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CWFC 72: Tait vs. Tauru

28/07/2014

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A new CWFC bantamweight world champion will be crowned when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its inaugural visit to Newport, Wales, on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Cage Warriors 72, which is set to take place at the Newport Centre, will see Cory Tait and Toni Tauru collide for Europe’s leading promotion’s vacant 135lbs title.

The eleventh Cage Warriors event of 2014, Newport will become the third Welsh city to play host to CWFC, following a trio of shows in Cardiff from October 2012 to September 2013, in addition to a debut in Swansea earlier this year.

Tait (8-2-0), a 26-year-old Englishman who has taken all of his career wins inside the distance, is one of the UK’s top bantamweights and earns his shot at the CWFC gold on the back of a four-fight win-streak.

Following a number of impressive victories on the British domestic circuit, Tait was signed exclusively by Cage Warriors last year and announced his arrival on the international scene with a superb first-round submission of the hotly-favoured James Pennington in the main event at CWFC 64 in London back in February.

Despite hailing from a kickboxing background, Tait has as an equal number of (T)KO and submission wins - four each - with five of his victories coming in the very first round.

“I’m truly excited to be fighting for the Cage Warriors title,” said Tait, who holds other notable wins over fellow Cage Warriors veterans Spencer Hewitt, Dino Gambatesa and Nathan Beer.

“The fights keep on getting bigger and bigger for me. Winning this belt will prove that I’m the top bantamweight in the UK, and I’m looking forward to being recognised as just that.”

A 29-year-old Finn, Tauru (9-1-1) hasn’t tasted defeat since losing to former CWFC title challenger Mikael Silander in his second professional bout back in August 2011.

Since then, Tauru has embarked on a run of nine successive wins - the last six of which have come via submission - which has seen him climb to second place in the Nordic bantamweight rankings.

After submitting TUF 18 contestant Emil Hartsner via first-round gogoplata last November, Tauru was snapped up by Cage Warriors and picked up another first-round submission win over Martin Akhtar in his promotional debut at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen this past March.

Tauru said: “I’m very confident coming into this fight. It’s going to be my tenth straight win and I’m going to be the Cage Warriors champion, so I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity.

“But I also believe I have earned this title shot and I’m looking forward to becoming Finland’s first MMA world champion.”

The CWFC bantamweight belt was last held by Brett Johns until this past April, when his failure to make weight ahead of his CWFC 67 title bout against James Brum saw him relinquish the strap, despite picking up a unanimous-decision win.

Officials have also confirmed several other bouts today for September 13’s CWFC 72 bill in Newport, including a welterweight clash between Lewis Long and Steve Dinsdale. Check out the updated fight card below, with many more bouts and ticket news to be announced shortly.

Cage Warriors 72 (more bouts to be announced)

Cory Tait vs. Toni Tauru - vacant CWFC bantamweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Che Mills
Steve Dinsdale vs. Lewis Long
Jordan Desborough vs. Kris Edwards
Jamie Rogers vs. Mario Saeed
Nick Nembherd vs. Simas Norkus
Paulina Bonkowska vs. Kate Jackson

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CWFC roster continues to grow

24/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today signed five more fighters to its ever-expanding roster of exclusive talent.

The new additions - Tim Newman (pictured), Jonatan Westin, Juan Manuel Suarez, Gregor Weibel and Benjamin Brander - have each signed five-fight deals to compete for Europe’s leading promotion.

Cage Warriors, which returns to action with its ninth event of the year in Dublin on August 16, can now boast a stable of over 150 athletes committed to fighting exclusively under the CWFC banner.

Newman (10-4) is a top-ten-ranked UK lightweight who has a 2-0 CWFC record, with the most recent of those wins coming via first-round submission against Greg Loughran at CWFC 49.

The 31-year-old Welshman said: “I’m extremely happy to have signed with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and I’m looking forward to making a challenge for that lightweight world title.”

Westin (6-2), a highly-regarded 24-year-old Swedish welterweight, holds notable wins over top Finnish pair Glenn Sparv and Kai Puolakka, as well as CWFC veteran Dan Hope.

“Cage Warriors has a very strong welterweight division but I’m looking forward to being a part of it, and I’m excited to make my debut,” said Westin, who has taken all but one of his wins inside the distance.

Suarez (15-6) is an eight-fight veteran of the M-1 promotion who impressed on his CWFC debut earlier this year at CWFC 64, despite dropping a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has taken 12 of his 15 victories by stoppage, said: “Signing with Cage Warriors is a huge opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to competing against the best in Europe.”

Weibel (8-2), a former welterweight who’s set to move to the 155lbs division, will be keen to pick up his first CWFC win when he returns to action for the first time since his CWFC 64 decision defeat to Matt Inman.

“I’m proud to have signed with Cage Warriors and I’m really excited about the prospect of making a good impression for Europe’s top promotion,” said the 28-year-old Swiss fighter.

Brander (7-1), a fellow countryman of Weibel’s, recently returned to winning ways after tasting defeat for the first time in his career against Nad Narimani in London this past February.

A 26-year-old featherweight who has taken all of his wins inside the first two rounds, Brander said: “I appreciate the chance Cage Warriors has given me and I promise to make my mark on the 145lbs division.”

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Cage Warriors 70: Update

23/07/2014

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Four more bouts have been added to the bill for Cage Warriors 70, which takes place at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

However, injuries have disrupted two previously-announced encounters. Officials are currently lining up a replacement opponent for Paul Redmond following the withdrawal of Micky Doyle, while the clash of Kieran Davern and Carl Booth has been removed from the bill due to an injury to Davern, with Booth set to be re-matched on another forthcoming card.

Headlined by the lightweight meeting of Joseph Duffy and Damien Lapilus, CWFC 70 will be the promotion’s ninth event of the year and tickets - priced from just €35 - are now on sale HERE from The Helix’s online box office, or by phoning (+353) 01 700 7000.

The event will now also feature a bantamweight bout between Martin Sheridan and the undefeated Dean Garnett (pictured), with Ronan McKay and Craig White set to do battle in a middleweight affair.

In women’s atomweight action, Catherine Costigan will be aiming to keep her unblemished record intact when she takes on promotional debutant Noelia Molina, while a lightweight tussle will see Ryan Roddy lock horns with Louis Chapman.

“Irish MMA is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and we’re looking forward to continuing to push the sport forward in Ireland, as we have been doing for the last few years, when we return to Dublin for another exciting event on August 16,” said CWFC’s Director of Operations Paul Dollery.

Cage Warriors 70

Joseph DUFFY vs. Damien LAPILUS
Jake BOSTWICK vs. Philip MULPETER
Paul REDMOND vs. TBC
Andrew FISHER vs. Artem LOBOV
Lloyd CLARKSON vs. Karl MOORE
Dean GARNETT vs. Martin SHERIDAN
Paul MARIN vs. Andy YOUNG
Ronan McKAY vs. Craig WHITE
Catherine COSTIGAN vs. Noelia MOLINA
Louis CHAPMAN vs. Ryan RODDY
Tommy McCAFFERTY vs. Dean REILLY
Konrad IWANOWSKI vs. Peter QUEALLY
Dez PARKER vs. John REDMOND

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CWFC 72: Marshman vs. Mills

15/07/2014

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A meeting of two of the promotion’s top middleweight contenders will take place when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its first visit to Newport.

Jack Marshman and Che Mills (pictured) will square off in the first bout to be announced for Cage Warriors 72, which is set to take place in the Welsh city on Saturday, September 13.

Following CWFC 67 in Swansea this past April, the Newport Centre will play host to the promotion’s second event in Wales this year, with details of further bouts and ticket sales to be released shortly.

The clash of Marshman and Mills could have major implications in the CWFC middleweight title picture, with the winner likely to set his sights on newly-crowned world champion Jack Hermansson.

Mills (16-7-0-2nc) , a four-fight veteran of the UFC, looked extremely impressive when disposing of Leeroy Barnes via first-round submission at May’s CWFC 68 in Liverpool.

“This is going to be a great fight,” said Mills. “I have a lot of respect for my opponent but it’s my hand that’ll be raised at the end.”

With all but two of his 15 professional victories coming inside the distance, Marshman (15-5) is also coming off a first-round submission win, having overcome ex-TUF contestant Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London in June.

Marshman said: “I’m over the moon that Cage Warriors have given me the chance to fight a UFC veteran. Che is one of the best in Europe and this will show everyone what level I’m at.”

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Cage Warriors 70: Duffy vs. Lapilus

11/07/2014

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Rising French star Damien Lapilus (9-3-1-1nc) will take on former CWFC lightweight world title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) in the main event at Cage Warriors 70.

The pair will meet in the headline bout when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

CWFC 70 will be the promotion’s ninth event of the year and tickets - priced from just €35 - are now on sale HERE from The Helix’s online box office, or by phoning (+353) 01 700 7000.

Duffy returns to mixed martial arts in his native Ireland for the first time since October 2011, having had a successful stint as a professional boxer in the meantime, during which he accumulated a 7-0 record.

The 26-year-old, who was a contestant on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter, holds submission wins over current UFC stars Norman Parke and Conor McGregor.

“I can’t wait to put some new skills on show for one of the best promotions in the world, especially in front of a home crowd,” said Duffy. “It’s going to be a cracker.”

Lapilus will provide an extremely difficult challenge for Duffy, as the 25-year-old Frenchman aims to stretch his unbeaten run to six bouts.

With just one loss in his last ten outings - which came at the hands of unbeaten Finnish star Teemu Packalen - Lapilus has carved out a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects, having competed on highly-regarded events in France, Belgium, Finland and Sweden.

The clash with Duffy will be the fourth fight of 2014 for Lapilus, who has already picked up wins over Zyad Abada and Jean Francois Darmazil, as well as a draw with Daguir Imavov, so far this year.

Lapilus said: “This will be a big challenge for me but I’m excited for it. Fighting on this event for Cage Warriors is a great opportunity which I’m really looking forward to.”

Elsewhere, after aborting a planned move to the lightweight division, Irish favourite Philip Mulpeter (7-4) returns to welterweight for what’s set to be an explosive clash with heavy-hitting Englishman Jake Bostwick (15-8-0-1nc), who’ll be searching for his ninth consecutive victory.

An all-Irish lightweight tussle will see Paul Redmond (9-4) lock horns with Micky Doyle (8-3) and - following his two-fight stint with Bellator - Andrew Fisher (12-6-1) will make his CWFC debut against Artem Lobov (9-10-0-1nc).

Cage Warriors 70 (more fights still to be announced):

Joseph DUFFY vs. Damien LAPILUS
Jake BOSTWICK vs. Philip MULPETER
Micky DOYLE vs. Paul REDMOND
Andrew FISHER vs. Artem LOBOV
Lloyd CLARKSON vs. Karl MOORE
Paul MARIN vs. Andy YOUNG
Tommy McCAFFERTY vs. Dean REILLY
Konrad IWANOWSKI vs. Peter QUEALLY
Dez PARKER vs. John REDMOND
Carl BOOTH vs. Kieran DAVERN

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Cage Warriors: 2014 | The Year So Far

10/07/2014

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The first half of 2014 was yet another busy period for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, with eight events taking place in five different countries across Europe and the Middle East.

Three new champions were crowned, as the promotion staged a total of 83 professional bouts in the cities of London, Dublin, Swansea, Copenhagen, Liverpool and Amman.

There has certainly been no shortage of highlights along the way, with spectacular knockouts courtesy of Nicolas Dalby, Carl Booth and Danny Roberts, as well as slick submissions from the likes of Alex Enlund, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Paddy Pimblett.

As Cage Warriors Fighting Championship prepares to resume its 2014 campaign with CWFC 70 in Dublin on Saturday, August 16, whet your appetite in the meantime by checking out some of our best highlights of 2014 so far…


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Ray extends CWFC deal

10/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship lightweight world champion Stevie Ray (15-5) has put pen to paper on a new contract with the promotion.

Ray has signed a fresh five-fight deal, which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC for an additional minimum period of 18 months.

The 24-year-old Scot has climbed seven places to fifth in the UK rankings since he first joined the Cage Warriors roster in June of last year.

“I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Cage Warriors and I’m really looking forward to defending my belt again,” said Ray. “It’s not going anywhere this time. I’ll defeat anyone who steps in my way.”

Ray made his Cage Warriors debut as a welterweight at CWFC Fight Night 4 in Dubai back in March 2012, when he suffered a loss to top Swedish star Assan Njie.

Following a drop to lightweight which saw him put on some impressive displays on the UK’s domestic circuit, Ray was snapped up by CWFC in the summer of 2013.

In the promotion’s four-man lightweight title tournament at CWFC 60 in London last October, Ray overcame Jason Ball and Sean Carter in the same night to succeed Conor McGregor as CWFC’s 155lbs title-holder.

Despite dominating proceedings against Ivan Buchinger in his inaugural title defence at CWFC 63 in Dublin this past New Year’s Eve, however, Ray relinquished his crown after suffering a fourth-round submission defeat.

But, after Buchinger’s release earlier this year, Ray regained the vacant strap last month after edging out Curt Warburton via decision at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London.

“We’re very happy to have yet another one of our top fighters deciding to extend their stay with the promotion,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. “I’m excited to see Stevie Ray begin his second spell as our lightweight world champion later this year.”

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Twelve new additions to CWFC’s roster

09/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to confirm the addition of twelve more athletes to its stable of talent.

All twelve have signed five-fight deals which will commit them exclusively to Cage Warriors for a minimum period of 18 months.

Among the exciting new signings are Polish featherweight Marcin Wrzosek (pictured), undefeated Irish featherweight Tommy McCafferty and highly-rated Swedish women’s bantamweight Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “These twelve fighters are excellent additions to our roster and are all capable of competing at the top of their respective divisions, so we’re very happy to be welcoming them to the promotion.”

The new batch of signings also includes flyweights Amir Albazi and Andy Young, bantamweight trio Jamie Pritchard, Moktar Benkaci and Suleiman Bouhata, featherweight Dean Trueman, lightweight Brad Wheeler, welterweight Tahar Hadbi and middleweight Alan Carlos.

Amir Albazi (4-0) is a 20-year-old English-based flyweight who has taken all four of his wins to date via stoppage, three of which have come inside the first round.

Lina Akhtar Lansberg (2-1) impressed on her Cage Warriors debut at CWFC 66 this past March en route to a third-round TKO win over Emma Delaney.

Moktar Benkaci (11-4-0-1nc), who was narrowly edged out by former bantamweight world title contender James Brum on his CWFC debut, joins the Cage Warriors roster on the back of a big TKO win against Spanish veteran Jose Luis Zapater.

Suleiman Bouhata (9-5) tasted defeat to former featherweight world title contender Graham Turner on his CWFC debut last month, but the 23-year-old Frenchman will look to return to winning ways when he drops a weight class to join the bantamweight ranks.

Alan Carlos (11-8), a BJJ black belt who defeated Mike Ling at CWFC Fight Night 6 in Bahrain back in May 2012, signs for Cage Warriors following his recent first-round KO of former Pride veteran Daniel Acacio.

Tahar Hadbi (10-5), a 26-year-old Algerian welterweight, earns a CWFC deal on the back of his dominant decision triumph over Michael Johnson at CWFC Fight Night 11 in Amman in April of this year.

Tommy McCafferty (5-0) will be searching for his sixth consecutive win inside the distance when he makes his promotional debut at CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16.

Jamie Pritchard (6-3) secured a third successive win when he debuted for Cage Warriors at CWFC 67 in Swansea this past April with a slick second-round submission of Phil Raeburn.

Dean Trueman (4-2), a 24-year-old domestic champion in the UK, will be eager to establish himself as one of Europe’s top featherweight prospects when he makes his CWFC debut.

Brad Wheeler (13-9), who stretched his win-streak to four fights at the expense of Jason Cooledge at CWFC 69: Super Saturday, returns to the Cage Warriors roster after a two-year spell as a free agent.

Marcin Wrzosek (8-2) recently picked up a career-best win at CWFC 69: Super Saturday when he became the first fighter to overcome top English prospect Arnold Allen.

Andy Young (6-5), who also returns to action at next month’s CWFC 70 in Dublin, has put together a solid 5-1 run at 125lbs since a defeat to Mark Connor on his CWFC debut in Glasgow at CWFC 50 in December 2012.

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Cage Warriors reveals light-heavyweight blueprint

08/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today unveil details of the promotion’s initial plans to rejuvenate its light-heavyweight division.

With CWFC chiefs keen to breathe new life into the 205lbs weight category, eight light-heavyweight fighters have been signed to exclusive five-fight deals.

Recently the division has been one of the least active on the Cage Warriors roster, with only four light-heavyweight bouts featuring in the promotion’s eight events so far this year.

However, CEO Graham Boylan has vowed to initiate an increased focus on the division, with a view to eventually doing the same in the 265lbs weight class for heavyweights.

“We’ve worked hard on building up our lighter weight divisions in recent times, but we’re now keen to create the same level of depth in the heavier classes, starting at 205lbs,” said Boylan.

“Traditionally there’s been a perception that the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions don’t have the same quantities of talent as the smaller weight classes, particularly in the UK and Europe, but we’re now going to give these guys a chance to prove people wrong.

“It’s all about giving the fighters the platform and the time to develop into top-class fighters, which is a similar ethos to what we’re aiming to do with our women’s divisions, and we’re very confident that this will be a success.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some very exciting and entertaining bouts in the Cage Warriors light-heavyweight division, and we hope to crown a world champion before the end of 2014.”

The only previous holder of the CWFC light-heavyweight world title was current UFC star Michael Bisping, who clinched the belt back in April 2005.

Bisping went on to win the strap outright courtesy of three successful title defences, before going on to have the first of his 20 UFC outings to date six months later.

Ian Dean said: “We’ve always specialised in the lower weight classes here at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, but I’m looking forward to seeing a fresh impetus and a new set of contenders at light-heavyweight.”

Among the new signings are undefeated Karl Moore (pictured) and heavy-hitting French prospect Prince Aounallah. With more still to follow, the current list of signings reads:

Arvydas Juska
Darren Stewart
James Hurrell
Karl Moore
Lloyd Clarkson
Nick Nembherd
Prince Aounallah
Simas Norkus

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Top stars reaffirm their commitment to Cage Warriors

07/07/2014

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Seven of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s leading athletes have committed to extending their tenures with the promotion.

New contracts have been signed by Nicolas Dalby (pictured), Danny Roberts, Mohsen Bahari, Bruno Carvalho, Dave Hill, Alex Enlund and Ronnie Mann, which will tie them exclusively to CWFC for a further five fights after their respective current deals expire.

CWFC chiefs are currently in the process of negotiating contracts with both new and existing fighters, as the promotion continues its development and expansion ahead of a busy schedule of events in the second half of 2014 – and beyond.

“To have seven fighters of this calibre renewing their commitment to Cage Warriors tells its own story,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“It’s a clear indication that we’re a promotion top fighters want to be a part of, and that Cage Warriors is the place to be for fighters who possess the ambition to take a legitimate route to the top of this sport.

“We have a proven track record of creating stars and we’ll continue to do that – but on an even grander scale than before. When fighters commit to this promotion, we commit to doing what’s best for them and their careers.

“We’ve shown that on countless occasions in recent years and that remains our policy. If you’re a fighter with genuine long-term goals and loyalty to the promotion, we’ll reward you by providing you with the opportunities you deserve and require to achieve those goals.”

Undefeated Nicolas Dalby (12-0), the reigning CWFC welterweight world champion, will defend his title shortly following March’s stunning KO of Sergei Churilov in the main event at CWFC 66 in his native Denmark.

Fellow welterweight Danny Roberts (11-1), who recently overcame Jimmy Wallhead in the CWFC 68 headliner in Liverpool, has accumulated a 6-0 record under the CWFC banner, giving him the longest current winning streak of any fighter on the roster.

Mohsen Bahari (8-1) is another top contender for the 170lbs strap, having picked up his fourth CWFC victory at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London last month when he edged out three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.

This year has seen Bruno Carvalho (15-9) drop decision losses to Mohsen Bahari and Jack Mason, but the experienced BJJ black belt remains a major player in the CWFC welterweight division.

Following back-to-back wins over Brian Moore and Miguel Haro, Dave Hill (12-3) is moving closer to another shot at the CWFC featherweight crown, as he aims to make amends for his 2012 defeat to Conor McGregor.

Alex Enlund (10-2-0-1nc) has also climbed towards the summit of the 145lbs division and, with a trio of consecutive submission wins under his belt, the 27-year-old will be aiming to affirm his title credentials when he returns from injury.

In spite of his slip-up against Marcelo Costa at CWFC 68 in May, Ronnie Mann (23-7-1) is still very much in bantamweight title contention and will be keen to pick up his third CWFC victory when he returns to action with a view to contesting the vacant belt in the near future.

Graham Boylan added: “The seven fighters who have inked new deals have all been exemplary professionals, both inside and outside the cage, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with them as we move forward together as a promotion.”

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2014: Schedule Update

04/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan is putting plans in place for a busy second half of the year, with the organisation targetting events in nine different countries before the end of 2014.

Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion has already hosted eight events this year, the most recent of which - Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday - took place in London on June 7 and, unprecedentedly, featured two separate main cards on the same evening.

Dublin, Copenhagen, Amman, Swansea and Liverpool have also played host to CWFC events this year, but according to Graham Boylan, there’s even more to come before 2015 arrives, as the promotion looks set to eclipse the 14 events of last year, which was the busiest in Cage Warriors’ history to date.

After a short summer break, CWFC’s campaign resumes in Dublin on August 16 for CWFC 70, followed by inaugural shows in the Swedish capital of Stockholm a week later and a September date in Newport, Wales.

“We’re going to be very busy between now and the end of the year as we keep the fans entertained with plenty more world-class MMA,” said Boylan.

“As well as several events in the UK and Ireland, plus our first ever show in Sweden, we’re also in the process of finalising events in the USA, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai, details of which I should be able to reveal in the not too distant future.”

Cage Warriors’ forthcoming schedule (more events to be added):

August 16: Dublin, Ireland
August 23: Stockholm, Sweden
September 13: Newport, Wales
November 1: Newcastle, England
December 31: Dublin, Ireland

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Legends of Cage Warriors: Rosi Sexton

03/07/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today launched a new series of programmes which will document some of the organisation’s extensive and decorated twelve-year history.

CWFC has been home to some of the biggest names in MMA over the years, including Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Conor McGregor and - the subject of the first instalment of ‘Legends of Cage Warriors’ - Rosi Sexton.

Legends of Cage Warriors will feature some of the biggest stars to have competed for Europe’s leading MMA organisation over the years, and there’s no better place to start than with one of women’s MMA’s true icons.

Having featured on the very first CWFC event back in July 2002, Sexton’s name has become synonymous with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, with the Manchester native competing for the organisation on seven occasions, accumulating a 6-1 record.

A former Cage Warriors champion, Sexton, 36, has also competed for other top international promotions such as the UFC and Bellator, with her most notable CWFC wins coming against Aisling Daly, Roxanne Modafferi and Dina Van den Hooven.

Produced by Demetrio Marquez for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, this inaugural episode of Legends of Cage Warriors charts the career of one of the pioneers of women’s MMA. Check it out in full below…

 

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Results: Super Saturday

08/06/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

After eight hours, two main cards and 16 total fights, two new champions emerged from the “Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday” event at The Forum in London. Cage Warriors’ biggest card of the year concluded with a unanimous-decision victory for Stevie Ray, who topped Curt Warburton to win the vacant lightweight title.

The night’s headliner, which was almost an entirely standup affair, proved an evenly matched affair. The fighters spent much of the 25 minutes trading shots, especially effective body kicks. However, Warburton seemed to be the aggressor slightly more often, and during long stints in the fight, he limited Ray to just the occasional single punch or kick.

Ray was the crisper striker early on, but Warburton briefly wobbled him early in the second round and largely avoided any power shots. However, in the third frame, with a steady stream of head kicks coming up just short, Ray connected on a slick back kick to the face that gave him a burst of confidence – and gave the crowd a jolt of excitement.

In the final frames, though, Warburton avoided takedowns, and the one time Ray got the fight to the mat in the final frame, his opponent was quickly back up. However, the takedown came at a key time.

The fighters then closed out the bout with more evenly matched striking, including an array of kicks and some effective knees from the clinch.

With absolutely no clear winner, the judges had the difficult task of choosing the winner. They ultimately awarded the split decision to Ray via scores of 50-45, 48-47 and 47-48.

Ray had originally won the title in 2013 after defeating Jason Ball and Sean Carter in the same night. However, he lost the belt to Ivan Buchinger in his subsequent belt. For now, though, the belt is back around the Scot’s waist.

On the night’s first main card, Jack Hermansson took Cage Warriors’ vacant middleweight title with a dominant win over Jack Paraisy.

Hermansson (8-2) had a patient start, but 100 seconds in, he started throwing big flurries. Paraisy (14-4-2) tried to counter with a takedown attempt, but Hermansson stayed strong as Paraisy bled from his nose all over Hermansson’s back. When they separated, it was Hermansson stalking and landing almost at will, again staying patient. He dropped the Frenchman with a little less than two minutes left, then pounded at him on the ground. Paraisy settled back into guard on his back.

In the second, Hermansson continued what he started in the first – just a patient drubbing from the Norwegian, and a bloody Paraisy.

Two minutes into the third round, Hermansson put together a set of offense perhaps bigger than what he had in the first. But somehow, Paraisy smiled his way through it and survived.

In the fourth, Hermansson continued to pressure Paraisy. But again, Paraisy survived. A minute in, Paraisy had to survive a rear-naked choke and not just big punches. Ninety seconds in, Hermansson mixed it up and landed a takedown. Again Hermansson took the back, and with two minutes left, he popped up to mount, and with 90 seconds left he started dropping massive elbows and punches to a bloody Paraisy. Finally, as he continued to go after the choke, he got his arm under Paraisy’s chin and forced the tap.

Hermansson, from Norway, won for the third straight time. His lone two losses came for Bellator. Paraisy had a five-fight unbeaten streak snapped – and also lost for the first time outside the Bellator banner.

Bola Omoyele (7-3) went to work early against Jack Marshman (15-5), but then he took his foot off the gas, and that may have cost him. Being aggressive on the ground in top position, Omoyele left his arm out and Marshman yanked it and took advantage. Omoyele started out the fight with slick striking, and he appeared to be several steps ahead of Marshman. When the fight hit the ground, Omoyele was less active, and was warned to get busy. When he started to make some moves to avoid a standup and ride out the round, though, Marshman took his arm and locked it up. With just nine seconds left in the first round, Marshman forced the tap from Omoyele for the stunning come-from-behind win.

In perhaps a strange decision, Mohsen Bahari (8-1) took a split decision from a bloodied-up Ben Alloway (13-7) in a fight he seemed to be a step ahead in throughout. Alloway hit Bahari flush on the chin with a right hand 90 seconds into the fight, then looked to land another after getting his opponent’s attention. Bahari was able to get the fight to the ground, but didn’t do much with the top position. Bahari poured things on in the second, and landed a massive knee that cut Alloway open. Alloway gushed blood all over the canvas while Bahari held on and looked for more knees. Bahari seemed to be on cruise control in the third since Alloway didn’t seem to land more than a punch at a time. And Alloway’s face certainly showed who landed the bigger punches. Bahari probably expected a trio of 30-27 scores, but oddly, Alloway got a 30-27 from one judge, giving Bahari the split with a pair of 30-27s of his own.

