Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele title fight added to Cage Warriors 89

This month’s Cage Warriors 89 event now has a second title fight.

Officials today announced a headlining title fight between welterweight champion Karl Amoussou (24-7-2) and UFC vet Dominique Steele (14-9).

Cage Warriors 89 takes place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card streams on UFC Fight Pass following prelims on Facebook, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Amoussou, a 31-year-old French-German fighter, is a well-traveled vet who’s competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM and M-1, among other promotions. In February, he scored a TKO victory over Matt Inman to win the belt. It was his seventh straight victory.

He now meets Steele, who recently concluded a five-fight UFC stint that saw him go 1-4 in the organization. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a solid a two-fight span in which the former CES MMA champion picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his slam-KO of “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim and a “Fight of the Night” award in a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

Officials also announced Nills van Noord (17-8) has replaced Karl Moore (8-1) at the event. He now fights Mauro Cerilli (10-2) for the organization’s vacant heavyweight belt. Moore, who is also the organization’s light-heavyweight champion, was forced off the card with an injury.

The latest Cage Warriors 89 card now includes:

  • Champ Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele – for welterweight title
  • Mauro Cerilli vs. Nills van Noord – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Tommy Depret vs. John Maguire
  • Ayton De Paepe vs. Jack Shore
  • Ben Dandois vs. Chico Martinez
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Aiden Lee
  • Massai Sant’anna vs. Artur Szczepaniak
  • Leon Jansen vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens
  • Sameer Alekozai vs. Matthias Lodahl

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Karl Moore looks to match Conor McGregor's feat in Cage Warriors 89 headliner

Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (8-1) already holds one Cage Warriors title, but he’s looking to score another one very soon.

The reigning Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion will look to claim the promotion’s vacant heavyweight title when he faces Mauro Cerilli (10-2) in the main event of next month’s Cage Warriors 89 event on Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

“Karl Moore has a huge opportunity to become our first two-weight world champion since Conor McGregor,” Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan stated. “And if he’s successful in Antwerp on Nov. 25, I’m sure a lot of people – including the UFC – will be paying very close attention to him.

“But he has a tough test in front of him. Cerilli is tough and in good form. I’m looking forward to a great title fight.”

McGregor, of course, held Cage Warriors’ lightweight and featherweight titles before vacating the belts in in 2013. migrating to the UFC and briefly holding those same belts in the world’s premier MMA promotion, as well.

Moore is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes a five-round decision win over Josh Moore at March’s Cage Warriors 81 event, where he picked up the vacant light heavyweight title. Moore is a perfect 4-0 in four appearances for the European promotion.

Meanwhile, Cerilli makes his promotional debut on the strength of a three-fight winning streak earned while competing in his native Italy. Two of this victories came via TKO, while his most recent appearance went to the judges’ cards in a three-round affair.

The Cage Warriors 89 lineup currently includes:

  • Champ Karl Moore vs. Mauro Cerilli – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Ben Dandois vs. opponent TBA
  • Tommy Depret vs. opponent TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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