Lewis Long gets headliner homecoming vs. Roberto Soldic at Cage Warriors 87

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales next month has a welterweight headliner.

Welsh fan favorite Lewis Long (15-4) will be featured in the main event at Cage Warriors 87 against promotional newcomer Roberto Soldic (11-2), the promotion announced today.

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

Long has just one loss in the past four years. He’s 8-1 over that stretch, and all eight of those wins have been by stoppaged, including three under the Cage Warriors banner. In May, at Cage Warriors 83, he picked up an 18-second TKO win over Che Mills when he took Mills down quickly into the fight and injured him in the process.

Newcomer Soldic has five straight wins in the past year. All of them are by knockout, and four have come in the first round. The 22-year-old from Bosnia & Herzogovinia has 10 of his 11 career wins by finish with nine knockouts dating back to his pro debut – the three-year anniversary of which will come the same day as Cage Warriors 87.

The Cage Warriors 87 lineup now includes:

  • Lewis Long vs. Roberto Soldic
  • 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

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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

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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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