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Meet Dan Hardy, Brad Pickett and Edith Labelle at Cage Warriors 84

24/05/2017

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Two British MMA legends and Cage Warriors’ own superstar ring girl will be on hand to meet the fans on fight night at Indigo at The O2

Fans attending the Cage Warriors 84 event in London will get the chance to meet three stars during an exclusive meet-and-greet session on fight night.

Heading up the list of stars is Cage Warriors royalty in the form of Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy. Dan captured the Cage Warriors welterweight title earlier in his career, back in 2005, and went on to become the first British fighter to compete for a UFC world title when he challenged the great Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in 2010. Now Dan is known worldwide as one of the voices of the UFC, as one of the sport’s most articulate analysts.

Joining Dan for the exclusive meet-and-greet session is one of the UK’s most beloved fighters, Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett. Brad brought the curtain down on his career in his home town of London at UFC Fight Night earlier this year, and he’ll be paying us a visit to spend some time with the fans at the Indigo during fight night.

And joining the two men for the fan interaction session is the newest member of the Cage Warriors family, Edith Labelle.

Longtime fans of MMA will know Edith from her time as one of the famous ‘Octagon Girls’, and Edith joined Cage Warriors earlier this year as the promotion’s own superstar ring girl. She’ll be on hand to take selfies with fans during the meet and greet.

The meet and greet will take place between the pro prelims and the main card, and is free to all fans in the venue on fight night.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 84 are available via CageWarriors.com so secure yours to be a part of what promises to be a spectacular night in the capital on Friday June 2.

The main card will be shown live in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport and internationally on UFC Fight Pass, with the prelims shown live on The Sport Bible Facebook page.

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Four more bouts confirmed for Cage Warriors 84 in London

15/05/2017

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Quartet of contests added to London fight card to take number of confirmed bouts to 11.

With three weeks to go until Cage Warriors’ return to Indigo at The O2, four more fights have been confirmed for the June 2 event in London.

Sean ‘Sexy Curls’ Carter (12-4) will return to action under the Cage Warriors banner for the first time since November 2015 when he takes on fellow lightweight Steve ‘The Spartan’ O’Keeffe (6-3).

Both men are no strangers to the Cage Warriors stage, with Carter an eight-fight veteran of the promotion, and O’Keeffe set to make his fifth appearance for Cage Warriors at this event.

Also booked for June 2 is a welterweight clash between Martyn Harris (4-3) and Marcus Paul (1-0).

Harris made his Cage Warriors debut at Cage Warriors 81 in Dublin in March, but it didn’t go his way as he was submitted by Håkon Foss.

Now the Englishman is back and faces another promotional newcomer Paul in a welterweight contest with both men seeking to get off the mark in their Cage Warriors careers.

Also added is a middleweight contest between James Webb and Miro Jurkovic.

Webb kicked off his professional career with a first-round submission win back in February, and he’ll be looking to pick up another victory on his Cage Warriors debut on June 2 when he faces the London based Serbian Jurkovic, whose three wins to date have come via TKO, submission and decision.

The fourth confirmed addition sees England’s Phil Wells (8-4) take on Norway’s Thomas Robertsen (5-1) in a welterweight contest.

Robertsen lost his unbeaten record when he was defeated by Craig White at CW80, and he’ll return to London to make amends against Swindon’s Wells on June 2.

The four bouts join an already packed lineup to take the total confirmed fights to 11.

The London event will be headlined by a battle for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title, as London’s Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood takes on Swiss contender Marko Kovacevic.

The card also features a host of returning Cage Warriors favourites, including an eagerly-anticipated welterweight clash between fellow veterans Matt Inman and Brad Wheeler, plus a light-heavyweight clash between Norman Paraisy and Kenneth Bergh.

In addition to the top-drawer MMA action in the cage, the fans at the Indigo will also be able to enjoy a special meet and greet session with a host of UFC fighters who formerly plied their trade inside the Cage Warriors cage.

And fans can even make sure their hair and beards are as sharp as the MMA skills on show, courtesy of Cage Warriors partners Pall Mall Barbers, who will have a pop-up barber’s shop on site in the arena on fight night.

The main card will be shown live in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport and internationally on UFC Fight Pass, with the prelims shown on The Sport Bible Facebook page.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 84 are available now from CageWarriors.com.

CAGE WARRIORS 84: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Nathaniel Wood vs Marko Kovacevic (Bantamweight title)
Matt Inman vs Brad Wheeler (Welterweight)
Norman Paraisy vs Kenneth Bergh (Light-Heavyweight)
Lee Chadwick vs Bola Omoyele (Middleweight)
Tom Green vs Alexander Jacobsen (Lightweight)
Håkon Foss vs Craig White (Welterweight)
Iurie Bejenari vs Sam Creasey (Flyweight)
James Webb vs Miro Jurković (Middleweight)
Martyn Harris vs Marcus Paul (Welterweight)
Sean Carter vs Steve O’Keeffe (Lightweight)
Phil Wells vs Thomas Robertsen (177 lbs catchweight)

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Middleweight title fight set for Bournemouth at Cage Warriors 85

09/05/2017

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Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan has announced a pair of top-notch contests for the upcoming event in Bournemouth on June 24.

During the live broadcast of Cage Warriors 83 in Newport, Wales, Boylan revealed the event at the O2 Academy will feature a battle for the vacant Cage Warriors middleweight title, as 185lb contender Victor Cheng takes on new signing Jason Radcliffe in a battle between two fighters with identical 11-2 records.

Sweden’s Cheng is a four-fight Cage Warriors veteran who goes into the contest riding a four-fight win streak, with victories over Matt Gabel, Faycal Hucin, Ion Pascu and Leeroy Barnes.

He’ll face off against England’s Radcliffe, who has won his last six contests, with five coming by KO/TKO and one by submission. London Shootfighters product will be looking to capture championship gold in his Cage Warriors debut, having recently signed a deal with the promotion.

Also announced for Bournemouth is a lightweight bout featuring former Royal Marine Martin ‘50cal’ Stapleton, who takes on Belgium’s Donovan ‘Vegas’ Desmae.

Stapleton (18-5) will be keen to rebound from his last outing, where he was edged out on the scorecards by Frenchman Anthony Dizy at Cage Warriors 80.

The SBG Manchester man had won five straight contests before that upset loss to Dizy in London and will be looking to make amends and kick off another winning run in Bournemouth.

He’ll take on Desmae, who is also looking to bounce back after a defeat in his last contest. The Belgian will be making his Cage Warriors debut looking to improve on his 9-3 career record.

Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/CW85tickets

CAGE WARRIORS 85: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Jason Radcliffe vs Victor Cheng (Cage Warriors middleweight title)
Martin Stapleton vs Donovan Desmae (lightweight bout)

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CW83 Results

06/05/2017

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Lewis Long, Josh Reed and Jack Shore all walked away with victories on a lively night of fights at the Newport Centre.

Welsh welterweight star Lew Long picked up an 18-second TKO victory over Che Mills in the main event of Cage Warriors 83 in Newport, but the win didn’t come in the manner he was hoping for.

Mills was ruled out with an injury to his right leg as the fight stopped immediately after the very first takedown of the bout torqued the former UFC man’s knee and forced a premature end to the eagerly-awaited contest.

The Welsh fans in the Newport Arena weren’t left shortchanged, however, as the other two Welshmen on the card produced superb displays to further their respective careers.

Bantamweight Josh Reed had the crowd on its feet as he produced a blistering performance to stop Gavin Kelly via first-round KO.

Kelly looked to use his kicks to score early on, but soon the Welshman found a home for his heavy hands as the bout swung decisively in his favour.

And another talented Welsh prospect, featherweight Jack ‘Tank’ Shore, put on arguably the most impressive performance of his young career to date with a dominant first-round finish of Frenchman Konmon Deh.

Shore took down Deh early in the round and kept him on the mat, working his way to the mount position before eventually locking up an armbar to force the submission.

Also on the main card, a quickfire one-two from Giovanni Melillo saw him claim a decisive first-round KO win over former welterweight title challenger Mohsen Bahari.

The Italian and the Norwegian locked up against the cage, but when they broke, Melillo unleashed a flurry of hooks that sent Bahari crashing to the mat.

And the man known as ‘The True Viking’, Denmark’s Soren Bak, turned in a dominant grappling display on his Cage Warriors debut as he smothered, bloodied and bruised veteran Scott Clist over three rounds.


CAGE WARRIORS 83: RESULTS

MAIN CARD
Lew Long def Che Mills via TKO (injury) - Round 1
Soren Bak def Scott Clist via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Josh Reed def Gavin Kelly via KO (punches) - Round 1
Giovanni Melillo def Mohsen Bahari via knockout (punches) - Round 1
Jack Shore def Konmon Deh via submission (armbar) - Round 1

PRO PRELIMS
Joe McColgan def Richard Williams via submission (guillotine) - Round 3
Aiden Lee def Kacper Formela via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1
Kris Edwards def Damo Weeden via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2
Nicolas Ott def Simon Maksimovic via unanimous decision

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CW83: Where to watch

06/05/2017

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Saturday May 6 sees Cage Warriors return to Wales as Newport Centre plays host to Cage Warriors 83.

The main event of the evening sees pride of Wales Lew Long take on England’s former UFC veteran Che Mills in a hotly-anticipated welterweight clash.

The co-main attraction features the Cage Warriors debut of Denmark’s Soren Bak, who takes on Cage Warriors veteran Scott Clist in a 155lb lightweight contest.

There’s more Welsh representation on the main card, as rising bantamweight star Josh Reed takes on Ireland’s Gavin Kelly at 135lbs, while featherweight prospect Jack Shore goes toe to toe with Konman Deh.

And former welterweight title challenger Mohsen Bahari is also set for action on the main card, with the Norwegian welterweight scheduled to face Italian Giovanni Melillo.

WHERE TO WATCH

The five-fight main card will be broadcast live from 9pm UK time on the following channels:

• UFC Fight Pass: Worldwide
• BT Sport 2: UK & Ireland
• Viaplay: Scandinavia
• Eleven Sports Network: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Ukraine, Singapore
• Sportube.tv: Italy
• PPTV: Thailand

CAGE WARRIORS 83 FIGHT CARD

Main Card
Che Mills (England) v Lew Long (Wales) - 170lbs
Soren Bak (Denmark) v Scott Clist (England) - 155lbs
Gavin Kelly (Ireland) v Josh Reed (Wales) - 135lbs
Mohsen Bahari (Norway) v Giovanni Melillo (Italy) - 170lbs
Konman Deh (France) v Jack Shore (Wales) - 145lbs

Pro Prelims
Joe McColgan (Fight Academy Ireland) v Richard Williams (Wales) - 155lbs
Kacper Formela (France) v Aiden Lee (England) - 145lbs
Damo Weeden (England) v Kris Edwards (Wales) - 135lbs
Nicholas Ott (France) v Simon Maksimovic (Wales) - 155lbs

Unified Amateur Prelims
David Adonis (DGMMA) v Mason Jones (Wales) - 160.5lbs
Tom Enstone (SVT) v Struan Croxan (NAILS) - 170lbs
Greg Summers (Trojan) v Christian Duncan (Gloucester Range) - 185lbs
James Amos (Impact) v Jordan Peake (Blaenavon MMA/Tillery Combat) - 155lbs
Rob Bennett (Twister MMA) v Ben Ellis (MAT Academy) - 155lbs
Mikal Figlak (Trojan) v Chris Stirling (Impact) - 155lbs
Andy Cole (Gloucester Range) v Michael Corston (Impact) - 160.5lbs
Dan Rees (Trojan) v Barry Francis (DOW) - 155lbs
Craig Rawlins (SVT) v Jack Tucker (Tillery Combat) - 170lbs
Dan Stevens (Gloucester Range)  v Lloyd Elliot (Trojan) - 185lbs
Aivaras Gaciauskas (All or Nothing) v Jaxson Hembury (NMMA) - 185lbs

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CW83 weigh-in results

05/05/2017

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Che Mills and Søren Bak both needed two attempts at the scale before eventually making weight ahead of their respective bouts in Wales.

Main event star Che Mills narrowly avoided missing weight as he hit the mark at the second time of asking at the weigh-ins for Cage Warriors 83 in Newport, Wales on Friday afternoon.

Mills initially tipped the scale at 171.5lb - half a pound over the maximum allowable limit for a Cage Warriors welterweight contest - before returning to weigh 170.9lbs.

Mills’ main event opponent Lewis Long had no such problems, hitting the scale at 170.6lbs.

Denmark’s Søren Bak also needed two attempts to make weight for his bout, but after initially weighing in a pound and a half over the 156lb maximum for his lightweight bout, his second attempt saw him make weight at 156lbs just inside the two-hour limit.

Bak faces off against Scott Clist, who came in at 154.8lbs.

Bantamweights Gavin Kelly (135.1) and Josh Reed (134.9) hit their marks, as did welterweights Mohsen Bahari (171) and Giovanni Melillo (170), and featherweight main carders Konman Deh (145.6) and Jack Shore (145.5).

The pro prelims were all confirmed as official, with all eight athletes weighing in on target for their respective bouts. That portion of the card will be headlined by Northern Irish prospect Joe McColgan, who takes on Wales’ Richard Williams.

MAIN CARD
Broadcast live on BT Sport, Setanta Eurasia, Viasat, ELEVEN, PPTV and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass
Che Mills (170.9) vs Lew Long (170.6)
Søren Bak (156) vs Scott Clist (154.8)
Gavin Kelly (135.1) vs Josh Reed (134.9)
Mohsen Bahari (171) vs Giovanni Melillo (170)
Konman Deh (145.6) vs Jack Shore (145.5)

PRO PRELIMS
Joe McColgan (155.6) vs Richard Williams (155.2)
Kacper Formela (145.3) vs Aiden Lee (145.7)
Damo Weeden (134.6) vs Kris Edwards (135.8)
Nicholas Ott (153.8) vs Simon Maksimovic (154.3)

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Middleweight clash bolsters Cage Warriors 84’s London lineup

03/05/2017

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British middleweight powerhouses Lee Chadwick and Bola Omoyele set to face off at Indigo at The O2 on June 2

The fight card for Cage Warriors’ second visit to the Indigo at The O2 has been further strengthened by the addition of a fascinating clash of British middleweights.

With a record of 22-13-1, Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick is one of the most experienced middleweights in the UK today and is riding a run of form he hopes will lead all the way to a Cage Warriors middleweight title shot.

The Liverpool man produced a dominant display in his last outing as he defeated Ireland’s Tommy Quinn, finishing him via first-round guillotine choke submission at the Echo Arena at Cage Warriors 82.

But standing between Chadwick and his Cage Warriors title dream is Bola ‘Cashflow’ Omoyele, who returns to action for the first time since 2015.

The 35-year-old Londoner has a record of 8-4 and was originally set to face Chadwick at Bellator in London last year. Now the pair will throw down as part of Cage Warriors’ stacked card on June 2.

The London event will be headlined by a battle for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title, as London’s Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood takes on Swiss contender Marko Kovacevic. Wood is aiming to be the first ever Londoner to win a Cage Warriors belt in the 15 year history of the promotion.

The card also features a host of returning Cage Warriors favourites, including an eagerly-anticipated welterweight clash between fellow veterans Matt Inman and Brad Wheeler, plus a light-heavyweight clash between TUF vets Norman Paraisy and Kenneth Bergh.

In addition to the top-drawer MMA action in the cage, the fans at the Indigo will also be able to enjoy a special meet and greet session with a host of UFC fighters who formerly plied their trade inside the Cage Warriors cage.

And fans can even make sure their hair and beards are as sharp as the MMA skills on show, courtesy of Cage Warriors partners Pall Mall Barbers, who will have a FREE pop-up barber’s shop on site in the arena on fight night.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 84 are available now from only £25 via http://bit.ly/CW84tickets

CAGE WARRIORS 84: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Nathaniel Wood vs Marko Kovacevic (Bantamweight title)
Norman Paraisy vs Kenneth Bergh (Light-Heavyweight)
Matt Inman vs Brad Wheeler (Welterweight)
Lee Chadwick vs Bola Omoyele (Middleweight)
Tom Green vs Alexander Jacobsen (Lightweight)
Håkon Foss vs Craig White (Welterweight)
Iurie Bejenar vs Sam Creasey (Flyweight)

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Four bouts added as Cage Warriors 84 starts to take shape

28/04/2017

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Welterweight battle between Matt Inman and Brad Wheeler tops a quartet of top-quality matchups added to Cage Warriors’ June 2 return to London

Cage Warriors’ return to Indigo at The O2 will see a clutch of promotional stars returning to the venue looking to further their championship aspirations on June 2.

Both Matt Inman and Brad Wheeler were in action at Cage Warriors 80 last time an event was staged at the venue, though the two welterweights experienced strikingly different outcomes.

While Wheeler claimed an impressive TKO stoppage of fellow veteran Warren Kee, Inman found himself on the wrong end of a TKO finish as Frenchman Karl Amoussou captured the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title.

Inman returns on June 2 looking to bounce back into title contention with a victory over Wheeler in a hotly-anticipated clash of two of Britain’s most seasoned and respected 170-pounders.

Also scheduled for CW84 is a pivotal bout in the Cage Warriors lightweight division. Tom Green is riding an impressive 10-fight win streak and has designs on a shot at the Cage Warriors lightweight title, currently held by Chris Fishgold.

Green will take on Denmark’s heavy-handed Alexander ‘Bad Romance’ Jacobsen, whose one-punch KO of Tim Wilde at the Indigo back in February put the rest of the division on alert.

Also on the card, Norway’s Håkon Foss returns to action against ‘The Thundercat’ Craig White in another welterweight clash.

Foss is riding a four-fight, four-finish win streak heading into the bout with rising prospect White, who picked up the most impressive victory of his career in his last outing when he submitted previously undefeated Norwegian Thomas Robertsen at CW80.

And it’s a battle between France and England at flyweight as Iurie Bejenari looks to extend his four-fight win streak against 7-1 Sam Creasey.

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CAGE WARRIORS 84: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Nathaniel Wood vs Marko Kovacevic (Bantamweight title)
Matt Inman vs Brad Wheeler (Welterweight)
Norman Paraisy vs Kenneth Bergh (Light-Heavyweight)
Tom Green vs Alexander Jacobsen (Lightweight)
Håkon Foss vs Craig White (Welterweight)
Iurie Bejenari vs Sam Creasey (Flyweight)

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‘The Prospect’ Nathaniel Wood bids to become ‘The Champion’ in Cage Warriors 84 main event

18/04/2017

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Nathaniel Wood will battle Marko Kovacevic for vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title on Friday June 2 in London.

Cage Warriors returns to the capital on Friday June 2 for Cage Warriors 84, as one of London’s most promising rising MMA fighters looks to capture world championship gold for the first time.

Nathaniel Wood will face Marko Kovacevic in the main event at Indigo at The O2, with the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title on the line.

Wood booked his place in the title fight with a hugely impressive stoppage victory over seasoned veteran and former UFC athlete Vaughan Lee at Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool.

During the opening round of that fight he broke Lee’s forearm with a kick, and in his previous Cage Warriors outing he ended the bout by injury TKO after breaking Steve McCombe’s arm with a similar kick.

Wood will face dangerous Swiss bantamweight Kovacevic, who boasts a 9-1 career record and comes into this fight riding an eight-fight win streak.

All but one of Kovacevic’s victories have come via stoppage, with six opponents failing to last the opening round. Most recently, each of his last four contests have finished by first-round stoppage, two by armbar submission and two via TKO.

The pair will do battle in the main event in London for the Cage Warriors bantamweight belt, formally held by current UFC prospect Brett Johns.

And if Wood is successful, he’ll become the first Londoner to hold Cage Warriors championship gold.

Speaking ahead of the contest, Wood said: “I have never been more ready then I am now to take that CW title. The Belt will not be leaving London.”

The event will also feature a light-heavyweight contest between rising Norwegian prospect Kenneth Bergh and returning veteran Norman Paraisy.

Frenchman Paraisy is a five-time Cage Warriors veteran, and returns to the promotion as a light-heavyweight when he takes on the dangerous Norwegian, who comes into the bout with a perfect 5-0 record, all first-round finishes, including four submissions in a row.

Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan said: “We’re all excited to be returning to our new London home at Indigo at The O2. We had a great night there last time, when we crowned a new welterweight champion in Karl Amoussou and this time we’ll see a new bantamweight champion crowned.

“Nathaniel’s not called ‘The Prospect’ for nothing, but he faces a huge challenge in Marko, and we’ll have plenty more exciting fights to add to the card as we move closer to fight night. Stay tuned!”

Once again, there will be a special meet and greet session with some former Cage Warriors stars who have gone on to join the UFC.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with a special early bird offer available for a limited time only, where you can purchase three tickets for just £50.00. Get yours soon before the offer ends.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 84 are available now from http://bit.ly/CW84tickets.


CAGE WARRIORS 84: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Nathaniel Wood (10-3) v Marko Kovacevic (9-1) - Cage Warriors bantamweight title
Norman Paraisy (15-4-2, 1nc) v Kenneth Bergh (5-0) - light-heavyweight contest

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‘The True Viking’ lands at Cage Warriors as nine fights confirmed for CW83

13/04/2017

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Cage Warriors 83 to feature the promotional debut of Danish lightweight star Søren ‘The True Viking’ Bak as the fight card for Newport starts to take shape.

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales will feature a host of Welsh talent, plus the debut of highly-rated Danish lightweight star Søren Bak.

Bak (7-1) will take on veteran Scott ‘The Priest’ Clist (11-3) in a tough test on his maiden outing under the Cage Warriors banner.

And he’ll be joined on the card by popular Welsh prospect Josh ‘Crazy Horse’ Reed.

The Tillery Combat trained bantamweight has made a perfect start to life as a professional, racking up six wins without defeat, including back-to-back victories in Cage Warriors contests. He’ll take on the Irishman Gavin Kelly who makes his fourth CW appearance in Newport.

Also scheduled for action is former welterweight title challenger Mohsen Bahari. The Norwegian takes on rising Italian prospect Giovanni Melillo, who arrives in Cage Warriors with a 6-1 career record, with five finishes. Melillo’s only defeat came to the current Cage Warriors 170lb champion, Karl Amoussou.

And a teammate of Amoussou’s, fellow Frenchman Konmon Deh (9-3) will look to follow up on his impressive stoppage win at Cage Warriors 82 when he lined up against local favourite Jack ‘The Tank’ Shore.

Shore racked up a perfect 12-0 amateur record before turning pro, and has impressed with four stoppage victories in his four professional contests to date, while Deh has won each of his six career bouts in the UK and is riding a six-fight win streak.

As previously announced, the main event of the evening will feature a battle between two of the UK’s premier welterweights as Che Mills goes head to head with Lewis Long.

These five main card bouts will also be joined by a fistful of pro prelim bouts as the Cage Warriors card starts to take shape ahead of the May 6 event.

A very limited number of Cage Warriors 83 tickets are available here.

CAGE WARRIORS 83: CONFIRMED BOUTS

MAIN CARD
Che Mills (16-9) v Lewis Long (14-4) - welterweight
Soren Bak (7-1) vs Scott Clist (11-3) - lightweight
Gavin Kelly (7-3) vs Josh Reed (6-0) - bantamweight
Mohsen Bahari (9-3) vs Giovanni Melillo (6-1) - welterweight
Konmon Deh (9-3) vs Jack Shore (4-0) - featherweight

PRO PRELIMS
Joe McColgan (2-1) vs Richard Williams (4-0) - lightweight
Damo Weeden (6-6-0-1nc) vs Kris Edwards (8-9) - bantamweight
Phil Wells (8-4) vs Shane Riley (5-6) - welterweight
Josh Ellis (1-0) vs Simon Maksimovic (1-0) - lightweight
Brett Hassett (2-2) vs Mason Jones (pro debut) - lightweight

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It’s Nad’s night in Liverpool as Narimani defeats Pimblett to capture the title

02/04/2017

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Bristol featherweight enters enemy territory and claims unanimous decision to capture Cage Warriors 145lb title at Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool

Bristol’s Nad Narimani silenced a raucous Liverpool crowd on Derby Day to walk away the Cage Warriors featherweight world champion after a composed performance against defending champ Paddy Pimblett in Liverpool.

Despite fighting in Pimblett’s back yard at the Echo Arena, Narimani turned in a nerveless performance as he set the early pace and lasted the course to claim a unanimous decision victory (48-47, 49-46, 50-45) after five gruelling rounds.

While it wasn’t a great night for Liverpool’s headline star, another proud Scouser, Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick, had the local fans on their feet with an impressive finish, dropping Tommy Quinn early before locking up a tight standing guillotine to claim the 58-second submission win in their middleweight bout.

It was a huge night, too, for fellow Liverpudlian ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann, who battled all the way to the scorecards with the experienced American Lacey Schuckman in the opening main card bout of the night.

McCann conceded some significant MMA experience to Lacey Schuckman, but looked every bit the American’s equal in a hugely competitive bout as the proud Evertonian rallied in a breathless final frame to capture the unanimous decision victory, with scores of 29-28 on all three scorecards.

The co-main event saw the battle between prospect and veteran go the younger man’s way as Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood claimed a career-defining TKO win over Vaughan Lee.

And rounding off the main card, Sweden’s Frantz Slioa claimed an impressive submission victory after a back-and-forth grappling exchange saw him survive a deep triangle choke and two triangle armbars before eventually finishing Dean Trueman with a rear-naked choke/face crank.

CAGE WARRIORS 82: MAIN CARD RESULTS
Nad Narimani def Paddy Pimblett via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45)
Nathaniel Wood def Vaughan Lee via TKO (punches), R2
Lee Chadwick def Tommy Quinn via submission (standing guillotine), R1
Frantz Slioa def Dean Trueman via submission (rear-naked choke), R1
Molly McCann def Lacey Schuckman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Pimblett v Narimani Title Fight made official at Cage Warriors 82 Weigh ins

31/03/2017

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Main event title fight is official as Paddy Pimblett and challenger Nad Narimani make weight ahead of Cage Warriors 82 at the Echo Arena on Saturday night.

The Cage Warriors 82 weigh-ins took place on Friday afternoon in Liverpool ahead of Saturday night’s historic event at The Echo Arena.

The featherweight world title fight between Paddy Pimblett and Nad Narimani was confirmed as official after the pair successfully weighed in under the featherweight limit ahead of their main event clash.

Liverpudlian star and defending champion Pimblett arrived just under championship weight, weighing in at 144.9lbs, while Narimani weighed in with a full pound to spare, tipping the scales at 144lbs.

The co-main event will see former UFC veteran Vaughan Lee (135.4lbs) take on rising prospect Nathaniel Wood (135.8lbs) in a bantamweight contest while local favourite, Evertonian Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann, weighed in at 125.8lbs ahead of her flyweight contest against Lacey Schuckman (124.9lbs).

Liverpool’s Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick (185.2lbs) will also relish the Merseyside atmosphere when he fights on familiar territory against Ireland’s Tommy Quinn (185lbs) in a middleweight contest.

And Derbyshire featherweight Dean Trueman (145.7lbs) will be looking to follow up on his spectacular knockout win from his last appearance at Cage Warriors 79 last October with another strong performance when he takes on Frantz Slioa (145.6lbs).

It proved a good day at the office for the Cage Warriors staff and commissioners, with all 36 fighters involved across the 18 bouts - 11 professional, seven amateur - hitting their contracted weights ahead of Saturday night’s big event.

The main card will be televised live in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport and across Europe on Viasat, Setanta Eurasia and ELEVEN, as well as being streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively live globally via The Sport Bible. Scandinavian fans can watch the prelims live via Viaplay.

British UFC star and former Cage Warriors champion Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy will also be in attendance on fight night, and will be signing copies of his newly-released autobiography Part Reptile between 6:30 and 7:30pm.

Tickets for the event are nearly sold out. Make sure you don’t miss out by securing your last-minute seats via the Echo Arena box office or online at: http://bit.ly/CW82tickets


MAIN CARD
Broadcast live on BT Sport, Setanta Eurasia, Viasat, ELEVEN and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass
Paddy Pimblett (144.9) v Nad Narimani (144) - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Vaughan Lee (135.4) v Nathaniel Wood (135.8) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Lee Chadwick (185.2) v Tommy Quinn (185) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Dean Trueman (145.7) v Frantz Slioa (145.6) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Molly McCann (125.8) v Lacey Schuckman (124.9) - flyweight bout (125lbs)

PRO PRELIMS
Streamed live on The Sport Bible Facebook page
Leeroy Barnes (181.1) v Johan Romming (183.7) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson (158.8) v Perry Goodwin (158.5) - catchweight bout (160lbs)
Ross Houston (170.1) v Dylan McLoughlin (170.5) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Paull McBain (145.9) v Lloyd Manning (145.4) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Cian Erraught (245.8) v Shaun Kenny (242) - heavyweight bout (265lbs)
Kommon Deh (153.9) v Elliot Jenkins (153.5) – Lightweight bout (155lbs)

AMATEUR PRELIMS:
Liam Gittins (125.5) v Connor Wilson (125.9) - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Rhys McHugh (144.6) v Adam Wilson (144.9) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Chris Price (144.2) v Rob Zabitis (145.3) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Jordan Holmes (168.9) v Paul Bentley (170) – Welterweight bout (170lbs)
Ben Stokes (154.9) v Ashley Derbyshire (155.9) – lightweight bout (155lbs)
Gray Donnelly (155.5) v Harry McKnight (154.9) - lightweight bout (155lbs)
JJ Jones (125.3) v Francis Breen (125.9) - flyweight bout (125lbs)

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Cage Warriors announce equipment partnership with Fairtex

31/03/2017

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World-renowned manufacturers partners up with Cage Warriors as the promotion’s new glove and leather equipment partner

Cage Warriors, the premier MMA fighting organisation in Europe and the Middle East, has entered into a partnership arrangement with Fairtex, who will become the promotion’s official glove and leather equipment partner.

Founded by Philip Wong, the Fairtex brand became the #1 choice for gloves and leather equipment in Thailand before becoming globally renowned as a manufacturer of top-quality gloves and sparring equipment for Muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing and MMA.

“Fairtex gloves and equipment have been a mainstay of the world’s biggest combat sports gyms for years, so we’re proud to have struck this partnership with them moving forward,” said Cage Warriors President, Graham Boylan.

“The most important hours of a fighter’s career are spent in the gym, and Fairtex’s products have delivered top performance and high quality for years.

“We’re excited to partner with Fairtex and look forward to a successful partnership between our two brands.”

Chano, General Manager of Fairtex Thailand, said: “We’re delighted to join forces with Cage Warriors, who have proved their status as the premier European organisation for fighters looking to reach the top of the sport.

“We look forward to working in tandem with Cage Warriors as they continue to develop MMA’s stars of the future.”

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Last chance to secure your place at Cage warriors’ biggest ever event

31/03/2017

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Only a limited number of £30 tickets remain for Cage Warriors’ return to Liverpool’s Echo Arena for Cage Warriors 82

Cage Warriors, the premier MMA fighting organisation in Europe and the Middle East, is all set to stage its biggest-ever show when the promotion returns to Liverpool on Derby Day this weekend.

