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Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 11

17/04/2014

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

CWFC Fight Night 11: Amman

16/04/2014

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

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

Weigh-in results: CWFC 67

11/04/2014

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

 

Cage Warriors 67: Swansea

11/04/2014

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

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

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

Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 10

27/03/2014

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

CWFC Fight Night 10: Amman

26/03/2014

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

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

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 66

21/03/2014

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

Cage Warriors 66: Copenhagen

20/03/2014

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

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

CWFC 69: Warburton vs. Ray

18/03/2014

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

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)

“Ukraine needs positive news now more than ever…”

14/03/2014

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

One Maguire replaces another at next weekend’s CWFC 66

14/03/2014

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

Cage Warriors 67: Update

13/03/2014

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

Great Dane Dalby hoping to continue his meteoric rise

13/03/2014

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

CWFC Fight Night 10: Azaitar vs. Marshman

11/03/2014

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

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.

Results: Cage Warriors 65

02/03/2014

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

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 65

28/02/2014

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

CWFC 66: Hermansson vs. Torres

28/02/2014

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

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

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

Cage Warriors 65: Dublin

25/02/2014

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

For the latest news and updates, keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter.

CWFC 67: Johns vs. Brum

24/02/2014

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.”

Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more CWFC 67 updates.

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

21/02/2014

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

CWFC champ Seery moves to the UFC

20/02/2014

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.”

CWFC 66: Churilov vs. Dalby

19/02/2014

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

Tickets for CWFC 66 at Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena will go on sale soon so keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Results: Cage Warriors 64

16/02/2014

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

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 64

14/02/2014

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)

MMAjunkie.com deal extended for 2014

13/02/2014

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

Cage Warriors 64: London

12/02/2014

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)

For the latest news and updates, keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter.

Simeon signs with CWFC

07/02/2014

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

Cage Warriors 66: Copenhagen

04/02/2014

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.”

For fight announcements, ticket details and other event updates, keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter.

CWFC 64: Fight card update

31/01/2014

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.

Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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

CWFC to broadcast free-to-air in Scandinavia with Viasat

31/01/2014

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.

Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Four more join CWFC roster

28/01/2014

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

CWFC 65: Alloway vs. Mason, Brown vs. Redmond

27/01/2014

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

CWFC 65: Fight card update

22/01/2014

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

Alers voted 2013’s best

22/01/2014


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%

CWFC 64: Balde vs. Bostwick

22/01/2014

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

The 2013 CWFC Awards

22/01/2014


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.

Cage Warriors signs six

14/01/2014

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

Cage Warriors 64: Fight announcements

13/01/2014

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

CWFC in 2013: The Year in Numbers

03/01/2014

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.

Results: Cage Warriors 63

02/01/2014

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

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 63

30/12/2013

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)

Results: Cage Warriors 61

14/12/2013

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

Cage Warriors 63: Dublin

13/12/2013

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

For the latest news and updates, keep track of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on Facebook and Twitter.

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 61

12/12/2013

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)

Cage Warriors 61: Jordan

12/12/2013

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

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

Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 62

06/12/2013

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).

December fight card updates

02/12/2013

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

Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle

02/12/2013

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

    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.

    Dubai victorious with 2020 Expo bid

    29/11/2013

    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!

    Cage Warriors 61 moves from Baghdad to Amman

    25/11/2013

    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

    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

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    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Update: Cage Warriors 63

    21/11/2013

    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

    Update: Cage Warriors 62

    20/11/2013

    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

    Cage Warriors snaps up flyweight pair

    19/11/2013

    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

    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.

    Aussie duo join CWFC

    14/11/2013

    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.

    For more CWFC news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    2013 schedule update

    12/11/2013

    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)

    Cage Warriors 62: Murch v Warburton

    07/11/2013

    Curt Warburton will begin his CWFC career against fellow promotional debutant Wesley Murch at Cage Warriors 62.

    The pair will clash in a 160lbs catchweight bout on the main card of CWFC’s next scheduled event, which takes place on Saturday, December 7, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

    Also added to the card is the meeting of Tommy Quinn and Alan Johnston at welterweight, as well as a lightweight tussle between Paul Gregson and Frankie Slater.

    Warburton (12-4), a three-fight veteran of the UFC, penned an exclusive five-fight deal with Cage Warriors last week.

    The 32-year-old is currently fourth in the UK’s lightweight rankings and holds wins over Maciej Jewtuszko, Tim Newman and current CWFC lightweight champion Stevie Ray.

    “I’m looking forward to making my Cage Warriors debut against a tough opponent. Wesley is on a bit of a win-streak at the moment but that will end in Newcastle on December 7,” said Warburton.

    Murch (13-6), who has also inked an exclusive five-fight CWFC deal today, comes into the bout on the back of four straight victories, the most recent of which saw him submit Alexei Roberts.

    Now 9-2 in his last 11 outings, 30-year-old Murch has taken all but one of his 13 professional wins inside the distance.

    He said: “It’s great to be joining Cage Warriors and getting the chance to compete against the top lightweights out there. Curt is an example of that. He’s a great fighter and beating him will prove that I’m among the best in Europe.”

    Meanwhile, both Tommy Quinn and Alan Johnston will return to fight for Cage Warriors for the first time since December 2012 when they collide in an intriguing welterweight contest.

    Quinn (5-1), who emerged victorious after going the distance with Philip Mulpeter at CWFC 51 last New Year’s Eve, said: “I cannot wait to fight in a city that has been my home for the past six years. All I want is to put on an exciting fight.”

    Having impressively seen off Aaron Wilkinson at CWFC 50, Johnston (7-2-1) will be aiming for back-to-back Cage Warriors wins. He said: “It’s great to be back on the best show in the UK against a guy like Tommy Quinn. He looks to bring a fight, which is exactly what I want.”

    Elsewhere, in a meeting of two lightweight prospects, Frankie Slater (2-1) will take on Paul Gregson (3-1).

    More Cage Warriors 62 bouts are still to be announced, so keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

    Tickets, priced from £35 plus booking fee, are on sale HERE.

    Photo: Little Red Creative

    Cage Warriors 63: Maguire v Mulpeter

    06/11/2013

    JOHN MAGUIRE’S opponent for his New Year’s Eve debut for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today been confirmed.

    Maguire (pictured), who signed an exclusive five-fight deal with CWFC last week, will take on home favourite Philip Mulpeter in a 161lbs catchweight bout at Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday, December 31.

    The event will be co-headlined by a pair of CWFC title bouts - Stevie Ray makes his first defence of the lightweight belt against Ivan Buchinger, while Jim Alers will be aiming to retain his featherweight strap when he takes on Graham Turner - and ticket sales will open shortly.

    A two-time winner in the UFC, Maguire (18-6) is currently fifth in the UK’s lightweight rankings and is confident of making a successful start to his spell with Cage Warriors.

    “Being the Cage Warriors champion is now my aim and this is the first step on the way to that,” said the 30-year-old Englishman. “Philip Mulpeter, you called down thunder; well now you’ve got it.”

    Mulpeter (6-3), like Maguire, sees his future in the 155lbs division having previously competed at welterweight. The 24-year-old was quick to offer Maguire his CWFC debut via Twitter after the signing of the UFC veteran was announced last week, and Cage Warriors officials have duly obliged.

    A native of Laois in Ireland, Mulpeter began his move to lightweight with a very impressive second-round TKO of Warren Kee at Cage Warriors 56 in London this past July.

    Mulpeter said: “I can’t wait to get back in the cage. My last fight was a good win over a tough opponent but I’m looking to improve again. I’m looking forward to getting another win, especially in my capital city.”

    A welterweight bout between Irish pair John Redmond and Kieran Davern will also feature on Cage Warriors 63’s preliminary card.

    Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more updates on Cage Warriors 63, for which more exciting bouts will be announced shortly.

    Photo: MMAjunkie.com

    Cage Warriors 62: Fight card update

    31/10/2013

    THE BILL for Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle is taking shape following today’s addition of a further seven bouts – including two women’s bantamweight contests – to the December 7 card.

    However, Brett Johns’ first CWFC bantamweight title defence will have to wait until 2014, with the champion forced to withdraw from his clash with James Brum at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena due to injury. A replacement opponent is now being lined up for Brum, but it’s hoped that Johns will be fit to put his belt up for grabs early next year.

    Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle, which will see Neil Seery defend his CWFC flyweight strap against Ulysses Gomez, will also feature the CWFC debut of local star Curt Warburton, after it was announced yesterday that he has signed an exclusive deal with the promotion. Warburton’s opponent will be revealed in due course.

    Elsewhere, after his split decision loss to Brett Johns in the final of the CWFC bantamweight title tournament in Cardiff last month, 21-year-old Jordan Desborough (pictured) will return to action on December 7 to take on the highly-touted Cory Tait, who recently signed exclusively to CWFC.

    In middleweight action, Leeroy Barnes will be keen to return to winning ways against Irish veteran Ronan McKay, who holds notable victories over Cathal Pendred, Lee Chadwick and Henry Fadipe. Meanwhile, Chris Scott will also go in search of his first Cage Warriors win against Steve Dinsdale, who returns to the 185lbs division after a short stint at welterweight.

    An exciting featherweight bout will see Danny Lawson aim to get his Cage Warriors career off to a successful start against Alex Enlund, who impressively disposed of Sebastian Romanowski at CWFC 58 in August. That bout will be preceded by the meeting of flyweights Shaj Haque and Mark Connor, both of whom will be eager to rebound from losses in their most recent CWFC outings.

    In women’s bantamweight action, 18-year-old prospect Agnieszka Niedzwiedz will take on Kerry Hughes, while Commonwealth judo silver medallist Emma Delaney will face TUF 18 contestant Laura Howarth.

    More Cage Warriors 62 bouts are still to be announced, so keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

    Tickets, priced from £35 plus booking fee, are on sale HERE.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Cage Warriors snaps up Maguire

    31/10/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the addition of John ‘The One’ Maguire (pictured) to its roster.

    The English lightweight has committed his immediate future to the promotion by penning a five-fight deal to cover a minimum period of 18 months.

    Maguire (18-6) will make his CWFC debut against a soon-to-be-announced opponent on New Year’s Eve at Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.

    A native of Cambridgeshire, the 30-year-old joins Cage Warriors on the back of a five-fight stint with the UFC, during which he picked up wins over Justin Edwards and DaMarques Johnson while competing at welterweight.

    Currently sixth in the UK’s lightweight rankings, Maguire is promising to go all the way to the top of the Cage Warriors 155lbs division.

    He said: “I’m really happy to be joining Cage Warriors. I think it’s the best promotion in Europe and that’s where I need to be. It has the best lightweight roster around and I’m here to clear it up.

    “Make no mistake; I’m here for one reason and one reason only – to be the best. Gypsy jiu-jitsu is coming to Cage Warriors. So come on Cage Warriors lightweights, who wants the first shot at ‘The One’?”

    Maguire, who has been stopped just once in his career, made his professional MMA debut in April 2006 and has clocked up other notable wins over the likes of Michael Pastou, Jake Bostwick, Wayne Murrie and Dean Amasinger.

    “John Maguire is a hugely talented fighter and one of the very best in Europe,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. “That’s why he’ll feel at home at Cage Warriors, where there’ll be plenty of big fights for him to keep his career moving in the right direction.”

    Photo: Brian Roberts

    Curt commits to Cage Warriors

    30/10/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship has today welcomed Curt Warburton (pictured) to its lightweight division.

    Warburton (12-4) has signed a five-fight deal with CWFC, which will commit him exclusively to the promotion for a minimum period of 18 months, starting with Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle on December 7, when the 32-year-old will debut against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

    Hailing from Durham in the north-east of England, Warburton holds notable victories over the likes of UFC star Ross Pearson, current CWFC champion Stevie Ray, top 10-ranked UK lightweight Tim Newman and Maciej Jewtuszko, whom he defeated at UFC 127.

