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Lee Chadwick talks fighting, fans and working towards the UFC

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With just under two months to go before he defends his middleweight title at Cage Warriors 96 on September 1st in front of his home crowd at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Lee “The Butcher” Chadwick spoke to Fightbooth’s Kieran Cobley.

KC: First off Lee, this is your first fight since October, it’ll be almost a year since your last fight. So how are you feeling, how’s your knee and how’s your camp going?

LC: Yeah, it’s going well mate to be honest mate, I’m just eager to get back in, I’ve not stopped training since winning the title, so I haven’t had any time out. I was preparing to fight in February when I did my knee, I had a few weeks out, then I started rehab and got back in again.

KC: That’s fantastic to hear. Your first fight back is going to be a tough one, you’re up against Jonas Billstein, a fighter with a 19-5-1 record, he’s experienced and versatile, how do your prepare to face someone so versatile?

LC: Just training to extremes, he’s aggressive when he comes forward, so he’s going to fall into, the last fight I had with Victor Chang was very calculated and very in and out and he kept away from my power shots, but I think Jonas is going to walk into them, I think there’s a chance he’s going to be knocked out.

KC: So training with the likes of Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold, they’ve all held Cage Warriors gold, like yourself, it’s like a culture of champions. Does that give you a significant advantage going into the fight?

LC: You know what, the advantage it gives me is 12 years hard graft. This Jonas Billstein hasn’t fought the level of fighters that I have. I’ve fought the level of fighters that he is, do you know what I mean? I’ve beat guys as good or better than him, so all I have to do is bring the A-game to the show on September 1st.

I’ve watched one of his fights in ACB, and he fought some Russian, and the guy almost knocked him out three times, the guy had no boxing, just big bombs. He looked like he was just a big guy and threw big hooks, but I’ve actually got boxing to back mine up, so I’ll be following through when I catch him.

KC: So the fight takes place on September 1st at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool. You obviously have a massive following there, you know I was there at Cage Warriors 90, when you weren’t fighting due to your knee, but you had fans queuing up to meet you at the meet and greet.

LC: That was brilliant.

KC: So walking into the arena, and having that fan response, how does that affect you mentally as you make your way to the cage?

LC: Yeah it’s going to be brilliant. Also, I’m going to be walking out with the belt on my shoulder, because last time I fought there, I was fighting for the belt, so I can’t wait to walk out and justify it.

KC: Also, you know Jonas is going to have to come into that atmosphere as well, a packed arena full of people cheering for you, the home town favourite, how big of an advantage is that going to be?

LC: Yeah, he’s going to act like it’s not going to bother him but of course it is, he’ll either use it to fuel him or he’ll fold, you don’t know mentally how he’s going to feel once he gets in there. But I don’t think he’s fought in that level of arena, and how it packs out in the Echo. I think he’s going to be a little bit shocked when he’s stood there waiting for me to come out and the arena is full of Scousers shouting, so I think its going to play a bit of a part.

KC: We’re only a month removed from UFC Liverpool, we saw you campaigning hard to get on that card on Twitter and your social media. Do you think if you hadn’t of had a knee injury and had fought in February that you would have been on that card?

LC: Yeah, definitely. Not only that, I think the UFC didn’t really pick, they brought a lot of fighters from all over the world to fight in the Echo, when they could have picked a load of people from down the road, but when my manager spoke to the UFC, they were interested in me, but the roster, they said was too full at the minute. So they can’t take any more fighters on yet, they said just to hang fire, so all I’m going to do now is make sure I get this win, and I’ll be in the UFC by the end of the year.

KC: Were you surprised at all when the UFC brought in Craig White, a welterweight, up on short notice to fight Neil Magny, instead of bumping it up to a middleweight fight, and bringing you in instead?

LC: Yeah, definitely, Craig White has done brilliant, he’s on a good win streak but not on the UFC level.

KC: So lastly, what are your predictions for this fight, how do you want this fight to go and is this the last stepping stone into the UFC for you?

LC: My prediction for this fight is that I’m going to start hard. I’m going to look at taking him out early and to make sure there is plenty of gas in the tank to keep going and win every round, but I do believe that I’ll take him out within the first two rounds.

image credit – Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors 100 Recap

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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

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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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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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