Here’s your jam-packed 21-fight Cage Warriors 97 fight card.
The biggest night of MMA Wales has seen ever heads to the Ice Arena in Cardiff on Saturday night.
Welsh standout Jack Shore (8-0) headlines the night, facing Germany’s Omer Cankardesle for the Cage Warriors bantamweight title.
Shore’s 8-0 record is on top of a 12-0 amateur record with the youngster yet to taste defeat in the cage.
“When our previous Welsh champions went for the belts, they were some of the most memorable nights we’ve had in 15 years,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.
“Jack Shore has managed to assemble a Welsh fanbase on a level we’ve never really seen before. Think McGregor in Dublin – this is going to be massive.”
A big night for Welsh fighters
Also fighting for Wales are young prospects Cory McKenna and Mason Jones, who respectively face their toughest opposition yet.
At just 18 years of age, McKenna boasts a perfect amateur record and is currently 2-0 as a pro, and has been hailed the future of women’s MMA by UFC Hall of Fame’s Urijah Faber.
Standing in her way is Italy’s Micol DiSegni, who is on a four fight win streak with 3 of those being dominant finishes in the early rounds.
Mason Jones takes on Poland’s Kacper Formela in a highly anticipated lightweight bout between two ferocious finishers.
Jones is still undefeated, but Formela has put his last three opponents away within the distance and looks more than capable of spoiling the Welshman’s clean sheet.
Expect a seriously fast pace throughout this one.
If you’re heading to the Ice Arena this weekend, doors open at 3.30pm with pro-prelims underway from 7pm. The main card kicks off on BT Sport 1 and UFC FightPass at 9pm.
Cage Warriors 97 Fight Card: Main Card (9pm)
- Jack Shore vs Omer Cankardesler (Bantamweight Title Fight)
- Mason Jones vs Kacper Formela (Lightweight)
- Kris Edwards vs Brian Bouland (Bantamweight)
- Jamie Richardson vs Aaron Khalid (Welterweight)
- Cory McKenna vs Micol DiSegni (Strawweight)
Cage Warriors 97: Pro Prelims (7pm)
- Liam Bennett vs Steve Aimable (161lbs catchweight)
- Michael Corston vs Struan Croxton (Lightweight)
- Brett Hassett vs Luiz Finnochio (Lightweight)
- Luke Shanks vs Jason Jenkins (Bantamweight)
Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix Semi Final
- Mitchell Goode vs Christian Duncan (Middleweight)
- Joe Draper vs Jordan Peake (Lightweight)
- Nathan Johnstone vs Chris Sterling (Featherweight)
Amateur Card (4pm)
- Dan Kniel vs Scott Pederson (Lightweight)
- Liam Shotbolt vs Jack Tucker (Welterweight)
- Auri Whitcombe vs Keiran Bennett (Welterweight)
- Craig Rawlins vs Jahmel Westcarr (Middleweight)
- Liam Herbert vs Roan Crocker (Middleweight)
- Rafal Nauberg vs Jaxson Hembury (Middleweight)
- Owain Davies vs Kenzie Jones (Bantamweight)
- Rob Bennet vs James Price (Lightweight)
- Morgan Monk vs Jack Henshall (Bantamweight)
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