Cage Warriors 106 represents the biggest night in the promotion’s history. The event goes down this Saturday at a venue worthy of such an occasion, the Eventim Apollo, London.
A unique night of fights that will showcase the world-class talent on the Cage Warriors roster, it has been dubbed the Night of Champions. With a stacked 13-fight card which features 6 title fights.
The Scrap looks at what’s ahead and breaks down each of the night’s championship bouts.
Marthin Hamlet vs Modestas Bukauskas (CW Light Heavyweight Title)
This being the strongest of fight cards see’s the Cage Warriors light heavyweight title fight rounding off the night’s undercard. Undefeated Norwegian prospect Marthin Hamlet (5-0) takes on London based Lithuanian, Modestas Bukauskas (7-2). Hamlet, a decorated former wrestler, made the transition to MMA in 2017 and has looked sensational during his brief career. At 27-years-old he has everything it takes to develop into a top fighter and a star of the sport. He must first get past Modestas Bukauskas, who will be full of confidence after his impressive victory at CW102. Bukauskas stole the show as he impressively came from behind to defeat Marcin Wojcik via TKO in the second round.
Sam Creasey vs Samir Faiddine (CW Flyweight Title)
The fight that completed the Night of Champions line-up sees Sam Creasey (11-2) get his second crack at the Cage Warriors featherweight title against promotional newcomer, Samir Faiddine (10-5). Creasey failed in his first bid at the 125lb crown as he was stopped by Nathan Greyson, who was later stripped of the title for failing to make weight for his first defence. One year and two wins later, Creasey finds himself on the cusp of becoming champion. The Frenchman Samir Faiddine snapped a 3-fight losing streak last time out picking up a unanimous decision victory over Adrianos Stokas. He’ll need to be better than ever to pull off the biggest upset of the night and come away a champion against the world-class Sam Creasey.
James Webb vs Nathias Frederick (CW Middleweight Title)
On the back of a super impressive win to capture the title, James Webb (7-1) returns to defend his belt against Nathias Frederick (7-2). The challenger is riding a 7-fight win streak since dropping his first two professional bouts. With six KO/TKO victories during his run, he certainly represents a serious threat to the short reign of the champion. Webb told The Scrap he is ready to do his job and get the finish at CW106. A win in this fight and the 29-year-old fighting out of Colchester is hoping to earn a call up to the UFC. First things first, a very tough defence awaits at CW106.
Dean Trueman vs Mads Burnell (CW Featherweight Title)
The current featherweight champion Dean Trueman (10-4) captured the 145lb strap at Cage Warriors 100 with a third round TKO of Aiden Lee. A bicep injury to Trueman initially halted a fight with former lightweight champion, Soren Bak. The fight fell apart entirely in April as Bak decided to halt his cut to 145lbs and declared he will continue to campaign at lightweight. In steps, Mads Burnell (11-3), the BJJ black belt went 1-2 in the UFC before being cut after being tapped by former Cage Warriors fighter Arnold Allen. Burnell has picked up back-to-back submission victories in double quick time during his brief stint in Cage Warriors, he now has a chance to make it 3 in a row and grab the title in the process.
Jack Grant vs Jai Herbert (Co-main Event: CW Lightweight Title)
In the night’s co-main event, Jack Grant (15-4) and Jai Herbert (8-1) will go head-to-head for the vacant lightweight title. The 27-year-old Grant is currently riding a 6-fight win streak and earned his shot last time out with a quick KO victory over Aleski Mantykivi. Herbert continues to impress, undefeated since his lone loss in 2016. He has scored big wins back-to-back defeating Joe McColgan and Steve O’Keefe. Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the night, fans are expecting an all-out war between two notorious finishers. With 21 stoppage wins between them, this one will be fun whilst it lasts, but don’t expect it to go to the judges.
Ross Houston vs Nicolas Dalby (Main Event: CW Welterweight Title)
Defending champion Ross Houston (8-0) will put his title on the line for the first time against UFC veteran Nicolas Dalby (17-3-1). The 28-year-old Houston picked the title up in October, earning a split decision victory over Italian, Stefano Paterno. A resurgent Dalby represents a tough task for the new champion as he is currently riding a 3-fight win streak. Dalby has looked great since returning to Cage Warriors and now has the opportunity recapture the title he surrendered to make the jump to the big leagues. A fight worthy of the main-event slot on this, the biggest night in Cage Warriors history. The winner will surely get the call to move on to test their skills against the current crop of UFC welterweights.
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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.