Cage Warriors Invades The USA
MMANews Editor Sid Needelman's Comment:
This marks one of the first times Europe has attempted to take back the MMA craze on American Shores after the UFC has tried to make itself a nice niche across the Pond. To truly find the best action in MMA, it will be great seeing organizations reach across oceans like Elite XC did when they teamed up with Cage Rage. Hopefully Cage Warrior's show in the US will gain them enough attention State-side to have Americans interested in shows they put on back in Europe.
Plus, with many Cage Warrior veterans training or at least partly training in Florida, the site for the next show, some big names may be on the card or in the stands.
The Cage Warriors Fighting Championships; one of the UK's oldest and best known Mixed Martial Arts promotions will be crossing the Atlantic on March 29th when it makes it's debut Stateside at the Kissimmee Civic Centre in Florida.
Cage Warriors is known as one of the UK's elite MMA promotions and has promoted over 30 events since July of 2002, and has earned a solid reputation for it's ability to continuously re-invent itself, whilst also being able to unearth and promote up-and-coming stars from all over Europe. Many former CWFC veterans have moved on to bigger shows such as the UFC, (the now defunct) Pride FC, K-1 Hero's, BodogFIGHT, and more.
In their early days Cage Warriors saw the likes of Ian “The Machine” Freeman, Jorge Rivera, Gregory Bouchelaghem, Gerald “The Finishing Machine” Strebendt, Jean Silva, Alessio Sakara, Tengiz Tedoradze, “JZ” Calvancanti and many more step foot into the Cage Warriors arena.
Since 2005 when Warrior Promotions UK MMA Limited took a controlling interest in the Cage Warriors brand many more fighters have made their mark and progressed through the ranks, whilst Cage Warriors had several more big events that have seen two spectacular one night tournaments and increased visibility with TV deals and ever expanding coverage from internet and print media.
Whilst their critically acclaimed “Night of Champions” event in 2005 saw the likes of Antonio Silva, Jeff Monson, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Ross Pointon, Martin Kampmann, Danny Batten, Rosi Sexton and Paul McVeigh successfully defend their Cage Warriors' Titles in front of a stacked crowd at the Skydome Arena. Since then all of these fighters have gone on to fight aboard in some of the World's top shows.
Now Cage Warriors (in conjunction with their US partners) are crossing the pond and hope to repeat their success Stateside with an event that has been nearly 12 months in making. In embarking with this ambitious project, Cage Warriors hope to bring the same values which have seen them become a respected force in the UK to the United States.
Cage Warriors hopes their US expansion will give even more fighters a chance to showcase their skills in front of an increased audience and will create a wider range of exciting match-ups.
The Cage Warriors USA team are currently in talks with the likes of Team Trauma Ocala, American Top Team and Team Armory as well as several fighters from Cage Warriors' extensive UK roster, to ensure this 10 bout fightcard will produce a thrilling and absorbing show. Already confirmed Stateside are serval fighters from Gracie Barra Orlando such as Bruce Conner, Rodrigo “Lango” Andrade and Kevin Abrante.
The Cage Warriors team hope to announce several more big names for this event as they aim to start their USA adventure with a bang in a little over two months time. The Cage Warriors team would also like to thank Battlebase.net, Tom Malloy and the Florida State Boxing Commission for their help and support in making this event happen.
For more information on this event will be released in the coming weeks as Cage Warriors go global on March 29th when they make their US debut in the “Sunshine State”.
For more information contact the Warrior Promotions UK MMA Limited team at [email protected]