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Champ Chris Fishgold gets challenger for Cage Warriors 88 headliner

Lightweight champion Chris Fishgold has an opponent for his Cage Warriors 88 headliner.

Officials today announced Fishgold (16-1-1) will meet challenger Alexander Jacobsen (8-1) in the championship main event.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and it streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Fishgold has won six straight bouts, which included a submission victory over Adam Boussif for the vacant title and defenses over Jason Ponet (64-second submission) and Nic Herron-Webb (decision). The 24-year-old is 7-0 under the Cage Warriors banner and owns 13 stoppages in 16 career wins.

He now takes on Jacobsen, a 29-year-old Norwegian fighter who’s 2-0 since joining Cage Warriors with a TKO win over Tim Wilde and a decision victory over Tom Green. The three-year pro has gone 8-0 with seven stoppages since losing his pro debut in 2014.

As previously announced, a number of other Liverpool fighters are slated for the card, including former featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (13-2), flyweight prospect Molly McCann (5-1), lightweight contender Martin Stapleton (19-5) and middleweight vet Lee Chadwick (23-13-1).

The latest Cage Warriors 88 card includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. TBA
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA
  • Martin Stapleton vs. TBA
  • Lee Chadwick vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Watch Dustin Ortiz's record-setting UFC knockout win in Mexico City

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Dustin Ortiz made a bit of UFC history on Saturday when he registered the fastest finish in the history of the flyweight division at UFC Fight Night 114.

Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) performance the definition of a short night at the office when he starched Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) just 15 seconds in the FS1-televised bout at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

The quick finish broke the previous 125-pound division stoppage record held by Freddy Serrano, who defeated Zhikui Yao in 44 seconds at UFC Fight Night 79 in November 2015.

Check out a video of Ortiz’s victory below (via Twitter).

Here’s how MMAjunkie described the bout on the play-by-play thread:

Round 1 – Jerin Valel is our fifth ref in five fights. He’ll look in on the speedy flyweights. Sandoval lands a nice right hand. But Ortiz answers – and answers quickly. He drills Sandoval with a right-left, then a massive right that knocks him to the canvas. He jumps on him immediately and crushes Sandoval with three hammer fists. Sandoval is out! Just like that, Ortiz has a knockout win – the fastest flyweight finish in UFC history. It took him 13 to 15 seconds, unofficially, until we hear the exact time.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Lewis Long vs. Gael Grimaud among additions to Cage Warriors 86 in London

Cage Warriors’ fall return to its London home base continues to build with the addition of four new fights.

Leading the pack, Lewis Long (15-4), who previously was announced for a spot at Cage Warriors 86, now has an opponent. He’ll take on French veteran Gael Grimaud (20-7) in a welterweight fight on the card.

Cage Warriors 86 takes place Sept. 16 at Indigo at The O2 in London. The card streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood meets challenger Josh Reed.

Additionally, the promotion today announced Miro Jurkovic (4-0) vs. Warren Kee (8-5); Brian Bouland (5-1) vs. Darren O’Gorman (5-2) at bantamweight; and Arvydas Juska (1-3) vs. James Webb (1-1) at middleweight.

Wales’ Long is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career. At Cage Warriors 83 in May, he got a TKO win over UFC veteran Che Mills in just 18 seconds thanks to a Mills knee injury sustained when Long drove him to the canvas for an early takedown. The victory was Long’s seventh in eight fights, and he called for a spot on the UFC’s July show in Scotland. Absent that shot – for now – he’ll take on Grimaud in London.

Gael Grimaud

The 37-year-old Grimaud will try to bounce back from a March submission loss to Abdoul Abdouraguimov in France. That snapped a three-fight skid that came in a run that saw him win 11 of 12 fights. Included in that stretch was a 2012 win at Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 over Jesse Taylor, who recently won Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” to get back into the UFC.

With the additions, the Cage Warriors 86 card now includes:

  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Josh Reed – for bantamweight title
  • Corrin Eaton vs. Dean Truman
  • Gael Grimaud vs. Lew Long
  • Sam Creasey vs. Paul Marin
  • Miro Jurkovic vs. Warren Kee
  • Brian Bouland vs. Darren O’Gorman
  • Arvydas Juska vs. James Webb

For more on Cage Warriors 86, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Cage Warriors 87 lineup builds in Wales, including Matt Inman vs. Craig White

The lineup has started to fill for Cage Warriors’ return to Wales this fall with the addition of eight bouts.

Topping the list of newly announced fights for Cage Warriors 87 is a welterweight bout between former title challenger Matt Inman (20-9) and Craig White (11-7). Also on the card is a 170-pound tilt between Ross Houston (4-0) and Aaron Khalid (6-2-1).

Cage Warriors 87 takes place Oct. 14 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Also booked for the event: Scott Clist (9-4) vs. Richard Williams (4-1) at lightweight; Phil Raeburn (8-6) vs. Aiden Lee (4-1) at featherweight; Martin McDonough (12-5) vs. Martin Sheridan (8-7) at bantamweight; Josh Ellis (1-0) vs. Lawrence Tracey (1-1) at lightweight; Jason Jenkins (3-1) vs. Chris Saunders (2-1) at bantamweight; and Shaun Luther (2-3) vs. Mason Jones (0-0) at lightweight.