The fight started out oddly, with Jake Bostwick (15-8) needing time to remove a stud in his tongue that he came to the cage with against Simeon Thoresen (17-5-1). And then it ended oddly, as well, with Thoresen showing no interest in standing up with the powerful Bostwick, hoping instead to play on the ground. In the end, it cost him a majority decision. Bostwick landed an overhand right to really get Thoresen’s attention, and he came behind it with a solid leg kick. Thoresen stayed dancing on the outside as the powerful Bostwick stalked him down. Thoresen appeared to want nothing to do with Bostwick’s power as he tried to find some kind of opening for offense. With 90 seconds left, another huge right hand landed by Bostwick, but Thoresen took it and threw the fight to the ground, where he looked for a choke from half-guard, then popped up to mount and pounded away as Bostwick tried to buck his way out. In the second, Bostwick just missed a massive uppercut, and again Thoresen took him down into his wheelhouse. Late in the frame, Thoresen got a brutal kimura and force Bostwick to survive it, and he did – but was saved by the bell. In the third, Thoresen got his legs kicked out, and he wanted to stay on the ground. But Bostwick wanted nothing to do with it. Again it happened. Then Thoresen was sat down with a body punch. He looked tired, and it was clear he wanted nothing to do with the standup game – while Bostwick looked fresh. Over and over, Thoresen shot and failed, and wanted to stay on the floor. And Bostwick just walked away to stay standing. Thoresen was continually warned by referee Rich Mitchell to get up after he hit the floor. When the scores came in, a 10-8 for Bostwick in the third resulted in one card being a 28-28 draw. But two other judges came him the fight 29-28 for a majority decision.

In a fight that truly could have gone either way, Jack Mason (28-13) took a close split call from Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho (15-9). Carvalho landed a knee and an uppercut and stayed patient as he tried to pour things on in the final minute of the first round. But Mason survived the onslaught to see the second round, even if Carvalho gained confidence in the process. Right away in the second, though, Carvalho landed a huge right hand that floored Mason. Mason survived and got to his feet and started to fire back, though. Still, the two battled back and forth, and it was hard to see which fighter may have been taking the advantage. The third round was neck and neck in the standup game, and while Carvalho may have landed more, Mason may have landed harder shots. When the scores were read, it was Mason taking a pair of 29-28s to the one for Carvalho, who dropped his hands and shook his head in disbelief.

Damir Hadzovic (9-2) made easy work of Martin Delaney (8-1) for the final 10 minutes to open up the second of the night’s two main cards. Midway through the third round, Hadzovic landed a vicious elbow along the fence that sprayed his own cornermen with Delaney’s blood. Then he continued to keep the pressure on, looking for the finish. Delaney stayed defensive, showing plenty of heart while eating plenty of elbows and taking a lot of damage. But heart didn’t get him anything more than a loss – though after a solid first round – as Hadzovic got the win.

Rosi Sexton (13-5) was game, but ultimately Joanna Jedrzejczyk (6-0) put her superior striking to work in a major way in the co-main event of the night’s first main card. Jedrzejczyk dropped the veteran Sexton midway through the second with a flurry of strikes after putting that part of her game on display for the first five minutes of the fight. The Polish fighter may have made the biggest name for herself yet with the win, which quickly had social media chatter talking about what could happen if she was able to drop from 125 pounds to 115 and move over to the UFC from her upcoming home with Invicta. The loss for Sexton, her first since a two-fight skid sent her packing from the UFC, was the first for her under the Cage Warriors banner after being 6-0 for the promotion.

In a fight that seemed to be dominated by Tim Wilde (5-0), he eventually had to survive a few sticky moments to beat a resilient Damien Brown (10-7) for a unanimous decision. Wilde scrambled early and took Brown’s back. They jostled on the canvas, but Wilde stayed sticky until Brown worked back to his feet and could finally push off. Midway through, a beautiful takedown from Wilde had him again going to work in good position on the canvas. Brown popped up and looked for a takedown of his own, but Wilde sprawled and landed big punches on the ground before going after a neck along the fence. In the second, Wilde landed a big knee, and then a punch dropped Brown. It looked like referee Rich Mitchell was going to stop things. But he gave Brown a chance to recover, and the fight went on with Wilde going to work on top. Brown did some good work for 45 seconds on top, but he got a bit ahead of himself and Wilde quickly reversed to finish the second round on top. In the third, Wilde seemed to slow down, and Brown tried to pick up points from the top. Midway through, Brown tried to take Wilde’s back, but Wilde scrambled free and landed a takedown of his own. He went back to the feet with 1:45 left and landed a knee. With a minute left, Wilde jumped for a guillotine and couldn’t hold it. A triangle wasn’t there, either, and the result was a shot for Brown on top. He had a good guillotine late, but Wilde slipped out and took a trio of 29-28 scores for the win.

Marcin Wrzosek (8-2) put his “Polish Zombie” nickname to good use against Arnold Allen (7-1) on his way to a hard-fought unanimous decision against a game opponent. Wrzosek tried to take Allen’s back in a scramble midway through the first. But Allen rolled through it and looked to land knees against his Polish opponent. But Wrzosek kept things slightly dirty in the standup game, trying to stifle Allen. When Wrzosek went for a takedown, Allen turned the tables and wound up on top looking to land heavy punches. But Wrzosek started to take over in the second, and at the end of that frame, it was Allen needing to be saved by the bell. Allen had to go into desperation mode deep in the third, and he jumped for a guillotine. But he couldn’t hold it. Somehow, though, he popped up from his back and landed a takedown and landed a few good shots, trying to sway the judges as the time ticked away. Allen got an arm triangle choke with 30 seconds left and threatened in a big way. Wrzosek defended just enough to survive and wound up getting a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27 to hand Allen his first pro loss.

Suleiman Bouhata (9-5) opened with a flying knee, but Graham Turner (24-8) survived it. Then he went on to dominate with an eventual third-round TKO. Turner took the fight to the ground in the first, and though Bouhata popped up quickly, Turner threw punches in bunches with short shots before taking it to the ground again. Turner continued to wear Bouhata down in the second round, and then took full advantage quickly in the third. A right hand to the body dropped Bouhata, and Turner quickly pounced on the crumpled Frenchman with a flurry for the finish.

Brad Wheeler (13-9) looked good in the first round striking against Jason Cooledge (10-7). In the second, that continued. He landed a right uppercut and put Cooledge on the canvas. He launched himself to the ground, looking to take advantage. And take advantage he did. Wheeler landed big punches on the ground, and as Cooledge tried to recover, Wheeler latched onto his neck. That was all she wrote. He had the a rear-naked choke tappet at the 3:27 mark of the second.

Complete Cage Warriors 69 results:

Stevie Ray def. Curt Warburton via split decision (50-45, 47-48, 48-47) – to win vacant lightweight title
Jack Marshman def. Bola Omoyele via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:51
Mohsen Bahari def. Ben Alloway via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Jake Bostwick def. Simeon Thoresen via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jack Mason def. Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Damir Hadzovic def. Martin Delaney via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jack Hermansson def. Norman Paraisy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 4:49 – to win vacant middleweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Rosi Sexton via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:36
Tim Wilde def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcin Wrzosek def. Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Graham Turner def. Suleiman Bouhata via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:08
Brad Wheeler def. Jason Cooledge via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:27 – 158-pound catchweight
Brett Caswell def. Spencer Hewitt via submission (heel hook) – Round 2, 2:09
Kerry Hughes def. Amanda Kelly via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:56
Aaron Blackwell def. Adam Ventre via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Darren Stewart def. Michael Ravenscroft via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 1:23

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Super Saturday

06/06/2014

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All four headlining fighters (pictured) made weight ahead of their respective Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday title fights.

Comprising of two main cards and 16 bouts in total, tomorrow’s historic Super Saturday event is set to take place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England.

The first of the two main cards sees headliners Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy collide for the vacant CWFC world middleweight title. Hermansson made the 185lb limit, hitting the scales at 184.7lbs, with Paraisy successful at the second attempt, weighing in at 183.2lbs.

The vacant CWFC world lightweight title is also up for grabs, as a rematch between Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton headlines the second main card. Former Champion, Ray weighed in at 154lbs, while Warburton came in 154.3lbs.

Though welterweight Jack Mason missed the agreed weight limit of 171lbs, his bout agreement precludes him from the 60 per cent fine recently put in place.

Matchmaker Ian Dean explains, “Although the CWFC management have announced that all fighters who fail to make weight will be fined 60 per cent of their purse, the Mason-Carvalho bout was signed before this new rule came into effect.”

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 69: Super Saturday takes place tomorrow, Saturday, June 7, at the Kentish Town Forum in London. For broadcast information click HERE.


Lightweight: Steven Ray (154lbs) vs. Curt Warburton (154.3lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Marshman (186lbs) vs. Bola Omoyele (184.8lbs)
Welterweight: Mohsen Bahari (170.2lbs) vs. Ben Alloway (170.5lbs)
Welterweight:  Simeon Thoresen (169.8lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (170.6lbs)
Welterweight: Jack Mason (173.1lbs)** vs. Bruno Carvalho (171lbs)
Lightweight: Martin Delaney (154.6lbs) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (184.7lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (183.2lbs)
Flyweight: Rosi Sexton (125.1lbs) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (122.9lbs)
Lightweight: Tim Wilde (155.9lbs) vs. Damien Brown (155.4lbs)
Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.4lbs) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (145.6lbs)
Featherweight: Graham Turner (144.6lbs) vs. Suleiman Bouhata (145.6lbs)
Lightweight: Jason Cooledge (157.2lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (157.6lbs)*
Flyweight: Brett Caswell (125.5lbs) vs. Spencer Hewitt (125.7lbs)
Bantamweight: Kerry Hughes (132.9lbs) vs. Amanda Kelly (133.6lbs)
Bantamweight: Adam Ventre (135.5lbs) vs. Aaron Blackwell (135.4lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Michael Ravenscroft (196.8lbs) vs. Darren Stewart (203lbs)

* Catchweight of 158lbs agreed by both fighters
** Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

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“Once that cage closes, it’s just me and Curt.”

29/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

“If we’re in his front garden, in my house - wherever it is - when the cage shuts, nobody can come and help him.”

Former CWFC world lightweight champion, Stevie Ray (14-5), is ready for his upcoming title fight with Curt Warburton (13-4), and he doesn’t care where it takes place.

“I am a strong believer that once that cage closes, it’s just me and Curt. It doesn’t matter where we are.”

A CWFC world lightweight champion will be crowned on June 7, at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, as Ray and Warburton do battle in one of two main events going down at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

Fighting an Englishman in England isn’t something that phases Ray, in fact, the Scot insists the crowd has no influence on what happens in the cage at all: “I fought Davey Parker in England, his gym was close to the place. He had roughly 300 people there who were all cheering for him.

“I ended up choking him out. I don’t think it‘s an advantage at all.”

Ray’s rise to recognition in MMA began in less than auspicious settings: “I never really knew anything about MMA. One of my friends was training at a private gym. It was a guy doing it in his back garden - he had a log cabin.”

Things could have gone a lot better the first time Ray trained, but the adversity faced didn’t hold him back: “We were rolling and sparring, I was flung in at the deep end. I went and spewed afterwards, the fitness was quite hard. After I spewed I kept training, the instructor could see I had heart and I wanted it. He told me to come back and It went from there.”

It’s a long way from the log cabin to the CWFC world title, something Ray earned the hard way, defeating both Jason Ball and Sean Carter in one night back in October, 2013, at CWFC 60. An undeniably impressive achievement, and one the 24-year-old is hoping to rival with a win at Super Saturday.

“There’s a lot of hype for this event. The card looks really amazing and I’m ready to put on a show and be the main event,” he says. “I’m getting to win the belt back and avenge my loss to Curt in one night. It’s going to be great.”

The two met back in March, 2013, with Warburton coming away victorious, taking a unanimous decision after three rounds: “He (Curt) kind of does everything right, he grinds out the win – that’s what he did to me: took me down, laid on top of me, did enough to win the fight.”

Ray thinks that things will be different this time, however: “Last time I fought him I had five weeks’ notice. To have twelve weeks this time is a big difference,” he explains. “I believe I could knock him out, submit him or go the five rounds and beat him.

“I learn a lot from every fight, regardless of if it’s a win or a loss.”

Sometimes those lessons can be learned outside of the cage, as Ray discovered after losing the belt to Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 63 on New Year’s Eve, 2013 in Dublin: “I’ve learned to take my time with eating after the weigh-ins. I just ate far too much and it ruined me the next day,” he adds. “I was kind of ill the day of the fight.”

Not everything that went wrong for Ray that night was a result of overeating: “The other mistake I made was trying to win every round. When I was three rounds up I still went out and tried to dominate the fourth, when maybe I should have been a bit smarter and been on the back foot a bit.

“Even if I’d lost those last two rounds I would still have been champion.”

Despite the loss, Ray chooses to focus on the positives from the loss and use them to move forward: “Sometimes it’s good when a fighter loses a belt and then comes back to win it. It shows that they’re hungry, determined and motivated. So that’s what I’m going to do.”

His instructions for Super Saturday are simple: “Don’t be at the bar getting a drink. Make sure you’re in your seat, make sure you’ve got your popcorn or whatever,” says Ray. “It could be over fast, and even if it’s not, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.

“Be ready for the best fight you’ve ever seen.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 69: Super Saturday | London

29/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to London, England, on Saturday, June 7, for an unprecedented event at The Forum in Kentish Town.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, the promotion’s eighth show of 2014, will feature two main cards on the same night, which will be preceded by a four-bout Facebook prelim card, giving fans 16 live broadcasted fights to savour.

Each main card will be headlined by a CWFC world title fight, with Part One of the double bill topped by the meeting of Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy for the vacant middleweight belt, while the vacant lightweight strap will be up for grabs when Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray collide at the conclusion of Part Two.

Doors at The Forum will open at 2:30pm BST local time, and the preliminary card will kick off at 4:30pm (times subject to change)

The first main-card instalment is scheduled to start at 6pm BST local time (1pm ET, 10am PT), which will then be followed by the second main card at 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

MAIN CARD PART TWO | 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton - vacant CWFC lightweight title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Martin Delaney vs. Damir Hadzovic

MAIN CARD PART ONE | 6pm BST local time (1pm ET, 10am PT)

Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy - vacant CWFC middleweight title bout
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rosi Sexton
Damien Brown vs. Tim Wilde
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Suleiman Bouhata vs. Graham Turner
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 4:30pm BST local time (11:30am ET/8:30am PT)

Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Michael Ravenscroft vs. Darren Stewart

- WATCH THE FACEBOOK PRELIMS LIVE HERE!

- WATCH MAIN CARD PART ONE LIVE VIA…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
Fight Now TV | USA and Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Setanta Action | Africa
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus

- WATCH MAIN CARD PART TWO LIVE VIA…

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV 10 | Sweden
Setanta Action | Africa
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus
Viasat Sport | Norway

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2014: The year of Jack Hermansson

26/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

2014 has already been a busy year for rising Swede, Jack Hermansson (7-2). Two fights in less than a month have propelled the hulking middleweight to the upper echelons of the CWFC middleweight division. Hermansson is looking to continue his winning momentum and make 2014 a breakout year.

“Taking the belt will give me recognition,” he explains. “People will know my name.”

The vacant CWFC middleweight world title is up for grabs at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, as Hermansson takes on Frenchman Norman Paraisy (14-3-2-1), in one of the night’s two main events taking place at London’s Kentish Town Forum.

Originally hailing from Sweden, and now residing in Oslo, Norway, Hermansson counts among his friends noted European MMA pioneer and “living legend of the sport”, Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen: “He (Hansen) went out there when the sport was new. Almost nobody in Norway knew what it was.”

Hermansson’s fan-friendly, kill-or-be-killed fighting style has made him a hit with with the CWFC audience, a style that can likely be explained by his initial exposure to MMA and explosive Brazilian, Wanderlei Silva: “Watching Wanderlei fight in Pride, I knew right away that this was something I was going to do.”

“After six months of training, my coach asked if I wanted to compete. I fought my first amateur bout and won, and I just continued to learn and compete.”

Returning to the scene of his devastating demolition of Ali Arish, back at CWFC 41 in 2011, Hermansson is planning on going one better this time in arguably the biggest fight of his career to date: “I cant wait to get back into that arena and put on an even greater fight and finish than last time. I feel lucky to be a part of this fight card.”

A “hard worker and a winner”, when the 25-year-old isn’t busy working in a pet shop, he’s dedicating his entire day to MMA, a tireless work ethic that translates into his gutsy, leave-it-all-in-the-cage performances and his recent back-and-forth wars with both Enoc Solves Torres and Ion Pascu.

It’s this recent cumulative cage time - and the enduring battles - that Hermansson thinks will give him the edge come June 7: “My two latest fights have given me a lot of time in the cage. I think that will make me more comfortable when we fight for five rounds.”

“You can expect a high-paced fight. I’m not the one who’ll be getting tired.”

Though clearly confident in his ability to push the pace and outlast his opponent, Hermansson is very much aware of the challenges facing him: “I have seen him (Paraisy) fight a couple of times and he’s a strong fighter. He is pretty much an all-rounder. I think his biggest weapon is his experience.”

Those attending or watching at home should be in doubt as to what to expect at Super Saturday: “The plan is that I will take this belt and continue my winning streak,” he adds. “It will be epic.”

“When I have Norman in deep waters I will finish him.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Two sides to Norman Paraisy

25/05/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

A self-described “bad boy with a sense of class”, Norman Paraisy (14-3-2-1) is every inch the perfect juxtaposition of affable gentlemen outside of the cage, and a barbarous warrior within it.

It’s a mindset he impresses upon the young kids he mentors as part of a youth community project: “You’re a savage, but I want you to be a savage with a disciplined mind,” he explains.

“At this age they have a lot of energy and it can become very dangerous if they channel it in the wrong direction. They can do magic with a little help.”

Paraisy is set to collide with Jack Hermansson (7-2) for the vacant CWFC middleweight world title on Saturday, June 7, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brings the marquee CWFC 69: Super Saturday event to London’s Kentish Town Forum.

The antithesis to the tired stereotype of the narrow-minded ‘cage fighter’, driven only by conflict and inflicting violence upon all who dare challenge him, Paraisy is the modern model of a mixed martial artist.

Indeed, if the thoughtful 28-year-old could give us any advice, it would be to “be a fan of yourself and love each other. Today, the mission in my heart is to fight, but humanity has the biggest fight coming, so let’s keep unity and respect each other.”

Contrast the Norman Paraisy above with the Norman Paraisy who took out Jack Mason by way of a flying knee and some vicious elbows in July 2011 at the Kentish Town Forum - a venue he’s looking forward to returning to.

“I have great memories of this venue and feel very comfortable in London. I love the city and the people there, I go over as much as I can. I’m just very proud to be part of such a historical day. I find my motivation in challenges, so you can imagine how motivated I am for this.”

Paraisy earned his title shot via an impressive, hard-fought victory over a tough Allan Love at CWFC Fight Night 10 in Amman in April. The boisterous Jordanian crowd obviously left their mark.

“Man, I was thinking the Irish crowd were the loudest, but those guys give them a real challenge - such a warm welcome. I’ll fight over there for free, just for the rush!”

Standing in Paraisy’s way on June 7 is surging Swede Jack Hermansson, a man Paraisy has familiarised himself with: “I’ve watched his last two fights twice; he is very well-rounded and goes for the kill. I can’t wait.”

Though fighting is evidently in his blood, Paraisy’s introduction to MMA is perhaps what taught him to respect the sport and his opponents.

“My friend’s older brother used to do NHB (No Holds Barred) back in 2005. He was kicking my ass and choking me out cold every time he passed me in the street,” he explains. “At the time I thought I was tough, but I found out I wasn’t.”

While the cognitive dissonance of Paraisy’s two, almost contradictory, personalities could be confusing, there’s one thing he’s entirely single-minded about: “I’ve worked for this since I was a teenager. I didn’t know when it would come because the division is stacked, but I knew it would come one day.”

Fighting for the Cage Warriors middleweight world title clearly means everything to the Frenchman, so much so that it’s near impossible for him to articulate it: “Words cannot explain; you would have to open my heart to understand.”

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.

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CWFC 69: Jedrzejczyk vs. Sexton

22/05/2014

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Former CWFC champion Rosi Sexton (pictured) will return to the promotion on June 7 for a mouthwatering flyweight clash with undefeated Polish prospect Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The pair will collide at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, CWFC’s eighth event of the year, which is set to take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

Sexton (13-4) owns a 6-0 record under the Cage Warriors banner, including victories over the likes of Aisling Daly, Roxanne Modafferi and Sally Krumdiack.

The 36-year-old English fighter, who has also competed for Bellator, will be back in action for the first time since a two-fight stint with the UFC in 2013, which saw her drop decision losses to Alexis Davis and Jessica Andrade.

Sexton said: “I’m really looking forward to fighting on Cage Warriors again against a very tough opponent. Cage Warriors is a fantastic promotion; I started my career with them and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength. In my experience, no promotion in the world takes better care of its fighters and I’m excited to be part of that again.”

Jedrzejczyk (5-0) will be making her debut for Cage Warriors, having carved out a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in women’s MMA since making her professional debut two years ago.

A 26-year-old native of Poland, Jedrzejczyk recently signed with Invicta FC and will goes into the clash with Sexton on the back of particularly impressive wins against Karla Benitez and Julia Berezikova.

“This is a huge fight for my career,” said Jedrzejczyk. “My opponent is extremely strong and experienced but I’m very determined to win this fight and put on a great show for the fans.”

Meanwhile, injuries sustained by both fighters in recent days have forced the removal of the featherweight bout between Liam James and Nad Narimani from the CWFC 69: Super Saturday bill. Check out the finalised card below…

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rosi Sexton
Damir Hadzovic vs. Martin Delaney
Graham Turner vs. Suleiman Bouhata
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Maksym Matus vs. Tim Wilde

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Cage Warriors and Channel 4 join forces

21/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm that it has signed a terrestrial TV deal with British broadcaster Channel 4.

The initial agreement, which begins with CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16, covers all remaining CWFC events in 2014, bringing Europe’s leading MMA promotion to a terrestrial audience in the UK for the very first time.

Cage Warriors’ live UK broadcast deal with Premier Sports will remain in place simultaneously, with Channel 4 set to air an hour-long midweek highlights show following every CWFC event. Each programme will also be available online via 4oD, Channel 4’s free video-on-demand service on Channel4.com.

Hosting as many as 14 events per year, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has become the dominant European MMA promotion and a hotbed of the most prolific MMA talent in Europe and beyond, producing some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and Conor McGregor. Channel 4’s viewers will be treated to top international stars competing for world titles on a global stage.

Commenting on a significant deal for mixed martial arts in the UK, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re delighted to have joined forces with a broadcaster of Channel 4’s stature and flair.

“They like to have fun and so do we. This is a really positive development for Cage Warriors, and for the growth of MMA in general in this part of the world, and I’m sure it will mark the beginning of a good relationship between CWFC and Channel 4.”

Jamie Aitchison of Channel 4 added: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting an exciting and growing sport and look forward to working with Cage Warriors across the upcoming events.”

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Super Saturday: Fight Card Update

15/05/2014

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Lightweights Damir Hadzovic (pictured) and Martin Delaney are set to do battle at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, June 7. The already stacked card has been further bolstered by the addition of four more bouts announced today.

Hadzovic (8-2) announced himself to the CWFC lightweight division when he claimed the notable scalp of John Maguire with a spectacular KO victory on his CWFC debut. Delaney (8-0) is hoping to maintain his perfect record and make a statement himself in his first CWFC outing.

Graham Turner (23-8) returns to action for the first time since dropping a submission loss to former featherweight champion Jim Alers. His opponent Suleiman Bouhata (9-4) will be looking to upset the former title contender on his CWFC debut.

Also added to the card is a bantamweight bout between Aaron Blackwell (12-9-1) and Adam Ventre (3-0), and a lightweight contest between Maksym Matus (4-5) and Tim Wilde (4-0).

Meanwhile, Matt Hallam (5-2), Dez Parker (3-1) and Azi Thomas (2-0) - all of whom were victorious at CWFC 68 in Liverpool - along with Carl Booth (1-0), have all signed five-fight deals which will see them compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of eighteen months.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday are currently on sale HERE. Click HERE for more information.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Damir Hadzovic vs. Martin Delaney
Graham Turner vs. Suleiman Bouhata
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly
Aaron Blackwell vs. Adam Ventre
Maksym Matus vs. Tim Wilde

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Update: Super Saturday

12/05/2014

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The bumper bill for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday has today been boosted by the addition of three more exciting bouts.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, which is set to feature two main cards in one evening, will take place on Saturday, June 7, at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

Colliding in a lightweight contest, Australia’s Damien Brown and Englishman Saul Rogers (pictured) will both return to action for the first time since their respective bouts at CWFC 65 in Dublin back in March.

Brown (10-6) put on a Fight of the Night performance against Paul Redmond before losing out via decision, while Rogers (8-1) edged out John Maguire after three thrilling rounds in the main event.

In featherweight action, undefeated 20-year-old Englishman Arnold Allen (7-0) will be looking for his fifth CWFC win when he takes on highly-rated Polish prospect Marcin Wrzosek (7-2), who fights under the Cage Warriors banner for the first time since last July’s CWFC 57 loss to Chris Fishgold.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Amanda Kelly (1-1) and England’s Kerry Hughes (1-1) will both be keen to return to winning ways when they collide in a women’s bantamweight bout, following decision defeats to Laura Howarth and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz respectively in their most recent outings.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday are currently on sale HERE. Click HERE for more information.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts to be announced; order TBC)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Damien Brown vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Arnold Allen vs. Marcin Wrzosek
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler
Kerry Hughes vs. Amanda Kelly

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC to increase penalties for fighters who miss weight

09/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm an increase in the percentage by which fighters will be fined in the event of their failure to make weight.

Beginning with the organisation’s next event - Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday in London on June 7 - fighters who do not weigh in under their contracted limit will lose 60 per cent of their purse.

All fighters who fail to make weight will be subject to this fine, irrespective of how much they miss weight by. Until now, weighing over the limit by 2.2lbs or less resulted in a 25 per cent fine, with a 40 per cent fine implemented for anything above 2.2lbs. All fines were surrendered to the fighter’s opponent.

The change in approach from CWFC comes following last weekend’s Cage Warriors 68 event in Liverpool, which saw seven professional fighters miss weight, although all bouts went ahead nevertheless.

Under the new policy, in the event of a fighter missing weight, 40 per cent of his/her purse will be forfeited to their opponent, with the remaining 20 per cent to be donated to the opponent’s nominated charity.

CWFC fighters will continue to be given a further two hours to make weight if they fail to do so at their first attempt.

“We’re dealing with professional athletes here, but due to the lack of professionalism displayed by some, we’ve been forced to make these changes,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan (pictured).

“Making weight is an obligation, not an option, and this will be the first step towards ensuring that we never have a situation again like we did last week. If this doesn’t deter fighters from missing weight, we’ll go to the next level. We’ll continue to make the necessary changes until this is resolved, because what happened last weekend was unacceptable.

“It’s imperative that fighters cut weight intelligently and do not push themselves beyond their bodies’ limits, so the onus is on them to ensure that they’re competing in the correct division, because making weight - and doing so in a safe manner - is absolutely compulsory.

“This is not about money, because the fines don’t go back into the company’s pocket. We’re making this change for the good of the sport and the promotion, so it’s now up to fighters to respect themselves, their opponents and the promotion, by making weight as they commit to in their contracts.

“SIxty per cent might seem like quite a significant figure, but the simple fact is that if you make weight like you’re supposed to, you won’t lose a penny.”

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CWFC 69: Hermansson vs. Paraisy

08/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials can today confirm that the vacant CWFC middleweight world title will be on the line at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

The landmark event, which will be CWFC’s eighth of 2014, will feature two main cards in one evening, with all the action set to take place on Saturday, June 7, at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

The event will conclude with the meeting of Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton for the vacant lightweight strap, but Cage Warriors gold will also be up for grabs in the headliner of the first of Super Saturday’s two main cards.

