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Brad on the Blog: Cage Warriors 48


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Brad attempts to look as slick as Cage Warriors’ announcer Joe Martinez. It didn’t work. (Photo: Tommy Lakes)

By Brad Wharton

EVER wondered what goes on behind the scenes before, during and after a Cage Warriors event? I certainly have. To say I was more than a little excited about the opportunity to document it all would be the biggest understatement since someone described Dan Henderson to me as always having “a puncher’s chance”.

So along with my partner in crime Tommy (the guy with the camera), I (the guy with the Mohawk) will be delving into the inner workings of Cage Warriors as an event, an organisation and a family, and we’ll be displaying what we find for your viewing pleasure in glorious HD.

So here’s the idea: Tommy and I have been given complete freedom by the Cage Warriors brass to stick our camera and microphone wherever we see fit. Our mission: to take the world behind the curtain and give you all some insight into what it takes to make the magic happen.

We’ll be talking to the fighters, the judges, the cage crew, the management, the referees and anyone else who makes up the Cage Warriors machine. We’ll be asking them about the good times, the hard times, the stresses and strains, and the final pay-off when the bell rings and the cage door closes.

This isn’t going to be just another stage-managed video blog; this is going to be a real look at the real Cage Warriors experience. Cage Warriors as a promotion is completely unique – already this year they have hopped across multiple countries on multiple continents, showing no signs of slowing down.

Even the global behemoth that is the UFC has a home base in Las Vegas. Cage Warriors is MMA’s true bohemian; a multinational, multicultural monolith unlike any other. We’re going to tell the story of how, and why, they do it.

So what can you expect from Cage Warriors’ dynamic duo? Let’s call it a collection of video postcards from MMA’s greatest ever road trip. We’ll be utilising Tommy’s skills with his lens and my big mouth and nimble fingers (ladies…) to bring you a series of videos, interviews and blogs offering an unprecedented level of access to Cage Warriors.

We’ll be visiting the Cage Warriors offices to get an idea of the logistics behind the world tour, we’ll be dropping in on some of the fighters as they prepare for battle, as well as clocking up the air miles to take you behind the scenes at every Cage Warriors event. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Where it all began: Cage Warriors’ 10th birthday

What better place to start our journey than the 10th birthday bash? Cage Warriors 48 saw the promotion return to its London home of the HMV Forum for a night of fights that far surpassed the hype.

You all know the results by now: John ‘Jitsu’ Phillips proved that lightning does indeed strike twice with his second submission in a row, Danny Roberts made a serious statement in the welterweight division, Dale Hardiman and Aaron Wilkinson impressed on their debuts and Kris Edwards emphatically ended his war of words with Bryan Hyslop.

Elsewhere, Tommy and I caught up with rising star Charlie Watts outside the home of his beloved Arsenal FC to talk about MMA and his sporting heroes. We chatted to the pre-eminent Israeli mixed martial artist Ido Pariente about representing his country in the world’s fasted growing sport.

The voices of Cage Warriors, John Gooden and Josh Palmer, spoke to us about their journey with the CWFC family, and judges Andy Sledge and Ben Cartlidge evaluated the promotion’s significance on the world stage.

We discussed the logistics of Cage Warriors with Patrick Vickers, and even got a rare chat with the top man Graham Boylan, who detailed his Cage Warriors journey and his hopes for the future. You can see all the videos on our YouTube page by clicking HERE.

The next stop on this most excellent adventure is Amman, Jordan on September 1. Cage Warriors is staging the latest in its “Fight Night” series, with two huge title bouts.

Conor McGregor defends his featherweight strap against Jim Alers, while the middleweight tournament reaches a nail-biting climax as John Phillips faces Pavel Kusch in a rematch of their semi-final contest earlier this year.

Tommy and I will be there every step of the way, giving you guys the opportunity to experience the entire spectacle from a different angle. We hope you’ll join us!

Brad Wharton

Brad & Tommy are MMA journalist and KISS aficionado Brad Wharton, and videographer and professional Irishman Tommy Lakes. Follow them on Twitter at @MMABrad48 and @TommySekal.

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