Cage Warriors 68: Wallhead vs. Roberts Preview

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Saturday 3rd May
Echo Area, Liverpool

Simply put, this is most likely going to be the best & biggest single UKMMA card of the year (discounting CWFC’s teased Super Saturday dual card…)

That’s not hyperbole, just look at the fights!

The headliner sees CWFC veteran ‘Judo’ Jim Wallhead (25-8) return after a spell alternating between Bellator and BAMMA and is indisputably one of England’s top welterweights not contracted to the UFC, while across the cage we have in-form hometown boy Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts (10-1) who is riding a four fight win streak.

Both men are in clear contention for the Welterweight belt now held by Nicolas Dalby and should provide a heated and competitive climax to the evening’s fights.

Experience is clearly on Wallhead’s side, but Roberts has the greater momentum and such advantage as comes from fighting with the crowd in your corner.

With both fighters being finishers (72% for Wallhead, 80% for Roberts) capable of ending a fight on the feet and each in possession of some excellent grappling skills this is sure to be a great fight to watch.

Backing up that main event we have exciting and accomplished English fighters Ronnie Mann (23-6-1) and Matt Inman (13-5) facing international opposition in Marcelo Costa (8-2-1) and Mauro Chimento Jr (15-10) respectively.

Not enough? OK, how about a middleweight contest between ex-UFC fighter Che Mills (15-7) and the popular Leeroy Barnes (12-13, 1NC) both looking to break losing streaks?

The undercard also features Dinky Ninja’s John Cullen (17-8-2) and Dean Reilly*(6-5) so we’ve got more than a little local interest in the event as well.

*Sadly Dean’s match was cancelled due to his opponent pulling out due to injury. 😦

It’s a cracking card and we can’t wait for Saturday.

Viewing Details:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
http://www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
TV 10 | Sweden
Fight Now TV | USA
The Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Middle East
Fight Klub | Poland
Setanta Action | Africa
ESPN | Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 9pm BST local time (4pm ET, 1pm PT)

Danny Roberts vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Marcelo Costa vs. Ronnie Mann
Mauro Chimento vs. Matt Inman
Steve Dinsdale vs. Matt Hallam
Leeroy Barnes vs. Che Mills
John Cullen vs. Dean Garnett

FACEBOOK PRELIMS | 7.50pm BST local time (2.50pm ET/11.50am PT)

Conrad Hayes vs. Paddy Pimblett
Dez Parker vs. Charlie Watts
Ant Phillips vs. Adam Ventre

UNAIRED PRELIM | 7.30pm BST local time

Ellis Hampson vs. Azi Thomas

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Luke Newman & Leeroy Barnes sign for Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship today announced the addition of Luke Newman and Leeroy Barnes (pictured) to its rapidly-expanding roster of talent.

The English pair have each put pen to paper on five-fight deals, which will commit them exclusively to the promotion for the next 18 months.

Newman (5-1), who alternates between American Top Team and London’s Team Titan, is one of the UK’s top lightweight prospects, having taken all five of his wins to date via first-round stoppage.

Still only 23, Newman featured as a welterweight on The Smashes series of The Ultimate Fighter last year and joins Team UK colleagues Valentino Petrescu and Bola Omoyele on the CWFC roster.

Barnes (12-10-0-1nc), who will make his CWFC debut against a yet-to-be-announced opponent at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool on July 20, is ranked as one of the UK’s top 15 middleweights.

The charismatic 28-year-old, who hails from Blackpool, spent four years as part of the Wolfslair Academy and has taken all 12 of his career wins by stoppage, 10 of which have come via submission.

“We’re always willing to provide a platform for talented fighters who want to compete regularly so it’s great to have Luke and Leeroy on board,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“They both have the skills and the right attitude, they want to be active so I know they’ll fit right in at Cage Warriors. I wish both guys luck and I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.”