[Fight Week] Cage Warriors 82: Full fight card and preview for Liverpool event

Cage Warriors returns to Liverpool this weekend for Cage Warriors 82 which will take place at the Echo Arena on Saturday, April 1st 2017.

The fighting pride of Liverpool Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will make his eagerly-awaited return to action in the main event at Cage Warriors 82.

Defending CW featherweight world champion Pimblett will take on fellow Brit Nad Narimani as he bids to further cement his position as one of the UK’s fastest-rising MMA stars.

Pimblett captured Cage Warriors gold when he knocked out French veteran Johnny Frachey for the vacant title at CW 78 in Liverpool last September.

He followed up his title win with a successful defence of his belt, edging out The Ultimate Fighter semi-finalist Julian Erosa at Cage Warriors Unplugged at the BT Sport studios last November.

Aged just 22, Pimblett returns to his stomping ground at the Echo Arena looking to continue his remarkable rise as one of the MMA world’s hottest young prospects.

He’ll face a stern test against Narimani, who enters the bout with a 9-2 pro record and took the previous Cage Warriors featherweight champ Alex Enlund all the way to the scorecards in a closely-contested battle at Cage Warriors 73, with just one point separating the two after five hard-fought rounds.

Narimani comes into the bout with Pimblett riding a two-fight win streak, with victories over Jeremy Petley (first-round KO) and Daniel Requeijo (third-round submission) setting up his April 1 clash with ‘The Baddy’.

The much-anticipated bantamweight bout between Vaughan Lee and Nathaniel Wood is back on and has been added to the fight card for Cage Warriors  show in Liverpool, Cage Warriors 82.

The pair were originally scheduled to face off at Indigo at The O2 at Cage Warriors 80, but medical issues forced Wood out of the contest as the bout was postponed pending medical clearance.

Wood has since received that clearance and is free to compete again, and Cage Warriors has wasted no time in adding the bout to the April 1 show at the Echo Arena.

Liverpool’s Molly McCann now has a confirmed opponent for her hometown bout at Cage Warriors 82, in what will be the biggest night in the promotion’s history.

McCann will take on Lacey Schuckman in a 125lb flyweight contest at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in a fight that’s sure to deliver plenty of action.

‘Meatball’ McCann splits her training between Ippon gym, Bournemouth and NextGen in Liverpool that has produced Cage Warriors world champions Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold. She’ll line up with Pimblett for the April 1 card looking to add another win to her pro record.

The proud Evertonian has a record of four wins, one defeat, with three wins coming by way of TKO, but her opponent will provide a stern test.

Colorado native Schuckman is a 20-fight veteran of the sport with a record of 11 wins and nine losses, with six submission finishes and two TKO victories to her name.

She’s competed against former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza, and took rising UFC contender Michelle Waterson all the way to a split decision early in her career.

The 28-year-old has competed under the HOOKnSHOOT, Strikeforce and Invicta banners, and will be making her Cage Warriors debut against McCann on April 1.

The pro prelims will be streamed live and for free on The Sport Bible Facebook page from 6:45pm, with the main card will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, Viasat in Scandinavia, Setanta Eurasia and streamed live worldwide on UFC Fight Pass. The main card action begins at 9:00pm.

Check out the full fight card below along with a video preview of the event.

Paddy Pimblett vs. Nad Narimani – Cage Warriors featherweight title (145lbs)

Vaughan Lee vs. Nathaniel Wood

Lee Chadwick vs. Tommy Quinn

Dean Trueman vs. Frantz Slioa

Molly McCann vs. Lacey Schuckman

Leeroy Barnes vs. Johan Romming

Ellis Hampson vs. Perry Goodwin

Ross Houston vs. Dylan McLoughlin

Paull McBain vs. Lloyd Manning

Cian Erraught vs. Shaun Kenny

Amateur Card:

Liam Gittins vs. Connor Wilson

Rhys Mchugh vs. Adam Wilson

Chris Price vs. Rob Zabitis

Jordan Holmes vs. Paul Bentley

Ben Stokes vs. Ashley Derbyshire

Gray Donnelly vs. Harry McKnight

JJ Jones vs. Francis Breen

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