Since the COVID-19 pandemic, MMA fans lost out on a lot of time on combat sports including the biggest European promotion. With a long layoff, Cage Warriors is back in a huge way with back-to-back-to-back events.
Between the three stacked events, there are five big title fights. Along with those title fights, there are numerous prospects for whom to watch. Of numerous prospects to watch for, MMA-Prospects will examine seven of the best.
Jake Hadley (5-0): Competing Thursday
Jake Hadley is only 5-0 as a professional, but in his amateur career, he was a highly-touted prospect. A four-time amateur British flyweight champion, Hadley was only 3-0 as a pro when he fought a top prospect in Nkazimulo Zulu, defeating him for South Africa’s EFC flyweight championship. In his latest fight, which was for Bellator, Hadley beat a tough fighter in Blaine O’Driscoll.
Hadley is the real deal, and he will attempt to show that against veteran Shajidul Haque. Haque was always someone this author rated pretty high on the UK scene, as he’s only lost to good fighters.
Jack Cartwright (8-0): Competing Friday
Jack Cartwright (8-0) had a huge 2019, getting four wins, signing with Cage Warriors, and winning the Cage Warriors title. One year ago, in September 2019, Cage Warriors held a one-night four-man tournament. Among the names, Cartwright was the biggest underdog and won with two first-round knockouts. Cartwright has been wrestling since the age of five and has a background as a former ABA boxer. Cartwright already has one title defense and has another one scheduled later this week. On Friday, if he can get past the very talented Gerardo Fanny (9-1), fans may – or should – get Cartwright in the UFC next.
Cartwright was also highlighted in MMA-Prospects’ 5 Prospects the UFC Should Sign for Fight Island: Phase 2.
Mason Jones (9-0): Competing Saturday
Undefeated Mason Jones (9-0) fights out of Blaenavon, Wales, and is a solid prospect at only 25 years old. Jones is the current Cage Warriors lightweight champion, beating a very good Joe McColgan last March. Jones is looking to make history as the third Cage Warriors fighter – alongside Dan Hardy and Conor McGregor – to become a dual-champion in the promotion.
Jones is looking to capture welterweight gold against Adam Proctor, the current welterweight champion, who represents a difficult challenge for the Welshman.
Jones was interviewed by MMA-Prospects’ Joseph Shaw, here.
Ian Garry (3-0): Competing Friday
Among all the top prospects from the U.K. and Ireland, Ian Garry (3-0) stands out – as his nickname aptly states – as ‘The Future.’ In his young career, Garry has already proven to be extremely well rounded, has fought through adversity, and has already improved greatly.
Despite just three professional fights, Garry has tons of hype behind him. Garry has the swagger, and no doubt has the skill-set, to go far in the sport.
Adam Wilson (5-0): Competing Friday
Adam Wilson (5-0) didn’t really appear on the prospect radar until his latest fight, where he took out former Cage Warriors title challenger Scott Malone. Prior to that fight, Wilson hadn’t fight a fighter with a winning record, despite going 3-0 under the Cage Warriors banner.
Wilson looked steller against Malone and really made a name for himself as a top-tier bantamweight prospect. Wilson will look to improve to 6-0 against Wessley Maia, which looks like a ‘gimme’ fight for Wilson.
Paul Hughes (5-0): Competing Saturday
Paul Hughes (5-0) has looked stellar in his pro career, and although he only has four fights, he has the skills of an established fighter. Hughes has three TKO’s and two submissions, showing that he’s very well-rounded. He’s been a pro since 2017 and is only 5-0, however, so he hasn’t been too active.
He is getting right back to work here, though, following a big win last March via a highlight-reel knockout win.
The young featherweight will be taking on Aidan Stephen, who is his toughest test to date.
Morgan Charriere (15-7-1): Competing Saturday
The Cage Warriors featherweight title is on the line this Saturday, as Morgan Charriere (15-7-1) will be fighting veteran Max Coga for the strap. The Frenchman has a huge fan-base out of his native France, and bringing a title home would be huge. This rings especially true now, as France recently legalized MMA competition.
Charriere likes to put on a show, and he is currently on a two-fight winning streak. His record may not look flawless at 15-7-1, but at only 24-years-old, such a difficult road has provided Charriere with a lot of good experience.
Other fighters to watch for during the fight-stacked weekend:
- Oban Elliott (3-0)
- Jack Grant (15-5)
- Kingsley Crawford (5-2)
- Nathan Fletcher (3-0)
- Luke Shanks (6-1)
- Samir Faiddine (11-6)
- Adam Amarasinghe (5-2)