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Inexperience and Poor Choices Cost Paddy Pimblett Cage Warriors Belt

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The hometown boy Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett and Nad Narimani squared off in the main event of Cage Warriors 82 for the Cage Warriors Featherweight World Championship.

There was a strange symmetry as Paddy was looking to defend his strap for the second time against Nad Narimani who was making his second attempt at taking the championship.

Paddy came into the arena to a deafening roar from his fellow 6,000 Liverpudlians at the Echo Arena. Looking loose and relaxed, dancing and smiling in his usual manner, Paddy looked every bit the axe murderer the moment he locked eyes with his opponent as his face dropped and his eyes deadened.

After Marc Goddard got the action started, the fight fell into a pattern that could be copied and pasted four more times to tell you the story of the fight. Paddy looked to control the range using a decent jab, leg kicks, and the occasional flashy jumping switch kick or spinning elbow before shooting for lazy single legs that were defended or reversed easily.

Nad appeared unconcerned with Paddy’s weapons and pressured throughout, which caused Paddy to back up in straight lines allowing Nad to catch the reigning champion again and again with hard shots against the cage.

The first takedown attempt from Paddy came as Nad pressured Paddy against the fence, faking a level change he came up and caught Paddy with a hard one-two that snapped Paddy’s head back causing Paddy to shoot in for a weak, panicked single leg which Nad defended easily.

Paddy showed inexperience in holding onto the single leg for far too long when it was clear that it wasn’t on. Nad punished Paddy with heavy blows that caused Paddy to roll to his back.

Time and time again throughout the fight, Paddy would back up allowing Nad to push him up against the fence before eating shots and shooting for lazy, weak takedowns. Nad was the stronger, more aggressive, busier fighter and thoroughly deserved to win this fight.

Despite all three judges scoring the fight for Nad, I personally believe only one judge scored this fight correctly, with a 50-45 five round whitewash for the new champion Nad Narimani being the correct call.

Paddy is still very young and is a strong European prospect. Hopefully, the hyperbole and comparisons with Conor McGregor stop now, allowing the Scouse featherweight to develop at his own rate.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity

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Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.

Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”

Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”

Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”

Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”

With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”

Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”

Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)

By Ieuan Thomas.

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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Inman Talks Cage Warriors 87, His Love For Fighting And Craig White Possibly Tiring Himself Out.

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Matt Inman, who is coming off a win against Brad Wheeler in June, fights Craig White in the co-main event of Cage Warriors 87.

Inman will be fighting in Wales for the first time since his stoppage win over Leon Kenge in 2013. The inspiration behind fighting in Wales? Because his boss told him so,

“I got told by Cage Warriors I was gonna be fighting in Wales, that was the main inspiration. I’ve spent most of my career on the road so I’m used to fighting away from home it doesn’t bother me one bit. The cage is the same no matter where you put it in the world.”

Inman says that he has many different ways to win a fight and is confident of challenge ahead,

“Every fight and opponent brings a different rhythm and challenge I won’t expect anything that was effective in my last fight to necessarily be effective in this one but I have a deep bag of tools to reach into and I’m confident I have the skill set to get the job done.”

His opponent for the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 is Craig White, a man who has finished all 11 of his wins within the distance. Yet, having such a dangerous opponent, Inman is confident that he is too difficult to submit and too hard too hit, which could eventually lead to his opponent exhausting himself,

“Not necessarily, I believe in my defence and I’m hard to hit with strikes and very difficult to submit. When an opponent is used to finishing fights quickly they can can often times fade over the distance. This could be the case here.”

Lewis Long, who is part of the main event for this card, holds a victory over Matt Inman. Inman believes that if both fighters win, they could meet again and that the result could be different,

“Yeah if we both win here and Cage Warriors want to make that fight potentially for the title if (Karl) Amoussou is not going to defend then I’d be down. Lew (Long) is a very good fighter and he hammered me when we fought but I believe I’ve improved a lot since then.”

As for the bigger dream? When asked if the English fighter sees a future of being signed by an American promotion, Inman dreams of earning a comfortable living but just loves to fight,

“Hope so. Love to fight so don’t mind too much where I do it, it’s more about the journey of self improvement for me but everyone dreams of being able to make a comfortable living doing what they love and a large US organisation might be the only way for that to be truly viable at the minute.”

Matt Inman fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC Fight Pass and on BT Sport via the red button.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

  • Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
  • Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
  • Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
  • Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
  • Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
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EXCLUSIVE: “As for Karl, he needs to retire now.” Lewis Long on Karl Amoussou, Cage Warriors 87, and the UFC.

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Lewis Long, the charismatic Welshman headlines Cage Warriors 87. The British promotion makes it’s first return to Wales since Cage Warriors 83 where Long won a bizarre victory over Che Mills within 20 seconds of the first round. Headlining a card is an exciting opportunity, the best thing about it according to Long is knowing where the nearest Greggs is, “Always a pleasure to be greeted with my fans, friends, and family but more so I know where the nearest Greggs is!”

The Welshman has brought in more “strength and stretching” to help aid his performance and wants to exploit every area that can help improve his performance. “To even the slightest percentage of improvement, you must strive and try an area I’ve not worked in before will aid me in gaining benefits quicker.” Long is currently on a three-first round finishing streak but admits that nothing is guaranteed in an MMA, “I go in with no expectation other than to be ready for the unexpected. If I win in 10 seconds or a 3 round war.. there’s no luck just habit.”

“To even the slightest percentage of improvement, you must strive and try,” Long said. “An area I’ve not worked in before will aid me in gaining benefits quicker.” Long is currently on a three-first round finishing streak but admits that nothing is guaranteed in an MMA, “I go in with no expectation other than to be ready for the unexpected. If I win in 10 seconds or a 3 round war.. there’s no luck just habit.”

When asked about the current Welsh MMA revolution, Long really showed his pride. He feels that his opportunity to reach the UFC could happen soon, but isn’t going to let it be a distraction, “A rising tide raises all boats. Seeing them do so well gives me such pride and I’m confident in the contingent of Welsh prospects coming through. As for me, it could happen at any point but I’m only focused on winning fights!”

The Cage Warriors championship belt has helped a lot of Europeans fighters reach the UFC, Michael Bisping, Conor McGregor, fellow Welshman Brett Johns for example, but Long admits that it isn’t the only route to making the UFC, “CW belt is always a prestigious title to hold but not necessarily the only route. I’ve lost 1 in 4 years stopping all others and the majority in the first. There’s not many people doing what I’m doing!” Whilst explaining this, ‘The Foot’ sent a chilling warning to all the European Welterweights, “I’ve waged war in the welterweight scene in Europe. They are all falling short, as will Roberto Soldic.”

As for the Cage Warriors welterweight belt, Long has been calling out the champion Karl Amoussou since he won the vacant belt against one of Long’s previous victories, Matt Inman. The Welshman hasn’t been shy about calling out Amoussou and stating that he needs to retire, “As for Karl, he needs to retire now. No one cares about him. Only WW people talk about is me.. Karl .. who? Nobody!!!!”

Lewis Long headlines the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card, fighting Roberto Soldic, Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (welterweight)

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