Cage Warriors four-man featherweight tournament to choose champ
The Cage Warriors featherweight title has catapulted the likes of Conor McGregor and Paddy Pimblett to MMA stardom, and four of the last five Cage Warriors featherweight champions ended up signed by the UFC. Now the Cage Warriors featherweight title will be decided by a four-man tournament across two blockbuster events.
Cage Warriors’ last featherweight champion, Nad Narimani, was snapped up by the UFC following an impressive title-winning victory over Paddy Pimblett. Narimani’s UFC call-up means the title is now vacant.
The tournament will kick off with the two semi-finals at Cage Warriors 98 on Saturday, 20 October, as Dean Trueman takes on Lewis Monarch, and Aiden Lee faces off against Paull McBain at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The two semi-final winners will then face off for the vacant Cage Warriors featherweight title later in 2018.
"We're excited to return to Birmingham and to give these four athletes the chance to fulfil their dream of being the CW champion," said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan. "We're going to stack this card and have more big fight news to come in the coming days and weeks. Get your tickets early. This one's going to be big."
Trueman has a solid 8-4 record, but is in excellent form having won four of his last five bouts. Most recently, Trueman defeated Corrin Eaton in a three-round war on Super Saturday at Cage Warriors 92 in London in March, and now he has his sights set on tournament victory and that big gold belt.
The former lightweight Monarch plans on becoming king of the featherweights after the 10-3 contender signed a multi-fight deal to compete for Cage Warriors last week. In his latest outing, Monarch finished his opponent by first-round TKO.
"Cage Warriors was the first major promotion I fought with and ever since winning that fight Iʼve wanted to be back in that cage," said Monarch. "I want to fight the best and claim the featherweight title."
Birmingham's own Aiden Lee is sure to receive huge crowd support when he takes to the cage at the Genting Arena. The 6-2 contender reeled off a hat-trick of first-round submission wins in Cage Warriors in 2017, and most recently claimed a unanimous decision victory over Tom Mearns in London at Cage Warriors 92.
Now 6-0 after a hat-trick of wins under the Cage Warriors banner, McBain heads into the second semi-final of the featherweight tournament looking to earn a spot in the final and become a Scottish CW champion, following in the footsteps of Stevie Ray who held the lightweight title.