After a light weekend in MMA for the Memorial Day holiday, the sport is back with a vengeance as the month of June kicks off. The itinerary for the year’s sixth month begins Friday night.
About four weeks removed from a trip to Rome, UK-based Cage Warriors returns to San Diego for Cage Warriors 155 and the Cage Warriors 155 main event. As always, Friday"s Cage Warriors 155 (10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT) will be streamed throughout the world on UFC Fight Pass to begin a packed weekend in MMA.
Saturday, the UFC returns to its Apex facility for UFC Vegas 74. More on that later on in the week.
This is the second visit to San Diego for Cage Warriors so far in 2023. Almost three months ago, the promotion began its schedule of events for the year with Cage Warriors 149.
All told, barring any cancellations between now and Friday night, Cage Warriors 155 will feature a full 13-fight card. Highlighting the night"s activities is a nontitle showcase at lightweight in the Cage Warriors 155 main event.
Jamey Lynch Clashes with Kyle Driscoll Friday
Jamey Lynch (8-3 MMA, 4-2 CWFC) gets the most important “home game" in his professional career. The San Diego native fights in front of his hometown crowd at Sycuan Casino and Resort when he takes on Tulsa"s Kyle Driscoll (13-4 MMA, 1-1 CWFC).
No championship is at stake in this contest, thus, this fight is only an advertised three rounds at five minutes per round to close the show.
Fight night in San Diego is almost upon us 🔥
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) May 26, 2023
Cage Warriors 155 Main Event Fighter Comparison and Betting Odds
Heading into Friday night"s Cage Warriors 155 main event in California, both Jamey Lynch and Kyle Driscoll stand level in height at 5-foot-11. Driscoll owns a 72-inch reach, with no such information accessible for Lynch at press time.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the oddsmakers have Kyle Driscoll installed as a -240 favorite, with Jamey Lynch countering as a +190 underdog. If you plan on betting on this or any other fight happening this weekend, please wager responsibly.
Jamey Lynch Ready for Main Event “Home Game" on Friday
Jamey Lynch enters the Cage Warriors 155 main event on Friday night having posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights. Back on March 3, he scored a unanimous decision win versus Georgii Eivas (7-6 MMA, 0-1 CWFC) during Cage Warriors 149. Eivas wasn"t the original opponent for Lynch that night, something that he pointed out in his post-fight interview with Edith LaBelle.
“I had a lot to work on," Lynch said. “I had a last-minute opponent switch last Friday. This was the only guy that said yes. His record wasn"t great, but he had a lot of experience as a kickboxer, so it was a tough fight. I think a lot of people would have declined it, based on my situation, but again, if I want to be the best, I should be able to beat guys like this at this level."
Getting the main event spotlight is always important for any fighter, but being able to grab it in your own hometown is even bigger. Can Jamey Lynch make his fellow San Diegans happy on Friday?
Kyle Driscoll Looking to Get Back in Win Column
In the other corner, Kyle Driscoll has gone 4-1 in his last five contests. Most recently, he saw a four-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of George Hardwick (12-1 MMA, 6-1 CWFC) by fourth-round knockout in Cage Warriors 141 on July 22 of last year.
Driscoll hasn"t fought in slightly more than 10 months" time. This begs the question of just how much ring rust he has going into the Cage Warriors 155 main event.
Other than his team, no one really knows how often he"s trained throughout the last 10-plus months. With Driscoll heading into enemy territory, can he play the role of the heel to his advantage?
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
Stylistically, the Cage Warriors 155 main event is another one of those toss-ups. Both Jamey Lynch and Kyle Driscoll have wrestling backgrounds, with the latter having competed collegiately at The University of Tulsa.
Lynch Has Excellent Ground Game
In examining the videotape of Jamey Lynch"s most recent fight against Georgii Eivas, when he gets an opponent down to the cage mat, it"s his world. During the first round of a scheduled three, he dumped Eivas after absorbing a couple of kicks.
Lynch made Eivas pay, immediately assuming the top position and locking his opponent"s arm up in hopes of securing a crucifix. Although Eivas got out of the crucifix, Lynch softened him up with ground and pound shots as he tried to lock up a submission.
He was relentless on the ground as the first round progressed, mixing up his ground and pound attack with wrestling to keep Eivas down. Everything his opponent tried, none of it worked.
All Jamey Lynch will need to do in the Cage Warriors 155 main event is dump Kyle Driscoll a single time. If he does this, Lynch can effectively control the pace of the bout.
Driscoll Can Go Deep into the Fight If Needed
During the third and final round, Driscoll landed a crisp punch to Paiva"s head to wobble him. At that point, Driscoll was in the clinch and attempted to take Paiva down, yet he fought it off.
Upon the fight returning to a stand-up battle, the two exchanged shots and were advised to avoid low blows. Paiva knocked Driscoll down and tried to lock up a submission.
With about a minute to go, Driscoll attempted to lock in an armbar, yet Paiva defended it twice over. As the fight neared its conclusion, Kyle Driscoll grappled with Dinis Paiva, taking back mount at the very end of the fight.
Although Driscoll took the win, he walked out of the UFC Apex without a contract. If Driscoll finds himself in the later stages of the fight, he has the skillset to come away with the win.
Even though this won"t be a title fight on Friday, the Cage Warriors 155 main event looks to be a great battle to watch. If you have plans to go out that night, break them now.
Prediction: Jamey Lynch by Unanimous Decision.