Cage Warriors 43 Live From London On Saturday Night
The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to London for the third time this year on Saturday night, as the HMV Forum plays host to Cage Warriors 43. This stacked event features a 13 bout fightcard which will be shown LIVE around the world on CageWarriors.com, www.mmajunkie.com, Facebook and Television.
Headlining the event is the highly ranked UK Middleweight Jack “The Stone” Mason (15-7-0) as he takes on the European Top Ten ranked Frenchman Norman Paraisy (9-1-1-1nc). Mason is no stranger to UK fans having plied his trade on the UK professional circuit since 2005. Based in Essex and training out of Team Tsunami, Mason has built a solid reputation as a tough competitor with good all-round skills. With 13 of his 15 career wins inside the distance, the Englishman has rebounded well after suffering a tough start to his pro career and comes into this bout on the back of a decision win over the top Scottish Middleweight Allan Love at CWFC 41 in April.
Whilst Paraisy travels to London looking to continue his five bout unbeaten streak which he has built since his exit from the “Ultimate Fighter” season 11 show in 2010. Unlike his British opponent, Paraisy has fought around the world in such diverse places as Japan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland and the USA. Whilst last time out he defeated the former WEC Champion Paulo Filho in Brazil and will now travel to the UK looking to continue his unbeaten streak on these shores in front of a live television and internet audience.
The night’s co-main sees the undefeated Irishman Joseph Duffy (9-0-0) take on his fellow Countryman Francis Heagney (9-4-0) in a Lightweight clash. Duffy makes his fourth appearance on Cage Warriors since returning from his brief stint on the “Ultimate Fighter” season 12 show last year. With all nine wins coming inside the first round against the likes of Norman Parke (14-2), Conor McGregor (8-2) and Oriol Gaset (11-7), the 23 year old Irishman has rightly earned a reputation for being one of Europe’s best young prospects.
However he faces a tough test against the London Shoot team member who returns to action after nearly a year away from the cage. A veteran of Cage Rage and BAMMA; the London based Irishman comes into this bout with 3 wins in his last 4 fights and holds wins over the likes of the TUF 8 veteran Wes Murch, Brad Wheeler and the current UCMMA Champion Tim Radcliffe. Whilst he has gone the distance with the now UFC fighter Jason Young and the top 10 UK ranked Lightweight Michael Pastou. At home both standing and on the floor; Heagney poses a formidable test for the unbeaten 23 year old in the CWFC cage.
Also on the CWFC 43 main card is the long awaited and much talked about re-match between Brad Wheeler (5-5-0) and Ian “The Whirlwind” Entwistle (4-0-0). Both men first met at CWFC 41 after a long drawn out war of words on the internet, which exploded when Entwistle was dropped by a knee after having the advantage early on. However as Wheeler went to finish the fight he landed several illegal shots to the back of Entwistle’s head and was disqualified midway through round 1. Now after nearly 3 months of internet tirades and interviews these two hatred rivals meet again in the CWFC cage, with both men promising to deliver a clear cut result when they do battle on Saturday night.
Other action sees Andreas “Big Daddy” Kraniotakes (10-4-0) and Dave “The Iron Giant” Keeley (5-2-0) return to Cage Warriors, as they face each other less than a month after their respective victories at CWFC Fight Night 1 in Amman, Jordan. An established veteran of the European MMA scene; Kraniotakes fought in his native Germany before making his name on the World Freefight Challenge events in Serbia and Slovenia. The powerful Heavyweight is also known for his appearance as a playable character in the EA Sports MMA video game. Last time out he made his experience and power count, when he stopped the top 10 UK ranked prospect Jay “Mean Streak” Mortimore in the main event of CWFC Fight Night 1. He’ll be looking for his experience to show once again when attempts to negate his 6’10’’ opponent’s height and reach advantage on Saturday night.
Although Dave Keeley is no stranger to international opposition having represented his Country in Holland in the 2009 M-1 Challenge. Whilst he has also faced UFC veterans Neil Wain and Jeff Monson in his short MMA career. Whilst “The Iron Giant” has picked-up wins against the Spaniard Paco Estevez, the Ukrainian kickboxer Vitaly Oparin (in Korea) and last time out defeated the American Joel Wyatt (9-5-0) in Amman, Jordan. Both men will be looking to state their claim for a possible Title opportunity in the future when they meet inside the cage.
Whilst starting the main card is a Middleweight match-up between the Team Lionheart fighter Craig White (5-2-0) and Brett Sizeland (3-1-0) of the MMA Clinic. Both men have fought previously on CWFC events with Sizeland losing on his CWFC debut back in February by TKO against T ony Machado. Whilst Craig White started his CWFC career with a win over Dan Edwards by Triangle Choke in April. Then the following month at CWFC 42, White put on a spirited performance against the American Jake Hecht before succumbing to a North-South Choke with just seconds left in the second stanza. With the Cage Warriors Middleweight division growing rapidly both fighters will want to get back to winning ways as they attempt to climb the rankings once again.
Whilst the main featured bouts are supplemented by some solid prelim match-ups. As the “Prospect Killer” Artem Lobov (2-1-0) looks to claim his third straight win when he faces Steve O’Keeffe (3-1-0) in Featherweight action. Whilst the four time CWFC veteran Adam Edwards (3-2-0) drops down a weight class to meet Ben “The Spider” Crook (7-6-0) in a Bantamweight bout. The experienced Frenchman Olivier Pastor (11-7-0-1nc) also features on the undercard against late replacement Niko Gjoka (5-5-0) who jumps up two weight divisions on late notice to make his CWFC debut. Whilst Danny Roberts (2-0-0) and David Howell (2-0-0) put their unbeaten records on the line when they start the pro card in a welterweight match-up.
Doors open at the HMV Forum from 6pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm with 4 Amateur bouts, before the Pro bouts start at 7:05pm.
Whilst viewers on Premier Sports TV (UK), (Who will be showing the event for free on Sky Channel 433 in the UK), Setanta Sports 1 (Ireland), Setanta Africa (Africa), The Fight Network (Canada), and Fight Now TV (USA) will be able to watch the action live via their TV screens at 9pm (UK Time). Check local listings for exact broadcast times in your region.
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