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N’Doye Out, Stratton In To Face James Saville At CWFC Fight Night Night 2

05/09/2011

With just days to go before Cage Warriors return to Amman, Jordan, CWFC officials are pleased to announce the former NCAA Division II All-American Zac Stratton will travel to the Middle East to replace the injured Jean N’Doye at Cage Warriors Fight Night 2.

It was announced last week on the British website YourMMA.com that the unbeaten Frenchman suffered a head injury in training and was unable to face James “Scraps” Saville (7-3-0) at the New Boxing Arena in King Hussein Youth City on September 8th.

Due to the timing of the injury it was widely thought the bout would be cancelled, however once again the CWFC team used their vast contacts and was able to call upon the services of the former NCAA wrestler, who will make his pro debut inside the CWFC cage on less than a week’s notice on Thursday night.

Although Stratton will enter the New Boxing Arena as a vast underdog, the 34 year old American brings several threats to the CWFC cage, most noticeably his vast wrestling experience, which saw him finish third in the 2001 Division II NCAA championships (at 141 lbs) and earn him All-American honours in the process.

Whilst the native of Longmont, Colorado has also previously trained at Team Quest and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rodrigo Gracie.  Whilst in his corner for his bout will be the former WEC and “Ultimate Fighter” season 5 veteran Noah Thomas, who travels to Amman to become the new head coach of the MMA Clinic which opens later this month and will also see Stratton stay-on to help coach there in its formative days.

Nevertheless Stratton faces an uphill task against the 21 year old Englishman, who despite his age has been a mainstay of the northern UK MMA circuit since making his debut in the junior ranks at just 14 years old.  With over 15 bouts in the unpaid ranks the unpredictable and unorthodox grappler made his pro debut aged just 18 years old in April 2009, but soon found himself exposed to the harsh realities of the pro ranks and tapped to strikes at the hands of the fellow youngster Dan Korbely.

However that experience only spurred Saville on as he quickly racked-up four wins (2 TKO’s and 2 Submissions) inside a year before being caught in an Anaconda choke by the American Dwayne Shelton at Trojan MMA in February 2010.  The likeable Caged Steel team member then tasted defeat again a month later in his next outing against the former UFC veteran Dave Lee in London.

Saville then took time out before returning in October 2010 and has won his last three bouts which was highlighted by a career best performance against the long time UK star and UFC 38 veteran Leigh Remedios.  As Saville forced the former Cage Rage Title challenger to submit to a Triangle Choke at the Island Rumble card in Jersey back in May of this year.  Now on his first real international encounter Saville will need to quickly adapt his gameplan after preparing for the unbeaten French striker for so long. 

Will Saville be able to deal with these changes and overcome the wrestling prowess of his American opponent which has so often cursed UK fighters in recent years.  Or will the young Englishman’s slick ground skills and vast experience in MMA competition be enough to overcome the American on his pro debut?

You can catch this match-up as part of a stacked six bout televised fightcard, which is headlined by a CWFC Welterweight Title fight between the dangerous Icelandic striker Arni “The Ice Viking” Isaksson (11-3-0) and the French M-1 Challenge veteran Gael Grimaud (13-5-0) on Thursday 8th September.

This event will be shown LIVE online and on TV around the world on September 8th at 9pm Amman time, 7pm UK time, 2pm Eastern US time. See below for more details and check local listings for the exact broadcast times in your region.

To watch Cage Warriors Fight Night 2 LIVE online go to www.cagewarriors.com and follow the instructions on the day

Or fight fans can catch the fights live via their TV screens on Premier Sports TV (Sky Channel 433 in the UK), Setanta Sports 1 (Ireland), Setanta Africa (Africa), The Fight Network (Canada), and Sport 2 (Iceland).

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