWFC 74: Rogers vs. Sinclair

10/10/2014

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Saul Rogers (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

The highly-anticipated card for Cage Warriors 74 continues to get bigger and better.

A lightweight bout between English pair Saul Rogers and Mick Sinclair has today been added to the bill for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s thirteenth event of the year.

Cage Warriors 74 will take place on Saturday, November 15, at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London, England, and tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.co.uk, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee).

Rogers (8-1) returns to action at CWFC 74 on the back of the biggest win of his career so far this past March in Dublin, Ireland.

The 24-year-old, who represents Manchester’s SBG camp, upset five-time UFC veteran John Maguire in the main event at CWFC 65, taking a unanimous-decision triumph.

With six of his eight career victories coming by way of submission, Rogers holds other notable wins over Artem Lobov, Martin Sheridan and Jason Cooledge.

“I’m looking forward to being back in action in London and I’m glad I’ve got a tough match-up in Mick Sinclair, because I want to keep evolving by testing myself against the best guys in the division,” said Rogers.

“We’re both explosive fighters so I think it’ll make for a very exciting fight on the night. It’s definitely not one the fans will want to miss.”

Mick Sinclair (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Sinclair (12-4), who’s also a Lancashire native, will be returning to the cage on November 15 after a lay-off of over a year.

The well-rounded 32-year-old, who has taken ten of his twelve wins by stoppage, with an equal number of wins coming via submission and (T)KO, has overcome the likes of Ashleigh Grimshaw and Jason Ball during an eight-year professional career.

Sinclair will be looking to rebound from a loss to former CWFC lightweight world champion Ivan Buchinger in the semi-finals of the promotion’s title tournament in October 2013.

He said: “It was great being back on Cage Warriors last year for the first time in quite a while; it’s such a professional and well-run show and is a privilege to fight on. I’m looking forward to the next challenge on November 15.”

Cage Warriors 74 will feature two main cards, both of which will be headlined by a world title bout, with Nicolas Dalby defending his CWFC welterweight strap against Mohsen Bahari, and Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz contesting the first ever CWFC women’s bantamweight world title fight.

Check out the fully updated fight card below…

Cage Warriors 74 (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Saul Rogers vs. Mick Sinclair
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Lee Caers vs. Michael Johnson
Spencer Hewitt vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow
Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose
Molly McCann vs. Slavka Vitali
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart

Priced from just £25 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday, November 15, are currently available from Ticketmaster.co.uk. Click HERE to get yours!

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CWFC 73: Inman vs. Long

07/10/2014

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The card is now set for Cage Warriors 73, which will take place on Saturday, November 1, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Officials have today confirmed an intriguing welterweight contest for the main card of CWFC’s twelfth event of the year, with Matt Inman and Lew Long scheduled to lock horns.

Inman (13-6) returns to action for the first time since May, when he saw a four-fight win streak snapped by Mauro Chimento at Cage Warriors 68 in Liverpool.

Prior to that loss, Inman had climbed towards the summit of CWFC’s welterweight division with a run of victories that included a first-round submission of title challenger Mohsen Bahari.

The 28-year-old Englishman, who fights out of the SBG camp in Manchester, has taken all but one of his thirteen professional wins inside the distance, with an equal number of submission and (T)KO finishes on his ledger.

“I’m really looking forward to being back in the cage, especially in Newcastle where I’ve fought several times before,” said Inman, who graduated with a law diploma earlier this year.

“I’ve been working extremely hard and I’ve made a lot of improvements since my last fight. I’ll look like a completely different fighter on November 1 in Newcastle.”

Having made a successful CWFC welterweight debut against Steve Dinsdale at CWFC 72 last month, Welshman Long (8-3) will be looking to put consecutive wins together for the first time since joining the Cage Warriors roster in 2012.

A judo and kickboxing black belt, the former lightweight holds other notable victories over Diego Vital and former Ultimate Fighter contestant Mark Glover.

Long, 25, said: “I can’t wait for this fight. I’m looking forward to getting another win, which will be my third on Cage Warriors, against a good opponent in Matt Inman.”

Meanwhile, a featherweight contest between Paddy Pimblett and Stephen Martin has also been added to the bill for CWFC 73, while Kyle Redfearn has stepped in to face Leeroy Barnes in a middleweight bout following the withdrawal of Chris Scott due to injury.

Cage Warriors 73 will be headlined by the CWFC lightweight world title meeting of defending champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton. Check out the finalised fight card below…

Cage Warriors 73

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Matt Inman vs. Lew Long
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch
Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter

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CWFC 74: Update

03/10/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will return to London next month for what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest and most spectacular events in the history of Europe’s leading MMA promotion.

CEO Graham Boylan has confirmed that Cage Warriors 74, which is set for the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park, will feature two main cards on the evening of Saturday, November 15, both of which will be broadcast live around the world following a preliminary card to be streamed live on Facebook.

The event will follow the precedent set by the promotion in June, when Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday - which also took place in London - hosted two main cards on the same evening, with each topped by a CWFC world title bout.

CWFC gold will also be up for grabs in each of Cage Warriors 74‘s headliners, with Nicolas Dalby defending his CWFC welterweight strap against Mohsen Bahari, and Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz contesting the first ever CWFC women’s bantamweight world title bout.

“As we expected at the time, Super Saturday back in June was an enormous success, so we’ve decided to give the fans more of the same when we come to the Copper Box on November 15,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“It’s a huge event for us, arguably the biggest we’ve ever done, and I can’t think of a better venue than the Olympic Park in London to host some of the very best of mixed martial arts talent from across Europe. If you’re an MMA fan in the UK and even abroad, all I can say is that you won’t want to miss this event.

“Tickets are available from as little as £25, which is an absolute bargain given the calibre of talent that will be on show and in such an outstanding arena. There are now fourteen bouts on the card, the quality of which speaks for itself, and I look forward to seeing the fans turn out in big numbers again for another packed Cage Warriors event in London next month.”

The first of Cage Warriors 74‘s televised main cards will get underway at 6pm local time on Saturday, November 15, before the second swings into action at 9pm. A start time for the Facebook prelims, as well as further information and updates, will be announced in due course.

While several bouts have already been confirmed for Cage Warriors 74, CWFC officials can today reveal nine more, which will feature some of the biggest names on the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

Following his winning return to MMA against Damien Lapilus at CWFC 70 in August, Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy (11-1) will go in search of his sixth Cage Warriors triumph when he takes on France’s Julien Boussuge (10-3), who’ll be looking to build on last December’s victory against Damien Brown as he returns from a lengthy injury lay-off.

In middleweight action, London’s own Bola Omoyele (7-3) will aim to halt a two-fight skid by putting an end to the five-fight win streak of Estonia’s Andy Manzolo (7-2), while English contenders Sean Carter (9-1) and Tim Wilde (5-0) will clash in what’s set to be an unmissable lightweight tussle.

Many more bouts are still to be announced, but in the meantime check out the fully updated fight card below…

Cage Warriors 74 (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Lee Caers vs. Michael Johnson
Spencer Hewitt vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow
Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose
Molly McCann vs. Slavka Vitali
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart

Priced from just £25 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday, November 15, are currently available from Ticketmaster.co.uk. Click HERE to get yours!

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CWFC 73: Update

01/10/2014

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Officials have today confirmed the addition of eight further bouts to the card for Cage Warriors 73, which will take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday, November 1.

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s twelfth event of 2014 will feature a contest between featherweight contenders Alex Enlund (pictured) and Nad Narimani, as well as an exciting bantamweight bout between Ronnie Mann and Moktar Benkaci.

Meanwhile, with Shaj Haque and Damien Rooney already scheduled to collide at CWFC 73, another flyweight tussle with potential title implications has also been added to the bill, with Marcin Lasota and Brett Caswell set to lock horns.

“With just over four weeks to go, this card is looking very exciting and we’ve still got some more exciting bouts to reveal,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“This event is stacked with some of the very best talent on our roster, so it’s going to be another event that fans in the north east of England won’t want to miss.

“Our last event in Newcastle, which was CWFC 62 last December, was action-packed from start to finish, and you can expect even bigger and better this time.”

Cage Warriors 73 will be headlined by the CWFC lightweight world title meeting of defending champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton, with more bouts still to be announced. Check out the fully updated fight card below…

Cage Warriors 73 (more bouts to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Leeroy Barnes vs. Chris Scott
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch
Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter

Priced from £35 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 73 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday, November 1, are currently available to purchase. Click HERE to get yours.

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CWFC 73: Suarez vs. Wallhead

23/09/2014

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Jimmy Wallhead (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Juan Manuel Suarez and Jimmy Wallhead are set to contest a welterweight bout at Cage Warriors 73.

The pair will do battle when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday, November 1, for what will be the promotion’s twelfth event of 2014.

Suarez and Wallhead will be looking to rebound from their respective losses to Danny Roberts in their most recent CWFC outings, having both fallen short against the Liverpudlian earlier this year.

Wallhead (25-9), a joint-holder of the record for the most number of CWFC appearances (16) along with Jack Mason, returned to Cage Warriors this past March when he signed an exclusive five-fight deal.

His loss to Roberts, which came in the main event at CWFC 68 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in May, was his first inside the distance in 21 bouts, a run that stretched back as far as 2006.

But the 30-year-old native of Loughborough, who is also a three-fight veteran of top US promotion Bellator, is still ranked as one of the UK’s top five welterweights.

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, eighteen of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

“I’m really excited about getting back in the cage,” said Wallhead. “Suarez is a tough opponent but I’ll be aiming to put on a solid performance and showcase my improving skills.”

Juan Manuel Suarez (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Suarez (15-6) made his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship debut this past February at CWFC 64 in London, where he finished on the wrong side of a decision after a thrilling tussle with Danny Roberts.

However, the Spaniard has since picked up two wins on the European regional circuit - including a first-round submission of Cage Warriors veteran Vincent del Guerra - which saw him earn an exclusive five-fight CWFC contract.

An eight-bout veteran of top Russian organisation M-1, 35-year-old Suarez has taken twelve of his fifteen professional career victories by stoppage.

Suarez said: “I’m really happy with this opportunity. On November 1 in Newcastle, I’ll be looking to show everyone why I’m going to be the next CWFC welterweight world champion.”

Cage Warriors 73 will be headlined by the CWFC lightweight world title meeting of defending champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton, with many more exciting fights still to be revealed.

Cage Warriors 73 (more bouts to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Leeroy Barnes vs. Chris Scott

Priced from £35 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 73 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on November 1 are now available to purchase. Click HERE to get yours.

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CWFC 74: Breese vs. Mulpeter

19/09/2014

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Tom Breese will make his highly-anticipated Cage Warriors Fighting Championship debut when he faces the sizeable task of taking on Philip Mulpeter on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors 74, which will take place at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London, England.

Having taken the UK’s domestic circuit by storm, Breese (6-0) signed an exclusive CWFC deal in April 2013, but his promotional debut was put on hold due to a long-term knee injury.

However, having undergone surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, the 22-year-old Englishman is finally ready to get his first taste of Cage Warriors action.

Breese, who has taken all six of his professional wins via stoppage - five by way of submission - is currently preparing for his CWFC debut at the renowned Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada.

He said: “Philip Mulpeter is a solid opponent from a good team and he has improved a lot recently, but I’m looking to make a statement in my first Cage Warriors fight and show a much-improved Tom Breese.

“I’m currently in training camp with my team at Tristar Gym, and I’ll be prepared to put on a big performance come fight night.”

Mulpeter (7-4), an SBG Ireland team-mate of former CWFC champions Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Chris Fields, has carved out a reputation as one of the most durable fighters in the CWFC welterweight division since signing for the promotion in 2012.

A 25-year-old Irishman, Mulpeter’s progress has been somewhat hampered by a number of opponent withdrawals in the last twelve months, most recently when his bout against Jake Bostwick at CWFC 70 last month fell through due to Bostwick’s failure to make weight.

Having looked impressive in his two CWFC wins to date, which saw him defeat Warren Kee and Aldric Cassata via TKO, Mulpeter will be aiming to claim his biggest scalp yet on November 15.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there and putting another ‘W’ on my record,” Mulpeter said. “After my last fight didn’t go ahead, I’m really excited about this one.”

Cage Warriors 74 will be headlined by the CWFC welterweight world title meeting of defending champion Nicolas Dalby and challenger Mohsen Bahari, with many more exciting fights still to be revealed.

Cage Warriors 74 (more bouts to be announced)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler

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CWFC 74: Dalby vs. Bahari

17/09/2014

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Reigning champion Nicolas Dalby will defend his CWFC welterweight world title against Mohsen Bahari in the main event at Cage Warriors 74, and tickets are on sale now.

CWFC 74, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014, will take place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in London, England.

In addition to Dalby’s long-awaited inaugural title defence, history will also be made on the night when undefeated duo Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Pannie Kianzad collide in a bid to become the first ever CWFC women’s bantamweight world champion.

Nicolas Dalby (12-0) was due to put his belt on the line last weekend at CWFC 72 in Newport, Wales, but the fight was cancelled shortly before the weigh-ins after his opponent, Gael Grimaud, was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

The title shot was then set to pass to the new number one contender, Danny Roberts, but the 27-year-old Englishman is currently sidelined with an injury and unable to compete as soon as November 15.

Subsequently, Mohsen Bahari (8-1) will fill the void as the highest-ranked available contender, with the Norwegian aiming to overcome his fellow Scandinavian in London as he looks to become the CWFC welterweight world champion.

Dalby clinched the 170lbs belt - which had been vacated by Cathal Pendred following his move to the UFC - at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen this past March, courtesy of a spectacular head-kick KO of Sergei Churilov.

Since making his professional debut in March 2010, the 29-year-old Dane has yet to taste defeat and holds other notable wins over the likes of Ivica Truscek, Glenn Sparv and Acoidan Duque.

Dalby said: “I was really disappointed that the fight with Grimaud fell through at the last minute, but I want to thank Cage Warriors for handling the situation so well and immediately rescheduling my first title defence, which I’m really looking forward to.

“Bahari is an exciting fighter who leaves it all in the cage, so I think he’ll make for a really tough opponent. He seems like a cool guy but it’s going to be action-packed when we lock horns at the Copper Box on November 15.

“And being involved in a title fight in the Olympic Park, on the same night that my team-mate Pannie Kianzad will also be fighting for a world title, will make it event more awesome.”

Bahari, meanwhile, has put together a 4-1 record under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship banner since signing an exclusive deal with the promotion in 2012.

The 30-year-old Norwegian picked up the two most significant wins of his career earlier this year, overcoming BJJ black belt Bruno Carvalho and three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.

A team-mate of current CWFC middleweight world champion Jack Hermansson, Bahari is keen to bring more Cage Warriors gold back to Oslo’s Frontline Academy later this year.

“I’m extremely happy that Cage Warriors has given me this opportunity,” Bahari said. “It’s an opportunity I am determined to make the most of. I can’t wait for November 15.”

Priced from just £25 plus booking fee, tickets for Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London on November 15 are now available to purchase. Click HERE to get yours.

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Results: Cage Warriors 72

15/09/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Toni Tauru’s (10-1-1) mix of overwhelming offensive pressure and relentless grappling was the difference-maker en route to a fourth-round submission of Cory Tait (8-3) to capture the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight championship. It took all of Tauru’s efforts to outwork Tait over the course of the nearly 20-minute contest, which headlined Cage Warriors 72 from the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

Tauru, a Finnish athlete whose lone professional loss came in just his second fight, refused to give the diverse Tait much room to breathe as he made a consistent effort to keep the action in close quarters in all areas. He kept Tait against the fence when the action was on its feet and was outright suffocating on the mat during grappling exchanges.

Tait defended well up until the finish, but all it took was a single mistake for Tauru to take the back and lock up a rear-naked choke to win his first championship in a promotion of note. Following his title-winning effort, Tauru called for his first defense to go down in his home country of Finland.

“If someone wants to take it, come to Finland and come take it,” Tauru said in his post-fight interview. “I would love to have Cage Warriors in Finland.”

Wales’ own Jack Marshman (16-5) registered the signature victory of his 21-fight career and sent the crowd into a frenzy with a second-round stoppage of Che Mills (16-8) in the co-main event.

The first round saw high points from both men as they landed heavy strikes on the feet and had moments of success on the ground. It was more of the same to begin the second round, but just over a minute in Marshman connected with the strike that turned the tables in his favor.

Mills went down from a grazing right hand and Marshman put his finish skills on display from there. The 24-year-old poured on a flurry of ground-and-pound, and while Mills did his best to escape danger, Marshman was relentless in his pursuit of the knockout and continue to land blows until the referee halted the contest.

While Marshman’s victory was somewhat overshadowed by the fact he missed weight, he still believes he’s one of the top middleweights on the Cage Warriors roster and called for a title shot after the win.

Mateusz Gamrot (7-0) shined in his Cage Warriors debut with a quick first-round submission of Tim Newman (10-5) to keep his undefeated professional record intact.

Newman had plenty of support going into the cage as he was fighting in front of the fans in his home country of Wales. Unfortunately, Gamrot didn’t give Newman much time to showcase his skills in front of friends and family.

The Polish fighter put Newman in a compromising situation on the ground early and attacked with a heel hook. Newman fought off the submission for a few seconds, but ultimately he succumbed to the technique and tapped out 97 seconds into the first round.

After a rough first round where he was knocked down and nearly stopped, Lewis Long (8-3) came out reinvigorated in the second frame and scored a TKO stoppage of Steven Dinsdale (6-3).

The first round played out mostly on the feet, where Dinsdale got the better of the action by a landslide. In the second round, Long changed forward, landed a takedown and had his way from there.

He took Dinsdale’s back and worked for a submission. “The Foot” was unable to get the tap out, so instead he thumped Dinsdale with strikes and forced the referee to call an end to the bout.

Kris Edwards (8-8) suffered his fifth consecutive defeat when he dropped a unanimous decision to Jordan Desborough (8-5) in the main card opener. Edwards joined Cage Warriors in early 2012 and started his career with the organization with two wins. But since then, he has hit an unfortunate slump.

Desborough managed to control the fight with striking, clinch work against the cage and top control on the ground. Aside from a brief moment in the third round, Edwards lacked the intensity and urgency needed to break out of his losing streak. Because of that, he came out on the wrong end once again.

Cage Warriors 72 results:

Toni Tauru def. Cory Tait via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 4:49 to win vacant bantamweight title
Jack Marshman def. Che Mills via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:32
Mateusz Gamrot def. Tim Newman via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:37
Lewis Long def. Steven Dinsdale via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:45
Jordan Desborough def. Kris Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Mario Saeed def. Azi Thomas via DQ (illegal upkick) – Round 1, 3:52
Nick Nembhard def. Simas Norkus via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kate Jackson def. Paulina Bonkowska via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 1, 4:05
Phil Raeburn def. Damo Weeden via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:15
L.J. Adams def. Amanda Kelly via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:33

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 72

12/09/2014

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A new champion will be crowned at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales, tomorrow, as the vacant CWFC bantamweight world title is on the line at Cage Warriors 72.

Challengers Toni Tauru (9-1-1) and Cory Tait (8-2) successfully made the 135lbs limit this afternoon, tipping the scales at 134.5lbs and 134.6lbs respectively.

Finnish submission wizard Tauru last stepped into the cage at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen, submitting Martin Akhtar in the first round. Tait, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive win over James Pennington back at CWFC 64 in February, getting the stoppage by way of a guillotine choke in the opening frame.

In the co-main event, middleweight Che Mills (16-7-0-2) was on the mark, weighing in at 184.7lbs, but Jack Marshman (15-5) came in heavy, missing weight at 188.3lbs. As a result, Marshman will forfeit 60 per cent of his purse - 40 per cent to his opponent, 20 per cent to his opponent’s chosen charity.

A scheduled bantamweight fight between Damien Weeden and Phil Raeburn will instead take place at an agreed catchweight of 139lbs.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 72 weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 72 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 13, at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.

Bantamweight title: Toni Tauru (134.5lbs) vs. Cory Tait (134.6lbs)
Middleweight: Che Mills (184.7lbs) vs. Jack Marshman (188.3lbs)*
Lightweight: Mateusz Gamrot (155.7lbs) vs. Tim Newman (154lbs)
Welterweight: Steve Dinsdale (170lbs) vs. Lewis Long (168.5lbs)
Bantamweight: Jordan Desborough (135.5lbs) vs. Kris Edwards (134.8lbs)
Lightweight: Azi Thomas (154.8lbs) vs. Mario Saeed (153.6lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Nick Nembhard (203.4lbs) vs. Simas Norkus (202.9lbs)
Flyweight: Paulina Bonkowska (125.9lbs) vs. Kate Jackson (124.8lbs)
Bantamweight: Damien Weeden (138.7lbs) vs. Phil Raeburn (137.9lbs)**
Bantamweight: Amanda Kelly (132.8lbs) vs. LJ Adams (134.8lbs)

* Missed weight; forfeits 60 per cent of his purse
** Catchweight of 139lbs agreed by both fighters

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Grimaud withdraws from CWFC 72

12/09/2014

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The CWFC welterweight world title bout between Gael Grimaud (pictured) and champion Nicolas Dalby has been removed from tomorrow’s CWFC 72 card.

Grimaud has withdrawn from the bout due to an injury in the lumbar region of his back, which has postponed Dalby’s highly-anticipated inaugural defence of his belt.

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials were informed of Grimaud’s decision shortly before 10am today at the CWFC hotel in Cardiff, Wales.

Grimaud first made the promotion aware of the injury on Tuesday, but after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection to treat the problem, the 34-year-old Frenchman was passed fit to compete by a doctor on Wednesday.

However, Grimaud claimed that the injury flared up again last night, and made the decision this morning to withdraw from tomorrow’s bout at the Newport Centre.

The same injury has kept Grimaud on the sidelines since his most recent bout last October, also forcing him out of a planned meeting with Nicolas Dalby at CWFC 66 back in March.

“Obviously this is extremely unfortunate news to receive on weigh-in day, and I feel particularly disappointed for Nicolas Dalby, who has put in a lot of work in preparing to defend his title here in Wales, and also for the Cage Warriors fans who were looking forward to what was set to be a fantastic bout,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“I wish Gael well in recovering from this injury, but given that this is the second time this year that he has pulled out of this bout due to the same problem, we won’t be rescheduling this bout, so the title shot will now go to the next top contender in our welterweight division.

“I’ve already spoken to Nicolas Dalby and we’ve agreed that his first title defence will now take place at CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park on November 15 instead.”

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 72: Newport

11/09/2014

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DOORS - 5:00pm
FIRST BOUT - 6.00pm

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Wales for its eleventh event of the year, with a new CWFC champion set to be crowned at CWFC 72 at the Newport Centre this Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The vacant CWFC bantamweight world title will be on the line when Cory Tait and Toni Tauru collide in the night’s main event.

Also on the stacked card, Che Mills and Jack Marshman lock horns in a potential middleweight title eliminator, and Tim Newman faces one of his toughest tests to date against undefeated Polish star Mateusz Gamrot.

Three preliminary bouts will stream live and free of charge on Facebook at 7.45pm local time BST, followed by the five-bout main card at 9pm. An undercard of four amateur bouts gets proceedings underway at 6.00pm, with two further professional unaired prelims also on the bill.

Doors at the Newport Centre will open at 5:00pm and - subject to availability - a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the box office on the night. For more information, contact the Newport Centre on (01633) 656 757.

Find broadcast details for your region below…

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.

- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding UK and France)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports 2 | Africa

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time BST (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Cory Tait vs. Toni Tauru - vacant CWFC bantamweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Che Mills
Mateusz Gamrot vs. Tim Newman
Steve Dinsdale vs. Lewis Long
Jordan Desborough vs. Kris Edwards

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm local time BST (2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT)

Mario Saeed vs. Azi Thomas
Nick Nembhard vs. Simas Norkus
Paulina Bonkowska vs. Kate Jackson

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 7.00pm local time BST (2pm ET, 11am PT)

Phil Raeburn vs. Damien Weeden
LJ Adams vs. Amanda Kelly

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Much at stake for middleweight rivals

10/09/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday boasted two main events; CWFC 72 could make a case for having three…

CWFC middleweight world champion Jack Hermansson was hoping to defend his title twice in 2014, having captured the belt back in June at Super Saturday. After his recent first-round demolition of challenger Deyan Topalski following a series of devastating punches from back-mount, the Swede may have an opening for one more challenger this year.

On any other card, Che Mills (16-7-0-2) versus Jack Marshman (15-5) could easily take top billing as the night’s main attraction. A prospective fight-of-the-night candidate and the possible unveiling of the next challenger to Hermansson’s 185lbs throne, it’s a mouth-watering match-up that promises to deliver on all fronts.

As it stands, this Saturday’s CWFC 72 main card is dominated by a brace of world title fights, as both the welterweight and bantamweight belts will be on the line at the Newport Centre in Wales.

Having failed in his bid for 170lbs gold upon his return to the CWFC ranks in June of last year, Che Mills has had to work his way back into title contention - albeit in a different division. A step-up in weight class proved to be initially unsuccessful, as Mills succumbed to the ground-and-pound of Faycal Hucin at CWFC Fight Night 9 last October.

Jack Marshman’s CWFC career got off to an explosive start when he faced the heavy-hitting Abu Azaitar at CWFC Fight Night 10 this past March. Unfortunately for Marshman, it was Azaitar who was left standing when the two met in the middle and went toe-to-toe. Not the start Marshman had been hoping for.

The return fights for both men were risky in different ways: Marshman jumped back into deep waters, facing top UK prospect and TUF veteran Bola Omoyele - himself coming off a loss and looking to rebound. Mills took a potentially dangerous fight against the always-game Leeroy Barnes - one he couldn’t afford to lose and would need to win in convincing fashion.

The two delivered in spectacular style. Mills forced a bloodied and beaten Barnes to tap to a rear-naked choke at 4:46 of the first round at CWFC 68 in Liverpool, while Marshman seized an opportunity as Omoyele left his right arm open to attack, eventually locking up a fight-ending armbar in the dying seconds of the opening round at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London.

Mills and Marshman have both worked their way back into title contention following devastating losses, finding themselves at potentially pivotal points in their careers. A loss for either fighter would likely mean a step back down the ladder, a loss of momentum and a missed opportunity. A win could result in a shot at the champion, Hermansson.

With a combined eighteen (T)KO wins and 21 first-round stoppages between them, neither man will be looking to go to the judges. Both fighters have a reputation for aiming to wrap things up inside the distance; often putting themselves at risk in the pursuit of doing so. This is one for the fans - Mills versus Marshman is not to be missed.

And this isn’t even a main event.

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CWFC 73: Haque vs. Rooney

09/09/2014

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Shaj Haque (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

An exciting flyweight bout has been added to the bill for Cage Warriors 73, which is set for the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Taking place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, Cage Warriors 73 will be headlined by a CWFC lightweight world title bout between defending champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton.

The event will see Europe’s leading MMA promotion return to Newcastle for the first time since last December, when the same arena played host to CWFC 62, which saw Shaj Haque pick up his third Cage Warriors victory.

Haque (5-1), a Newcastle native, will once again have the backing of the home support when he welcomes Damien Rooney to the CWFC flyweight division.

Twenty-three year-old Haque signed an exclusive Cage Warriors deal last year after securing impressive wins over Olly Battell and Kris Edwards.

Having emerged on the wrong side of a decision against Paul Marin last October to taste defeat for the first time in his career, Haque rebounded with two more big wins against Mark Connor and Martin McDonough.

Rooney has been campaigning in recent months for a meeting with Haque, who holds more victories than any other flyweight currently on the CWFC roster.

Looking ahead to November’s bout, Haque said: “This is the first time someone has actively asked to fight me, which makes it interesting and reassures me that I’m moving in the right direction.

“Rooney is a good bantamweight and is quite big at that weight, so I’m not sure why he’s going to flyweight, but I’ve beaten bigger guys who have dropped down a division before, so I guess I’ll just have to do it again.”

Damien Rooney (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Rooney (10-3-1) will be aiming for his third consecutive win when he takes on Haque, having overcome Alan Philpott and Bryan Creighton in his two most recent outings.

A 30-year-old Irishman, Rooney is currently ranked as one of Europe’s top ten bantamweights, but moves to flyweight for the first time on November 1, having beaten Creighton this past March in a 130lbs catchweight bout.

Rooney, who has taken nine of his ten wins by stoppage, has been defeated just twice - at the hands of current UFC flyweights Paddy Holohan and Neil Seery - in his last ten bouts.

He said: “I wanted a top opponent next and I’ve got one. Now it’s time to show people why I’m Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s best flyweight and earn myself a shot at that vacant world title.”

Meanwhile, a middleweight bout has also been booked for CWFC 73, where Chris Scott and Leeroy Barnes will both be looking to return to winning ways following their respective defeats to Pavel Kusch and Che Mills last time out.

More exciting CWFC 73 bouts are still to be announced, and tickets will go on sale soon.

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‘Dynamite’ Tauru prepared for explosive clash with ‘flashy’ Tait

08/09/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

The town of Kouvola, Finland, is home to the Repovesi National Park, the western terminal of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and a population of around 88,000. One of those inhabitants is Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight world title contender Toni “Dynamite” Tauru (9-1-1).

Despite being the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, Finland has produced a surprising number of MMA standouts in recent times, with both Mikael Silander and Joni Salovaara having fought for CWFC world titles in 2013.

Though both men came up short in their respective title bids, Tauru is hoping fortune will favour the Finnish at CWFC 72 in Wales on Saturday, and has no doubts about it being his time to shine, as he told CageWarriors.com.

“My manager called me and asked if I was interested in fighting for the title. I was like: ‘Hell yeah, I’m ready for the shot.’ I think that my solid winning streak and good performance at CWFC 66 earned me this opportunity.”

That good performance came at Copenhagen’s Ballerup Arena in March, where Tauru collected a sixth submission victory, stopping Martin Akhtar in the first round via rear-naked choke.

It was a breakout performance, and one that earned him his shot at the vacant 135lbs strap. The only obstacle standing between Tauru and CWFC gold is fellow bantamweight challenger Cory Tait (8-2), someone Tauru has made himself familiar with.

“I always scout my opponents and build my training based on that,” Tauru said. “He will throw his flashy stand-up techniques and he has solid wrestling, but I’m prepared for this.”

Between Tauru and Tait, the pair have only gone to the judges three times in 21 professional bouts, a statistic that Tauru readily acknowledges: “My conditioning means I can go the whole five rounds, though I don’t think it will last that long. Me and Cory are always trying to find openings to finish the fight and I think we’ll both be going for that again.”

One of the very few fighters to pull off a successful gogoplata finish in MMA, Toni Tauru could be an outside bet for a CWFC “bounty bonus” finish, but it’s not something he’s necessarily looking for during a fight. He said: “If there’s an opportunity for something, I will go for it, but my main focus is on winning the fight.”

With six of his nine wins coming by way of submission, Tauru has earned himself a reputation for being dangerous on the ground, but the 29-year-old is open to any kind of stoppage available to him.

“I don’t mind what the finish is, as long as I can get it. It’s kind of funny that most of my submissions have come via rear-naked choke. I just like to take my opponent’s back, it’s a great position to control.”

A nine-fight unbeaten streak - punctuated by six straight submission victories - has put the Finn in a prime position in the stacked CWFC bantamweight division, but there’s no shortage of viable contenders for whoever takes the belt this weekend.

So, why the “Dynamite” monicker? 

“It’s a little bit to do with my name - ‘TNT’ - Toni Tauru,” he explained. “But it also says something about my fighting style. I often have an easy start, but when we start to bang, I go all in. I’ve always liked things that give you a good adrenaline rush. I actually took a parachute jump a while ago and it was awesome.”

Toni Tauru and Cory Tait fight for the CWFC bantamweight world title at CWFC 72 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales, this Saturday, September 13. Click HERE for ticket details and further information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 74: Maguire vs. Wheeler

03/09/2014

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John Maguire (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

A lightweight bout between John Maguire and Brad Wheeler has been set for Cage Warriors 74.

The event, which takes place at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park on Saturday, November 15, 2014, will also feature a historic CWFC women’s bantamweight world title fight between Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz.

Maguire (19-8), who hails from England, will be competing on home soil for the first time in over two years, with his last outing in the UK coming in September 2012 when he took on John Hathaway under the umbrella of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A five-fight veteran of the UFC, where he accumulated a 2-3 record, Maguire signed for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last October and debuted with a unanimous-decision victory over Philip Mulpeter at CWFC 63.

The 31-year-old, who has been stopped just twice in his 27 professional contests, will be keen to return to winning ways on November 15, following consecutive defeats to Saul Rogers and Damir Hadzovic.

Maguire said: “I’m very determined to show people that John Maguire has still got it. I’m not even thinking about title contention or anything like that at the moment.

“Brad Wheeler has looked great in his last few fights and he’s on a bit of a roll, but the bottom line is that he’s not going to beat me.”

Brad Wheeler (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Currently in his best run of form to date, Wheeler (13-9) will be aiming for his fifth successive win when he takes on fellow Englishman Maguire in London on November 15.

The 24-year-old has taken twelve of his thirteen career victories by stoppage, eleven of which have come via submission, including his most recent triumphs against Jason Cooledge and David Howell earlier in 2014.

An eleven-fight Cage Warriors veteran, Wheeler also holds notable wins over the UFC’s Ian Entwistle and CWFC pair Wesley Murch and Merv Mulholland.

“This is the biggest fight of my career so far and I’m looking forward to it a lot,” said Wheeler, who has been stopped just once in his last fifteen bouts.

“I believe I’m up there among the very best lightweights in the UK and this is my opportunity to prove that.”

More exciting CWFC 74 bouts are still to be announced, and tickets will go on sale soon.

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CWFC 73: Ray vs. Warburton

02/09/2014

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Stevie Ray, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s reigning lightweight world champion, will defend his belt at CWFC 73.

The Scotsman will take on England’s Curt Warburton in the headline fight when Cage Warriors returns to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

The bout will mark the third and definitive meeting of the British pair, who first clashed in March of last year, when Warburton emerged victorious via unanimous decision after three rounds of action.

With the vacant CWFC title at stake, a rematch took place over five rounds this past June at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London, which saw Ray earn a split-decision triumph.

Ray (15-5) is currently in his second stint as CWFC lightweight world champion, having first clinched the belt courtesy of wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter in CWFC’s four-man, one-night lightweight title tournament at CWFC 60 in October 2013.

The 24-year-old relinquished the strap following a fourth-round submission defeat to Ivan Buchinger last New Year’s Eve at CWFC 63 in Dublin, but the title returned to Scotland in June after Ray exacted revenge against Warburton.

“I’m looking forward to defending my belt, particularly in Curt’s hometown,” said Ray. “It’s not too far from home for me either, so you can expect an invasion of Scottish fans and a crazy atmosphere.”

Warburton (13-5) signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year, and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 with of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

A three-fight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, 33-year-old Warburton has put together a 6-2 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Warburton said: “The judges won’t save Stevie Ray this time. I’m going to put things right in Newcastle on November 1.”

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CWFC 74: Kianzad vs. Niedzwiedz

29/08/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown its first ever women’s bantamweight world champion on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The title will be on the line when undefeated duo Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz clash over five rounds at CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

Kianzad (6-0), who hails from Helsingborg in Sweden, will go into the championship bout on the back of her third-round TKO stoppage of Megan van Houtum last weekend at CWFC 71 in Amman.

The 22-year-old holds other notable victories over current UFC fighter Milana Dudieva, Bellator’s Annalisa Bucci and fellow CWFC bantamweight contender Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

“I’m really proud and excited to be fighting to become the first ever Cage Warriors women’s bantamweight world champion,” said Kianzad, a Rumble Sports team-mate of current CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby.

“I’ll be looking to represent my team as best I can, and I look forward to putting on an exciting fight in London in November.”

In her most recent Cage Warriors outing, Niedzwiedz (7-0) picked up a submission-of-the-night win against Gemma Hewitt at CWFC 67 in Swansea back in April.

A native of Katowice in Poland, 19-year-old Niedzwiedz has taken all but one of her wins by stoppage, with two submissions and four by TKO.

Niedzwiedz said: “Pannie Kianzad is a very good fighter and I may need the two extra rounds to stop her. We’ve both earned this chance and we’ll show everyone some world-class women’s MMA in London.

“We’re both young and determined, but I’m younger and more determined. Pannie, you asked for this fight, and I’m looking forward to showing you how much of a mistake that was.”

Cage Warriors 74 will mark CWFC’s first ever event at the Copper Box Arena, which hosted handball at the 2012 Olympic Games and has since staged several large boxing events, as well as being the current home of British Baskteball League team London Lions.

“After a number of sell-out London events at The Forum in Kentish Town over the past couple of years, we’re excited to be bringing Cage Warriors to the Copper Box,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“The card for Cage Warriors 74 is going to be something special, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Pannie and Agnieszka fight to make history as our first women’s bantamweight champion.

“They’re two worthy contenders but one of them is set to taste defeat for the first time on November 15. The eyes of the MMA world will be on this one and I can’t wait for it.”

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Breese set for November return

28/08/2014

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“I’m back. I want to make my mark on the division as soon as I step into it.”

Undefeated English welterweight prospect Tom Breese (6-0) has set a date for his highly-anticipated return to competition.

Having endured a frustrating lay-off due to a serious knee injury, Breese will be back in action on Saturday, November 15, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship visits London’s Olympic Park to stage CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena.

A 22-year-old Birmingham native, Breese was rewarded with an exclusive five-fight Cage Warriors deal in April of last year, after clinching the British welterweight title for domestic promotion BAMMA.

However, while preparing for his CWFC debut - which was scheduled for Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff last September - Breese suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which has kept him on the sidelines ever since.

The former British junior wrestling champion subsequently underwent surgery but is now at the end of an arduous programme of rehabilitation, with his long-awaited Cage Warriors bow finally on the horizon.

A former training partner of ex-UFC champion Georges St Pierre at the renowned Tristar gym in Canada, Breese has also recently returned from California where he was a sparring partner for Tom Watson in the build-up to his UFC win over Sam Alvey earlier this month.

Breese, who has taken all six of his professional wins inside the distance, will join CWFC’s 170lbs division, arguably the promotion’s strongest, but he told Cage Warriors TV that he’s keen to challenge the top welterweight contenders:

“It’s very exciting. There are so many different styles, so many exciting match-ups; I can’t wait to fight these guys. Cage Warriors is growing all the time so it’s going to be great to be part of the journey. I’m ready to fight. I feel great.”

Watch the full interview with Tom Breese below, and keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for more news and updates.

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Results: Cage Warriors 71

23/08/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Jack Hermansson (9-2) has some power, and the Cage Warriors middleweight champion can clearly deliver it from some odd positions.

In his first title defense, the 26-year-old Swede scored a first-round TKO victory over Bulgaria’s Deyan Topalski (11-3) in the headliner of Cage Warriors 71, which took place at King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

After some early exchanges, Hermansson caught a kick, forced the fight to the mat and immediately tried to work his way to Topalski’s back. He struggled to get the needed space while pushed up against the cage, but after some punches and elbows, he locked on a body triangle and delivered some stinging punches from behind.

As the strikes mounted, the ref warned Topalski to fight back or defend himself. Despite having back mount and being restricted while in a seated position, Hermansson somehow delivered some remarkable torque that resulted in some vicious blows.

The punches, which landed clean to the head and face, ultimately forced the referee’s intervention at the 4:09 mark of the opening round. It marked Hermansson’s fourth straight victory and his eighth stoppage in nine career wins.

It wasn’t always pretty, nor was it much of a crowd-pleaser, but Martin Svensson (14-5) earned a hard-fought win over Dave Hill (12-4) in the night’s co-headliner.

The fight, which might have determined Cage Warriors’ next featherweight title challenger, wasn’t exactly a barnburner. Instead, it was a grueling but strategic battle that often played out on the mat as both fighters jockeyed for position and looked for submissions.

After two closely contested rounds, both fighters headed back to their corners while shaking their heads in obvious frustration and disappointment. Perhaps not surprisingly, they both came out in the final frame ready strike and appeared light on their feet. However, Svensson forced a takedown, and the remainder of the fight played out on the ground.

Svensson briefly got some dominant positions and was actively searching for submissions, and Hill was unable to get off his back and was forced to dodge a late rear-naked choke. He survived, but the round belonged to Svensson and helped him wrap up the victory. In the end, Svensson earned the unanimous-decision victory via 30-27 scores across the board.

Jack Mason‘s record sixteenth Cage Warriors appearance proved to be a disappointing one. Swedish welterweight Jonatan Westin (7-2) scored one of his biggest wins yet, though he was aided by an injury to Mason (28-14), who winced and grunted before the ref halted the action at the 1:33 mark of the opening round. The official result was a TKO via injury.

In a 140-pound women’s catchweight bout, Pannie Kianzad (6-0) overcame a poor first round to take control of the bout and ultimately pound out Megan van Houtum (1-2) in the third round. The final ground and pound forced a stoppage at the 2:17 mark of the final frame.

In featherweight action, Arnold Allen (8-1) put on a dominant performance against Gaetano Pirrello (8-3-1), who battered for much of the three-round fight. Arnold eventually the took unanimous decision via lopsided 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25 scores.

In the main-card opener, Lina Akhtar Lansberg (3-1) unloaded a first-round assault that left fellow bantamweight Laura Howarth (2-1) unable to answer the bell for the second round, which resulted in a first-round TKO due to retirement.

RESULTS:

Jack Hermansson def. Deyan Topalski via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:09 – to retain middleweight title
Martin Svensson def.  Dave Hill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jonatan Westin def. Jack Mason via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 1:33
Pannie Kianzad def. Megan van Houtum via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:17
Arnold Allen def. Gaetano Pirello via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Lina Akhtar Lansberg def. Laura Howarth via TKO (retirement) – Round 1, 5:00
Jarrah Al-Silawi def. Ant Davies via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:22
Nawras Abzakh def. Coner Hignett via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 71

21/08/2014

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For the third time in 2014, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is in the Jordanian capital of Amman, with CWFC 71 set to go down at the King Hussein Boxing Arena tomorrow.

The event is headlined by a CWFC middleweight world title clash between champion Jack Hermansson (8-2) and challenger Deyan Topalski (11-2).

Hermansson will be making his first defence since taking the belt courtesy of a dominant win over Norman Paraisy back at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in June, while Topalski challenges for the gold having gone 5-1 in his last six outings.

A hotly-anticipated featherweight tussle between former title challengers Martin Svensson (13-5) and Dave Hill (12-3) is set to take place as the night’s co-main event, with both fighters coming in under the 146lbs limit.

All 16 fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt this afternoon at Le Meridien Hotel in Amman.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 71 weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 71 takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 22, at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


Middleweight title: Deyan Topalski (184.8lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (c) (185lbs)
Featherweight: Martin Svensson (146lbs) vs. Dave Hill (145.7lbs)
Welterweight: Jonatan Westin (170.6lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.3lbs)
Catchweight (140lbs): Megan van Houtum (136.5lbs) vs. Pannie Kianzad (139.5lbs)
Featherweight: Gaetano Pirrello (145.5lbs) vs. Arnold Allen (145lbs)
Bantamweight: Lina Akhtar Länsberg (134.8lbs) vs. Laura Howarth (134.8lbs)
Welterweight: Ant Davies (168.1lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.8lbs)
Flyweight: Coner Hignett (125.2lbs) vs. Nawras Abzakh (123.7lbs)

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Photo: Jack Hermansson and Deyan Topalski (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Results: Cage Warriors 70

18/08/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Joseph Duffy hadn’t fought a professional MMA bout in nearly three years, but in a return fight that headlined Cage Warriors 70, it didn’t really show.

The Irish lightweight delighted his fellow countrymen with two rounds of solid striking, which was no doubt aided by his recent pro-boxing career, before returning to his MMA roots and tapping out Damien Lapilus with a third-round rear-naked choke.

Duffy proved the crisper striker early in the fight, and he controlled the octagon while working from the center and forcing Lapilus to circle the perimeter. The Irishman mixed in some effective body shots in the second round, which also saw Lapilus briefly wobbled with a clean shot.

In the final round, Duffy capitalized on a trip to the mat and quickly took his opponent’s back and secured his hooks. Despite working with limited space against the cage, Duffy got the position he needed and locked in his arm under the Frenchman’s chin. Lapilus was then forced to tap out from the choke.

Duffy (11-1), the last man to beat current UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, now owns 10 stoppages in 11 career wins. Lapilus (9-4-1), meanwhile, snaps a five-fight unbeaten streak.

In the night’s co-headliner, lightweight Alexis Savvidis (8-2), a 19-year-old Greek prospect who’s fought 10 times in 19 months as a pro, came out aggressively, but he also proved a bit wild and careless during frantic attacks of strikes and submissions. The savvy Paul Redmond (10-4), though, was ready.

After eventually taking control of the first round with takedowns and ground and pound, Redmond got his opportunity in the second. While on his back following a scramble, he simply grabbed his standing opponent’s ankle, forced him to the mat, and then locked on a toehold.

Savvidis tried to fight back with one of his own, but Redmond got the grip and torqued the submission, forcing a tap-out at the 1:01 mark of the second round. Redmond, fighting in his home country, has now won two straight and has nine stoppages in 10 career wins.

In a thrilling featherweight bout, 2-1 underdog Artem Lobov (10-10), nicknamed “The Prospect Killer,” was nearly pounded out by Andrew Fisher (12-7-1) in the first round. However, he rallied to even up the fight through two rounds and then score a TKO stoppage in the final second of the final round. Lobov unloaded a barrage of punches on his kneeling opponent to force the referee’s intervention.

In light-heavyweight action, Karl Moore (5-0) and Lloyd Clarkson (8-8) engaged in a 15-minute slugfest that left both badly bloodied. In the end, though, Moore, who proved the crisper and busier fighter and dominated the early action, earned the unanimous-decision victory via 30-27, 30-25 and 30-25 scores.

In the day’s lone flyweight bout, Paul Marin (8-4) earned a hard-fought and entertaining decision win over Andy Young (6-6). The duo received a standing ovation following the back-and-forth bout, but Marin ultimately earned the unanimous decision via 29-28 scores across the board.

In the night’s main-card opener, bantamweight Dean Garnett (7-0) was the first to claim one of Cage Warriors’ new $2,000 rare-finish bonuses after tapping out Martin Sheridan (7-6) with an inverted heel hook. He almost earned a second one for finishing an opponent in 60 seconds or less.

RESULTS:

Joseph Duffy def. Damien Lapilus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:18
Paul Redmond def. Alexis Savvidis via submission (toehold) – Round 2, 1:01
Artem Lobov def. Andrew Fisher via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:59
Karl Moore def. Lloyd Clarkson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
Paul Marin def. Andy Young via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dean Garnett def. Martin Sheridan via submission (inverted heel hook) – Round 1, 1:02
Peter Queally def. Konrad Iwanowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tommy McCafferty def. Dean Reilly via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:56
Ryan Roddy def. Louis Chapman via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:03
Catherine Costigan def. Noelia Molina via technical submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:14

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 71: Amman

18/08/2014

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DOORS - 6:00pm (local time)
FIRST FIGHT - 6:30pm (local time)

Just six days after our most recent event, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns this Friday, August 22, for the tenth time this year.

A stacked card that will see the CWFC middleweight world title on the line, Cage Warriors 71 takes place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

In the main event, Jack Hermansson puts his 185lbs belt on the line for the first time when he takes on Deyan Topalski, while Martin Svensson and Dave Hill will be aiming to move a step closer to a featherweight title shot when they collide in the co-headliner.

