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Cage Warriors 97 preview: Welsh Warriors on full display



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.

Image Credit – CAGE WARRIORS / Dolly Clew


Cage Warriors 100 Recap



This past weekend saw Cage Warriors end its spectacular year in a fantastic fashion, with its centenary card crowning two new world champions, and with none of the main card fights, or pro-prelims going to a decision.

In the main event, Jack “Tank” Shore went 10-0, and became the new Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion in front of his home crowd in Cardiff.

Shore was put up aginst now 7-1 fighter Mike Ekundayo “Airlines” who is known for his incredible wrestling.

However, it was Shore who was best in the wrestling, scoring takedowns in rounds one, two and three, before flattening out “Airlines” on his front, and regining shots down, forcing Marc Goddard to stop the fight.

In the co-main, Cage Warriors Featherweight tournament was capped off by Aiden Lee taking on Dean Trueman for the vacant title.

On paper, this was very much a fight of different styles, pitting Trueman’s brawling up against Lee’s BJJ, and the fight followed that to a tee. Lee was able to take Truemans back multiple times in rounds one and two, but was unable to lock in anything to finish the fight.

The third round was a complete reversal of this, as a Trueman take down led to the Derbyshire man going for an Omoplata, but just used this to pin Lee as he landed shots, forcing referee Reece Mitchell to call the fight, but some people have called this a premature stoppage.

Truueman now goes 10-4, and has promised to defend his title in 2019.

In the Welterweight clash between Aaron “King” Khalid and Hakon Foss, Khalid got the win with a fantastic Darce choke in the second round.

After securing a takedwon in the second round, “King” was all over Foss, looking for multiple different submissions, before circulating round to take a Darce choke that choked Foss out

Foss protested the call by Goddard to step in, but replays showed that Foss had gone limp and that the experienced referee had made a great call.

Nicolas Dalby staked his claim for a Welterweight title shot as he TKO’d Phil Mulpeter in a three round war.

Mulpeter took the first round as he was relentless in his ground game, but the secnd round saw momentum swing in favour of Dalby, as he nagated Mulpeter’s ground game and almost locked in a arm triangle.

The third round was all to play for as both men tried to apply pressure, but Dalby’s brawling style was too much for Mulpeter, and the Dane hammered the Irishman from one side of the cage to the other before the referee stepped in to call the fight.

In his post fight interview, Dalby called out Welterweight champ Ross Houston and issued him a challenge for Cage Warriors in Copenhagen in March.

In the opening bout of the main card, Scott “Boom Boom” Malone put himself in contention to be Jack Shore’s first title challenger as he forced Josh Reed to tap out of a sickening arm bar.

Malon got the takedown, before almost dislocating Reed’s elbow with the submission, and forcing the welshman to tap out in front of his home crowd.

In the prelims, Rhys McKee, Alex Lohore, Aiden Stephen, Jai Herbert and Brett Hassest all picked up finishes.

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Cage Warriors 99 results



Cage Warriors 99 is in the books and this card was full of fighters determined to show their worth by winning in impressive fashion, with only one main card fight going the distance, with the rest finishing in round one.

Jason Webb went 5-1 with his KO victory in the first round over Jason Radcliffe.

Radcliffe initially tried to push the pace, but was caught when he tried to change levels, by Webb’s left hook, which caught him just behind the ear.

Webb is now fancied to take on Middleweight champion Jonas Billstein for the title next year.

In the co-main, Cory Tait showed he is a Bantamweight fighter with a bright future.

Tait took on experienced fighter Gavin Kelly, finishing him with a liver shot in the first round following his relentless pressure of the Irish fighter. After hitting the liver blow, Tait jumped on Kelly, dropping several big hammer strikes, forcing the referee to step in to end the fight.

Tait is now 9-4, with all wins coming via stoppage.

Mads Burnell was out to show why the UFC were wrong to cut him when he took on Polish fighter Lukasz Rajewski in a featherweight contest.

It wasn’t an easy start for Burnell though, as he was dropped early on by a big uppercut from Rajewski.

The Dane recovered smartly, hugging Rajewski’s leg and tucking his chin to stop taking damage, before getting a takedown of his own, taking the back and securing a Rear Naked Choke.

Burnell will hope a few wins in Cage Warriors will lead to a UFC return and with impressive wins like this, it might not be long before he is fighting for the top promotion again. Burnell now has a record of 10-3.

Nathan “Mr Bag and Tag” Jones finally broke his losing strike when he took a unanimous decision win over Brad “The Crazy Kid” Wheeler.

