Not content with topping the show with two title fights, Cage Warriors have also provided a fine undercard for their big summer show in Dublin.
The featured match below the championship bouts features former Middleweight champion Chris Fields (10-5) returning to the scene of his title loss to Jesse Taylor, looking to get back in a winning way against France’s Norman Paraisy (11-3-1, 1 NC).
Fields is a finisher, with none of his fifteen bouts going the distance and is sure to be roared on by his hometown crowd.
Across the cage, Paraisy brings a wealth of international experience which included three bouts in Bellator and wins over Jack Mason and Paulo Filho.
Also a known finisher, although biased in favour of submissions where Fields prefers to strike, Paraisy has also shown the ability to gut out decision wins, with a 3-2 record in fights that have gone the distance.
It’s a top quality fight for Fields, with a quality opponent who is far from a can, placed in his path to be crushed on home soul and rehabilitate his record. For Paraisy, it’s a return to a happy hunting ground after his stunning 2011 TKO of Jack Mason.
For either man, a win puts them right back in the conversation for a Middleweight title shot.
Next up is another hometown fighter, Paul Redmond (7-3) riding a four fight run of stoppage wins in Cage Warriors as he welcomes Gloucester’s Marc Allen (7-2) to Cage Warriors.
Training out of Team Ryano, Redmond has (like Chris Fields) never gone to a decision and has mixed up his submission and TKO victories. Allen on the other hand has gone he distance a few times, including his two highest profile wins under the BAMMA banner last year forming part of his current 3-0 streak.
Both of these guys are on a roll and with the CWFC Lightweight belt sitting vacant, now is as good a time as any to impress.
Fresh off his wafer thin split decision loss to German grappler Gregor Herb at CWFC Fight Night 8 in the UAE, Gym01’s Mike “Big Daddy” Ling (11-6) brings his 6 foot 6 inch frame to Dublin, looking to take a win from game, hometown fighter Henry Fadipe (5-5-1).
Ling’s best weapon is his standup while Fadipe has shown a willingness to go for the knockout or get knocked out in the process. Neither man has ever won via decision.
Someone is going to sleep…
Freshly boosted to the main card is the Bantamweight battle between France’s Jean N’Doye (6-1) who holds a win over the significantly larger Dan Hope from 2011. N’Doye was very impressive at CWFC53 in Glasgow, submitting Rich Edgeworth in the third to round of a slick performance.
Across the cage, Antrim’s veteran Steve McCombe (17-19-1) has shared the cage with a who’s on of Europe’s lighter weight fighters including Neil Seery, Phil Harris, Paul McVeigh, Vaughan Lee and Artemij Sitenkov.
True, he’s lost most of his high profile matches, but with fourteen submission wins and a colossal 37 fight career behind him, he’s no can for rising star N’Doye.
On the Facebook prelims we have the always entertaining Liam James (6-5) fresh off his Match of the Year candidate with Alan Philpott in March and looking to arrest a 1-3 slide against Northern Ireland’s Stephen Coll (4-3).
These guys have 9 out of 10 combined wins via submission, so if you’ll forgive my vernacular, we’re probably gonna see some sick jits here.
Also on the FB prelims is John Redmond (4-6) who became a Kumite favourite when he went public with his issues with Cage Contender’s failure to pay him earlier this year. That kind of thing takes guts.
So don’t be confused by his currently negative record, as Redmond has felt his losses in wars to some of Ireland’s best talents including a brace of defeats to John Michael Sheil and feeling the grasp of Chris Field’s Brabo choke. He faces Poland’s Piotr Ptasinski (4-3) in the first televised match on the night.
Even without the main events, I’d be tuning in to this card as we’ve got some very interesting stylistic match ups between game fighters and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if its a very quick evening that leaves the judges services surplus to requirements.
You can watch the main card on MMAJunkie.com (North America), Joe.ie (Ireland), Sportstube.tv (Italy) and CageWarriors.tv (everywhere else, including UK & Ireland) starting at 9pm local time, preceded by Facebook prelims at 7:45 pm local time.
We’ll keep you up to date with any breaking news and have an interview with a Cage Warriors veteran in the pipeline for the next few days. Please follow @TeamKumite on Twitter for live commentary on the night and regular MMA news.
• Cathal Pendred vs. Che Mills – for welterweight title
• Neil Seery vs. Mikael Silander – for inaugural flyweight title
• Chris Fields vs. Norman Paraisy
• Marc Allen vs. Paul Redmond
Henry Fadipe vs. Mike Ling
Jean N’Doye vs. Steve McCombe
• Stephen Coll vs. Liam James
• Piotr Ptasinski vs. John Redmond