Cage Warriors

Fight of the Day: Bisping vs. Mehmet

From Cage Warriors Fighting Championships’ “Strike Force 2” event in July 2005, here’s current “Ultimate Fighter 9” UK coach Michael Bisping defending his Cage Warriors light heavyweight title against Finnish veteran Miika Mehmet.

British Promotions Come Together to Form BFC

Following on from many discussions during 2008, an alliance of MMA promoters have come together to help the growth of the sport in the U.K. and to assist homegrown talent to the international stage by creating a unified set of British belts.

Titled the BFC – British Fighting Championship – the aim of this joint venture is to include established and new promotions across the U.K. regions to grow their fighter talent in a free and unrestricted market and for all to benefit from the media exposure that one group brand will be able to provide.

Founders of the group include: FX3, Ultimate Force, Ultimate Warrior Challenge, AMMA, and Cage Warriors, who between them will provide the U.K. MMA scene with 12 BFC shows in 2009, including an end of year Night of Champions when the 2009 season contenders for the British belts go head to head. The belts will cover seven male and two female categories to be as inclusive as possible and will be worth up to £250,000 in total tournament purses.

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Daley Victorious in Cage Warriors Comeback

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Popular British welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley marked his return to active competition with an impressive knockout of previously undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors’ latest edition of “Enter the Rough House” on Saturday.

Daley announced his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year, citing a lack of interest in fighting anymore as one of the main reasons for walking away at such a young age. However Daley’s break only lasted six months and based on his performance against Kosednar, he hasn’t skipped a beat.

Kosednar simply had no answer for Daley’s superior striking. “Semtex” broke things wide open after landing a hard knee to Kosednar’s ribs, momentarily stunning him and allowing Daley to connect with a straight right that sent his opponent crumbling to the canvas for the first of four separate occasions in the first round. The final blow saw Daley put Kosednar to sleep with a left hook just seconds before the end of the round.

Norwegian prospect Simeon Thoresen remained perfect in professional action, submitting Matt Thorpe in the first round with a kimura. In other notable bouts, Jim Wallhead won an exciting unanimous decision over skilled grappler Fabricio Nascimento while Andre Winner and Abdul Mohamed fought to an unfortunate draw.

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Daley Accuses ProElite of Shady Business

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year, welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley will return from a brief hiatus from the sport to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors’ latest “Enter the Rough House” this afternoon.

However shaking off a little ring rust isn’t Daley’s biggest problem these days. His latest woes involve his current relationship with EliteXC parent company ProElite, with whom he has one-fight left on his deal with the organization.

“I’ve got a few things I want to get out in the air with regards to Pro Elite, Cage Rage and the future,” Daley said in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “I’ve got no contract with Cage Rage, my contract stands with Pro Elite. My fight with Cage Warriors seems to be a problem with the guys at Pro Elite.

“They tried to get me to fight for Cage Rage, which I wasn’t going to do on the principle that I’ve agreed to fight in my hometown,” Daley continued. “They’ve gone about it in a not so pleasant way, I think they could have gone about it a lot better. I can’t say much more for legal reasons but I think Cage Rage have had a lot to do with it.”

While it’s pretty easy to see why ProElite would want to use Daley in a Cage Rage show being that they are in a working partnership with the promotion, Daley claims that the company originally had no problem with him fighting for Cage Warriors this weekend but has since changed their stance on the situation.

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Weekend Focus Falls on British MMA

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The mixed martial arts world will be setting their sights on the United Kingdom this weekend as the sport’s two most high-profile events take place overseas.

Cage Rage will put on their latest effort, entitled “Step Up”, Saturday afternoon inside the Wembley Arena in London, where the promotion has hosted the majority of it’s events. Controversial veteran Phil Baroni will attempt to snap a three-fight losing streak by moving down to welterweight for the first time in his career in the show’s main event, where he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Scott Jansen.

Robert Berry will fight for the first since knocking off the legendary Ken Shamrock at a Cage Rage event in March. He will take on Neil Grove in a rematch of their heavyweight battle last December, in which Grove picked up a first-round win after Berry’s corner stopped the fight. Other notable fights on the card include Mustapha al Turk battling James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title and a clash between featherweights Brad Pickett and Cristian Binda.

Meanwhile over in Nottingham, Cage Warriors will host their seventh “Enter the Rough House” show, which will see welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley return from a brief retirement to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar.

Daley has not fought since stopping former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan with strikes at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show in January. It was Daley’s fifth consecutive victory. His counterpart, Kosednar, has won his first six professional bouts to start his career. Paul McVeigh and Steve McCombe will clash for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Other notable veterans competing on the card include Fabricio Nascimento and Andre Winner.

Hardy Survives, Stops Reiner at Cage Warriors

Chad Reiner throws a left hand at Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Talented English striker Dan Hardy fought off a slew of early submission attempts before finally stopping Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chad Reiner and regaining his Cage Warriors welterweight title at the promotion’s latest show Saturday night in Nottingham, England.

It was obvious that Reiner wanted to end the fight early as he displayed a variety of submission attempts throughout the first round, including a standing guillotine that nearly forced Hardy to tap. Hardy continually stuffed multiple takedown attempts in the second round before finally letting his hands go in the third.

Hardy caught Reiner with a hard knee and then followed up with a straight right hand that sent Reiner stumbling to the canvas. Hardy pounced on his opponent and finished things off with a flurry of strikes that forced the referee to stop the fight.