The main card is set to begin at 8pm local time (6pm BST, 1pm ET, 11am PT), while four amateur undercard bouts will kick the action off at 6:30pm.

Doors will open at 6:00pm and tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Find main-card broadcast details for your region below…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding France)

LIVE TV

Setanta Ireland | Ireland
Jordan TV | Jordan
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
FOX Sports 2 | Africa
ESPN International | Caribbean, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 8pm local time (6pm BST, 1pm ET, 11am PT)

Jack Hermansson (c) vs. Deyan Topalski - CWFC middleweight world title bout
Dave Hill vs. Martin Svensson
Jack Mason vs. Jonatan Westin
Pannie Kianzad vs. Megan van Houtum
Arnold Allen vs. Gaetano Pirrello
Lina Akhtar Lansberg vs. Laura Howarth

UNAIRED PRELIMS

Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Ant Davies
Nawras Abzakh vs. Coner Hignett

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 70

15/08/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, tomorrow for CWFC 70, with all 20 fighters successfully making weight this afternoon.

Headlining the promotion’s ninth event of 2014, Damien Lapilus (9-3-1-1) and Joseph Duffy (10-1) both came in under the 156lbs lightweight limit, tipping the scales at 154.2lbs and 155.5lbs respectively.

Former CWFC title contender Duffy returns to Cage Warriors - and MMA - for the first time since October 2011, while Lapilus is looking to upset the odds and continue his impressive five-fight unbeaten run in his CWFC debut.

The scheduled co-main event of Jake Bostwick (15-8-0-1) versus Philip Mulpeter (7-4) was removed from the card before today’s weigh-ins due to Bostwick being unable to make the required 171lbs limit. Full details can be found HERE.

Tomorrow’s event will be the first to feature CWFC’s new ‘bounty’ bonus structure, which is set to reward fighters to the tune of $2,000 for achieving any of the following finishes: head-kick KO, twister, knee-bar, heel-hook, gogoplata, flying-knee KO, Superman punch KO, KO in less than 60 seconds, spinning KO, slam KO.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 70 weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 70 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket and broadcast information click HERE.


Lightweight: Damien Lapilus (154.2lbs) vs. Joseph Duffy (155.3lbs)
Lightweight: Alexis Savvidis (149.4lbs) vs. Paul Redmond (156lbs)
Featherweight: Artem Lobov (146lbs) vs. Andrew Fisher (145.6lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Lloyd Clarkson (204.1lbs) vs. Karl Moore (204lbs)
Flyweight: Paul Marin (125.8lbs) vs. Andy Young (125.5lbs)
Bantamweight: Martin Sheridan (135.9lbs) vs. Dean Garnett (135.9lbs)
Welterweight: Peter Queally (170.2lbs) vs. Konrad Iwanowski (170.9lbs)
Featherweight: Dean Reilly (145.8lbs) vs. Tommy McCafferty (145.2lbs)
Lightweight: Louis Chapman (154.4lbs) vs. Ryan Roddy (156lbs)
Atomweight: Noëlia Molina (104.9lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.3lbs)

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Photo: Joseph Duffy and Damien Lapilus (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Bostwick vs. Mulpeter scrapped from CWFC 70 bill

15/08/2014

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The bill for CWFC 70 in Dublin this weekend has undergone a late change, with the bout between Jake Bostwick (pictured) and Philip Mulpeter being removed from the card ahead of this afternoon’s weigh-ins.

The fight has been scrapped due to Bostwick being unable to make the 171lbs limit for his welterweight clash with the Irishman at The Helix tomorrow night.

Bostwick arrived at the CWFC hotel in Dublin yesterday (Thursday) morning, weighing 194lbs. The 24-year-old Englishman tipped the scales at 182lbs at 11.05am this morning but was unable to cut any further.

Subsequently, Philip Mulpeter and his camp have understandably opted not to compete under these circumstances, so the fight has unfortunately been cancelled.

New opponents were considered for both fighters - Mulpeter at welterweight, Bostwick at middleweight - but officials were unable to source suitable replacements who could be passed fit to compete by SAFE MMA on such short notice.

“This is obviously a very unfortunate situation,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. “It’s disappointing for everyone, particularly Philip Mulpeter, but also for the Cage Warriors fans who have been looking forward to this fight for a long time.

“We reacted to the situation as well as we could. We thought about new options for Philip and we even had Henry Fadipe interested in stepping in to face Jake, but neither has worked out so both guys are now without fights.

“Henry was in a five-round title fight just over a week ago in South Africa, and Jake isn’t in great shape physically either right now due to the weight-cut, so there’s no way we could give a fight like that the green light on the grounds of safety.

“It’s a blow to lose one of the most highly-anticipated fights on the card, but CWFC 70 is still stacked from top to bottom, so we’re looking forward to another exciting Dublin event tomorrow night.”

Mulpeter was on weight at 169.6lbs shortly after 1pm, and will therefore receive his full fight purse. Bostwick will not receive a purse.

The bantamweight clash between Dean Garnett and Martin Sheridan has now been moved up to the main card to fill the vacancy.

To check out the updated fight card, as well as broadcast and ticket details, click HERE.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 70: Dublin

14/08/2014

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DOORS - 4:30pm
FIRST FIGHT - 5:30pm

Times subject to change…

Following a summer hiatus, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action returns this Saturday, August 16, as the promotion kicks off the second half of its 2014 campaign.

Headlined by the return to MMA of Joseph Duffy, who faces an extremely tough test against French star Damien Lapilus, CWFC 70 takes place at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.

The highly-anticipated bill also features other top CWFC stars such as Paul Redmond, Andrew Fisher and Paul Marin, plus many more.

Three preliminary bouts will stream live and free of charge at 7.45pm local time, followed by the five-bout main card at 9pm. An amateur undercard of six bouts gets proceedings underway at 5.30pm.

Doors at The Helix will open at 4:30pm. A very limited number of tickets are available from the box office at The Helix. Click HERE for more details.

Find broadcast details for your region below…

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding UK and France)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Joseph Duffy vs. Damien Lapilus
Paul Redmond vs. Alexis Savvidis
Andrew Fisher vs. Artem Lobov
Lloyd Clarkson vs. Karl Moore
Paul Marin vs. Andy Young
Dean Garnett vs. Martin Sheridan

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm local time (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

Konrad Iwanowski vs. Peter Queally
Tommy McCafferty vs. Dean Reilly
Louis Chapman vs. Ryan Roddy

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Catherine Costigan vs. Noelia Molina

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“I’ve come here to make an impression on the world”

14/08/2014

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By PAUL DOLLERY

The call to make the step-up to the next level was something he’d been waiting on. When it came earlier this summer, Damien Lapilus (9-3-1-1) didn’t hesitate to answer.

Welcoming Joseph Duffy back to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship lightweight division – in front of a partisan crowd in Duffy’s native Ireland – didn’t appeal to many, but it represented a golden opportunity for Lapilus.

On Saturday he’ll make his CWFC debut, headlining one of the promotion’s most highly-anticipated cards of the year, against an opponent who carries a hefty weight of pressure and expectation on his shoulders.

Duffy holds wins over world-class opponents like Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, has appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, and competed for the CWFC lightweight world title in his most recent outing.

Ahead of his return to MMA after a three-year hiatus, during which he embarked on a 7-0 run as a professional boxer, Duffy has been in demand; inundated with interview requests from MMA media across the world, all interested in learning more about the man who brought down two of the UFC’s most exciting prospects.

Away from the spotlight, however, Damien Lapilus has been preparing quietly at the Crossfight camp in Paris. This weekend’s main-event meeting with Duffy at CWFC 70 in Dublin is the biggest fight of his career, but Lapilus has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“I have been wanting to fight for Cage Warriors for a long time, because I want to get to the very top in this sport. CWFC can make all my dreams come true,” said 26-year-old Lapilus.

“I know all about Joseph Duffy; that he has good skills in all areas and was one of the best prospects in Ireland before he went over to boxing. On paper he is my toughest opponent so far, but we’ll see if that’s the case on Saturday.

“He’ll be fighting in front of his home crowd, his fans, his family and friends, so it will be a comfortable situation for him. But I can assure you that he will not be so comfortable once the cage-door closes. Then it’s just him against me.”

The passionate Irish crowd may well give Duffy an advantage, but that’s unlikely to concern a skilled young Frenchman whose edges were sharpened by a tough upbringing in the Parisian suburbs of Sevran and Mèe-sur-Seine, where – according to Lapilus – “Life was not easy. For a young person there to get respect and a peaceful life, you have to fight in the street to earn it.”

The need to defend himself convinced Lapilus to take up grappling and jiu-jitsu, along with his younger brother Taylor. Then they came across some old Pride FC tapes and MMA took over their lives.

Taylor, 22, is an 8-1 featherweight with similarly lofty ambitions, but big brother Damien is leading the charge. Both have won significant titles and reached the summit on the domestic circuit in France, but now it’s time to look beyond those frontiers.

The Lapilus brothers are still on a quest to earn respect, but also global recognition in the sport they’ve devoted their lives to. Damien hopes to take his biggest step towards that to date when he faces Joseph Duffy at The Helix on Saturday.

When Duffy last competed in MMA, Lapilus had yet to make his debut. Fourteen professional bouts later, the Parisian southpaw – unlike his opponent – won’t have any concerns about ring-rust, having competed seven times inside the last year alone.

After a 2-2 start to his career, Lapilus has since tasted defeat just once in his subsequent ten outings – a submission loss to undefeated Finnish prospect Teemu Packalen last year, which Lapilus blames on under-estimating his opponent. The chances of him taking his next foe lightly are slim, however.

Lapilus said: “I’ll put absolutely everything into this fight. I haven’t come to Dublin to be a tourist, I’ve come to win and make a good impression on the world. I’m feeling very confident about this fight.

“After I win, I hope to get a Cage Warriors multi-fight deal and challenge for that world title. Nobody will want to miss this fight. It will be special.”

For a young prospect hungry for respect, defeating Joseph Duffy in his own backyard wouldn’t be a bad way to go about earning it.

Photo: Marc-Olivier Souder

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Fisher ready to enter title race

13/08/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

“You can lose sight of what made you get into this in the first place…”

For some, the name Andrew Fisher (12-6-1) may not be one they’re yet familiar with, but the Sunderland native – and recent addition to the CWFC featherweight division – has been around for quite a while.

Before signing an exclusive five-fight contract with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, Fisher competed twice for top US promotion Bellator. And although both bouts ended in defeat, it was the nature of those losses that stung.

“It just didn’t go my way, I didn’t get to show what I can do,” he told CageWarriors.com earlier this week. “It was frustrating.”

Decision defeats to Joe Taimanglo and Saul Almeida brought an end to Fisher’s Bellator stint, with the loss to the latter a particular disappointment.

“The first fight, I’ve got no excuses,” Fisher explained. “(For the Almeida fight) I felt great, I felt amazing in the cage. It was quite frustrating, it felt like he didn’t want to fight. It felt like he quit in the first round.

“He took my back and seemed happy to do nothing. And you’ve got to be a pretty brave ref to stand the fight up from there.”

For a “hands-on father” and family man like Fisher, the time away from home was difficult and challenging, spending up to six weeks across the Atlantic for each camp in preparation.

The MMA Lab in Arizona became Fisher’s home away from home, training alongside former world champions Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner, as well as top bantamweight Alex Caceres.

For Fisher, the step-up to working with elite level athletes was more of a mental than physical hurdle: “Training with world-class fighters, you get to realise that it’s not so different; it’s just your mindset. I got to watch them and see how relaxed they were in certain situations.”

Returning to Europe to fight for the first time since his spell in the US has given Fisher a fresh perspective on his approach – to both fighting and training.

“You try to map your route to the top. I realised I was doing everything wrong. I was putting pressure on myself. All I thought was, ‘Got to win, got to win’. Now I’m enjoying training again. You can lose sight of what made you get into this in the first place.”

The 29-year-old has ambitions inside the CWFC cage, with one eye clearly set on the CWFC strap – vacated earlier this year by current UFC star Jim Alers – but only if he gets there before training partner Alex Enlund.

“I want to win the featherweight world title. It’s a bit of a race now; I’ve got to get there before Alex does! If he gets there before me I’m going to be sitting on the sidelines for a bit.”

In Fisher’s immediate future is a mouth-watering match-up with “The Prospect Killer”, Artem Lobov – a sizeable roadblock for anyone with title aspirations – but a fight that Fisher didn’t have to think twice about taking.

He said: “I’ll fight anybody. As soon as (CWFC matchmaker) Ian Dean said ‘Artem Lobov’, I said yes.”

However, Fisher also recognises the threat Lobov poses, and why others may have chosen to avoid him: “He’s had a hard time getting fights because he’s so dangerous, but there’s nothing he can do that I haven’t seen before.

“If you fight a stupid fight against Artem, he can catch you. He can put you to sleep with one punch. You’ve just got to be very careful.”

Fisher’s approach to this, and any other fight, is simple: “It could be in any country, it could be anywhere. It’s just another fight.”

Given the exciting respective styles of both Fisher and Lobov, this promises to be more than “just another fight”. And with eleven finishes in twelve career victories, Fisher is certainly one to watch in the CWFC featherweight division.

Andrew Fisher makes his Cage Warriors debut at Cage Warriors 70 in Dublin, Ireland, this Saturday evening, August 16. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Benjamin Lee

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Jake Bostwick: Entering the championship rounds

12/08/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday saw Jake Bostwick (15-8-0-1) extend his winning streak to eight, claiming arguably his most significant triumph thus far following a split-decision victory over former UFC fighter Simeon Thoresen.

CWFC fans also saw Bostwick’s career-to-date played out over the course of three rounds.

ROUND ONE: A promising start, a downward swing…

The start of the round belonged to Bostwick, peppering his opponent with hard leg kicks and a big right hook that visibly wobbled Thoresen. More leg kicks followed and another right hook, before Thoresen turned the tables with a takedown, eventually moving to mount. Bostwick scrambled to half guard, but the round ended with Thoresen in full mount again, landing punches from the top.

Bostwick announced himself on the UK MMA stage in 2006 with three straight wins in a combined cage-time of 1:33. This swift ascent was met with just-as-rapid a decline, as 2007 saw Bostwick go 0-4 - with all four defeats ending inside the first round.

ROUND TWO: A steep decline, an upward swing…

A stuffed takedown and an exchange of leg kicks ushered in the second round, before Bostwick snapped Thoresen’s head back with a hard uppercut. The Norwegian responded with a desperate takedown, advancing position and passing Bostwick’s guard. Round two was all about Thoresen’s top control, moving from one dominant position to another. Bostwick survived the round and the submission attempts, even fighting back from the bottom. The crowd in attendance recognised the significance of this endurance.

The year 2008 continued where its predecessor left off: a ‘no-contest’ and three further defeats left Bostwick without a win in eight outings and a record of 3-7-0-1. Only a win towards the end of the year signalled a change in fortunes, bringing an end to the drought. Three more victories followed, heralding the start of a revival.

ROUND THREE: A victorious comeback, a remarkable rise…

The final frame was all about Bostwick. Hard leg kicks immobilised Thoresen early in the round, leaving him unable to shoot in effectively for the takedown, and allowing Bostwick to dictate where the action took place. The fight ended with Bostwick having turned the contest on its head, stalking his opponent down and walking away with the victory.

In 2010 Bostwick picked up an impressive win over Denniston Sutherland and he’s been winning ever since. The string of defeats had been countered with an even greater run of victories.

Three rounds have passed, but whether or not we’ll witness Bostwick enter the championships rounds as a CWFC world title contender remains to be seen. One thing is certain; it’ll be a journey worthy of our attention.

For a career that began in less-than-auspicious fashion, Bostwick’s emergence as a potential threat to the CWFC welterweight title is as remarkable a turnaround as you’ll see in MMA. Make no mistake; this is no renaissance. Bostwick’s resurgence has greatly surpassed the initial promise of his early career - we’ve yet to see him realise his full potential.

In Philip Mulpeter (7-4), he faces a legitimate test to his unbeaten run. A team member of the renowned SBG camp in Ireland, Mulpeter has looked impressive in his CWFC victories, most recently running through Aldric Cassata en route to a first-round TKO stoppage.

Bostwick versus Mulpeter is set to be a crowd-pleasing spectacle that’s already got the fans talking, but it’s potentially something more than that. It could be the next step in the evolution of a fighter who continues to improve every time he steps into the cage.

Jake Bostwick takes on Phillip Mulpeter in the co-main event at Cage Warriors 70 in Dublin, Ireland, this Saturday evening, August 16. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 71: Hermansson vs. Topalksi

08/08/2014

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The CWFC middleweight world title will be on the line in the main event at Cage Warriors 71 at the King Hussein Youth City in Amman on Friday, August 22.

The event, which was recently moved from Stockholm to the Jordanian capital, will be headlined by the meeting of 185lbs champion Jack Hermansson and challenger Deyan Topalski.

Hermansson (8-2) clinched the vacant belt at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in June when he stopped Norman Paraisy via submission in the fourth round.

A 26-year-old Swede, Hermansson has a 5-0 record under the CWFC banner, which also includes wins over Ion Pascu and Ali Arish.

“I’m excited to be making my first title defence against a very good opponent but I’m confident that I’m the better fighter,” Hermansson said.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a show again for the brilliant Cage Warriors fans in Amman. I’m counting down the days at this stage.”

Currently riding a three-fight win-streak, Topalski (11-2) is a 31-year-old Bulgarian striker who has taken seven of his career wins inside the distance, six of which have come via (T)KO.

Having previously competed for highly-regard promotions such as M-1, Topalski has been stopped just once in a four-year professional career - against Russian star Michail Tsarev (28-4).

“This is undoubtedly the biggest opportunity so far in my career,” said Topalski. “I’m planning to make a big statement and take Jack Hermansson’s belt on August 22.”

Meanwhile, the switch of venue and date for CWFC 71 has resulted in changes to several of the originally-planned bouts for Cage Warriors’ tenth event of 2014.

Check out the current fight card below and keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Cage Warriors 71

Jack HERMANSSON (c) vs. Deyan TOPALSKI - CWFC world middleweight title bout
Dave HILL vs. Martin SVENSSON
Jack MASON vs. Jonatan WESTIN
Pannie KIANZAD vs. TBC
Liam JAMES vs. Carlos PRADA
Lina AKHTAR LANSBERG vs. Laura HOWARTH
Jarrah AL-SILAWI vs. Ahmad IBRAHIM ALY
Arnold ALLEN vs. Saief TOUMY
Amir GERANDOKOV vs. Wael KORKED

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CWFC 72: Dalby vs. Grimaud

31/07/2014

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Nicolas Dalby (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby will put his belt on the line for the first time on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The undefeated Dane is set to take on Gael Grimaud when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to the Welsh city of Newport for CWFC 72.

Tickets for Europe’s leading promotion’s eleventh event of 2014, which is to be staged at the Newport Centre, will go on sale shortly.

CWFC 72 will also feature a bantamweight world title tussle, as Cory Tait and Toni Tauru clash for the vacant 135lbs strap, as well as a host of other exciting bouts.

Following his spectacular fourth-round KO of Sergei Churilov at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen this past March, Dalby (12-0) will be making his inaugural title defence in Newport on September 13.

His thirteenth professional outing will provide a new challenge for Dalby, as he competes outside of his native Denmark for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old, who succeeded Cathal Pendred as the CWFC champion, holds other notable wins over Ivica Truscek, Morten Djursaa and Glenn Sparv.

“I’m very much looking forward to squaring off against Gael Grimaud as he was the latest fighter currently on the CWFC roster to hold the welterweight title,” said Dalby.

“He has a very dynamic style that I find quite interesting, so I’m looking forward to showing off how I will dismantle him and get the win.”

Grimaud (19-6) will be aiming to regain the CWFC welterweight world title, which he relinquished in March of last year following a unanimous-decision loss to Cathal Pendred at CWFC 52 in London.

Gael Grimaud (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

A 34-year-old Frenchman who has dropped just one loss in his last 11 fights, Grimaud has taken fifteen of his nineteen professional wins by stoppage, including 12 submissions.

However, Grimaud’s most recent CWFC outing saw him score a KO win against Bruno Carvalho after just 45 seconds of their main-event clash at CWFC Fight Night 9 in Amman last October.

Grimaud clinched the CWFC welterweight world title back in September 2011 when he overcame Arni Isaksson, before going on to make a successful defence against Jesse Taylor.

“To have the opportunity to get the Cage Warriors belt back is very exciting for me and I am determined to succeed,” said Grimaud, who has been stopped just once in 25 professional bouts.

“My opponent brings a strong challenge but I believe I am a better fighter than him. I will be ready on September 13 to take that belt back home again.”

Dalby and Grimaud were originally scheduled to meet for Cage Warriors’ 170lbs strap at CWFC 66 but an injury to Grimaud resulted in the title shot passing to Sergei Churilov.

Meanwhile, a lightweight bout between Tim Newman (10-4) and Tim Wilde (5-0) has also been added to the CWFC 72 bill, as well as a featherweight contest involving Nad Narimani (7-1) and Daniel Thomas (20-9-1).

Cage Warriors 72 (more bouts to be announced)

Nicolas Dalby (c) vs. Gael Grimaud - CWFC welterweight world title bout
Cory Tait vs. Toni Tauru - vacant CWFC bantamweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Che Mills
Tim Newman vs. Tim Wilde
Nad Narimani vs. Daniel Thomas
Steve Dinsdale vs. Lewis Long
Jordan Desborough vs. Kris Edwards
Jamie Rogers vs. Mario Saeed
Nick Nembhard vs. Simas Norkus
Paulina Bonkowska vs. Kate Jackson

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CWFC 72: Tait vs. Tauru

28/07/2014

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A new CWFC bantamweight world champion will be crowned when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its inaugural visit to Newport, Wales, on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Cage Warriors 72, which is set to take place at the Newport Centre, will see Cory Tait and Toni Tauru collide for Europe’s leading promotion’s vacant 135lbs title.

The eleventh Cage Warriors event of 2014, Newport will become the third Welsh city to play host to CWFC, following a trio of shows in Cardiff from October 2012 to September 2013, in addition to a debut in Swansea earlier this year.

Tait (8-2-0), a 26-year-old Englishman who has taken all of his career wins inside the distance, is one of the UK’s top bantamweights and earns his shot at the CWFC gold on the back of a four-fight win-streak.

Following a number of impressive victories on the British domestic circuit, Tait was signed exclusively by Cage Warriors last year and announced his arrival on the international scene with a superb first-round submission of the hotly-favoured James Pennington in the main event at CWFC 64 in London back in February.

Despite hailing from a kickboxing background, Tait has as an equal number of (T)KO and submission wins - four each - with five of his victories coming in the very first round.

“I’m truly excited to be fighting for the Cage Warriors title,” said Tait, who holds other notable wins over fellow Cage Warriors veterans Spencer Hewitt, Dino Gambatesa and Nathan Beer.

“The fights keep on getting bigger and bigger for me. Winning this belt will prove that I’m the top bantamweight in the UK, and I’m looking forward to being recognised as just that.”

A 29-year-old Finn, Tauru (9-1-1) hasn’t tasted defeat since losing to former CWFC title challenger Mikael Silander in his second professional bout back in August 2011.

Since then, Tauru has embarked on a run of nine successive wins - the last six of which have come via submission - which has seen him climb to second place in the Nordic bantamweight rankings.

After submitting TUF 18 contestant Emil Hartsner via first-round gogoplata last November, Tauru was snapped up by Cage Warriors and picked up another first-round submission win over Martin Akhtar in his promotional debut at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen this past March.

Tauru said: “I’m very confident coming into this fight. It’s going to be my tenth straight win and I’m going to be the Cage Warriors champion, so I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity.

“But I also believe I have earned this title shot and I’m looking forward to becoming Finland’s first MMA world champion.”

The CWFC bantamweight belt was last held by Brett Johns until this past April, when his failure to make weight ahead of his CWFC 67 title bout against James Brum saw him relinquish the strap, despite picking up a unanimous-decision win.

