CWFC 74: Dalby vs. Bahari
CWFC 74, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014, will take place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in London, England.
In addition to Dalby’s long-awaited inaugural title defence, history will also be made on the night when undefeated duo Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Pannie Kianzad collide in a bid to become the first ever CWFC women’s bantamweight world champion.
Nicolas Dalby (12-0) was due to put his belt on the line last weekend at CWFC 72 in Newport, Wales, but the fight was cancelled shortly before the weigh-ins after his opponent, Gael Grimaud, was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.
The title shot was then set to pass to the new number one contender, Danny Roberts, but the 27-year-old Englishman is currently sidelined with an injury and unable to compete as soon as November 15.
Subsequently, Mohsen Bahari (8-1) will fill the void as the highest-ranked available contender, with the Norwegian aiming to overcome his fellow Scandinavian in London as he looks to become the CWFC welterweight world champion.
Dalby clinched the 170lbs belt - which had been vacated by Cathal Pendred following his move to the UFC - at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen this past March, courtesy of a spectacular head-kick KO of Sergei Churilov.
Since making his professional debut in March 2010, the 29-year-old Dane has yet to taste defeat and holds other notable wins over the likes of Ivica Truscek, Glenn Sparv and Acoidan Duque.
Dalby said: “I was really disappointed that the fight with Grimaud fell through at the last minute, but I want to thank Cage Warriors for handling the situation so well and immediately rescheduling my first title defence, which I’m really looking forward to.
“Bahari is an exciting fighter who leaves it all in the cage, so I think he’ll make for a really tough opponent. He seems like a cool guy but it’s going to be action-packed when we lock horns at the Copper Box on November 15.
“And being involved in a title fight in the Olympic Park, on the same night that my team-mate Pannie Kianzad will also be fighting for a world title, will make it event more awesome.”
Bahari, meanwhile, has put together a 4-1 record under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship banner since signing an exclusive deal with the promotion in 2012.
The 30-year-old Norwegian picked up the two most significant wins of his career earlier this year, overcoming BJJ black belt Bruno Carvalho and three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.
A team-mate of current CWFC middleweight world champion Jack Hermansson, Bahari is keen to bring more Cage Warriors gold back to Oslo’s Frontline Academy later this year.
“I’m extremely happy that Cage Warriors has given me this opportunity,” Bahari said. “It’s an opportunity I am determined to make the most of. I can’t wait for November 15.”
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