Cage Warriors 98 Preview

Cage Warriors returns to the Genting Arena in Birmingham this Saturday night 20th October for another exciting card of top European talent. The main event features two of the world’s most promising welterweights, Cage Warriors Welterweight champion Stefano Paterno (12-2-1) and Ross Houston (7-0) squaring off for the title.

The card also features Dean Trueman (8-4) vs. Lewis Monarch (10-3) in a featherweight tournament semi-final bout and Paul McBain (6-0) vs. Aiden Lee (6-2) in a same tournament. Former BAMMA Welterweight Champion Alex Lohoré makes his Cage Warriors debut on the undercard against Sheffield’s Sam Boult. Dundee’s rising featherweight and Judo black belt Scott Malone (4-1) takes on unbeaten striker Adam Amarsinghe (3-0) in an interesting clash of styles at the top of the prelim card.

The main card will be available on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport 2 at 9pm while the pro prelims will be available via the Cage Warriors official Facebook page from 6.45pm.


Stefano Paterno vs. Scott Houston

Stefano Paterno captured the Cage Warriors Welterweight gold in emphatic fashion in his previous fight knocking out Mehrdad Janzemini in the first round at Cage Warriors 95. Scotland’s Houston comes into this fight unbeaten, the SBG man put away Nathan Jones with a rear naked choke in his last outing. Paterno is the more experienced man and has faced more high level opposition, Houston doesn’t have the power that Paterno possesses but has yet to be finished.

Paterno has an unorthodox style which will have been hard to replicate in training, his strikes can come from anywhere. I see this being an early Paterno finish or a late Houston submission. Houston will need to use his reach and output and frustrate Paterno into shooting for takedowns and look for opportunities of his own as the fight progresses. The ground is where Houston is most effective and he will want to put his weight on Paterno and grind him down. Whatever the outcome, this promises to be a fantastic clash of styles.

Aiden Lee vs Paull McBain (Featherweight Title Tournament Semi Final)

Fellow unbeaten Scot Paull McBain takes on dangerous submission specialist Aiden Lee in the second of the semi finals. McBain is another well rounded fighter coming into this fight with an unblemished record. McBain is my favourite to win the tournament overall, I see him taking this by decision, technically he is excellent. Aiden Lee will be back in title contention again but I can’t see how he takes this contest.

Dean Trueman vs Lewis Monarch (Featherweight Title Tournament Semi Final)

Dean Trueman has had the unfortunate experience of two of his last fights being cancelled. Speaking to Scott Malone earlier this week we are very aware of the issues this creates for fighters at this level both financially and mentally. His opponent Monarch has already flirted with the big time with an appearance at Bellator 191 against Jeremy Petley and against Kane Mousah at ACB 54. However he lost both encounters. Trueman has come down from Lightweight and if he makes the weight without any complications I think he will finish Trueman. The Bellator and ACB bouts came too early for Monarch I feel but he is a dangerous BJJ fighter with lots of potential.

Main Card (9pm)

Stefano Paternò vs Ross Houston (Welterweight Title)

Aiden Lee vs Paull McBain (Featherweight Title Tournament Semi Final)

Dean Trueman vs Lewis Monarch (Featherweight Title Tournament Semi Final)

Adam Proctor vs Angelo Rubino (Welterweight)

Perry Goodwin vs Alexander Jacobsen (Lightweight)

Pro Prelims (6.45pm)

Alex Lohoré vs Sam Boult (Welterweight)

Scott Malone vs Adam Amarasinghe (Bantamweight)

Kingsley Crawford vs Antanas Jazbutis (Featherweight) 

Josh Plant vs George McManus (Welterweight)

Marcin Prostko vs Michael Younis (Middleweight)

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