CWFC Fight Night 8: Brum v Pastor, Buschkamp v Lahdesmaki
BANTAMWEIGHT and featherweight bouts have been added to the card for CWFC Fight Night 8, which takes place in Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, May 11.
James Brum (pictured) and Olivier Pastor will meet in a clash of two of Europe’s top ten fighters in the 135lbs division, while Matteus Lahdesmaki will return to Cage Warriors action against CWFC debutant Martin Buschkamp.
Brum (11-2 MMA, 4-0 CWFC) had an exceptional 2012, picking up four Cage Warriors victories which earned him the CWFC Fighter of the Year award, as voted for by the fans.
Ranked fourth in Europe at present, the 25-year-old Englishman overcame Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville and Moktar Benkaci last year, with the first win of his current five-fight streak coming against another top CWFC bantamweight in Martin McDonough.
Brum said: “To be the best you have to beat the best. In the space of 18 months I will have defeated five currently or previously ranked top ten European fighters. Who else in their weight category in Europe can say that?”
Pastor (17-12-0-1nc MMA, 3-0 CWFC), however, is also defeated under the Cage Warriors banner and currently occupies eighth place in the European rankings.
The French veteran secured impressive CWFC wins against Dino Gambatesa and Liam James last year. Pastor debuted with a TKO defeat of Niko Gjoka at Cage Warriors 43.
“I’m excited to be back fighting for Cage Warriors again,” said Pastor. “I like to fight the best opponents out there so I’m looking forward to another big fight.”
Meanwhile, Matteus Lahdesmaki (12-8-3 MMA, 1-1 CWFC) will be back in action on May 11 for the first time since dropping a loss to CWFC featherweight title challenger Jim Alers at CWFC Fight Night 6.
The 29-year-old Finn, who debuted for Cage Warriors with a first-round submission win over Graham Turner early in 2012, has vowed to resume his charge for a title shot with a win against Martin Buschkamp.
Lahdesmaki said: “I’ve taken a break for a year but I’ve trained hard and I’m coming back stronger and better. I’ll win this fight in the first round and win the Cage Warriors belt before the end of the year.”
Buschkamp (6-0-0-1nc MMA, 0-0 CWFC) is a highly-rated unbeaten prospect who has taken all six of his wins to date by first-round submission.
“It’s a big honour for me to fight for Cage Warriors and this is definitely the next step in my career,” said the 22-year-old German. “Matteus Lahdesmaki is very experienced and an accomplished grappler with some big wins on his record. I’ll need to bring my A-game to beat him.”
Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors
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