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Izidro Out Of CWFC ‘Right to Fight’

03/05/2010

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It is with great regret that Cage Warriors can confirm that their long time Lightweight World Champion Alexandre “Xandinho” Izidro has been forced out of his forthcoming Title defence due to injury. Izidro was due to defend his Lightweight Title at Cage Warriors: ‘Right to Fight’ against the Bellator FC veteran Greg “The Hitman” Loughran (21-13-0) on May 22nd.

However after a series of talks both Cage Warriors and Izidro’s management team have come to an agreement where the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt will step down and relinquish his Title to allow the Northern Irishman to face the dangerous Danish striker Kenneth Rosfort (13-2-0) for the now vacant Title. In return for this magnanimous gesture, the Brazilian submission specialist will get first crack at the winner of this exciting Title bout on the next CWFC show later this year.

With a CWFC record of of 5-1, Alexandre “Xandinho” Izidro made his debut inside the CWFC cage in April 2005 and wasted no time in defeating the Frenchman Yohan Quoniam by guillotine choke after just in under a minute. This win saw the Brazilian earn himself a Title opportunity later in the year for the vacant Lightweight Title at Cage Warriors: Strike Force 3. On that night Izidro defeated the K-1 Hero’s and Shooto Japan veteran Jani Lax at the Skydome Arena in Coventry. However despite the odds, the Brazilian caught the Scandinavian star with a guillotine choke midway through round 1, to take the win and the Cage Warriors World Title.

Izidro then found himself back in action at the ground breaking Cage Warriors ‘Night of Champions’ event in November 2005, when he defeated the European Vale Tudo GP winner Thomas Hytten in an epic 5 round Title Fight. The BJJ Black Belt survived a torrid first round at the hands of the Norwegian who almost forced a TKO stoppage early on in round 1, before Izidro went into survival mode and was able to recover and pull out a decision win over 5 rounds due to his superior grappling skills.

“Xandinho” then went on to win the Title outright by defeating the German pairing of Mario Stapel and Franco de Leonardis in successive bouts during 2006 by decision. Once again Izidro used his superior grappling to work his way to victory. However his perfect Cage Warriors record was ruined in December of that year when he suffered a TKO loss against the now UFC veteran Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in a under 73kg/161lbs Title bout in Nottingham, England.

Since that loss to Hardy Izidro has plied his trade elsewhere and has been unable to capture the form of his Cage Warriors days. Nevertheless the entire CWFC team were looking forward to seeing the return of this Cage Warriors original and are naturally disappointed that he has suffered an unfortunate injury this close to the May 22nd Supershow.

The Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean was quoted as saying “Everyone in the CWFC team are saddened that Xandinho is unable to defend his Title at our ‘Right to Fight’ show at the NEC later this month. Alexandre has been a fantastic servant to this organisation and we look forward to him challenging the winner of this bout in the near future”.

Cage Warriors would like to thank Mogul Fight Management and Alexandre Izidro for there co-operation in this matter, which allows Cage Warriors to have another exciting title bout on their stacked May 22nd card.

For more news on this exciting card, including ticket information please go to our popular forum at www.cagewarriors.com

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