14th January 2019
Local stars Butters and Edwards to meet in huge Cage Warriors Academy main event.
Two of the region’s best-known fighters will go to war in a huge main event on Cage Warriors Academy South East 23 later this year.
Colchester’s Craig Edwards celebrates a win. He faces Scott Butters on April 13. Picture: ADAM BRIGHT
Norfolk’s Scott Butters and Essex’s Craig Edwards will renew hostilities as professionals at the Charter Hall in Colchester on April 13, having previously clashed as amateurs back in 2014.
Butters, now 2-1 as a pro, prevailed in that clash, forcing Edwards to submit to a rear naked choke in round two, but was buzzed by a head kick and bettered on the ground in the first stanza.
And Edwards will have more than revenge as an incentive – despite his undoubted talent, he’s 1-3 as a pro and coming off a first round loss at Cage Warriors 99 in Colchester. The BKK Fighters product badly needs a win to get his career back on track.
Scott Butters is 2-1 as a pro lightweight. Picture: BRETT KING
Simply put, the lightweight fight will be one of the biggest to ever grace our regional MMA scene.
Promoter Jack Mason said: “Craig lost the first fight, but he’s improved so much since. They’re both coming off a loss and they’re both looking to prove themselves and get to the big show.
“It’s a really even fight, a local derby with a lot on the line – they will both want to look good and make a statement. Neither of them want to get another loss.”
Butters, who lost his last fight in the first round to respected veteran Kim Thinghaugen at Contenders 24 in Norwich last September, said: “I think it’s going to be a really good fight – if you watch that first fight back, that’s not what we are now.
“From that, Craig went on an absolute tear and was beating everyone. As a pro, his record doesn’t do him justice. He’s an absolute animal and he’s got the same attitude as me, he wants to fight the best.”
But Dereham’s Butters, 31, is predicting a repeat of the result of their first fight. “I’m going to play it a little bit differently,” he said. “I’m going to go out there a lot more relaxed, and I’m not going to take a head kick in the first 20 seconds!
“I think there’s a very good chance of a TKO victory for me – we’ve seen a few holes in his game, and there’s going to be elbows!”
Unsurprisingly, Edwards has a very different view of how the battle will play out. He said: “I think I’m just going to beat him up.
“I let him off the hook last time – I could have finished him, but I just got carried away and beat myself.
“I’ve got the advantage in the striking, and I think I have the advantage on the ground as well. I’m a lot more physical than Scott is, and I think this is a good fight for me.”
The 26-year-old added: “This is my chance to start turning things around, just like I did in the amateurs when I won five fights in a row. If I can put on a show here then after this one, or one more, I’ll be back on Cage Warriors.”
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22nd March 2018
Cage Warriors announce high-stakes amateur grand prix tournament for 2018
Europe’s leading MMA promotion continue their commitment to growing grass-roots amateur MMA by announcing the Cage Warriors Academy (CWA) Grand Prix: the biggest all-in amateur mixed martial arts tournament of its kind, to find the best and most legitimate stars in Europe.
In just a few months, many of Europe’s most promising MMA prospects procured by Cage Warriors’ Academy organisations in North West and South East England, Wales and a fourth, yet to be confirmed Academy region, will begin preparation for the CWA Grand Prix. Each of Cage Warriors’ Academies will put forward a number of amateur athletes from both the U.K and further across Europe. 28 fighters across 7 weight divisions will compete for the CWA Grand Prix Trophy in each division, the chance to fight on an official Cage Warriors event and, if successful, the option to turn pro with Cage Warriors.
“As the longest running MMA promotion on the continent, we feel a responsibility to give young athletes the chance to develop themselves in front of a world audience,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “We are a fighter first promotion, and this tournament will give the best talent a clear pathway from the amateur leagues to the top. If you’re serious about proving yourself, the CWA Grand Prix is the place to do so.”
