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CW alumni watch: 9 fighters sign to the UFC in 2020

Cage Warriors have a track record of sending a long and illustrious list of fighters to the UFC in their 18-year history. Here, we take a look at the 8 Cage Warriors alumni who have signed to the UFC this year.

1 – Mason Jones

‘The Dragon’ remains undefeated at 10-0, and became a double-weight Cage Warriors champion in his last outing at CW116. On that night, he joined an elite club of athletes to hold 2 Cage Warriors belts, including the UFC’s Conor McGregor and Dan Hardy. A call from the UFC came shortly after.

2 – Modestas Bukauskas

Former Cage Warriors light-heavyweight Champion Modestas Bukauskas won the belt at CW106: Night of Champions in summer 2019, and was signed to the UFC earlier this year. He took an impressive TKO victory from UFC ‘Fight Island’ in his first bout.

3 – Jai Herbert

With one of the most impressive rises in Cage Warriors’ recent years, Jai Herbert helped build Birmingham’s MMA scene with a lightweight world title win and then succesful defence at the Resorts World Arena at CW109. Although he wasn’t able to clinch the victory over veteran Fransisco Trinaldo in his first UFC outing, ‘The Black Country Banger’ won over plenty of new fans with his dynamic striking style.

4 – Ilia Topuria

Bantamweight prospect Ilia Topuria finished Brian Bouland in the first round at Cage Warriors 94, and went on to show his submission prowess on UFC Fight Island this month. He defeated Youssef Zalal in a dominant 3-round decision.

5 – Mateusz Gamrot

Gamrot’s first-round submission finish at CW72 built toward his dominant 17-fight unbeaten streak between 2012 and 2020. He recently staged a fight-of-the-night contender with Guram Kutateladze on UFC Fight Island.

Mateusz Gamrot locks in the submission against Tim Newman at CW72

6 – Cory McKenna

Cory McKenna is without a doubt one of the most exciting female prospects in Cage Warriors history, and earned her spot on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. She capitalised with a decisive win, and will now face Kay Hansen this November.

7 – Rhys McKee

Northern Ireland’s Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee was lined up for a Cage Warriors Welterweight title shot in Belfast, but received his UFC call-up before he had the chance to challenge for the belt. After a loss in one of the toughest debuts imaginable in Khamzat Chimaev, McKee is currently preparing for his next bout against Alex Morono.

8 – Cameron Else

Cameron Else’s all-out fight style won the approval of the fans during his 4 Cage Warriors bouts, which included a submission win over former champion Paddy Pimblett. He now looks to make a dent in the UFC bantamweight division in the next step of his career.

Cameron Else launches a right hand at Damien Weeden during their CW85 clash

9 – Ludovit Klein

Former Cage Warriors featherweight Ludovit Klein made a serious statement in his UFC debut in late September, pulling off one of 2020’s most exciting finishes.

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