After Liverpool and Everton battle it out for the city’s footballing bragging rights at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, all eyes will turn to the Echo Arena as local hero Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett looks to make the second straight defence of his Cage Warriors featherweight world title against Bristol’s Nad Narimani.

Tickets have been flying out the door for this must-see event, with all cageside seats sold out, but a limited number of £30 tickets still remain for those fans who still haven’t secured their place in the crowd on what promises to be an historic night.

“This is the biggest domestic MMA show ever,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“I want to thank Liverpool’s magnificent fight fans - Reds and Blues - coming together on Derby Day to see their local heroes take on international stars.

“I am asking all our fans to get down to the venue in good time as it’s going to be busy on the night.”

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Cage Warriors announce Betsafe as official gaming partner

30/03/2017

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Betting giant join the Cage Warriors family with two-year deal

Cage Warriors are proud to announce that Betsafe have signed a two-year deal to become the promotion’s official gaming partner.

As part of the deal, Betsafe joins Cage Warriors’ roster of key sponsors, with extensive branding forming part of the Cage Warriors cage. Betsafe will also create engaging fan content with fighters and in-arena event activation initiatives.

In addition to joining Cage Warriors as a gaming sponsor, Betsafe will also become the broadcast sponsor of both Cage Warriors and UFC events on BT Sport, a deal which will last for the next 12 months

Betsafe already has strong ties with mixed martial arts, with UFC athletes Emil Meek and Jack Hermansson, plus Cage Warriors fighters Kenneth Bergh and Mohsen Bahari working as brand ambassadors.

The 10-year-old Betsafe brand launched in the UK in 2015 and is part of Betsson Group, one of the world’s largest i-gaming operators, at the heart of gaming entertainment for over five decades. With the addition of this sponsorship, Betsafe is fast becoming the go-to brand for betting on combat sports, with their MMA ties dovetailing with their recent sponsorship of the David Haye v Tony Bellew fight. They also boast British boxing legend Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton as another brand ambassador.

The brand also count Manchester City FC and the Gumball Rally amongst their other sporting sponsorships, and work with other notable ambassadors from the world of sport including Harry Redknapp, Paul Dickov, Alan Mcinally, and ‘The Two Mikes’ show on talkSPORT radio.

Betsafe will allow MMA fans to bet on all Cage Warriors events via their industry-leading iOS or Android app, which also offers live streaming of major sporting events including top-level football, tennis and NBA basketball.

Nicola Fitton, Managing Director of Betsafe said: “We love MMA here at Betsafe, and working with Cage Warriors was a natural fit.

“Together with our broadcast sponsorship of Cage Warriors and UFC events, this partnership means Betsafe is the essential betting and gaming destination for MMA fans.”

Casimir Knight, CEO of Cage Warriors, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Betsafe to the Cage Warriors family. Their wealth of experience in the betting and gaming field, plus their undoubted love of MMA, made them the ideal gaming sponsor for us and we look forward to a long and successful partnership in the months and years ahead.”

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Confirmed fight card and broadcast details for Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool

27/03/2017

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Key information and timings for Saturday night’s event at The Echo Arena

Saturday April 1 looks set to deliver the biggest night in the long and successful history of Cage Warriors as The Echo Arena plays host to Cage Warriors 82.

The main event of the evening sees proud Scouser and Cage Warriors featherweight world champion Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett return to action in his home town against Bristol’s Nad Narimani.

And on the same day that sees the world-famous Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton, proud Evertonian Molly McCann will take to the cage for her latest bout when she takes on Lacey Schuckman.

Former UFC veteran Vaughan Lee is also set for action on the packed fight card as he takes on fellow Brit Nathaniel Wood in a bantamweight contest.

The pro prelims will be streamed live and for free on The Sport Bible Facebook page from 6:45pm, with the main card will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, Viasat in Scandinavia, Setanta Eurasia and streamed live worldwide on UFC Fight Pass. The main card action begins at 9:00pm.

In addition, UFC star and former Cage Warriors champion Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy will be in attendance at the event to sign copies of his autobiography Part Reptile, while the event will also see the Cage Warriors ring girl debut of former UFC octagon girl Edith Labelle.

“This event promises to be our biggest yet,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“With a packed crowd at The Echo Arena and a host of top-drawer contests, MMA fans are all set for a spectacular night.

“We’re delighted to welcome The Sport Bible to our broadcast lineup as they stream our professional prelims for fans to watch for free. As well as giving fans more great MMA, The Sport Bible’s support will also help give our up-and-coming fighters the exposure their talents deserve.

“It’s shaping up to be the biggest night in the history of Cage Warriors. Liverpool’s MMA fans know how to bring the party, so if you don’t have your tickets, you’d better get them quick.”

Tickets are available via the Echo Arena from £33.50 and are selling fast.

CAGE WARRIORS 82: CONFIRMED BOUTS
FIGHT CARD

MAIN CARD:
Paddy Pimblett v Nad Narimani - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Vaughan Lee v Nathaniel Wood - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Lee Chadwick v Tommy Quinn - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Dean Trueman v Frantz Slioa - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Molly McCann v Lacey Schuckman - flyweight bout (125lbs)

PRO PRELIMS:
Leeroy Barnes v Johan Romming - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson v Perry Goodwin - catchweight bout (160lbs)
Ross Houston v Dylan McLoughlin - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Paull McBain v Lloyd Manning - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Cian Erraught v Shaun Kenny - heavyweight bout (265lbs)
Kommon Deh v Elliot Jenkins – Lightweight bout (155lbs)

AMATEUR PRELIMS:

Liam Gittins v Connor Wilson - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Rhys Mchugh v Adam Wilson - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Chris Price v Rob Zabitis - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Jordan Holmes v Paul Bentley – Welterweight bout (170lbs)
Ben Stokes v Ashley Derbyshire – lightweight bout (155lbs)
Gray Donnelly v Harry McKnight - lightweight bout (155lbs)
JJ Jones v Francis Breen - flyweight bout (125lbs)


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Liverpool favourite set for action at Cage Warriors 82

21/03/2017

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Everton-supporting Molly McCann set for action against Colorado veteran Lacey Schuckman on April 1 event at the Echo Arena

Liverpool’s Molly McCann now has a confirmed opponent for her hometown bout at Cage Warriors 82, in what will be the biggest night in the promotion’s history.

McCann will take on Lacey Schuckman in a 125lb flyweight contest at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in a fight that’s sure to deliver plenty of action.

‘Meatball’ McCann splits her training between Ippon gym, Bournemouth and NextGen in Liverpool that has produced Cage Warriors world champions Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold. She’ll line up with Pimblett for the April 1 card looking to add another win to her pro record.

The proud Evertonian has a record of four wins, one defeat, with three wins coming by way of TKO, but her opponent will provide a stern test.

Colorado native Schuckman is a 20-fight veteran of the sport with a record of 11 wins and nine losses, with six submission finishes and two TKO victories to her name.

She’s competed against former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza, and took rising UFC contender Michelle Waterson all the way to a split decision early in her career.

The 28-year-old has competed under the HOOKnSHOOT, Strikeforce and Invicta banners, and will be making her Cage Warriors debut against McCann on April 1.

Speaking ahead of the bout, Schuckman said: “I am very excited for this opportunity, I look forward to putting on an exciting fight against a very talented opponent.”

McCann, meanwhile, promised a quickfire finish on home soil, saying: “I cannot wait to perform in our city on such an amazing promotion. This will be a night to remember! KO first round! How bout dat!”

Tickets are available via the Echo Arena from £33.50 and are selling fast.

CAGE WARRIORS 82: CONFIRMED BOUTS
(bout order TBC)

Paddy Pimblett (13-1) v Nad Narimani (9-2) - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Vaughan Lee (14-12-1) vs Nathaniel Wood (10-4) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Molly McCann (4-1) vs Lacey Schuckman (11-9) - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Dean Trueman (7-3) vs Frantz Slioa (4-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Martin Stapleton (18-5) v Aleksi Mantykivi (10-4)  - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Lee Chadwick (21-13-1) v Tommy Quinn (6-3) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson (6-3, 1NC) v Perry Goodwin (6-4) - catchweight bout (160lbs)
Leeroy Barnes (16-16, 1nc) v Johan Romming (9-5-1) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ross Houston (3-0) v Dylan McLoughlin (3-0) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Cian Erraught (1-1) v Shaun Kenny (2-0) - heavyweight bout (265lbs)

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Build up to Cage Warriors 82 continues with triple announcement

15/03/2017

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Cage Warriors continues the build-up to their blockbuster show in Liverpool with three announcements


Four more pro fights added

The fight card has been further strengthened by the addition of four more professional bouts.

Martin Stapleton returns to action at 155lbs when he takes on Finland’s Aleksi Mantykivi, while Cage Warriors veteran Leeroy Barnes will make his ninth appearance for the promotion when he takes on Frenchman Johan Romming.

Also added to the card is a welterweight bout between undefeated prospects Ross Houston and Dylan McLoughlin and a heavyweight clash between Cian Erraught and Shaun Kenny.


Dan Hardy is heading to Liverpool

Former Cage Warriors welterweight champion and UFC title challenger Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy will be in attendance at Cage Warriors 82 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday April 1.

Copies of his new autobiography Part Reptile: UFC, MMA and Me will be available to buy at the arena, and Dan will be on hand to personally sign copies of the book purchased on the day.


Edith Labelle joins the Cage Warriors family

The newest member of the Cage Warriors family will make their debut at Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool as former UFC octagon girl Edith Labelle takes charge of the ring cards for the event.

Edith was a hugely popular member of the octagon girls during her time with the UFC. Now she joins Cage Warriors as a regular ring girl for the rest of 2017.


CAGE WARRIORS 82: CONFIRMED BOUTS
(bout order TBC)

Paddy Pimblett (13-1) v Nad Narimani (9-2) - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Molly McCann (4-1) vs TBC - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Lee Chadwick (21-13-1) v Tommy Quinn (6-3) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson (6-3, 1NC) v Perry Goodwin (6-4) - catchweight bout (160lbs)
Dean Trueman (7-3) vs Frantz Slioa (4-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Vaughan Lee (14-12-1) vs Nathaniel Wood (10-4) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Martin Stapleton (18-5) v Aleksi Mantykivi (10-4)  - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Leeroy Barnes (16-16, 1nc) v Johan Romming (9-5-1) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ross Houston (3-0) v Dylan McLoughlin (3-0) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Cian Erraught (1-1) v Shaun Kenny (2-0) - heavyweight bout (265lbs)

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Cage Warriors signs regional development deal with BCMMA

13/03/2017

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MMA promotion BCMMA joins the Cage Warriors family as the East Anglian arm of the Cage Warriors Academy network

Cage Warriors have added another promotion to their Cage Warriors Academy family with the signing of BCMMA.

The East Anglian promotion has established itself as one of the most successful regional promotions, consistently staging high-quality mixed martial arts events.

And Cage Warriors can confirm that a deal has been agreed to bring BCMMA promotion under the Cage Warriors Academy banner as they look to invest in the development of mixed martial arts at all levels.

The promotion is run by two experienced and respected MMA fighters Jack Mason and Craig Powell. It will make its debut as a Cage Warriors Academy event with a show on Saturday May 6.

Under the deal, BCMMA will host events as the East Anglian branch of the Cage Warriors Academy, providing a stage for the best up-and-coming talent in the region and providing a potential pathway for the best young talent to progress up the ladder towards an opportunity in the internationally-broadcast Cage Warriors events.

The deal follows hot in the footsteps of Cage Warriors’ regional development deal with Merseyside-based promotion Shinobi last month, and establishes Cage Warriors Academy promotions in East Anglia, North West, South of England and Wales.

BCMMA’s Jack Mason hailed the deal, saying: “Partnering with Cage Warriors will help provide a clear pathway for our athletes to progress their fighting careers.

“Cage Warriors has a proven track record in producing talent that can go all the way to the world stage, and I’m proud that BCMMA can now become part of that process.”

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan said: “Jack, Craig and the BCMMA team has consistently turned out top-notch shows in East Anglia, and bringing them under the Cage Warriors Academy umbrella only makes us stronger as a promotion.

“We’re committed to helping produce the next generation of MMA fighting talent from these shores, and deals like the one we’re announcing today play a major part in that.”

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Vaughan Lee vs Nathaniel Wood added to stacked fight card for CW82 in Liverpool

10/03/2017

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Bantamweight duo were due to compete at Cage Warriors 80 in London, but now the pair will meet at the Echo Arena on April 1

The much-anticipated bantamweight bout between Vaughan Lee and Nathaniel Wood is back on, and has been added to the fight card for Cage Warriors’ spectacular show in Liverpool, Cage Warriors 82.

The pair were originally scheduled to face off at Indigo at The O2 at Cage Warriors 80, but medial issues forced Wood out of the contest as the bout was postponed pending medical clearance.

Wood has since received that clearance and is free to compete again, and Cage Warriors has wasted no time in adding the bout to the April 1 show at the Echo Arena.

The fight pits two of the UK’s premier 135-pounders against each other, with former UFC veteran Lee taking on ‘The Prospect’ Wood in a fascinating clash that is sure to deliver action aplenty.

Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan said: “I was gutted for both Vaughan and Nathaniel when their fight had to be postponed, but fighter safety is our number-one priority at all times.

“We were excited to learn of Nathaniel’s medical clearance and, once we received full confirmation of that, were delighted to rebook this matchup and add it to our Liverpool show, which just gets better and better as the fight card grows.”

The bout joins a growing card that already boasts two world title fights, as Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold put their featherweight and lightweight titles on the line.

Pimblett takes on Nad Narimani in the main event, while Fishgold bids to win the lightweight belt outright with a third straight title defence when he faces Jani Salmi.

Tickets are available via the Echo Arena from £33.50. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get yours and be a part of Cage Warriors’ biggest ever show.

CAGE WARRIORS 82: CONFIRMED BOUTS

Paddy Pimblett (13-1) v Nad Narimani (9-2) - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Vaughan Lee (14-12-1) vs Nathaniel Wood (10-4) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Dean Trueman (7-3) vs Frantz Slioa (4-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Molly McCann (4-1) vs TBC - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Lee Chadwick (21-13-1) v Tommy Quinn (6-3) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson (6-3, 1NC) v Perry Goodwin (6-4) - catchweight bout (160lbs)

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Cage Warriors bolster roster with 12 new signings

09/03/2017

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Graham Boylan unveils a dozen new signings as Cage Warriors strengthens their roster of fighting talent heading into the second quarter of 2017

Cage Warriors’ roster of fighters has expanded with 12 new arrivals confirmed to the promotion’s lineup.

The new crop of signings includes six lightweight additions: Donovan Desmae (9-3), Soren Bak (7-1), Perry Goodwin (6-4), Aleksi Mantykivi (10-4), Ellis Hampson (6-3-1) and Alexander Jacobsen (7-1).

Joining them are bantamweights Gavin Kelly (8-3) and Brian Bouand (5-1), welterweights Dylan McLoughlin (3-0) and Craig White (11-4), light-heavyweight Norman Paraisy (15-4-2, 1nc) and heavyweight Shawn Kenny (2-0).

Announcing the signings, Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan said: “I’m delighted to welcome this exciting crop of fighters to the Cage Warriors family.

“We’re a handful of events into our biggest year ever, and bringing these talented fighters onto our roster helps give our matchmaker Ian Dean even more options as we look to deliver exciting fights and spectacular events for our fans.”

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Chris Fishgold returns home to defend his Lightweight Title and Cage Warriors 82

08/03/2017

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Lightweight world champion to put his Cage Warriors lightweight belt on the line against Jani Salmi in the co-main event at the Echo Arena

Liverpool lightweight and Cage Warriors world champion Chris Fishgold will return to his home city as he bids to make history at Cage Warriors 81.

Fishgold (16-1-1) will look to make a third successful defence of his 155lb world title when he takes on fellow submission specialist Jani Salmi (9-2) in the co-main event at the Echo Arena on April 1.

If Fishgold is successful, he’ll become the first Cage Warriors champion to make three consecutive world title defences and he’ll get to keep his Cage Warriors belt as a result.

Fishgold captured the vacant lightweight belt in July 2016 with a first-round submission of Adam Boussif at Cage Warriors 77.

And the NextGen-trained lightweight rounded out the year with back-to-back title defences, submitting Jason Ponet at Cage Warriors 79 in Liverpool in September, then outpointing Nic Herron-Webb at Cage Warriors Unplugged at the BT Sport studios in London in November.

He’ll take on in-form Finn Salmi, who comes into this matchup riding an eight-fight win streak, a run that includes six finishes, with five coming by submission.

Cage Warriors is renowned for delivering a production line of talent to the highest level of the sport, with dozens of former Cage Warriors stars going on to ply their trade in the UFC’s octagon.

All eyes will be on the Echo Arena as two of Cage Warriors current stars - Fishgold and featherweight champion teammate Paddy Pimblett - take centre stage in their home city.

Fishgold said that home town advantage will help fire him to victory on April 1.

“Stepping into the Cage Warriors cage is always special, but the chance to defend my world title at home means the world,” he said.

“Being the first fighter to win a Cage Warriors title outright would be a huge honour for me, and nobody’s going to take this belt from me in my home town.”

Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan said: “It’s great to announce our second world title fight for Liverpool.

“It’s great to have both of our Liverpool world champions at the top of this fight card. April 1 is going to be spectacular. Our biggest show ever.”

Tickets are available via the Echo Arena from £33.50. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get yours and be a part of Cage Warriors’ biggest ever show.

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Karl Moore dominates in Dublin to capture the Light-Heavyweight Title at CW81

05/03/2017

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Northern Irishman earns a landslide decision victory over former TUF veteran Josh Clarke to capture world championship gold at the 3Arena.

Belfast’s Karl Moore was crowned the Cage Warriors light-heavyweight champion of the world after dominating a bloody war with former TUF veteran Josh Clark at the 3Arena, Dublin.

Moore bossed the overwhelming majority of the contest, earning a landslide victory on all three of the judges’ scorecards, with totals of 49-45, 50-44 and 50-42 reflecting the Northern Irishman’s dominance throughout the title fight.

Moore’s win now means he becomes the latest holder of the Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title, following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping, who has since gone on to earn UFC world championship honours as a middleweight.

The night’s co-main event saw the victorious return of Catherine Costigan, who extended her perfect record under the Cage Warriors banner to 4-0 with a split-decision win over Wendy McKenna.

The two atomweights traded leather for 15 solid minutes that ebbed and flowed as both fighters enjoyed spells in the ascendancy.

But when the score totals were read it was Ireland’s Costigan who ended up with the victory thanks to scores of 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.

Frenchman Arnold Quero got the nod from two of the three judges as he edged out Joe McColgan via split decision after three close, competitive rounds in their lightweight bout contest.

Both men had their fair share of successes throughout the fight and the competitiveness of the fight was reflected in the judges scorecards, with Quero taking home the win with scores of 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 handing him the split-decision victory.

Norway’s Hakan ‘Ferocious’ Foss extended his winning streak to four in a row with an impressive rear-naked choke submission of Martyn Harris as he looks to work his way back to a rematch with the last man to beat him, current CW welterweight champion Karl Amoussou.

And the opening main card fight of the night saw SBG prospect Blaine O’Driscoll claim a eye-catching KO win over Darren O’Gorman.

O’Driscoll started fast, dominating from the top position and leaving O’Gorman with a nasty cut over his right eye as they returned to their corners after Round 1.

And, after the action was paused mid-way through the second round for the doctor to assess the damage to O’Gorman’s face, O’Driscoll closed the show with a beautiful left hand to claim the knockout victory.


CAGE WARRIORS 81: MAIN CARD RESULTS
Karl Moore def Josh Clark via unanimous decision (49-45, 50-44, 50-42)
Catherine Costigan def Wendy McKenna via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Arnold Quero def Joe McColgan via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Hakan Foss def Martyn Harris via submission (rear-naked choke), R1
Blaine O’Driscoll def Darren O’Gorman via KO (punch), R2

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Light-Heavyweight Title fight is official as Moore and Clark make weight at CW81 weigh-ins

03/03/2017

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Title challengers Karl Moore and Josh Clark make weight ahead of their light-heavyweight championship main event at Cage Warriors 81 at the 3Arena on Saturday night.

The Cage Warriors 81 weigh-ins took place on Friday afternoon in Dublin ahead of Saturday night’s homecoming event at the 3Arena.

The light-heavyweight world title fight between Karl Moore and Josh Clark will go ahead as scheduled after both men successfully made weight ahead of their 205lb championship clash.

Ireland’s Moore tipped the scales at 204.5lbs ahead of his bid to capture Cage Warriors championship gold, while Clark also made weight comfortably within the limit, with the former TUF veteran weighing in at 203.6lbs.

The co-main event will see atomweights Catherine Costigan (104.8) and Wendy McKenna (105.3) do battle, while the main card will also feature rising lightweight prospect Joe McColgan (155.7) taking on power-punching Frenchman Arnold Quero (154.6).

The five-fight main card is rounded out by a welterweight bout between Hakon Foss (169.8) and Martyn Harris (169.5) and a bantamweight clash between Darren O’Gorman (134.6) and Blaine O’Driscoll (135).

The remainder of the professional fight card weighed in with no mishaps, with all 18 main card fighters making their agreed weights ahead of Saturday night’s event.

The main card will be televised live in Ireland on eirSport, across Europe on Viasat, Setanta Eurasia and ELEVEN, and will also be streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass and shown on BT Sport on Monday night.

Tickets are available via ticketmaster.ie.

MAIN CARD
Broadcast live on eirSPORT, Setanta Eurasia, Viasat, ELEVEN and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass
Karl Moore (204.5) vs Josh Clark (203.6)
Catherine Costigan (104.8) vs Wendy McKenna (105.3)
Joe McColgan (155.7) vs Arnold Quero (154.6)
Hakon Foss (169.8) vs Martyn Harris (169.5)
Darren O’Gorman (134.6) vs Blaine O’Driscoll (135)

PRELIMINARY CARD
Hughie O’Rourke (138.1) vs Craig Powell (139.7)
Lloyd Manning (145.6) vs Paul McBain (145.9)
Eric Nolan (149.9) vs Marcin Zemballa (149.1)
Maciej Gierszewski (167.9) vs Romain Bidet (167.5)

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Merseyside set to unite for biggest show in Cage Warriors history

02/03/2017

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Cage Warriors 82 is all set to be the biggest show in the promotion’s history, with a stacked card full of the best Merseyside talent.

Just hours after the Merseyside Derby decides the City’s footballing bragging rights at Anfield, the red and blue halves of Liverpool will reunite once more to support their local heroes at the Echo Arena on April 1st for Cage Warriors 82.

The event is headlined by Liverpool’s own world champion, featherweight king Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett who takes on Nad Narimani in his latest title defence. Cage Warriors other Merseyside champion, Chris Fishgold, will also be in action in the night’s co-main attraction, defending his lightweight belt.

The two world champions will be backed up by another SEVEN of Liverpool’s finest fighters - including popular Evertonian flyweight Molly McCann - as Cage Warriors stack the deck with local stars ahead of the event.

Confirmed for the event is a middleweight bout between Liverpool’s Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick (21-13-1) and Irish veteran Tommy Quinn (6-3).

Another Liverpool fighter, Ellis Hampson (6-3, 1NC), will also feature on the card in a 160lb catchweight bout against Perry Goodwin (6-4).

And new Cage Warriors signing Dean Trueman (7-3) will look to follow up his spectacular 12-second KO win at CW79 with another impressive victory when he takes on undefeated Swede Frantz Slioa (4-0) in a featherweight contest.

“We’ve already sold more tickets for this event than we did when more than 3,000 people watched Paddy win the belt at the Echo last year,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“This show is all set to showcase the very best of Liverpool’s fighting talent, and no city supports their own more passionately than the city of Liverpool.

“This is shaping up to be the biggest show we’ve ever done, and I’m expecting a special atmosphere in the Echo Arena on April 1.”

Tickets are available via the Echo Arena from £33.50. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get yours and be a part of Cage Warriors’ biggest ever show.

CAGE WARRIORS 82: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Paddy Pimblett (13-1) v Nad Narimani (9-2) - Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)
Chris Fishgold (16-1) v TBC - Cage Warriors lightweight title (155lbs)
Molly McCann (4-1) vs TBC - flyweight bout (125lbs)
Lee Chadwick (21-13-1) v Tommy Quinn (6-3) - middleweight bout (185lbs)
Ellis Hampson (6-3, 1NC) v Perry Goodwin (6-4) - catchweight bout (160lbs)
Dean Trueman (7-3) vs Frantz Slioa (4-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)

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Dublin main eventers sound off ahead of Cage Warriors 81 title clash

01/03/2017

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Ireland’s Karl Moore and America’s Josh Clark will do battle for the vacant Cage Warriors light-heavyweight world title on Saturday night

Cage Warriors 81 will see a new light-heavyweight world champion crowned as Ireland’s Karl Moore takes on American TUF veteran Josh Clark in the main event at the 3Arena.

Moore heads a cast of Irish fighting talent looking to claim victory on home turf this weekend, and says he’s ready to step up and deliver a performance to not only send the Irish fans home happy and capture the light-heavyweight title last held by current UFC middleweight world champion Michael Bisping.

“I’m honoured to be able to fight for such a prestigious belt,” said Irish challenger Moore.

“The last guy who wore this went on to win the UFC belt as well. That’s what I plan to do also.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity all my life and no matter who Cage Warriors put in front of me, I’m going to steamroll over them.

“No one is going to take that belt from me in my own country and when I win it I will go on and conquer the world!”

Moore’s opponent Clark also told Cage Warriors he was excited for the opportunity to compete on the Emerald Isle this weekend.

“I can’t wait to fight Saturday night,” he enthused.

“I am willing to go through whatever to get my hand raised!

“I am going to find out how tough Karl Moore really is and I am going to leave with that belt!”

The light-heavyweight title fight tops a packed fight card as Cage Warriors makes its long-awaited return to Dublin this weekend.

Tickets are available via ticketmaster.ie.


FIGHT CARD
Bout order TBC

PRO CARD
Karl Moore (7-1) v Josh Clark (10-3) - Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title (205lbs)
Catherine Costigan (5-2) v Wendy McKenna (1-0) - atomweight bout (105lbs)
Joe McColgan (3-0) v Arnold Quero (13-5, 1 NC) - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Darren O’Gorman (4-1) v Blaine O’Driscoll (3-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Hughie O’Rourke (pro debut) v Arann Maguire (0-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Håkon Foss (7-3) v Martyn Harris (4-2) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Lloyd Manning (2-0) v Paul McBain (2-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Eric Nolan (pro debut) v Marcin Zembala (pro debut) - catchweight bout (150lbs)

AMATEUR CARD
Bill Farrell v David Piotrowicz - light-heavyweight bout (205lbs)
Richie Stack v Pawel Politylo - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Mark Gallivan v Makinde Adeyemi - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Francis Treacy v Stephen Treacy - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Austin Lynch v Alex Brophy - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Colm O’Regan v Mateusz Kopyto - catchweight bout (161lbs)
Ivan Blanita v Gary Coffey - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Gary Wallace v Darren Sarsfield - catchweight bout (161lbs)
David Whelan v Brandon Myers - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Adam Darby v Leon Hill - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Barry Hanna v Matthew Whyte - catchweight bout (132.2lbs)


BROADCAST DETAILS

The main card will be broadcast live in Ireland on eirSPORT 1, Viasat in Scandinavia, Setanta in Eurasia and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.


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Former Cage Warriors commentator John Gooden shares his Irish fight night memories ahead of CW81

28/02/2017

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As we look forward to our long-awaited return to Dublin this weekend, the former voice of Cage Warriors remembers the raucous atmosphere of the Irish fight fans and recalls the moment he took a knee from a man who would go on to become the biggest star in the sport - Conor McGregor.

Before he started calling fights for the UFC, British play-by-play man John Gooden was the voice of Cage Warriors.

And nobody knows the passion of the Irish fight fans quite like John who, during the now-famous rise to prominence of Conor McGregor, ended up right in the thick of it with the legendary Irish fight fans during both of ‘The Notorious’ one’s Cage Warriors championship victories.

We chatted to Gooden at CW80 in London where he shared his memories of his Irish fight night experiences ahead of our return to Dublin this weekend for Cage Warriors 81.

“I think my first taste was the Helix when Conor won his first world title,” he began. 

“I got injured - Conor kneed me in the face! But I stayed here to live to tell the tale!

“He jumped the fence. His fans were going absolutely bonkers, and I think if he didn’t go out, they were coming in. So strategically he did the right thing, although he sort of ran through me to get to them!

“But Josh (Palmer, Cage Warriors co-commentator) and I were covered in beer and it was just this melee of craziness. So that was really cool, because I can say I took a knee from Conor McGregor - which he apologised for, as well! 

“The Helix was an interesting venue. It was on different levels and the last time I was there the Irish were having mixed results. Then Conor came out and, as he does, rouses everyone and came away with the victory in the fashion that he did. That just put the capstone on the night and just made it celebratory.”

After that fight both McGregor and Gooden were UFC bound, where they would reunite in Dublin at the 3Arena for UFC Fight Night: McGregor v Brandao, an event that has gone down in folklore as one of the most raucous in UFC history.

“I’ve been over to Dublin twice (with the UFC) but the first time in 2014 - McGregor-Brandao - it’s gonna be difficult to top that,” Gooden smiled.

“The fans were SO good. The Irish fighters went 100%. They won, they won, they won and the crowd loved it. They got behind every single one and it was just a big celebration.

“Going back there, it was a sensory overload and I’m gonna take that to the grave with me.”

That event has been held up as the standard by which all fight night atmospheres are now judged, but there have been plenty of examples of the Irish fans’ passion since then, whether it’s at home for a host of different events, or on the road supporting their heroes overseas.

And on Saturday night the Irish fight fans have the opportunity to cheer on their boys on home soil once again at Cage Warriors 81. With a host of Irish fighting talent set for action, including Karl Moore bidding to capture the vacant Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title against American Josh Clark, we’re expecting another party atmosphere at the 3Arena.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.ie, priced €98, €38 and €24, with ticket holders also able to attend a special meet and greet session with our special guest fighters Neil Seery, Nicolas Dalby and the newly crowned Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion Karl Amoussou.

