This year alone, numerous up and comers from all across Europe have enhanced their professional stock by competing under the Cage Warriors banner. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet two promising prospects whose upside has them on the verge of a monumental breakthrough.
A professional since November 2016 and representing BST Academy, Luke Shanks owns a 4-1 record in five career bouts as a professional comprised of three submissions and one decision.
Shanks has fought for Cage Warriors, ACB Contenders and Budo FC. He is currently 1-0 under the Cage Warriors banner.
In his MMA debut at Budo 17, he submitted Gary Preistley via rear naked choke in the third round.
Then in his lone outing for the Russian MMA promotion ACB at ACB 70 Shanks tapped out Adam Bramhald via guillotine choke in round one.
He also submitted Apostolos Geropoulos via guillotine choke in the first round at Contenders 23 to earn his third submission victory as a professional.
In his debut appearance with Cage Warriors at Cage Warriors 97, Shanks faced Welsh submission specialist Jason Jenkins and defeated him via unanimous decision.
With a 75 per cent finishing rate, he is just one of the numerous talented ground artists that Cage Warriors can get behind to further deepen the talent pool in their stacked Bantamweight ranks!
A professional since May 2018 and representing 1st Legion Fighters Gym, George McManus owns a 2-1 record in three career bouts as a professional with both of those wins coming via submission.
McManus has fought for Cage Warriors and Almighty Fighting Championship.
At Almighty FC 9, he submitted Grant Gaunt in the first round via rear naked choke.
In his debut outing with Cage Warriors at Cage Warriors 98, McManus tapped out Josh Plant in round one via reverse triangle choke to earn his first victory under the Cage Warriors banner.
With both of his professional wins ending in a finish, be careful when going to the floor with this grappler otherwise you just might end up getting caught in a hangman’s noose!