Modestas Bukauskas is ‘100% ready’ for UFC after impressive Cage Warriors title defense

Cage Warriors light-heavyweight champion Modestas Bukauskas (10-2) says he is “100% ready” for the UFC and hopes to get the call to fight for the promotion in London next March. The 25-year-old made quick work of Italian Riccardo Nosiglia (8-2) who fell victim to several huge elbows that left him unconscious.

Reflecting on his big win at Cage Warriors 111 Bukauskas said. “It was a good knockout. I actually didn’t realise he was out until I looked back at the video. I tried to help him up I didn’t realise exactly how stunned he was. Always the perfectionist the 25-year-old would have preferred to have got his win another way. “I was happy with it, but I really wanted to knock him out in a striking exchange.”

The London based Lithuanian spoke to the Scrap fresh off his first title defense, he said. “We are looking at the UFC London card. I feel I am 100% ready to for the UFC right now.”  If he does get the call Bukauskas already has a goal in mind upon entering the promotion. “I want to be able to fight the top-level guys. There is a lot of high-level fighters in that division, especially in the top ten.”

Despite the likelihood of a move to UFC the Londoner refused to get carried away. “It does take a bit of luck as well. I’ll just keeping training, doing my thing and see what happens”

The UFC would be foolish to pass up on Bukauskas who would be a perfect addition to their forthcoming London card. The Cage Warriors champion is always in fun fights, would bring a lot of fans and hype to the event. 

Cage Warriors are not blessed with lots of challenger’s at 205lbs but Bukauskas is ready to face anyone they offer him should he stay with the promotion. “There is no-one particularly in mind, no-one in my sight. They give me an opponent and I will just rise to the occasion.”

The likelihood of Modestas Bukauskas actually making a second defense of his Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title are very slim.

Cage Warriors will almost certainly lose their 205lb champion who will step up to the UFC and make his debut in London on 16 March 2020.

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The Scrap’s Jordan Ellis of Liverpool, UK is a lifelong fight fan and aspiring writer. Covering all things MMA and Boxing, you can follow him on Twitter (@JordanEllisUK) for daily fight news and content.