Cage Warriors owner Graham Boylan today announced that the promotion will make its return on 10th September in Liverpool as you can see from the below tweet;
— Graham Boylan (@GrahamBoylan) July 25, 2016
The show will mark the promotions fourth show of 2016 since their return to the UKMMA scene and will take place in the home of two of their most well known and highly ranked fighters, Featherweight Paddy Pimblett and their Lightweight Champion Chris Fishgold.
So I have donned my Ian Dean cap and came up with a few bouts I wouldn’t mind seeing take place at Cage Warriors 78:
Alex Enlund Vs Paddy Pimblett
You can’t deny that either of these two Featherweights could argue that they are the best 145lbers outside of the UFC in Europe and it would be a cracking bout to headline a show in the North of England. Pimblett has looked insanely good in his recent outings and its probably only a matter of time until he is snapped up by the UFC. Likewise, Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Alex Enlund has looked to stay busy since his last Cage Warriors appearance which saw him take the belt against a very game Nad Narimani. I suspect the main issue which will halt this fight ever taking place is both men being managed by Intensiti Fighter Management but heres to hoping that they put on a fight that fans would love to see.
Adam Ventre Vs Phil Raeburn
Scouser Adam Ventre may have his hands full this weekend as he looks to take on Irishman Dylan Tuke for the Shinobi promotion but regardless of the outcome I think he deserves another crack on a bigger show like Cage Warriors. And what better opponent to take on in his return to the promotion than Welshman Phil Raeburn. Raeburn is coming off of back to back losses and will be keen to get back to winning ways and would go into this one the more experienced fighter, although would be in for a very tough test against Ventre.
John Maguire Vs Chris Fishgold
John “The One” Maguire has definitely had a career resurgence of late and with four wins on the bounce, including a Title win over Colin Fletcher at Made4TheCage, Maguire would be a solid opponent and a good name for Fishgold’s first Title defence. As of late Fishgold has struggled to get the big named opponents, through no thought of his own, but with Maguire he would get a big name and also a very credible experienced opponent.
Lewis Long Vs Gavin Sterritt
Two men who are both coming off of losses and both keen to get back into the win column would certainly make for an exciting bout. Sterritt was overwhelmed in his last bout by Martin Stapleton and whilst I don’t want to take anything away from Stapleton, I think that was largely down to a horrible weight cut (dropping to 155lbs). Fighting at 170lbs is were he should be fighting and a bout with Lew Long would provide guaranteed excitement. Long is a fan favourite and always leaves everything in the cage and will be disappointed in his last performance but given a chance to bounce back against a strong name like Sterritt would definitely be an interesting proposition for the Welshman.