We’re just weeks away from the first leg of Cage Warriors’ 2024 World Tour, as Europe’s Leading MMA Organisation hops across the Atlantic to resume its US residency at the Sycuan Casino Resort.
Since first touching down in the Golden State in the summer of 2021, Cage Warriors has hosted an incredible nine events in multiple San Diego locations, all airing live on UFC Fight Pass.
Stars have been born, careers revitalised and title shots earned…so before the famous yellow gloves are strapped on for the first time this year, why not take a look back at some of Cage Warriors’ greatest hits stateside?
Wilson Reis Turns Back the Clock
They say that age catches up with the best of us, but Wilson Reis is timeless.
One of the sport’s most tenured legends in the lower weight classes, Reis has aged like a fine wine, and has showed no signs of slowing down since his 2022 return to Cage Warriors.
With the only blot on his CW copybook being a closely contested split decision loss to fellow UFC veteran Trevin Jones, Reis has racked up a pair of decision victories over Jeremiah Labiano and Tuomas Grönvall, bolstered by this slick, come from behind submission over Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Campbell.
Reis returns to action in San Diego on Feb 23rd!
Damon Wilson Debuts
Everybody loves a crazy KO, and they don’t come much crazier than the one that introduced the Cage Warriors fans to ‘The Nomad’.
Damon Wilson burst onto the scene and became an instant fan favourite when he blitzed out of the gate in the second round of his promotional debut against John Buttner at CW 126.
‘The Nomad’ cleaned his man’s clock with the shot, and has delivered nothing but crowd-pleasing performances since!
Rob vs JDJ
From a one-hitter-quitter to a three-round war between two of the most talented featherweights ever to strap on the famous yellow gloves.
Roberto ‘Green Light’ Hernandez and John ‘Platano’ De Jesus bit down on their respective gumshields and slung heavy leather for the duration of their CW 149 three-rounder, a thrilling bout that went right down to the wire.
Hernandez, who next month challenges Liam Gittins for the bantamweight title in the UK, ultimately took the nod by way of split decision.
This crazy, back and forth battle is exactly the reason that MMA fans keep coming back to the Sycuan for that Cage Warriors experience!
Chasen Blair KO
Humphries by the Bay was the location for this stunning walk-off KO from up-and-coming prospect Chasen ‘Paper’ Blair.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel wrestler has developed just as fearsome a reputation for his heavy hands in the cage as he had for his grappling prowess on the mats.
He showed it off with style at CW 139, stopping Kona Oliveira with a tooth-rattling right hand less than a minute into the second round.
Blair is on the comeback trail on Feb 23rd, where he’ll meet Orlando Sanders in a battle of prospective future stars!
Imhotep vs Khojaev
With weekly events across multiple combat sports and seemingly endless hours of fights on tap, it’s no mean feat to receive a coveted nomination for UFC Fight Pass’ ‘Fight of the Year’.
That’s exactly what Sunni Imhotep and Jovidon Khojaev were able to earn for their three round banger at CW 155 last June.
The pair slugged it out for the full fifteen minutes, Imhotep with his stinging jabs and hooks, Khojaev firing back with pitch-perfect counters and dogged tenacity.
When all was said and done it was Imhotep’s hand that was raised, but in truth both could walk away with their hands raised.
Will there be another UFC Fight Pass ‘Fight of the Year’ contender on February 23rd? Why not find out for yourself while enjoying the unrivalled atmosphere of a live Cage Warriors event!