The 8th December is quickly approaching and with that comes Cage Warriors 100 and the Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix finals. One fighter looking to make a huge impression and impact in the finals is Liam Molloy who competes at featherweight.
“I see this fight as a massive opportunity, it’s on a massive card on a huge stage with a chance to get my name out there as well as a professional contract with Cage Warriors, so it’s a big opportunity that I’m gonna grab with both hands.”
Liam has an unbeaten record of 5-0 with 4 of his wins coming via finish. He has three wins via TKO and one via rear-naked choke submission, all coming in the first round of the fight.
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“I go out every fight with the intentions of finishing it, and that’s what’s going to make people want to watch me. But even though I’m planning on finishing I never actively seek, I’ll take everything as it comes and when the opportunity arises I’ll take it, I’m confident to know I can finish on the ground and know when my left hand lands they’re going to be in trouble, so I’m in no rush to force anything.”
Molloy trains out of Next Generation MMA in Liverpool, a gym that has found a lot of success in Cage Warriors. The gym has produced Cage Warriors champions in Chris Fishgold, “Meatball” Molly McCann and Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett as well as fellow Grand Prix finals contestant Nathan Fletcher.
“This is definitely my biggest fight so far, but I have that attitude going into every fight and I think that’s needed or I wouldn’t be in the position that I am.”
His opponent on December 8th is Bristol fighter Chris Sterling. Sterling has a record of 5-5 with all of his wins coming via finish.
“I’ve paid attention, I think anyone who says they don’t pay attention is either daft or a liar. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to let that affect my plans, I know what I can do and he’s going to be worrying about my game not the other way around, but understanding what style of fighter you’re getting in with and things they tend to do is something I think you need to take notice of.”
With both fighters being such prolific finishers at this level, the fight may not have the chance to go to the scorecards. Liam Molloy has made his intentions in the fight clear, saying his opponent will look to take him down after striking with him but will not be able to. Simple and to the point.
“I’m here to put on my best performance to date and to dominate, so don’t look out for anything in particular. I truly don’t believe I’ve showcased 50% of what I’m capable of yet and I’ve still managed to prove myself as one of the biggest prospects in the country doing so, so when I do come out and show what I’m actually capable of you won’t want to miss a second.”
Liam Molloy will look to make a statement on December 8th against a strong opponent in Chris Sterling at the Grand Prix finals. Cage Warriors 100 takes place at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales and features all of the Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix finals.
“All’s you have to do is watch my fights to know why you should remember the name. I’m another big name coming out of our Next Gen gym full of killers. I’m always looking to finish and everyone knows I’m capable of getting it at any second. Once I’ve finished my takeover of the amateur game I’m going to repeat that in the professionals and fulfill my dream of becoming a world champion.
All words by Kyle Dimond.