Inman has won three of his past four fights, including two of his past three under the Cage Warriors banner. The one setback came against Karl Amoussou at Cage Warriors 80 in February, where he lost his shot at the then-vacant welterweight title by first-round TKO. But the Brit rebounded in June with a decision over Brad Wheeler at Cage Warriors 84.

White has won three of his past four, as well, and back-to-back fights for Cage Warriors. At Cage Warriors 80 in February, he submitted Thomas Robertsen with a triangle choke with three seconds left in the first round. In June, he followed that win up with a guillotine choke finish of Hakon Foss at Cage Warriors 84 in just 78 seconds. England’s White has all 11 of his career wins by stoppage, including seven submissions.

Scotland’s Houston stayed perfect in April when he submitted Dylan McLoughlin at Cage Warriors 82 with a guillotine choke just 31 seconds into their fight. It was his second first-round stoppage for Cage Warriors following an armbar win over Dane Morgan in June 2016 at Cage Warriors 76.

Khalid is unbeaten in his past five fights, including back-to-back submissions in his first two fights for Cage Warriors. At Cage Warriors 79 in October 2016, he caught Adam Proctor with a second-round rear-naked choke. And in March in front of his home fans in Wales, he tapped Phill Wells with a guillotine choke in the second round.

The current Cage Warriors 87 lineup includes:

  • Matt Inman vs. Craig White
  • Ross Houston vs. Aaron Khalid
  • Scott Clist vs. Richard Williams
  • Aiden Lee vs. Phil Raeburn
  • Martin McDonough vs. Martin Sheridan
  • Josh Ellis vs. Lawrence Tracey
  • Jason Jenkins vs. Chris Saunders
  • Mason Jones vs. Shaun Luther
  • Jack Shore vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 87, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Cage Warriors 85 live and official results (3 p.m. ET)

Cage Warriors 85 takes place today, and you can join us for live and official results beginning at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT).

Cage Warriors 85 takes place at O2 Academy in Bournemouth, England. The main card streams on UFC Fight Pass (4 p.m. ET) following prelims on Cage Warriors’ Facebook page (3 p.m. ET).

In the headliner, Victor Cheng (11-2) and Jason Radcliffe (11-2) fight for the organization’s vacant middleweight title.

Official Cage Warriors 85 results include:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Radcliffe vs. Oskar Piechota — for vacant middleweight title
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Lee Chadwick vs. Andrei Manzolo
  • Leah McCourt vs. Rizlen Zouak
  • Cameron Else vs. Damo Weeden

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Jamie Richardson vs. Alex Thorne
  • Romain Bidet vs. Josh McManus
  • Luiz Finocchio vs. Shaun Luther

For more on Cage Warriors 85, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Cage Warriors 86 features champ Nathaniel Wood vs. Josh Reed in London

Cage Warriors officials previously announced that bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood was set to headline Cage Warriors 86 on Sept. 16 at Indigo at The O2 in London. Now, he has an opponent.

Promotion official recently announced that “The Prospect” Wood (11-3) will meet undefeated challenger Josh Reed (7-0) in the Cage Warriors 86 main event.

“After two sell-out shows at our London home in February and June, we’re delighted to head back to the Indigo at The O2 in September,” Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan stated. “Nathaniel has said the belt will not leave his home town, but Josh will bring a lot of support from Wales and is unbeaten as a professional, so I’m anticipating a strong, competitive fight.”

Wood captured the Cage Warriors title earlier this month with a first-round knockout of Marko Kovacevic at Cage Warriors 84. He’ll now look to defend the belt for the first time when he faces Reed, who is undefeated seven fights in to his professional run, including three wins under the Cage Warriors banner.

Cage Warriors officials also announced Corrin Eaton (9-2) vs. Dean Trueman (7-4), as well as Lewis Long (15-4) against an opponent to be determined for Cage Warriors 86.

For more on Cage Warriors 86, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Lee Chadwick vs. Andy Manzolo among Cage Warriors 85 additions

This month’s Cage Warriors 85 event has a trio of new additions.

Officials today announced the bouts, which include middleweights Lee Chadwick (22-13-1) vs. Andy Manzolo (15-5).

Cage Warriors 85 takes place June 24 at O2 Academy in Bournemouth, England, and the event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Chadwick, a 32-year-old Englishman, is on a 3-1 run following a recent submission victory over Tommy Quinn at Cage Warriors 82. It marked the BAMMA and ACB vet’s 18th stoppage in 22 career wins going back to his 2006 pro debut. He meets Manzolo, a 32-year-old Estonian fighter who fights for Cage Warriors for the first since 2014. He’s currently on a 4-1 run that included a submission win – his ninth in 15 career victories – over Shaun Lomas (21-68) at a regional show in England.

Other new bouts include featherweights Danny Randolph (1-0) vs. Hughie O’Rourke (0-1) and female featherweight Leah McCourt (0-0), who’s also an IMMAF amateur world champion, vs. Rizlen Zoua (0-0), a judo Olympian for France.

The latest Cage Warriors 85 lineup includes:

  • Jason Radcliffe vs. Oskar Piechota
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Adam Boussif vs. Ryan Roddy
  • Leah McCourt vs. Rizlen Zouak
  • Hughie O’Rourke vs. Danny Randolph
  • Cameron Else vs. Damo Weeden
  • Jamie Richardson vs. Alex Thorne
  • Luiz Finocchio vs. Shaun Luther

For more on Cage Warriors 85, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie