Flyweight Molly McCann will face the toughest test of her pro MMA career at Cage Warriors 88 when she takes on seasoned Brazilian Priscila de Souza on October 28th in Liverpool.
November 25th will see Cindy Dandois, ex- UFC Bantamweight and teammate of Miesha Tate, coming up against England’s Kerry Hughes at Cage Warriors 89 in Belgium.
Leading up to these exciting fights, we count down our top 3 fighting females from the Cage Warriors archives.
Before beginning her MMA career with a merciless 8 fight win streak, Pannie ‘Banzai’ Kianzad had already fought over 30 times on the amateur boxing circuit. She first laced up her gloves when she was just 14, and has since fought some of the best female fighters in the world including Tonya Evinger and Lina Lansberg, who she finished via TKO in late 2012.
Pannie made history when she was crowned our first ever Cage Warriors Women’s Bantamweight Champion after a win against Eeva Siiskonen in 2014.
Rosi Sexton is no average woman. Before her MMA debut in 2002, she’d already graduated with a degree in mathematics from Cambridge, England’s highest-ranked university, trained as a classical musician and held Dan grades in Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo. According to Sexton, “the other things… the music, the maths, just weren’t quite hard enough”, so she stepped into the octagon.
After winning her first five fights, including an impressive submission win at the first ever Cage Warriors event, Rosi’s fighting career took her to all corners of the globe. She picked up a total of 13 wins to only 4 losses, with 7 of her victories coming by way of submission. After fighting in Bellator and the UFC toward the end of her career, Sexton returned to Cage Warriors to go to war with Joanna Jędrzejczyk before retiring in 2014.
Thanks for the memories, Rosi!
This one needs no introduction. Jędrzejczyk topped the rankings in May this year as the pound-for-pound greatest female fighter in MMA history, and is a prime example how an unforgettable performance with Cage Warriors can set up a legendary career. In fact, with an unbeaten pro record of 14-0, she’s never tasted defeat.
Joanna’s knockout win over Rosie Sexton at Cage Warriors 69 is widely regarded as the fight that launched her into UFC stardom. You can re-watch the stunning performance below.
We’re wishing Joanna all the best in her sixth title defence against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.