Cage Warriors edges ever closer to their centenary show later this year, as they hold Cage Warriors 97 in Cardiff on Saturday, with a card that will put the spotlight firmly on the promotion’s Welsh prospects.
Jack “Tank” Shore headlines the card as he takes on Omar Cankardesler in the main event of the evening for the Bantamweight title.
Shore comes into this fight with a 8-0 record, wth five of those wins coming via submission, two coming via TKO, and only one coming via decision.
That decision win came in his last fight at Cage Warriors 92: Super Saturday, where he outclassed UFC veteran Vaughan Lee to take a decision win.
Shore is up against a tough opponent in Cankardesler though, who holds a 9-5-2 record, winning his last two fights via TKO, and the German has displayed fantastic submission ability, with six wins coming via submission.
This is Shore’s toughest fight to date, but with a sold out home crowd cheering him on and knowing that winning the belt would fast track him into the UFC, this is Shore’s fight to win.
UPDATE: Cankardesler owas pulled out following a failed medical, Shore will now fight Weslley “Pia” Maia in a non title featherweight contest
Mason Jones is an exciting Welsh prospect in the lightweight division and after a fantastic decision win at Cage Warriors 95 over Konmon Deh, he takes on Kacper Formela in the Cardiff Ice Arena.
“The Dragon” displayed tremendous toughness in that last fight, and he will have to show that again if he hopes to beat the “Polish Machida” who will walk to the cage with a 8-1 record.
Formela’s only loss comes via submission, and with three of Jones’ five wins coming via submission that will be where he will have the advantage, especially factoring in the fact he has been working on his grappling with Team Alpha Male, where coach Urijah Faber sang his praises.
The smart money here is on Jones via submission.
Kris “Dez” Edwards and Brian Bouland will go to war in the Bantamweight division in what should be an awesome fight.
The Belgian Bouland (7-2) comes into this fight after a heartbreaking submission loss at Cage Warriors 94 to Ilia Topuria, where he saw his chance at a Bantamweight title fight slip through his fingers.
Meanwhile, Edwards (12-9) knows that if he wins this fight, which would be his fifth win in a row, he is likely to be in with a shot at the Bantamweight title if his teammate Jack Shore doesn’t capture the belt.
I honestly can’t predict an outcome to this fight, but with so much at stake for both men, it’s going to be an interesting watch.
Aaron Khalid will be fighting n a Welterweight contest against Jamie Richardson, as both men look to get into the Welterweight title picture.
Khalid (6-4-1) has lost his last two fights to Welterweight title contender Ross Houston by decision, while Richardson (6-4) lost his last fight to Sam Boult at Cage Warriors 92 by decision.
Both men need a win here and I expect a decent fight.
Cory McKenna is THE fighter to look out for in UK MMA right now, with the young fighter putting on dominant displays in her to pro fights so far.
McKenna has been training with Tillery Combat and Team Alpha Male, and with those teams behind her, she is going to take the Strawweight division by storm.
McKenna faces off against Micol Di Segni (5-1) in a fight that is going to really push her to her limits, but with her fantastic all round ability. I expect McKenna will get the job done here.
So, what fight are you looking forward too at Cage Warriors 97, let me know by tweeting me @Cobleyreporting.
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