Cage Warriors is back! The UK promotion returns to the iconic York Hall venue with a host of exciting matchups that may well feature some of Europe’s next breakout stars. In the following list, we detail five fights that MMA fans should keep an eye on.
#5 Sam ‘Urai’ Creasey vs. Aaron Aby
This flyweight matchup takes place on the first of the three events in the upcoming trilogy. Creasey is an established Cage Warriors veteran who picked up back-to-back victories in 2020, defeating high-level competition in Nicolas Leblond and Adam Amarasinghe. A win in this outing could see Sam ‘Urai’ compete for gold before the year is out.
Alternatively, Aaron Aby is set to make his Cage Warriors debut. He holds four wins and one draw in his last five outings. Among these fights is a win over Connor Hignett, who is currently an established Cage Warriors fighter. Creasey will be a massive step up in competition for Aby, although a win here will see him put straight into the upper echelons of the Cage Warriors flyweight division.
#4 Agy ‘The Wolverine’ Sardari vs. Joe ‘The SBG Hunter’ McColgan
The headlining bout of the second event in the upcoming Cage Warriors Trilogy sees lightweight champion Agy Sardari attempt to make his second title defense. His opponent is Northern Irish prospect, Joe McColgan.
The only reason this fight is not higher on the list is due to Sardari’s slightly unconvincing performance last time out, as he edged a split decision victory again Donovan Desmae. However, ‘The Wolverine’ is still a fearsome foe and has a bright future ahead of him.
But Joe McColgan is no pushover. He may 11 fights to his name, but McColgan has fought absolute killers from day one. His second pro-MMA fighter was against SBG Ireland fighter Peter Queally, who now plies his trade in Bellator, having defeated Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire most recently. However, it was McColgan who came out on top in their matchup, which was the first case of him living up to the nickname ‘SBG Hunter.’ Since then McColgan has fought a murderer’s row of fighters in Cage Warriors, including Mason Jones and Jai Herbert.
Will Sardari defend his belt and take one step closer towards the UFC? Or will McColgan finally get that Cage Warrior’s strap put around his waist?
#3 Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar vs Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond
Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar is one of the brightest prospects in the whole Cage Warriors roster. He holds an undefeated 5-0-1 record having finished three of his last four opponents. Ben Lakhdhar was initially scheduled to face the aforementioned Cage Warrior’s lightweight champion, Argy Sardari, although an injury to the undefeated prospect saw the fight fall through.
He instead faces off against Paul Redmond, a true MMA journeyman who has competed in some of the biggest MMA organizations in the world. Redmond initially made his way up through Cage Warriors and amassed seven wins in eight fights. This impressive run of form saw Redmond signed to the UFC. Redmond competed twice in the UFC, before moving on to compete for BAMMA, KSW and then Bellator. He has now returned to the organization where it all started.
This will be a true test for Ben Lakhdhar, with Redmond possessing considerably more experience than any opponent he has faced before. However, a win here will likely see Ben Lakhdhar next in line for a shot at the Cage Warriors title.
#2 ‘Notorious’ Nathias Frederick vs. Matthew ‘The Beast’ Bonner
Nathias Frederick has looked nothing short of incredible since signing for Cage Warriors. His last two fights have ended in brutal KO, with both James Webb and Jamie Richardson crumbling against the onslaught brought by ‘Notorious’ Nathias. He will now attempt to defend his middleweight title against Matthew ‘The Beast’ Bonner, a Cage Veteran with more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Bonner is on a three-fight winning streak and shares a victory with Frederick over James Webb. He is currently ranked 6th out of the active pro-UK and Ireland middleweights and now has his sights set on middleweight gold. This fight promises to be a stand-up war and whilst Frederick will likely go in as the favorite, do not look past the veteran savvy of Matthew Bonner.
#1 Jack Grant vs. Ian ‘The Future’ Garry
What a matchup Cage Warriors have put together here. Jack Grant and Ian Garry are two of the most talented fighters in the whole Cage Warriors roster. Jack Grant is still under 30 but has competed 23 times in his pro career. He holds victories over elite Cage Warriors fighters such as Perry Goodwin and Madar Fleminas. Grant’s win over Fleminas was especially impressive as he showed off his elite submission skills to wrap up a modified anaconda submission. That win set him up for a fight with Garry for the welterweight title.
Grant’s experience and impressive resume are matched by Ian Garry’s undefeated prospect status and natural star power. He may only be 6-0 but ‘The Future’ has already defeated Mateusz Figlak as well as being the first man to finish Rostem Akman.
This fight promises to be a great matchup of styles and personalities. It will act as the final fight of the Cage Warriors Trilogy and such is the quality of the two men involved that it is impossible to predict a winner.