As Europe’s Leading MMA Organisation for over two decades, it’s no surprise that Cage Warriors attracts athletes from some of the most successful teams in Europe, the UK and beyond.
One such team that has seen unparalleled success in the famous yellow gloves over the last ten years is Liverpool’s Next Generation.
Headed up by Coach Paul Rimmer, Next Gen has produced some of Cage Warriors’ biggest stars, past, present, and future.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest names not only in Cage Warriors history, but in the entire sport of Mixed Martial Arts today, is one of Next Gen’s most recognizable faces; Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett.
‘The Baddy’ had a fourteen-fight stint under the CW banner, leaving with an 11-3 record and as a former CW champion.
Pimblett made waves headlining at the Echo Arena in his hometown, attracting some of the biggest crowds in European MMA history for what became known as ‘Paddy’s House Parties’.
Next Generation is also home to another CW legend; ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann.
A firm favourite wherever she goes, McCann became Cage Warriors’ 135lb world champion in her hometown before becoming the latest in a long line of CW athletes drafted into the UFC.
Next Generation are continuing to produce CW stars at an alarming rate. Alongside Head Coach Rimmer, the likes of Ellis Hampson and Adam Ventre, now cornerstones of the coaching set up at the Liverpool gym, are also CW veterans.
Next Gen were out in full force at the recent CW 152 in Manchester, bringing an army of fans from Liverpool and beyond to see the next steps in the journeys of the likes of Luke Riley, Nathan Fletcher and more.
Riley in particular impressed, in what looks to be a sure-fire ‘Fight of the Year’ contender against Kallum Parker.
Liam Gittins scored an impressive TKO during the prelims, picking up his tenth professional victory in the process.
In the co-main event, Nathan Fletcher’s road back to the 135lb title continued, as he picked up a spectacular first round triangle choke against fellow grappling specialist Daan Duijs. With over twenty years spent developing some of the sport’s most recognisable elite athletes alongside leading fight teams like Next Generation, Cage Warriors has cemented itself as the #1 destination for rising stars in European MMA.