The Cage Warriors Academies are headed by some of the best talent developers in Europe, all with one goal in mind – to legitimise and provide maximum exposure to amateur MMA in safe and regulated environments. Some of Cage Warriors’ fastest rising stars came through the Academy ranks prior to turning pro, including Belgium’s Brian Bouland, Sweden’s Cornelia Holm, flyweight champion Molly McCann and Welsh prospect Jack ‘Tank’ Shore.
Cage Warriors management are close to finalising the tournament structure, with Boylan confirming that the Grand Prix will take place throughout three phases between now and the end of 2018, and that the semi-final match ups will be announced by an official Facebook Live draw.
With the final fighters in each division completing the tournament on a live broadcast before the main card on one of Cage Warriors’ massive events, the CWA Grand Prix offers exposure, credibility and experience unlikely to be found on any other amateur MMA showcase.
Cage Warriors 93
Cage Warriors announce a huge England vs Norway clash for a welterweight bout between Håkon Foss and Jack Mason for the promotion’s return to Scandinavia on April 28th.
In the welterweight division, Norway’s Håkon Foss faces England’s Jack Mason. Foss has proved himself as a seriously tough competitor since debuting with Cage Warriors last year, submitting Martyn Harris in under a round and staging a fight of the year contender with Jamie Richardson at CW86. He’ll face a hardened veteran in Jack Mason, who has 35 professional fights to his name and has faced some of the division’s best.
The Scandinavian MMA landscape just got very interesting. Cage Warriors, Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, have announced that top lightweight contenders Soren Bak and Alexander Jacobsen will meet on April 28th as part of CW93’s massive card at Gothenburg’s Lisebergshallen. Bak’s world-class submission skills will come up against the ferocious knockout power of Jacobsen, and with both men coming off impressive finish wins over two serious contenders, this bout will see the winner eyeing a shot at the coveted Cage Warriors Lightweight title later in 2018.
“Some of the most exciting guys ever to fight for Cage Warriors have come from Scandinavia,” Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan said. “We’re giving them a platform to put on an incredible show for Scandi fight fans alongside Viaplay, one of the most respected broadcasters in the region. Scandinavian fans are world famous for the amazing atmosphere they create. April 28th is going to be incredible.”
With Alan Carlos vs Norman Paraisy already announced and huge international stars such as Kenneth Bergh and Nicolas Dalby still to be matched, CW93’s mammoth card is looking to top their hugely successful last visit to Scandinavia.
Tickets for CW93 at Gothenburg’s Lisebergshallen are on sale here.
CW93: Confirmed fights (order TBC)
Soren Bak vs Alexander Jacobsen
Jack Mason vs Håkon Foss
Alan Carlos vs Norman Paraisy
25th November 2017
BCMMA21 – 7th April 2018
8 man Flyweight tournament
BCMMA has clarified the official list of participants for next year’s 8-man amateur flyweight tournament. The Grand Prix takes place on April 7, 2018, in Colchester, Essex and features some of the United Kingdom’s most promising amateur MMA prospects.
The eight men who are officially confirmed
to compete on the April 7 event are:
1. Warren Mason (8-10)
2. Leigh Mitchell (6-2)
3. Ashley Kilvington (6-0)
4. Reece McEwan (4-0)
5. Robbie Brown (7-10)
6. Jordan Baxter (9-2)
7. Jack Temple (5-3)
8. Jack Eglin (3-2)
We’re coming to the end of 2017, how would you say the year has been for you both inside and outside the cage?
It’s not been the best year inside the cage obviously losing twice but I feel like they have both made me become a much stronger person mentally and physically so I don’t see them as loses and outside the cage it’s been an awesome year I’ve learned loads and grew as a fighter massively.
Last time out you took on Mokaev in a short notice fight. Looking back on that fight what are your thoughts on the stoppage and would you do anything different if you got the chance to fight him again?
I think the stoppage was deffenitely early but I can’t go back in it the ref done what he thought was right at the time and no I think the way I approached the fight and the way I felt in the fight I know I can beat him with the game plan I had.
You’re back on BCMMA tonight, where do you think BCMMA ranks amongst other shows in the UK?
