Cage Warriors Return To London On October 1st With CWFC 38
London, England (September 17th, 2010) - It has been a hectic few months for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, ever since news broke in late July that one of the UK’s oldest and respected Mixed Martial Arts promotions has been taken over and is under new Management. Since then there has been a whirlwind of speculation about the future of the organisation which has been promoting MMA events around the UK (including three US events) since the Summer of 2002.
Alongside the initial announcement was news that Cage Warriors would be returning to London where they held their opening two events back in 2002. To celebrate that fact Cage Warriors has lined-up three huge international superfights to entertain the crowd at the 1500 seater HMV Forum in Kentish Town, North London.
Known for being one of London’s most popular live entertainment venues as well as one of the UK’s best-preserved original theatres, the HMV Forum is the perfect place to showcase what should be a monumental night of UK Mixed Martial Arts action. With the promise of increased production values and superb views from all angles, fans in attendance will be able to enjoy a card which will see some of Europe’s best MMA fighters in action as well as a full supporting undercard.
Headlining this card is an intriguing Striker vs. Wrestler clash for the Cage Warriors Lightweight World Title as defending Champion Kenneth Rosfort-Nees (14-3-0) takes on the three time UFC veteran Matt Veach (13-2). Rosfort-Nees won the CWFC Title at the previous Cage Warriors event in May, when he defeated the Bellator FC and Art of Fighting veteran Greg Loughran by TKO in round 4 of a tactical stand-up encounter which earned rave reviews.
Ranked in the European Top 10 and training out of the Fightcraft Gym in Copenhagen, Denmark; Rosfort-Nees holds wins over top European fighters such as the Sengoku veteran and former CWFC Welterweight Title challenger; Diego Gonzalez, the M-1 veteran and former CWFC Lightweight Title Challenger; Franco de Leonardis and the TUF 9 veteran and Sengoku veteran Jeff Lawson. With 9 of his 14 wins by coming by TKO, Rosfort-Nees has secured a solid reputation as a dangerous but tactical striker and will be looking to increase his impressive run of form which has seen him win 11 out of his last 12 fights.
Whilst his opponent Matt Veach makes his first appearance on UK Soil, and will be looking to make it three straight wins in a row following his release from the UFC back in April. Training out of the HIT Squad in Illinois, USA, Veach started his MMA career with an impressive 11-0 record which saw him get snapped-up by the UFC, where he made an immediate impact by defeating Matt Grice on his Zuffa debut.
Although back-to-back losses against Frankie Edgar and Paul Kelly saw the Illinois native released from his Zuffa contract, he has quickly bounced back with two wins over the Summer and a third win could see the HIT Squad member back in the UFC. However standing in Veach’s way is the dangerous Danish striker who will be looking to make a successful first defence of his Title and push his own claims for a spot in one of World’s elite events by defeating the American on October 1st.
Also of the card is a promising European superfight which lives up to the event’s “Young Guns” billing as the former Cage Rage British Lightweight Champion Jason “Shotgun” Young (7-3-0) takes on the number 1 ranked European Featherweight Sergej Grecicho (8-2-1) in a Catchweight bout set at 67.5kg/149lbs.
Jason Young is a well known name in the London circuit having fought almost exclusively there since 2006. A former Cage Rage British Champion who is known for his sharp stand-up skills; Young worked his way through the local scene before claiming his first big win and Title at Wembley Arena in July 2008, when he defeated Francis Heagney by Unanimous Decision. Although he lost to the Nova Forca Jiu Jitsu specialist Tim Radcliffe later that year, Young soon returned to winning ways in 2009 when he defeated Jordan Miller via TKO, before impressing against the vastly experienced and former Cage Warriors and Cage Rage champion Abdul Mohammed towards the end of last year.