    “Cage Warriors is growing all the time and joining them is the right move for my career,” said Warburton, who’s currently the highest-ranked UK lightweight outside the UFC.

    “This deal guarantees me five fights over the next 18 months and the opportunity to fight at home and around the world against some of the best lightweights on the planet. I’d like to thank my management - Elite MMA Agency - and Cage Warriors for making this possible.”

    Warburton began his professional career in 2007 and put together a 6-1 streak that saw him snapped up by the UFC, for whom a three-fight stint ended after a loss to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

    However, he rebounded in impressive fashion with five consecutive wins to reassert himself as one of the top lightweights in Europe.

    After a recent spell with another UK-based promotion, Warburton opted against renewing his deal, deciding instead to make the step-up to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship following an approach to the promotion by the fighter’s management.

    Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “I’m very pleased to have Curt Warburton on the Cage Warriors roster. He’s shown his ambition by making an upward move like this and I think he’ll be rewarded for that as, in my opinion, his best years are still ahead.”

    Photo: Little Red Creative

    Cage Warriors 63: Ray v Buchinger

    30/10/2013

    CWFC lightweight champion Stevie Ray (pictured) is to make the first defence of his belt this coming New Year’s Eve.

    The Scotsman will take on Ivan Buchinger at The Helix in the Irish capital of Dublin on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. A women’s atomweight bout between Catherine Costigan and Elodie Puget has also been added to the card.

    Ray (14-4) captured the title after emerging victorious from CWFC’s four-man lightweight tournament at Cage Warriors 60 in London earlier this month, courtesy of wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter.

    The 23-year-old joins fellow Scot and Dinky Ninjas stablemate Graham Turner on the card for the year-ending event, with Turner booked to challenge Jim Alers for the CWFC featherweight strap.

    “I’m very excited to be defending my belt on New Year’s Eve at what looks set to be the biggest Cage Warriors event of the year,” said Ray, who has taken 11 of his 14 wins inside the distance.

    “I wanted Buchinger next as he should have been in the tournament final, so I want to show everybody that the result would have been the same anyway. I respect him but the belt will be coming back to Scotland with me.”

    Buchinger (24-4) had been due to meet Ray in that Cage Warriors 60 tournament decider but was forced to withdraw after sustaining a rib injury during his semi-final triumph over Mick Sinclair.

    The 27-year-old Slovak returns to Dublin on New Year’s Eve following a 3-0 streak this year, as he rebounded impressively from his loss to Conor McGregor on the same date at The Helix in 2012.

    Buchinger said: “I’m glad to be getting the shot at the belt that I earned at Cage Warriors 60 and I’m looking forward to coming back to Dublin to try to make amends for my last fight there.

    “Steven Ray is a deserving champion but I am determined to take that belt from him on New Year’s Eve. I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

    Also in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, the CWFC women’s 105lbs division will launch with the meeting of Irish fighter Catherine Costigan (2-0) and France’s Elodie Puget (1-1), with both women aiming to make a successful start to life under the Cage Warriors banner.

    Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more updates on Cage Warriors 63, for which more exciting bouts will be announced shortly.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Results: CWFC Fight Night 9

    25/10/2013

    Report from MMAjunkie.com…

    In his previous Cage Warriors appearance, Frenchman Gael Grimaud (pictured) lost a hotly-contested five-round decision to Cathal Pendred. Against Bruno Carvalho, he made sure to leave no doubt as to the victor. The bout served as the headlining contest of Cage Warriors Fight Night 9, which took place at King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

    A big Grimaud right hand threatened to end the fight in the opening seconds of the first, flooring Carvalho just moments after the opening bell. A gritty Carvalho crawled back to his feet and looked to answer back. But he wouldn’t have the chance. Grimaud flattened him with another right hand and threatened with additional punches to a wounded Carvalho (15-7), forcing the stoppage at just 45 seconds of the opening frame. Grimaud (19-6) was awarded the knockout win and immediately called for a rematch with Pendred.

    In the night’s co-feature, UFC veteran Che Mills looked solid in his middleweight debut, but Faycal Hucin changed all that in one, shining moment. Mills worked an early jab and lead left hook, leading Hucin to bring the fight to the floor. However, Mills moved quickly back to his feet, where he resumed the striking attacks. A Hucin eye-poke briefly slowed things during a timeout, but Mills continued to use the lead hand as his best weapon once the action restarted. Hucin did score another takedown, but Mills was again back to his feet before his opponent could capitalize.

    Hucin surprisingly continued to look for the takedown in the second. However, his best moment came when he let his hands go and landed a massive power shot that wobbled Mills and sent him to the floor. Hucin seized the moment to capitalize on his handy-work, pouncing on his opponent. Mills (15-7) slowed things down well from the bottom, but Hucin (10-3) continued to grind away with punches, eventually earning the stoppage due to an accumulation of blows. The end came with 37 seconds left in the second frame.

    In a high-paced bantamweight bout, Ronnie Mann earned a solid decision win over a game Marat Pekov. The pair traded strikes on the pocket to open, but Mann found the most success with a strong counter right that scored on a few occasions. He punctuated his performance by taking the fight to the floor and scoring with strikes from the top.

    Pekov threatened a guillotine choke to open the second, but it ultimately just left him again on his back. Mann tried to advance position, and Pekov took advantage of the transition by sweeping to the top. Mann remained active from his back and patiently set up a gogoplata. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the finish, and he absorbed a massive barrage of right hands from his standing opponent to finish the round.

    Pekov was game to open the third, but Mann took him to the floor and set up on top. With time winding down, he turned out for an armbar and then looked to transition to the triangle choke. Pekov (10-4) survived both efforts and took top position to finish, but it was too late in the frame to truly capitalise. In the end, Mann (23-6-1) was awarded a unanimous-decision win.

    In welterweight action, Jack “The Stone” Mason (25-12) overcame a reach disadvantage to earn an impressive stoppage win over Vladimir Opanasenko (11-7). Opanasenko used his lengthy frame to keep Mason at bay to open, before Mason elected to shoot in and bring the fight to the floor. He couldn’t stay busy enough to keep it there, and the round finished on the feet.  Mason brought the fight to the floor again in the second, and this time he didn’t waste the opportunity, unloading a bruising barrage of punches and elbows that brought a halt to the fight at the 3:00 mark of the second frame.

    In a light-heavyweight matchup, hard-hitting slugger Mohamed Ali (9-5) earned the first submission win of his career with a surprising guillotine-choke over Prince Aounallah (6-3). With Aounallah pressing in against the cage early in the fight, Ali latched in the hold and jumped to guard, squeezing the neck until he got the finish, even with his opponent’s arm in the move. The total process took 65 seconds.

    In the night’s first main-card match-up, French featherweight prospect Jean N’Doye (8-1) earned his third consecutive win by stopping Ukrainian Sergey Grechka (8-4) in the third round. N’Doye set the tone from the opening bell, pushing forward as the aggressor with crisp punches and snapping kicks to the legs. As the fight wore on, Grechka looked to answer, but his reliance on single blows left him out-paced by N’Doye, who brought combinations from all angles.

    The power of the leg kicks became readily apparent in the final frame, as Grechka buckled several times from the weight of the blows. N’Doye ultimately took advantage of the efforts, bringing the fight to the floor and working immediately to the back and working in a rear-naked choke with 41 seconds left in the fight.

    MAIN CARD

    Gael Grimaud def. Bruno Carvalho via KO - Round 1, 0:45
    Faycal Hucin def. Che Mills via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:23
    Ronnie Mann def. Marat Pekov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    Jack Mason def. Vladimir Opanasenko via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:00
    Mohamed Ali def. Prince Aounallah via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 1:05
    Jean N’Doye def. Sergey Grechka via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 4:19

    PRELIMINARY CARD

    Lee Caers def. Piotr Ptasinski via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:48
    Ryan Roddy def. Fernando Gonzalez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
    Paul Marin def. Shaj Haque via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Weigh-in results: CWFC Fight Night 9

    24/10/2013

    An intense staredown between Marat Pekov and Ronnie Mann in Jordan today (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

    All bouts are now official for CWFC Fight Night 9 tomorrow following this afternoon’s weigh-ins in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

    Faycal Hucin was the only one of the 18 fighters who failed to make the contracted weight, coming in at 186.6lbs for his middleweight clash with Che Mills.

    Hucin opted not to avail of the extra two hours to drop the excess 0.6lb and therefore surrendered 25 percent of his purse to his opponent.

    Ronnie Mann and Ryan Roddy were both slightly over their respective limits on their first attempts, but both returned on weight well within the two-hour limit.

    View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC Fight Night 9 weigh-ins HERE.

    CWFC Fight Night 9 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.

    MAIN CARD

    Welterweight: Bruno Carvalho (170lbs) vs. Gael Grimaud (170.2lbs)
    Middleweight: Faycal Hucin (186.6lbs)* vs. Che Mills (185.6lbs)
    Bantamweight: Ronnie Mann (136lbs)** vs. Marat Pekov (135.6lbs)
    Welterweight: Jack Mason (170.8lbs) vs. Vladimir Opanasenko (169.2lbs)
    Light-heavyweight: Mohamed Ali (205lbs) vs. Prince Aounallah (204.8lbs)
    Featherweight: Sergey Grechka (145.4lbs) vs. Jean N’Doye (146lbs)

    PRELIMINARY CARD

    Welterweight: Lee Caers (170.2lbs) vs. Piotr Ptasinski (169lbs)
    Lightweight: Fernando Gonzalez (154.8lbs) vs. Ryan Roddy (156lbs)***
    Flyweight: Shaj Haque (125.8lbs) vs. Paul Marin (125.4lbs)

    *Failed to make weight; surrenders 25 percent of purse to opponent
    **Initially weighed in at 136.2lbs
    ***Initially weighed in at 157.4lbs

    “I’m in a good place again and my best days are ahead.”

    24/10/2013

    CWFC middleweight Che Mills (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

    IN THE welcome refuge of his Dublin hotel room, Che Mills tried his best to remain focused on the task at hand, in spite of the events of a forgettable afternoon.

    Mills spent weeks working as hard as he had ever done, preparing to grasp an opportunity that had all of a sudden vanished because of half-a-pound of excess weight. A shot at CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred was supposed to represent Mills’ first step on the road back to the top, but it was an unexpected obstacle that was about to send him on a detour.

    With Pendred’s gold no longer there to aim for, and his body struggling to recover from an arduous weight-cut, a lethargic Che Mills under-performed and found himself at a complicated crossroads. It was the second time he’d been there in the space of just a few months.

    “It was my fault at the end of the day because I was the one who missed weight, so I can’t complain. I don’t like to make excuses, but in the first round especially I didn’t feel myself at all,” he says, reflecting on that Cage Warriors 55 loss in the Irish capital back in June.

    Mills, a shy and reserved character who has never been one for playing mind-games or trash-talking with his opponents, found himself playing the unfamiliar role of the pantomime villain in Dublin. Dethroning Pendred in his own backyard was already going to be a sizeable task. By missing weight, Mills had now got the fans on his back too. The ‘Mentions’ column on his Twitter account didn’t make for pleasant reading that weekend.

    “I’m not going to lie; it was stressful. I’m not really a bad guy as such, but it felt like I was because of what some people were saying. That kind of stuff does get to me sometimes, but you’ve just got to remember that their opinions don’t really matter. The ones who matter are the people who have stuck by me through good and bad.

    “But the situation did impact on my state of mind going into the fight because I was focused on winning the title. Then, all of a sudden, after all the hard work, it was a case of knowing that I wouldn’t be the champion even if I won. It was very emotionally draining actually.”

    Mills tangles with Cathal Pendred during their CWFC 55 bout in Dublin in June (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

    Missing weight and falling short against Pendred was the latest chapter in what has been Che Mills’ annus horribilis. He began 2013 by trying to come to terms with the passing of his father in December. Seven weeks into the new year and he had been cut from the UFC.

