Cage Warriors returns to the Camden Centre, London tonight with a stacked card featuring the cream of European MMA. Two title contests head the main card with a lightweight tussle between Chris Fishgold (14-1-1) and Adam Boussif (9-3) while the main event features middleweights Welshman Jack Marshman (19-5) opposite Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin (8-2).
In addition to the two title tussles – here are three other reasons to tune in tonight.
Teddy Violet (10-2) vs. Paddy Pimblett (10-1)
The first fight of the main card features two young, in form fighters who have both spent four years in the professional ranks with 10 wins and seven stoppages apiece. Although their fighting records are similar their personalities are not – Violet is a serious and intense character with only victory on his mind. While the precocious talents of Pimblett, equally serious about his sport but altogether a cheekier, lighter character that has won him a legion of fans.
This match-up is a hard one to call as they’re two of Europe’s finest featherweights – both extremely confident, exciting to watch with an extensive skill set – both have slick ground skills. However, Violet’s last two victories came via punches in the first round of bouts he had last year – Pimblett’s last TKO win was two years ago. This could well be a factor in who comes out on top tonight.
Scott Clist (10-2) vs. Tim Wilde (8-1)
This has the makings of a fight of the night contender. If Paddy and Teddy have slick ground games, Scott and Tim have sensational striking and both are exciting to watch. Clist is able to weather a storm, getting out of several tricky spots in his last fight at CWFC 75 in April to secure a victory with his striking. And although he’s fought on smaller shows, all 10 of his victories have been stoppages – a career best was in April against Brad Wheeler.
Wilde has faced a catalogue of tough opponents with victories over now UFC signed Damien Brown as well as Jefferson George and Stephen Martin. Wilde is riding a three-fight winning streak and will have the most to lose – a victory will underline his title credentials – a loss will put him back in the queue.
Boubacar Balde (11-8) vs. Darren Stewart (6-0)
This is a breakout opportunity for Stewart who lacks the experience of Balde who has faced quality opposition throughout his career. Both men exude power, they’re aggressive, confident in their stand up but have powerful slams and take-downs in their arsenal too – this has the makings of being an absolute war. The big question is will the veteran teach the rookie a lesson?
Balde has been here before with a similar challenge at CWFC 64 in 2014 against Jake Bostwick where he lost a decision to the young fighter who like Stewart was riding a six-fight winning streak. The contest won ‘fight of the night’ and this bout too has the same potential. Stewart has already risen to No. 5 in the UK ranks with six victories – four by stoppage. But Balde by far is his toughest test and only the second foreign opponent that he’s faced to date. Both athletes are known for their relentless pace and power and Stewart’s fitness could be the decider in this bout.
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The main card action, from the Camden Centre, London will feature five professional bouts starting at 9pm (UK time). Fans hoping to watch the event LIVE can do so via our broadcast and TV partners on:
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