The bout will be televised live on eirSPORT 1 in Ireland, and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

CAGE WARRIORS 81: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Bout order TBC

PRO CARD
Karl Moore (7-1) v Josh Clark (10-3) - Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title (205lbs)
Catherine Costigan (5-2) v Wendy McKenna (1-0) - atomweight bout (105lbs)
Joe McColgan (3-0) v Arnold Quero (13-5, 1 NC) - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Darren O’Gorman (4-1) v Blaine O’Driscoll (3-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Hughie O’Rourke (pro debut) v Arann Maguire (0-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Håkon Foss (7-3) v Martyn Harris (4-2) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Lloyd Manning (2-0) v Paul McBain (2-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Eric Nolan (pro debut) v Marcin Zembala (pro debut) - catchweight bout (150lbs)

AMATEUR CARD
Bill Farrell v David Piotrowicz - light-heavyweight bout (205lbs)
Richie Stack v Pawel Politylo - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Mark Gallivan v Makinde Adeyemi - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Francis Treacy v Stephen Treacy - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Austin Lynch v Alex Brophy - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Colm O’Regan v Mateusz Kopyto - catchweight bout (161lbs)
Ivan Blanita v Gary Coffey - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Gary Wallace v Darren Sarsfield - catchweight bout (161lbs)
David Whelan v Brandon Myers - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Adam Darby v Leon Hill - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Barry Hanna v Matthew Whyte - catchweight bout (132.2lbs)

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Cage Warriors 81 card filling up ahead of stacked Dublin homecoming

23/02/2017

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A growing professional fight card will be backed up with a packed card of amateur fights as Cage Warriors returns to Dublin with a bumper card of fights at the 3Arena on March 4.

Cage Warriors’ homecoming event at the 3Arena, Dublin is shaping up to be a huge night of Irish MMA, with a stacked card of professional and amateur bouts supported by the country’s biggest and best gyms.

Headlining the event on March 4 is a light-heavyweight title battle, as Ireland’s Karl Moore takes on former TUF veteran Josh Clarke for the vacant 205lb belt.

Also on the main card, popular Irish atomweight Catherine Costigan will seek to build on her 5-2 record against Wendy McKenna, while Joe McColgan will look to back up his notable win over Peter Queally with victory over heavy-handed Frenchman Arnold Quero.

The pro card has been bolstered by a host of bouts, including the rearranged welterweight bout between Håkon Foss and Martyn Harris and a battle between two promising pro debutants Eric Nolan and Marcin Zembala.

Backing up a strong pro lineup will be a host of amateur bouts featuring some of the most promising up-and-coming amateur fighters in the country, including a matchup that will see lightweight brothers Francis and Stephen Treacy going head to head in a battle of sibling rivalry.

In addition to a packed card of fights at the 3Arena, CW81 ticket holders will also have access to a special meet and greet session with some of the Cage Warriors stars of the past who have gone on to fight with distinction in the UFC.

Tickets for the event are on sale now via CageWarriors.com starting at only €25. - http://bit.ly/CW81tkts

“I can’t wait to return home to Ireland for Cage Warriors 81,” said Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.

“A stacked pro and amateur card will give fans the chance to see the next generation of Irish MMA stars.”
 
“It’s shaping up to be one hell of a party at the 3Arena on the 4th March.”

The bout will be televised live on eirSPORT in Ireland, and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.


CAGE WARRIORS 81: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Bout order TBC

PRO CARD
Karl Moore (7-1) v Josh Clark (10-3) - Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title (205lbs)
Catherine Costigan (5-2) v Wendy McKenna (1-0) - atomweight bout (105lbs)
Joe McColgan (3-0) v Arnold Quero (13-5, 1 NC) - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Darren O’Gorman (4-1) v Blaine O’Driscoll (3-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Hughie O’Rourke (pro debut) v Arann Maguire (0-1) - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Håkon Foss (7-3) v Martyn Harris (4-2) - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Lloyd Manning (2-0) v Paul McBain (2-0) - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Eric Nolan (pro debut) v Marcin Zembala (pro debut) - catchweight bout (150lbs)

AMATEUR CARD
Bill Farrell v David Piotrowicz - light-heavyweight bout (205lbs)
Richie Stack v Pawel Politylo - featherweight bout (145lbs)
Mark Gallivan v Makinde Adeyemi - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Francis Treacy v Stephen Treacy - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Austin Lynch v Alex Brophy - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Colm O’Regan v Mateusz Kopyto - catchweight bout (161lbs)
Ivan Blanita v Gary Coffey - welterweight bout (170lbs)
Gary Wallace v Darren Sarsfield - catchweight bout (161lbs)
David Whelan v Brandon Myers - bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Adam Darby v Leon Hill - lightweight bout (155lbs)
Barry Hanna v Matthew Whyte - catchweight bout (132.2lbs)

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Cage Warriors signs regional development deal with Shinobi MMA

23/02/2017

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Top Liverpool-based MMA promotion Shinobi joins the Cage Warriors family as the North West arm of the Cage Warriors Academy network

CAGE WARRIORS’ continued growth into 2017 continues with the announcement a new partnership with Liverpool-based MMA promotion Shinobi.

The Shinobi MMA Fighting Championship has established itself as a leading promoter of MMA in the North West of England.

And Cage Warriors are delighted to announce that a deal has been agreed to bring the Merseyside-based promotion under the Cage Warriors banner as they look to invest in the development of mixed martial arts at all levels.

Under the deal, Shinobi will host events as the North West branch of the Cage Warriors Academy, providing a stage for the best up-and-coming talent in the region and providing a potential pathway for the best young talent to progress up the ladder towards an opportunity in the internationally-broadcast Cage Warriors events.

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan hailed the deal, saying: “I’ve been hugely impressed with the way Paul and the whole team at Shinobi have packaged and managed their events.

“They’ve brought a flair and excitement we identify with – and of course they are based in Liverpool….one of our favourite cities.

“Bringing them under the Cage Warriors banner as part of our growing Cage Warriors Academy network will help create a clear journey for fighters in the North West to progress from regional level to the national and global stage.”

Shinobi co-owner Paul Reed said: “Shinobi Fighting Championships becoming a Cage Warriors Academy is fantastic news.

“The Shinobi promotion and brand has come a long way and everything is in place for a great 2017.

“Joining the Cage Warriors team is such a huge step forward for Shinobi and myself personally.”

Our next Cage Warriors events are Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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Psycho reigns supreme as Karl Amoussou claims Cage Warriors Welterweight Title

21/02/2017

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Frenchman Karl Amoussou was crowned the new Cage Warriors welterweight champion after stopping England’s Matt Inman in the main event of Cage Warriors 80 in London.

Cage Warriors’ new home of Indigo at The O2 played host to a packed card of action in the capital, with Amoussou’s win topping the list of impressive performances on the night.

Amoussou started fast, throwing with power from the off, before dropping the SBG Manchester man with a big right hand.

Seeing his chance, Amoussou swarmed his downed opponent, blitzing him with a salvo of strikes until referee Marc Goddard called a stop to the contest at the 3:13 mark in the opening round.

That finish continued Amoussou’s remarkable run of form, extending his winning streak to seven in a row, with his last six fights all finished inside the opening round.

The co-main event saw Cage Warriors veteran Brad ‘The Crazy Kid’ Wheeler claim a TKO victory with a picture perfect body shot that ended the game resistance of Warren Kee.

Wheeler started fast and for a while looked like he might stop Kee early. But the 43-year-old showed grit and determination to fight through the early storm to take the bout into the second round.

But Wheeler wasn’t to be denied, and eventually finished the veteran with a powerful left hook to the body that sent Kee to the canvas.

Also on the main card, Frenchman Anthony Dizy picked up a hard-earned decision win over Martin Stapleton, while Alexander Jacobsen stunned Tim Wilde with a huge TKO.

The main card kicked off with win for the ‘Thundercat’ as Craig White picked up an impressive submission win over Thomas Robertsen.

MAIN CARD

Karl Amoussou def. Matt Inman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:13 (won CW welterweight title)
Brad Wheeler def. Warren Kee via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:42
Anthony Dizy def. Martin Stapleton via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
Alexander Jacobsen def. Tim Wilde via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:53
Craig White def. Thomas Robertsen via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:57


PRELIMINARY CARD

Djati Melan def. Arvydas Juska via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:51
Aiden Lee def. Fabien Gallinaro via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:06
Declan McAleenan def. Thomas Terdjman via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:28


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Title fight is official as Inman and Amoussou hit weight at Cage Warriors 80 weigh-in

17/02/2017

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Welterweight title challengers make weight ahead of main event battle for the Cage Warriors world title at the Indigo at The O2 on Saturday night. Key information, final card and timings listed for CW80.

The Cage Warriors 80 weigh-ins took place on Friday afternoon in London ahead of Saturday night’s event at Indigo at The O2.

The welterweight world title fight between Matt Inman and Karl Amoussou was confirmed as official, with both men successfully weighing in within the 170lb welterweight championship limit.

Unfortunately the fight card has suffered two enforced changes, with the postponement of two bouts from the event.

The originally-scheduled bout between bantamweights Vaughan Lee and Nathaniel Wood could be rescheduled for Cage Warriors 81 in Dublin on March 4 providing Wood receives medical clearance for the contest.

The bout between Håkon Foss and Martyn Harris also been rescheduled to CW81 after Harris was taken ill in the lead-up to the contest.

The scheduled welterweight bout between Brad Wheeler and Warren Kee will now go ahead as a catchweight contest after Kee came in at 174.4lbs, 3.4lbs over the non-title limit of 171lbs. The contest will go ahead after it was decided that an agreed percentage of Kee’s purse would go to Wheeler.

Everybody else on the card made weight for their respective contests, with the main card set to be televised live across Europe and Asia on BT Sport, Viaplay, Setanta Eurasia and ELEVEN, as well as being streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively live, for free, globally (except in Scandinavia) via The Sport Bible’s Facebook page. Scandinavian fans can watch the prelims live via Viaplay.


MAIN CARD
Broadcast live on BT Sport, Setanta Eurasia, Viasat, ELEVEN and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass
Matt Inman (169.2) vs Karl Amoussou (169)
Brad Wheeler (169.8) vs Warren Kee (174.4)
Martin Stapleton (149.7) vs Anthony Dizy (149.1)
Tim Wilde (156) vs Alexander Jacobsen (153.5)
Craig White (170.8) vs Thomas Robertsen (169.6)

PRELIMINARY CARD
Streamed live on The Sport Bible’s Facebook page for free.
Arvydas Juska (185.6) vs Djati Melan (183.9)
Aiden Lee (145.6) vs Fabien Gallinaro (145)
Thomas Terdjman (147.6) vs Decky McAleenan (149.7)

KEY TIMINGS

• 5:00pm: Doors open
• 7:00pm: Preliminary card starts, available to watch for free on The Sport Bible Facebook page.
• 8:15pm: Fan meet and greet with UFC stars & Paddy Pimblett DJ set
• 9.00pm: Main card starts
• 10:30pm approx: CW title fight starts
• 11:00pm approx: Event finish


There are a very limited number of Cage Warriors 80 tickets still available at axs.com from just £20

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Karl Amoussou and Matt Inman give joint interview ahead of Welterweight Title showdown at CW80

17/02/2017

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Cage Warriors welterweight stars talk respect, motivation and their joint aim to reach the UFC in this revealing head-to-head chat with Cage Warriors ahead of their main event title fight at Cage Warriors 80 in London on February 18.

Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Included in the ticket price is a free meet and greet with UFC stars including Dan Hardy.

WHAT DOES WINNING THAT BELT MEAN TO YOU?

Karl Amoussou: That belt is my entry ticket to the UFC. I am bringing it back to France.

Matt Inman: This belt is my path, I’ve been with Cage Warriors a long time. This is my eighth fight with the promotion and I feel like I’ve been on this path along time. I’m ready.

Karl Amoussou: So am I.


DO YOU FEEL ANY PRESSURE GOING INTO THIS FIGHT?

MI: The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put upon myself to put in the best performance I can.

KA: Pressure is always present during a fight, I know I’m going to have the best version of Matt Inman facing me and he’s going to be ready for the best version of Karl Amoussou.  No problem with the pressure, I’ll deal with it.


IS THIS A CAREER-DEFINING FIGHT FOR YOU?

KA: Yes this is definitely a career-defining fight. Now I have to be in the UFC. I belong in the UFC, I should be in the UFC already and after this fight I will definitely be there, no doubt.

MI: Without a doubt, this is the biggest fight of my career against the highest-profile opponent.


ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE HEADLINING AT INDIGO AT THE O2?

MI: I’m excited to be headlining at Indigo at The O2. I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and I’m just extremely excited to get in there.

KA: I’m very excited to be fighting at The O2 and headline the show, 10 years after my first fight with Cage Warriors. It’s proof of big improvements and I’m going to show where the improvements are now.


DESCRIBE YOUR OPPONENT IN THREE WORDS

KA: Well-dressed, tough and well-rounded.

MI: Powerful, aggressive and experienced.


DOES YOUR OPPONENT DESERVE TO BE FIGHTING IN THE UFC ALREADY? AND IF SO, WHY?

MI: I think this is a fight where both of us should have been fighting in the UFC a long time ago, there’s no question of that. This is a fight that could be on any main card, on any UFC event.

KA: Just like Matt I think exactly the same. We both have our place in the UFC and after this fight there is only going to be space for one but we definitely both deserve to be there.


THERE’S NOT MUCH ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THE PAIR OF YOU. DOES THAT MAKE THE FIGHT ANY HARDER TO GET UP FOR IF YOU DON’T HATE THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU?

KA: There is no need for me to have any animosity against an opponent, I think it’s a waste of energy. I know what my goal is, I’m pretty sure Matt knows what his goal is and I think we have the same. We are both going to do our job and, on my part, I know exactly what I’m going to do.  So there’s no need for animosity. 

MI: I never require animosity when facing an opponent. My focus is on performing the best I can and that would be the same whatever way I felt about my opponent and that’s what I guarantee I’ll do come fight night.


FINALLY, HOW WILL THE FIGHT END?

MI: I’m not going to make predictions for how this fight will end. I’m expecting a tough fight and a real challenge, but I’m ready to come out the winner.

KA: I’m going to make a prediction. This fight is going to end either by KO or submission. I’ll be ready for five rounds and I’ll be ready for a submission or a KO in every single round, so be ready for it, too.


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Martin ‘.50Cal’ Stapleton focused on a finish at Cage Warriors 80 in London

16/02/2017

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SBG Manchester fighter ready to make a statement at Indigo at The O2 on Saturday

With designs on world titles and a future shot in the UFC, Martin Stapleton says he’s ready to make a statement at Cage Warriors 80 this weekend.

Stapleton (18-4) was a coveted free-agent who fielded multiple contract offers from around the world, but it was ultimately Cage Warriors that made the most sense to him as he looks to rise all the way to the top.

“I had a lot of offers, and some really lucrative offers, too,” he said.

“But when I weighed it all up, Cage Warriors was the best route for me.

“That’s because of the amount of guys that have come through, been a Cage Warriors world champion, gone on to the UFC and now they’re now kicking arse. And there’s a couple of guys who have won UFC world titles through that route.

“And with the fights being shown on BT Sport and UFC Fight Pass, it gives me the best platform to get into the UFC.

“They were all massive factors in signing with Cage Warriors rather than one of the other organisations.”

Stapleton will take on Anthony Dizy in a 150lb catchweight at Indigo at The O2 on Saturday night at Cage Warriors 80 as he sets his sights on world championship glory later in the year.

“I want that featherweight belt,” he said.

“I can fight at 145, 155 and even go up as high as 170. But right now, I’ve got my sights on that 145lb title. That’s the biggest fight, and I want big fights.

“I’ve got 100% belief in myself. I know I’m battle tested. I know I’m ready to go in there with anyone. 

“You can put me in with anyone in the world right now and I’ll hold my own. Right now I’d beat 95% of them, and in a couple of years I’ll be at the point where I’ll beat 100% of them.”

And speaking about this weekend’s fight in London, Stapleton said his focus is on one thing - claiming a decisive stoppage win.

“I never expect anything in my opponents, he said. 

“I go in there with a clear mind, ready for anything that happens in the cage. I don’t watch my opponents’ fights either. I know his name. All I have to do is train my arse off, get in the cage and do it. 

“I wanna get in there and finish this guy. From the minute the bell goes to the 15th minute of the fight I’ll be trying to finish him.”


Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Included in the ticket price is a free meet and greet with UFC stars including Dan Hardy.

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ELEVEN SPORTS strengthens MMA offering with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

15/02/2017

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Pioneering global broadcaster ELEVEN SPORTS has today announced an EXCLUSIVE multi-year agreement with leading MMA promotion, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

The new three-year deal will see every one of Cage Warriors’ 2017-19 events broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVE across ELEVEN SPORTS’ channels in all of the network’s territories in Europe and Asia, starting with Cage Warriors 80 at Indigo at The O2 Arena in London, England.

The agreement will also see ELEVEN SPORTS taking on an important role in the commercial organisation of key events, with the two parties looking to work together to bring new events to the markets served by the broadcaster.

“We are delighted to add such a prestigious Mixed Martial Arts property as the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship to our growing portfolio of rights, bringing top-class fight sports to fans across all of ELEVEN’s territories,” says Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, ELEVEN SPORTS. “ELEVEN SPORTS strongly believes in the value of MMA, especially Cage Warriors, and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to grow this property together with them.”

“We are committed to bringing Warriors action and excitement to MMA fans across the world. We’ve struck a number of key partnership deals in the past 12 months to help achieve that aim, and our deal with ELEVEN SPORTS is a clear sign that we’re continuing to expand and break new ground in 2017. We are particularly excited by ELEVEN’s dynamic approach to the sport,” said Casimir Knight, CEO of Warrior Development Agency, parent company of Cage Warriors. “Our fighters represent some of the best fighting talent in the world and, thanks to the deals we’ve struck, they now have the opportunity to showcase their skills on a truly global stage.”

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship joins the growing list of world-class sporting entertainment available to fans across ELEVEN SPORTS’ multiple platforms, including MMA properties M1 Challenge and Enfusion Live.

Depending on the country, ELEVEN also provides fans with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the Premier League, La Liga Santander, NBA, NFL, Formula One, Serie A TIM, Emirates FA Cup, English Football League, EFL Cup and the FA Community Shield as well as top-class action from a range of other international sports including badminton, baseball, hockey, darts, squash, table tennis, tennis, cycling, swimming and sailing.
This premium sports action can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on ELEVEN SPORTS channels and via the network’s OTT platform through multiple devices available online and as an app that can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.


It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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Karl Amoussou on his quest for Cage Warriors gold, his UFC goal and fighting for Germany

15/02/2017

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France’s Karl Amoussou will face Manchester’s Matt Inman for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight championship of the world in the main event of CW80 in London on February 18.

In the lead-up to Cage Warriors 80 we sat down with welterweight title challenger Karl Amoussou during a promotional video shoot to get his thoughts on his upcoming title bout with Matt Inman.

Karl spoke about his desire to capture Cage Warriors gold and earn a spot in the UFC, and also opened up on the situation with MMA in his home country of France, and why he’s opted to represent Germany instead.

Below is a full transcript of the interview. Limited standing tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/CW80tickets

HOW HAS TRAINING GONE FOR THIS FIGHT?
Training for this fight has been absolutely amazing so far. I feel great. I have been training non-stop for almost a year now, so I really feel like I am in the shape of my life and I am really going to show an absolute crazy display of skills.

HAVE YOU BEEN ADDING ANY NEW SKILLS TO YOUR REPERTOIRE IN THIS TRAINING CAMP?
I am always adding new skills to my repertoire. It is like I am constantly evolving and now you are going to see new things. You are going to see an improved version of Karl Amoussou with better boxing, better ground game, better everything.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE STRONGEST AREA OF YOUR GAME?
Definitely my ground game. My BJJ has really improved over the years, but I really feel like I’m really well rounded. As you can see when you look at my stats I can finish a fight anywhere, anytime, and often in a very brutal way. That’s what’s going to happen. 

A LOT OF FANS HAVE SAID MATT INMAN IS VERY GOOD ON THE GROUND AS WELL. HOW DO YOU THINK YOU COMPARE?
He’s good, I think he’s very good on the ground, but I am better. I have never been submitted, he has been submitted three times. I have submitted so many people. Basically if you put anybody on the ground with me it’s over for you, it’s finished, I’m going to submit you. So you better stay standing but if you stay standing then you’re going to get knocked out. The moment you accept the fight you know its over for you, or you should know because that’s what’s going to happen.

YOU’RE ON A SIX-FIGHT WIN STREAK AT THE MOMENT. HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU THIS WILL BE NUMBER SEVEN?
I think you can tell how confident I am, how confident I feel. I feel great. I feel unstoppable.  All my wins have come through finishes. My last six fights have finished in a very brutal fashion, quickly against strong opponents. It’s just going to continue this way, and I’m ready for it. He better be ready for it as well.

FIVE OUT OF YOUR LAST SIX STOPPAGES HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRST ROUND. DO YOU THINK FANS CAN EXPECT AN EARLY FINISH ON THE NIGHT?
I think fans can expect an early finish indeed, but I’m ready for five rounds, ready for six rounds. Wherever the fight goes I’ll be ready, I’ll be ready for the best version of Matt Inman and he better be ready for the best version of ‘The Psycho”, because that’s what he’s going to have in front of him. I’m coming there to finish him, and I’m coming there to finish him in Round 1, Round 2, Round 5, whatever. But I’m going to finish him.

THE FIGHT TAKES PLACE AT INDIGO AT THE O2. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO FIGHTING AT SUCH A LANDMARK VENUE IN LONDON?
I am definitely looking forward to fighting in The O2. I think it’s a huge arena, it’s really famous and I’m really happy to be fighting there.

DO YOU MIND HAVING TO FIGHT AWAY FROM MAINLAND FRANCE?
To me it absolutely doesn’t feel like I’m fighting away from home because it’s super close to France and many of my people in France are in London. My wife grew up here so I have half of my family here in London. Loads of my friends, my Brazilian friends, my English friends, they are all here. So many people are going to come and watch the fight from France, England and Germany as well, so to me it’s going to feel like I’m fighting at home. Plus I absolutely love England and London so it’s as good as fighting at home.

COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE SITUATION WITH MMA IN FRANCE AND WHY YOU’VE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT GERMANY RATHER THAN FRANCE?
I am definitely representing Germany now. I have both nationalities, French and German, because my mother is German. MMA has officially been forbidden in France, so as a sign of protest and I’m just saying ‘OK, I won’t represent France anymore. If you don’t accept us, if you think we are bad people, why would I fight for you guys if you don’t respect me or my sport?’ I’m going to give my skill to a country that respects my sport. That’s what I’m doing now. It doesn’t mean France is not in my heart, France is always first in my heart obviously. But I just don’t accept submitting to these political things, I just refuse. I am not happy, because I love France, France is my country. Germany is my country too but I was born in France, grew up in France so France is number one in my heart. I would love to represent France in MMA but they don’t let me, so I’m not going to beg anyone, I’m not a beggar. I’m not going to beg France to accept me. If they don’t want me then OK, bye.

HOW WOULD WINNING THE CAGE WARRIORS WORLD TITLE CHANGE YOUR CAREER?
I definitely think if I win the world title I’m going straight to the UFC, I’m pretty sure of this. I should be there already, I think many people know it. I’ve shown it, you can just look at my past fights and my experience, that’s the place I belong and that’s where I’m going to be after the win. It’s my time, I’m going to get my title and then I’m going to the UFC and I’m going to break everybody in the UFC.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD GET ON IN THE UFC RIGHT NOW?
I think I’m going to smash everybody in the UFC when I get there. I’m not going there to say, “Hi guys, how’s it going. It’s great to be in the UFC!” No, I’m going there to beat everybody up. I’m the best European fighter outside of the UFC right now, I know where I belong and when I get there, there is going to be another story. The fun is going to start.

SO IS THIS THE LAST CHANCE FOR CAGE WARRIORS FANS TO SEE YOU IN ACTION BEFORE YOU MOVE TO THE UFC?
I hope so, because I hope I get the (UFC) contract after this. This could definitely be the last chance for Cage Warriors fans to see me live before I go to the UFC. I can never be sure they will sign me straight after this but, believe me, after the performance I’m going to bring to the table the UFC is going to be wanting me on their roster ASAP.

THERE’S A LIVE SPECIAL GUEST DJ PLAYING BETWEEN ROUNDS. WHAT WOULD YOUR REQUEST BE?
I’m sorry for the DJ because he won’t be able to play any music between the rounds, because Matt Inman is going to sleep after Round 1.

THERE SEEMS TO BE NO ANIMOSITY BETWEEN YOU. IS IT HARD TO GET INTO FIGHT MODE WHEN THERE’S NO TRASH TALK?
I have no problem with no trash talking, I can talk trash but to me it’s a bit pointless. I have a goal, he has a goal, I think it’s the same goal and we are both going for it. We are both training hard doing our job as professional fighters. I have nothing personal against him but he is another obstacle who wants to stop me achieving my goal and that’s not going to happen. I don’t need to talk trash to know what I’m going to do to him - I’m going to absolutely break him. I don’t say that to talk trash but that’s what’s going to happen because that’s what I train for. So he better be ready and he better know it.

CAN YOU GIVE US A BIT MORE BACKGROUND ON YOUR CAGE WARRIORS JOURNEY SO FAR?
Cage Warriors has pretty much been my debut in MMA, I fought for the first time there I think 10 years ago so I’m an old fighter now. I fought there twice and had two wins, both by submission, and I’m looking forward to getting my third win. Cage Warriors was a great experience and I’m coming back 30 fights later for the belt. It’s a pretty cool experience for me.   

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO LIFT THE CAGE WARRIORS BELT OVER YOUR HEAD?
Lifting the Cage Warriors belt will be absolutely amazing. I fought for Cage Warriors 10 years ago. I was an absolute beginner, I was a young 20-year-old guy, I could barely speak English and now I’m coming back with all my experience and my level has really improved. I’m going to lift that belt, it’s going to be mine and I feel great about it. 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO MMA IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I started MMA at the age of 18 after doing judo for 15/16 years. My older brother started teaching MMA - he was my judo teacher at the time too. When he switched to teaching MMA I followed him too and I was completely in love with MMA. I was a massive fan of Wanderlei Silva at the time and that’s pretty much how I started. 

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED TRAINING AND STEPPED INTO AN MMA GYM?
The first time I stepped into a gym was cool. It was my brothers judo gym, it was not a shock to me, there was the same mats, the same environment and everything - just a new discipline to learn to get hit because I had never been hit to my face before. It was just a different experience but I loved it from the beginning.

SHOULD FANS AT THE INDIGO EXPECT A DRAMATIC FINISH?
Certainly, fans are going to see a dramatic stoppage. That’s what you expect when you have Karl Amoussou on your fight card. I think that’s why they gave me to title shot too, they know that’s what happens. I’m going to go in there and finish they guy, I’m going to finish him badly… BADLY. You guys better be ready. British fans, I’m sorry it’s going to be your hometown guy but I’m going to have my hand raised at the end of the day and I’m going to have the belt around my waist.

IT’S A WELL-WALKED PATH BETWEEN CAGE WARRIORS AND THE UFC. IS THIS THE REASON YOU TOOK THIS FIGHT?
As I’ve said it’s more than my time to be in the UFC, I think I just need that belt around my waist to be one of them and the future will tell us. I’m pretty sure it’s going to happen. Cage Warriors is definitely the best way to get into the UFC and that’s why I’m here, I’m going to make my way as well.

IS THIS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO EARN A SPOT IN THE UFC?
I’m not at an age to retire yet and I think I’ve done great for the past two and a half years so no, it’s definitely not my last chance.  If it doesn’t happen after this fight I’m going to keep breaking people and I’m going to get into the UFC. I won’t stop until I get there and when I get there I won’t stop until I get to belt.     

Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Included in the ticket price is a free meet and greet with UFC stars including Dan Hardy.

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Irish MMA community gets behind Cage Warriors’ Dublin return

14/02/2017

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Cage Warriors 81 will showcase some of the best up-and-coming talent from renowned Dublin teams TeamRyano and SBG

The fight card for Cage Warriors’ much-anticipated return to Dublin on Saturday March 4 - headlining Karl Moore’s challenge to be the first Irish CW Champion since the promotion’s return to leadership of the European MMA scene - is emerging with the addition of a number of fighters from Dublin’s two most renowned gyms.

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said it was great to be able to showcase up and coming talent from Dublin’s two powerhouse gyms.

”The card is really shaping up nicely,” he said.

“Andy Ryan’s team’s commitment and now SBG supporting our return home to Dublin is much appreciated.”

Cage Warriors will feature a pair of prospects from Dublin’s acclaimed gym, Team Ryano. Two Andy Ryan-trained prospects will make their professional debuts on the card, with Eric Nolan facing Team Torres debutant Marcin Zembala in a 150lb catchweight contest, and Hughie O’Rourke, who’ll face Cork’s Arann Maguire at 135lbs.

Andy Ryan said “Team Ryano fighters are back! Cage Warriors opened the doors for our fighters and we are pumped they are back in Dublin where they belong”

In addition Straight Blast Gym, the world famous home of two-weight Cage Warriors and UFC world champion Conor McGregor, will be represented at the event, with both Peter Queally and Ion Pascu expected to take their place on the card at the 3Arena. SBG’s 3-1 bantamweight prospect Blaine O’Driscoll is confirmed on the card to fight Cork’s Darren O’Gorman (4-1).

SBG head coach John Kavanagh has coached a host of his fighters to Cage Warriors championship gold over the years, and says he has high hopes for his latest crop of talent coming through. “For a long while SBG was synonymous with Cage Warriors champions,” he said. “On March 4 we start the road back to our titles!”

In addition to a stacked card of fights at the 3Arena, CW81 ticket holders will also have access to a special Meet and Greet session with some of the Cage Warriors stars of the past who have gone on to fight with distinction in the UFC.

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie, priced at €98, €38 and €24.

The event will be televised live on eirSPORT in Ireland, BT Sport in UK and Ireland and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.


CAGE WARRIORS 81: CONFIRMED BOUTS
(Fight Order TBC)

Karl Moore v Josh Clark (CW light-heavyweight title)
Catherine Costigan v Wendy McKenna (Atomweight)
Joe McColgan V Arnold Quero (Lightweight)
Darren O’Gorman v Blaine O’Driscoll (Bantamweight)
Hughie O’Rourke v Arann Maguire (Bantamweight)
Lloyd Manning v Paul McBain (Featherweight)
Marcin Zembala v Eric Nolan (150lb Catchweight)


Cage Warriors is Europe’s premier MMA promotion, broadcast live to Ireland fans on eirSport, with TV deals in over 20 other territories and delivered worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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Cage Warriors and CF Athletic announce exclusive long-term apparel partnership deal

09/02/2017

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Cage Warriors, the premier MMA fighting organization in Europe and the Middle East, has entered into an exclusive apparel partnership arrangement with CF Athletic, the US apparel company that owns both the “CF” and “Cagefighter” apparel brands.

CF Athletic is one of the most storied brands in the world of MMA apparel and has a long and established history of sponsoring and outfitting the sport’s top athletes over the last decade. In addition, CF Athletic’s trademarked phrase “Embrace the Grind” has become synonymous with the training and dedication it takes to succeed in the sport of MMA.

Speaking about the newly-struck partnership, Kevin Pohmer of CF Athletic said: “We are excited to deepen CF Athletic’s brand and presence globally through this exclusive partnership with Cage Warriors.