    Mills was scheduled to face Matt Riddle at Wembley Arena in February, but his preparations had been scuppered by his father’s death. Nevertheless, he decided that withdrawing from the bout wasn’t an option. But, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s a decision he regrets. His body was ready but his mind was elsewhere. An off-colour Mills was outwrestled by Riddle in a split-decision defeat (which was later declared a no-contest following Riddle’s failed drug test).

    Eight months on from the bout, when asked if he should have pulled out, Mills says: “Yes, I think so. But I don’t make excuses. At the time I thought I was ready and that everything was fine. In a strange way it kind of kept me going, but I realise now that I was focused on the wrong things.”

    The defeat was a setback, but worse was to follow just a week later. The UFC confirmed the release of 16 fighters on February 20. To Mills’ surprise, he was one of them.

    “I was a little bit shocked, if I’m honest. It was only one loss on the trot and my only other UFC loss was against Rory McDonald, who’s top five in the world. I can’t say I saw it coming. I thought I was close to being in the firing line but I definitely expected to get another chance.”

    The manner in which he learned of his dismissal didn’t make things easier.

    “I actually found out from Twitter and I wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not. I basically woke up, checked my Twitter and thought that has to be a mistake, a misunderstanding. But a few hours later my manager phoned me and confirmed that it was true. It would have been nice to have been told before finding out from other people on the internet but, rightly or wrongly, that’s obviously how it’s done.”

    A few days of soul-searching was to follow. The Gloucester native had got a taste for life at the summit, but now it was gone. However, walking away from the sport was never really an option. Within a fortnight he penned a five-fight deal with Cage Warriors.

    “I just love it too much. I’m still young enough – just about! – to carry on and be successful,” he says. “It was a big setback at first, but what else was I going to do? Fighting is what I do and that’s not going to change at this stage.”

    The first outing on his new CWFC deal didn’t quite go according to plan, but according to the man himself, we’ll be seeing a new and improved Che Mills when he makes the move up to middleweight to take on Faycal Hucin tomorrow evening at CWFC Fight Night 9 in Jordan. With the burden of an enormous weight-cut no longer an issue, Mills has seemed at ease throughout the week at Amman’s Meridien Hotel.

    Relaxing in the hotel lobby, sporting the shirt of his beloved Celtic FC just hours after watching them pick up a big Champions League victory against Ajax, Mills admits that this bout represents the start of the next stage of a professional career that began 10 years ago.

    “It hasn’t been the best time lately but now I’m feeling like I’m in a good place again; like I’m ready to put it all behind me and move on. I don’t feel like I have to prove myself to others anymore, only to myself.”

    He turns 31 next week and his time with the world’s largest promotion has come and gone – for now, at least – so the general consensus is that we’ve already seen Che Mills at his peak. But he doesn’t agree. In fact, Mills is adamant that there’s much better to come.

    He says: “People can only form their opinions based on what they see, but they don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes and how hard I’ve been working. Personally I believe I’ve still got my best days ahead of me. I feel like I’ve been doing wonders lately in the gym and it’s really boosted my confidence. I believe I’ve grown, but now the onus is on me to show that.”

    His next objective is to become Cage Warriors middleweight champion, but what’s his motivation to keep going? Mills has already been at the top, with the majority of fans and pundits already writing his career’s obituary. But therein lies the incentive.

    “I don’t like losing,” Mills says. “I might not show that openly, but deep down inside me I absolutely hate losing. That’s the biggest drive for me at the moment. If people think I’m past it now, that’s fine with me. It’s all extra motivation.

    “Do I want to be this ex-UFC guy that everyone beats? I understand that people will see me as a stepping stone but I know I’ve got a lot to offer, so I won’t be that guy. I don’t want to be the guy who fought for the UFC a few times but ends up working in ASDA for the rest of his life.”

    When Che Mills wakes up tomorrow morning, beating Faycal Hucin won’t be the first thing on his mind. He’ll be phoning his family back home in England, who’ll be celebrating his son’s first birthday.

    “I felt a bit bad when the fight was first announced but me and the missus agreed that I’ve got to work. At this stage a win would probably be the best birthday present I could give him.”

    Annus horribilis may yet have a happy ending.

    Interview by Paul Dollery.

    Brad on the Blog: CWFC Fight Night 9 (Part One)

    23/10/2013

    By BRAD WHARTON

    When I was 13, I moved with my family to Holland. I was lucky enough to attend a private British school over there and about a month before I was due to start, we went on a tour of the place with the headmaster. As he was showing us around, he wowed me with tales of all the cool school trips I’d get to go on: Switzerland, Italy, France, Russia…not bad for a lad from Manchester who’d only been abroad twice before. It was two months in when I found out the destination of my first school trip – Poole, in Dorset, England. I’m pretty sure I swore a lot that day.

    Fast forward about fifteen years; I’m on the phone with Cage Warriors’ CEO Graham Boylan and he’s offering me a job. I’d be joining the team for events in the UK, Europe and all over the Middle East. The prospect of soaking up some top-quality MMA and culture in all these weird and wonderful places was too good to turn down, and I was dusting off my passport before I’d even put the phone down.

    “When do I start?” I asked, with a bottle of sun cream in my hand. “London”, came the reply. Funny how life works out sometimes.

    To be fair, though, the London show was awesome. I knew my way around as I’d spent plenty of time in the city filming an MMA TV show that year, and I’ll never forget the experience of working my first CWFC show. But what happened next was truly special. So at 3am, with just an hour’s sleep, I boarded a four-hour coach to Heathrow for a flight to Jordan, for what would turn out to be a remarkable five days. This week, I get to do it all over again.

    Jordan really is something else. The hotel we use is probably the nicest place I’ve ever stayed and, in such beautiful surroundings, the sting of paying £25 for a burger and a beer is somewhat dulled. A short coach ride away is the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena, which firmly entrenched itself in my ‘top three places to watch MMA’ list, right behind the Rotterdam Ahoy and the MEN in Manchester. Imagine a mini-arena custom-built for fights, and you’re half-way there.

    The Jordanian fans are equally special. I popped outside about 20 minutes before showtime for some fresh air, and was stunned to see about a thousand fans queued up around the block. When the doors opened, it was all but a stampede to get in. The venue was packed and the crowd were on fire from the first bout until the last.

    I’m obviously very popular in Jordan, as people were grabbing me for photographs for a full 30 minutes after the event…although this could possibly have had something to do with the fact that I was walking around with a camera pointed at me, with a big, white CWFC microphone in my hand. Who knows? Joking aside, it was cool to walk through the City Mall with commentator Josh Palmer the next day, and have a bunch of kid stop us and ask about the show. And at the end of the day, the show is what it’s all about. Cage Warriors have played a blinder this year with some incredible events, and Friday’s looks set to continue that trend.

    Top of the bill is a mouth-watering welterweight tilt, pitting former champion Gael Grimaud against perennial top contender Bruno Carvalho. The bout is a grappling fan’s dream; both men have forged a dangerous reputation on the mat. Both too have an underrated stand-up game, as well as an imposing physical presence. It’s easy to break out the ‘unstoppable force/immovable object’ cliché, but it’s difficult to pick out an area in which either Carvalho or Grimaud have a distinct advantage.

    Our co-main event is another ‘pick-em’ fight, and poses some interesting questions. Will Che Mills be able to retain his speed and dexterity at middleweight? Will Faycal Hucin’s power and aggressiveness be enough to overcome his opponent’s technical edge? Where will the winner land in the middleweight title picture? For Mills, this is very much a crossroads fight. After losing in his CWFC debut earlier this year, the Trojan Free Fighters product has rolled the dice on a move up to middleweight. Another defeat would leave him in limbo, while a win throws him right back into the mix. For Hucin, it’s a chance to notch his third straight win in the division and make a second run at the gold after losing out in the semi-finals of last year’s middleweight tournament. 

    Ronnie Mann looked ferocious in his last outing for Cage Warriors, demolishing Jose Luis Zapater in a shade over three minutes. Surging Russian prospect Marat Pekov poses a different set of problems though; the 25-year-old Combat Sambo prodigy has finished eight of his 10 defeated opponents - all by submission.

    Jack Mason will look to get back on track against late replacement Vladimir Opanasenko. Disappointed at letting his July clash with Ali Arish slip away from him, a refocused Mason is looking to kick-start another run at the top of CWFC’s stacked - yet wide open - 170lbs division. Leg-lock specialist Opanasenko may be giving away a bit of size and weight to ‘The Stone’, but the Ukrainian-born fighter has a surprisingly effective submission game from the guard that will no doubt keep his English counterpart guessing.

    If you’re after a reason to tune in - or rather log on - to the preliminary portion of the card, then look no further than the flyweight opener between the unpredictable Paul Marin and undefeated 22-year-old Shaj Haque, a suffocating wrestler with the ability to nullify many an opponent’s offensive capabilities. In Marin, however, he’ll be up against a master of throws, transitions and reversals, with a wicked right hand to boot. Keep an eye on this one for a real back-and-forth chess match, which has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it.

    Elsewhere on the card, the always exciting Jean N’Doye faces Combat Dobro’s Sergei Grechka; Piotr Ptasinski returns to the site of his 2012 ‘Fight of the Year’ with Mohsen Bahari when he takes on Lee Caers; and Ryan Roddy returns from a long injury lay-off to tangle with Fernando Gonzalez. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Cage Warriors show in the Middle East without hulking violence machine Mohamed Ali. The hugely popular Egyptian takes on Frenchman Prince Aounallah, a one-hit KO specialist with a penchant for wild brawls.

    CWFC Fight Night 9 marks the first of four events in Cage Warriors’ 2013 home stretch. Friday’s card is indicative of the fact that, rather than jogging home, we’ll be sprinting for the finish.

    CWFC Fight Night 9: Jordan

    23/10/2013

    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday evening, October 25, for CWFC Fight Night 9.

    The event, which takes place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena, will feature a host of top CWFC stars, including Bruno Carvalho, Gael Grimaud, Che Mills, Faycal Hucin and Ronnie Mann.

    Fans in Jordan will be treated to nine professional bouts, all of which will be broadcast live around the world. A limited number of tickets are also still available to purchase HERE.

    Three prelims will be available to watch live and free of charge on Facebook at 7.45pm local time (5.45pm UK/12.45pm ET/9.45am PT), followed by the six-bout main card at 9pm local time (7pm UK/2pm ET/11am PT). Find broadcast details for your region below.

    MAIN CARD LIVE TV BROADCASTERS

    Premier Sports | United Kingdom
    Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
    Fight Now TV | USA
    Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola, Mozambique
    Setanta Africa | Africa
    FightKlub | Poland

    MAIN CARD LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTERS

    MMAjunkie.com | USA & Canada
    JOE.ie | Ireland
    Sportube.tv | Italy
    CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)
    PremierSports.tv | United Kingdom (subscription required)
    ESPN | Brazil (subscription required)

    MAIN CARD - 9pm local time (7pm UK/2pm ET/11am PT)

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
    Faycal Hucin vs. Che Mills
    Ronnie Mann vs. Marat Pekov
    Jack Mason vs. Vladimir Opanasenko
    Mohamed Ali vs. Prince Aounallah
    Sergey Grechka vs. Jean N’Doye

    FACEBOOK PRELIMS - 7.45pm local time (5.45pm UK/12.45pm ET/9.45am PT)

    Lee Caers vs. Piotr Ptasinski
    Fernando Gonzalez vs. Ryan Roddy
    Shaj Haque vs. Paul Marin

    Cage Warriors 62: Seery v Gomez

    21/10/2013

    NEIL SEERY (pictured) is set to put his CWFC flyweight strap on the line at Cage Warriors 62.

    The Irishman’s first title defence will be against Ulysses Gomez when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

    The meeting will be one of two title bouts on the night, with CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns already booked for a clash with James Brum in the north-east of England.

