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Batten vs. Padavia Rounds Off The Cage Warriors 38: ‘Young Guns’ Card

21/09/2010

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London, England (September 21st, 2010) - The Cage Warriors team are pleased to announce another UK vs. Europe bout on their October 1st “Young Guns” show at the HMV Forum in London. As the current Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Danny Batten (12-5-3) will return to action after a 2 year break against the French BJJ and Karate fighter Ismael Padavia (4-1) in a non-Title bout set at 65.8kg/145lbs.

A former British and European number 1 ranked Featherweight Danny Batten has had a long association with the UK Mixed Martial Arts scene having first made his debut back in 2000. Known primarily for his ground skills, this Total Dojo fighter has showed throughout his career that he can also break down his opponents with a mixture of strikes and conditioning.

Batten started his career brightly and chalked up some decent wins over the likes of Neil McLeod, David Mclaughlin and John Kavanagh (whilst also picking-up a draw against Robbie Olivier). Although two losses in the space of 6 days in 2003 against the Japanese leg lock specialist Masakazu Imanari (at ZST in Japan) and Jean Silva (at Cage Rage in London) saw Batten take some time out as he switched gyms and worked on his game.

Upon his return in the Spring of 2005, Batten dropped a decision against the French kickboxer Mohamed El-Aouji at Cage Warriors: Ultimate Force in April of that year. However he soon stunned the European MMA scene in his next bout when he took the Cage Warriors Featherweight Title off the then unbeaten Frenchman Emmanuel Fernandez at the Coventry Skydome via a Triangle Choke.

Batten then racked-up two more impressive wins at Cage Warriors by defeating the Finnish grappler Tom Niinimaki and then at the epic ‘Night of Champions’ show in November of that year, Batten defeated the Shooto Japan veteran and BJJ Black Belt Augusto Frota by TKO, when the Brazilian was unable to come out for round 4 of a fast paced encounter.

Batten then took time out before returning at the World Pro Fighting event in Las Vegas where he defeated the heavily fancied and now WEC star Damacio Page by armbar after just 37 seconds of their encounter. A two bout series then followed against the Japanese fighter Kyotaro Nakao which saw both men fight to a draw in their first bout, before a late surge in the third round of their rematch saw the Englishman record a narrow points win.

These performances along with a quick armbar victory over Nayeb Hezam saw Batten called back to Japan where he fought previously at ZST and in two Shootboxing bouts. This time round he made his Pancrase debut against reigning Champion Yoshiro Maeda in a Non Title bout. Despite taking the fight on a week’s notice and arriving on the day of the weigh-in, Batten was able to take the Champion to a decision. These performances saw the Englishman break into Sherdog.com’s top 10 Featherweight Rankings.

However inactivity and injury has plagued Batten ever since and with only one fight since his Japanese trip which saw Batten overcome a fierce opening round from the Italian striker Cristian Binda, before Batten took control into the second round and latched on a submission to take the win, back in November 2008. Batten must now start again as he attempts to restart his career at the age of 36, having already seen several fights fall through elsewhere during 2010.

However Ismael Padavia is not flying over to make-up the numbers. This 29 year old holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the Strikeforce Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and is also a former Karate Champion in his native France.

Since turning Pro in 2008, Padavia has quickly worked his way in the French scene and holds a win domestically over the talented grappler Olivier Pastor . Since then Padavia has made an impression on the UK and European scene when he defeated the promising young English talent Lawson Tennant at Pride and Glory last December. Padavia not only ended the youngster’s unbeaten record but also claimed the Promotion’s European Title in the process. Now this Team Kraken fighter makes his second trip to English soil to see if the veteran Cage Warriors Champion still has what it takes to compete in one of the toughest European divisions.

This is just one of the many top fights due to take place on October 1st at the HMV Forum in London. As this stacked show sees the Cage Warriors Lightweight Title on the line as Kenneth Rosfort-Ness (14-3) defends his Title against the three time UFC veteran Matt Veach (13-2) from the HIT Squad in the USA.

Whilst other featured bouts see local favourite Jason “Shotgun” Young (7-3) take on the number 1 ranked European Featherweight Sergej Grecicho (8-2-1). Whilst also in action is the former Cage Rage British Champion Che Mills (10-4-0-1nc) as he battles against the up-and-coming American Jake “Hitman” Hecht (7-1).

Tickets for this show are available online at the MMA Clinic Box Office and directly from the HMV Forum Website with a starting price of just 25 pounds. Whilst doors open for this event at 6pm on Friday 1st October with the first bout of the night due to kick off at 6:45pm.

So if you wish to experience the return of Cage Warriors to the Capital, which features an exciting 12 bout fight card and several high profile international bouts then get your tickets today and look out for more updates on our website www.cagewarriors.com


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