It’s deffenitely without a doubt one of the best shows I’ve fought on and I think it’s definitely up there with some of the best in the country with out a doubt!
Tonight you are facing off against Ciaran Mulholland, what do you know about him and how do you see the fight going tonight?
He’s a tough durable guy who comes to fight every time but he’s not on my level in any department I think I’m better everywhere and I can see the fight going with me getting my hands raised at the end of it.
You signed up to the 8 man amateur flyweight tournament at BCMMA in April ’18. How excited are you for this tournament and have you changed your training to prepare for this already?
I’m very excited for it it’s going to be an awesome night and some great fights on it and I haven’t changed it yet because I’m focused just on the fight at hand at the minute with Ciaran but I will be going out to America to prepare for it.
Finally do you have any messages for the fans here tonight?
Expect a great fight with me getting my hands raised at the end of it.
It’s been nine months since your last fight, looking back on that night now what are your thoughts on the fight and the result?
I’m really happy with my performance on cagewarriors 81, it was a big step up for me against such a highly ranked opponent, l feel I put on a great show and was unlucky with the decision, but learnt a lot from it.
I would say it was arguably your best performance on the biggest stage you’ve fought. Did fighting in a big arena on the TV give you a massive confidence boost?
It was an amazing experience and I had a fantastic time in Dublin. With regards to it being a big arena and on TV – to be honest it didn’t feel any different to any other show.
Since that night you’ve moved to Wales and started training at a new camp. How have you settled in there?
The move to Wales came a bit closer to my fight than originally planned, but fortunately where I already knew some of the fighters from Tillery combat and have trained there before – I was able to jump straight in to a full fight camp. In addition to this I’ve also managed to fit in lots of extra classes through the day – as I took this camp off work to focus on the fight.
What do you know about your opponent and how do you expect the fight to go?
Samantha Jean-Francois has fought on BCMMA before against one of my previous opponents, I know she’s a tough girl and well rounded -so I expect this to be a very exciting, high paced, fight.
Do you have any messages for the fans ahead of the fight?
I would like to say a big thank you to everybody for their continued support – I really appreciate it.
Since your last fight at BCMMA you’ve tried your hand at boxing. Is this something you’ve been wanting to do for a while and another way of improving your all around mma game?
Yes it was something that I had thought about for a little while. Furthermore the boxing club I train at (Suffolk Punch Boxing Club) were very keen to try and get me to try my hand at boxing. It’s not something I’m going to do all the time but it was certainly something I wanted to have ticked off the list before it’s all said and done. It was a very useful experience and something I can take with me as I move on.
You’re back in the cage this time out against Sigmund Hollerud. What do you know about your opponent and how do you see the fight going tonight?
I know he is from a well established gym in Frontline MMA in Norway. I know his strong suit is his BJJ, that’s where he wants to take the fight. In previous fights I’ve shown that I’m not easy to take down in MMA and if I do get taken down I can get quick or submit them. In addition the striking fundamentals are in my advantage for this fight.
We’re getting close to the end of the year now, looking back on 2017 how would you say the year has gone for you and what are your plans looking ahead to 2018 in mma?
In terms of improvement, this year has been a great year. Although some results haven’t gone my way. I know and people around me know that I am a much improved fighter than what I was 12 months ago. I can’t wait to put it all on display tonight. With regards to next year, I have a trip scheduled to Thailand at the end of March, so I’d like to get a fight in start of the year before the trip.
You’ve followed a similar path to that of Arnold Allen in the teams you train at and coaches you have. Does seeing the heights he has achieved give you extra confidence that you can push on and achieve something similar? Or do you take it one fight at a time and are not looking down the line?
Of course you’re going to take inspiration from what Arnold’s achieved so far but I’m on a very different path to him. I’m older & started MMA a lot later in life than Arnold. I just try and focus on giving it my best each time and see how I progress.
Do you have any messages for your fans in attendance tonight?
Have a great night. There’s going to be some brilliant fights on the card and I’m certainly aiming to be one of them.
20th November 2017
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