With both fighters unbeaten in their four CWFC outings each to date, Jack Hermansson and Norman Paraisy will collide in a bout for Cage Warriors’ 185lbs belt, which was vacated last year by Jesse Taylor.

Hermansson (7-2) has been in impressive form since returning to Cage Warriors earlier this year following a two-fight stint in the USA with Bellator.

The 25-year-old Swede, who fights out of Norway, stopped Enoc Solves Torres via TKO at Cage Warriors 66, before grinding out a hard-fought decision win over Ion Pascu last month at CWFC Fight Night 11.

Hermansson defeated both Ali Arish and Mike Ling by KO in his two previous bouts under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship banner.

“This looks set to be one of Cage Warriors’ biggest ever events and to be fighting on it for the CWFC middleweight world title is such a huge opportunity for me,” Hermansson said.

“I will grab this chance with both hands and make a huge impression on everybody who’ll be tuning in from all over the world.”

Paraisy (14-3-2-1), who’s also a Bellator veteran and former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, is unbeaten in his last five bouts and has been stopped just once in 20 professional outings.

The 28-year-old holds CWFC wins over Jack Mason, Allan Love and Leeroy Barnes, as well as a draw with former CWFC middleweight world champion Chris Fields.

Ahead of his clash with Hermansson for the CWFC title, charismatic Frenchman Paraisy has vowed to do his talking in the cage on June 7: “That belt is mine and nobody will stop me from taking it.”

Tickets for Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, priced from just £25, will go on sale HERE tomorrow, Friday, May 9, at 9am BST. Click HERE for more information on Super Saturday.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts still to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant lightweight world title bout
Jack Hermansson vs. Norman Paraisy – vacant middleweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

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Pictured above: Norman Paraisy (Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors)
Homepage cover photo: Jack Hermansson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday

06/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is set to round off its schedule for the first half of 2014 with an unprecedented event in London on Saturday, June 7.

Following a hectic recent spell which has seen Europe’s leading MMA promotion host seven shows in the space of just eleven weeks, visiting five different countries in the process, CWFC will sign off in style for a summer break with Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday.

The event, which will take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, will be CWFC’s eighth so far and is set to feature not one – but two! – main cards, which will follow both unaired and Facebook prelims.

With each main card to be headlined by a CWFC world title bout, Super Saturday will bring fans an extravaganza of top-class MMA, with professional action beginning at 3pm and continuing right through until approximately 11pm.

Super Saturday will kick off with an unaired preliminary card, followed by Facebook prelims – which will be streamed live and free of charge around the world – at 4pm BST.

The first of Super Saturday’s televised main cards will get underway at 6pm BST, before the second – which culminates in the meeting of Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton for the vacant CWFC lightweight world title – swings into action at 9pm BST.

“After our event in London on June 7, we’ll be taking a break until CWFC 70 in Dublin on August 16 while the World Cup takes centre stage, so we want to treat the fans to something big before we do that,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Almost every other sport has a marquee event on its calendar, whether that be the Superbowl or the Champions League final, so this is something MMA needs and it’s something we’ll be looking to make an annual event.

“Today we’ve announced some huge fights for Super Saturday, which already make it a stacked card, but there’s a lot more to come. June 7 will be a huge day, not only for Cage Warriors, but for the sport of MMA worldwide.”

As previously announced, Stevie Ray (14-5) will look to regain the CWFC lightweight world title when he takes on Curt Warburton (13-4) for the vacant strap in the final bout of the night, which will headline part two of Super Saturday.

The full card and line-up for Super Saturday will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but also on the bill will be a massive middleweight bout between Jack Marshman (14-5) and Bola Omoyele (7-2).

CWFC’s stacked welterweight division will be in focus on the night, with Simeon Thoresen (17-4-1) set to make his Cage Warriors debut against Jake Bostwick (14-8-0-1). Meanwhile, Benny Alloway (13-5) will collide with Mohsen Bahari (7-1) and Jack Mason (27-13) is scheduled to face Bruno Carvalho (15-8).

See below for details of all eight bouts announced so far, and get your tickets - priced from just £25 - for Super Saturday when they go on sale online from The Forum at 9am BST this Friday, May 9.

Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (more bouts still to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton – vacant CWFC lightweight world title bout
Jack Marshman vs. Bola Omoyele
Jake Bostwick vs. Simeon Thoresen
Benny Alloway vs. Mohsen Bahari
Bruno Carvalho vs. Jack Mason
Liam James vs. Nad Narimani
Brett Caswell vs. Spencer Hewitt
Jason Cooledge vs. Brad Wheeler

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Results: Cage Warriors 68

04/05/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

It was only fitting that the tenth professional fight on the Cage Warriors 68 card ended in the night’s tenth stoppage.

In the welterweight headliner of a card chock full of knockouts and submissions, Jim Wallhead (25-9) returned to the promotion for the first time in four years but suffered a loss to local favourite Danny Roberts (11-1), who overcame some early trouble for the dazzling finish.

Cage Warriors 68 took place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and the main card streamed on MMAjunkie following prelims on Facebook.

Wallhead struck early in the night’s featured bout, got the takedown and immediately moved to mount. “Hot Chocolate” escaped and got to his feet, which elicited a roar from the crowd. Wallhead, though, quickly regrouped, closed the distance and threatened with another takedown.

However, Roberts avoided a trip to the mat, jockeyed for hand position from the clinch and, after some distance, landed a right hand that dropped Wallhead. He quickly followed with ground-and-pound on the Bellator vet to force the referee’s intervention. The stoppage came via TKO at the 4:49 mark of the opening round as the crowd cheered the local fighter’s big win.

“I wanted to be the first one to stop him, and I did,” Roberts, a Liverpool-based fighter who’s won five straight, said. Technically, it was the second TKO loss of Wallhead’s career – but his first in nine years and 30 fights. That has Roberts optimistic about his future. “I’m in a good place, and I feel unstoppable,” he said. “With a little more work, I’ll be ready to fight the best in the world.”

In the event’s co-headliner, Ronnie Mann (23-7-1) decided to stick with what was working – namely, throwing punches that tagged Marcelo Costa (9-2-1) with sometimes-remarkable ease. But once the fight hit the mat, that game plan fell apart.

The big-show veteran threw from distance, countered with quick combinations and occasionally stood in the pocket to deliver blows that landed flush and frequently. But after scoring a second-round takedown to stop Mann’s advances, Costa found his opening.

Costa, who weighed 140.3 pounds for the bantamweight fight, lost 40 percent of his purse for the infraction. His Cage Warriors 68 experience initially got no better once the fight began, and aside from a few takedowns that halted his opponent’s advances, Mann experienced little trouble early in the bout.

But after eating some punches in the second round, Costa got a takedown and worked for a kneebar. Mann tried to counter with one of his own, but after scrambling to his knees, Costa pounced and took his back. Mann couldn’t put up much of a fight once he was stuck, and Costa eventually tapped him out with a tight rear-naked choke.

The tap-out came at the 3:35 mark of the second round. Costa continued an unbeaten run (5-0-1) with his successful Cage Warriors debut. Mann, who joined the organisation after a run with Bellator, halts a two-fight winning streak with Cage Warriors.

Mauro Chimento (16-10) scored a bit of an upset after dazing Matt Inman (13-6) with an early swarm of punches and then dropping the welterweight with a crushing left hook to the body. Inman crumpled to the mat in obvious pain, and a few follow-up shots forced a stoppage just 88 seconds into the bout.

After trying to create distance with kicks but eating a few big shots during the process, Matt Hallam (5-2) finally got his opening late in the second round when he dropped middleweight Steve Dinsdale (6-2) with a few nicely placed punches. After forcing a halt to the bout at the 4:03 mark of the round with a lunging shot and a crushing follow-up blow, Hallam now owns five knockouts in five career wins.

After a rough 2013 campaign that saw the UFC vet go winless in three fights, Che Mills (16-7) rebounded in his first bout of the year. He opened a hairline cut on middleweight Leeroy Barnes (12-14) with elbows from side control, staggered him with a right hand after a standup, and then dropped him with punches. Mills then slapped on the fight-ending rear-naked choke to get the tap-out at the 4:46 mark of the first round.

The night’s main-card opener ended in impressive fashion as Dean Garnett (6-0) extended a career-opening winning streak with a first-round submission victory over bantamweight John Cullen (17-9-2). After scoring takedowns and taking dominant ground positions, Garnett found his opening for a heel hook and forced a tap-out at the 4:35 mark of the opening round.

Full Cage Warriors 68 results included:

Danny Roberts def. Jim Wallhead via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:49
Marcelo Costa def. Ronnie Mann via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:35
Mauro Chimento def. Matt Inman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:22
Matt Hallam def. Steve Dinsdale via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:03
Che Mills def. Leeroy Barnes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:46
Dean Garnett def. John Cullen via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 4:35
Paddy Pimblett def. Conrad Hayes via via submission (triangle choke/armbar) -Round 1, 3:17
Dez Parker def. Charlie Watts via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:42
Adam Ventre def. Anthony Phillips via via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:47
Azi Thomas def. Ellis Hampson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:20

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 68

02/05/2014

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One of the biggest CWFC bouts of the year is all set to take place tomorrow as headliners Jim Wallhead and Danny Roberts (pictured) both successfully came in under the 171lbs limit at this afternoon’s weigh-ins.

The welterweight tilt tops a stacked card of action for Cage Warriors 68, the promotion’s seventh event of the year, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Returning to Cage Warriors following a four-year absence, ‘Judo’ Jimmy Wallhead weighed in at 169.3lbs, while up-and-coming prospect Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts came in at 170.4lbs.

There was plenty of drama elsewhere, however, as a total of seven fighters failed to make weight, but all ten bouts are scheduled to go ahead nevertheless.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 68 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. For ticket and broadcast information click HERE.


Welterweight: Jimmy Wallhead (169.3lbs) vs. Danny Roberts (170.4lbs)
Bantamweight: Marcelo Costa (140.3lbs)** vs. Ronnie Mann (135.2lbs)
Welterweight: Matt Inman (170.7lbs) vs. Mauro Chimento Jnr (170.3lbs)
Middleweight: Matt Hallam (184.7lbs) vs. Steve Dinsdale (183.5lbs)
Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (183.9lbs) vs. Che Mills (185.6lbs)
Bantamweight: John Cullen (138.4lbs)**** vs. Dean Garnett (136.7lbs)****
Bantamweight: Conrad Hayes (135lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (141.7lbs)**
Welterweight: Dez Parker (169lbs) vs. Charlie Watts (171lbs)
Bantamweight: Ant Phillips (139.1lbs)*** vs. Adam Ventre (137.5lbs)***
Lightweight: Azi Thomas (154lbs) vs. Ellis Hampson (157.6lbs)*

* Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent
** Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent
*** Both fighter and opponent missed weight; no purse deductions occur
****Catchweight of 138lbs agreed by both fighters

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Cage Warriors 68: Liverpool

01/05/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s hectic 2014 schedule resumes this Saturday, May 3, when Cage Warriors 68 takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

With another thrilling card in store, CWFC 68 marks the promotion’s seventh event in the space of just eleven weeks.

Headlined by the meeting of Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 4.45pm local time, with the first of ten professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7.30pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.30pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.50pm BST (2.50pm ET/11.50am PT).

Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Danny Roberts vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Marcelo Costa vs. Ronnie Mann
Mauro Chimento vs. Matt Inman
Steve Dinsdale vs. Matt Hallam
Leeroy Barnes vs. Che Mills
John Cullen vs. Dean Garnett

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.50pm BST local time (2.50pm ET/11.50am PT)

Conrad Hayes vs. Paddy Pimblett
Dez Parker vs. Charlie Watts
Ant Phillips vs. Adam Ventre

UNAIRED PRELIM | 7.30pm BST local time

Ellis Hampson vs. Azi Thomas

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[VIDEO] Cage Warriors 68: Countdown

29/04/2014

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Cage Warriors 68 takes place this Saturday, May 3, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, headlined by a massive welterweight tussle between Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead.

With both fighters aiming to cement their claims for a shot at CWFC champion Nicolas Dalby, Roberts (10-1) will be looking to take his Cage Warriors record to 6-0. while Wallhead (25-8) returns to the promotion after a four-year hiatus.

Their main-event meeting is the focus of the Cage Warriors 68: Countdown, produced by CWFC’s Demetrio Marquez. Check it out here…

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Fisher commits to Cage Warriors

24/04/2014

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight division continues to grow stronger, following today’s addition of English star Andrew Fisher.

Fisher (12-6-1), who’s currently ranked seventh in the UK, has penned a five-fight CWFC deal, which will see him compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

The capture of Fisher means that of the six non-UFC signed featherweights in the UK’s top-ten, four are now signed to CWFC, with Fisher joining Graham Turner, Chris Fishgold and Alex Enlund on the roster, in addition to the likes of Robbie Olivier, Nad Narimani, Martin Svensson, Dave Hill, Jean N’Doye and Arnold Allen.

A native of Sunderland, Fisher has taken all but one of his 12 professional wins by stoppage, holding notable victories over the likes of Gavin Sterritt and Shay Walsh. The 28-year-old, who joins Cage Warriors following a two-fight stint with Bellator, hasn’t been stopped in his last 11 outings, a run that extends back to July 2009.

Fisher said: “I’m really looking forward to finally fighting for Cage Warriors. It almost happened a few times in the past but now I know that the time is definitely right.”

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Duffy returns to CWFC

22/04/2014

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Former title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) is set to return to the CWFC lightweight division.

Duffy has signed a five-fight deal that will commit him exclusively to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship for a minimum period of 18 months.

The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in MMA since 2011, having opted to make the switch to boxing after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Duffy debuted as a professional boxer in March of last year, going on to put together an undefeated 7-0 record, which included two wins by TKO.

However, the Irishman has now decided to leave boxing behind, in favour of a return to MMA and CWFC, for whom he previously competed on five occasions.

“It’s been a hard few weeks and I’ve had some huge decisions to make, but I’ve decided to make a return to the cage,” said Duffy, who’s based at the MMA Clinic gym in Islington, London.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to train under a world-class boxing trainer in John Tandy, but it’s hard to escape the fact that my heart will always be in MMA.

“I’m really excited about competing for Cage Warriors again, and my plans are to add a few KOs to my record and then mix it up with the guys at the top.”



Duffy, the last fighter to defeat current UFC stars Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, was a contestant on season twelve of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.

He signed with CWFC later on that year and went on to secure four consecutive victories, the first of which saw him submit McGregor after just 38 seconds of their bout at CWFC 39 (WATCH).

That run landed Duffy a shot at the vacant CWFC lightweight world title against Ivan Musardo in the main event at CWFC 44 in London in October 2011.

Despite taking the first three rounds on the judges’ scorecards, a costly slip by Duffy in round four allowed Musardo to capitalise and lock in a guillotine choke to take the title.

For the first time since that loss, Duffy will be back in Cage Warriors action later this year, with his return scheduled for CWFC 70 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “Joe went 7-0 as a professional boxer in the space of a year, having worked under John Tandy, one of the best trainers in the world of boxing.

“Adding that to the fact that he is a jujitsu black belt and already has a 10-1 MMA record, this has been a huge decision for Joe but it’s a very exciting development for CWFC fans.”

Photos: Tommy Lakes

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Results: CWFC Fight Night 11

19/04/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

The Cage Warriors Fight Night 11 main event between Jack Mason and Patrick Vallee was one of the more competitive bouts of the evening, but the end result saw Mason take home a unanimous-decision win.

While Mason earned 30-27 scorecards from two of the judges and a 29-28 from the other, the welterweight headliner was much closer than the final tallies suggest.

Mason (27-13) and Vallee (10-6-1) went toe-to-toe for the majority of the three-round affair, each having several moments of success in the striking range. However, “The Stone” proved to be the more diverse fighter with takedowns between those successes on the feet and ultimately took the victory.

The Englishman had pressure to avoid a second consecutive defeat after losing his previous bout in March. Fortunately, he got back on the winning track in the fourteenth Cage Warriors appearance of his career.

Marat Pekov (12-5) was cruising to what was very likely going to be a dominant decision win against Brian Moore (7-4) – until disaster struck.

In the third round, Pekov threw an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent. The strike resulted in a two-point deduction, essentially negating all of Pekov’s work. Unless he got a finish, the bout was on its way to being a draw.

Pekov, though, got the needed finish with less than 30 seconds left in the final frame as he took the back and pounded on Moore until the referee stopped the fight.

Jack Hermansson (7-2) was in deep trouble in the first round when he was knocked down and nearly finished by Ion Pascu (8-5). However, instead of taking the easy out, Hermansson fought hard in the second and third rounds to get the decision.

The second round was close and could have easily gone either way, but all three judges saw it for Hermansson, which was the deciding factor in his victory.

Tahar Hadbi (10-5) was one step ahead of Michael “Black Death” Johnson (9-7) from start to finish en route to a clear-cut decision victory.

Johnson hung in there for all three rounds but had little to offer as Hadbi out-landed and out-grappled him. It wasn’t the most exciting contest of the event, but Hadbi proved the superior fighter and got 15 minutes of valuable experience inside the cage.

It took Arnold Allen (7-0) less than a minute to earn his latest victory and keep his undefeated MMA record in tact, this time against an overmatched Tobias Huber (5-5).

It was short and sweet as Allen attacked Huber with a vicious onslaught of punches while his opponent hugged the leg in desperate search for a takedown.

Allen has finished all but one of his professional fights, but his victory over Huber was easily his shortest thus far.

Everything was going according to plan for John Redmond (5-8). He took Craig White (7-5) to the ground, dominated position and nearly finished the fight. However, one knee changed everything.

White landed a knee to Redmond’s face early in the second round and opened a gruesome gash on his forehead. The referee stepped in to check the cut and needed just seconds to wave off the fight.

MAIN CARD

Jack Mason def. Patrick Vallee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Marat Pekov def. Brian Moore via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:32
Jack Hermansson def. Ion Pascu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tahar Hadbi def. Michael “Black Death” Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Arnold Allen def. Tobias Huber via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:37
Craig White def. John Redmond via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:06

PRELIMINARY CARD

Wael Korked def. Steve Aimable via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Ihab Janeb def. Michael Ravenscroft via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 11

17/04/2014

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CWFC Fight Night 11 headliners Patrick Vallee and Jack Mason (pictured) have made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Both men came in under the agreed catchweight of 176lbs this afternoon, while the co-main event pairing of Brian Moore and Marat Pekov are also on weight and set to clash in another intriguing battle in the CWFC bantamweight division.

All sixteen fighters made weight and are cleared to compete tomorrow on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC Fight Night 11 takes place tomorrow, Friday, April 18, at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CWFC FIGHT NIGHT 11 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Catchweight (176lbs): Jack Mason (176lbs) vs. Patrick Vallee (174.2lbs)
Bantamweight: Brian Moore (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.9lbs)
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (184lbs) vs. Ion Pascu (184.3lbs)
Welterweight: Michael Johnson (171lbs) vs. Tahar Hadbi (170.3)
Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.7lbs) vs. Tobias Huber (145.3lbs)
Welterweight: Craig White (170.4lbs) vs. John Redmond (170.9lbs)
Featherweight: Steve Aimable (145.8lbs) vs. Wael Korked (145.1lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Mike Ravenscroft (193.7lbs) vs. Ihab Janeb (201.4lbs)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC Fight Night 11: Amman

16/04/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is back in Amman this Friday, April 18, for CWFC Fight Night 11, the promotion’s sixth event of the year.

The stacked card, which features top international talent from ten different countries, takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in the heart of the Jordanian capital.

Headlined by the clash of Patrick Vallee and Jack Mason, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of eight professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.45pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time (7pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT), following two unaired prelims. Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time (7pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT)

Jack Mason vs. Patrick Vallee
Brian Moore vs. Marat Pekov
Jack Hermansson vs. Ion Pascu
Tahar Hadbi vs. Michael Johnson
Arnold Allen vs. Tobias Huber
John Redmond vs. Craig White

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 8pm local time

Steve Aimable vs. Wael Korked
Ihab Janeb vs. Michael Ravenscroft

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Results: Cage Warriors 67

13/04/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Offensive pressure was the name of the game for Brett Johns (10-0) as he neutralized James Brum (14-3) for five rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win in the Cage Warriors 67 main event at The LC in Swansea, Wales.

The fight should have marked Johns’ first Cage Warriors bantamweight title defense, but after missing weight and being stripped of the title a day prior to the event, Johns received only the satisfaction of victory.

Despite being a non-title fight for Johns, five rounds were slated due to the fact Brum could have earned the championship with a victory. He failed to make it happen, though, which means the belt will remain vacant for the time being.

Johns put himself in a good position to fight for the vacant belt next, though. He implemented a strategy of relentless clinch work and takedowns against the fence, a combination Brum had no answer for.

Although he was given plenty of chances to take an easy out, Brum never gave up and continually tried to fight his way back to his feet and force a moment of dramatic change. Sadly for the Englishman, he couldn’t make anything happen and was worn down for 25 minutes.

While Johns unquestionably hurt his credibility by missing weight, it seems that error was an isolated incident, and the 22-year-old is going to grow from his mistakes. He apologized post-fight, and with his undefeated record still intact, Johns hopes for a chance to regain the belt.

“Please give me that shot at that belt next,” Johns said in his post-fight interview. “It was my mistake yesterday, and I’m sorry. Please give me that chance again. This is the greatest organization in Europe. It would be an honor. In the words of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson: I want my belt back!”

Lightweights Sean Carter (9-1) and Mario Saeed (5-2) delivered the goods in the co-headliner with three rounds of hard, competitive action.

The 15-minute affair had a little bit of everything, including several near finishes from each side. A stoppage may not have come over the duration of the contest, but that didn’t make it any less entertaining.

While his opponent was never truly out of the fight, Carter was continually one step ahead. “Sexy Curls” said after the fight he was disappointed to go the distance for just the second time in his career. He may be critical of his own effort, but in the big picture, the three rounds of cage experience can only be beneficial.

Flyweight Shaj Haque (5-1) implemented a wise stick-and-move striking strategy over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision victory over Martin McDonough (11-5).

McDonough entered the fight with an undefeated record in his Cage Warriors career, but Haque was determined to bring that streak to an end. He picked his shots on the feet and never strayed from his game plan.

“Mr. Pink” had his moments in the fight, but the significant points of action were the product of Haque’s offensive work, which earned him a clear-cut decision victory.

Jamie Pritchard (6-3) took a risk by accepting a short-notice fight just two weeks after his previous MMA bout. While it looked like that risk was going to backfire early on, Pritchard pulled off a stunning second-round come-from-behind finish of Phil Raeburn (5-4) in a 140-pound catchweight affair.

Raeburn had a solid strategy of controlling the fight from top position, and for a while, all was going to plan. But in a familiar MMA story, it only took one mistake for Pritchard to secure the neck and lock in a guillotine choke.

Once Pritchard had the submission locked in, he didn’t lett go until he got the tap, which eventually came at the 3:32 mark of Round 2 for his third MMA victory in a 48-day span.

Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (6-0) wanted to show off some of her ground skills in her sixth professional fight, which she did styling on bantamweight Gemma Hewitt (1-1) from the top before locking in a fight-ending triangle choke.

The fight was all Niedzwiedz as all four minutes of action featured her attempts to finish the fight. At 19 years old, the Polish bantamweight is one to keep an eye on.

Simas Norkus (3-2) snapped a two-fight losing streak by earning his second career victory over a familiar foe in light heavyweight Stuart Tyrie (6-8).

Norkus hadn’t won since this past June, when he stopped Tyrie in the second round with strikes. While the fight didn’t play out exactly the same way, Norkus again stopped the bout with strikes – this time on the doctor’s orders after several cuts opened around Tyrie’s eyes.

Brett Johns def. James Brum via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Sean Carter def. Mario Saeed via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Shaj Haque def. Martin McDonough via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jamie Pritchard def. Phil Raeburn via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:32
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz def. Gemma Hewitt via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:59
Simas Norkus def. Stuart Tyrie via TKO (cut) – Round 2, 2:35
Mark Handley def. Paul Rogers via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:19

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC 67

11/04/2014

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By JJ Saddington

CWFC bantamweight champion, Brett Johns, was forced to vacate his belt this afternoon after failing to make weight at the second attempt, weighing in at 137lbs. His opponent, James Brum, came in under the 135lb limit.

The headline fight, which goes down tomorrow night at The LC in Swansea, Wales, remains a five round affair, with only Brum able to claim the now vacant title. Johns will also forfeit 25 per cent of his purse to Brum.

In the co-main event, both Sean Carter and Mario Saeed were on weight for their lightweight encounter.

Martin McDonough, Phil Raeburn and Paul Rogers all made weight at the second attempt, while Mark Handley missed weight by 4.5lbs. Handley will forfeit 25 per cent of his purse to his opponent, Paul Rogers.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE

Cage Warriors 67 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, at The LC, Swansea, Wales. For broadcast information, click HERE.

A limited number of tickets will also be available for this event tomorrow at The LC box office.


Bantamweight: James Brum (134.6lbs) vs. Brett Johns (137lbs)*
Lightweight: Sean Carter (155.6lbs) vs. Mario Saeed (154lbs)
Flyweight: Shaj Haque (125.9lbs) vs. Martin McDonough (125.7bs)
Catchweight (140lbs): Jamie Pritchard (139.5lbs) vs. Phil Raeburn (140lbs)
Bantamweight: Gemma Hewitt (134.1lbs) vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (135.4lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Simas Norkus (203.8lbs) vs. Stuart Tyrie (205.8lbs)
Flyweight: Mark Handley (130.5lbs)* vs. Paul Rogers (126lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

 

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Cage Warriors 67: Swansea

11/04/2014

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The CWFC bantamweight world title will be on the line when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship makes its way to Swansea for the first time this weekend.

Cage Warriors 67, the promotion’s fifth event in as many countries in 2014, is a sell-out and will take place at The LC in the Welsh city on Saturday, April 12.

UPDATE: Since missing weight, Brett Johns has been forced to vacate the belt. The fight remains a five round affair, with Brum able to claim the title should he be victorious. The action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of seven professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8.30pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 7pm.

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time BST (4pm ET/1pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

Fight Now TV | USA, Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN International | Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time BST (4pm ET/1pm PT)

Brett Johns vs. James Brum - CWFC bantamweight title bout
Sean Carter vs. Mario Saeed
Shaj Haque vs. Martin McDonough
Jamie Pritchard vs. Phil Raeburn
Gemma Hewitt vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Simas Norkus vs. Stu Tyrie

UNAIRED PRELIM | 7.30pm local time BST

Mark Handley vs. Paul Rogers

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Harris returns to CWFC on April 18

04/04/2014

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Phil Harris has signed an exclusive five-fight deal with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and will return at CWFC Fight Night 11.

Coming off a four-fight stint with the UFC, 30-year-old Harris (22-12-0-1nc) will take on 20-year-old undefeated Russian prospect Kurban Gadzhiev (6-0) in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, April 18.

“I’m very happy to be signed back to Cage Warriors,” said Harris. “It’s the best show in Europe and they’ve always been great to work with.

“I don’t know very much about my opponent but I’m looking forward to putting on a Fight of the Night performance for the fans in Jordan on April 18.”

CWFC Fight Night 11 will also feature a welterweight bout between Jack Mason (26-13) and Patrick Vallee (10-5-1-2nc), as well as a bantamweight clash between Marat Pekov (11-5) and Brian Moore (7-3).

In another welterweight encounter, Mike Johnson (9-6) will face Tahar Hadbi (9-5), while unbeaten featherweight Arnold Allen (6-0) will be searching for his fourth CWFC win when he collides with Tobias Huber (5-3).

More bouts will be announced for CWFC Fight Night 11 in the coming days, with the card for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014 also set to feature the likes of Jack Hermansson, Julien Boussuge and John Redmond.

