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By JJ Saddington

Fighting in his opponent’s backyard isn’t something that bothers Sergei Churilov. In fact, when the opportunity arose to take on Danish standout Nicolas Dalby in Copenhagen, Churilov had only one question.

“He [my manager] asked if I wanted to fight for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship belt,” the 28-year-old recalls. “I said “Sure!” and my only question was when it would happen, so I could work out how much time I had to prepare.”

Churilov (15-1) is set to take on Dalby (11-0) for the vacant CWFC welterweight belt on Saturday, March 22, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its way to Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena for CWFC 66. Churilov knows all about Dalby and what stands between him and the 170lbs strap.

“He is a strong fighter, and I really like that about him. He is good both standing and on the ground. We have a past opponent in common too – Ivica Truscek – against whom I unfortunately lost, and Dalby beat twice.”

Truscek remains the only blot on Churilov’s otherwise flawless record, but he insists this was an anomaly of his own doing: “Truscek was not a difficult opponent for me, but I made one fatal mistake which allowed him to move into full mount.”

Fighting is something Churilov grew up with: “All boys fight during childhood, but it would always end badly for me. One day I said to myself “Enough!” and I went and took up pankration. After that there was no more fighting in the street – they didn’t try to provoke me anymore, knowing that it would end badly for them now.”

His background in pankration is something he greatly values. Churilov says: “Believe me; the title of world champion in pankration means as much to me as winning many of my professional fights.”

Take a look back at Sergei Churilov’s Cage Warriors 46 submission victory against Anatoly Starodubtsev below…

Currently riding a five-fight win-streak, Churilov, who has taken 12 of his 15 wins by stoppage, is unequivocal in defining what makes both a fighter and a man.

“A good fighter, in my opinion, is someone who is firmly committed to his goals, goes all out in training and gives his all to becoming stronger in order to ascend to the heights of excellence,” he explains.

“To me, being a man is about being honest, behaving with good conscience, defending the weak, if necessary, and protecting your home.”

On March 22, Churilov is also hoping to give his people back home something to cheer about: “Ukraine needs positive news now more than ever, so I will do everything possible to win – and more.

“I don’t like to make bold statements, but let’s just say that the fight will definitely not be boring. I never think about fans during the fight, therefore I don’t care who they are supporting. The Cage Warriors belt is a pass to becoming the elite of European martial arts. That says it all.”

Cage Warriors 66 takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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