Saturday sees Cage Warriors maiden appearance in Sweden, as the promotion heads to the Lisebergshallen in Gothenburg with a stacked card, here’s a rundown of the events main card.
Ex-Cage Warriors Welterweight champion Nicolas Dalby (14-2-1) returns to the promotion in the main event, where he takes on Carlo Pedersoli (9-1) in a welterweight bout.
Since Dalby left the promotion, he has had a four fight run in the UFC, including fights with Darren Till and Zack Cummings, ending in a draw and a decision loss respectively.
This will put a huge bounty on the dangerous Dane’s head, as Pedersoli will look to make an impact by going 10-1 against an ex-UFC fighter, and with wins by submission, KO and decision, as well as the 6 fight win streak he rides on coming into this fight, he will see this as a chance to put himself into title contention.
Soren Bak takes on Alexander Jacobsen in perhaps the events most highly anticipated fight.
Both men come into the bout following first round finishes, and with a wide open title picture, both men will know a win here is paramount if they want a title shot against Chris Fishgold anytime soon.
Bak comes into the fight on a two fight win streak and a 10-1 record, whilst Jacobsen comes in off a 14 second KO at Cage Warriors 90, and his last loss came at the hands of Chris Fishgold.
Only time will tell which Scandinavian will come out on top, but fans are going to get a hell of a fight regardless of the winner.
Alan Carlos and Norman Paraisy square off in a middleweight bout on Saturday night.
Carlos comes in with a 12-9 record against the Frenchman’s 15-5-2 record, and will be looking to come back after a two-year break with a bang, as he lost his last fight by TKO in a title fight against Jack Hermansson at Cage Warriors 75.
Paraisy also comes in looking to get back to winning ways following three consecutive losses light heavyweight, but a drop to middleweight might be a great chance for the Frenchman to prove he isn’t a pushover.
Jack Grant and Mehdi Dakaev are also set to go to war in a lightweight battle that could decide who will take on Pimblett in the main event of Cage Warriors 96 in Liverpool that could possibly by a title eliminator for the winner of Bak/Jacobsen versus Chris Fishgold.
Grant comes in with a 13-4 record and a four fight finishing streak, while the Russian Dakaev comes in with a 7-1 record and looks to build upon his last victory against Pablo Villaseca and add go 8-1.
Dakaev is a dangerous submission artist and while Grant has victories by submission himself, you have to imagine his game plan going into the fight will be to keep the fight standing and finish Dakaev on the feet.
Junior Karanta will be looking to put on a show for his home crowd as he aims to go 3-1 with a victory over Sofiane Boukichou who comes in with a 4-2 record.
The Swede, nicknamed “Fatty”, lost his previous fight but will be doing his damnedest to bounce back in front of a packed home crowd, and potentially look to build a run of form that could see him get a Light Heavyweight title shot down the line.
So there you have it, what fights are you looking forward to seeing this Saturday? Let me know by tweeting me @Cobleyreporting.