Rory Evans 4-3-0 is a professional Mixed Martial Artist, currently competing in the Bantamweight Division. A professional competitor since 2016, he has competed for Adrenaline Fight Night and Cage Warriors.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak with me today.
CW127 has grown a nickname in its build-up to the organisation’s return to York Hall, “The Welsh Takeover.” With three of your fellow countrymen and yourself taking centre stage in the fifth Trilogy for the London based organisation. How does it feel to be able to represent your country on one of the biggest stages of them all?
“It’s a takeover, that’s for sure! It’s an absolute honour to fly the flag for Wales alongside my teammates, as well as some of the other Welsh fighters on the card. Whether we train in the same gyms or not, we’ve all trained together at some point, so it’s great to compete alongside them.”
Last we saw you in action was back in June at CW123 vs Jimmy Fell 0-1-0. Unfortunately due to restrictions, fight fans were unable to witness your astonishing 1st round victory KO via ground and pound that night at York Hall. How does it feel to finally be able to do what you do best, in front of a packed out arena once again?
“To be honest I actually quite enjoyed the intimacy of no crowds. After watching the UFC lead the way through Covid, with the no fans events and you could hear the viciousness of the strikes and the corners crystal clear. I really wanted to experience it and I really enjoyed it. However, I am really looking forward to hearing the crowd and bouncing off that energy. Everything is heightened with a crowd and I can’t wait!!”
It’s been a long time coming, the echoes of the crowds will be bouncing off all four corners of York Hall once again.
September 30th we see you take on Brazilian Weslley Maia, your original opponent for CW123. With him being scheduled to fight you back in June, you must have a vast knowledge of what to expect, what do you make of Weslley?
“Yeah, as it’s the second time being scheduled, I have had plenty of time to check him out. Although, I don’t go too in depth into watching my opponents, I usually leave that to my coaches and we’ll discuss gameplay from there.”
“Weslley is a tough fighter, with explosive striking but it’s nothing that I haven’t seen before, so I’m more than confident that I can implement my game plan and get the W. I also know he’s been turned down by a few fighters so with a win over him, I believe I’ll progress well into the Bantamweight ranking.”
In what is an extremely competitive division, Rory has destroyed both of the opponents Cage Warriors has thrown his way. Defeating Brad Evans 3-17-0 back at CW108 and knocking out Jimmy Fell at CW 123. If a trio of wins becomes part of Rory’s record, it will establish the warrior right in the mix for the Vacant Bantamweight strap.
Last but not least, do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?”
“Big thanks to all the Welsh fans making the trip up to London and make sure you tear the roof off. The Welsh takeover isn’t just about the fighters. Let’s go!”