Officials have also confirmed several other bouts today for September 13’s CWFC 72 bill in Newport, including a welterweight clash between Lewis Long and Steve Dinsdale. Check out the updated fight card below, with many more bouts and ticket news to be announced shortly.

Cage Warriors 72 (more bouts to be announced)

Cory Tait vs. Toni Tauru - vacant CWFC bantamweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Che Mills
Steve Dinsdale vs. Lewis Long
Jordan Desborough vs. Kris Edwards
Jamie Rogers vs. Mario Saeed
Nick Nembhard vs. Simas Norkus
Paulina Bonkowska vs. Kate Jackson

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CWFC roster continues to grow

24/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today signed five more fighters to its ever-expanding roster of exclusive talent.

The new additions - Tim Newman (pictured), Jonatan Westin, Juan Manuel Suarez, Gregor Weibel and Benjamin Brander - have each signed five-fight deals to compete for Europe’s leading promotion.

Cage Warriors, which returns to action with its ninth event of the year in Dublin on August 16, can now boast a stable of over 150 athletes committed to fighting exclusively under the CWFC banner.

Newman (10-4) is a top-ten-ranked UK lightweight who has a 2-0 CWFC record, with the most recent of those wins coming via first-round submission against Greg Loughran at CWFC 49.

The 31-year-old Welshman said: “I’m extremely happy to have signed with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and I’m looking forward to making a challenge for that lightweight world title.”

Westin (6-2), a highly-regarded 24-year-old Swedish welterweight, holds notable wins over top Finnish pair Glenn Sparv and Kai Puolakka, as well as CWFC veteran Dan Hope.

“Cage Warriors has a very strong welterweight division but I’m looking forward to being a part of it, and I’m excited to make my debut,” said Westin, who has taken all but one of his wins inside the distance.

Suarez (15-6) is an eight-fight veteran of the M-1 promotion who impressed on his CWFC debut earlier this year at CWFC 64, despite dropping a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has taken 12 of his 15 victories by stoppage, said: “Signing with Cage Warriors is a huge opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to competing against the best in Europe.”

Weibel (8-2), a former welterweight who’s set to move to the 155lbs division, will be keen to pick up his first CWFC win when he returns to action for the first time since his CWFC 64 decision defeat to Matt Inman.

“I’m proud to have signed with Cage Warriors and I’m really excited about the prospect of making a good impression for Europe’s top promotion,” said the 28-year-old Swiss fighter.

Brander (7-1), a fellow countryman of Weibel’s, recently returned to winning ways after tasting defeat for the first time in his career against Nad Narimani in London this past February.

A 26-year-old featherweight who has taken all of his wins inside the first two rounds, Brander said: “I appreciate the chance Cage Warriors has given me and I promise to make my mark on the 145lbs division.”

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Cage Warriors 70: Update

23/07/2014

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Four more bouts have been added to the bill for Cage Warriors 70, which takes place at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

However, injuries have disrupted two previously-announced encounters. Officials are currently lining up a replacement opponent for Paul Redmond following the withdrawal of Micky Doyle, while the clash of Kieran Davern and Carl Booth has been removed from the bill due to an injury to Davern, with Booth set to be re-matched on another forthcoming card.

Headlined by the lightweight meeting of Joseph Duffy and Damien Lapilus, CWFC 70 will be the promotion’s ninth event of the year and tickets - priced from just €35 - are now on sale HERE from The Helix’s online box office, or by phoning (+353) 01 700 7000.

The event will now also feature a bantamweight bout between Martin Sheridan and the undefeated Dean Garnett (pictured), with Ronan McKay and Craig White set to do battle in a middleweight affair.

In women’s atomweight action, Catherine Costigan will be aiming to keep her unblemished record intact when she takes on promotional debutant Noelia Molina, while a lightweight tussle will see Ryan Roddy lock horns with Louis Chapman.

“Irish MMA is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and we’re looking forward to continuing to push the sport forward in Ireland, as we have been doing for the last few years, when we return to Dublin for another exciting event on August 16,” said CWFC’s Director of Operations Paul Dollery.

Cage Warriors 70

Joseph DUFFY vs. Damien LAPILUS
Jake BOSTWICK vs. Philip MULPETER
Paul REDMOND vs. TBC
Andrew FISHER vs. Artem LOBOV
Lloyd CLARKSON vs. Karl MOORE
Dean GARNETT vs. Martin SHERIDAN
Paul MARIN vs. Andy YOUNG
Ronan McKAY vs. Craig WHITE
Catherine COSTIGAN vs. Noelia MOLINA
Louis CHAPMAN vs. Ryan RODDY
Tommy McCAFFERTY vs. Dean REILLY
Konrad IWANOWSKI vs. Peter QUEALLY
Dez PARKER vs. John REDMOND

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CWFC 72: Marshman vs. Mills

15/07/2014

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A meeting of two of the promotion’s top middleweight contenders will take place when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its first visit to Newport.

Jack Marshman and Che Mills (pictured) will square off in the first bout to be announced for Cage Warriors 72, which is set to take place in the Welsh city on Saturday, September 13.

Following CWFC 67 in Swansea this past April, the Newport Centre will play host to the promotion’s second event in Wales this year, with details of further bouts and ticket sales to be released shortly.

The clash of Marshman and Mills could have major implications in the CWFC middleweight title picture, with the winner likely to set his sights on newly-crowned world champion Jack Hermansson.

Mills (16-7-0-2nc) , a four-fight veteran of the UFC, looked extremely impressive when disposing of Leeroy Barnes via first-round submission at May’s CWFC 68 in Liverpool.

“This is going to be a great fight,” said Mills. “I have a lot of respect for my opponent but it’s my hand that’ll be raised at the end.”

With all but two of his 15 professional victories coming inside the distance, Marshman (15-5) is also coming off a first-round submission win, having overcome ex-TUF contestant Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London in June.

Marshman said: “I’m over the moon that Cage Warriors have given me the chance to fight a UFC veteran. Che is one of the best in Europe and this will show everyone what level I’m at.”

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Cage Warriors 70: Duffy vs. Lapilus

11/07/2014

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Rising French star Damien Lapilus (9-3-1-1nc) will take on former CWFC lightweight world title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) in the main event at Cage Warriors 70.

The pair will meet in the headline bout when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

CWFC 70 will be the promotion’s ninth event of the year and tickets - priced from just €35 - are now on sale HERE from The Helix’s online box office, or by phoning (+353) 01 700 7000.

Duffy returns to mixed martial arts in his native Ireland for the first time since October 2011, having had a successful stint as a professional boxer in the meantime, during which he accumulated a 7-0 record.

The 26-year-old, who was a contestant on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter, holds submission wins over current UFC stars Norman Parke and Conor McGregor.

“I can’t wait to put some new skills on show for one of the best promotions in the world, especially in front of a home crowd,” said Duffy. “It’s going to be a cracker.”

Lapilus will provide an extremely difficult challenge for Duffy, as the 25-year-old Frenchman aims to stretch his unbeaten run to six bouts.

With just one loss in his last ten outings - which came at the hands of unbeaten Finnish star Teemu Packalen - Lapilus has carved out a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects, having competed on highly-regarded events in France, Belgium, Finland and Sweden.

The clash with Duffy will be the fourth fight of 2014 for Lapilus, who has already picked up wins over Zyad Abada and Jean Francois Darmazil, as well as a draw with Daguir Imavov, so far this year.

Lapilus said: “This will be a big challenge for me but I’m excited for it. Fighting on this event for Cage Warriors is a great opportunity which I’m really looking forward to.”

Elsewhere, after aborting a planned move to the lightweight division, Irish favourite Philip Mulpeter (7-4) returns to welterweight for what’s set to be an explosive clash with heavy-hitting Englishman Jake Bostwick (15-8-0-1nc), who’ll be searching for his ninth consecutive victory.

An all-Irish lightweight tussle will see Paul Redmond (9-4) lock horns with Micky Doyle (8-3) and - following his two-fight stint with Bellator - Andrew Fisher (12-6-1) will make his CWFC debut against Artem Lobov (9-10-0-1nc).

Cage Warriors 70 (more fights still to be announced):

Joseph DUFFY vs. Damien LAPILUS
Jake BOSTWICK vs. Philip MULPETER
Micky DOYLE vs. Paul REDMOND
Andrew FISHER vs. Artem LOBOV
Lloyd CLARKSON vs. Karl MOORE
Paul MARIN vs. Andy YOUNG
Tommy McCAFFERTY vs. Dean REILLY
Konrad IWANOWSKI vs. Peter QUEALLY
Dez PARKER vs. John REDMOND
Carl BOOTH vs. Kieran DAVERN

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Cage Warriors: 2014 | The Year So Far

10/07/2014

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The first half of 2014 was yet another busy period for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, with eight events taking place in five different countries across Europe and the Middle East.

Three new champions were crowned, as the promotion staged a total of 83 professional bouts in the cities of London, Dublin, Swansea, Copenhagen, Liverpool and Amman.

There has certainly been no shortage of highlights along the way, with spectacular knockouts courtesy of Nicolas Dalby, Carl Booth and Danny Roberts, as well as slick submissions from the likes of Alex Enlund, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Paddy Pimblett.

As Cage Warriors Fighting Championship prepares to resume its 2014 campaign with CWFC 70 in Dublin on Saturday, August 16, whet your appetite in the meantime by checking out some of our best highlights of 2014 so far…


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Ray extends CWFC deal

10/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship lightweight world champion Stevie Ray (15-5) has put pen to paper on a new contract with the promotion.

Ray has signed a fresh five-fight deal, which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC for an additional minimum period of 18 months.

The 24-year-old Scot has climbed seven places to fifth in the UK rankings since he first joined the Cage Warriors roster in June of last year.

“I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Cage Warriors and I’m really looking forward to defending my belt again,” said Ray. “It’s not going anywhere this time. I’ll defeat anyone who steps in my way.”

Ray made his Cage Warriors debut as a welterweight at CWFC Fight Night 4 in Dubai back in March 2012, when he suffered a loss to top Swedish star Assan Njie.

Following a drop to lightweight which saw him put on some impressive displays on the UK’s domestic circuit, Ray was snapped up by CWFC in the summer of 2013.

In the promotion’s four-man lightweight title tournament at CWFC 60 in London last October, Ray overcame Jason Ball and Sean Carter in the same night to succeed Conor McGregor as CWFC’s 155lbs title-holder.

Despite dominating proceedings against Ivan Buchinger in his inaugural title defence at CWFC 63 in Dublin this past New Year’s Eve, however, Ray relinquished his crown after suffering a fourth-round submission defeat.

But, after Buchinger’s release earlier this year, Ray regained the vacant strap last month after edging out Curt Warburton via decision at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London.

“We’re very happy to have yet another one of our top fighters deciding to extend their stay with the promotion,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. “I’m excited to see Stevie Ray begin his second spell as our lightweight world champion later this year.”

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Twelve new additions to CWFC’s roster

09/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to confirm the addition of twelve more athletes to its stable of talent.

All twelve have signed five-fight deals which will commit them exclusively to Cage Warriors for a minimum period of 18 months.

Among the exciting new signings are Polish featherweight Marcin Wrzosek (pictured), undefeated Irish featherweight Tommy McCafferty and highly-rated Swedish women’s bantamweight Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “These twelve fighters are excellent additions to our roster and are all capable of competing at the top of their respective divisions, so we’re very happy to be welcoming them to the promotion.”

The new batch of signings also includes flyweights Amir Albazi and Andy Young, bantamweight trio Jamie Pritchard, Moktar Benkaci and Suleiman Bouhata, featherweight Dean Trueman, lightweight Brad Wheeler, welterweight Tahar Hadbi and middleweight Alan Carlos.

Amir Albazi (4-0) is a 20-year-old English-based flyweight who has taken all four of his wins to date via stoppage, three of which have come inside the first round.

Lina Akhtar Lansberg (2-1) impressed on her Cage Warriors debut at CWFC 66 this past March en route to a third-round TKO win over Emma Delaney.

Moktar Benkaci (11-4-0-1nc), who was narrowly edged out by former bantamweight world title contender James Brum on his CWFC debut, joins the Cage Warriors roster on the back of a big TKO win against Spanish veteran Jose Luis Zapater.

Suleiman Bouhata (9-5) tasted defeat to former featherweight world title contender Graham Turner on his CWFC debut last month, but the 23-year-old Frenchman will look to return to winning ways when he drops a weight class to join the bantamweight ranks.

Alan Carlos (11-8), a BJJ black belt who defeated Mike Ling at CWFC Fight Night 6 in Bahrain back in May 2012, signs for Cage Warriors following his recent first-round KO of former Pride veteran Daniel Acacio.

Tahar Hadbi (10-5), a 26-year-old Algerian welterweight, earns a CWFC deal on the back of his dominant decision triumph over Michael Johnson at CWFC Fight Night 11 in Amman in April of this year.

Tommy McCafferty (5-0) will be searching for his sixth consecutive win inside the distance when he makes his promotional debut at CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16.

Jamie Pritchard (6-3) secured a third successive win when he debuted for Cage Warriors at CWFC 67 in Swansea this past April with a slick second-round submission of Phil Raeburn.

Dean Trueman (4-2), a 24-year-old domestic champion in the UK, will be eager to establish himself as one of Europe’s top featherweight prospects when he makes his CWFC debut.

Brad Wheeler (13-9), who stretched his win-streak to four fights at the expense of Jason Cooledge at CWFC 69: Super Saturday, returns to the Cage Warriors roster after a two-year spell as a free agent.

Marcin Wrzosek (8-2) recently picked up a career-best win at CWFC 69: Super Saturday when he became the first fighter to overcome top English prospect Arnold Allen.

Andy Young (6-5), who also returns to action at next month’s CWFC 70 in Dublin, has put together a solid 5-1 run at 125lbs since a defeat to Mark Connor on his CWFC debut in Glasgow at CWFC 50 in December 2012.

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Cage Warriors reveals light-heavyweight blueprint

08/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today unveil details of the promotion’s initial plans to rejuvenate its light-heavyweight division.

With CWFC chiefs keen to breathe new life into the 205lbs weight category, eight light-heavyweight fighters have been signed to exclusive five-fight deals.

Recently the division has been one of the least active on the Cage Warriors roster, with only four light-heavyweight bouts featuring in the promotion’s eight events so far this year.

However, CEO Graham Boylan has vowed to initiate an increased focus on the division, with a view to eventually doing the same in the 265lbs weight class for heavyweights.

“We’ve worked hard on building up our lighter weight divisions in recent times, but we’re now keen to create the same level of depth in the heavier classes, starting at 205lbs,” said Boylan.

“Traditionally there’s been a perception that the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions don’t have the same quantities of talent as the smaller weight classes, particularly in the UK and Europe, but we’re now going to give these guys a chance to prove people wrong.

“It’s all about giving the fighters the platform and the time to develop into top-class fighters, which is a similar ethos to what we’re aiming to do with our women’s divisions, and we’re very confident that this will be a success.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some very exciting and entertaining bouts in the Cage Warriors light-heavyweight division, and we hope to crown a world champion before the end of 2014.”

The only previous holder of the CWFC light-heavyweight world title was current UFC star Michael Bisping, who clinched the belt back in April 2005.

Bisping went on to win the strap outright courtesy of three successful title defences, before going on to have the first of his 20 UFC outings to date six months later.

Ian Dean said: “We’ve always specialised in the lower weight classes here at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, but I’m looking forward to seeing a fresh impetus and a new set of contenders at light-heavyweight.”

Among the new signings are undefeated Karl Moore (pictured) and heavy-hitting French prospect Prince Aounallah. With more still to follow, the current list of signings reads:

Arvydas Juska
Darren Stewart
James Hurrell
Karl Moore
Lloyd Clarkson
Nick Nembhard
Prince Aounallah
Simas Norkus

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Top stars reaffirm their commitment to Cage Warriors

07/07/2014

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Seven of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s leading athletes have committed to extending their tenures with the promotion.

New contracts have been signed by Nicolas Dalby (pictured), Danny Roberts, Mohsen Bahari, Bruno Carvalho, Dave Hill, Alex Enlund and Ronnie Mann, which will tie them exclusively to CWFC for a further five fights after their respective current deals expire.

CWFC chiefs are currently in the process of negotiating contracts with both new and existing fighters, as the promotion continues its development and expansion ahead of a busy schedule of events in the second half of 2014 – and beyond.

“To have seven fighters of this calibre renewing their commitment to Cage Warriors tells its own story,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“It’s a clear indication that we’re a promotion top fighters want to be a part of, and that Cage Warriors is the place to be for fighters who possess the ambition to take a legitimate route to the top of this sport.

“We have a proven track record of creating stars and we’ll continue to do that – but on an even grander scale than before. When fighters commit to this promotion, we commit to doing what’s best for them and their careers.

“We’ve shown that on countless occasions in recent years and that remains our policy. If you’re a fighter with genuine long-term goals and loyalty to the promotion, we’ll reward you by providing you with the opportunities you deserve and require to achieve those goals.”

Undefeated Nicolas Dalby (12-0), the reigning CWFC welterweight world champion, will defend his title shortly following March’s stunning KO of Sergei Churilov in the main event at CWFC 66 in his native Denmark.

Fellow welterweight Danny Roberts (11-1), who recently overcame Jimmy Wallhead in the CWFC 68 headliner in Liverpool, has accumulated a 6-0 record under the CWFC banner, giving him the longest current winning streak of any fighter on the roster.

Mohsen Bahari (8-1) is another top contender for the 170lbs strap, having picked up his fourth CWFC victory at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London last month when he edged out three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.

This year has seen Bruno Carvalho (15-9) drop decision losses to Mohsen Bahari and Jack Mason, but the experienced BJJ black belt remains a major player in the CWFC welterweight division.

Following back-to-back wins over Brian Moore and Miguel Haro, Dave Hill (12-3) is moving closer to another shot at the CWFC featherweight crown, as he aims to make amends for his 2012 defeat to Conor McGregor.

Alex Enlund (10-2-0-1nc) has also climbed towards the summit of the 145lbs division and, with a trio of consecutive submission wins under his belt, the 27-year-old will be aiming to affirm his title credentials when he returns from injury.

In spite of his slip-up against Marcelo Costa at CWFC 68 in May, Ronnie Mann (23-7-1) is still very much in bantamweight title contention and will be keen to pick up his third CWFC victory when he returns to action with a view to contesting the vacant belt in the near future.

Graham Boylan added: “The seven fighters who have inked new deals have all been exemplary professionals, both inside and outside the cage, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with them as we move forward together as a promotion.”

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2014: Schedule Update

04/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan is putting plans in place for a busy second half of the year, with the organisation targetting events in nine different countries before the end of 2014.

Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion has already hosted eight events this year, the most recent of which - Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday - took place in London on June 7 and, unprecedentedly, featured two separate main cards on the same evening.

Dublin, Copenhagen, Amman, Swansea and Liverpool have also played host to CWFC events this year, but according to Graham Boylan, there’s even more to come before 2015 arrives, as the promotion looks set to eclipse the 14 events of last year, which was the busiest in Cage Warriors’ history to date.

After a short summer break, CWFC’s campaign resumes in Dublin on August 16 for CWFC 70, followed by inaugural shows in the Swedish capital of Stockholm a week later and a September date in Newport, Wales.

“We’re going to be very busy between now and the end of the year as we keep the fans entertained with plenty more world-class MMA,” said Boylan.

“As well as several events in the UK and Ireland, plus our first ever show in Sweden, we’re also in the process of finalising events in the USA, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai, details of which I should be able to reveal in the not too distant future.”

Cage Warriors’ forthcoming schedule (more events to be added):

August 16: Dublin, Ireland
August 23: Stockholm, Sweden
September 13: Newport, Wales
November 1: Newcastle, England
December 31: Dublin, Ireland

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Legends of Cage Warriors: Rosi Sexton

03/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today launched a new series of programmes which will document some of the organisation’s extensive and decorated twelve-year history.

CWFC has been home to some of the biggest names in MMA over the years, including Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Conor McGregor and - the subject of the first instalment of ‘Legends of Cage Warriors’ - Rosi Sexton.

Legends of Cage Warriors will feature some of the biggest stars to have competed for Europe’s leading MMA organisation over the years, and there’s no better place to start than with one of women’s MMA’s true icons.

Having featured on the very first CWFC event back in July 2002, Sexton’s name has become synonymous with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, with the Manchester native competing for the organisation on seven occasions, accumulating a 6-1 record.

A former Cage Warriors champion, Sexton, 36, has also competed for other top international promotions such as the UFC and Bellator, with her most notable CWFC wins coming against Aisling Daly, Roxanne Modafferi and Dina Van den Hooven.

Produced by Demetrio Marquez for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, this inaugural episode of Legends of Cage Warriors charts the career of one of the pioneers of women’s MMA. Check it out in full below…

 

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Results: Super Saturday

08/06/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

After eight hours, two main cards and 16 total fights, two new champions emerged from the “Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday” event at The Forum in London. Cage Warriors’ biggest card of the year concluded with a unanimous-decision victory for Stevie Ray, who topped Curt Warburton to win the vacant lightweight title.

The night’s headliner, which was almost an entirely standup affair, proved an evenly matched affair. The fighters spent much of the 25 minutes trading shots, especially effective body kicks. However, Warburton seemed to be the aggressor slightly more often, and during long stints in the fight, he limited Ray to just the occasional single punch or kick.

Ray was the crisper striker early on, but Warburton briefly wobbled him early in the second round and largely avoided any power shots. However, in the third frame, with a steady stream of head kicks coming up just short, Ray connected on a slick back kick to the face that gave him a burst of confidence – and gave the crowd a jolt of excitement.

In the final frames, though, Warburton avoided takedowns, and the one time Ray got the fight to the mat in the final frame, his opponent was quickly back up. However, the takedown came at a key time.

The fighters then closed out the bout with more evenly matched striking, including an array of kicks and some effective knees from the clinch.

With absolutely no clear winner, the judges had the difficult task of choosing the winner. They ultimately awarded the split decision to Ray via scores of 50-45, 48-47 and 47-48.

Ray had originally won the title in 2013 after defeating Jason Ball and Sean Carter in the same night. However, he lost the belt to Ivan Buchinger in his subsequent belt. For now, though, the belt is back around the Scot’s waist.

On the night’s first main card, Jack Hermansson took Cage Warriors’ vacant middleweight title with a dominant win over Jack Paraisy.

Hermansson (8-2) had a patient start, but 100 seconds in, he started throwing big flurries. Paraisy (14-4-2) tried to counter with a takedown attempt, but Hermansson stayed strong as Paraisy bled from his nose all over Hermansson’s back. When they separated, it was Hermansson stalking and landing almost at will, again staying patient. He dropped the Frenchman with a little less than two minutes left, then pounded at him on the ground. Paraisy settled back into guard on his back.

In the second, Hermansson continued what he started in the first – just a patient drubbing from the Norwegian, and a bloody Paraisy.

Two minutes into the third round, Hermansson put together a set of offense perhaps bigger than what he had in the first. But somehow, Paraisy smiled his way through it and survived.

In the fourth, Hermansson continued to pressure Paraisy. But again, Paraisy survived. A minute in, Paraisy had to survive a rear-naked choke and not just big punches. Ninety seconds in, Hermansson mixed it up and landed a takedown. Again Hermansson took the back, and with two minutes left, he popped up to mount, and with 90 seconds left he started dropping massive elbows and punches to a bloody Paraisy. Finally, as he continued to go after the choke, he got his arm under Paraisy’s chin and forced the tap.

Hermansson, from Norway, won for the third straight time. His lone two losses came for Bellator. Paraisy had a five-fight unbeaten streak snapped – and also lost for the first time outside the Bellator banner.