Lightweight prospect Andre Winner suffered his second career loss in losing a majority decision to France native Bendy Casimir.

Complete results from the event:

Peter McGurk def. Richard Whitmore - KO (Punch) 
Eugene Fadiora def. Dave Bownds - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lee Livingstone def. Adam Bairstow - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Clifford Hall def. Nigel Whitear - Submission (Guillotine)
Dean Amasinger def. Jason Muldoon - Submission (Kimura)
Jim Wallhead def. Tom Haddock - Submission (Strikes)
Martin Stapleton def. David Johnston - Unanimous Decision
Matt Thorpe def. Mark O’Toole - Submission (Kimura)
Bendy Casimir def. Andre Winner - Majority Decision
Cengiz Dana def. Ian Butlin - Submission (Heel Hook)
Dan Hardy def. Chad Reiner - TKO (Strikes)

Hardy-Reiner Headlines Tomorrow’s Cage Warriors

Chad Reiner throws a left hand at Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chad Reiner will tangle with talented English striker Dan Hardy for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title at the promotion’s latest show tomorrow night in Nottingham, England.

Since dropping his two straight bouts in his only UFC stint to date, Reiner has bounced back to win his last four fights. He last stopped fellow welterweight Mark Moreno with strikes at an X-1 event in January.

Hardy has won seven of his last eight fights. Most recently, he submitted Manuel Garcia by way of strikes in December.

“When I met Chad in Florida, he was respectful and I have no bad feelings towards him personally,” Hardy said in a recent press release sent out to the media. “However this Saturday night is strictly business. When someone steps into the cage with me they better be ready because I’m throwing everything with bad intentions.”

Lightweight contender Andre Winner will also be in action, taking on Cage Rage veteran Bendy Casimir.

Daley Retirement Rumors Confirmed

Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Rumors started running rampant earlier this week when an online message board account connected to welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley left a surprising post on Cage Warriors official website. It seems that Daley is set to end his career early by way of retirement.

“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage, FX-3, and KOTR champion,” Daley said in Cage Warriors’ message boards. “I’ve vacated all of these titles. Futher more, I will consider my self retired from mixed martial arts as of March 29th. On that date, I will fulfill my commitment with EliteXC.”

However Daley also went on to add that he wasn’t ruling out a potential return to the sport.

“Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in MMA, I may return to this sport,” Daley added. “It may be six months, it may be six years, who knows.”

While MMA on Tap was unable to get in contact with Daley, Sherdog was and have confirmed with the Nottingham, England native that the post was indeed made by him. FX-3 head Paul James also confirmed to Jim Page that Daley had relinquished his title inside of the organization.

Daley is coming off of an impressive knockout of former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Sam Morgan. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

Cage Warriors Announces October 14 Event

Warrior Promotions MMA (UK) Limited are proud to announce that their exciting “Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House” series will return to the Harvey Hadden Centre in Nottingham, on Sunday 14th October.

Despite suffering numerous withdrawals and injuries in the run-up to their last event in July, the Warrior Promotions team managed to produce an array of exciting fights which drew positive reviews from the MMA media. And now despite rumours to the contrary, Cage Warriors are back and are already planning a stacked 12 bout fight card which will include several well known UK and European stars.

Already tentatively scheduled to fight on the show are fighters from the local Team Rough House and Team Tap or Snap which include FX3 World Lightweight Champion Andre Winner (7-1-0), Lee Livingstone (2-0-0), Christian Smith (4-4-0) and Wayne Buck (2-0-0). Whilst also due to appear are CW regulars such as the BodogFIGHT veteran Matt “12 Gauge” Thorpe (7-5-0) and Mark O’Toole (6-3-0) and many more.

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CKA: Apr 05, 2007

News and Notes

- Check back later this morning for our predictions on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 9. As always we will be going live at 8 PM EST with one of our patented live blogs…

- Also video of Josh Koscheck fighting a fan is coming your way around 8:30 AM…

- So what are you doing today from 6 PM on? Watching Spike TV, duh. Remember there will be two episodes of UFC Unleashed between 6-8 PM. 8 PM of course is UFC Fight Night 9 and following that will be the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 5 at 10 PM. Going to be a big day.

- A Japanese news report is speculating that Diego Sanchez may participate in the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix starting in May.

- Brazilian MMA news site World Fight posted a recent interview with Mauricio Rua where he stated that he would be interested in taking on Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz in the near future.

UFC Junkie gives the English translation:

WF: Tito Ortiz declared recently that he would like to fight with you…
Rua: He is a very good athlete and strong, I would like to face him yes, with certainty I would like that fight.

WF: Does the possibility of a rematch with Renato Sobral motivate you to fight in the UFC?
Rua: Definitely! It is a fight that now can happen and I would like it very much it if did.

- Cage Warriors President Doug Truman was arrested yesterday on charges of an alleged connection to a convicted drug dealer in Hampshire, England. Truman is still in jail but is expected to post bail in the next 24 hours.

- The schedule for Versus’ coverage of the WEC starting in June is now up on it’s official website.

Video of the Day

UFC Fight Night 9 Preview

Rock the Vote Results

The Next TUF Alum to Receive a Title Shot?

Diego Sanchez - 68%
Rashad Evans - 13%
Mike Swick - 11%
Josh Koscheck - 7%
Joe Stevenson - 4%
Other - 1%

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