Cage Warriors 100 is nearly upon us. It’s a card built to rival any other in Cage Warriors history, featuring 2 massive world title bouts and many of the biggest stars on the promotion’s roster. It all goes down at the Viola Arena in Cardiff on December 8th, but until then check out the full card preview below by guest writer Kyle Dimond.
CW100’s main event sees two undefeated fighters battle for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title when Wales’ own Jack Shore goes head to head with Mike Ekundayo.
Jack “The Tank” Shore (9-0) returns to the Ice Arena for the first time since Cage Warriors 97, an event where he was also the main event, selling the venue out and winning his fight via first-round TKO. Jack trains out of Tillery Combat MMA, a gym with 6 representatives fighting at Cage Warriors 100. He will be looking to win the bantamweight title back for Wales after it was held previously by Welshman Brett Johns who has since become a top contender in the UFC bantamweight division.
Mike Ekundayo “Airlines” (7-0) is fighting for the vacant title in only his second Cage Warriors performance, which tells you just how highly this man is rated. He is trained by UK MMA pioneer Brad Pickett alongside the man who vacated the belt in the first place, Nathaniel Wood. Ekundayo uses a grappling heavy offense to nullify his opponents and attack them on the ground, thus the nickname “Airlines” after the way he picks his opponents up and carries them through the air. After a big win over Ed Arthur at Cage Warriors 95, Ekundayo bought himself a fast track to the title.
The main event is one of the best title fights in recent Cage Warriors history between two top prospects in Europe, but it isn’t the only belt on the line. The vacant featherweight title is also up for grabs in the final of the featherweight tournament.
After beating Lewis Monarch and Paull McBain in their semi-final match-ups, Dean Trueman and Aiden Lee will meet each other in the final. The belt was vacated by Nad Narimani who won the belt off of Paddy Pimblett, vacating it soon after as he moved to the UFC.
Dean Trueman has a record of 9-4 with 5 finishes. He trains in Nottingham, England at Hardy-Wallhead MMA and won his semi-final against Lewis Monarch via a unanimous decision. His opponent Aiden Lee, training out of Team Renegade, a gym that flies the flag for Birmingham in UK MMA with fighters such as Cage Warriors alumni Tom Breese. He has a record of 7-2 with 5 finishes including a 1st-round submission win in his last fight over Paull McBain.
Just like the semi-finals before it, this is a very closely contested fight on paper and will likely come down to who is the better man on the night. The great fights don’t stop there though, as the main card features three great non-title bouts.
Two top fights at welterweight are headed to the Ice Arena as Håkon Foss takes on Aaron Khalid and Nicolas Dalby meets Philip Mulpeter.
Håkon Foss is a Norwegian fighter with a record of 9-5 with 7 finishes. He won his last fight at Cage Warriors 93 with a first round TKO over Jack Mason. His opponent is Welsh fighter Aaron “King” Khalid who trains out of Cardiff MMA. He has a record of 7-4-1 with 6 finishes, 5 by submission. He has never been finished in his pro career and won his last fight via rear-naked choke in the first round against Jamie Richardson. He also has two decision losses on his record to current CW welterweight champion Ross Houston. Both fighters have a very high finishing rate, making this is a top fight for the division.
Former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas Dalby is also in action as he takes on Philip Mulpeter. Nicolas “Lokomotivo” Dalby is an established name in Cage Warriors with a record of 15-3-1. His 3 losses all came in a row in the UFC and in his comeback fight in Cage Warriors but since then he has bounced back with a 2nd round submission over Roberto Allegretti. His opponent is SBG Ireland fighter Philip Mulpeter. He has a record of 9-5 and will be a very tough and telling test for the former champion in Dalby.
The bout kicking off the main card is between Scottish fighter Scott “Boom Boom” Malone and Wales’ Josh “Crazy Horse” Reed. Scott Malone has a record of 5-1 with his last victory coming against Adam Aramasinghe at Cage Warriors 98 in Birmingham.
Josh Reed made a name for himself with his incredible title fight last year against Nathaniel Wood. He trains out of Tillery Combat in Wales with Jack Shore and is on a 2-fight loss streak after 7 straight wins in his pro career. Reed always comes to fight and with an opponent like Scott Malone, this fight is sure to be a great opener to the main card.