Meanwhile, in addition to the return of Phil Harris to the CWFC roster, officials can also today confirm that Brett Caswell, Dean Garnett and Tim Wilde have also each signed exclusive five-fight deals with the promotion.

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Results: CWFC Fight Night 10

29/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Cage Warriors Fight Night 10 featured a string of stoppage victories. Perhaps none, however, was more impressive than the one in the middleweight headliner.

Abu Azaitar (9-2), the clear crowd favorite, wasted little time winging punches at fellow Cage Warriors newcomer Jack Marshman (14-5), and just 34 seconds into the first, the Moroccan-German fighter’s barrage of blows forced a TKO stoppage.

Cage Warriors Fight Night 10 took place on Friday at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Both fighters came out swinging in the event’s headliner, but Azaitar lowered his head and threw a quick barrage of blows while pushing forward. A crisp left dropped Marshman, and Azaitar (pictured) immediately pounced with a series of follow-up blows.

Marshman was obviously dazed, and Azaitar’s assault quickly forced the referee’s intervention.

“I am very happy,” the fighter said after the performance, which marked his fourth straight knockout win. “I prepared for a strong guy, a very strong puncher.”

In the day’s bantamweight co-headliner, Marat Pekov made relatively quick work of John Cullen.

After countering punches with takedown attempts and clinches against the cage, Pekov finally got his opening late in the round. After forcing the fight to the mat, Pekov isolated an arm and positioned himself for the armbar.

Cullen initially defended it, but once Pekov rolled and got to a seated position, he tightened his grip and extended his opponent’s arm to force a tap-out. The stoppage came at the 3:45 mark of the opening round.

Pekov (11-5) snapped a two-fight skid and picked up his first Cage Warriors victory with the performance. With the loss in his promotional debut, Cullen (17-8-2) has now lost three of his past four bouts.

In often-thrilling light-heavyweight action and after two back-and-forth rounds, which saw both fighters firing off submission attempts (including dueling heel hooks), a bout between Mohamed Ali (10-6) and Malik Merad (18-11) came to an unfortunate end.

Just nine seconds into the final frame, Ali was forced to verbally submit due to an apparent eye injury that resulted from a Merad elbow strike. The bout proved exceptionally competitive and entertaining before the disappointing end.

In a striking-heavy affair, Norman Paraisy (14-3-2) shut out fellow middleweight Allan Love (11-5) and earned a unanimous-decision victory.

Paraisy wore down his opponent with leg kicks, and despite some trips to the mat in the third round, he continued doing damage from top position with punches to the head and body, before narrowly avoiding some late-fight armbar and rear-naked-choke attempts from Love. The fight-long dominance carried him to a victory via 30-27 scores.

In flyweight action, Marcin Lasota pulled off a remarkable win over Paul Marin. Despite being on his back and eating a number of brutal punches from his standing opponent, Lasota (8-0) remained composed and locked up a combination armbar/triangle choke during one of the big blows.

After repositioning himself and tightening his grip, he ultimately forced a tap-out from Marin (7-4) at the 3:02 mark of the opening round.

Although Jarrah Al-Silawi‘s cage entrance was met with a huge outburst of applause, Carl Booth quickly silenced the crowd just 31 seconds into the fight. English fighter Booth (1-0) demolished Jordanian welterweight Al-Silawi (1-1) with a perfectly-placed right hand, which brought about the quick stoppage.

MAIN CARD

Abu Azaitar def. Jack Marshman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34
Marat Pekov def. John Cullen via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:45
Malik Merad def. Mohamed Ali via submission (eye injury) – Round 3, 0:09
Norman Paraisy def. Allan Love via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marcin Lasota def. Paul Marin via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:02
Carl Booth def. Jarrah Al-Silawi via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:31

PRELIMINARY CARD

Dave Hill def. Miguel Haro via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:11
Yazan Janeb def. Hicham Laghzali via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:57

Photo: Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 10

27/03/2014

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All bouts are set for tomorrow’s CWFC Fight Night 10 at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena, following this afternoon’s weigh-ins in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Headliners Jack Marshman and Abu Azaitar (pictured) both came in under the middleweight limit at the first attempt, while Miguel Haro was the only fighter who failed to make weight.

Haro, who stepped in at late notice for a featherweight clash with Dave Hill, registered a final weight of 149.9lbs and therefore surrenders 40 percent of his purse to his opponent, but the bout will go ahead nevertheless.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC Fight Night 10 takes place tomorrow, Friday, March 28, at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CWFC FIGHT NIGHT 10 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Middleweight: Jack Marshman (186lbs) vs. Abu Azaitar (185.5lbs)
Bantamweight: John Cullen (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.5lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Malik Merad (204.5lbs) vs. Mohamed Ali (202.7lbs)
Middleweight: Allan Love (183.4lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8lbs)
Flyweight: Paul Marin (125.6lbs) vs. Marcin Lasota (126lbs)
Welterweight: Carl Booth (169.8lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.5lbs)
Featherweight: Dave Hill (146lbs) vs. Miguel Haro (149.9lbs)*
Middleweight: Hicham Laghzali (183.5lbs) vs. Yazan Janeb (184.4lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Jendar Khemesh | Cage Warriors

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CWFC Fight Night 10: Amman

26/03/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Amman this Friday, March 28, for CWFC Fight Night 10, the promotion’s third event this month.

The stacked card, which features top international talent from twelve different countries, takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in the heart of the Jordanian capital.

Headlined by a massive middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of eight professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8.10pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.30pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time (6pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT), following two Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8.10pm local time (5.10pm GMT, 1.10pm ET, 10.10am PT).

Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm local time (6pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT)

Abu Azaitar vs. Jack Marshman
John Cullen vs. Marat Pekov
Mohamed Ali vs. Malik Merad
Allan Love vs. Norman Paraisy
Marcin Lasota vs. Paul Marin
Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Carl Booth

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 8.10pm local time (5.10pm GMT, 1.10pm ET, 10.10am PT)

Miguel Haro vs. Dave Hill
Yazan Janeb vs. Hicham Laghzali

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Results: Cage Warriors 66

23/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Cage Warriors has a new welterweight champion: Nicolas Dalby. And he did it in front of his home fans, and in highlight-reel fashion.

In a highly competitive main event at Cage Warriors 66 at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dalby didn’t seem to be able to get an advantage over Sergei Churilov – until the fourth round, thanks to a massive kick. He stopped Churilov with a KO, and got the vacant 170-pound belt strapped around his waist.

Dalby danced outside early and kicked from his karate stance. Then he tried to land a kick upstairs – obviously a sign of things to come. Churilov landed a good counter punch, but Dalby remained aggressive. The two swung wildly in the center of the cage with two minutes left in the first round, but neither took an advantage.

That was the theme of the fight. Each fighter got his fair share of points, but there were few times that either put together much to give himself a noticeable advantage over the other.

In the fourth round, Dalby tried to get some momentum – but a pair of slips on the canvas seemed to curtail that. But then, out of nowhere, he once again threw the right high kick, and this time it landed clean. As Churilov dropped his hand to try to block the kick, it got through.

Churilov staggered from side to side before falling to the canvas. Dalby was on him quickly, and a few follow-up punches on the ground might not have even been necessary. The official end came at the 2:19 mark of the fourth round, and one of Copenhagen’s home heroes became a champion.

“It’s f—ing awesome,” Dalby said after the fight. “I’ve been doing it in practice and training. My kicks are one of my trademarks. I was lucky in the end here. It seems like his game plan changes from fight to fight, so we were expecting everything.”

Dalby (12-0) stayed unbeaten with the win, his debut for Cage Warriors. Churilov (15-2) had a five-fight winning streak snapped.

Against the much bigger Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho, Mohsen Bahari could’ve been in trouble on paper. But he put on a striking clinic early. When Carvalho threatened, Bahari circled out of danger. The two traded more wildly as the first round wound down.

Bahari continued doing good work in the standup game in the second, even as Carvalho tried to walk through the barrages. And Carvalho found a way to do some damage to Bahari’s face, as well. Carvalho got a big takedown in the third. But once back on the feet, neither fighter seemed to take a discernible edge, leaving it in the hands of the judges with uncertainty on the way.

John Maguire was hoping to make a statement, taking the fight for his injured brother on just a week’s notice. He needed to get back in the win column after a disappointing loss only three weeks ago at Cage Warriors 65. But Damir Hadzovic had other ideas.

Maguire came out quick with a combination, then shot for a single-leg takedown. But Hadzovic defended and wound up on top. Maguire nearly had an armbar, but Hadzovic elected to stand up out of danger and go back to the feet. That proved to be a brilliant decision.

After a low blow restart, Hadzovic landed a right hand, then a pair of knees crumpled Maguire. And with the veteran on the ground, Hadzovic landed three more big shots to get the TKO finish. Hadzovic (8-2) won for the fourth straight time. Maguire (19-8) lost for the second straight time and fifth time in six bouts.

Toni Tauru loves him some rear-naked chokes, and Martin Akhtar found out the hard way. Akhtar landed an overhand right straight away, but Tauru answered back before the two tied up along the fence. That appeared to be Tauru’s wheelhouse, and he took Akhtar’s back to look for a takedown. He finally got it, and though Akhtar quickly got back to his feet, Tauru soon had the fight back on the canvas and had Akhtar’s back with ease. He kept a body lock on, and worked for a rear-naked choke.

It wasn’t tight enough early. But he went back after it with a minute left, and the second time was the charm. He squeezed tight and got the tap with 36 seconds left in the first. Tauru (9-1-1) won for the ninth straight time, and sixth straight time by submission. Five of those six have come by rear-naked choke. Akhtar (3-2) lost for the first time since this same weekend a year ago.

With the Scandinavian crowd clearly behind him, Jack Hermansson came out fired up. But then he had to settle for a durable Enoc Solves Torres making it tough for him to finish – though he finally got him late. Hermansson would mostly dominate the first 10 minutes. In the third, though, Torres unloaded on Hermansson with a big left hand, then a knee. Hermansson was in big trouble, and he grabbed the fence to aid himself. But Torres stayed relentless and took Hermansson’s back and looked for a rear-naked choke with plenty of time to work.

After a brief scramble, Torres landed a 12-6 elbow to to the back of Hermansson’s head. Torres was warned by referee Rich Mitchell, but didn’t lose a point. And that was enough for Hermansson to recover, and he went on to really work for the finish in the final two minutes with ground-and-pound. And finally, with one last flurry, Torres verbally tapped to the barrage with just 24 seconds left in the fight. Hermansson (6-2) snapped a two-fight skid. Torres (13-7) had a two-fight streak ended.

In a battle of momentum shifts, Martin Svensson took a split decision from Robbie Olivier to open up Saturday’s event. Olivier was in control of the fight in the first round, trading ground-and-pound for choke attempts. But it was Svensson who was on fire in the second. He had a tight triangle choke applied, then opened Olivier up with elbows.

Olivier survived the round to see the third. There, the two traded mini rallies, but it was Svensson who convinced two of the three judges he had done enough. Svensson (13-5) snapped a two-fight skid. Olivier (20-10-1) had a five-fight unbeaten streak snapped.

MAIN CARD

Nicolas Dalby def. Sergei Churilov via TKO (kick, punches) – Round 4, 2:19 – for vacant welterweight title
Mohsen Bahari def. Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Damir Hadzovic def. John Maguire via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58
Toni Tauru def. Martin Akhtar via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:14
Jack Hermansson def. Enoc Solves Torres via submission (strikes) – Round 3, 4:36
Martin Svensson def. Robbie Olivier via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen def. Frodi Hansen via disqualification (illegal strike) – Round 1, 4:59
Hakon Foss def. Per Franklin via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:26
Lina Akhtar Lansberg def. Emma Delaney via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:26
Rioo Ibrahim def. Alexander Jacobsen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:49
Shamal Tashkilot def. Binh Son Le via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matthias Lodahl def. Haci Firat Dogan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:26

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 66

21/03/2014

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Cage Warriors 66 headliners Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov (pictured) both made weight this afternoon ahead of their highly-anticipated CWFC welterweight title clash.

The pair are set to battle it out for the vacant 170lbs belt at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, tomorrow evening.

Both the main and co-main events are set for the Danish capital, with Bruno Carvalho and Mohsen Bahari also on weight for their welterweight bout.

All other fighters also made weight, with the exception of Emma Delaney, who forfeited 40 per cent of her purse to opponent Lina Akhtar Lansberg after coming in 2.5lbs over the bantamweight limit of 136lbs.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.


CWFC 66 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.

CAGE WARRIORS 66 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Welterweight title: Sergei Churilov (169.2lbs) vs. Nicolas Dalby (168.8lbs)
Welterweight: Bruno Carvalho (170.8lbs) vs. Mohsen Bahari (170.1lbs)
Lightweight: John Maguire (155.8lbs) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs)
Bantamweight: Toni Tauru (135.4lbs) vs. Martin Akhtar (135lbs)
Middleweight: Enoc Solves Torres (185.4lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (185.5lbs)
Featherweight: Robbie Olivier (146lbs) vs. Martin Svensson (145.6lbs)
Welterweight: Jussi Halonen (170.1lbs) vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen (170.6lbs)
Welterweight: Per Franklin (169.5lbs) vs. Haakon Foss (170lbs)
Bantamweight: Emma Delaney (138.5lbs)* vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg (134.9lbs)
Lightweight: Rioo Ibrahim (154.5lbs) vs. Alexander Jacobsen (153.9lbs)
Bantamweight: Binh Son Le (133.5lbs) vs. Shamal Tashkilot (136lbs)
Featherweight: Haci Firat Dogan (145.1lbs) vs. Mathias Lodahl (145.9lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 66: Copenhagen

20/03/2014

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This Saturday, March 22, sees Cage Warriors Fighting Championship head to Scandinavia for the very first time.

Cage Warriors 66, which features top international talent from nine different countries, takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Headlined by the clash of Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov for the vacant CWFC welterweight world title, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Doors open at 5pm local time, with the first of 12 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7pm. An undercard of three amateur contests will kick off at 6.15pm.

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time CET (8pm GMT/4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8pm CET (7pm GMT/3pm ET/12pm PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

TV 3 Sport 1 | Denmark
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat | Norway
Fight Now TV | USA, Carribbean
The Fight Network | Canada
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm CET (8pm GMT/4pm ET/1pm PT)

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - vacant CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. John Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm CET (6.45pm GMT/2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Håkon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 7pm local time CET

Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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[VIDEO] ‘The Sharpshooter’

18/03/2014

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Cage Warriors 66 takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, this Saturday and is headlined by the meeting of Nicolas Dalby and Sergei Churilov for the vacant CWFC welterweight title.

Dalby, the unbeaten Dane, will be looking to cement his place as one of Europe’s top welterweights by picking up the twelfth win of his career and clinching the Cage Warriors crown.

The CWFC cameras have been following the 29-year-old in the build-up to the biggest bout of his career, so check out ‘The Sharpshooter’ - our 15-minute documentary - below.


Produced by Demetrio Marquez for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

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CWFC 69: Warburton vs. Ray

18/03/2014

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The CWFC lightweight world title will be at stake when Curt Warburton (13-4) and Stevie Ray (14-5) clash at Cage Warriors 69 at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

CWFC officials can confirm that previous champion Ivan Buchinger has been released from his contract with the promotion, leaving a vacancy at the summit of the 155lbs division.

The bout will mark the second time that Warburton and Ray will have met, with their previous encounter - which took place in March, 2013 - ending in a unanimous-decision triumph for Warburton.

“I can’t wait to be stepping back into that cage, with the opportunity of walking back out as the new Cage Warriors champion,” said Warburton, a native of Newcastle, England.

Warburton signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 courtesy of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

The 33-year-old has put together a 6-1 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Ray, on the other hand, will be looking to regain the belt he relinquished to Ivan Buchinger after their epic encounter in the main event at CWFC 63 in Dublin last New Year’s Eve.

The 23-year-old Scotsman had been crowned champion back in October after emerging victorious from the four-man CWFC lightweight title tournament thanks to wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter at CWFC 60.

Ray said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the win column, avenging my loss to Curt and getting my title back in London where I won it last October.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Buchinger and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have parted company as a result of the fighter’s refusal to honour the terms of his contract, as explained by Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Despite having competed for us on six occasions, Ivan claimed that he didn’t understand his contract and decided that he no longer wanted to fight for us under the terms that he had agreed. But it’s company policy not to be held to ransom by any fighter, so we were happy to let him go,” said Boylan.

“We have an incredibly stacked lightweight division, as evidenced by the meeting of Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray for the belt on June 7, so losing one fighter from that division is merely a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, I thank Ivan for his contribution and wish him the best for his future.”

Tickets for CWFC 69, featuring Curt Warburton versus Stevie Ray for the CWFC lightweight world title, will go on sale shortly.

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CWFC 68: Roberts vs. Wallhead

17/03/2014

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A huge welterweight match-up has been set for the main event at Cage Warriors 68.

Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead will collide in the headliner when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Also confirmed for the CWFC 68 bill is a middleweight bout between Che Mills and Leeroy Barnes, in addition to another big welterweight contest between Matt Inman and Mauro Chimento.

But in the evening’s main attraction, Danny Roberts (10-1) will be hoping for his sixth consecutive CWFC victory as he aims to strengthen his claims for a shot at the CWFC welterweight crown, which is up for grabs this weekend at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen.

Roberts, who’ll be fighting in his hometown of Liverpool, has climbed into the top-five in the UK rankings courtesy of impressive wins over Jack Mason, Diego Gonzalez, Henry Fadipe and Juan Manuel Suarez.

With all but two of his wins coming inside the distance, 26-year-old Roberts says fans can expect fireworks when he takes on Wallhead in what will surely be the biggest test of his career to date.

He said: “Fighting in front of my friends, family and fans in my adopted hometown again for a top organisation is going to be special, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Jimmy Wallhead into one of the toughest welterweight divisions in the world.

“He is a very well-respected fighter and is one of the biggest names in the sport in the UK. This is going to be one that people won’t want to miss.”

Wallhead (25-8), who turned 30 last week, recently signed to fight exclusively for Cage Warriors, having previously competed for the promotion on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter.

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

“I’m really excited to be back on Cage Warriors and I’m especially pleased to be fighting in Liverpool on May 3,” said Wallhead.

“The opponent is irrelevant to me as all fights at this level are tough, but I’m really motivated by the prospect of beating him in his hometown. I expect a war, which is great for the fans and great for me, as I just love fighting.”

Meanwhile, having impressively disposed of Gregor Weibel at CWFC 64 last month, Matt Inman (13-5) will also be keen to stay in the CWFC welterweight title hunt when he goes in search of a fifth straight win, with Brazilian star Mauro Chimento (15-10) providing the opposition as he returns to Cage Warriors after a lengthy lay-off due to illness.

Elsewhere, after both fighters endured a disappointing 2013, Che Mills (15-7-2nc) and Leeroy Barnes (12-13-1nc) will be looking to return to winning ways when they clash in a middleweight bout.

Cage Warriors 68, for which many more bouts are still to be announced, will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and tickets are available to purchase HERE.

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Photos: Danny Roberts (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors); Jimmy Wallhead (Charli Edwards | Little Red Creative)

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“Ukraine needs positive news now more than ever…”

14/03/2014

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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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One Maguire replaces another at next weekend’s CWFC 66

14/03/2014

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An injury to Tommy Maguire has forced a late change to next weekend’s Cage Warriors 66 card in Copenhagen, Denmark.

His opponent, Damir Hadzovic, will still clash with Maguire at the Ballerup Super Arena on Saturday, March 22, but instead it will be Tommy’s older brother John (pictured) in the opposite corner.

Tommy, 26, was forced out of the lightweight bout yesterday after sustaining an injury, so 30-year-old John has stepped in to replace him on short notice, opting to fight just 21 days after his last outing.

John Maguire (19-7), a five-fight UFC veteran, was edged out by Saul Rogers via unanimous decision in the main event at CWFC 65 in Dublin on March 1.

He said: “I’m a fighter and, as a fighter, I’m always ready to step in, accept a challenge and compete.”

Maguire has been stopped just once in his 26 professional bouts to date, while Hadzovic (7-2) has taken all but one of his victories inside the distance, with his two losses coming at the hands of current undefeated UFC pair Krzysztof Jotko and Andreas Stahl.

Damir Hadzovic and John Maguire will clash in a 155lbs bout on the main card at Cage Warriors 66, CWFC’s first event in Scandinavia, a week tomorrow. Tickets are available HERE.

MAIN CARD

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - vacant CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. John Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Håkon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg
Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 67: Update

13/03/2014

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Martin McDonough (pictured) will make his flyweight debut in his native Wales at Cage Warriors 67 next month.

The event, set to be hosted by The LC in Swansea, takes place on Saturday, April 12, and will be headlined by a CWFC bantamweight title bout between James Brum and defending champion Brett Johns.

McDonough (11-4), who went 3-0 under the CWFC banner as a bantamweight, will face Shaj Haque (4-1) in his first bout in the 125lbs division, with Haque looking to rebound from his first career loss at the hands of Paul Marin last October.

Also added to the CWFC 67 bill is a lightweight tussle between Sean Carter (8-1) and Wesley Murch (13-7), along with seven other bouts.

Check out the updated CWFC 67 card below:

Brett Johns (c) vs. James Brum - CWFC bantamweight title bout
Sean Carter vs. Wesley Murch
Shaj Haque vs. Martin McDonough
Piotr Ptasinski vs. Charlie Watts
Gemma Hewitt vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Rikki Fortuna vs. Mario Saeed
Kris Edwards vs. Phil Raeburn
Toby Meech vs. Paul Rogers
Simas Norkus vs. Stu Tyrie
Monica Gaitan vs. Kate Jackson

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Great Dane Dalby hoping to continue his meteoric rise

13/03/2014

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By JJ Saddington

”...I look at all MMA fighters in a more cynical way because I’m always trying to analyse what they’re doing right or wrong…”

Those outside of the European MMA scene may not be familiar with the name Nicolas ‘Sharpshooter’ Dalby, but that’s all set to change on Saturday, March 22, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena in Denmark for CWFC 66.

Headlining the event is a welterweight title tussle between hometown favourite Dalby (11-0) and Ukraine’s Sergei Churilov (15-1) for the vacant CWFC welterweight title. Win or lose, the Dane is looking to put on an entertaining fight for the fans in the arena and the viewers at home.

Unbeaten in all 11 of his professional bouts to date, Dalby is the model image of a modern-day mixed martial artist, with as many wins by KO as submission.

“I feel like a truly all-round MMA fighter; I can box, kick, I can do some wrestling and BJJ,” Dalby says, although he’s certainly not averse to scoring a highlight-reel finish. “Of course it’s always the most exciting to win by way of a spectacular KO, but if I see a submission I’ll absolutely go for it.”

Citing Chuck Liddell as an early MMA hero, and Mark Hunt as someone who has “the ability to bring out the pure fan in me again,” Dalby has his inspirations, but he doesn’t directly attribute his own skill-set to anyone in particular.

“I try to pick out the stuff that I feel will work for me instead of blindly having one special fighter as a kind of ‘god’. Now I look at all MMA fighters in a more cynical way because I’m always trying to analyse what they’re doing right or wrong in fights.”

Starting out in karate, initially as a way to deal with bullies, Dalby eventually made the move into MMA in order “to try something more challenging”. From there on, his progression to the top of the European circuit was positively meteoric.

“Fast, is how I would sum it up,” he says. “I had my first professional fight in March 2010 and, more or less three years after, I won my tenth fight, which was a first for any Danish MMA fighter.

“I also broke the record for the fastest KO in Scandinavia, with a six-second fight, so it’s been an intense ride.”

‘The Sharpshooter’, a documentary following Nicolas Dalby in the build-up to Cage Warriors 66, is released this Monday, March 17. Watch the trailer below…


Eleven fights into his career and turning 30 later this year, Dalby is a relative latecomer to the sport: “I don’t really stress over my age,” explains the 29-year-old, who recognises the distinction between age and time spent in the cage.

“I think how hard and long a fighter has been fighting says more than age does. Just take a look at Shogun Rua, who is just two years older than me but looks like he is pretty much done.”

Nobody is more aware than Dalby of the importance of his upcoming fight with Churilov and the significance of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championhip welterweight belt.

“I see Cage Warriors as the most well-known and prestigious European MMA promotion, without doubt,” Dalby says. “So I’m really honoured to be fighting for the title.”

His message to the Danish fans ahead of his shot at CWFC gold a week on Saturday is simple: “I hope to see as many of you as possible in Ballerup Super Arena on March 22. I’ll promise to give Churilov everything I have. And a little more!”

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

Photo: Palle Schultz

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CWFC Fight Night 10: Azaitar vs. Marshman

11/03/2014

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The main event for CWFC Fight Night 10 has been set, with Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman set to square off in a middleweight bout.

CWFC Fight Night 10 will take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, 28 March, and will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s fourth event in as many countries so far in 2014.

An exciting bantamweight bout between Scotland’s John Cullen (15-7-2) and Russian star Marat Pekov (10-5) has also been added to the bill, along with the light-heavyweight clash of experienced Frenchman Malik Merad (16-11) and six-fight CWFC veteran Mohamed Ali (10-5), a fan-favourite in the Middle East.

However, an injury has forced Liam James (8-6) out of his featherweight bout against Dave Hill (11-3). James will be replaced by 21-year-old English prospect Sam Gilbert, who’ll be searching for back-to-back CWFC wins.

Meanwhile, in the event’s headliner, both Azaitar and Marshman will be keen to leave a mark on the CWFC middleweight division in the Jordanian capital, with both fighters in line to make their respective promotional debuts.

Marshman (14-4), an active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, is one of the UK’s top middleweights and recently made the step-up to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster after some impressive performances on the British domestic scene.

All but two of Marshman’s 14 victories have come via stoppage and the 24-year-old Welshman holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m really excited to be making my Cage Warriors debut and fighting abroad, and I’ll be looking to do 3 Para and Wales proud,” said Marshman. “My opponent likes to stand and strike so it should make for a very interesting fight.”

Azaitar (8-2) has dropped just one loss in his last nine outings and most recently disposed of former KSW middleweight champion Krzysztof Kulak by first-round TKO this past December.

A 28-year-old German fighter of Moroccan descent, one of Azaitar’s two losses came via DQ - on his professional debut - and the other due to a cut sustained against Marcin Naruszczka, a loss he avenged last July.

Azaitar said: “Fighting for a well-known and prestigious promotion like Cage Warriors is something I’m really looking forward to. Coming from an Arabic background, it will also be extra special for me to be fighting in Amman and I’m excited about putting on a great performance for the fans.”

Three bouts have also been added to the CWFC Fight Night 10 prelims. Check out the card below:

Abu Azaitar vs. Jack Marshman
John Cullen vs. Marat Pekov
Mohamed Ali vs. Malik Merad
Allan Love vs. Norman Paraisy
Marcin Lasota vs. Paul Marin
Sam Gilbert vs. Dave Hill
Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Carl Booth
Elodie Puget vs. Vanessa Rico
Yazan Janeb vs. Hicham Laghzali

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Wallhead returns to Cage Warriors

06/03/2014

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Top English welterweight Jimmy Wallhead (25-8) has today joined Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s stacked 170lbs division.

Wallhead, currently ranked as one of the UK’s top two welterweights, will compete exclusively for CWFC for a minimum period of 18 months after inking a five-fight deal with the promotion.

The 29-year-old began his career with Cage Warriors back in 2005, going on to compete under the CWFC banner on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter in the promotion’s 12-year history.

The latest addition to CWFC’s highly competitive welterweight stable, Wallhead will be aiming to stake a claim for a shot at championship gold when he makes his Cage Warriors return at CWFC 68 in Liverpool on May 3 against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

“I’m extremely excited about my homecoming to Cage Warriors,” said Wallhead. “Cage Warriors was where I started and where I have some of the fondest memories from my career so far.

