Wrapping up The Trilogy Strikes Back this Saturday is Cage Warriors 119. In keeping with Cage Warriors’ excellent track record this year, there are some phenomenal fights to watch out for on this card, ending what has been a monumentally difficult year with some premium MMA action. Let’s dig in at a preview of Cage Warriors 119.
McColgan vs Lister
Opening the Cage Warriors 119 main card, we have a lightweight showdown between recent title contender Joe McColgan (6-3-1) and Kieran Lister (7-0-1). McColgan fought for the vacant lightweight belt back in March against the now UFC-ascended Mason Jones.
Jones was a bit too much for McColgan to handle and got stopped in the first round, but this is an excellent opportunity to show the world he still belongs in title contention. Kieran Lister is yet to lose in his eight professional fights, with only a single victory coming by way of decision. This is an excellent fight to kick off the final Cage Warriors main card of the year.
Garry vs Tracey
Next up, it’s Ian Garry (4-0) vs Lawrence Tracy (5-4). Ian “The Future” Garry put the welterweight division on sharp notice back in September after his demolition job of George McManus. At 4-0, he remains undefeated, and it’s worth noting that all his victories are under the Cage Warriors promotion, so Garry has been competing with top European competition from the minute he signed a professional contract.
I won’t count out his opponent Lawrence Tracy until the final bell rings, but suffice it to say Tracy has his work cut out for him if he wants to derail this hype train. If he pulls it off, however, what a statement that would be.
Hughes vs Vucenic
Moving down to featherweight, we have one of the most highly anticipated fights of all three cards this week. Paul Hughes versus Jordan Vucenic is a fight that both men asked for after their last performances at The Trilogy back in September, and one Graham Boylan was happy to oblige them with.
Vucenic went to war with his last opponent Steve Aimable, inching a split decision victory in a fight that could have gone either way. Hughes on the other hand caught Aidan Stephen in a rear-naked choke in the early seconds of the third round in Cage Warriors 116. With Hughes undefeated and only a single loss to Vucenic’s name, this is a battle between two rising contenders looking to get themselves into talks of titles fights.
With the featherweight title on the line in the main event of this card, we could be looking at an eliminator here for the number one contender, so expect to see the very best Jordan Vucenic and Paul Hughes make that walk Saturday night.
Co-Main – Sardari vs Grant
But before we talk of the Cage Warriors 119 main event, we have these two seasoned professionals making up the co-main event – Agy Sardari (12-2), and Jack Grant (16-5). Cage Warriors 119 will be Sardari’s first fight under the promotion, so the fact he’s in the co-main event already should say it all about the level he’s at.
Grant, on the other hand, we last saw in September at CW115, where he managed a mounted guillotine choke against Yassine Belhadj in the first half of the first round. These gentlemen’s records speak for themselves, we have two seasoned pros’ here ready to put on a show for us as the penultimate fight of the year.
Main Event – Charriere vs Goodwin
Ending the year in an emphatic fashion, in the main event of Cage Warriors 119, we have Morgan Charriere (15-7-1) battling Perry Goodwin (10-6-1) for the vacant featherweight title. Charriere comes into the fight after his victories over worthy contenders Lewis Monarch (13-7-1) and Dean Trueman (14-7-1).
His impeccably mustached opponent Perry Goodwin also comes in with a streak of two wins, namely against Samir Alakozai and fellow The Trilogy fighter and known contender Steve Aimable. Looking at Goodwin, I have no idea how this Bronson-looking bruiser makes 145lbs. The man looks enormous. Both men have far more finishes to their name than decisions, too, and with the title on the line, my money is on this one finishing early, whichever way it goes.
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