News: Cage Warriors sign Chris Miah, Mike Ekundayo and more to new multi-fight deals

Cage Warriors continue to stack their roster with more elite contenders, entering the second half of 2018 with the announcement of 4 new multi-fight deals. The bantamweight division certainly interesting already with the recent announcement of Jack Shore’s CW97 title fight in Cardiff. A number of newly announced contenders are lining up to stake their claim as the best in Europe.

Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan recently confirmed that teammates Chris Miah and Mike Ekundayo, both training partners of former CW bantamweight champion and now UFC prospect Nathaniel Wood, have signed multi-fight deals.

7 of Chris Miah’s 8 wins have come within the distance, including a first round knockout over Jack Owen. Coached by two big UFC names in Brad Pickett and Tom Breese, Miah is a definite one to watch this year.

“This is potentially the most exciting the Cage Warriors bantamweight division has ever been,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “Whoever wins the title fight on September 29th is going to have a long line of seriously dangerous contenders waiting for that shot.”

Mike Ekundayo will face Ed ‘King’ Arthur at CW95 on July 21st in a hugely anticipated fight for the European bantamweight scene. After beating Nathaniel Wood earlier in their careers, Arthur is looking to forge a pathway to becoming London’s next champion with a win in his Cage Warriors debut.

The still undefeated Ekundayo is fresh off a win against Tom Means in May, and hopes to avenge Wood’s loss and bring home another win for Pickett’s Team Titan.

Also recently signed to multi fight deals are Jai Herbert, who recently impressed with a debut win at CW94, British welterweight Adam Proctor and Norwegian Lightweight Alexander Jacobsen.


News: Cage Warriors 94 Weigh-in Results

Fighters took to the scales at the Iso Sport weigh ins for CW94 this afternoon in Antwerp, an event which will see Brian Bouland fight to become Belgium’s first ever Cage Warriors champion.

CW94’s main event will see Bouland’s one punch knockout power come up against Topuria’s ground game, a skillset which has seen him remain undefeated with a 100% finish rate since his debut. The Belgian’s title reign was made official, with Bouland coming in at 134.4 lbs. Topuria failed to make weight, meaning that the belt will remain vacant should he win tomorrow night.

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News: Lee Chadwick defends middleweight Title against Jonas Billstein at CW96

Cage Warriors confirm World Champion Lee Chadwick will face surging knockout artist Jonas Billstein for the middleweight crown on September 1st at Liverpool’s Echo Arena – the second confirmed world title fight of the night, alongside eagerly anticipated Paddy Pimblett vs. Søren Bak.

In a massive fight that was due to take place at CW90 in February, but was postponed due to a training injury sustained by Chadwick, the two most powerful middleweights in Europe will finally meet later this year in front of thousands of fans at the Echo Arena with the world title on the line.

Last time Liverpool’s Lee Chadwick stepped into the cage at CW88, fans were treated to a back-and-forth middleweight war which saw him defeat Victor Cheng to become champion in his home city. This time around, Chadwick will come up against Jonas Billstein, who at just 26 years of age has picked up 10 knockout wins with 6 of those coming in the very first round.


Billstein, who travels from Germany in search of the away victory, will look to pry the belt away from Liverpool and establish himself as Europe’s middleweight King.

Chadwick, a 37-fight veteran of the sport, is no stranger to derailing younger challengers and seeks to cut Billstein’s rising status short in order to keep the belt.

“If one of these guys lands, it’s all over,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “These are two of the most powerful guys in Europe, and without a doubt in the highest calibre of middleweights on the scene right now. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out.”

It’s a classic high-stakes match up between an established champion, who’s willing to leave everything in the cage in order to stay at the top, and a young, powerful up-and-comer with a string of first round finishes. Both men have the tools to end this one at any minute, and September 1st is the night they’ll put their game plans to the test. Only one man can leave the Echo Arena as champion. On paper, this fight looks to be one of the most entertaining bouts on a card that already boasts some great talent.

CW96 takes place just months after Cage Warriors champions and local Liverpool fighters Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold signed with the UFC, and 8 ex-Cage Warriors fighters competed at the history-making UFC Liverpool. 6 fighters have gone from Cage Warriors to the UFC already this year, proving the promotion’s claim as the number one destination for the best rising talent in Europe. September 1st will be one of the biggest nights on the European MMA calendar in 2018, building on what’s already the biggest year of MMA in Liverpool’s history.

BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!

News: Paddy Pimblett to face Søren Bak for Cage Warriors lightweight title at CW96

Earlier today, Cage Warriors announced the addition of a huge fight to their CW96 event, set to take place on September 1st at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett (14-2-0) returns home to face Søren ‘True Viking’ Bak (11-1-0) with the winner set to be crowned the new Cage Warriors lightweight champion.

Almost 2 years to the day since capturing the featherweight title in front of a packed out Echo Arena in Liverpool, Paddy Pimblett, will compete for the lightweight belt. Standing in his way is Denmark’s Søren Bak, who earned his shot at lightweight gold after submitting Alexander Jacobsen in devastating fashion at CW93.

