UK MMA Stalwart Jimmy Johnstone Joins Cage Warriors
CAGE WARRIORS’ continued growth into 2017 continues with the an-nouncement of Jimmy Johnstone’s arrival on the team to head up the pro-motion’s Southern England operations.
Johnstone joins Cage Warriors with a wealth of experience in the mixed mar-tial arts sphere, both in promotion and instruction, from his time managing Bournemouth-based Phoenix MMA and Phoenix Fight Night.
And one of his first jobs as part of the Cage Warriors family will be to work with president Graham Boylan to head up the planning and organisation for a Cage Warriors event in Bournemouth on Saturday June 24.
A Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, Johnstone has competed in MMA at both ama-teur and professional level, and is currently the head coach for the UK na-tional youth BJJ team.
He is also the BJJ coach for the Royal Marines, continuing Cage Warriors’ strong connection with MMA and the armed forces that has seen servicemen including Jack Marshman rise to prominence under the Cage Warriors ban-ner and go on to fight in the UFC.
“I’m absolutely delighted with this partnership,” said Johnstone.
“We have worked tirelessly for the last eight years to establish Phoenix Fight Night as the No.1 fight show in the south, constantly reinvesting and pushing ourselves to improve our standards time after time.
“This announcement shows that the sacrifice was well worth it. Partnering with Cage Warriors is creating a massive platform for southern-based fight-ers to shine on the biggest stage in the UK and Europe.
“It’s great news for MMA in the south.”
Cage Warriors President, Graham Boylan, said “We’re delighted to be work-ing with Jimmy.
“His culture is our culture: teamwork, hard work, and a true love of the sport.
“He strengthens our team significantly; and Bournemouth on 24th June is go-ing to be a huge party.”
Cage Warriors is Europe’s premier MMA promotion, broadcast live to UK and Ireland fans on BT Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.
It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com
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