Polish middleweight star made a splash on his Cage Warriors debut. Now he’s the latest Cage Warriors athlete to be signed by the UFC
Cage Warriors middleweight champion Oskar Piechota is the 82nd fighter from the promotion to have made the transition to the UFC.
Piechota was announced as the UFC’s latest signing, following hot on the heels of his spectacular Cage Warriors debut.
At Cage Warriors 85 Piechota stepped in as a late replacement for Victor Cheng and knocked out fellow title challenger Jason Radcliffe in just 32 seconds to capture the Cage Warriors middleweight title.
JUST. LIKE. THAT!!!
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And now, before he had the chance to defend his belt, the UFC have come calling, offering the 27-year-old from Gdansk a contract to fight on the sport’s biggest stage.
Piechota has an undefeated record of 9-0-1, with all nine wins coming inside the distance (four by KO, five by submission).
And with the UFC set to host an event in Piechota’s home town of Gdansk on October 21, there’s the chance that he could be handed a dream debut in front of his home fans.
Piechota joins a huge list of former Cage Warriors stars who have graduated to the UFC, including current UFC world champions Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
The Cage Warriors middleweight title has proved to be the promotion’s golden ticket to the UFC. Jack Marshman, Jack Hermansson and now Piechota captured Cage Warriors middleweight gold before receiving a call-up to the UFC.
And with another former Cage Warriors middleweight champion, Jesse Taylor, winning the recent ‘Redemption’ season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC now boasts four former Cage Warriors 185lb champions on its books.
Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan said: “Here at Cage Warriors we have a proven track record of producing UFC-level talent and it’s always a proud moment when one of our athletes gets the opportunity to fight on the big stage with the UFC.
“Oskar won the title in his very first Cage Warriors performance and we were looking forward to seeing him defend the belt later this year.
“But when the UFC comes calling you don’t stand in the way. He leaves with our best wishes and we look forward to seeing him in action in the octagon.”