“I’m in the best mental and physical shape of my life, so to come back to Cage Warriors to compete in a great talent-pool is an inspirational opportunity for me.

“My respect goes out to Graham Boylan and Ian Dean for creating an incredibly organised and focused promotion that continues to evolve and improve, making Cage Warriors an exciting prospect for any serious athlete.”

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Jimmy Wallhead back to the promotion. At 29, he’s in the prime of his career so he needs to be competing regularly against high-calibre opposition. That’s exactly what he’ll do here at Cage Warriors.”

See Jimmy Wallhead make his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship return on Saturday, May 3, at CWFC 68 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena! Tickets, priced from £30 plus booking fee, are available HERE.

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Results: Cage Warriors 65

02/03/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

To the surprise of many, five-time UFC veteran John Maguire was upset by healthy underdog Saul Rogers (pictured) after three rounds of closely contested action in the Cage Warriors 65 headliner.

The event, which streamed on MMAjunkie from The Helix in Dublin, saw the significantly younger and less experienced Rogers (8-1) hold his own and more against Maguire (19-7) to take a unanimous decision victory, and the most notable win of his young career.

Maguire expected his winning streak and subsequent climb back to the UFC’s octagon to take another positive step forward against Rogers, but that obviously didn’t go as planned. The 24-year-old Rogers stayed away from the dangerous submissions of “The One” when he needed to and patiently waited for his moments to attack.

With the loss, Maguire drops to a dismal 1-4 in his past five fights, while Rogers recorded his second consecutive victory under the Cage Warriors banner.

After seeing his UFC career fizzle due to consecutive losses, Ben Alloway (13-5) got back on track in his return to Cage Warriors with a decision victory over a game Jack Mason (26-13) in the co-main event. It wasn’t the most thrilling contest on the card, but it was a meaningful bout for both men as they are trying to enter the crowded welterweight title picture. That made a victory on paramount.

Fortunately for Alloway, his striking and grappling were just a little more on point than Mason for two of the three rounds, and that’s what got him a victory. There weren’t many memorable moments in the fight, but Alloway has to be satisfied with his performance seeing as it earned him his first victory since December 2012.

Artem Lobov (8-8) tried to goad Alex Enlund (10-2) into a standup fight with some pre-fight banter, however, once the actual contest began, it was evident no such thing was going to take place.

Enlund relentlessly pursued the takedown from the opening bell and after a brief struggle, the grappling specialist got the fight where he wanted. Once Enlund had an advantageous position over Lobov on the ground it was just a matter of time until the fight-ending submission was locked in.

The 26-year-old got his arm under the neck with relative ease for a rear-naked choke, but instead of tapping out, Lobov opted to go to sleep, giving Enlund the ninth submission victory of his young career.

Damien Rooney (10-3-1) impressed in his Cage Warriors debut with a second-round submission victory over Bryan Creighton (5-2) that showed a little bit of everything in his game.

The story of the fight was the power of the short and stocky Creighton against the tricky height and length of Rooney. Ultimately, the latter proved more successful as Rooney stayed on the outside and wisely picked his shots from the outside when the fight was on the feet and was always looking to attack on the ground.

Rooney was always doing his best to finish the fight and in the second round he locked in a triangle choke from bottom position that forced Creighton to tap out in MMA competition for the first time.

For the first time in his career, Paul Redmond (9-4) was forced to go past the second round and to the final bell when he defeated an extremely game Damian Brown (10-6) by decision in an entertaining affair.

It was an extremely high paced, back-and-forth 15-minute affair that would test the endurance of even the most well trained fighter. Redmond proved he able to not only go the distance, but he can do it while going full throttle for the entire fight.

The bout with Brown was contested almost entirely on the ground, as the sweeps, transitions and submission attempts came in waves. While neither man was able to finish the fight, there was nothing to be discouraged about for either after the effort put forth in the cage.

Philip Mulpeter (7-4) may have come up short in the most high-profile bout of his career against John Maguire last year, but on Saturday “The Honey Badger” showed that loss has only made him better as he came out and ran through Aldric Cassata (7-6).

Cassata had nothing to offer his Irish counterpart beyond takedown attempts, and once it was evident Mulpeter could avoid being held on the ground, his confidence bolstered and eventually the finish came. A big knee to the body followed by an assault of ground-and-pound produced the fight-ending stoppage form the referee.

While his record is far from consistent, Mulpeter’s knockout of Cassata was a perfect example of what he’s capable of when he’s at his best.

Complete Cage Warriors 65 results:

Saul Rogers def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ben Alloway def. Jack Mason via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Enlund def. Artem Lobov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:24
Damien Rooney def. Bryan Creighton via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:10
Paul Redmond def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Philip Mulpeter def. Aldric Cassata via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
Lee Caers def. Merv Mulholland via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:12
Catherine Costigan def. Irene Cabello via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Paddy Pimblett def. Martin Sheridan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Konrad Iwanowski def. Shane Gunfield via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Neil Ward def. Gavin Kelly via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:58

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 65

28/02/2014

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Cage Warriors 65 headliners John Maguire and Saul Rogers (pictured) have both made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at The Helix in Dublin.

The pair came in under the 156lbs limit for their lightweight clash earlier this afternoon in the Irish capital, while co-main event duo Jack Mason and Benny Alloway are also on weight and ready to collide in their highly-anticipated welterweight encounter.

Three fighters on tomorrow’s 11-bout bill failed to make the contracted weight, however, with Alex Enlund, Paddy Pimblett and Bryan Creighton all forfeiting 25 per cent of their purses to their respective opponents Artem Lobov, Martin Sheridan and Damien Rooney.

View a gallery of images from today’s weigh-ins HERE.

CWFC 65 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket and broadcast information, click HERE.


CAGE WARRIORS 65 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight: Saul Rogers (155.2lbs) vs. John Maguire (154.5lbs)
Welterweight: Benny Alloway (170.5lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.9lbs)
Featherweight: Alex Enlund (147.3lbs)* vs. Artem Lobov (145.7lbs)
130lbs catchweight: Bryan Creighton (132.9lbs)* vs. Damien Rooney (130.6lbs)
Lightweight: Damien Brown (155.3lbs) vs. Paul Redmond (155.9lbs)
160lbs catchweight: Aldric Cassata (160lbs) vs. Philip Mulpeter (160.5lbs)
Welterweight: Lee Caers (170.5lbs) vs. Merv Mulholland (170lbs)
Atomweight: Irene Cabello (105.8lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.1lbs)
Bantamweight: Martin Sheridan (135.4lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (136.8lbs)*
176lbs catchweight: Shane Gunfield (176lbs) vs. Konrad Iwanowski (175.6lbs)
Bantamweight: Neil Ward (135.2lbs) vs. Gavin Kelly (134.3lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 66: Hermansson vs. Torres

28/02/2014

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The card for CWFC 66 is now complete, following the addition of a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson (pictured) and Enoc Solves Torres.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s first event in Scandinavia, which takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday, March 22.

Hermansson (5-2), who returns to Cage Warriors following a two-fight stint with Bellator, holds previous CWFC wins over Ali Arish and Mike Ling.

Fighting out of Norway, the 25-year-old Swede has taken all five of his professional wins inside the distance, four of which have come via KO.

“I’m really happy to be on this card as it means my family and friends will finally be able to see me fight live,” said Hermansson. “I can’t wait to put on a show for the Cage Warriors fans in Scandinavia.”

Torres (13-6), a 29-year-old Spaniard, will be making his debut for the promotion against Hermansson in Copenhagen.

A seven-fight M-1 veteran, Torres has taken 10 of his 13 wins by stoppage - five (T)KOs and five submissions.

He said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to this challenge against a good opponent.”

Preliminary-card bouts between Jussi Halonen and Frodi Vitalis Hansen, and Binh Son Le and Shamal Tashkilot, have also been added to finalise the CWFC 66 bill.

Tickets for CWFC 66 are currently available to purchase HERE.

MAIN CARD

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Damir Hadzovic vs. Tommy Maguire
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Jack Hermansson vs. Enoc Solves Torres
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jussi Halonen vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Haakon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg
Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Binh Son Le vs. Shamal Tashkilot
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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Marshman and Teodorczuk join the roster

28/02/2014

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Jack Marshman (Photo: Huw Fairclough | Short & Round)

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Marshman and Mateusz Teodorczuk to its roster.

The pair have each inked five-fight deals which will see them compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

Marshman (14-4), one of the UK’s top middleweights, has taken all but two of his 14 wins inside the distance, 10 of which have come via (T)KO.

An active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, Marshman is a former middleweight champion for domestic British promotion BAMMA and holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m very happy to have signed with Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to some really interesting match-ups with Europe’s premier promotion,” said the 24-year-old Welshman.

“I want to thank my superiors at 3 Para for supporting me in my MMA career and allowing me the opportunity to train full-time. Also thanks to Graham Boylan for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Teodorczuk (11-2) commits to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on the back of his impressive promotional debut at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

Mateusz Teodorczuk (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

The 24-year-old Polish lightweight picked up his ninth consecutive victory and a Submission of the Night bonus, ending Paul Redmond’s five-fight win-streak via anaconda choke in the second round of their main-card meeting.

Teodorczuk said: “I believe that I showed my skills and potential in beating Paul Redmond, and I’m ready for any challenge that CWFC will have for me. I’m really happy to have signed this deal.

“I want to beat every rival that stands in my way and get the opportunity to fight for that lightweight title. It’s a stacked division but the other guys in there need to be aware that there’s now a new big fish in the pond.”

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UFC switch for Alers

25/02/2014

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight title has officially been vacated by Jim Alers (12-1).

The reigning champion has relinquished the belt in order to take up an offer from the UFC, which triggered a release clause in his CWFC deal and sees the Florida native depart the promotion following a hugely successful seven-fight stint.

Alers is set to make his UFC debut against Alan Omer in Abu Dhabi on Friday, April 11, almost a year to the day since being crowned the CWFC featherweight champion.

He said: “I want to thank everyone who has believed in me and supported me from the beginning. Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is one of the biggest reasons I’ve been signed by the UFC.

“They gave me the opportunity to shine around the world and get my name out there. Thank you to everyone at Cage Warriors, from Graham Boylan to all the fans. It’s been a pleasure being your champion.”

After picking up Cage Warriors wins over Brandon Ocasio and Brent Silva early in his career, Alers returned to fight for Cage Warriors in May 2012, when he stopped Matteus Lahdesmaki by TKO to earn a shot at the CWFC belt, which was then in the possession of Conor McGregor.

An injury to McGregor forced the postponement of their meeting, which was fixed for that September, so instead Alers submitted Marcio Cesar in the meantime to maintain his winning momentum.

His shot at McGregor was rescheduled for his opponent’s hometown of Dublin on New Year’s Eve 2012, but another injury - this time sustained by Alers - saw the bout scrapped once again.

McGregor later moved to the UFC, so Alers was pencilled in for a tilt at the vacant strap against Finland’s Joni Salovaara in Glasgow on April 13 of last year, when he emerged with a fourth-round submission win to take the belt back across the Atlantic.

The 27-year-old was taken the distance for the first time in his career when he made his inaugural title defence in Cardiff last September, but Swedish challenger Martin Svensson found himself on the end of a unanimous-decision loss to Alers in the Welsh capital.

Defending the CWFC gold for the second time in his most recent outing, Alers overcame Scottish star Graham Turner via second-round submission to retain the strap.

“Jim leaves with our best wishes, having been a great CWFC champion and a consummate professional throughout his time with us,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“He treated us to some magnificent performances and I believe he’ll go on to do extremely well in the years to come.”

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 65: Dublin

25/02/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is back in Dublin, Ireland, this weekend for the promotion’s second event of 2014.

CWFC 65, which will be headlined by the clash of top lightweight contenders John Maguire and Saul Rogers, takes place at The Helix on Saturday evening, March 1.

As always, the event will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE. Doors open at 5pm, with the first of 11 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7pm. An undercard of five amateur contests will kick off at 5.45pm.

The six-bout main card stars at 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland (free-to-air; no Setanta subscription required)
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV3 Sport, Sport 2 | Denmark
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Oceania, Caribbean

MAIN CARD | 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT)

John Maguire vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Jack Mason
Alex Enlund vs. Artem Lobov
Bryan Creighton vs. Damien Rooney
Damien Brown vs. Paul Redmond
Aldric Cassata vs. Philip Mulpeter

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

Lee Caers vs. Merv Mulholland
Irene Cabello vs. Catherine Costigan
Paddy Pimblett vs. Martin Sheridan

UNAIRED PRELIMS | 7pm local time (GMT)

Shane Gunfield vs. Konrad Iwanowski
Gavin Kelly vs. Neil Ward

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CWFC 67: Johns vs. Brum

24/02/2014

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CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight title-holder Brett Johns is set to put his belt on the line in his native Wales.

Johns (9-0) will take on James Brum on Saturday, April 12, 2014, when the promotion travels to Swansea for the first time for CWFC 67.

The highly-anticipated meeting of Johns and Brum will headline the bill at The LC, having originally been scheduled for CWFC 62 in Newcastle this past December, until an injury forced the champion to withdraw.

Undefeated Johns climbed to the summit of the CWFC bantamweight division at Cage Warriors 59 last September in Cardiff, when he overcame both David Haggstrom and Jordan Desborough in the same evening to win the promotion’s four-man 135lbs title tournament.

A judo black belt, Johns debuted for Cage Warriors in October 2012 as a featherweight, when he impressively overcame Sam Gilbert by unanimous decision. His next CWFC win came via second-round TKO at the expense of James MacAlister at Cage Warriors 54 in May of last year.

“I’m really thankful to Cage Warriors to giving me the chance to defend my belt in my hometown,” said Johns. “I’m training harder than ever and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the gold around my waist.

“Thanks to James Brum for accepting the fight. He’s been one of the best fighters in Britain for years and it will be good to throw down with him.”

Brum (14-2) competes for the CWFC bantamweight title on the back of putting together a 7-0 streak under the Cage Warriors banner since making his debut for the promotion in February 2012.

Bantamweight title challenger James Brum (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

A 26-year-old native of Portsmouth, England, Brum hasn’t tasted defeat since facing current UFC star Erik Perez back in September 2011.

Brum was named CWFC Fighter of the Year for 2012, courtesy of victories over Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville and Moktar Benkaci, before continuing his winning streak in 2013 against Olivier Pastor, Ruslan Abiltarov and - most recently, at December’s Cage Warriors 61 in Amman - Marat Pekov.

Brum said: “I’ve been training with the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world at Team Alpha Male in preparation for this fight, and I’ve told the boys that I’ll be bringing my new shiny gold belt with me when I return to California.

“In Swansea on April 12 I’ll be delivering a first taste of defeat to Brett Johns in his own backyard, before walking out as the new Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight champion.”

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CWFC Fight Night 10: Love vs. Paraisy, Lasota vs. Marin, Hill vs. James

21/02/2014

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Officials can today confirm the first batch of bouts for CWFC Fight Night 10, which takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, March 28.

The event, which will be CWFC’s fourth in as many countries in 2014, will feature a big middleweight bout between Allan Love and Norman Paraisy (pictured), an exciting flyweight clash between Marcin Lasota and Paul Marin, as well as the meeting of English featherweights Dave Hill and Liam James.

Paraisy (13-3-2), a 27-year-old Frenchman, is undefeated in his last four bouts, including a win over Leeroy Barnes and a draw with Chris Fields under the CWFC banner.

A former TUF contestant and three-fight Bellator veteran, Paraisy has been stopped just once in 18 bouts.

Love (11-4), who has taken all 11 career wins inside the distance, returns to fight for CWFC for the third time in his career, on the back of a four-fight win-streak.

Most recently, the 30-year-old Scotsman overcame previously unbeaten Russian prospect Magomed Magomedov and experienced Brazilian Alan Carlos.

Elsewhere, Lasota (7-0) is an unbeaten Polish fighter who has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects since making his professional debut in 2011.

Ranked as Poland’s top bantamweight, the 24-year-old will be making his flyweight debut against Paul Marin in the Jordanian capital.

Marin (7-3) had an impressive 2013 with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, competing four times for the promotion.

Following losses to ex-CWFC champions Paul McVeigh and Neil Seery, the 29-year-old Romanian rebounded to defeat Shaj Haque and Spencer Hewitt.

Meanwhile, former CWFC featherweight title contender Dave Hill will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2010 when he clashes with Liam James at CWFC Fight Night 10.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hill (11-3), who has eight submission victories on his ledger, bounced back from his loss to Conor McGregor with a convincing win over Brian Moore at CWFC 59 in Cardiff last September.

A six-fight CWFC veteran, James (8-6) will be keen to get back in the win column following his December defeat to Ian Entwistle at CWFC 62 in Newcastle.

To date, the 29-year-old holds three CWFC victories - over Jean N’Doye, Stephen Coll and Akhad Mammadov.

More fights are still to be announced for CWFC Fight Night 10 and tickets will go on sale soon, so keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC champ Seery moves to the UFC

20/02/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship flyweight title-holder Neil Seery has been released from his contract with the promotion.

Seery (13-9) has vacated the belt in order to take up an offer from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with the 34-year-old Irishman set to make his UFC debut against Brad Pickett in London on March 8.

A native of Dublin, Seery competed six times for CWFC on his way to making history by becoming the promotion’s first ever 125lbs champion.

“I’m really looking forward to making my UFC debut but I’d like to thank Cage Warriors for giving me the opportunities that have gotten me to this stage,” said Seery.

“I’m very grateful for that and being their first flyweight champion has been the highlight of my career.”

Having put together a 4-1 record under the Cage Warriors banner, Seery then defeated Mikael Silander to clinch the inaugural flyweight title at CWFC 55 in his hometown of Dublin in June 2013.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “I want to thank Neil for putting on some outstanding performances for us over the last few years and for always being a pleasure to deal with.

“He’s one of the hardest-working fighters in the sport and I wish him the very best in the UFC. Personally I’m also looking forward to the fight.

“Seery and Pickett have a lot in common; they’re a similar age, they started their careers at around the same time and neither fighter has been KO’d. Seery is 6-1 in his last seven fights. This is a Rocky story.”

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CWFC 66: Churilov vs. Dalby

19/02/2014

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The CWFC welterweight world title will be on the line when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Denmark next month.

Home favourite Nicolas Dalby will take on Ukraine’s Sergei Churilov for the vacant 170lbs belt in the main event at CWFC 66 at Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena on Saturday, March 22.

CWFC officials can today confirm that the belt has been vacated by previous champion Cathal Pendred, who has been released from his contract by mutual agreement.

Dalby (11-0), Scandinavia’s highest-ranked welterweight outside the UFC, is undefeated in his 11 professional bouts since making his debut in March 2010.

The well-rounded 29-year-old holds notable wins over Morten Djursaa, Ivica Truscek, Acoidan Duque and Glenn Sparv.

Commenting on the opportunity to compete for the CWFC belt in his hometown, Dalby said: “I’m extremely excited about fighting for this prestigious title. I’ll do my utmost to ensure that CWFC, the fans in the arena and the viewers at home are treated to a very entertaining fight.”

Churilov (15-1), a team-mate of former CWFC middleweight title challenger Pavel Kusch at Ukraine’s renowned Combat Dobro camp, has taken 11 of his 15 professional victories inside the first round.

The 29-year-old previously competed for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship at CWFC 46 in Kiev, when he impressively submitted Anatoly Starodubtsev.

“I’m really happy to have been given this massive opportunity by the biggest MMA organisation in Europe,” said Churilov. “I’m working hard to make sure that I do everything I can to bring the belt back to Ukraine.”

Paul Dollery, Cage Warriors’ Director of Operations, added: “This has all the ingredients to be a fantastic bout, headlining our historic first ever event in Scandinavia, and the winner will be a very worthy CWFC champion.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Cathal Pendred for his time as an outstanding CWFC athlete and champion, and we sincerely wish him the best for what will undoubtedly be an exciting future for him.”

The meeting of Dalby versus Churilov is just one of nine bouts that have today been confirmed for CWFC 66. With several bouts still to be announced, check out the current fight card below:

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - CWFC welterweight title bout
Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho
Jack Hermansson vs. TBA
Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson
Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru
Damir Hadzovic vs. Tommy Maguire
Haakon Foss vs. Per Franklin
Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg
Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen
Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

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Results: Cage Warriors 64

16/02/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

James Pennington may have had the right idea against Cory Tait (pictured) early in their Cage Warriors 64 main event. But Tait had other plans. He fought through Pennington’s early takedown, then managed to latch on to his neck midway through the fight. That was all Tait needed for a guillotine-choke win that seemed to have Pennington in shock.

Cage Warriors 64 took place at The Forum in London and was the promotion’s first card of 2014. The main card streamed on MMAjunkie following prelims on Cage Warriors’ Facebook page.

Pennington landed a takedown quickly in the first and went to work with Tait up against the fence. Tait got back to his feet, though, and staved off an armbar attempt before the two clinched back up on the feet.

Tait landed a couple of good knees there, and then, right in front of his corner, after a short stalemate, he went after a guillotine choke. It didn’t look at the start like it was more than a tight headlock. But Tait got his grip under the chin, then started to torque back. Pennington had no choice but to tap.

The end came at the 2:35 mark of the first round and was one of just three finishes in nine fights that streamed on MMAjunkie and Facebook.

Tait (8-2) stretched his winning streak to four and now has won six of his past seven fights. Pennington (9-2) had a three-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time under the Cage Warriors banner.

Jake Bostwick and Boubacar Balde made a major case for “Fight of the Night,” eventually engaging in a bloodbath of a slugfest after slow early going. It was Bostwick who was cut open the deepest, but he still took home a trio of 30-27 scores to stay on a roll.

Bostwick got in Balde’s face right away, pushing him to the fence. He landed a few big punches after a takedown before going back to control along the fence in the clinch, and that was the story of the round – two powerful strikers tied up and only throwing short shots.

Bostwick landed a solid slam in the second and went to work on top of Balde from half-guard. Bostwick popped up to full mount with three minutes to work. He had to pop to side control, where he seemed to have more striking opportunities. He didn’t do much there, but he jumped back to mount once again and began to work ground-and-pound. But Balde nicely survived and escaped and landed some crazy shots that opened Bostwick up in a major way.

The two came out slugging in the third, and Bostwick clipped Balde, dropping the Frenchman to his knees. But it was Balde who recovered quickly and put Bostwick on his back – with his cut again opened up and starting to gush. Balde wanted a takedown, but Bostwick held him off and eventually reversed position on the fence. The two traded again with a flurry, with Bostwick hoping to land the home-run finish. A Bostwick takedown with two minutes left had him right into mount, and he dropped punches and elbows as the blood continued to pour out of his forehead onto Balde.

Bostwick (14-8) won for the seventh straight time and 11th time in 12 fights after a 3-7 start to his career. Balde (9-8), making his Cage Warriors debut, suffered his third straight loss and fourth in five fights.

Danny Roberts never thought better about playing in the guard of Juan Manuel Suarez, and somehow he managed to make it work out. Roberts survived some bad spots, but was largely in control on his way to a unanimous decision.

Roberts looked for an early takedown and pressed Suarez to the fence. But Suarez stayed strong, and he eventually earned a good throw takedown to put some pressure on Roberts. He looked for a kimura, but Roberts defended and when Suarez returned to his feet, Roberts threatened with upkicks. But when Suarez got through, Roberts had to give his back. Suarez threatened with a triangle choke, then an omoplata. But Roberts survived, despite a grimace on his face. Seconds later, though, Suarez took Roberts’ back and had a brief calf crusher, but couldn’t get the finish.

In the second round, Roberts landed an early takedown. But not wanting to sit in Suarez’s guard, he went back to his feet and kicked at Suarez’s legs. But Suarez again eventually kept some control until Roberts got the fight back to the ground. Roberts let him back to the feet with a minute left in the round, then got a nice takedown into side control for a strong finish to the round.

In the third, Suarez wanted Roberts to play in his guard. When he did, he found himself in precarious positions. He was better with the ground-and-pound, but Suarez continued to threaten with submissions. Suarez kept after it till the end, and with 40 seconds left he had an armbar, but Roberts slammed out of it.

Roberts (10-1) won for the fourth straight time and stayed perfect under the Cage Warriors banner at 5-0. Suarez (13-6) lost for the third straight time and now has setbacks in six of his past seven.

Nad Narimani was relentless chasing after a finish of Benjamin Brander, and in the process he earned Cage Warriors’ first finish bonus of 2014 under a newly instated rewards policy.

Narimani worked well on the ground in the first round, but Brander defended by giving his back and controlling Narimani’s hands. Midway through, Narimani dumped Brander back down and worked short ground-and-pound. With about a minute left, Narimani took Brander’s back and went to work on a rear-naked choke. It looked as if Brander might survive with Narimani tight on the fence. But Narimani stayed after it, and in the waning seconds, after briefly having mount, he adjusted his grip to get the finish with the RNC with just seven seconds left in the first round.

Narimani (7-1) won for the second straight time after a submission win at Cage Warriors 60 this past October. Brander (6-1), fighting for Cage Warriors for the first time, suffered the first loss of his pro career.

Laura Howarth’s gameplan was crystal clear from the outset. She worked to take Amanda Kelly down. When she had that accomplished, she kept Kelly’s offense at bay. And when she couldn’t, working for it mostly kept Kelly at bay, as well.

The first two rounds were largely Howarth thanks to her takedowns and control. In the third, Kelly tried to open up her striking game, but Howarth shut that down early by clinching her up again. It looked as if Howarth was tiring midway in the third, and Kelly did her best to go after a finish with knees and elbows that opened Howarth up. But they all were too little, too late.

Howarth (2-0) stayed perfect in her young MMA career after a win at Cage Warriors 62 in December. Kelly (1-1), after winning her debut at Cage Warriors 60, suffers her first pro loss.

Matt Inman made things look relatively easy against Gregor Weibel to open up the main card.

Inman controlled the standup game in the first round, and late in the frame he sat back for an ankle lock, then a heel hook. He was close, but couldn’t get the finish. Still, it was a decisive round for him. The second was more of the same. Weibel worked hard for a takedown and got one, but when he tried to take Inman’s back, he was reversed, and that kept Inman in charge. In the third, Weibel landed an early takedown, but Inman again reversed him and stayed dominant.

Inman (13-5) won for the fourth straight time, all for Cage Warriors. Weibel (8-2), making his promotional debut, had a three-fight streak snapped.

In preliminary-card action, David Howell opened up Brad Wheeler, who bled all over the canvas. But Wheeler persevered, locked in a body triangle and had Howell in all kinds of trouble for the second half of the first round. When it looked as if Howell was going to survived Wheeler’s rear-naked choke attempts, late in the first round, Wheeler transitioned to an arm-triangle choke and forced the tap with just 14 seconds left in the first. Wheeler (12-9) has won two straight and improves to 6-3 under the Cage Warriors banner. Howell (5-5) now has dropped for of his past five fights.

Spencer Hewitt (11-7) snapped a four-fight skid with a dominant unanimous decision win over Cameron Else (2-2). And to open up the prelims stream, welterweights Charlie Watts (5-1) and Andy Kerr (4-4) battled back and forth for 15 minutes with Watts taking a unanimous decision.

MAIN CARD

Cory Tait def. James Pennington via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:35
Jake Bostwick def. Boubacar Balde via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Danny Roberts def. Juan Manuel Suarez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nad Narimani def. Benjamin Brander via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:53
Laura Howarth def. Amanda Kelly via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Inman def. Gregor Weibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Brad Wheeler def. David Howell via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:46
Spencer Hewitt def. Cameron Else via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charlie Watts def. Andy Kerr via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrei Manzolo def. Dan Edwards via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:36
Daniel Crawford def. Huseyin Garabet via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:43

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 64

14/02/2014

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Headliners James Pennington and Cory Tait are on weight and ready to clash in the main event at Cage Warriors 64.

