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Event preview: CWA Grand Prix finals at CW100

On December 8th, the biggest Cage Warriors card of all time takes place at the Ice Arena in Cardiff. As well as a stacked professional card, CW100 features the Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix finals, where the best amateur talent from Europe will have their chance to shine and compete for the grand prix trophy.

If they win, they will also get the chance to turn professional with Cage Warriors, giving them the platform to progress their career. There are bouts all the way from 125 pounds to 205 pounds all taking place December 8th.

Our first bout is at flyweight and features Irish fighter Ciaran Mulholland and English fighter Muhidin Abubakar.

Mulholland is an 8-6 fighter who is ranked as the 19th best amateur in the UK and Ireland. He carries the nickname “the dark horse” which is represented in his record. He has a variety of submission victories on his record including 3 Rear-Naked Chokes, 2 Armbars, 1 Guillotine and one Triangle Choke.

His opponent is Muhidin Abubakar who has a record of 5-1 with 3 of his wins coming via finish. He is the 15th ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland and fights out of London. 

Both fighters have multiple submission wins on their record signaling this could be the method of victory for either man but at least on paper, this will be a closely contested fight at 125 pounds.

At bantamweight, English fighters Nathan Fletcher and Jack Eglin will meet in another closely contested match up.

Nathan Fletcher has a record of 5-1 and trains out of Next Generation MMA in Liverpool, a gym that has found lots of success in Cage Warriors. He is the 10th ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland at this weight and often uses a grappling approach to nullify his opponents’ offence.

Fletcher celebrates with ex-Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Paddy Pimblett

Jack Eglin fights out of Dragons Lair MMA in Wiltshire and has fought at 125 pounds before finding his home at bantamweight. He is the 6th ranked fighter in the UK and Ireland among amateur bantamweights and is comfortable in all areas of the fight but often uses his striking to open up opportunities for grappling exchanges.

Eglin is already a CWA champion, and hopes to add a Grand Prix trophy to his name.

This fight will likely play out in all ranges with the winner being decided by who is the best in all areas.

At 145 pounds, Liam Molloy (5-0) will meet fellow English fighter Chris Sterling (5-5).

Liam Molloy has an unbeaten record and has finished 4 of his 5 wins, 3 by TKO and 1 via Rear-Naked Choke. 

Chris Sterling on the other hand has as many wins as he does losses but has finished all of his wins with 1 TKO and 4 submissions. 

With both fighters being such prolific finishers, this one may not get the opportunity to go to the judges’ scorecards.

In the lightweight division, Constantine Blanita will face Jordan Peake who at least in terms of rankings is the favorite going in.

Constantine Blanita is an Irish fighter with a record of 5-3. He is the 56th ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland at 155 pounds and all of his wins have come via a unanimous decision.

Jordan Peake on the other hand has an unbeaten record of 6-0 and fights out of Wales. 4 of his wins have come via finish, all by submission. He is also the 9th ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland, making it clear to see why he could be seen as the favorite in this match up.

For his thoughts on the Grand Prix final, check out Jordan’s interview with MMA UK below:

Moving on to the welterweight division, Ivan Blanita will take on Oban Elliot in a contest between highly tipped prospects.

Ivan Blanita, brother of Constantine Blanita, also fights out of Ireland from Team Ryano MMA. He carries a record of 5-1-1 with 3 wins via finish including one via Americana.

Blanita celebrates with CWA Ireland head Paul Ryan after a win in Liverpool

Oban Elliot is a Welsh fighter with lots of potential. He has an undefeated record of 6-0 with all of his wins coming via finish including one first round head kick on his amateur debut. He is the 4th ranked amateur welterweight in the UK and Ireland and is definitely one to watch.

With both fighters possessing impressive records this is sure to be one of the most anticipated fights in the Grand Prix with both fighters having lots of potential.

At 185 pounds, Poland’s Rafael Nauberg goes face to face with top amateur Christian Leroy Duncan.

Nauberg has a record of 3-2 with 2 of his wins coming via stoppage. He is ranked as the 91st ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland at this weight class. 

His opponent on the other hand is #1 ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland at middleweight. Christian Leroy Duncan has a record of 10-3 with 8 of his wins coming via finish. He fights out of Gloucester under former UFC fighter and British MMA pioneer Mark Weir.

Christian Leroy Duncan will be the heavy favorite in this one making it Nauberg’s aim to prove he cannot be counted out in any fight.

Duncan secures a heavy takedown in the Grand Prix semi finals at CW97

The final bout in the Grand Prix finals features two of the top light-heavyweight amateurs in the UK and Ireland. 

David Piotrowicz is a Polish fighter who fights out of Belfast. He is the 5th ranked amateur in the UK and Ireland at 205 pounds as well as the 4th ranked heavyweight. He has a record of 6-1 with 4 finishes, 2 being first round TKOs.

His opponent is Norway’s Ismar Blagoje who has an undefeated record of 5 wins and no losses. He is the 4th ranked compared to his opponent who is the 5th ranked but Blagoje is also ranked at middleweight whilst Piotrowicz is ranked at heavyweight.

Blagoje has already staked his claim as one of the best amateur Light-Heavy’s in Europe by becoming a CWA Champion

This key detail could be a big factor in the fight as Blagoje is the smaller of the two men. A factor such as this may be the difference in what appears to be a closely contested fight.

As we get close to CW100, be sure to stay tuned to Cage Warriors across all platforms for fighter profiles ahead of the Grand Prix finals as well as all content leading up to December 8th at the Ice Arena in Cardiff.

All words by Kyle Dimond.

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