Although Young started his 2010 campaign with a loss against the undefeated (and now UFC bound) Liverpudlian Paul Sass back in March, he has spent the rest of the year working his game alongside such stars as the Sengoku veteran Yasubey Enomoto and the UK based trio of Paul Daley, Nick Osipczak and Jess Liaudin. Now back fighting in his hometown and making his Cage Warriors debut; Young will be looking to impress in what should be quality Catchweight encounter.
Although Sergej Grecicho may be a new name to many fans, he is a seasoned and experienced campaigner who has fought around Europe and has also made two appearances in Japan. A former two time world Sambo Champion; Grecicho is known for his unorthodox style and technical submission game which has seen him tap out 7 of his opponents with a mix of chokes and leglocks.
Ranked number 1 in Europe at Featherweight; the Lithuanian holds impressive wins over the former Shooto World Champion Masahiro Osihi, the previously undefeated Finnish fighter Jerry Kvarnstrom, as well as wins over the skilful domestic pairing of John Cullen and Ryan Roddy. Now Grecicho will move-up slightly in weight to face the home town favourite in what could well be a breakthrough fight for the winner.
The final featured bout sees the former Cage Rage British Welterweight Champion Che Mills (10-4-0-1nc) return to action in the UK, as he takes on the American Jake “Hitman” Hecht (7-1-0) from the HIT Squad. Mills is arguably one of the most consistent and impressive UK fighters of modern times having racked-up an impressive 8 bout win streak which saw him defeat the likes of the DREAM Welterweight Champion and now Strikeforce fighter Marius Zaromskis, (Twice), the heavy hitting Ross Mason and UCMMA veteran Edgelson Lua.
Although that win streak was ultimately ended by the Bellator contracted fighter “Judo” Jim Wallhead in November of last year, Mills’ record has previously seen him picked for the ninth season of the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show and he has since signed terms with M-1 Global. Already that partnership has seen Mills sent to Japan in April of this year, where he took rated Japanese submission expert Yuya Shirai at the J-Rock promoted ASTRA event.
Although Mills lost via Submission in his Japanese debut, he soon rebounded in style with a stunning KO win over the well travelled Spaniard Manuel “Manu” Garcia at the end of May in Malaga, Spain. He will now make the trip to the HMV Forum as he prepares to face his first US opponent in a Catchweight contest set at 79.3kg / 175lbs.
Whilst his opponent Jake Hecht is another fighter who lives up to the event’s billing as this “young gun” has been a pro for just over four years and is coming off an impressive 6 bout win streak. Formally a member of the American Top Team, this 26 year old University of Missouri graduate started his career with a bang after scoring a KO win via a Knee at Shooto Americas in February 2006, however he was soon defeated at the AFC in Florida by the more experienced Manuel “Manu” Garcia.
However since that loss Hecht has been a regular on the Midwestern US MMA circuit and has won 6 bouts in a row (with 4 of these wins coming inside the distance) and is reportedly on the verge of breaking into the big time. Now under the tutorage of the well known veteran coach Marc Fiore at the HIT Squad, Hecht is currently putting the finishing touches to his fight plan for what is arguably the biggest test of his career against the dangerous British Welterweight on October 1st.
This card also features a full undercard featuring the return of the Essex based Jiu Jitsu specialist Adam Edwards (1-1) as he takes on fellow grappler Josh Ramage (3-1) in Featherweight action. Whilst other pro action sees local battles between Pat Vickers and Andre Filas at Welterweight and Cory Tate vs. John Brightwell at Lightweight. Whilst kicking off the card are five full contact Amateur MMA bouts featuring new up-and-coming talent as they take the first steps toward making a mark in the ever competitive UK MMA scene.
Tickets for this event are available online at the MMA Clinic Box Office and directly from the HMV Forum Website with a starting price of just £25 pounds. Doors open for this highly anticipated event at 6pm on Friday 1st October with the first bout of the night due to kick off at 6:45pm.
This event is expected to sell out, so if you wish to experience the return of Cage Warriors to the Capital, which features a World Class main event and a number of other high profile bouts then get your tickets today and look out for more updates on our website www.cagewarriors.com
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