The pair came in under the bantamweight limit at this afternoon’s weigh-ins in London, ahead of CWFC’s opening event of 2014 which takes place tomorrow night at the Kentish Town Forum.

However, several fighters failed to make the contracted weight, with Cameron Else and Huseyin Garabet surrendering 25 per cent of their purses to their respective opponents, Spencer Hewitt and Daniel Crawford.

Kirsty Davis and David Howell lose 40 per cent of their purses to Veera Nykanen and Brad Wheeler respectively, after both Davis and Howell came in more than 2.2lbs overweight.

As a result of the failure of Kirsty Davis to make weight, her bout against Veera Nykanen will now go ahead under amateur rules over three 3-minute rounds, as agreed by both camps.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 64 weigh-ins HERE.

CAGE WARRIORS 64 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

James Pennington (135.3lbs) vs. Cory Tait (135.9lbs)
Boubacar Balde (185.5lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (185.5lbs)
Danny Roberts (170.6lbs) vs. Juan Manuel Suarez (169.1lbs)
Laura Howarth (135.7lbs) vs. Amanda Kelly (134lbs)
Benjamin Brander (144.7lbs) vs. Nad Narimani (144.9lbs)
Matt Inman (170.9lbs) vs. Gregor Weibel (169.7lbs)
David Howell (159.1lbs)** vs. Brad Wheeler (155.2lbs)
Cameron Else (131.9lbs)* vs Spencer Hewitt (130.6lbs)
Andy Kerr (170.8lbs) vs. Charlie Watts (169.6lbs)
Dan Edwards (185.7lbs) vs. Andy Manzolo (184.6lbs)
Daniel Crawford (135.7lbs) vs. Huseyin Garabet (137lbs)*
Kirsty Davis (119.5lbs)** vs. Veera Nykanen (113.7lbs)

*Fighter missed weight; surrendered 25 per cent of purse to opponent
**Fighter missed weight; surrendered 40 per cent of purse to opponent


For all CWFC 64 ticket, broadcast and fight card details, click HERE.

Photo: James Pennington and Cory Tait come face to face at today’s weigh-ins (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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MMAjunkie.com deal extended for 2014

13/02/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm that it has renewed its hugely successful partnership with MMAjunkie.com for a third consecutive year.

The deal, which was first signed early in 2012, will see all CWFC main cards this year streamed live and free of charge to viewers in the USA and Canada on MMAjunkie.com, the mixed martial arts arm of American national daily newspaper USA Today.

One of the top news sources in the sport of MMA since its establishment in 2006, MMAjunkie.com has covered Cage Warriors Fighting Championship comprehensively in recent years, with regular news updates, features and interviews.

“We’re very pleased to be extending the partnership with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship in 2014,” said Dann Stupp, USA Today’s Senior MMA Editor.

“Junkie Nation now eagerly anticipates each Cage Warriors show, and as the organisation circles the globe, they continue to develop world-class talent for our audience to watch and be entertained by. Cage Warriors shows have become some of the best entertainment in the sport.”

MMAjunkie.com will stream its 27th Cage Warriors Fighting Championship event this weekend since the partnership began, when the promotion opens its 2014 schedule at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England, with CWFC 64 - headlined by the meeting of bantamweight contenders James Pennington and Cory Tait.

Remarking on the renewal of terms with MMAjunkie.com, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan (pictured) said: “This has been a very mutually beneficial relationship over the past couple of years so I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement to keep it going into 2014.

“Interest in Cage Warriors has risen enormously in North America in recent years, and our relationship with MMAjunkie.com has played a very significant role in that. I look forward to both parties continuing to move towards bigger and better again over the next year.”

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has brought live events to MMAjunkie.com‘s worldwide audience free of charge from 10 different countries since 2012. The popular Monday event replays on the website will also continue for 2014.

CWFC live streams experienced a sharp rise in overall viewing figures in 2013, with a 41 per cent per-event increase on the figures for 2012, proving that the promotion continues to develop as one of the leading organisations in world MMA.

Fans in the US and Canada can also still view CWFC events live on Fight Now TV and The Fight Network respectively, while the free live streams will be available on IrishMMA.tv for viewers in Ireland and on CageWarriors.tv for the rest of the world (excluding the UK).

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 64: London

12/02/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns this Saturday, February 15, with the opening event of the promotion’s 2014 schedule.

CWFC 64, which will be headlined by a highly-anticipated bout between bantamweight contenders James Pennington and Cory Tait, takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

As always, the event will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE. Doors open at 5.45pm, with the first of 11 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 6.30pm local time.

The six-bout main card kicks off at 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
TV3 Sport | Denmark
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Oceania, Caribbean

MAIN CARD | 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT)

James Pennington vs. Cory Tait
Boubacar Balde vs. Jake Bostwick
Danny Roberts vs. Juan Manuel Suarez
Benjamin Brander vs. Nad Narimani
Laura Howarth vs. Amanda Kelly
Matt Inman vs. Gregor Weibel

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

David Howell vs. Brad Wheeler
Cameron Else vs. Spencer Hewitt
Andy Kerr vs. Charlie Watts

UNSTREAMED PRELIMS | 6.30pm local time (GMT)

Dan Edwards vs. Andy Manzolo
Daniel Crawford vs. Huseyin Garabet
Kirsty Davis vs. Veera Nykanen (amateur bout)

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Simeon signs with CWFC

07/02/2014

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Simeon Thoresen is the latest addition to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

Thoresen (17-4-1) has signed a five-fight deal, which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of 18 months.

The Norwegian welterweight, who previously fought under the CWFC banner in 2008, joins the promotion following a three-fight stint with the UFC.

Having submitted Besam Yousef in his UFC debut in April 2012, Thoresen will be eager to returning to winning ways with Cage Warriors following losses to Seth Baczynski and David Mitchell.

A submission specialist, Thoresen has taken all but one of his 17 professional wins inside the distance, 15 of which have come by way of tap-out.

The 29-year-old holds other notable wins over the likes of Fabricio Nascimento and current CWFC star and fellow UFC veteran John Maguire.

He said: “Cage Warriors is a great organisation, very professionally run, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m really excited about fighting again in 2014.”

Photo: MMAjunkie.com

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Cage Warriors 66: Copenhagen

04/02/2014

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Scandinavia will taste live Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action for the first time on Saturday, March 22.

Cage Warriors 66, which will be the promotion’s third event of 2014, is set to take place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The event will feature top Scandinavian stars like Nicolas Dalby, Jack Hermansson and Mohsen Bahari, and tickets will go on sale shortly.

“I’ve got four events in Scandinavia on our schedule for this year and I’m really excited about the first of those in Denmark next month,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“This will be an historic event as we visit another new country - the 12th to host Cage Warriors in recent years - and it will be headlined by a massive title bout, details of which will be announced very soon.”

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CWFC 64: Fight card update

31/01/2014

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The addition of the meeting of Matt Inman (pictured) and Gregor Weibel is one of several updates to the bill for Cage Warriors 64, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, February 15.

The exciting welterweight contest is one of four bouts that officials have today announced for the card for CWFC’s opening event of 2014, while injuries have also led to two enforced changes.

After his scheduled CWFC 61 main-event clash against Bruno Carvalho last month in Amman fell through due to an injury to his opponent, Inman (12-5) is eager to return to action as he chases his fourth consecutive victory.

Currently ranked ninth in the UK, the 27-year-old SBG Manchester product has taken all 12 of his professional victories inside the distance, with six submissions and six (T)KOs on his record.

“I’m planning to start 2014 with another win over a good opponent, so I can’t wait to get back in the CWFC cage, especially in a fantastic venue like The Forum,” said Inman.

Weibel (8-1) will face Inman for his CWFC debut on the back of a 3-0 streak in 2013, with all three victories coming inside the very first round.

The 27-year-old Swiss prospect, who has taken all of his wins by submission, said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight for the biggest promotion in Europe. It has been a dream for me and I’m looking forward to testing myself.”

Also added to CWFC 64 is a women’s strawweight bout between Kirsty Davis and Veera Nykanen, a lightweight clash between David Howell and Brad Wheeler, as well as the meeting of Andy Kerr and Charlie Watts, which will be contested at welterweight.

Meanwhile, an injury has forced Dave Lee out of his CWFC 64 bout against Nad Narimani, so highly-rated Swiss featherweight Benjamin Brander steps in to fill the vacancy.

Scott Pooley has also picked up an injury so Spencer Hewitt will now take on Cameron Else instead at a catchweight of 130lbs.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 64, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee), are available to purchase HERE.

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CAGE WARRIORS 64

James Pennington vs. Cory Tait
Boubacar Balde vs. Jake Bostwick
Danny Roberts vs. TBA
Laura Howarth vs. Amanda Kelly
Benjamin Brander vs. Nad Narimani
Matt Inman vs. Gregor Weibel
David Howell vs. Brad Wheeler
Cameron Else vs. Spencer Hewitt
Kirsty Davis vs. Veera Nykanen
Andy Kerr vs. Charlie Watts
Daniel Crawford vs. Huseyin Garabet

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC to broadcast free-to-air in Scandinavia with Viasat

31/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is delighted to announce that it has penned an exciting new agreement with Nordic broadcaster Viasat.

The deal will see all CWFC events in 2014 carried by Viasat’s free-to-air networks in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, including live transmission of the promotion’s four events in Scandinavia.

Cage Warriors will make its first move into the region this spring, with details of the venue and date to be announced early next week.

“As I’ve said in the past, we have big plans for the growth of Cage Warriors in the Nordic region and this is another major step towards that,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with a broadcaster of Viasat’s stature, and I’m looking forward to working together with them in 2014 and beyond.”

Eighteen events are planned for the CWFC schedule this year, beginning with CWFC 64 in London, England, on Saturday, February 15.

Nordic fighters feature prominently on the Cage Warriors roster, with several stars from across the region currently signed exclusively to the promotion, including Nicolas Dalby, Jack Hermansson and Mohsen Bahari.

CWFC events will be broadcast free of charge through Viasat’s platforms in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, details of which will be confirmed at a later date.

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Four more join CWFC roster

28/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm that four more fighters have inked deals to compete exclusively for the promotion.

Jack Hermansson (pictured), Doni Miller, Julien Boussuge and Mike Johnson have each put pen to paper on five-fight contracts, which will commit them to CWFC for a minimum period of 18 months.

Hermansson (5-2) joins the promotion following a two-fight stint with Bellator, for whom he signed on the back of Cage Warriors wins over Ali Arish and Mike Ling in 2011.

The Swede, who fights out of Norway, has taken all five of his professional wins inside the distance, four of which have come via KO.

“I’m really glad to be back with the best organisation in Europe,” said 25-year-old Hermansson. “This is the place for me right now and I’m looking forward to showing who the best European middleweight is.”

Miller (5-2), a featherweight who plans to move to the bantamweight division in 2014, is an exciting prospect who fights out of Scotland’s renowned Dinky Ninjas camp.

Despite suffering a loss to the undefeated Arnold Allen at CWFC 61 last month, which ended a run of four straight victories, Miller impressed having taken the fight as a late-notice replacement.

The 25-year-old Scot said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic about signing with one of the biggest organisations in the world and I’m really looking forward to being involved in some exciting scraps against the best of the CWFC bantamweight division.”

Boussuge (10-3) also made his promotional debut at CWFC 61, overcoming Damien Brown in Amman, Jordan, to secure his tenth professional victory.

The 32-year-old French lightweight holds other notable wins over the likes of Ivica Truscek and Nayeb Hezam.

“It’s a real honour for me to have signed with Cage Warriors,” Boussuge said. “I’ll be looking to challenge CWFC’s best lightweights in order to get to the very top of the division.”

Johnson (9-6) is a highly-ranked English welterweight who’ll be keen to move up the rankings when he makes his CWFC debut shortly.

A 30-year-old Londoner, Johnson has dropped just one loss in his last five outings, which came at the hands of Wayne Murrie in a welterweight title bout for domestic British promotion BAMMA.

Johnson said: “I want to thank Cage Warriors and my management for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to get in there and showcase my skills for the CWFC fans around the world.”

For more news and updates, keep track of CWFC on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 65: Alloway vs. Mason, Brown vs. Redmond

27/01/2014

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Two more bouts have today been added to the card for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s forthcoming return to Ireland.

Cage Warriors 65, which will be the promotion’s second event of 2014, is set to take place at The Helix in the Irish capital on Saturday, March 1.

The bill for the event has now been boosted by the addition of a welterweight bout between Benny Alloway (pictured) and Jack Mason, as well as a lightweight tussle between Damien Brown and Paul Redmond.

Alloway (12-5) will be returning to Cage Warriors action for the first time since February 2012, having had a three-fight stint with the UFC and an appearance on The Ultimate Fighter in the meantime.

The well-rounded Aussie debuted for the UFC with a KO of the Night victory against Manny Rodriguez, but he’ll be keen to return to winning ways against Mason on the back of defeats to Ryan LaFlare and Zak Cummings.

“I’m excited, I’m hungry and I’m healthy again for the first time in 12 months,” said Alloway. “This is Jack Mason’s ‘big fight’ and I hope he brings his A-game because I’m coming hard.”

Mason (26-12) will be looking to build on a hugely positive 2013, during which he picked up four CWFC wins including stoppages of Matt Inman and Vladimir Opanasenko.

The experienced 31-year-old Englishman, who has a 9-2 record from his last 11 outings, has climbed into the top five in the UK’s welterweight rankings thanks to his good run of recent form.

Mason said: “As soon as I heard that Ben Alloway had signed for Cage Warriors, it was a fight I was interested in. He’s fun to watch and I like his aggressive style so I’m looking forward to getting in there and taking a dominant win.”

Meanwhile, Damien Brown and Paul Redmond will be desperate to return to the win column after both fighters tasted defeat last month in their most recent outings.

Brown (10-5), an Australian compatriot of Alloway’s, was edged out by Julien Boussuge via decision at CWFC 61 in Amman in his promotional debut, which was the 29-year-old’s first loss over the distance.

“I’m looking forward to giving the Cage Warriors fans in Ireland what they want to see,” said Brown. “But it won’t be in the hands of the judges this time as I’m coming to finish it.”

Redmond (8-4) suffered a loss for the first time under the Cage Warriors banner at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, when Mateusz Teodorczuk brought an end to a run of five straight wins with a second-round submission.

However, the 27-year-old Irishman says he’s eager to make amends: “After my last performance I just want to get back in there again. I was back in the gym two days later fixing everything in my game, so I can’t wait for this fight now.”

Tickets for Cage Warriors 65 will go on sale shortly so keep track of CWFC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Cage Warriors 65 (more bouts to be announced)

John Maguire vs. Saul Rogers
Benny Alloway vs. Jack Mason
Alex Enlund vs. Artem Lobov
Bryan Creighton vs. Damien Rooney
Damien Brown vs. Paul Redmond
Lew Long vs. Philip Mulpeter
Paddy Pimblett vs. Martin Sheridan
Lee Caers vs. Merv Mulholland
Myles Price vs. Peter Queally

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC 65: Fight card update

22/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Dublin on March 1 and officials can today confirm the event’s first batch of bouts, including a lightweight contest between John Maguire (pictured) and Saul Rogers.

Cage Warriors 65, which will be the promotion’s second event in 2014, is once again set to take place at The Helix in the Irish capital.

The meeting of Maguire and Rogers, which is likely to have major implications in the CWFC lightweight division, is one of seven fights now announced for the CWFC 65 card, which will also feature Irish favourites Philip Mulpeter, Artem Lobov and Damien Rooney, among others.

On the back of a five-fight stint with the UFC, Maguire (19-6) made his CWFC debut in Dublin on New Year’s Eve and edged out Philip Mulpeter via decision.

The 30-year-old Englishman said: “I don’t want to hang around so I’m getting straight back in there two months after my last fight and I’m ready to take my next step towards the CWFC title.”

Rogers (7-1), a fellow Englishman, defeated Jason Cooledge in impressive fashion in his promotional debut at CWFC 57 in Liverpool last July, taking his sixth submission in seven wins.

“This is a fight against a tough, talented and experienced fighter, and I expect it to bring out the best in me,” said 24-year-old Rogers. “I’ll be bringing my A-game to Ireland in order to get the win and move closer to a title shot.”

Elsewhere on the CWFC 65 bill, Alex Enlund (9-2-0-1nc) will go in search of his fourth CWFC win when he takes on Artem Lobov (8-7-0-1nc) in a featherweight bout, while lightweight action will see Philip Mulpeter (6-4) collide with Lew Long (7-3).

A third CWFC victory on the trot will be the aim for Bryan Creighton (5-1) as he faces newcomer Damien Rooney (9-3-1) at a 130lbs catchweight, and Martin Sheridan (7-4) will fight in his hometown of Dublin for the first time in a bantamweight bout against Paddy Pimblett (4-1).

Merv Mulholland (10-5) returns to welterweight for a clash with Lee Caers (10-3), with Irish lightweights Myles Price (8-5) and Peter Queally (3-1) also set to square off.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 65 will go on sale shortly so keep track of CWFC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Cage Warriors 65 (more bouts to be announced)

John Maguire vs. Saul Rogers
Alex Enlund vs. Artem Lobov
Bryan Creighton vs. Damien Rooney
Lew Long vs. Philip Mulpeter
Paddy Pimblett vs. Martin Sheridan
Lee Caers vs. Merv Mulholland
Myles Price vs. Peter Queally

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Alers voted 2013’s best

22/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jim Alers (pictured) has been named CWFC’s Fighter of the Year for 2013.

The 27-year-old, who is unbeaten in seven career outings for the promotion, topped our poll in the 2013 CWFC Awards, sponsored by London Fight Store and IrishMMA.com, which attracted over 25,000 votes from Cage Warriors fans worldwide over the past week.

Alers finished 2013 by submitting Graham Turner at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve to retain his featherweight strap and take his record to 12-1 courtesy of his eighth consecutive victory, seven of which have come inside the distance.

In Glasgow last April, the Florida native clinched the vacant belt by defeating Joni Salovaara at CWFC 53, before successfully defending the title at September’s CWFC 59 in Cardiff against Martin Svensson.

“Being Fighter of the Year for Cage Warriors seems unreal to me,” said Alers, who finished second to James Brum in the polling for 2012 Fighter of the Year. “This is where my career began and it will always feel like home. Thank you to Cage Warriors and to everybody who voted for me.

“2013 was a very challenging year for me, filled with ups and downs. But through the support of loyal friends, loving family and outstanding fans, I was able to push through it all and come out with a successful year.”

Alers claimed 15% of the votes in the Fighter of the Year category, narrowly edging out CWFC lightweight champion Ivan Buchinger (13%) and bantamweight title-holder Brett Johns (11%).

However, there was plenty of consolation for Buchinger and Johns elsewhere. With a 3-0 run in 2013 that included his triumph in the CWFC bantamweight title tournament, unbeaten 21-year-old Johns received 24% of the votes to be named Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, in what was the closest of all eight categories, ahead of Amanda Kelly (23%) and Sean Carter (19%).

Buchinger, meanwhile, claimed the Submission of the Year award with 27% of the votes for his CWFC 60 win over Mick Sinclair (WATCH), with James Pennington (19%) finishing second and Paul Redmond (18%) third.

The Fight of the Year award also went to Buchinger , along with Stevie Ray, for their enthralling battle at CWFC 63 which saw the 27-year-old Slovak win CWFC’s lightweight gold (WATCH). Buchinger and Ray took 36% of the votes, while 18% went to Brett Johns vs. Jordan Desborough and Neil Seery vs. Mikael Silander claimed 14%.

Having not been included in the 2012 Awards due to it taking place after the voting was held, CWFC 51 in Dublin was voted our Event of the Year with 33% of the votes, with former CWFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor claiming 45% of the votes to win the KO of the Year award for his spectacular stoppage of Ivan Buchinger at the same event (WATCH).

Martin Sheridan’s KO of Jordan Desborough (15%) at December’s CWFC 62 in Newcastle was second, while third place went to Joanne Calderwood (13%) for her April win against Sally Krumdiack at CWFC 53.

Calderwood’s Dinky Ninjas camp in Scotland, who picked up nine CWFC victories in 2013 including a lightweight title triumph for Stevie Ray, were voted Club of the Year by 20% of CWFC fans, ahead of Ireland’s SBG (17%) and England’s BKK Fighters (15%).

Finally, having seen his Gym 01 team go 7-2 under the CWFC banner in 2013, the Coach of the Year award goes to Brian Adams (17%). John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland was second (14%), with Dinky Ninjas coach James Doolan (13%) finishing third.

All winners will receive equipment and apparel courtesy of 2013 CWFC Awards sponsors London Fight Store. Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to congratulate all nominees and winners, and thank you - the fans - for supporting our athletes by casting your votes in such huge numbers.

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

JIM ALERS - 15%
Ivan Buchinger - 13%
Brett Johns - 11%

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

BRETT JOHNS - 24%
Amanda Kelly - 23%
Sean Carter - 19%

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

IVAN BUCHINGER vs. STEVIE RAY at CWFC 63 - 36%
Brett Johns vs. Jordan Desborough at CWFC 59 - 18%
Neil Seery vs. Mikael Silander at CWFC 55 - 14%

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

IVAN BUCHINGER def. Mick Sinclair at CWFC 60 - 27%
James Pennington def. James Doolan at CWFC 53 - 19%
Paul Redmond def. Marc Allen at CWFC 55 - 18%

KO OF THE YEAR

CONOR McGREGOR def. Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 51 - 45%
Martin Sheridan def. Jordan Desborough at CWFC 62 - 15%
Joanne Calderwood def. Sally Krumdiack at CWFC 53 - 13%

EVENT OF THE YEAR

CAGE WARRIORS 51: DUBLIN - 33%
Cage Warriors 59: Cardiff - 20%
Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle - 17%

CLUB OF THE YEAR

DINKY NINJAS (Scotland) - 20%
SBG (Ireland) - 17%
BKK Fighters (England) - 15%

COACH OF THE YEAR

BRIAN ADAMS (Gym 01) - 17%
John Kavanagh (SBG Ireland) - 14%
James Doolan (Dinky Ninjas) - 13%

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CWFC 64: Balde vs. Bostwick

22/01/2014

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A middleweight bout between Boubacar Balde and Jake Bostwick (pictured) has been set for Cage Warriors 64.

The pair will clash when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship kicks off its 2014 schedule with a return to The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, February 15.

Balde (9-7) a veteran French fighter and promotional debutant, will be looking to return to the win column having lost by split decision to CWFC veteran Norman Paraisy in his most recent outing.

The 37-year-old, who owns seven stoppage wins including one against two-time UFC veteran Lucio Linhares, said: “I’m really proud that Cage Warriors has given me this opportunity. I never back down from a challenge and I love to strike, so be prepared for a war.”

Currently on a six-fight win-streak, Bostwick (13-8-0-1nc) is 10-1 in his last 11 outings and was victorious in his CWFC debut at the expense of Vincent del Guerra at Cage Warriors 61 in Amman, Jordan, last month.

“I’m fighting a guy who’s coming from a striking background so hopefully he’ll stand in the pocket, trade with me and we can put on an exciting fight,” said Bostwick, a London native. “This fight is the next step forward for me and I’m excited about fighting in my hometown.”

Meanwhile, a bantamweight bout between English pair Daniel Crawford and Huseyin Gabaret has been added to Cage Warriors 64’s preliminary card.

Many more bouts are still to be announced, so keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 64, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee), are available to purchase HERE.

Cage Warriors 64 (more bouts to be announced)

James Pennington vs. Cory Tait
David Lee vs. Nad Narimani
Boubacar Balde vs. Jake Bostwick
Spencer Hewitt vs. Scott Pooley
Laura Howarth vs. Amanda Kelly
Daniel Crawford vs. Huseyin Garabet

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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The 2013 CWFC Awards

22/01/2014

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The year 2013 was a memorable one for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, as the promotion continued its growth courtesy of fourteen more exciting events across seven different countries, from the UK and Ireland to Russia and the Middle East.

It was the busiest and most successful year for CWFC since it all started back in July 2002, and there were plenty of unforgettable moments along the way, as we staged 150 bouts and crowned six new champions.

Neil Seery made history by becoming the first ever CWFC flyweight champion, while Brett Johns and Stevie Ray climbed to the summit of our bantamweight and lightweight divisions respectively by each defeating two opponents in one night to triumph in our action-packed title tournaments.

There was subsequently plenty to choose from in the eight categories in the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Awards for 2013, as we recognised the very best from our biggest ever year.

Fifteen events were featured in total, including Cage Warriors 51 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve 2012, which was not part of the 2012 Awards due to the voting process having taken place prior to that event.

The 2013 CWFC Awards were sponsored by London Fight Store and IrishMMA.com, with the winning fighter(s) in each category receiving equipment and apparel courtesy of LondonFightStore.com.

Voting has now closed in the 2013 CWFC Awards. The winners will be revealed here on Cage Warriors.com on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014.

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Cage Warriors signs six

14/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has added six more fighters to its ever-expanding stable of talent.

Officials can today confirm that Paul Marin (pictured), Toni Tauru, Martin Svensson, Martin Sheridan, Aaron Blackwell and Ronan McKay have all signed five-fight deals to compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

Marin (7-3) enjoyed a successful second-half of 2013, despite starting his CWFC career with losses to current flyweight champion Neil Seery and former bantamweight title-holder Paul McVeigh earlier in the year.

The entertaining Romanian flyweight bounced back by overcoming Shaj Haque via decision, before forcing Spencer Hewitt to tap to strikes in the first round of their encounter at CWFC 61 last month in Amman.

“Signing with the biggest show in Europe was a huge goal for me in 2013. I worked hard to achieve it and I’m very happy to have succeeded,” said 28-year-old Marin, who’s currently based in Barcelona.

“My next goal is to be a contender for the CWFC flyweight belt and I’ll do everything I can to get to that stage. I want to thank Cage Warriors, my coach, my team and my management for this massive opportunity.”

Tauru (8-1-1), who hails from Finland, joins CWFC on the back of an eight-fight win-streak - five of which have come via submission - which has seen him join the top table of bantamweights in Europe.

The 29-year-old, whose only career loss came against former CWFC title challenger Mikael Silander in 2011, most recently submitted TUF 18 contestant Emil Hartsner by first-round gogoplata in November.

Tauru said: “I want to fight the best guys in Europe so CWFC is the place for me to be. This is the next big step in my career. I’m looking forward to showcasing my talents and going after that CWFC title.”

Svensson (12-5) will be keen to return to winning ways in 2014, having fallen short against CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers in their title bout at CWFC 59 last September.

Despite forcing Alers to go the distance for the first time in his career, Svensson was on the end of a decision defeat, but the big 28-year-old remains one of Europe’s top featherweights having been on a 7-1 run prior to that loss.

“Jim Alers, we’re not done with each other yet. Keep the belt safe because I’m coming back for it,” said Svensson. “I won’t rest until I have that belt and I’ll bring pain to any featherweight who stands in my way.”

Sheridan (7-4) earned his CWFC contract after a spectacular KO of Jordan Desborough last month, which is currently in the running for Knockout of the Year in the 2013 CWFC Awards.

Having taken the fight on short notice, 30-year-old Sheridan sent out a strong message by stopping the former CWFC bantamweight title challenger in the first round of their tussle at CWFC 62 in Newcastle.

“I’m so privileged to have signed an exclusive deal with Cage Warriors,” said Sheridan, who hails from Dublin but is now based in England. “It’s one of the best promotions in the world and getting the chance to fight on that stage for the next 18 months is a dream come true.”

Blackwell (12-9-1) a 29-year-old Englishman, returned to action in 2013 after a two-year lay-off and has once again begun to climb the bantamweight rankings.

Undefeated in his last five outings, Blackwell most recently defeated Kris Edwards at CWFC 60 in London back in October.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be representing the best promotion in Europe. I’m really looking forward to regularly competing against world-class athletes and showcasing my abilities on such a big show.”