    Seery (13-9) made history at Cage Warriors 55 in his native Dublin back in June, when he submitted Mikael Silander to become CWFC’s first ever flyweight champion.

    The win was the 34-year-old’s fourth in succession, after he previously overcame Mark Platts, Karl Harrison and Paul Marin to secure his shot at the vacant 125lbs title.

    Seery said: “I’m looking forward to defending the belt against Ulysses Gomez in Newcastle. He’s a high-calibre opponent with experience at the top level, but I won’t give up this belt easily.”

    Gomez (9-4) challenges for the Cage Warriors gold following a two-fight stint with the UFC, which came to an end after a close decision loss to CWFC veteran Phil Harris in London this past February.

    Hailing from California, the 30-year-old is a one-time Bellator winner and former champion for the renowned US promotion Tachi Palace Fights, who has been stopped just once - by UFC star John Moraga - during a professional career that began in March 2008.

    “Fighting for the Cage Warriors belt is a huge honour. Becoming Cage Warriors champion will prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Gomez, who has taken seven of his nine victories via submission.

    Tickets for Cage Warriors 62 will be on sale soon. For the latest news, updates and fight announcements, keep track of CWFC on Facebook and Twitter.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    CWFC and Wilkinson part company

    11/10/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship can confirm that Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) is no longer contracted exclusively to the promotion.

    The English welterweight has been released from a deal that was scheduled to expire in January, having fought three times for the promotion since making his CWFC debut in July of last year.

    Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explained that although Wilkinson’s contract is due to remain valid for another three months, the fighter is now free to pursue other options.

    “Aaron is contractually committed to Cage Warriors until January 2014, but we don’t have any plans for him to compete between now and then,” said Boylan.

    “We don’t intend to offer Aaron a new deal so it makes sense for us both to part company sooner rather than later. I wish Aaron the very best with his career, which I’m sure will be a success on the back of a big win last weekend.”

    Wilkinson debuted for CWFC at Cage Warriors 48 in July 2012 when he submitted Leigh Cohoon in the first round of their bout at The Forum in London.

    The 26-year-old Manchester native dropped a decision loss to Alan Johnston last December, but rebounded with a second-round TKO of Bola Omoyele this past Saturday.

    Boylan added: “We’ve got four more big shows scheduled between now and the end of the year but all cards are already stacked, so unfortunately there’s no room for Aaron to fight once more before his contract expires.”

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    CWFC Fight Night 9: Fight card update

    09/10/2013

    RONNIE MANN (pictured) will be aiming for consecutive Cage Warriors victories when he returns to action later this month.

    The English bantamweight will face Russia’s Marat Pekov at CWFC Fight Night 9 at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, October 25.

    Also added to the card is a light-heavyweight bout between Mohamed ‘Felx’ Ali and Prince Aounallah, while a replacement opponent has been contracted for Ryan Roddy, who’ll now take on Swedish prospect Fernando Gonzalez following the withdrawal of Mario Saeed due to injury.

    However, the lightweight bout between Paul Redmond and Mateusz Teodorczuk has been removed from the bill after both fighters picked up injuries in training.

    Nevertheless, a stacked card remains in store for CWFC fans in Amman, as the promotion gets set to return for a fifth event in the Jordanian capital since June 2011, with the meeting of Mann and Pekov, in particular, likely to be a highlight.

    Mann (22-6-1), a Bellator veteran who committed exclusively to Cage Warriors earlier this year, made his promotional debut in July, when he impressively overcame Jose Luis Zapater at CWFC 57 in Liverpool via first-round TKO.

    “I’m so grateful to be fighting for Cage Warriors again so soon and I want to thank them for giving me this opportunity,” said Mann, who’s currently fourth in the UK’s bantamweight rankings.

    “I’m looking forward to this fight as my opponent is a very tough veteran in Marat Pekov, so I know we’ll put on a great fight for the fans. I’ve also never been to Jordan before so I welcome the new experience.”

    Pekov (10-3), a 25-year-old Circassian, will be making his CWFC debut, as he aims to pick up a fifth consecutive victory, having not tasted defeat since August 2010.

    A combat sambo fighter, Pekov has taken all but one of his 10 career wins via submission, all nine of which have come in the first round.

    He said: “I’m very excited to be fighting for Cage Warriors, which is one of the best promotions in the world. This is a huge opportunity for me to display my skills to the entire world.”

    CWFC Fight Night 9

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
    Faycal Hucin vs. Che Mills
    Ronnie Mann vs. Marat Pekov
    Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Jack Mason
    Mohamed Ali vs. Prince Aounallah
    Lee Caers vs. Piotr Ptasinski
    Fernando Gonzalez vs. Ryan Roddy
    Shaj Haque vs. Paul Marin

    For more CWFC Fight Night 9 news and updates, keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter.

    Brad on the Blog: Cage Warriors 60 (Part Two)

    08/10/2013

    By BRAD WHARTON

    Last Saturday night’s Cage Warriors 60 marked the tenth CWFC show of 2013. We’ve crammed all that into roughly seven months too, and with four more shows in as many different countries on the calendar before 2013 is done with, it’ll be a while yet before we can catch our collective breath.

    People often assume that the London shows are the easy ones compared to say, Chechnya or Jordan. In some cases that’s true; the CWFC office is just around the corner and our production crew know the venue like the back of their hands.

    London presents its own challenges though. In Jordan, for example, everybody is at the hotel for the majority of fight week. Whether it’s arranging interviews for the broadcast, checking a fighter’s weight or simply making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, everything becomes a little more ‘interesting’ when less than half of the card is at the hotel 24 hours before the event takes place.

    If there’s one thing I always hear from staff, fighters or coaches at their first CWFC event though, it’s that we run a tight ship. Everyone knows what’s expected of them and the job always gets done, so whether 12 or 24 of the card’s fighters are at the hotel, the biggest disaster the team usually faces is delaying our post-weigh-in Nando’s while somebody cuts that final half a pound.

    Last Saturday was no different; despite some complications on the scales, all 13 professional bouts were present and correct come 6:30pm on Saturday evening, and Cage Warriors once again delivered a rather spiffing evening of combat sports. The Forum was packed-out, a testament to the quality of a card that was going head-to-head with a London-based promotion just across town.

    A big part of the attraction of CWFC 60 (for me, at least) was the lightweight tournament. I’d referred to one of the participants as ‘The Bookies’ Favourite’ in part one of this blog. In truth Saturday night must not have been the most comfortable for the bookmakers who’d taken bets on the night’s action, both in the tourney and elsewhere.

    Mick Sinclair was an outsider, but you wouldn’t have known that from the noise his fantastic fans made as he entered the cage for his scrap with Ivan Buchinger. You’d have believed it even less as the fight went on; had anyone been offering ‘in-play’ action, methinks the lines would have altered dramatically after the first round.

    Sinclair looked like he hadn’t lost a step, and to put it in its simplest terms, he beat Buchinger up for the majority of the bout. Smashing elbows in the clinch, big power punches and a couple of nice takedowns had the Brit cruising, but ‘Buki’ reminded everyone why he was the odds-on favourite with one of the slickest finishes in recent memory; a perfectly executed hip throw, followed by a scarf-hold armlock. Imagine pulling off an Americana using only your legs, and you’re halfway there. Unfortunately a rib injury would keep Buchinger out of the finals, and while I can’t read Ian Dean’s mind, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see the Slovakian challenging for the belt at some point in the future.

    On the other side of the bracket, Stevie Ray was able to shut down a very game Jason Ball for two rounds. Ball made him work for it though, staying busy with submission attempts off his back, but Ray’s wrestling and top game would ultimately win the day.

    Sean Carter never expected to be fighting for a world title on Saturday night, but the unpredictable nature of tournaments saw him doing just that. Earlier in the night he’d put in a workmanlike performance against his most experienced opponent to date, Richard Griffin, picking up the win with a trademark submission. The ground-game of Stevie Ray proved to be a little too much for the BKK prospect on the night though.

    Despite Carter landing first, it was Ray who did the damage early with his brutal ground ‘n’ pound attack. One rear-naked choke later, and Ray was the new Cage Warriors lightweight world champion. It was a well-deserved win for a man who’d travelled halfway across the world and back to prepare for the contest, missing his daughter’s first birthday in the process. If traveling back to Scotland without that big gold belt was simply not an option for Ray, then it was most definitely a mission accomplished.

    Also ruining the bookies’ day was Aaron Wilkinson, who survived an early onslaught to put fellow Ultimate Fighter veteran Bola Omoyele away early in the second round. After starting on the back foot, Wilkinson took over late in the first round with a wild right hand and a takedown. For a moment it seemed like Omoyele wouldn’t come out for the second stanza; once it got underway, ‘The Daywalker’ made him wish he hadn’t.

    A barrage of punches left the Team Titan man on the mat, with Wilkinson blasting away for the stoppage. The SBG fighter spent most of Sunday responding to tweets thanking him for their winning bets, and no doubt contemplating where the win leaves him in Cage Warriors’ stacked welterweight division.

    Also causing an upset on the main card was Kacper Karski, who flew in on the day of the weigh-ins to save Leeroy Barnes’ place on the card after a series of pull-outs. The Pole wasn’t there to make up the numbers though, and when Leeroy left his neck open on a takedown after a wild opening exchange, Karski showed his mastery of the front headlock position, locking up a Brabo choke, dragging his man down and flipping him over for the finish.

    One of the night’s most memorable performances belonged to Muay Thai world champion Amanda Kelly. The MMA debutant showed exactly why her style is known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ as she punished Hannah Stephens for the duration of their bout. Elbows crashed into Stephens’ face from all angles, while piston-like knees to the body and head took a devastating toll. A particularly hellacious knee put Stephens out with less than four minutes gone, in what was perhaps one of the strongest debut performances I’ve witnessed in many years.

    The remainder of the card was chock-a-block with surprises and heartache. Super prospect Paddy Pimblett was choked unconscious by Cameron Else in what many will regard as a huge upset. If the old adage that you learn more from a loss than you do from a win rings true though, I feel deeply sorry for Pimblett’s next opponent.

    UK prospects Nad Narimani and Bryan Creighton picked up wins, while Arnold Allen maintained his perfect record against an opponent with over four times as much professional experience. While it’s far too soon to be talking about title shots for the trio, it gives you a great amount of faith in the future of their respective divisions.

    And when it all comes down to it, that’s what I love so much about Cage Warriors cards; they’re as much about the first bout on the bill as they are the last. It’s a tired cliché that there are no easy fights here, but it’s true. It’s not just about fights that will be fun, it’s about fights that make sense in the grand scheme of things. It’s about keeping things interesting now, and building divisions for next year, and the year after that.

    If you want to see ‘knock ahhhts’ there are other places you can go. If you want to see the highest level of European MMA, both present and future, we’ve got you covered. So while everybody else takes a couple of weeks off, the CWFC team is already back at it, putting the final pieces of the puzzle together for Fight Night 9 in Amman, Jordan. It all goes down in just over two weeks’ time…sorry about the long wait. 

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Results: Cage Warriors 60

    06/10/2013

    Report from MMAjunkie.com…

    It was another odd single-night tournament for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, but that’s what makes such things always interesting.

    With the lightweight title vacated by Conor McGregor’s move to the UFC earlier this year, Cage Warriors 60 in London on Saturday crowned a new 155-pound champion when Stevie Ray submitted Sean Carter in the first round of the finals of a four-man, single-night tournament.

    Carter stepped in to fight Ray in the main event after semi-final winner Ivan Buchinger couldn’t fight a second time due to an injury. So Carter was elevated from his win in a tournament reserve bout.

    Carter took the center of the cage early, but Ray let loose with a kick to the body. The two tied up 30 seconds in. Some big shots from Ray created a solid mouse under Carter’s left eye, and Ray tried to go to work on it from up top on the ground.

