Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns this week with Cage Warriors 77 on Friday, July 8th from the Camden Centre in London.
The main card will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
The vacant middleweight title will be up for grabs in the main event as Welshman Jack Marshman takes on Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin
The belt, which was recently vacated by Jack Hermansson, who signed with the UFC.will be on the line when Welshman Jack Marshman and Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin clash at CWFC 77.
Jack Marshman (19-5 MMA) makes a swift return to competition after a first round submission win over Ali Arish earlier this month in Newport, Wales. The 26-year-old is on a five-fight winning streak, which includes three CWFC wins against highly ranked Bola Omoyele at CWFC 69, former UFC vet Che Mills at CWFC 72 and Ali Arish via guillotine at CWFC 76. Four of his losses have been against highly ranked fighters – most notably, current UFC athlete Scott Askham who is set to fight former CWFC titleholder Jack Hermansson in September.
Marshman, a talented striker has exhibited an improving ground game of late and has yet to be submitted as a professional. Of Marshman’s 16 wins, 11 have come by TKO.
Christopher Jacquelin (8-2 MMA) is a submission specialist also riding a five-fight winning streak that includes a win over former CWFC middleweight champion Chris Fields by second round triangle choke last September. The 6’3” Frenchman has seven stoppages in eight career wins, six via submission. Marshman is his toughest challenge to date but Jacquelin has shown himself to be a durable athlete winning two four-man tournaments both under French rules (no strikes on the ground). His last defeat was in March 2015 against Poland’s Maciej Rozanski (8-1) by a third-round armbar and Rozanski’s only defeat was against Jack Hermansson last December.
Chris Fishgold (14-1-1 MMA) will clash with Adam Boussif (9-3 MMA) to contest the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s vacant lightweight title in the co-main event.
Chris Fishgold is a top ten-ranked domestic lightweight who is an aggressive grappler with a punishing top game. Hailing from Liverpool and training under Paul Rimmer who is also coach to Paddy Pimblett he boasts 12 wins by stoppage – two TKOs and ten submissions.
At just 24 years old, Fishgold is a veteran of the European MMA scene having made his is pro debut in March 2010 clocking up a 10-0 record in four years with three CWFC wins against Steve O’Keefe (CWFC 52), Marcin Wrzosek (CWFC 57), Olivier Pastor (CWFC 62).
An 18-month break from the domestic scene followed due to injury and then a brief spell in Thailand at Phuket Top Team. While in Asia, an under par Fishgold recorded his first loss against Gi Bum Moon by decision in Korea. On his return to the UK, he fought Ryan Roddy in an entertaining contest, which was scored a draw. Now Fishgold is riding a four-fight winning streak – his most recent, a 64-second submission at CWFC 75 in April against Jordan Miller.
“I can’t wait to be the Cage Warriors lightweight champion,” Fishgold said. “It’s an honour to fight for the belt. I’m looking forward to showing my ever-improving skill set.”
Adam “Boa” Boussif has clocked up six wins in his last seven fights in the space of 16 months with his only loss coming at BCMMA 16 to Charlie Leary, the newly crowned FCC lightweight champion. Like his opponent, Boussif is an accomplished finisher with all of his nine victories coming via stoppage – seven submissions and two TKOs.
The 27-year-old Brit comes to this fight as the underdog but will have a noticeable size advantage – not only is he 6’0 to Fishgold’s 5’8 he has spent part of his career at welterweight although his most recent victory was at lightweight.
Boussif was based at Force MMA but in April 2016 travelled to Thailand and won a one-year sponsored scholarship to train and live at Tiger Muay Thai and be a part of the in-house Fight Team. A month later, as part of their team, he travelled to Seoul, Korea where he defeated Jung Min Kang by rear-naked choke in the 2nd round of their bout at Top FC 11.
The third bout on the card features Paddy Pimblett as he is set to take on French submission specialist Teddy Violet.
