Cage Warriors returns to Wales this weekend as Cage Warriors 76 takes place on June 4, 2016 at the Newport Centre in Newport. CWFC 76 will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass in Europe and on other TV channels to be announced shortly.
The main event features a middleweight bout between Welshman Jack Marshman and Ali Arish.
Marshman (18-5 | 2-1 CWFC) will be the home crowd favourite, haling from Abertillery and training under Richard Shore at Tillery Combat. The 26 year old is on a four-fight win streak that includes two CWFC wins in 2014 against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69 and former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 (which took place at the Newport Centre). Since then Marshman has added two more wins to his record on the regional circuit defeating Kyle Redfearn by decision in Newcastle last September and Sean Lomas by rear-naked choke at Pain Pit in March. The top 10-ranked domestic middleweight will be looking to show why he is one of the UK’s most dangerous middleweights, boasting 15 wins inside the distance with 11 TKOs.
“I’m very excited to be fighting on this show against a very good opponent with a great record. I’m looking forward to showing everyone how much I have improved since the last time Cage Warriors came to Wales,” said Marshman.
Arish (21-4 MMA | 1-1 CWFC) made his pro MMA debut in 2009 and is known primarily for his wrestling and top control which he uses to overwhelm his opponents. Eleven of his wins came before the final bell (5 TKO’s and 6 submissions) with 9 victories claimed within the first round. Arish boasts notable wins over Wayne Murrie (KO) as well as decision wins over Matt Inman and Arni Isaksson. His most recent outing was a decision win against the Brazilian Julio Cesar Alves in Manchester last June.
Arish comments, “I am so happy I’m fighting on Cage Warriors, it’s one of the best shows in the world. I’m going to fight Jack Marshman from Wales and he is one of the top ten-ranked fighters in the UK and I’m so glad I’m going to fight against this gentleman. I’m looking forward to it and I can say it will be a great night for both of us.”
The co-main event features top 10 UK ranked welterweight Lew Long who will look to claim his sixth straight win when he faces Swede Andreas Ståhl (9-2 MMA | 0-0 CWFC).
Lew Long returns to Cage Warriors with momentum on his side following five successive wins inside the distance which saw him defeat Steve Dinsdale (by TKO) and Matt Inman (via rear-naked choke) in his last two CWFC outings in 2014. During CWFC’s 18 month absence, Long proved he can beat the best UK talent with victories over Tommy Quinn and Lee Caers respectively, before scoring an impressive 46 second submission win over the Japanese DEEP veteran Yoshiyuki Katahira at Abu Dhabi Warriors in the UAE.
Hailing from Umeå in northern Sweden; Andreas Ståhl built up a perfect 9-0 record in a four year spell between 2009-13 with notable wins against “Abus” Magomedov via rear-naked choke, along with decision wins against the now UFC fighter Damir Hadzovic and Domingos Mestre on the European circuit.
A mix of injuries and other issues stalled Ståhl’s momentum and two defeats followed against Gilbert Burns and Santiago Ponzinibbio both inside the UFC. Ståhl is looking to reignite his career on the European circuit as he makes his CWFC debut against the popular Welshman who hopes a win over Ståhl will provide a stepping-stone to bigger opportunities later this year.
The full card can be found below for Cage Warriors 76, along with a video preview of the event
Pro Main Card (3 x 5 mins)
Alax Arish v Jack Marshman
Andreas Stahl v Lew Long
Daniel Requeijo v Nad Narimani
Eddie Pobibanez v Jack Shore
Pro Undercard (3 x 5 mins)
Sam Urai Creasey v Kris Edward
Ben Rees v Josh Reed
Ross Houston v Dane Morgan
Unified Amateur (3 x 3 mins)
Christian Duncan v Josh Hudson
Ryan Lockyer v Jordan Peake
James Price v Jack Tucker
Liam Shotbolt v Michael Corston
Jawany Scott v Sean Scrivens
Carl Swaby v Thomas Karpinski
Elliot Francisco Jose Chilcott v Nicky Potts
Harry Hassall v Kyle Stone
Daniel Pakeman v Struan Croxson
Polly Beauchamp v Manuela Marconnetto
Ollie Theo v Marcus Stevens
Don Smile v Kelvin Robinson