McKay (10-11) will be aiming for his fourth consecutive win when he returns to action in 2014, as he aims to prove that his current record is certainly not a fair reflection of his talents.

The 28-year-old Irish middleweight secured a first-round KO of Leeroy Barnes at CWFC 62 in Newcastle last month and also holds notable victories over CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred, CWFC veteran Henry Fadipe and top UK middleweight Lee Chadwick.

“I’m very excited about competing for Cage Warriors in 2014 and beyond,” said McKay. “I’m eager to keep my win-streak going and I’m looking forward to moving up the division with each fight.”

For more news and updates, keep track of CWFC on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 64: Fight announcements

13/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today announce the first batch of bouts for CWFC 64, its opening event of 2014, which will take place at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, February 15.

Having missed out on a CWFC bantamweight title shot last September due to injury, James Pennington (9-1, pictured) will go in search of his fourth consecutive win when he takes on Cory Tait (7-2), who will also be looking for a fourth victory on the trot.

In a featherweight contest, two-time UFC veteran David Lee (12-9) will make his Cage Warriors debut against rising prospect Nad Narimani (6-1), who went 1-1 with CWFC last year courtesy of an impressive stoppage of Athinodoros Michailidis and a very close split-decision loss to Graham Turner.

Elsewhere, Spencer Hewitt (10-7) will be keen to return to winning ways when he faces CWFC first-timer Scott Pooley (6-4-1) in a flyweight tussle, while Amanda Kelly (1-0) and Laura Howarth (1-0) will look to build on their successful respective 2013 debuts when they meet in a women’s bantamweight clash.

Many more bouts are still to be announced, so keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 64, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee), are available to purchase HERE.

Cage Warriors 64 (more bouts to be announced)

James Pennington vs. Cory Tait
David Lee vs. Nad Narimani
Spencer Hewitt vs. Scott Pooley
Laura Howarth vs. Amanda Kelly

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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CWFC in 2013: The Year in Numbers

03/01/2014

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brought the curtain down on a hectic 2013 campaign in Dublin last December 31, signing off on what was the busiest and most successful year in the promotion’s 11-year history.

Seven different countries played host to fourteen CWFC events in 2013, bringing to 26 the total number of shows staged by the promotion since February 2012 - less than two years ago.

That number is set to increase yet again in 2014, so while we continue preparations for the start of this year’s schedule in London on February 15, check out the facts and figures from our 2013 ‘Year in Numbers’ below…

14 - the number of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Starting in London last March with Cathal Pendred being crowned CWFC welterweight champion at CWFC 52, and ending with CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve which saw featherweight and lightweight championship victories respectively for Jim Alers and Ivan Buchinger, 2013 was a record-breaking year for Cage Warriors.

7 - the number of countries that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

In 2013, CWFC brought world-class MMA action to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and the Russian republic of Chechnya.

9 - the number of cities that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Five different UK cities tasted Cage Warriors action - London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow - along with Dublin, Amman, Al Fujairah and Grozny.

34 - the number of countries that were represented by fighters competing on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Once again, athletes from all over the world showcased their skills on CWFC in 2013. The full list of countries represented reads: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Moldova, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Wales.

150 - the number of professional bouts

The 150th professional Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bout of the year saw Stevie Ray defend our lightweight title against Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 63. Many fans believe we saved the best one until last, so re-live it HERE once again and decide for yourself.

194 - the number of fighters

Just shy of 200 professional fighters competed for CWFC in 2013, with the highest number (46) coming from the welterweight division.

5 – the highest number of CWFC bouts that any fighter competed in last year

That honour is shared by English pair and BKK team-mates Jack Mason and Sean Carter, who both went 4-1 under the CWFC banner last year.

11 - the number of CWFC veterans or formerly CWFC-contracted fighters who joined the UFC

Nine Cage Warriors veterans inked deals with the UFC in 2013 - Sheila Gaff, Rosi Sexton, Conor McGregor, Leonardo Santos, Wilson Reis, Piotr Hallmann, Mats Nilsson, Zubair Tuhugov and Joanne Calderwood - while CWFC-signed pair Robert Whiteford and Davey Grant both moved to the promotion before having the chance to make their Cage Warriors debuts.

56 - the number of fighters who signed exclusive CWFC deals

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continued to strengthen its stable of fighters in 2013 with top talent from across Europe and beyond; the CWFC roster now boasts over 100 male and female athletes.

63 - the number of submissions

Submission was the most common method of victory on Cage Warriors in 2013, followed by decisions (48) and T/KOs (37). One bout (Michal Andryszak vs. Ion Cutelaba at CWFC 58 in Chechnya) ended via disqualification and one (Chris Fields vs. Norman Paraisy at CWFC 55 in Dublin) finished in a draw.

46 - the number of bonuses

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan awarded plenty of event bonuses last year, covering Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, KO of the Night and social media.

43,604 - the number of round-trip kilometres travelled

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship crew travelled far and wide again in 2013, racking up a total of 43,604 kilometres from our London headquarters en route to staging 14 events.

5 - the number of nominees for 2013’s Best Promotion

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is one of five promotions nominated in the Fighters Only World MMA Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas on February 7. If you fancy giving us your vote, please do so HERE. Thanks for your support!

35 - the number of events held under the current CWFC ownership

CWFC was eight years and 37-events-old when it assumed its current ownership under CEO Graham Boylan in the summer of 2010. The 14 events in 2013 brought the total under Boylan’s stewardship to 35 in the space of just three-and-a-half-years.

1,538,576 - the number of views on Cage Warriors TV

All broadcasted CWFC bouts are made available to watch on our YouTube channel, Cage Warriors TV, after each event. Cage Warriors TV attracted over one-and-a-half million views in 2013, bringing its total to 2,530,111.

41 - the average percentage increase per event for live stream views in 2013, compared to 2012

The number of fans tuning in to watch our event live streams in 2013 increased dramatically, despite those broadcasts being unavailable to viewers in the UK due to the terms of our Premier Sports broadcast deal. Last year’s most-viewed event was Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin in June, which was headlined by the meeting of Cathal Pendred and Che Mills.

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Results: Cage Warriors 63

02/01/2014

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

Cage Warriors 63 was a night all about the submissions as eight of the 15 bouts on the New Year’s Eve card ended with one fighter tapping or left unconscious.

Ivan Buchinger (25-4, pictured) capped off the event, which streamed on MMAjunkie from The Helix in Dublin, in suitable fashion and captured the Cage Warriors lightweight championship from Stevie Ray (14-5) after four rounds of action.

Ray didn’t look particularly poor in losing the belt, in fact, some had him up on the scorecards leading up to the finish. It was simply a matter of Buchinger showing up and displaying superior skills. The Slovakian was especially on point in the grappling department, and during most of the scrambles on the ground, he was a step ahead of his foe.

Ray was able to avoid paying for any mistakes in the first three rounds, but in the fourth, his time came to a bitter end. After one of the many exchanges on the mat, Buchinger found himself on Ray’s back, where he got his arm under the neck and caused his opponent to tap out due to a rear-naked choke.

John Maguire (19-6) competed for the first time since his UFC release earlier this year and narrowly edged Philip Mulpeter (6-4) via decision in his Cage Warriors debut. Maguire entered the contest on a career-worst three-fight losing streak, and up until the third round, appeared he might be headed to loss No. 4.

Like many of his showings on the tail end of his UFC stint, Maguire was extremely passive in the first two rounds. In the third, though, he came out much more aggressively and clearly took the round. Fortunately for “The One”, the deciding second round was scored in his favor, and ultimately that’s what won him the fight (29-28 across the board).

Jim Alers (12-1) successfully defended his featherweight championship for the second time by taking out Graham Turner (23-8) in arguably the most impressive performance of his seven-fight run in the organization. Alers was superior in essentially every aspect, and he landed the more significant strikes on the feet and got the finish on the ground.

The one time the champion appeared vulnerable was when Turner scored with a big takedown, but Alers quickly flipped the script with a flawless reversal from the bottom that eventually led to the fight-ending north-south choke early in the second round. The victory maintained Alers’ undefeated record in the organization. Turner, meanwhile, had his five-fight winning streak snapped, dropping him to 5-2 overall under the Cage Warriors banner.

Lightweights Mateusz Teodorczuk (11-2) and Paul Redmond (8-4) put on a grappling clinic in a frantic back-and-forth affair that saw Teodorczuk end the fight with a slick anaconda choke early in the second round.

Teodorczuk showed no nerves while making his Cage Warriors debut, and he stayed composed throughout several moments of danger and waited for his time to capitalize and choke out the hometown favorite. Redmond was the more highly touted of the two fighters entering the event, but at the end of the night Teodorczuk appeared to be the one with the more intriguing future.

Aisling Daly (14-5) earned the seventh submission victory of her career with a beautiful second-round armbar of Karla Benitez (11-6) in the opening fight of the Cage Warriors 63 main card.

It was a competitive first round until Benitez landed a grazing 12-to-6 elbow from the clinch that opened a cut around Daly’s eye. The illegal blow caused the referee to deduct two points from Benitez, which depending on how the first round was scored, put her in an insurmountable hole heading into the second frame.

Benitez came forward hard in Round 2, but Daly fought wisely and took the fight to the ground, where her opponent was weakest. After a flurry of ground-and-pound from the mount, Daly secured the arm and forced Benitez to tap out for the fourth time in her career.

Complete Cage Warriors 63 results:

Ivan Buchinger def. Stevie Ray via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 3:34 – to win lightweight title
John Maguire def. Philip Mulpeter via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jim Alers def. Graham Turner via submission (north-south choke) – Round 2, 1:22 – to retain featherweight title
Mateusz Teodorczuk def. Paul Redmond via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 0:51
Aisling Daly def. Karla Benitez via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:26
Sean Carter def. Myles Price via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:03
Catherine Costigan def. Morgane Delagnau via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:22
John Redmond def. Kieran Davern via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:57
Amanda English def. Slavka Vitaly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Chris Boujard def. Peter Queally via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Gavin Kelly def. Dylan Sheehan via unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kieran O’Brien def. Mick Brennan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:46

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 63

30/12/2013

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All Cage Warriors 63 bouts are now set following today’s weigh-ins in Dublin.

With the exception of Polish lightweight Mateusz Teodorczuk, all fighters made weight for tomorrow night’s 12-bout bill at The Helix in the Irish capital.

Teodorczuk tipped at the scales at 157.3lbs and subsequently surrenders 25 per cent of his purse to opponent Paul Redmond, but their bout will go ahead nevertheless.

With the CWFC feathweight and lightweight titles also on the line, respective champions Jim Alers and Stevie Ray also hit the mark ahead of their defences against Graham Turner and Ivan Buchinger,

View a gallery of images from today’s Cage Warriors 63 weigh-ins HERE.

CAGE WARRIORS 63 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight title: Ivan Buchinger (154.8lbs) vs. Steven Ray (154lbs)
161lbs catchweight: John Maguire (162lbs) vs. Philip Mulpeter (160.7lbs)
Featherweight title: Graham Turner (143.7lbs) vs. Jim Alers (144.9lbs)
Lightweight: Paul Redmond (156lbs) vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk (157.3lbs)*
Strawweight: Karla Benitez (115.6lbs) vs. Aisling Daly (116lbs)
Lightweight: Myles Price (155.5lbs) vs. Sean Carter (155.5lbs)
Atomweight: Morgane Delagnau (103.5lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.5lbs)
Welterweight: John Redmond (169lbs) vs. Kieran Davern (169.9lbs)
Flyweight: Slavka Vitaly (125.1lbs) vs. Amanda English (125.4lbs)
159lbs catchweight: Chris Boujard (157.4lbs) vs. Peter Queally (158.8lbs)
Bantamweight: Gavin Kelly (134.5lbs) vs. Dylan Sheehan (134.3lbs)
Featherweight: Mick Brennan (145.9lbs) vs. Kieran O’Brien (144lbs)

*Fighter missed weight and subsequently surrendered 25 per cent of his purse to his opponent

For all CWFC 63 ticket, broadcast and fight card details, click HERE.

Photo: Defending champion Stevie Ray and Ivan Buchinger face off ahead of their lightweight title tussle (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Results: Cage Warriors 61

14/12/2013

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

James Brum (pictured) made the best of a bad situation on Friday.

Brum was supposed to fight for Cage Warriors’ bantamweight title last week. With that fight against Brett Johns off, Brum stayed busy against Marat Pekov, instead. He survived a rough patch in the first round, then rolled to a unanimous decision win to stay on track in the main event of Cage Warriors 61.

Cage Warriors 61 took place at King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. The main card streamed live on MMAjunkie following prelims on Cage Warriors’ Facebook page.

The two fighters went toe-to-toe to start the bout, with each man landing a few good punches. But 45 seconds in, Pekov put Brum on his back. They traded elbows on the ground, with Brum trying to create angles to work his way back to his feet. But Pekov turned him away from the cage to push him back to the middle.

Midway through, Brum got to his feet. But Pekov slammed him back down, took his back and went after a rear-naked choke. Brum stripped his hand off, but still was in a bad spot with plenty of time left. After nearly two minutes defending, Brum was able to reverse position to land a few shots from up top and, most importantly, survive the round.

Brum got to the top on the ground a minute into the second, then took his time starting to go to work. Pekov worked as much offense as he could from his back. Pekov was issued a stern warning from referee Rich Mitchell for grabbing Brum’s shorts a second time, and for an upkick to a grounded Brum that nearly landed in full. On the restart, Brum looked to keep Pekov in trouble. With more than a minute left, Brum latched on to a guillotine choke, but he couldn’t hold it, and Pekov made it to the final frame.

Pekov kicked high early, but Brum blocked it and fired back. For most of the round, he was able to keep Pekov on his back, grinding him out. When the fight was over, Brum celebrated and tried to hug Pekov, presumably for a good fight. But Pekov shrugged him away – perhaps knowing the decision wasn’t going to go his way.

Brum (14-2), who trains in part at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, took a trio of 29-28 scores to pick up his eighth straight win and improve to 7-0 under the Cage Warriors banner. Pekov (10-5), from Russia, lost his second straight after a decision setback against Ronnie Mann in his promotional debut in October.

It took five minutes for Jack Mason (26-12) to get going against Seydina Seck (15-10), but once he did, things went fairly smoothly. The two chased each other around the cage a bit, trying to get an advantage on the feet early in the first round. Each fighter was able to land a few punches, but neither was able to put the other in trouble as they continued to measure things through the first.

But in the second, it was Mason who was able to start to assert his will, controlling Seck on the ground. He had to defend a few Seck submission attempts, but it was never anything to put him in danger. In the third, Mason was the victim of an odd circumstance. With a guillotine choke on Seck, the referee called the bout – but then seeing Seck immediately protest, and realizing he wasn’t out, he restarted the fight. Mason wasn’t allowed to restart with the guillotine in place – the two went back to standing. The strange situation may have kept Mason from a finish, but it didn’t keep him from a mostly dominant win. He picked up a 30-27 score and a pair of 29-28s.

Quickly into the fight, James Hurrell (6-4) probably had many places he’d rather be than walking off a low blow from Mohamed Ali (9-5). But after doing so, maybe it was that low blow that was as good as it was going to get for him. Soon after the restart, Ali was all over Burrell with legal strikes. Hurrell was forced to turtle up to try to survive a flurry of Ali strikes on the ground – he rained down with hammerfists, knees to the body, took Hurrell’s back and traded off from rights to lefts and back again.

He got a little anxious and tried to back mount, and Hurrell escaped to his feet. But that didn’t last long before Ali continued to dish out the punishment. Hurrell had almost nothing to offer in return. With Hurrell’s mouthpiece in the center of the canvas, Ali kept pounding until the referee finally stopped things at the 4:02 mark of the first.

Jake Bostwick walked out in a mask like the one worn by the Bane villain in “The Dark Knight Rises,” though it looked early like it might be Vincent del Guerra‘s ground work that would be a bane to him on Friday. But Bostwick (13-8) did enough to pick up a unanimous decision win, getting a trio of 29-28 scores after surviving a dicey moment in the first. Del Guerra (20-10) got a takedown early and went to work on top. But Bostwick turned things around and even got to full mount late in the round.

Del Guerra stayed composed, though, and when Bostwick tried to move to side control, Del Guerra got to his feet. It wasn’t for long, though, as Bostwick landed a solid throw. Del Guerra did good work from his back, nearly getting an armbar, then a triangle. But Bostwick finished the frame on top.

Bostwick spent much of the second in del Guerra’s control. He got out late and landed some good ground-and-pound from side control, but couldn’t finish things off. The third round was much more firefighting than the first two rounds, including some wild exchanges. With three minutes left, del Guerra fell to his back hoping, perhaps, to stall out from Bostwick’s punching. But though the third was a little sloppier with both fighters tiring, it was Bostwick who got his hand raised in his promotional debut.

In a back-and-forth battle, Julien Boussuge (11-3) outworked and outpointed Damien Brown (10-6) over three rounds to take a unanimous decision that probably was closer than the scores would otherwise indicate. Boussuge took a pair of 30-27s and a 29-28 from Brown to get the win. Boussuge landed a three-punch combo quickly into the fight, but it was a takedown on a missed Brown left that started to win him points with the judges.

The second was filled with scrambles, and Boussuge had his best chances to finish from his back looking for an omoplata, then an armbar. But Brown defended and tried to land ground-and-pound the way he did in the first round. In the third, Boussuge was able to get a D’Arce choke in place and appeared to have Brown in trouble. But Brown recovered to his guard to see it go to the judges, who apparently liked Boussuge’s control on the ground more than Brown’s.

In the main card’s opening bout, Paul Marin (7-3) appeared to have his game plan against Spencer Hewitt (10-7), and he played it to perfection. Marin took Hewitt down quickly into the first round, and Hewitt wanted him to come down into his guard. But Marin backed away to stay on the feet. As far as Marin was concerned, it was rinse and repeat.

Moments later, he tossed Hewitt again, with the cage saving him from a bigger takedown. A minute later, though, Hewitt couldn’t be helped and was thrown in a big way. Marin’s fourth takedown, though, had him staying down on the ground, and he landed some big punches and knees to the body. Covering up, Hewitt finally tapped rather than stay in and take more punishment.

Complete Cage Warriors 61 results:

James Brum vs. Marat Pekov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jack Mason def. Seydina Seck via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mohamed Ali def. James Hurrell via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:02
Jake Bostwick def. Vincent del Guerra via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Julien Boussuge def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Paul Marin def. Spencer Hewitt via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 3:38
Jarrah Al-Silawi def. James Burrows via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:33
Arnold Allen def. Doni Miller via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:34

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 63: Dublin

13/12/2013

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With two CWFC titles up for grabs, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship signs off on its busiest ever year with its fourteenth event of 2013 on New Year’s Eve.

Cage Warriors 63 will take place at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday, December 31, and will see Stevie Ray make the inaugural defence of his lightweight belt against Ivan Buchinger, while Jim Alers will put his featherweight strap on the line for the second time when he faces Graham Turner.

Five-time UFC veteran John Maguire will also make his CWFC debut against Philip Mulpeter, who’ll be joined on the main card by fellow Irish stars Paul Redmond and Aisling Daly.

The five-bout main card kicks off at 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT) following four Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.30pm GMT (2.30pm ET/11.30am PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

Tickets are available to purchase HERE. Doors at The Helix will open at 4.30pm, with the first bout scheduled for 5.30pm (subject to change).

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
JOE.ie | Ireland only
Sportube.tv | Italy only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN International | Brazil, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT)

Stevie Ray (c) vs. Ivan Buchinger - CWFC lightweight title bout
John Maguire vs. Philip Mulpeter
Jim Alers (c) vs. Graham Turner - CWFC featherweight title bout
Paul Redmond vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk
Karla Benitez vs. Aisling Daly

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.30pm GMT (2.30pm ET/11.30am PT)

Sean Carter vs. Myles Price
Catherine Costigan vs. Morgane Delagnau
Kieran Davern vs. John Redmond
Amanda English vs. Slavka Vitaly

UNSTREAMED PRELIMS | 6.15pm local time (GMT)

Chris Boujard vs. Peter Queally
Gavin Kelly vs. Dylan Sheehan
Mick Brennan vs. Kieran O’Brien

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 61

12/12/2013

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The weigh-ins for a disrupted Cage Warriors 61 card took place this afternoon in Amman, Jordan.

Heavy fog at Heathrow Airport in London yesterday wreaked havoc with the travel schedules of several fighters and subsequently forced the cancellation of two bouts.

Mohsen Bahari and Hakon Foss, who were due to catch connecting flights having flown from Oslo, were unable to depart from London in sufficient time so their respective welterweight bouts against Mukhamed Berkhamov and Matt Inman were forced off the bill.

Cage Warriors officials then sought to re-match Berkhamov and Inman in a 170lbs bout against each other, but that proposal was turned down by Berkhamov, who became the third potential opponent for Inman to fall through this week following Bruno Carvalho’s injury withdrawal on Monday.

Inman had only arrived in Amman at 6am this morning having also been subject to severe flight delays, but the Englishman stepped on the scales this afternoon nevertheless and made weight at 169.8lbs.

Cage Warriors 61 will go ahead tomorrow night at the King Hussein Boxing Arena as a reduced eight-bout professional card, which will be headlined by a crucial bantamweight contest between Marat Pekov and James Brum, neither of whom had any issues making weight today.

All other fighters also weighed in under the limit at the first attempt, with the exception of James Hurrell, who needed an additional half-hour to make the 206lbs limit, and Romanian flyweight Paul Marin, who endured a gruelling flight schedule in order to make it to Amman.

Travelling from his base in Barcelona, Marin missed his scheduled connection in London and instead made his way to Amman on an overnight flight that involved a lengthy stopover in Cairo.

Marin landed in the Jordanian capital less than an hour before the weigh-ins were due to begin and used the additional two-hour buffer to cut to as low as 126.8lbs, but in spite of the 0.8lb of excess weight, no purse deduction will occur as a result of the several travel disruption.

View a gallery of images from today’s Cage Warriors 61 weigh-ins HERE.

CAGE WARRIORS 61 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Bantamweight: Marat Pekov (135.6lbs) vs. James Brum (135lbs)
Welterweight: Seydina Seck (170.6lbs) vs. Jack Mason (171lbs)
Light-heavyweight: James Hurrell (205.6lbs) vs. Mohamed Ali (204.6lbs)
176lbs catchweight: Vincent del Guerra (175.6lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (175.6lbs)
Lightweight: Julien Boussuge (156lbs) vs. Damien Brown (156lbs)
Flyweight: Paul Marin (126.8lbs)* vs. Spencer Hewitt (125.6lbs)
Welterweight: James Burrows (170.8lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (170.4lbs)
Featherweight: Doni Miller (145.4lbs) vs. Arnold Allen (144.6lbs)

*0.8lb over the limit but no purse deduction will occur due to disruption to fighter’s travel schedule

Photo: James Brum and Marat Pekov face off (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors 61: Jordan

12/12/2013

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship stages its penultimate show of the year this Friday, December 13.

Cage Warriors 61, to be headlined by the bantamweight clash of James Brum and Marat Pekov, will take place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

The six-bout main card kicks off at 9pm local time (6pm GMT/1pm ET/10am PT) following two Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8.15pm local time (5.15pm GMT/12.15pm ET/9.15am PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

Tickets, priced from just 15 JOD, are available to purchase HERE.

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE.
- Watch the main card live via:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
JOE.ie | Ireland only
Sportube.tv | Italy only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola
Fight Klub | Poland
FX | Middle East
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN International | Brazil, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm AST (6pm GMT/1pm ET/10am PT)

Marat Pekov vs. James Brum
Seydina Seck vs. Jack Mason
James Hurrell vs. Mohamed Ali
Vincent del Guerra vs. Jake Bostwick
Julien Boussuge vs. Damien Brown
Paul Marin vs. Spencer Hewitt

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 8.15pm AST (5.15pm GMT/12.15pm ET/9.15am PT)

James Burrows vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi
Doni Miller vs. Arnold Allen

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Results: Cage Warriors 62

08/12/2013

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Report from MMAjunkie.com…

If UFC veteran Curt Warburton was looking to send a message to the lightweights in his new home at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, he might have done it.

Warburton tore right through Wesley Murch for a standing rear-naked choke victory just 49 seconds into the fighter’s main event at Cage Warriors 62 at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Warburton’s quick finish was one of four first-round stoppages on Saturday’s main card.

Warburton shot in immediately and took Murch to the canvas. He went after his back and got it without any problem. Murch got back to his feet, but Warburton stayed on him with a body triangle. Murch had to support Warburton’s full weight on his back while defending the choke, but Warburton was relentless. He got the choke in, squeezed, and Murch had to tap.

The end came just 49 seconds into the fight, and Warburton ran across the cage and jumped up top to celebrate in front of the Newcastle fans. The fight was elevated to main-event status when a flyweight title fight between champion Neil Seery and UFC vet Ulysses Gomez was scrapped on Friday after Gomez had to be hospitalized while trying to cut weight.

“I was so focused,” Warburton said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself for this fight. I dug in deep. I’m pleased to get off to a good start for Cage Warriors. I knew (the choke) was getting deeper and deeper, and once it was on, that was it.”

Warburton said the promotion’s lightweight division is strong, and that’s why he came on board to make a run at a title: “It’s stacked, and that’s why I signed with them. They’re the best promotion about.” Warburton (13-4) is quickly back in the win column following a September TKO loss. Murch (13-7) had a four-fight winning streak snapped in his Cage Warriors debut.

In 32 fights, Olivier Pastor had never been submitted. That streak moved to 33 on Saturday, despite Chris Fishgold doing plenty to try to end it. Then Fishgold (10-0) had to survive a third-round rally from Pastor (18-15) to take home a unanimous decision.

Fishgold did solid work on the ground in the first round, fending off some of Pastor’s submission attempts from his back. Although Pastor got back to his feet, Fishgold drove forward and dropped him back to the canvas, where he stayed relentless at the grind.

It was more of the same in the second, as Fishgold again landed a takedown. He then had to worry briefly about Pastor’s hopes for a submission. But Fishgold took his back with well more than four minutes left, and he went after a neck crank, then got his arm under the chin for a rear-naked choke. He had it in deep, but Pastor stripped his hands off to avoid tapping. Pastor got out with a minute left, but couldn’t get much done despite a couple of body kicks and a rolling wheel kick.

Pastor tried to turn the tables in the third, and he got Fishgold to the canvas turtled up, where he tried to land ground and pound. Fishgold scrambled back to his feet, but ate a knee and a kick. Pastor briefly had a guillotine choke, but Fishgold escaped with more than half the round left. He took a deep breath, then proceeded to eat a few more punches from the 41-year-old Pastor, who is 20 years older than Fishgold. But Fishgold survived the round and got the unanimous decision based on his big first two rounds. Fishgold took home a trio of 29-28 scores from the judges to stay unbeaten.

Richie Knox (3-1) wanted to give his home Newcastle fans a show, and he did. But then Karl Moore (4-0) pulled a little something out of his back pocket at just the right time. The two tied up early, but Knox landed a pair of knees too low on Moore. On the restart, Knox came out swinging, but it was Moore who landed some solid kicks. Not long after, it was Moore’s turn to land low, and Knox got a chance to walk it off. When they got back at it, Knox landed nicely with a left. Moore countered, but Knox’s output started to build up as he went from body to head and back again. But then, out of nowhere, when it looked as if Moore was about to be finished along the cage, he threw a big left hand that dropped Knox. One punch more on the ground was enough for referee Rich Mitchell to shut things down at the 2:36 mark of the first.