    Ray moved to side control nicely, and then dropped a big elbow down. Carter got back to half-guard, but Ray stayed active and got to full mount with 90 seconds left. Ray just overpowered him from there and landed big left hands, then big right hands. Carter tried to recover to defend himself, but Ray took his back and locked up a body triangle. Then with just 25 seconds left in the round, he locked up a rear-naked choke and cinched it in. Carter had to tap with 20 seconds left in the first.

    “It was really hard, because I had the possibility of doing eight rounds tonight,” Ray said after getting his new belt strapped around his waist. “Do you pace yourself for the first fight so you have energy for the second one? It doesn’t matter who I was getting. I was preparing for this moment for nine weeks. I was going to kill myself to get this belt.”

    Ray (14-4) went 2-0 on the card and now has won five of his past six fights. Just a decision loss to UFC vet Curt Warburton earlier this year for BAMMA stands between him and a 6-0 mark over that stretch. Carter (7-1) lost for the first time in his pro career.

    In the co-main event, fans in London still may be trying to figure out just what happened with heavy favorite Bola Omoyele, who was stopped early in the second round by Aaron Wilkinson.

    Omoyele pumped his jab early, but Wilkinson shot for a takedown. Omoyele, an American Top Team product, nicely shrugged him off, though. Ninety seconds in, Omoyele got the fight to the ground and forced Wilkinson to scramble away from ground-and-pound, then choke attempts.

    Wilkinson got back to his feet midway through the frame, then swung wildly and missed. Waiting back, Omoyele landed a pair of big punches, but moments later, Wilkinson landed some heavy hands of his own before looking for a takedown of his own. Wilkinson did good work on the ground, and when the round ended, Omoyele looked exhausted in his corner.

    There was some confusion before the second round started, as referee Marc Goddard twice asked if Omoyele could continue and urged his cornermen to leave the cage. Eventually, Omoyele made it known he would still fight, but Wilkinson certainly saw something was amiss and knew to try to take advantage.

    Wilkinson came forward quickly, and when the fight hit the ground he sank in an easy choke. Omoyele fended it off, but it wasn’t long before Wilkinson started teeing off on him. Omoyele was given several warnings from Goddard to improve his position, and he never did.

    Wilkinson (11-6), a one-fight UFC veteran, got back in the win column after a loss at Cage Warriors 50 this past December. Omoyele (7-2) had his six-fight win streak – all stoppages – snapped with the loss. The main card was filled with stoppages beyond Wilkinson’s shocker in the co-main event.

    To open the main card, Arnold Allen (5-0) used a Superman punch to set up a takedown and tried to go to work on the ground. Declan Williams (8-7-3) was able to turn things around late in the round, but probably too little, too late. In the second, Allen went after a kimura, but Williams survived it on his back. He had to eat some elbows afterward, though. Allen went after a guillotine late in the frame, then adjusted and got a triangle choke near the end of the frame that forced Williams to tap.

    Amanda Kelly (1-0) and Hannah Stephens (2-2) swung early, but it was Kelly who put on a striking clinic. The fight briefly had to be stopped for Kelly to be warned for 12-to-6 elbows. But late in the round, she landed a giant right knee to the head that quickly floored Stephens for the stoppage.

    Spencer Hewitt (10-6) looked to be doing well early, but on a takedown, Bryan Creighton (5-1) reversed things and locked in a guillotine choke, all in one roll. It was an impressive and sudden turnaround for the Liverpudlian, who got the tap at the 2:48 mark of the first.

    Leeroy Barnes (12-12) landed a good combination early, but Kacper Karski (5-1) had some nice knees in response. With the fight on the ground, he went after a guillotine and didn’t let up on it. He had to transition several times with the choke close, using several grips. When Barnes got back to his feet, he maintained his grip, and then dragged things back to the ground to get the finish with a D’Arce choke just 95 seconds into the fight.

    In the lightweight tournament semifinals, Ivan Buchiger (24-4) was in all kinds of trouble against Mick Sinclair (12-4) early in their fight. Kicks from Sinclair forced Buchinger to tie him up. Sinclair got double underhooks and dragged Buchinger to the ground. He landed an elbow, and when Buchinger got back up, he landed another takedown. A final takedown late in the round may have been most important as it appeared to injure Buchinger near his right ribs.

    Sinclair didn’t help matters for Buchinger in the second by picking him up and slamming him again. But 90 seconds in, Buchinger reversed things and managed to throw Sinclair to the ground. In side control, Buchinger locked onto Sinclair’s right arm and shoulder and with an arm triangle choke also available, he torqued and forced the Brit to tap from the armbar.

    But despite the win, it was revealed later that Buchinger would not be able to compete in the finals due to the injury. Instead, Sean Carter, who submitted Richard Griffin (5-10) in a tournament reserve bout, moved up to meet Steven Ray in the finals.

    Three minutes into the second semifinal fight, Ray got a good single-leg takedown against Jason Ball (20-13), and then took Ball’s back. With plenty of time left, Ball had to focus in on choke defense. But throughout the two rounds (there was a third “overtime” round set up in case of a tie on the scorecards), Ray dominated to take a 20-18 sweep into the final.

    MAIN CARD

    Stevie Ray def. Sean Carter via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 4:40 - lightweight tourney final
    Aaron Wilkinson def. Bola Omoyele via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 1:08
    Kacper Karski def. Leeroy Barnes via submission (D’Arce choke) - Round 1, 1:35
    Bryan Creighton def. Spencer Hewitt via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 2:48
    Amanda Kelly def. Hannah Stephens via KO (knee) - Round 1, 3:40
    Arnold Allen def. Declan Williams via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 4:50

    PRELIMINARY CARD

    Nad Narimani def. Athinodoros Michailidis via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 3:42
    Stevie Ray def. Jason Ball via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) - lightweight tourney opening round
    Ivan Buchinger def. Mick Sinclair via submission (Americana) - Round 2, 1;59 - lightweight tourney opening round
    Aaron Blackwell def. Kris Edwards via split decision
    Sean Carter def. Richard Griffin via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 4:38 - lightweight tourney reserve bout
    Charlie Watts def. Ben Constantine via split decision
    Cameron Else def. Paddy Pimblett via submission (D’Arce choke) - Round 1, 0:35

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Brad on the Blog: Cage Warriors 60 (Part One)

    05/10/2013

    By BRAD WHARTON

    Cage Warriors tournaments are, it seems, like buses; you wait for ages for one, then two come along at once. Not even a calendar month removed from Cardiff’s epic 135lbs one-nighter, we’re back to slake your lust for tournament action as four lightweights - and, as Cardiff taught us, two alternates - vie for the right to be called the CWFC lightweight world champion. 

    If Cardiff’s field was wide open, then London’s is a pick ‘em. Jason Ball (20-12), Ivan Buchinger (23-4), Stevie Ray (12-4) and Mick Sinclair (12-3) all have a very real chance of walking out of London with a few pounds of shiny metal holding their trousers up. Let’s take a look at Cage Warriors 60’s unusual suspects…

    The Comeback Kid: Mick Sinclair

    For Burnley’s Mick Sinclair, Cage Warriors 60 sees a career that started back in 2006 come full circle. It was a very different CWFC back then, but nonetheless a 24-year-old Sinclair laced ‘em up an let ‘em go, stopping his opponent in the first round and earning the first of his 12 professional wins. Finishing was a habit that would stick with ‘The English Bull Terrier’, as he proved time and time again that his moniker was earned, not chosen.

    That Sinclair is competing in the tournament at all will go down as a small victory for an industry that had seemingly lost him nearly two years ago. Back then, he was adamant that his time in the sport was up. The fun had been sucked out of fighting by outside pressures, and if it wasn’t fun, then what was the point?

    Thankfully the itch has returned. Sinclair, married with a young family, is not here to fight for fame or notoriety, but because he loves it. It’s why he got into the sport in the first place, and what makes him so dangerous. 

    The Prospect: Stevie Ray

    Just three years into his MMA career, Scotland’s Stevie ‘Braveheart’ Ray has been racking up the accolades. Once dubbed Scotland’s top welterweight, Ray dropped to 155lbs to win a British title and is currently ranked 13th in the division. For a 23-year-old, Ray has already tousled with some fearsome opposition; losses to the likes of Curt Warburton and Assan Njie are nothing to be ashamed of, and served as a valuable learning curve for the young Scot.

    Speaking of learning, there are few places better to learn your trade in the MMA game than Montreal’s Tristar Gym. The facility has a reputation that precedes it, and rightly so. It has been in Montreal, far away from the distractions of home, that Ray has sharpened his mind and body ahead of Saturday’s tournament, alongside his preparation with Scotland’s Dinky Ninjas. The payoff? A spot in the UK’s top ten, and what he hopes will be the first of many big gold belts.

    The Bookmakers’ Favourite: Ivan Buchinger

    If you’re perusing the odds for tonight’s tournament, don’t be surprised to see Slovakia’s Ivan Buchinger as a slight favourite. The 27-year-old has ample big-fight experience, and has clocked up a jaw-dropping 23-4 record in a little over five years. Crucially, he’s a proven finisher, with only three of his wins being awarded by judges. If there is a cookie cutter template for success in tournaments it’s to get in, get the job done and get out as quickly as possible. ‘Buki’ has that down pat.

    Odds aside, Buchinger is still perhaps the man with the most to prove. MMA is often a cruel mistress, and one man’s fortune can be the albatross around another’s neck. The clip of his KO loss to Conor McGregor became a YouTube sensation, and for many casual fans of the sport it was their first look at Buchinger. Tonight he’ll be fighting not only for the CWFC world title, but to prove that his career will not be defined by that one moment. 

    The Wildcard: Jason Ball

    Jason Ball is that type of fighter that will beat you on his best day. On his worst day, he’ll make you fight tooth and nail for every precious second if you want to snatch a victory from him. The most experienced fighter in the bracket in terms of both his years in the game and the fights on his ledger, there’s little that will surprise Ball when the cage door locks.. And that’s not just some tired cliché; Ball has alredy gone three rounds with both Sinclair and Buchinger.

    Some might see that fact as cause to lower Ball’s standing in the tournament pecking order (he came out on the wrong end of both decisions), the more cautious may surmise that his experience only makes him more dangerous should he make the final round; after all, the weight of expectation won’t be on his shoulders. Style is everything in the tournament format, and Ball’s mixture of high-percentage striking and suffocating grappling could well punch his ticket to championship gold.

    But that’s not all…

    Once again, with a bracket so colourful, it’s easy to overlook the rest of what has shaped up to be a very intriguing CWFC 60 card. The evening’s non-tournament main event is a good old-fashioned domestic welterweight clash (there’s been a few of them on CWFC over the years, don’t you know) between Aaron Wilkinson and Bola Omoyele.

    Omoyele exploded onto the Cage Warriors scene after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. His debut was ferocious and unforgettable, and showed a much more aggressive, advanced and improved Bola than the one who stepped on to that plane to Australia last year. Omoyele will be looking to keep that momentum going as he climbs the ladder towards the CWFC 170lbs title.

    Vying for the same rung is Irlam’s Aaron Wilkinson. A fellow TUF veteran, Wilkinson has gone 4-2 since his time on the show, including a split pair of bouts on Cage Warriors. What Bola has in sheer athleticism and aggressiveness, Wilkinson will balance with technique and experience. Again, like the vast majority of Cage Warriors fights, it’s very, very difficult to separate the pair. I’ll leave that to the men themselves.

    Elsewhere on the bill from London’s Kentish Town Forum, Leeroy Barnes sneaks onto the card at the eleventh hour against Polish prospect Kacper Karski. Leeroy has made no secret of the fact that he was unhappy with the outcome of his CWFC 57 bout against Norman Paraisy in July, and has vowed to give Karski (and the judges) an early night.