“The CF Athletic brand has long been the most recognisable MMA apparel brand in the United States and we are excited to more broadly distribute our high-quality apparel throughout Europe and the Middle East with such a fantastic partner.”

Similarly, since 2001 Cage Warriors has become one of the most recognisable MMA event organizations in the world, hosting events throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Many of the biggest stars in MMA have made their names under the Cage Warriors banner, including Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping.

The promotion is all set to kick off their 2017 programme with a bang with a landmark event at their new London home at Indigo at The O2 Arena, as welterweight stars Matt Inman and Karl Amoussou go head to head for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight world title at Cage Warriors 80 on February 18.

Casimir Knight, CEO of Cage Warriors, said: “CF Athletic is a great, authentic MMA brand. Like us, they embody both the history and progressive development of the sport.

“We are jointly committed to continuing to driving MMA’s development on a truly international basis. But what really won us over was CF Athletic’s positioning of the deal as ‘fighters first’ – with the option of fighters to benefit individually.”

One of the key components of this exclusive apparel deal is the ‘athlete-friendly’ nature of the partnership in which CF Athletic and Cage Warriors provide fighters with the option - but not the obligation - to get involved.  The goal of the deal was to be a ‘win-win-win’ for all parties involved: for CF Athletic, for Cage Warriors and for the athletes in the cage.

This exclusive apparel partnership will begin in February 2017 and will be officially launched at the aforementioned Cage Warriors 80 event on February 18.

Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Included in the ticket price is a free meet and greet with UFC stars including Dan Hardy.

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Cage Warriors returns home as Karl Moore battles Josh Clark for Light-heavyweight Title in Dublin

08/02/2017

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Rising Irish light-heavyweight star goes for Cage Warriors gold against former TUF competitor in the main event of Cage Warriors 81 in Dublin, Ireland on March 4.

Cage Warriors returns home to Dublin with a world title main event as Ireland’s Karl Moore bids to capture the vacant light-heavyweight championship against former TUF competitor Josh Clark at the 3Arena.

Moore enters the bout with an impressive 7-1 record, picking up an impressive first-round knockout of Paco Estevez at Cage Warriors Unplugged at the BT Sport studios last November.

He’ll face ‘The Hillbilly Heartthrob’ Clark, who is also coming into the March 4 bout off the back of a knockout win, having stopped Brent Knopp at SFL 51 in Tacoma, Washington last October. The American boasts a 10-3 record, and was the second pick for Team Penn in the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The winner of the belt will become the first fighter to win the Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title since Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping, who has since gone on to capture the undisputed world middleweight title in the UFC.

“Karl has the chance to become the latest Irish CW Champion - and we’ve had some great ones - but this could go either way, all the way. It’s an exciting fight” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

The March 4 fight card in Dublin also features a battle between featherweight prospects Lloyd Manning and Paul McBain.

Ireland’s Manning has made a blistering start to his pro career, winning both his professional bouts by knockout inside the opening minute, while Scotland’s McBain also comes into the fight with two first-round finishes on his pro record.

The Irish fans will be out in force for ‘The Alpha Female’ Catherine Costigan, who makes her return to Cage Warriors after two-and-a-half years away. She’s set to face England’s Wendy McKenna in an atomweight (105lbs) contest.

In addition to a packed card of fights at the 3Arena, CW81 ticket holders will also have access to a special meet and greet session with some of the Cage Warriors stars of the past who have gone on to fight with distinction in the UFC.

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie, priced at €98, €38 and €24, but if you secure your €24 tickets before midnight on Friday February 10 you can claim your seats for just €15 courtesy of our special early bird offer.

The bout will be televised live on eirSPORT in Ireland, Viasat in Scandinavia and streamed worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

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Paddy Pimblett to defend his title against Nad Narimani at CW82

07/02/2017

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The fighting pride of Liverpool Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will make his eagerly-awaited return to action in the main event at Cage Warriors 82.

Defending CW featherweight world champion Pimblett will take on fellow Brit Nad Narimani as he bids to further cement his position as one of the UK’s fastest-rising MMA stars.

Pimblett captured Cage Warriors gold when he knocked out French veteran Johnny Frachey for the vacant title at CW 78 in Liverpool last September.

He followed up his title win with a successful defence of his belt, edging out The Ultimate Fighter semi-finalist Julian Erosa at Cage Warriors Unplugged at the BT Sport studios last November.

Aged just 22, Pimblett returns to his stomping ground at the Echo Arena looking to continue his remarkable rise as one of the MMA world’s hottest young prospects.

He’ll face a stern test against Narimani, who enters the bout with a 9-2 pro record and took the previous Cage Warriors featherweight champ Alex Enlund all the way to the scorecards in a closely-contested battle at Cage Warriors 73, with just one point separating the two after five hard-fought rounds.

Narimani comes into the bout with Pimblett riding a two-fight win streak, with victories over Jeremy Petley (first-round KO) and Daniel Requeijo (third-round submission) setting up his April 1 clash with ‘The Baddy’.

Speaking ahead of his hometown return, Pimblett said: “I won the title in Liverpool, so there’s absolutely no way I’m going to lose it here.”

“This is my city, my arena and my title. Expect another huge party - and another huge win - when I come back home to defend my belt.”

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan said: “Paddy’s the hottest prospect in the sport on this side of the pond and the prospect of seeing him defending his featherweight world title in front of his hometown fans is a mouth-watering prospect for MMA fans.

“Nad will take him to the limit, just as he did with our previous featherweight champ Alex Enlund, so expect a tough test and a great matchup.”

Tickets for Cage Warriors 82 are available from the Echo Arena, from just £25!

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Welterweight challenger Matt Inman opens up ahead of title tilt

06/02/2017

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In the lead-up to Cage Warriors 80 we sat down with welterweight title challenger Matt Inman during a promotional video shoot to get his thoughts on his upcoming title bout with Frenchman Karl Amoussou.

HOW HAS YOUR TRAINING GONE FOR THIS FIGHT?
Training so far has been going really well. I’ve had a lot of footage of my opponent to look at and we’ve been working through his strategies and the specific techniques I need to use. Between now and the fight everything we want is in place and its just a matter of sharpening things up, making sure everything is ready for the fight.

HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY IN PREPARATION FOR THIS BOUT?
I’m constantly looking to add things to my skillset. I’m not a fighter who has a static amount of skills, there’s nothing I’m afraid to try out. I’m constantly looking to improve in that fashion.  Every time there’s a new opponent and new challenges posed by that opponent I’m looking to do different things in my training. This time has been no different. Karl as an opponent provides a lot of unique challenges and that’s what we’ve been working on in the gym. 

ARE YOU THE HARDEST TRAINER YOU KNOW?
I don’t know if I’m the hardest trainer I know, but I think a lot of the guys I train with will tell you I’m fairly hard-working. I more or less live in the gym and never find myself short of motivation to train for any occasion.

HOW WOULD WINNING THE CAGE WARRIORS TITLE CHANGE YOUR CAREER?
Winning the Cage Warriors title would be huge in my career. I think Cage Warriors has become a really big platform and there’s a lot of exposure through TV and other ways. Winning that belt and being up there with other guys who have been Cage Warriors champions before is exactly the step forward I’m looking for in my career.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT FORMER CAGE WARRIORS FIGHTERS WHO ARE NOW IN THE UFC, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
I believe I belong in the UFC, you look at my record and the fights I’ve had, the people I’ve beaten, there isn’t a UFC card I’d look out of place on anywhere. That’s motivation to keep pushing towards that and it will come in good time. The main thing is I’m constantly performing and improving.

HOW DOES TRAINING AFFECT YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?
I find my day-to-day life is built around training, from waking up in the morning it’s the first thing I’m doing. What I’m eating, when I’m resting, life really has to take a back seat to training. Training always comes first but that’s what I love to do, so I never find that difficult.

AFTER YOUR LAST FIGHT YOU SAID: “I DON’T WANT TO BE THE BEST, I JUST WANT TO BE THE BEST I CAN BE.” WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?
That’s kind of my mindset really. I’ve never been the greatest natural athlete, people come into MMA with different attributes and I think I’ve had to work a lot harder than most to bring myself up to this level. It just means my skill, my technique, my dedication and my focus has to be 100%. I’ve come up against guys who are naturally faster, stronger and more powerful than me but I generally win through because of this mindset. I’m always looking to push myself to those levels.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? IS IT TO GET TO THE UFC, OR SOMETHING ELSE?
I think all the motivation I have is intrinsic, I’m not kind of looking on to the next thing because there’s always going to be one thing after the next. I do have goals about where I want to fight - I’d love to win the Cage Warriors title and of course every fighter wants to fight in the UFC. But my main motivation goes beyond that. I’m more interested in being the best fighter I can be, the best mixed martial artist, the most technical, the most skilled, the toughest I can possibly be. If that means I don’t make it to the UFC eventually or for whatever reason I never own one of these major titles, providing I’m looking to work towards that goal then that’s really what motivates me.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN MMA FIGHTER?
The best thing about being an MMA fighter is getting to do MMA everyday. This is what I do, this is full time. I’m fortunate really. I turned my hobby into a job and that’s all I have to focus on. I’m one of a genuine few people in the world who can wake up every morning and say I’m excited to get into work and I love what I do.

WHAT’S THE WORST THING ABOUT BEING AN MMA FIGHTER?
The worst thing is dieting, keeping the weight down. I think most real fighters will agree with me, the process of restricting your body to make your weight class is by far the least enjoyable part, but that’s part of the job. Some people can go to work and eat pizza and it won’t affect the way they do their job but if I eat pizza and ice cream it will affect the way I do my job, so that’s something I just have to sacrifice.

KARL AMOUSSOU IS ON A SIX-FIGHT WIN STREAK, WITH ALL SIX COMING INSIDE THE DISTANCE. HOW DO YOU ENSURE YOU’RE NOT NUMBER SEVEN?
He’s a strong opponent, he’s won his last six - five I think inside the distance - so you can tell he starts strong early. I think in those fights I don’t think he’s fought an opponent who brings what I bring. I don’t think they have the experience, the skillset or the toughness. I’m going to be ready. I understand the guy’s an aggressive fighter and we’re going to be straight into the fire.  Come February 18 I’ll be completely ready for that and I’ll be ready to dig deep and do what it takes. I’ve finished a lot of people early too - don’t count out the fact I might be able to do that - it wont be all one-way traffic early. Out of 19 wins I’ve finished 17 of those and I’m going to be looking to finish, early or late.

IS THIS THE TOUGHEST FIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? IF NOT, IS IT THE MOST IMPORTANT?
It’s certainly the most important fight to date. The old adage that styles makes fights is true, you can never really be sure looking at an opponent on paper or on footage, exactly how he’s going to match up with you until you get in and you’re facing him across from the cage. I won’t say it’s going to be my toughest test to date, I’ve been through tough tests already but this is the biggest fight and I’m certain it will be one with no room whatsoever to make mistakes in. I’ve got to perform and I know that.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO GET YOUR FIGHT HEAD ON WHEN THERE’S NO NEEDLE?
I don’t think there’s much animosity between me and Karl personally, I don’t need that. When I’m focused on my own performance that’s going to be the same whoever the opponent is. Sometimes opponents might talk, they might say things, but I think if you’re relying on that to get yourself up for a fight, then your mindset is not necessarily in the right place to begin with. I’m focused on my performance and I’m sure Karl’s the same. We can expect us both at the top of our games and a great fight.

IS EARNING A SPOT IN THE UFC THE ULTIMATE GOAL FOR YOU?
Earning graduation to the ranks of the UFC is a goal, but I wouldn’t call it the ultimate goal because once I get to the UFC I believe I can perform there as well. Naturally I’d be disappointed if I didn’t make it into the UFC, most serious MMA fighters would tell you the same thing. It’s not the end of the road I don’t think, when I get there I’d still want to push on further. You just keep moving the goalposts every time you achieve a little goal and you’ll push further on to the next.

WILL YOU BE BRINGING BIG SUPPORT DOWN TO LONDON FROM MANCHESTER FOR THIS FIGHT?
I’m looking forward to fighting in the capital again, it was the scene of my last fight in Cage Warriors Unplugged. This time we’re not in a TV studio, so I’m looking forward to bringing a lot of support down from Manchester. I’ve been fortunate in the way people have got behind me and believed in me going into this fight.

DOES THAT ADD PRESSURE OR DOES THE SUPPORT HELP YOU?
It’s great to have support. It’s always nice to have people behind you. In all honesty I’m going to perform whatever the case. If I’m in an empty room and a cage or I’ve got a few thousand people screaming me on, that won’t affect my mindset because I’ve got to be ready to fight anywhere, anytime. So I’m not relying on a crowd or support to give a boost in a fight, that’s all in there already.

THERE’S A SPECIAL GUEST DJ AT THIS EVENT. DO YOU NOTICE THE TUNES BETWEEN ROUNDS AND WHAT WOULD YOUR REQUEST BE?
I never really notice much of what is going on around me during a fight outside of the fight itself. A little bit of a pick-me-up between rounds might be good. Sling on a bit of the Rocky theme song. That could be good!

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?
Technical, tough and I’ve got an engine.

WHO HAS THE ADVANTAGE WHEN THE FIGHT GOES TO THE FLOOR?
If the fight goes to the floor I think it’s an interesting one, Karl’s won a lot of his fights by submission - to me he appears a very explosive grappler. If he gets hold of a heel or an arm he’ll take that home with him. He’s strong and powerful and he can lock onto those submissions. I think all-round my grappling is going to be stronger though. I think I have a greater understanding of those positions, I know exactly what I should be looking for at any point and I know by those terms exactly how to keep myself out of danger as well.

Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Included in the ticket price is a free meet and greet with UFC stars including Dan Hardy.

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UFC stars join Cage Warriors for fan meet & greet at CW80

01/02/2017

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MMA legend Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy heads up a cast of former Cage Warriors stars who will return to their former home to meet the fans at Cage Warriors 80 in London.

We’re just three weeks away from Cage Warriors’ first world title fight of 2017 as England’s Matt Inman and France’s Karl Amoussou get set to do battle for the vacant welterweight title at Cage Warriors 80.

The headlining title fight tops a packed card of action at Cage Warriors’ new home at Indigo at The O2 on February 18, but fight fans will also get a rare opportunity to catch up with some Cage Warriors’ stars of yesteryear ahead of the event.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll also be hosting a special meet and greet session with a host of former Cage Warriors stars who have all gone on to further their respective careers in the UFC.

Heading the lineup is Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy, the popular welterweight who became the first British fighter to compete for a UFC world title when he battled the great Georges St-Pierre all the way to the scorecards at UFC 111 back in 2010.

Dan has since forged a successful career on the other side of the fence as a colour commentator and one of the most astute, respected MMA analysts in the game.

Dan will be joined by fellow former Cage Warriors stars Jack Hermansson, Darren Stewart, Alex Enlund and Tom Breese for a special meet and greet session, which is open to all fans attending the event on February 18. No additional ticket is required.

Limited tickets for Cage Warriors 80 are available via the AXS website, priced from just £20. Secure yours today and make sure you’re a part of the latest exciting chapter in Cage Warriors’ history.

It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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Cage Warriors set to come home to Dublin

30/01/2017

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Irish-owned fight promotion makes long-awaited return to the Emerald Isle on March 4

CAGE WARRIORS are delighted to announce that we’re coming home to Ireland for our first show on the Emerald Isle since 2014.

The promotion has forged a well-deserved reputation as the key proving ground for Irish fighting talent, with the likes of Neil Seery, Cathal Pendred and ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor all capturing Cage Warriors world championship gold en route to the world stage with the UFC.

Cage Warriors 81 will take place at the Mecca for Irish MMA - the 3Arena - on Saturday March 4 for what promises to be a spectacular homecoming in Dublin.

We’re working on putting together an action-packed fight card for the event, but can already confirm Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore will fight for the vacant Cage Warriors light-heavyweight world title against an opponent to be announced in the near future.

Moore will be looking to follow up on his first-round knockout of Paco Estevez at Cage Warriors Unplugged last November as he bids to capture the title that was last held by the current UFC middleweight champion of the world, Michael Bisping.

Moore’s fellow countryman, lightweight prospect Joe McColgan, is also scheduled for action in Dublin, while Scottish featherweight prospect Paul McBain will make his Cage Warriors debut against Lloyd Manning.

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday February 1st and are priced at 90, 40 and 25 Euros.

However, fans who purchase their 25 Euro tickets before Thursday February 9th can secure their spots for just 15 Euros, thanks to our special early bird ticket offer.

“I’m both proud and excited to be heading back to Ireland for Cage Warriors 81,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“As a proud Irishman myself I’ve always been committed to the growth of mixed martial arts in Ireland, and CW 81 represents the latest opportunity for Irish MMA to shine on the big stage.

“The Dublin fans are renowned for producing the most electric atmosphere anywhere in the MMA world and I’m sure they’ll deliver yet again on March 4.

“We’ll bring the fights, you bring the noise and we’ll have one hell of a night at the 3Arena.”


Cage Warriors is Europe’s premier MMA promotion, broadcast live to Ireland fans on Eir Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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UK MMA Stalwart Jimmy Johnstone Joins Cage Warriors

25/01/2017

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CAGE WARRIORS’ continued growth into 2017 continues with the an-nouncement of Jimmy Johnstone’s arrival on the team to head up the pro-motion’s Southern England operations.

Johnstone joins Cage Warriors with a wealth of experience in the mixed mar-tial arts sphere, both in promotion and instruction, from his time managing Bournemouth-based Phoenix MMA and Phoenix Fight Night.

And one of his first jobs as part of the Cage Warriors family will be to work with president Graham Boylan to head up the planning and organisation for a Cage Warriors event in Bournemouth on Saturday June 24.

A Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, Johnstone has competed in MMA at both ama-teur and professional level, and is currently the head coach for the UK na-tional youth BJJ team.

He is also the BJJ coach for the Royal Marines, continuing Cage Warriors’ strong connection with MMA and the armed forces that has seen servicemen including Jack Marshman rise to prominence under the Cage Warriors ban-ner and go on to fight in the UFC.

“I’m absolutely delighted with this partnership,” said Johnstone.

“We have worked tirelessly for the last eight years to establish Phoenix Fight Night as the No.1 fight show in the south, constantly reinvesting and pushing ourselves to improve our standards time after time.

“This announcement shows that the sacrifice was well worth it. Partnering with Cage Warriors is creating a massive platform for southern-based fight-ers to shine on the biggest stage in the UK and Europe.

“It’s great news for MMA in the south.”

Cage Warriors President, Graham Boylan, said “We’re delighted to be work-ing with Jimmy.

“His culture is our culture: teamwork, hard work, and a true love of the sport.

“He strengthens our team significantly; and Bournemouth on 24th June is go-ing to be a huge party.”

Cage Warriors is Europe’s premier MMA promotion, broadcast live to UK and Ireland fans on BT Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

It kicks off 2017 with three exciting shows in London (Indigo at the 02) on Sat 18th Feb, Dublin (3Arena) on Sat 4th March and Liverpool (Echo Arena) on Sat 1st April. Tickets are available from cagewarriors.com

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Stapleton returns for Cage Warriors in London

17/01/2017

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CAGE WARRIORS returns to the capital with a new home and a new signing ready to make an impact in a new, exciting year for MMA.

The promotion is delighted to announce Bellator vet Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion this week and will be thrown straight into the fray as the latest addition to a growing fight card that looks set to rock the capital on February 18.

Stapleton (18-4) takes on former Bellator MMA fighter Anthony Dizy in a 150-pound catchweight contest in Cage Warriors’ inaugural event at Indigo at The O2.

His fight with Dizy represents his first step towards that aim, and you can bet Stapleton will be looking to make a big statement on his first appearance under the Cage Warriors banner for more than eight years as he looks to stretch his winning streak to six in a row.

He’ll face tough resistance from Frenchman Dizy (8-2), whose last outing saw him claim victory over former CW lightweight champion Ivan Musardo.

Stapleton’s return is just one of four additions to the CW 80 fight card, with three more exciting match ups confirmed for London.

In-form Tom Green (11-1) finally arrives in Cage Warriors looking to show the world more of the talent that has seen him finish all 11 of his wins so far.

Green arrives in Cage Warriors riding a 10-fight win streak, keen to make a splash after his original CW debut was scrapped at the 11th hour when his scheduled opponent Brad Wheeler failed to make weight for the contest.

Now rescheduled for London on February 18, ‘K-9’ will take on be looking to get his teeth into Tim Wilde (9-2), who had a standout win over UFC veteran Mickael Lebout at CW 78 last September.

Welterweights Mohsen Bahari and Fernando Gonzalez will do battle in a significant all-Scandinavian battle.

Norway’s Bahari (9-3) is no stranger to UK MMA fans, having competed on these shores on several occasions, while Sweden’s Gonzalez (7-1) will be making his UK debut in a bout that will not only move the winner up the welterweight ladder, but also see the victor claim regional bragging rights.

Also set for the card, Sam Creasey (7-1) returns to action looking to bounce back from his maiden pro defeat when he takes on Frenchman - and teammate of CW 80 main-eventer Karl Amoussou - Samir Faiddine (9-2) in a flyweight bout.

The event is set to be headlined by a battle for the vacant CW welterweight title as Manchester’s Matt Inman (19-8) takes on French-German powerhouse Karl Amoussou (23-7-2).

“After a super successful 2016 we are super excited to kick off 2017 with a bang in our new home at indigo at the O2, London,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“We have worked hard in putting this opening card of the year together and it’s stacked from top to bottom.”


Tickets for CW80 at the Indigo at The O2 are available from £20 here.

CW80 will be broadcast live to UK and Ireland fans on BT Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

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CW80: Cage Warriors adds to London card

22/12/2016

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Several bouts have been added to CW80, which takes place at the Indigo at the O2, in South East London on February 18, 2017.  The event will kick off what is set to be a busy year for the promotion building on the successes of 2016.


Three welterweight bouts and one bantamweight battle have been added to London card, which is headlined by welterweights Englishman, Matt Inman (19-8) and Franco-German Karl Amoussou (25-7) in a championship contest.


Joining them on the card are Englishmen Nathaniel Wood (10-4) and Vaughan Lee (14-12-1).  Wood last fought on Cage Warriors at CW74 which took place at the Copper Box Arena, London in November 2014 where he defeated Steve McCombe.  It was an unfortunate night for McCombe who broke his arm while blocking Wood’s ferocious leg kicks.  Wood won his last contest on the undercard of Bellator in London but this is a huge challenge for him against a seasoned UFC veteran.


Lee signed a multi fight deal with Cage Warriors earlier this year and was set to make his promotional debut at CW78 in Liverpool but had to withdraw due to injury.  This will be his first bout back on the domestic scene since he last fought in Grozny, Chechnya, back in December 2015. 

 

Leading the charge of the welterweights is a contest between Thomas “The Saint” Robertsen (5-0) and Che Mills (16-9-0-3nc).  Robertsen is a prospect from Norway who has looked impressive in his recent bouts but this is a big step-up for him.  Robertson is keen to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen, Mohsen Bahari, Håkon Foss and Jack Hermansson who have all shot to fame on Cage Warriors. Mills enters this fight looking to re-establish himself after his recent loss to Inman.


Welterweights Warren Kee (8-4-1) and Brad Wheeler (15-10-0) looks set to be a lively contest.  Kee likes to KO his opponents and has never gone to a decision.  He is coming off a first round KO win over Phil Wells who won at CW79 in Newport, Wales in October.

In contrast, Wheeler is a slick submission specialist and this will be his first contest at welterweight since his fight at CW77 against Tom Green was pulled due to Wheeler failing to make weight. 


Martyn Harris (4-2) and Håkon Foss (7-3) is the third welterweight bout added to the CW80.  Foss signed a multi fight deal with Cage Warriors earlier this year and will be aiming for his fourth successive win.  Harris will want to add to add to his decision win in September when he snapped his opponent’s three-fight win streak.


Cage Warriors will return to London on Saturday, February 18, 2017, tickets can be purchased here.


CW80 will be broadcast live to UK and Ireland fans on BT Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.

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Cage Warriors 80 – Ticket offer

15/12/2016

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Buy your ticket by December 30, 2016, and you could get it free.

The boss, Graham Boylan tweeted it so it must be true!

Anyone who buys a ticket for CW80 online by noon on December 30, 2016, could have the face value of their ticket refunded.

Graham has said that if Ronda Rousey wins by KO in the second round of her contest with Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30, Cage Warriors will refund the face value of every ticket that was purchased online by noon on December 30. *  Ticket holders for CW80 will receive an automatic refund – you don’t have to do anything.

Cage Warriors kicks off its busy 2017 schedule in London with CW80 on February 18, 2017, at Indigo at the O2.  It will be a night packed with top European MMA action and will feature a stellar line-up of UFC veterans alongside a crop of rising stars.

CW80 features a welterweight championship bout between the UK’s Matt Inman (19-8) and Franco-German, Karl Amoussou (25-7).  Inman boasts 17 wins inside the distance, while Amoussou rides a six-fight win streak with his last five victories coming inside the first round.  The card will also feature UFC vets Che Mills and Vaughan Lee as well as the winner of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins, Ryan Roddy.

Ticket prices start at £20 but if you buy your ticket before noon, December 30 you could be in with a chance to get that ticket absolutely free.

For a knock out night of top MMA action BUY YOUR TICKETS for CW80 HERE.

*Price of the ticket will be refunded only – booking fee not included

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Cage Warriors kick off 2017 with London Show

05/12/2016

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Buy tickets for this event here

Cage Warriors, Europe’s leading MMA show will return to London on Saturday February 18, 2017 with CW 80, kicking off what is shaping up to be another spectacular year for the promotion.

Cage Warriors is noted for discovering and nurturing some of the biggest names in MMA today.  Renowned as a proving ground for European talent, three of the current UFC champions, Englishman Michael Bisping, Polish star Joanna Jedrzeczyk and the sport’s biggest name Irishman Conor McGregor all honed their skills in CW before fighting for the UFC.

On February 18, CW world championship gold will be up for grabs when welterweights UK veteran Matt Inman (19-8) will face German, Karl Amoussou (25-7) - joining them on the card will be the cream of European MMA all looking to make a name for themselves.  In addition to a spectacular night of mixed martial arts action, there will be ‘meet and greets’ with former Cage Warriors champs who are now current UFC stars as well as stunning DJ sets to keep the crowd entertained throughout the night.

Casimir Knight, CEO of WDA, owners of Cage Warriors said, “We’re stepping it up a notch next year – not only will we continue to produce stacked and exciting fight cards with the cream of European MMA talent and discover future stars; we also want to create a fantastic night out for our fans.  That’s why we’re bringing our warriors into the cool environment of the Indigo at the O2, to create a real MMA party night out for everyone there.”

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CW Unplugged results

13/11/2016

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In Cage Warriors’ final event of 2016, it turned out to be a long night for the defending CWFC champions as both Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold each required the full five rounds to retain their featherweight and lightweight titles. The event was broadcast live from BT Sport’s Studios and was also available live on UFC Fightpass and Viasat in Scandinavia.

Pimblett (13-1) was making the first defence of his featherweight title and was tested throughout the contest by American Julian Erosa (17-4) - the judges delivered an unanimous decision win for 21-year old Pimblett.

Nic Herron-Webb (19-8) proved a tough opponent for Chris Fishgold (17-1-1), who hadn’t fought beyond the first round in his five previous bouts.  The judges scored a decision win to champ Fishgold who is now riding a seven-fight win streak.

Welterweights Che Mills (16-9) and Matt Inman (19-8) featured in a bloody battle as Mills cut Inman above the eye early in the first round.  However at 4:09 of the second, Inman managed to sink in a triangle choke to end the contest and take the win – his first for the promotion.

Here’s a look at the rest of the results from CW Unplugged – BT Sport Studios, London.

Televised Main Card

All bouts 3 x 5 min rounds unless stated

CWFC Featherweight title (5x5 minute rounds)
(c) Paddy Pimblett def Julian Erosa via Unanimous decision - (49-46, 48-47, 48-47), to retain the featherweight title

CWFC Lightweight title (5x5 minute rounds)
(c) Chris Fishgold defeated Nic Herron-Webb via Unanimous decision - (48-47, 48-47, 48-47), to retain the lightweight title

Welterweight
Matt Inman defeated Che Mills via Submission via triangle choke - Round 2, 4:09

Light-Heavyweight
Karl Moore defeated Paco Estevez via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:23

Middleweight
Leeroy Barnes defeated John Redmond via Technical Submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0.34

Non-televised Pro Prelims

Flyweight
Shaj Haque defeated Sam Creasey via Unanimous Decision – (30-27, 29-27, 30-26)

Light-Heavyweight
Kenneth Bergh
defeated Ross Cooper via Submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:46

Featherweight
Lloyd Manning defeated Nathan Sparks via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:50


Cage Warriors will return in 2017 with a London Show scheduled for mid-February and a return to Liverpool’s Echo Arena scheduled for April when champions Pimblett and Fishgold will defend their titles

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Weigh-in results: CW Unplugged

11/11/2016

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All 16 professional fighters made weight this afternoon for CW Unplugged, which takes place tomorrow evening - Saturday, November 12,  at BT Sport’s Studios in London, England.  The show will serve as the warm up event before the broadcaster switches live to New York City for UFC 205.

With two CWFC world title contests headlining the bill, it took belt holders Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold two attempts at making their championship weights.

Paddy Pimblett weighed in at 144.8 pounds on the second attempt while challenger Julian Erosa tipped the scales at 143.8 pounds ahead of their clash for the featherweight title.

Lightweight champion Chris Fishgold weighed in at 155.0 pounds on his second attempt as the challenger to his crown, Nic Herron-Webb made weight at 154.8 pounds.

Further down the card, welterweight Che Mills, flyweight Sam Creasey and featherweight Nathan Sparks all required a second go on the scales.

See below for full weigh-in results

Changes to the card

An injured Johann Romming has withdrawn from his light heavyweight contest with Kenneth Bergh who will now face Ross Cooper (1-2). 

Another previously announced bout between middleweights Andreas Michailidis and Faycal Hucin has been cancelled as Michailidis picked up an injury while making the final preparations for this contest.

CW Unplugged takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 12, at BT Sport’s Studios in East London, there are no tickets on sale for this event.

The show will be broadcast live at 9pm local time on:
UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia
Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

View a gallery of images from today’s CW Unplugged weigh-ins HERE.
CW Unplugged
Main Card.  Broadcast LIVE 9pm local time.
All bouts 3 x 5 min rounds unless stated

CWFC Featherweight title (5x5 minute rounds)
(FW)Julian Erosa (143.8 lbs) vs.(c) Paddy Pimblett (144.8lbs)*
*147.7 lbs at the first attempt

CWFC Lightweight title (5x5 minute rounds)
(LW) Nic Herron-Webb (154.8 lbs) vs. (c) Chris Fishgold (155lbs)**
**157.3 lbs at the first attempt    

(WW) Matt Inman (170.4 lbs) vs. Che Mills (170.6 lbs)
(LHW) Paco Estevez (204.9 lbs) vs. Karl Moore (205.8 lbs)
(MW) John Redmond (184.4 lbs) vs. Leeroy Barnes (183.8 lbs)

Non-televised Pro-Prelims start at 6.50 pm local time.

