Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA: Liam Gittins

We head to North West England for this instalment of Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA, in particular, the county of Merseyside.

Merseyside is now hailed for its fighting brawn. In recent years it has been propelled by names such as UFC title challenger Darren Till, Cage Warriors’ fan favourite Paddy Pimblett, boxing star Tony Bellew and once Cage Warriors champion and UFC newcomer Molly McCann. With notable names like that being produced on a somewhat regular basis, it is clear to see why there is a certain buzz in the fighting world around the talent that has recently emerged from the area. Continue reading “Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA: Liam Gittins”

Live Results: Cage Warriors 96 – Pimblett vs. Bak

Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock St, Liverpool – Saturday 1st September 2018

CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. In the main event, local hero and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will bid to become the organisation’s lightweight world champion when he takes on in-form Norwegian ‘The True Viking’ Søren Bak for the vacant 155lb title.

The four-fight main card also features the latest bout in the career of rising English lightweight Jack Grant, who will look to extend his winning streak to six with a victory over Aleksi Mäntykivi. And the main card will kick off with the return of former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas “Locomotivo” Dalby, who will take on undefeated Italian prospect Roberto ‘Minotauro’ Allegretti.

Results will be updated below and on the @MMAMotion Twitter page:

Main Card

  • Søren Bak def. Paddy Pimblett via Unanimous Decision
  • Jonas Billstein def. Mick Stanton via submission
  • Jack Grant def. Aleksi Mäntykivi via KO (Round 1)
  • Nicolas Dalby def. Roberto Allegretti via submission (Round 2)
  • Tim Barnett vs. Matthew Bonner majority Draw

Preliminary Card

  • Mahmod Faour def. Elliot Jenkins via TKO (Round 2)
  • Sam Creasey def. Coner Hignett via TKO (Round 1)
  • Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar def. Anthony O’Connor via KO (Round 2)
  • Liam Gittins def. Kevin Cordero Lopez via KO (Round 1)

MMAMotion Exclusive Interview: Paddy Pimblett – “I can beat Søren Bak where ever I want to beat him”

Every so often a fighter comes along who embodies their city in a way that very few others do. Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett (14-2-0) is one of those fighters. Pimblett lives and breathes his city. He is Liverpool.

Pimblett has been synonymous with Cage Warriors for such a long period of time that it’s hard to believe that he’s just 23 years old. Since making his debut for the promotion as an 18-year-old bantamweight, he has gone on to perform under the Cage Warriors banner 11 times, capturing the featherweight title along the way, building an army of fans across the country and becoming, for many people, the face of Liverpool MMA.

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MMAMotion Exclusive: Søren Bak – “I’d like to see Paddy trying to set up his fancy bottom submissions while getting my elbows in his face”

It is a match up which is being billed by Cage Warriors as the biggest fight in European MMA and it’s easy to understand why.

In a little over three weeks time, local hero Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (14-2-0) will make the familiar walk to the cage at Liverpool’s Echo Arena to meet Søren “The True Viking” Bak (11-1-0) with the winner being crowned the Cage Warriors lightweight champion.

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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.

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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.

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)