One of the most prestigious titles in European MMA – the Cage Warriors featherweight title – is set to be decided by a four-man tournament, split across two blockbuster events.
The Cage Warriors 145lb title has propelled the likes of Conor McGregor and Paddy Pimblett to MMA stardom, with four of the last five Cage Warriors featherweight champions going on to sign with the UFC.
The most recent example of this was Cage Warriors’ last featherweight champion – Nad Narimani – whose impressive title-winning victory over Pimblett saw him snapped up by the UFC.
Narimani’s UFC call-up means the title is now vacant, and Cage Warriors have today announced plans for a four-man tournament to determine their next 145-pound champion, with a quartet of the best 145-pounders on their roster set to battle for the belt.
The tournament will kick off with two semi-finals at Cage Warriors 98 on Saturday, 20 October. In the first semi final, Dean Trueman (8-4-0) will take on Sunderland’s Lewis Monarch (10-3-0). The second semi final sees Team Renegade trained Aiden Lee (6-2-0) face off against undefeated Scottish fighter Paull McBain (6-0-0).
The two semi-final winners will then go on to face each other for the vacant Cage Warriors featherweight title later in 2018.
Cage Warriors 98 marks the organisation’s first event in Birmingham for eight years, with Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan promising a blockbuster show for the city’s passionate fight fans.
“We’re excited to return to Birmingham and to give these four athletes the chance to fulfil their dream of being the CW champion,” Boylan said. “We’re going to stack this card and have more big fight news to come in the coming days and weeks. Get your tickets early. This one’s going to be big.”