(FW) Shaj Haque (125.5 lbs) vs. Sam Creasey (125.6 lbs)
(LHW) Ross Cooper (202.2 lbs) vs. Kenneth Bergh (205.4 lbs)
(FW) Nathan Sparks (146 lbs) vs. Lloyd Manning (145.4 lbs).

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Pall Mall Barbers Announces Brand Sponsorship with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

03/11/2016

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Men’s grooming range and barber stores, Pall Mall Barbers, have announced its brand sponsorship with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. The sponsorship starts with the forthcoming CW Unplugged and will run through to the end of 2017.


“I’ve been a fan of MMA and Cage Warriors for many years and to have the opportunity to support a sport that is growing in popularity and getting great airtime around the world, is great.  Barbering is also having its time in the spotlight and our being part of the grass roots of CW both in and outside the octagon, is ideal.  We’ll be hosting pop up shave, hair, and beard trims treatments on fight nights and also be visible in the octagon with the fighter’s corner area and the Cut Mans’ gloves being branded.  There’s real history with barbers and the medical field; barbers used to be surgeon’s years ago and practiced blood-letting, dentistry and minor surgery which is why barber stores around the world have the red and white poles outside, so linking with the Cut Man and being part of their essential physio equipment brings the heritage of barbering full circle. It’s a nice touch sponsoring the Cut Man and branding their gloves,” explains Pall Mall Barbers, managing director Richard Marshall.

Commenting on the partnership Warriors Development Agency, CEO Casimir Knight, “We are delighted to welcome Richard and the Pall Mall Barbers team to the Warriors family. The PMB brand and activities have a good fit with our fan base and fighters, and we’re looking forward to a great partnership”.

CW Unplugged will take place Saturday 12th November 2016 live from BT Sport Studios.

Pall Mall Barbers shops are located in Trafalgar Square, Fitzrovia, Westminster, Bishopsgate and the product range is available on www.pallmallbarbers.com

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Dean Trueman joins Cage Warriors

25/10/2016

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Dean Trueman (7-3) is the newest addition to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

Trueman has signed a multi-fight deal, which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC in 2017.  A native of Ilkeston, Derbyshire he trains at Nottingham MMA and is part of Team Wallhead.

“My last fight on Cage Warriors was a big risk, but I had a lot to prove and it paid off.  Now being contracted to Cage Warriors gives me the opportunity to showcase my skills worldwide and to prove what I’m capable of,” said Trueman who scored the fastest win of his career with a 12-second knockout live on BT Sport and UFC Fightpass at CWFC 79.

Trueman, an all-rounder is currently riding a three-fight win streak, two of which have taken place this year and both finished inside the first round. He stepped up with less than two weeks preparation for CWFC 79 but by the end of the night he was the talk of UK MMA - in just 24 hours, Trueman’s spectacular knockout had clocked up 300,000 views on Facebook.

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan said, “We’re pleased to be welcoming Dean to Cage Warriors.  After our Newport show he had the world at his feet with other big promotions eager to sign him but I believe he has made the right decision - I’m excited to see the impact he will have on the featherweight division next year.”

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Photo: Dean Trueman, Newport CWFC 79 - Dolly Clew for CWFC

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Cage Warriors announce fights for November 12 – ‘CW Unplugged’

21/10/2016

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship announces several bouts for their November 12 event - a night when the promotion will join forces with BT Sport to host ‘CW Unplugged’ live from the broadcaster’s studios in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

The event sees the return of Chris Fishgold (16-1-1) paired with former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ contender Nic Herron-Webb (19-7) in his second defense of the Cage Warriors lightweight title.  His teammate, the newly crowned featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (12-1) will hope to squeeze a win from his bout with Julian Erosa (17-3) another TUF contender.

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan announced the headline bouts live on BT Sport last weekend at CWFC 79 from Newport, Wales. The championship contests will be 5 x 5 minute rounds.

Joining them on the card is a welterweight scrap between two Englishmen Matt Inman (18-8) and Che Mills (16-8-0-3nc).  Mills, a former UFC competitor and veteran of European MMA has had just one bout this year and that was scored a no contest.  Matt Inman is a seven bout Cage Warriors veteran and returns to the promotion for the first time in two years. With 16 wins inside the distance, Inman’s a technical and skilful all-rounder and will demand the very best of Mills in this pairing.

Middleweights muscle in on the action in the shape of Frenchman Faycal Hucin (11-3) and Athens based Andreas Michailidis (7-2).  Hucin (CWFC 4-1) last fought for Cage Warriors in 2013 at Fight Night 9 in Amman, Jordan.  That evening he clocked up a second round TKO victory at the expense of Che Mills.  He can bang with the best but his success is predominantly on the canvas.

His opponent Andreas Michailidis is coming off two victories, which include a TKO win over Arbi Madaev in Grozny, Chechnya in October 2015, and a decision win over the powerful striker Ion Pascu in the UAE earlier this year. Pascu defeated Jack Marshman in 2013 and went the distance with another former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Jack Hermansson at CWFC Fight Night 11 in April 2014.

A light heavyweight pairing between Frenchman Johan Romming (9-5-1) and Norwegian Kenneth Bergh (4-0) will also feature on the card.  The 29-year old Romming will be looking for a win after taking two years out from competition while 27-year old Bergh will be looking to maintain his unblemished record.

A second light heavyweight bout is still to be matched but it will feature Karl Moore (6-1), his opponent will be announced in the next few days.

In a featherweight contest between two fighters making their Cage Warriors’ debuts Nathan Sparks (3-4) will face Lloyd Manning (1-0).  Sparks who hails from Kent in the southern England has yet to go the distance in his professional career with all of his battles ending in submission.  Manning made an impressive professional debut, tasting victory in just under a minute of his bout with a win via TKO.

Two flyweights return to Cage Warriors in a contest between Englishmen Shaj Haque (8-2) and Sam Creasey (7-0).  Haque (CWFC 5-1) has fought for the promotion on six occasions and all but one of Haque’s professional wins have come via decision - an indication of the high calibre of his opponents, which include Ronnie Mann, Damien Rooney and Martin McDonagh.  Creasey will make his third outing for Cage Warriors this year and will look to continue his seven-fight winning streak to maintain his unblemished record.

Another middleweight bout on the card was previously announced online between Irishman John Redmond (7-12) and Englishman Leeroy Barnes (15-16).  Both have attacking styles and neither play it safe, which always makes for an entertaining contest.  Redmond rides a two-fight winning streak while Barnes had a three-fight streak snapped at CWFC 78 in Liverpool in a decision loss against Swede Victor Cheng.

CW Unplugged will stream live on BT Sport, UFC Fight Pass and Viasat in Scandinavia.

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Cage Warriors 79 results

17/10/2016

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Cage Warriors 79 results
Newport Centre, Newport, South Wales
Saturday, October 15, 2016

It’s been quite a year for Welsh MMA as former Cage Warriors middleweight champion, Jack Marshman becomes the first Welshman to compete in the UFC’s Octagon in November.  All eyes this weekend were on Newport and the local heroes hoping to follow in his footsteps and they didn’t disappoint - Welsh prospects Jack Shore and Josh Reed continued to shine both maintaining their unblemished records.

However, Saturday night will probably be remembered for Englishman Dean Trueman’s 12 second KO of Arnold Quero – the fastest win of his career.  It took two overhand rights to stun the Frenchman before he hit the canvas.

In the headline tilt, mighty Swede Martin Svensson marked his return to the promotion by putting the skids on Scott Clist’s three-fight winning streak.  The gutsy Englishman edged round one but got caught in a triangle choke just over 90 seconds into the second

Here’s a look at the rest of the results from CWFC 79: Newport.

All professional bouts were scheduled for 3x5 minute rounds

Main Card - Headline Contest
(LW) Martin Svensson def Scott Clist via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:34

(BW) Josh Reed def Martin Sheridan via Split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) - Round 3,  5:00

(LW) Dean Trueman def Arnold Quero via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:12

(FW) Jack Shore def Eddi Pobivanez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:11

(WW) Aaron Khalid def Adam Proctor via Submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:37

Pro Prelims
(LW) Richard Williams def Terry Doyle via Submission (brabo choke) – Round 1, 2:09

(WW) Phil Wells def Toby Hartman via Unanimous decision - Round 3, 5:00

(BW) Kevin Cox def Daryl Grant via Submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:34

Cage Warriors returns to our screens on November 12.  To mark an historic night in MMA, the Cage Warriors team will join forces with BT Sport to host ‘CW Unplugged,’ live from BT’s studios in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London.

The event will feature headline bouts between defending CWFC lightweight champ Chris Fishgold and the newly crowned featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett.  They take on tough US opposition in the shape of lightweight Nic Herron-Webb (19-7) and featherweight Julian Erosa (17-3) both were competitors on The Ultimate Fighter.

Photo: Dolly Clew | dollyclew.com
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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 79

14/10/2016

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All 16 professional fighters made weight this afternoon for CWFC 79, which takes place tomorrow evening – Saturday, October 15 – at the Newport Centre in Newport, South Wales.

Headliner Martin Svensson and bantamweight Kevin Cox required two attempts on the scales - on the first attempt both fighters missed their target weight by 0.3lb but were successful on hitting the scales at the second attempt.

See below for full weigh-in results
Click here for the full gallery of weigh-in photos

The show will be broadcast live on:
UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia

Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

The main card live TV – 9pm local time:
Headline Contest
(LW) Martin Svensson (155.7lbs)  vs. Scott Clist (155.5ibs) 
(BW) Martin Sheridan (135lbs) vs. Josh Reed (134.2lb)
(LW) Arnold Quero (154lbs) vs. Dean Trueman (154.8lbs)
(FW) Eddi Pobivanez (145.5lb) vs. Jack Shore (144lbs)
(WW) Aaron Khalid (170.4lbs) vs. Adam Proctor (170.8lbs)

Pro-Prelim
(LW) Terry Doyle (155.4lbs) vs. Richard Williams (153.8lbs)
(WW) Phil Wells (168.9lbs) vs. Toby Hartman (169.5lbs)
(BW) Kevin Cox (136lbs) vs. Daryl Grant (135.6lbs)


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Cage Warriors 79:Newport, South Wales Saturday October 15, 2016

12/10/2016

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Doors open to the public at 3:00pm

First bout:
Amateur – 4:00pm (subject to change)
Pro Prelims – 7:00pm
Televised main card – 9:00pm local time

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Newport, South Wales for the second time this year and features the rising stars of Welsh MMA.

CWFC 79, which takes place at the Newport Centre is headlined by a lightweight contest between Englishman Scott Clist (11-2) and Swede, Martin Svensson (14-6).  Clist will be looking for his third CWFC win in six months after defeating Brad Wheeler and Tim Wilde at CWFC 75 and CWFC 77.  All of Clist’s wins have come via stoppage but Svensson, a former Ultimate Fighter competitor, is his toughest and most decorated opponent to date.

CWFC 79 will feature five live televised professional bouts, three pro-prelims and twelve amateur contests.

UPDATE:  Changes to the original card include the cancellation of the following contests between Jack Marshman and Andreas Michailidis, Lew Long and Che Mills and Nad Narimani whose opponent Arnold Quero now faces Dean Trueman in a lightweight contest.

Dean Trueman (6-3) is a late replacement for the injured Narimani.  Trueman last performed on Cage Warriors in November 2014 when he suffered a decision loss to Liam James but has fought twice since then clocking up wins against Adam Ventre and Huseyin Garabet – submitting Gabaret in the first round earlier this year.

Kicking off the televised main card is a newly added bout between 23-year old Aaron Khalid (4-2) who trains at the MAT Academy alongside Lew Long and 20-year old Adam Procter (5-0) who trains in South Shields under Alex Enlund.  Both have cut their teeth on the regional MMA scene in the UK, this will be their first opportunity to perform in front of a live international TV audience.

The main card looks like this – 9pm local time:
(LW) Martin Svensson vs. Scott Clist Headline Contest
(BW) Martin Sheridan vs. Josh Reed
(LW) Arnold Quero vs. Dean Trueman
(FW) Eddi Pobivanez vs. Jack Shore
(WW) Aaron Khalid vs. Adam Procter

Doors at the Newport Centre will open at 3:00pm – the show is sold out.

BROADCAST & TV PARTNERS
Please check your local region’s listings for local broadcast times.

The main card is live on:
UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia

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BT Sport to host ‘CW Unplugged’, live from their London Studio in a landmark event on November 12

07/10/2016

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To mark an historic night in MMA, the Cage Warriors team will join forces with BT Sport on November 12 to host ‘CW Unplugged,’ live from BT’s studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London.

The event will feature headline bouts between defending CWFC lightweight champ Chris Fishgold and the newly crowned featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett - and all of the action will take place in front of a hand picked studio audience.

In what promises to be a groundbreaking night for MMA in the UK, CW Unplugged will provide the warm-up act for BT Sport’s live broadcast of the historic UFC 205, the most talked about MMA event of the year.  Not only will it take place at Madison Square Garden, New York City, for the very first time, it is headlined by the ex-Cage Warriors’ double weight champion Conor McGregor who attempts to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two weight champion.

Back in 2012, before moving to the UFC, Conor McGregor simultaneously held the CWFC featherweight and lightweight titles, which are both on the line at CW Unplugged. 

The promotion’s London show will feature the best European talent on a card with multiple World Title fights.

Graham Boylan, Cage Warriors’ President says, “This promises to be the most talked about night in our sport.  We’re putting our athletes right in the home of British and Irish MMA on a night when Conor – a truly great CW Champ will hopefully deliver in the Big Apple – we’ll be cheering him on. 

“BT Sport has helped us to broaden the appeal of mixed martial arts and November 12 will start a new chapter in our partnership with them as we launch CW Unplugged.”

The promotion will be back in action on October 15th from Newport, Wales.  CWFC 79 will stream live on BT Sport, UFC Fight Pass as well as Viasat in Scandinavia.

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UFC Call for Jack Marshman

06/10/2016

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title has been vacated by Welshman Jack Marshman (20-5), in order to take up an offer from the UFC. The call up means that Marshman will become the first Welshman to compete in the organisation.

The 26-year-old, serving paratrooper, fights out of Tillery Combat in Abertillery Wales and is on a six-fight winning streak.  He has four CWFC wins, most notably against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69, former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 and Ali Arish via guillotine at CWFC 76. He won the promotion’s vacant middleweight strap in London at CWFC 77 when he KO’d Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin with a right hook just before the bell in the first round.  Marshman, famed for his heavy hands has yet to be submitted as a professional.

“Many have said this is long overdue as Jack has been at the top of his game for a while and so he leaves with our best wishes. He has been a fantastic ambassador for this sport and for us,” said Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.

CWFC 79, scheduled for Saturday October 15 in Newport, Wales will now be headlined by one of the most intriguing battles on the card, a lightweight contest between Martin Svensson and Scott Clist

Martin Svensson (14-6) returns to the CWFC after a stint on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter show where he won two fights before withdrawing due to injury.  The 31-year-old Swede is 2-1 in the CWFC with wins over Robbie Olivier and Dave Hill in 2014 and was a former CWFC featherweight title challenger – he lost out to Jim Alers who now competes in the UFC.  Following defeat in his full UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 84 in February in London, he signed with CWFC earlier this summer.

Scott Clist (11-2) is looking for his third CWFC win in six months after defeating Brad Wheeler and Tim Wilde at CWFC 75 and CWFC 77.  Clist is from a kickboxing background and is famed for his striking which makes this bout a classic match up with Svensson who is more comfortable on the mat.  All of Clist’s wins have come via stoppage but Svensson is his toughest and most decorated opponent to date.

Final details of the CWFC 79 card will be released later this week.

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Champions Chris Fishgold and Paddy Pimblett sign deals to stay with Cage Warriors

22/09/2016

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Chris Fishgold, the Cage Warriors lightweight champion and his teammate, the newly crowned featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett have both signed an extension deal with Cage Warriors, which will keep them with the promotion into 2017.

It was only two weeks ago that they both became hometown heroes at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and now Cage Warriors has made it financially viable for them to continue ruling Europe in their divisions.  Both men are on the road to the very top of the sport and the city of Liverpool is 100% behind both Chris & Paddy.  They have a plan to put Liverpool on the MMA map and to represent their people and their town in this sport.

There has been much speculation that they would sign to other organisations and Cage Warriors can confirm that there has been interest in both fighters from many organisations, but for now they are staying put. 

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan said, “We’ve developed the biggest names in Europe, some of those names went to the UFC too soon and some went at the right time.  It is every fighter’s dream to get to the UFC and the team and I are here to help not just Chris, Paddy but all our athletes achieve that dream and it’s also our job to guide and develop their careers in the right way.

“After sitting down with both Chris and Paddy they decided they wanted to represent their people and keep the cameras of Cage Warriors and eyes of the world on them and on Liverpool.  They both want to be active and expect to defend their titles before the year is out.”

On his decision to stick with Cage Warriors, Paddy Pimblett said, “I’m excited to open my next chapter with Cage Warriors, I know they’ve got my best interests at heart and my new contract proves that. I can’t wait to bring MMA back to the Echo Arena ….it’s the baddy’s time.”

Chris Fishgold added, “I’m absolutely made up, ready to shine on the best show in Europe and show why I’m the best lightweight in the world.”

Chris Fishgold (16-1-1) (6-0 CWFC) is a top ten-ranked domestic lightweight who is an aggressive grappler with a punishing top game. Hailing from Liverpool and training under Paul Rimmer who is also coach to Paddy Pimblett.

At just 24 years old, Fishgold is a veteran of the European MMA scene having made his is pro debut in March 2010 clocking up a 10-0 record in four years with three CWFC wins against Steve O’Keeffe (CWFC 52), Marcin Wrzosek (CWFC 57), Olivier Pastor (CWFC 62).  An 18-month break from the domestic scene followed due to injury and then a brief spell in Thailand at Phuket Top Team. While in Asia, an under par Fishgold recorded his first loss against Gi Bum Moon by decision in Korea.

On his return to the UK he fought Ryan Roddy in an entertaining contest, which was scored a draw. Now Fishgold is riding a six-fight winning streak – his most recent at CWFC 78 in September against Jason Ponet where he made the first defence of his lightweight belt.

Paddy Pimblett (12-1) (7-1 CWFC), the highly regarded 21-year-old came to the world’s attention when he first went into battle at the Echo Arena in his hometown of Liverpool back in 2014 at CWFC 68.  Pimblett performed a spectacular flying triangle, which promptly ended his bout in the first round against Conrad Hayes.  Not only did the nifty move win Pimblett international plaudits, he was also awarded MMA Junkie’s submission of the month.

His return to Liverpool earlier this month was just as spectacular with Pimblett taking less than two minutes to dismantle Frenchman, Johnny Frachey to win the vacated featherweight crown. He is set to make the first defence of his title before the end of 2016.

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Cage Warriors bolster their ranks with 18 new signings

19/09/2016

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Today, 18 European fighters have inked deals with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.  Additions have been made to all divisions with the exception of heavyweight and the talent is the perfect mix of MMA veterans and hot new prospects all renowned for their exceptional skill and for delivering exciting fights.

Returning earlier this year after a 15-month hiatus, the promotion has already crowned three new champions and witnessed two of its titleholders move to the UFC.  With the potential of more banging on their door very soon, regular replenishment of the talent store cupboard is essential.

Graham Boylan, CWFC President said,  “I want to welcome all of the new guys to the Cage Warriors family.  We are in this big and we will continue to deliver more great events to our network partners, BT Sport, Viasat & UFC Fight Pass – this is one of the best platforms for any MMA fighter to display their skills.

“We have two shows left this year and a packed schedule in 2017 so we’ve boosted the CWFC roster.  Putting on the most exciting shows in Europe is what drives us and central to that is working with the best talent - we have new champions to crown and new MMA stars to create.”

Cage Warriors returns on October 15th and comes hot on the heels of the historic CWFC 78 in Liverpool when the charismatic Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett was crowned the new featherweight champion alongside his teammate Chris Fishgold who made the first defense of this lightweight belt.

CWFC 79 will take place in Newport, Wales when Welsh hero Jack Marshman (20-5) makes the first defense of his middleweight title against Andreas Michailidis (7-2) from Athens, Greece.



CWFC new signings.

Flyweight
Sam Creasey (7-0) - England.

Bantamweight
Vaughan Lee (14 -12 -1) - England

Darren O’Gorman (4-1)  - Ireland


Featherweight
Jack Shore (2-0) - Welsh

Nad Narimani (9-2) - England

Lloyd Manning (1-0) - Ireland

Aiden Lee (2-1) - England

Mathias Lodahl (5-0-0-1nc) - Denmark

Lightweight
Scott Clist (11-2) - England

Tim Wilde (9-2) - England

Ryan Roddy  (7-1-1) - Ireland


Welterweight
Håkon Foss (7-3) - Norway

Thomas Robertsen (5-0) - Norway

Che Mills – (16-8-0-3nc) - England


Middleweight
Modestas Bukauskas (4-2) - England

Victor Cheng (11-2) - Sweden
 
Leeroy Barnes (15-16-0-1nc) - England

Light-Heavyweight
Kenneth Bergh (4-0) - Norway


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CWFC 78: Results

13/09/2016

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CWFC 78 results
Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Saturday 10th September 2016


Cage Warriors 78 was billed as ‘the homecoming’ and what a welcome we received at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, September 10.  It was a packed house and proved a belter of a night as local champion Chris Fishgold (16-1-1) earned his fifth consecutive first-round win as he made the first defense of his lightweight title by submitting Frenchman, Jason Ponet (16-11-1).

Fishgold’s teammate, Paddy Pimblett (12-1) proved why he is one of Europe’s top featherweight prospects grabbing the vacant featherweight belt in front of his home crowd.  He needed less than two minutes to put away Frenchman Johnny Frachey with his fists of fury – knocking his opponent to the mat with his right hand and following up with a flurry of strikes before the referee called a halt to the action 95 seconds into the first round.

Tim Wilde (9-2) got back into the win column with a notable victory over former UFC athlete Mickael Lebout (14-7-1).  After a nervous start, Wilde went on the offensive and unleashed the full arsenal of his capabilities on his feet and on the mat to win a unanimous decision.

Here’s a look at the rest of the results from CWFC 78 – Liverpool.

Main card
All professional bouts were scheduled for 3x5 minute rounds (unless stated)

Main Event: CWFC lightweight world title (5x5 minute rounds) Referee: Rich Mitchell
Champion, Chris Fishgold defeated Jason Ponet via Submission (guillotine choke) after 1:04 of round 1
*Fishgold retains the CWFC lightweight title

Vacant CWFC featherweight world title (5x5 minute rounds) Referee: Rich Mitchell
Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett defeated Johnny Frachey via TKO (punches) after 1:35 of round 1
*Pimblett wins the CWFC featherweight title

Lightweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Tim “The Experiment” Wilde defeated Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) after 3 rounds

Welterweight | Referee: Rich Mitchell
Mohsen Bahari defeated Ali Arish via submission (guillotine choke) after 4:04 of round 1

Middleweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Victor Cheng defeated Leeroy Barnes via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after 3 rounds


Pro-Prelims

160 lbs catchweight | Referee: Rich Mitchell
Ellis Hampson defeated Jordan Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after 3 rounds

Welterweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Dez Parker defeated James Lewis via verbal submission (armbar) after 1:09 of round 1

Welterweight | Referee: Rich Mitchell
Dylan Mcloughlin defeated Alexandre Roumette via TKO (punches) after 3:30 of round 1

130 lbs catchweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Sam Creasey defeated Sam Halliday via submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:40 of round 1


Amateur bouts
All amateur bouts were scheduled for 3x3 minute rounds

Amateur Welterweight | Referee: Rich Mitchell
Jared Southwell defeated Paul Bentley via submission (armbar) after 1:09 of round 1

Amateur Flyweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Abdul Jabbar Choudhury defeated Connor Wilson via technical submission (guillotine choke) after 2:29 of round 3

Amateur Welterweight | Referee: Rich Mitchell
Mush Aslani defeated Luke Begley via technical submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:31 of round 2

Amateur Lightweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Harry McKnight defeated Ieuan Davies via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 rounds

Amateur Lightweight | Referee: Peter Lavery
Corey Fry defeated Scott Wells via TKO (punches) after 0:40 of round 2


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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 78

10/09/2016

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All 18 professional fighters made weight this afternoon for CWFC 78, which takes place tomorrow evening - Saturday, September 10 - at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

With two CWFC world title bouts headlining the bill, lightweight champion Chris Fishgold and challenger Jason Ponet came in at 154.7 lbs and 153.8 lbs respectively while Paddy Pimblett and Johnny Frachey both tipped the scales at 144.5 lbs ahead of their clash for the vacant featherweight world title.

See below for full weigh-in results

CWFC 78 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, at the Echo Arena. For ticket information click HERE.

The show will be broadcast live on:
UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia
Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 78 weigh-ins HERE.

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CWFC 78

Pro Prelims

130 lbs catchweight
Sam Halliday (126.4 lbs) vs. Sam Creasey (130 lbs)

Welterweight
Alexandre Roumette (165.7 lbs) vs. Dylan Mcloughlin (170 lbs)

Welterweight
James Lewis (168.6 lbs) vs. Dez Parker (170.7 lbs)

160 lbs catchweight
Jordan Miller (159.2 lbs) vs. Ellis Hampson (158.3 lbs)       

Maincard – Live on TV from 9PM UK time.

Middleweight
Victor Cheng (185.7 lbs) vs. Leeroy Barnes (181.7 lbs)

Welterweight 
Mohsen Bahari (170.9 lbs) vs.  Ali Arish (167.3 lbs)

Lightweight
Mickael Lebout (155.9 lbs) vs. Tim Wilde (155.9 lbs)

Vacant CWFC Featherweight World Title
Johnny Frachey (144.5 lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (144.5 lbs)

Main Event: CWFC Lightweight World Title
Jason Ponet (153.8 lbs) vs. (Champion) Chris Fishgold (154.7 lbs)

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Paddy’s Power lands a charity bet

10/09/2016

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Ahead of Paddy Pimblett’s Cage Warriors featherweight world title bout tomorrow, leading bookmaker Paddy Power has priced up a future bout with the biggest name in the sport, the UFC’s Conor McGregor.

Paddy Power has offered a free charity bet at odds of 5-1 that Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will beat Conor McGregor at some point in the future.  The generous stake of £2,000 will stand to net Pimblett’s selected charity, Fight for Autism, a whopping £10k if the fight ever happens and he wins.

Pimblett is one of Europe’s hottest MMA prospects, famed for his quick wit and flying triangles.  The 21-year-old Liverpudlian is in action tomorrow evening at Liverpool’s Echo Arena to contest the Cage Warriors vacant featherweight title.  Former champions of the 145Ilb featherweight division are Jim Alers, Alex Enlund, and Conor McGregor who all went on to receive a call-up from the world’s biggest MMA promotion, The UFC.  Pimblett too, is tipped for the top.

Paddy Power, a spokesperson for the bookmaker, said “Paddy’s not a lad who’s short on confidence and we were more than happy to give him a bet on himself when his management team reached out to us. Given his talent he’ll be circling the waters with the big fish in no time, and should he beat McGregor it’ll sting as much as his right hook but a great cause will benefit.”

Pimblett added, “I’m not afraid of anyone, I’ll take them on, anywhere, anytime – McGregor included!”

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CWFC 79 main card released as Marshman defends his middleweight title on October 15

07/09/2016

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Jack “The Hammer” Marshman is set to make the first defence of his middleweight title against Andreas Michailidis when the promotion returns to the Newport Centre in Wales on Saturday, October 15.

The contest of Marshman and Michailidis will headline CWFC 79 and will stream live on UFC Fight Pass, BT Sport and Viasat in Scandinavia.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Jack Marshman (20-5) is one of the best UK middleweights outside of the UFC.  The Welshman won the promotion’s vacant middleweight strap in London at CWFC 77 when he KO’d Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin with a right hook just before the bell in the first round.

The 26-year-old is on a six-fight winning streak, which includes four CWFC wins, most notably against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69, former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 and Ali Arish via guillotine at CWFC 76.  Marshman, famed for his heavy hands has yet to be submitted as a professional.

Andreas Michailidis (7-2) from Athens, Greece is coming off two victories, which include a TKO win over Arbi Madaev in Grozny, Chechnya in October 2015, and a decision win over the powerful striker Ion Pascu in the UAE earlier this year.  It is worth noting that Pascu defeated Marshman in 2013 and went the distance with former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Jack Hermansson at CWFC Fight Night 11 in April 2014.

Michailidis also went 1-1 in the USA during 2014 where he defeated Daniel Hernandez at KOTC before losing to Jason Butcher at Bellator.

Welterweight veterans Che Mills and Lew Long return to Cage Warriors in what is sure to be a bruising battle between two of the sports most durable athletes - both fighters will be looking for redemption in Wales.

Lew Long (12-4) will be looking to get back into the win column after steely Swede Andreas Ståhl, snapped his six-fight winning streak at CWFC 76.  Che Mills’ (16-8-0-3nc) last defeat came at the heavy hands of current CWFC middleweight champion Jack Marshman at Cage Warriors 72, Mills drops back to welterweight for this contest.

Martin Svensson and Scott Clist will contest a lightweight bout in what looks set to be one of the cards most intriguing battles.

Martin Svensson (14-6) returns to the CWFC after a stint on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter show where he won two fights before withdrawing due to injury.  The 31-year-old Swede is 2-1 in the CWFC with wins over Robbie Olivier and Dave Hill in 2014 and was a former CWFC featherweight title challenger – he lost out to Jim Alers who now competes in the UFC.  Following defeat in his full UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 84 in February in London, he signed with CWFC earlier this summer.

Scott Clist (11-2) is looking for his third CWFC win in six months after defeating Brad Wheeler and Tim Wilde at CWFC 75 and CWFC 77.  Clist is from a kickboxing background and is famed for his striking which makes this bout a classic match up with Svensson who is more comfortable on the mat.  All of Clist’s wins have come via stoppage but Svensson is his toughest and most decorated opponent to date.

Two featherweight tussles feature on the card between Eddi Pobivanez (3-1) and local prospect Jack Shore (2-0) and between Arnold Quero (13-4-0-1nc) and Nad Narimani (9-2).

Pobivanez vs. Shore was due to take place at CWFC 76 earlier this year but Pobivanez withdrew due to injury.  Shore featured on the card in a quick win over David-Tonatiuth Crol.

Quero was to feature on the promotion’s Liverpool Card, CWFC 78 but his opponent had to withdraw due to injury.  The Paris based 31-year-old is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak while Narimani forced a quick tap from his opponent Daniel Requeijo in the third round of a thrilling bout the last time the promotion was in Wales.

