Cage Warriors is the place to be for European fighters hoping to get signed by the UFC.
The London based organization oversaw the careers of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy before they moved on to the big show.
Last week Heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall became the 93rd Cage Warriors fighter to get signed by the UFC. Several fighter in Europe’s best MMA promotion are knocking on the door and look destined to become UFC fighters sooner rather than later.
Here’s just five Cage Warriors stars who you should look out for in the UFC in the near future.
Jai Herbert (9-1)
Jai Herbert – the road to the top 📈
Re-watch the 3️⃣ back-to-back TKOs that brought the lightweight title to Birmingham!
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 19, 2019
The Cage Warriors Lightweight champion fights in his hometown of Birmingham this weekend. With a win against UFC veteran Cain Carrizosa he almost certainly becomes the 94th Cage Warriors fighter to move to the UFC. The 31-year-old looked more than ready in his last fight.
Herbert impressively stopped top contender Jack Grant inside three rounds to claim the 155lb title. Many thought the call would have already come for Herbert. He’ll want to be undeniable with a win over a UFC veteran this weekend.
Mason Jones (8-0)
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 12, 2019
The next Welsh Wale MMA star Mason Jones is a problem for anyone in the Cage Warriors 155lb division. The 24-year-old fighter improved his record to 8-0 earlier this month beating Aleksi Mantykivi over three rounds at the Viola Stadium, Cardiff. “The Dragon” has looked untouchable during the early parts of his MMA career.
A fighter truly dedicated to his craft Mason Jones splits his time between Wales and California where he trains with Team Alpha Male. The move to UFC is inevitably in his future but for now Mason Jones has got his mind set on that Cage Warriors lightweight strap currently held by Jai Herbert.
James Webb (6-1-1)
London's own, James Webb has done it 🤩
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 2, 2019
Current middleweight title holder James Webb may well get the call once he get a long due win over Nathias Frederick later this year. The 29-year-old previously defended his belt against Frederick but the fight ended in a controversial draw. A five-round war was somewhat spoiled by the judges scorecards and Cage Warriors decided to run it back.
James Webb told The Scrap he has no intention of leaving it to the judges this time as he plans to stop the challenger Frederick. If he does expect his next fight to be under the UFC banner.
Jack Cartwright (7-0)
Back-to-back first round knockouts.
A Rocky story for the ages.
Check out how Jack Cartwright became the NEW bantamweight face of Cage Warriors! 🏆⬇️ pic.twitter.com/7A67XJAWAB
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) September 7, 2019
After just one event with Cage Warriors Jack Cartwright is the bantamweight champion. The SBG Manchester standout looks UFC ready right now and would be an interesting addition to the 135lb divison. Cartwright was drafted in to take part in the Cage Warrior one-night bantamweight tournament. In which four fighters competed for Jack Shores recently vacated belt.
The tournaments underdog Cartwright upset the odds by steamrolling former title challenger Scott Malone in the semi-final. He then took out Marko Kovacevic in the final to be crowned the divisions new champion. Cartwright finished both fights in the first round and spent less than five minutes in the cage. He has also finished all of his seven professional wins and will be an a dangerous fight for anyone at 135lbs.
Paddy Pimblett (14-3)
Completed it mate 😉
Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett with the flying triangle 👏pic.twitter.com/VpD40kg0vD
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 25, 2018
No Cage Warriors list would be complete without Paddy Pimblett. The promotions biggest star will eventually make his way to the UFC. A 24-year-old from Liverpool Pimblett has huge pulling power. “The Baddy” can attract huge crowds especially in his hometown. A unique fighter he is capable of wowing crowds with his flamboyant jujitsu game.
Pimblett is a rare case having already turned down a UFC contract. The scouse fighter already earns considerable money fighting outside the promotion. He’ll look to bounce back after defeat and a long layoff when he takes on heavy hitter Donovan Desmae in London next month.