Cage Warriors’ first return to London in 2020 has become one of the most talked-about stories in European sport over the weekend. Here’s everything you need to know.
Early this morning, Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan confirmed that Friday night’s card will go ahead behind closed doors, with only fighters and staff in attendance.
The card has retained the majority of it’s bouts – including 3 world title fights – and looks to increase further as Boylan works with UFC management to salvage some of the fights lost from the UFC London card which was forced to relocate amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
The first of the UFC London bouts confirmed to now take place at Cage Warriors 113 is John Phillips vs Dusko Todorovic. Phillips – a Cage Warriors veteran – last fought in the yellow gloves at CW54 in 2013.
This, and any other bout moved from the UFC London card, will take place as UFC bouts but inside the Cage Warriors cage. Stay tuned for card updates over the next few days.
“We’re working non-stop, around the clock to make this event the most iconic in the history of European MMA,” said Boylan this morning.
“The way it’s looking, we could well be the only major sports promotion on the continent broadcasting live this weekend, into millions of homes around the world.
“Since day one, we’ve aimed to provide the most respected platform in Europe for athletes to showcase their skills. Now we’re proud to do our bit to help some of the guys who lost their chance to fight on this week’s UFC card.”
In the Cage Warriors 113 Main Event, Featherweight number one contender Morgan Charrieré (15-7) will battle Darko Banović (17-7) for the Interim belt. With current champion Mads Burnell currently out of action, this matchup between two of Europe’s best will determine the next man to face him.
The second title fight is scheduled in the flyweight division, with champion Samir Faiddine (11-6) taking on Luke Shanks (6-1).
In perhaps the most exciting shake-up on the card so far, Mason Jones (8-0) and Joe McColgan (6-2) will now face off for the lightweight title after both of their previous opponents withdrew from the card at late notice. A similar agreement has occurred on the Pro Prelims – with Aidan Stephen and Jack Collins both losing their opponents last week (Emrah Sonmez and Joshua Onwordi, respectively), they will now fight each other at lightweight.
Former Champion Paddy Pimblett (14-3) also returns to action on the Main Card, taking on Ireland’s Decky Dalton (11-4). Dalton stepped in to face ‘The Baddy’ last week after travel restrictions currently imposed in Italy forced Davide Martinez to withdraw.
Cage Warriors staff are working with the venue to ensure that all fans who purchased CW113 tickets are issued a full refund.
How to Watch
The MAIN CARD (from 9PM) will be broadcast live on UFC FightPass globally and on a host of territorial broadcast partners including:
Eleven Sports Network: Italy & Belgium
Viaplay: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
D Sports: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Gol TV: Spain
StarTimes: Sub Saharan Africa
Max Sport: Bulgaria
Mola TV: Indonesia
SportKlub: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Macedonia
Setanta: Eurasia and Ukraine.
BFBS: British Forces Overseas
FightPass exclusive territories include UK, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the Americas.
The PRO PRELIMS (from 5.30PM) will be broadcast live and free for all on cagewarriors.com.
The Fight Card (Order TBC)
Interim Featherweight Title Fight
Morgan Charrieré vs Darko Banovic
Lightweight Title Fight
Mason Jones vs Joe McColgan
Flyweight Title Fight
Samir Faiddine vs Luke Shanks
UFC bout (formerly on UFC London)
John Phillips vs Dusko Todorovic – Middleweight
Paddy Pimblett vs Decky Dalton – Lightweight
Nathan Jones vs David Bear – Welterweight
Aidan Stephen vs. Jack Collins – Lightweight
Adam Amarasinghe vs Jake Bond – Flyweight
Perry Goodwin vs Steve Aimable – Featherweight
Darren O’Gorman vs Coner Hignett – Flyweight
Matthew Bonner vs. Jamie Richardson – Middleweight
Kris Edwards vs James Hendin – Featherweight
Cory Tait vs TBC – Bantamweight
Lewis Monarch vs Kingsley Crawford – Featherweight