The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title has been vacated by Welshman Jack Marshman (20-5), in order to take up an offer from the UFC. The call up means that Marshman will become the first Welshman to compete in the organisation.
The 26-year-old, serving paratrooper, fights out of Tillery Combat in Abertillery Wales and is on a six-fight winning streak. He has four CWFC wins, most notably against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69, former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 and Ali Arish via guillotine at CWFC 76. He won the promotion’s vacant middleweight strap in London at CWFC 77 when he KO’d Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin with a right hook just before the bell in the first round. Marshman, famed for his heavy hands has yet to be submitted as a professional.
“Many have said this is long overdue as Jack has been at the top of his game for a while and so he leaves with our best wishes. He has been a fantastic ambassador for this sport and for us,” said Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.
CWFC 79, scheduled for Saturday October 15 in Newport, Wales will now be headlined by one of the most intriguing battles on the card, a lightweight contest between Martin Svensson and Scott Clist
Martin Svensson (14-6) returns to the CWFC after a stint on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter show where he won two fights before withdrawing due to injury. The 31-year-old Swede is 2-1 in the CWFC with wins over Robbie Olivier and Dave Hill in 2014 and was a former CWFC featherweight title challenger – he lost out to Jim Alers who now competes in the UFC. Following defeat in his full UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 84 in February in London, he signed with CWFC earlier this summer.
Scott Clist (11-2) is looking for his third CWFC win in six months after defeating Brad Wheeler and Tim Wilde at CWFC 75 and CWFC 77. Clist is from a kickboxing background and is famed for his striking which makes this bout a classic match up with Svensson who is more comfortable on the mat. All of Clist’s wins have come via stoppage but Svensson is his toughest and most decorated opponent to date.
Final details of the CWFC 79 card will be released later this week.