Pimblett (10-1 MMA) is a precocious talent already boasting four years as a professional fighter training out of Next Generation, Liverpool. He returns to the Camden Centre, London where he defeated the vastly more experienced Ashleigh Grimshaw at CWFC 75 in April. This is the third time the Liverpudlian has faced foreign-based opposition after defeating Kevin Petshiand Miguel Haro by submission last year. Pimblett was also set to face Violet at FCC previously but had to withdraw from the bout. A submission specialist with four of his last six fights finishing before the final bell – Violet has a similar style and will be another tough test for Pimblett.
Teddy Violet (10-2) is from Paris training out of the renowned MMA Factory. His first eight wins were all under French rules in France (no strikes on the ground), which included eight-man and four-man tournament wins. His first loss came two years into his professional career against Tom Duquesnoy and most recently dropped a split decision in Japan against the experienced and in-form UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa.
Joining the featherweights on the card is Violet’s teammate, light-heavyweight Boubacar Balde (11-8 MMA). A powerful striker with impressive wrestling skills he has nine wins inside the distance, seven by TKO. He’s no stranger to Cage Warriors, his last fight was a bloody bout with Jake Bostwick at CWFC 64 in February 2014, which ended in defeat but won the ‘Fight of the Night’ honours. Back in the win column for his last two fights against Pane Harakiand Yuri Gorbenko, Darren Stewart will prove a tougher test.
Darren Stewart (6-0 MMA) fights out of the MMA Clinic in London. In just two years he’s ranked fifth in the UK and boasts 4 wins inside the distance and 3 by TKO. Like his opponent, he delivers for the crowd fighting at a relentless pace delivering powerful strikes and impressive takedowns. He was on the same card as Paddy Pimblett at CWFC 75 in London earlier this year and won in spectacular fashion overwhelming James Hurrell with ruthless strikes just 37 seconds into the fight. However, Balde is only the second foreign-based opponent that Stewart has faced – it was another Frenchman, Gregory Pierrewho lasted a full three rounds in a closely fought battle with Stewart last December – Balde is a much higher level fighter.
The two other main card bouts feature Scott Clist who squares off against Tim Wilde while Tom Green will face Brad Wheeler.
Scott Clist (10-2-0) returns to action on the back of the biggest win of his career at CWFC 75 this past April in London when the 38-year-old beat fellow CWFC veteran Brad Wheeler by TKO. Clist, a powerful striker is on a 3 fight winning streak – all of his 10 career wins have come inside the distance with 6 TKOs and 5 submission victories.
Tim Wilde (8-1) is also riding a 3-fight winning streak since losing to Sean Carter at CWFC 74 by submission in November 2014. An exciting striker who holds wins over Jefferson George and Stephen Martin, as well as the now UFC signee Damien Brown. The 28-year-old Wilde is an accomplished finisher with 5 wins before the final bell.
Tom Green (10-1) is riding a 9-fight winning streak. However, Wheeler poses the toughest challenge of his career and has the potential to be his breakout fight. The 28-year-old Englishman does not leave his fights in the hands of the judges with a record of 5 TKOs and 5 submission wins.
Brad Wheeler (15-10-0) had a 6-fight winning streak snapped in April at CWFC 75. The 25-year-old Englishman is a true Cage Warriors veteran with 12 fights for the promotion (7-5) under his belt. The ‘Crazy Kid’ is always popular with the London crowd, never going for the safe option, always entertaining with a well-rounded style. Despite having 10 submission wins he’s an accomplished striker but the pressure is on Wheeler for this fight as he has a lot to prove after his recent loss to Scott Clist.
Check out the current fight card below: (More bouts expected to be announced)
Jack Marshman vs Christopher Jacquelin for the vacant CWFC middleweight title
Chris Fishgold vs Adam Boussif for the vacant CWFC lightweight title
Paddy Pimblett vs Teddy Violet
Boubacar Balde vs Darren Stewart
Tim Wilde vs Scott Clist
Tom Green vs Brad Wheeler
Konmon Deh vs Aiden Lee