The fight is being billed as the biggest fight in European MMA, and comes just months after 8 ex-Cage Warriors fighters made the walk to the cage at the Echo Arena for UFC Liverpool.

The animosity between Pimblett and Bak has already begun, with both contenders calling each other out at Cage Warriors events earlier this year and taking to social media to continue the rivalry. This is fast becoming the most talked-about fight on the European scene, and will see an army of fans from both Liverpool and Bak’s native town of Copenhagen, Denmark descend on the Echo Arena for Cage Warriors’ biggest event yet.

“The atmosphere when Pimblett has the headline spot at the Echo is insane and he looks the best we’ve ever seen him, but Bak has looked unstoppable recently,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “This has the potential to be one of our craziest fights on record. What a way to build on what’s already the biggest year of MMA in Liverpool’s history.”

The Cage Warriors lightweight title has a storied history having previously been held by UFC superstar Conor McGregor and 8-fight UFC veteran Stevie Ray. Cage Warriors’ most recent lightweight champion, Pimblett’s Next Generation MMA teammate Chris Fishgold, recently signed with the UFC leaving the belt up for grabs.

Pimblett had this to say after Bak’s taunts last week.

“Now I know I’m finally fighting Søren it’s even better. He’s going to feel it when he walks out come September first. I told you pal, you’re getting slapped up even more for the cheek. Hope you’re ready to get your head jabbed off, because I’m going viking hunting.”

‘The Baddy’ is known for his spectacular fight style, and pulled off a highlight-reel flying triangle submission at CW90 in February – his 10th finish since his pro debut in 2012. Bak, who watched the fight from Denmark, confessed he was less than impressed with Pimblett’s performance, and that “he’s going to get smashed if he tries that against me.” .

Tickets for CW96 at the Echo Arena are on sale HERE, with 20% early bird savings ending in less than a week.


CW96 Fight Card


Paddy Pimblett vs Søren Bak (Lightweight Title Fight)

Lee Chadwick vs TBC (Middleweight Title Fight)

News: Ed Arthur and Mike Ekundayo to make Cage Warriors debuts at CW95

Cage Warriors are continuing their mission to showcase the very best in European fighting talent by stacking their CW95 card even further, adding two of the most talked-about names on the European scene, Ed Arthur and Mike Ekundayo.

“We’re delighted to welcome two more of the most legitimate contenders in Europe to the Cage Warriors bantamweight division, which is on fire right now,” says CW President Graham Boylan. “We’ve been watching these two closely and decided that London was the perfect place for them to meet – a hometown event and a massive fight for our U.K fans.”

After going undefeated as an amateur, Ed Arthur (8-3-0) burst into the bantamweight rankings in July 2013 and embarked on a 6-fight win streak which included 2 TKOs and 3 submissions, with a victory over former Cage Warriors champion and now UFC prospect, Nathaniel Wood. Arthur has traveled across Europe, capturing wins against some of the toughest opposition around, and now returns home to make his debut with Cage Warriors, taking on the incredibly dangerous and still unbeaten Mike Ekundayo (6-0-0).

Ekundayo, a teammate of Nathaniel Wood under the tutelage of UK MMA legend and UFC veteran Brad Pickett, has never tasted defeat in either his amateur or pro career. Of his 6 professional victories, only one has gone to a decision, and his most recent win over Tom Mearns ended with one of the most brutal stoppages of 2018 so far.

“I’ve always had my eyes set on fighting with Cage Warriors and putting on those yellow gloves,” says Ekundayo. “To do it at the O2 Arena which is a place that feels like home is a perfect match for me.”

The Indigo at the O2 has hosted some of the most memorable scenes in recent Cage Warriors history over the last few years, often courtesy of London favourite Nathaniel Wood, who’s blistering hometown knockout performances secured his place on the UFC roster. The Cage Warriors bantamweight division has showed no signs of slowing since Wood’s departure, with the now vacant belt on the line when Brian Bouland (7-1-0) and Ilia Topuria (5-0-0) face off at CW94.

Also announced for CW95’s huge 5th anniversary card is a headline slot for Karl Moore (8-2-0) in the first defence of his light heavyweight title, and a welterweight match up between Scotland’s undefeated prospect Ross Houston (6-0-0) and 19-fight veteran Nathan Jones (11-8-0) along with a host of other bouts below.

CW95 tickets are still available and are on sale here.

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CW95: Fight Card (order TBC)

Nathan Jones vs. Ross Houston – Welterweight

Ed Arthur vs Mike Ekundayo – Bantamweight

Paull McBain vs. Steve Aimable – Featherweight

Jamie Richardson vs. Phil Wells – Welterweight

Scott Malone vs. Darren O’Gorman – Bantamweight

Pelu Adetola vs. James Webb – Middleweight


Confirmed fighters

Karl Moore (Light Heavyweight Title Fight)

Brad Wheeler

Mason Jones

Emrah Sonmez

Josh Onwordi

Kris Edwards