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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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Lewis Long vs. Ross Houston Officially added to Cage Warriors 91

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Cage Warriors returns to the Newport Centre in Wales on March 3rd. The promotion announced today, via Twitter, the booking of Lewis Long vs. Ross Houston in the welterweight division.

The two fighters look to be on differing ends of their careers, yet, the bout marks an important opportunity for both fighters.

For Long, his record sits at, 15-5. In addition to his impressive record, the Welsh fighter holds a victory over former UFC contender, Che Mills. His victory over Mills emphasized a three fight unbeaten stretch. Regrettably, Long’s streak of three consecutive victories ended in his most recent bout.

Roberto Soldic defeated Long in decisive fashion at CW: 87, in his home country of Wales. Following forty seconds of the first round, Soldic landed a heavy head kick to finish the fight.

Long looks to re-gain momentum while his opponent looks to ride his momentum. Houston holds an undefeated record of, 5-0. Three of his five wins, coming in the Cage Warriors promotion. He holds two submission victories to his perfect record, the remainder of his victories came by way of decision. The Scotsman, fights out of SBG Inverness.

Cage Warriors 91 takes place in Newport, Wales at the Newport Centre on March 3rd. As it stands, the card features twelve amateur and eight professional bouts. Of the professional bouts, six of the eight will feature a fighter native to Wales.

On the main card, bantamweights Josh Reed and Brian Bouland will attempt to assert their names in the title mix. Officially, the CW:91 card is incomplete, more fight announcements to complete the Welsh card are expected to come.

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Lee Chadwick to Defend Cage Warriors Middleweight title in Liverpool

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Lee Chadwick (24-13-1) will defend his Cage Warriors (CW) middleweight title in Liverpool, England on February 24th, 2018. The Cage Warriors promotion announced the booking yesterday via the official promotional twitter account.

A veteran of thirty-eight professional MMA fights, Chadwick won the vacant CW middleweight title in October at Cage Warriors 88. “The Butcher” defeated Vitor Cheng, that night by unanimous decision. His victory over Cheng elevated the newly crowned champions win streak to three. Before earning the prestigious belt, Chadwick defeated Andrei Manzolo and Tommy Quinn, both by submission in the opening round.

The CW middleweight strap has been a much sought after title in recent years. In the promotions history, only nine men earned the belt. Six of which, signed with the UFC; Martin Kampmann, Gegard Mousasi, Jack Hermansson, Jack Marshman, and Oskar Piechota. The latter three vacated their titles in order to sign with the UFC.

Interestingly enough, the middleweight champion began his professional career with the very promotion he now holds a belt in. Chadwicks pro debut took place at CWFC: Showdown, September 16th, 2006. A bout which he lost to another veteran of the sport, Karl Amoussou. Unfortunately, the English fighter lost by rear-naked choke in the first round. His bad luck continued through the first four bouts of his career. After falling to a record of 1-3, in as many fights, “The Butcher” earned three consecutive submission victories.

Currently, the opponent for Chadwick is unknown, nor is the majority of the Cage Warriors 90 card. The Liverpool event, at the moment, shall host the self proclaimed, “Queen of Liverpool”, Molly McCann, as well as, teammate Paddy Pimblett.

Not dissimilar to Chadwick, neither fighter has an official opponent announced. A dynamo in the rough, McCann will challenge for the inaugural CW women’s flyweight championship. With an electric personality, McCann looks to steal the show in her hometown and possibly cement herself as the next big prospect in England.

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Today’s MMA news round-up

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Today has been a pretty busy day when it comes to MMA news. We’ve had it all today from new champions to commissioners being slapped to fighters being flagged by USADA. It’s been hectic to say the least so here are the highlights of today’s news.

1. Conor McGregor causes havoc at Bellator 187

Yes, that’s correct, Conor McGregor at Bellator. Following the win of his teammate and friend Charlie Ward at Bellator 187 the UFC Lightweight Champion entered the cage to celebrate with Ward, however, their celebrations did not go to plan. Referee Marc Goddard wasn’t pleased with this in the slightest and tried get McGregor out. This didn’t go down too well as McGregor confronted the referee who initially pushed him. See the video here:

This unfortunately was not the only incident as Conor appeared to slap an official who tried to get him off the top of the cage.
Credit to @BryanLaceyMMA for this one

2. Bellator to hold 8 Man Grand Prix for Vacant Heavyweight Championship

Earlier today it was confirmed by MMA Fighting that Bellator would crown a new Heavyweight champions following a report from MMA Junkie. There is no official dates yet, however, they do hope to start on January 20th and crown a new champion by the end of the year. There are some big names bidding to become the new champion, they are:

Fedor Emleianenko
Frank Mir
Matt Mitrione
Roy Nelson
Ryan Bader
Rampage Jackson
King Mo Lawal
Chael Sonnen

3. Anderson Silva flagged by USADA for potential doping violation, out of UFC Shanghai Main Event

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva failed a USADA doping test and was pulled from the UFC Shanghai Main Event. The sample was collected from an out of competition test on October 26th. This is now his second time failing a doping test. Last time he was hit with a one year suspension and a heavy fine. No more information on the matter has been made available yet in relation to suspension.

4. UFC newcomer Grant Dawson also flagged by USADA for potential doping violation

USADA had a field day today in terms of fighters testing positive for doping. Grant Dawson, who has yet to even get a date for his debut was flagged for a sample collected on October 18th. The 23 year old was signed after impressing on Dana White’s contender series where he scored a second round submission on Adrian Diaz.

5. Martin Nguyen becomes ONE Championship’s first ever two division champion

Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen stepped up to Lightweight to clash with title holder Eduard Folayang in effort of making history. Many ruled Nguyen out but he silenced all critics when viciously knocked out Folayang to take home another title. See the knockout here:
Credit to @Jolassanda for the video.

 6. All but one fighter make-weight for UFC Norfolk

Things were running smoothly today at the UFC Norfolk weigh ins until Matthew Lopez stepped up to the scales for his bout with Rafael Assuncao. He weighed in 2.5lbs over for his bout. The fight will go ahead, however, Lopez will lose 20% of his purse. Both Pettis and Poirier successfully made weight for their Main Event fight tomorrow night.

7. One new BAMMA champion while Lahore defends his belt in style

Despite some streaming troubles for the first two fights, BAMMA finally got one up in time for fans to see the final 3 fights. In the World Flyweight Title fight, Andy “Taz” Young fell lost his belt to Spaniard Daniel Barez via Majority Decision, After being docked a point in the opening round Barez came back strong to take home the World Title.

In the Main Event of the evening then, the anticipated match up between Alex Lahore and Richard Kiely went down. There was a lot of hype surrounding this one in the build up to the fight but it went as planned for Lahore. The champion pressured for a takedown in the first until finally succeeding, following some work on the mat it looked as if Kiely was about to gain some advantage on top. Only for Lahore to lock in a Kneebar and finish off the fight retaining his belt.

8. Cage Warriors 89 gets a shake up

The Cage Warriors Belgium card had an incredible addition today as they announced via newsletter that Karl Amoussou will defend his belt against Dominique Steele in the Main Event. The fight for the Vacant Heavyweight Championship was then demoted to co-main with a change in opponents for Mauro Cerilli. Dutchman Nills van Noord stepped up to face the Italian after Light Heavyweight Champion Karl Moore was forced off the card due to injury. This dampened his hopes of becoming the first Cage Warriors two division champion since Conor McGregor.

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