In a bantamweight bout, UK based Irishman, Martin Sheridan will do battle with Josh Reed.

Martin Sheridan (8-6) makes a welcome return to Cage Warriors, having fought for the promotion on three occasions before.  He comes to this bout off a win earlier this year against Scott Pooley but is best known for his spectacular KO (knee) win over Jordan Desborough at CWFC 62 in December 2013.  He also went the distance with Paddy Pimblett in 2014 at CWFC 65.

Josh Reed (5-0) a Welshman from Tillery Combat is promoted to the main card following an impressive KO win during the prelims of CWFC 76.  However, Sheridan will be his toughest test to date.  Both men have all of their wins inside the distance.

CWFC 79
Saturday 15th October 2016
Newport Centre, Newport, Wales

Main Card (all bouts are over 3x5 minute rounds unless stated - card subject to change)

CWFC World Middleweight Title bout (5x5 minute rounds)
(Champion) Jack Marshman vs. Andreas Michailidis

Welterweight
Che Mills vs. Lew Long

Featherweight
Nad Narimani vs. Arnold Quero

Featherweight
Jack Shore vs. Eddi Pobivanez

Lightweight
Scott Clist vs. Martin Svensson

Bantamweight
Josh Reed vs. Martin Sheridan


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CWFC 78 Liverpool: Show information

06/09/2016

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This Saturday, September 10, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool’s Echo Arena for the first time in two years, with a show packed with the cream of European MMA performing in front of a global TV audience.

Back in 2014, CWFC 68’s main card produced 10 stoppages and the promotion is hoping for the same fireworks on Saturday.  At CWFC 78, two world titles are on the line for the lightweight and featherweight belts – both being contested by home crowd favourites, Chris Fishgold and Paddy Pimblett.

Headlining the show is highly ranked Englishman Chris Fishgold, who makes the first defence of his lightweight title against Frenchman, Jason Ponet.  His teammate Paddy Pimblett challenges Frenchman Johnny Frachey for the featherweight title.

The main card action, from the Echo Arena Liverpool will feature five televised professional bouts starting at 9pm* (UK time).

CHANGES TO THE CARD:

Vaughan Lee has withdrawn due to injury.  His opponent Arnold Quero is now matched on CWFC 79, due to take place next month in Newport, Wales.

Doors at the Echo Arena, Liverpool will open at 5:00pm – tickets are available to purchase here.

BROADCAST & TV PARTNERS
Please check your local region’s listings for local broadcast times.

The main card is live on:

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia

CWFC 78

DOORS: Open to the public: 5:00pm
FIRST BOUT: Amateur: 6:20pm (subject to change)
TELEVISED: Main card: 9:00pm* (UK time)
*The main card will start on BT Sport via the red button at 9pm and revert to the main channel at 9.15pm.

Main Event: CWFC Lightweight World Title (5x5 minute rounds)
(Champion) Chris Fishgold vs. Jason Ponet
                 
Vacant CWFC Featherweight World Title (5x5 minute rounds)
Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett vs. Johnny Frachey

Lightweight (3x5 minute rounds)
Tim “The Experiment” Wilde vs. Mickael “Ragnar” Lebout
                                               
Welterweight (3x5 minute rounds)
Ali Arish vs. Mohsen Bahari

Middleweight (3x5 minute rounds)
Leeroy Barnes vs. Victor Cheng
                             
Pro Prelims

160 lbs catchweight
Jordan Miller  vs. Ellis Hampson     

Welterweight
James Lewis vs. Dez Parker

Welterweight
Alexandre Roumette vs. Dylan Mcloughlin

130 lbs Catchweight
Sam Halliday vs. Sam Creasey


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Pimblett set for title tussle at CWFC 78

25/08/2016

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown a new CWFC featherweight world champion at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Saturday September 10.

The belt, recently vacated by Alex Enlund, will be on the line when Liverpool native Paddy Pimblett (11-1) and Frenchman Johnny Frachey (18-10) clash at Cage Warriors 78, in the co-main event.

Past holders of the CWFC featherweight world title include Alex Enlund who makes his UFC debut in Hamburg, Germany, American Jim Alers who also fights in the UFC and the biggest name in the sport Conor McGregor.

Pimblett will be looking to continue his seven-fight winning streak while the more experienced Frachey will be looking to rebound from a loss that snapped a five-fight winning streak.

Paddy Pimblett (11-1), the highly regarded 21-year-old will be looking to repeat the form that brought him to the world’s attention when he last went into battle at the Echo Arena in his hometown of Liverpool.  Back in 2014 at CWFC 68, Pimblett performed a spectacular flying triangle, which promptly ended his bout in the first round against Conrad Hayes.  Not only did the nifty move win Pimblett international plaudits, he was also awarded MMA Junkie’s submission of the month.

Pimblett returns to the promotion after securing a second round submission of tough Frenchman Teddy Violet at CWFC 77 in London on July 8.  It was a closely contested first round - Violet landed some heavy shots on Pimblett.  But the Liverpudlian was emphatic after the win, announcing that ‘scousers don’t get knocked out!’

“I can’t wait to fight back in the Echo Arena in my hometown.  Last time I fought there it was one of the best nights of my life and I’m gonna make this one another finish to remember,” said Paddy Pimblett.

Johnny Frachey (18-10), the 32-year-old Frenchman has a well-thumbed passport having fought tough opposition around the globe in Brazil, Japan, and all over Europe including the Ukraine and the Czech Republic.  An all-rounder, as comfortable on his feet as he is on the mat, he will provide tough competition for the local fighter.

Headlining the show is one of the UK’s hottest MMA prospects, Liverpool’s Chris Fishgold (15-1-1) who makes the first defence of his lightweight title against 27-year-old Frenchman Jason Ponet (16-10-1-1nc).

CWFC 78, will take place at The Echo Arena, Liverpool, England on Saturday, September 10 and will be broadcast live on BT Sport, Viaplay in Scandinavia and around the world on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors announce opening bouts for CWFC 78

12/08/2016

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have announced the opening bouts of Cage Warriors 78 when the promotion returns to Liverpool on September 10 for the first time in two years.

Headlining the show is one of the UK’s hottest MMA prospects, Liverpool’s Chris Fishgold (15-1-1) who makes the first defence of his lightweight title against 27-year-old Frenchman Jason Ponet (16-10-1-1nc).  Other bouts include UFC veteran Vaughan Lee (14-12-1) against Ponet’s teammate Arnold Quero (13-3-0-1nc), the return of Sweden’s Victor Cheng (10-2) against the UK’s Leeroy Barnes (15-15-0-1nc) as well as former welterweight title challenger Mohsen Bahari (8-3) in a contest with Ali Arish (21-5).

Fishgold is keen to get back to work and defend his lightweight title after he stormed to victory in July at CWFC 77 when he picked up a submission win over Adam Boussif at 1:33 of the first round his fifth win for the promotion. 

Ponet has had two fights this year with a win and loss a-piece.  The loss came via decision to former UFC athlete Piotr Hallman in a hard fought contest and his most recent victory snapped the seven-fight winning streak of his opponent, unbeaten Englishman Lewis Monarch.  Ponet has won eight of his last 11 fights and comes to this bout a vastly more experienced fighter than Fishgold having competed on three continents and most extensively in Europe during his eight year professional career.

Joining the lightweights on the card is a featherweight contest between Paris based Arnold Quero and Englishman Vaughan Lee - a classic contest of striker versus grappler.  Lee will be the toughest challenge to date for the Frenchman who is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak.  While Lee, who returns to the domestic scene and makes his Cage Warriors debut, is eager to get back to winning ways.

Another fighter keen to get back into the win column is lightweight Tim Wilde (8-2) who recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped by Scott Clist.  Wilde’s opponent is highly regarded Frenchman Mickael Lebout (14-6-1-1nc) who had a short stint in the UFC.

A middleweight bout between Swede, Victor Cheng (10-2) and Englishman Leeroy Barnes (15-15-0-1nc) sees both fighters make a welcome return to the promotion.  Both have scored most of their wins via submission – Cheng is a BJJ black belt whilst Barnes is a no-gi specialist.  Cheng had a break from the sport at the end of 2012 whilst Barnes stayed busy with 10 contests and currently rides a three-fight winning streak.

Mohsen Bahari (8-3) takes on Ali Arish (21-5) in a welterweight contest.  Bahari challenged current UFC star Nicolas Dalby for the welterweight strap back in November 2014 at CWFC 74.  Arish lost out to current CWFC Welterweight Champion, Jack Marshman in June this year. 

Cage Warriors 78 will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday, September 10, and will be broadcast in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport, around the world on UFC Fight Pass and in Scandinavia on Viasat.

Tickets for this event can be purchased here (plus booking fee).  Ringside and inner ringside seats are sold out.

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BT Sport and Cage Warriors join forces

04/08/2016

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Following a successful debut on July 8 on BT Sport, Cage Warriors can today confirm that its CWFC events will continue to be televised by the British broadcaster.

BT Sport will show CWFC 78 in Liverpool on September 10 and will then cover the remaining Cage Warriors events going forward.  This partnership means that CWFC will join Premier League football, Aviva Premiership Rugby and the best of European football on BT Sport from now on.  BT Sport is already home to the UFC, broadcasting the promotion’s events since 2013, making it the home of MMA in the UK.

CWFC is one of the most respected regional MMA promotions in the world, discovering and nurturing some of the biggest names in MMA today.  Renowned as a proving ground for European talent, three of the current UFC champions, Englishman Michael Bisping, Polish star Joanna Jedrzeczyk and the sport’s biggest name Irishman Conor McGregor all honed their skills in CWFC before fighting for the UFC.

BT Sport viewers can now witness the birth of MMA’s stars of tomorrow and watch them compete for world titles as witnessed at CWFC 77 when two belts were won by fast emerging British stars. Chris Fishgold will be defending his lightweight title in front of his hometown fans in Liverpool at CWFC 78 on September 10th, while the following month middleweight Jack Marshman returns to Wales to defend his belt. Chris and Jack are among a number of CWFC stars tipped to break into the UFC in the near future.

Commenting on the partnership CEO Casimir Knight said, “We’re committed to creating the best possible platform for fighters and fight fans - and this long-term partnership with BT Sport achieves that.  We will give Europe’s rising MMA stars regular fights on the broadcast home of MMA. This is also a significant step for the CWFC brand, as it will increase our exposure to a mainstream sporting audience as we sit shoulder to shoulder with other leading rights holders.  By working with respected broadcast partners like BT Sport, together we can do our bit to grow the sport of MMA.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport said “I’m sure fight fans will be thrilled with more primetime MMA action on BT Sport so soon after the news that we will continue to be the home of the UFC.  I’m happy to welcome the CWFC to BT Sport”.

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Cage Warriors return to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on September 10.

29/07/2016

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Cage Warriors makes its long overdue return to the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England with CWFC 78 on September 10, 2016. The top of the card will feature two of the country’s most exciting MMA prospects, Liverpool natives Chris Fishgold and Paddy Pimblett.

The top of the card will see newly crowned lightweight champion Chris Fishgold defend his title alongside fellow team mate, featherweight, Paddy Pimblett who will look to continue his seven-fight winning streak.  Both fighters train under Paul Rimmer at Liverpool’s Next Generation gym, who in the past has coached former Cage Warriors stars, current UFC fighter Danny Roberts and UFC veteran Rosi Sexton.

It was in May 2014 that the Echo Arena, Liverpool hosted a Cage Warriors, CWFC 68 event and it was a night packed full of knockouts and submissions – ten in total.  Local favourite Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts featured in a welterweight tussle with highly regarded veteran of the sport Jim Wallhead.  Roberts delivered for the local crowd, dropping Wallhead with a right hand, stopping the fight via TKO at the 4:49 mark of the opening round.  It was Roberts biggest win to date.

“Chris and Paddy have been the stars of our two London shows this year so it’s fitting that we give them and their fans what they want with a Liverpool home coming,” says Graham Boylan of Cage Warriors.  “Both fighters are on the cusp of fighting on an international show so this could be the last time we see them perform in their home town for a while.”

Tickets can be purchased hereCWFC 78, Liverpool will be broadcast live on BT Sport (UK and Ireland), Viaplay (in Scandinavia) and around the world on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

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WDA DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR: Candidate Brief

19/07/2016

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DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Candidate Brief

The Role

WDA is an Irish owned, London based start up company formed this year to:

-    Manage the Cage Warriors franchise. Cage Warriors is the number one European MMA promotion and a proven pathway to the UFC (70+ fighters have gone on from Cage Warriors to the UFC including Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk);

-    Commercially develop MMA as a mainstream sport popular among younger demographics.


We are looking for someone creative to join our team as a Digital Media Manager.

The Media Manager will ‘own’ and develop our digital media assets.

Key Responsibilities

1.    To understand and harness the existing media assets we have (video archive, photo archive, www.cagewarriors.com, etc)

2.    To proactively generate content, curate and manage existing Cage Warriors’ social and digital platforms (web, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)

3.    Support the company’s digital strategy, and implement improvements to the content, formatting, usability and accessibly of our online channels

4.    To accelerate our presence on Instagram and Snapchat

5.    To work with all fighters in IFM to increase their global digital footprint

6.    To be our global ‘Community Manager’

7.    To assist our event team


This is a demanding role – requiring long hours and travel.

Key Capabilities & Experience

-    Experience of managing the flow of content across web, social media & mobile channels.

-    Editing of content, working with third party agencies as well as in-house resources

-    Ability to identify opportunities and to drive campaigns

-    Evidence of engaging across all social media channels.

-    Solid grasp of what makes a good story, and be familiar with a variety of content types to help build followers and sales for the brand.

-    Building, developing and ongoing management of social media Marketing.

-    Developing content themes and calendars

-    Develop and deliver social media programmes and community management

-    Artwork and Graphic Design knowledge

-    Good with imagery and knowledge of visual exposure



Reporting Line

You will report directly to the CEO of WDA, Casimir Knight

Key Relationships

You will work particularly closely with:

-    President of Cage Warriors, Graham Boylan

-    Marketing and communications agencies

-    Video production partners


Skillset

We need an enthusiastic, committed team player who is:

-    A digital native with a strong command of digital media

-    A creative MMA fan who really understands the sport and content which brings it to life

-    An organized individual who will both organise our media assets and drive a schedule of digital output

-    Fun, hardworking and flexible: this will be a ride and it’s important the individual is not thrown when things change


Key Personal Characteristics

-    TAKES OWNERSHIP

-    Excellent eye for detail.

-    Organised.

-    Analytical and driven by results

-    Takes accountability for own actions.

-    Able to work under pressure.

-    Persistence and resilience in the face of adversity.

-    Capable of working independently as well as part of a team.


Reply with CV & covering letter to careers(@)cagewarriors.com

Applications close: August 12th, 2016

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Two new champions crowned at CWFC 77

09/07/2016

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Two world champions were crowned last night at Cage Warriors 77 and both by first round stoppage.  In the main event, the man known as The Hammer captured the vacant middleweight belt by first round KO, while Chris Fishgold captured the vacant lightweight title via rear-naked choke.

Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman (20-5) snatched victory just before the bell was to sound at the end of the first round (4:58) to extend his unbeaten run to six fights and take the middleweight title.

Revenge was sweet for the Welshman as he showered the Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin (8-3) with punches from the off.  Jacquelin remained calm exhibiting some good defence but a lapse in concentration allowed Marshman to fire off an explosive right hook to KO the Frenchman.

An emotional Chris Fishgold (15-1-1) had predicted a second round finish but he made speedier work of his tussle with Adam Boussif (9-4) to submit him at 1:33 in the first round.  The Liverpudlian dominated the fight from the start scoring an early takedown and working position until he secured a rear-naked choke to claim the title.

Here’s a look at the results from CWFC 77 – London.

Main Card

Jack Marshman def Christopher Jacquelin via KO (punches)– Round 1, 4:58 to take the vacant middleweight title
Chris Fishgold def Adam Boussif via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:33 to take the vacant lightweight title
Scott Clist def Tim Wilde via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:08
Darren Stewart def Boubacar Balde via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:28
Paddy Pimblett def Teddy Violet via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:28

Pro Prelims
Komon Deh def Aidan Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after 3 rounds
John Redmond def Modestas Bukauskas via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:12
Thomas Terdjman def Mickey Miller via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:27

Amateur
Kingsley Crawford def Josh Onwordi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) after 3 rounds

Photo: Dolly Clew | www.dollyclew.com

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CWFC 77: Event Details

08/07/2016

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Cage Warriors 77
Camden Centre, London
Friday, July 8 2016

Event Details

DOORS OOPEN: To the public at 5:30pm

FIRST BOUT: Amateur – 6.30pm (subject to change)

PROFESSIONAL: – 7:15pm

TELEVISED MAIN CARD: – 9:00pm (UK time)


The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to London following a sell out show in April and features the cream of European MMA. Two titles are on the line at the top of the card, for the lightweight and middleweight belts.

Headlining the show is highly ranked Welshman Jack Marshman, who meets the durable Frenchman, Christopher Jacquelin in the contest for the middleweight strap at Cage Warriors 77.  The vacant lightweight title is also on the line as Chris Fishgold faces Adam Boussif

The main card action, from the Camden Centre, London will feature five professional bouts starting at 9pm (UK time). Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on:

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia
Zuku TV | Africa

Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

There will also be a small number of ticket returns available on the door. Check our social media accounts for ticket updates.

CWFC 77

Pro Prelims

Mickey Miller vs. Thomas Terdjman

John Redmond vs. Modestas Bukauskas

Konmon Deh vs. Aiden Lee

Main Card – 9:00PM (UK Time)

Featherweight
Paddy Pimblett (10-1) vs. Teddy Violet (10-2)

Light-Heavyweight
Darren Stewart (6-0) vs. Boubacar Balde (11-8)

Lightweight
Scott Clist (10-2) vs. Tim Wilde (8-1)

Lightweight Title (5 x 5 min)
Chris Fishgold (14-1-1) vs. Adam Boussif (9-3)

Main Event: Middleweight Title (5 x 5 min)
Jack Marshman (19-5) vs. Christopher Jacquelin (8-2)


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CWFC 77 | Three good reasons to watch tonight.

08/07/2016

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Cage Warriors returns to the Camden Centre, London tonight with a stacked card featuring the cream of European MMA.  Two title contests head the main card with a lightweight tussle between Chris Fishgold (14-1-1) and Adam Boussif (9-3) while the main event features middleweights Welshman Jack Marshman (19-5) opposite Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin (8-2).

In addition to the two title tussles – here are three other reasons to tune in tonight.

1. Featherweight
Teddy Violet (10-2) vs. Paddy Pimblett (10-1)

The first fight of the main card features two young, in form fighters who have both spent four years in the professional ranks with 10 wins and seven stoppages apiece.  Although their fighting records are similar their personalities are not – Violet is a serious and intense character with only victory on his mind.  While the precocious talents of Pimblett, equally serious about his sport but altogether a cheekier, lighter character that has won him a legion of fans. 

This match-up is a hard one to call as they’re two of Europe’s finest featherweights – both extremely confident, exciting to watch with an extensive skill set – both have slick ground skills.  However, Violet’s last two victories came via punches in the first round of bouts he had last year – Pimblett’s last TKO win was two years ago.  This could well be a factor in who comes out on top tonight.

2. Lightweight
Scott Clist (10-2) vs. Tim Wilde (8-1)

This has the makings of a fight of the night contender.  If Paddy and Teddy have slick ground games, Scott and Tim have sensational striking and both are exciting to watch.  Clist is able to weather a storm, getting out of several tricky spots in his last fight at CWFC 75 in April to secure a victory with his striking. And although he’s fought on smaller shows, all 10 of his victories have been stoppages – a career best was in April against Brad Wheeler. 

Wilde has faced a catalogue of tough opponents with victories over now UFC signed Damien Brown as well as Jefferson George and Stephen Martin.  Wilde is riding a three-fight winning streak and will have the most to lose - a victory will underline his title credentials – a loss will put him back in the queue.

3. Light-Heaveyweight
Boubacar Balde (11-8) vs. Darren Stewart (6-0)

This is a breakout opportunity for Stewart who lacks the experience of Balde who has faced quality opposition throughout his career.  Both men exude power, they’re aggressive, confident in their stand up but have powerful slams and take-downs in their arsenal too - this has the makings of being an absolute war.  The big question is will the veteran teach the rookie a lesson? 

Balde has been here before with a similar challenge at CWFC 64 in 2014 against Jake Bostwick where he lost a decision to the young fighter who like Stewart was riding a six-fight winning streak.  The contest won ‘fight of the night’ and this bout too has the same potential.  Stewart has already risen to No. 5 in the UK ranks with six victories – four by stoppage.  But Balde by far is his toughest test and only the second foreign opponent that he’s faced to date.  Both athletes are known for their relentless pace and power and Stewart’s fitness could be the decider in this bout.

There will also be a small number of ticket returns available on the door. Check our social media accounts for ticket updates.

The main card action, from the Camden Centre, London will feature five professional bouts starting at 9pm (UK time). Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on:

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
Viasat | Scandinavia
Zuku TV | Africa

Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

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Weigh-in results: Cage Warriors 77

07/07/2016

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The middleweight and lightweight title challengers for CWFC 77 comfortably made weight this afternoon ahead of the promotion’s return to the Camden Centre, London which takes place tomorrow evening and is broadcast live around the world on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Middleweights Jack Marshman (19-5) and Christopher Jacquelin (8-2) comfortably made their contracted weights, tipping the scales at 183.3lbs and 182.6lbs respectively. In the lightweight title contest, Adam Boussif (8-3) was spot on at 155lbs whilst his opponent Chris Fishgold (14-1-1) weighed in at 154.8 lbs.

Further down the main card, lightweight Brad Wheeler and featherweight Paddy Pimblett both failed to make their contracted weight which resulted in Wheeler’s bout against Tom Green being cancelled and Pimblett forfeiting 60% of his purse – 40% goes to his opponent Frenchman Teddy Violet and 20% goes to charity.

See below for full weigh-in results

CWFC 77 takes place tomorrow Friday, July 8, at the Camden Centre, London. Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the first undercard bout scheduled to start at approximately 6.30pm. The professional bouts are due to commence at 7.15pm with the main card going live around the world at 9:00pm local time.

There is a small number of ticket returns available online, click here to purchase tickets. Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on:

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
BT Sport | UK and Ireland
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View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 77 weigh-ins HERE.

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CWFC 77 Weigh-in results:

Pro Prelims

160 lbs Catchweight
Mickey Miller (158.3 lbs) vs. Thomas Terdjman (156.2 lbs)

Middleweight
John Redmond (185.8 lbs) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (184.6 lbs)

Featherweight
Konmon Deh (145.7lbs) vs. Aiden Lee (146lbs)*

Main Card

Featherweight
Teddy Violet (145.7lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (152lbs)*

Light-Heavyweight
Boubacar Balde (203.3lbs) vs. Darren Stewart (202.8lbs)

Lightweight
Scott Clist (155.3lbs) vs. Tim Wilde (155.8lbs)

Lightweight
Tom Green (154.5lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (161.4lbs)**

Lightweight Title
Adam Boussif (155lbs) vs. Chris Fishgold (154.8lbs)

Main Event: Middleweight Title
Christopher Jacquelin (182.6lbs) vs. Jack Marshman (183.3lbs)

*Pimblett missed weight and therefore forfeits 60% of his contracted purse.
**Wheeler missed weight; the fight is now cancelled as his opponent refused the fight.

Photo copyright: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Andy Friedlander and Alex Corbisiero join Cage Warriors presentation team

05/07/2016

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have bolstered their presentation team by adding Andy Friedlander and Alex Corbisiero to their on screen presentation team.

Andy Friedlander, the best-known European voice of the octagon, will work on the remaining CWFC events scheduled for 2016 and 2017.  His first Cage Warriors outing is on CWFC 77 this Friday, July 8 when the promotion returns to Camden, London following the sell out success of the last London show in April.

Friedlander comes with an unrivalled pedigree in European MMA, having worked with the UFC, shepherding their weigh-ins, fan Q&As and live events in Europe and the Middle East. As well as MMA, Andy boasts a wealth of experience in boxing and football announcing.

Alex Corbisiero, Sky Sports pundit, rugby legend and MMA fan will sit alongside Brad Wharton and Ian Dean in the commentary team for CWFC 77 and handle the on air interviews.

Graham Boylan, CWFC President comments, “It’s good to have the experienced and well respected voices of Andy and Alex front of house for Cage Warriors.  In a live broadcast and in a sport where anything can happen we know that they will take it all in their stride. We need to create a distinctive European MMA voice – the addition of Andy and Alex to the team will help us do that.”

Cage Warriors returns to the Camden Centre, London this Friday July 8 and will feature two title bouts for the vacant middleweight and lightweight belts.

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Chris Fishgold and Adam Boussif set for CWFC lightweight title clash

23/06/2016

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Chris Fishgold (14-1-1) will clash with Adam Boussif (9-3) to contest the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s vacant lightweight title at CWFC 77 next month.

The tussle will take place at the Camden Centre in London on July 8; the main card will stream on UFC Fight Pass and will also feature the headline bout for the middleweight title between Jack Marshman (19-5) and Christopher Jacquelin (8-2).

Chris Fishgold is a top ten-ranked domestic lightweight who is an aggressive grappler with a punishing top game.  Hailing from Liverpool and training under Paul Rimmer who is also coach to Paddy Pimblett he boasts 12 wins by stoppage – two TKOs and ten submissions.

At just 24 years old, Fishgold is a veteran of the European MMA scene having made his is pro debut in March 2010 clocking up a 10-0 record in four years with three CWFC wins against Steve O’Keefe (CWFC 52), Marcin Wrzosek (CWFC 57), Olivier Pastor (CWFC 62).

An 18-month break from the domestic scene followed due to injury and then a brief spell in Thailand at Phuket Top Team.  While in Asia, an under par Fishgold recorded his first loss against Gi Bum Moon by decision in Korea. On his return to the UK he fought Ryan Roddy in an entertaining contest, which was scored a draw. Now Fishgold is riding a four-fight winning streak – his most recent, a 64 second submission at CWFC 75 in April against Jordan Miller.

“I can’t wait to be the Cage Warriors lightweight champion,” Fishgold said.  “It’s an honour to fight for the belt. I’m looking forward to showing my ever improving skill set.”

Adam “Boa” Boussif has clocked up a five-fight winning streak in the space of 16 months and like his opponent is an accomplished finisher with all of his nine victories coming via stoppage – seven submissions and two TKOs.

The 27-year-old Brit comes to this fight as the underdog but will have a noticeable size advantage - not only is he 6’0 to Fishgold’s 5’8 he has spent part of his career at welterweight although his most recent victory was at lightweight. 

Boussif was based at Force MMA but in April 2016 travelled to Thailand and won a one-year sponsored scholarship to train and live at Tiger Muay Thai and be a part of the in-house Fight Team.  A month later, as part of their team he traveled to Seoul, Korea where he defeated Jung Min Kang by rear-naked choke in the 2nd round of their bout at Top FC 11.

Boussif who is from Hertfordshire, England said,  “Cage warriors has been a great platform for fighters to showcase their skills to a wider audience. I’ve been putting in the work, which will show when I become the Cage Warriors lightweight champion.”

Fishgold and Boussif will be vying for the title that was vacated by Stevie Ray before his move to the UFC

Ian Dean, Cage Warriors Matchmaker comments, “With 21 finishes between them this promising to be another exciting bout on a card full of fighters that leave nothing to chance”.

Dean adds, “Chris Fishgold is deserving of a title shot, he’s a very exciting and aggressive grappler and this is a great opportunity for him.  However, Adam Boussif has a lot of potential and will enter the challenge with a size advantage and will be looking to show why he landed a fight scholarship overseas.”

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Latest CWFC 77 Card (order TBC with more fights to be announced)

Jack Marshman vs. Christopher Jacquelin
Chris Fishgold vs. Adam Boussif
Paddy Pimblett vs. Teddy Violet
Tim Wilde vs. Scott Clist
Darren Stewart vs. Boubacar Balde
Brad Wheeler vs. Tom Green

Don’t forget you can buy tickets for this event here.  Tickets cost £25 (standing), £35 (balcony) and £60 (ringside).

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Marshman and Jacquelin – set for middleweight title tussle

20/06/2016

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown a new CWFC middleweight world champion at the Camden Centre, London on July 8.

The belt, which was recently vacated by Jack Hermansson, will be on the line when Welshman Jack Marshman and Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin clash at CWFC 77.

The contest of Marshman and Jacquelin will headline CWFC 77 and will stream on UFC Fight Pass, with the Welshman keen to impress as one of the best UK middleweights outside of the UFC. Tickets are currently on sale starting at £25 and can be purchased here.

Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman (19-5) makes a swift return to competition after a first round submission win over Ali Arish earlier this month in Newport, Wales. The 26-year-old is on a five-fight winning streak, which includes three CWFC wins against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69, former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 and Ali Arish via guillotine at CWFC 76. Four of his losses have been against highly ranked fighters – most notably, current UFC athlete Scott Askham who is set to fight former CWFC titleholder Jack Hermansson in September.

Marshman, a talented striker has exhibited an improving ground game of late and has yet to be submitted as a professional. Of Marshman’s 16 wins, 11 have come by TKO.

“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to fight for the CWFC World Title. I believe this fight will prove I am the best middleweight fighter in the UK outside of the UFC,” said Jack Marshman.

Christopher ‘T-Choke’ Jacquelin (8-2) is a submission specialist also riding a five-fight winning streak that includes a win over former CWFC middleweight champion Chris Fields by second round triangle choke last September. The 6’3” Frenchman has seven stoppages in eight career wins, six via submission. Marshman is his toughest challenge to date but Jacquelin has shown himself to be a durable athlete winning two four-man tournaments both under French rules (no strikes on the ground). His last defeat was in March 2015 against Poland’s Maciej Rozanski (8-1) by a third round armbar and Rozanski’s only defeat was against Jack Hermansson last December.

“It will be a great fight. I am extremely motivated for this Title,” Jacquelin said. “The support of my family, my team, my sponsors and all of my fans gives me an additional energy. I wish Jack Marshman good preparation. May the best fighter win!”

Ian Dean, Cage Warriors Matchmaker said, “There are lots of variables in this match-up which make it an intriguing encounter and the winner will be a worthy champion.

“Marshman has shown he deserves a title challenge and although victorious in his last fight, he was disappointed at how it ended on June 4th. He leapt at the opportunity to face Jacquelin who has defeated a former holder of this title.

Dean added, “Jacquelin may not have the same credentials on paper as his Welsh opponent but he has proved that he’s a durable and skillful competitor and ready to face what will be his toughest challenge yet.”

Latest CWFC 77 Card (order TBC with more fights to be announced)

Jack Marshman vs. Christopher Jacquelin
Paddy Pimblett vs. Teddy Violet
Tim Wilde vs. Scott Clist
Darren Stewart vs. Boubacar Balde
Brad Wheeler vs. Tom Green

Don’t forget you can buy tickets for this event here.  Tickets cost £25 (standing), £35 (balcony) and £60 (ringside).