Tommy Quinn made his hometown fans happy in a big way. Quinn (6-1) and Dan Hope (10-6) scrapped early, trading back and forth both at distance and in tight with dirty boxing. But neither fighter seemed to take a distinct advantage through the opening five minutes. But in the second, Quinn started strong and put together several big combinations in close. He hurt Hope and crumpled him. Then, sensing he was ready to be finished, he started piling the punches on. With Hope up against the fence, he hit him repeatedly until he hit the canvas. The referee gave Hope opportunities to survive, but finally had to jump in and pull Quinn off after dozens of unanswered blows. The end came 83 seconds into the second.

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it finish, Ian Entwistle (9-1) dodged a right hand from Liam James (8-6), made a crazy entry to a takedown, latched on to James’ right leg, and that was all she wrote. Just 24 seconds into the fight, Entwistle had a masterful heel-hook submission over James, who looked as surprised as anyone at what happened – and how quickly things were over. Entwistle jumped onto the cage to celebrate, even as the crowd in James’ hometown sat stunned, as well.

Alex Enlund (9-2) made quick work of Danny Lawson (8-4) to open the main card. Enlund looked for a throw early and got it. He went to work on top, then when Lawson got back to his feet, he slammed him back again. Lawson tried to control Enlund’s hands to keep him from the choke. But Enlund kept at it and got a body triangle with more than three minutes left in the round. He gave it up briefly and landed punches, but then flattened Lawson out and sank in a rear-naked choke to get the finish at the 2:46 mark of the fight.

Complete Cage Warriors 62 results:

Curt Warburton def. Wesley Murch via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:49
Chris Fishgold def. Olivier Pastor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karl Moore def. Richie Knox via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:36
Tommy Quinn def. Dan Hope via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:23
Ian Entwistle def. Liam James via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 0:24
Alex Enlund def. Danny Lawson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:46
Ronan McKay def. Leeroy Barnes via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 2:56
Laura Howarth def. Emma Delaney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Martin Sheridan def. Jordan Desborough via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 4:21
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz def. Kerry Hughes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Shaj Haque def. Mark Connor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 62

06/12/2013

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Neil Seery’s CWFC flyweight title defence against Ulysses Gomez has been removed from tomorrow’s card for Cage Warriors 62.

Approximately three hours before today’s weigh-ins in Newcastle, Gomez collapsed while using a treadmill to cut weight and was taken by ambulance to hospital. Having received medical treatment, the fighter was later discharged and is now doing well.

Gomez was keen for tomorrow’s bout against Seery to go ahead nevertheless, but CWFC officials have taken the decision to cancel it in the interests of the fighter’s health and safety. Seery will be paid his purse in full.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to cancel our main event, particularly for the fighters and the fans, but this was undoubtedly the correct decision. We don’t take any risks when it comes to the safety of fighters,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“I’m glad that Ulysses Gomez has recovered well since this afternoon and I hope we can reschedule Neil Seery’s first title defence to take place early next year instead.”

As a result of the cancellation, the meeting of Curt Warburton and Wesley Murch will now top the Cage Warriors 62 bill, with the clash of Alex Enlund and Danny Lawson being promoted from the prelims.

Four fighters - Ian Entwistle, Laura Howarth, Kerry Hughes and Frankie Slater - missed weight today and were subsequently fined accordingly.

View a gallery of images from today’s Cage Warriors 62 weigh-ins HERE.

Cage Warriors 62 will be broadcast live around the world and a limited number of tickets are also still available. Click HERE for fight card, ticket and broadcast details.

CAGE WARRIORS 62 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

160lbs catchweight: Wesley Murch (160.6lbs) vs. Curt Warburton (160.2lbs)
Featherweight: Olivier Pastor (145.8lbs) vs. Chris Fishgold (146lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Karl Moore (204.9lbs) vs. Richie Knox (200.1lbs)
176lbs catchweight: Dan Hope (176.2lbs) vs. Tommy Quinn (175.4lbs)
Featherweight: Ian Entwistle (146.6lbs)* vs. Liam James (145.3lbs)
Featherweight: Danny Lawson (143.9lbs) vs. Alex Enlund (145.5lbs)
Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (183.6lbs) vs. Ronan McKay (185.6lbs)
178lbs catchweight: Danny Roberts (177.3lbs) vs. Mateusz Strzelczyk (178lbs)
Bantamweight: Emma Delaney (135.2lbs) vs. Laura Howarth (138.2lbs)*
139lbs catchweight: Jordan Desborough (139.8lbs) vs. Martin Sheridan (139.9lbs)
Bantamweight: Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (135.1lbs) vs. Kerry Hughes (137.1lbs)*
Flyweight: Mark Connor (125.8lbs) vs. Shaj Haque (125.7lbs)
Lightweight: Paul Gregson (153.8lbs) vs. Frankie Slater (158.5lbs)**

*Failed to make weight; surrenders 25 percent of purse to opponent
**Failed to make weight; surrenders 40 percent of purse to opponent

Photo: Curt Warburton and Wesley Murch face off (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

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December fight card updates

02/12/2013

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials have today confirmed several updates to the promotion’s hectic December schedule.

The final month of 2013 will see CWFC stage events in England, Jordan and Ireland, bringing the curtain down on the busiest year in the promotion’s history.

That schedule begins with Cage Warriors 62 this Saturday, December 7, in Newcastle, England, where injuries to Cory Tait and Alan Johnston have seen new opponents drafted in for Jordan Desborough and Tommy Quinn respectively.

Quinn will now take on Gateshead native Dan Hope at a catchweight of 176lbs, while Desborough will clash with Irishman Martin Sheridan in a 139lbs catchweight bout.

Next up is Cage Warriors 61 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, December 13, where English bantamweight James Brum will aim for his seventh consecutive Cage Warriors win when he clashes with Russia’s Marat Pekov.

Brum (pictured) had been scheduled to face CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns this weekend in Newcastle, but an injury to Johns forced the cancellation of the bout.

The 26-year-old said: “I’m excited to return to Jordan to fight Marat Pekov, who has a big fanbase out there just like I do. I can’t wait to enter the cage, punch each other in the face and hear the crowd blow the roof off the arena.”

Pekov will be making his second appearance on a Cage Warriors card, having most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Ronnie Mann at CWFC Fight Night 9 in October.

“The fight against Mann was very close but it went to the judges and they gave it his way,” said Pekov. “I won’t make the same mistake against Brum. It won’t be left in the hands of the judges this time.”

Also at Cage Warriors 61, Arnold Allen will now meet Scottish featherweight prospect Doni Miller after Taylor Lapilus was forced out due to injury.

On the back of an impressive unbeaten amateur career, highly-touted Jordanian prospect Jarrah Al-Selawe will make his professional debut against Welshman James Burrows in a welterweight contest.

Elsewhere, a new opponent is currently being sought for Catherine Costigan after Elodie Puget withdrew from their atomweight bout, scheduled for Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, due to injury.

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle

02/12/2013

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s busy December schedule kicks off this Saturday, December 7, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Following the cancellation of the CWFC flyweight title bout between Ulysses Gomez and champion Neil Seery, the Cage Warriors 62 main event will now see Curt Warburton take on Wesley Murch, and fans all over the world - including the UK - can stream all the action live and free of charge.

The main-card begins at 9pm local time (4pm ET/1pm PT), following the Facebook prelims, which will also be free to stream live from 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT).

Find streaming and fight card details below, and check the listings in your region for additional TV broadcast details.

Tickets, priced from £35 (plus booking fee), are available HERE. Venue doors will open at 4.30pm, with the first bout scheduled for 6.20pm (subject to change).

- Watch the Facebook prelims live HERE at 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT)
- Watch the main card live from 9pm local time (4pm ET/1pm PT) via:

  • MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
  • JOE.ie | Ireland only
  • Sportube.tv | Italy only
  • CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

  • MAIN CARD (9pm local time)

    Wesley Murch vs. Curt Warburton
    Chris Fishgold vs. Olivier Pastor
    Richie Knox vs. Karl Moore
    Dan Hope vs. Tommy Quinn
    Ian Entwistle vs. Liam James
    Alex Enlund vs. Danny Lawson

    FACEBOOK PRELIMS (7pm local time)

    Leeroy Barnes vs. Ronan McKay
    Emma Delaney vs. Laura Howarth
    Jordan Desborough vs. Martin Sheridan
    Kerry Hughes vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz

    UNSTREAMED PRELIMS (6.40pm local time)

    Mark Connor vs. Shaj Haque

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    [VIDEO] Cage Warriors 62: Countdown

    30/11/2013

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    More Cage Warriors history will be made in the UK this Saturday, December 7, when the CWFC flyweight belt is defended for the very first time.

    Irishman Neil Seery (pictured), who became the first ever champion of CWFC’s 125lbs division this past June, will put his title on the line against American challenger Ulysses Gomez in the main event at Cage Warriors 62 at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

    In the build-up to this landmark bout, which tops the bill for Cage Warriors’ twelfth show this year, we sent our cameras to Dublin and Las Vegas to get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of both champion and challenger.

    Whet your appetite for this highly-anticipated flyweight clash by checking out “Cage Warriors 62: Countdown” (below), and then grab your tickets for the event HERE if you’re one of the few who has yet to do so.

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    Dubai victorious with 2020 Expo bid

    29/11/2013

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    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to extend its congratulations to all involved with Dubai’s winning bid to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020, after the city beat off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia to clinch the honour.

    Fireworks exploded from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, following last night’s announcement in Paris. Dubai, which played host to CWFC Fight Night 4 last year, will be the first Middle Eastern city to hold the Expo, which takes place every five years. The expo sees hundreds of countries show off the latest in architecture and technology.

    The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has promised to astonish the world with the event. The Gulf city beat Russia’s Yekaterinburg in the final round of voting in Paris. The other contenders were Sao Paulo in Brazil and Izmir in Turkey.

    “We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020,” said Sheikh al-Maktoum after the win. “Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity.”

    Dubai authorities say the Expo 2020 will bring in around $23bn (£14bn, 17bn euros). They say financing for the six-month event will cost a total of $8.4bn (£5.2bn, 6.2bn euros), with the government spending around $6.5bn (£4bn, 4.8bn euros) on infrastructure projects.

    A huge exhibition centre will be built to host the event, plus new hotels and an extension to Dubai’s metro line. The 2015 Expo takes place in Milan.

    Congratulations, Dubai!

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    Cage Warriors 61 moves from Baghdad to Amman

    25/11/2013

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    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials have been forced to opt for a change of date and venue for next month’s Cage Warriors 61.

    The event, which was originally scheduled for the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, December 14, will now take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena (pictured) in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, December 13.

    Cage Warriors 61 will be CWFC’s thirteenth and penultimate event of the year, and will see the promotion make a swift return to Amman following the enormous success of last month’s sold-out CWFC Fight Night 9 at the same venue.

    Several logistical issues caused CWFC officials to postpone the promotion’s historic first ever event in Iraq, which it is now hoped can be scheduled instead for 2014, as Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explains:

    “My team and I worked extremely hard to make this event in Baghdad happen, but there were too many logistical barriers in our way that meant we couldn’t guarantee that this event would meet CWFC’s high standards of organisation and production,” said Boylan.

    “I’m never willing to compromise on those standards so we’ve taken the decision to move the event to Amman instead. This will be our sixth event there so we’re familiar with the infrastructure and the challenges will subsequently be more familiar and straightforward for us to deal with in this short space of time.

    “It’s unfortunate that our first event in Iraq will now have to wait until next year, but the important thing is that the athletes on the Cage Warriors 61 card still have an event to prepare for. Cancelling CWFC 61 just wasn’t an option.”

    CWFC has built a huge fanbase in Amman since staging its first event there, CWFC Fight Night 1, back in June 2011. Cage Warriors 61 is one of three CWFC events scheduled for next month, joined by Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle on December 7 and Cage Warriors 63: Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

    Headlined by a welterweight bout between Carvalho and Matt Inman, check out the latest fight card for Cage Warriors 61 HERE, with more bouts still to be announced.

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    Update: Cage Warriors 61

    22/11/2013

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    Several bouts have today been confirmed for Cage Warriors 61, which is set to take place in Amman on Friday, December 13.

    The event, CWFC’s 13th of the year, will see the promotion return to the Jordanian capital for the second time this year.

    CWFC 61 is to be headlined by a welterweight contest between Matt Inman (12-5, pictured) and Bruno Carvalho (15-7), two fighters who have had contrasting recent fortunes.

    Carvalho was on the end of a first-round KO loss to Gael Grimaud at CWFC Fight Night 9 in October, but the 31-year-old Brazilian says he’s keen to rebound by proving that he still figures in CWFC’s welterweight picture.

    “I’m very excited about the opportunity to get another great match-up on a big show,” said Carvalho. “Both Matt and I are still in title contention and this fight will bring one of us closer.”

    Inman, meanwhile, has been in the best form of his career in 2013 having put together a run of three straight Cage Warriors victories, but a win over Carvalho would undoubtedly be his biggest to date.

    The 27-year-old Englishman said: “It’s great to be part of another Cage Warriors event that will be breaking ground in a new country. My opponent is very skilled and experienced but I’ll be stepping my game up to another level in order to bring home the win.”

    Meanwhile, after his scheduled clash with bantamweight champion Brett Johns in Newcastle on December 7 fell foul of an injury to Johns, the next outing for James Brum (13-2) will now be in Baghdad seven days later against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

    Following his impressive stoppage of Vladimir Opanasenko last time out, Jack Mason (25-12) will be aiming to end the year on a high by picking up his fourth CWFC win of 2013 at the expense of French veteran Seydina Seck (15-9-1), who holds notable victories over the likes of ex-CWFC welterweight champion Gael Grimaud and three-time UFC veteran Simeon Thoresen.

    In light-heavyweight action, Egyptian fan-favourite Mohamed Ali (9-5) will also be eager to clinch his third CWFC triumph of the year when he goes up against England’s James Hurrell (6-3).

    Elsewhere, Vincent del Guerra (20-9) and Jake Bostwick (12-8-0-1nc) will clash in a bout to be contested at a catchweight of 176lbs, and Julien Boussuge (9-3) will take on Damien Brown (10-4) in a lightweight bout.

    A featherweight clash involving unbeaten Englishman Arnold Allen (5-0) and French prospect Taylor Lapilus (5-1) is scheduled to begin the Facebook prelims, followed by a flyweight tussle between Paul Marin (6-3) and Spencer Hewitt (10-6).

    CAGE WARRIORS 61 (more bouts still to be announced)

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Matt Inman
    James Brum vs. TBA
    Jack Mason vs. Seydina Seck
    Mohamed Ali vs. James Hurrell
    Jake Bostwick vs. Vincent del Guerra
    Julien Boussuge vs. Damien Brown
    Spencer Hewitt vs. Paul Marin
    Arnold Allen vs. Taylor Lapilus

    With more CWFC 61 bouts still to be announced, keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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    Update: Cage Warriors 63

    21/11/2013

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    The bill for Cage Warriors 63 is now finalised with today’s announcement of eight further bouts.

    Cage Warriors 63 will happen this New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.

    An injury to Paul Redmond (8-3, pictured) put their lightweight clash at CWFC Fight Night 9 on ice, but the Irishman will be back on the hunt for his sixth consecutive Cage Warriors win when he finally goes head-to-head with hotly-tipped Polish prospect Mateusz Teodorczuk (10-2) at CWFC 63.

    Also on the main card, Ireland’s top female star Aisling Daly (13-5) returns from a year-long hiatus for a strawweight encounter with Venezuelan Muay Thai specialist Karla Benitez (11-5-1).

    Having suffered his first career loss at the hands of Stevie Ray in the final of the CWFC lightweight title tournament last month, Englishman Sean Carter (7-1) will be keen to get back to winning ways when he goes up against Irishman Myles Price (7-4).

    The first of three women’s bouts on the CWFC 63 card will be a flyweight tussle involving Irish MMA debutant Amanda English (0-0) and Italian visitor Slavka Vitaly (2-0).

    Meanwhile, the unstreamed portion of the night’s undercard will feature some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming prospects. Kieran O’Brien will face Mick Brennan at featherweight, Gavin Kelly and Dylan Sheehan will clash in a bantamweight bout, featherweights Sean Tobin and Chris Boujard will also collide, in addition to a welterweight contest between Kevin Booth and Rob Leybourne.

    CAGE WARRIORS 63

    Stevie Ray (c) vs. Ivan Buchinger - CWFC lightweight title bout
    John Maguire vs. Philip Mulpeter
    Jim Alers (c) vs. Graham Turner - CWFC featherweight title bout
    Paul Redmond vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk
    Karla Benitez vs. Aisling Daly
    Sean Carter vs. Myles Price
    Catherine Costigan vs. Elodie Puget
    Kieran Davern vs. John Redmond
    Amanda English vs. Slavka Vitaly
    Kevin Booth vs. Rob Leybourne
    Chris Boujard vs. Sean Tobin
    Gavin Kelly vs. Dylan Sheehan
    Mick Brennan vs. Kieran O’Brien

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    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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    Update: Cage Warriors 62

    20/11/2013

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    Officials have today confirmed several updates to the bill for Cage Warriors 62, including the addition of two further bouts.

    Cage Warriors 62 will take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday. December 7th, and tickets are currently on sale HERE.

    Unbeaten English 21-year-old Chris Fishgold (9-0, pictured) will face arguably the toughest test of his career to date when he takes on French veteran Olivier Pastor (18-14-0-1nc) in a featherweight bout.

    Meanwhile, England’s Richie Knox (3-0) and Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (3-0) will both be looking to keep their respective unblemished records intact when they collide in a light-heavyweight contest.

    Elsewhere, after his scheduled CWFC bantamweight title shot at Cage Warriors 62 fell through due to an injury to champion Brett Johns, James Brum will now return to action instead when CWFC visits Baghdad, Iraq, seven days later.

    An injury to Chris Scott has forced him out of his middleweight tussle with Steve Dinsdale, but CWFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Dinsdale.

    The meeting of Tommy Quinn and Alan Johnston, which was originally booked as a welterweight bout, will now take place at a catchweight of 176lbs following a request from Johnston, who recently accepted the fight on short notice.

    CWFC 62 MAIN CARD

    Neil Seery (c) vs. Ulysses Gomez - CWFC flyweight title bout
    Wesley Murch vs. Curt Warburton
    Chris Fishgold vs. Olivier Pastor
    Jordan Desborough vs. Cory Tait
    Richie Knox vs. Karl Moore
    Ian Entwistle vs. Liam James

    CWFC 62 PRELIMS

    Leeroy Barnes vs. Ronan McKay
    Alan Johnston vs. Tommy Quinn
    Emma Delaney vs. Laura Howarth
    Alex Enlund vs. Danny Lawson
    Kerry Hughes vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
    Mark Connor vs. Shaj Haque
    Paul Gregson vs. Frankie Slater

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    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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    Cage Warriors snaps up flyweight pair

    19/11/2013

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    Damien Rooney and Marcin Lasota (pictured) are the latest additions to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

    Both fighters are set to compete exclusively under the CWFC banner for a minimum period of 18 months, after they each penned five-fight deals with the promotion in recent days.

    Lasota (7-0) is an unbeaten Polish fighter who has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects since making his professional debut just over two years ago.

    Ranked as Poland’s top bantamweight, the 24-year-old now plans to pursue his career in the flyweight division, starting with his CWFC debut in 2014.

    In his most recent outing, Lasota inflicted a first loss on Tymoteusz Swiatek (12-1), submitting his Polish compatriot in the third round of their clash this past April.

    “Signing with Cage Warriors is a huge step forward for my career,” said Lasota. “I’ll be working harder than I’ve ever done to win my debut and show that I belong among the very best in the flyweight division.”

    Rooney (9-3-1) is also preparing for a move to 125lbs and is scheduled to make his first CWFC appearance early next year.

    The 29-year-old Irishman, who has taken all but one of his victories inside the distance, holds notable wins over Cage Warriors veterans Alan Philpott and Mark Connor.

    Rooney said: “I’m very excited to be signing with Cage Warriors. The promotion showcases the best talent in Europe and I believe I deserve to be among that.

    “I believe I’ll pose a threat to anyone in the CWFC flyweight division, regardless of where the fight goes, and my plan is to go straight after that world title.”

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    CWFC sets sights on Scandinavia

    18/11/2013

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    Tue Trnka, Cage Warriors’ newly-appointed Head of Operations for Scandinavia (Photo: Palle Schultz).

    Scandinavia will experience live Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action for the first time next year, with officials today announcing that three events have been scheduled for the Nordic region in 2014.

    The promotion is also pleased to reveal that it has signed a further 13 Nordic fighters to compete under the CWFC banner, as well as appointing Tue Trnka as its Head of Operations in Scandinavia.

    Plans are already in place for Cage Warriors to host its first ever Nordic event in the first quarter of 2014, which will take place in Denmark. Sweden will be next on the agenda later in the year, while the promotion has also vowed to work to develop the MMA situation in Norway, where events are currently prohibited.

    “Given the rate at which Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has grown in recent years, it was only a matter of time before we spread our wings into the Nordic region, where the appetite for live MMA is absolutely enormous,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

    “People are constantly telling me that Cage Warriors is the biggest promotion in Europe and moving into a new territory like this will be further proof of that. I have very big plans for Scandinavia and fans will get a look at some of those in 2014.”

    Nordic-based fighters have featured prominently on CWFC cards over the last few years, with the likes of Mats Nilsson, Mohsen Bahari, Matteus Lahdesmaki and Bruno Carvalho all currently contracted exclusively to the promotion.

    They’ll now be joined on the roster by over a dozen new fighters operating under the guidance of Tue Trnka, including unbeaten welterweight Nicolas Dalby (11-0), light-heavyweight Joachim Christensen (8-3) and lightweight Ayub Tashkilot (11-3).

    A well-known MMA coach and manager in the Nordic region, 34-year-old Trnka is a co-owner of the Rumble Sports gym in Copenhagen and has an extensive background in combat sports in Scandinavia, having also worked in media roles for the likes of Danish Eurosport.

    Trnka recently met Cage Warriors officials in London to discuss the expansion into Scandinavia, after being identified by CWFC boss Graham Boylan as the ideal candidate to represent the promotion in the Nordic region.

    “With all due respect to the other Scandinavian events,” said Trnka, “I honestly feel Cage Warriors brings a whole different level for the fighters to perform at. You can’t put a price on the attention and publicity a strong performance at a Cage Warriors event gives a fighter.

    “Cage Warriors creates worldwide exposure for fighters like no other MMA event in Scandinavia, or anywhere else in Europe for that matter, and now this scene is set to open up for Nordic fighters in a big way.

    “I’m really excited about this massive opportunity, both for myself and for Nordic fighters, who now get a golden chance to regularly perform on the big stage. The history of Cage Warriors, what they’ve done for the sport and the level of their events is really second to none in Europe.

    “This is an extraordinary opportunity for me, and I especially feel very honoured to be chosen as Head of Operations for the Scandinavian arm of Cage Warriors. I’m going to do my very best to help raise the bar for Nordic MMA along with the rest of the Cage Warriors crew. This is a splendid day for Nordic MMA.”

    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is currently in the process of finalising a schedule of 18 events to be held across several countries worldwide next year, starting with CWFC 64 at The Forum in London on Saturday, 15 February, 2014.

    The promotion will finish 2013 on the back of 14 events in seven different countries. Last year saw 12 CWFC shows staged across nine countries, bringing to 26 the total number of CWFC events that have taken place since February of last year, cementing Cage Warriors’ reputation as the busiest promotion with the widest international footprint outside of the UFC.

    Graham Boylan added: “Our rate of expansion recently has been satisfying, but in 2014 we’ll be taking things to a whole new level. There are some very exciting times ahead for this promotion and I’m delighted to be welcoming Tue Trnka onboard to lead us into Scandinavia.

    “I’ve also just finalised a hugely significant deal, which will allow me to widen my resources by doubling the size of my current team and bringing in industry-based staff. In 2014 we’re coming out with all guns blazing.”

    Details of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s Nordic debut in Denmark early in 2014 will be revealed in due course. Keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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    Aussie duo join CWFC

    14/11/2013

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    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today added Benny Alloway (pictured) and Damien Brown to its ever-expanding roster of fighters.

    The Australian pair, who also train under renowned coach Marc Fiore at Altitude MMA in Colorado, have each put pen-to-paper on five-fight deals, which will see them compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of 18 months.

    Alloway (12-5) joins Cage Warriors on the back of a three-fight stint with the UFC, which started with a ‘KO of the Night’ victory over Manny Rodriguez last December.

    The 32-year-old, who picked up a TKO win against CWFC middleweight Valentino Petrescu last year on The Ultimate Fighter, first fought for Cage Warriors in February 2012 when he overcame Mauro Chimento via unanimous decision at CWFC Fight Night 3 in Beirut.

    “I’m very grateful to Graham Boylan and the Cage Warriors family for welcoming me back to one of the most respected organisations in the world, and I’m really looking forward to stepping on their canvas again,” said Alloway.

    “CWFC is the best thing for my career at this stage and I don’t plan to disappoint them for bringing me back. My plans for the division are simple; get back to finishing fights, one at a time, and eventually become champion.”

    Brown (10-4), one of Australia’s top lightweights, has dropped just one loss in his last five outings, an impressive run that has seen him pick up notable wins over fellow Legend FC veterans Haotian Wu and Rob Hill.

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    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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    2013 schedule update

    12/11/2013

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    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is to sign off on its busiest year to date with a hectic December schedule which will feature three events in three different countries.

    CWFC officials can today confirm that terms have been agreed to bring Europe’s leading MMA promotion to Baghdad for a ground-breaking event on Saturday, December 14.

    The Iraqi capital will play host to Cage Warriors 61 just seven days after CWFC’s next scheduled event, which is set for Newcastle, England. Once again, the curtain will be brought down on the year in Dublin, Ireland, on December 31, when Cage Warriors will stage its fourteenth and final event of 2013.

    However, the promotion’s visit to Baghdad next month is sure to attract worldwide attention, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continues to expand into previously uncharted territories with a view to satisfying the enormous appetite for mixed martial arts in the region.

    While some small-scale shows have taken place in Iraq in recent years, Cage Warriors 61 will mark the country’s first taste of an internationally-recognised MMA event, which will feature some of the top talent on the CWFC roster.

    Iraq will become the eleventh country to play host to a Cage Warriors event since the start of last year. At the outset of 2012, the promotion embarked on an ambitious international schedule, breaking new ground for the sport of mixed martial arts in countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.

    That campaign of expansion has continued in 2013, the highlight of which thus far was an extremely successful and hugely significant event – Cage Warriors 58 – in the Russian republic of Chechnya this past August.

    “Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is an international promotion, the biggest and busiest outside the USA, and this announcement further enhances that fact and that reputation,” said Graham Boylan, Cage Warriors CEO.

    “We’ve shown our ambition for breaking through frontiers in the past so I’m sure it will come as no surprise to see us confirming an event in Baghdad. It has had a troubled past but we’re looking forward to visiting this fantastic city and giving the people there a taste of world-class MMA.

    “The event will be one of three in December, which allows us to finish this year having staged 14 shows in the space of 10 months; that’s 26 in total across 11 different countries since February of last year. With 18 shows scheduled for next year, you can expect our international growth to continue at pace in 2014.”

    Cage Warriors 61 was originally scheduled for Dagestan on November 16, but a number of logistical issues paved the way for the change of date and venue to December 14 in Baghdad, with a strong fight-card matched for the event which will be revealed in due course.

    While the chronological order of numbered events has subsequently been impacted, officials have opted to continue with the December 7 event in Newcastle being billed as Cage Warriors 62, with Cage Warriors 61 following a week later in Baghdad.

    Further information regarding Cage Warriors 61 will be available soon, so keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

    DECEMBER 2013 SCHEDULE

    Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle, England - Saturday, December 7
    Cage Warriors 61: Baghdad, Iraq - Saturday, December 14
    Cage Warriors 63: Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday, December 31

    Photo: Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan (Dolly Clew | CWFC)

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