Dan Hardy vs. Willy Ni At Enter The Rough House 2
Cage Warriors are proud to announce another confirmed match-up for their “Enter The Rough House 2” show on Saturday 28th April 2007. As the current Cage Warriors World Under 73kg Champion Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (13-5-0-1nc) takes on the 20 year old Shooto Holland veteran Willy Ni (13-3-1) in the Welterweight division at the Harvey Hadden Centre in Nottingham, England.
UK fans may recognise Willy Ni from his appearance at House of Pain 4 back in December 2005. On that night Ni withstood some early offence before submitting his Welsh opponent with a Guillotine Choke midway through round 1.
Since then Ni has racked up a series of wins on the Dutch circuit winning almost all of his fights by submission in round 1. Despite his young age Ni has a promising future and his team leapt at the opportunity to take on Hardy next month in Nottingham.
Whilst Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is no stranger to UK fans and has more fights in Cage Warriors than anybody else (12 fights in total) Hardy is known in the UK scene primarily for his striking, but has also shown improved takedown defence and some sharp boxing skills to go with his lightening quick leg kicks which have stopped some of his previous opponents in brutal fashion.
Hardy will be hoping to build on what was a great end to 2006 which saw him defeat Welterweight rival Danny Rushton via a Doctor’s stoppage (due to a cut) at CW Showdown 1 in September. Hardy then followed that up with another win at CW “Enter the Rough House 1” in December. On that night “The Outlaw” captured the Cage Warriors Under 73kg World Title when he defeated the Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion Alexandre “Xandinho” Izidro via TKO after 4:56 of round 3.
In that bout Hardy survived a tight submission in the first round of that bout, before systematically dismantling the Brazilian by nullifying his takedown attempts, before working over the BJJ Black belt with a mixture of razor sharp kicks and snappy punches which finally lead to the TKO late in round 3.
So far this year Hardy has spent time in the United States training at the Legends MMA Centre in California, where he trained alongside some top MMA fighters and coaches. Upon his return to the UK, it was announced that Hardy would be representing Cage Warriors and the UK in the Cage Force Welterweight Tournament in Japan.
This tournament features fighters from the World Wide Cage Network (WWCN) being invited to Japan to battle it out against the local Japanese talent. As a result Hardy is due to fight the reigning Welterweight King Of Pancrase Daizo Ishige on May 27th in Japan, and will be looking to warm up for this bout with a convincing win over the young Dutch submission specialist on April 28th.
However Hardy will not be looking past Willy Ni when they clash on April 28th, in what should be a classic striker vs. grappler encounter over 3x5 minute rounds. To watch this encounter buy your ticket today at the outlets below as local demand for tickets is high and Cage Warriors hope to have another sell out on their hands, inside the Harvey Hadden Centre.
Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 2
Saturday 28th April 2007
Harvey Hadden Sports Centre, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB
VIP Table (Seats 7 Includes Buffet, Wine and Waitress Service) - £600.00
Inner Ringside Seats - £50.00
Outer Ringside Seats - £35.00
Standard Tiered Seating - £25.00
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