So this Saturday Cage Warriors takes their show on the road to Bournemouth where we will crown a new middleweight champion, here is the full card breakdown.
As always, card subject to change.
(Lightweight) Shaun Luther vs Luiz Finocchio: According to the cage warriors website, the first 4 fights on this breakdown have not been announced yet, but I’ve looked on a few websites and apparently the website just needs to be updated. We start of the night with a lightweight bout where ground game vs stand-up by 2 promising fighter’s. Luther has more experience with a 3 – 2 – 0 record but also an impressive amateur record. In his early days he was mostly known for submission but since turning pro has been more keen on a KO. Finocchio is making his professional MMA career debut, however is does have an undefeated amateur career and has great BJJ. A good way to start off the night.
(Welterweight) Jamie Richardson vs Alex Thorne: This one should be over quick, both are known for knocking people out in the first round. Richardson is on a 2 fight win streak and so is Thorne; both men are making their CWFC debut and will want to make an impression. Thorne will have a slight advantage as he has a bit of a ground game.
(Bantamweight) Cameron Else vs Damo Weeden: Cameron Else is making his return to MMA after a stint and in BAMMA and an appearance in Bellator at the end of last year picking up a win over Dylan Tuke. Damo Weeden is also a veteran of the sport and will want to get back to winning ways after coming off a defeat and a N/C. Both men are known for finishing opponents, so don’t expect this one to go to the judges.
(Bantamweight) Danny Randolph vs Hughie O’Rourke: Another fight of promising fighters. Danny Randolph started off on a losing streak but has turned it around and is currently on a 3 fight win streak and will look to make it 4. His opponent Hughie O’Rourke will need a win, not picking up a win since July of last year coming off a 3 fight win streak. He only turned pro recently, he’s very good on the ground and is a big fan of armbar. He will need to improve his stand-up game.
(Catchweight) Rislen Zouak vs Leah McCourt: This should be an interesting one, both women are making their professional debut. Zouak has a judo background and got to represent her homeland of Morocco in the London 2012 Olympics but was unsuccessful in her quest. McCourt has more experience with an amateur record of 6 – 1 – 0 and is also known for her ground game, both will want to make a good first impression. Could pick up an accolade, probably submission of the night.
(Middleweight) Lee Chadwick vs Andrei Manzolo: One of the more experienced fights is up next and the winner may have a shot at the winner of the main event. Lee Chadwick will have the hometown advantage as opposed to his Estonian counterpart. He is a former OMMAC and BAMMA alumni and was successful in first CWFC outing with a submission win over Tommy Quinn. He is proficient on the ground and so is Andrei Manzolo, who is another representative of Team Phoenix MMA, he is making his return to CWFC. This fight will mostly take part on the ground.
(Lightweight) Martin Stapleton vs Donovan Desmae: Martin Stapleton has fought all over the world including Bellator, Cage Rage, was on the Ultimate Fighter and is the current Bamma Lightweight champion; he was unsuccessful in his CWFC debut against Anthony Dizy, he will look to wrong that right. Donovan Desmae is making his CWFC debut and is also looking for a win coming off a loss to Khusein Askhabov. Could be a fight night contender.
(Main Event) (Middleweight Championship) Jason Radcliffe vs Oskar Piechota:
3 of the previous CWFC middleweight champions have gone on to be in the UFC, most notably Gegard Mousasi; the others are Jack Hermansson and recently, former champion Jack Marshman who gave up the belt after he signed with UFC. Radcliffe was meant to face Victor Cheng who was a 4 fight win streak but Cheng pulled and now Piechota stepped in. Radcliffe is a finisher much like his opponent Piechota who is undefeated on a streak of 8 – 0 – 1 and is not going to be an easy opponent for Radcliffe. However Radcliffe is on a 6 fight win streak.