A pair of titles will be on the line in February, and a former champion will return to action for Cage Warriors.
Cage Warriors 90 is set for Feb. 24 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Two titles will be on the line, though each of those fights currently has just one fighter booked. Middleweight champion Lee Chadwick (24-13-1) will put his belt up for grabs against an opponent still to be announced. And Cage Warriors’ inaugural women’s flyweight title will be contested with Molly McCann (6-1) against a still-to-be-determined foe.
One fight is locked down, though: Former featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (13-2) will move up to lightweight in front of his home fans to take on Alexis Savvidis (16-6-1), the promotion today announced. Chadwick, McCann and Pimblett all are Liverpudlians.
Pimblett lost the featherweight title in April when Nad Narimani took a unanimous decision from him at Cage Warriors 82. That setback snapped a nine-fight winning streak, seven of which came under the Cage Warriors banner. He was supposed to return at Cage Warriors 88 until an injury forced him off the lineup.
“This is a pivotal fight for me – the most important fight of my life and more than any title fight,” Pimblett stated. “If I lose, I’m going to get called a hype train for life and thrown by the wayside in U.K. MMA. But that’s just not ‘The Baddy.’ When I win I’ll show people I’m back.
“People can slander my name all they want, but when I’m in there there’s no one like me. I’m going to show everyone why I was called the next big thing in this sport, and I’ll prove that by the end of 2018 when I’m two-time world champion at the age of 23.”
Savvidis, from Greece, will be fighting for the promotion for the first time in three and a half years. At Cage Warriors 70 in August 2014, he was submitted by Paul Redmond to start a 1-4 slide. But since that skid, he’s gone 7-1-1 over the past two years with six stoppage wins.
- Champ Lee Chadwick vs. TBA – for middleweight title
- Molly McCann vs. TBA – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
- Paddy Pimblett vs. Alexis Savvidis