    Also tonight, Muay Thai world champion Amanda Kelly makes her pro MMA debut against Hannah Stephens, while unbeaten prospects Arnold Allen and Athinodoros Michailidis put their records on the line against Declan Williams and Nad Narimani respectively. Flyweight veteran Spencer Hewitt takes on up-and-comer Bryan Creighton in the evening’s other televised main-card bout, while those of you lucky enough to have a ticket will see the likes of Paddy Pimblett, Sean Carter and Kris Edwards in preliminary action.

    There are other places to go, people to see and things to do on Saturday night. But all the cool kids will be right here at Cage Warriors 60, and you’d be rather silly not to join them.

    Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 60

    04/10/2013

    From left to right; Ivan Buchinger, Mick Sinclair, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan, Jason Ball and Stevie Ray (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

    TOMORROW night’s CWFC lightweight title tournament is set following this afternoon’s Cage Warriors 60 weigh-ins in London.

    Cage Warriors 60, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, will be headlined by the four-man tournament which will determine the promotion’s next lightweight champion, who’ll succeed previous title-holder Conor McGrgeor.

    Jason Ball, Ivan Buchinger, Stevie Ray and Mick Sinclair all came in under the 155lbs limit, as did Sean Carter and Richard Griffin, who’ll collide in a tournament reserve bout.

    Elsewhere, three fighters came in overweight and were fined accordingly. Aaron Blackwell surrendered 25 percent of his purse to Kris Edwards, while Hannah Stephens and Bryan Creighton pass 40 percent of their purses to respective opponents Amanda Kelly and Spencer Hewitt.

    Creighton weighed in 4.7lbs above the limit for his flyweight clash with Spencer Hewitt, who has agreed to the bout going ahead on the condition that Creighton does not weigh over 135lbs at 4pm local time tomorrow.

    View a gallery of images from today’s Cage Warriors 60 weigh-ins HERE.

    Cage Warriors 60 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.

    MAIN CARD

    Headlined by the CWFC lightweight tournament final
    Welterweight: Bola Omoyele* (169.7lbs) vs. Aaron Wilkinson (170.3lbs)
    Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (184.3lbs) vs. Kacper Karski (183.7lbs)
    Flyweight: Bryan Creighton** (130.7lbs) vs. Spencer Hewitt*** (126lbs)
    Bantamweight: Amanda Kelly (133.5lbs) vs. Hannah Stephens**** (138.9lbs)
    Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.6lbs) vs. Dec Williams (144.3lbs)

    FACEBOOK PRELIMS

    Featherweight: Athinodoros Michailidis (144.8lbs) vs. Nad Narimani (145.7lbs)
    Tournament semi-final: Jason Ball (154.5lbs) vs. Stevie Ray (154.5lbs)
    Tournament semi-final: Ivan Buchinger (154.1lbs) vs. Mick Sinclair (154.7lbs)

    NON-STREAMED PRELIMS

    Bantamweight: Aaron Blackwell***** (137.5lbs) vs. Kris Edwards****** (136lbs)
    Tournament reserve bout: Sean Carter (154.6lbs) vs. Richard Griffin (153.9lbs)
    Welterweight: Ben Constantine (169lbs) vs. Charlie Watts (170.1lbs)
    Bantamweight: Cameron Else (136lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett******* (136lbs)

    * Omoyele weighed in at 171.7lbs on his first attempt
    ** Creighton failed to make weight and surrenders 40 percent of his purse to Hewitt; fight goes ahead on the condition that Creighton weighs no more than 135lbs at 4pm local time tomorrow
    *** Hewitt weighed in at 126.4lbs on his first attempt
    **** Stephens failed to make weight; surrenders 40 percent of her purse to Kelly
    ***** Blackwell failed to make weight; surrenders 25 percent of his purse to Edwards
    ****** Edwards weighed in at 136.6lbs on his first attempt
    ******* Pimblett weighed in at 138.5lbs on his first attempt

    Cage Warriors 60: London

    02/10/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS 60 takes place this Saturday, October 5, at The Forum in Kentish Town, London.

    CWFC fans in the English capital will see a new lightweight champion crowned, as Cage Warriors looks to find a successor to Conor McGregor via another four-man tournament, which comes just three weeks after its bantamweight equivalent at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff.

    This coming Saturday, English pair Mick Sinclair and Jason Ball will be joined in the hunt for Cage Warriors gold by Scotland’s Stevie Ray and Slovakian Ivan Buchinger. The semi-finals will feature on the Facebook prelim card, with the final rounding off the night’s action as the main event.

    There’ll be 13 professional bouts in total for fans to enjoy, and tickets are still available to purchase HERE. Doors at The Forum open at 5.45pm, with the first fight of the evening scheduled for 6.30pm (subject to change). Tickets will be available on the night subject to availability.

    Three prelims - including the lightweight tournament semi-finals - will be available to watch live around the world and free of charge on Facebook at 7.45pm local time, followed by the six-bout main card at 9pm local time. Find broadcast details for your region below.

    Fans can also follow live updates throughout the night on Twitter and with Brad Wharton on the play-by-play liveblog HERE.

    MAIN CARD LIVE TV BROADCASTERS

    Premier Sports | United Kingdom
    Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
    Fight Now TV | USA
    Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola, Mozambique
    Setanta Africa | Africa
    FightKlub | Poland

    MAIN CARD LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTERS

    MMAjunkie.com | USA & Canada
    JOE.ie | Ireland
    Sportube.tv | Italy
    CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding the UK)
    PremierSports.tv | United Kingdom (subscription required)
    ESPN | Brazil (subscription required)

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

    Jason Ball or Stevie Ray vs. Ivan Buchinger or Mick Sinclair - lightweight title tournament final
    Bola Omoyele vs. Aaron Wilkinson
    Leeroy Barnes vs. Kacper Karski
    Bryan Creighton vs. Spencer Hewitt
    Amanda Kelly vs. Hannah Stephens
    Arnold Allen vs. Dec Williams

    FACEBOOK PRELIMS - 7.45pm local time (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT)

    Athinodoros Michailidis vs. Nad Narimani
    Jason Ball vs. Stevie Ray - lightweight title tournament semi-final
    Ivan Buchinger vs. Mick Sinclair - lightweight title tournament semi-final

    UNSTREAMED PRELIMS - 6.20pm local time

    Aaron Blackwell vs. Kris Edwards
    Sean Carter vs. Richard Griffin - lightweight title tournament reserve bout
    Ben Constantine vs. Charlie Watts
    Cameron Else vs. Paddy Pimblett

    CWFC takes flight with Royal Jordanian

    02/10/2013

    AHEAD of the promotion’s fifth visit to Jordan later this month, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has inked an exciting new deal with the country’s national airline.

    CWFC officials are extremely pleased to announce a partnership with Royal Jordanian Airlines, which will begin when the promotion returns to Amman for CWFC Fight Night 9 on Friday, October 25.

    One of the world’s most highly-regarded airlines, Royal Jordanian is a member of the OneWorld Alliance and operates over 500 flights per week to 60 different destinations.

    Strategically located in Amman, Royal Jordanian’s central hub provides the ideal location through which Europe, Asia, Africa and anywhere in the Middle East can be easily reached.

    “I’m delighted to welcome Royal Jordanian as our latest sponsor and it’s an absolute privilege to have such a prestigious and successful airline involved,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

    “This sponsorship will begin as we return to the beautiful country of Jordan in a few weeks’ time and I have no doubt that it will be start of a great relationship between both parties.”

    For more information on Royal Jordanian Airlines, click HERE.

    Cage Warriors 60: Barnes v Karski

    02/10/2013

    CWFC middleweight Leeroy Barnes (pictured) will return to action at Cage Warriors 60.

    He’ll take on highly-touted Polish prospect Kacper Karski on the main card of this Saturday’s event at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

    Despite the late announcement of the bout, Barnes had been scheduled to feature at CWFC 60 as far back as six weeks ago, but the withdrawal of three verbally-agreed opponents left the 29-year-old Englishman without a contracted bout until the eleventh hour, as Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explains.

    “Leeroy was on this card from day-one but unfortunately each opponent we had lined up for him fell through,” said Boylan. “But due to the hard work of our matchmaker Ian Dean, we’ve managed to find a good opponent for Leeroy. Better late than never, and I’m expecting this to be a very interesting fight.”

    Barnes (12-11-0-1nc), who has taken all 12 of his wins inside the distance – 10 of which have come via submission – signed exclusively with CWFC earlier this year and had his first outing on his new contract against Norman Paraisy.

    In spite of an impressive display, Barnes just came up short, finding himself on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against the veteran Frenchman at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool in July.

    “I’ve had to deal with a few opponents pulling out on me for this show but Cage Warriors have worked hard to find me a high-level opponent, to keep me active and getting paid. I’m looking forward to putting on an exciting fight for the fans in London,” said Barnes.

    Karski (4-1), a team-mate of CWFC veteran and recently-signed UFC lightweight Piotr Hallmann, has built up a good reputation on the continent since making his professional debut just two-and-a-half years ago, submitting three of his four defeated opponents.

    The well-rounded 24-year-old’s only loss to date came against Mateusz Ostrowski in May of last year, but Karski avenged that defeat this past April with an impressive display in a unanimous decision triumph over Ostrowski.

    Karski said: “I’m looking forward to fighting on Cage Warriors against an experienced opponent. It will be a good challenge but it’s one I’m excited about.”

    Tickets for Cage Warriors 60 this Saturday are still available. Click HERE for event information.


    Photo: Gavin Morris | Cage Warriors

    Cage Warriors 63: Alers v Turner

    27/09/2013

    CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

    JIM ALERS will put his featherweight belt up for grabs on New Year’s Eve in Dublin, Ireland.

    In his second defence of the gold, the CWFC champion will take on Graham Turner when the promotion returns to The Helix on Tuesday, December 31, for Cage Warriors 63.

    Alers (11-1), who’ll be searching for his seventh consecutive Cage Warriors victory, was crowned CWFC featherweight kingpin back in April when he submitted Joni Salovaara in the fourth round of the Cage Warriors 53 main event in Glasgow to clinch a title that had been vacated by Conor McGregor.

    A 26-year-old native of Florida, Alers impressively overcame Martin Svensson by unanimous decision in his debut title defence at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff earlier this month.

    Having taken all 10 of his previous victories inside the distance - eight via submission - Alers also holds notable wins over Matteus Lahdesmaki, Marcio Cesar and Freddy Assuncao.

    “I’m excited go give the Cage Warriors fans the match-up they wanted to see,” said Alers. “I want to fight the best fighters in my division and I feel Graham Turner is the top guy at the moment.

    “Turner is a great guy, I like him a lot, but I’m not going to let that get in the way of me beating him up a bit and keeping my belt wrapped around my waist.”

    Turner (23-7), a 25-year-old Scotsman with a kickboxing background, holds a 5-1 record under the Cage Warriors banner and - with the exception of Alers - currently holds more CWFC wins than any other featherweight.

    145lbs title challenger Graham Turner (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

    A member of Scotland’s renowned Dinky Ninjas camp, Turner has dropped just two losses in his last 17 outings - to the UFC’s Akira Corassani and top CWFC featherweight Matteus Lahdesmaki.

    Since the defeat to Lahdesmaki in February 2012, Turner has rebounded in emphatic fashion, with five straight wins, the most recent of which came at the expense of the previously unbeaten Nad Narimani at Cage Warriors 56 in London this past July.

    Turner counts 16 stoppage wins on his record - 14 via (T)KO - and has seen off the likes of Ashleigh Grimshaw, Olivier Pastor and Nathan Beer since making his professional debut in 2005.

    He said: “This is going to be a very tough fight; I’m pretty sure it’ll be my hardest to date. I’m excited about the challenge and I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity by Cage Warriors.

    “I’d love to get my hands on the Cage Warriors world title. I have the utmost respect for Jim as a fighter and I can’t wait for this challenge. I’m also really looking forward to my first visit to Ireland.”

    Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more updates on Cage Warriors 63, for which more exciting bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

    New deal for Inman

    25/09/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS welterweight Matt Inman (12-5) has signed a new five-fight contract, which will commit him exclusively to the promotion for the next 18 months.

    Following Inman’s four bouts under the CWFC banner this year, both parties have agreed to an extension of his contract, which supersedes the five-fight deal signed back in January.

    The 27-year-old, who’s set to have one more outing before the end of 2013,  is currently on a three-fight win-streak which has seen him rise from 19th to 10th in the UK’s welterweight rankings.

    “I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Cage Warriors,” said Inman, who fights out of the SBG camp in Manchester, England.

    “I feel to date I’ve been in some exciting fights, as well as growing as a fighter. Hopefully this new deal will give me the opportunity to keep moving forward and be involved in more good fights.”

    With all 12 of his victories thus far coming inside the distance, Inman’s most recent triumph came last month at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya when he stopped Bagautdin Sharaputdinov by second-round KO, which was preceded by impressive wins against Mohsen Bahari and Leon Kenge.

    Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said: “I’ve been really impressed by how Matt has turned things around this year with three impressive victories and I’m delighted he’s committed to another five fights with us. I think he has the ability to be a title contender in one of our most stacked divisions.”

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Cage Warriors 62: Johns v Brum

    24/09/2013

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

    NEWLY-CROWNED Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Brett Johns has put pen to paper for his first title defence, just over a week after clinching the gold.

    Johns (9-0) will put his belt on the line against James Brum on Saturday, December 7, 2013, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship travels to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, for what’s currently scheduled as CWFC 62.

    Undefeated Johns climbed to the summit of the CWFC bantamweight division at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff on September 14, when he overcame both David Haggstrom and Jordan Desborough in the same evening to win the promotion’s four-man 135lbs title tournament.

    Despite enduring a gruelling eight rounds on the night en route to winning the title, the 21-year-old Welshman has wasted no time in scheduling his next outing, with a mouthwatering clash against Brum booked for CWFC’s first ever show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

    A judo black belt, Johns debuted for Cage Warriors last October 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.

    “James Brum has been at the top of this division for a while, he’s someone I’ve watched over and over again,” said Johns. “He’s a sound guy too and a win over him would be huge for me. That’s exactly why I wanted to fight Brum. I can’t wait already.”

    Brum (13-2) earns his shot at the CWFC bantamweight title after putting together a 6-0 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 is the highest-ranked European bantamweight outside the UFC and 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 this year against Olivier Pastor and - most recently, at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya last month - Ruslan Abiltarov.

    Brum said: “Brett Johns deserved to win the title at Cage Warriors 59, but now he’s in with the sharks and I’m the biggest shark in the division. After six fights abroad for Cage Warriors, I’m excited by the prospect of returning to the UK to fight for what I believe is my title.

    “For me, this has ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it. I guarantee that on December 7 in Newcastle, I’ll be walking into that cage the challenger and walking out the new Cage Warriors bantamweight champion of the world.”

    Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more updates on what’s set to be an unmissable event in Newcastle, for which more exciting bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

    CWFC Fight Night 9: Magomedov v Mason, Caers v Ptasinski

    24/09/2013

    A PAIR of welterweight bouts have been added to the card for CWFC Fight Night 9, which takes place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, 25 October, 2013.

    Ten-fight Cage Warriors veteran Jack Mason (pictured) will clash with CWFC debutant Abusupiyan Magomedov, while a third Cage Warriors career victory will be the aim for both Piotr Ptasinski and Lee Caers when they lock horns.

    Mason (24-12) will be keen to return to the win column after dropping a narrow decision loss to Ali Arish on his most recent outing at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool back in July, a defeat which snapped a four-fight win-streak.

    The 31-year-old Englishman said: “I’m really excited to be fighting in the Middle East again and I’m itching to get back in the cage after my last fight. I’m going to put on a good performance and get another victory against a top European fighter in Abusupiyan Magomedov.

    Magomedov (9-2), a 23-year-old fighter from Dagestan who’s currently based in Germany, has built up a big reputation on the continent since making his professional debut in February 2010, and has already taken two first-round TKO wins in 2013.

    “To fight for an organisation as big as Cage Warriors is a dream come true for me and I hope to make the most of this opportunity,” said Magomedov.

    Meanwhile, Piotr Ptasinski will join Trojan Freefighters team-mate Che Mills on the CWFC Fight Night 9 card for what’s likely to be an exciting tussle with Lee Caers.

    After suffering defeats to CWFC pair Mohsen Bahari and Ashley Beaumont in the second half of last year, Ptasinski (5-3) rebounded with a second-round submission of John Redmond at Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin this past June.

    “I’m really happy to be fighting for Cage Warriors again and as always you can expect me to be involved in an exciting and entertaining fight,” said Polish-born 29-year-old Ptasinski.

    Caers (9-3) returns to action in search of his third consecutive CWFC win, having recently seen off the challenge of Aaron Thomas via first-round submission at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff.

    The 29-year-old Englishman, who has tasted defeat just once in his last seven outings, said: “This is a good match-up and it’ll be a test for me, but it’s a test that I’ll pass. Like my nine wins so far, I expect to finish the fight.”

    With more fights still to be announced, keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest CWFC Fight Night 9 news and updates, and see the latest card below:

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
    Faycal Hucin vs. Che Mills
    Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Jack Mason
    Paul Redmond vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk
    Lee Caers vs. Piotr Ptasinski
    Ryan Roddy vs. TBA
    Shaj Haque vs. Paul Marin

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    CWFC Fight Night 9 switches to Jordan

    23/09/2013

    CWFC Fight Night 9, which is set for Friday, 25 October 2013, will now take place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena (pictured above) in Amman, Jordan.

    The event had originally been scheduled for Isa Town in Bahrain on the same date, but several logistical issues have caused CWFC officials to decide on a change of destination for the promotion’s eleventh event of 2013.

    “We were extremely excited about bringing Cage Warriors back to Bahrain again but a few logistical problems have unfortunately arisen, which meant that staging the event to Cage Warriors’ usual high standards wasn’t going to be possible,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

    “As a result, rather than cancelling the event entirely and leaving our athletes on the card without fights to prepare for, we’ve been able to organise - despite the short notice - for CWFC Fight Night 9 to take place in Jordan instead.

    “We’ve had some fantastic shows there already and this one will be no different. I want to offer my apologies to the Cage Warriors fans in Bahrain but we’ll do everything we can to get back there as early as possible in 2014.”

    CWFC Fight Night 9 will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s fifth event in Amman, the first of which was back in June 2011.

    The promotion’s most recent event in the Jordanian capital, CWFC Fight Night 7 in September of last year, saw Chris Fields defeat Pavel Kusch in the final of CWFC middleweight title tournament, as well as victories for CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers and current UFC star Leo Santos.

    Next month’s event will feature a host of Cage Warriors’ top names, such as Bruno Carvalho, Gael Grimaud, Che Mills, Faycal Hucin, Paul Redmond and many more.

    Meanwhile, Ryan Roddy will be re-matched for his outing at CWFC Fight Night 9 after opponent Mario Saeed (pictured below) suffered an injury in training over the weekend.

    Mario sustained a broken neck but, in spite of the serious nature of the injury, the Bristol native and his camp are confident that he’ll make a return to action after what’s expected to be a lengthy lay-off.

    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to wish Mario a very speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him make his CWFC debut in 2014.

    With many more fights still to be announced, keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest CWFC Fight Night 9 news and updates.

    Samsung links up with CWFC

    23/09/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship is pleased to announce that it has agreed an exciting new partnership with Samsung.

    The deal will see all Cage Warriors video content made available on demand via Samsung’s new SportsFlow application, which is currently available across South-East Asia.

    Over 25 million Samsung mobile devices are in operation in the region, which covers Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand.

    By downloading the SportsFlow app, Samsung customers in these territories will be able to access a whole host of CWFC video content via their mobile device, including features, interviews, promos and an extensive archive of Cage Warriors bouts.

    “This content distribution partnership with a company of Samsung’s stature is further evidence of how rapidly Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continues to progress, and I’m looking forward to seeing this partnership flourish,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

    “I’d like to thank Maurizio Barbieri, Samsung’s Head of Sports, for his help in putting this deal in place, and also for thinking outside the box and embracing mixed martial arts.

    “I’m currently in the process of finalising two very significant deals, which will ensure that 2014 will be the biggest year in the history of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Fighters will no longer need to look to the USA to carve out successful careers.”

    According to Samsung, SportsFlow aggregates content from the most respected sports sources in the world, providing users with the chance to stay up to date with what is going on in one single glance.

    As a SportsFlow user, you can personalise your experience, arranging content according to your own preferences. Content is easy to share, so friends will know what you’re commenting on or bragging about. Optimised for tablets, SportsFlow is the perfect companion if you want to catch up on the latest news or check the latest scores.

    Having just recently launched SportsFlow, the app is currently available exclusively to Samsung mobile device users in the aforementioned South-East Asian territories, but the company aims to eventually launch SportsFlow as its official sports service across the globe.

    For more information, check out the Samsung SportsFlow website HERE.

    Cage Warriors 60: Allen v Williams, Blackwell v Edwards

    20/09/2013

    A FURTHER two bouts have been added to the card for Cage Warriors 60, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England, on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Arnold Allen (pictured) will be aiming to maintain his unbeaten record in a featherweight bout against Declan Williams, while Kris Edwards makes a swift return to action for a bantamweight clash with Aaron Blackwell.

    Allen (4-0), who turned 19 earlier this year, recently signed exclusively with CWFC after impressively disposing of Andy Green via first-round submission on his promotional debut at Cage Warriors 56 in July.

    The more experienced Williams (8-6-3) will be appearing on a CWFC bill for the first time since November 2010. The 29-year-old Englishman holds notable wins over CWFC veterans Mark Platts and Niko Gjoka.

    Meanwhile, having lost out to James Pennington in the semi-final of Saturday’s CWFC bantamweight title tournament at CWFC 59 in Cardiff, Kris Edwards (8-6) will be looking to return to winning ways against Aaron Blackwell (11-9-1).

    The pair had been scheduled to collide in a reserve bout on last weekend’s bill, but Edwards was promoted to the tournament proper following an injury to Martin McDonough.

    Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest CWFC 60 news and updates.

    Click HERE to purchase tickets, priced from just £25, and to view the fight card.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    CWFC Fight Night 9: Hucin v Mills

    20/09/2013

    A MIDDLEWEIGHT bout between Che Mills (pictured) and Faycal Hucin will be contested at CWFC Fight Night 9.

    The event, which will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s eleventh of 2013, is set to take place at Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain on Friday, 25 October.

    Mills (15-6-0-2) will be fighting at middleweight for the first time since falling short against CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred at Cage Warriors 55 back in June.

    Having later announced his intention to switch to the 185lbs division, Mills was then scheduled to face Valentino Petrescu last weekend at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff, but the bout was pulled after both fighters took ill.

    A native of Gloucester in England, 30-year-old Mills signed exclusively for Cage Warriors earlier this year, following a four-fight stint with the UFC.

    “I can’t wait to get back in the cage and entertain the fans,” Mills said. “My opponent is well-rounded and I expect an explosive match. I’m also looking forward to visiting Bahrain and I thank Cage Warriors for the opportunity.”

    Hucin (9-3) will be keen to stake a claim for a shot at the vacant CWFC middleweight title as he goes in search of his fourth Cage Warriors win in five outings.

    The 25-year-old missed out on a shot at the belt last year after a unanimous-decision loss to Victor Cheng in the semi-finals of Cage Warriors’ title tournament, which was Hucin’s only defeat in his last eight bouts. He booked his semi-final spot after a first-round KO of recent Bellator ‘Fight Master’ contestant Gareth Joseph.

    The Frenchman returned to winning ways by overcoming John Michael Sheil last October, before most recently submitting former KSW champion AntonI Chmielewski at CWFC Fight Night 8 this past May.

