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McVeigh is Big in Japan

13/03/2008

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Warrior Promotions are proud to announce that the Cage Warriors Bantamweight World Champion Paul “Metabolic” McVeigh (12-4-0) and his team mate James Doolan (7-2-0) will travel to Japan on April 5th to fight on the GCM Cage Force 6 card in Tokyo.

Warrior Promotions have been in discussions with GCM for some time, and are very pleased that they are now able to announce the opponents for both McVeigh and Doolan. Warrior Promotions hope both fighters will follow in the footsteps of Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy who impressed the Japanese media and fans alike with some superb performances in the Cage Force Welterweight Tournament last year.

Paul McVeigh is an exciting and dynamic Bantamweight who was originally known for his background in BJJ and submission wrestling. But he has also added Muay Thai to his repertoire and is now skilled both standing and on the floor.  McVeigh is currently on a four bout win streak and is undefeated in Bantamweight division having defeated Chin Weakasingh in 2004 to win the CWFC Bantamweight Title. He has since successfully defended his Title against Phil Harris (in 2005) and last time out defeated the BJJ Black Belt Anderson Pereira by submission last October.

McVeigh now enters the Cage Force Bantamweight Tournament on April 5th and faces the former Shooto Featherweight World Champion Masahiro Oishi (17-9-7) in the first round. Oishi is a 15 year veteran of the sport and has faced some of the biggest names in his weight class during that time. With only one loss in his last 10 bouts, Oishi should pose a formidable test to the young Scottish based Irishman. However at 39 years old it will he interesting to see if he can keep up with the frantic pace of the Dinky Ninjas Fight Team member.

Whilst James Doolan will be travelling out to Japan to face Naoya Uematsu (14-7-2) in a non-tournament Bantamweight bout. Doolan who currently holds a Scottish Muay Thai Title has worked his way through the Scottish and Irish MMA scene, having impressed many with his aggressive stand-up style. Like McVeigh; Doolan has also evolved into a more compete fighter and jumped at the opportunity to fight in the “Land of the rising sun” with his team mate.

However Uematsu is a 10 year veteran of the Japanese Shooto circuit with 10 submission wins to his name and a whole host of experience in the grappling arts to boot. With fights against the likes of Caol Uno, Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver under his belt; Uematsu will certainly not be intimidated by the skills of Doolan when they meet. However Doolan will be looking to exploit the holes in Uematsu’’ game which has seen him slump to a four bout losing streak and also capitalise on the fact that he is relatively unknown outside of the UK and will be difficult to prepare for.

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