Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown a new CWFC featherweight world champion at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Saturday September 10.
The belt, recently vacated by Alex Enlund, will be on the line when Liverpool native Paddy Pimblett (11-1) and Frenchman Johnny Frachey (18-10) clash at Cage Warriors 78, in the co-main event.
Past holders of the CWFC featherweight world title include Alex Enlund who makes his UFC debut in Hamburg, Germany, American Jim Alers who also fights in the UFC and the biggest name in the sport Conor McGregor.
Pimblett will be looking to continue his seven-fight winning streak while the more experienced Frachey will be looking to rebound from a loss that snapped a five-fight winning streak.
Paddy Pimblett (11-1), the highly regarded 21-year-old will be looking to repeat the form that brought him to the world’s attention when he last went into battle at the Echo Arena in his hometown of Liverpool. Back in 2014 at CWFC 68, Pimblett performed a spectacular flying triangle, which promptly ended his bout in the first round against Conrad Hayes. Not only did the nifty move win Pimblett international plaudits, he was also awarded MMA Junkie’s submission of the month.
Pimblett returns to the promotion after securing a second round submission of tough Frenchman Teddy Violet at CWFC 77 in London on July 8. It was a closely contested first round – Violet landed some heavy shots on Pimblett. But the Liverpudlian was emphatic after the win, announcing that ‘scousers don’t get knocked out!’
“I can’t wait to fight back in the Echo Arena in my hometown. Last time I fought there it was one of the best nights of my life and I’m gonna make this one another finish to remember,” said Paddy Pimblett.
Johnny Frachey (18-10), the 32-year-old Frenchman has a well-thumbed passport having fought tough opposition around the globe in Brazil, Japan, and all over Europe including the Ukraine and the Czech Republic. An all-rounder, as comfortable on his feet as he is on the mat, he will provide tough competition for the local fighter.
Headlining the show is one of the UK’s hottest MMA prospects, Liverpool’s Chris Fishgold (15-1-1) who makes the first defence of his lightweight title against 27-year-old Frenchman Jason Ponet (16-10-1-1nc).
CWFC 78, will take place at The Echo Arena, Liverpool, England on Saturday, September 10 and will be broadcast live on BT Sport, Viasat in Scandinavia and around the world on UFC FIGHT PASS®.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation with Cortney Casey.