    The charismatic Parisian said: “I’m in great shape for this fight because I’ve been working hard. I’m looking forward to dancing in the sunshine and putting on a good show.”

    With many more fights still to be announced, keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest CWFC Fight Night 9 news and updates, and see the latest card below:

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
    Faycal Hucin vs. Che Mills
    Paul Redmond vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk
    Ryan Roddy vs. Mario Saeed
    Shaj Haque vs. Paul Marin

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Brad on the Blog: Cage Warriors 59 (Part Two)

    18/09/2013

    CWFC featherweight title-holder Jim Alers and newly-crowned bantamweight champion Brett Johns celebrate their wins at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors).

    By BRAD WHARTON

    UFC 3 was my introduction to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I’d seen some very primitive European MMA a couple of months before, but when the video shop guy (who was a combat sports enthusiast) told me that he had a few UFC tapes in his back-room, it changed everything. The glossy production, the colourful characters and, most of all, the tournaments.

    UFC 3 was notable for many things. It had what I believe to be the biggest size differential ever in a UFC bout, when the near 600lb Manny Yarborough took on the 190lb soaking wet Keith Hackney. It was the first time Royce Gracie was made to look human in a fight. It was most notable, however, for who won it. Steve ‘Supercop’ Jennum was a police officer from Omaha, Nebraska, who would go down in history as the only man to win a UFC tournament after competing just a single time.

    Ken Shamrock was through to the finals after mowing down two overmatched opponents. His opposite number, Harold Howard, (he of “If you’re coming on…come on!” fame) was fresher, having effectively been given a bye in the semis after Royce Gracie quit in the cage before the bout had officially started. Still, the karate-brawler was no match for the ahead-of-his-time Shamrock, and it seemed as though the American poster child of the UFC was a lock to pick up his first tournament title.

    It was not to be. Shamrock pulled out, citing a broken hand. His adoptive father Bob later revealed that he’d simply lost the will to fight after Gracie withdrew, as revenge against the Brazilian was his sole reason for turning up. It would create a rift between father and son that lasted on and off for many years. As for the tournament, Steve Jennum, an alternate who’d been waiting patiently all night on the off-chance that someone would get hurt, stepped into the finals and won it all.

    At Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff last Saturday evening, as soon as James Pennington exited the cage after his semi-final win over Kris Edwards, we at cage-side knew something wasn’t right. A quick doctor’s check confirmed that ‘The Power Weasel’ would be unable to continue. A 21-year-old kid called Jordan Desborough, a relative unknown who’d picked up a win in the night’s reserve bout, would be thrust into the international spotlight in the tournament’s live final.

    Desborough was unable to replicate the Steve Jennum story, but what transpired was something far more dramatic. He and fellow finalist Brett Johns went at it for five gruelling rounds, trading strikes, takedowns and transitions in a rollercoaster ride of a bout. The pace, while not frantic, was torrid; a real hark back to the classic tournament days.

    There was little to separate the two by the bout’s end, with even the judges split on the outcome. Johns had taken the first two rounds by virtue of his relentless takedowns and top-control game; Desbrough nabbed the third and fifth on all scorecards with some takedowns of his own and sharp, accurate striking; the fourth was the closest, and could have gone either way. One judge saw it for Desborough, two for Johns.

    And with that, the CWFC bantamweight title cancelled its travel plans. It would be staying in Wales, and there perhaps was not a more deserving winner than Brett Johns. Over a post-weigh-in meal the day before, the 21-year-old’s confidence was noted by all. To say that his moxy at the weigh-ins translated to the cage would be an understatement. The Swansea native came out for both of his bouts stomping, screaming and riling up his supporters, feeding off the electric energy that crackled through the Motorpoint.

    Nobody told David Haggstrom the script though. The savage Swede had no intentions of giving the Welshman an easy night, and when Johns was given respite by the bell after a brutal body shot at the end of the first, it was looking like a bad night for the home fighters. Johns was not to be denied though, using his Judo base to dictate the pace, tossing his opponent to the mat with impunity and grinding out a decision victory after three hard fought rounds. His war with Desborough took his total for the evening to eight, or forty minutes of fighting.

    The toll was emotional as well as physical. In all my years of being around MMA, I don’t think I’ve seen a young kid as elated with a title win as Brett Johns was that night. It was tough to see if it was just sweat or tears of joy streaking down his face as he hugged friends, family and teammates following the win, but I’ll never forget the raw emotion of what happened next.

    Turning to walk into the back, Johns came face to face with CWFC matchmaker Ian Dean. He half went to hug him, half shake his hand. Then instead, he took the slightest of steps back, and bowed. “Thank you,” he said, his voice trembling with emotion. “You don’t know what this means to me”. Johns is a legitimate prospect, and a worthy champion. He’s got all the tools to go all the way, and the scariest part is that he’s just 21-years-old. With his charisma and ability, perhaps in a few years’ time, Johns could do for the popularity of Welsh MMA what Conor McGregor is doing for Irish.

    Credit too to Desborough, who went from an unaired prelim to headlining an internationally televised card for a world title in just a few hours. The future is bright for the pair, and indeed the rest of the CWFC 135lbs division, which with the likes of Pennington, Haggstrom, Edwards, Brum, Mann and more, may just be the promotion’s new shark tank.   

    With all the drama of the tournament, we shouldn’t forget some other stand-out performances on Saturday night. Dave Hill returned after a year off to go three tough rounds with Brian Moore in a fight that really has to be seen to do it justice. Hill is right back in the hunt with this win, and will no doubt be looking for another crack at the gold within the next 12 months.

    Tommy Maguire finally made his CWFC debut and, much to the chagrin of the Welsh crowd, had all the answers for Lew Long. Racking up points with a nice jab and some digging hooks to the body in the early going, Maguire escaped a brief triangle attempt and locked up an arm-in guillotine for the tap. The winner of next month’s 155lbs tournament may well find themselves facing down ‘2 Gunz’ at some point in 2014.

    Mats Nilsson made a huge statement against grizzled veteran Denniston Sutherland, surviving an early salvo to rock and eventually TKO his opponent in the second round. The win allowed vaunted grappler Nilsson to show off an extra dimension of his game, one which will no doubt put the middleweight division on high alert.

    In his first ever title defence, Jim ‘The Beast’ Alers almost had Martin Svensson out of there in the first, hopping onto his back to latch on a tight rear-naked choke. The impossibly awkward Swede survived, though, and while the scorecards were lopsided, he had his moments and fought Alers every step of the way. For the affable American, fatherhood beckons. If Alers’ career trajectory continues as-is, then in five years’ time the inevitable playground argument of “My Dad could beat up your Dad” should have a foregone conclusion for the baby ‘Beast’.

    Cardiff is quickly becoming my favourite Cage Warriors destination. The people, the city and the fights are inevitably top-notch every time we roll into town, and I look forward to returning in 2013. Next on the agenda is London, and a big domestic welterweight tilt as North takes on South in the form of Aaron Wilkinson versus Bola Omoyele. Oh, and another one of those tournaments we’ve been hearing so much about. And in case you hadn’t realised…

    Tournaments are awesome.

    CWFC Fight Night 9: Redmond vs. Teodorczuk, Roddy vs. Saeed, Haque vs. Marin

    17/09/2013

    CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship returns to Bahrain next month for a card which is taking shape following the addition of three exciting bouts today.

    CWFC Fight Night 9, the promotion’s first event in Bahrain since May 2012, will take place at Khalifa Sports City on Friday, October 25.

    The bill will feature a return to action for top Irish lightweight Paul Redmond (pictured), who’ll aim to continue his hot streak against Polish rising star Mateusz Teodorczuk.

    Redmond (8-3) has taken five CWFC wins on the trot since making his promotional debut in June of last year, a run that has seen him stop the likes of Lew Long, Alexei Roberts and - most recently - Marc Allen.

    “I’m really grateful for another opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors. I think this is a great match-up for the fans. I feel I’ve progressed even further in my skills since my last fight and I’m looking forward to showcasing them,” said the 26-year-old Dubliner.

    While Redmond has taken all eight of his wins inside the distance, Teodorczuk (10-2) hasn’t been stopped since being submitted by veteran German middleweight Gregor Herb three years ago.

    The 28-year-old, who’s currently on an eight-fight win-streak, said: “I’m very happy to be displaying my skills on the top European promotion. I’m looking forward to continuing my good run and I expect Paul and myself to put on a memorable fight.

    Also in lightweight action, Ryan Roddy will return to the cage for the first time since losing to Paul Redmond at Cage Warriors 51 when he clashes with CWFC debutant Mario Saeed.

    Roddy (5-1) has been sidelined due to injury since that New Year’s Eve loss, which came via toe-hold, and saw the 23-year-old Irishman beaten for the first time in his career.

    “I can’t wait to put on a show for the people in Bahrain,” Roddy said. “It’s going to be exciting to get back into the mix in the Cage Warriors lightweight division.”

    Saeed (5-1), who’ll be looking for his fifth successive win, signed exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship earlier this year, having impressed on the domestic scene in the UK.

    A 25-year-old native of Bristol, Saeed said: “I’m really looking forward to finally making my debut for Europe’s biggest promotion and I plan on putting on a show for the fans.”

    Meanwhile, a flyweight bout has also been signed for the CWFC Fight Night 9 bill, with Shaj Haque and Paul Marin both returning for their third CWFC appearances of 2013.

    Haque (3-0), a 22-year-old Englishman, was snapped up by CWFC following a very impressive upset win at the expense of Kris Edwards at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff back in May.

    “Fighting abroad is a first for me so I’m very excited,” said Haque. “It’s a highly-respectable opponent who has fought some top-ranked fighters, but I see this as another step towards the flyweight title.”

    Looking to return to winning ways in Bahrain on October 25, Marin (5-3) was last in action at Cage Warriors 53 back in April when he was bested by current CWFC flyweight champion Neil Seery.

    The 28-year-old Romanian said: “I’m training really hard with a lot of motivation for this and I’m grateful to Cage Warriors for giving me another opportunity. I can’t wait for this fight.”

    With many more fights still to be announced, keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest CWFC Fight Night 9 news and updates, and see the latest card below:

    Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
    Paul Redmond vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk
    Ryan Roddy vs. Mario Saeed
    Shaj Haque vs. Paul Marin

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

    Lightweight tournament pairings set; Kelly vs. Stephens also added

    16/09/2013

    A FOUR-MAN tournament will take place at Cage Warriors 60 to determine a new CWFC lightweight champion, and today officials have revealed details of the semi-final pairings.

    Cage Warriors 60 will take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, 5 October. Tickets, priced from just £25, are currently on sale HERE.

    To be contested on the night, the lightweight tournament will feature Jason Ball (pictured), Ivan Buchinger, Stevie Ray and Mick Sinclair, all of whom will be aiming to pick up the two wins required to clinch a belt that was vacated by Conor McGregor earlier this year.

    Buchinger (23-4) will face Sinclair (12-3) in one semi-final, while on the other side of the draw, Ball (20-12) and Ray (12-4) will also clash for a coveted place in the decider.

    Each semi-final bout will consist of two five-minute rounds and an additional overtime round will be contested in the event of a draw. Five five-minute rounds will be scheduled for the final.

    The semi-finals will feature on the CWFC 60 preliminary card, with the final scheduled to conclude the night’s action as the main event.

    In order to facilitate any enforced withdrawals, the previously-announced meeting of Sean Carter and Richard Griffin will act as a reserve bout.

    Meanwhile, a women’s bout has also been added to the CWFC 60 card, which will be the promotion’s 10th of 2013.

    Former Muay Thai world champion Amanda Kelly (0-0) will make her professional MMA debut in a bantamweight bout against fellow Brit and Muay Thai practicioner Hannah Stephens (2-1).

    With more fights still to be announced, keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Cage Warriors 60 news and updates.

    Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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