Martin Stapleton meets Soren Bak at Cage Warriors 88 in London

About a week after he was announced for the card, lightweight contender Martin Stapleton has an opponent for his Cage Warriors 88 bout.

Stapleton (19-5) will take on Soren Bak (8-1) on the card, which takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream on UFC Fight Pass. Promotion officials announced the booking today.

The 34-year-old Stapleton, from the Manchester area, will be fighting in front of his home England fans and will be looking for his third win under the Cage Warriors banner. He’s 2-1 for the promotion after returning earlier this year nearly nine years after he first fought for the company in 2008.

When he returned in February at Cage Warriors 80, he dropped a unanimous decision to Anthony Dizy, which snapped a five-fight winning streak. But he got back on track in June at Cage Warriors 85 when he outpointed Donovan Desmae. His resume, which includes three fights for Bellator, is a right-down-the-middle mix of six wins by knockout, six by submission, and six by decision.

The 25-year-old Bak, from Denmark, made his promotional debut in May and took a unanimous decision from Scott Clist at Cage Warriors 83. That got him back in the win column after the first loss of his pro career, which came in October 2016 with an 82-second TKO setback at a Euro FC event in Finland. Overall, Bak has six of his eight wins by stoppage.

The latest Cage Warriors 88 card includes:

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

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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