Bola Omoyele (7-3) went to work early against Jack Marshman (15-5), but then he took his foot off the gas, and that may have cost him. Being aggressive on the ground in top position, Omoyele left his arm out and Marshman yanked it and took advantage. Omoyele started out the fight with slick striking, and he appeared to be several steps ahead of Marshman. When the fight hit the ground, Omoyele was less active, and was warned to get busy. When he started to make some moves to avoid a standup and ride out the round, though, Marshman took his arm and locked it up. With just nine seconds left in the first round, Marshman forced the tap from Omoyele for the stunning come-from-behind win.

In perhaps a strange decision, Mohsen Bahari (8-1) took a split decision from a bloodied-up Ben Alloway (13-7) in a fight he seemed to be a step ahead in throughout. Alloway hit Bahari flush on the chin with a right hand 90 seconds into the fight, then looked to land another after getting his opponent’s attention. Bahari was able to get the fight to the ground, but didn’t do much with the top position. Bahari poured things on in the second, and landed a massive knee that cut Alloway open. Alloway gushed blood all over the canvas while Bahari held on and looked for more knees. Bahari seemed to be on cruise control in the third since Alloway didn’t seem to land more than a punch at a time. And Alloway’s face certainly showed who landed the bigger punches. Bahari probably expected a trio of 30-27 scores, but oddly, Alloway got a 30-27 from one judge, giving Bahari the split with a pair of 30-27s of his own.

The fight started out oddly, with Jake Bostwick (15-8) needing time to remove a stud in his tongue that he came to the cage with against Simeon Thoresen (17-5-1). And then it ended oddly, as well, with Thoresen showing no interest in standing up with the powerful Bostwick, hoping instead to play on the ground. In the end, it cost him a majority decision. Bostwick landed an overhand right to really get Thoresen’s attention, and he came behind it with a solid leg kick. Thoresen stayed dancing on the outside as the powerful Bostwick stalked him down. Thoresen appeared to want nothing to do with Bostwick’s power as he tried to find some kind of opening for offense. With 90 seconds left, another huge right hand landed by Bostwick, but Thoresen took it and threw the fight to the ground, where he looked for a choke from half-guard, then popped up to mount and pounded away as Bostwick tried to buck his way out. In the second, Bostwick just missed a massive uppercut, and again Thoresen took him down into his wheelhouse. Late in the frame, Thoresen got a brutal kimura and force Bostwick to survive it, and he did – but was saved by the bell. In the third, Thoresen got his legs kicked out, and he wanted to stay on the ground. But Bostwick wanted nothing to do with it. Again it happened. Then Thoresen was sat down with a body punch. He looked tired, and it was clear he wanted nothing to do with the standup game – while Bostwick looked fresh. Over and over, Thoresen shot and failed, and wanted to stay on the floor. And Bostwick just walked away to stay standing. Thoresen was continually warned by referee Rich Mitchell to get up after he hit the floor. When the scores came in, a 10-8 for Bostwick in the third resulted in one card being a 28-28 draw. But two other judges came him the fight 29-28 for a majority decision.

In a fight that truly could have gone either way, Jack Mason (28-13) took a close split call from Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho (15-9). Carvalho landed a knee and an uppercut and stayed patient as he tried to pour things on in the final minute of the first round. But Mason survived the onslaught to see the second round, even if Carvalho gained confidence in the process. Right away in the second, though, Carvalho landed a huge right hand that floored Mason. Mason survived and got to his feet and started to fire back, though. Still, the two battled back and forth, and it was hard to see which fighter may have been taking the advantage. The third round was neck and neck in the standup game, and while Carvalho may have landed more, Mason may have landed harder shots. When the scores were read, it was Mason taking a pair of 29-28s to the one for Carvalho, who dropped his hands and shook his head in disbelief.

Damir Hadzovic (9-2) made easy work of Martin Delaney (8-1) for the final 10 minutes to open up the second of the night’s two main cards. Midway through the third round, Hadzovic landed a vicious elbow along the fence that sprayed his own cornermen with Delaney’s blood. Then he continued to keep the pressure on, looking for the finish. Delaney stayed defensive, showing plenty of heart while eating plenty of elbows and taking a lot of damage. But heart didn’t get him anything more than a loss – though after a solid first round – as Hadzovic got the win.

Rosi Sexton (13-5) was game, but ultimately Joanna Jedrzejczyk (6-0) put her superior striking to work in a major way in the co-main event of the night’s first main card. Jedrzejczyk dropped the veteran Sexton midway through the second with a flurry of strikes after putting that part of her game on display for the first five minutes of the fight. The Polish fighter may have made the biggest name for herself yet with the win, which quickly had social media chatter talking about what could happen if she was able to drop from 125 pounds to 115 and move over to the UFC from her upcoming home with Invicta. The loss for Sexton, her first since a two-fight skid sent her packing from the UFC, was the first for her under the Cage Warriors banner after being 6-0 for the promotion.

In a fight that seemed to be dominated by Tim Wilde (5-0), he eventually had to survive a few sticky moments to beat a resilient Damien Brown (10-7) for a unanimous decision. Wilde scrambled early and took Brown’s back. They jostled on the canvas, but Wilde stayed sticky until Brown worked back to his feet and could finally push off. Midway through, a beautiful takedown from Wilde had him again going to work in good position on the canvas. Brown popped up and looked for a takedown of his own, but Wilde sprawled and landed big punches on the ground before going after a neck along the fence. In the second, Wilde landed a big knee, and then a punch dropped Brown. It looked like referee Rich Mitchell was going to stop things. But he gave Brown a chance to recover, and the fight went on with Wilde going to work on top. Brown did some good work for 45 seconds on top, but he got a bit ahead of himself and Wilde quickly reversed to finish the second round on top. In the third, Wilde seemed to slow down, and Brown tried to pick up points from the top. Midway through, Brown tried to take Wilde’s back, but Wilde scrambled free and landed a takedown of his own. He went back to the feet with 1:45 left and landed a knee. With a minute left, Wilde jumped for a guillotine and couldn’t hold it. A triangle wasn’t there, either, and the result was a shot for Brown on top. He had a good guillotine late, but Wilde slipped out and took a trio of 29-28 scores for the win.

Marcin Wrzosek (8-2) put his “Polish Zombie” nickname to good use against Arnold Allen (7-1) on his way to a hard-fought unanimous decision against a game opponent. Wrzosek tried to take Allen’s back in a scramble midway through the first. But Allen rolled through it and looked to land knees against his Polish opponent. But Wrzosek kept things slightly dirty in the standup game, trying to stifle Allen. When Wrzosek went for a takedown, Allen turned the tables and wound up on top looking to land heavy punches. But Wrzosek started to take over in the second, and at the end of that frame, it was Allen needing to be saved by the bell. Allen had to go into desperation mode deep in the third, and he jumped for a guillotine. But he couldn’t hold it. Somehow, though, he popped up from his back and landed a takedown and landed a few good shots, trying to sway the judges as the time ticked away. Allen got an arm triangle choke with 30 seconds left and threatened in a big way. Wrzosek defended just enough to survive and wound up getting a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27 to hand Allen his first pro loss.

Suleiman Bouhata (9-5) opened with a flying knee, but Graham Turner (24-8) survived it. Then he went on to dominate with an eventual third-round TKO. Turner took the fight to the ground in the first, and though Bouhata popped up quickly, Turner threw punches in bunches with short shots before taking it to the ground again. Turner continued to wear Bouhata down in the second round, and then took full advantage quickly in the third. A right hand to the body dropped Bouhata, and Turner quickly pounced on the crumpled Frenchman with a flurry for the finish.

Brad Wheeler (13-9) looked good in the first round striking against Jason Cooledge (10-7). In the second, that continued. He landed a right uppercut and put Cooledge on the canvas. He launched himself to the ground, looking to take advantage. And take advantage he did. Wheeler landed big punches on the ground, and as Cooledge tried to recover, Wheeler latched onto his neck. That was all she wrote. He had the a rear-naked choke tappet at the 3:27 mark of the second.

Complete Cage Warriors 69 results:

Stevie Ray def. Curt Warburton via split decision (50-45, 47-48, 48-47) – to win vacant lightweight title
Jack Marshman def. Bola Omoyele via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:51
Mohsen Bahari def. Ben Alloway via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Jake Bostwick def. Simeon Thoresen via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jack Mason def. Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Damir Hadzovic def. Martin Delaney via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jack Hermansson def. Norman Paraisy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 4:49 – to win vacant middleweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Rosi Sexton via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:36
Tim Wilde def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcin Wrzosek def. Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Graham Turner def. Suleiman Bouhata via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:08
Brad Wheeler def. Jason Cooledge via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:27 – 158-pound catchweight
Brett Caswell def. Spencer Hewitt via submission (heel hook) – Round 2, 2:09
Kerry Hughes def. Amanda Kelly via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:56
Aaron Blackwell def. Adam Ventre via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Darren Stewart def. Michael Ravenscroft via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 1:23

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Super Saturday

06/06/2014

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All four headlining fighters (pictured) made weight ahead of their respective Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday title fights.

Comprising of two main cards and 16 bouts in total, tomorrow’s historic Super Saturday event is set to take place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England.

The first of the two main cards sees headliners Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy collide for the vacant CWFC world middleweight title. Hermansson made the 185lb limit, hitting the scales at 184.7lbs, with Paraisy successful at the second attempt, weighing in at 183.2lbs.

The vacant CWFC world lightweight title is also up for grabs, as a rematch between Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton headlines the second main card. Former Champion, Ray weighed in at 154lbs, while Warburton came in 154.3lbs.

Though welterweight Jack Mason missed the agreed weight limit of 171lbs, his bout agreement precludes him from the 60 per cent fine recently put in place.

Matchmaker Ian Dean explains, “Although the CWFC management have announced that all fighters who fail to make weight will be fined 60 per cent of their purse, the Mason-Carvalho bout was signed before this new rule came into effect.”

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 69: Super Saturday takes place tomorrow, Saturday, June 7, at the Kentish Town Forum in London. For broadcast information click HERE.


Lightweight: Steven Ray (154lbs) vs. Curt Warburton (154.3lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Marshman (186lbs) vs. Bola Omoyele (184.8lbs)
Welterweight: Mohsen Bahari (170.2lbs) vs. Ben Alloway (170.5lbs)
Welterweight:  Simeon Thoresen (169.8lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (170.6lbs)
Welterweight: Jack Mason (173.1lbs)** vs. Bruno Carvalho (171lbs)
Lightweight: Martin Delaney (154.6lbs) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (184.7lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (183.2lbs)
Flyweight: Rosi Sexton (125.1lbs) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (122.9lbs)
Lightweight: Tim Wilde (155.9lbs) vs. Damien Brown (155.4lbs)
Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.4lbs) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (145.6lbs)
Featherweight: Graham Turner (144.6lbs) vs. Suleiman Bouhata (145.6lbs)
Lightweight: Jason Cooledge (157.2lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (157.6lbs)*
Flyweight: Brett Caswell (125.5lbs) vs. Spencer Hewitt (125.7lbs)
Bantamweight: Kerry Hughes (132.9lbs) vs. Amanda Kelly (133.6lbs)
Bantamweight: Adam Ventre (135.5lbs) vs. Aaron Blackwell (135.4lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Michael Ravenscroft (196.8lbs) vs. Darren Stewart (203lbs)

* Catchweight of 158lbs agreed by both fighters
** Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

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“Once that cage closes, it’s just me and Curt.”

29/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

“If we’re in his front garden, in my house - wherever it is - when the cage shuts, nobody can come and help him.”

Former CWFC world lightweight champion, Stevie Ray (14-5), is ready for his upcoming title fight with Curt Warburton (13-4), and he doesn’t care where it takes place.

“I am a strong believer that once that cage closes, it’s just me and Curt. It doesn’t matter where we are.”

A CWFC world lightweight champion will be crowned on June 7, at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, as Ray and Warburton do battle in one of two main events going down at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

Fighting an Englishman in England isn’t something that phases Ray, in fact, the Scot insists the crowd has no influence on what happens in the cage at all: “I fought Davey Parker in England, his gym was close to the place. He had roughly 300 people there who were all cheering for him.

“I ended up choking him out. I don’t think it‘s an advantage at all.”

Ray’s rise to recognition in MMA began in less than auspicious settings: “I never really knew anything about MMA. One of my friends was training at a private gym. It was a guy doing it in his back garden - he had a log cabin.”

Things could have gone a lot better the first time Ray trained, but the adversity faced didn’t hold him back: “We were rolling and sparring, I was flung in at the deep end. I went and spewed afterwards, the fitness was quite hard. After I spewed I kept training, the instructor could see I had heart and I wanted it. He told me to come back and It went from there.”

It’s a long way from the log cabin to the CWFC world title, something Ray earned the hard way, defeating both Jason Ball and Sean Carter in one night back in October, 2013, at CWFC 60. An undeniably impressive achievement, and one the 24-year-old is hoping to rival with a win at Super Saturday.

“There’s a lot of hype for this event. The card looks really amazing and I’m ready to put on a show and be the main event,” he says. “I’m getting to win the belt back and avenge my loss to Curt in one night. It’s going to be great.”

The two met back in March, 2013, with Warburton coming away victorious, taking a unanimous decision after three rounds: “He (Curt) kind of does everything right, he grinds out the win – that’s what he did to me: took me down, laid on top of me, did enough to win the fight.”

Ray thinks that things will be different this time, however: “Last time I fought him I had five weeks’ notice. To have twelve weeks this time is a big difference,” he explains. “I believe I could knock him out, submit him or go the five rounds and beat him.

“I learn a lot from every fight, regardless of if it’s a win or a loss.”

Sometimes those lessons can be learned outside of the cage, as Ray discovered after losing the belt to Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 63 on New Year’s Eve, 2013 in Dublin: “I’ve learned to take my time with eating after the weigh-ins. I just ate far too much and it ruined me the next day,” he adds. “I was kind of ill the day of the fight.”

Not everything that went wrong for Ray that night was a result of overeating: “The other mistake I made was trying to win every round. When I was three rounds up I still went out and tried to dominate the fourth, when maybe I should have been a bit smarter and been on the back foot a bit.

“Even if I’d lost those last two rounds I would still have been champion.”

Despite the loss, Ray chooses to focus on the positives from the loss and use them to move forward: “Sometimes it’s good when a fighter loses a belt and then comes back to win it. It shows that they’re hungry, determined and motivated. So that’s what I’m going to do.”

His instructions for Super Saturday are simple: “Don’t be at the bar getting a drink. Make sure you’re in your seat, make sure you’ve got your popcorn or whatever,” says Ray. “It could be over fast, and even if it’s not, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.

“Be ready for the best fight you’ve ever seen.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 69: Super Saturday | London

29/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to London, England, on Saturday, June 7, for an unprecedented event at The Forum in Kentish Town.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, the promotion’s eighth show of 2014, will feature two main cards on the same night, which will be preceded by a four-bout Facebook prelim card, giving fans 16 live broadcasted fights to savour.

Each main card will be headlined by a CWFC world title fight, with Part One of the double bill topped by the meeting of Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy for the vacant middleweight belt, while the vacant lightweight strap will be up for grabs when Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray collide at the conclusion of Part Two.

Doors at The Forum will open at 2:30pm BST local time, and the preliminary card will kick off at 4:30pm (times subject to change)

The first main-card instalment is scheduled to start at 6pm BST local time (1pm ET, 10am PT), which will then be followed by the second main card at 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

MAIN CARD PART TWO | 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton - vacant CWFC lightweight title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Martin Delaney vs. Damir Hadzovic

MAIN CARD PART ONE | 6pm BST local time (1pm ET, 10am PT)

Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy - vacant CWFC middleweight title bout
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rosi Sexton
Damien Brown vs. Tim Wilde
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Suleiman Bouhata vs. Graham Turner
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 4:30pm BST local time (11:30am ET/8:30am PT)

Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Michael Ravenscroft vs. Darren Stewart

- WATCH THE FACEBOOK PRELIMS LIVE HERE!

- WATCH MAIN CARD PART ONE LIVE VIA…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
Fight Now TV | USA and Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Setanta Action | Africa
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus

- WATCH MAIN CARD PART TWO LIVE VIA…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV 10 | Sweden
Setanta Action | Africa
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus
Viasat Sport | Norway

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2014: The year of Jack Hermansson

26/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

2014 has already been a busy year for rising Swede, Jack Hermansson (7-2). Two fights in less than a month have propelled the hulking middleweight to the upper echelons of the CWFC middleweight division. Hermansson is looking to continue his winning momentum and make 2014 a breakout year.

“Taking the belt will give me recognition,” he explains. “People will know my name.”

The vacant CWFC middleweight world title is up for grabs at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, as Hermansson takes on Frenchman Norman Paraisy (14-3-2-1), in one of the night’s two main events taking place at London’s Kentish Town Forum.

Originally hailing from Sweden, and now residing in Oslo, Norway, Hermansson counts among his friends noted European MMA pioneer and “living legend of the sport”, Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen: “He (Hansen) went out there when the sport was new. Almost nobody in Norway knew what it was.”

Hermansson’s fan-friendly, kill-or-be-killed fighting style has made him a hit with with the CWFC audience, a style that can likely be explained by his initial exposure to MMA and explosive Brazilian, Wanderlei Silva: “Watching Wanderlei fight in Pride, I knew right away that this was something I was going to do.”

“After six months of training, my coach asked if I wanted to compete. I fought my first amateur bout and won, and I just continued to learn and compete.”

Returning to the scene of his devastating demolition of Ali Arish, back at CWFC 41 in 2011, Hermansson is planning on going one better this time in arguably the biggest fight of his career to date: “I cant wait to get back into that arena and put on an even greater fight and finish than last time. I feel lucky to be a part of this fight card.”

A “hard worker and a winner”, when the 25-year-old isn’t busy working in a pet shop, he’s dedicating his entire day to MMA, a tireless work ethic that translates into his gutsy, leave-it-all-in-the-cage performances and his recent back-and-forth wars with both Enoc Solves Torres and Ion Pascu.

It’s this recent cumulative cage time - and the enduring battles - that Hermansson thinks will give him the edge come June 7: “My two latest fights have given me a lot of time in the cage. I think that will make me more comfortable when we fight for five rounds.”

“You can expect a high-paced fight. I’m not the one who’ll be getting tired.”

Though clearly confident in his ability to push the pace and outlast his opponent, Hermansson is very much aware of the challenges facing him: “I have seen him (Paraisy) fight a couple of times and he’s a strong fighter. He is pretty much an all-rounder. I think his biggest weapon is his experience.”

Those attending or watching at home should be in doubt as to what to expect at Super Saturday: “The plan is that I will take this belt and continue my winning streak,” he adds. “It will be epic.”

“When I have Norman in deep waters I will finish him.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Two sides to Norman Paraisy

25/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

A self-described “bad boy with a sense of class”, Norman Paraisy (14-3-2-1) is every inch the perfect juxtaposition of affable gentlemen outside of the cage, and a barbarous warrior within it.

It’s a mindset he impresses upon the young kids he mentors as part of a youth community project: “You’re a savage, but I want you to be a savage with a disciplined mind,” he explains.

“At this age they have a lot of energy and it can become very dangerous if they channel it in the wrong direction. They can do magic with a little help.”

Paraisy is set to collide with Jack Hermansson (7-2) for the vacant CWFC middleweight world title on Saturday, June 7, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brings the marquee CWFC 69: Super Saturday event to London’s Kentish Town Forum.

The antithesis to the tired stereotype of the narrow-minded ‘cage fighter’, driven only by conflict and inflicting violence upon all who dare challenge him, Paraisy is the modern model of a mixed martial artist.

Indeed, if the thoughtful 28-year-old could give us any advice, it would be to “be a fan of yourself and love each other. Today, the mission in my heart is to fight, but humanity has the biggest fight coming, so let’s keep unity and respect each other.”

Contrast the Norman Paraisy above with the Norman Paraisy who took out Jack Mason by way of a flying knee and some vicious elbows in July 2011 at the Kentish Town Forum - a venue he’s looking forward to returning to.

“I have great memories of this venue and feel very comfortable in London. I love the city and the people there, I go over as much as I can. I’m just very proud to be part of such a historical day. I find my motivation in challenges, so you can imagine how motivated I am for this.”

Paraisy earned his title shot via an impressive, hard-fought victory over a tough Allan Love at CWFC Fight Night 10 in Amman in April. The boisterous Jordanian crowd obviously left their mark.

“Man, I was thinking the Irish crowd were the loudest, but those guys give them a real challenge - such a warm welcome. I’ll fight over there for free, just for the rush!”

Standing in Paraisy’s way on June 7 is surging Swede Jack Hermansson, a man Paraisy has familiarised himself with: “I’ve watched his last two fights twice; he is very well-rounded and goes for the kill. I can’t wait.”

Though fighting is evidently in his blood, Paraisy’s introduction to MMA is perhaps what taught him to respect the sport and his opponents.

“My friend’s older brother used to do NHB (No Holds Barred) back in 2005. He was kicking my ass and choking me out cold every time he passed me in the street,” he explains. “At the time I thought I was tough, but I found out I wasn’t.”

While the cognitive dissonance of Paraisy’s two, almost contradictory, personalities could be confusing, there’s one thing he’s entirely single-minded about: “I’ve worked for this since I was a teenager. I didn’t know when it would come because the division is stacked, but I knew it would come one day.”

Fighting for the Cage Warriors middleweight world title clearly means everything to the Frenchman, so much so that it’s near impossible for him to articulate it: “Words cannot explain; you would have to open my heart to understand.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

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CWFC 69: Jedrzejczyk vs. Sexton

22/05/2014

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Former CWFC champion Rosi Sexton (pictured) will return to the promotion on June 7 for a mouthwatering flyweight clash with undefeated Polish prospect Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The pair will collide at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, CWFC’s eighth event of the year, which is set to take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

Sexton (13-4) owns a 6-0 record under the Cage Warriors banner, including victories over the likes of Aisling Daly, Roxanne Modafferi and Sally Krumdiack.

The 36-year-old English fighter, who has also competed for Bellator, will be back in action for the first time since a two-fight stint with the UFC in 2013, which saw her drop decision losses to Alexis Davis and Jessica Andrade.

Sexton said: “I’m really looking forward to fighting on Cage Warriors again against a very tough opponent. Cage Warriors is a fantastic promotion; I started my career with them and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength. In my experience, no promotion in the world takes better care of its fighters and I’m excited to be part of that again.”

Jedrzejczyk (5-0) will be making her debut for Cage Warriors, having carved out a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in women’s MMA since making her professional debut two years ago.

A 26-year-old native of Poland, Jedrzejczyk recently signed with Invicta FC and will goes into the clash with Sexton on the back of particularly impressive wins against Karla Benitez and Julia Berezikova.

“This is a huge fight for my career,” said Jedrzejczyk. “My opponent is extremely strong and experienced but I’m very determined to win this fight and put on a great show for the fans.”

Meanwhile, injuries sustained by both fighters in recent days have forced the removal of the featherweight bout between Liam James and Nad Narimani from the CWFC 69: Super Saturday bill. Check out the finalised card below…

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rosi Sexton
Damir Hadzovic vs. Martin Delaney
Graham Turner vs. Suleiman Bouhata
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Maksym Matus vs. Tim Wilde

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Cage Warriors and Channel 4 join forces

21/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm that it has signed a terrestrial TV deal with British broadcaster Channel 4.

The initial agreement, which begins with CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16, covers all remaining CWFC events in 2014, bringing Europe’s leading MMA promotion to a terrestrial audience in the UK for the very first time.

Cage Warriors’ live UK broadcast deal with Premier Sports will remain in place simultaneously, with Channel 4 set to air an hour-long midweek highlights show following every CWFC event. Each programme will also be available online via 4oD, Channel 4’s free video-on-demand service on Channel4.com.

Hosting as many as 14 events per year, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has become the dominant European MMA promotion and a hotbed of the most prolific MMA talent in Europe and beyond, producing some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and Conor McGregor. Channel 4’s viewers will be treated to top international stars competing for world titles on a global stage.

