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CWFC in 2013: The Year in Numbers


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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brought the curtain down on a hectic 2013 campaign in Dublin last December 31, signing off on what was the busiest and most successful year in the promotion’s 11-year history.

Seven different countries played host to fourteen CWFC events in 2013, bringing to 26 the total number of shows staged by the promotion since February 2012 - less than two years ago.

That number is set to increase yet again in 2014, so while we continue preparations for the start of this year’s schedule in London on February 15, check out the facts and figures from our 2013 ‘Year in Numbers’ below…

14 - the number of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Starting in London last March with Cathal Pendred being crowned CWFC welterweight champion at CWFC 52, and ending with CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve which saw featherweight and lightweight championship victories respectively for Jim Alers and Ivan Buchinger, 2013 was a record-breaking year for Cage Warriors.

7 - the number of countries that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

In 2013, CWFC brought world-class MMA action to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and the Russian republic of Chechnya.

9 - the number of cities that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Five different UK cities tasted Cage Warriors action - London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow - along with Dublin, Amman, Al Fujairah and Grozny.

34 - the number of countries that were represented by fighters competing on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Once again, athletes from all over the world showcased their skills on CWFC in 2013. The full list of countries represented reads: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Moldova, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Wales.

150 - the number of professional bouts

The 150th professional Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bout of the year saw Stevie Ray defend our lightweight title against Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 63. Many fans believe we saved the best one until last, so re-live it HERE once again and decide for yourself.

194 - the number of fighters

Just shy of 200 professional fighters competed for CWFC in 2013, with the highest number (46) coming from the welterweight division.

5 – the highest number of CWFC bouts that any fighter competed in last year

That honour is shared by English pair and BKK team-mates Jack Mason and Sean Carter, who both went 4-1 under the CWFC banner last year.

11 - the number of CWFC veterans or formerly CWFC-contracted fighters who joined the UFC

Nine Cage Warriors veterans inked deals with the UFC in 2013 - Sheila Gaff, Rosi Sexton, Conor McGregor, Leonardo Santos, Wilson Reis, Piotr Hallmann, Mats Nilsson, Zubair Tuhugov and Joanne Calderwood - while CWFC-signed pair Robert Whiteford and Davey Grant both moved to the promotion before having the chance to make their Cage Warriors debuts.

56 - the number of fighters who signed exclusive CWFC deals

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continued to strengthen its stable of fighters in 2013 with top talent from across Europe and beyond; the CWFC roster now boasts over 100 male and female athletes.

63 - the number of submissions

Submission was the most common method of victory on Cage Warriors in 2013, followed by decisions (48) and T/KOs (37). One bout (Michal Andryszak vs. Ion Cutelaba at CWFC 58 in Chechnya) ended via disqualification and one (Chris Fields vs. Norman Paraisy at CWFC 55 in Dublin) finished in a draw.

46 - the number of bonuses

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan awarded plenty of event bonuses last year, covering Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, KO of the Night and social media.

43,604 - the number of round-trip kilometres travelled

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship crew travelled far and wide again in 2013, racking up a total of 43,604 kilometres from our London headquarters en route to staging 14 events.

5 - the number of nominees for 2013’s Best Promotion

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is one of five promotions nominated in the Fighters Only World MMA Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas on February 7. If you fancy giving us your vote, please do so HERE. Thanks for your support!

35 - the number of events held under the current CWFC ownership

CWFC was eight years and 37-events-old when it assumed its current ownership under CEO Graham Boylan in the summer of 2010. The 14 events in 2013 brought the total under Boylan’s stewardship to 35 in the space of just three-and-a-half-years.

1,538,576 - the number of views on Cage Warriors TV

All broadcasted CWFC bouts are made available to watch on our YouTube channel, Cage Warriors TV, after each event. Cage Warriors TV attracted over one-and-a-half million views in 2013, bringing its total to 2,530,111.

41 - the average percentage increase per event for live stream views in 2013, compared to 2012

The number of fans tuning in to watch our event live streams in 2013 increased dramatically, despite those broadcasts being unavailable to viewers in the UK due to the terms of our Premier Sports broadcast deal. Last year’s most-viewed event was Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin in June, which was headlined by the meeting of Cathal Pendred and Che Mills.

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