Cage Warriors continue to build on their 2018 momentum by securing 6 fighters to multi fight deals, including UFC veteran Nicolas Dalby.
In just the past month, Cage Warriors world champions Nathaniel Wood and Molly McCann have gone on to the UFC and will fight at UFC Utica and UFC Liverpool respectively. This brings the number of fighters who have gone from Cage Warriors to the UFC to 85. And now, Europe’s leading MMA promotion have announced 6 fighters who have the chance to follow in their footsteps.
Young prospect Cory McKenna impressed more than just Cage Warriors management with her finish at CW91. Her one-round domination of a much older and more seasoned opponent spurred the UFC’s Urijah Faber, Cody Garbrandt and Andre Fili (who McKenna had trained with leading up to CW91) to proclaim her as the next big thing as they watched from the USA. With determination and drive to match any in the strawweight division and a rounded, aggressive style beyond her years, McKenna is one to watch this year.
Cory McKenna looked like a BEAST at #CW91. 😱👏
Nicolas Dalby is one athlete who is no stranger to competing at the top of the world stage. After an unbeaten run with Cage Warriors that won him the welterweight title in 2014, Dalby went on to compete 4 times with the UFC, with notable performances including an incredible war with Darren Till. Now, he’s returning to finish what he started with the Cage Warriors belt in his sights, beginning with a very tough fight against Italian-American Carlo Pedersoli Jr at CW93.
Phil Wells and James Webb, two submission artists who have picked up finish wins at Cage Warriors events so far this year, have also signed exclusive deals and will appear at CW95 on July 21st. “I’m so grateful to have signed with Europe’s biggest MMA promotion, I’m three wins into my career with them, all being finished with chokes. I’m here to strangle the middleweight division,” said Webb.
Another contender determined to reach the top is Scott Malone, currently 4-1 in the bantamweight division. For Malone, signing with Cage Warriors has “been a dream since [he] started the sport”, and he’s promised to have the belt wrapped around his waist “very soon.” With ex-champ Nathaniel Wood now in the UFC, the division just got very interesting and there’ll be plenty of challengers after the same shot as Malone – watch this space.
The final fighter to sign exclusively with Cage Warriors is Jai Herbert, a promising lightweight with a 100% finish rate and a 5-1 record. Currently training under the UFC’s Tom Breese at Team Renegade, Herbert has been working his way back to form after some setbacks in 2017, and now has the chance to prove he belongs with the top contenders in Europe.