Commenting on a significant deal for mixed martial arts in the UK, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re delighted to have joined forces with a broadcaster of Channel 4’s stature and flair.

“They like to have fun and so do we. This is a really positive development for Cage Warriors, and for the growth of MMA in general in this part of the world, and I’m sure it will mark the beginning of a good relationship between CWFC and Channel 4.”

Jamie Aitchison of Channel 4 added: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting an exciting and growing sport and look forward to working with Cage Warriors across the upcoming events.”

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Super Saturday: Fight Card Update

15/05/2014

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Lightweights Damir Hadzovic (pictured) and Martin Delaney are set to do battle at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, June 7. The already stacked card has been further bolstered by the addition of four more bouts announced today.

Hadzovic (8-2) announced himself to the CWFC lightweight division when he claimed the notable scalp of John Maguire with a spectacular KO victory on his CWFC debut. Delaney (8-0) is hoping to maintain his perfect record and make a statement himself in his first CWFC outing.

Graham Turner (23-8) returns to action for the first time since dropping a submission loss to former featherweight champion Jim Alers. His opponent Suleiman Bouhata (9-4) will be looking to upset the former title contender on his CWFC debut.

Also added to the card is a bantamweight bout between Aaron Blackwell (12-9-1) and Adam Ventre (3-0), and a lightweight contest between Maksym Matus (4-5) and Tim Wilde (4-0).

Meanwhile, Matt Hallam (5-2), Dez Parker (3-1) and Azi Thomas (2-0) - all of whom were victorious at CWFC 68 in Liverpool - along with Carl Booth (1-0), have all signed five-fight deals which will see them compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of eighteen months.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday are currently on sale HERE. Click HERE for more information.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Damir Hadzovic vs. Martin Delaney
Graham Turner vs. Suleiman Bouhata
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Maksym Matus vs. Tim Wilde

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Update: Super Saturday

12/05/2014

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The bumper bill for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday has today been boosted by the addition of three more exciting bouts.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, which is set to feature two main cards in one evening, will take place on Saturday, June 7, at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

Colliding in a lightweight contest, Australia’s Damien Brown and Englishman Saul Rogers (pictured) will both return to action for the first time since their respective bouts at CWFC 65 in Dublin back in March.

Brown (10-6) put on a Fight of the Night performance against Paul Redmond before losing out via decision, while Rogers (8-1) edged out John Maguire after three thrilling rounds in the main event.

In featherweight action, undefeated 20-year-old Englishman Arnold Allen (7-0) will be looking for his fifth CWFC win when he takes on highly-rated Polish prospect Marcin Wrzosek (7-2), who fights under the Cage Warriors banner for the first time since last July’s CWFC 57 loss to Chris Fishgold.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Amanda Kelly (1-1) and England’s Kerry Hughes (1-1) will both be keen to return to winning ways when they collide in a women’s bantamweight bout, following decision defeats to Laura Howarth and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz respectively in their most recent outings.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday are currently on sale HERE. Click HERE for more information.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly

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CWFC to increase penalties for fighters who miss weight

09/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm an increase in the percentage by which fighters will be fined in the event of their failure to make weight.

Beginning with the organisation’s next event - Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday in London on June 7 - fighters who do not weigh in under their contracted limit will lose 60 per cent of their purse.

All fighters who fail to make weight will be subject to this fine, irrespective of how much they miss weight by. Until now, weighing over the limit by 2.2lbs or less resulted in a 25 per cent fine, with a 40 per cent fine implemented for anything above 2.2lbs. All fines were surrendered to the fighter’s opponent.

The change in approach from CWFC comes following last weekend’s Cage Warriors 68 event in Liverpool, which saw seven professional fighters miss weight, although all bouts went ahead nevertheless.

Under the new policy, in the event of a fighter missing weight, 40 per cent of his/her purse will be forfeited to their opponent, with the remaining 20 per cent to be donated to the opponent’s nominated charity.

CWFC fighters will continue to be given a further two hours to make weight if they fail to do so at their first attempt.

“We’re dealing with professional athletes here, but due to the lack of professionalism displayed by some, we’ve been forced to make these changes,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan (pictured).

“Making weight is an obligation, not an option, and this will be the first step towards ensuring that we never have a situation again like we did last week. If this doesn’t deter fighters from missing weight, we’ll go to the next level. We’ll continue to make the necessary changes until this is resolved, because what happened last weekend was unacceptable.

“It’s imperative that fighters cut weight intelligently and do not push themselves beyond their bodies’ limits, so the onus is on them to ensure that they’re competing in the correct division, because making weight - and doing so in a safe manner - is absolutely compulsory.

“This is not about money, because the fines don’t go back into the company’s pocket. We’re making this change for the good of the sport and the promotion, so it’s now up to fighters to respect themselves, their opponents and the promotion, by making weight as they commit to in their contracts.

“SIxty per cent might seem like quite a significant figure, but the simple fact is that if you make weight like you’re supposed to, you won’t lose a penny.”

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CWFC 69: Hermansson vs. Paraisy

08/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials can today confirm that the vacant CWFC middleweight world title will be on the line at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

The landmark event, which will be CWFC’s eighth of 2014, will feature two main cards in one evening, with all the action set to take place on Saturday, June 7, at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

The event will conclude with the meeting of Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton for the vacant lightweight strap, but Cage Warriors gold will also be up for grabs in the headliner of the first of Super Saturday’s two main cards.

With both fighters unbeaten in their four CWFC outings each to date, Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy will collide in a bout for Cage Warriors’ 185lbs belt, which was vacated last year by Jesse Taylor.

Hermansson (7-2) has been in impressive form since returning to Cage Warriors earlier this year following a two-fight stint in the USA with Bellator.

The 25-year-old Swede, who fights out of Norway, stopped Enoc Solves Torres via TKO at Cage Warriors 66, before grinding out a hard-fought decision win over Ion Pascu last month at CWFC Fight Night 11.

Hermansson defeated both Ali Arish and Mike Ling by KO in his two previous bouts under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship banner.

“This looks set to be one of Cage Warriors’ biggest ever events and to be fighting on it for the CWFC middleweight world title is such a huge opportunity for me,” Hermansson said.

“I will grab this chance with both hands and make a huge impression on everybody who’ll be tuning in from all over the world.”

Paraisy (14-3-2-1), who’s also a Bellator veteran and former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, is unbeaten in his last five bouts and has been stopped just once in 20 professional outings.

The 28-year-old holds CWFC wins over Jack Mason, Allan Love and Leeroy Barnes, as well as a draw with former CWFC middleweight world champion Chris Fields.

Ahead of his clash with Hermansson for the CWFC title, charismatic Frenchman Paraisy has vowed to do his talking in the cage on June 7: “That belt is mine and nobody will stop me from taking it.”

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, priced from just £25, will go on sale HERE tomorrow, Friday, May 9, at 9am BST. Click HERE for more information on Super Saturday.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts still to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

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Pictured above: Norman Paraisy (Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors)
Homepage cover photo: Jack Hermansson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday

06/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is set to round off its schedule for the first half of 2014 with an unprecedented event in London on Saturday, June 7.

Following a hectic recent spell which has seen Europe’s leading MMA promotion host seven shows in the space of just eleven weeks, visiting five different countries in the process, CWFC will sign off in style for a summer break with Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

The event, which will take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, will be CWFC’s eighth so far and is set to feature not one – but two! – main cards, which will follow both unaired and Facebook prelims.

With each main card to be headlined by a CWFC world title bout, Super Saturday will bring fans an extravaganza of top-class MMA, with professional action beginning at 3pm and continuing right through until approximately 11pm.

Super Saturday will kick off with an unaired preliminary card, followed by Facebook prelims – which will be streamed live and free of charge around the world – at 4pm BST.

The first of Super Saturday’s televised main cards will get underway at 6pm BST, before the second – which culminates in the meeting of Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton for the vacant CWFC lightweight world title – swings into action at 9pm BST.

“After our event in London on June 7, we’ll be taking a break until CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16 while the World Cup takes centre stage, so we want to treat the fans to something big before we do that,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Almost every other sport has a marquee event on its calendar, whether that be the Superbowl or the Champions League final, so this is something MMA needs and it’s something we’ll be looking to make an annual event.

“Today we’ve announced some huge fights for Super Saturday, which already make it a stacked card, but there’s a lot more to come. June 7 will be a huge day, not only for Cage Warriors, but for the sport of MMA worldwide.”

As previously announced, Stevie Ray (14-5) will look to regain the CWFC lightweight world title when he takes on Curt Warburton (13-4) for the vacant strap in the final bout of the night, which will headline part two of Super Saturday.

The full card and line-up for Super Saturday will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but also on the bill will be a massive middleweight bout between Jack Marshman (14-5) and Bola Omoyele (7-2).

CWFC’s stacked welterweight division will be in focus on the night, with Simeon Thoresen (17-4-1) set to make his Cage Warriors debut against Jake Bostwick (14-8-0-1). Meanwhile, Benny Alloway (13-5) will collide with Mohsen Bahari (7-1) and Jack Mason (27-13) is scheduled to face Bruno Carvalho (15-8).

See below for details of all eight bouts announced so far, and get your tickets - priced from just £25 - for Super Saturday when they go on sale online from The Forum at 9am BST this Friday, May 9.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts still to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant CWFC lightweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

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Results: Cage Warriors 68

04/05/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

It was only fitting that the tenth professional fight on the Cage Warriors 68 card ended in the night’s tenth stoppage.

In the welterweight headliner of a card chock full of knockouts and submissions, Jim Wallhead (25-9) returned to the promotion for the first time in four years but suffered a loss to local favourite Danny Roberts (11-1), who overcame some early trouble for the dazzling finish.

Cage Warriors 68 took place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and the main card streamed on MMAjunkie following prelims on Facebook.

Wallhead struck early in the night’s featured bout, got the takedown and immediately moved to mount. “Hot Chocolate” escaped and got to his feet, which elicited a roar from the crowd. Wallhead, though, quickly regrouped, closed the distance and threatened with another takedown.

However, Roberts avoided a trip to the mat, jockeyed for hand position from the clinch and, after some distance, landed a right hand that dropped Wallhead. He quickly followed with ground-and-pound on the Bellator vet to force the referee’s intervention. The stoppage came via TKO at the 4:49 mark of the opening round as the crowd cheered the local fighter’s big win.

“I wanted to be the first one to stop him, and I did,” Roberts, a Liverpool-based fighter who’s won five straight, said. Technically, it was the second TKO loss of Wallhead’s career – but his first in nine years and 30 fights. That has Roberts optimistic about his future. “I’m in a good place, and I feel unstoppable,” he said. “With a little more work, I’ll be ready to fight the best in the world.”

In the event’s co-headliner, Ronnie Mann (23-7-1) decided to stick with what was working – namely, throwing punches that tagged Marcelo Costa (9-2-1) with sometimes-remarkable ease. But once the fight hit the mat, that game plan fell apart.

The big-show veteran threw from distance, countered with quick combinations and occasionally stood in the pocket to deliver blows that landed flush and frequently. But after scoring a second-round takedown to stop Mann’s advances, Costa found his opening.

Costa, who weighed 140.3 pounds for the bantamweight fight, lost 40 percent of his purse for the infraction. His Cage Warriors 68 experience initially got no better once the fight began, and aside from a few takedowns that halted his opponent’s advances, Mann experienced little trouble early in the bout.

But after eating some punches in the second round, Costa got a takedown and worked for a kneebar. Mann tried to counter with one of his own, but after scrambling to his knees, Costa pounced and took his back. Mann couldn’t put up much of a fight once he was stuck, and Costa eventually tapped him out with a tight rear-naked choke.

The tap-out came at the 3:35 mark of the second round. Costa continued an unbeaten run (5-0-1) with his successful Cage Warriors debut. Mann, who joined the organisation after a run with Bellator, halts a two-fight winning streak with Cage Warriors.

Mauro Chimento (16-10) scored a bit of an upset after dazing Matt Inman (13-6) with an early swarm of punches and then dropping the welterweight with a crushing left hook to the body. Inman crumpled to the mat in obvious pain, and a few follow-up shots forced a stoppage just 88 seconds into the bout.

After trying to create distance with kicks but eating a few big shots during the process, Matt Hallam (5-2) finally got his opening late in the second round when he dropped middleweight Steve Dinsdale (6-2) with a few nicely placed punches. After forcing a halt to the bout at the 4:03 mark of the round with a lunging shot and a crushing follow-up blow, Hallam now owns five knockouts in five career wins.

After a rough 2013 campaign that saw the UFC vet go winless in three fights, Che Mills (16-7) rebounded in his first bout of the year. He opened a hairline cut on middleweight Leeroy Barnes (12-14) with elbows from side control, staggered him with a right hand after a standup, and then dropped him with punches. Mills then slapped on the fight-ending rear-naked choke to get the tap-out at the 4:46 mark of the first round.

The night’s main-card opener ended in impressive fashion as Dean Garnett (6-0) extended a career-opening winning streak with a first-round submission victory over bantamweight John Cullen (17-9-2). After scoring takedowns and taking dominant ground positions, Garnett found his opening for a heel hook and forced a tap-out at the 4:35 mark of the opening round.

Full Cage Warriors 68 results included:

Danny Roberts def. Jim Wallhead via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:49
Marcelo Costa def. Ronnie Mann via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:35
Mauro Chimento def. Matt Inman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:22
Matt Hallam def. Steve Dinsdale via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:03
Che Mills def. Leeroy Barnes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:46
Dean Garnett def. John Cullen via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 4:35
Paddy Pimblett def. Conrad Hayes via via submission (triangle choke/armbar) -Round 1, 3:17
Dez Parker def. Charlie Watts via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:42
Adam Ventre def. Anthony Phillips via via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:47
Azi Thomas def. Ellis Hampson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:20

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 68

02/05/2014

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One of the biggest CWFC bouts of the year is all set to take place tomorrow as headliners Jim Wallhead and Danny Roberts (pictured) both successfully came in under the 171lbs limit at this afternoon’s weigh-ins.

The welterweight tilt tops a stacked card of action for Cage Warriors 68, the promotion’s seventh event of the year, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Returning to Cage Warriors following a four-year absence, ‘Judo’ Jimmy Wallhead weighed in at 169.3lbs, while up-and-coming prospect Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts came in at 170.4lbs.

There was plenty of drama elsewhere, however, as a total of seven fighters failed to make weight, but all ten bouts are scheduled to go ahead nevertheless.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 68 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. For ticket and broadcast information click HERE.


Welterweight: Jimmy Wallhead (169.3lbs) vs. Danny Roberts (170.4lbs)
Bantamweight: Marcelo Costa (140.3lbs)** vs. Ronnie Mann (135.2lbs)
Welterweight: Matt Inman (170.7lbs) vs. Mauro Chimento Jnr (170.3lbs)
Middleweight: Matt Hallam (184.7lbs) vs. Steve Dinsdale (183.5lbs)
Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (183.9lbs) vs. Che Mills (185.6lbs)
Bantamweight: John Cullen (138.4lbs)**** vs. Dean Garnett (136.7lbs)****
Bantamweight: Conrad Hayes (135lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (141.7lbs)**
Welterweight: Dez Parker (169lbs) vs. Charlie Watts (171lbs)
Bantamweight: Ant Phillips (139.1lbs)*** vs. Adam Ventre (137.5lbs)***
Lightweight: Azi Thomas (154lbs) vs. Ellis Hampson (157.6lbs)*

* Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent
** Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent
*** Both fighter and opponent missed weight; no purse deductions occur
****Catchweight of 138lbs agreed by both fighters

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Cage Warriors 68: Liverpool

01/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s hectic 2014 schedule resumes this Saturday, May 3, when Cage Warriors 68 takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

With another thrilling card in store, CWFC 68 marks the promotion’s seventh event in the space of just eleven weeks.

Headlined by the meeting of Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 4.45pm local time, with the first of ten professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7.30pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.30pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.50pm BST (2.50pm ET/11.50am PT).

Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Danny Roberts vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Marcelo Costa vs. Ronnie Mann
Mauro Chimento vs. Matt Inman
Steve Dinsdale vs. Matt Hallam
Leeroy Barnes vs. Che Mills
John Cullen vs. Dean Garnett

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.50pm BST local time (2.50pm ET/11.50am PT)

Conrad Hayes vs. Paddy Pimblett
Dez Parker vs. Charlie Watts
Ant Phillips vs. Adam Ventre

UNAIRED PRELIM | 7.30pm BST local time

Ellis Hampson vs. Azi Thomas

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[VIDEO] Cage Warriors 68: Countdown

29/04/2014

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Cage Warriors 68 takes place this Saturday, May 3, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, headlined by a massive welterweight tussle between Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead.

With both fighters aiming to cement their claims for a shot at CWFC champion Nicolas Dalby, Roberts (10-1) will be looking to take his Cage Warriors record to 6-0. while Wallhead (25-8) returns to the promotion after a four-year hiatus.

Their main-event meeting is the focus of the Cage Warriors 68: Countdown, produced by CWFC’s Demetrio Marquez. Check it out here…

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Fisher commits to Cage Warriors

24/04/2014

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight division continues to grow stronger, following today’s addition of English star Andrew Fisher.

Fisher (12-6-1), who’s currently ranked seventh in the UK, has penned a five-fight CWFC deal, which will see him compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

The capture of Fisher means that of the six non-UFC signed featherweights in the UK’s top-ten, four are now signed to CWFC, with Fisher joining Graham Turner, Chris Fishgold and Alex Enlund on the roster, in addition to the likes of Robbie Olivier, Nad Narimani, Martin Svensson, Dave Hill, Jean N’Doye and Arnold Allen.

A native of Sunderland, Fisher has taken all but one of his 12 professional wins by stoppage, holding notable victories over the likes of Gavin Sterritt and Shay Walsh. The 28-year-old, who joins Cage Warriors following a two-fight stint with Bellator, hasn’t been stopped in his last 11 outings, a run that extends back to July 2009.

Fisher said: “I’m really looking forward to finally fighting for Cage Warriors. It almost happened a few times in the past but now I know that the time is definitely right.”

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Duffy returns to CWFC

22/04/2014

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Former title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) is set to return to the CWFC lightweight division.

Duffy has signed a five-fight deal that will commit him exclusively to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship for a minimum period of 18 months.

The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in MMA since 2011, having opted to make the switch to boxing after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Duffy debuted as a professional boxer in March of last year, going on to put together an undefeated 7-0 record, which included two wins by TKO.

However, the Irishman has now decided to leave boxing behind, in favour of a return to MMA and CWFC, for whom he previously competed on five occasions.

“It’s been a hard few weeks and I’ve had some huge decisions to make, but I’ve decided to make a return to the cage,” said Duffy, who’s based at the MMA Clinic gym in Islington, London.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to train under a world-class boxing trainer in John Tandy, but it’s hard to escape the fact that my heart will always be in MMA.

“I’m really excited about competing for Cage Warriors again, and my plans are to add a few KOs to my record and then mix it up with the guys at the top.”



Duffy, the last fighter to defeat current UFC stars Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, was a contestant on season twelve of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.

He signed with CWFC later on that year and went on to secure four consecutive victories, the first of which saw him submit McGregor after just 38 seconds of their bout at CWFC 39 (WATCH).

That run landed Duffy a shot at the vacant CWFC lightweight world title against Ivan Musardo in the main event at CWFC 44 in London in October 2011.

Despite taking the first three rounds on the judges’ scorecards, a costly slip by Duffy in round four allowed Musardo to capitalise and lock in a guillotine choke to take the title.

For the first time since that loss, Duffy will be back in Cage Warriors action later this year, with his return scheduled for CWFC 70 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “Joe went 7-0 as a professional boxer in the space of a year, having worked under John Tandy, one of the best trainers in the world of boxing.

“Adding that to the fact that he is a jujitsu black belt and already has a 10-1 MMA record, this has been a huge decision for Joe but it’s a very exciting development for CWFC fans.”

Photos: Tommy Lakes

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Results: CWFC Fight Night 11

19/04/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

The Cage Warriors Fight Night 11 main event between Jack Mason and Patrick Vallee was one of the more competitive bouts of the evening, but the end result saw Mason take home a unanimous-decision win.

While Mason earned 30-27 scorecards from two of the judges and a 29-28 from the other, the welterweight headliner was much closer than the final tallies suggest.

Mason (27-13) and Vallee (10-6-1) went toe-to-toe for the majority of the three-round affair, each having several moments of success in the striking range. However, “The Stone” proved to be the more diverse fighter with takedowns between those successes on the feet and ultimately took the victory.

The Englishman had pressure to avoid a second consecutive defeat after losing his previous bout in March. Fortunately, he got back on the winning track in the fourteenth Cage Warriors appearance of his career.

Marat Pekov (12-5) was cruising to what was very likely going to be a dominant decision win against Brian Moore (7-4) – until disaster struck.

In the third round, Pekov threw an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent. The strike resulted in a two-point deduction, essentially negating all of Pekov’s work. Unless he got a finish, the bout was on its way to being a draw.

Pekov, though, got the needed finish with less than 30 seconds left in the final frame as he took the back and pounded on Moore until the referee stopped the fight.

Jack Hermansson (7-2) was in deep trouble in the first round when he was knocked down and nearly finished by Ion Pascu (8-5). However, instead of taking the easy out, Hermansson fought hard in the second and third rounds to get the decision.

The second round was close and could have easily gone either way, but all three judges saw it for Hermansson, which was the deciding factor in his victory.

Tahar Hadbi (10-5) was one step ahead of Michael “Black Death” Johnson (9-7) from start to finish en route to a clear-cut decision victory.

Johnson hung in there for all three rounds but had little to offer as Hadbi out-landed and out-grappled him. It wasn’t the most exciting contest of the event, but Hadbi proved the superior fighter and got 15 minutes of valuable experience inside the cage.

It took Arnold Allen (7-0) less than a minute to earn his latest victory and keep his undefeated MMA record in tact, this time against an overmatched Tobias Huber (5-5).

It was short and sweet as Allen attacked Huber with a vicious onslaught of punches while his opponent hugged the leg in desperate search for a takedown.

Allen has finished all but one of his professional fights, but his victory over Huber was easily his shortest thus far.

Everything was going according to plan for John Redmond (5-8). He took Craig White (7-5) to the ground, dominated position and nearly finished the fight. However, one knee changed everything.

White landed a knee to Redmond’s face early in the second round and opened a gruesome gash on his forehead. The referee stepped in to check the cut and needed just seconds to wave off the fight.

MAIN CARD

Jack Mason def. Patrick Vallee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Marat Pekov def. Brian Moore via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:32
Jack Hermansson def. Ion Pascu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tahar Hadbi def. Michael “Black Death” Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Arnold Allen def. Tobias Huber via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:37
Craig White def. John Redmond via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:06

PRELIMINARY CARD

Wael Korked def. Steve Aimable via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Ihab Janeb def. Michael Ravenscroft via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 11

17/04/2014

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CWFC Fight Night 11 headliners Patrick Vallee and Jack Mason (pictured) have made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Both men came in under the agreed catchweight of 176lbs this afternoon, while the co-main event pairing of Brian Moore and Marat Pekov are also on weight and set to clash in another intriguing battle in the CWFC bantamweight division.

All sixteen fighters made weight and are cleared to compete tomorrow on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC Fight Night 11 takes place tomorrow, Friday, April 18, at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CWFC FIGHT NIGHT 11 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Catchweight (176lbs): Jack Mason (176lbs) vs. Patrick Vallee (174.2lbs)
Bantamweight: Brian Moore (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.9lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (184lbs) vs. Ion Pascu (184.3lbs)
Welterweight: Michael Johnson (171lbs) vs. Tahar Hadbi (170.3)
Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.7lbs) vs. Tobias Huber (145.3lbs)
Welterweight: Craig White (170.4lbs) vs. John Redmond (170.9lbs)
Featherweight: Steve Aimable (145.8lbs) vs. Wael Korked (145.1lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Mike Ravenscroft (193.7lbs) vs. Ihab Janeb (201.4lbs)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC Fight Night 11: Amman

16/04/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is back in Amman this Friday, April 18, for CWFC Fight Night 11, the promotion’s sixth event of the year.

