After an impressive debut win at CW 120 in March, Kent Kauppinen looks to make a big impression in the Cage Warriors middleweight division.
Kauppinen took on Jamie Richardson in the main event of the first night of Cage Warriors’ most recent trilogy and scored a unanimous decision win over the former title contender.
Speaking on what his goal is in Cage Warrior’s, Kauppinen’s answer was quite simple: ” I’d love to fight for the title, that’s the goal I have.
“Following on from that I’d want to then defend the title
“At the end of the day I’ll do whatever the matchmakers want to do, I’m not the kind of guy to come in and expect everything.
“I’m happy to work for what I deserve.”
Kauppinen enters the middleweight division with a wealth of experience, with a 13-6 MMA record that has seen him take on the likes of modern legend Melvin Manhoef and former UFC fighter Alessio Sakara, which will stand him in good stead in a division that has been described as a shark tank.
“It’s hugely important to come in with that experience,” said Kauppinen; ” I come in with a different level head.
“Fighting Melvin Manhoef and Alessio Sakara was great for my mental game when stepping into Cage Warriors.”
When asked what it felt like to be entering a division that is not only stacked with more experienced fighters such as the middleweight champion Nathias Frederick, the former champion James Webb and the surging Matthew Bonner, as well as young prospects like Christian Duncan, Will Currie and George Smith, Kauppinen is all smiles: “It’s great.
“I’m a competitor, I’m an athlete and I want to perform at my best and be the best.”
In his own words, Kauppinen agrees he is entering a stacked division but that he “wants to take them all out.”