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Two lightweight bouts added to CWFC 77

15/06/2016

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement Cage Warriors adds two more bouts to the CWFC 77 bill – the promotion’s third event of the year.

The lightweight contests will see Scott ‘The Priest’ Clist square off against Tim ‘The Experiment’ Wilde while Tom ‘K-9’ Green will face ‘The Crazy Kid’ Brad Wheeler

Cage Warriors 77 will take place at the Camden Centre in London on Friday July 8th and will stream on UFC Fight Pass, kicking off a fantastic weekend of MMA action.  Tickets are currently on sale starting at £25 and can be purchased here.

Scott Clist (10-2-0) returns to action on the back of the biggest win of his career at CWFC75 this past April in London when the 38-year-old beat fellow CWFC veteran Brad Wheeler by TKO.  Clist, a powerful striker is on a 3 fight-winning streak - all of his 10 career wins have come inside the distance with 6 TKOs and 5 submission victories.

“It’s an honour to be fighting on Cage Warriors again and this fight is sure to be explosive. Tim comes from a great gym and carries a good record.  A win against Tim is going to look great on my fight record and it’s going to move me further up the rankings,” said Clist.

Tim Wilde (8-1) is also riding a 3-fight winning streak since losing to Sean Carter at CWFC 74 by submission in November 2014.  An exciting striker who holds wins over Jefferson George and Stephen Martin as well as the now UFC signed Damien Brown.  The 28-year-old Wilde is an accomplished finisher with 5 wins before the final bell.

Wilde commented, “I am super excited to be back fighting on Cage Warriors.  Scott Clist is a tough test for me but I believe my skill level to be much higher than his and I have worked so hard to not win this fight.  Don’t blink, or else before you know it, it will be over.”

Cage Warriors Matchmaker Ian Dean said, “This has the makings of a fight of the night contender.  Both men have shown themselves to be exciting strikers. Clist impressed everyone at CWFC 75 after getting out of several tough spots before securing the win with his striking in April.”  Dean added, “However, I’m a huge fan of Tim Wilde, I think he is one of the best lightweights in the country. Since his loss to Sean Carter he has won 3 fights elsewhere including a huge KO win earlier this year against Martin Delaney and I know he will want to underline his Title credentials with a win in London.”

Tom Green (10-1) is riding a 9-fight winning streak.  However, Wheeler poses the toughest challenge of his career and has the potential to be his breakout fight.  The 28-year-old Englishman does not leave his fights in the hands of the judges with a record of 5 TKOs and 5 submission wins.

“I am looking forward to lighting up the show,” said Green.

Brad Wheeler (15-10-0) had a 6-fight winning streak snapped in April at CWFC 75.  The 25-year-old Englishman is a true Cage Warriors veteran with 12 fights for the promotion (7-5) under his belt.  The ‘Crazy Kid’ is always popular with the London crowd, never going for the safe option, always entertaining with a well-rounded style.  Despite having 10 submission wins he’s an accomplished striker but the pressure is on Wheeler for this fight as he has a lot to prove after his recent loss to Scott Clist. 

Wheeler said, “When I was offered the fight, my first thoughts were who is Tom Green.  But I’m glad to be matched back on Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to starting a new winning streak in front of my fans on July 8th.”

Ian Dean said, “I’m keen to see how Tom Green will fare against an established CWFC veteran on his promotional debut.  Green has a great record and a solid reputation but is moving up several levels on July 8th against ‘The Crazy Kid’ who I know is eager to get back to winning ways after his impressive win streak was recently snapped. ”

Don’t forget you can buy tickets for this event here.  Tickets cost £25 (standing), £35 (balcony) and £60 (ringside).

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Cage Warriors announce opening bouts for CWFC 77 next month

14/06/2016

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Today, Cage Warriors announce the opening bouts of Cage Warriors 77 which includes the highly anticipated return of Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett at the Camden Centre in London.  The event takes place on Friday July 8th kick-starting what is set to be a weekend of non-stop MMA action.

Twenty four year old French submission specialist Teddy Violet is looking to halt twenty one year old Pimblett’s six-fight win streak.  Joining them on the card is Darren ‘The Dentist’ Stewart who’s aiming to extract another win from Boubacar ‘Blackout’ Balde.  Both fights will take place on the main card of Cage Warriors 77, which will be shown live on UFC FIGHTPASS as well as CWFC’s other broadcasting partners.

Paddy Pimblett (10-1) is a precocious talent already boasting four years as a professional fighter training out of Next Generation, Liverpool.  He returns to the Camden Centre, London where he defeated the vastly more experienced Ashleigh Grimshaw (16-11) at CWFC 75 in April.  This is the third time the Liverpudlian has faced foreign-based opposition after defeating Kevin Petshi and Miguel Haro by submission last year.  Pimblett was also set to face Violet at FCC previously but had to withdraw from the bout.  A submission specialist with four of his last six fights finishing before the final bell – Violet has a similar style and will be another tough test for Pimblett.  When asked about his thoughts on the fight Pimblett responded, “I am the Baddy b**ches!“

Teddy Violet (10-2) is from Paris training out of the renowned MMA Factory.  His first eight wins were all under French rules in France (no strikes on the ground), which included eight-man and four-man tournament wins.  His first loss came two years into his professional career against Tom Duquesnoy and most recently dropped a split decision in Japan against the experienced and in-form UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa.  He’s now keen to get back to winning ways and show Pimblett that he’s the baddest at 145 IIbs.

Violet comments, “This is a great opportunity…I have one goal, the belt in the featherweight division.  I am definitely going for it I can’t wait to bang with Pimblett.”

Cage Warriors matchmaker, Ian Dean said, “this is a fantastic match-up between two of Europe’s finest young prospects in the featherweight division.  Both fighters are extremely confident and very exciting to watch and both with impressive submissions on their records.”

Joining the featherweights on the card is Violet’s teammate, light-heavyweight Boubacar ‘Blackout’ Balde (11-8).  A powerful striker with impressive wrestling skills he has nine wins inside the distance, seven by TKO.  He’s no stranger to Cage Warriors, his last fight was a bloody bout with Jake Bostwick at CWFC 64 in February 2014, which ended in defeat but won the coveted accolade of ‘fight of the night’.  Back in the win column for his last two fights against Pane Haraki and Yuri Gorbenko, Darren Stewart will prove a tougher test.

Balde said, “This is my return to Cage Warriors, my first bout was with Jake Bostwick but unfortunately after a crazy battle I lost the fight. This time I am going home with a victory. Thank you for the opportunity to showcase again.”

Darren ‘The Dentist’ Stewart (6-0) fights out of the MMA Clinic in London.  In just two years he’s ranked fifth in the UK and boasts 4 wins inside the distance and 3 by TKO.  Like his opponent he delivers for the crowd fighting at a relentless pace delivering powerful strikes and impressive takedowns.  He was on the same card as Paddy Pimblett at CWFC 75 in London earlier this year and won in spectacular fashion overwhelming James Hurrell with ruthless strikes just 37 seconds into the fight.  However, Balde is only the second foreign-based opponent that Stewart has faced – it was another Frenchman, Gregory Pierre who lasted a full three rounds in a closely fought battle with Stewart last December - Balde is a much higher level fighter.

“I don’t have much thought about this fight. It’s just another day in the office. He’s static, throws big and that’s it.  I beat him everywhere. He has MMA experience, fine; I have a martial arts background. I’m just going to go in there, do what I do best and perform,” said Stewart. 

Ian Dean adds, “This has all the making of an absolute war. Both fighters are similar as they are both aggressive and are not afraid to stand and trade and have powerful slams and takedowns in their arsenal too.  This is the biggest test of Stewart’s career and it will be interesting to see how he fares against a fighter who has faced some top quality opposition throughout his career.  It could be a real breakout opportunity for the Londoner.”

You can buy tickets for this event by clicking this link and following the instructions. Tickets cost £25 (standing), £35 (balcony) and £60 (ringside).

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Cage Warriors 76: Review

07/06/2016

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Saturday June 4th saw the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship hold their second event of the year when they travelled to Newport, Wales for CWFC 76.  The event was streamed live on UFC Fight Pass and also aired across Scandinavia, Africa, the UK and Ireland via CWFC’s international broadcast partners.

In the main event Jack Marshman (19-5) claimed his fifth consecutive win as he submitted Ali Arish (21-5) in the first round of their middleweight match-up.  As Marshman successfully defended his takedown attempts, Arish began to use his hands landing a series of left hooks as he teased the Welshman by moving quickly in and out of range.

The game of cat-and-mouse continued with Marshman trying to press the action and trade before Arish began to vary his attack with a one-two combination followed by a single-leg takedown.  This left Marshman on his back by the fence as Arish attempted a guillotine choke, however as the Manchester based Iranian looked to improve his position the Welshman was able to slip out and apply the same choke on Arish.

Although Arish did not appear to be in any danger, he slapped the Welshman’s legs with his open palm as he lay in Marshman’s half guard and referee Peter Lavery signalled the end of the bout.  The Manchester based fighter immediately protested the stoppage but the crowd roared with delight as the replay showed the tap once again on the big screen.  Although this intriguing bout may have had an unsatisfactory finish, Marshman left Newport with his third win under the CWFC banner and will surely be in pole position for a CWFC title shot.

In the night’s co-main event, the two-time UFC veteran Andreas “Real Steel” Stahl (10-2) disappointed the Welsh fans as he ended Lew Long‘s (12-4) five fight win streak.  After controlling a cautious opening stanza the Swedish fighter moved up a gear halfway through the second round as he landed a head kick before connecting with a series of punches and knees which hurt his opponent.  Although a fight back towards the end of the round raised Long’s spirits his momentum was stalled with a series of punches and knees from Stahl which sent the Welshman to the canvas and forced the stoppage 31 seconds into the final frame.

Other action saw the Bristol based featherweight Nad Narimani (9-2) score his third CWFC win (all by submission) as he forced Daniel Requeijo (7-4) to tap-out in the third round of a feisty and competitive encounter.  Narimani’s recent inactivity showed early on as he found himself tagged by counter punches early in the fight.  But he soon found his rhythm and as the fight progressed he landed the heavier shots.  The end came a minute into the final round as Narmiani delivered an overhand right and after a short break for an accidental low blow, he pounced once again rocking the Spaniard with a big left and a knee which sent him back to the fence and left him prone for a standing guillotine.

Other action on the main card saw the 2015 IMMAF European Open winner Jack “Tank” Shore (2-0) impress in his professional CWFC debut against the Frenchman David-Tonatiuh Crol (2-1).  The 21 year old Welshman lived-up to the hype, hurting Crol with a vicious elbow before taking his back and getting the submission inside the four-minute mark.  While the opening bout on the main card saw Sam Creasey (6-0) maintain his unbeaten record as he subjected Kris Edwards (8-9) to his sixth consecutive loss in what was a cautious but intriguing bantamweight counter.

Results of the seven bout professional card can be found below.

Highlights of this event can be found here

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CWFC 76: Results
Newport Centre, Newport, Wales
Saturday 4th June 2016

Main Card

Jack Marshman defeated Ali Arish via submission (guillotine choke) after 3:25 of round 1
Andreas Stahl defeated. Lewis Long via TKO (punches) after 0:31 of round 3
Nad Narimani defeated Daniel Requeijo via submission (standing guillotine choke) after 1:21 of round 3
Jack Shore defeated David-Tonatiuh Crol via submission (rear-naked choke) after 3:46 of round 1
Sam Creasey defeated Kris Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Pro Prelims

Josh Reed defeated Ben Rees via TKO (punches) after 1:17 of round 2
Ross Houston defeated Dane Morgan via submission (armbar) after 4:55 of round 1

PhotoDolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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The Matchmaker’s View | CWFC 76

04/06/2016

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September 2014 was the last time Cage Warriors made the journey over the Severn Bridge to stage an event that showcased the cream of Welsh MMA.  During that Saturday night on 13th September, Finnish fighter Toni Tauru was crowned the CWFC Bantamweight champion in a four-round tussle against Englishman Cory Tait

However, the night belonged to Wales’ own Jack Marshman who registered a signature victory over UFC veteran Che Mills stopping the Englishman in the second round.

Since then, the biggest promotion in the world, the UFC, has provided a stage for MMA athletes from England, N.Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland to unleash their talents, but so far it’s an opportunity that has eluded the Welsh.  This Saturday, for the first time, the likes of Marshman, Long, Kris Edwards and young Jack Shore will perform in front of a global audience on UFC FIGHTPASS.  Will the tide start to turn on their bigger ambitions?

Although there are no titles on the line, a handful of reputations and ambitions are.

We sat down with Cage Warriors Matchmaker Ian Dean to find out the three fights that he’s most excited to see on the Cage Warriors 76 card.

1. Welterweight
Andreas Ståhl (9-2) vs. Lew Long (12-3)

There is quite a lot on the line for this fight as both fighters are on a crossroads in their career.  Long has worked very hard to get where he is and is on the cusp of something big. While Ståhl returns to the European scene after a 0-2 stint in the UFC he has a big target on his back as his opponents view him as a stepping-stone to the top and at the same time he is also trying to re-establish himself.  A loss would set them both back a long way

Lew long is on a five-fight win streak and has been steadily moving up since he returned to welterweight in 2014. He’s beaten some solid domestic opposition including Steven Dinsdale, Matt Inman, Tommy Quinn, Lee Caers and Yoshiyuki Katahira last time out in Abu Dhabi.  He is rightfully knocking on the door for bigger tests and even a title shot, and this is the kind of fight that could deliver that.

Along with Marshman (and former CWFC Champ Brett Johns) he is one of the biggest names in Welsh MMA and a win here in front of his countrymen against a UFC veteran could catapult him to the next level or even a future CWFC title opportunity.

But it’s also a huge fight for Andreas Ståhl as it’s his first fight back since being released by the UFC.  If he has any ambition of getting re-signed he can’t afford to lose and the big question is will the pressure be a factor?  In 2013-14 we witnessed UFC veterans struggle in CWFC competition with both John Maguire and Che Mills picking up losses on their return to the European scene.

However Ståhl was dogged by injuries during his UFC campaign and had two difficult fights firstly against Gilbert Burns (who was 7-0 at the time and has impressed at times during his UFC career) in which he broke Ståhl’s nose and jaw in the first round. Then in December last year he faced a red hot Santiago Ponzinibbio (who is 4-2 in the UFC).

People forget that Ståhl is still only 28 and had 9-0 record before signing with the UFC with a dominant performance against “Abus” Magomedov (rear-naked choke) and CWFC vets Damir Hadzovic and Domingos Mestre.  He’s strong, powerful, has good ground and pound and will be the biggest test of Long’s career.


Featherweight
Daniel Requeijo (7-2) vs. Nad Narimani (8-2)
       
Narimani has been inactive since losing in his CWFC Title challenge against Alex Enlund in November 2014.  So it’s great to have him back on Cage Warriors as I think he is one of the best featherweights in the country.

He’s a strong all rounder who can hurt you standing but can out grapple you on the mat (he has 2 submission wins in the CWFC) and both of his losses were decisions - close encounters against top tier domestic fighters.

In contrast, during the time that Narimani has been relatively inactive, Requeijo has been busy clocking up 6 straight wins (5 of them inside the distance), with a win over the CWFC veteran Gaetano Pirello.  He has not fought at the same level as Narimani but he looks like an aggressive fighter and I think it will be an interesting bout especially as the Spaniard has nothing to lose going into it.  He has the opportunity to really make a name for himself fighting live on UFC FIGHTPASS, while a win for Narimani could see him lined-up for a bigger fight down the line.


Main Event: Middleweight
Ali Arish (21-4) vs. Jack Marshman (18-5)

Both guys are incredibly experienced and have faced top competition throughout their careers.  Marshman will have the huge home support but Arish has the ability (despite his age) to be a real spoiler and negate Marshman’s striking with his wrestling game.  And it will be interesting to see how Marshman will react to it

This is your classic clash of styles, which is something I like to see but at the same time Arish has some big KO wins on his record and Marshman’s all round game has improved greatly over the past few years.

Marshman looked impressive in his last two CWFC appearances in 2014 against Bola Omoyele and Che Mills but has struggled to find fights on the UK circuit since then and although he has added two more wins during that time, a loss here will set him back a long way, where as a win could see him in line for a shot at the recently vacated CWFC Title and maybe further down the line we could see him become the first Welshman in the UFC.

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Don’t forget CWFC 76 takes place tonight (Saturday, June 4) at the Newport Centre, South Wales.  Doors will open at 3:00pm, with the first undercard bout scheduled to start at approximately 4:00pm.  The professional bouts are due to commence at 8.15pm with the main card going live around the world at 9:00pm local time. 

The show is SOLD OUT - online ticket sales have been suspended but limited returns may be available on the door.  Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on: 

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
Viasat | Scandinavia
Zuku TV | Africa
Premier Sports | UK
Setanta Ireland | Republic of Ireland

Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

While you can view a gallery of images from yesterday’s CWFC 76 weigh-ins HERE.


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PhotoNad Narimani and Daniel Requeijo - Dolly Clew for CWFC

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Weigh-in results : Cage Warriors 76

03/06/2016

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All but one of the fighters made weight this afternoon for Cage Warriors 76, which takes place tomorrow Saturday June 4, at the Newport Centre, South Wales.

The headlining bout between local favourite Jack Marshman (18-5) and his opponent Ali Arish (21-4) saw both fighters tipping the scales at 185.6 lbs and 181.4 lbs respectively.

The only fighter not to make his contracted weight was Dane Morgan at welterweight who first weighed in at 176.2 lbs, before returning later on at 175.8 lbs (4.8 lbs over the maximum limit).

See below for full weigh-in results

CWFC 76 takes place tomorrow Saturday, June 4, at the Newport Centre, South Wales.  Doors will open at 3:00pm, with the first undercard bout scheduled to start at approximately 4:00pm.  The professional bouts are due to commence at 8.15pm with the main card going live around the world at 9:00pm local time. 

The show is SOLD OUT - online ticket sales have been suspended but limited returns may be available on the door.  Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on: 

UFC FIGHT PASS® | Worldwide
Viasat | Scandinavia
Zuku TV | Africa
Premier Sports | UK
Setanta Ireland | Republic of Ireland

Please check your country’s listings for local broadcast times.

View a gallery of images from today’s CWFC 76 weigh-ins HERE.


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CWFC 76 Weigh-in results:

Main Event:

Middleweight:  Ali Arish (181.4 lbs) vs. Jack Marshman (185.6 lbs)

Welterweight: Andreas Stahl (170.8 lbs) vs. Lew Long (169 lbs)

Featherweight: Daniel Requeijo (145 lbs) vs. Nad Narimani (144.9 lbs)

Featherweight: David-Tonatiuh Crol (144.7 lbs) vs. Jack Shore (143.7 lbs)

Bantamweight: Sam Creasey (134.5 lbs) vs. Kris Edwards (135.7 lbs)


Pro Prelims


140lbs catch weight: Ben Rees (138.8 lbs) vs. Josh Reed (137.1 lbs)

Welterweight: Ross Houston (169.3 lbs) vs. Dane Morgan (175.8 lbs)**

 
**Missed weight on first attempt and failed to make weight inside the allocated time of two hours and was fined 60% of his purse as per fighter contract


Photo copyright:  Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 76: Event Details

02/06/2016

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DOORS : Open to the public at 3:00pm
FIRST BOUT : Amateur – 4:00pm (subject to change)
Pro Prelims – 8:15pm (subject to change)
Televised main card – 9:00pm

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Newport, South Wales and features the cream of Welsh MMA performing in front of a global TV audience for the first time.
 
Cage Warriors 76, which takes place at the Newport Centre is headlined by home crowd favourite Jack Marshman who meets Manchester based Ali Arish.   

CWFC 76 will feature seven professional contests in total with the five-bout main card starting at 9pm (UK time).
 
UPDATE: David-Tonatiuh Crol has replaced Eddi Pobivanez, Jack Shore’s opponent due to injury.
 
Doors at the Newport Centre will open at 3:00pm – the show is SOLD OUT -  online ticket sales have been suspended but limited returns may be available on the door. Check our social media accounts for more ticket updates .
 
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Cage Warriors 76:
Newport Centre, Newport, South Wales
Saturday 4th June

Main Card – 9:00PM (UK time) 

Main EventMiddleweight
Ali Arish (21-4) vs. Jack Marshman (18-5)
 
Welterweight
Andreas Ståhl (9-2) vs. Lew Long (12-3)
 
Featheweight
Daniel Requeijo (7-2) vs. Nad Narimani (8-2)
 
Featherweight
David-Tonatiuh Crol (2-0) vs. Jack Shore (1-0)
 
Bantamweight
Sam Creasey (5-0) vs. Kris Edwards (8-8)
 
Pro Prelims
 
140lbs catch weight
Ben Rees (1-2) vs. Josh Reed (4-0)
 
Welterweight
Ross Houston (1-0) vs. Dane Morgan (pro debut)
 

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UFC call for Hermansson

31/05/2016

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title has officially been vacated by Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (13-2). 

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 Oslo based fighter depart the promotion with an eight-fight win streak.

Hermansson is the latest in a long line of Cage Warriors athletes to receive the call up.  Before he heads off, we caught up with the hulking Swede to get his thoughts on the last five years with CWFC.

“I have so many great memories with Cage Warriors. It has been truly amazing to travel the world with the Cage Warriors crew. I have to say that when I fought Enoc Solves Torres in Denmark and my family and friends were in the audience was a special moment for me. And of course when I won the belt against Norman Paraisy - that was awesome. All my fights in Jordan, the support I got there was stunning!”

Hailing from Sweden, 27-year-old Hermansson has a fan-friendly, gutsy, ‘leave-it-all-in-there’ style that will be missed.  With fists and feet filled with power, Hermansson first delivered for CWFC back in April 2011 at CWFC 41.

“I remember I finished my first fight in the second round with a punch and head kick combo.” 

He continued, “I have enjoyed every moment. Cage Warriors has been like a family for me and to travel and fight and coach with all these amazing people on all these amazing places has been a fantastic adventure for me.

“Ian Dean has a crazy good overview in the MMA world. He knows about everything, about everyone.  As for Graham Boylan, when he talks people listen, simple as that…He gets things done.”

Hermansson also had a few words for the fans, “Thanks for all the support. Thank you for cheering for me and showing me all the love. The fans are the reason that this sport exists. I salute you!”

2014 was Hermansson’s breakout year where he clocked up four victories, three inside the distance.  It was also the year of his first successful title challenge against the experienced Frenchman Norman Paraisy (15-4) and a title defence later that year against Bulgarian Deyan Topalski (15-3).

Success continued the following year but it’s in 2016 that Hermansson looks set to cement his place on the global stage of MMA.  That first step to global recognition started in April at CWFC 75 in London when Hermansson again retained his coveted Cage Warriors middleweight title against Swedish based Brazilian, Alan Carlos (12-9).  With a current 8-fight win streak, 3 of those bouts for the promotion’s middleweight title, hanging onto a talent like Hermansson was always going to be a challenge for CWFC.

“Jack leaves with our best wishes.  He has been a fantastic ambassador for Cage Warriors and a great CWFC champion,” said Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.

“This is the next logical step for him but it’s bitter sweet for us because Jack has treated us to some memorable performances but I look forward to watching him rise to the top again in the next stage of his career.”

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Photo: Jack Hermansson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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CWFC 76: Jack Marshman vs. Ali Arish to headline Newport show

24/05/2016

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Welshman Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman will lock horns with Ali Arish to headline CWFC 76 in Newport, South Wales next month.

The pair is set to contest a Middleweight bout when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to the Newport Centre on Saturday June 4th, the promotion’s second event of the year.  CWFC76 will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass in Europe and on other TV channels to be announced shortly.

Matching Marshman for this show had proved difficult with several fights falling through but Iranian born Mancunian Ali Arish jumped at the chance of fighting in front of a global TV audience.

Marshman (18-5 | 2-1 CWFC) will be the home crowd favourite, haling from Abertillery and training under Richard Shore at Tillery Combat.  The 26 year old is on a four-fight win streak that includes two CWFC wins in 2014 against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69 and former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 (which took place at the Newport Centre).  Since then Marshman has added two more wins to his record on the regional circuit defeating Kyle Redfearn by decision in Newcastle last September and Sean Lomas by rear-naked choke at Pain Pit in March.  The top 10-ranked domestic middleweight will be looking to show why he is one of the UK’s most dangerous middleweights, boasting 15 wins inside the distance with 11 TKOs.

“I’m very excited to be fighting on this show against a very good opponent with a great record.  I’m looking forward to showing everyone how much I have improved since the last time Cage Warriors came to Wales,” said Marshman.

Arish (21-4 MMA | 1-1 CWFC) made his pro MMA debut in 2009 and is known primarily for his wrestling and top control which he uses to overwhelm his opponents.  Eleven of his wins came before the final bell (5 TKO’s and 6 submissions) with 9 victories claimed within the first round.  Arish boasts notable wins over Wayne Murrie (KO) as well as decision wins over Matt Inman and Arni Isaksson.  His most recent outing was a decision win against the Brazilian Julio Cesar Alves in Manchester last June.

Arish comments, “I am so happy I’m fighting on Cage Warriors, it’s one of the best shows in the world. I’m going to fight Jack Marshman from Wales and he is one of the top ten-ranked fighters in the UK and I’m so glad I’m going to fight against this gentleman.  I’m looking forward to it and I can say it will be a great night for both of us.”

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said, “After several other fights fell through it’s great to get Jack Marshman a credible and tough opponent upon his return to Cage Warriors. Ali Arish has been in there against some top domestic names and doesn’t turn-up to lose.  I give credit to both fighters for accepting what is a tough, stylistic match-up for them.  That being said this is the classic striker/grappler clash and it’s going to be interesting to see how Marshman copes with Arish’s wrestling based offence as he looks for the KO himself.”

Tickets for this event are still available and start from just £30. (plus booking fee)  Tickets can be purchased here.

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CWFC 76:  Nad Narimani vs Daniel Requeijo

19/05/2016

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London, May 19th 2016.  A featherweight bout between England’s Nad Narimani and Spain’s Daniel Requeijo has today been added to the bill for Cage Warriors Fighting Championships next event scheduled for June in Wales.

Cage Warriors 76, the promotion’s second event of the year will take place on Saturday June 4, at the Newport Centre in South Wales, and it will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass in the UK and Ireland.

Narimani (8-2 | CWFC 2 -2) returns to action for Cage Warriors after a big win via first round TKO against Jeremy Petley in November 2015.  The 29 year old who represents Iron Mann MMA has previously fought for Cage Warriors with dominant rear-naked choke wins over Benjamin Brander (CWFC 64) and Athinodoros Michailidis (CWFC 60).  At CWFC 73 Narimani lost to Alex Enlund by decision for the vacant CWFC Featherweight title bout in Newcastle. Currently ranked 8th in the UK, Narimani is a strong, powerful all rounder boasting six wins inside the distance.

“I’m looking forward to being back on Cage Warriors again. I’m looking to put on a show for the crowd close to home so will have a big crowd in support. Gonna make another statement for people to realise it’s no joke getting in the cage with me”, said Narimani.

Requeijo, (7-2 | CWFC 0-0) a native of Gran Canaria and current Ansgar Fighting League Featherweight Champion makes his Cage Warriors debut at CWFC 76.  The 32 year old,  a proven finisher has 6 wins inside the distance and has won his last 6 bouts - 5 of those before the final bell in the last 18 months.  Although Requeijo can boast wins against Cage Warriors veterans Gaetano Pirello and Leon Del Gaudio, a win against Narimani would be the best win of his career.

He said: “I have wanted to fight on Cage Warriors because I’ve always wanted to fight on a big platform. My goal is to go all the way and challenge for the belt.”

Cage Warriors matchmaker, Ian Dean said, “I’m really pleased to have Nad Narimani back on Cage Warriors.  I feel he is one of the most underrated talents in the UK and it will be interesting to see what kind of statement he will make on his return after being fairly inactive since his last CWFC appearance.  His opponent Daniel Requeijo, on the other hand has been reeling off impressive wins during this time and will be looking to claim arguably his biggest win of his career when he faces a legitimate top 10 UK featherweight.”

Tickets for this event are selling fast but are still available and start from just £30. (plus booking fee)  Tickets are available here.

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Cage Warriors announce first two main card bouts of CWFC 76

11/05/2016

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London, May 11th 2016.  Welsh favourites Lewis “The Foot” Long (12-3 MMA | 3-2 CWFC) and Jack “Tank” Shore (1-0 MMA | 0-0 CWFC) will both face foreign opposition when Cage Warriors returns to the Newport Centre in Wales on June 4th.


The top 10 UK ranked welterweight Lew Long will look to claim his sixth straight win when he faces Swede Andreas “Real Steel” Ståhl (9-2 MMA | 0-0 CWFC).  While the 2015 IMMAF Lightweight European Open champion Jack Shore faces the German based Luta Livre fighter Eddi “Saiyajin” Pobivanez (3-1 MMA | 0-0 CWFC) in a 145 lbs contest.  Both fights will take place on the main card of Cage Warriors 76 which will be shown live on UFC Fight Pass as well as the CWFC’s other broadcasting partners.


Lew Long returns to Cage Warriors with momentum on his side following five successive wins inside the distance which saw him defeat Steve Dinsdale (by TKO) and Matt Inman (via rear-naked choke) in his last two CWFC outings in 2014.  During CWFC’s 18 month absence, Long proved he can beat the best UK talent with victories over Tommy Quinn and Lee Caers respectively, before scoring an impressive 46 second submission win over the Japanese DEEP veteran Yoshiyuki Katahira in the UAE.


Hailing from Umeå in northern Sweden; Andreas Ståhl built up a perfect 9-0 record in a four year spell between 2009-13 with notable wins against “Abus” Magomedov via rear-naked choke, along with decision wins against the now UFC fighter Damir Hadzovic and Domingos Mestre on the European circuit.


A mix of injuries and other issues stalled Ståhl’s momentum and two defeats followed against Gilbert Burns and Santiago Ponzinibbio both inside the UFC.  Ståhl is looking to reignite his career on the European circuit as he makes his CWFC debut against the popular Welshman who hopes a win over Ståhl will provide a stepping-stone to bigger opportunities later this year.


Joining Long on the main card is his compatriot Jack Shore, who scored a first round submission victory in his professional debut at Pain Pit MMA earlier this year.  As an amateur, Shore fought on CWFC 72 nearly two years ago scoring a decision win.


However, despite his lack of name recognition in the UK, Eddi Pobivanez will present a stern test for the Welsh prodigy with three wins to his name and his only pro loss being against the vastly experienced thirteen fight pro Stefan Hoss.  With a lack of domestic opposition wanting to face the young Welshman; Pobivanez will go into the June 4th clash with the pressure off, as he looks to add to his 2016 tally, which saw him, land a first round submission early last month.


Tickets for this event are selling fast but are still available and start from just £30. (plus booking fee)  Tickets are available here.