The stacked card, which features top international talent from ten different countries, takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in the heart of the Jordanian capital.

Headlined by the clash of Patrick Vallee and Jack Mason, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of eight professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.45pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time (7pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT), following two unaired prelims. Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time (7pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT)

Jack Mason vs. Patrick Vallee
Brian Moore vs. Marat Pekov
Jack Hermansson vs. Ion Pascu
Tahar Hadbi vs. Michael Johnson
Arnold Allen vs. Tobias Huber
John Redmond vs. Craig White

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 8pm local time

Steve Aimable vs. Wael Korked
Ihab Janeb vs. Michael Ravenscroft

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Results: Cage Warriors 67

13/04/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Offensive pressure was the name of the game for Brett Johns (10-0) as he neutralized James Brum (14-3) for five rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win in the Cage Warriors 67 main event at The LC in Swansea, Wales.

The fight should have marked Johns’ first Cage Warriors bantamweight title defense, but after missing weight and being stripped of the title a day prior to the event, Johns received only the satisfaction of victory.

Despite being a non-title fight for Johns, five rounds were slated due to the fact Brum could have earned the championship with a victory. He failed to make it happen, though, which means the belt will remain vacant for the time being.

Johns put himself in a good position to fight for the vacant belt next, though. He implemented a strategy of relentless clinch work and takedowns against the fence, a combination Brum had no answer for.

Although he was given plenty of chances to take an easy out, Brum never gave up and continually tried to fight his way back to his feet and force a moment of dramatic change. Sadly for the Englishman, he couldn’t make anything happen and was worn down for 25 minutes.

While Johns unquestionably hurt his credibility by missing weight, it seems that error was an isolated incident, and the 22-year-old is going to grow from his mistakes. He apologized post-fight, and with his undefeated record still intact, Johns hopes for a chance to regain the belt.

“Please give me that shot at that belt next,” Johns said in his post-fight interview. “It was my mistake yesterday, and I’m sorry. Please give me that chance again. This is the greatest organization in Europe. It would be an honor. In the words of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson: I want my belt back!”

Lightweights Sean Carter (9-1) and Mario Saeed (5-2) delivered the goods in the co-headliner with three rounds of hard, competitive action.

The 15-minute affair had a little bit of everything, including several near finishes from each side. A stoppage may not have come over the duration of the contest, but that didn’t make it any less entertaining.

While his opponent was never truly out of the fight, Carter was continually one step ahead. “Sexy Curls” said after the fight he was disappointed to go the distance for just the second time in his career. He may be critical of his own effort, but in the big picture, the three rounds of cage experience can only be beneficial.

Flyweight Shaj Haque (5-1) implemented a wise stick-and-move striking strategy over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision victory over Martin McDonough (11-5).

McDonough entered the fight with an undefeated record in his Cage Warriors career, but Haque was determined to bring that streak to an end. He picked his shots on the feet and never strayed from his game plan.

“Mr. Pink” had his moments in the fight, but the significant points of action were the product of Haque’s offensive work, which earned him a clear-cut decision victory.

Jamie Pritchard (6-3) took a risk by accepting a short-notice fight just two weeks after his previous MMA bout. While it looked like that risk was going to backfire early on, Pritchard pulled off a stunning second-round come-from-behind finish of Phil Raeburn (5-4) in a 140-pound catchweight affair.

Raeburn had a solid strategy of controlling the fight from top position, and for a while, all was going to plan. But in a familiar MMA story, it only took one mistake for Pritchard to secure the neck and lock in a guillotine choke.

Once Pritchard had the submission locked in, he didn’t lett go until he got the tap, which eventually came at the 3:32 mark of Round 2 for his third MMA victory in a 48-day span.

Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (6-0) wanted to show off some of her ground skills in her sixth professional fight, which she did styling on bantamweight Gemma Hewitt (1-1) from the top before locking in a fight-ending triangle choke.

The fight was all Niedzwiedz as all four minutes of action featured her attempts to finish the fight. At 19 years old, the Polish bantamweight is one to keep an eye on.

Simas Norkus (3-2) snapped a two-fight losing streak by earning his second career victory over a familiar foe in light heavyweight Stuart Tyrie (6-8).

Norkus hadn’t won since this past June, when he stopped Tyrie in the second round with strikes. While the fight didn’t play out exactly the same way, Norkus again stopped the bout with strikes – this time on the doctor’s orders after several cuts opened around Tyrie’s eyes.

Brett Johns def. James Brum via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Sean Carter def. Mario Saeed via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Shaj Haque def. Martin McDonough via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jamie Pritchard def. Phil Raeburn via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:32
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz def. Gemma Hewitt via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:59
Simas Norkus def. Stuart Tyrie via TKO (cut) – Round 2, 2:35
Mark Handley def. Paul Rogers via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:19

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC 67

11/04/2014

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By JJ Saddington

CWFC bantamweight champion, Brett Johns, was forced to vacate his belt this afternoon after failing to make weight at the second attempt, weighing in at 137lbs. His opponent, James Brum, came in under the 135lb limit.

The headline fight, which goes down tomorrow night at The LC in Swansea, Wales, remains a five round affair, with only Brum able to claim the now vacant title. Johns will also forfeit 25 per cent of his purse to Brum.

In the co-main event, both Sean Carter and Mario Saeed were on weight for their lightweight encounter.

Martin McDonough, Phil Raeburn and Paul Rogers all made weight at the second attempt, while Mark Handley missed weight by 4.5lbs. Handley will forfeit 25 per cent of his purse to his opponent, Paul Rogers.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE

Cage Warriors 67 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, at The LC, Swansea, Wales. For broadcast information, click HERE.

A limited number of tickets will also be available for this event tomorrow at The LC box office.


Bantamweight: James Brum (134.6lbs) vs. Brett Johns (137lbs)*
Lightweight: Sean Carter (155.6lbs) vs. Mario Saeed (154lbs)
Flyweight: Shaj Haque (125.9lbs) vs. Martin McDonough (125.7bs)
Catchweight (140lbs): Jamie Pritchard (139.5lbs) vs. Phil Raeburn (140lbs)
Bantamweight: Gemma Hewitt (134.1lbs) vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (135.4lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Simas Norkus (203.8lbs) vs. Stuart Tyrie (205.8lbs)
Flyweight: Mark Handley (130.5lbs)* vs. Paul Rogers (126lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

 

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Cage Warriors 67: Swansea

11/04/2014

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The CWFC bantamweight world title will be on the line when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its way to Swansea for the first time this weekend.

Cage Warriors 67, the promotion’s fifth event in as many countries in 2014, is a sell-out and will take place at The LC in the Welsh city on Saturday, April 12.

UPDATE: Since missing weight, Brett Johns has been forced to vacate the belt. The fight remains a five round affair, with Brum able to claim the title should he be victorious. The action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of seven professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8.30pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 7pm.

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time BST (4pm ET/1pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

Fight Now TV | USA, Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN International | Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time BST (4pm ET/1pm PT)

Brett Johns vs. James Brum - CWFC bantamweight title bout
Sean Carter vs. Mario Saeed
Shaj Haque vs. Martin McDonough
Jamie Pritchard vs. Phil Raeburn
Gemma Hewitt vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Simas Norkus vs. Stu Tyrie

UNAIRED PRELIM | 7.30pm local time BST

Mark Handley vs. Paul Rogers

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Harris returns to CWFC on April 18

04/04/2014

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Phil Harris has signed an exclusive five-fight deal with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and will return at CWFC Fight Night 11.

Coming off a four-fight stint with the UFC, 30-year-old Harris (22-12-0-1nc) will take on 20-year-old undefeated Russian prospect Kurban Gadzhiev (6-0) in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, April 18.

“I’m very happy to be signed back to Cage Warriors,” said Harris. “It’s the best show in Europe and they’ve always been great to work with.

“I don’t know very much about my opponent but I’m looking forward to putting on a Fight of the Night performance for the fans in Jordan on April 18.”

CWFC Fight Night 11 will also feature a welterweight bout between Jack Mason (26-13) and Patrick Vallee (10-5-1-2nc), as well as a bantamweight clash between Marat Pekov (11-5) and Brian Moore (7-3).

In another welterweight encounter, Mike Johnson (9-6) will face Tahar Hadbi (9-5), while unbeaten featherweight Arnold Allen (6-0) will be searching for his fourth CWFC win when he collides with Tobias Huber (5-3).

More bouts will be announced for CWFC Fight Night 11 in the coming days, with the card for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014 also set to feature the likes of Jack Hermansson, Julien Boussuge and John Redmond.

Meanwhile, in addition to the return of Phil Harris to the CWFC roster, officials can also today confirm that Brett Caswell, Dean Garnett and Tim Wilde have also each signed exclusive five-fight deals with the promotion.

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Results: CWFC Fight Night 10

29/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Cage Warriors Fight Night 10 featured a string of stoppage victories. Perhaps none, however, was more impressive than the one in the middleweight headliner.

Abu Azaitar (9-2), the clear crowd favorite, wasted little time winging punches at fellow Cage Warriors newcomer Jack Marshman (14-5), and just 34 seconds into the first, the Moroccan-German fighter’s barrage of blows forced a TKO stoppage.

Cage Warriors Fight Night 10 took place on Friday at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Both fighters came out swinging in the event’s headliner, but Azaitar lowered his head and threw a quick barrage of blows while pushing forward. A crisp left dropped Marshman, and Azaitar (pictured) immediately pounced with a series of follow-up blows.

Marshman was obviously dazed, and Azaitar’s assault quickly forced the referee’s intervention.

“I am very happy,” the fighter said after the performance, which marked his fourth straight knockout win. “I prepared for a strong guy, a very strong puncher.”

In the day’s bantamweight co-headliner, Marat Pekov made relatively quick work of John Cullen.

After countering punches with takedown attempts and clinches against the cage, Pekov finally got his opening late in the round. After forcing the fight to the mat, Pekov isolated an arm and positioned himself for the armbar.

Cullen initially defended it, but once Pekov rolled and got to a seated position, he tightened his grip and extended his opponent’s arm to force a tap-out. The stoppage came at the 3:45 mark of the opening round.

Pekov (11-5) snapped a two-fight skid and picked up his first Cage Warriors victory with the performance. With the loss in his promotional debut, Cullen (17-8-2) has now lost three of his past four bouts.

In often-thrilling light-heavyweight action and after two back-and-forth rounds, which saw both fighters firing off submission attempts (including dueling heel hooks), a bout between Mohamed Ali (10-6) and Malik Merad (18-11) came to an unfortunate end.

Just nine seconds into the final frame, Ali was forced to verbally submit due to an apparent eye injury that resulted from a Merad elbow strike. The bout proved exceptionally competitive and entertaining before the disappointing end.

In a striking-heavy affair, Norman Paraisy (14-3-2) shut out fellow middleweight Allan Love (11-5) and earned a unanimous-decision victory.

Paraisy wore down his opponent with leg kicks, and despite some trips to the mat in the third round, he continued doing damage from top position with punches to the head and body, before narrowly avoiding some late-fight armbar and rear-naked-choke attempts from Love. The fight-long dominance carried him to a victory via 30-27 scores.

In flyweight action, Marcin Lasota pulled off a remarkable win over Paul Marin. Despite being on his back and eating a number of brutal punches from his standing opponent, Lasota (8-0) remained composed and locked up a combination armbar/triangle choke during one of the big blows.

After repositioning himself and tightening his grip, he ultimately forced a tap-out from Marin (7-4) at the 3:02 mark of the opening round.

Although Jarrah Al-Silawi‘s cage entrance was met with a huge outburst of applause, Carl Booth quickly silenced the crowd just 31 seconds into the fight. English fighter Booth (1-0) demolished Jordanian welterweight Al-Silawi (1-1) with a perfectly-placed right hand, which brought about the quick stoppage.

MAIN CARD

Abu Azaitar def. Jack Marshman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34
Marat Pekov def. John Cullen via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:45
Malik Merad def. Mohamed Ali via submission (eye injury) – Round 3, 0:09
Norman Paraisy def. Allan Love via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marcin Lasota def. Paul Marin via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:02
Carl Booth def. Jarrah Al-Silawi via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:31

PRELIMINARY CARD

Dave Hill def. Miguel Haro via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:11
Yazan Janeb def. Hicham Laghzali via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:57

Photo: Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 10

27/03/2014

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All bouts are set for tomorrow’s CWFC Fight Night 10 at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena, following this afternoon’s weigh-ins in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Headliners Jack Marshman and Abu Azaitar (pictured) both came in under the middleweight limit at the first attempt, while Miguel Haro was the only fighter who failed to make weight.

Haro, who stepped in at late notice for a featherweight clash with Dave Hill, registered a final weight of 149.9lbs and therefore surrenders 40 percent of his purse to his opponent, but the bout will go ahead nevertheless.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC Fight Night 10 takes place tomorrow, Friday, March 28, at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CWFC FIGHT NIGHT 10 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Middleweight: Jack Marshman (186lbs) vs. Abu Azaitar (185.5lbs)
Bantamweight: John Cullen (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.5lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Malik Merad (204.5lbs) vs. Mohamed Ali (202.7lbs)
Middleweight: Allan Love (183.4lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8lbs)
Flyweight: Paul Marin (125.6lbs) vs. Marcin Lasota (126lbs)
Welterweight: Carl Booth (169.8lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.5lbs)
Featherweight: Dave Hill (146lbs) vs. Miguel Haro (149.9lbs)*
Middleweight: Hicham Laghzali (183.5lbs) vs. Yazan Janeb (184.4lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors

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CWFC Fight Night 10: Amman

26/03/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Amman this Friday, March 28, for CWFC Fight Night 10, the promotion’s third event this month.

The stacked card, which features top international talent from twelve different countries, takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in the heart of the Jordanian capital.

Headlined by a massive middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of eight professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8.10pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.30pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time (6pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT), following two Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8.10pm local time (5.10pm GMT, 1.10pm ET, 10.10am PT).

Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time (6pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT)

Abu Azaitar vs. Jack Marshman
John Cullen vs. Marat Pekov
Mohamed Ali vs. Malik Merad
Allan Love vs. Norman Paraisy
Marcin Lasota vs. Paul Marin
Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Carl Booth

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 8.10pm local time (5.10pm GMT, 1.10pm ET, 10.10am PT)

Miguel Haro vs. Dave Hill
Yazan Janeb vs. Hicham Laghzali

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Results: Cage Warriors 66

23/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Cage Warriors has a new welterweight champion: Nicolas Dalby. And he did it in front of his home fans, and in highlight-reel fashion.

In a highly competitive main event at Cage Warriors 66 at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dalby didn’t seem to be able to get an advantage over Sergei Churilov – until the fourth round, thanks to a massive kick. He stopped Churilov with a KO, and got the vacant 170-pound belt strapped around his waist.

Dalby danced outside early and kicked from his karate stance. Then he tried to land a kick upstairs – obviously a sign of things to come. Churilov landed a good counter punch, but Dalby remained aggressive. The two swung wildly in the center of the cage with two minutes left in the first round, but neither took an advantage.

That was the theme of the fight. Each fighter got his fair share of points, but there were few times that either put together much to give himself a noticeable advantage over the other.

In the fourth round, Dalby tried to get some momentum – but a pair of slips on the canvas seemed to curtail that. But then, out of nowhere, he once again threw the right high kick, and this time it landed clean. As Churilov dropped his hand to try to block the kick, it got through.

Churilov staggered from side to side before falling to the canvas. Dalby was on him quickly, and a few follow-up punches on the ground might not have even been necessary. The official end came at the 2:19 mark of the fourth round, and one of Copenhagen’s home heroes became a champion.

“It’s f—ing awesome,” Dalby said after the fight. “I’ve been doing it in practice and training. My kicks are one of my trademarks. I was lucky in the end here. It seems like his game plan changes from fight to fight, so we were expecting everything.”

Dalby (12-0) stayed unbeaten with the win, his debut for Cage Warriors. Churilov (15-2) had a five-fight winning streak snapped.

Against the much bigger Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho, Mohsen Bahari could’ve been in trouble on paper. But he put on a striking clinic early. When Carvalho threatened, Bahari circled out of danger. The two traded more wildly as the first round wound down.

Bahari continued doing good work in the standup game in the second, even as Carvalho tried to walk through the barrages. And Carvalho found a way to do some damage to Bahari’s face, as well. Carvalho got a big takedown in the third. But once back on the feet, neither fighter seemed to take a discernible edge, leaving it in the hands of the judges with uncertainty on the way.

John Maguire was hoping to make a statement, taking the fight for his injured brother on just a week’s notice. He needed to get back in the win column after a disappointing loss only three weeks ago at Cage Warriors 65. But Damir Hadzovic had other ideas.

Maguire came out quick with a combination, then shot for a single-leg takedown. But Hadzovic defended and wound up on top. Maguire nearly had an armbar, but Hadzovic elected to stand up out of danger and go back to the feet. That proved to be a brilliant decision.

After a low blow restart, Hadzovic landed a right hand, then a pair of knees crumpled Maguire. And with the veteran on the ground, Hadzovic landed three more big shots to get the TKO finish. Hadzovic (8-2) won for the fourth straight time. Maguire (19-8) lost for the second straight time and fifth time in six bouts.

Toni Tauru loves him some rear-naked chokes, and Martin Akhtar found out the hard way. Akhtar landed an overhand right straight away, but Tauru answered back before the two tied up along the fence. That appeared to be Tauru’s wheelhouse, and he took Akhtar’s back to look for a takedown. He finally got it, and though Akhtar quickly got back to his feet, Tauru soon had the fight back on the canvas and had Akhtar’s back with ease. He kept a body lock on, and worked for a rear-naked choke.

It wasn’t tight enough early. But he went back after it with a minute left, and the second time was the charm. He squeezed tight and got the tap with 36 seconds left in the first. Tauru (9-1-1) won for the ninth straight time, and sixth straight time by submission. Five of those six have come by rear-naked choke. Akhtar (3-2) lost for the first time since this same weekend a year ago.

With the Scandinavian crowd clearly behind him, Jack Hermansson came out fired up. But then he had to settle for a durable Enoc Solves Torres making it tough for him to finish – though he finally got him late. Hermansson would mostly dominate the first 10 minutes. In the third, though, Torres unloaded on Hermansson with a big left hand, then a knee. Hermansson was in big trouble, and he grabbed the fence to aid himself. But Torres stayed relentless and took Hermansson’s back and looked for a rear-naked choke with plenty of time to work.

After a brief scramble, Torres landed a 12-6 elbow to to the back of Hermansson’s head. Torres was warned by referee Rich Mitchell, but didn’t lose a point. And that was enough for Hermansson to recover, and he went on to really work for the finish in the final two minutes with ground-and-pound. And finally, with one last flurry, Torres verbally tapped to the barrage with just 24 seconds left in the fight. Hermansson (6-2) snapped a two-fight skid. Torres (13-7) had a two-fight streak ended.

In a battle of momentum shifts, Martin Svensson took a split decision from Robbie Olivier to open up Saturday’s event. Olivier was in control of the fight in the first round, trading ground-and-pound for choke attempts. But it was Svensson who was on fire in the second. He had a tight triangle choke applied, then opened Olivier up with elbows.

Olivier survived the round to see the third. There, the two traded mini rallies, but it was Svensson who convinced two of the three judges he had done enough. Svensson (13-5) snapped a two-fight skid. Olivier (20-10-1) had a five-fight unbeaten streak snapped.

MAIN CARD

Nicolas Dalby def. Sergei Churilov via TKO (kick, punches) – Round 4, 2:19 – for vacant welterweight title
Mohsen Bahari def. Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Damir Hadzovic def. John Maguire via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58
Toni Tauru def. Martin Akhtar via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:14
Jack Hermansson def. Enoc Solves Torres via submission (strikes) – Round 3, 4:36
Martin Svensson def. Robbie Olivier via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen def. Frodi Hansen via disqualification (illegal strike) – Round 1, 4:59
Hakon Foss def. Per Franklin via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:26
Lina Akhtar Lansberg def. Emma Delaney via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:26
Rioo Ibrahim def. Alexander Jacobsen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:49
Shamal Tashkilot def. Binh Son Le via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matthias Lodahl def. Haci Firat Dogan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:26

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 66

21/03/2014

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Cage Warriors 66 headliners Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov (pictured) both made weight this afternoon ahead of their highly-anticipated CWFC welterweight title clash.

The pair are set to battle it out for the vacant 170lbs belt at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, tomorrow evening.

Both the main and co-main events are set for the Danish capital, with Bruno Carvalho and Mohsen Bahari also on weight for their welterweight bout.

All other fighters also made weight, with the exception of Emma Delaney, who forfeited 40 per cent of her purse to opponent Lina Akhtar Lansberg after coming in 2.5lbs over the bantamweight limit of 136lbs.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.


CWFC 66 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.

CAGE WARRIORS 66 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Welterweight title: Sergei Churilov (169.2lbs) vs. Nicolas Dalby (168.8lbs)
Welterweight: Bruno Carvalho (170.8lbs) vs. Mohsen Bahari (170.1lbs)
Lightweight: John Maguire (155.8lbs) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs)
Bantamweight: Toni Tauru (135.4lbs) vs. Martin Akhtar (135lbs)
Middleweight: Enoc Solves Torres (185.4lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (185.5lbs)
Featherweight: Robbie Olivier (146lbs) vs. Martin Svensson (145.6lbs)
Welterweight: Jussi Halonen (170.1lbs) vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen (170.6lbs)
Welterweight: Per Franklin (169.5lbs) vs. Haakon Foss (170lbs)
Bantamweight: Emma Delaney (138.5lbs)* vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg (134.9lbs)
Lightweight: Rioo Ibrahim (154.5lbs) vs. Alexander Jacobsen (153.9lbs)
Bantamweight: Binh Son Le (133.5lbs) vs. Shamal Tashkilot (136lbs)
Featherweight: Haci Firat Dogan (145.1lbs) vs. Mathias Lodahl (145.9lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 66: Copenhagen

20/03/2014

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This Saturday, March 22, sees Cage Warriors Fighting Championship head to Scandinavia for the very first time.

Cage Warriors 66, which features top international talent from nine different countries, takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Headlined by the clash of Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov for the vacant CWFC welterweight world title, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5pm local time, with the first of 12 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7pm. An undercard of three amateur contests will kick off at 6.15pm.

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time CET (8pm GMT/4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8pm CET (7pm GMT/3pm ET/12pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

TV 3 Sport 1 | Denmark
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
Fight Now TV | USA, Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm CET (8pm GMT/4pm ET/1pm PT)

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - vacant CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. John Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm CET (6.45pm GMT/2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Håkon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 7pm local time CET

Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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[VIDEO] ‘The Sharpshooter’

18/03/2014

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Cage Warriors 66 takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, this Saturday and is headlined by the meeting of Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov for the vacant CWFC welterweight title.

Dalby, the unbeaten Dane, will be looking to cement his place as one of Europe’s top welterweights by picking up the twelfth win of his career and clinching the Cage Warriors crown.

The CWFC cameras have been following the 29-year-old in the build-up to the biggest bout of his career, so check out ‘The Sharpshooter’ - our 15-minute documentary - below.


Produced by Demetrio Marquez for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

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CWFC 69: Warburton vs. Ray

18/03/2014

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The CWFC lightweight world title will be at stake when Curt Warburton (13-4) and Stevie Ray (14-5) clash at Cage Warriors 69 at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

CWFC officials can confirm that previous champion Ivan Buchinger has been released from his contract with the promotion, leaving a vacancy at the summit of the 155lbs division.

The bout will mark the second time that Warburton and Ray will have met, with their previous encounter - which took place in March, 2013 - ending in a unanimous-decision triumph for Warburton.