Jones had several submission attempts in the first round, and dominated in the second, always having a dominant position and catching Wheeler with some impressive head-kicks, with the heaviest of those kicks only just being blocked by Wheeler as Jones masked it with his excellent movement.

The third round was much harder for Jones, with Wheeler having a RNC locked in at one point, which Jones lost by in is last fight to Ross Houston.

Jones survived though and ultimately took the decision win, taking his record to 12-9.

Jamie Richardson bounced back from a two fight losing streak to beat 11-5 Phil Wells in the opening contest of the main card.

Richardson was able to take Wells down early, and caught the Swindon man with a stiff shot to split his top lip in two. After a quick doctors stoppage, the fight was resumed, with Wells looking for a heel hook submission.

Richardson defended Well, and took top position, before dropping heavy elbow shots, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Richardson now holds a record of 7-5.

With Cage Warriors 99 now in the books, the promotion heads too Cardiff for Cage Warriors 100 for it’ centenary and marquee card of the year, featuring Jack Shore vs Mke Ekundayo for the Bantamweight title and Dean Trueman vs Aiden Lee for the Featherweight title.

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Cage Warriors 99 preview



Saturday sees Cage Warriors head to Colchester for their penultimate show of the year, and what was looking to be a big card has just taken a big hit.

The Flyweight championship match between Nathan Greyson and Blaine O’Driscoll has been scrapped just three days out from the show, after Greyson (the champion) announced he was not going to be able to make championship weight. This means the fight between Jason Radcliffe and James Webb has been bumped up from the co-main to the main event, in what looks to be a fantastic middleweight scrap.

Radcliffe comes into this fight with a 13-6 record, with “The Assassin” finishing all 13 of his wins, nine by KO/TKO and the remaining four via submission. His last bout was a first round submission loss against Vinicius Moreira. He’ll look to get back to winning ways against Webb, who holds a 4-1 record, with all his wins coming via submission.

Webb’s submission game could be Radcliffe’s downfall, with half of Radcliffe’s losses coming via submission, while Webb has not been finished, with his only loss being a unanimous decision to Miro Jurkovic.

Also on the card, Mads Burnell and Lukasz Rajewski will take each other on in a featherweight clash. Burnell comes in with a 9-3 record, with five wins coming via submission and the remaining four via decision, whilst “Raju” comes in with an 8-3 record, with five wins coming via KO/TKO. This fight looks to be a showcase of each mans style, and with both men possessing finishing ability, it looks unlikely that this fight will go the distance.

In the Bantamweight division, Gavin Kelly is set to take on Cory Tait as both men look to end their two fight losing streaks.

Kelly comes in with a 7-5 record, and his record perfectly shows how dynamic he is, with two KO/TKO wins, three submissions and two decisions, showing that he is well equipped no matter where the fight goes. Tait meanwhile comes in at 8-4 with his wins being equally divided between submissions and KO/TKOs. I personally think this is Kelly’s fight to win though, as he has been a lot more active, last fighting at Cage Warriors 91 in March, whilst Tait hasn’t fought since 2016.

In the Welterweight division, “Mr Bag and Tag” Nathan Jones (11-9) will look to end his four fight losing streak when he takes on “The Crazy Kid” Brad Wheeler (17-12).

Jones hasn’t won a fight since May last year, but should have some confidence coming into this fight after a successful WKU World Kickboxing Championships where he took the Silver medal in Light Contact, Full Contact and Kumate, with gold in the team Light Contact and Low Kick events where he competed alongside Aaron Cobley and Jamaine Hemmings, two of the best kickboxers in the world, who Jones will have no doubt learnt off.

Wheeler won’t be an easy fight for Jones though, with “The Crazy Kid” having a wealth of experience and a submission game that rivals Jones own, with Wheeler having 12 submission wins whilst Jones has nine submission wins. This fight will be an exciting one to watch no doubt.

Phil Wells (11-5) and Jamie Richardson (6-5) are also set to go to war in the Welterweight division. Wells will be coming into this fight as the favourite, as he is currently on a two fight winning streak and knows that this win could put him in a title eliminator for his next fight.

Richardson, meanwhile, hasn’t won a fight since September last year, with a decision loss to Sam Boult and a submission loss to Aaron Khalid in his last two fights.

I personally think this is Wells’ fight to win, and I expect him to use his superior striking to knockout Richardson, which will be the seventh KO of Well’s career.

What fight are you looking forward to on Saturday? Let me know on Twitter by tweeting me @Cobleyreporting.

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