The prelims are headlined by Alex Lohoré and Tim Barnett as they meet at 170 pounds.
Alex Lohoré came into Cage Warriors with a lot of eyes on him. “Da Killa Kid” Lohoré made a statement in his Cage Warriors debut at CW 98 with a TKO win in the second round over Sam Boult. He is always one to watch due to his finishing rate with 8 KO/TKO’s and 5 submissions in 19 fights.
His opponent is Tim Barnett who is also making his second Cage Warriors appearance after debuting at Cage Warriors 96 in a draw against Matthew Bonner. He has a win and a loss over another fighter on the pro prelims, Rhys McKee.
Alex Lohoré always brings excitement into his fights due to his style and unpredictable nature. Tim Barnett has a record of 5-1-1 with all of his wins coming via finish. This is a great fight to lead into the main card but isn’t the only good encounter on the pro prelims.
The previously mentioned Rhys McKee makes his Cage Warriors debut at the Ice Arena in Cardiff when he meets Jefferson George. George is also making his CW debut, holding a record of 7-6 compared to the 7-2-1 record of McKee. Rhys McKee trains out of Next Generation MMA in Northern Ireland and has finished all of his wins, making him one to watch in the lightweight division going forward.
At featherweight, Kris “Dez” Edwards will go head to head with Aiden Stephen in a match-up between a 13-bout Cage Warriors veteran in Edwards compared to Stephen who makes his CW debut.
Kris Edwards trains out of Tillery Combat MMA, making him a teammate of Jack Shore and Josh Reed as well as various other fighters competing on the card. Aiden Stephen is a Scottish fighter with a record of 4-1 with 3 finishes giving Edwards the experience edge due to his record of 12-10 as a professional. The fight is a classic match-up of a newcomer taking on a staple of the division.
In the lightweight division, 6-1 Jai Herbert will be looking to continue his run in Cage Warriors with a win over 4-1 Joe McColgan. Herbert has only been to a decision once in his pro career, with that being his last fight. McColgan has been training for this fight with Rhys McKee who holds a previous win over Jai Herbert. This fight has all the makings of a closely contested fight that could come down to the smallest of margins.
The opening pro prelim fight is also at lightweight and features Brett Hassett and Michael Corston. Both fighters are coming off of losses, potentially making this fight a great one, as both men come in expecting nothing but a win this time out. Hassett has experience on his side with a record of 3-4 compared to Corston’s 1-1 despite being the older of the two by six years.
CW100 tickets are still available HERE. Doors at the Viola Arena open at 3PM. As well as a non-stop night of fight action, fans have the opportunity to meet UFC legend Dan Hardy, former CW champs and now Welsh UFC names Brett Johns and Jack Marshman, and CW Octagon Girl Edith Labelle at the CW100 meet and greet.
CW100 Fight Card (subject to change)
Main Card – 9PM
Jack Shore vs Mike Ekundayo – Bantamweight Title Fight
Aiden Lee vs Dean Trueman – Featherweight Title Fight
Håkon Foss vs Aaron Khalid – Welterweight
Nicolas Dalby vs Philip Mulpeter – Welterweight
Scott Malone vs Josh Reed – Bantamweight
Pro Prelims – 6.45PM
Alex Lohoré vs Tim Barnett – Welterweight
Rhys McKee vs Jefferson George – Lightweight
Kris Edwards vs Aidan Stephen – Featherweight
Jai Herbert vs Joe McColgan – Lightweight
Brett Hassett vs Michael Corston – Lightweight
Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix Finals – 4.15PM
Dawid Piotrowicz vs Ismar Blagoje – Light Heavyweight
Rafal Nauberg vs Christian Duncan – Middleweight
Danny Dixon vs Oban Elliot – Welterweight
Danny Williams vs Jordan Peake – Lightweight
Liam Molloy vs Chris Sterling – Featherweight
Nathan Fletcher vs Jack Eglin – Bantamweight
Ciaran Mulholland vs Muhidin Abubakar – Flyweight
Amateur Card – 3.45PM
Joe Macefield vs Sean Scrivens – Featherweight
Kieren Bennett vs Jack Tucker – Middleweight