Cage Warriors returned to Wales last night as Cage Warriors 76 took place (June 4, 2016) at the Newport Centre in Newport. CWFC 76 wasbroadcast live on UFC Fight Pass in Europe and on other TV channels across the world.
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.
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.
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.
Follow all the results and play-by-play from every fight on the next pages from the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.