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CWFC 73: Inman vs. Long


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The card is now set for Cage Warriors 73, which will take place on Saturday, November 1, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Officials have today confirmed an intriguing welterweight contest for the main card of CWFC’s twelfth event of the year, with Matt Inman and Lew Long scheduled to lock horns.

Inman (13-6) returns to action for the first time since May, when he saw a four-fight win streak snapped by Mauro Chimento at Cage Warriors 68 in Liverpool.

Prior to that loss, Inman had climbed towards the summit of CWFC’s welterweight division with a run of victories that included a first-round submission of title challenger Mohsen Bahari.

The 28-year-old Englishman, who fights out of the SBG camp in Manchester, has taken all but one of his thirteen professional wins inside the distance, with an equal number of submission and (T)KO finishes on his ledger.

“I’m really looking forward to being back in the cage, especially in Newcastle where I’ve fought several times before,” said Inman, who graduated with a law diploma earlier this year.

“I’ve been working extremely hard and I’ve made a lot of improvements since my last fight. I’ll look like a completely different fighter on November 1 in Newcastle.”

Having made a successful CWFC welterweight debut against Steve Dinsdale at CWFC 72 last month, Welshman Long (8-3) will be looking to put consecutive wins together for the first time since joining the Cage Warriors roster in 2012.

A judo and kickboxing black belt, the former lightweight holds other notable victories over Diego Vital and former Ultimate Fighter contestant Mark Glover.

Long, 25, said: “I can’t wait for this fight. I’m looking forward to getting another win, which will be my third on Cage Warriors, against a good opponent in Matt Inman.”

Meanwhile, a featherweight contest between Paddy Pimblett and Stephen Martin has also been added to the bill for CWFC 73, while Kyle Redfearn has stepped in to face Leeroy Barnes in a middleweight bout following the withdrawal of Chris Scott due to injury.

Cage Warriors 73 will be headlined by the CWFC lightweight world title meeting of defending champion Stevie Ray and challenger Curt Warburton. Check out the finalised fight card below…

Cage Warriors 73

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Matt Inman vs. Lew Long
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch
Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter

Priced from £35 plus booking fee, tickets for CWFC 73 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday, November 1, are currently available to purchase. Click HERE to get yours.

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