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Photo: Lew Long (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors re-sign Martin Svensson

05/05/2016

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London, England May 5th 2016: The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the latest addition to its lightweight division, Swede, Martin Svensson (14-6 MMA | 2-1 CWFC) to an exclusive multi-fight deal.

The Swedish star originally signed for Cage Warriors in January 2014 as a featherweight following a decision loss to Jim Alers in a CWFC title challenge at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in September 2013.  Alers went onto compete in the UFC while Svensson immediately rebounded with wins against the highly regarded British veteran Robbie Olivier at CWFC 66 in March 2014 and former CWFC Title challenger Dave Hill at CWFC 71 in August 2014.

Following try-outs, Svensson earned a spot on “Team McGregor” and a place inside the famous TUF house for the 22nd season of the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show in March of last year.  However a broken elbow sustained in his second round submission win over Team Faber’s Thanh Le saw the Swedish fighter leave the competition due to injury.

Svensson’s winning performances on the reality show saw him selected for the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping at the O2 Arena in London on February 27th, where he suffered defeat at the hands of fellow cast member and countryman David Teymur.

Known for his 6’1” inch frame, slick ground skills and quirky personality; Svensson has a solid career résumé with eight submission victories over a number of noted UK and European fighters including; James Saville, John Cullen and Miguel Haro.  The 31 year old’s experience will be a stern test for the next generation of CWFC fighters who are looking to prove themselves in one of Europe’s toughest divisions.

When asked for his thoughts, Svensson underlined his ambitions by saying “It feels great to be able to fight for CWFC again. I’m going for the belt and everybody in my weight class should watch out, as I will destroy everything in my way.  I never give up and this belt is going to be mine.  It won’t take long until I can call myself world champion.”

CWFC matchmaker Ian Dean said, “We’re pleased to welcome back Martin Svensson to Cage Warriors.  He has a great personality and is not afraid to take on big fights and challenges.  He knows he returns with a big target on his back after his stint with the UFC and we’re looking forward to see how he handles the next generation of CWFC athletes at 155 lbs.

Svensson is tentatively scheduled to return to action later this summer, for more updates on this and all other CWFC news, check out our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And you can watch Svensson’s previous CWFC outings alongside other past CWFC bouts, free and on-demand, online via Cage Warriors TV.


Photo: Martin Svensson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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CWFC 75: Results and Review

20/04/2016

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This past Friday saw the first Cage Warriors event for nearly 18 months,  as the CWFC President Graham Boylan along with his newly appointed CEO Casimir Knight presented CWFC 75, which took place at a sold out Camden Centre in London, England.

With a wide broadcasting footprint which saw the event shown live and free-to-air on Premier Sports (in the UK), Setanta Sports 1 (in Ireland) and on Viasat (in Scandinavia) there was quite a buzz in the days leading-up to the event.  This was only magnified when news broke early on April 15th that the promotion had signed a long term deal with the industry leading digital subscription service UFC Fight Pass, which also streamed CWFC 75 live to their vast subscription base.

Anticipation grew throughout the day and the fans in attendance were not disappointed by the eight bout pro card, which saw six finishes and some fantastic individual performances which won over both the paying fans and those who watched the event online and on television.  CWFC 75 was also popular on social media with the event hashtag #CWFC75 trending both in the UK and Ireland on Twitter.

Highlights on the night included reigning middleweight champion Jack “The Joker” Hermansson successfully defending his title after knocking-out the Swedish based Brazilian Alan Carlos late in the third round.  Hermansson secured the win after connecting with a combination of punches as his opponent was backed-up against the fence. 

Promotional newcomers Alfie Davis and Scott Clist made the most of the CWFC’s vast broadcasting platform as they scored impressive TKO wins over Terry Doyle and Brad Wheeler respectively.  While the promotion welcomed back Darren Stewart and Chris Fishgold who both claimed first round victories to increase their unbeaten CWFC records.

However the night belonged to the 21 year old Liverpudlian, Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett.  As the Next Generation team member put on a grappling clinic against the experienced Londoner Ashleigh Grimshaw which won over both the live crowd and the fans watching around the world, as he increased his professional record to 10-1 with a comfortable unanimous decision victory. 

The icing on the cake for the charismatic youngster was his post-fight interview with former UFC Champion Jens Pulver (who was providing color commentary at the event) which has since gone viral and has introduced the already highly touted Liverpool native to a new worldwide audience, as he impressed once again on Cage Warriors duty.

You can watch highlights from this event via the CWFC youtube page here

While you can watch the main card in full on UFC Fight Pass. For more details on this service go to www.ufcfightpass.com

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CWFC 75
Camden Centre, London, England
Friday 15th April 2016

Amateur Bout (3x3 minute rounds)
Jawany Scott defeated Alan Thomas via TKO (strikes) after 2:56 of round 2

Pro Prelims (3x5 minute rounds)
Oliver Battell defeated Robert Scott via TKO (strikes) after 0:37 of round 1
Gyorgy Dolog defeated Pelu Adetola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after 3 rounds

Main Card

Alfie Davis defeated Terry Doyle via TKO (strikes) after 2:41 of round 2
Darren Stewart defeated James Hurrell via TKO (strikes) after 0:37 of round 1
Chris Fishgold defeated Jordan Miller via Submission (guillotine choke) after 1:04 of round 1
Scott Clist defeated Brad Wheeler via TKO (referee stoppage) after 5:00 of round 1
Paddy Pimblett defeated Ashleigh Grimshaw via Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 rounds

Main Event: CWFC Middleweight Title (5x5 minute rounds)
Jack Hermansson defeated Alan Carlos via KO (Punches) after 4:41 of round 3

    Hermansson retains Title

 

Photo: Jack Hermansson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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Cage Warriors 75: Weigh-in results

15/04/2016

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The CWFC 75 weigh-ins took place yesterday at the famous Hippodrome casino in Leicester square, where all but one of the pro fighters on the card made weight ahead of tonight’s event at the Camden Centre in London’s King’s Cross district.

The headlining bout between defending middleweight Champion Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (11-2) and challenger Alan “The Brazilian Viking” Carlos was made official when both men stepped-on the scales inside the championship limit at 184.9 lbs. 

The only fighter not to make his contracted weight was the light-heavyweight James Hurrell who first made 209lbs on the scales, before returning two hours later at 206.7 lbs. (0.7 bs over the maximum limit)

See below for full weigh-in results

CWFC 75 takes place today, Friday, April 15, at the Camden Centre in London.  Doors are open to the public at 6pm, with the first undercard bout scheduled for around 7.30pm.

Tickets for this event are currently sold out, however fans in the UK and Ireland can watch this event LIVE and for FREE via Premier Sports (Sky channel 428 and 462 for HD in the UK) and Setanta Sports 1 (Sky channel 424 and 460 for HD in Ireland) from 9pm local time.

For fans outside the UK and Ireland, we advise you check local listings for broadcast information in your local area or to look out for other viewing options to be announced later today on our social media channels.

View a gallery of images from the CWFC 75 weigh-ins HERE.

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CWFC 75 weigh-in results:

Main Card: Starts at 9pm

Middleweight title: Alan Carlos (184.9 lbs) vs (c) Jack Hermansson (184.9 lbs)
Featherweight: Ashleigh Grimshaw (145.8 lbs) vs Paddy Pimblett (145.7 lbs)
159lbs Catchweight bout: Scott Clist (158.7 lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (158.7 lbs)
Lightweight: Jordan Miller (155.5 lbs)* vs. Chris Fishgold (155.7 lbs)
Light-heavyweight: Light-Heavyweight: James Hurrell (206.7lbs)** vs. Darren Stewart (202lbs)
Lightweight: Terry Doyle (153.9 lbs) vs. Alfie Davis (154.3 lbs)

Pro Prelims

Middleweight: Pelu Adetola (183.8lbs) vs. György Dolog (185.4 lbs)
Featherweight: Robert Scott (143.5 lbs) vs. Oliver Battell (144.6 lbs)

*Missed weight on first attempt
*Missed weight on first attempt and failed to make weight inside the allocated time and was fined 60% of his purse as per contract

Photo copyright: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

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Jack Hermansson to defend middleweight title in main event at CWFC 75

30/03/2016

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Reigning Middleweight Champion, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (11-2 MMA | 6-0 CWFC) will put his title on the line against the Swedish based Brazilian, Alan “The Brazilian Viking” Carlos (12-8 MMA | 1-0 CWFC) in the main event at CWFC 75.

The event will take place at the Camden Centre, London on Friday 15th April and will kick off the promotion’s 2016 fight calendar.

Twenty seven year old Hermansson is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top unsigned talents and will once again be looking to impress when he mounts his second Title defense against Carlos, a BJJ black belt next month in London.  Hermansson says, “I’m looking forward to defend my belt again and I’m ready for a tough fight with Alan (Carlos) who is a very experienced fighter.” 

Known as the “Brazilian Viking” Alan Carlos brings with him a solid European level pedigree with five wins in his last six bouts. The 32 year old said, “I’m very happy to be back fighting at Cage Warriors and have the opportunity to fight for the belt.  I have been training very hard for this day and now it has arrived.”

Additional bouts have also been confirmed for CW75 which sees Essex based lightweight, Brad “The Crazy Kid” Wheeler (15-9) face Trowbridge’s Scott Clist, (9-2-1) who makes his CWFC debut. Featherweight Chris Fishgold, (13-1-1) a Liverpool based fighter also returns to Cage Warriors as he battles Jordan “The Alpha Male” Miller (14-14) who has been campaigning for a high profile match-up on the back of six mostly unregistered wins. Pelu Adetola makes his second CWFC appearance on April 15th against Gyorgy Dolog in a middleweight bout.

Graham Boylan, Cage Warriors CEO comments, “We still have a few fights to announce but the London card is shaping up nicely.  Most of these fighters have been without fights in the last 18 months so we’re expecting fireworks in London on April 15th.”

Tickets for this event are selling fast but are still available and start from just £25. (plus booking fee) Stage & Balcony seats are SOLD OUT. Tickets available from www.cagewarriors.com

Fightcard

Cage Warriors 75 (order TBC with more bouts to be added)
Jack Hermansson vs. Alan Carlos
Paddy Pimblett vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw
Brad Wheeler vs. Scott Clist
Chris Fishgold vs. Jordan Miller
Darren Stewart vs. James Hurrell
Alfie Davis vs. Terry Doyle
Pelu Adetola vs. Gyorgy Dolog
Rob Scott vs. Oliver Battell

Jack “The Joker” Hermansson
Hermansson returns to the CWFC after scoring two impressive victories in 2015 against the former UFC veteran Karlos Vemola and the previously unbeaten Maciej Różański.  Before that the Oslo based Swede enjoyed a profitable four-fight spell for Cage Warriors in 2014. As “The Joker” defeated Enoc Solves Torres and Ion Pascu before winning the CWFC middleweight title with a fourth round rear-naked choke over Norman Paraisy at CWFC 69: Super Saturday.  Hermansson then successfully defended his title just two months later at CWFC 71 when he stopped Deyan Topalski with strikes in the first round.

Alan “The Brazilian Viking” Carlos
Representing Team Carvalho in Halmstad, Sweden; Carlos previously fought in the CWFC cage in May 2012 when he eked out a close majority decision against the former Hermansson victim, Mike Ling.  In May 2014, Carlos scored a career best win in his adopted homeland of Sweden when he knocked out fellow Brazilian and former Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio in just 36 seconds, that victory was followed-up with a second round submission over the German Sebastian Baron in October last

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CWFC 75 opening bouts confirmed

11/03/2016

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CWFC Officials have released the opening bouts for their eagerly anticipated April 15th event which will take place at the Camden Centre, London.


This event will be the first Cage Warriors show since former CEO Graham Boylan purchased the intellectual property of the brand in June of last year. Since that announcement Boylan has spent time restructuring the organisation so that it can continue to give European Mixed Martial Arts the solid platform it deserves in the same way as it did between 2010 to 2014.


More details including game changing television and streaming deals will follow in the coming weeks, however in the meantime CWFC fans will be pleased to know several bouts have already been agreed which will include a high profile featherweight clash between the talented Liverpool based submission specialist Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (9-1 MMA | 4-1 CWFC) and the experienced Londoner Ashleigh Grimshaw (16-9-1-2nc MMA | 2-1 CWFC).


Pimblett will return to the cage in April for the first time in nearly ten months and will look to extend his current five fight win streak which has seen him finish the previously unbeaten Kevin Petshi, the well traveled Spanish veteran Miguel Haro and fellow domestic prospect Stephen Martin inside two rounds. Known for his brash, confident attitude and highlight reel finishes, the 21 year old has impressed since his days on the amateur circuit in his mid-teens and won’t be phased by his opponent when they meet next month.


The same can be said for Grimshaw who has 13 years experience in the paid ranks and has 15 of his 16 career wins inside the distance. The Team Titan fighter has fought a “who’s who” of the domestic 145 lbs division and brings with him a versatile and dangerous all-round game which has previously seen him stop the likes of Dave Lee, Vaughan Lee and Paul Reed inside the distance during his career.

Also agreed is a Light-heavyweight bout featuring the unbeaten MMA Clinic fighter Darren “The Dentist” Stewart (5-0 MMA | 2-0 CWFC) and James Hurrell (7-4 MMA | 1-1 CWFC), who makes his return to the cage after being inactive since his exciting rear-naked choke win over Carl Kinslow at CWFC 74 in November 2014.


With all seven career victories coming inside the distance (including 6 TKO’s), Hurrell will be more than able to match Stewart’s own stoppage power which has seen him rack-up three TKO wins so far in his pro career. After going 3-0 during 2015 which included his first win over a foreign opponent, “The Dentist” will look to start his 2016 campaign by claiming a top domestic scalp in the form of the 6’6” Hurrell when they meet on April 15th.


A women’s bout will also take place on the card as the unbeaten Danish striker Anna “Panda” Elmose (3-0 MMA | 1-0 CWFC) will meet fellow stand-up practitioner Stephanie Page (2-1) in a 135 lbs match-up. Elmose has been on a tear ever since her successful amateur debut at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen in March 2014.


Since turning professional she has stopped all three of her opponents, including a 19 round second demolition of Emma Delaney at CWFC 74 and a spectacular second round stoppage of Mara Romero Borella last May which went viral. However Page brings with her considerable stand-up experience having been a former Muay Thai and Kickboxing champion.


Other bouts which can be released at this time see the talented Team Titan standout Alfie Davis (4-1) make his CWFC debut again Team Force’s Terry Doyle (3-1) in a Lightweight bout. Opening the pro card will be a featherweight bout between Rob Scott and Oliver Battell as both men look for their first professional win.


More bouts including the evening’s main event are still to be announced and will follow in the coming weeks as the CWFC team prepare to deliver another high quality event next month in the heart of London’s Kings Cross district.


Cage Warriors 75 (order TBC)

Paddy Pimblett vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw
Darren Stewart vs. James Hurrell
Anna Elmose vs. Stephanie Page
Alfie Davis vs. Terry Doyle
Rob Scott vs. Oliver Battell


Tickets for this event are now available starting from just £25.  Click here for more details


Photo Credit: Dolly Clew for CWFC

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The Camden Centre, London to host first Cage Warriors event of 2016 On April 15th

11/02/2016

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The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce its eagerly anticipated return with its first show of 2016 taking place on April 15th at the Camden Centre in London’s famous Kings Cross area.  The show will be broadcast live around the world at 9pm UK time.

Graham Boylan, President CWFC comments, “We know that fight fans want to know everything right now but I wanted to make sure Cage Warriors returns in a way that I felt comfortable with, and in a way that underlined our commitment to develop the sport in the EMEA region.”

“Cage Warriors is at the forefront of driving the sport forward in the EMEA region and is the ultimate proving ground.  We were renowned for matching the best fights in the region and building talent as well as providing great value and entertainment for the fans.  In 2015 alone 7 fighters who had appeared on our show joined the UFC.  In 2016 we plan to pick up where we left off, delivering the same explosive quality that we are famous for ”

The CWFC card on April 15th will provide a long overdue boost to the ailing UK and European scene with a card that promises to be loaded with established CWFC veterans alongside a new generation of MMA talent who will be eager to prove their credentials in one of the world’s leading proving grounds.

More information including ticket, broadcasting and fight card details will follow in the coming days and weeks, as the CWFC team prepare to deliver another high quality Cage Warriors event to fighters and fans around the world on April 15th in London.

For the latest Cage Warriors Fighting Championship news and updates, keep track of us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. View past CWFC action, free and on-demand, online via Cage Warriors TV.

Photo: Conor McGregor (previous two-division CWFC World Champion) - Dolly Clew for CWFC

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CWFC set for Friday Night Fights in London on April 15th

28/01/2016

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Ever since he announced live on the MMA Hour last June that he had acquired the I.P. (intellectual property) of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brand; speculation has surrounded the future of the long running European based MMA promotion and the plans that Graham Boylan has for it.


After numerous teasers on both his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts the Irish entrepreneur announced on Tuesday that the first Cage Warriors show of 2016 will take place in London on Friday 15th April.


More details are expected to follow in the coming weeks as Cage Warriors plan their return to the UK MMA scene later this spring.


Share your thoughts on the imminent return of Cage Warriors on the CWFC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

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CWFC to return in 2016

18/12/2015

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After several teasers the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan finally announced what fighters and fans around the UK and European MMA scene were waiting to hear.  As earlier today on his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts the Irishman announced that “it’s time to play MMA”.

See below for the full statement and don’t forget you can have your say on the CWFC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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IT’S TIME TO PLAY MMA.

Fighters, coaches, managers and fans. The boys are BACK in town with a new hard hitting board of directors and some BIG TV deals (BIGGER then before).

We shall be turning the lights and cameras BACK ON during the start of 2016.  Fighters be ready, let’s show the WORLD who YOU are, it’s time to shine!

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Video: CWFC ‘The Next Generation’

19/10/2015

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With the return of the CWFC imminent, watch the latest promotional video featuring some of the very best talent to have graced the CWFC stage.


Remember you saw them here first.  Who will follow in their footsteps next?  Who will be the next generation?


This is the proving ground, this is mixed martial arts, this is Cage Warriors.


It’s time to play.

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Former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan acquires the CWFC brand

14/07/2015

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As was announced exclusively on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani last month; former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan has acquired the I.P. (intellectual property) of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brand.

The Irishman served as the CEO of Cage Warriors from July 2010 (when it was re-launched by its previous investors) until his resignation earlier this year.  During this time he oversaw 48 CWFC events in 11 countries, taking what was effectively a dormant brand to one of the most recognised and respected MMA promotions with worldwide television and streaming deals alongside a talented multi-national roster in both men’s and female divisions.

During the 16 minute interview with Ariel Helwani, Boylan announced he has already touched base with the CWFC’s existing TV partners to secure the brand’s international TV footprint (which previously saw the promotion broadcast in 120 countries) whilst he also hinted there are other plans for the promotion which could see several cosmetic changes including a possible re-brand and new name.

When pressed for a date Boylan said he has meetings planned with “interested parties” in order to push the brand forward and stated he is looking at potentially two events towards the end of 2015 with a view to promoting a full season of events for 2016.  However despite being pushed for an answer Boylan did not give any formal confirmation.

However despite his pensive and seemingly cautious tone Boylan acknowledged the role he has had in bringing Cage Warriors to the forefront of the European scene which gave dozens of fighters in the UK, Ireland and overseas (such as Conor McGregor, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Joseph Duffy, Nicolas Dalby, Tom Breese and Arnold Allen to name a few) a platform to showcase their skills and also gave them the experience they needed to move on to events such as the UFC.

Despite his earlier hesitance Boylan concluded the interview with a promise by saying “If it’s back, it’s back big,” he said. “It’s going to be back bigger than what it WAS”.  However in the meantime Boylan has asked both the fighters and the CWFC fans to be patient while the restructuring takes place and while he secures the deals needed to push the brand to another level. 

To watch the interview in full go to the MMAFighting.com website here

While you can read the write-up from MMAFighting.com here.

More updates will follow in the coming weeks on both the Cage Warriors website and the CWFC social media channels (Twitter and Facebook)

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Video: CWFC ‘The Proving Ground’

30/06/2015

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As was announced exclusively on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani; Graham Boylan has acquired the I.P. (intellectual property) of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brand.


The Irishman served as the CEO of Cage Warriors from July 2010 (when it was re-launched by its previous investors) until his resignation earlier this year.  During this time he oversaw 48 CWFC events in 11 countries, taking what was effectively a dormant brand to one of the most recognised and respected MMA promotions with worldwide television and online streaming deals.


As he prepares to re-launch the brand watch this highlight video below which features some of the best action of the modern CWFC era.


And don’t forget to keep checking the CWFC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest updates. 

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Stats: CWFC in 2014

20/12/2014

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After 13 events the 2014 CWFC season is over and as the Cage Warriors team begin to prepare for next year’s campaign, we take some time out to go back and look over some of the facts and figures that have made the CWFC’s twelfth year of operation such an outstanding success.

13 - the number of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Once again the first event of the year took place in London which saw Cory Tait earn himself a CWFC world title shot later in 2014 by defeating James Pennington. The 13-date season also finished in London with the Danish star Nicolas Dalby underlining his credentials as one of Europe’s best fighters by defending his CWFC Welterweight Title with a hard fought decision victory over Mohsen Bahari. 

5 - the number of countries that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events in 2014

In March 2014, Denmark was added to the list of countries which have hosted a Cage Warriors event.  Whilst the CWFC continued to hold events in their existing strongholds of England (5 events), Ireland (2 events), Wales (2 events) and Jordan (3 events),

31 - the number of countries that were represented by fighters competing on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Although it has a strong UK and Irish fighter base the CWFC is a global brand and along with a growing domestic roster there was multiple foreign nationals from around the world competing inside the CWFC cage. New additions this year included athletes from the Faroe Islands, Greece, Lithuania, Morocco, Bulgaria and Tunisia (to name just a few) compete in the pro ranks.

197 - the number of professional fighters on CWFC shows

This number was slightly up from last year as 197 individuals from around the world competed inside the CWFC cage throughout 2014. With the highest number (46) coming from the welterweight division.

137 - the number of professional bouts

The CWFC managed to hold an impressive 137 professional bouts during 2014. 

43 - the number of Amateur bouts

There was also 43 Amateur match-ups on CWFC shows during the year as up-and-coming fighters got their chance to shine on the undercard of high level shows around the world.

4 - the highest number of CWFC bouts that any fighter competed in this year

For the second straight year this honour is shared, as Jack Hermansson had four bouts for the CWFC upon his return from a two fight stint Stateside.  After two bouts in March and April the talented Swede claimed the vacant Middleweight Title at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in June before defending it just 76 days later against Deyan Topalski at CWFC 71 in Jordan. Whilst the Essex based CWFC stalwart Jack Mason had another busy year which saw him start with a tight decision loss against Ben Alloway at CWFC 65 in Ireland, before rebounding with two straight decisions wins against Patrick Vallee and Bruno Carvalho before a leg injury left him unable to continue in the first round of his CWFC 71 clash against Jonatan Westin in August.

7 - the number of CWFC veterans or formerly CWFC contracted fighters who joined the UFC

Several CWFC veterans and contracted fighters signed deals with the UFC in 2014; as Aisling Daly, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Ian Entwistle, Niklas Bäckström plus CWFC Champions Neil Seery and Jim Alers all signed terms with the Las Vegas based organisation. Whilst the contracted Irishman Patrick Holohan moved over to the UFC without making his CWFC debut (due to a long-term injury). Plus Phil Harris also returned to the UFC after signing a new deal with Cage Warriors after it was revealed that his previous opponent Louis Gaudinot failed a UFC drugs test after their fight in March 2014.

68 - the number of fighters who signed or re-signed with the CWFC

The CWFC continued to strengthen its roster in 2014 with fighters across the UK and Europe signing multiple fight deals in nine separate weight divisions.  This year also saw several fighters signing-up for a second term after spending the past two years plying their trade in Europe’s premier promotion.  With well over 100 signed fighters the CWFC roster continues to host some of Europe’s most talent rich divisions.

88 - the number of professional bouts that finished inside the distance

This year saw 88 of the 137 professional CWFC finish inside the distance (That’s a 64.2% finish ratio). Although the highest number of bouts ended by decision with 49 (35.8%) of the 137 professional bouts going the distance. Whilst there were 44 Submissions (32.1%), 42 (T)KO’s (30.6%) and 2 DQ’s (1.4%) in the CWFC pro ranks this year. It is worth noting that CWFC 68 in Liverpool saw all 10 professional bouts finish inside the distance.

48 - the number of events held under the current CWFC ownership

The 13 CWFC events of 2014 increased the total number of events held by the current owners (led by CEO Graham Boylan) to 48 since October 2010.

2.7 million - the number of views on Cage Warriors TV

With more content than ever before available on Cage Warriors TV the number of views has skyrocketed with the total number of views nearly double that of 12 months ago.

10 - The number of Title fights on CWFC shows this year

At the start of the year one of the objectives of the CWFC team was to put on more Title fights and crown more Champions.  In the twelve year history of the CWFC only 2005 (which had the legendary ‘Night of Champions’ card which featured 9 Title fights in one night) has seen more Title match-ups than 2014. 

6 - The number of current and active CWFC Champions

Now with six strong Champions and some intriguing Title fights to follow next year in other divisions the future looks bright for Cage Warriors and a tough road lies ahead for anyone wanting to dethrone the current Titleholders; Toni Tauru (BW), Alex Enlund (FW), Steven Ray (LW), Nicolas Dalby (WW), Jack Hermansson (MW) and Pannie Kianzad (Women’s BW).

7 - The number of Arena shows that the CWFC held

2014 saw the CWFC promote 7 Arena shows which saw the promotion not only return to the Echo Arena (Liverpool), the Metro Radio Arena (Newcastle) as well as the King Hussein Boxing Arena (Jordan).  But it also added the Ballerup Super Arena (Denmark) and the world famous Copper Box Arena (London) to it’s ever growing list of venues..

2 - The number of significant UK broadcasting deals secured by the CWFC

Two of the most talked about moments this year for the CWFC were the broadcast deals that saw highlights of CWFC 70, 71, 72 73 and 74 appear on Channel 4 shortly after each event and were subsequently made available online via it’s free video-on-demand service 4oD. Whilst another talking point came in late October when it was announced both CWFC 73 and 74 were to be streamed live by the Daily Mail (which is the UK’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper). Both these deals allowed Cage Warriors to deliver its exciting brand of Mixed Martial Arts to new audiences and resulted in significantly increased viewing figures.

Photo: Jack Hermansson on his way to winning the CWFC middleweight world title at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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McLeman joins Cage Warriors

18/11/2014

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Harry McLeman (8-2) is the newest addition to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

McLeman has penned a deal which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC for five bouts over a minimum period of 18 months. A native of Plymouth in the south of England, McLeman will make his debut in the promotion’s 185lbs division in 2015.

“Cage Warriors is by far the best show in Europe,” said McLeman, who turned 28 last week. “I’m looking forward to competing with some of the best fighters in the game and taking that belt.”

Currently riding a three-fight win streak, McLeman most recently clinched the British middleweight title for BAMMA, a leading domestic promotion in the UK.

McLeman is ranked as one of the UK’s top ten middleweights outside the UFC, and has taken six of his eight professional wins inside the distance - four by submission, two via (T)KO.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Harry to Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to seeing what impact he can make next year on what’s shaping up to be a very exciting middleweight division.”

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

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Results: Cage Warriors 74

17/11/2014

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Report via MMAjunkie.com…

Nicolas Dalby took some damage in the first round before rebounding over the next four and defeating Mohsen Bahari to defend his Cage Warriors welterweight title. The title fight headlined Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

Dalby (13-0) extended his unbeaten run as a pro with his first title defence. However, though Dalby was eager to engage in the bout’s opening minutes, Bahari (8-2) was ready for him and dished out plenty of punishment throughout the first round.

But in the second and third rounds, the momentum swung to Dalby’s favor. After a takedown and some ground and pound, he continued to bloody Bahari both standing and on the mat. As the rounds wore on, he continued chipping away as Bahari noticeably slowed and proved slower to the punch.

In the end, with a well-balanced attack of strikes, takedowns and ground and pound, Dalby earned the unanimous decision via 50-45 scores.

Joseph Duffy‘s return to MMA from the pro-boxing circuit resulted in another win – this one in violent and spectacular fashion. Duffy (12-1) knew fellow lightweight Julien Boussuge (12-4) wanted a takedown, so he simply waited for the opportunity and floored the Frenchman with a knee once he shot for the takedown.

Duffy, an Irishman who handed fast-rising UFC contender Conor McGregor his most recent defeat, forced the stoppage in just 36 seconds. He’s now 2-0 since returning from a three-year boxing sabbatical.

In the card’s first main event, Pannie Kianzad (6-0) cruised to a unanimous-decision victory over late replacement Eeva Siiskonen (3-2) to earn Cage Warriors’ inaugural women’s bantamweight title.

Siiskonen, who stepped in as a replacement for injured Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, was simply outgunned by Kianzad, who controlled the pace and proved superior on standing, on the mat and in the clinch.

Kianzad avoided submission attempts and rode out the first round in top position, and then in the second, the undefeated Swedish fighter opened up on her feet and outstruck Siiskonen with combinations and short lefts.

In the third and fourth rounds, Kianzad did her damage primarily from the clinch while using short elbows and knees with Siiskonen pressed against the cage.

With Siiskonen clearly down on the scorecards heading into the final round, the Finnish fighter went into desperation mode and frantically looked for the takedown. However, Kianzad remained upright and avoided any serious danger to make it to the final bell. In the end, the judges scored it 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 for the new champ.

In the co-headliner of the first card, lightweight Saul Rogers (9-1) picked up a significant career victory and made a strong statement for a potential title fight by scoring a shutout unanimous-decision victory over Mick Sinclair (12-4). Rogers used a wrestling-heavy game-plan to earn the victory via 30-27 scores.

Also on the card, Nathaniel Wood (6-1) picked up a gruesome win over Steve McCombe (20-24-1) in a 140-pound catchweight fight. Wood landed a high kick and snapped McCombe’s forearm to force a verbal submission at the 2:23 mark of the opening round.

Cage Warriors 74 results:

Nicolas Dalby def. Mohsen Bahari via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) - for to retain welterweight title
Joseph Duffy def. Julien Boussuge via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:36
Sean Carter def. Tim Wilde via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:26
Tom Breese def. Thibaud Larchet via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:57
Andrei Manzolo def. Bola Omoyele via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:07
Pannie Kianzad def. Eeva Siiskonen via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) – to win inaugural women’s bantamweight title
Saul Rogers def. Mick Sinclair via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nathaniel Wood def. Steve McCombe via verbal submission (arm injury) – Round 1, 2:23
Darren Stewart def. Pelu Adetola via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
Paul Marin def. Scott Pooley via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:55
James Hurrell def. Carl Kinslow via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:40
Anna Elmose def. Emma Delaney via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:19

Photo: Nicolas Dalby and Pannie Kianzad (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

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