Cage Warriors, the trilogy five is back this month from 30th to the 1st in the span of three straight days. Cage Warriors 127, 128, and 129 will host a number of fights and three title fights. Here are ten prospects to watch competition across the three cards.
Featherweight, Nathan Fletcher (6-0)
Fletcher hailing out of Liverpool, England is an undefeated prospect. Combined as a pro and amateur he’s 13-1 with ten finishes. Fletcher trains out of Next Generation MMA Liverpool training with the likes of Paddy Pimblett and others. Fletcher is a young fighter with whom I am very impressed. His striking is a work in progress but has a good ground game and is a stellar wrestler. Fletcher has a strong body lock takedown and on top, he’s a tactical grappler with seamless transitions. Overall such a good grappler and wrestler. This Thursday he has his chance to capture the Cage Warriors bantamweight title. It will be the vacant championship against the dangerous Dominique Wooding (7-4).
Featherweight, Paul Hughes (7-1)
Hughes living in Levi, Northern Ireland is a stellar prospect in Cage Warriors. Eight months ago he lost his first fight to now CW champ Jordan Vucenic. A few months ago he got back on the board handing James Hendin his first loss. Hughes has looked stellar in his pro career and although he’s still young he has the skills of an established fighter. Due to an injury to the champ Jordan Vucenic the title will be settled in an interim title. Hughes will fight the former featherweight champion Morgan Charriere (16-8-1).
Lightweight, Mike Figlak (5-0)
Poland-born and England-raised, Mike Figlak is an undefeated lightweight at 5-0. Figlak went 10-2 as an amateur, with a key loss to UFC bantamweight Jack Shore. Figlak is a fierce striker. The power isn’t necessarily the danger rather it’s the volume and combinations he throws. Though perhaps not as exciting as his stand-up, his ground game is just as good. To get it there Figlak’s wrestling is relentless. Figlak can get takedowns in space, in the clinch, and he seems to have good judo. Figlak is without a doubt someone to watch for. I think a lot of him and I believe he has a bright future. A future I see consists of a Cage Warriors title and a UFC contract if that’s what he wants. This Saturday he’s fighting Kieran Lister (6-2-1). Lister is another good test for Figlak to prove himself.
Lightweight, George Hardwick (7-1)
Hardwick last year went 2-0 in Bellator with two good performances. He made his return to Cage Warriors last June and put on a show against promotion veteran Dean Trueman. He’s won his last three and has never looked better in his career. No matter where the fight takes Hardwick he’s gonna be comfortable. He’s all about the volume on the feet throwing slick combinations to the body and head. Hardwick can wrestle as well. He can get takedowns on the legs and from the upper body. His jiu-jitsu is slick. He smoothly takes the back and right away locks in that body triangle. Czech Republic’s Jakub Dohnal (9-1) is his opponent this Saturday who is making his Cage Warriors debut.
Welterweight, Jesse Urholin (7-0)
The Finland native is a BJJ black belt and arguably the best grappler out of the Nordic area. He’s won medals at the IBJJF European Open, ADCC trials, was an ADCC European Champion in 2015 and 2017 and was an ADCC World qualifier those two same years. He made his Cage Warriors debut last June and dominated Aaron Khalid to a decision. Urholin is very good in the grappling department, but his ground and pound is also fierce. Which makes Urholin a feared grappler, as if he isn’t putting you out with a submission he will smash you with punches and elbows. To complement his grappling he does have good wrestling usually utilizing takedowns from the clinch. He fights John Palaiologos (18-9-1) out of Athens, Greece on Friday.
Welterweight, Mateusz Figlak (6-1)
Figlak’s only loss is to former Cage Warriors champ and current UFC fighter Ian Garry. Figlak to me is a future Cage Warriors champ and UFC fighter himself. He’s also the slightly older sibling of Mike Figlak another top prospect mentioned above. He’s been fighting for Cage Warriors since 2019 and since losing to Garry he’s won his next three fights. Figlak is well-rounded who has finished by KO/TKO and submission. Figlak on the feet throws a lot of heavy kicks especially attacking a lead leg. He’s a smooth striker that throws combinations in angles. He’s also really good in the clinch with his knees. Figlak as he is well-rounded he’s arguably better at using his wrestling and ground game. Figlak is giving a showcase fight this Saturday against Joachim Tollefsen (5-3-1).
Flyweight, Gerardo Fanny (10-2)
Fanny didn’t get any favors in his welcome to the UFC against Jack Cartwright. As he did fall short to Cartwright, Fanny got back on the board last June with a highlight-reel flying knee knockout against Connor Hignett. Born in Willemstad, Curaçao and fighting out of the Netherlands. Fanny is a fast explosive guy with a lot of power in what he throws. He’s gotta work on his takedown defense going forward. Although he is dangerous off his back to reach the next level he will have to round up his game. Fanny looking to build some momentum this Friday he’s fighting the very tough Liam Gittins (7-2). This is an important fight for Fanny to see where he fits in the Cage Warriors division.
Featherweight, Harry Hardwick (7-3)
Two pairs of brothers on the card this Saturday Hardwick is brothers with George Hardwick who is mentioned above. Hardwick also had a two-fight stint in Bellator going 1-1. He made his Cage Warriors debut last June in a very fun fight with Jean N’Doye winning by split decision. Hardwick is hard to put away. He usually starts slow but comes back stronger. Hardwick is a volume-based fighter that excels in mixing it up to the body and head while mixing in kicks as well. His pace is what breaks guys. Taking him to the mat isn’t safer. Hardwick has a dangerous guillotine and if you make it past that he’s good off his back. Konmon Deh (10-7) is better than his record shows it’s gonna be a good fight between the two.
Featherweight, Morgan Charriere (16-8-1)
Charriere was riding high earlier this year as the featherweight champ. He would go on to lose his title last March to Jordan Vucenic in a debatable split decision loss. Now he’s fighting Paul Hughes for the interim title since Vucenic is out due to injury. Charriere doesn’t have the most appealing record but a lot of those losses are to good fighters. In fact, Charriere is only 25-years-old and reaching his prime. On the feet, Charriere fights with a controlled chaos style throwing a lot of wide strikes but his speed and accuracy make up for it. He also has thudding leg kicks and will go up top as well, ending combinations that way. Charriere has decent wrestling and four wins by submission. He’s well-rounded, exciting, and still young.
Flyweight, Luke Shanks (8-2)
Shanks is 4-1 in Cage Warriors where that sole loss was to Jake Hadley in a title opportunity. After losing that he won against Nicolas Leblond last June. Now, Hadley is getting a second opportunity at Cage Warriors gold this Saturday against Sam Creasey. Shanks is an aggressive fighter who is a wrestler first. On the feet, Shanks hits hard but everything he does is to close the distance. With strong wrestling, he has a strong top position. He has solid ground and pound and early in his pro career, he started 3-0 with three submission wins. Shanks has a deep gas tank and that is where his pressure has just broken opponents so far. His only loss is to arguably the best flyweight prospect Jake Hadley.