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CW 141 | ‘Unmissable’ card set to illuminate mammoth weekend for MMA in London

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Two decades since its first imprint was left on the mixed martial arts landscape, Cage Warriors is finalising preparations for an event that’s on course to be one of the most spectacular in its decorated history, CW 141.

For Europe’s leading MMA organisation, it all began in July 2002 when the likes of Paul Jenkins, Rosi Sexton, Alessio Sakara and Jean Silva featured at London’s York Hall for CW 1.

Having staged more than 150 events across 14 different countries since then, the journey continues a few miles down the road this Friday night for CW 141 at the Indigo at TheO2.

For the 20th anniversary celebrations, esteemed matchmaker Ian Dean has put together a stacked card worthy of the occasion. Some of the biggest names on the CW roster will display their talents, with a pair of title bouts taking centre stage.

Home favourite Sam Creasey defends his flyweight belt against undefeated Italian Dylan Hazan, and a new lightweight champion will be crowned when England’s George Hardwick meets American Kickboxing Academy product Kyle Driscoll.

“This organisation has been producing the goods for two decades now, but this card has the potential to be the most exciting one we’ve ever assembled,” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.

“Every single fight is going to be unmissable, and the unique, intense atmosphere of the Indigo will make for the perfect setting for an event that you’ll be hearing about for many years to come.

“With a UFC show taking place 24 hours later, MMA fans in London are going to be absolutely spoiled with the amount of talent on show this weekend.”

The pivotal role played by Cage Warriors in the development of MMA in Europe will also be in evidence at TheO2 on Saturday, where nine former CW stars – including Molly McCann, Paddy Pimblett and headliner Tom Aspinall – will be in action at UFC Fight Night 208.

“It’s fitting that we’re celebrating Cage Warriors’ achievements of the past by shining a light on the bright future that’s in store, because a quick glance at Friday’s card will tell you that our roster has never been in better health,” added Boylan.

“We’ve already added over 50 athletes to our stable of exclusive talent this year, as well as strengthening our full-time office staff with several new hires. That rate of expansion is only going to accelerate even further from here, so these are exciting times for Cage Warriors.”

Cage Warriors 141 | LIVE on UFC Fight Pass

Main card – 9pm (BST)

Kyle Driscoll vs. George Hardwick (lightweight title)
Jimmy Wallhead vs. Daniel Skibiński
Sam Creasey (c) vs. Dylan Hazan (flyweight title)
Mick Stanton vs. Darren Stewart
Agy Sardari vs. Michal Figlak

Prelims – 5.30pm (BST)

Jeremy Petley vs. Steve Aimable
Reece McEwan vs. Kingsley Crawford
Naglis Kanišauskas vs. Will Currie
Nathan Fletcher vs. Araik Margarian
Tobias Harila vs. Samuel Bark
Sam Spencer vs. Adam Amarasinghe
Jesse Urholin vs. Madars Fleminas
Ander Sanchez vs. Lone’er Kavanagh
Kevin Simon Cesari vs. Luke Riley
Alexander Lindgren vs. Omiel Brown

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg

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After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!

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The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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