“I can’t wait to be stepping back into that cage, with the opportunity of walking back out as the new Cage Warriors champion,” said Warburton, a native of Newcastle, England.

Warburton signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 courtesy of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

The 33-year-old has put together a 6-1 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Ray, on the other hand, will be looking to regain the belt he relinquished to Ivan Buchinger after their epic encounter in the main event at CWFC 63 in Dublin last New Year’s Eve.

The 23-year-old Scotsman had been crowned champion back in October after emerging victorious from the four-man CWFC lightweight title tournament thanks to wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter at CWFC 60.

Ray said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the win column, avenging my loss to Curt and getting my title back in London where I won it last October.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Buchinger and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have parted company as a result of the fighter’s refusal to honour the terms of his contract, as explained by Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Despite having competed for us on six occasions, Ivan claimed that he didn’t understand his contract and decided that he no longer wanted to fight for us under the terms that he had agreed. But it’s company policy not to be held to ransom by any fighter, so we were happy to let him go,” said Boylan.

“We have an incredibly stacked lightweight division, as evidenced by the meeting of Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray for the belt on June 7, so losing one fighter from that division is merely a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, I thank Ivan for his contribution and wish him the best for his future.”

Tickets for CWFC 69, featuring Curt Warburton versus Stevie Ray for the CWFC lightweight world title, will go on sale shortly.

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CWFC 68: Roberts vs. Wallhead

17/03/2014

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A huge welterweight match-up has been set for the main event at Cage Warriors 68.

Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead will collide in the headliner when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Also confirmed for the CWFC 68 bill is a middleweight bout between Che Mills and Leeroy Barnes, in addition to another big welterweight contest between Matt Inman and Mauro Chimento.

But in the evening’s main attraction, Danny Roberts (10-1) will be hoping for his sixth consecutive CWFC victory as he aims to strengthen his claims for a shot at the CWFC welterweight crown, which is up for grabs this weekend at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen.

Roberts, who’ll be fighting in his hometown of Liverpool, has climbed into the top-five in the UK rankings courtesy of impressive wins over Jack Mason, Diego Gonzalez, Henry Fadipe and Juan Manuel Suarez.

With all but two of his wins coming inside the distance, 26-year-old Roberts says fans can expect fireworks when he takes on Wallhead in what will surely be the biggest test of his career to date.

He said: “Fighting in front of my friends, family and fans in my adopted hometown again for a top organisation is going to be special, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Jimmy Wallhead into one of the toughest welterweight divisions in the world.

“He is a very well-respected fighter and is one of the biggest names in the sport in the UK. This is going to be one that people won’t want to miss.”

Wallhead (25-8), who turned 30 last week, recently signed to fight exclusively for Cage Warriors, having previously competed for the promotion on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter.

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

“I’m really excited to be back on Cage Warriors and I’m especially pleased to be fighting in Liverpool on May 3,” said Wallhead.

“The opponent is irrelevant to me as all fights at this level are tough, but I’m really motivated by the prospect of beating him in his hometown. I expect a war, which is great for the fans and great for me, as I just love fighting.”

Meanwhile, having impressively disposed of Gregor Weibel at CWFC 64 last month, Matt Inman (13-5) will also be keen to stay in the CWFC welterweight title hunt when he goes in search of a fifth straight win, with Brazilian star Mauro Chimento (15-10) providing the opposition as he returns to Cage Warriors after a lengthy lay-off due to illness.

Elsewhere, after both fighters endured a disappointing 2013, Che Mills (15-7-2nc) and Leeroy Barnes (12-13-1nc) will be looking to return to winning ways when they clash in a middleweight bout.

Cage Warriors 68, for which many more bouts are still to be announced, will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and tickets are available to purchase HERE.

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Photos: Danny Roberts (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors); Jimmy Wallhead (Charli Edwards | Little Red Creative)

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“Ukraine needs positive news now more than ever…”

14/03/2014

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By JJ Saddington

Fighting in his opponent’s backyard isn’t something that bothers Sergei Churilov. In fact, when the opportunity arose to take on Danish standout Nicolas Dalby in Copenhagen, Churilov had only one question.

“He [my manager] asked if I wanted to fight for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship belt,” the 28-year-old recalls. “I said “Sure!” and my only question was when it would happen, so I could work out how much time I had to prepare.”

Churilov (15-1) is set to take on Dalby (11-0) for the vacant CWFC welterweight belt on Saturday, March 22, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its way to Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena for CWFC 66. Churilov knows all about Dalby and what stands between him and the 170lbs strap.

“He is a strong fighter, and I really like that about him. He is good both standing and on the ground. We have a past opponent in common too – Ivica Truscek – against whom I unfortunately lost, and Dalby beat twice.”

Truscek remains the only blot on Churilov’s otherwise flawless record, but he insists this was an anomaly of his own doing: “Truscek was not a difficult opponent for me, but I made one fatal mistake which allowed him to move into full mount.”

Fighting is something Churilov grew up with: “All boys fight during childhood, but it would always end badly for me. One day I said to myself “Enough!” and I went and took up pankration. After that there was no more fighting in the street – they didn’t try to provoke me anymore, knowing that it would end badly for them now.”

His background in pankration is something he greatly values. Churilov says: “Believe me; the title of world champion in pankration means as much to me as winning many of my professional fights.”

Take a look back at Sergei Churilov’s Cage Warriors 46 submission victory against Anatoly Starodubtsev below…


Currently riding a five-fight win-streak, Churilov, who has taken 12 of his 15 wins by stoppage, is unequivocal in defining what makes both a fighter and a man.

“A good fighter, in my opinion, is someone who is firmly committed to his goals, goes all out in training and gives his all to becoming stronger in order to ascend to the heights of excellence,” he explains.

“To me, being a man is about being honest, behaving with good conscience, defending the weak, if necessary, and protecting your home.”

On March 22, Churilov is also hoping to give his people back home something to cheer about: “Ukraine needs positive news now more than ever, so I will do everything possible to win – and more.

“I don’t like to make bold statements, but let’s just say that the fight will definitely not be boring. I never think about fans during the fight, therefore I don’t care who they are supporting. The Cage Warriors belt is a pass to becoming the elite of European martial arts. That says it all.”

Cage Warriors 66 takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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One Maguire replaces another at next weekend’s CWFC 66

14/03/2014

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An injury to Tommy Maguire has forced a late change to next weekend’s Cage Warriors 66 card in Copenhagen, Denmark.

His opponent, Damir Hadzovic, will still clash with Maguire at the Ballerup Super Arena on Saturday, March 22, but instead it will be Tommy’s older brother John (pictured) in the opposite corner.

Tommy, 26, was forced out of the lightweight bout yesterday after sustaining an injury, so 30-year-old John has stepped in to replace him on short notice, opting to fight just 21 days after his last outing.

John Maguire (19-7), a five-fight UFC veteran, was edged out by Saul Rogers via unanimous decision in the main event at CWFC 65 in Dublin on March 1.

He said: “I’m a fighter and, as a fighter, I’m always ready to step in, accept a challenge and compete.”

Maguire has been stopped just once in his 26 professional bouts to date, while Hadzovic (7-2) has taken all but one of his victories inside the distance, with his two losses coming at the hands of current undefeated UFC pair Krzysztof Jotko and Andreas Stahl.

Damir Hadzovic and John Maguire will clash in a 155lbs bout on the main card at Cage Warriors 66, CWFC’s first event in Scandinavia, a week tomorrow. Tickets are available HERE.

MAIN CARD

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - vacant CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. John Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Håkon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg
Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 67: Update

13/03/2014

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Martin McDonough (pictured) will make his flyweight debut in his native Wales at Cage Warriors 67 next month.

The event, set to be hosted by The LC in Swansea, takes place on Saturday, April 12, and will be headlined by a CWFC bantamweight title bout between James Brum and defending champion Brett Johns.

McDonough (11-4), who went 3-0 under the CWFC banner as a bantamweight, will face Shaj Haque (4-1) in his first bout in the 125lbs division, with Haque looking to rebound from his first career loss at the hands of Paul Marin last October.

Also added to the CWFC 67 bill is a lightweight tussle between Sean Carter (8-1) and Wesley Murch (13-7), along with seven other bouts.

Check out the updated CWFC 67 card below:

Brett Johns (c) vs. James Brum - CWFC bantamweight title bout
Sean Carter vs. Wesley Murch
Shaj Haque vs. Martin McDonough
Piotr Ptasinski vs. Charlie Watts
Gemma Hewitt vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Rikki Fortuna vs. Mario Saeed
Kris Edwards vs. Phil Raeburn
Toby Meech vs. Paul Rogers
Simas Norkus vs. Stu Tyrie
Monica Gaitan vs. Kate Jackson

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Great Dane Dalby hoping to continue his meteoric rise

13/03/2014

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By JJ Saddington

”...I look at all MMA fighters in a more cynical way because I’m always trying to analyse what they’re doing right or wrong…”

Those outside of the European MMA scene may not be familiar with the name Nicolas ‘Sharpshooter’ Dalby, but that’s all set to change on Saturday, March 22, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena in Denmark for CWFC 66.

Headlining the event is a welterweight title tussle between hometown favourite Dalby (11-0) and Ukraine’s Sergei Churilov (15-1) for the vacant CWFC welterweight title. Win or lose, the Dane is looking to put on an entertaining fight for the fans in the arena and the viewers at home.

Unbeaten in all 11 of his professional bouts to date, Dalby is the model image of a modern-day mixed martial artist, with as many wins by KO as submission.

“I feel like a truly all-round MMA fighter; I can box, kick, I can do some wrestling and BJJ,” Dalby says, although he’s certainly not averse to scoring a highlight-reel finish. “Of course it’s always the most exciting to win by way of a spectacular KO, but if I see a submission I’ll absolutely go for it.”

Citing Chuck Liddell as an early MMA hero, and Mark Hunt as someone who has “the ability to bring out the pure fan in me again,” Dalby has his inspirations, but he doesn’t directly attribute his own skill-set to anyone in particular.

“I try to pick out the stuff that I feel will work for me instead of blindly having one special fighter as a kind of ‘god’. Now I look at all MMA fighters in a more cynical way because I’m always trying to analyse what they’re doing right or wrong in fights.”

Starting out in karate, initially as a way to deal with bullies, Dalby eventually made the move into MMA in order “to try something more challenging”. From there on, his progression to the top of the European circuit was positively meteoric.

“Fast, is how I would sum it up,” he says. “I had my first professional fight in March 2010 and, more or less three years after, I won my tenth fight, which was a first for any Danish MMA fighter.

“I also broke the record for the fastest KO in Scandinavia, with a six-second fight, so it’s been an intense ride.”

‘The Sharpshooter’, a documentary following Nicolas Dalby in the build-up to Cage Warriors 66, is released this Monday, March 17. Watch the trailer below…


Eleven fights into his career and turning 30 later this year, Dalby is a relative latecomer to the sport: “I don’t really stress over my age,” explains the 29-year-old, who recognises the distinction between age and time spent in the cage.

“I think how hard and long a fighter has been fighting says more than age does. Just take a look at Shogun Rua, who is just two years older than me but looks like he is pretty much done.”

Nobody is more aware than Dalby of the importance of his upcoming fight with Churilov and the significance of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championhip welterweight belt.

“I see Cage Warriors as the most well-known and prestigious European MMA promotion, without doubt,” Dalby says. “So I’m really honoured to be fighting for the title.”

His message to the Danish fans ahead of his shot at CWFC gold a week on Saturday is simple: “I hope to see as many of you as possible in Ballerup Super Arena on March 22. I’ll promise to give Churilov everything I have. And a little more!”

Cage Warriors 66 takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Photo: Palle Schultz

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CWFC Fight Night 10: Azaitar vs. Marshman

11/03/2014

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The main event for CWFC Fight Night 10 has been set, with Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman set to square off in a middleweight bout.

CWFC Fight Night 10 will take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, 28 March, and will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s fourth event in as many countries so far in 2014.

An exciting bantamweight bout between Scotland’s John Cullen (15-7-2) and Russian star Marat Pekov (10-5) has also been added to the bill, along with the light-heavyweight clash of experienced Frenchman Malik Merad (16-11) and six-fight CWFC veteran Mohamed Ali (10-5), a fan-favourite in the Middle East.

However, an injury has forced Liam James (8-6) out of his featherweight bout against Dave Hill (11-3). James will be replaced by 21-year-old English prospect Sam Gilbert, who’ll be searching for back-to-back CWFC wins.

Meanwhile, in the event’s headliner, both Azaitar and Marshman will be keen to leave a mark on the CWFC middleweight division in the Jordanian capital, with both fighters in line to make their respective promotional debuts.

Marshman (14-4), an active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, is one of the UK’s top middleweights and recently made the step-up to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster after some impressive performances on the British domestic scene.

All but two of Marshman’s 14 victories have come via stoppage and the 24-year-old Welshman holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m really excited to be making my Cage Warriors debut and fighting abroad, and I’ll be looking to do 3 Para and Wales proud,” said Marshman. “My opponent likes to stand and strike so it should make for a very interesting fight.”

Azaitar (8-2) has dropped just one loss in his last nine outings and most recently disposed of former KSW middleweight champion Krzysztof Kulak by first-round TKO this past December.

A 28-year-old German fighter of Moroccan descent, one of Azaitar’s two losses came via DQ - on his professional debut - and the other due to a cut sustained against Marcin Naruszczka, a loss he avenged last July.

Azaitar said: “Fighting for a well-known and prestigious promotion like Cage Warriors is something I’m really looking forward to. Coming from an Arabic background, it will also be extra special for me to be fighting in Amman and I’m excited about putting on a great performance for the fans.”

Three bouts have also been added to the CWFC Fight Night 10 prelims. Check out the card below:

Abu Azaitar vs. Jack Marshman
John Cullen vs. Marat Pekov
Mohamed Ali vs. Malik Merad
Allan Love vs. Norman Paraisy
Marcin Lasota vs. Paul Marin
Sam Gilbert vs. Dave Hill
Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Carl Booth
Elodie Puget vs. Vanessa Rico
Yazan Janeb vs. Hicham Laghzali

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Wallhead returns to Cage Warriors

06/03/2014

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Top English welterweight Jimmy Wallhead (25-8) has today joined Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s stacked 170lbs division.

Wallhead, currently ranked as one of the UK’s top two welterweights, will compete exclusively for CWFC for a minimum period of 18 months after inking a five-fight deal with the promotion.

The 29-year-old began his career with Cage Warriors back in 2005, going on to compete under the CWFC banner on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter in the promotion’s 12-year history.

The latest addition to CWFC’s highly competitive welterweight stable, Wallhead will be aiming to stake a claim for a shot at championship gold when he makes his Cage Warriors return at CWFC 68 in Liverpool on May 3 against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

“I’m extremely excited about my homecoming to Cage Warriors,” said Wallhead. “Cage Warriors was where I started and where I have some of the fondest memories from my career so far.

“I’m in the best mental and physical shape of my life, so to come back to Cage Warriors to compete in a great talent-pool is an inspirational opportunity for me.

“My respect goes out to Graham Boylan and Ian Dean for creating an incredibly organised and focused promotion that continues to evolve and improve, making Cage Warriors an exciting prospect for any serious athlete.”

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Jimmy Wallhead back to the promotion. At 29, he’s in the prime of his career so he needs to be competing regularly against high-calibre opposition. That’s exactly what he’ll do here at Cage Warriors.”

See Jimmy Wallhead make his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship return on Saturday, May 3, at CWFC 68 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena! Tickets, priced from £30 plus booking fee, are available HERE.

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Results: Cage Warriors 65

02/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

To the surprise of many, five-time UFC veteran John Maguire was upset by healthy underdog Saul Rogers (pictured) after three rounds of closely contested action in the Cage Warriors 65 headliner.

The event, which streamed on MMAjunkie from The Helix in Dublin, saw the significantly younger and less experienced Rogers (8-1) hold his own and more against Maguire (19-7) to take a unanimous decision victory, and the most notable win of his young career.

Maguire expected his winning streak and subsequent climb back to the UFC’s octagon to take another positive step forward against Rogers, but that obviously didn’t go as planned. The 24-year-old Rogers stayed away from the dangerous submissions of “The One” when he needed to and patiently waited for his moments to attack.

With the loss, Maguire drops to a dismal 1-4 in his past five fights, while Rogers recorded his second consecutive victory under the Cage Warriors banner.

After seeing his UFC career fizzle due to consecutive losses, Ben Alloway (13-5) got back on track in his return to Cage Warriors with a decision victory over a game Jack Mason (26-13) in the co-main event. It wasn’t the most thrilling contest on the card, but it was a meaningful bout for both men as they are trying to enter the crowded welterweight title picture. That made a victory on paramount.

Fortunately for Alloway, his striking and grappling were just a little more on point than Mason for two of the three rounds, and that’s what got him a victory. There weren’t many memorable moments in the fight, but Alloway has to be satisfied with his performance seeing as it earned him his first victory since December 2012.

Artem Lobov (8-8) tried to goad Alex Enlund (10-2) into a standup fight with some pre-fight banter, however, once the actual contest began, it was evident no such thing was going to take place.

Enlund relentlessly pursued the takedown from the opening bell and after a brief struggle, the grappling specialist got the fight where he wanted. Once Enlund had an advantageous position over Lobov on the ground it was just a matter of time until the fight-ending submission was locked in.

The 26-year-old got his arm under the neck with relative ease for a rear-naked choke, but instead of tapping out, Lobov opted to go to sleep, giving Enlund the ninth submission victory of his young career.

Damien Rooney (10-3-1) impressed in his Cage Warriors debut with a second-round submission victory over Bryan Creighton (5-2) that showed a little bit of everything in his game.

The story of the fight was the power of the short and stocky Creighton against the tricky height and length of Rooney. Ultimately, the latter proved more successful as Rooney stayed on the outside and wisely picked his shots from the outside when the fight was on the feet and was always looking to attack on the ground.

Rooney was always doing his best to finish the fight and in the second round he locked in a triangle choke from bottom position that forced Creighton to tap out in MMA competition for the first time.

For the first time in his career, Paul Redmond (9-4) was forced to go past the second round and to the final bell when he defeated an extremely game Damian Brown (10-6) by decision in an entertaining affair.

It was an extremely high paced, back-and-forth 15-minute affair that would test the endurance of even the most well trained fighter. Redmond proved he able to not only go the distance, but he can do it while going full throttle for the entire fight.

The bout with Brown was contested almost entirely on the ground, as the sweeps, transitions and submission attempts came in waves. While neither man was able to finish the fight, there was nothing to be discouraged about for either after the effort put forth in the cage.

Philip Mulpeter (7-4) may have come up short in the most high-profile bout of his career against John Maguire last year, but on Saturday “The Honey Badger” showed that loss has only made him better as he came out and ran through Aldric Cassata (7-6).

Cassata had nothing to offer his Irish counterpart beyond takedown attempts, and once it was evident Mulpeter could avoid being held on the ground, his confidence bolstered and eventually the finish came. A big knee to the body followed by an assault of ground-and-pound produced the fight-ending stoppage form the referee.

While his record is far from consistent, Mulpeter’s knockout of Cassata was a perfect example of what he’s capable of when he’s at his best.

Complete Cage Warriors 65 results:

Saul Rogers def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ben Alloway def. Jack Mason via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Enlund def. Artem Lobov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:24
Damien Rooney def. Bryan Creighton via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:10
Paul Redmond def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Philip Mulpeter def. Aldric Cassata via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
Lee Caers def. Merv Mulholland via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:12
Catherine Costigan def. Irene Cabello via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Paddy Pimblett def. Martin Sheridan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Konrad Iwanowski def. Shane Gunfield via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Neil Ward def. Gavin Kelly via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:58

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 65

28/02/2014

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Cage Warriors 65 headliners John Maguire and Saul Rogers (pictured) have both made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at The Helix in Dublin.

The pair came in under the 156lbs limit for their lightweight clash earlier this afternoon in the Irish capital, while co-main event duo Jack Mason and Benny Alloway are also on weight and ready to collide in their highly-anticipated welterweight encounter.

Three fighters on tomorrow’s 11-bout bill failed to make the contracted weight, however, with Alex Enlund, Paddy Pimblett and Bryan Creighton all forfeiting 25 per cent of their purses to their respective opponents Artem Lobov, Martin Sheridan and Damien Rooney.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 65 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CAGE WARRIORS 65 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight: Saul Rogers (155.2lbs) vs. John Maguire (154.5lbs)
Welterweight: Benny Alloway (170.5lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.9lbs)
Featherweight: Alex Enlund (147.3lbs)* vs. Artem Lobov (145.7lbs)
130lbs catchweight: Bryan Creighton (132.9lbs)* vs. Damien Rooney (130.6lbs)
Lightweight: Damien Brown (155.3lbs) vs. Paul Redmond (155.9lbs)
160lbs catchweight: Aldric Cassata (160lbs) vs. Philip Mulpeter (160.5lbs)
Welterweight: Lee Caers (170.5lbs) vs. Merv Mulholland (170lbs)
Atomweight: Irene Cabello (105.8lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.1lbs)
Bantamweight: Martin Sheridan (135.4lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (136.8lbs)*
176lbs catchweight: Shane Gunfield (176lbs) vs. Konrad Iwanowski (175.6lbs)
Bantamweight: Neil Ward (135.2lbs) vs. Gavin Kelly (134.3lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

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CWFC 66: Hermansson vs. Torres

28/02/2014

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The card for CWFC 66 is now complete, following the addition of a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson (pictured) and Enoc Solves Torres.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s first event in Scandinavia, which takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday, March 22.

Hermansson (5-2), who returns to Cage Warriors following a two-fight stint with Bellator, holds previous CWFC wins over Ali Arish and Mike Ling.

Fighting out of Norway, the 25-year-old Swede has taken all five of his professional wins inside the distance, four of which have come via KO.

“I’m really happy to be on this card as it means my family and friends will finally be able to see me fight live,” said Hermansson. “I can’t wait to put on a show for the Cage Warriors fans in Scandinavia.”

Torres (13-6), a 29-year-old Spaniard, will be making his debut for the promotion against Hermansson in Copenhagen.

A seven-fight M-1 veteran, Torres has taken 10 of his 13 wins by stoppage - five (T)KOs and five submissions.

He said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to this challenge against a good opponent.”

Preliminary-card bouts between Jussi Halonen and Frodi Vitalis Hansen, and Binh Son Le and Shamal Tashkilot, have also been added to finalise the CWFC 66 bill.

Tickets for CWFC 66 are currently available to purchase HERE.

MAIN CARD

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. Tommy Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Haakon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg
Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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Marshman and Teodorczuk join the roster

28/02/2014

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Jack Marshman (Photo: Huw Fairclough | Short & Round)

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Marshman and Mateusz Teodorczuk to its roster.

The pair have each inked five-fight deals which will see them compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

Marshman (14-4), one of the UK’s top middleweights, has taken all but two of his 14 wins inside the distance, 10 of which have come via (T)KO.

An active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, Marshman is a former middleweight champion for domestic British promotion BAMMA and holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m very happy to have signed with Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to some really interesting match-ups with Europe’s premier promotion,” said the 24-year-old Welshman.

“I want to thank my superiors at 3 Para for supporting me in my MMA career and allowing me the opportunity to train full-time. Also thanks to Graham Boylan for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Teodorczuk (11-2) commits to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on the back of his impressive promotional debut at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

Mateusz Teodorczuk (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

The 24-year-old Polish lightweight picked up his ninth consecutive victory and a Submission of the Night bonus, ending Paul Redmond’s five-fight win-streak via anaconda choke in the second round of their main-card meeting.

Teodorczuk said: “I believe that I showed my skills and potential in beating Paul Redmond, and I’m ready for any challenge that CWFC will have for me. I’m really happy to have signed this deal.

“I want to beat every rival that stands in my way and get the opportunity to fight for that lightweight title. It’s a stacked division but the other guys in there need to be aware that there’s now a new big fish in the pond.”

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